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The Myth of the Megalith


Eusebius@Commons (CC BY 2.0) via The New Yorker: Baalbek, Lebanon, is the site of one of the most mysterious ruins of the Roman Empire, a monumental two-thousand-year-old temple to Jupiter that sits atop three thousand-ton stone blocks.

Half of Dr. Oz’s Medical Advice is Baseless or Wrong

Sorry Doc, but half of everything you know is wrong. From the Washington Post: It’s not hard to understand what makes Dr.

The First People


This post originally appeared on Morocco World News. Kenitra – “Why should we be so arrogant as to assume that we’re the first homo-sapiens to walk the earth?

5am Film Series: The Bohemia

There exists, in a pocket of North London, a group who wanted only to provide their community with a space in which to exchange thoughts and ideas, far away from the corporate disease that’s infested the United Kingdom.

The Legendary Dennis McKenna Joins the Midwest Real Podcast!


Via Midwest Real Dr. Dennis McKenna is a scientist, author and living legend of psychedelic counterculture.

The Junky’s Christmas

Back in 1993, The Junky’s Christmas by William S. Burroughs, was made into a short claymation film. It was directed by Nick Donkin and Melodie McDaniel, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, and narrated by Mr.

Exonerated Seventy Years After Execution

Earlier this week, a judge vacated the decision against George Stinney Jr, a black teen who was convicted of murdering two white girls in South Carolina.

Apple ‘failing to protect Chinese factory workers’

via BBC: Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.

In the Beginning was the Code: Juergen Schmidhuber at TEDxUHasselt

The universe seems incredibly complex. But could its rules be dead simple? Juergen Schmidhuber’s fascinating story will convince you that this universe and your own life are just by-products of a very simple and fast program computing all logically possible universes.

23 Things Terence McKenna Said Best, From DMT Sex To Telepathic Octopi


NOAA Ocean Explorer (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Reset.me: At 25, a friend introduced me to “Surfing Finnegans Wake,” in which a nasally man lectures for three hours, ostensibly off-the-cuff, on the psychedelic, boundary-dissolving experience of reading James Joyce.

Atheists Unveil Anti-Christmas TV Specials


“Yes, Virginia, there is a ‘War on Christmas’,” declares the Washington Times, reporting on AtheistTV‘s holiday lineup: Conservatives have been mocked for insisting there’s an ongoing war on Christmas, but now it looks like they may have simply been ahead of their time.

The Truth About Krampus

We know there’s more than a few Krampus fans in the disinfoverse, so no doubt you’ll enjoy reading “the truth” about the German Santa courtesy of Al Ridenour at Atlas Obscura: Thanks to the internet, popular American understanding of European Christmas traditions has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decades.

Paramount Cancels ‘Team America’ Showings, Theaters Say


via Deadline: Forget those plans by Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and other theaters to run Team America: World Police in place of The Interview.

Is String Theory About to Unravel?


trailfan (CC BY 2.0) via Smithsonian: In October 1984 I arrived at Oxford University, trailing a large steamer trunk containing a couple of changes of clothing and about five dozen textbooks.

Tennessee Town Passes Policy Banning Negative Comments About The Town’s Government

via Tech Dirt: The commissioners of a small Tennessee town have just voted to ban negative comments about it from social media.

NASA Rover Finds Active and Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars


The first definitive detection of Martian organic chemicals in material on the surface of Mars came from analysis by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover of sample powder from this mudstone target, “Cumberland.” Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS via Nasa from December 16: NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill.

Is This a Dream? The Hitchhikers’ Guide to Lucid Dreaming

via Good Times Weekly: A beginner’s guide to understanding and exploring the uncanny world of lucid dreams.

The CIA Experimented on Human Beings


“Reframing the CIA’s interrogation techniques as a violation of scientific and medical ethics may be the best way to achieve accountability,” writes Lisa Hajjar at The Nation: Human experimentation was a core feature of the CIA’s torture program.

Ending Torture One Dick At a Time


DonkeyHotey (CC BY-SA 2.0) John Grant writes at CounterPunch: CAUTION! To paraphrase Bill O’Reilly, you are now entering a no-censor zone that discusses obscene activity.

EU Rules Obesity Can Count As Disability


Just when you thought that the obese were the last large class of people left unprotected by discrimination laws, the European Union Court of Justice has ruled that if the obesity of a worker “hinders the full and effective participation of that person in professional life on an equal basis with other workers”, then obesity can fall within the concept of “disability.” From BBC News: Obesity can constitute a disability in certain circumstances, the EU’s highest court has ruled.


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