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  1. Get ready for the shortest answer ever- Lizard Brain.
  2. You pose an interesting question..."Is this a mental health crisis or a spiritual problem?" In my view, the answer is yes, it is both. That is to say that they are the same thing in practical terms and the it's just the words we use (depending on our worldview) that are different. As for "medicine" being a replacement for priests, I would say a competent psychotherapist (not just a scrip writer) could very serve the function of the priest, or if you are lucky, the shaman.
  3. So I am nearly finished with Robert A Wilson's "Cosmic Trigger I" and it has really bummed me out. It was written in the mid 70's and is as much about Leary's view of the future as anything else. Wilson and Leary were both smarter than I am ever going to be, but I can't help but see that they clearly fell for the own bullshit in believing in the Age of Aquarius, a global revolution of consciousness, space migration, intelligence intensification, and life extension. All this predicted before 2000. And of course, they were also both very interested in McKenna's 2012 prediction. They left jetpacks out, but that's about it. I feel so sad to see that they were wrong. Maybe that was a possible future that didn't happen, like the two divergent times lines in PKD's "Man in the High Castle". But here we are in 2017 and shit is looking pretty dire. Yeah, there have been some advancements, but to me the trajectory looks to be towards a new dark age if we don't pull back on the stick here damned quick. Do I need to list the reasons for my pessimism? OK. The regressive left wing. The new president and his crew. Global warming. Pollution. Resource depletion (the elephant in the room). Manned space program largely abandoned, esp by our gov. Life extension - eh, a little, but not like hundreds of years as predicted. Intelligence intensification? Yeah right. Most folks I meet are semi-literate at best and addicted to fast-food garbage information. Obviously, there has never been a better time for access to information, but most peole lack the desire/ability to digest quality content. Kitten pics, porn rule the day. Tell me I am wrong. Please.
  4. I have to say that I am glad the whole C16/Jordan Peterson controversy has erupted because it brought my attention to THIS FUCKING GENIUS. For me, I am going to focus on his larger body of what seems to be deeply meaningful rather than of this SJW/gender identity stuff.
  5. I read Aubrey Marcus's report on it - looks interesting, pretty low key. Totally legal. I have some but haven't tried it yet. Any of y'all tried this stuff?
  6. Yes, pretty much there is always fright involved, but sometimes there is an awe-inspiring, tingling feeling too. A sense of immense power nearby. I do think that there is a liminal quality at work here, and probably it could be used by someone who knows what to do to go into lucid dreaming or maybe even astral projection. Speaking of which, do any of you guys know anything about astral projection?
  7. I sell cars. It sucks.
  8. This is a bit strange...I had a fairly severe sleep paralysis episode last night. Mine are usually "alien" themed, although it is always just a feeling of a "presence" (I don't see any little grey dudes). Last night it lasted along time. Shitty.
  9. Yeah, I like the small northern brewer starter set. My fave "recipe" I've made of theirs is the White House Honey Porter. Dericious. Yield is 9-10 12 oz bottles. One cool thing about a small batch is that you can cool down the wort by nesting say a 2 gallon pot you use to cook it in inside a 3-4 gallon pot filled with ice water. This is cheaper/simpler than getting wort cooler, which you would probably want if doing a big batch. Bear in mind that people have been brewing for thousands of years. There is lot of art mixed in with science.
  10. I have done a bit of it, and wish I could do more. When I started 20+ years ago it there wasn't a lot of craft beer out there, but of course now there are a million cool micro breweries out there. When I got back into most recently (~ a year ago) my wifey bought me the 1-gallon starter set from Northern Brewer. I recommend trying this out before going to the full-on 5 gallon set up which requires more room, expense, etc. A good way to see if you even like the process. And yes, it is a process. One thing I haven't tried that I totally want to is some of the weird "Psychoactive" beers described in Stephen Harrold Buhner's book - https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Herbal-Healing-Beers-Fermentation/dp/0937381667/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8. Modern beers with hops in them were developed after the church decided that pop-skull dujour was making people to loopy/horny/violent/???? and so decreed that all beer must have hops, which it turns out mostly makes you mellow and sleepy, and is estrogenic to boot (think man boobs, etc).
  11. I am with you on this Noizemonk. This has been a rough fucking year and the future is uncertain, as always. So here are some things that have cheered me up in both the recent and distant past. I recommend them highly... 1) I watched the OG Dr Seuss "Grinch Who Stole Christmas" followed by "Horton Hears a Who". Very psychadelic, and no I wasn't high. Really made me feel good. 2) Then last night I watched the classic "Alice in Wonderland". Enough said, see #1. 3) If you have a brother or homie you can smoke a cigar and shoot the shit with, that could be good. Just don't get hooked up on tobacckky. 4) They say that your personality is very much like those you spend the most time around. A big problem I have with this is that the people I spend most of my waking hours with are my workmates who are, with a couple of exceptions (the potheads lol), boring as hell. So I "supplement" with podcasts. Obviously Duncan's, the JRE if the guest is interesting (I could give a shit about MMA or any of that). Marc Maron's WTF, and Shane Mauss's "Here We Are". I have also really been digging the "Living in the Movie" podcast, which is about psychological/spiritual work with an emphasis on the shadow. It's a little rough around the edges but I dig it cuz I like homemade stuff and I think the hosts see some deep truths that most don't speak of. Judging by your blog you might like it too. 5) Make something. Me, I like to cook. Cheers me right up. 6) Read a great book. I am enjoying the hell out of "Jitterbug Perfume" by Tom Robbins. None of these are cure-alls, but you gotta try. A teacher that I respect greatly spoke of "the seduction of despair", and man oh man, is he right. Despair is a sexy bitch in a lot of ways. Can't give in, have to keep getting up and feeding the fire.
  12. I played the first two games as a boy. About three years back I bought it for the kids' WII and played it through again. What a hoot!
  13. @Some Guy - Dude your post really resonated with me, though not because of your move. I am deeply unhappy, completely wore out, and in a rut as deep as the grand canyon. I suck it up every fucking day and I go to a job I hate so my wife and kids can have the shit they need/want and I am very largely underappreciated. If I had my druthers about it I would like out in the woods, hunting and fishing and growing tomatoes, reading books, chopping firewood, all that Thoreau shit. Fuck TV, the internet, political BS. Fuck it all. Obviously, I am not selfish enough to throw my girls' lives into disarray even if it is life and death for my soul. I will probably just keep eating shit till the end. Best of luck to you dude. I hope you at least find some medicine.
  14. @Endymion - I can see you point of view on this. No doubt direct action matters. @Chimpbrain - I had not seen them before, but that is very interesting stuff. I do get a slight ping on my bullshit meter looking at the "yogic flying" tho. As time permits I intend to read the research papers.
  15. No, what I am suggesting is that whoever is in charge of this shitshow make peace with Vlad. Let them have their sphere of influence, respect them, and take the goddamned nukes off of hair-trigger alert and eventually (by which I mean as soon as it can be reasonably done) work towards a huge decrease in weaponry on both sides, esp. the ones we point at each other. The current situation is pure unadulterated suicidal madness, and HRC will probably make it worse. Not that Trump won't, I am just hoping that him and Vlad will maybe see more eye to eye, since they are both old school alpha types (which btw, I think makes for a pretty poopy human being,).