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On this episode of Midnight Sunrise Radio, Android, Charles & Rab begin with an examination the rise of cults and cult psychology within the counterculture of the 60s and 70s and how this form of social control came to be used today in the post-COINTELPRO/post-MKULTRA era as a means of corralling, capturing, and controlling various disenfranchised groups within general society. We will discuss such notable and disparate cults as The Nation of Islam, The Mormons, Scientology, Landmark Forum, Jim Jones & Jonestown, Osho & Rajneesh Puram, and we’ll look at New Age Cultlike groups such as Burning Man, Cafe Gratitude, Landmark Forum, MUFON and the Sitchinites, and many other offshoots, who all operate upon the same general principle: Division and/or Separateness through Exclusion and/or Superiority.
In the first hour we talk to award-winning radio personality Cary Harrison (www.GoHarrison.com), one of the main inspirations for Midnight Sunrise Radio and Charles’ mentor in radio, featured in Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics & Spirituality. Harrison talks to us about a career in media, the importance of speaking truth, and his award winning NPR series, Sledmore, which chronicles his experience going back to his families historical slave plantation in Maryland to find the descendents of the Black slaves his family once owned and apologize for the sins of his fathers. In the second hour we open the phone lines and speak to:
Jonathan Talat Phillips (talathealing.com)
Destin Gerek (www.eroticrockstar.com/
Justin Totemical (www.totemical.com)
& Megan Beam
On today’s show Android and Charles discuss Freedom & Slavery, with a particular focus on the films of the Wachowskis: The Matrix & Cloud Atlas, the concepts of “Civilization,” “Debt,” and “The Custodial Society.”
“To be is to be perceived. And so to know thyself is only possible through the eyes of the other. The nature of our immortal lives is in the consequences of our words and deeds, that go on and are pushing themselves throughout all time. Our lives are not our own, from womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”
~ Son Mi 451, “Cloud Atlas”
While Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium depicts a highly exaggerated science-fiction future, and Charles Shaw’s The Plastic People presents the grim conditions of the all-too-real present, the inspiration for both films came suddenly and unexpectedly from the same brutal streets of Tijuana, Mexico.
“A documentary, at its best, challenges an audience to unpack their biases and face the facts on the ground. The camera remains the most effective arbiter of virtual presence. Its lens pierces through the obfuscating fog of distance and assumption, letting the truth shine through. From our comfortable positions in our own Elysiums, we step into the gutters of El Bordo, we squeeze into the dusty alleys between the squalid shanty houses. We witness the suffering of fellow human beings. We listen, we learn. Strangers become momentary acquaintances. Instead of calling for the mass deportation of “illegal aliens”, we are forced to look one young man in the eye and tell him that he shouldn’t be allowed to see his wife and child. In a real conversation, in real human terms, there is hope. This is something we can fix.”
On this week’s show we discuss some of the more F.U.B.A.R. (F@#ked Up Beyond All Repair) news and current events including the West Coast drought and Geoengineering, The Lyndsay Bottos “Anonymous” exhibit and “cyberbullying,” and in the second hour we dive into a deeply honest and personal discussion about the recent overdose death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and the consequences of reckless drug use and addiction in the alternative community.
The debut of Midnight Sunrise Radio, a show by artists, for artists, covering the Ins & Outs of the Alternative Community. Broadcast live 02.02.14 on KMHD2 Portland from the Mt. Hood Community College studios of Oregon Public Broadcasting. Streamed globally on www.KMHD2.org.
On today’s inaugural show we introduce the team behind Midnight Sunrise Radio and discuss the concept of “Objective Truth.” We also do some much-needed Super Bowl bashing. Featuring ANDROID JONES CHARLES SHAW RANDOM RAB.