MonthMay 2006

My last teenage manifesto

Snoop’s a 19 year old from Liverpool who chronicles his magical experiments on his blog My last teenage manifesto. It’s always interesting and encouraging to see people writing about their experiences actually doing magic. And even though I’m only a few years older than him, it’s nice to get a kick in the pants from the younger generation as I start to settle into my confortable yuppie lifestyle.

Eat it, grandad.

National Geographic article on ayahuasca

For centuries, Amazonian shamans have used ayahuasca as a window into the soul. The sacrament, they claim, can cure any illness. The author joins in this ancient ritual and finds the worlds within more terrifying?and enlightening?than ever imagined.

Full Story: National Geographic.

(thanks Gwen!)

Genesis P. Orridge talks about Throbbing Gristle, plus live “Discipline” video

Scientists Take First Steps Toward Invisibility

New materials that can change the way light and other forms of radiation bend around an object may provide a way to make objects invisible, researchers said on Thursday.

Two separate teams of researchers have come up with theories on ways to use experimental “metamaterials” to cloak an object and hide it from visible light, infrared light, microwaves and perhaps even sonar probes.

Full Story: Extreme Tech.

Viking Youth Power Hour: The 150 Year Storm

Drinking to the end of american democracy the vikings tread across the grim waters of the 9/11 conspiracies. We get things rolling by discussing how the news stumbled into the collective and individual laps of the vikings and the challenges it posed to a group of dingbats from a generation who found patriotism anethema.

We drop some science about how governments and ruling bodies over the years have used military actions to get the people behind their agendas. Look up the USS Maine and the Reich Stag smart ass.

We then move into a discussion and dissection of the very important video Loose Change. if you watch any video on the questions with the dominant 9/11 story, please make it this one. Even if you’ve seen other videos, even if you’re absolutely certain you have ALL the answers about what went down on that dark day, please do yourself a favor and watch this video right away.

When those planes incinerated into ash against the two towers of western civilization the world began it’s rusty saunter towards a truly new day. Whether that day, which is creeping towards us with an increasing velocity, becomes one of never before imagined freedom or a crippling hiccup and recapitulation of a legacy of unbalanced power is yet to be seen, but coming to find answers as to who participated in what artist Paul Laffoley called “the end of post-modernism” may be a powerful initiatory step to rediscovering hope.

Devendra Banhart closes the show with “Crippled Crow”.

MP3 from Viking Youth Power Hour.

The Myth of Superman

Neil Gaimon and Adam Rogers in Wired:

About a decade ago, Alvin Schwartz, who wrote Superman comic strips in the 1940s and ?50s, published one of the great Odd Books of our time. In An Unlikely Prophet, reissued in paperback this spring, Schwartz writes that Superman is real. He is a tulpa, a Tibetan word for a being brought to life through thought and willpower. Schwartz also says a Hawaiian kahuna told him that Superman once traveled 2,000 years back in time to keep the island chain from being destroyed by volcanic activity. Maybe it happened, maybe it didn?t, but it does sound like a job for Superman ? all in a day?s work for a guy who can squeeze coal into diamonds.

Full Story: Wired.

RU Sirius Show: Sex & Drugs & DNA

Our guest is Michael Stebbins, author of ?Sex, Drugs & DNA: Sciences Taboos Confronted. Besides droppin? science, Stebbins ? a Washington D.C. insider who used to work for Democratic Senator Harry Reid ? drops some upcoming political news about Republican Senators Bill Frist and John McCain. And he joins us in our never-ending learned discourse regarding monkeys.

MP3 on R.U. Sirius Show.

NeoFiles Show: Invasion of the Nanobiobots!

Molecular scientist and chemist Dr. Alan H. Goldstein on the NeoFiles.

MP3 on NeoFiles.

Egypt to excavate Roman city submerged in sea

The Egyptian authorities have given the go ahead for the underwater exploration of what appears to be a Roman city submerged in the Mediterranean, Egypt’s top archaeologist said on Monday.

Full Story: Reuters.

Frequency 23 podcast: Bart Black

Frequency 23’s new podcast is up. This month:

This audio footage comes from a very special field agent, currently stationed somewhere in Texas. Our agent somehow managed to contact Bart Black, a contemporary of Alex Jones among others, for an interview regarding Bart’s own TV show based in Houston, “Frequency Clear”. “Frequency Clear” is a source for alternative news geared towards fighting the information war, guerilla media activism, and advocating for the First Amendment. Bart was gracious enough to accept our correspondent as a personal guest in his office and workspace, and the resulting interview touches upon the pending police state, the mother of all conspiracy theories, and life on the frontline of the information war.

Download at Frequency 23.

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