The Wisdom of Lao Tzu: A Taoist Guide to Getting Things Done from Technoccult on 2008-09-13 04:18:13 “We live in a competitive society and are often told that to get ahead we require drive, commitment and determination, that we must expend a great amount of energy and, if necessary, use force to get what we want. A ‘survival of the fittest’ mentality is deeply entrenched in our culture. Much of this thinking […]

The Query Project from Technoccult on 2008-09-13 04:17:03 In a follow-up to the Plot Synopsis Project, author Joshua Palmatier has put together the Query Project, in which a group of authors post and discuss actual query letters that got them an agent or an editor. “Hey, all! A while ago, when I ran the Plot Synopsis Project, it was suggested that I also […]

Machine Man Drum: Book V from Alterati on 2008-09-13 04:02:39 September 11th was the official release of Book V - Keys to the Temple Of Shit figured out & Temple Of Damaged Equipment: TOSfo & TODE proudly present:Book V (Flac version)Book V (Mp3 Version)Share This

Alterati: One Year Best Of Personal Picks from Alterati on 2008-09-12 18:05:58 One Year Best Of Personal Picks James Curcio. Last year, the editorial team and I ran over 500 articles on Alterati on topics as far reaching as sexuality and culture, underground art, event reports, black metal, … teletubbies. A year of digging off the beaten path, and I must say, the best job I’ve ever had. I wanted […]

Keeping Salvia Sacred from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-12 16:12:55 In response to a wave of Youtube videos showing irreverent kids “tripping out” on the plant/herb Salvia Divinorum inside dorm rooms and basements, legislators have begun banning the sale of Salvia in many states.

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Dreaming the Future from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-12 15:48:35 The Arlington Institute (TAI), a futurist think tank headed by John L. Peterson, has recently issued another of its periodic alerts, indicating a potentially disruptive development in the world.

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Ecstatic Tucson from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-12 15:43:58 Ecstatic Dance Tucson aims to inspire hearts and minds with the transforming power of rhythm and dance this Friday, September 12. Founded in February 2008 by Gary Olsen and Tzadik Rosenberg-Greenberg, the dream of sharing spiritual dance is being made reality by months of dedication

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Polish Cyberia from Douglas Rushkoff on 2008-09-12 12:50:18 I don’t usually post when a new translation comes out, but the folks at Okultura are special, and have worked long and hard against great odds to get this new edition of Cyberia translated and published. In their words, Czym jest Cyberia? Cyfrow? krain?, w której wszyscy chc?c nie chc?c ?yjemy, czy ?wiatem wysokich technologii, […]

World’s Largest-ever Study Of Near-Death Experiences from Technoccult on 2008-09-12 03:42:39 “The University of Southampton is launching the world’s largest-ever study of near-death experiences this week. The AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) study is to be launched by the Human Consciousness Project of the University of Southampton - an international collaboration of scientists and physicians who have joined forces to study the human brain, consciousness and clinical […]’

WM3 Denied New Trial Despite DNA Evidence That Could Clear Them from Technoccult on 2008-09-12 03:41:50 “A judge on Wednesday rejected claims that DNA evidence clears three men convicted of killing three 8-year-old boys in 1993 and denied their requests for a new trial. Lawyers for Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley — known to supporters as the “West Memphis Three” — had argued that new DNA tests would prove […]

Dramatic Surge in Support for Whistleblower Rights from Technoccult on 2008-09-12 03:40:49 “Today, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) announced that seventy new organizations from across the United States have joined a June petition calling on Congress to enact sweeping new whistleblower rights for government employees. The groups are calling on Congress to finish the job before adjourning for the upcoming elections. Both chambers have approved legislation to […]

Large Hadron Collider “Actually Worked” from Technoccult on 2008-09-11 19:39:24 The world’s largest atom smasher’s first experiment went off today without a hitch, paving the way toward the recreation of post-big bang conditions. The Large Hadron Collider fired a beam of protons inside a circular, 17-mile (27-kilometer) long tunnel underneath villages and cow pastures at the French-Swiss border. Inside the control room, physicists and engineers cautiously shot […]“”

In Search of the “God Particle” from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-11 15:26:54 Spanning across the lands of France and Switzerland, 100 meters deep within the earth, sits the world's biggest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collide (LHC). This enormous scientific instrument “speeds up and increases the energy of a beam of particles by generating electric fields that accelerate the particles, and magnetic fields that steer and focus them,“ allowing physicists to study their vast characteristics in a controlled environment.

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Preview of EEG music interface Machine-Man-Drum and Phillip K Nixon will use at Esozone from Technoccult on 2008-09-11 14:58:15 Elements of the Machine-Man-Drum and Phillip K Nixon Egregiorian factions have merged to bring about an uncompromising auditory assault. These agent/operators will build and present “YOU ARE GOD, GUARD YOUR MIND” - an interactive ritual based on building a synthetic Godhead out of the participatory audience by firing off arrays of lightwave & audio sigils […]

Lucid Dreaming from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-11 14:49:25

In the late eighties, I was the book service manager at the C. G. Jung Foundation in New York. I would oftentimes meet the major Jungian analysts in the world. One day, one of the most famed Jungians of England was in the bookstore. Taking advantage of one of the perks of the job - the chance to pick the brains of the leading Jungian thinkers - I began a dialogue with him about a major interest of mine: lucid dreaming.

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Insanity with Colmes from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-11 14:41:23 In a three part series called Interpreting Media, Youtube auteur adampants2007 analyzes the neurolinguistic programming techniques used by Fox News' Hannity and Colmes. Sean Hannity interviews controversial University of Wisconsin professor Kevin Barrett about his Islamic

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The GSpot #40: Nick Belardes- magic realism, bugs and 9/11 from Alterati on 2008-09-11 13:59:59 Joseph Matheny interviews Nick Belardes, talking about his Twitter novel Small Places and his on-line magic realism piece Thick White Crust. N.L. Belardes Fact Sheet: Bio: N.L. Belardes is a journalist, blogger and videographer. He is the editor for a Bakersfield area news site start-up called Truxtun Avenue and is the former managing editor for an […]

Souldish NYC: September 11 -19 from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-11 09:01:01 Email your events to salma(at)souldish(dot).com. For more in-depth listings, subscribe to the Souldish newsletter.

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Religious body piercing in India from Technoccult on 2008-09-10 23:06:20 Last Rites at Astroland from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-10 21:51:31 Astroland at Coney Island. Listen to the names of the rides: Cyclone, Water Flume, Dante's Inferno, Top Spin, the Tea-Cups… Children screaming and laughing, filling with wonder, and their parents guardedly watching and then laughing too. This was all happening yesterday and it was maddening, because it was Astroland's last day.

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Large Hadron Collider comes online, world fails to end from Technoccult on 2008-09-10 17:27:35 The fact that I’m sitting here writing this and you’re sitting there reading it means that fears regarding the Large Hadron Colider (LHC) and the end of the world were a bit overblown. At 10:33 AM CET this morning, the first proton beam successfully completed a circuit of the entire LHC. The LHC is the latest […]

Programmer from Alterati on 2008-09-10 15:23:13 “Wisconsin,” he said.

The Science of Compassion from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-10 15:16:12

The newest episode of Post Modern Times is up and this one features an interview with Institute of Noetic Science President, James O'Dea.

O'Dea's world-famous research on personal and social trauma and the necessity of compassion is showcased in this important interview. Check out what O'Dea has to say to Post Modern Times about the social/global climate and what we can do to heal old wounds.

Indigenous Revolution from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-10 14:56:54 BBC News has reported that two land laws which sought to facilitate more development on Amazon soil have been repealed by Peru’s Congress due to severe protests from indigenous tribes. The protests lasted over ten days, where indigenous groups took control of a major gas field, an oil pipeline, and held several police officers hostage.

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My Talk at Entheon Village, Burning Man '07 from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-10 14:30:52

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Surrendering to the Spirit Vine from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-09 17:27:40

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A Thirsty Island from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-09 15:16:19 Australia’s once lush Murray-Darling basin supplies water for four Australian states. However, due to unsustainable management and Australia's worst drought in 100 years (called “The Big Dry”), the water of the basin’s Lower Lakes has been overallocated and depleted to a disastrous degree.

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Stop Seeking: Paradoxes of the Spiritual Path from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-08 23:23:55 An earlier version of this essay was published in Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture (

1. Stopping Seeking Takes Seeking

The point of the spiritual search is to stop seeking. But not in the way it seems.

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Banned Books and the Election from Technoccult on 2008-09-08 21:13:22 There’s a bogus list of books that Palin wanted banned making the rounds on the internet these past few days. In reality the books listed were taken from a site listing books that were once banned in the United States. And while the list is clearly disinformation at its finest, it at least brings attention […]

Review Copies of My Next Book from Douglas Rushkoff on 2008-09-08 18:03:00 Please review my next book! This is unorthodox, but what the heck? I’d rather do some “pull” media than all that “push” stuff. My next book, Life Incorporated: How we traded meaning for markets, society for self-interest, and citizenship for customer service, will be published by Randomhouse in June 2009. We are assembling a reviewers’ copies list now. […]

The World's Most Dangerous Hacker? from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-08 13:24:54 In 2002 Gary McKinnon was arrested in the UK for illegally accessing US military and NASA computers. McKinnon, who describes himself as a “bumbling computer nerd,” claims to have exploited lax security systems by using a simple script that searches machines to find blank passwords.

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How Verbal Self-Defense Works from Technoccult on 2008-09-08 07:19:40 “Lots of people think verbal self-defense means fighting back. Their image of verbal self-defense is a collection of killer smart cracks plus strategies for using language to wipe the floor with their opponents. It’s not an accurate image. In this edition of How Stuff Works, I’d like to show you a different way to relate […]

Last Rites for Astroland from Alterati on 2008-09-08 02:03:14 Billy mentioned that 500 families would be out of jobs, and said “Will they be priced out [of the neighborhood]? Of course they will!” “Our public space is becoming privatized systematically,” he said.

Fannie and Freddie from Douglas Rushkoff on 2008-09-08 01:29:08 All sorts of people have been calling my cellphone this weekend, asking for an explanation of what’s “really happening” with the Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae bailout. Really briefly, here’s what’s going on and what I think it means. Freddie Mae and Fannie Mac are essentially mortgage financers. Banks sell mortgages, package them all together, and […]

Amy Goodman: Why We Were Falsely Arrested from Technoccult on 2008-09-06 22:25:23 “Government crackdowns on journalists are a true threat to democracy. As the Republican National Convention meets in St. Paul, Minn., this week, police are systematically targeting journalists. I was arrested with my two colleagues, “Democracy Now!” producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, while reporting on the first day of the RNC. I have been […]

My Thoughts on the Demise of Death from Technoccult on 2008-09-06 22:23:19 “Since being exposed to the idea of extreme life extension, which admittedly was only several months ago, I’ve found myself reacting in a more skeptical and reactionary manner than I often do when confronted with other radical new futuristic ideas and technologies. When I read about possibilities of faster than light travel, I get […]

Dear Reader from Alterati on 2008-09-06 20:30:06 Two letters this week, to start off the column: Here’s a link (to some photos) of the art installation I did at Burning Man this week: enjoy! JwaTucker Of course, Alterati readers will remember his article Actual Contact: A Personal Retrospective of the Abstract by Jason Tucker (website: The next email presents one of the more clever short […]

Lives of Ilya Episode 2 from Alterati on 2008-09-06 04:28:26 An eternity in a sweltering moment, a seclusion that can never be complete, nor entirely ended. A knock came at the door one afternoon. She rose quickly, ever aware of her surroundings. Her kind had to be aware at all times. The room was black as night. She stilled herself quickly so that she could hear any […]

Absorbing Orbs from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-05 20:31:54

This article originally appeared in Conscious Choice.

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The Last Tree of the Sahara from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-05 15:44:58 In the distance, where the rising heat made the horizon look wet, a figure waved at us. My guide waved back, then turned to me with a huge, open-mouthed smile. “You see?,” he said, patting his hands against his chest. “Everyone love Moussa!”

I forced a smile, even though a wave across such a barren landscape seemed merely polite, and not a vote of popularity.

“You having good time?”

“Yes,” I lied.

“Everyone have good time with Moussa!”

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Portal to the Afterlife from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-05 15:33:21 A Mexican archaeology team found what is believed to be the entry to the Mayan underworld in caves in the Yucatan Peninsula. Excavations turned up temple ruins, stone carvings, ceramic offerings and bones that could be remains of human sacrifices. The site includes a series of underwater caves that lead to dry chambers and even an underground road.

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Souldish NYC: September 4-10 from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-05 15:22:22 This weekend why not come out to New Jersey for the Evolve 2012 Music and Arts Festival. If you can’t make it, I found a few fun alternatives for you to consider. Email your events to salma(at) For more in-depth listings, subscribe to the Souldish newsletter.

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Absorbing Orbs from Technoccult on 2008-09-05 08:29:11 “This summer, I visited Glastonbury, the New Age epicenter of England, to speak at a “Great Mysteries” conference about orbs. Orbs are best known as those mysterious balls of light that have appeared on digital photographs for the last fifteen years, though some claim they can see them with the naked eye as well. Orbs […]

Angry? Get Distracted from Technoccult on 2008-09-05 08:28:11 “What do you do when you are angry? What do you suggest others should do when they are angry? Many people have suggested that a good way to dissipate anger is to aggressively attack something other than the target of your anger. This “safe” release of anger may be directed towards a pillow, a punching bag, […]

Tobacco Could Hold the Key to Revolutionary Gene Therapy from Technoccult on 2008-09-04 23:28:04 After centuries of giving humanity little more than nicotine and death, the tobacco plant may be the wellspring of a revolution in gene therapy. Scientists are using a modified tobacco virus to deliver delicate gene therapies into the heart of diseased cells, with the potential to treat most cancers, viruses and genetic disorders. The tobacco mosaic virus, […]

Bus beheading similar to Windigo phenomenon from Technoccult on 2008-09-04 21:29:06 Up until a few days before the killing, Li held a part- time job delivering newspapers in Edmonton. He was well thought-of by his boss and considered a nice guy, if a bit quiet and shy. On July 20 — just 10 days before the killing — Li delivered copies of the Sun that contained an […]

‘Environmental volunteers’ will be encouraged to spy on their neighbours from Technoccult on 2008-09-04 18:50:01 Advertisements looking for people to sign up for the unpaid “environmental volunteer” jobs have been posted across the country in recent months. Critics said the scheme is encouraging a Big Brother society where friends and neighbours will be encouraged to “snoop” on one another. The recruitment drive follows news that the Home Office is granting police powers […]‘’

Zen Training Speeds The Mind’s Return After Distraction, Study Suggests from Technoccult on 2008-09-04 17:46:30 Experienced Zen meditators can clear their minds of distractions more quickly than novices, according to a new brain imaging study. After being interrupted by a word-recognition task, experienced meditators’ brains returned faster to their pre-interruption condition, researchers at Emory University School of Medicine found. Giuseppe Pagnoni, PhD, Emory assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and co-workers […]’

David Cronenberg interview on the Fly opera and more from Technoccult on 2008-09-04 16:57:40 I didn’t know that David Cronenberg is directing an opera based on his 1986 remake the of the Fly. DEFAMER: Why does it seem like all your movies are in some way obsessed with the human body? CRONENBERG: People don’t pay enough attention to the body. My understanding of life is very existential. I think that we […]

Rage Against The RNC from Reality Sandwich on 2008-09-04 15:48:43 “Why the fuck are these cops afraid of us? Are they afraid of us?” asked singer Zack de la Rocha shortly after Minneapolis police silenced Rage Against the Machine's PA system during an anti-Republican National Convention concert. To the would-be audience that had gathered for the show, de la Rocha continued, “No, no. They're not afraid of four musicians. They're afraid of you.”

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Consciousness, Qualia, Power and Self from Technoccult on 2008-07-20 05:21:00 Intergral Praxis has an interesting post up with videos from Dr. V.S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at UCSD, who discusses consciousness, qualia, and self. An interview with David Chalmers discussing his theory of consciousness, the hard problem, and the explanatory gap, and part two of a BBC documentary called “The […]

The Gspot #36: Press Access from Alterati on 2008-07-20 04:32:10 So the shipment came in, and Wes Unruh has a grip of press access credentials free for the asking; you can get into events for free by becoming an Alterati field agent and Wes explains how in this episode of the Gspot. The show includes a previously unreleased segment from RIPPLE of the Reverend […]

FDA Whistleblower Site: from Technoccult on 2008-07-19 20:51:33 “Welcome to, a website launched and operated by current and former US Food and Drug Administration staff who believe public health is being put at unnecessary risk. These concerned civil servants and ex-civil servants have either experienced or are aware of wrongful directives by US FDA upper management – directives that put public health […]

Sex Therapy: The Return of Free Love from Technoccult on 2008-07-19 20:46:15 “Picture the scene: you are in a room with more than a hundred adults. Sitting at one end, with a microphone in his hand, is a man with long white hair who is encouraging everybody to introduce themselves to each other. “Go up to somebody,” he says, “and say one honest, true thing about them […]

Quick Update from Douglas Rushkoff on 2008-07-19 20:38:23 Wife and child at the town pool. I’ve got time for a brief update. I just finished the first draft of my next book, now tentatively called “Life Incorporated” (and before that called “Corporatized.”) Now I’m working full time and hard on an overdue graphic novel for Vertigo, to be announced shortly. The fourth […]

Voyaging to DMT Space with Dr. Rick Strassman, M.D. from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-18 22:17:04

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Kurtz in Birkenstocks from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-18 22:08:43

This essay is part five in a five-part series accounting the author's stay in a monastery in Thailand. Click here for parts one, two, three , and four. An abridged version previously appeared in The Sun.

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Erik Davis: Lachman on Ouspensky from Technoccult on 2008-07-18 21:49:47 There are three obvious category of the sort of spiritual seekers who are drawn to esoteric schools: the student, the teacher, and the disenchanted. After fruitful or at least interesting years as a student, Ouspensky gets hung somewhere between teacher and disenchanted—a limbo hardly clarified by his teacher’s insistence that man is entirely asleep, a […]

Researchers have controlled the position of a single electron in a silicon circuit from Technoccult on 2008-07-18 21:19:28 An international team of researchers has shown that it can control the quantum state of a single electron in a silicon transistor–even putting the electron in two places at once. Their discovery could help pave the way toward a practical quantum computer. Quantum computers take advantage of the strange properties of subatomic particles to perform certain […]

The Ethics of Hate Mail: Should Bloggers Post Email Correspondence Without Permission? from Technoccult on 2008-07-18 19:44:12 “Melanie Kroll probably doesn’t appreciate the irony of her situation. She was fired this week from her job at, a floral delivery service, after a death threat was sent to popular science blogger PZ Myers from her work email address. The irony stems from the fact that she most likely heard about Myers only […]

Lawsuit Against County and Sheriff Pat Hedges Claims Pot Shop Closure After Raid Violates Constitutional Rights from Technoccult on 2008-07-18 19:42:58 “An Atascadero woman has sued the county and Sheriff Pat Hedges, claiming a raid last year that led to the closure of a Morro Bay marijuana dispensary violated her constitutional right to medicinal cannabis. The case filed June 20 by Elaine McKellips, 56, illustrates an ongoing legal battle between conflicting state and federal laws surrounding […]

The Coming Water Wars from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-18 13:56:27 Accelerating urbanization, pollution, and an exploding global population are leading UN experts to believe that within two decades, Earth will be in the midst of a serious, dangerous water crisis. There simply will not be enough water reserves to sustain a world population of the predicted size if we maintain the current paradigm. A resource crisis of this level could certainly lead to military conflict .

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Bound Up With Books: The Riddle of the Traveling Skull from Alterati on 2008-07-18 13:06:48 Bound Up With Books The Riddle of the Traveling Skull Psuke Since there’s more than enough heavy shit going on in the world just now, this edition of Bound Up With Books is just for fun. I’m reviewing Harry Stephen Keeler’s “The Riddle of the Traveling Skull.” I first heard about Keeler […]

Souldish NYC: July 17-24 from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-17 22:23:04

DJ Spooky Presents Soul Power “From Gospel to the Godfather”

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First trailer for Watchmen from Technoccult on 2008-07-17 21:11:33 Snyder better not bung this up. Enjoy. [Edit: Relinked to a working page, they keep killing them all day.]

Secrets of The Occult from Technoccult on 2008-07-17 18:23:23 “Secrets of the Occult explores the world of the occult from the ancient and modern magicians who practice it to the cutting edge scientists attempting to explain its mysterious claims.” (via Dedroidify. See also: Pt 2:The Scientists, pt. 3: What is the Occult?)

The new Mozart: Blind girl, 5, Can Play Any Song on Piano ‘After Just One Listen’ from Technoccult on 2008-07-17 18:21:41 “A blind five-year-old pianist from South Korea has stunned the music world after a video of her performance received more than 27million hits. Yoo Ye-eun, who was born blind and adopted in 2002, has never had a formal piano lesson but can play any song after just one listen. And now her remarkable talent is set […]‘’

The Miracle of Self-Creation from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-17 18:01:56

What should I do? What must I do? What can I do? We all sense the possibility of a more beautiful state of being, a more joyful state of being for ourselves and the world. Indeed, we have all heard about or met its exemplars: saints and heroes, people of such courage and compassion and integrity that we could hardly believe it possible, were it not for their living example. We want to be enlightened too. But how?

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Cosmic Serpents and the Dark Side of Shamanism: Interview with Jeremy Narby from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-17 17:05:28 In 1984, Jeremy Narby travelled to the Amazon to study with the Ashanica. There, he met shamans who claimed they received their plant knowledge and healing power from drinking ayahuasca. This began an adventure that lasted over ten years and

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Vanity Fair editor arrested for infiltrating Bohemian Grove from Technoccult on 2008-07-17 15:54:43 Vanity Fair writer Alex Shoumatoff got himself arrested for crashing Bohemian Grove, a private men’s club in northern California for the upper echelon of the rich and powerful. He was there to spy on the three-week camp they hold every July, where said rich and powerful relax while living in tents in their private woods. […]

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Meta-End from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-17 13:43:35 Foolish People, a group of over thirty artists and visionaries, have manifested Terra: Extremitas, an apocalyptic “meta-event” actively stimulating end times mythology. Combining narrative, Gnostic philosophy, and transformative ritual, the event promises to tease the senses, featuring live performances and interactive art installations.

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America, what will you do when you go to Walmart and the doors are closed? from Alterati on 2008-07-17 07:03:09 Modern myth: America, what will you do when you go to Walmart and the doors are closed? James Curcio Let us start this piece of wild conjecture with a supposition: you, like myself and many of those I know, have been aware for some time now that some kind of storm has been […]

Phase ii #7: Propaganda from Alterati on 2008-07-17 05:56:42 With Thanks to: Orbital Space City Ketheres & Orbital Control Wes Unruh Mystery X The Negalord Fenris23 Operator 2 of Machine-Man-Drum A Grain of Universe Share This

Technoccult TV: Antero Alli pt. 2 from Technoccult on 2008-07-16 18:04:47 Technoccult TV: Antero Alli pt. 2 Antero Alli returns to talk about Christopher Hyatt’s legacy, and how he met Robert Anton Wilson. Download from (high quality MPEG or iPod ready MP4)

Artificial DNA from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-16 13:05:40 read more

Modern myth- mythology and business. from Alterati on 2008-07-16 08:38:32 Modern myth: mythology and business. James Curcio As many of you have picked up- especially if you’ve been with us since the beginning- is that the idea of myth and how it relates to our “modern” lives is especially important to me. I think it should be to you as well, but unfortunately […]

The art of Ryohei Hase from Technoccult on 2008-07-16 05:14:31 The art of Ryohei Hase (via Pink Tentacle)

Indian Snake-Worship Cult Takes On World Bank from Technoccult on 2008-07-16 05:10:21 A strange new war has broken out in the remote Himalayan statelet of Nagapur, pitting ancient Serpent Deities against the global bureaucrats of the World Bank. Not to be confused with Nagaland, Nagapur is a small “princely state” in the Himalayan foothills between Uttar Pradesh and Nepal. Its highest peaks get winter snow, its lowest […]

Things They Didn’t Tell You from Alterati on 2008-07-16 04:01:07 “…this here guide is full of top-secret information to give you an edge in life (and prevent some unpleasant surprises…”- Things They Don’t Tell You (But Should) - Virus Comix Share This

Superstruct: a futurist ARG for building the future from Technoccult on 2008-07-16 03:58:03 This fall, The Institute for the Future invites you to play Superstruct, the world’s first massively multiplayer forecasting game. It’s not just about envisioning the future—it’s about inventing the future. Everyone is welcome to join the game. Watch for the opening volley of threats and survival stories, September 2008. […] This is a game of survival, and […]

Self-Assembling Tissues from Technoccult on 2008-07-16 03:48:31 Tissue engineers are ambitious. If they had their way, a dialysis patient could receive a new kidney made in the lab from his own cells, instead of waiting for a donor organ that his immune system might reject. Likewise, a diabetic could, with grafts of lab-made pancreatic tissue, be given the ability to make insulin […]

Susan Blackmore on lucid dreaming from Technoccult on 2008-07-15 20:27:39 Lucid dreams used to be a topic within psychical research and parapsychology. Perhaps their incomprehensibility made them good candidates for being thought paranormal. More recently, however, they have begun to appear in psychology journals and have dropped out of parapsychology—a good example of how the field of parapsychology shrinks when any of its subject matter […]

Racist Rejection Letter Stirs Controversy in SF Community from Technoccult on 2008-07-15 18:42:25 In the aftermath of the Violet Blue episode and in the midst of the PZ Myers controversy, racism reared it’s ugly head in the SF community. Aspiring SF writer Luke Jackson published a rejection letter written by an editor for Helix, William Sanders, in which was said : “I’m impressed by your knowledge of the Q’uran […]

Interview With Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee from Technoccult on 2008-07-15 18:37:05 “Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is a Sufi mystic and lineage successor in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi Order. He is an extensive lecturer and author of several books about Sufism, mysticism, dreamwork and Jungian spirituality. Vaughan-Lee was born in London in the year 1953. He began following the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi path since the age of 19, after meeting Irina […]

The Psychology of Ecology from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-15 17:25:50

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The Veep is an Alien from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-15 15:18:01

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The Roswell Rock from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-15 15:15:20 The Roswell Daily Record reports that a strange rock recently discovered outside Roswell, New Mexico may be an alien artifact. The small brownish rock, measuring less than two inches across, was found in September 2004 by a local businessman named Robert Ridge who discovered it while deer hunting in Cedar Hill, 17 miles away

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RIPPLE #23: Steve Blaze (1 of 2) from Alterati on 2008-07-15 15:02:31 Today on RIPPLE: Ray and the Rev interview Steve Blaze of Lillian Axe, Near Life Experience, and Angel on his many projects and the upcoming Lillian Axe album and tour. (Part 1 of 2) Share This

Reviews of the Future from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-15 14:23:40 read more

GlobeSonic on the Hudson from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-15 08:42:51 Reality Sandwich is proud to be a media sponsor of GlobeSonic Sound System's fourth annual free outdoor dance parties on the Hudson River. For each of these nights, hundreds of partygoers will descend upon the western shores of Manhattan to dance to some of the best modern world music out there today. These top global djs will be accompanied by a percussion ensemble dishing out some tasty tribal rhythms.

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Freeman to appear on Alex Jones show July 16th from Technoccult on 2008-07-15 03:28:11 Freeman writes: It was bound to happen and the time has come. I have been invited to be a guest in the studio with Alex Jones. The show airs at 1pm CST (check for local listing) Wednesday July 16th. This will be a show you do not want to miss. This is when the occult […]

The Cassette Tape Skeleton from Technoccult on 2008-07-15 00:30:24 “Cassette tapes are near extinction, considering CDs, DVDs, Blue Ray and other innovative disk coming along. And the following skeleton is one wacky creation for this statement. The creation belongs to Brian Dettmer, I guy famous for altering common media such as old books, maps, record albums, and cassette tapes and transforming them into works […]

Musicology from Technoccult on 2008-07-15 00:23:07 “Over the last two months, Nature has published a series of essays about the latest scientific research into music, and now that the series is complete, it has been made available as a free PDF. Among the authors of the essays are Aniruddh D. Patel, a theoretical neurobiologist at the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, who […]

Secondhand Wonderland: The World of the Used Book from Technoccult on 2008-07-15 00:21:47 “I love inscriptions on flyleaves and notes in margins. I like the comradely sense of turning pages someone else turned, and reading pages someone long gone has called my attention to.” So wrote Helene Hanff, author of 84 Charing Cross Road, the definitive novel about the lure and grip of used books. Hanff knew the […]

Dune Redone from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-14 15:56:31 read more

Antidote to Coal from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-14 15:29:58 Residents in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia are proposing an innovative alternative to the mountain-top removal and strip-mining that threatens 10 square miles of the Appalachian Mountains. The Coal River Wind Project, a community-based movement, would stop the proposed coal extraction and create a wind farm instead. While the economy depends heavily

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Art With Corpses: The Plastinated World of Gunther von Hagens from Alterati on 2008-07-13 04:03:53 Art With Corpses: The Plastinated World of Gunther von Hagens thePuck Its a question I know we have all had to deal with at one time or another: What do I do with the body? Most of us opt for a combination of practicality and frugality, but how many of us answer: Make […]

Averse Sefira Coming to L.A. from Alterati on 2008-07-13 03:22:49 Candlelight Records is putting on a big show with a lot of bands on Saturday Sept. 6, 2008 in Los Angeles. Averse Sefira is headlining and other bands include Blashyrkh, Necrite, and Ancient Grave. Rumors say to expect other Candlelight bands, and while there are many to choose from, I am voting for Gorgoroth, […]

2008: The Return of Chicken Little from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-11 19:25:51

This article originally appeared in Conscious Choice magazine.

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‘Hellboy’ Taps Into Ancient Irish Folklore from Technoccult on 2008-07-05 06:40:30 “When “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” hits the big screen on July 11, it won’t just be comic book aficionados salivating over the lush, fantasy-world storyline. Fans of Celtic mythology, too, will recognize the name of the film’s principle villain, Prince Nuada, a character loosely modeled after an important figure in the ancient folklore of Ireland. […]‘’

July Moon from Technoccult on 2008-07-05 06:36:37 After discovering the complexity of the different layouts for various situations within the Kolduny Tarot, and finding difficultly in explaining them in a few brief blog posts, Natalia Tikimirov has agreed to walk us through monthly New and Full Moon Tarot readings. These methods were handed down to her from her mother, and her mother […]

Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes from Technoccult on 2008-07-05 06:33:43 “Researchers say they’ve taken a significant stride forward in understanding how relaxation techniques such as meditation, prayer and yoga improve health: by changing patterns of gene activity that affect how the body responds to stress. The changes were seen both in long-term practitioners and in newer recruits, the scientists said. “It’s not all in your head,” […]

Give Speech A Chance from Alterati on 2008-07-05 04:33:23 Rev. Billy & the Church of Stop Shopping Give Speech A Chance Lefty The Reverend Billy looking on as gatherers read the first amendment at Strawberry Fields in Central Park, NYC July 4th 2008 It was time for a “Bill-of-Rights-allujiah” from the self proclaimed “Church of the 1st Amendment,” with Reverend Billy and members of […]

From the Mailbag from Alterati on 2008-07-05 03:33:15 I’ve received a few interesting emails to pass along, first this photo to the right of the fireworks over NYC sent in by Alterati’s NYC correspondent Lefty (& btw, watch for a column from Lefty within the next day.) Secondly, this email from long-time Alterati reader Chris Joseph, the blogger behind This

Weird Shit in the News from Alterati on 2008-07-04 06:11:49 It’s getting weirder out there everyday… Let’s start with the Faceless People. According to Nick Burcher, The Faceless People wear Lotus badges and the website is Lotus branded and collecting data before the forthcoming new Lotus launch. The website allows users to register their email address so that they can be contacted when ‘True […]

Bar-B-Que Utopia (in honor of July 4) from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-03 18:28:01

(Written with Steve Lambert.)

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Complete version of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis found for first time in 80s years from Technoccult on 2008-07-03 18:02:21 . Metropolis, the most important silent film in German history, can from this day on be considered to have been rediscovered. […] The original version could only be seen in Berlin until May 1927 – from then on it was considered to have been lost forever. Those recently viewing a restored version of the film first […]’

RS Web Banners from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-03 16:10:55 Reality Sandwich has just created its first batch of web banners that you can post across the internet. Below you'll find two codes for banners to post in MySpace, websites, blogs, and more. If you're a Facebook aficionado, we attached an RS Facebook button if you'd like to dress up your profile there.

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Virtual Economy from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-03 13:43:04 read more

Sharing Grace from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-03 13:31:28 A member of the Tamil Siddha sect of southern India, Siva Baba, offers intensives and introductions to Grace Light in the U.S. Grace Light is an immediate experience of the omnipotence of the universal God. As Siva Baba explains, this light is of the one true God of all, not a sectarian god. If given the Grace Light one individual can pass the light to another increasing bliss and spreading this intention throughout humanity.

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The Presencing of the Other from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-03 01:26:29

The following piece was written as an “abstract” for a lecture on orbs and other odd phenomena that I will be giving at the upcoming Prophets Conference in Glastonbury, UK, titled “Orbs: Interacting with Other Realms”, from July 11 - 13. Information about attending this conference, along with other essays by presenters, can be found at .

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Home Sweet Home: New Moon in Cancer, Alien Disclosure and the Forthcoming American Revolution from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-02 22:16:42

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Debtor Nations from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-02 15:32:20 read more

Reprioritizing Global Challenges from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-02 15:17:52

The Copenhagen Consensus Center was founded in late 2002 by Bjorn Lomborg, the former director of the Danish Evironmental Assessment Institute. In 2003 the idea for the Copenhagen Consensus Conference was developed, and in 2004 the conference took place in Denmark with eight of the planet's foremost economists, four nobel laureates included, and thirty specialists from ten different “problem areas.”

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Technoccult TV: Antero Alli (part 1) from Technoccult on 2008-07-02 14:53:43 Downloaded from in DIVX and iPod compatible mp4 formats. Technoccult TV talks with Antero Alli about paratheater, his films, the 8 circuit model of consciousness, and his plans for the future. Antero Alli is a paratheater director, filmmaker, astrologer, and the world’s leading expert on the 8 circuit model of consciousness. For more information about […]

The Black Hole in The Cost of Healthcare: Big Pharma and Transparency from Technoccult on 2008-07-02 04:39:38 It’s no secret that Big Pharma has been providing doctors with special perks in return for prescribing their products. This has been going on for ages. But to get a better grip on why the costs of healthcare have been increasing dramatically we need to understand about the massive networks that Big Pharma is involved […]

Americans are world’s top drug users: study from Technoccult on 2008-07-01 22:59:58 Americans are the world’s top consumers of cannabis and cocaine despite punitive US drug laws, according to an international study published in the online scientific magazine PLoS Medicine. The study, released Monday, revealed that 16.2 percent of Americans had tried cocaine at least once, and 42.4 percent had used marijuana. In second-place New Zealand, just 4.3 percent […]’

Personal fabrication and design for community resilience from Technoccult on 2008-07-01 22:45:55 While the LifeTrac project may free rural communities from dependence on specific, for-profit tractor manufacturers, it will not free them from dependency (and the associated side effects) on distant manufactures of engines, smelters of metals, or producers of tires. While this may be an improvement, it’s a Pyrrhic victory at best, as it will only […]

Terra: Extremitas artists announced from Technoccult on 2008-07-01 21:13:54 Hidden within a former shipyard, near the ruins that were once Amsterdam is the BULKHEAD. The most important place on planet Earth; the last site that remains uninfected with The FICTION… The final remaining survivors flow into the BulkHead’s safety. The place where humanity must learn to deal with the fact that its species is TERMINAL. 2 […]

Come Together from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-01 20:48:19

Reality Sandwich and Apocryphon Productions present…

“Come Together,” a pan-cultural worldbeat mashup every wednesday at Mehanata Bulgarian Bar.

This Week, July 2nd Live Performances by

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Study finds long benefit in illegal mushroom drug from Technoccult on 2008-07-01 18:57:48 Scientists reported Tuesday that when they surveyed volunteers 14 months after they took the drug, most said they were still feeling and behaving better because of the experience. Two-thirds of them also said the drug had produced one of the five most spiritually significant experiences they’d ever had. The drug, psilocybin, is found in so-called “magic mushrooms.” […]

Bugs Ate My Garden from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-01 17:26:36

A letter from one of our readers:

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South Korean Crop Circle from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-01 14:55:52 read more

Zen in the Art of Commercial Cuisine from Reality Sandwich on 2008-07-01 13:42:21 In February 2008, the HOV Group opened Zen Burger, an “environmentally friendly” fast food restaurant, to challenge the perspective of unhealthy fast food. According to studies, meat-processing and animal agriculture generates more greenhouse gases than the world’s transportation vehicles combined. Zen Burger's “ZenMeats” provide the look and taste of familiar products, processed wholly from unaltered vegetables, grains, and soy.

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Another design for seafairing: Lilypad from Technoccult on 2008-07-01 07:00:43 Whereas the Netherlands and the United Arabic Emirates « fatten » their beach with billion of euros to build their short-living polders and their protective dams for a decade, the project «Lilypad» deals with a tenable solution to the water rising! Actually, facing the worldwide ecological crisis, this floating Ecopolis has the double objective not […]

Robert Anton Wilson: Unearthed Interview 1991 from Technoccult on 2008-07-01 06:41:53 More here (via Dedroidify)

Alex Grey on Ayahuasca from Technoccult on 2008-07-01 06:39:00 (via Dedroidify)

The Tunguska Event–100 Years Later from Technoccult on 2008-07-01 06:12:10 he year is 1908, and it’s just after seven in the morning. A man is sitting on the front porch of a trading post at Vanavara in Siberia. Little does he know, in a few moments, he will be hurled from his chair and the heat will be so intense he will feel as though […]–

Bound Up With Books: Child of a Rainless Year from Alterati on 2008-07-01 05:56:27 Bound Up With Books Child of a Rainless Year Psuke I really enjoyed Jane Lindskold’s Child of a Rainless Year - it has most of the elements of fiction that I like: mystery, alternative history and magic worked in in an offhanded manner. Not that the treatment is offhanded - but extraordinary events […]

Boing Boing scrubs links to Violet Blue’s site from Technoccult on 2008-07-01 03:10:07 Valleywag writes: Violet Blue, a popular local blogger, columnist, sex educator and contributor to Gawker Media’s smutty sister Fleshbot, seems to have rubbed someone at Boing Boing the wrong way. She discovered that nearly all the posts on the site that mentioned her or her work had disappeared — save for one, a post from last […]’

The “Bloody” Baron von Ungern-Sternberg: Madman or Mystic? from Technoccult on 2008-06-30 21:39:04 “My name is surrounded with such hate and fear that no one can judge what is true and what is false, what is history, and what is myth.” – Baron Roman Fedorovich von Ungern-Sternberg, 1921 “In Mongolia, there was a legend of the warrior prince, Beltis-Van. Noted for his ferocity and cruelty, he spilled “floods of human […]

Unknown molecule opens the door to quantum computing from Technoccult on 2008-06-30 19:53:21 The odd behavior of a molecule in an experimental silicon computer chip has led to a discovery that opens the door to quantum computing in semiconductors. In a Nature Physics journal paper currently online, the researchers describe how they have created a new, hybrid molecule in which its quantum state can be intentionally manipulated - […]

Calif. man gets prison for burning Burning Man from Technoccult on 2008-06-30 19:38:47 A San Francisco performance artist was sentenced Friday to as many as four years in prison and ordered to pay restitution for the early torching last summer of the signature effigy of the counterculture Burning Man festival. Paul Addis pleaded guilty in May to one felony count of injury to property stemming from the burning […]

Eden: Trouble in Paradise from Reality Sandwich on 2008-06-30 16:15:49 [The Electric Jesus] • I've been turning my Electric Jesus workshop into a book, and here's the first attempt at the second chapter . You can check out the first chapter here. Portions of this chapter appeared in a previous podcast.

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Terra:Extremitas Artists Announced from Alterati on 2008-06-30 14:21:26 Hidden within a former shipyard, near the ruins that were once Amsterdam is the BULKHEAD. The most important place on planet Earth; the last site that remains uninfected with The FICTION… The final remaining survivors flow into the BulkHeads safety. The place where humanity must learn to deal with the fact that its species is TERMINAL. 2 […]

Dutch Apocalypse from Reality Sandwich on 2008-06-30 13:49:13

A recent Dutch Newspaper, De Volkskrant, released an article saying that thousands of Dutch citizens are preparing for the end of the world in 2012. Although the numbers are greater in the United States, the particular buzz of this article is fascinating.

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Podcast Alembic from Reality Sandwich on 2008-06-30 13:35:33 Mitch Horowitz on Colonel Henry Steel Olcott, AyasminA with curandera Wendy Luckey, Dennis McKenna at WPF, and Wes Nisker on “Crazy Wisdom” are all in this week's digest of consciousness-exploring podcasts.


The C-Realm Podcast

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RIPPLE #21: Kevin Booth (2 of 3) from Alterati on 2008-06-30 04:01:36 Today on RIPPLE: Ray and the Rev continue their interview with filmmaker Kevin Booth of Sacred Cow Productions about his documentary American Drug War: The Last White Hope. Share This

The Aliens of Art are coming… from Alterati on 2008-06-29 22:13:32 Full TERRA:EXTREMITAS line up announced Monday the 30th of June. Alien Lilith - Terra:Extremitas poster by the wondrous Reinhard Schleining.Share This

“Untraining The Brain”: Meditation and Executive Function from Technoccult on 2008-06-29 20:51:10 “In a fascinating review of the cognitive neuroscience of attention, authors Raz and Buhle note that most research on attention focuses on defining situations in which it is no longer required to perform a task - in other words, the automatization of thought and behavior. Yet relatively few studies focus on whether thought and behavior […]“”

Cancer Cured? Granulocytes Treatment Worked 100 Percent In Mice Work But Will It Work In Humans? from Technoccult on 2008-06-29 20:44:16 “Scientists at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center are about to embark on a human trial to test whether a new cancer treatment will be as effective at eradicating cancer in humans as it has proven to be in mice. The treatment will involve transfusing specific white blood cells, called granulocytes, from select donors, into patients […]

Texas High Court Rules Exorcism Protected by Law from Technoccult on 2008-06-29 20:42:14 “The Texas Supreme Court on Friday threw out a jury award over injuries a 17-year-old girl suffered in an exorcism conducted by members of her old church, ruling that the case unconstitutionally entangled the court in religious matters. In a 6-3 decision, the justices found that a lower court erred when it said the Pleasant […]

Cool and Strange Music Instruments from Technoccult on 2008-06-29 02:17:19 “This article will cover a few bizarre musical instruments, and oddities used by musicians to convey that special feeling or a melody. Some of the uniquely crafted items may cost a fortune, others are very simple and can be easily assembled from parts found in your kitchen. All of them have loads of character, and […]

Bees are Fitted with Microchips to Find Out Why Their Species is Dying from Technoccult on 2008-06-29 02:16:26 “It is a remarkably hairy close-up. But this tiny microchip attached to a bee’s back will hopefully explain why so many honeybees are dying from disease. Professor Juergen Tautz and his team at the University of Wurzburg in Germany are studying the health of more than 150,000 bees, in the hope of halting the apparently […]

Eco-friendly fabbers from Technoccult on 2008-06-27 23:15:02 Last week the 3rd year Industrial Design students at Victoria University presented the prototypes of the 3D printers they had designed. The challenge was to design and make a “green” 3D printer in 4 weeks with a limited budget. The students innovative thinking looked at ways to make use of waste material and repurpose it […]

The Fight to End Aging Gains Legitimacy, Funding from Technoccult on 2008-06-27 22:31:26 This weekend, his organization, The Methuselah Foundation, is sponsoring its first U.S. conference on the emerging interdisciplinary field that de Grey has helped kick start. (Its first day, Friday, will be free and open to the public.) The conference, Aging: The Disease - The Cure - The Implications, held at UCLA, is an indication of […]

ComFest Continues from Reality Sandwich on 2008-06-27 19:55:43 The Community Festival, also known as ComFest, is an annual arts and music festival held in Gooddale Park in Columbus, Ohio. It started in 1972 in the shadows of the Vietnam War by a group known as the Community Union. It was a music festival that was set to raise consciousness and

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Spaced Out: Radical Environments of the Psychedelic Sixties from Technoccult on 2008-06-27 17:24:23 “Spaced Out: Radical Environments of the Psychedelic Sixties” explores the crash pads, hippie communes, infinity machines and other far-out dwellings of the time period. Author Alastair Gordon, whose other works have dealt primarily with the clean modernism of airports and mid-century Hamptons homes, turned his attention to the design, architecture and visual culture of LSD-inspired […]

Moving from Alterati on 2008-06-27 17:23:37 Moving to a better server and new data center. You may experience ups and downs in connectivity to this site over the next several days.

Torrent Talk Wrap-Up: 05-16-08 by Alterati on 2008-05-16 19:45:56

A lot has been going on in the world of file sharing and for once …

Y (alpha) by Alterati on 2008-05-16 18:23:45

Endarkment Manifesto and Green Hermeticism by Technoccult on 2008-05-16 04:21:39

Peter Lamborn Wilson’s (Hakim Bey) half-serious proposal for a political movement to uphold and …

Fresh Baked Bread, Anyone? Gruesome Body Bakery by Technoccult on 2008-05-15 16:18:18

Here’s an argument for a low carb diet. Yeesh… “Imagine running up to the …

Walk and Roll For The Cure ‘08 by Technoccult on 2008-05-15 16:17:19

Author Jennifer Stevenson along with her pals from Derby Lite and The Windy City Rollers …

Mental Health Monday from Alterati on 2008-05-05 19:38:41

Mental Health Monday James Curcio Normally, I like to provide videos along with editorial commentary. But these, I think, speak for themselves. Who knows, maybe “Mental Health Monday” will become a regular feature here- tell us if you want more.

Living, plant based furniture and art from Technoccult on 2008-05-05 18:15:42

In 1986 Peter had the idea of growing a chair. Nine years later Peter and Becky became partners. Pooktre was born. Together they have mastered the art they call Pooktre, which is the shaping of trees as they grow in predetermined designs. Some are intended for harvest to be high quality indoor furniture and others […]

Mike Allred’s Stardust from Technoccult on 2008-05-05 16:17:37

Remember me writing about the art of Fletcher Hanks? It’s been out since last November, but Trevor just pointed it out to me: Mike Allred drew a an all new Stardust the Wizard story for Fantastic Comics #24. Sample images and interview at Newsarama ’

Salvia effects studied by U.S. Department of Energy from Technoccult on 2008-05-05 16:01:57

Brain-imaging studies performed in animals at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory provide researchers with clues about why an increasingly popular recreational drug that causes hallucinations and motor-function impairment in humans is abused. Using trace amounts of Salvia divinorum - also known as “salvia,” a Mexican mint plant that can be smoked […]

Midwifery is Messy from Reality Sandwich on 2008-05-05 13:40:17

Feel the Love Wave from Reality Sandwich on 2008-05-05 13:13:53

Up and Away Down Under from Reality Sandwich on 2008-05-05 13:07:11

Responding to the challenges of global warming, rising oil prices, declining housing affordability and growth, Sydney, Australia unveiled Sustainable Sydney 2030.

The plan, essentially a “transition town” for mega-cities, suggests five Big Moves to make Sydney more sustainable, vibrant and successful. Initiatives involve water and energy efficiancy, liveable green networks and integrated, sustainable public transport.

Peacemakers Paving The Way from Reality Sandwich on 2008-05-05 12:51:22

Rose Colored News returns from Technoccult on 2008-05-05 08:26:19

Rose Colored news returns to regular operations Crime prevention organization making a difference in Chicago Man grows new finger thanks to ground-up pig bladder Argentina Decriminalizes Drug Consumption Alaska: Appeals Court Cracks Down on Coercive Searches Low cost, small scale wind turbines to power off-grid villages Gel-like Material Shows Promise As Oral Insulin Pill For Diabetes Bakeries urge customers to plant wheat […]

The G-Spot 32 from Alterati on 2008-05-05 05:47:23

In this special one hour G-Spot, James Curcio builds a fragmented narrative through excerpts from various shows that he produced / co-produced over the past seven years, wandering through it as if displaced in time, in a fever dream. Also included is an excerpt from Transmedia Litany, with Genesis P. Orridge & Joseph Matheny. All […]

Super High Me and and other marijuana documentaries reviewed at Alterati from Technoccult on 2008-05-05 04:55:08

Wes Unruh on Super High Me: I was willing to give the documentary that doubt, because otherwise this film is little more than an unfunny schtick overshadowed by the importance of social upheaval the camera crew happens to connect with, seemingly unexpectedly. […] In other words, this is not the time for a juvenile documentary, the stakes are […]

Man grows new finger thanks to ground-up pig bladder from Technoccult on 2008-05-04 23:37:53

The photos of his severed finger tip are pretty graphic. You can understand why doctors said he’d lost it for good. Today though, you wouldn’t know it. Mr Spievak, who is 69 years old, shows off his finger, and it’s all there, tissue, nerves, nail, skin, even his finger print. ‘Pixie dust’ How? Well that’s […]

Absinthe’s Mind-Altering Mystery Solved from Technoccult on 2008-05-04 23:13:27

An analysis of century-old bottles of absinthe — the kind once quaffed by the likes of van Gogh and Picasso to enhance their creativity — may end the controversy over what ingredient caused the green liqueur’s supposed mind-altering effects . The culprit seems plain and simple: The century-old absinthe contained about 70 percent alcohol, giving it […]’

The artist as parent, the art of Kevin Kresse from Technoccult on 2008-05-04 17:55:12

Congratulations to Honky Tonk Dragon, who’s gonna be a daddy! He shares some thoughts and feelings presents some artistic examples to illustrate: Though we are socially conditioned to see artists as hedonistic libertines, the connection between creativity and reproduction makes a certain sense to me. But as I try to wrack my brains for examples which […]

Celebrating the Annual Global Marijuana March from Alterati on 2008-05-03 20:20:19

Celebrating the Annual Global Marijuana March: Marijuana Media Wes Unruh This being the first Saturday in May, hence the day of the annual Global Marijuana March, I’m reviewing a few marijuana-related documentaries. I’d wanted to review Super High Me for Alterati because I was fairly impressed with how they’ve been marketing the film. I found a copy online […]

An Interview with Jennifer Stevenson- Author of “The Brass Bed” from Technoccult on 2008-05-03 19:09:06

Jennifer Stevenson is the author of “Trash Sex Magic”, and most recently wrote a trilogy of sexy, funny, romantic fantasy, the first of which was recently released called “The Brass Bed” (Ballantine Books). She’s been writing for 25 years and lives in the Chicago area with her husband of 30 years and her two cats. The […]“”

Riding Out the Credit Collapse from Douglas Rushkoff on 2008-05-03 14:37:36

Arthur Magazine, June 2008 Riding Out the Credit Collapse By Douglas Rushkoff There’s two kinds of people asking me about the economy lately: people with money wanting to know how to keep it “safe,” and people without money, wanting to know how to keep safe, themselves. Maybe it’s the difference between those two concerns that best explains the underlying […]

Indian baby-tossing ritual from Technoccult on 2008-05-03 05:04:57

BBC documentary about the Vatican’s secret document about priests’ sex crimes from Technoccult on 2008-05-03 04:42:21

A secret document which sets out a procedure for dealing with child sex abuse scandals within the Catholic Church is examined by Panorama. Crimen Sollicitationis was enforced for 20 years by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger before he became the Pope. It instructs bishops on how to deal with allegations of child abuse against priests and has been seen […]’’

The Awakening of Teotiwakan: A Paradigm Shift to the Living Cosmos from Reality Sandwich on 2008-05-02 18:22:28

(Note: with the exception of book titles, I use the Nawatl Orthographic Convention when using Nawatl words).

Stop. Hey. What's That Sound? from Reality Sandwich on 2008-05-02 17:30:25

The following is a short version of an essay written for the anthology Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture, edited by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, and recently released by MIT Press.

Anti-Squirrel Coalition from Technoccult on 2008-05-02 15:34:33

scary squirrel world PICK THE ASC CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT “Patriots are you sick of governments run by skwerls for skwerls? Do you think it’s time to crack some nuts and take back the trees? Well, so do millions of others in this country and around the world. The problem is, the bushytail horde has a stranglehold […]

Gas Be Gone from Reality Sandwich on 2008-05-02 15:29:31

The No more Gas (NmG) personal electric vehicle from Myers Motors can reach up to 75mph, goes 1000 miles on $20 of electrical fuel and is available in 14 different colors.

The vehicle plugs into any 110 volt, 20 amp outlet and takes up to eight hours to fully charge. Currently, the NmG can go 30 miles on one charge and is geared towards urban commuters, many of whom commute less than 12 miles each day. Often with an eight-hour workday in between drives.

Ron Paul Wants to "Legalize It" from Reality Sandwich on 2008-05-02 15:06:32

Souldish NYC: May 1-7 from Reality Sandwich on 2008-05-02 14:04:38

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King Solomon and His Followers — A Valuable Aid to the Memory from Technoccult on 2008-05-01 22:52:00

Photos of a Masonic handbook from 1920 called King Solomon and His Followers — A Valuable Aid to the Memory. The text is written in shorthand. (via kottke + clusterflock) —

Thee Process continues… from Technoccult on 2008-05-01 18:32:25 is back up and now hosts the blog of Loki der Quaeler, Doug Mesner and William Morrison. Meanwhile, the The Neo Process Church Of Final Judgement: The New Way- 4P2 web site has been slightly updated. Both sites use the same favicon, but I’m unable to ascertain whether they are run by the same people. And I […]…

Book Art from Technoccult on 2008-05-01 16:56:44

“WARNING: This post may not be for the faint of heart! If you are anything like me, and I know that many of you are (May God have mercy on your souls), the merest willful damage to a book is tantamount to abuse. I have never quite gotten over my childhood habit of anthropomorphizing objects. […]

Whining, Blue Smoke & the Mechanics of Getting Unstuck from Technoccult on 2008-05-01 16:51:42

“I’ve been working on a bunch of (non-43 Folders-related) stuff lately, but I started feeling that hankering to come back and write something new here. To get the engine started, I went through some old posts and turned up a few (oddly self-inspiring) ideas that I want to re-share. The topic? “Getting unstuck.” * Hack your […]&

“The Merrie, Merrie Month of May” from Technoccult on 2008-05-01 16:50:40

Happy Beltane everyone! “Once almost every village in England had a maypole, but in 1644 the killjoy Puritans had them all destroyed. With the Restoration of the monarchy in 1661 which brought renewed appreciation of old folk ways, May Day again had a place in English society and the maypoles were re-erected. The most famous of […]

Albert Hofmann, 11 January 1906 - 29 April 2008 from Reality Sandwich on 2008-05-01 15:55:04

Albert Hofmann died peacefully last Tuesday morning, 29th April, in his home near Basel, Switzerland. He was 102 years old. Just last weekend we talked to him, and he expressed his great joy about the blooming plants and the fresh green of the meadows and trees around his house. His vitality and his open mind stayed with him until his last breath.

Homo Luminous: The New Human from Reality Sandwich on 2008-05-01 15:10:24

Plastic Stew from Reality Sandwich on 2008-05-01 13:46:52

Last Bicycle Ride from Reality Sandwich on 2008-05-01 11:19:45

Anti-Scientology crusader vaporized from YouTube from Technoccult on 2008-05-01 03:40:20

YouTube has vaporized a popular user account dedicated to criticizing The Church of Scientology. Last Thursday, the world’s most popular video sharer removed the 10,000-subscriber-strong “Xenutv1″ channel run by Mark Bunker, a television journalist/well-known Scientology naysayer. Earlier in the week, Bunker posted a teaser for his three-hour interview with Jason Beghe - a film and television […]

Intelligence enhancement from Wired from Technoccult on 2008-04-30 19:45:32

The latest issue of Wired is dedicated to intelligence enhancement - and it’s filled with interesting articles and tips. Wired: Get Smarter issue. Here’s a taste: Fluid intelligence was previously thought to be genetically hard-wired, but the finding suggests that with about 25 minutes of rigorous mental training a day, healthy adults could improve their mental capacities. […] David Geary, […]

RIPPLE #17: Mother Tongue from Alterati on 2008-04-30 19:31:16

Today on RIPPLE: Host Ray Carney and co-host Rev. T. Gabriel Williams interview Bryan Tulao of Mother Tongue over Follow The Trail. Part two of this interview in two weeks. Share This

Aren't We Already Living in Paradise? from Reality Sandwich on 2008-04-30 19:05:05

Episode 5 from Must Not Sleep, a new novel which takes place in shamanic space, a realm of shapeshifting and trance. Check out episodes 1, 2, 3, and 4. A free download of Michael Brownstein reading from the novel is available on

Particle Accelerators and Parallel Universes from Reality Sandwich on 2008-04-30 17:52:22

Electric Equinox in Reflection from Reality Sandwich on 2008-04-30 13:30:51

Psychedelic Power-Pop from Reality Sandwich on 2008-04-30 12:45:40

DMT: The Spirit Molecule documentary from Technoccult on 2008-04-30 02:20:59

A documentary based on the research of Rick Strassman is in the works, featuring interviews with Erik Davis, Alex and Allyson Grey, Dennis McKenna, Joe Rogan, Douglas Rushkoff, and, of course, Strassman himself. More Info: Official Site (via Dedroidify) Buy DMT: The Spirit Molecule the book.

LSD inventor Albert Hofmann dies at age 102 from Technoccult on 2008-04-29 22:41:53

The rumors have been flying all day, but Erowid and MAPS seem to have confirmed the death of Albert Hofmann, the inventor of LSD: “Albert Hofmann passed away at his home at 9am on Tuesday Apr 29, 2008 of a heart attack at the age of 102. He will be missed. [Yes, this is confirmed. […]

The Dwarfism Problem from Alterati on 2008-04-29 22:06:35

The Dwarfism Problem Problems With the Professor: Greatest Hits While the Professor gears up for the Summer session, enjoy this blast from the past! Today we learn why being short doesn’t necessarily make you a dwarf.

Web based Gysin Dream Machine from Technoccult on 2008-04-29 21:56:57

Online, web based dreammachine (via Bruce Eisner, who has some additional information about Brion Gysin and dreammachines)

Aleister Crowley movie, the Chemical Wedding, trailer from Technoccult on 2008-04-29 20:32:10

New three volume Austin Osman Spare book from Technoccult on 2008-04-29 20:29:56

New Three Volume Work by and relating to Austin Osman Spare and Vera Wainwright. Though no publisher is given these books have been issued in a limited edition of only 59 numbered copies by Tony Naylor of Mandrake Press Ltd. / I.H.O. books and the works are not listed in British Books in Print. Past experience […]

Absurdity and Ignorance from Alterati on 2008-04-29 20:20:41

What seems to be absurdity and is not, is better than the ignorance of the man who thinks it is absurd. - The Way of the Sufi, p.78 It’s that time again. Let’s kick off this Tuesday Afternoon with the most fucked up news story I’ve read in months: A 73-year-old Austrian man has confessed to imprisoning […]

The Tipping Point: A Global Death and Rebirth Story from Reality Sandwich on 2008-04-29 20:17:54

For anyone who has any grasp of the multiple global trends accelerating toward crisis points, it is not difficult to imagine end-of-the-world scenarios. Indeed, the problem is to imagine a plausible future in which humanity ultimately arrives at a positive outcome. This is an attempt. I view this very much as an act of creative intention rather than prediction.

Chinese to use rockets to prevent rain during the Olympics from Technoccult on 2008-04-29 19:53:29

China is preparing an arsenal of rockets and aircraft to protect the Olympics opening ceremony from rain, hoping to disperse clouds before they can drench dignitaries at the roofless “bird’s nest” stadium. Officials believe there is a 47 percent probability of rain during the August 8 opening ceremony and a 6 percent chance of a heavy […]