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Aaron Franz is an author, filmmaker, and researcher whose work covers a number of subjects including the 'technological singularity', transhumanism, and eugenics. He’s perhaps best known for his documentary ‘The Age of Transitions’, his website of the same name, theageoftransitions.com, and his book ‘Revolve: Man’s Scientific Rise to Godhood’. In this episode, we explore the roots of transhumanism; linking its underlying principles to the eugenics movements of the 20th Century, and the concept of overpopulation that has become a widely held belief in many sectors of society. A tremendous episode so check it out, spread the word, and enjoy!

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Sylvia McAdam is one of the co-founders of Idle No More, a movement which originated in response to the Canadian Omnibus Bill C-45, a controversial piece of legislation which opens up previously protected waters and land to corporations. In this interview, Sylvia discusses the movement's origins and goals, responds to media speculation that there are 'divisions' amongst its leaders, and outlines the painful and horrifying history of Native American mistreatment at the hands of European settlers, and subsequent North American governments.

BONUS: This episode also contains interviews with supporters at the February 23rd rally in Union Square, NY that marked Bradley Manning's 1000th day in captivity without trial. 

A great episode as ever so check it out, subscribe on iTunes, share with all your friends and peace!

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Episode 48 - Rob Van Dam talks Spirituality, Legalizing Marijuana, 9/11, and more

Rob Van Dam is a professional wrestler, actor, occasional stand-up comedian, and strong advocate for marijuana legalization. On this episode of the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast, RVD joins Guy Evans for a wide-ranging discussion on a number of topics, including spirituality, being a non-conformist, marijuana legalization, corruption in politics, 9/11, and how fear is used to control populations. Subscribe to the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast on iTunes, 'like' us at Facebook.com/smellslikehumanspirit, and spread the word! Enjoy!

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The bedrock of a justice system in a democratic nation is that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. In a society adhering to this principle, the burden of proof lies with the individual or institution that declares, not denies, wrongdoing or illegality. This burden of proof requires an accuser to collect and present enough evidence to prove, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the accused is guilty. This is more than a theoretical concept, rather, it is recognized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 11, which states that “everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which they have had all the guarantees necessary for their defense.”

Until the early 18th Century, in both Europe and the New World, it was common for subjects to be tortured in order to extract confessions from them, a practice that became disallowed over time, and is rarely defended, aside from perhaps the fascists and Soviet governments of the 20th Century, and George W. Bush, who cited that valuable intelligence could be obtained as a result of such methods.

In addition to torture of prisoners, another practice that appears to be diametrically opposed to the ‘innocent until proven guilty’ guideline is the idea of preemptive strikes, or preemptive war. The debate as to what entitles a state or peoples to attack proactively has been contentious for hundreds of years; and in the post 9-11 era, the waters have become murkier still.

In this episode of the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast, Guy Evans takes a close look at the morality of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, in the so-called 'War on Terror'. Enjoy, and spread the word!

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On December 31, 2011, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA).
The National Defense Authorization Act is a bill passed into law each year which allows the government to continue funding national security interests and the military for the next fiscal year.

However, NDAA 2012 was different – it contained a series of striking provisions which appear to violate basic principles of American jurisprudence and the constitution itself.

The most contested section of the bill is Section 1021. Section 1021 defines an individual subject to detention as a person who was a part of, or substantially supported, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or “associated forces” that are engaged in hostilities
against the United States or its coalition partners.

Many feel that this vague language leaves journalists, war correspondents, out-spoken activists and serious critics of US government foreign policy in real danger of harm, whilst representing a fundamental loss of constitutionally guaranteed rights. Therefore, a lawsuit was filed by the 'Freedom Seven', a group including Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges, and Daniel Ellsberg. Last September, a Federal judge, Judge Katherine Forrest, agreed that the plaintiffs did have standing in arguing that Section 1021 is unconstitutional, and ruled for a permanent injunction of the provision.

The Obama administration appealed, and the hearing for both sides was earlier this week. Guy Evans of the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast was at the courthouse, and in this podcast, he outlines the background to the case, why it is so important, and shares some observations from the day itself. Enjoy!

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Predictive programming is the theory that the public's responses to events such as grand-scale terrorism are pre-conditioned through cultural production. Proponents of this theory point to elements in television, film, and literature that have seemingly foreshadowed catastrophes before they have occurred, and suggest that the collusion between intelligence agencies and media institutions is much deeper than is given credit for.

Tom Secker, the British-based writer, researcher, and filmmaker, argues that we can be quite certain that this is a real phenomenon. In this episode, we critically examine some of the main tenets of the predictive programming concept, discuss his recent article on the CIA's Operation Mockingbird, and take a look at the reasons why we have seen a rise in the 'morally ambiguous protagonist' in popular culture. Listen, share, and enjoy!

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The adage ‘actions speak louder than words’ was perhaps no more applicable than on January 21st of this year on Capitol Hill. As Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, he delivered a speech full of misnomers, half-truths, and outright fabrications that have come to define his Presidency.

For many in society, it has become commonplace, perhaps normal, to accept lies from our Politicians and elected officials. We can observe that with each passing scandal, the public trust weakens but does not wane completely – rather, the focus often turns to the potential of a savior who vows to ‘clean things up’ and do the right thing.

In 2008, The United States faced historic economic problems. Barack Obama, hailed as a cool, calm, collected, and more importantly charismatic figure, was seen to be the solution to all of the country’s ills. He swept into office in January 2009 with the strongest electoral mandate in a generation, thanks in large part to his ability to deliver grand speeches often containing even grander promises.

Enjoy this episode examining Obama's (2nd) inaugural speech!

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