Stephen Fry shares some jaw dropping facts about American prisons

6 12 2011

The US is home to 5% of the global population, yet it also has 25% of the world’s prisoners.

Half of the nearly 3 million American prisoners are locked away for non-violent drug offenses (a great majority for pot).

1 out of 30 American men between 20 & 34 are in prison.
It’s 1 out of 9 for African American men in the same age group.

The private prison industry is massive and very powerful politically, and their business is BOOMING.

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Supernature: Esalen and the Human Potential

29 11 2011

Trailer for a documentary in development about the merging of consciousness research, physics and healing over the past 50 years at Esalen.  More information and video can be seen at the documentary’s Kickstarter site.





Open Science Summit Videos

17 11 2011

Videos of presentations from the 2011 Open Science Summit can be viewed at Fora TV.
Wonderfully juicy topics include open source drug discovery, big data bioinformatics, ‘clinical trials 2.0’, open science education, open access science journalism, personal genomics, radical longevity, transparency in science, incentive and intellectual property: FORA.TV





Bleeding Heart Libertarians

6 10 2011

One of the most elucidating introductions to the “intellectual traditions” of libertarianism I’ve ever heard.   Very thought-provoking and concise.   Highly recommended if you’re interested in politics or non-politics.

Interesting how the individual and the collective form a spectrum.  And that is where all form and pattern originates.  Between the particles and the waves. ~





TEDTalk about Anonymous and hacking

17 09 2011

Interesting talk about hackers, neurodiversity and the state.





UN attempting to outlaw all sacred plants (Ayahuasca, Iboga, etc.). SIGN PETITION!!

25 06 2011
Important message from Luis Eduardo;

Dear friends,

I urge you to sign this petition. Once more, this is an attack against the cultural and spiritual heritage of non-western people, a continuation of conquest and colonization of the word by people with a very limited worldview.
Best regards,

Luis Eduardo

The United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) has published on their website their annual report about the world situation on drugs in 2010. In this report, the INCB has included the preoccupying recommendation towards governments to outlaw  traditional plants such as Ayahuasca (a decoction made with botanicals like Banisteriopsis Caapi and Psychotria Viridis) andTabernanthe Iboga among others, neglecting their important role as traditional medicine, as a sacrament and as therapeutic tool. These are the primary uses of these plants found in societies all over the world.

The International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Service (ICEERS) is organizing a letter-writing campaign to counter this demonic injustice.  Please read more about this issue and add your signature here, and take a moment to browse the beautiful website of ICEERS.org.

 





Generation OS13: The new culture of resistance

11 06 2011

This is very well done 1/2 hour video created by Anonymous about the current global situation, how we got here and how to move forward.   I highly recommend watching the entire 1/2 hour with some friends and then enjoying the stimulating discussions it will most likely elicit.