Issue Two of The Nexian – Official E-Zine of the DMT-Nexus

This one is research themed and features an interview with Rick Strassman:

The Nexian publishing collective is delighted to announce the release of Issue Two of TheCOVER IMAGE Nexian! This issue places an emphasis on psychedelic research in its myriad of forms. Given this theme and the focus of this e-zine, we have dedicated a special section of this issue to the late Alexander Shulgin. We hope you will find as much inspiration in reading Issue Two as we found producing it.

With members of the DMT-Nexus stepping up to make terrific contributions in arenas including the sustainable sourcing of psychedelic plants, comprehensive harm reduction, and examinations of psychedelics and culture, this issue truly has something for everyone. In Issue Two you will find topics ranging from underground psychedelic research, to sanctioned psychedelic research, to surprising revelations that, according to the Controlled Substances Act, America’s citrus growers may be running the largest drug production ring in the world, and much, much more!… Read the rest

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Harmony Korine Interviews Kenneth Anger

Picture of Harmony Korine via Creative Commons.

Picture of Harmony Korine via Creative Commons.

Sorry about having two Harmony Korine posts in one day, but I couldn’t wait to share this one. In the interview, Kenneth Anger touches upon his beliefs in Thelema, his filmmaking style, the missing Malaysian plane, and more.

via Interview Magazine:

To describe Kenneth Anger as a “cult filmmaker” seems requisite but incomplete. The 87-year-old native Angeleno is indeed the writer and director of the surrealist shortsInauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954-66), Scorpio Rising (1963), and Lucifer Rising (1970-81)—some of the wildest and most profoundly influential experimental films of the last century. But his salacious narrative history of the industry, Hollywood Babylon, originally published in 1960, is also kitsch-famous, a kind of gossip gospel in the land of holy celebrity. His film and video works are in the permanent collections of various museums of modern art. And he is also the most famous living practitioner of Thelema—the ritual-based doctrine dictated to Aleister Crowley by the spiritual messenger Aiwass.

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Summer Camp in North Korea

You can now send your kid to summer camp in North Korea.

via Mashable:

Songdowon International Children’s Camp, which has been operational for nearly 30 years, was originally intended mainly to deepen relations with friendly countries in the Communist or non-aligned world. But officials say they are willing to accept youth from anywhere — even the United States.

The statues of Kim Il Sung (left) and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang (April 2012). By J.A. de Roo

The statues of Kim Il Sung (left) and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang (April 2012). By J.A. de Roo

The camp is located in Wonsan, east from Pyongyang on the coast of the Sea of Japan. It’s a popular beach destination among North Koreans, with clear water and sandy beaches.

After some guidance from North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, and a major face lift, the camp reopened Tuesday for this year’s flock of foreign campers — more than 300 young children and teenagers from Russia, China, Vietnam, Ireland and Tanzania.

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Bones of Iron Age Warriors Show Signs of Mutilation

The bones showed signs of being scraped, presumably to remove any leftover flesh. The bones were then sorted and disposed of in a bog. Archaeologists suspect that it was ” a kind of ritual closure of the war.”

A skull of an Iron Age warrior discovered in a bog in Denmark shows signs of battle. Credit: Ejvind Hertz, Skanderborg Museum. Via Live Science

A skull of an Iron Age warrior discovered in a bog in Denmark shows signs of battle.
Credit: Ejvind Hertz, Skanderborg Museum. Via Live Science

via Live Science:

The bones of dozens of Iron Age warriors found in Denmark were collected and ritually mutilated after spending months on the battlefield, archaeologists say.

At least six months after the soldiers died, their bones were collected, scraped of remaining flesh, sorted and dumped in a lake. Some were handled in a truly bizarre manner; for instance, four pelvises were found strung on a stick.

“We think it’s a kind of ritual closure of the war,” said Mads Kähler Holst, project manager at the dig and head of the department of archaeology at the Moesgård Museum in Denmark.

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Harmony Korine Working on Screenplay to Star Robert Pattinson

Pattinson at LA premiere of The Rover. Fahad Ali

Pattinson at LA premiere of The Rover. By Fahad Ali

Robert Pattinson has been trying to prove that he’s more than just a sparkling vampire. And he’s doing a pretty good job, working with the likes of David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars) and Werner Herzog (Queen of the Desert) Pattinson has confirmed that he’s capable of being more than just a teen heartthrob.

And now, Harmony Korine is working on a film written specifically for Pattinson.

via Esquire:

Over the last year, he has been diligently making movie after independent movie, in what has been his first stretch of work post-Twilight. And so far, his direction seems clear – he’s working exclusively with auteurs, on films that are not obviously commercial, and in roles that are uniquely challenging and wildly different, one to the next.

Last summer, he finished The Rover in Australia, a dystopian western from David Michôd, who made 2010’s brilliant Animal Kingdom.

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Disney World’s MagicBand: ‘Welcome to Dataland, Princess’

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“Cinderella Castle” by Katie Rommel-Esham. Licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0-us via Wikimedia Commons.

Ian Bogost’s essay at Medium analyzes the unabashed tracking of customers at Disney World, where “Dataland suggests that once data surveillance becomes transactional, it rapidly becomes exhibitionist.” He and his family have just arrived in the Magic Kingdom and been issued with their MagicBand bracelets:

…Later, after deploying my MagicBand to allow entry into our hotel room, I read the My Disney Experience FAQ, which explains the operation of the MagicBand. It’s an uncharacteristic offering for a company so devoted to “magic” as a black-boxed secret sauce. I learn that in addition to the expected RFID allowing short-range communication at touch-points—room entry, park admission, and points of purchase—the MagicBand also includes a long-range radio transceiver, which communicates with receivers located throughout the Disney properties. The FAQ clarifies, in the vaguest possible way, that these long-range readers are used “to deliver personalized experiences…as well as provide information that helps us improve the overall experience in our parks.”

Disney assures guests that the MagicBands do not store any personal information, just a code used to reference your account in Disney databases.

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Student Filmmakers Thrown into Vaccine/Autism Fray – “Invisible Threat”

All of the controversy only makes me want to watch Invisible Threat more.

via The Los Angeles Times:

Every school day, students at Carlsbad High tune in their classroom televisions to a news show produced by its award-winning broadcast journalism program.

Airing from a well-appointed studio on campus, the report covers topics ranging from final exams to nearby wildfires, delivered by a teenage staff that typically goofs around until the cameras roll and professionalism descends.

Carlsbad High has come to expect a lot from CHSTV, a “signature program,” according to schools Supt. Suzette Lovely.

But no one expected the kind of attention that has lately muzzled one of its most acclaimed works — a short documentary produced by an extracurricular offshoot of the program.

The movie, “Invisible Threat,” bills itself as a report on “the science of disease and the risks facing a society that is under-vaccinated.”

As the students and their advisors prepared to debut it, they found themselves cast as foot soldiers in a long-running immunization war between a small group of activists who argue that vaccines cause autism and the vast majority of physicians and scientists who say they don’t.

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The Iron Dome Inside The Heads of Israel’s Leaders

When you go to a dictionary to look up “dome,” you find lots of references to hemispherical structures or forms. You also find that it is a slang word for the head.

And so, it may not be much of a stretch to look at the “Iron Dome” counter-missile system utilized by the Israeli forces as a perfect metaphor for the men authorizing its deployment and use, the iron domes of the heads who head up Israel’s military, and orchestrate its most assuredly not defensive war against Gaza.

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Iron Dome near Sderot” by NatanFlayerOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

It is also a metaphor for the war itself. The finger pushing reliance on computer technology—whether with domes or drones—tends to block all sensitivity of the human costs and consequences.

CNN reports that,

“Israel uses Iron Dome to block rockets from striking its major population centers.

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FOUND: 300-year-old Pyx

Another interesting discovery this week.

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An example of a pyx. © BrokenSphere / Wikimedia Commons.

 

via Reuters:

A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said on Tuesday.

Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager, was scavenging with his parents when he found the crumpled, square-shaped ornament on a leisure trip to hunt for artifacts in the wreckage of a convoy of 11 ships that sank in 1715 during a hurricane off central Florida’s east coast.

After the discovery last month, a team of Spanish historians realized the piece fit together with another artifact recovered 25 years ago. It formed an accessory called a pyx, worn on a chain around a high priest’s neck to carry the communion host. The dollar value is uncertain.

“It’s priceless, unique, one of a kind,” said Brent Brisben, operations manager for 1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels, which owns rights to the wreckage, located in 15-foot (4.5-meter) deep Atlantic Ocean waters.

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