Monthly Archives: June 2006

The Captain on Letterman

I can’t resist putting up a link to this video footage from the early 1980s, when Captain Beefheart appeared on the David Letterman show.  The Captain is one of a kind.

Link to the video on YouTube.

"We Jam Econo" on DVD soon!

The excellent documentary on the Minutemen (early ’80s band for those who don’t know) called “We Jam Econo” is due out on DVD in late June (with lots of extras including live shows).

Watch the trailer over at You Tube. Order the DVD direct.

Dale Pendell @ Powell's, 1-June-2006


Dale Pendell‘s published the third and concluding volume of his Pharmako series, Pharmako Gnosis, and he made a visit to Powell’s on Hawthorne last night. He spoke a bit, read a bit, and answered questions. Some intriguing ideas and poetic notions filled the space, of which I note just a few…

Someone asked if he had a favorite plant; he said he had to be careful since “the others are listening” and you never know when you might need them.

He linked the Buddhist notion of the Hungry Ghost, with a long thin neck and huge belly (thus always hungry) to the modern corporation which can never find enough profit.

Pendell talked about attending the 100th birthday of Albert Hofmann, and how Hofmann had talked about hoping one day to have state-run facilities that gave LSD. Pendell had to say that it was refreshing to find that not everyone is so alienated from the government, that some still see it as something that works ‘for us’ and can do things we want it to.

A woman in the audience described a breakthrough experience with Salvia where she was able to ‘see in-between the interstices of cause and effect.’

Castaneda quit too soon” (with regard to the exploration of plant drugs).

I asked about his feeling on man-made compounds vs. plants. He gave a lovely drifting answer that touched about the fact that more and more compounds have been discovered to exist in plants, that scientist are working toward purity whereas those who work with plants are seeing the delicate variations, and worked in the advice that marijuana brownies made when high are indeed better.

U.S. Medicine – high cost/low benefit?

Economist Arnold Kling writes on U.S. medicine, and his discarded ideas on the problem. He concludes:

(D) Perhaps the problem with the U.S. health care system is with the way that medicine is practiced. We favor expensive diagnostic procedures, specialist care, and surgeries, where costs are high and benefits tend to be low.

Read the whole thing here at TCS Daily.