MonthOctober 2005

Voodoo Practitioners Scatter After Katrina

AP reports:

“As of today I would say it’s pretty dead,” Glossop said. “Even the tourist shops are in jeopardy. There is a chance for a huge loss here.”

Voodoo has long been entrenched in New Orleans, quietly practiced in homes with altars, candles and incense to solve problems of the heart and wallet. Before the storm tore through, about 15 percent of the city’s population actively practiced, according to Lisa Fannon, a tour guide, though estimates vary widely.

Associated Press: Katrina could spell trouble for voodoo in New Orleans

March of the Sinister Ducks by Alan Moore and David J.

Yes, that Alan Moore. And David J. from Bauhaus and Love and Rockets. A nice song for Halloween.

Ten very surprising things about Iran

From the Independent:

Transsexuals are permitted to have sex-change operations in Iran by the decree of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini himself. The founder of the Islamic republic passed a fatwa allowing one transsexual woman to have the operation because sexual ambiguity made it impossible for her to carry out her religious duties properly. Iran now has dozens of people who have had a sex change.

Full Story: The Independent: Ten very surprising things about Iran

Village Voice article on ibogaine

The Village Voice:

Now that University of Miami neurologist Deborah Mash has the cash needed to resume clinical studies of ibogaine—the drug that could be the best anti-drug the CIA never told you about—there’s new hope for hard-core drug addicts and alcoholics. She got the go-ahead from the Food and Drug Administration 10 years ago, but after negative reviews by other scientists, the National Institute on Drug Abuse refused to fund her.

Full Story: Village Voice: The Drug to End All Drugs

(via LVX23)

Imaginary book review contest

The Modern World held a Borges inspired “imaginary book review” contest. I haven’t read any of the reviews yet, but I love the idea.

The Modern World: Imaginary book review contest

Pyramid found in Bosnia

Europe’s first Pyramid:

Near the city of Visoko, 30 km north of Sarajevo, there is a stone pyramid of monumental size, claims the Bosnian archeologist Semir Osmanagi?, who lives and works in the USA.

After several months of geological and archeological research, Mr. Osmanagi? concluded that under the present hill of Viso?ica hides a stairs-like pyramid, about 12,000 years old. Osmanagi?, who intensively researched on pyramids in Americas, Asia and Africa for the last 15 years and wrote several books on the subject, says he’s quite sure he found the first pyramid in Europe, which is quite similar to ones in the Southern America.

Full Story: Unjournaled: Pyramid found – in the heart of Bosnia!!

Update: Here’s a more critical look at the news from National Geographic

The Mystery of the Green Menace

Wired Magazine has a long article on absinthe: The Mystery of the Green Menace.

I was planning on giving this recipe a try sometime soon. It sounds like it’s the one a friend of mine tried a few years ago, which was actually pretty good.

Brendan McCarthy art book

brendan mccarthy

I guess it’s already out of print, but there’s still some cool art on the web page.

Swimini Purpose.

Center for Tactical Magic

With everyone else linking to them this week, I’ve just noticed that I’ve never linked to: The Center for Tactical Magic. Probably because I’ve never had time to really look through the site and see what it’s all about.

I really need to spend some time looking through Starhawk’s activist writings as well.

Zela Illustration

zela illustration

Zela Illustration

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