January 11th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Vegans, who may be thought of as extreme vegetarians, strive for a diet and way of life that is noni

Vegans, who may be thought of as extreme vegetarians, strive for a diet and way of life that is noninjurious to both animals and the environment, directly or through the processing of materials like leather, wool or silk. From motives of conscience or health, most reject shoes and clothing made from hides, even those made with animal-based glues and dyes. 

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Records from Washington state show that 30,237 prisoners released from 1999 to 2003 were 12 times as

Records from Washington state show that 30,237 prisoners released from 1999 to 2003 were 12 times as likely to die from a drug overdose and 10 times as likely to be slain in a two-year period than the general population.

The study, also in today's New England Journal of Medicine, said the reasons go beyond the bad habits and willingness to take risks that probably landed people in prison in the first place.

"We know this is a population that has a higher rate of smoking, higher rate of mental health problems, higher rate of chemical dependency and more risk-taking behavior," said Ingrid A. Binswanger of the University of Colorado.

During the two-week period immediately after release, compared with years later, ex-prisoners were 29 times as likely to die from cocaine, 34 times as likely to die from a heroin overdose, 15 times as likely to be killed by alcohol, more than twice as likely to be gunned down and nearly eight times as likely to commit suicide.

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Letter From A Master Addict To Dangerous Drugs.

Letter From A Master Addict To Dangerous Drugs.


Rare W.S. Burroughs medical journal article for auction

Up for auction on eBay is an article reprint of a piece that William S. Burroughs published in a 1956 issue of the scientific publication British Journal of Addiction. It was titled, appropriately enough, "Letter From A Master Addict To Dangerous Drugs." Starting bid is $1950.
From the auction listing:
After publishing the fictionalized autobiography Junkie under the pseudonym William Lee," Burroughs contributed a non-fiction account of his wide-ranging drug use to the venerable British Journal of Addiction, an obscure medical journal. At his request, the Journal sent Burroughs fifty (50) copies of a stapled offprint of the article. Burroughs was, at the time, living in Tangiers and furthering his "drug research;" thus it is likely that far fewer than fifty copies survive to this day.
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Meth Coffee

Meth Coffee


Founded in San Francisco, Calif. in 2006, Meth Coffee comprises paranoid conspiracy theorists, headbangers, goths, and other caffeine freaks dedicated to detonating the typical gourmet coffee scene. A hand-crafted blend of super-caffeinated coffee beans and yerba mate, a powerful natural stimulant and antioxidant kept secret by Amazonian shamans for centuries, Meth's intense formula is guaranteed to enhance energy and concentration for coffee addicts, spazzes, and workaholics. Meth Coffee is fresh-roasted within 48 hours of shipment 

Meth Coffee is available immediately on the Internet at $12 per 10-ounce bag in ground or whole beans at www.methcoffee.com/coffee.

Meth Coffee, a rebel coffee company in San Francisco, opened for business today with the launch of its hard- hitting coffee roast for energy addicts and caffeine freaks. Meth's super- caffeinated beans are amplified by the addition of yerba mate, a powerful natural stimulant and antioxidant used by shamans of the Amazon for boosting stamina and mental clarity. Boasting an intense buzz and cocoa-tobacco finish, Meth Coffee is fresh-roasted within 48 hours of shipment to jumpstart workaholics, thrill seekers, artists, and subversives seeking an exciting new fuel for their endeavors.

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Today (January 11th, 2007) is the 101 birthday of LSD's discover, Dr. Albert Hofmann

Today (January 11th, 2007) is the 101 birthday of LSD's discover, Dr. Albert Hofmann

Happy 101st birthday, Albert Hofmann

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Albert Hofmann, who discovered LSD in 1943, celebrates his 101st birthday today. 
His book, LSD: My Problem Child is an excellent account of his discovery and subsequent 
uneasy relationship with the drug.

Link for this Post: LSD the Beyond Within Google Video below

Today (January 11th, 2007) is the 101 birthday of LSD's discover, Dr. Albert Hofmann. Last year a large International Conference was held in honor of his 100th birthday. I attended the conference and gave a talk, LSD & Aldous Huxley's Island: Setting Sail for a New Country (Video). I'm posting this great documentary LSD The Beyond Within, made by the BBC in the late 1980's. It details Hofmann's discovery:

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Photograph of Albert Hofmann by Robert S. Forte, Basel Switzerland 1991


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skulls of living humans in Eurasia and southern Africa, including the Khoe-San, commonly known as th

the Hofmeyr skull belonged to a human who lived 36,000 years ago, plus or minus 3,000 years.

skulls of living humans in Eurasia and southern Africa, including the Khoe-San, commonly known as the Bushmen.

Skull Provides Signs of When Humans Left Africa

From a new analysis of a human skull discovered in South Africa more than 50 years ago, scientists say they have obtained the first fossil evidence establishing the relatively recent time for the dispersal of modern Homo sapiens out of Africa.

The migrants appeared to have arrived at their new homes in Asia and Europe with the distinct and unmodified heads of Africans.

An international team of researchers reported today that the age of the South African skull, which they dated at about 36,000 years old, coincided with the age of and closely resembled the skulls of humans who were then living in Europe and the far eastern parts of Asia, even Australia.

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The Ayers Rock

From afar, Uluru (or Ayers Rock) looks smooth. Up close, it’s a different story. Aborigines discourage climbing; for them, it is a spiritual place.

Ayers Rock
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Review of "Out of Iraq" by McGovern-Polk in January 2007 issue of The Foreign Service Journal

Reminder: The authors will be briefing this book tomorrow morning,
January 12, from 9:30 to11:30 a.m. (also on C-Span at some point) in the
Cannon Caucus Room (third floor) of the Cannon House Office Building on
Capitol Hill.

The “Go Home” Option

Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for Withdrawal Now
George McGovern and William R. Polk, Simon and Schuster, 2006, $15,
paperback, 135 pages.

Reviewed by Robert V. Keeley

Three-time ambassador Robert V. Keeley operates Five and Ten Press, a
small, independent publishing company he founded to bring out original
articles, essays and other short works of fiction and non fiction that
have been rejected or ignored by mainstream outlets.

As I write this review shortly after the midterm elections, parties on
all sides of the Iraq War are awaiting with great anticipation the
report of the Baker Hamilton “Iraq Study Group.” Whatever that effort
produces, an exit strategy is already available in this short, aptly
titled book by two well known experts on the Middle East.

After he retired from politics, Senator George McGovern resumed his
prior profession of teaching history and headed the Middle East Policy
Council in Washington for six years. William R. Polk taught Middle East
history and politics at Harvard and Chicago, published many books on the
region, and has closely studied Iraq since he first visited Baghdad in
1947. In 2005 he published Understanding Iraq, a highly readable 213
page history.

The two authors have collaborated on a book that recaps what Iraq is and
who the Iraqis are, analyzes the effects of the invasion and occupation
on Iraq and on America, and then lays out in a single chapter a 24 point
exit strategy, followed by a brief warning about the dire consequences
of our not making a reasonably rapid exit. They foresee a phased
withdrawal of all foreign military troops by June 30, 2007, including
the 25,000 mercenaries euphemistically called “Personal Security
Details” provided by 50 foreign firms. They put their plan’s cost at
about $14 billion -- a true bargain considering projections that another
two years of the occupation would cost at least $350 billion. They
insist that the plan must be implemented as a coordinated whole.

To facilitate the transition, McGovern and Polk urge the Iraqi
government to request the short-term services of an international force
to help police the country during and after our withdrawal, perhaps
remaining for as much as two years. This force should be drawn from Arab
and/or other
Muslim countries, whose personnel would be much better equipped with an
understanding of the culture, religion, language and traditions of the
Iraqi populace to carry out police work.

There is not space here to describe the plan’s other 22 points in
detail, but a good many are worthy of mention. For instance, the authors
view the training of a permanent Iraqi national police force as
essential, but oppose recreation of a national army, which in the past
has been more disruptive than helpful. They also call for Washington to
release all prisoners of war and to close our detention centers as soon
as possible. To counter the impression that we plan to stay in Iraq
long-term we must cease construction of some 14 “enduring” American
military bases now under way (five of which are as large as cities). For
similar reasons, we should vacate the Green Zone by the end of 2007.

The authors also urge the U.S. to fund a project to hire and train
Iraqis to find and destroy mines, unexploded ordnance and depleted
uranium; pay reparations for loss of lives and property; and allow Iraq
to renegotiate oil contracts entered into during the occupation.
Finally, though it may be hard for us to do it, America should express
its condolences for the large number of Iraqis killed, incapacitated,
incarcerated and tortured. This cost free gesture would help greatly to
restore our reputation in Iraq, the region, and the world.

McGovern and Polk close by calling on all Americans to acknowledge the
debt we owe to the men and women who served in Iraq, and to treat them
as well as were the returning veterans from World War II: “Now is the
time for healing the wounds of war and trying to understand its lessons.
The veterans of the war in Iraq especially need and deserve a
comprehensive rehabilitation — physically, mentally, educationally and
economically, including the highly successful offerings of the World War
II G.I. Bill of Rights.”

This brief book provides a reasonable, workable and inexpensive road map
for extricating ourselves from the Iraq quagmire. It should be essential
reading not only for all decision makers and their advisers in
Washington, but all Americans.

Robert V. Keeley