News Briefs 01-10-2012

RIP Entil’Zha (The One who creates the future). As Kosh said, ‘He is the closed circle. He is returning to the beginning.’

Quote of the Day:

MDMA, or methylenedioxy- methylamphetamine, was first patented in 1912 by German scientists looking for a substance to control bleeding. The US military experimented with it in the 1950s and this may have led to instances of it being used recreationally in the US in the 1970s. In 1976, an American chemist, Alexander Shulgin, who became known as the godfather of ecstasy, took MDMA himself as part of a personal investigation of psychoactive substances. Shulgin was an industrial chemist who had personal experience of psychedelics and worked closely with America’s Drug Enforcement Agency. He described the feelings MDMA induced as “an easily controlled altered state of consciousness with emotional and sensual overtones”. In his journal he wrote: “I feel absolutely clean inside, and there is nothing but pure euphoria. The cleanliness, clarity, and marvellous feeling of solid inner strength continuedโ€ฆ through the next day. I am overcome by the profundity of the experience.”

From the article Can MDMA help cure depression?.

  1. Sasquatchiana
    I am now pretty well satisfied that the Squatch is some sort of paranormal creature which then means that the number one reason for conservative governments to quash it is that such things hint at the paranormal – plain and simple. Of course, there is the added dimension of the correlation between Squatch sightings and UFO’s. It is all doubly a hot potato. It is not a place many governments would dare go. We are already on the cusp of a complete breakdown of public respect for the veracity and credibility of the State, so anything that hints of state duplicity and anxiety about forces superior to the capabilities of the State will continued to be blacked out.

    1. …a lot of news
      >> on the upside I learned diapers can explode ๐Ÿ˜›

      Pushing a little close to the line of un-grailness, maybe, but I figured some environmentalists might appreciate the statistics on how many disposable diapers are now going into land fills around the world.

      Plus, it seemed like something a number of people might appreciate a head’s up about. If you have a tot who’s still in diapers, better stock up now before the price increases! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. swan song??
      Definitely no swan song from here.

      More of a “I’m baaack!!” — now that a service tech has finally fixxored my outside broadband line, and my download speed is once again screaming fast. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. RIP Entil’Zha
    What? No Babylon 5 fans here?

    Or if there are Babylon 5 fans, no one pondering the early deaths of so many of the actors who played principle characters?

    Actually, it was Ulkesh, not Kosh, who said, ‘He is the closed circle. He is returning to the beginning.’ But I figured, even for B-5 fans, the name Ulkesh might be pretty obscure; and as Ulkesh also said, ‘We are all Kosh.’

    1. from the 5-is-a-Magical-No-Dept.
      i was never a fan of that guy — the pilot didn’t grab me…fortunately, i had a friend who became enamoured of the show and who convinced me, years later, to watch it and i got hooked.

      my favourite character is Garibaldi

      it’s a great pop culture show — some of my friends and i would even incorporate it’s narrative structure into our game plots :3

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