An article written by an Israeli professor of cognitive philosophy suggests that Moses was likely high on psychedelic drugs when he saw the burning bush and heard trumpets blaring from the sky.
According to Shanon, a professor at Hebrew University, two naturally existing plants in the Sinai Peninsula have the same psychoactive components as ones found in the Amazon jungle and are well-known for their mind-altering capabilities. The drugs are usually combined in a drink called ayahuasca.
Well, isn’t that interesting! Remember Terence McKenna and the gnomelike “elf-clowns of hyperspace” he used to converse with? Ayahuasca caused him to experience all that. So maybe Moses was just clowning around. Ho-ho!
Personally I love this notion of drug-induced religious visions. I can’t claim to have seen “God” or anything like that, but while muching magic truffles in Amsterdam I did see something on the crinkly surface of a brown paper bag. The moment I thought it looked a little like a dancing Shiva, suddenly it was Shiva dancing for me. Guess I’d better shave my hair and head for the Ganges, hmmm? (Actually this happened again later with the wallpaper and curtains, so I didn’t read too much into it…)
This is seriously crappy news: the Netherlands is planning to ban the sale of magic mushrooms. Thanks to a few stupid, irresponsible tourists, those who enjoy mushrooms responsibly will be out of luck, despite the Netherlands’ mature and logical approach to drug laws. Shroom use won’t go away, though…it will go underground where the government will be unable to monitor its usage, which makes this move an unwise one. Prohibition simply doesn’t work — people will find a way to get what they want, including mail-order and learning to grow at home. And let’s not forget the incredible idiocy of criminalizing a naturally-growing substance when alcohol is heavily marketed and 100% legal. They tell us “Please drink responsibly”, so why not telling us to eat responsibly as well? The whole thing is fucking insane, and it’s no different than the way the government treats marijuana here in the U.S.
When we visited Amsterdam in 2006, we bought some magic truffles and had the experience of a lifetime. I can’t recall the last time I was filled with such awe and childlike curiosity, before or after that night. I saw astonishing, dazzling, unfathomable things with my eyes and my mind that I simply can’t describe, though I’ve tried…it was a kind of revelation and I will never forget it as long as I live. Most people who take shrooms have this type of experience, though if you’re depressed or are overly stressed about something you may not enjoy it much. The key is to take them in a safe, comfortable environment and only have a small dose if you’ve never done it before. People need to educate themselves before dabbling in any sort of psychoactive drug. The coffee bar where we got our “special” brownies slipped a small note under each one, letting us know how much was in it and other information. Why can’t they do the same for mushrooms? Include a little pamphlet explaining safe and responsible use, and if the tourists are stupid enough to ignore it, then they pay whatever price comes their way.
So I’m really bummed about this. There’s a small chance that it won’t actually happen (or so I’ve read), but right now it looks like our friend psilocybe tampanensis is off the table for our next visit to Amsterdam.
I haven’t done any quickies in a while, so here we go!
Don’t drop that soap!
Another mega-spammer goes down the toilet this week with a 30-year prison sentence. And this guy didn’t just sell illegal drugs, most of them highly addictive — he also fled the U.S. with a fake passport and threatened to kill the child of a trial witness. He totally looks the part, too, with his monolithic cro-mag forehead. Good riddance, you criminal douchebag. I hope your sex-starved new cellmate has crabs infected with gonorrhea.
Disney to end childrens’ suffering
Fascinating news: Disney will officially stop making worthless, crapulent DVD sequels to its hit movies. They’re working on “The Little Mermaid III” at the moment, and that’s the last of them. Apparently Steve Jobs (Disney’s biggest shareholder) slammed them for being “embarrassing” and of very little quality, something that’s painfully obvious without watching a single one. I’ve always sort of marveled at the growing number of idiotic sequels and the relentless marketing behind them. (I even tried to put together a complete list once, but couldn’t stomach it.) They simply have no shame, greedily raping their classic movies with sucky sequels. But that’s Disney for ya…it betrays a stunning lack of creativity and talent, and it’s no wonder Pixar’s stuff is light years ahead.
Cleansing our sinful bits (and bytes)
Just when you thought that virtual worlds like Second Life were safe from the crazies, along come the Catholics. They’re planning to send missionaries into Second Life to preach and try to convert people. Seriously. Saving virtual souls in a virtual world? It’s virtually insane! On the other hand, if we could get them to keep all their soul-saving confined to virtual worlds, we wouldn’t have to be bothered with it out here where normal people live. Now there’s an idea…
You’re all dangerous terrorists
The moronic and phony “war on drugs” continues, with a federal official coming right out and calling pot farmers “dangerous terrorists.” It’s simply laughable, but too many people take this shit seriously. Personally I consider it terrorism to throw people in jail for smoking an herb while millions of alcoholics who get their drugs legally are actually destroying lives, but that’s just me…
How much does it cost to jail the countless people who enjoy inhaling the smoke from a certain burning herb? According to DrugReporter, it’s costing America one fucking billion dollars per year to lock up people who commit this nonviolent, victimless “crime.” Everyone knows the so-called War on Drugs is a complete sham, but it’s definitely performing its real job: making people feel safe, giving them an enemy to fight on “home turf”, and keeping those jails full so it seems like we’re doing some good. It also attempts to steer people towards the legal (profitable) drugs which actually kill you, like alcohol and nicotine. Oh, and prescription drugs…those are real popular with the kids nowadays, have you heard?
Imagine if they’d spend that $1 billion on helping victims of things that actually destroy people and families. Crystal meth and alcohol come to mind. But no…America is sleeping. They’re too engrossed in shopping malls and reality T.V. to give a shit about anything that really matters. They are quiet, docile creatures who will swallow anything as long as critical thinking is isn’t on the menu. Shhhh, don’t wake them…let them sleep and enjoy sweet, ignorant dreams.
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Oh, what fun! Rev. Ted Haggard says he contacted a male prostitute and bought meth from him, but only got a “massage” and threw out the drugs. Uh-huh. Yeah, Clinton tried that “I didn’t inhale” shit, too. Just who do you think you’re fooling, Reverend Tweeker? Admit it: once a month you got jacked-up on meth and got a deep, penetrating “massage” from this guy. Maybe he even let you wax his carrot with that purty little scripture-spoutin’ mouth of yours. O come all ye faithful!
The world knows your secret, Teddy, and Jesus is not pleased. You may want to think about contacting Mark Foley for moral support.
The sports world is currently atwitter because Roger Clemens (“one of professional baseball’s most durable and successful pitchers”) is being accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs. Now, normally I give less than a shit about what’s going on in the sports world since it’s really just a lot of meaningless cult activity. Especially something as boring as baseball…yawn. But you know what? I think baseball would be a hell of a lot more interesting to me if players were encouraged to shoot up with steroids. Why not? Pump ’em all up, let’s see some superhuman plays! Watch ’em zip around the bases like kids on too much sugar. And think of the fistfights! Hell, I’d pay to see a good freakshow like that.
Oh boy, here we go with the “gateway drug” crap again. When will this Reefer Madness stuff stop?
Using young rats, Hurd’s team found those exposed to cannabis during adolescence took in much larger doses of heroin when the animals were trained to self-administer it. The results challenge those who claim that drug experimentation does not affect the brain.
Oh, really? By these guys’ own admission, those rats were trained to take heroin — how does anyone know that they automatically craved it? I’m far from Mr. Science, but what kind of proof is that? Sounds like more propaganda peepeecaca to me. I know many people who use pot (sometimes every day) for many years and have never moved on to harder stuff, or even wanted to. Of course there are people out there who have done this, but I’m willing to bet that far more people are hurting themselves (and others) with alcohol than graduating from pot to the dangerous stuff. Gotta love those big business drugs, hmmm?
British health food shops will soon be carrying iced marijuana tea. I doubt that it will be “traditional” pot tea, but it’s infused with hemp flower syrup and a tiny amount of THC. I’m also betting that this stuff tastes like ass, but it will surely be a hit regardless. Of course, the concept of selling even a watered-down cannabis tea is causing some freak-outs:
But British anti-drug campaigners say that selling the tea is dangerous because it will give young people the impression that cannabis is commonplace.
Oh dear, we can’t have cannabis become “commonplace”, now can we? God knows it’s hardly to be found anywhere these days……..