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Podcast 443 – “The Legendary Venice Salon”


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Guest speaker: Kathleen Wirt

Bicycle Day in L.A. - April 18, 2015

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today we feature a talk given by Kathleen Wirt, the hostess of the legendary salon that took place in Venice, California. While the stories Kathleen tells are of interest from an historical point of view, they are also very informative for anyone who is also interested in starting a salon in their area. Kathleen’s talk was given at the inaugural session of the Aware Project Salon, which has picked up the torch and is carrying this work to a new generation. You may know about Leary and McKenna, but if you don’t know about Kathleen’s Venice Salon you only have part of the historical story.

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Psychedelic Awareness Salon with Kathleen
(Video Jan 2015)

Ashley Booth’s Web Site

Aware Project: Rethinking Psychedelics

Aware Project on Facebook

Aware Project on Twitter

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Podcast 432 – “GAPS, MAPS, and PTSD”


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Guest speakers: Katie Tomlinson & Rachel Hope

The Secret Chief Reveialed by Myron Stolaroff

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today’s podcast features two of the Palenque Norte Lectures that were given at Burning Man in 2014. The first talk is by Katie Tomlinson, founder of GAPS, the psychedelic student organization at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. For anyone interested in establishing student groups on other campuses this talk has some great pointers for you . Following Katie’s talk we hear Rick Doblin, the founder of MAPS, introduce Rachel Hope, a participant in one of the MDMA studies sponsored by his organization. Rachel tells her amazing story of a very long struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how the treatment being perfected by Dr. Michael Mithoefer and his wife Annie has cured her of PTSD.

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The Evergreen State College

The Secret Chief Revealed
By Myron J. Stolaroff

MIT scientist links autism to Monsanto’s Roundup and predicts HALF of U.S. children will be autistic by 2025

“Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate”

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Podcast 430 – “The Danger is Madness”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High Directed by Brett Harvey

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“I sort of see [cannabis] as the pilot light of Gian consciousness.]

“The danger is [in using psychedelic drugs], just to put it out there, is madness.”

“LSD is different. LSD is like psychoanalytical Drano. It’s not a personality.”

“Matter is simply a concept. The world is made of language.”

“If you’re truly psychedelic the difference between living and dying is quite immaterial. No pun intended.”

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The Union: The Business Behind Getting High
Directed by Brett Harvey


The Hasheesh Eater & The Poem of Hashish
By Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Charles Baudelaire

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Podcast 427 – “Stand Up And Be Counted!”


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Guest speakers: Lorenzo Hagerty & Chris Hedges

Rainbow Love

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Chris Hedges.]

“I think when we speak today about American values what we’re really speaking about are corporate-instilled values.”

“When you spend over a decade brutalizing people, people become brutal.”

“You can’t use the word ‘liberty’ when your government watches you 24 hours a day. That’s the relationship of a master and a slave.”

“There is no difference between a night raid in Oakland and a night raid in Falluja . . . none!”

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Hedges v. Obama

U.S. Drones kill more people than ISIS: Chris Hedges

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Industrial Workers of the World A Union For All Workers

COINTELPRO

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Podcast 425 – “Drug Policy, Technology and Everything Else”


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Guest speaker: John Gilmore

John Gilmore

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by John Gilmore.]

“I thank medical marijuana for breaking down social resistance to recreational marijuana.”

“In medical marijuana states it was the gay community that developed political skills in working for their own liberation that then applied those skills to liberate marijuana in a medical context in the aids fight. Those people blazed a trail for us.”

“I think encouraging courage among people who are in the know to actually say what they know is a way to have positive social change. It’s a way that the powerful are vulnerable to the ordinary people.”

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HTTPS Everywhere

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Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)


What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry

By John Markoff

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Podcast 405 – “Marijuana At Your Corner Store”


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Guest speaker: Sarah Lovering

The Palenque Norte Lecture Hall at Camp Soft Landing in Black Rock City 2013

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today we travel back in time once again to the 2013 Burning Man Festival where Sarah Lovering gave a Palenque Norte Lecture detailing her work with the Marijuana Policy Project. It was MPP that led a coalition of cannabis activists over a several year period leading up to the legalization referendum in Colorado. Sarah not only explains how that campaign unfolded, but she goes on to describe the community’s long term plans for the ultimate legalization of cannabis in the U.S.

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Podcast 402 – “Global Psychedelic Research Update”


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Guest speaker: Rick Doblin

Rick Doblin from the May 20, 1985 edition of the New York Magazine

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Rick Doblin.]

“Once you’ve produced the scientific data that’s necessary to make a drug into a medicine, you’ve gone a long way towards mainstreaming the acceptance of these drugs as having beneficial properties. And then the step to legalization is not that far behind that.”

“The government has a monopoly on the supply of marijuana that you can use in FDA-approved research. So even though there are 20 states and the District of Columbia [that have legalized medical marijuana], and there’s marijuana everywhere, we’ve spent seven years trying to get 10 grams of marijuana for vaporizer research. We’re the only people in America that can’t get 10 grams of marijuana.”

“We are all dying and we all have some anxiety about it. And so people are more scared of dying than they are of drugs. If we can show that people who are facing death can be assisted with psychedelics that’s a powerful message.”

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MAPS Sponsored: MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Research

“The New Drug They Call ‘Ecstasy’ ”
(New York Magazine, May 20, 1985)

“Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate” (video)

“Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate” (podcast)

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Podcast 401 – “Surveillance and Revolution”


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Guest speakers: Glenn Greenwald and Stefan Molyneux

PROGRAM NOTES:

“What the NSA has done is essentially converted the Internet from this unprecedented zone of freedom into the most powerful means of surveillance ever known in human history.” -Glenn Greenwald

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Stefan Molyneux.]

“If we have a bitcoin universe, you don’t get to print money for war. You don’t get to have money for a prison/industrial complex. You don’t get money for a war on drugs. You have to ask the people.”

“So bitcoin gives us an opportunity to reclaim the power of the people to say yes or no to what the government claims that it wants to do.”

“Freedom for the government is enslavement for the people. When the government is free the people are enslaved. When the government is contained then the people are free.”

“To limit money is to limit political power.”

“If we have a bitcoin universe, you don’t get to print money for war. You don’t get to print money for a prison/industrial complex. You don’t get to print money for a war on drugs. You have to ask the people.”

“When you give government the power to control the money supply, it grows like a tumor until it extinguishes society itself.”

“There is going to be enormous amounts of resistance to the adoption of bitcoin, but I really believe that it’s about the most peaceful revolution that we can have in this world.”

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Podcast 348 – “Entheogens and Plant Medicines”


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Guest speaker: Dr. Naughtilee

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today’s program features the 2012 Palenque Norte Lecture that Dr. Naughtilee gave at the Burning Man Festival. Natalie is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor in private practice in San Francisco. Naturopathic Medicine is a unique, holistic healthcare system that promotes a proactive, preventative approach to health and wellness, blending the science of modern medicine with the wisdom of the natural healing arts. In this engaging talk, and through interaction with her audience, Dr. Naughtilee discusses some of the foods, medicines, and poisons that we obtain from plants and helps us to better realize what a deep connection we humans have to the plant world.

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Podcast 312 – “Occupy the Internet”


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Guest speaker: Eben Moglen

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Eben Moglen.]

“For the policy makers, in other words, an overwhelming problem is now at hand: How do we have innovation and economic growth under austerity? They do not know the answer to this question, and it is becoming so urgent that it is beginning to deteriorate their political control.”

“Nobody will ever try to create a commercial encyclopedia again.”

“Disintermediation, the movement of power out of the middle of the Net is a crucial fact about 21st century political economy. It proves itself all the time. Somebody’s going to win a Nobel Prize in Economics for describing, in formal terms, the nature of disintermediation.”

“The greatest technological innovation of the late 20th century is the thing we now call the World Wide Web, an invention less than 8,000 days old. That invention is already transforming human society more rapidly than anything since the adoption of writing.”

“The next Facebook should never happen. It’s intermediated innovation serving the needs of financiers, not serving the needs of people. Which is not to say that social networking shouldn’t happen. It shouldn’t happen with a man in the middle with tax build into it.”

“The way innovation really happens is that you provide young people with opportunities to create on an infrastructure which allows them to hack the real world and share the results.”

“We care about protecting people’s right to hack what they own. And the reason that we care about it is if you prevent people from hacking on what they own themselves you will destroy the engine of innovation from which everybody is profiting.”

“We said from the beginning that free software is the world’s most advanced technical education system. It allows anybody, anywhere in Earth, to get to the state of the art in anything computers can be made to do by reading what is fully available, and by experimenting with it and by sharing the consequences freely.”

“We should move to a world in which ALL knowledge previously available before this lifetime is universally available. If we don’t, we will stunt innovation which permits further growth. That’s a social requirement. The copyright bargain is not immutable. It is merely convenient.”

“The universalization of access to knowledge is the single more important force available for increasing innovation and human welfare on the planet. Nobody should be afraid to advocate for it because somebody might shout ‘copyright’.”

“Nobody should be fooled about the prospects for social growth in societies where fifty percent of the people under thirty are unemployed. This is not going to be resolved by giving them assembly line car-building jobs. Everybody sees that.”

“And we need to listen, democratically, to the large number of young people around the world who insist that Internet freedom, and an end to snooping and control, is necessary to their welfare and ability to create and live.”

“Disintermediation means there will be more service providers throughout the economy with whom we are directly in touch. That means more jobs outside hierarchies and fewer jobs inside hierarchies.”

“And there is a third aspect of privacy, which in my classroom I call autonomy. It is the opportunity to live a life in which the decisions you make are unaffected by others’ access to secret or anonymous communication.”

“The reason cities have been engines of economic growth since Sumner is that young people move to them to make new ways of being taking advantage of the fact that the city is where you escape the surveillance of the village and the social control of the farm.”

“The city is the historical system for the production of anonymity and the ability to experiment autonomously in ways of living. We are closing it.”

“We are on the verge of elimination of the human right to be alone. We are on the verge of the elimination of the human right to do your own thinking in your place in your own way without anybody knowing.”

“The Network, as it stands now, is an extraordinary platform for enhanced social control. Very rapidly, and with no apparent remorse, the two largest governments on Earth, that of the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China, have adopted essentially the identical points of view. A robust social graph connecting government to everybody, and the exhaustive date mining of society, is both governments’ fundamental policy with respect to their different forms of what they both refer to, or think of, as ‘stability maintenance’. . . . We need, ‘we’ who understand what is happening, need to be very vocal about that.”

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Eben Moglen’s University Web Site

Eben Moglen in Wikipedia

The FreedomBox Foundation

The TOR Project (Anonymity Online)

F2C: Freedom to Connect

F2C2012: Eben Moglen keynote – “Innovation under Austerity” (video link)

F2C2012: Eben Moglen keynote – “Innovation under Austerity” (audio link)

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