Tuesday, July 7, 2009(8 comments)
The Dark Side of Climate Change: It's Already Too Late, Cap and Trade Is a Scam, and Only the Few Will Survive
"Most of the "green' stuff is verging on a gigantic scam," Lovelock told the New Scientist shortly before the release of his latest book, The Vanishing Face of Gaia. "Carbon trading, with its huge government subsidies, is just what finance and industry wanted. It's not going to do a damn thing about climate change, but it'll make a lot of money for a lot of people and postpone the moment of reckoning."
Monday, May 25, 2009(3 comments)
Have You Ever Taken Ayahuasca in the Peruvian Amazon?
Ever since I first began playing with psychedelics as a teenager, I have wanted to do them in the jungle. It took only one or two bad trips in the city before I started imagining the experience away from the car alarms and ambulance sirens, and closer to its millennia-deep origins in ceremony and sacrament. The magic molecule animating Ayahuasca is the fearsome and revered tryptamine known as DMT.
Monday, April 27, 2009(5 comments)
Glenn Beck: A Savvy Fraud Who Knows Just How to Please His Audience of Conservative Suckers
The first casualty of any study of Glenn Beck is the idea that he is cracking up, a la Howard Beale. Mental illness runs in Beck's family--his mother and brother suffered from depression and committed suicide, and he himself considered suicide in the mid-90s--but Glenn Beck is not crazy. His frequent choke-ups are no more the early signs of a looming crack-up than his bestselling-author status portends a National Book Award.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009(1 comments)
Obama's Serious About Taking an Axe to Corruption and Waste at the Pentagon
If Gates proves the primary engine of reform at the Pentagon, he won't be alone. Running the Pentagon's acquisition's office will be Ashton Carter, a reform-minded policy scholar and physicist who worked in Clinton's Pentagon on non-proliferation issues. As the department's weapons czar, Carter will preside over all meetings between Pentagon officials and contractors.
Friday, March 6, 2009(1 comments)
Is the Future Going Down the Drain? Baby Boomers Going Bust
Some of my friends and I shared a communal house in the 70s. We first came up with this idea [of doing it again] when we were talking about the possibility of having to live in assisted living or nursing homes, and we decided it would be far better to all live together in a big house with friends we knew and loved and hire a nurse and a cook.