Would ” ‘President Mussolini’ Make The Planes Run On Time?”

Mar 9

R.U. Sirius Everybody is pontificating about Trump’s appeal. I’ll throw in my 2 cents in the context of my choice to have a remix made of “President Mussolini Makes The Planes Run On Time.” Basically, I am (this song title is) precisely right. Some commentators have danced close to this perception, talking about the authoritarian

Michael J. Ruppert: The LA Cop Who Became the Leading 9/11 Conspiracy Spokesman

Apr 16

I’m sorry to hear of the suicide of Mike Ruppert. I spent a day with him in the L.A. suburbs in 2002 for an article I was assigned to write for Rolling Stone. It was a pretty weird experience, but nothing I wasn’t accustomed to. I liked the guy.

As far as I can remember, the article was killed because I didn’t want to sacrifice the wee bit of my own character or opinionizing that I brought to it. I felt that the article would have been an assault without it, although I’m sure Mike would’ve been upset by it anyway. Still, I’m sad to see the man go. He was off the wall on a lot of things, but he also did some good research. And his lectures…  he would pour sweat. The hardest working man in conspiracy show business. A veritable James Brown of underground gonzo investigative journalism.

Kevin Kelly’s Pro-Surveillance Rap: Passable Futurism but Bad Politics

Mar 14

So original Wired editor Kevin Kelly checks in this week with a Wired article provocatively titled, “Why You Should Embrace Surveillance, Not Fight It.”  The thesis, developed with Kelly’s typical assumption of technological inevitability (he wrote the book What Does Technology Want?), is that total mass tracking is coming anyway, so we should make the choice

Riddle Me This… Another Selfie

Mar 3

Here are some of my favorite interviews with me that are available on the web today.  While it’s generally unfashionable, I like the interview format. For one thing, you get the persons voice unimpeded by any (frequently incorrect) assumptions imposed by the journalist doing the interview. Also, I think it’s sometimes good to have a prompt rather than finding some awkward way of getting to your point.  Sometimes there’s more clarity in the interview than in the essay.

Nevada’s “Ayahuasca Tea Party” Candidate

Feb 27

So here’s this dude, David Lory VanDerBeek, and he’s running for governor of Nevada.  On February 23, he proudly posted a research paper he’d written in college titled Shamanistic Redemption: Entheogenic Intervention.  The piece, in wooden and convoluted prose, makes an argument that psychedelics, and particularly Ayahuasca, hold a special ancient place in the human experience and that, unlike other drugs, they are redemptive and, in fact, a shamanic treatment for addiction.

OK, then. Given the unlikelihood that legal Ayahuasca (he’s for it) will be a popular issue in the upcoming Nevada Gubernatorial campaign, you have to give this fellow points for charming eccentricity (and for liking Ayahuasca!) So who is David Lory VanDerBeek and what sort of politics has his expanded awareness wrought?

Well, in the biographical section of his webpage (Wait… he and his wife look happy, but the kids look either tortured or Children of the Damned), he lets us know right off that he’s not from Kenya. Which he needs to do because Ayahuasca.