Why Bill Cosby Needs to Respond and the Keystone Pipeline Failure to Pass Senate Is Temporary

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Podcast from the Indie Bohemians Morning Show. A Morning Show, for people who hate Morning Shows.

Content-packed show today! Rob Haynes gives us a Sports Report and a Vex on his dislike of magic. Johnny Dam checks in with a DAMage Report, Angie Dorin with a Monkey Minute. Later, in Pop Culture we talk acne, scars and other new Barbie accessories, Will Smith’s children, and the women who smoked pot for the first time and played Cards Against Humanity. Later, the Keystone Pipeline was stopped in the Senate for now, but it will be back. Finally, Bill Cosby: Why he needs to respond to these allegations, the lawyer’s statement was not enough.

 

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Sorcery and Psychedelics: Dark Fantasy Tropes in Graham Hancock’s Fiction

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My sci-fantasy graphic novel TRETA-YUGA, now live on Kickstarter, has been inspired by Graham Hancock’s bibliography (and a host of other authors). I wanted to take the time to trace some of these influences while simultaneously reviewing Hancock’s newly released epic Return of the Plumed Serpent, the second installment of the War God trilogy.

Graham Hancock is a legendary author, and therefore writing about his work can be prove to be immensely daunting. So much has already been said, and yet there are a great number of themes that I do not see discussed in his work.

For better or worse, the psychedelic activism that he has been adamant about in recent years is given more attention than the majestically magic worlds of his fiction, which he considers a more important vehicle for the translation of entheodelic visions that have consumed him in the over 100+ ayahuasca/DMT experiences he’s had.… Read the rest

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Will Scripted Ferguson Agenda Overshadow the Executive Amnesty Announcement?

via Activist Post:

“Fear is a very powerful weapon, it catalyzes, it causes division, it can be used as an excuse to remove even more civil liberties. Make no mistake America, there are reasons the media are portraying this, in this particular light. You are ALL being manipulated.” (random comment I read the other day…)

History has shown that so many revolutions that many of us have cheered on over the years have turned out to be completely fabricated (or at the very least, co-opted) for an ultimate end game.

Let me start this article by letting you know (in case you didn’t) that every massive rights movement in modern American history has ultimately wound up infiltrated…

Every single one. Remember Occupy Wall Street? These things may even appear to start out organically, but at some point they get co-opted and steered by powerful people for a specific agenda. The question always becomes, “How long has this been going on?” and “What is the endgame?”

The Ferguson situation reeks of COINTELPRO.

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Let Me State the Obvious: Transhumanism is Really Influenced by the Drug War

pinklazer3You ever notice how supposedly smart people are often too dumb to realize that there are different kinds of intelligence. I mean, Jimi Hendrix probably wouldn’t be able to write code for shit, but he could play the hell out of a guitar. Last time I checked, Henry Miller isn’t a science legend and LeBron James isn’t a technological icon. I love that sermon that Jesus gave about organic chemistry. I’m pretty sure that’s the one that got him killed. Man, what’s at the movies this weekend? Yeah, a bunch of new films about how to make better computers, totally. I suppose the reason I mention this has to do with the fact that in the last week or so I’ve stumbled upon roughly 5 different articles by highly respected scientists informing me that computers are going be smarter than humans in the near future. Anytime anyone says something like this the appropriate response should be, what the fuck are you talking about?… Read the rest

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Kryptos Sculptor Offers Another Clue

Jim Sanborn just can’t believe that it’s taking so long for cryptographers and “Brownies” (as they term fans of Dan Brown’s fiction) to decode his sculpture “Kryptos” outside the CIA’s Langley HQ. The New York Times reports that he’s giving them yet another clue:

The artist who created the enigmatic Kryptos, a puzzle-in-a-sculpture that has driven code breakers to distraction since it was installed 24 years ago in a courtyard at C.I.A. headquarters in Langley, Va., has decided that it is time for a new clue.

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Kryptos by Jim Sanborn. Photo: Minh Nguyễn (CC)

By 1999, nine years after it went up, Kryptos fans had deciphered three of the sculpture’s four messages — 865 letters punched through elegantly curved copper sheets that make up the most striking part of the work. (In fact, cryptographers at the National Security Agency cracked those messages in 1993, but kept the triumph to themselves.) The fourth and final passage, a mere 97 characters long, has thwarted thousands of followers ever since.

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Capitalism is God’s Will and the Cat Drank all the Milk: How our Language Creates our Biggest Problems and Why We Can’t do Anything about It

Felipe Del Valle (CC BY 2.0)

Felipe Del Valle (CC BY 2.0)

I have a confession to make, one that a good number of readers will find disgusting and emetic and prevent many of them from reading further. Others, however, might relate or find it interesting regardless, and so those people will continue to read, which, I suppose, is good enough for me. You see, when I was a child, from a very early age, probably as early as I can remember, I felt all around me the “Presence of God.” It was and is, in all actuality, an impossible feeling to properly describe, but I suppose to some extent that I could say that I felt some sort of “immanent-transcendent energy” “flowing” through me and through my surroundings. Having lived in a rural area hours away in any direction from something resembling civilization, many of my childhood memories consist of me sitting in the backseat of a Toyota 4Runner driving somewhere else, usually toward civilization somewhere.… Read the rest

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Activist Comics: End Gerrymandering

You would think that your vote gets counted just as equally as others. But you’d be wrong. The reality is, depending on where you live, your vote is quite likely taken for granted in preemptive zoning by election officials.

This tactic of partitioning voter blocs to count on favorable outcomes as a whole was named after Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, whose imaginative map of voting districts was said to resemble a salamander. And even though his name was pronounced to sound like “Gary,” most know the term “gerrymandering”–with a soft “g” as in “Jerry”–to mean not just re-districting, but purposely dividing communities to disenfranchise a voting populous.

Re-districiting is something that happens with census reports to adjust for population change, with the aim of accurately reflecting the citizenry. What once may have looked like a normal map, with cities and towns as logical zones to assign Congressional representation, has since become abstract fractal shapes with no rationale or justification other than being drawn around reliable voters.… Read the rest

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Teacher Guide to The Twilight Zone’s “Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” (Plus Watch the Episode for Free)

By Rebecca Ray at Storyboardthat:

I remember reading this story as a play in middle school. There was something that immediately captured me about the ending and it has stayed with me ever since. Using the story in the classroom can prove to be a great tool for teaching theme, lesson and moral. Watch your students flourish with this lesson plan, which is designed to generate creativity and discussion about what happens when human nature is left to its own devices.

Quick Plot of The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

Twilight Zone- “The Monsters Are Due on Maple” Street was originally an episode of the 1960’s television show “The Twilight Zone.” Later, the episode was made into a graphic novel. The synopsis of the story deals with insight into human nature and paranoia.

The setting begins on Maple Street as a shadow passes over, accompanied by a flash of light, a whooshing sound, and followed by a power outage.

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New York City’s Biggest Marijuana Problem Is the Police

Paul Stein (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Paul Stein (CC BY-SA 2.0)

via Vice:

A few months ago, I was on a road trip with some friends in upstate New York when we were stopped and searched by state troopers who deployed a drug-sniffing dog. They pulled us all out of the car and tore through our rented minivan, discovering a small plastic baggy with about a gram of weed in it. When they turned up the bag, my homies and I—all young, brown men—instinctively held our hands out to our sides, palms out, as a show of surrender.

The cops started laughing. One of them approached me and said, “I get it. You’re coming from the city, it’s a long drive, you brought a little weed to smoke on the way. Put your hands down. It’ll be fine.” My friends and I exchanged quizzical glances. We’re all used to getting the third degree when it came to drugs and cops.

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