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IAH – Episode 71 – Daniel Pinchbeck

Daniel Pinchbeck has successfully morphed himself into of the most sought after, poignant and razor sharp social critics and consciousness surveyors of our time. His latest book “How Soon is Now” is like a how-to survival guide for the complicated world we are forging our way into. He stopped by the kitchen table to talk about the book, going “down and in”, some politics, new economic systems and a whole bunch of other stuff. One hour with Daniel is just scratching the surface. It was a pleasure to spend some time with him and I hope we get to do it again. Also, be sure to pick up a copy of “How Soon Is Now” when it’s released in February of 2017.

INTRO RANT: dharma vs. your current role

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Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of Breaking Open the Head (Broadway Books, 2002), 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006), and Notes from the Edge Times (Tarcher/Penguin, 2010). His new book, How Soon Is Now, comes out in Februrary, 2017. Featuring a preface from Sting and an introduction from Russell Brand, How Soon Is Now? looks at the ecological crisis as a rite of passage or initiation for humanity and proposes a “blueprint for the future” – how we must redesign our technical and social systems to avert the worst consequences of ecological collapse.

http://www.pinchbeck.io

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IAH – Episode 53 – Charles Shaw

As I travel through the urban sprawl and colorful cultural montage that is mid-city LA I come to a huge Victorian style house where Charles Shaw, the king of the new generation of gonzo-journalism is staying. This is where we do our podcast. Charles and I sit in a sweaty musty corner of this amazing artist complex maze and discuss a wide array of conspiracy theories, reality theories, political contradictions, personal roadblocks, the global security threat and how our own personal relationship got off on the wrong foot. I don’t agree with everything Charles says but he is wonderfully intelligent, seductively articulate and exhaustingly well researched. I can’t wait for the next one!

Charles Shaw is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir, “Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics & Spirituality” (2012, Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press) and the Director of the documentary films, “The Exile Nation Project: An Oral History of the War on Drugs & The American Criminal Justice System” (2011), “Visurreality” (2013), “WHITE PANTHER: The Legacy of John Sinclair” (2013) and “Exile Nation: The Plastic People” (2014 Cinedigm Films: Executive Produced & Narrated by Edward James Olmos). He is currently in post-production on SOLDIERS OF THE VINE, a documentary series about healing war trauma with plant medicine.

His work has appeared in Alternet, Grist, Guardian UK, Huffington Post, openDemocracy & The New York Times. He was a contributing author to Planetizen’s Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning (2007, Island Press). In 2009 he was recognized by the San Diego Press Club for excellence in journalism.

He is the former Editorial Director of Conscious Enlightenment Publishing (Conscious Choice, Common Ground, Whole Life Times, and Seattle’s Conscious Choice), and the founder and publisher of Newtopia, former head writer for the nationally syndicated radio show Reality Checks.

He holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from Boston University. A native of Chicago, he lives on the West Coast.

Please support his crowd fund campaign for his latest project Soldiers of the Vine:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/soldiers-of-the-vine-cannabis#/

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IAH – Episode 21 – Karen Greenberg

Karen Greenberg is the Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University. She opens up the IAH spectrum by engaging in a healthy dialogue on post 9/11 global tensions, the rise of ISIS, American imperialism and the overall nature of conflict.

Finally IAH has an episode about US foreign policy with someone who actually knows what they are talking about! Enlightening, challenging and fascinating. Don’t miss this one, she’s fantastic.

Karen Greenberg is the Director of the Center on National Security, and a noted expert on national security, terrorism, and civil liberties. She is the author of The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days (2009), which was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post and Slate.com. She is co-editor with Joshua L. Dratel of The Enemy Combatant Papers: American Justice, the Courts, and the War on Terror (2008) and The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib (2005); editor of the books The Torture Debate in America (2006) and Al Qaeda Now (2005); and editor of the Terrorist Trial Report Card, 2001–2011. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, The National Interest, Mother Jones, TomDispatch.com, and on major news channels. She is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

http://centeronnationalsecurity.org

@KarenGreenberg3

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Politics

The Abstention Myth

This post is about why it’s such a huge fatal error to not vote by living under some guise that you don’t want to contribute to the “machine.”

Start by listening to the latest episode of the often-brilliant Duncan Trussell podcast:

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Here’s my response that I posted on his Forum:

Duncan! Dude. It is not an all or nothing game. It never has been. If we live in that world then nothing will get incrementally better. Of course, keeping troops in Afghanistan is not what I want or is it a policy that I support. But if you live in the world where any one single issue takes away from what or who the better candidate is about, we’d be nowhere and get completely screwed. I know that you know Sanders is better than Trump or Cruz. Anyone with a half a brain knows that. And to add to that – stopping the modern neocon Republican agenda is of the utmost importance. There is a HUGE difference in consciousness between Sanders and Cruz – HUGE.

But abstention is not an option either – here’s why. YOU are complicit. If you pay taxes and drive a Mercedes AMG and eat meat and and and…then you are complicit. This is your problem too that you’ve helped create. And you are helping to keep the climate within the middle east in it’s current state by not altering your consumer behavior. We all do that by not changing our behaviors! That’s why the game is rigged the way it’s rigged! We, collectively, have created this mess. I do it too, I’m not being phony holy. I drive a ’73 Nova half the time! My dollars are going to support the machine as it’s currently staged because I’m not all that willing to change my comfort level. I try to make it better on some extent but certainly not enough…these are decisions that we make on a daily basis. You DO have a choice about whether or not to kill people in Afghanistan and that extends simply beyond who you vote for. It’s true that the choice is not a direct one, I agree on that. But we can help slowly push the needle in one direction.

The idea that we simply can’t vote for anyone who has any sort of military agenda isn’t gonna fly. This is the Abby Martin syndrome, who I am not a fan of. Everything is fucked all the time, everyone is corrupt and everyone is a war hawk and if you only knew how it really worked and both sides are evil villain despots….whatever. It’s exhausting. No knows enough to be that cynical – not, me, not you and not Abby Martin.

I look at it as very small victories – Obama is a certain level better than Bush and Sanders is a certain level better than Obama and so on and so on. At least Sanders is provoking a discussion that hasn’t been had on the national stage in a long time and so what, he’s a little off on Middle East policy. but that too is a much bigger quagmire than any of us really understand so I can’t judge him or tune him out because of that one issue. Yes, people will die because of these errors but the alternative is far more dark, scary and vile.

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IAH – Episode 10 – Marianne Williamson

Zach and Elijah journey over to Marianne Williamson’s house for one seriously amazing podcast. Marianne transmitted some razor sharp wisdom, compassion and insight into modern day spirituatility, politics and love. She is truly one of the great teachers and wise-women of the modern age. And, perhaps most importantly, she is so unabashedly not full of shit.

Marianne Williamson is an American spiritual teacher, author and lecturer. She has published ten books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers.

www.marianne.com

@marwilliamson

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