Author Archives: Almerindo

Education Junta

The high cost of education is on every tongue today. Our good friend Alex just published a piece on Salon on mounting student debt and how that is being taken up by Occupy. But the skyrocketing cost of college and the government-protected private finance racket that goes along with it are only the most recent […]

Feb 21: Political Salon

Join us at DOC Bar on Tuesday the 21st to discuss the 2012 election and our myriad plots for state overthrow. We’ll discuss Obama’s chances heading into the fall, the economy and which way it’s headed, the likelihood of an Occupy Wall Street resurgence as the weather warms up, possible war with Iran or Syria, […]

Art Junta Friday Night

The Elwa Winter Salon Exhibition presents the work of 4 contemporary artists. Please click through the links to see examples of their work and learn about their backgrounds: Andrew Moon Bain Andrew Graham Devin Powers Emet Sosna The Junta starts the party early. Before the masses show up for the gallery affair, we have the opportunity to discuss […]

Should liberals and progressives vote for Obama again?

I recently expressed to Jeremy the unlikelihood of my voting for Obama again, and listed a few reasons. He responded that he understood my disappointment in Obama and “share[d] it in some ways,” but that I was “blinded by idealism.” In the interest of bringing discussions like this out of email and into the public, […]

Jungle Drugs

“Unlike other man-made psychedelics such as LSD, synthetic DMT takes many users to the same ‘place,’ where they report meeting elfish, clown-like, and insectoid beings who frequently extend the same warm and welcoming message: ‘We’ve been expecting you.’” If science is beginning to look seriously into psychedelics for health benefits, they are only trying to […]

Tue. November 8: Psychedelic Drugs in Modern Cancer Research

Can the mystical states of mind occasioned by psychedelic drugs help alleviate anxiety and depression in people with terminal and recurrent cancer? That is the subject of investigation at NYU and Johns Hopkins, where researchers believe their work could also lead to better treatments for drug addiction and alcoholism. Alexander Zaitchik has been writing about […]

Peter Singer on Wikileaks

We’ve been quiet at the Junta lately, preoccupied with summer and its attendant joys. The art event we had planned for June didn’t work out; sorry about that. But it’s only been postponed until fall, when city life gets back to normal – so don’t despair. Meanwhile, here’s a thoughtful piece from Peter Singer in […]