In the deserts of Nevada and the psych wards of New York City, a man tries to live with his madness rather than have it bludgeoned out of him.
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good times were behind us and we did it to ourselves: no one was to blame. Even
if culprits to this chaos could be identified, they were dead. The bullets and
bunkers and bank holdings did not save them for long. These previous symbols of
wealth proved totally worthless and non-negotiable for the one thing they
couldn't buy from the hard-working, country-dwelling, "pagans": food.
I take a deep breath and ask my question out loud: At what crossroads does our global civilization stand now, and in what direction does good fortune lie? A rare thunderstorm shatters the Oregon twilight. The lights blink off on off on. I shake the coins, drop them, count them, six times. The squall passes on to the next valley. The Oracle speaks.
Since 2003, an avian influenza virus called H5N1 has been killing large
numbers of poultry – and occasionally people. But while public concern over bird flu has faded in recent years, the risk to humans has increased. A look at the history of pandemic flu can help us understand why the H5N1 virus remains a serious threat to mankind.
Democracy as we know it will soon fall at the feet of a
nationalistic environmentalism, a movement that may include the destruction of
the global poor among its methods of achieving "sustainability." If
the current rate of biofuels expansion continues, ethanol plants will be
using almost all of the U.S. corn crop within 5-7 years.
The debate over westerners and Ayahuasca retreat centers in Iquitos has heated up since the Peruvian Government has begun proposing legislation that would demand that local shamans be certified. After drinking Ayahuasca in Iquitos this past month, I interviewed another lodge owner, Carlos Tanner. We spoke about how the west is beginning to influence traditional Ayahuasca medicine practice in Peru.