Peak Choice podcasts

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the full show (an hour) is at the link below, my interview starts 45 minutes into the show
Trump and the Deep State
Global Research News Hour Episode 167

By Michael Welch, Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Mark Robinowitz, and Jack Rasmus
Global Research, January 22, 2017
Region: Asia, USA
In-depth Report: U.S. Elections

“You have to go back to Nixon to find a president with as strong negative views about the agency. But the agency did not get this kind of public disparagement from Nixon.” 
- Paul Pillar, a former senior CIA official, in an interview with AlterNet. [1]



- Team Trump stole the swing states through minority voter suppression and faith based voting machines

- why did the Deep State let them steal the election?  probably because the next economic contraction is looming due in part to passing peak energy and Trump will get the blame and impose austerity and repression.  

- Fracking for oil and gas has peaked due to debt and depletion. Trump's promise to revive the coal industry is physically impossible, since coal peaked in the US in 1999 (in Pennsylvania, coal peaked in 1920).

- the appointment of the CEO of Exxon Mobil to the State Department is a clue about the role of grabbing global oil supplies for the Empire

- the Deep State has different factions, the Rockefeller Republicans / realists backed Obama and Clinton, they want the velvet glove over the iron fist

- Cheney and Rumsfeld wanted to attack Iran a decade ago, part of the military and intelligence agencies blocked this because it would have massively worsened the Middle East wars and disrupt the oil supplies

- Trump's cabinet:  "crazy people who understand we're entering the downslope of energy supplies and it's a mad scramble to grab what is left"

- Kremlinology: the US intelligence agencies tried to figure out decision making in the Soviet Union, their system was opaque, we need a similar approach to understand the National Security State of America, it's like looking at a distant mountain on a rainy day, you can tell it is there but cannot describe it precisely

- Bush the Lesser was unpopular in his first few months, once 9/11 was allowed to happen his ratings went from the 40s percentage to 90 percent.  Let's hope the people behind Trump are not similarly tempted to boost his popularity.

- suggestions:  chip through the frozen layer of denial over these problems, honest discussions about election fraud, limits to growth as the underlying factor in the economic crisis, transcend "Peak Blame" and scapegoating, recognize there are many flavors of disinformation (from right and left) that distract from clarity.  

- the antidote would include moving beyond binary modes of thinking, the false choice of Trump vs. Clinton (neither is acceptable), practical relocalization logistics instead of politics are more important as the global economy breaks down.  Where does your food come from?  How can communities be more cooperative and resilient?


will Trump be the fifth President thwarted by the intelligence agencies?

1.  Kennedy - removed from office for trying to end the Cold War
2.  Nixon -
3.  Carter -
4.  Bush / Cheney - prevented from attacking Iran - 

"oil we are saying is give impeachment a chance"

Donald Trump has finally taken his oath of office and assumed the role of President of theUnited States of America.

His inauguration on Friday, January 20th coincided with numerous protests both in Washington and in cities across the US and around the world.

Trump’s rise to power and his cabinet picks have provoked numerous questions. Will he indeed build a wall between Mexico and the US? Will he register Muslims? What will become of the Free trade agreements like NAFTA which he has vowed to scrap or renegotiate? If he is mending relations with Russia, what will that mean for current hot-spots Syria and Ukraine, and for foreign policy generally?

On this week’s Global Research News Hour we take a look behind the scenes to determine how political events such as the recent election, are being manipulated to achieve elite ends, and the consequences for US democracy, and perhaps the future of Humanity.

Dr. Jack Rasmus is a progressive journalist, radio host, former union organizer and local president, and author. Hs upcoming book, ‘Central Bankers on the Ropes: Monetary Policy and the Next Depression’ will be released in April.

Professor Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal, and Editor of Global Research.

Mark Robinowitz is a writer, political activist, ecological campaigner and permaculture practitioner and publisher of oilempire dot us, a political map to connect the dots.

The Global Research News Hour airs every Friday at 1pm CT on CKUW 95.9FM in Winnipeg. The programme is also podcast at . The show can be heard on the Progressive Radio Network at Listen in every Thursday at 6pm ET.


Community Radio Stations carrying the Global Research News Hour:

CHLY 101.7fm in Nanaimo, B.C – Thursdays at 1pm PT

Boston College Radio WZBC 90.3FM NEWTONS  during the Truth and Justice Radio Programming slot -Sundays at 7am ET.

Port Perry Radio in Port Perry, Ontario –1  Thursdays at 1pm ET

Burnaby Radio Station CJSF out of Simon Fraser University. 90.1FM to most of Greater Vancouver, from Langley to Point Grey and from the North Shore to the US Border.

It is also available on 93.9 FM cable in the communities of SFU, Burnaby, New Westminister, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey and Delta, in British Columbia, Canada. – Tune in  at its new time – Wednesdays at 4pm PT.

Radio station CFUV 101.9FM based at the University of Victoria airs the Global Research News Hour every Sunday from 7 to 8am PT.

CORTES COMMUNITY RADIO CKTZ  89.5 out of Manson’s Landing, B.C airs the show Tuesday mornings at 10am Pacific time.

Cowichan Valley Community Radio CICV 98.7 FM serving the Cowichan Lake area of Vancouver Island, BC airs the program Thursdays at 6am pacific time.

Campus and community radio CFMH 107.3fm in  Saint John, N.B. airs the Global Research News Hour Fridays at 10am.

Caper Radio CJBU 107.3FM in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia airs the Global Research News Hour starting Wednesday Morning from 8:00 to 9:00am. Find more details at 



more good links:

How the Trump regime was manufactured by a war inside the Deep State
A systemic crisis in the global Deep System has driven the violent radicalization of a Deep State faction
by Nafeez Ahmed

February 10, 2017
Trump goes to CIA headquarters the day after the inauguration to make more insults ...
Forecast: 2017 the wheels finally come off 
by James Howard Kunstler 
(Trump will be blamed for the next economic contraction)
by Richard Heinberg

"C stands for consciousness"

C-Realm Radio 014

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On this 15th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, 2001, KMO welcomes Mark Robinowitz of back to the C-Realm to separate the evidence from the disinformation and make sense of the changes that have come in the wake of that historic day.

I'm on from about minute 10 to minute 29.

9/11 Truth, 15 Years Later: Best Evidence or Psy-Op? – On WTC Controlled Demolition Claims

Part One: Global Research News Hour Episode 150

By Michael Welch, James Corbett, Mark Robinowitz, andRichard Gage
Global Research, September 11, 2016
Region: USA
Theme: 9/11 & 'War on Terrorism', GLOBAL RESEARCH NEWS HOUR, Intelligence, Media Disinformation

“One of the characteristics of 9/11 disinformation a lot of people have a hard time grasping is that much of it is designed specifically to convince people of US government complicity in 9/11. This might seem like a contradiction, until one understands that 9/11 disinfo is part of a broader system of mass manipulation where the opposing perspective plays an essential role. The basic idea is to control both sides of the debate, and frame it in a way that makes the opposing side ineffective (not necessarily unbelievable). In the end it doesn’t matter whether even a majority of the people believe the US government was complicit in 9/11 (this is already the case). What matters is only that the perpetrators can never successfully be prosecuted. Thus they pollute the body of evidence with red herrings and false lines of inquiry.”

-excerpt from the article 9/11 Five Years Later: What Have We Accomplished? An Assessment of the 9/11 Truth Movement By Emanuel Sferios. Sep 11, 2006


Length (59:25)

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As this, the debut episode of the Global Research News Hour for the 2016-2017 season is being prepared for podcast, a special symposium is taking place in New York City.

A number of prominent credentialed experts under the umbrella of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truthand the Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Inquiry have gathered in the 800-seat auditorium of the Cooper Union Hall in order to assess what is known about the terrorist attacks of 15 years ago which catapulted the world into an open-ended “War on Terrorism.” Attendees at the symposium entitled “Justice in Focus” will not only be seeking to raise awareness of their findings, but also begin to formulate a legal strategy for prosecuting the crimes of 9/11.

Of course, it bears emphasizing that these attacks did happen 15 years, two presidential administrations and several military interventions ago. The mainstream media, and much of the so-called independent or “alternative” media continue to promote the official story of a sneak attack by Al Qaeda that caught the 40 billion dollar a year military intelligence apparatus of the United States completely off guard.

References to counter-narratives of U.S. government conscious complicity, or even mere fore-knowledge, are typically portrayed pejoratively as “conspiracy theories.”

So while the accomplishments of the Truth movement may have been impressive in terms of what it has revealed and distributed through the internet, it has accomplished seemingly little in terms of real measures bringing the perpetrators to justice.

One researcher with an opinion of what has gone wrong with the movement is Mark Robinowitz. Robinowitz is a writer and political activist who typically writes on issues of ecological sustainability. He is the author of Peak Choice: Cooperation or Collapse, an Uncensored Guide to Earth, Energy and Money. He publishes the site which helps connect the dots between deep events like 9/11 and the Kennedy assassinations, ecological limits and resource wars. Robinowitz is convinced that focusing on details like whether or not the Twin Towers were brought down by controlled demolition is a faulty strategy, and that a more successful approach should involve exposing government operatives with the means, motive and opportunity to sabotage standard operating procedures which could have prevented the attacks and the attendant loss of life. Mark Robinowitz explains his position in the first half hour.

I'm on 30 minutes into the show.

U.S. Campaign 2016: Searching for Democracy in a Broken System

Global Research News Hour Episode 135

By Michael Welch, Mark Robinowitz, and William Blum
Global Research, March 20, 2016
Region: USA
Theme: GLOBAL RESEARCH NEWS HOUR, Media Disinformation

“It’s organized crime. All you do is you call the Republicans the Genoveses and you call the Democrats the Gambinos. The people at the top, they treat it like a crap game. It’s their crap game, like they’re making lots of money.
Occasionally, somebody at the table shoots each other, but the moment anything threatens their crap game, they all unite to protect it. ..They’re both controlled by the same financial, economic and corporate interests.”
-Michael C. Ruppert (excerpted from the film America Freedom to Fascism)


Length (59:14)

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Politics has been called a rigged game, with elites using money and organizational resources to pull the puppet strings of most candidates for high office. However, the entrance into the race for US president of candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump who both reject funding from Wall Street threatens to challenge that truism.

This week’s Global Research News Hour attempts to cut through the propaganda and jargon and assess what real options are out there for making substantive and humane political change.

William Blum is a long-time critic of US foreign policy. He has authored five books including his most recent, America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy – The Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else. He also publishes the “Anti-Empire Report” on his site www dot williamblum dot org. In this interview, Blum outlines his reservations about Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the problematic media coverage of the campaign, and the astonishing view that Trump may actually be the less objectionable in certain respects than both Sanders and Clinton.

Mark Robinowitz is publisher of oilempire dot us, a political map to connect the dots. He has been a writer, political activist, ecological campaigner and permaculture practitioner for over three decades. He is also author of the forthcoming Peak Choice: cooperation or collapse, an uncensored guide to Earth, energy and money. In this interview, Robinowitz equates the choice between the Democrats and the Republicans to one between death by lethal injection and death by the electric chair. He outlines the mechanisms employed to stop any threat to the establishment from ever becoming elected president. He also explains how the energy and economic decline is becoming reflected in the politics of the Trump campaign.

C-Realm Vault podcast CRV116

October 27th, 2014

Mark Robinowitz of traveled to NYC to attend the Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth teach-in put on by the International Forum on Globalization. KMO sat down with him to talk about the value of such an event. The conversation flows into a discussion of JFK’s speech at the UN on September 20th, 1963 in which he proposed that the US and the Soviet Union go to the moon as a collaborative effort. Two months and two days later, Kennedy was dead. This episode includes a portion of that speech which you can hear in full on Mark’s website. There are certain famous JFK speeches you’ve heard over and over again. Have you heard this one? If not, why do you think that is? The episode concludes with the presentation Douglas Rushkoff gave at the IFG event at Cooper Union.

62 minutes, 90 megabytes

359: Stealing From the Future

KMO welcomes Mark Robinowitz of back to the C-Realm to unpack a recent Rolling Stone article in which Bill McKibben declares that the energy industry has proven proponents of peak oil wrong. The conversation covers not only the interplay between peak oil and climate change but also the social, political, and economic dynamics that pit climate change activists against people working to raise awareness of the limits to growth. In response to Mark's claim that most people don’t even know what petroleum is, much less the essential role that it plays in modern agriculture and industrial civilization, KMO wonders whether there is anything to be gained by trying to introduce a population accustomed to sound bite policy analysis to the spectrum of concerns covered in the C-Realm Podcast.

from - interview conducted at Northwest Permaculture Convergence, October 2012

permaculture design, steady state economics, peak money, solar energy, limits to growth

15 minutes, 33 megabytes

From: Kevin M
Date: March 19, 2013 11:11 PM
Subject: Permaculture Convergence 2012 Radio Show - Pt1

Despite the massive destruction our species has wrought on the earth, we've also learned a tremendous amount about ecological systems in the process. As our old narrative of domination crumbles, an understanding of how to work with nature is emerging. Can we apply the ideas of permaculture to society when facing energy depletion, climate change and social breakdown? Will our future society be able to regenerate the planet?

In Extraenvironmentalist #57 we hear from the many speakers at the 2012 Northwest Permaculture Convergence as recorded by our editor Kevin. We hear segments from the dozens of conference session sessions themed around permaculture approaches to global challenges, the social aspects of permaculture and ideas on the built environment. Kevin explains some of what he learned about permaculture from attending the conference and we briefly discuss a few signs that our economic reality is quickly changing.


October 6, 2012

Peak Choice presentation, Northwest Permaculture Convergence, near Port Townsend, Washington

51 minutes, 35 megabytes

recorded by

June 27th, 2012

316: Peak Blame


KMO welcomes Mark Robinowitz of back to the C-Realm Podcast to discuss why both the mainstream political left as well as the right in the United States cannot address the demands of Peak Oil in a realistic way. Republicans have rebuked Navy Secretary Ray Mabus for attempting to ween the Navy off of fossil fuels because they see finding alternatives to petroleum as a Democratic partisan issue. Established environmental and social justice organizations are still holding onto unrealistic Green Technology and Green Capitalism paradigms and have yet to come to terms with the fact that the project of the 21st Century will be figuring out how to equitably distribute a shrinking pie. One thing unlikely to be in short supply as the realities of diminishing fossil fuel reserves make themselves unmistakable: blame. Mark hopes that we can achieve Peak Blame sooner rather than later and get on with the grown-up work of figuring out how best to deploy our remaining energy resources.

January 11th, 2012

292: Limited Hangouts and Perception Management

KMO welcomes Mark Robinowitz of back to the C-Realm to discuss economics, protest, and the management of mainstream worldviews by the corporate media. Mark explains why he regards the presidential election as a form a theater and why he holds no enthusiasm for the candidacy of Ron Paul.

Music by Kurt Liebezeit.


[note: this podcast starts out with an excerpt from "Where do we go from here?" - one of MLK's least known speeches, talking about economics and imperialism]

275: Nine Eleven Turns Ten
September 14th, 2011

KMO welcomes Mark Robinowitz of to the C-Realm to separate verifiable claims from wild science fiction-inspired fantasies concerning the events of September 11, 2001. Mark answers 9/11 skepticism from Gwynne Dyer, and guides the listeners through the treacherous tangle of 9/11 conspiracy theories, the nuttiest of which are held up by the establishment and mainstream media as being the scaffolding upon which suspicion of complicity in the attacks stands or collapses. In the second half of the program guest host Olga K interviews her friend Kevin Ryder, a New York City yoga instructor who responded to the attacks by flying to Pakistan and crossing over by bicycle into Taliban-controlled Afghanistan to serve as volunteer peacemaker. Music by the Transpersonals.

Sunday Afternoon Talk, April 3, 2011, 90 minutes


KMUD Redwood Community Radio, Humboldt County, California


Gail Darrell
Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

Mark Robinowitz
Peak Choice: Cooperation or Collapse

Chris Dwyer
Transition Colorado

Dan Schwab
Richmond Rivets

Mark Robinowitz presentation at
Oregon Country Fair
Front Porch Stage
July 9, 2010
listen or download: 47 minutes, 34 megabytes

other recording:

JFK and the Unspeakable
panel in Los Angeles on November 8, 2010
James Douglass, author, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters
Oliver Stone, filmmaker
Lisa Pease, co-author, "The Assassinations"
moderated by Robert Ellsberg

listen or download: 1 hour, 28 megabytes