commented on Adventures in Microdosing
When I was a teenager, I heard horror stories about LSD: bad trips triggering severe, long-term mental health problems. I didn't believe it, but chose not to dabble in drugs for personal reasons (I'm skeptical of the validity of chemical-induced experience).
More recently, someone very close to me-- a teenaged relative-- experimented with LSD. He had a fantastic experience, which led him to experiment further... and then something went wrong. It happened all at once: he was perfectly fine, and then over a couple of days he spiralled completely out of control. Long story short: he had to be involuntarily commited for a period of time, and then his mom had to quit her job to be able to keep an eye on him full-time. He seems to be doing a bit better, but he's not out of the woods, and no one knows how long the road might be. He's very scared, and so is everyone who cares for him (including me). He's a fantastic, well-adjusted kid who never had any problems whatsoever before this. This is not where he wanted to be at 18.
It's possible he took something he thought was LSD, but was actually something else. No way of finding out at this point. I don't think there's really any way for the average user to really be sure what they're ingesting. Keep in mind that everyone's brain is different-- for instance, a friend of his had taken the same thing at the same time, with no ill-effects. Even the same batch might affect people very differently.
The thing I hate about anti-drug hysteria is this: once young people realize it's a lot of hype, they tend to wrongly conclude that there's no danger whatsoever, and throw caution to the wind. Our minds are fragile, and breaking them is much, much easier than putting them back together.
I'm not trying to sound like Nancy Reagan. Everyone has their own path to follow, and perhaps for some, LSD is the right way. But don't take it lightly-- and don't take it all unless you feel very, very certain that this is necessary for where you need to go in life.
By the way, I like the article. I just wanted to add my 2 cents.
commented on Centrist Democrats Using Putin and Russian Hackers To Maintain Control of Their Party
In 1936, FDR said in a campaign speech that he "welcomed the hatred" of big bankers and the financial elite. The electoral map from the ensuing election is almost nothing but blue. By contrast, Clinton took six-figure fees for speeches to Wall Street where she assured her wealthy patrons of "private policies" which would be different from public policies... and she lost to the most unqualified bozo in history.
The key underlying deception that Trump pulled off was that he persuaded people he was against the side of power. It's a ludicrous notion; no one is more on the side of power than Trump-- but he was able to convince the gullible that he was another FDR, welcoming the hatred of the powerful elite. On the other hand, Clinton and the Democratic Party were perceived as the servants of power. Clinton didn't make those Wall St speeched because she needed the money; she made them because she believes in power, and felt the need to kiss the hands of power on her path to the White House. The deplorables might be woefully ignorant about almost everything, but they saw this very clearly.
Charles is correct. If the Democratic Party is to have a future, it will have to once again become the party that is against the side of power.
Dec 12, 2016
commented on Epic Eric Garland Twitter Thread/Novella/Opus
I got as far as where he starts denouncing Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and Glenn Greenwald. Anyone who believes the public does NOT have a right to know what their government is up to-- especially when said government is in the business of torture and extrajudicial execution--- is truly a moron, and not worth reading.
Dec 2, 2016
commented on Why Should I Give a Fuck About... Pere Ubu?
It's true that some of their later albums aren't so great... but "Raygun Suitcase" from 1995 might be the best thing they ever did. One of the most underappreciated albums of all time. Also great (and overlooked) is the David Thomas solo album "Erewhon," from around the same period.
Nov 16, 2016
commented on Free Will Astrology
That Rebecca Solnit quote (under 'Scorpio') is the best thing I've heard in a long time.
Nov 6, 2016
commented on Fuck This Fucking Guy: Robert Satiacum, the Washington State Democratic Elector Who Won't Vote Clinton
Just to clarify: the electors don't vote until December. So, let's say that on Wednesday morning we learn that Clinton has exactly 270 votes, not taking into account faithless electors. Everyone in the world would know that Clinton's supposed to become president, but that it's not going to happen because of some guy in Puyallup who has no secret service protection. Anyone want to lay odds on Satiacum's chances of surviving til December in that scenario? (And just to be clear, I am NOT advocating violence; I just think it's pretty obvious what would happen). My guess is he would quickly realize his situation and resign as elector well before the electoral votes are cast.
Oct 27, 2016
commented on Today in Third-Party Candidates
Well, since Dan Savage is so opposed so to this kind of hypocrisy, he certainly won't be voting for Clinton... right, Dan? Or are you a hypocrite too?
Oct 3, 2016
commented on Netflix's Amanda Knox Leaves People of Color Out of the Story
@10 Mignini's theory of the crime as presented in a preliminary hearing on Oct. 19, 2008:
"...premeditated and was in addition a 'rite' celebrated on the occasion of the night of Halloween, a sexual and sacrificial rite... In the intention of the organizers, the rite should have occurred twenty-four hours earlier, but on account of a dinner at the house of horrors, organized by Meredith's and Amanda's Italian flatmates, it was postponed by one day. The presumed assassins contented themselves with the evening of 1 November to perform their do-it-yourself rite, when for some hours it would again be the night of All Saints."
He also said Knox "has the look of a she-devil." It's a bit alarming to me that so many Slog readers (and writers) are on board with a witch trial.