Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Back at last.

Online that is.

Computer is fixed.

Will tumble soon. Promise.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
‎’Socialism’ is no more an evil word than ‘Christianity’. Socialism no more prescribed Joseph Stalin and his secret police and shuttered churches than Christianity prescribed the Spanish Inquisition. Christianity and Socialism alike, in fact, prescribe a society dedicated to the proposition that all men, women, and children are created equal and shall not starve. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Mmm Psilocybe Cyanescens.Flying saucers, wavy caps, whatever you call them, they’re great. They’re also considered to be one of the most potent strains of psychoactive mushrooms in the world. And lucky for me, they grow all over the Pacific Northwest, especially Washington! =)
I’d like to start by saying that mushrooms are one of my top favorite psychedelics along with San Pedro cactus. Here is why.
First off, psilocybin mushrooms are one of the oldest (if not THE oldest) entheogens to be consumed ritualistically by humans. Starting in the grasslands of Africa, our ancestors were munching these almost as soon as we came down from the trees. Terence McKenna, in his book Food of the Gods, even hypothesizes that the ingestion of psilocybin mushrooms may have been responsible for the tripling of the human brain that occurred within a mere 100,000 years (a half-second or so on the evolutionary scale). This jump has very few other explanations, as the human brain is the most complex organ in all nature on Earth. It should have taken millions of years to even just double in size, let alone triple.
Secondly, magic mushrooms are the most common entheogens in the world. There are literally thousands of species of psychoactive mushrooms, found in almost every ecosystem on Earth.
Thirdly, the biology of fungi is completely unique (this section refers to mushrooms in general).-They form mycelial mats of single cells (mycelium) that behave just like neurons. These cells form strands and eventually mats, which can spread over tens of acres. Essentially, mycelium is a natural network capable of storing, processing, and transmitting information to any other living things it might be connected with.-Many strains are natural filters for the planet. They possess powerful antibacterial and antiviral compounds, allowing them to purify and filter groundwater that flows through the mycelium. Many also have the ability to leech heavy metals and other dangerous contaminants from the ground, and store them in the fruiting bodies (the mushrooms themselves) which can then be picked and removed from the ecosystem. For more on mycorestoration see the work of Paul Stamets, specifically Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World.-Mushrooms form symbiotic relationships with almost all plant life, and even some insects such as ants, which actively farm fungi as a food source (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant-fungus_mutualism). Species of fungi are now known to grow along the roots of trees and other plants, and some species even penetrate the roots at a cellular level (endo- and exo-mycorrhizal, http://mycorrhizas.info/). This allows the tree roots to absorb water and nutrients from anywhere the mycelium is, greatly increasing growth speed and overall plant health. In return, the fungus gets a greater yield of fallen leaves, branches, etc to break down as food.
Ad last but certainly not least, mushrooms are my favorite psychedelics because of their experience. I’ve yet to find an entheogen that feels more foreign or alien than psilocybin/psilocin, except for maybe DMT by itself, but that makes sense as the molecules are nearly the same. At least for me, you feel totally unhuman. Normal things feel completely different. Drinking water feels like nothing you’ve ever done before. A cigarette you’ve smoked a thousand times feels way too light for your hand. Your cat or dog seems to be behaving in never before seen ways. But this is just the beginning, even though you may have taken a full eighth.
To really understand the power that the mushrooms hold, you must jump over the edge. Terence McKenna was constantly warning psychonauts against ‘under-dosing’ on mushrooms. According to him, you’ve never had a psilocybin trip until you’ve eaten five dried grams. May not sound like a lot, but when the average dose is 2.5-3g, it can make all the difference. Five grams of dried mushrooms is referred to as the ‘heroic’ or ‘Logos’ dose, and will literally cause one to tap into some type of time-spanning consciousness. I don’t claim to know whether it’s our cellular memory stored in DNA, an alien or trans-dimensional life form allowing us to glimpse and experience new worlds, a side-effect within the brain, or the Logos being of pure information that extends throughout the universe as Terence McKenna claims. All I know for sure is, you talk to something, and it’s way smarter than we are.

Mmm Psilocybe Cyanescens.
Flying saucers, wavy caps, whatever you call them, they’re great. They’re also considered to be one of the most potent strains of psychoactive mushrooms in the world. And lucky for me, they grow all over the Pacific Northwest, especially Washington! =)

I’d like to start by saying that mushrooms are one of my top favorite psychedelics along with San Pedro cactus. Here is why.

First off, psilocybin mushrooms are one of the oldest (if not THE oldest) entheogens to be consumed ritualistically by humans. Starting in the grasslands of Africa, our ancestors were munching these almost as soon as we came down from the trees. Terence McKenna, in his book Food of the Gods, even hypothesizes that the ingestion of psilocybin mushrooms may have been responsible for the tripling of the human brain that occurred within a mere 100,000 years (a half-second or so on the evolutionary scale). This jump has very few other explanations, as the human brain is the most complex organ in all nature on Earth. It should have taken millions of years to even just double in size, let alone triple.

Secondly, magic mushrooms are the most common entheogens in the world. There are literally thousands of species of psychoactive mushrooms, found in almost every ecosystem on Earth.

Thirdly, the biology of fungi is completely unique (this section refers to mushrooms in general).
-They form mycelial mats of single cells (mycelium) that behave just like neurons. These cells form strands and eventually mats, which can spread over tens of acres. Essentially, mycelium is a natural network capable of storing, processing, and transmitting information to any other living things it might be connected with.
-Many strains are natural filters for the planet. They possess powerful antibacterial and antiviral compounds, allowing them to purify and filter groundwater that flows through the mycelium. Many also have the ability to leech heavy metals and other dangerous contaminants from the ground, and store them in the fruiting bodies (the mushrooms themselves) which can then be picked and removed from the ecosystem. For more on mycorestoration see the work of Paul Stamets, specifically Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World.
-Mushrooms form symbiotic relationships with almost all plant life, and even some insects such as ants, which actively farm fungi as a food source (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant-fungus_mutualism). Species of fungi are now known to grow along the roots of trees and other plants, and some species even penetrate the roots at a cellular level (endo- and exo-mycorrhizal, http://mycorrhizas.info/). This allows the tree roots to absorb water and nutrients from anywhere the mycelium is, greatly increasing growth speed and overall plant health. In return, the fungus gets a greater yield of fallen leaves, branches, etc to break down as food.

Ad last but certainly not least, mushrooms are my favorite psychedelics because of their experience. I’ve yet to find an entheogen that feels more foreign or alien than psilocybin/psilocin, except for maybe DMT by itself, but that makes sense as the molecules are nearly the same. At least for me, you feel totally unhuman. Normal things feel completely different. Drinking water feels like nothing you’ve ever done before. A cigarette you’ve smoked a thousand times feels way too light for your hand. Your cat or dog seems to be behaving in never before seen ways. But this is just the beginning, even though you may have taken a full eighth.

To really understand the power that the mushrooms hold, you must jump over the edge. Terence McKenna was constantly warning psychonauts against ‘under-dosing’ on mushrooms. According to him, you’ve never had a psilocybin trip until you’ve eaten five dried grams. May not sound like a lot, but when the average dose is 2.5-3g, it can make all the difference. Five grams of dried mushrooms is referred to as the ‘heroic’ or ‘Logos’ dose, and will literally cause one to tap into some type of time-spanning consciousness. I don’t claim to know whether it’s our cellular memory stored in DNA, an alien or trans-dimensional life form allowing us to glimpse and experience new worlds, a side-effect within the brain, or the Logos being of pure information that extends throughout the universe as Terence McKenna claims. All I know for sure is, you talk to something, and it’s way smarter than we are.

Saturday, August 20, 2011
When I was very young I must have had a very non-traumatic upbringing, because I discovered early in life a stunning truth that’s made my life very complicated in its wake, (but that I still think is true) and it’s that people are very easy to love. In fact, you can love anybody — if you are not constrained by expectation, class, the momentum of History, race, gender… For a child to make this discovery, and recall it, stick with it, be able to mnemonically pull it up at such situations like this, I think is extraordinary. Terence McKenna, Wetlands Preserve, NYC (1998).
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Yonaguni Monument.

A massive formation carved into a solid piece of limestone found off the Japanese island of Yonaguni.

Even though a ten year old could figure out that the formations are NOT natural (90 degree angles, walkways, large steps, carvings depicting animals/humans, etc) mainstream archaeologists either ignore its’ existence, or claim the ocean is responsible for the formation.

Why is it so hard for archaeologists to remain open to the man-made nature of the ruins? Simply because the structure would have to have been built at a time when sea level was tens of meters lower then it is today. Sometime around 10,000 BC if I remember right. Which is of course a time when people were supposed to be living nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyles.

Instead of re-evaluating the time line of human history, the scientific community has just denied it.

"However, from a purely archaeological point of view, maybe the most important aspect of the Yonaguni ruins are that that they are located below some tens of meters of water, because this puts it at least many thousands of years back in history. In fact, its seems probable that it is this aspect of the monument that has kept the discussion on its artificiality alive; there is little doubt that if the monument were safely above ground, its artificiality would be beyond question. However, having such a monument of such an age is a very big problem for the known order of history."
http://www.altarcheologie.nl/index.html?underwater_ruins/yonaguni/introduction.htm

The best part is, there are other ancient structures that scream human creation on all sides of the monument. The second picture is a large map of the sea floor, with the monument itself circled in red. The other points labeled are other artificial looking structures in the surrounding seabed.

The third picture is a map of the monument alone with measurements and labeling some of the most obscure rock faces.

It definitely seems man-made to me. Time to start rethinking human history =)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Someone, anyone?

Want to talk?
I think I’m about to die from lack of human interaction.
Even if it is via the computer =) the full moon is making me crazy.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Song: Keep Talking
Artist: Pink Floyd
Album: The Division Bell (1994)

Not many people listen to the later stuff from Pink Floyd, but I’m telling you, these guys were making good music up until the last CD. Not to mention the epic Outer Space video!

"For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk."- Intro voiced by Stephen Hawking.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sapo frog, Kambo frog, Giant leaf frog, Phyllomedusa Bicolor, this wonderful creature goes by many names.

It is found in the Amazon rainforest. It is usually only active at night. It’s venom (which it secretes through pores on the skin) is used as a VERY powerful medicine by the indigenous peoples of Peru, specifically the Matse people.

When going out to collect the frogs, they first call out to the spirit of the frog. Then, they follow the incredibly deep and UNIQUE ribbit (if you can call it that? It’s more like a “BWAAAAAAAAAA” noise) of the frogs. They are incredibly gentle, and many are not fearful of humans. You can simply walk up and pluck them off a branch or leaf. Then the real magic begins.

A good shaman will collect a big number of frogs. One by one, they will tie the frogs legs (as shown in the second photo), spread them out, than poke the frog gently to encourage the secretion of venom. The first bursts are always the most potent, so true healers will only take the first batch from each frog. The venom is collected on a Sapo-stick, or kambo-stick, then dried for later use. NO FROGS ARE INJURED DURING THIS PROCESS. In fact, if they are, it’s a sign of terrible luck for the person doing the collecting.

When ready for use, a small jungle vine is lit on fire. While still hot, the vine is pressed to the skin, forming a small, circular burn on the surface of the skin. It’s nothing too painful, at least not compared to the medicine itself =) though it will leave tiny, white, circular scars that last for at least a few months

After applying as many burns as desired (the dosage depends on the number of burns, two was intense, though I’ve heard of people doing four to six, or more!) a small amount of spit (saliva) is applied to the dried venom on the stick. After being mixed up it will form a sort of foam, which is then scraped off and applied directly to the burns.

The medicine is instantly absorbed through the capillaries and you feel it within 30 seconds. You get HOT. Like sweating through every pore in your body hot. Your hearing begins to get strange. The closest thing I can relate it to is like having your ears full water. Your heart starts beating incredibly fast (or at least feels like it does). Then comes the nausea and body aches. You might feel like you’re dying for five minutes, but trust me. You’ll be fine. No one’s ever died from sapo.

Your stomach will gurgle. It feels like liquid is sloshing around all the way from your stomach to your small intestines. Most of the time you puke. And if you don’t, you probably spent the whole time TRYING to puke.

It’s best done on an empty stomach, and when you vomit while empty, it will be some of the strangest colored shit you’ve ever seen. Bright orange bile, black goo, etc. You are literally bringing up toxins, chemicals, left over residue, anything your body is trying to get rid of. The venom is composed of hundreds of different bioactive compounds (meaning they react with receptors in the brain) and only some have been properly researched and documented.

The intense nausea and purging lasts 5-10 minutes. You feel hot for maybe about 20. By the 30 minute mark you are completely back to normal. However, you will most likely feel an intense energy for the rest of the day. Not like a caffeine-tweak. More like a “I feel like I can run 10 miles!” energy.

The medicine frees up receptors that may be blocked, stimulates receptors that may not be as active as they should be, and promotes an all-around chemical equilibrium in the brain. As mentioned before, it also cleans out just about every system in your body. Our bodies store toxins, and sapo causes these toxins to break free. They float around an get absorbed into the soft tissues of the body. Because of this, many users will notice their cheeks, lips, and face swelling. Ironically, when fully swelled, the persons face looks uncannily similar to the face of a frog!

The sapo frog is a huge part of the way of life in the Amazon jungle. They use it to instantly cure colds, boost their immune systems, clean toxins out of the body, and plenty of other things. While it’s not for everyone, I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in jungle medicines and overall good health.

For more info, read this article written by Peter Gorman. The first white man to discover sapo and publicize it’s properties.
http://www.erowid.org/culture/characters/gorman_peter/gorman_peter_article2.shtml

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Here’s A Question.

Why did the economy plummet after passing the stupid debt deal we ‘needed so badly’?

Monday, August 8, 2011
But those who pass their whole life never thinking about this final end of life are quite different. Merely because they cannot find any enlightenment within themselves that might serve to persuade them, they do not bother to look elsewhere; they never thoroughly inquire into whether this belief is one of those that people accept through simple credulity, or one of those that, despite its inherent obscurity, nonetheless has a very solid and utterly secure basis. Blaise Pascal, Pensees, on life after death.