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 No visa? No entry
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by Todd Brendan Fahey
March 22, 2015

How many countries can you travel to and get an apartment and a job and start earning an actual wage for services rendered, and with it comes probable medical care in emergency situations; drivers’ licenses for non-citizens are being issued and discussed in the affected regions. We’ll let you sit in our classrooms and siphon off the knowledge of experts in their fields, whose wisdom costs much to those who pay into the system, whereas you don’t.

I see it as a kind of melanoma, which will creep in and then bore and burrow within the cellular structure and tissue and musculature, the blood vessels feeding the bone will create weakened skeletal framework. And it all comes crashing down.

Why are not Americans opposing illegal aliens in a manner which would bring them to notice of the law? If you see a human who is in your area and is not from your racial+cultural+linguistic acquaintance, and said human has no identification to prove residency in the USofA, snap a foto and call the police.

That is the minimum standard to which every American needs be performing on a daily basis while walking and traveling.

Posted by editor on Sunday, March 22 @ 13:08:29 PST (4507 reads)
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 The Greatest Band You've Never Heard Of: The Story of Happy The Man
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by Todd Brendan Fahey
February 26, 2015


Originally commissioned by a now-defunct music magazine called Launched in year-2002, this piece has never seen proper daylight.  One week after submission to Launched, the magazine was bought out by Yahoo.com, whose Editor-in-Chief disliked progressive rock, and the momentum passed.  Happy The Man regrouped a year later for a brief spell, to play dates at NearFest and around the East Coast, but again died to little but fanatics’ appeal.  Four of the original five members of the core of Happy The Man would respond daily via e-mail to this fanatic, perhaps amused that “a journalist” was still interested in what had been magic two decades prior.  Forged has been an enduring friendship with guitarist Stan Whitaker and, especially, keyboardist/sax-man Frank Wyatt, whose collection of poems, Oblivion Sun, was published by this writer’s Far Gone Books in 2002; Mr. Wyatt was kind enough to respond via dedication of a track, titled “A Dream of Amsterdam,” on his first solo CD, A Certain Whisper. — Todd Brendan Fahey

They are spoken of in terms reserved for classical composers, of religious music. Peter Gabriel is said to shake visibly and come near to weeping when their name is brought up backstage. They have not released a new recording since 1983, and failed utterly, commercially, even in their heyday, circa 1977; yet a stroll through their Guest Book, year 2002, reads like a wet dream:

“It’s like stepping back in time,” writes one admirer; “I feel like I’ve discovered the Holy Grail,” says another. A reviewer for New Gibralter Progressive Rock Encyclopedia writes: “HTM produced some of the most stirring, complex, melodic, and MUSICAL works I have ever heard.”

I came to know of Happy The Man in 1982, while as a high school senior. An oddball–never given to New Wave or Top 40–I was addicted to progressive rock and so were all my friends: early Genesis, Yes and Pink Floyd, Gentle Giant, and maestros as John McLaughlin and his Mahavishnu Orchestra, Steve Morse and the Dixie Dregs, and French electric violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. Thinking-man’s music. Call it a “cast of mind”: Why some enjoy watching Gilligan’s Island and others prefer a Discovery Channel documentary on life in a coral reef. Who knows?

But on the day that I stopped into Tower Records, a lifetime ago, and read in the then-latest in-house Tower music magazine that Peter Gabriel considered something called “Happy The Man” his “favorite band,” I endeavored to know everything there was to know about this mysterious confederation...

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 The Future is Now: An Interview with Douglas Rushkoff
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by Todd Brendan Fahey
February 12, 2015


His nebbish visage seems to pop up everywhere–like a “Where’s Waldo?” life-feature.  I remember seeing him on CNN, whilst slugging off one last one in an airport lounge before a long plane ride to Asia in the previous century; a year later, Y2K, I would see that same earnest face in-person amidst a sea of notable folk at the DisinfoCon gathering, New York City.  The guy has been around forever, before the world had heard of PeeWee Herman, and yet he considers himself a late-bloomer–receiving his Ph.D at age 50.

Students love him; he is as mischievous as they would like to be…and gets paid for it.  Author of Present Shock, Douglas Rushkoff teaches us that “the future is now”; that we are in control, if we choose to be, and that a career can be made as a sort of kosher Dennis the Menace. 

Todd Brendan Fahey: You have “arrived” in Academia (congratulations!). Over the years you’ve taught adjunct at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and the New School University, and word is you’ve entertained offers from MIT and other Ivy League schools–but your first “real job” as a professor is at Queens College. What kind of “life hacks” are you able to perform on/with your students, now that you have a certain modicum of stability in your role as educator? (For example, I’d probably be focusing on interdisciplinary work involving the cultivation of mushrooms…”legal variety,” of course [and then show the students how to obtain also legal psylocibin spore prints, and then let their minds take off and with a requisite completed short story at the semester’s end]; or, for the more timid class member, how to take advantage of the new micro-distillery laws and freedoms, and with a generous historical readings of “the revenuers v. Appalachian hoots-and-hallows boys.”)

Douglas Rushkoff: I’m not at New School, nor NYU or MIT, because I didn’t want to be sitting in a seminar, staring at kids I’m putting into six figures of debt for a degree. Somehow, it seemed a little hypocritical to be doing teach-ins at Occupy about student debt but then going and creating more of it at an expensive private institution.

So I went to public school – CUNY/Queens. Not even the Graduate Center, but out in the provinces. The beauty of it is that it’s cheap – like Learning Annex prices – but super brilliant colleagues who all have the same approach to this stuff that I do: it’s not about creating some professorial reputation, but making a change in the world and our students’ lives. It’s also a hotbed for radicals and radical thought. It’s where Malcolm X spoke, and where the Mississippi three (the civil rights workers who got killed) came from.

That’s the main hack: stop worrying what people think, ditch brand names, stay out of debt (you can’t even get rid of this stuff by going bankrupt) and – like Timothy Leary said – find the others. That can be the trickiest part – finding your team. It’s like finding your table in the high school cafeteria...

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Transcendence is a mind-stretching and entertaining look at the international movement that advocates the use of science and technology to overcome the “natural” limitations experienced by humanity. In nearly ninety A-Z entries, Transcendence provides a multilayered and often witty look at the accelerating advances in artificial intelligence, cognitive science, genomics, information technology, nanotechnology, synthetic biology, neuroscience, robotics, virtual worlds, and much more, that are making transhumanism a reality.
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 Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70 after cancer battle
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22 December 2014 Last updated at 21:30

Joe Cocker & Friends at the Fillmore

Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, has died aged 70.

The Sheffield-born singer had a career lasting more than 40 years, with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong.

His agent Barrie Marshall said Cocker, who died after battling lung cancer, was "simply unique".

Sir Paul McCartney said he was a lovely guy who "brought so much to the world".

Cocker's friend Rick Wakeman, keyboard player for the rock band Yes, called his rendition of With a Little Help From My Friends "sensational" and said: "He had a voice that was just unique."

Wakeman told BBC Radio 2: "The great thing is with someone like Joe is what they leave behind, and that will be with us for years and years."...

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 Korean Air gives yellow card if employees don't bow properly
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The Korea Times
December 13, 2014

Yellow card / Courtesy of Korean AirLine FlightCrewUnion

The Korean Air union has recently posted a picture of a yellow card on their online community, revealing that the company has been giving out warnings to those who do not bow to executives. Accumulated yellow cards affect an employee's performance assessment, according to the union.

A union member with the ID "macadamia," posted "A sign of ‘Nutrage' posted in 2013" on the website Korean AirLine FlightCrewUnion, Saturday. The card specifies how disrespectfully a person bowed to seniors including their name, date, and place.

The periodical published by the flight crew union first disclosed the story in their 96th edition last year. The story, however, went viral after the company's heiress Heather Cho, stood at the center of criticism for the "nut rage" happening.

Cho ordered a flight back to the gate at New York's JFK International Airport last week, because a flight attendant gave her a packet of macadamia nuts instead of serving them on a plate.

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 Who Really Killed John F. Kennedy?
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Who Really Killed John F. Kennedy? – New Research into the JFK Assassination reports on the most important new research investigating the JFK assassination.  After publishing in 2013 his first bestselling book Who Really Killed Kennedy: 50 Years Later - Stunning New Revelations About the JFK Assassination, Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D. believes investigations into the JFK Assassination are close to establishing irrefutable evidence documenting the JFK assassination a government-organized coup d’état, not the act of a lone-gun assassin.

By summarizing the most current cutting-edge research on the JFK assassination, Who Really Killed John F. Kennedy? – New Research Into the JFK Assassination sets the stage for 2017, twenty-five years after the passage of the JFK Records Act, when the National Archives is scheduled to release the final, yet classified government documents on the JFK assassination. This will hopefully include over 1,000 documents the CIA still withholds from the public on national security grounds.

Dr. Corsi fully expects the final true history of the JFK assassination will expose to the American pubic the history of CIA lies and disinformation that have distorted U.S. history since World War II, in favor of a series of international conflicts and wars favored by the military-industrial complex that JFK lost his life trying to prevent.

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 Piper at the Gates of Hell: Interview with Cyberpunk Legend John Shirley
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by Todd Brendan Fahey
September 2, 2014

Dweller of dark Thisworld and Otherworlds, chronicler of "street" and assembler of mechanisms to go beyond, John Shirley breathes forth a smoggy twilight that is the end of the American Dream. A novelist at 18, tutored by Dune's Frank Herbert, Ursula LeGuin, and Harlan Ellison, Shirley is the closest known phenomenon to being our Edgar Allan Poe.

Shirley can also be (and should be, though he is reticent to cop to it) credited for having discovered William Gibson—in an introduction to Shirley's book City Come A-Walkin', Gibson wrote "so carelessly shoved me toward the writing of stories, as into a frat-party swimming pool.") Because of their friendship, and with Gibson now granted by literati the mantle of "original cyberpunk novelist," colleagues will—perhaps must—measure their words.

I spoke to Shirley about his often-black craft; of his early involvement with psychedelia and cocaine addiction, then of "putting the phone down," and the creation of his newest novel, Doyle After Death.

Motherboard: How would you define "cyberpunk?" Why did this so-called literary movement bust out in a blast in the early-to-mid 1980s, stretching into the mid-90s (though we both know that Frank Herbert's Dune; Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and many of William S. Burroughs' works were written much earlier...)

John Shirley: Traditionally, cyberpunk is identified with "the street" having its own special uses for technology. By the street we mean the poor, the hustlers, criminals, the demimonde, the disenfranchised. People talk about law enforcement agencies using drones—but drones will also be used by drug dealers to watch for cops. You can order a good drone with a camera off the internet right now! I just saw a "hobby drone" used in a park. 

Cyberpunk is also a tone. It's very urban, dystopian, but also about having the courage to face the dystopian world. There's a transhumanist thing going on in it too—people merging with technology...

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 Journey to Everywhere - another Far Gone Book
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Far Gone Books has released another controversial tome in its psychedelic catalogue. Journey to Everywhere marks a South African perspective of the synthesis of mind-altering chemicals and cyberpunk--at the pre-teething stage of what would become unveiled to the non-military citizenry as “the Internet,” before there was a “World Wide Web” and a Netscape Navigator to traverse it.

Michael Kawitzky (aka Schwann) has written a testament to both “the early adopter” and “the explorer.” Journey to Everywhere takes us back to those days of connection with like minds and souls, wherein each day opened with a new technology, time travel seeming to many as being just a few weeks away.

Kawitzky’s memoir and its synthesis of Mind-Drugs = New & Interesting Things echoes the curiosity of Timothy Leary and Terence McKenna, wherein “The Government” opened a Pandora’s Box by unleashing psychedelic drugs on unsuspecting student volunteers, prison inmates and its own military personnel and Intelligence agents over the course of the 1950s and 60s.

Those who enjoyed Wisdom’s Maw: The Acid Novel (Far Gone Books, 1996) will get off on this work and benefit from the history and insight held within. Journey to Everywhere isn’t “the kind of book that should be a bestseller”; this particular creation by Mike Kawitzky should be a bestseller.

Writer/Producer/Director. Cyberpunk. Transhumanist. Traveler. The author survived being born in a post-war Apartheid South Africa to become a commentator on the ascent of consciousness, via social networking, from a unique South African viewpoint since the net became available in South Africa, back in 1990.

Credited with creating the words/memes; 'cybershaman/cybershamanism' and 'webtrance', his first syndicated column; 'The Schwann Column', was published by Intelligence Magazine (Hardcopy) in 1995. In 2006 he presented 'True Halluinations', a short movie, and represented South Africa at the LSD Symposium in Basel on the occasion of Dr. Albert Hofmann's 100th birthday.

Read more at http://www.wirenews.co/global/publishing/21121/journey-to-everywhere-another-far-gone-book#g40MSbkbEYSGrgwY.99
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 Far Gone Books Receives Media Flurry 20 Years After Publication Of Wisdom's Maw
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The controversial prose of author Todd Brendan Fahey has garnered attention of VICE magazine, High Times, Mondo 2000, TokeSignals and other hot publications of today and yesterday.


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Far Gone Books published, in 1996, Wisdom's Maw, considered to be the most-controversial American novel since William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch (1959); the novel "factionalizes" the CIA's psychedelic mind control experiments of the 1950s to early-70s known as Project MK-Ultra.  Toward this end, author Todd Brendan Fahey performed a successful Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request of the Central Intelligence Agency of its dark, Cold War-era project, as well as gaining access to the group surrounding "Captain" Alfred M. Hubbard--a US citizen and OSS operative who relocated to British Columbia, Canada and began dispensing LSD to psychiatrists and psychologists in both B.C. and Hollywood.

Fahey's research on Al Hubbard and his cadre was published as an investigative article for High Times magazine in 1991.  During this era, Fahey's work was discovered by agent William Stankey, who "handled" Hunter S. Thompson; Wisdom's Maw was given 5-star reviews in the Village Voice, High Times and Mondo 2000 magazines.  And then, as Mondo 2000 co-founder and editor-in-chief R. U. Sirius (Ken Goffman) puts it, in a recent interview of Todd Brendan Fahey for VICE magazine: "...suddenly it seems as if a switch were flipped downward. Fahey was championed by Hunter S. Thompson’s agent throughout the 90s, but he was unable to catch a @*&#ing break. He remains unjustly obscure, which may be a function of his whacked-out literary style."

Nearly two decades later, Far Gone Books has released Todd Brendan Fahey's equally-controversial collection of short stories/black satire and interviews with psychedelic luminaries Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary and Hunter S. Thompson, titled Dogshit Park & other atrocities.
The collection has again caught the eye of book reviewers and barely-above ground magazines and Websites.  Former Seattle Weekly columnist Steve Elliot writes:

"By all rights a 'gonzo journalist' before he’d ever read Hunter S. Thompson or become aware there was such a term, Fahey’s fondness for illicit substances wouldn’t be enough to distinguish him from thousands of other would-be 'writers on drugs' – if it weren’t for his talent. And, oh what a talent it is."

R. U. Sirius compares Todd Brendan Fahey to Terry Southern, who pioneered a vein of ink-black satire in the United States in the 1950s and became known in the UK and France, where cultural critique seems to be more of a favored pastime.  As was Mr. Southern, whose scandalous The Magic Christian was published in Paris to acclaim (though ignored in his own backyard), Fahey's Wisdom's Maw will be translated into Francais and released through a soon-to-be acknowledged French publisher.
For more information, visit: Far Gone Books

Contact: fargone@fargonebooks.com


Far Gone Books is publisher of the legendary Wisdom's Maw, a tour-de-force that takes the reader helter-skelter into the psychedelic world of the Sixties, where Intelligence agents attempt to create a human superman via use of LSD; most-recently, Far Gone Books has released Dogshit Park & other atrocities--a collection of ink-black satirical short stories and interviews by Todd Brendan Fahey.

Read more at http://www.wirenews.co/usa/publishing/20585/far-gone-books-receives-flurry-of-media-20-years-after-publication-of-wisdom-s-maw-the-acid-novel#xlbeC203QQvXc6hs.99

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 Yes, We Are: An Interview with R.U. Sirius
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By On May 27, 2014 at 11:52 am · 12 Comments
R.U. Sirius [Photo by Bart Nagel]

R.U. Sirius
[Photo by Bart Nagel]

Interviewed by Todd Brendan Fahey

May 26, 2014

An outdoor deck overhanging the Pacific blue, Santa Barbara, California, must have been September 1988, was when I first heard of an entity known as R. U. Sirius. Whatever it was, I was told by a university-era pal who I trusted, I should pay attention.

And I said, “Are you serious?”

This hep buddy slid a half-dozen thin-paper tabloids across the table of the Sea Cove — at which we were dining on calamari and strong iced tea; the LSD was just coming on — and having flipped through the indices and a couple of interviews, I knew that he was. Very.


I don’t believe in accidents; following having pulled the rip-cord the year prior, of “life as an attorney,” I moved from Arizona and back to my birthplace of Santa Barbara, committing mineself to prose and consuming unusually large doses of acid whilst simultaneously working a 50-hr/weekly job as technical writer at a Pentagon subcontractor and engaging in my first semester as a graduate student in Professional Writing at USC, commuting in rush-hour traffic down Highway 101 and into Watts — and always with a headful. I was doing things a bit differently.

I was and had also been “an early adopter” in tech, taking a loan from my folks in 1985 and purchasing a $2,400 computer with no hard drive — just the standard 5 1/4″ dual floppies that required boot-up each time I turned the goddamn thing on, and treated always in line-command DOS. A black and green screen; no mouse; no built-in data storage.

I thought I was cutting edge.  After landing in the same November 1991 issue of High Times with none other than Ken Goffman/R. U. Sirius and hanging out with him in 1997 at a Berkeley house party with John Perry Barlow holding court; at the millenium Disinfo Con(ference) in central Manhattan, with Robert Anton Wilson in “the green room” and Marilyn Manson in address via satellite connection…and of one probably-not-legal evening at the O’Farrell Theater, it was like unto following in the paw prints of Sasquatch — and watch those droppings!

MONDO 2000 and its lesser-budget wood-pulp predecessors High Frontiers and Reality Hackers merged counterculture and tech culture.  How did you develop those influences?

I think I probably became a countercultural person when I was shuttled off to Kindergarten and the teacher immediately had to assert her authority in a firm sort of voice and tell us what the rules were.  And I had been a little fellow who was comfortable socially with all the other little kids in the neighborhood — a bit of a leader of activities, in fact —  but this freaked me out.  My parents were very liberal and easy going, so I guess I was unaccustomed to stern authority.  So I had a bad imprint regarding institutions right from the start.  I withdrew whenever I was in one...

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 All There, & Back Again (a review of Journey to Everywhere: The Schwann Diaries)
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by Todd Brendan Fahey
June 6, 2014

“You, dear reader, might as well have been abducted by an alien with a time machine to a place in history where the world was in the process of being altered by the marriage of mind and machine, plus some plants.  It was an evolution of consciousness by the attempted understanding of all thoughts, all deeds, all projections, all of everything that could be digitized. And for the first time in human history, there was a grouping together of millions of people bonded by more than geopolitical or ethnic boundarisation” - Michael “Schwann” Kawitzky, Journey to Everywhere

Now, that’s some fine writing, Stan.

Michael Kawitzky (aka Schwann) has written a testament to both "the early adopter" and "the explorer." Of which he is--both. I knew "Schwann" long ago--long before most of us knew what was going on; in the pre-teething stage of what would become unveiled to the non-military citizenry as "the Internet," before there was a "World Wide Web" and a Netscape Navigator to traverse it.

Journey to Everywhere takes us back to those days of connection with like minds and souls, wherein each day opened with a new technology, time travel seeming to many of us as being just a few weeks away.

Kawitzky and I met, virtually, in around 1993, on the periphery of the nascent Web, in a USENET group of psychedelics users (and dealers) called the Visionary Plants List (VPL, for those "in the know"). And herein lies the dirty little secret of the rapid development and popularization of the Internet-turned-Web: "It was the [psychedelic] drugs that done it!" (Though The [government-shepherded, corporate] Media can and will never admit it.)

Timothy Leary remarked to this reviewer, back in 1992, that "Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were barefoot, long-haired acid freaks" pre-Apple boom, and that Bill Gates was known for having used LSD while at Harvard. Furthur (spelling intentional), Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow opined in 1997, again to this writer, "I'll go so far as to say, if the government succeeds in its War On (some) Drugs--if everyone who used marjiuana and LSD were to really be put in jails--America would not have an operational computer left."

"Schwann"/Kawitzky spells it out, in prose more eloquent than Leary did in his Neuropolitique--a tome I hold very highly, but which is surpassed herein.

A college dropout, apartheid-era South Africa, “Demoted to worker, lowest class, I entered commercial life in 1970, somewhat ignominiously, working in a large clothing factory as a lowly runner. I was unlearned scum; a disgrace to a family of mathematicians, scribes and artists.”  He works his way u the spinning wheel, as a “designer of polyester women’s wear,” then, Carnegie-like, churns the bile into becoming owner of a moderately-successful clothing boutique. Kawitzky sells his shop on a chance bid for $20,000 and, with a lot of time on his hands and three children to feed, hunkers down and gets jiggy with the New Tech.  He meets, by chance or of God’s design, a Portuguese cat named Azmazz, who is making a lot of noise on a flight/war simulator in the office of a gas station at which the author has come to fill his tank.  And he surely does.  The author has just recently purchased a computer, of which he knows zero in-toto, and Azmazz likes to turn folk on to the newest floppy disks, which they soon begin swapping like unto so many drug transactions.

As USENET turns WWW, Kawitzky adopts the nom de plume “Schwann,” and just basically starts getting noisy--in a provocative and hyper-intelligent way.  He makes some friends--the Brothers McKenna, cyperpunk proto-pioneer John Shirley and this writer among them.

You, the Reader, will discover every next ripple in a heavy tide--from the Cold War inception of a year-1950 US government department which will become the Pentagon's decentralized, nuclear safe "Internet," to vastly entertaining timelines of cyber-geekdom, wild rides in a Pontiac GTO with a carbon monoxide problem through fields of mushrooms with Terence McKenna and the Maluti tribe, en passe to the sacred rock

Kawitzky’s memoir and its synthesis of Mind-Drugs = New & Interesting Things echoes that curiosity, albeit black/covert, which paved the way for Gordon Wasson's CIA-funded trips to South America and which were to turn on then-Harvard Professor Timothy Leary and open up The Sixties...and who, post-”rehabilitation,” championed cyberspace and Digital Everything! with nearly the same fervor.

"The Government" opened a Pandora's Box by unleashing psychedelic drugs on unsuspecting student volunteers, prison inmates and its own military personnel and Intelligence agents.

Those with two curious neurons occurring within his/her skull will get off on this work and benefit from the history and insight held within. Journey to Everywhere isn't "the kind of book that should be a bestseller"; this particular creation by Mike Kawitzky should be a bestseller.

Reviewed by Todd Brendan Fahey; author: Wisdom's Maw: The Acid Novel [Far Gone Books, 1996]

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 Todd Brendan Fahey and His Acid-Laden Writing Style
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By R. U. Sirius
Apr 22, 2014
VICE magazine

It’s a peculiarity of these apocalyptic times that we don’t have any writers who can evoke the hyperreal grotesquery of 21st-century humanity with the sort of razor-blade satire practiced by our 20th-century Jonathan Swifts (Terry Southern, William S. Burroughs, Michael O’Donoghue, and Hunter S. Thompson, among others). Could it be that today’s writers just aren’t taking enough drugs, or, at least, enough psychedelic drugs?

In 1996, Todd Brendan Fahey came close with the “acid novelWisdom’s Maw, which he wrote while under the influence of 500-microgram doses of LSD-25. The novelist would drop as soon as his wife went to work and be back inside corporeality by the time she got home. I spent 36 years as an acid head, and it never occurred to me—that is, until I read Fahey's latest book, Dogshit Park—that the eight-hour work day is just the right amount of time to get up and come down.

I first heard of Todd when we both found ourselves in the November 1991 issue of High Times—me as a study of my odd self, Fahey for a truly jaw-dropping investigation of Captain Al Hubbard, the so-called “Johnny Appleseed of LSD” and confirmed OSS agent (and suspected CIA agent). Wisdom’s Maw swirled the story of 60s revolution with the CIA’s investigations into psychedelics as agents of warfare and mind control. And after umpty-some rejections from mainstream and alternative publishers, it was finally published, in 1996, through Fahey’s own small-press imprint, Far Gone Books. It got rave reviews in the Village Voice, High Times, and a bunch of underground magazines, but suddenly it seems as if a switch were flipped downward. Fahey was championed by Hunter S. Thompson’s agent throughout the 90s, but he was unable to catch a fucking break. He remains unjustly obscure, which may be a function of his whacked-out literary style.

I thought it high time to catch up with him.

VICE: Hi, Todd. First off, how did you get this way? In other words, what weird combinations of influences sculpted your writing style?...

Posted by editor on Friday, April 25 @ 21:09:48 PDT (5410 reads)
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 Transcripts Reveal Negligence in Ferry Disaster
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englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 21, 2014 10:08 KST

It took the Korea Coast Guard 12 long minutes to answer a distress call from the sinking ferry Sewol, it has emerged, and the two sides then wasted time passing the buck to each other for who should make the decision to evacuate the ferry. It was not the ferry captain who sent a distress call but a first mate.

The first mate and the emergency call center were indecisive although an oil tanker was on standby to help in nearby waters.

The new indications of massive negligence in the disaster emerged from a transcript of communications between the Sewol and Jeju and Jindo maritime traffic services.

Coast guards search for missing passengers of the sunken ferry in waters near Jindo, South Jeolla Province on Sunday. Coast guards search for missing passengers of the sunken ferry in waters near Jindo, South Jeolla Province on Sunday.

The transcripts show that the ferry put the distress call to the emergency services in Jeju instead of the one in Jindo, which was close to the scene, at 8:55 a.m. on Wednesday.

It was not until 9:07 a.m. that the Jindo emergency services communicated with the ferry for the first time.

Only at 9:24 a.m., half an hour after the ferry started to sink, did the two sides begin talking about evacuating. The Sewol asked, "Can passengers be rescued immediately if we order them to abandon ship?" The Coast Guard replied, "The captain should make the final decision. We don't know the situation there."

Until their final communication at 9:37 a.m., neither side had made a decision to evacuate, although the oil tanker Doola Ace had told them four times that it was on standby to help in nearby waters.

In the meantime, the passengers were repeated told over the public address system to stay in their cabins. Only around at 10:15 a.m. were they told to jump into the water, but by then the first mate and captain had already abandoned ship.

The passengers, who had put on life jackets by that time, lost the chance to escape as the ferry listed further and further to the side.

A team of prosecutors and police have started an investigation of ferry operator Cheonghaejin Marine and slapped an overseas travel ban on some 40 staff and seamen with the company.

Meanwhile, more than 20 bodies were collected from the sunken ferry on Sunday, the fifth day since the tragic accident, bringing the official death toll to over 60 and the number of missing to about 240.

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 'Kill switch' may be standard on U.S. phones in 2015
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By Doug Gross, CNN

April 16, 2014 -- Updated 2126 GMT (0526 HKT)

(CNN) -- The "kill switch," a system for remotely disabling smartphones and wiping their data, will become standard in 2015, according to a pledge backed by most of the mobile world's major players.

Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft, along with the five biggest cellular carriers in the United States, are among those that have signed on to a voluntary program announced Tuesday by the industry's largest trade group.

All smartphones manufactured for sale in the United States after July 2015 must have the technology, according to the program from CTIA-The Wireless Association.

Advocates say the feature would deter thieves from taking mobile devices by rendering phones useless while allowing people to protect personal information if their phone is lost or stolen. Its proponents include law enforcement officials concerned about the rising problem of smartphone theft.

"We appreciate the commitment made by these companies to protect wireless users in the event their smartphones are lost or stolen," said Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA. "This flexibility provides consumers with access to the best features and apps that fit their unique needs while protecting their smartphones and the valuable information they contain."

HTC, Motorola, Nokia are among the other smartphone makers who have signed up, along with carriers AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular.

The feature would let a phone's owner erase contacts, photos, e-mail and other information, and lock the phone so it can't be used without a password.

The feature, which will be offered at no cost to consumers, also will prevent the phone from being reactivated without an authorized user's consent. The data would be retrievable if the owner recovers the phone.

Some phone makers already include the ability to remotely wipe phones. In Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, a feature called Activation Lock lets users prevent their phones from being reactivated even if they're reset...

Posted by editor on Friday, April 25 @ 20:40:29 PDT (3317 reads)
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 Dogshit Park & other atrocities - a Collection from Todd Brendan Fahey
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Publication Date: March 31, 2014

A Collection of eight stories; interviews with Ken Kesey and Timothy Leary; an evening with Hunter S. Thompson, and "killed" magazine articles over the course of the 1990s, from the pen of America's most controversial writer

Posted by editor on Wednesday, April 02 @ 00:35:15 PST (4272 reads)
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 SiaNews/FriendsOfLiberty.com Shatters Yearly Hit-Counts Record
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 to SiaNews/FriendsOfLiberty et al. Readers: Sorry for the Downtime
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Dear Readers:

I have been informed via mine Webmaster that the ISP which handles mine sites has been "overloaded"--resultant in an SQL error page which was made by Herr Webmaster (for simple acknowledgment of having whatever sort of downtime).

We are trying to get to the bottom of this malfunction, as such has occurred many times in the past many years of the same ISP.  Either an apology and fiscal reimbursement shall be rendered; or, a change in ISP will be necessary.

The Admins of this site will keep you informed, and unto including names/e-addys/ISP host details of those responsible for the supposed hosting of these sites.

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 Rand Paul: Budget deal 'shameful,' 'huge mistake'
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By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times
December 11, 2013, 10:36AM

Sen. Rand Paul added his name to the list of lawmakers opposing the bipartisan budget deal carved out between House and Senate negotiators, saying it is “shameful” to restore previously agreed to spending cuts in exchange for promises of future deficit reduction.

Mr. Paul, Kentucky Republican and likely 2016 presidential contender, said that the two-year spending proposal is like many that have come before it.

“There is a recurring theme in Washington budget negotiations. It’s ‘I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today,’” Mr. Paul said in a statement. “I think it’s a huge mistake to trade sequester cuts now for the promise of cuts later.”

Separately, House Speaker John Boehner, a supporter of the budget deal, sharply attacked outside conservative groups that have attacked the compromise, charging that critics opposed the agreement even before knowing what was in it.

Posted by editor on Wednesday, December 11 @ 23:37:34 PST (3562 reads)
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 BookGrow's Free Book Feed: Free & Discounted Kindle Books
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Every day at 18:00 GMT we'll send you a fresh batch of over 100 Kindle books which you can browse through and download to your Kindle device or Kindle app right away.
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 Far Gone Travels
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 Wisdom's Maw: The Acid Novel Goes 'Live' Via Kindle
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Wisdom’s Maw: The Acid Novel, now considered an underground classic, "factionalizes" the CIA's LSD experiments of the 1950s/60s, known as Project MK-Ultra, and their influence on the counterculture

Wisdom's Maw
Wisdom's Maw

Published on 05 November 2013
New York, NY

Wisdom's Maw: The Acid Novel [Far Gone Books, 1996]--suppressed in the early- to mid-1990s to publishers' concerns of potential libel, as well as of information contained within, which the Intelligence community deemed "not for public consumption"--has been released via Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FSG7NCE

Wisdom's Maw began as an investigative journalistic effort for High Times magazine in 1990, its author Todd Brendan Fahey then earning a Master's degree in Professional Writing at University of Southern California; Fahey had set for himself the goal of opening the lid on one "Captain" Alfred M. Hubbard--a former OSS agent who imported 100% of America's LSD from Sandoz Laboratories in Switzerland in the very early 1950s and would turn on Aldous Huxley and Timothy Leary to their first-ever acid trips. Al Hubbard became a real-life Johnny Appleseed of LSD and is a central protagonist within Wisdom's Maw. Fahey's exhaustive journalistic effort found its way into the November 1991 issue of High Times [http://www.fargonebooks.com/high.html] and would soon spawn a novel.

The published article, "The Original Captain Trips," gained attention of Hunter S. Thompson's publicist, William Stankey, who would represent Fahey for nearly five years and to no avail. Nearly every major publisher in New York had read the manuscript of Wisdom's Maw by end-1995 and all deemed it "subversive, untouchable and potentially libelous," as major characters--names changed but still living--spanned, among others: Ken Kesey, Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary and Sidney Gottlieb (Director of the CIA's Project MK-Ultra; the LSD and mind control experiments upon which this novel is based).

Wisdom’s Maw: The Acid Novel, nearly two decades hence and having been published independently via Far Gone Books in 1996, is considered now an underground classic. The 1st and only print edition was reviewed to 5-star acclaim within The Village Voice, High Times and a host of underground magazines, 'zines and campus newspapers.

The novel's "back cover blurb" was penned by Ernest J. Gaines (The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman; A Lesson Before Dying), recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Grant; Pulitzer Prize nominee and winner of the John Dos Passos Award.

With a resurgence of interest in psychedelics for medical and therapeutic use and a shift in attitudes concerning the "War On [some] Drugs," Todd Brendan Fahey's Wisdom's Maw: The Acid Novel sheds light on the origins of the US government's interest in LSD and its key role in the coming counterculture.

For more information:

Far Gone Books: http://www.fargonebooks.com/wisdomsmaw
YouTube promo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNy2BweCeiE&feature=youtu.be

Far Gone Books published Wisdom's Maw: The Acid Novel (author Todd Brendan Fahey) in 1996, and which was and is considered one of the most controversial American novels of the past 50 years--since William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch.

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 SiaNews/FriendsOfLiberty.com sees 1 million hits in October
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