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Beware the Deadly Palinflower

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While little is know of the rare and dangerous palinflower, this brief photodocument details the developmental phases of this rare and deadly flora known to wipe out whole cultures and to destroy political parties

The Palinflower starts off innocently enough, deceptive in its down to earth simplicity.

The Palinflower bud looks innocent enough at first

When it first blossoms, the deadly bloom may trick the ignorant admirer who fails to properly vet this flower's background

The Palinflower, when first plucked looks beautiful

As the bloom reaches maturity, it's unique pistil reminds the wary horticulturalist, wise to the danger of the Palinflower that it is best to stay away.


Once the "wasilla house pistil shows it self, within short order, the flower shows it's thorny, prickly nature that bites those who embrace it too tightly.

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As the flower withers,  Palinflowers'  pods appear. These look prickly and nasty,but the worst is yet to come.

The Palinflower pod-- prickly, and just a warning the worst is yet to come

Finally, the pods, as they age, dry up and burst, revealing the true seeds the deceived admirers have embraced and, too late, wedded themselves to. 


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When palinflowers die, another flower grows in its place, one that we know even less about. So far, it has not been found to be toxic.

Where the palinflower withers and dies...

the white flowers used for this little bit of satire are Datura, and they ARE known to be, if eaten, hallucinogenic in the worst way, never producing good trips, and if too much is eaten, known to be deadly. No joke. 

all photos and lame photoshopping by rob kall


Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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Enjoyed it Rob!  Photoshopping wasn't rea... by Pam Ladds on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 11:45:03 AM
Very creative! I like this interpretive piece.... by BroderWriter on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 11:45:40 AM
Seems "normal" to read GARBAGE from this... by Cindie Frap on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 11:58:32 AM
Lady with seemingly made up silly name is a&n... by Sandy Sand on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 12:19:27 PM
It is a wonderful talent to make people smile. :)... by virginius "gin" arnold on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 4:56:52 PM
and I was thinking skunk cabbage.... by Michael Shaw on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 12:19:13 PM
I had the other day when I saw a tired looking, ol... by QuietBear on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 12:47:05 PM
I received this text in an email from my neice thi... by Paula Sayles on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 1:03:55 PM
AMEN AND AMEN... by EVELYN CONLEY on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 4:06:25 PM
she talks not to the American people. She talks to... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 1:15:26 PM
but ya need a better ;-)"ha... by Tony Forest on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 2:07:40 PM
how did you get the birdhouse to pop out of the bl... by Tony Forest on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 2:11:13 PM
I got way down on the ground and shot up-- the bir... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 2:43:30 PM
Thank you Rob for this humorous and inciteful piec... by Penel on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 7:02:11 PM
I hope your cousin is still at least able to enjoy... by Oh on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 8:43:31 PM
this was truly fun and funny. Out in our neck of t... by mikel weisser on Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 at 9:46:20 PM
After the  fourth of November the bloom of th... by Jerry Right on Friday, Oct 24, 2008 at 7:37:14 AM
the fragile flowers survived the first few frosts.... by Rob Kall on Friday, Oct 24, 2008 at 9:19:04 AM