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  1. Dedans Penthouse

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    Mikey, looking at the picture below:
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    let's say you're the Capt. of the USS Monitor during the battle of Hampton Roads:: . isn't your first order of business to plug "a few holes" in that flimsy-looking wooden lifeboat sticking out the starboard side like a sore thumb? . I mean in the midst of close-range firing between the two ironclads, that glorified dingy looks about as useless as a screen door on a submarine.
     
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  2. Mike Bulgakov

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    I would swim to the beach to monitor the situation and plug holes.
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    Today young Russian Currency was worth much more than a plug ruble nickel. Perhaps young Andrey can fill the hole left in Russian tennis since the departure of Marat and Maria K and the demise of MeldoMaria.
     
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    Are you trying to say none of your nearly 40K poasts have been useless???:eek:
     
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    Slay :)
     
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    A long walk last night to the nearest convenience store to purchase a replacement charging cord for my iPhone has convinced me this one yard of electrical wiring is the adult version of the umbilical cord.

    I will carry a backup from now on...the OEM Apple cord unravels at the USB end and the after market version I bought as replacement quit on me after just a few months despite it being very much in one piece. $8 for three months is built in obsolescence.:eek:
     
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  7. Dedans Penthouse

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    Niña
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    Little known fact: Nina landed on Plymouth Rock before the Mayflower, and she declared America as a territory of Denmark.
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    Nina Hartley, in her prime, was wood inducing.:cool:
     
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    Can the young Andrey paint the lines? He and Marat could not match old-school Russian masters in tennis doubles.
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    Rublev and Tolstoy for the win, drinking vodka and serve-and-volleying to victory!
     
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    Yeltsin did approve of tennis as a great Russian sport but his successor probably frowns on it as too soft a physical activity. He prefers more rugged endeavors:



    Tacos and/or crackers as post workout snacks are Sewretch approved!
     
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    Whisky has occasionally helped open the doors of perception for me but then I wake up the next day sober.
     
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    Mind Your Biscuits [USA] came from behind to dominate the Group 1, $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen [26 MAR 2017] by three lengths under Joel Rosario.
     
  15. Mike Bulgakov

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    That summer, Leary went to Mexico, and there, for the first time, he ate some “magic mushrooms.” He found the experience entirely enchanting, and when he returned to Cambridge he set up, with McClelland’s approval, the Harvard Psychedelic Project.

    The hallucinogen obtained from Mexican mushrooms is psilocybin, and in 1960 psilocybin was not illegal. Neither was LSD, which Leary tried for the first time in late 1961. Both were manufactured by Sandoz Laboratories, in Switzerland, and were readily available to researchers. It seemed to almost everyone who encountered them that substances so potent must have a use. Hence the Harvard project, a latecomer to organized efforts to determine what God had in mind when he designed those curious fungi.

    The great hippie drug was introduced into American life by the suits: the medical profession and the federal government. Beginning in the early nineteen-fifties, the military and the C.I.A. had hopes that LSD could serve as either a truth serum or an instrument of mind control, and, according to Martin Lee and Bruce Shlain’s history of the drug, “Acid Dreams,” they used it often, both operationally, during interrogations, and experimentally, frequently with unwitting subjects. Clinical psychologists (many funded by government agencies) regarded psychedelics as psychotomimetics: their effects appeared to mimic psychotic states, and they were used to study psychosis and schizophrenia.

    LSD was also administered to alcoholics, drug addicts, and patients with emotional blockages. The most famous of these patients was Cary Grant, who took LSD under the supervision of a psychiatrist. “All my life, I’ve been searching for peace of mind,” Grant said. “Nothing really seemed to give me what I wanted until this treatment.” Allen Ginsberg was introduced to LSD at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, in 1959, where his responses were measured by a team of doctors as part of a federally funded research program. Ginsberg eventually became one of the chief publicists for LSD, along with Ken Kesey, who first used it at the Veterans Hospital in Menlo Park, in 1960, where, in another federally funded program, he was paid seventy-five dollars a day to ingest hallucinogens. The experience led to Kesey’s first novel, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” and, later on, to the Merry Pranksters, the subject of Tom Wolfe’s book “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.” (Wolfe, who reluctantly tried LSD out of journalistic scruple, recalled, “I had the feeling that I had entered into the sheen of this nubby twist carpet—a really wretched carpet, made of Acrilan—and somehow this represented the people of America, in their democratic glory.”) Alan Watts, whose book “The Joyous Cosmology” was published in 1962 and became, as Greenfield says, “the model for the psychedelic experience for millions of people,” first took LSD in a program at U.C.L.A. It seems like quackery now, but Lee and Shlain say that between 1949 and 1959 a thousand papers on LSD were published in professional journals.

    After his experience with Mexican mushrooms, Leary read “The Doors of Perception” with excitement. This was a style of mystico-pseudoscience that suited him perfectly, a kind of shamanistic psychology delightfully immune to empirical challenges. As it happened, Huxley was then lecturing at M.I.T., and Leary arranged a meeting. They had lunch at the Harvard Faculty Club, which was, and remains, the unlikeliest venue in which to plan the future of a psychedelic movement. But that is what Leary and Huxley did. Huxley’s idea was that, if the world’s leaders could be turned on, the lion would lie down with the lamb, and peace would be at hand. The vision was appealing to Leary. It was, after all, simply psychiatric social work on a global scale, and administered not to convicts and juvenile delinquents but to the political, social, and artistic élites—much more fun. The person Leary eventually teamed up with in the business of spreading acid illumination was not Huxley, who died in 1963, on the day President Kennedy was assassinated; it was Ginsberg, a man who took pride in knowing the address and phone number of everyone who mattered in the cultural world. Turning important people on was their mission.

    While he was at Harvard, Leary did experiments that involved, for example, giving psychedelic drugs to prison inmates in an attempt to reduce recidivism rates; Leary claimed that the program was remarkably successful, though Greenfield says that the numbers Leary gave to support his claim don’t add up. But what really attracted Leary was an altogether different theory about the purpose of psychedelics. This was the theory that they were designed to reveal to mankind the true nature of the universe, and its leading exponent was Aldous Huxley. Huxley had taken mescaline, a drug derived from the peyote cactus, in 1953, under the guidance of a British medical psychiatrist named Humphry Osmond. (It was Osmond who coined the term psychedelic, which means “mind-manifesting.”) In 1954, Huxley published a short book about the experience, “The Doors of Perception” (from which the rock group later took its name). He had his first LSD experience in 1955; it provided him, he wrote, with “the direct, total awareness, from the inside, so to say, of Love as the primary and fundamental cosmic fact.”

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2006/06/26/acid-redux
     
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    Very nice! Might I add a note about two books that influenced me in college:

    "Be Here Now" by Ram Dass, introduced to me by of all people an actors trainer in FSU's Department of Theater, my minor field of study. Ram Dass was born Richard Alpert and was Leary's partner in studies involving psychedelics and their effect at Harvard. His dismissal from the university's faculty involved giving an undergraduate female student a dose of psilocybin. After he left Harvard, he traveled to India and became deeply involved in Hinduism through the teachings of guru Neem Karoli Baba, aka Maharaj-ji. The book details his transformation and was a handbook to me on how to achieve a bit of spiritual peace in a very turbulent age, both socially and personally. Ram Dass is still active in sharing his spirituality at age 85.

    The second book was by Carlos Casteneda, a student of anthropology at UCLA who spent several years with a Yaqui Indian shaman as the basis for his book "The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge". Suffice to say were I in the American Southwest instead of Florida, peyote may have infused my thoughts more than psilocybin from "magic" mushrooms harvested from cow pastures.

    Psychedelics lost a participant in their mind games around '72 or so after a wild evening in London attending a Procul Harum concert. Coming into the reality of consciousness on a park bench at dawn in a part of that huge city that I was unfamiliar with and not having a clue how the hell I got there was almost enough to make that lifestyle purely a spectator sport. A plane ride from Morocco to London a month or so later with similar memory loss after ingesting quite a bit of kif with my breakfast Muesli accelerated my farewell to mind alteration.

    Mostly I'm a caffeine AM/brewski PM guy now and happy to be that way. I get my dose of spirituality these days from auteur @DreddyTennis45 's opus on Sewretchianism:



    Finally at peace!
     
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    Maria Kirilenko's tryout for Manchester United didn't go well,


    but that didn't get her down.
     

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