July 11th, 2006

Chris Keeley

A two-ton rhinoceros measuring 5 feet tall and 10 feet long, with a fondness for browsing on low-lyi

A male Javan rhinoceros, photographed by a trap camera in Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia. It is described as the rarest large mammal on earth



Racing to Know the Rarest of Rhinos, Before It’s Too Late

A two-ton rhinoceros measuring 5 feet tall and 10 feet long, with a fondness for browsing on low-lying shrubbery, hardly seems like a difficult animal to find. Unless there are fewer than 60 left on the planet.

That is the case with the Javan rhinoceros, often called the rarest large mammal on earth and perhaps the most endangered. Like its near — and larger — cousin the Indian rhinoceros, the Javan has only one horn, compared with two for Africa’s black and white rhinos and the Sumatran of Asia. The Javan, like the Indian, also has large plates of folded skin that resemble armor but do not protect against guns.

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In Minnesota, meth laboratories and users developed a barter economy of washed checks, stolen checkb

Tammie Carroll, with her daughters Samantha, left, and Amber, used to be part of a theft ring that stole identities from people paying bills by mail. 

In Minnesota, meth laboratories and users developed a barter economy of washed checks, stolen checkbooks, drugs, ingredients and equipment, said Carol Falkowski, a spokeswoman for Hazelden, a drug treatment center in Center City.

 

Identity Theft Increase Tied to Meth Users

Joe Morales, a prosecutor in Denver, can remember when crack came to his city in the 1980’s. Gangs set up on Colfax Avenue and in the Five Points neighborhood, and street crime — murders and holdups — grew.

When methamphetamine proliferated more recently, the police and prosecutors at first did not associate it with a rise in other crimes. There were break-ins at mailboxes and people stealing documents from garbage, Mr. Morales said, but those were handled by different parts of the Police Department.

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first SRL machine ever made

first SRL machine did: it pureed dead pigeons dressed up as Arab oil magnates, then flung the resulting gore onto the audience.

SRL in San Jose Aug. 11, and 1978 photo of first SRL machine


Survival Research Laboratories will herd their sputtering flock of lethal robots to a tech-art festival in San Jose on August 11. When first posted on BoingBoing, the host organization's ticket website wasn't working as well as the SRL machines do, so some folks got error messages. All's well now. Here's where you buy tickets (gas masks and earplugs sold separately), and here are show details with a growing photoblog.

Crewmember Violet Blue was poring through old photos in the SRL labs yesterday, and found some amazing stuff.

"[But] what really captivated me was finding the above image of the first SRL machine ever made for [SRL founder] Mark [Pauline]'s first show, Machine Sex," she says, "And guess what? We have the machine, and it still works."

The photo is dated 1978, and you can see some neat old flyers in the background if you click on the large size jpeg. Link to more photos and punk-era robo-ephemera. Link to August 11 show home page at srl.org (Thanks, Karen!)

Reader comment: Sean Savage says,

Readers might get a kick out of knowing what that first SRL machine did: it pureed dead pigeons dressed up as Arab oil magnates, then flung the resulting gore onto the audience..

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Chris Keeley

Barrett suffered from mental instability, exacerbated by his use of LSD

Syd Barrett, the troubled genius who co-founded Pink Floyd but spent his last years in reclusive anonymity, has died, a spokeswoman for the band said Tuesday. He was 60.

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Syd Barrett, second from right, was a founding member of Pink Floyd. The other members of the band, from left, were Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright. 

Syd Barrett, Co-Founder of Pink Floyd, Dies at 60

Filed at 10:25 a.m. ET

LONDON (AP) -- Syd Barrett, the troubled genius who co-founded Pink Floyd but spent his last years in reclusive anonymity, has died, a spokeswoman for the band said Tuesday. He was 60.

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a session with psilocybin as the "single most spiritually significant" experience of their lives. An

Psilocybin, the active ingredient of "magic mushrooms," expands the mind. After a thousand years of use, that's now scientifically official.

36 Area Adults Took Psilocybin in Study; Many Called Experience Spiritual

By David Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 11, 2006; A08

 

Psilocybin, the active ingredient of "magic mushrooms," expands the mind. After a thousand years of use, that's now scientifically official.

The chemical promoted a mystical experience in two-thirds of people who took it for the first time, according to a new study. One-third rated a session with psilocybin as the "single most spiritually significant" experience of their lives. Another third put it in the top five.

The study, published online today in the journal Psychopharmacology, is the first randomized, controlled trial of a substance used for centuries in Mexico and Central America to produce mystical insights. Almost no research on a psychedelic drug in human subjects has been done in this country since the 1960s. It confirms what both shamans and hippies have long said -- taking psilocybin is a scary, reality-bending and occasionally life-changing experience.

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Rocky Schenck

'Schenck’s photographs seem like buried memories you can't quite recall but continue to obsess over with the hope that by doing so you will achieve that ever-elusive breakthrough, just like in therapy... they are phantasmagoric

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© Rocky Schenck
Four Shacks 

Rocky Schenck... Family Reunion. From Photographs by Rocky Schenck at Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles, CA


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Michael ZinZun has died

He was a former member of the Black Panthers and brought two successful suits against the LA police department and a third against the Pasadena Police Department. He was involved in successful efforts to achieve a truce between Crips and Bloods members in Watts

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Michael Zinzun, a community organizer, was a former member of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, a founding member of the National Black United Front, co-founder of the Coalition Against Police Abuse (CAPA), and a founding member of the organization-Community in Support of the Gang Truce- that achieved a truce between the Crips and the Bloods in Watts. He was also a founding member of the Police Watch and has supported the organization as a board member, a community advisor and friend.


Michael was the father of six children and husband of Florence Zinzun a former member of the Black Panther party. He is the son of an Apache father and an Africans-American mother. He graduated from Blair High School in Pasadena and still resides there.