When DMT Equals Killing the Environment

The dark side of DMT production…These atrocities have been going on for a very long time. If you read this link, you can see that the same thing has been and is happening with Mimosa hostilis, along with other psychedelic containing species, since at least the 90′s…

If you truly value the environment and profound teachings these plants offer humanity then please help us spread awareness of this idiotically unsustainable harvesting by sharing this information with others.

Via The Nexian:

In late September of this year (2014), Australian acacia expert, Nen, was confronted with one example of the potential ecological costs of the skyrocketing interest in DMT. The following is his account of what he encountered:

What I saw yesterday has left me sickened and shocked.

I took the Nexian, Spice Sailor, to see a very special and pristine nature reserve in a national park where there were large mother seed trees of Acacia obtusifolia.

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“Payment on an Unpaid Basis”

A screenshot from the job-listing site Indeed.com

A screenshot from the job-listing site Indeed.com 

via The Baffler:

“Payment is on an unpaid basis,” is a sentence that should not exist. It’s a linguistic offense, but also a legal one: zero dollars an hour is well below the minimum wage in all fifty states. Unless the employee is a child working fourteen hours a day on a farm, an employee’s payment must be in the form of actual pay. If you are looking for a gig in the entertainment industry, however, you’re bound to come across ads for “jobs” where the payment is nothing at all.

The awkward phrasing may be new, forced on companies by the constraints of a popular entertainment-industry job board on Mandy.com, but the phenomenon of not paying people for their work in the television and film industry goes back years. The perceived glamour of Hollywood has long allowed companies to exploit the labor of desperate but fairly privileged young people by convincing them to accept “experience” and “networking opportunities” in lieu of dollars and cents.

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Sick-Outs and Walk-Outs: Students and Teachers Escalate Fight Against Censorship of History

Students from Columbine High School protest proposed changes to AP History curriculum last week. (Photo: John Lebya/@presto89/Twitter)

Students from Columbine High School protest proposed changes to AP History curriculum last week. (Photo: John Lebya/@presto89/Twitter)

More updates on the attempted censorship of history in school districts Jefferson County, Colorado.

via Deirdre Fulton at Common Dreams:

A passionate coalition of teachers and students in Jefferson County, Colorado are continuing their fight against censorship this week, employing some of the very tactics the conservative school board wants to eliminate from history textbooks.

Seventy-two of 102 teachers at Golden and Jefferson high schools called in absent on Monday, forcing both schools to close for the day; teacher “sick-outs” also closed two high schools on September 19.

Meanwhile, several dozen students from Carmody Middle School walked out of classes on Tuesday morning, marking the first time younger students have joined an ongoing protest by teachers and high schoolers against proposed changes to the district’s history curriculum. Hundreds of students from the majority of the county’s 17 high schools have staged walk-outs and protests over the last two weeks.

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The Cult of Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Are you a fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson? You know, the fellow who took picked up the mantle of Cosmos from Carl Sagan. He’s definitely the most famous astronomer of our time, but as with anyone reaching certain heights of fame, he’s now attracting critics, Rich Lowry of Politico among them:

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a very famous and popular scientist. He even has a TV show. And wears a cool astronomical vest. Only he’s not infallible.

This rather basic truth has been established over the past couple weeks, over much resistance and at the cost of much abuse, by Sean Davis of the lively new conservative website, the Federalist.

Davis dug into a handful of just-so stories repeated by Tyson in his public lectures, the point of which is to make himself — and by extension, his audience — feel superior to the dolts who aren’t nearly as scientific as he is.

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Smart and Smarter Drugs

8354791187_a8970f08c5_bAre we asking the right questions about smart drugs? Marek Kohn looks at what they can do for us – and what they can’t.

“You know how they say that we can only access 20 per cent of our brain?” says the man who offers stressed-out, blank-screened ‘writer’ Eddie Morra a fateful pill in the 2011 film Limitless. “Well, what this does, it lets you access all of it.” Morra, played by Bradley Cooper, is instantly transformed into a superhuman by the fictitious drug NZT-48. Granted access to all cognitive areas, he learns to play the piano in three days, finishes writing his book in four, and swiftly makes himself a millionaire.

Limitless is what you get when you flatter yourself that your head houses the most complex known object in the universe, and run away with the notion that it must have powers to match. More down to earth is the idea that we always have untapped cognitive potential, but that life gets between us and the best we could possibly manage.… Read the rest

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Silicon Valley man unwittingly invites fugitive into home amid manhunt

By Christian Rondeau via Flickr.

By Christian Rondeau via Flickr.

via Reuters:

(Reuters) – A Silicon Valley homeowner unwittingly welcomed a fugitive into his home and shared a meal with the wanted man as California law enforcement officers canvassed the neighborhood in a manhunt, police said on Tuesday.

Police in Palo Alto launched the search after receiving an emergency call on Monday about a possible fraudulent bank transaction linked to a man wanted in Oklahoma for a sex crime with a minor, the city’s police department said.

Officers tried to nab 35-year-old Dominique Tabb of San Francisco at the bank, but he hopped a fence and ran into a residential neighborhood where officers began a yard-to-yard search, Palo Alto Detective Sergeant Brian Philip said.

A homeowner in his 60s saw Tabb in his yard with some minor scrapes, and Tabb told him that assailants had beaten him up and that he was trying to escape, police said.

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Daniele Bolelli Hosts Graham Hancock on The Drunken Taoist Podcast

Two of our favorite authors, Daniele Bolelli (50 Things You’re Not Supposed To Know: Religion) and Graham Hancock (Supernatural, Entangled), finally get together and talk on Daniele’s Drunken Taoist podcast:

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The topics for discussion include:

  • Embracing fiction and saying goodbye to footnotes!
  • Ayahuasca approves of Graham’s fiction
  • At the crossroad of good and evil: choices
  • The demiurge from Graham’s lips: demons hiding in divine clothing
  • If your theology leads you to kill in the name of God, what you are worshipping is a demon
  • Please support Graham’s fiction novels
  • Moctezuma and Cortes: the battle of evil against evil
  • St. Peter and the Aztec war god: different masks for the same entity
  • Totalitarians are all the same
  • Graham offers a history lesson
  • Powerful female characters
  • Gonzalo Guerrero
  • The publishing cage… Graham and the memory of publishers with guts
  • The Stephen King experiment
  • Graham makes a great offer to Drunken Taoist listeners
  • Graham and replying to emails
  • Why Daniele doesn’t get shit done
  • Graham and TED
  • A Japanese editor carried a resignation letter for six weeks in case his choice to support “Fingerprints of the Gods” didn’t work out
  • A timeline of human history and the mystery of the last ice age
  • How Graham transitioned to becoming a writer
  • Martin Mystere
  • Graham about death and the nature of the universe

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