The Age of Transitions
Author and digital filmmaker Aaron Franz hosts this podcast about transhumanism, social manipulation, the occult, and much more.

This episode was recorded on the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Aaron takes calls from Captain Tripps and Ray in Australia as talk centers around 9/11 Truth. 

topics include: 9/11 Truth Movement, terrorism, Iraq War, conspiracy theories, propaganda, Edward Bernays, media, ideas, collective consciousness

Direct download: 286_Questions_About_9_11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:32pm EDT

Aaron continues reading from one of his notebooks that he used to write his book Revolve. Topics range from occult science to esoteric religion. According to Harvard Science Review, research into artificial wombs has been kept underground purposely, in order to avoid outrage from the public. The Book of Genesis is a deep religious alegory that is not disimilar to the Book of Tao. The topics of Transhumanism and propaganda are also covered in this episode. 

Is there actually a new American civil war beginning, or is there something else happening? Will Charles Manson’s face become the next big street art phenomenon? 

topics include: 2020 presidential election, worst years, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, left and right wing politics, divide and conquer, race war, civil war, Helter Skelter, news, fringe political ideas gone mainstream, conspiracy ideas in popular culture, military advisors to media productions, China, technology, machine learning, geopolitics, culture wars

Direct download: 285_The_Human_Grocery_Store.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:59pm EDT

The keynote speaker at the RNC gave a surprise scripted speech, but was sure to pile on plenty of anti-China sentiment for his fans. There appears to be a war going on, and it is mostly taking place in the virtual sphere. We should all look to emerging technologies, especially artificial intelligence, as a major driving factor in this conflict. 

topics include: bonus podcasts, Donald Trump RNC speech, US enlightening the world, stick to the script, America first, doublethink, peace through violence, defense spending, Neocon ideology, anti China sentiment, artificial intelligence, machine learning, technological revolution, AI powered influence campaigns, propaganda, micro targeting demographics, big data, Twitter as a consciousness sensor, analytics, creating viral content, YouTube videos, digital life, Kyle Rittenhouse, influencers, International Business Machines, computer files, Zach Miller, Dr Dog, online echo chambers, social media, evolutionary psychology, media selectively crafts narrative

Direct download: 284_RNC_Machine_Learning_and_Our_Digital_Influencers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:14pm EDT

Those who most rigidly follow the rules do so in hopes that those rules are an accurate metric for gauging reality. The truth of the matter lies far beyond these confines. Just as a small insect can fly easily through the massive gap in a wire fence, so too can we breeze through the confines that so many others try to enforce upon us in this world. 

topics include: truth, independent media, human needs, finding meaning, consciousness, mind, philosophy, human history and prehistory, foreseeing the future, clarity, happiness, prison

Direct download: 283_Rules_Meant_to_be_Broken.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:21pm EDT

After some much need R&R, Aaron Returns to talk about the Military Industrial Complex. America is now its military through and through. Things weren’t always this way, but they have been for some time to be sure. 

topics include: Washington DC, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, aerospace industry, technology, flight, esoteric side of man’s quest to fly, Icarus, left ring paradigm, Covid mask wearing a partisan issue, USPS, Trump crony Postmaster General

Direct download: 282_Wright_Flying_Too_Close_To_The_Sun.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

 gathering of aimless wanderers and information seekers happens on this week’s show. 

topics include: walking around where no one is, city, Columbus Ohio, downtown, Newport Music Hall, Minneapolis Minnesota, George Floyd, police taking early retirement, protests, umbrella man identity

Direct download: 281_Wanderers_Unite.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37pm EDT

On this episode there is some talk about the institution of marriage as well as a very interesting piece from the NIH that Bobby Vaughn brings to the table. It seems that 5G millimeter waves can be absorbed by skin cells and produce Coronaviruses. 

topics include: human relationships, laws, marriage, contracts, religion, Corona Virus lockdown reality, relationship stress, relationships with machines, 5G, technology, transhumanism, Google, internet, forcing people onto certain browsers, 404 errors, https, old sites no longer secure, switching over to new internet structure

Direct download: 280_Bobby_Vaughn_5G_Can_Produce_Coronavirus.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:50am EDT

Jon Gold is the joins the show to talk a bit about 9/11 Truth. It remains an important issue which relates to so much going in today’s world. We would not be where we are now without what happened on September 11, 2001. 

topics include: 9/11 truth and justice, we were lied to, Jersey Girls, protests, anti war movement, Iraq, Afghanistan, American foreign policy, racism, Bandar Bush, veterans for truth

Direct download: 289_Jon_Gold_interview_We_Were_Lied_To_About_9_11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:44am EDT

Robbie Martin joins the show for a conversation on the history and present state of conspiracy culture. He has a special episode of Media Roots Radio detailing the QAnon phenomenon, which is a must listen. Here, Robbie talks a bit about Q, its genesis, and some of the ramifications of what it all means in today’s tumultuous political climate. 

topics include: QAnon, internet, media awareness, propaganda, disillusioned to entertainment industry, popular conspiracy ideas, Alex Jones, Roger Stone, Trump presidential campaign, OAN, Fox News, Tucker Carlson, Trump supporters, 9/11 Truth, Ron Paul, martial law, 8 Chan, boomers, mainstreaming of conspiracy culture, Antifa, BLM, racism, right wing extremism, anti China propaganda

Aaron brings back his old notes to explore some pieces written on IEET by one of its former managing directors, Mike Treder. Treder has been missing/gone silent online since 2012. Transhumanist groups are not unlike other fringe special interest groups, in that it is indeed a fringe group. 

topics include: IEET, Mike Treder, Martine Rothblatt, transhumanism, WTA, intellectuals, academics, white papers, Canada, disappearance, power pyramid, global elite, David Rothkopf, Invisible Hand, religion, science, philosophy, Center for Responsible Nanotechnology, nanotech, induction, inductive reasoning, logic, faith, pattern recognition, Hume, Bayesian Inference, occult, secret doctrine, initiate, induct, artificial wombs, Jeremy Rifkin, Francis Bacon, New Atlantis, Harvard S

Chris McKann from The Path of Tea comes on the show to talk a bit about tea with Aaron. If you aren’t into loose leaf teas, you should be. There is a lot to learn about them on this podcast episode. Be sure to listen to the second part of this show on the latest episode of Uncle (the podcast)

topics include: loose leaf tea, camellia sinensis, China, Japan, Asia, natural medicine, relaxation, taste, caffeine, Oolong, Jasmine, Earl Grey, green tea, black tea, Houston Texas, tea shop

Direct download: 277_Chris_McKann_interview_The_Path_of_Tea.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:49pm EDT

Long time friend of the show, Sand Sheff, returns to talk a bit about Bill Gates. There are a number of large-scale business and social ventures that Gates is involved in. Should we be wary of his intentions?

topics include: EarthNow, surveillance, satellites, space, 5G, foundations, business, Microsoft, Berkshire Hathaway, transhumanism, BCI, BMI, brain computer interface, Elon Musk, occult, religion, prophecy, Mark of the Beast, Covid19, vaccines, security

Direct download: 276_Sand_Sheff_Interview_Bill_Surveils_the_Gates_of_Xanadu20_From_Space.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:26am EDT

With currently down, Aaron talks about the fragility of online security. What sort of large-scale cyber threats will emerge as we go deeper and deeper into this age of transitions?

topics include: web design, online security, Cybersecurity, NSCAI, Google, Amazon, government, private industry, Silicon Valley, China, geopolitics, technology, machine learning

Direct download: 275_Cybersecurity_Issues_Imminent.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:31am EDT

Robin calls back into the show and discusses online/offline life with Aaron. Who will control internet in the future?

topics include: protests, unrest, Age of Transitions, social media, employers vetting candidates online, safety and security, NSCAI, China, birth pangs, sensors, Internet of Things

Direct download: 274_Merging_Online_and_Offline_Life.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:47am EDT

As the nation literally burns, The Age of Transitions goes live on the air. Will George Floyd’s murder be the straw that broke the camel’s back for the public’s trust in the police? Connor, a chat room regular and Minneapolis resident, calls in to the show with some insights and reporting. 

topics include: George Floyd, police violence, protests, riots, unprecedented times, anomie, frustration, public trust, umbrella man, agent provocateurs, looting, Minneapolis, Columbus OH, Atlanta GA

Direct download: 273_The_Shattered_Glass_of_Public_Trust.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:59am EDT

Aaron reads some notes from the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence’s initial report. 

topics include: differing ideas about reality, philosophy, technology, politics, transportation, automation, commerce, NSCAI, national security, China, Cold War 2.0, ethics gap, machine learning, Ai, AGI, algorithms, future, Ford, fleet vehicles

Direct download: 272_NSCAI_Interim_Report_Notes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:44am EDT

On this very special May Day, Aaron decides to consecrate the live show. 

topics include: religion, religious activity, seeking truth, spirit, pagandom, nature, sage, sense of smell, memory, live show Friday nights, cycles, institutions of religion, theocracy, architecture, leaves carved in masonry, mineral vegetable animal kingdoms, government buildings, Classical architecture, evolution, pantheons, Tron, mist, mysticism, four elements

Direct download: 271_Consecrating_the_Show.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:07am EDT

Video games have advanced greatly over a relatively short period of time. They now rival Hollywood films in production value. How may these different forms of media end up converging? What is the future of media, and our relationship with it?

topics include: live show, Age of Transitions comic, Covid19, free online Harvard courses, machine learning, niche industries, democratization of media, video games, Nintendo, movies, television, internet, networked media, multimedia, convergence, virtual reality, education, IT, technology, realistic graphics, detail, Ready Player One, books, private public reality, American Capitalism, understanding, propaganda, hidden information, narrative, Post-Truth World, think tanks, critical thinking

Direct download: 270_Networked_Converging_Media.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:56am EDT

Working from home opens up a whole new world of possibilities for daily life. Is the Covid19 pandemic showing us how technology can enable a life sheltered in place? 

topics include: technology, virtual reality, augmented reality, telecommuting, communications, work, automation, Ai, machine learning, New Green Deal, environmental impact, green technology

Direct download: 269_Virtual_Worlds_Foisted_Upon_Us.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:35am EDT

In the short-term we are dealing with massive changes due to Covid19. People are working from home, not working at all, or possibly not working again. But, what happens when the crisis subsides? There are some serious long-term changes that we can see developing, many of which have been brewing for a long time now. 

topics include: Corona Virus, economy, jobs, working, technology, Ai, robotization, Boston Dynamics, automation, UBI, stimulus, government subsidizing life, military life, generation gap, Boomers, Millennials, Zoomers, online life, media, YouTubers, Protestant Work Ethic, MAGA

Direct download: 268_Economic_Changes_Looming_During_Covid19_Crisis_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:49pm EDT

In the Midst of Covid19, 2020, Aaron takes a moment to reflect on the unique situation we are all in. So much has changed, while so much has stayed the same. 

topics include: Corona Virus, California, quarantine, social distancing, presidential election prediction, Biden/Sanders 2020, families spending time together, home schooling, Common Core curriculum, uncertainty, gun fantasies, martial law, frustrated parents, Ed in WA, going in public, Boomer Remover, church and state, Chet Hanks, China

Direct download: 267_Covid19_Biden_Sanders_2020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:25am EDT

The Covid19 Crisis has kicked into full panic mode. What do we do in the face of this? JG Michael calls in to talk a little bit about this, and more. 

topics include: Corona Virus, public settings, hysteria, hoarding home goods, consumerism, medical system, stratified social system, social distancing, wealthy removed from everyone else, Douglas Rushkoff, Wall Street, one percenters, bunkers, apocalyptic events

Direct download: 266_JG_Michael_guest_Socially_Distanced_One_Percenters.mp3
Category:interview -- posted at: 6:24pm EDT

Aaron tells tales from highlights of his life wandering around aimlessly. Don’t let anyone fool you, wasting time is not always a total waste. If you are in a hurry, it helps to know where it is you are going in the first place. 

topics include: AoT comic, creative projects, laughing at nothing, insanity, comedy, conspiracy theory, 9/11, relationship behaviors influenced by sitcoms and romcoms, credibility, generic conspiracy ideas, Bohemian mindset, successful people break rules, stratified society, walking around aimlessly, wandering, Columbus Ohio, strengths and weaknesses tied together, observation, loneliness, alienation, carrying mail in suburbia, Orange County CA, bustling wastelands, fast pace of modern life, time management, unnatural state, inevitable fates, death, desert, something in nothing, expectations, source of depression

Direct download: 265_Observing_the_Bustling_Wastelands.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:07pm EDT

Aaron returns to do a live show for the first time in nearly a month. Robin from Victoria calls in to have a conversation about popular culture’s seedy underbelly.

topics include: Ochelli Radio Network, The Age of Transitions, GOTJ 2017, some counterculture ideas held by the majority now, corruption, 1620 High Noon podcast, MMA, Canada, podcasting, laser discs, Song of the South, old Warner Brothers cartoons critiquing wild west America, Siemens, military war propaganda, Disneyland, Walt Disney, Dr Seuss, Roald Dahl, Edward Bernays, World’s Fair, Futurism, average person becoming aware of mass propaganda, conspiracy theories placed in popular media, cognitive bias, technology, communication breakdown, Adam Fitzgerald, 9/11, history, JFK assassination, Chuck Ochelli

Direct download: 264_Looney_Toons_Hate_the_Old_West.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:22pm EDT

Murdacloak is the man behind the Instagram, Juggalos Against Trump, and the special guest on this episode of The Age of Transitions podcast. Those who know juggalos know enough to expect the unexpected. This interview is a prime example of this principle, and a fun conversation about the insane clown show that is politics today. 

topics include: juggalo, ICP, lyrics, Gathering of the Juggalos 2018 OKC, Oklahoma, police presence, 2019 Columbus OH, Midwest, California, President Donald Trump, racism, Juggalos For Trump, Juggalo ideology, losing sight of the message, Carnival of Carnage, economic inequality, Walmart, MAGA hats, Montana, demonization of the poor, Republican Party base, Bernie Sanders, social media, political debate at GOTJ, Juggalo Night Court, Native American Reservation, Salish Tribe, life on the Res, the projects, nature, discrimination, civility, Instagram

Direct download: 263_Juggalos_Against_Trump_Murdacloak_interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:58pm EDT

Journalist, author, and podcaster Josephy L Flatley returns to the show to talk about his latest audio documentary podcast series. The So-Called Prophet from Pittsburgh is about the GCCA, a group headed by a man who calls himself Gabriel of Urantia. Here, Joseph gets to talk about making his series as well as some serious psychological aspects of cult life. 

topics include: Catatonic Youths, GCCA, podcasting, audio documentaries, cults, interviews with ex members, conspiracy culture, mind control, Synanon, word salad, psychology, spiritualution, Soulistic Hospice, Occupy Wall Street, confusion, family, Gabriel of Urantia, Elders, internet marketing groups, poor quality websites, gurus search for victims, Sanskrita, Jonestown, dysfunctional relationships, family dynamics

Direct download: 262_Joseph_L_Flatley_interview_The_So-Called_Prophet_from_Pittsburgh.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

An old man doesn't take any crap from anyone, because he shouldn't have to.

Direct download: 261_Tell_It_Like_It_Is.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14pm EDT

Chuck Ochelli rejoins The Age of Transitions bonus podcast stream. Here, he and Aaron retell some of their experiences being part of the "Truth Movement" that happened a decade in the past. Passing out DVDs, networking with like minds, and much more are explored in this light-hearted, but hard-hitting conversation. 

topics include: 9/11 Truth, eBay, the Obsolete Man, DVD copies of documentaries, truth groups, JFK, sharing information, meeting truther celebrities, no planers, Kevin Barrett, Jim Fetzer, Sophia Smallstorm, supportive partners, conspiracy theory, civil liberties, depression, Uncle (the podcast), average person

Direct download: Bonus_Podcast_clip_027_Chuck_Ochelli_Truther_Memoirs.mp3
Category:Bonus Podcast clip -- posted at: 2:25pm EDT

The 2020 presidential election is heating up. It’s hard not to get caught up in the show. 

topics include: Bernie Sanders, Bon Iver, Iowa, primaries, Donald Trump, PA rally, crowds

Direct download: 260_So_Presidential.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

Things can often and all too easily seem completely hopeless. In the face of this, it may be that a bit of hope and faith go a long way to help us. But how do we keep ourselves from become victims of blind faith? 

topics include: 9/11 Truth, we were lied to, some far Left pitfalls, conspiracy related topics, religion, faith, mysticism, altered states of consciousness, being consumed by alternative media

Direct download: 259_Dont_Lose_Hope.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

If we are going to develop thinking machines, perhaps we should first evaluate our own thought processes. Are we even thinking in the first place?

topics include: democratic debates, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, media coverage, propaganda, marginalizing outlier candidates, mind, psyche, intelligence, Ai, machine learning, bias, objectives, human control, Stuart Russell, Forbes article, virtual worlds


Direct download: 258_On_Second_Thought.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08pm EDT

A relaxed and impromptu show in which Aaron talks about everything from the Age of Transitions show itself to war with Iran. 

topics include: live show, Patreon supporters, desert camping trip to Giant Rock, optimism, power corrupts, special interests, war with Iran, business of war, Middle East theater of War, Iraq, Donald Trump 2016 campaign, convenient lies, George W Bush administration, Neocons, propaganda, public acceptance of war, opportunity to make unique media, conspiracy theory distractions, surveillance, big data, social media, cellular phone microphone picking up your conversations to target advertisements, average person’s perceptions, Silicon Valley, Surveillance Capitalism, generational antagonism, self help, write up podcast reviews for your favorite shows

Direct download: 257_The_War_Continues.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:45pm EDT