Options The Media Squat with Douglas Rushkoff: Playlist from March 30, 2009 Options

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Options March 30, 2009: Tonight's Program with Dennis Markatos and RU Sirius

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Artist Track Approx. start time
Douglas Rushkoff  The Media Squat   Options 0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Douglas Rushkoff  talks about the economy   Options 0:16:51 (Pop‑up)
Neil Young  Cough Up The Bucks   Options 0:41:20 (Pop‑up)
Dennis Markatos  interview   Options 0:22:28 (Pop‑up)
RU Sirius  Girl With A Radio   Options 0:40:50 (Pop‑up)
RU Sirius  interview   Options 0:35:24 (Pop‑up)
Legba Carrefour  Collage   Options 0:51:03 (Pop‑up)
RU Sirius  more interview   Options 0:55:25 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

  3/30 7:11pm Hiroshi:

Where is Alan Watts when we need him?
  3/30 7:13pm BF:

My only personal currency is mix-tapes.
  3/30 7:13pm annie:

not listening yet, what is the subject?
  3/30 7:16pm BF:

Fiscal situation on currency, credit industry, housing, bankruptcy and corporation charters. Similar to last week.
  3/30 7:18pm annie:

thanks, just finishing another show up... i'll be right there
  3/30 7:18pm alanwatts:

hey i'm here!
  3/30 7:21pm annie:

ok, yar i yis. hi alan, nice to see you here!!!
  3/30 7:32pm BF:

I've noticed a lot of skepticism in people as to the practical applicability of solar power.

All environmental benefits aside, people who don't believe in climate change are difficult to sell on the idea of solar power based on climate change.
  3/30 7:35pm annie:

my firm belief is that the general person will not really begin to panic until the tree has fallen across the road and he has to get out and move the damn thing out of the way. sorry about the weak metaphor, but it is how i simplify it ..
  3/30 7:36pm Sean Daily:

Not even close to first comment! Woo hoo!
  3/30 7:36pm Robert:

Yea! R.U
  3/30 7:38pm BF:

I hear you. I've also heard a lot of that sentiment where "We'll cross that 'tree' when we come to that" in terms of shifting energy dependence.

When the oil runs dry or demand drives prices too high, solar may not seem so comparatively impractical.

Heh. And I'm a real person doing virtual things.
  3/30 7:39pm Vince:

Question for R.U. - Talk a little bit about the role of pranking within the context of financial meltdown. - specifically, things like the Yes Men etc..
  3/30 7:42pm annie:

sumply put, there is no perception of any real emergency yet. and now that spring and warmer weather is here, it will take back burner once again. my aim is to get municipalities and communities to begin warehousing and saving food. NOT the food banks run by government, i mean personal and private people. create them by population of the city. start now!
  3/30 7:46pm BF:

Disseminating info about solar to my students would be appealing if I knew more about it.

Good cause. Stockpiling resources that have intrinsic value as life necessities. Can a brother get a grain receipt?
  3/30 7:47pm annie:

and i hate to say this , but there might be a time when community service will garner you a bushel of food and not cash!!
  3/30 7:49pm Joe:

Speaking of Tim Leary-

What is the connection between Tim, RU, and Trent Reznor? I've heard RU mention it briefly before, but he never went into in detail.
  3/30 7:50pm BF:

I hear ya. Take the stamp outta food stamps.
  3/30 7:50pm alanwatts:

of course it should be food and not cash!
  3/30 7:51pm annie:

food will become a very important commodity. screw electricity and cars... food, shelter and clothing... three necessities.
  3/30 7:51pm BF:

Inline with the idea of localizing currency. Circumventing the need for the centralized coin of the realm.
  3/30 7:52pm annie:

word up BF..money means nothing anyway
  3/30 7:53pm alanwatts:

i don't think anything will change until it becomes absolutely necessary to everyone with a plt of land, no matter how small, to grow their food in order to survive. until then we will have nothing but false obamas.
  3/30 7:54pm annie:

right on alan, or whoever you are!
  3/30 7:55pm alanwatts:

i'm a zen buddhist english guy. geez, i thought i was better known.
  3/30 7:56pm annie:

i think i heard of you back in the 70s or so... i was stoned so it could have been anybody.
  3/30 7:59pm BF:

More direct value/bartering transactions. The idea of digital currency, like craiglistdollars, is interesting-- compatible with that notion of local currency, I assume. Since I don't produce any tangible goods (ie, currency), unless a graded math test counts, but provide service in form of public education, I have a need for artificial currency (fake money?!) in order to make transactions.

Speaking of which, I love having to add numbers be able to comment here.

Yeah, dude, he's on Wiki. Check it.
  3/30 7:59pm alanwatts:

yeah i may have sold that to you.
  3/30 8:00pm BF:

Also says he's dead. So sell away.
  3/30 8:00pm annie:

modeled on any kind of local currency, trade even steven... ten dollar hour
  3/30 8:03pm BF:

But is my hour worth your hour, or the hour of a more skilled laborer, say a neurosurgeon's hour? That would also have to be taken into account.
  3/30 8:05pm BF:

This was fun. Maybe I'll catch you again next week.
  4/2 9:36pm Brian Oregon:

Douglas -- your discussion during the first 20 minutes of this show (listening to podcast) was incredibly clear and helpful. Thanks!
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