Friday, October 29, 2010

Legality vs Inherent Rights.

Georgetown University dorm converted into drug lab to create DMT; three arrested in early a.m. bust

Sunday, October 24th 2010, 6:25 PM
Two Georgetown University students and one University of Richmond student were arrested after cops found a dorm room in Georgetown's Harbin Hall had been converted into a drug lab.
Two Georgetown University students and one University of Richmond student were arrested after cops found a dorm room in Georgetown's Harbin Hall had been converted into a drug lab.
Police arrested three college freshmen after campus cops discovered they had converted a Georgetown University dorm room into a clandestine drug lab.
Cops and school officials said the students were using the room to create dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, a powerful hallucinogenic that is said to cause visions of alien encounters and trigger horrific, near-death sensations.
Early reports misidentified the room, located on the top floor of Georgetown's Harbin Hall, as a methamphetamine lab.
Georgetown freshmen John Romano and Charles Smith and University of Richmond freshman John Perrone were arrested and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, according to NBC Washington.
Cops busted the dorm room drug den after a Harbin resident called campus police at around 5 a.m. to report a strange odor coming from room 926 on the top floor of the residence.
More than 400 bleary-eyed students were forced to evacuate the building at around 6 a.m. on Saturday while police and safety officials swept the building with drug-sniffing dogs.
Once in the room, cops found a stash of sketchy-looking chemicals and materials, including a glass jar with an unidentified red substance, mason jars containing a clear liquid, a turkey baster and black suitcase reeking of a strong, chemical smell, NBC reported.
Seven people were reportedly tested for exposure to the toxins, which can be harmful if inhaled or exposed to skin. They were later cleared.
University spokeswoman Julie Green Bataille said that toxins from the room had not spread.
"It appears to be confined to that one room," she told The Washington Post. "It will have to be decontaminated."
Students were initially allowed back into the dorm at around 9 a.m. but were again forced to leave the building at around 10:45 a.m., according to campus newspaper The Hoya.
The drug bust doesnt exactly square with the University's preppy, popped-collar image.
The private Catholic school's campus sits on 104 acres among the cobblestone streets of one of Washington, D.C.'s most affluent neighborhoods.
Students at Georgetown are known for binge drinking and casual drug use, according to the Post, but hard drugs are less common.
"For this campus, this is very out of the norm," Kayla Bostwick, 18, a Harbin resident, told The Post. "This should not happen."
Romano, Smith and Perrone are looking at 20 years and fines up to $1 million if convicted, according to The Hoya.

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This pisses me off SO Much.  Firstly, that kids would be so stupid as to get caught doing this in a college dorm. Secondly, the Demonization of DMT that goes on in this article (by people who have no idea what it is, no less), and thirdly, that when you comment on the article, it cuts off after a certain point...but doesn't tell you it will cut off.

Anyway, please read, and comment on this if you have an opinion. NOT just a coment on my blog, but on the actual page.

Anyway, I promised I'll bring Mithridates back...and I will...but I have two tests and two papers coming up this weekend, so understand if it takes a little while (I also want to make sure I have my facts straight - when he invaded whom and such).

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sorry for the lack of activity, guys...

A storm came by a couple of days ago, and my internet has been knocked out. Just got fixed earlier today...but unfortunately, I had a ton of school work to do and couldn't get around to posting anything. -.-

I'm glad at the response to my Mithradates post, and fear not; I WILL be continuing the story with my next post :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

There was a King, lived in the East...Part One.

It is unfortunate that great men are forgotten, whilst the inconsequential live on eternally in the minds of the masses. One such person (and my favorite historical figure), is Mithradates Eupator VI. He was king of Pontus, a small country on the black sea, which itself was a nation that had broken away from the Seluceids (the primary heirs of the empire of Alexander the Great). His father died when he was young, and as was the law, his mother ruled until he came of age. She attempted to kill him once, favoring his younger brother (more apt to be a puppet than the willful Mithradates), but he managed to escape into the woods, becoming a bandit until his early adulthood. Somewhere along the line, he met the Agari, a circle of Scythian shamans, who taught him of the laws of the universe, and prepared for him a special tincture.

His mother had tried to kill him with the deadly poison Arsenic, but he was able to survive through the strength of his immune system. In an effort to combat such attempts at his life, the Agari slew some ducks from a lake nearby the palace, and used their blood as the base for an anti-poison. These were no ordinary ducks, of course; they lived by eating the leaves of plants high in arsenic, and so had developed a certain immunity towards it. The Agari mixed this blood with Arsenic itself, as well as strychnine, and a plethora of other deadly toxins, and gave the brew to the young King daily. As time went on, he built up a strong immunity, until eventually he would eat arsenic as a seasoning with no ill effects.

Once he reached adulthood, he returned home (purportedly on a horse covered in flecked gold) and deposed his mother and brother, imprisoning them both (lavishly, as befits royalty [and as was basically diplomatic law at this period]) until their deaths.

He first threw out the laws his mother had put in place, and in their stead enacted a variety of concepts from the Persian Sapistries and Greek Law. He would then improve the infrastructure substantially, as it had fallen into terrible disrepair under his mother's lax and luxurious rule.

The rest of the story, you shall have to wait to hear...but I promise you, that it is a worthy tale.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Accidents, Insurance, and Lawyers...

So my cousin got into a car accident today...about 25 miles from where he lives, a guy ran a red light and slammed into his left side. Luckily no one was hurt...However, unfortunately, the other driver (a 30 year old man, no less) had NO INSURANCE. He had payed the UMF, apparently, and never planned on hitting anyone. He was also trying to claim that he didn't run the light, but that's pretty obviously not true.

Well, my cousin's car is totaled, and being 21, he doesn't have coverage on his own it's probably going to go to court. That sucks...because not only will his rates go up, but he will have to pay lawyer fees for what should be his rightfully...


Will let you guys know how the story develops.

The Matrix of Eyes

An image I made using Paint.NET...the Matrix of Eyes.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

On Reality

The nature of existence is many layered, and requires a certain willingness to question in order to grasp anything of its complexity. Truth is like a gem, with as many facets as there are perspectives. Most people are too fixated on their own truths, their own ideas of what is real and right, to step back far enough to see the entire jewel. Each person on our planet has a unique idea of how the world works, which sets their limitations for what they believe is possible. These beliefs are often based on the opinions and observations of others, usually those that are admired, respected, trusted, or simply present for long enough for their thoughts to take root. In this way, what we normally consider to be the “self” is simply a reflection of the people we know and the experiences we have had; this is the foundation of the Golden Rule, which is integral to most every faith.

 By becoming aware of this natural process, we find that we need no longer be bound by the restrictive belief patterns of others, and realize how large of an impact we really can have on the people around us.
In Taoism, all of the universe is presented as a singular, ever-changing entity, in which all of existence comes together to make up the Tao; what some would call God. This compliments the ideas above very well, and only expands upon the power each of us holds; if one accepts this thought, then each of us is quite literally a manifestation of the divine, and in fact are fully a part of a divine whole. Modern science also gives us a similar view, suggesting that there exists a universal energy field, of which we are all a part, in which our thoughts and emotions actually effect the world around us (as ultimately all matter is merely energy). These findings contradict one of the longest held scientific views, in which the world can be observed directly without effecting it. It has now been found that quantum particles react differently when an observer is present, with no other contact being had. From here, we can begin to see some of the layers of our existence unfold. Within the causal body, there is a part of us that is always observing, always collecting new information, at once an audience member and an actor dawning the mask of our given persona. This is our essence, the aspect of ourselves that exists in the eternal Here and Now, and it binds all of us who have ever lived together, for while our personae may hold different opinions and beliefs, all of us share in the miraculous experience of being alive.
By being aware of this deep connection with the divine, it has been shown that we can actually influence the physical world around us through concentration, prayer, meditation, intense feeling, or other such means of declaring our intentions. Again, our only lasting limitations for the life we live come from our belief patterns; you can never do more than you truly believe is possible.
This suggests to me that some of those who have been said to have performed miracles (Jesus, Buddha, Thoth, Mithra, the Kabbalists, Rosicrucian's, etc) may have been people who understood these principles to such a heightened degree that they actually were able to perform such feats. Given that most spiritual traditions have similar views of ethics and morality, could it not be that the spiritual masters all describe the same truth, but examine different levels of reality? Our beliefs effect reality, whether or not we are cognizant of that fact. If we have a choice as to what becomes real, then a bigger question emerges; do we have a responsibility to ourselves and to the ones we love to choose the best realities we are able to?