Fly Agaric: Look but don’t touch (Highland News)

I Love this article from Highland News! –fly

Look but don’t touch “Alice in Wonderland” toadstool

By Laurence Ford

Keep a weather eye out for fly agaric.

Keep a weather eye out for fly agaric.

PEOPLE across the Highlands are being asked to look out for one of the most recognisable, highly toxic and mind-altering toadstools.
The distinctive red and white fly agaric is said to have inspired both Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Caroll’s hookah-smoking caterpillar and the colours of Santa’s suit – but is also a useful indicator of the changing seasons.
Now, Woodland Trust Scotland is asking people to keep an eye out for fly agaric (Amanita muscaria), the classic red and white spotted toadstool, during walks and record any sightings online.
Fly agaric is widespread throughout the UK and commonly found on light soils in mixed woodland and heaths among birch and pine.
Rory Syme, from Woodland Trust Scotland, said: “The best place to spot fly agaric is close to birch and pine trees. The wet summer we’ve had may mean that it will appear early this year. In previous years sightings have been recorded as early as the end of June.
“Keeping track of key events in nature helps us record the changing seasons. Natural phenomena such as bird migration, changes in leaves and the appearance of flowers and fungi are some of the best indicators for climate change.”
Fly agaric is toxic and was traditionally mixed with milk and left out in bowls to kill flies, which is where it gets its name.
He added: “Fly agaric can be dangerous, so the best advice is to look but don’t touch.”
Five facts about fly agaric:
• Fly agaric was traditionally used as an insecticide, the cap broken up and sprinkled into saucers of milk. It’s now known to contain ibotenic acid, which both attracts and kills flies
• The ‘spots’ are actually remnants of a white veil of tissue that encloses the young mushroom, and can sometimes be washed off by the rain
• It was commonly found on Christmas cards in Victorian and Edwardian times as a symbol of good luck and its colours may have been the inspiration for Santa Claus’s red and white suit.
• Fly agaric is mycorrhizal, forming a mutually beneficial relationship with its host tree. This association provides the tree with increased absorbtion of water and minerals, and the fungus with constant access to carbohydrates
• One of the effects of consuming fly agaric is a perceived distortion in the size of objects. It has been said that Lewis Carroll’s hookah-smoking caterpillar in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was inviting her to take a bite from a fly agaric.
Sightings can be recorded through the Nature’s Calendar Project at naturescalendar.org.uk

http://www.highland-news.co.uk/News/ook-but-dont-touch-toadstool-appeal-20072012.htm

Carbon 60 (SIXTY) and Bucky Fuller Life Mice

Somehow i missed the somewhat recent news of research done with carbon 60 infused food for mice which led to a doubling of their life span. Wow, now if the research is repeated a few more times we have another great property of Carbon 60, and another reason to look back and reconsider, re-study the works of Buckminster Fuller.–Steve fly

A recent French study looking for chronic toxicity resulting from ingesting buckyballs dissolved in olive oil found that 10 month old rats who ingested the human equivalent of a tenth of a gram of C-60 buckyballs (which in technical grades cost less than US$10/gram) several times a week showed extended lifespans instead of toxic effects.– http://www.gizmag.com/diet-buckyballs-extending-lifespan/22245/

Researchers at the University of Paris and colleagues fed the molecule fullerene (C60 or “buckyballs”) dissolved in olive oil to rats and found it almost doubles their lifespan, with no chronic toxicity.
The results suggest that the effect of C60, an antioxidant, on lifespan is mainly due to the attenuation of age-associated increases in oxidative stress, according to the researchers.– http://www.kurzweilai.net/fullerene-c60-administration-doubles-rat-lifespan-with-no-toxicity

Facestuck

 

Facestuck by Steven James Pratt (3/08/12)

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Oh my god, those faces all literally glued to the screen, right across the planet, literally super-glued to the glass plasma crystal screens, unable to move. Eyes look sideways in terror at the images playing in front of them. Gangs of pixels assemble together in self-organized configurations: the words ‘Cheeky mouthy idiots’ repeated in endless fonts and colours. The images of others also stuck to the screen.

A few brave idiots in the initial panic of finding their face stuck to the screen pulled themselves off, leaving a good part of their face still stuck to the screen like a rare pork chop. Many of these people died as a result of their injuries, and some remained still half stuck to the screen, yet with mutilated mouths and bits of flesh dangling around the chin that made eating exceedingly difficult.

“Next the phones, engage.” A voice said.

All mobile phones around the world were now stuck to their users face and the ear in particular, plus the original phone call was interrupted with a voice repeating the word ‘yes’. Scenes of equal chaos and horror soon followed, enhanced by the images from any camera relaying live feeds, broadcasting the distressed individuals pain and anguish between the literally billions of victims.

2.
Some proposed the facestuck virus acted upon the carbon 60 molecule, triggered by certain vibrations quickly developing a highly dangerous and sticky surface, impossible to part from organic materials such as skin once contact is made. Grafting, which results in a permanent scar is a necessary process, but due to the Billions of victims many have spent decades with their devices stuck to their faces and ears.

An underground black market arose in cheap surgical….

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21/12/2012: The end of capitalism starting with Coca Cola

The recent news from Bolivia, concerning their decisions to kick out the coca cola company due to violence, corruption and unrestricted finance capitalism, makes me sit up and listen and engage once again with the 2012 phenomena.

Here we have the kind of tipping point that could begin a new era of corporate responsibility and humanity waking up to the horrors of unrestricted finance capitalism and discovering ways to say no, and kick out the culprits from theor community and/or country, protecting the citizens from any nefarious impact and damage, such as that damage Coca-Cola have, to South America in particular, but the entire world and it’s citizens generally.

Fly Agaric 23 retains a special symbiotic relationship with coca-cola and the coca-cola company, and a special symbiotic relationship with Father Christmas. Both of these mysterious western capitalist phenomena employ the ‘red and white’ color scheme, as does the ‘fly agaric: Amanita Muscaria mushroom. Take note. Fly Agaric grows without charge in the wilderness of natural abundance. Father Christmas and Coca-Cola require a multi Billion Dollar all-around-the-world system of propaganda, lies, deciet and promotional campaigning to keep up their mythological capitalist show.

I represent this news from Bolivia, and hope to help volley the message far and wide. I have added a description of Belching out the Devil by Mark Thomas, for some further insight into the coca-cola curse. Peace, steve fly agaric 23 (acrillic)

Amsterdam, Sensi Empire (2/8/12)

“Bolivia Set To Banish Coca-Cola To Mark Mayan End Of Capitalism

For most Americans, Bolivia is a third world South American country last robbed by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. However this impoverished nation is making headlines due to its Minister of External Affairs recent announcement that the Coca-Cola Company, one of the world’s largest corporations, is to be booted out of there by year’s end.

David Choquehuanca, the minister in question, explained that Coca-Cola will be expelled from Bolivia on the same day that the Mayan calendar enters a new cycle–December 21. According to Choquehuanca, the date marks the end of capitalism and the start of a culture of life in community-based societies. In order to celebrate that, Bolivia’s government is already planning a series of events that will take place at the Southern Hemisphere’s Summer Solstice on La Isla del Sol, one of the largest islands in Lake Titicaca.

“The twenty-first of December 2012 is the end of selfishness, of division. The twenty-first of December has to be the end of Coca-Cola and the beginning of mocochinche (a local peach-flavored soft drink),” Choquehuanca told reporters at a political rally for Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales. “The planets will line up after 26,000 years. It is the end of capitalism and the beginning of communitarianism,” he added.

It’s already been rumored that Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez, will follow suit, encouraging his country to ditch the American beverage for soft drinks produced locally.

It’s curious that Bolivia decided to forbid Coca-Cola in its territory, considering that one of the soft drink’s main ingredients is said to be coca extract (Coca-Cola refuses to confirm that, saying that this is part of their secret formula.) — http://www.forbes.com/sites/andersonantunes/2012/08/01/bolivia-set-to-banish-coca-cola-to-mark-mayan-end-of-capitalism/

“But it’ll make zero difference to Mark Thomas’s tireless campaigning. Stand-up comic turned agent provocateur and writer, in his latest book Belching Out The Devil, Thomas travels the world to expose the flaws of the Coca-Cola business system: a bottling plant in Colombia where trade unionists are routinely murdered by paramilitary death squads, child labour in fields surrounding a sugar mill in El Salvador and the unfathomable decision of opening a plant heavily reliant on water in an area of India already prone to drought.

The Coca-Cola Company absolves itself of any blame because on paper it doesn’t actually own any of these franchise plants or the independently owned sugar mill. All it does is manufacture the syrup ingredient to make the fizzy pop. “All of this stuff is about Coke’s tentacles and the way it works,” says Thomas. “It draws these lines of demarcation between responsibility.” —http://thequietus.com/articles/00687-coca-colonisation-mark-thomas-on-coke