Chemistry World magazine recently published a comprehensive feature-length article about the “resurgence of medical hallucinogens.” MAPS President Rick Doblin, PhD, is quoted throughout the article.
‘Psychedelics are an amazing category of substances,’ says Feilding. ‘Only by understanding the scientific neural and physiological correlates of what is happening underneath the experience will we more easily be able to explain why they could be therapeutic.’ Research is already altering the perception of psychedelics – enabling them to come out of the underground and be viewed as possible treatments. In less than 10 years time, patients with a series of distressing disorders for which current treatments fall far short, could be receiving psychedelics on prescription.
Read more in the article ‘Taking a medical trip‘ found here.
“I was at the Kerry speech today, sitting 2 rows away from all the action. I’ll let you know how it really went down.
The forum was going to be over at 2 pm, and Kerry spoke for so long that the Q and A portion had to be shortened. He only got through about 7 of the 50 people who were waiting to ask questions. While the final question was being read, some douchebag ran down the aisle, grabbed the mic from the other side of the room, interrupted the kid who was talking, and started yelling at Kerry, demanding that his questions be heard. He started ranting about how Kerry talks in circles or something, and everyone was getting annoyed. The cops are all over him in no time and try to escort him out, but he starts yelling and resisting. Kerry insists that they let him stay and even agrees to answer his question.
After the interrupted guy’s question was answered, Kerry keeps his promise and lets the angry guy talk. This is the point where people started taking their cameras and phones out. All the videos floating around youtube start around here. You can see in the videos that his questioning gets kind of inappropriate, so somebody cut his mic. Instead of shutting up, he starts yelling and making an even bigger scene. He struggled all the way up the aisle, and started violently trying to free himself. They threatened to taze him and he wouldnt stop fighting, so he got tazed. They only had to arrest him because he was causing a disruption and wouldn’t leave peacefully. He wasn’t being silenced for asking tough questions, trust me.
It’s a shame that they had to taze the guy, but he had a chance to calm down and didn’t take it. He probably didn’t pose a physical threat to anybody in the room, but someone can’t just hijack the floor of a forum like that and expect not to get kicked out. This wasn’t some poor guy who was brutalized for trying to ask some tough questions. He’s just an obnoxious guy who had a fit when there wasn’t time for his questions and refused to be calm even when he was given the chance to speak. He was looking for trouble, and everyone applauded when he was forced to leave.”
The source of this eyewitness account can be found here. I apologize for not posting this link earlier, I was unaware of its origin.
UPDATE: If you are really interested in this case I encourage you to read this interview with Andrew Meyer. It seems that a lot of the points argued in the discussion have been misconstrued or blatantly false.
Today, a student (identified as Andrew Meyer) asked a few questions of John Kerry during his visit to Gainesville but the cops didn’t like his demeanor. According to witnesses the student entered the room with several cops in tow. Andrew Meyer asked questions pertaining to Kerry’s failure to contest the presidential election results of 2004, the call to impeach president Bush, and Kerry’s membership in the secret society known as Skull and Bones. He was clearly accusatory and emotional in his speech but one must ask whether he deserved what came next.
AFTER six police officers held the student to the ground, they proceeded to taser him amongst his screams for help.
His cries can be clearly heard in the video below:
“What have I done? What I have I done? Get away from me. Get off of me! What did I do? Help me! Help. Please, don’t taser me!”
Andrew Meyer’s screams are a frightening reminder of how times have changed. A college student armed with only a book and a few pointed questions can be threatened, forced to the ground, and tasered. Meyer has been charged with disrupting a public event and placed in the Alachua County Jail. An investigation will examine whether the police were justified in using such force.
The student’s biggest mistake was not allowing himself to get arrested/escorted out after his diatribe. Although the question remains. For doing what?
UPDATE: I have decided to close comments due to the inordinate number of pointless and hateful messages this post has brought. The traffic accompanying this post does little to enhance the discussion or the overall quality of this site.
Naomi Klein recently finished her latest book “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” and asked Alfonso Cuarón to provide a quote for the book jacket. Instead he pulled together an amazing team of artists — including Jonás Cuarón who directed and edited ‘Children of Men‘ (one of my favorite movies of all time) — to make The Shock Doctrine short film (available above).
Klein’s thesis is that present-day global capitalism took hold when its advocates learned to exploit disasters. After a disaster (war, tsunami, terrorist attack), you can push your agenda for worsening labor conditions, looser regulation, and pocket-lining exercises (Enron, Halliburton) while the reeling, disaster-struck population of the world has its attention elsewhere.
Klein attributes this technique to Milton Friedman, who is reported to have said that “only a crisis — real or perceived — produces real change.” She connects this idea to the fundamental notion underpinning CIA torture techniques (as reported in CIA interrogation manuals from 1963 and 1983) — to produce a state of shock in which the victim is out of control of her faculties, a “suspended animation” that can be exploited to get victims to do things that violate their own ethics or beliefs.
Relatedly, The Instruction Manual for Psychological Torture is now available online. Published in 1961, it contains techniques for interrogation and brainwashing. The book’s publication was sponsored by the US Air Force who were worried about what psychological techniques prisoners-of-war might face behind enemy lines.
How deep does the rabbit hole go? Gnostic Media is proud to present the official online edition of The Pharmacratic Inquisition 2007. If you enjoyed “Zeitgeist – The Movie”, you will love this video; the creators of this video are listed as one of the sources for the Zeitgeist Movie. The Pharmacratic Inquisition 2007 is a video version of the book, “Astrotheology & Shamanism” by Jan Irvin & Andrew Rutajit. The painstakingly detailed and heavily footnoted research in the book comes to life in this video and is now available to you for FREE! For further research of the claims made in this video, please read AstroTheology & Shamanism – this book is available to order as a combo with the DVD.
Thousands of years ago, in the pre monarchic era, sacred plants and other entheogenic substances where politically correct and highly respected for their ability to bring forth the divine, Yahweh, God, The Great Spirit, etc., by the many cultures who used them. Often the entire tribe or community would partake in the entheogenic rites and rituals. These rites were often used in initiation into adulthood, for healing, to help guide the community in the decision process, and to bring the direct religious experience to anyone seeking it.
In the pre literate world, the knowledge of psychedelic sacraments, as well as fertility rites and astronomical knowledge surrounding the sun, stars, and zodiac, known as astrotheology, were anthropomorphized into a character or a deity; consequently, their stories and practices could easily be passed down for generations. Weather changes over millenniums caused environmental changes that altered the available foods and plant sacraments available in the local vicinity. If a tribe lost its shamanic El-der (El – God), all of the tribe’s knowledge of their plant sacraments as well as astronomical knowledge would be lost. The Church’s inquisitions extracted this sacred knowledge from the local Shamans who were then exterminated…It is time to recognize the fact that this Pharmacratic Inquisition is still intact and destroy it.