April 2007


Journalist and recipient of the 2006 Lifetime Emmy, Bill Moyers returns to PBS with this fantastic interview of Jon Stewart. The following video offers another glimpse into the mind of Jon Stewart, which contrary to popular belief isn’t always comedic. His views on how the Bush administration works are particularly insightful.

The time has come to move again.

For part 7 click here.

For part 6 click here.

For part 5 click here.

For part 4 click here.

For part 3 click here.

For part 2 click here.

For the article that I wrote so very long ago, and for the first and potentially most enlightening part of the discussion click here.

And as always, enjoy and have fun.

LearyTIME magazine has published not ONE but TWO articles about LSD this week! This isn’t counting their little prediction I posted recently.

The first article ‘Was Timothy Leary Right?‘ doesn’t really provide any new information to a regular reader of this blog but it’s still nice to see. There’s also a mention of Rick Doblin, MAPS, and Stanislav Grof.

The second article ‘When the Elite Loved LSD‘ is a little more interesting. It includes a few anecdotes about prominent figures who’ve tried LSD, which includes one of the co-founders of TIME inc. (parent company of TIME). Yes, another unsuccessful druggie…

Via Mind Hacks

“Vancouver psychotherapist Andrew Feldmar has been barred from entering the United States. The reason? During a random stop-and-search at a US/Canadian border crossing, a Google search of his name led to his article from the Spring 2001 ‘Janus Head: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts.’ In it Feldmar describes two acid trips he took under the supervision of his graduate adviser in psychology — in 1967 and how the substance could be used to understand the self and a possible alternative to psychotherapy. This turns out to have been enough to earn him a life-time ban under the grounds of ‘admitted drug use.’

“Feldmar *was* told he could apply for a waiver, and that after a year, and at a cost of around $3,500, he had a ‘90% chance’ of its being granted.

“Oh — and he’d have to go through the process each time he wanted to travel to the US.”

LSD ProfessorThe official said that under the Homeland Security Act, Feldmar was being denied entry due to “narcotics” use. LSD is not a narcotic substance, Feldmar tried to explain, but an entheogen. The guard wasn’t interested in technicalities. He asked for a statement from Feldmar admitting to having used LSD and he fingerprinted Feldmar for an FBI file…

Feldmar was determined, in the months after the aborted border crossing, to turn things around. He was particularly determined because the idea of not being able to visit his children at their homes was unthinkable.

Mike Milne, spokesman for U.S. border and protection, based in Seattle says “Anyone who is determined to be a drug abuser or user is inadmissible. A crime involving moral turpitude is inadmissible and one of those areas is a violation of controlled substances.”

If there’s no criminal record, as in Feldmar’s case?

Not necessarily the criterion, Milne said. You can still be considered dangerous.

Eugene Oscapella, an Ottawa lawyer, who lectures on drug policy issues in the department of criminology at the University of Ottaw and works as a policy adviser to a range of government agencies and departments, including the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada says:

“This is about the marriage of the war on drugs and the war on terror, and the blind, bureaucratic mindset it encourages. Government surveillance in the name of the war on drugs and the war on terror is in danger of making us all open books to zealous governments. As someone mentioned at a privacy conference I attended in London, U.K., several months ago, all the tools for an authoritarian state are now in place; it’s just that we haven’t yet adopted authoritarian methods. But in the area of drugs, maybe we have.”

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Bee EinsteinI’m in the midst of some work and decided to take a break with a quick post on Animam Recro. On a recent episode of Real Time with Bill Mahr, the host said the following on air:

“Here’s a quote from Albert Einstein: “if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” Well, guess what? The bees are disappearing. In massive numbers. All around the world. And if you think I’m being alarmist and that, “Oh, they’ll figure out some way to pollinate the plants…” No, they’ve tried. For a lot of what we eat, only bees work. And they’re not working. They’re gone. It’s called Colony Collapse Disorder, when the hive’s inhabitants suddenly disappear, and all that’s left are a few queens and some immature workers…”

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Originally, I was going to write about how the recent disappearances of bees. No one knows where they are going or if they’re still alive. We depend on pollination work of honey bees to grow over 90 varieties of vegetables and fruits. How do we know about these missing bees? Well, many are misinformed and believe random bees just fly around and pollinate our crops. This is not the case. Bee pollination is a large industry and the import/export of bees from around the world is a large part of it. Beekeepers will travel around the country and offer their services to farmers, letting their bees fly and pollinate crops. These beekeepers soon realized that millions of their bees are disappearing.

So, Bill Mahr raises awareness about human impact on the environment as a possible cause of these disappearances. This is one issue that needs to be addressed, especially if Einstein was correct.

However, this is not the only issue that has been brought up by Bill Mahr’s statement. Being a blogger who tries to back up his facts (partly because I deal with highly controversial issues), I googled the Einstein quote to find a source. What I found instead was a series of websites, including the SNOPES forum, who are questioning the validity of the quote. No one has found an actual source to verify it yet. What can be learned from this? The psychological effect of attributing information to an authority figure as a method of persuasion. Attribute a quote to Einstein and a piece of information suddenly becomes much more believable. He was a genius after all.

But not an ecologist or botanist alive today.

Does this falsify Bill Mahr’s statement? I wouldn’t say so. Will the disappearance of bees mean the end of man? Probably not. But it goes to show how masses of people can be influenced by a meme regardless of an individual’s intention. It also offers a glimpse into the beauty and dangers of the Internet. Before the Internet it would be very difficult to discuss the statements of public figures and find relevant information in such an immediate and organized way. Yet, misinformation can spread like wildfire as well.

As far as we know, these are current media outlets using the Einstein quote without verification:

-Discovery Channel Europe -BBC Radio 2 -The Independent -The Telegraph -Der Speigel

At this point no verification of the quote has been found and major Einstein scholars are highly skeptical of its authenticity.

AlteratiSeems like everyday a new website appears which shares similar lines of thought as our own.

Today I present you with an article from Alterati. In it Brian Corra presents the reader with the mind altering nature of the Internet, the potential impact of role adaptation techniques, and the logical synthesis of the two- Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games.

“Many people these days now go inside to go outside.”

The time has come to move again.

For part 6 click here.

For part 5 click here.

For part 4 click here.

For part 3 click here.

For part 2 click here.

For the article that I wrote so very long ago, and for the first and potentially most enlightening part of the discussion click here.

And as always, enjoy and have fun.

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