Rebel Matters 236 – Série Pandémique – Respect the Fungus Featuring Madge Weinstein

Today I have another conversation with Madge Weinstein of Yeast Radio.   The conversation will be cross-posted there.   And will be slightly different so listen there too. 

Birds Nest Fungi in Our Rock Garden at Summer’s End

Things don’t start well for me.  I have numerous technical problems despite the fact that I tested my setup before the show was to begin.  The problems started when I noticed that the battery was drained on the crappy computer I was going to use. Actually the computer isn’t that crappy.   But the power cable is flaky.  The laptop rebooted when I reconnected the power, delaying me further.  I had to swap laptops and cables, and reset all my inputs, outputs and levels.   But that’s amateur podcasting for you.   Raw and real.  You know like Prince coughing in his Raspberry Beret video or Lucy misting up when Desi kisses her on air.  Even so, you might thank god for the fast forward button.  There are a few other minor glitches you’ll hear, but we soldier on.    

Also.   Trigger warning.  Our sometimes stream of consciousness conversation is guaranteed to offend everyone in some way.   We mispronounce some names and we swear.    I also get the bomb that is dropped on England, in the movie Threads wrong.   The bomb goes off 20 miles from Sheffield, not in the South China Sea.  The South China Sea one goes off in the TV series Years and Years

Madge asks me to explain Andrew Gallimore’s concept of the Hypergrid  which I fail at miserably.  I think I need to have Gallimore on the show so he can explain it himself.    Also we wonder how the plural of fungus is pronounced.   I love the English language.  Do you know it has the largest vocabulary of any language in the world.    Why?  I think because English speakers have absolutely no shame when it comes to just making up words as they go along. It’s a long tradition   You know like quark and smog and snog and laser and google and irregardless.  (Sorry about that last one. Speakers of a certain age will not accept irregardless as a word and will view you with much disdain if you use it around them). English speakers proudly steal from every other language, (French and German are favourites), and such words are promptly incorporated it into the lexicon.  Other words can crop up without warning ,and suddenly, crowdfunding,  deplatforming and whataboutism are things.   Don’t even get me started on English spelling.  

Madge and I cover a lot of ground.   Listen to the show right here:

Other Subjects Discussed: 

  • Bitcoin and replacing the banking system
  • Cluster Headaches
  • Fungus and Mold
  • Mushrooms:  the fruit of the Fungus and Mycelium
  • Vatican Pedophiles
  • The stoned ape hypothesis
  • Female Values – Sharing and Empathy
  • The use of religion  
  • Deep tech talk about ground loops

Famous old people mentioned:

  • Mary Steenburgen
  • Robert Duvall
  • Wagner

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