Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Real Progress or Red-Herring?Comments
DEBKAfile - Qaddafi Buckles after Eying Saddam in His Spider Hole
Somehow this still smells fishy to me. I don't really believe that this nutcase is coming fully clean. The true test will be this: If Muammar Qaddafi is really coming clean on his pursuit of WMD's, he will have to be attacked by Islamic militants within the next two years for it to be credible.
Why? Because militant Islamists cannot tolerate any dissent in the ranks. A formerly militant anti-Western leader of a Muslim country turning friendly to the west, simply will not be accepted without retaliation. As an example, General Musharraf of Pakistan has faced down two assasination attempts in the last two weeks for his cooperation with the United States in the war on terror.
If Libya does not become a target of attacks by radical Islam, then you can count on the fact that this latest round with UN Inspector Clouseaus chasing down elusive WMD's is a sham and a red-herring, designed to conceal something more easily hidden.
I'm sure Qaddafi did learn something from the fate of Saddam Hussein. Unfortunately what he learned is that it is possible to hide WMD programs from UN inspectors, by miniaturizing your operations, shifting them around, and spiriting the incriminating evidence out of the country before the big boys come to play.
I'm sure he doesn't want to end up like Saddam. But let's not be too glib. Had Saddam fully complied with the UN demands, he would still be in power today. Once the heat was off, the evidence shows that it would have been a simple matter for him to reconstitute his WMD programs in short order. What Qaddafi's move actually means may not be what we want to believe it means. It would be a simple matter to bury a couple of cargo containers in the vast Libyan desert, to be unearthed sometime later when the world stopped paying attention.
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Sunday, December 28, 2003
Another for the Humor list: Anger ManagementComments
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Hah! I finally found it again. The "Secret Diaries of Cassandra Claire"--really the secret diaries of the characters in Fellowship of the Ring. It is a hoot! Give it a whirl.Comments
~*~ Secret Diaries ~*~
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Browsing a few other weblogs, it looks like parts of the country got some serious snowfall. I was unaware. A popular activity seems to be posting snow pictures on one's blog. I have no snow, but maybe these pics (taken a couple of days ago in my garden) will be an inspiration to those busy shoveling the white stuff.Comments
My garden was touched by frost last night. Some of the less hardy tropical plants will lose some of their leaves. But the tangerines are ripening nicely, and the grapefruit will follow soon. This afternoon it is a cool but sunny 50 degrees. Last week it was in the 70's.
As an expatriate Minnesotan I have earned the right to gloat. :)
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Friday, December 26, 2003
And now for a "different" view of things...Comments
Liberals Are Really Swell
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Thursday, December 25, 2003
UPDATE: I'm bumping this to the top, and will keep it here until you all read it. It's that important.Comments
The Law of Good or the Law of Right?
TCS: Tech Central Station - Tiananmen in London
This is an astounding piece! I have seen it linked in several places in the blogosphere and finally decided to read it. I highly recommend setting aside the 15-20 minutes it will take to get through it. When you are through, you will have a much better framework within which to understand what is happening in the world re: the war on terror, left vs. right, Islam vs. the West, etc.
Bottom line for me, it gives me a solid framework to understand why I have felt the need to drift away from my previous positions on the religious Right, and toward a Christian conservative/libertarian ideology. Essentially the author shows that, however well-motivated, attempts to enforce the Law of Good by secular authority always end in failure at best, or catastrophe at worst. I fully concur with what he has demonstrated.
What do you think? I'd be interested to hear different perspectives.
Link via Irreverent Probity
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What happens when Law students discuss the Lord of the Rings?Comments
This: Letters of Marque: Sauron: Offer and acceptance
Link via The Politburo Diktat
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Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Who the heil is Bunsen anyway?Comments
bunsen [dot] tv presents: The Greatest Blog in the World
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Desert Cat's Christmas Lights
Christmas Eve, Santa's on his way.
I'm snugly ensconced behind my laptop, Mrs. Cat is next to me writing a letter. Bing Crosby is singing on the CD and the glass of Eggnog is going down just fine. We just returned from Christmas Eve service at our church. The fragrance of the spice cake in the oven greeted our return.
I hope that wherever you are, it is where you want to be. And if it is not, then I pray for you a blessing from the King of Kings, that He will bless you this night with the abiding presence of His Spirit of Peace. And I extend to you my warm greetings, and my wishes that Christmas Day will bring you all that you desire.
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Allah Is In The HouseComments
Watza matta with me. Get this on the humor links, lazy putz!
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Tuesday, December 23, 2003
VRWC: The Neo-MaleComments
Jaymz at VRWC has an interesting follow-up to Kim DuToit's pussification rant:
To me being a man means responsibility. I have a responsibility to be good to my wife and child and see that they're feed and taken care off. This means working a job and bringing home the money, handling the finances, instilling morals in my son while taking care of any potential threat that could come to my household. This does not mean that my wife submits her responsibility entirely to me. She's accountable for herself and she has an equal responsibility in raising the child. But she doesn't own me and I don't own her. We respect each other, just as it should be.
You see, this has something to do with all the anti-Bush sentiment out there. The responsibility of the Commander-in-Chief is to protect the United States from all threats. Bush saw a threat to the country he loves and is sworn to protect. He called them out and when he was told he could do nothing about by other people, he did it anyway because it was his responsibility.
That's what these bleeding-heart liberal metro-sexuals just can't fucking understand; that man, a real man from Texas, would do the job he swore to do no matter what. Even if it cost him his career, he would still have had the balls to blow the UN and the EU off and do his duty. That's what a man does with responsibility, he gets it done.
Go read the rest.
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Noted for future additional perusal:Comments
Sheila Astray's Redheaded Ramblings
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Christ by ProxyComments
Insight: His life was cut short for our sakes. Now he lives his life through us on this earth, and we have life through him in the world to come. Considering who he is and what that offers to us, the exchange is very worthwhile, no?
The more secure the fit of the glove to the hand in this world, the more secure the fit for eternity. What are we giving up anyway? Nothing that we can keep in the end. Nothing that gives us *that* much pleasure either, after all. The idea that it can is just an illusion. It may take a few decades of living to realize that however.
"Take my yoke upon you, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
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Monday, December 22, 2003
Republicans for Sharpton. Al Sharpton for President? Al Sharpton for democratic nominee. Turn the 2004 Democratic primary into a campaign circus.Comments
Heh! I've been on this idea for months. Glad to see someone making something of it.
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Conservative Voices Against ProhibitionComments
It is with pleasure that I link to this article on NRO--that high-minded bastion of conservative thought. Nothing makes me happier than to see sane conservative commentary against the war on drugs.
Doug Bandow on Drugs on National Review Online: "But the drug laws are the real dangerous threats to public health and safety. The only way to protect the public is to guarantee the right of the sick to use marijuana and to stop jailing pot smokers who just want to get high. "
Thanks to Peter (who else?) for the link.
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Cryptonomicon.Net - 'DVD Jon' AcquittedComments
This is the guy who wrote the software that allows DVD owners to make backup copies of their discs. Chalk up another one against the RIAA/MPAA cabal.
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Why is Marijuana Illegal?Comments
A little bit of history. You may be surprised...or not.
Marijuana prohibition was founded on lies--violent, despicable, racist lies--and it is by lies that it continues to be prosecuted.
Thanks to Peter for the info.
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Saturday, December 20, 2003
Return of the King, condensed parody versionComments
If you're not a Tolkien fan or have not seen the RotK, this will make no sense. But if you have, this one is truly a gut-splitter: mollyringwraith: Return of the King, condensed parody version
Lots of gut-splitting lately...I'm getting sore... :D
Thanks to Ith for the link.
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OMG, I am dying again! This is a serious product!Comments
Flatulence Filter Seat Cushions by GasBGon
Link via Aurora
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Friday, December 19, 2003
Chaotic Not RandomComments
Top-notch writing. I can only dream of being this good...
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In fact, for years I used the name Gandalf online, I played a D&D character, a wizard I called Gandalf. In many ways I am still like Gandalf. But "Gandalf" was a part of me that I chose to put away some years ago, because it had become associated with much that was painful in my life.
A couple of other iterations of the quiz I came up as Eomer and Gimli--nothing wrong with those. :)
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Who thinks up these things??!Comments
I'm having a true ROTFLMAO moment...trying to catch my breath...my chest is trying to explode...tears streaming from my face...
How to make bedroom slippers out of maxi pads: click for the full directions and a photo of the final product.
"How to make bedroom slippers out of maxi pads"
* Soft and Hygienic
* Non-slip grip strips on the soles
* Built in deodorant feature
* Keeps feet smelling fresh
* No more bending over to mop up spills
* Disposable and biodegradable. Environmentally safe
* Three convenient sizes: Regular, Light day and Get out the Sand Bags
I also can't figure out why I find this so funny...maybe because I followed a link over from this post over at Dean Esmay's blog.
This is better than the tampon angel...
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I just realized the last five blog entries were all generated as a result of reading ONE blog.Comments
I think I better go read somewhere else, before people start talking...
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I just adore this man. :D
"Reports that say something hasn't happened are interesting to me, because as we know, there are known unknowns; there things we know we know," Rumsfeld told the briefing.
"We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know."
John Lister, spokesman for the campaign which strives to have public information delivered in clear, straightforward English, said: "We think we know what he means. But we don't know if we really know."
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Ok, how'd I miss this one the first time through? Interesting reading.Comments
Thoughts on Male-Female cognitive differences.
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The Eternal NowComments
This is really good! This expresses quite well a concept I have been flirting with.
Via Aurora: "Eckhart Tolle Says:
'Nothing Exists Outside The Now'
Aren't past and future just as real, sometimes even more real, than the present? After all, the past determines who we are, as well as how we perceive and behave in the present. And our future goals determine which actions we take in the present.
'You haven't yet grasped the essence of what I am saying because you are trying to understand it mentally. The mind cannot understand this. Only you can. Please just listen.
Have you ever experienced, done, thought, or felt anything outside the Now? Do you think you ever will? Is it possible for anything to happen or be outside the Now? The answer is obvious, is it not?
Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now.
Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.
What you think of as the past is a memory trace, stored in the mind, of a former Now. When you remember the past, you reactivate a memory trace- and you do so now. The future is an imagined Now, a projection of the mind. When the future comes, it comes as the Now. When you think about the future, you do it now. Past and future obviously have no reality of their own. Just as the moon has no light of its own, but can only reflect the light of the sun, so are past and future only pale reflections of the light, power, and reality of the eternal present. Their reality is 'borrowed' from the Now.
The essence of what I am saying here cannot be understood by the mind. The moment you grasp it, there is a shift in consciousness from mind to Being, from time to presence. Suddenly, everything feels alive, radiates energy, emanates Being.'"
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Wednesday, December 17, 2003
The Nearest Thing To Heaven
this side of the grave, that's what!
Until you have tried it, you just have no idea...
And yes, they can still ship it in time for Christmas! I just ordered another couple of pounds to share. :)
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You know you've been sitting on the "throne" too long (reading, of course), when the skin on the backs of your thighs threatens to peel off as you rise, and the cat has fallen fast asleep in your trouser bottoms...Comments
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The Campaign of Hate and FearComments
Some of my fellow Democrats are unpatriotic.
BY ORSON SCOTT CARD
OpinionJournal - Extra:
"Watching the primary campaigns among this year's pathetic crop of Democratic candidates, I can't help but think that their campaigns would be vastly improved if they would only rise to the level of 'Death to the Republicans.'
Instead, their platforms range from Howard Dean's 'Bush is the devil' to everybody else's 'I'll make you rich, and Bush is quite similar to the devil.' Since President Bush is quite plainly not the devil, one wonders why anyone in the Democratic Party thinks this ploy will play with the general public.
Am I saying that critics of the war aren't patriotic?
Not at all--I'm a critic of some aspects of the war. What I'm saying is that those who try to paint the bleakest, most anti-American, and most anti-Bush picture of the war, whose purpose is not criticism but deception in order to gain temporary political advantage, those people are indeed not patriotic. They have placed their own or their party's political gain ahead of the national struggle to destroy the power base of the terrorists who attacked Americans abroad and on American soil. "
That's exactly the point! Nice to see that there are a few Democrats left who have not succumbed to insanity yet...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Strokes for the ReadershipComments
So, the Great Minds of the blogosphere say that, to build readership, you need to respond to the comments that readers leave in the comments section. Ok people, sorry I don't always do that. I'm not ignoring you, really! I just didn't have anything else to add sometimes. For example, Anna left me speechless, wondering what the heck I was supposed to say to *that*, (back a few days ago). :-o
Henceforth I shall usually respond. While I'm groveling a bit, I might as well mention, I really wouldn't mind being linked if you have a blog of your own. I just hate begging, but I'm doing it now. If you read me semi-regularly (or even once in a blue moon), woncha link me, even in your "pathetic bloggers who begged to be linked" list? Let this be blanket "permission" (as if you had to ask in the first place--yes, yes!) I mean, what's an exhibitionist without an audience?
Erm...*ahem* (dusting myself off...) enough of that for now. I try not to be pathetic here after all (I maintain a different blog for that purpose).
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IMAO: In My World: Ace in the HoleComments
The funniest man in the blogosphere comes through again! :D
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Monday, December 15, 2003
Ventura Rips Chong Bong Rap, Drug CzarComments
Looks like Jesse Ventura has himself a show on MSNBC. The link is to a transcript on the topic of marijuana policy, with Jesse ripping hard on Tom Riley of the Drug Czar's office. Peter can have the flaky Kucinich--I'll take Ventura for President any day. :)
Thanks to Drug War Rant for the link.
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"Evangelical Christian" or "Christian Libertarian"?Comments
Vox Day commenting on Karl Rove's outreach to the evangelical Christian and Jewish communities, quotes an article by Christopher Manion that notes that 4 million evangelicals did not vote in 2000. "He (Karl Rove) begs: "in 2000, only 16 million of you voted. We need the other four million." In both meetings, Rove stresses the importance of President Bush's invasion of Iraq and his support of Israel. But only with the evangelicals does he stress the president's unwavering support for the moral issues that are their priorities abortion, pornography, judges, and (most important) the Marriage Amendment.":
"Don't hold your breath, Karl
I can't vouch for the veracity of the numbers, but I can tell you two things. 1) I am one of the four million who didn't vote for either a Republican or a Democrat in 2000. 2) There will be more than four million who won't vote for either next time.
A man of principle does what he believes is right regardless of the cost. I don't see that in President Bush, still less the Republican Party. I see no reason why evangelical Christians should spend any money or effort supporting it. I now style myself a Christian Libertarian, and I hope that one day, I'll be able to cast a vote for a principled member of that party."
Wait a minute now! Is Vox really trying to say he is speaking as one of these 4 million evangelical Christians? Generally the category "evangelical Christian" refers to an individual with an outreach-oriented faith. But politically speaking "evangelical Christian" is almost synonymous with social conservative. The people Mr. Rove is reaching out to (with priorities such as ending abortion on demand, restricting access to pornography, passing the Marriage Amendment, etc.) are social conservatives or conservative statists. Now that's a species that has rather different political goals than Christian Libertarians, of whom Vox counts himself a member. Social conservatives don't seem to mind increasing government power, so long as it is used to advance their agenda. You can't have your cake and eat it too--let's not be blurring these distinctions. If these folks do not turn out to vote for Bush, it will likely be for very different reasons than for folks like Mr. Day.
I will be voting for Bush, despite the necessity of holding my nose on a (large) number of his statist positions, because the alternative is simply too horrific to contemplate. Give me a Christian Libertarian with a prayer of a chance of winning and I'll gladly cast my vote for him. But until we see such an unusual character, I'll be voting for and campaigning for Republicans.
Sometimes a man of principle trying to do what he believes is right "regardless of the cost", ends up doing wrong as a result. If the result of voting one's principles regardless of consequences means putting a liberal statist in office, then I'd rather be a little bit wrong than very, very wrong! How many "purist" Democrats now rue their vote for Ralph Nader?
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Sunday, December 14, 2003
The hollowness of the "racism" chargeComments
I found this gem deeply buried in the comments on Emperor Misha's site. The author only left an e-mail address (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org), but this deserves a bit more exposure.
Free Tactical Advice: the charge of "racism" has been so beaten to death and beyond through overuse that all it now provokes is eye-rolling. (Except for the most craven, guilt-wracked White Liberal NPR types. Still works on them.)
Let me hit you with a mind-grenade:
The only kind of "inclusiveness" that counts is that of the human spirit and the quality of thought.
Everything else is just token-mongering, crypto-supremacist, neo-Plantationist doubletalk - in other words, pretty much what passes for racial politics on the Left.
"Racist attitude?" It is to laugh. White liberals don't want racial equality. They want a kind of human petting zoo where they can enjoy funky ethnic restaurants and feel "worldly" while maintaining their citadels of priviledge. The trick, which they have raised to an art form, is to keep the "oppressed" in line through having them fight the White working class and imprisoning them in that socio-economic crack house known as The Welfare State.
This is why the Left never shows its fangs as much as when confronted with a take-your-pity-and-shove-it, no nonsense minority leader who believes in equality of opportunity AND RESPONSIBILITY for all Americans. People like that must be isolated and destroyed, lest they infect others.
Are there racist asshole rightwingers? Of course. But the engine of racism in American society today IS THE LEFT. The epicenter of the colony-mind dogma that people must not, can not, should not be treated as individuals accountable for their choices and absolutely equal before the law is on the Left. Gay vs straight. Men vs women. Black vs White/Asian/Jewish. Everyone is viewed by category and assigned a victim(izer) role accordingly.
The Left has been very clever and successful in dressing up Neo-Plantationism in the raiment of noble assistance, compassion, "civil rights," etc. But the cloak is slipping, and we all know it.
Here's the key thing: You can fairly say that Conservatives drank from the poisonous well of racism and blind adherence to tradition for too long. They were slow to change, but change they did.
The Left, however, is truly fucked because it CANNOT change. Not with their entire racial and political consciousness being based on collectivism and denial of the individual.
Leftists cannot truly work for the empowerment of ANY individual of ANY color because they simply don't believe in it. They can't realize the goal of emancipation, freedom and dignity for Blacks because, essentially, they don't even want that for their own (White) people.
But they sure can cry "RACISM!" endlessly. They can chant it like a mantra. They can see it behind every tree and blame it for every sparrow that falls from the sky. It's all they can do.
But the game, my friend, is almost up. The Plantations will burn again. Just wait. :)
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Saturday, December 13, 2003
Phil Keaggy - His Music - MP3 Download Page
Speaking of Phil Keaggy, that is a link to a page with a couple of free downloads of his music. Check it out, then buy an album directly off his site. Unlike some musicians, his stuff is good from the first track to the last. He even has the "out of print" "Music to Paint By" CD set available on his site.
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Friday, December 12, 2003
It's beginning to look a lot like...Comments
It rained last night in the valley. This morning brisk winds were blowing tattered clouds away from the face of the mountains as the sun was rising. Reflecting from the peaks -- snow on the mountains!
Last night we attended an excellent Christmas concert by the Arizona Repertory Singers at a Benedictine Monastery. I was as much taken by the atmosphere of the monastery as I was by the concert itself. Right now I'm listening to Mannheim Steamroller, positively afloat in the Christmas Spirit! :)
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Wednesday, December 10, 2003
the Lycaeum - Entheogenic Database & CommunityComments
Note to self--add to Lynx.
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Tuesday, December 09, 2003
Thanx for the linx...Comments
Very..."interesting" blog. I mean *erm*, well... :^o
EDIT: I should clarify that you probably don't want to visit his blog from work. While the "pinups" that decorate his site are tasteful and classy, some are in a sufficient state of undress that they probably violate some inane company policy...
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Monday, December 08, 2003
For the twisted "Martha Stewart" sorts--this belongs in the "very naughty" category... (shame on you Anna for forcing me to have to stifle such a tremendous guffaw!)Comments
Tampon Angel Pattern
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Astronomy Picture of the DayComments
For future reference, this needs to go into my Lynx list. Marvelous source for pics for my screensaver program!
Thanks to Aurora for the headsup!
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Friday, December 05, 2003
The other side of Santa ClausComments
There certainly appears to be more to the Santa Claus mythos than the benign Bishop of Myra, St. Nicholas. For example, the sleigh, the reindeer, his residence at the "North Pole", the fact that he is referred to as a "right jolly old elf", that he comes down chimneys to appear with gifts, and his penchant for red fur with white trim.
Many of these images entered the popular imagination through the old poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas". But certainly the author was drawing upon an older mythos when he penned his verses.
I have been reading lately about the use of the mushroom Amanita muscaria (Red Toadstool) by Siberian tribesmen. They have been incorrectly identified as highly poisonous, when in fact, in moderate quantities they are not. They are reported to be hallucinogenic in higher quantities, but more interestingly they are reported to produce a warm glow and mirthfulness when consumed in modest quantities. Peter Dilley has this to say about Amanitas:
The basic value of muscaria:
Besides being a delightful tonic, eating muscaria is great in dealing with seasonal and weather related depressive conditions. It really helped me to get through my first real winter in Flagstaff after a lifetime of living in the desert (we had twenty feet of snow and the temperature got down as far as 25 below zero.) I would wake up on a grim, iron-gray morning wanting to spend the day hiding under the blankets, feeling stiff and depressed and chilled to the bone. I would trudge down to the kitchen and have a cup of coffee, then cut off two tablespoons of frozen muscaria from a package in the freezer and sautee it in a little butter. I scrambled it with eggs and cheese, and enjoyed the rich flavor. Within 15 minutes I would feel a surge of energy and cheerfulness. I became toasty warm and envigorated.
The morning would look beautifully pearly-gray, and I anticipated all the things I was going to happily do. I used A. muscaria daily throughout the cold winter months and it wonderfully enhanced my winter-hardiness. It really got me through the acclimatization process. When muscaria works well, it puts a subtle tension in your muscles and makes you want to go out and do something. I am prone to seasonal affective disorder, but muscaria completely counteracts that. It even made Christmas a genuinely happy occasion. For the first time, I experienced the holidays without a hint of depression. If I sound a little bit in love with the stuff, you are correct.
Now given that some of Santa's demographic information strongly suggests that he has cultural ties to Siberian tribesmen, do you suppose it is possible that his jolly demeanor, not to mention his preference for white fringed red coats, might be connected to his traditional consumption of toadstools? Just a thought.
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Excite News - First Big Winter Storm Blasts NortheastComments
The Northeast's first major storm of the season brought a blustery surge of sleet and snow Friday, closing schools, making a mess on highways and triggering a rush on snow blowers and shovels.
The snow was blamed for at least three traffic deaths, and caused lengthy airport delays.
Forecasters said the system threatened to deliver an even heavier blow over the weekend, with up to 18 inches of snow forecast in parts of New England.
Grinning like a Cheshire Cat here! :D
It was about 75 degrees and sunny in AZ today.
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Is this what bloggers do when they don't have anything better to do? These quizzes are like chocolate. Addictive!Comments
Via Candy Universe
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Monday, December 01, 2003
Alex's photography page:Comments
GIRL: a page by alex
It takes eyes like hers (intensely observant, penetrating, almost to the point of intimidation) to see what she sees in the world around her, to be able to write the things she does. In addition to the stuff on her "weblog" (though she denies that it is a weblog), she has an e-mail letter she sends out. If you like what you see on her website, search for the e-mail sign up. The extra material is, if anything, even better than the public postings.
I should also add that she is nowhere near as young as she looks. And she seems to display wisdom that some people twice her age can't even approach.
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New Scientist: "Natural high helps banish bad times"Comments
Interesting new research here about how the natural cannabinoid system in the brain works to block unpleasant memories. Plus a bunch of other interesting stuff linked in the sidebar. Go look!
Thanks to Aurora for the link.
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You are Spearmint.
You are quick-witted and sharp. You pay close
attention to details and you can tell what your
friends are feeling. You are always the first
to understand a joke and you are valued for
your insight and advice. However, you
sometimes isolate yourself from other people,
afraid to share your own feelings.
Most Compatible With: Cinnamon
Which Tic-Tac Flavor Are You?
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Cat's Rant on Time and the Pursuit of HappinessComments
Life is too short to waste any time being an uptight bastard. It is really short! Your life and my life here on God's Green Earth is so painfully short in the great scheme of things, that it is almost enough to break my heart thinking about it. We have no time for triviality, for TV, interpersonal bullshit, for spending any but the briefest moments angry at anyone we love, for "projects" or other diversions that aren't going to mean a hill of beans in ten, twenty, or fifty years time. Ask yourself this question: "When I am 85 years old, lying flat on my back in a nursing home, unable to get up to crap by myself anymore, is how I am spending my time right now going to make a difference to me then?"
You see, debility and death are inevitable. What will matter then (once it is too late to do anything more), are the things that you did while you could, that were worthwhile--the things you did that you would do again if you could. You will never say to yourself, "dang, I sure wish I had watched a few more reruns on tv...", or "I wish I would have held that grudge against my sister a few more years", or "I sure missed out on working later at the office all those years. I should have worked more weekends too."
Another thing, there is no Shangri La on this earth. There is no place anywhere like paradise. Nowhere is perfect and no one is perfect to live with. There are places better than others, people better than others, but it is a waste to focus your life on trying to find better than good enough. Life is so short, you will lose it all in the end anyway.
But there are slices and slivers of the perfect all around you. Bits and pieces that are easy to miss and hard to capture if you are striving hard and trying to find it whole. The closest you and I will come to finding paradise on this earth, is if we fill our lives with seeking, chasing after, and capturing--if only for a fleeting moment--these "butterflies of paradise", these little moments of wonder and mystery and beauty and awe.
Once you come to the end, flat on your back, with no one to help you get up anymore, you can close your eyes and remember--remember the "eternal summer" that you experienced one fleeting moment at a time over the course of your 85 or 90 years. And it will flow like a river, like it was all there ever was. Then it will have been worth it, and it will be enough. It will be okay then, to get up and step through that portal on the other side of the "long valley", and into eternity.
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