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Was Earth Day the Idea of an Eccentric Murderer?

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1979 mugshot and a 2001 mugshot of Ira Einhorn taken upon his return to the U.S.

Former disinformation® editor Matt Staggs reminds us of what he calls “one of Earth Day’s biggest black eyes,” at Biographile:

On April 22, 1970, tens of thousands of people came together in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park to celebrate the first Earth Day: an event organized to raise awareness regarding pollution and other threats to our planet’s ecological health.

The master of ceremonies for the event was Ira Einhorn, a man known as “the Unicorn” after the English translation of his German surname, “one horn.” Many years later, he would become better known as “the Unicorn Killer.”

Einhorn was something of a Philadelphia celebrity, and rising star among the era’s activists, intellectuals, artists, and gurus. According to the writer Gary Lachman, author of The Dedalus Book of the 1960s: Turn Off Your Mind, the Unicorn counted among his friends the mystic Baba Ram Dass, author Philip K.

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I Was a Guest On the ‘Intellectual Gentlemen’s Club’ Podcast

Sometimes I’m lucky enough to be a guest on other people’s podcasts. I’ve done several of them in the past year or so, and I’m always flattered that anyone is interested in hearing what I’ve got to say. I don’t normally mention them here at Disinfo because I want to avoid even the very whiff of personal promotion, but with so many interviews with me starting to pile up out there in the aether I thought it might be time to fill you in on them here and there.

Feel free to completely disregard this post, but if you’re interested in hearing an interview with me then you would do well with this my recent appearance on the “Intellectual Gentlemen’s Club” podcast. Apparently they were willing to let the fact that I’m neither an intellectual nor gentleman slide in this one case…

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From the Editor’s Desk: Thanks for Your Support, Disinfonauts

Dear Disinfo readers,

With the passing of 2012 – and all of us survivors still recovering from our obsidian knife wounds from December 21 – I wanted to take a moment and thank you all for the unbelievable patience and support that you’ve shown me here.

I’ve been a fan of the Disinformation Company for many years, and coming to work here has been both a dream come true and a huge responsibility. Preserving the Disinfo legacy while preparing for its future is a balancing act, and one that I cannot do without you. The community here has shown incredible grace and good humor as I work to find a good mix of controversial, entertaining and just plain odd content. You’ve been forgiving of my missteps and experiments (may we all remember with a mix of fear and amusement the last weeks of 2012 as The Era of the Midnight Video  Onslaught), and in short, you’ve made me feel at home while I’ve learned the ropes.… Read the rest

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Magic and Cthulhu Mythos with Daniel Harms

Daniel Harms | The DisinfoCast with Matt Staggs: Episode 14

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Scholar Daniel Harms is an expert on the history of magic and the works of H.P. Lovecraft, creator of the Cthulhu Mythos. Harms and host Matt Staggs discuss The Long Lost Friend, an authentic American grimoire, along the way taking fascinating diversions into the murky and contentious history of a not-so-authentic grimoire: The Necronomicon. Join us for an hour of occult secrets, esoteric rivalry and imagination on this episode of The DisinfoCast.
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Living with Bipolar Disorder: Andy Behrman’s ‘Electroboy’


Living with Bipolar Disorder: Andy Behrman's 'Electroboy' | The Disinfocast with Matt Staggs: Episode 05

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Andy Behrman is the author of Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania. At first, Andy Behrman's manic episodes gave him an edge among the young professional elite of 1980s New York City: thousands of ideas tumbled out of his super-charged brain and he slept only a couple of hours a night, leaving him plenty of time to pursue them all. Soon, though, the dizzying highs and crushing lows of his undiagnosed bipolar disorder grew too strong, and Andy's life spun out of control. He developed a taste for drugs, quick money and risky sex. He grew delusional and grandiose, spending thousands of dollars on impulsive trips around the world and luxury goods. His mania-fueled joyride ended in a federal court, an accused embezzler and forger of modern art. It took almost 20 rounds of electroconvulsive therapy to bring some degree of normalcy to Andy's life, but his story doesn't end there. He became a spokesperson for a powerful pharmaceutical company, ultimately betraying his corporate paymasters to become one of their harshest critics. Big pharma critic, author and mental health advocate Andy Behrman is my guest on this episode of The DisinfoCast.
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Too Much to Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood | The Disinfocast with Matt Staggs: Episode 03


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In this episode of The Disinfocast I interview Peter Bebergal, who went looking for meaning and found ritual magick, punk rock and hallucinogenics instead. I talk with Bebergal about his new memoir Too Much to Dream: A Psychedelic American Boyhood, stopping along the way to parse out the difference between magick and mysticism, the mythic power of Marvel Comics and whether or not LSD is a valid tool for enlightenment. Listen to Peter Bebergal's journey on the latest episode of The Disinformation Company's official podcast, The DisinfoCast.
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My Friend Dahmer | The Disinfocast with Matt Staggs: Episode 02

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In this episode of The Disinfocast I interview famed cartoonist Derf Backderf (The City, Trashed, Punk Rock & Trailer Parks) about his new book, My Friend Dahmer. Backderf was a high school friend of Dahmer's, and was a first-hand witness to future serial killer's bizarre antics and inevitable slip into madness. Listen as Derf recalls the beginnings of America's most notorious cannibal on the latest episode of The Disinformation Company's official podcast, The DisinfoCast.
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The New Disinfocast with Matt Staggs

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The Disinformation Company is excited to announce the return of the Disinformation Podcasts with The Disinfocast, hosted by Matt Staggs. Matt Staggs is a writer and longtime aficionado of the curious and bizarre. A career spent in journalism and psychology has led Matt to to the understanding that exploring why people believe the things they do is just as important as the things themselves. When he’s not reading, podcasting or writing, you can usually find Matt arguing over a table full of strange books and funny dice. Follow him on Twitter at @mattstaggs.

Matt’s first guest will surely be familiar to listeners of the Disinformation Podcasts over the years, it’s former host, now author of The Georgia Guidestones: America’s Most Mysterious Monument: Raymond Wiley!

Join Raymond and Matt as they discuss this great mystery: the Georgia Guidestones are at once a Rosetta Stone, an astronomical observatory, and a road map for rebuilding civilization.… Read the rest

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