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Stories and conversations from the end of America.

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    68. Gabriel of Urantia Warns of the Apocalypse… But This Time We're Afraid He Means It

    68. Gabriel of Urantia Warns of the Apocalypse… But This Time We're Afraid He Means It

    In Tumacácori, Arizona, a stone’s throw from the U.S. border with Mexico, roughly 85 “destiny reservists” await their fate. They are the followers of Gabriel of Urantia. Born Anthony J. Delevin in Pittsburgh in 1946, Gabriel’s life work is a community known as the Global Community Communications Alliance (GCCA). They live in a compound in the desert where they raise animals, harvest hemp, and study their prophet’s teachings. This is all in preparation for the end of this world, and the coming of the next.

    And the apocalypse, according to Gabriel, is closer now than it’s ever been.

    Last week, Paladin called the cult’s radio station KVAN-FM last week to address the people of Tucson on the air. “We are living in a transition period,” Gabriel/Paladin says in the voice of the trans-dimensional space creature.

    On today’s Failed State Update, former GCCA member Joshua Lilly listens to Gabriel's latest broadcast with us and helps us understand both the message and cult psychology in general.

    But first, J.G. and Lenny discuss Monarch mind-control conspiracies and why they are the perfect myth of our time. This is the subject of Monarch, the debut novel by Candice Wuehle.

    LINKS:

    Everything We Know About Gabriel of Urantia on Failed State Update

    Josh Lilly on living in (and being kicked out of) a destructive cult on Failed State Update

    The Poetry and Majesty of Conspiracy Theory on Failed State Update

    Candice Wuehle interviewed on Parallax Views

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    67. Failed State (Cult) Jukebox with Mark Jacobson (Pale Horse Rider) and Shy Boyz

    67. Failed State (Cult) Jukebox with Mark Jacobson (Pale Horse Rider) and Shy Boyz

    We had so much fun doing the Failed State Jukebox a few weeks ago that we thought we'd try it again. Thanks to my (Lenny's) terrific administrative skills, J.G. Michael wasn't on the call. But don't worry, he'll be back next week!

    With author and journalist Mark Jacobson as our guide, we prevailed through 90 minutes of cult music, including: 

    TaliasVan & the Bright & Morning Star Band: Let's Be Lovers (live)
    Jeremy Spencer: Can You Hear The Song
    Charles Manson: Cease to Exist
    The Beach Boys: Never Learn Not to Love
    Boney M: Rivers of Babylon
    The Melodians: Rivers of Babylon
    David Koresh: Rivers of Babylon
    Passion: Don't Stop
    Mobb Deep: Shook Ones, Pt. 2
    Peoples Temple Choir: He's Able
    L. Ron Hubbard: Alien Visitors Attack
    Jim Kweskin Jug Band: Dark as a Dungeon

    But that's not all! Listen to the end, because Philadelphia's own Shy Boyz come on to discuss their cult covers album, American Idolz. They also share their rendition of "Energy Master," originally recorded by Gabriel of Urantia.

    Be sure to check out the commercial for American Idolz here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K75-F8Tqq1o






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    66. Daniel Muessig, "real-life Saul Goodman" going to prison

    66. Daniel Muessig, "real-life Saul Goodman" going to prison

    Daniel Muessig is a Pittsburgh folk hero, mostly because of his over-the-top ad for his law practice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_iaugcJW7Q

    Any day now he will go to prison for five years for conspiring to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and possession of marijuana. He was busted by an FBI task force who ID'd him through a wiretap.

    Of course he broke the law, but should we be sending anyone to jail over marijuana?

    The fact is, even though we live in a world where marijuana is quasi-legal, there's still a prohibition — the illegal pot business is full of very shady people doing very dangerous stuff, which is why the rewards are so great. When Muessig was busted, they found almost half a million dollars in cash. What does it say about this country that someone would have to go to such lengths to pay off their student loans?

    Here's an epic 2-hour interview of Daniel Muessig conducted by JG Michael. They cover everything from American drug law to the Jewish mob history of Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood, to the details of the man some people are calling a real-life Saul Goodman.

    NO PARDONS, NO VOTES: https://pardonsnow.com/

    J.G. Michael's other podcast, Parallax Views: https://parallaxviews.podbean.com/

    Failed State Update Podcast: https://roundtable.io/failed-state-update/podcasts


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    65. Edward Ahmed Mitchell on the Private Surveillance of Muslim-Americans

    65. Edward Ahmed Mitchell on the Private Surveillance of Muslim-Americans

    In this episode of Failed State Update, J.G. Michael speaks with Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Deputy Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations about a scandal involving CAIR's Ohio chapter and a right-wing outfit called the Investigative Project on Terrorism. There is evidence that IPT has been spying on Muslim-American activists and working with the state of Israel to target American students activists. It's a bombshell story, one that's only going to get crazier as more details emerge.

    For more information, check out J.G.'s recent article on Failed State Update: https://roundtable.io/failed-state-update/reports/private-sector-snoops-caught-spying-on-muslim-activists-in-the-united-states


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    64. Failed State Jukebox with Charles Ochelli and J.G. Michael

    64. Failed State Jukebox with Charles Ochelli and J.G. Michael

    Failed State Jukebox is a regular item on the Failed State Update website where we look at dystopian pop music. Usually, it's far-right or conspiracy-themed, which is both disturbing and hilarious. These are fun articles, but there's a point to them. The right-wing culture industry tells us something about a sector of the American public usually ignored by the mainstream.

    In today's episode of the podcast, co-hosts J.G. Michael and Joseph L. Flatley are joined by Charles Ochelli, the host of The Ochelli Effect, to spin some tunes and discuss the failed state of popular culture.

    Tracklisting:


    Timezone: World Destruction
    Ministry: Antifa
    Kid Rock feat. Monster Truck: Don't Tell Me How To Live
    Hi-Rez and Jimmy Levy: Welcome To The Revolution
    Baked Alaska: We Love Our Cops
    Taliasvan & the Bright & Morning Star Band: Wake Up America
    (hed) p.e.: Live at DeepRockDrive
    Jihad Jerry and the Evildoers: I'm Gonna Pay You Back
    Devo: Ohio
    Baked Alaska: We Love Our Cops (live)

    Charles Ochelli's podcast is The Ochelli Effect.

    J.G.'s other podcast is Parallax Views.

    Find all of our podcasts on the Failed State Update website and be sure to sign up for the free newsletter.


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    63. F**k A War with Eric Draitser, J.G. Michael

    63. F**k A War with Eric Draitser, J.G. Michael

    Russia has invaded Ukraine, and what more is there to be said, besides: F**k war and f**k imperialism.

    (Well, there is a little more than that to be said, and J.G. Michael has Eric Draitser on the show to say it.) 

    Eric Draitser is an independent political analyst and host of CounterPunch Radio. You can find his exclusive content including articles, podcasts, audio commentaries, poetry, and more at patreon.com/ericdraitser. He can be reached at @stopimperialism on Twitter.

    Please be sure to check out J.G.'s other podcast, Parallax Views. 

    Check out the Failed State Update website (http://failedstateupdate.com/) and subscribe to the free newsletter: http://lennyflatley.substack.com/


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    • 42 min

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