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Keep Looking Up Sunflowers!

Posted in Commercial Corporations, Cooperative collaboration, Critical Commentary of Civilization, dreams, Ethics & Morals, news, Rationality & Logic, Sustainability, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2019 by Drogo

Sunflowers are not afraid to look proudly into the sky at the Sun. We can handle the truth of our political reality, and take democratic responsibility. RISE UP children of the SUN!!! The sky is our limit. We have the right to grow organic gardens! We have the right to vote for who we want! We have the right to pursue our dreams!

[ Facebook Audio Recording ]

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The Federal ‘REAL ID’ program in Maryland is forcing every legal citizen to show additional proof they are not illegal, because they messed up, rather than do some research and only call in those that are suspected as illegal. In Nazi Germany they started with the Jews, but made every one live under martial law. The real terrorists are the ones perpetuating violence on a mass scale in the world for profit. Keep looking up beautiful sunflowers.

The World Wars gave national profits to corporations, while we killed each-other in other countries. To know why it happened, we should look at the corporations that profited, even on the losing sides of the world wars. I think Ike was talking about them when he mentioned the MIC. Our private prisons are like fascist concentration camps, because they profit from mass incarceration. Our fossil fuel companies control our politicians using lobbyists, denying our votes for green jobs and less pollution. We allow a few people to take our national wealth and use it against us.

For the sake of freedom, we should not give up hope. We should exercise the freedoms we still have, and push against those being taken away from us. Examine the cases, investigate news claims, and research history so that you can feel more confident you are acting on behalf of your own interests, and the greater good. Patriotism means defending the rights of the people, sometimes against the bosses. Many of us have already protested, boycotted, and participated in Our Revolution (The Peace Movement). Dare to hope, dream, and keep taking action in broad daylight!!!

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Lorax 3: The Secret of the Truffula Seed

Posted in Environmentalism, Ethics & Morals, Fictional Stories, Multimedia Communication, POB Audio, Poems, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2019 by Drogo

The Wisdom of the Lorax Strikes Back!!!

[based on The Lorax by Dr Seuss, this is fan-fiction]

“I hoped that the Lorax would tell me the secret of the Truffula Tree.” – a whisper that has waited for the Lorax Part Three!!!

Lorax Kin

The Lorax, the Mytak, the Menoo,

The Larkar, the Dundar, the Spagoo;

these were the spirits of the trees

they could come and go from tiny cells as they please

towers of cells serve them well

near where the last of the truffula trees fell

on the ‘Street of the Lifted Lorax’,

around the Onceler’s house full of cracks

 

I stood on the stone platform ‘Unless’

and lowered my head for the Lorax to bless

but the Lorax shook his mustache “no, no”

I asked “Will you tell me the wisdom you know?”

“I speak for the trees, of you they are pleased.

For taking a chance with the seed that you seized.

You knew what to do

and you did it too!

To fight evils of hate and greed,

the most we can do is plant a weed.

Our words were hopes one would do what you could,

and you did what you did as we hoped that one would.

Tell others of the stories we weave,

tell them they have been told at least once,

and then leave.”

 

We now know the secret, yes we do!

When you tell others, tell them who:

The Lorax, the Mytak, the Menoo,

The Larkar, the Dundar, the Spagoo,

the Onceler, the towns-people, myself and you!

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AUDIO Recording

Lorax 2: The Return of the Dryods

Posted in Cartoon Comics, Environmentalism, Ethics & Morals, Fictional Stories, POB Audio, Poems, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2019 by Drogo

[based on The Lorax by Dr Seuss, this is fan-fiction]

THE LORAX IS BACK!!!

“We wanted to know what the Lorax would do, we wanted to know what the Lorax knew too!!”  – One of which happens in the LORAX Part TWO!!!

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Once the Lorax vanished from sight,

The Onceler was left in his poisonous blight,

but he gave a seed to a lad

who grew a tree and was glad

He let out a call to proclaim he was proud,

so loud that the Lorax heard it high up on a cloud.

The clarion call was heard by Dryods one and all!

 

So the little furry fellows came down

Some were red, some were orange, and one was brown.

They told the boy “We are here to protect the last hope!”

With their colorful voices they asked for twigs and rope.

Magic of clover helped get seeds from all over

The people created a garden owned by none,

and protected it for the future of everyone.

 

A forest grew too, just like new!

The barba-loots came back in their barba-loot suits

and also again came the fish and the birds

all due to actions from a very few words.

 

The Lorax retired under a hill of trees

and you can visit him there for tea, if you please.

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AUDIO Recording

Asus Computer

Posted in Multimedia Communication, Technology - Vehicles, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 11, 2019 by Drogo

In 2019 i still have an older Acer laptop from 2007. I recycled the $500 Asus Tower with a local non-profit who refits computers for disabled people, by dropping it off at the owner’s house nearby. I replaced the Asus Tower with a 10 Gigabyte Acer Chromebook 15 which came with 100 GB online cloud Google Drive for under $300.

images of my old very useful computer – Asus Tower Desk-top 2012-2018

Details – dvd drive, cd drive, hard drive

 

 

 

Reasons to Dare to be Wrong

Posted in History, Matras Quotes Tips, Poems, Rationality & Logic, SCOD Online School, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2019 by Drogo

My Reasons for Daring to Be Wrong – 

I believe architects must dare to study multiple disciplines, even though i know through experience that specialists will always know their topics better. Professionals are very protective of their trade, lest someone try to replace them, take what is theirs, and mingle it with other disciplines inappropriately. This is what architects do to design buildings, although to us it is valid appropriation to make something greater than its parts, and possibly new (gasp)! As an amateur historian of philosophy I realize most things that i think i know, someone will claim to know better. I dare because the comparing and contrasting interests me, whether right or wrong according to whomever. One thing that professors are reluctant to admit for obvious reasons, is that education is ongoing even for teachers. Not only do we learn new things as we grow old, but also we forget things unless practiced, and can find out we were wrong about some things. If only for the sake of poetry i feel i have something to express, no matter how much others want to attack my work for perceived flaws. Even i can argue against most of my points and assumptions, no matter which ones i like more, although i do try to be as accurate as i feel is correct for my way of thinking. I certainly agree there are many facts which most of us can consider objective. Most days however, i feel it is all pointless. So i struggle against my own will to create. The passion i summon against depression can result in a very neutral state which I can call sanity, and that self is always there peering into the void of meaning and the well of mimir.

Why bother trying to be always correct (right is a direction)? Daring to be wrong can be enough sometimes. Many people think that many other people are wrong about a great many things, and their opinions can change sometimes. Admitting we are wrong can be hard, but it is easier when we assume nothing in reality is perfect.

Capitalist Fascism

Posted in Commercial Corporations, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Ethics & Morals, History, Military, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2019 by Drogo

Capitalist Fascism Essay  – [ SCOD Audio Recording ]

Fascism according to the founders of it, was corporate rule of government in the name of nationalism and political theories, to benefit the leaders of corporations (big bosses) who are the rightful plutocrats. Fascism could associate itself with other economic theories besides Capitalism, but true fascism worships individual business success of the few to represent the many. Monopolies can be replaced, but should never be punished for crimes, because corporate boss owners are elite leaders who have earned the right to be glorified. The utopian theory of ‘Free-market Capitalism’ is not desirable by fascists, because they needed to make laws to benefit their own cronies, and have their will obeyed by the ignorant masses. So competition for wealth should be restricted among the few successful enough to be plutocrats, and oligarchs hold the power.

“Fascism (/fashizum/) is a form of radical right-wing authoritarian ultra-nationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, and strong regimentation of society and the economy.” “Fascists believe that liberal democracy is obsolete, and regard the complete mobilization of society under a totalitarian one-party state as necessary to prepare a nation for armed conflict, and to respond effectively to economic difficulties.” Fascism has been criticized for being ideologically dishonest.” Wikipedia

Lying and changing rhetoric to suit situations is historically part of Fascism. When the Nazis turned on Italy, Italian Fascists denounced their allies by pointing out policy distinctions, despite the similarities of their Fascist ideologies. Nazis claimed to be Socialist only because it was popular, and they needed to compete with German Communists who had almost led a successful Marxist revolution after WW1. This is in keeping with the common sense notion that “all politicians lie”, and when militaries support lying politicians who do not really care about human rights it has resulted in totalitarian governments who use false labels like ‘Capitalist’, ‘Communist’, or ‘Socialist’; while restricting the best aspects of those utopian theories. Fascism embraced the deceitful greedy flaws in politics, as part of their justification for totalitarianism (militant nationalism).

The definition of Fascism during the post-modern period is best explained by Neo-Nazis and the US military. Our military (which is paid under our government socialist tax program, and uses government communism to provide soldier base facilities) is fascist because it serves its own mega-corporate ‘contractors’ who control crony politicians legally by Capitol Congress lobbyists. Fascism has evolved to fit the new ‘Centrist’ leaders who may or may not want to use the titles depending on who they are around, in order to work within a larger complex political social system. This is similar to how Nazis took and held power, as Hitler wanted to control both left and right wings (even though Nazi theory is right-wing by objective definition). KKK members often say they are not racist in public for another example, so it is interesting how people define themselves (KKK is a racist fraternal group, that supports political fascists). It is not necessary to be racist to be fascist, but strict legal intolerance of all kinds is fundamental to fascism, as much as keeping a clean matching uniform and patriotic loyalty.

“In the so-called Business Plot in 1933, Major General Smedley Butler claimed that wealthy businessmen were plotting to create a fascist veterans’ organization and use it in a coup d’état to overthrow President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1934, Butler testified to the Special Committee on Un-American Activities (the “McCormackDickstein Committee”) on these claims. In the opinion of the committee, these allegations were credible. During the 1930s Virgil Effinger led the paramilitary Black Legion, a violent offshoot of the Ku Klux Klan that sought a revolution to establish fascism in the United States. Although responsible for a number of attacks, the Black Legion was very much a peripheral band of militants. More important were the Silver Legion of America, founded in 1933 by William Dudley Pelley, and the German American Bund, which emerged the same year from a number of older groups, including the Friends of New Germany and the Free Society of Teutonia. Both of these groups looked to Nazism for their inspiration. While these groups enjoyed some support, they were largely peripheral. Two more prominent leaders, Huey Long and Father Charles Coughlin, sparked concern among some on the left at the time. Coughlin, who publicly endorsed fascism to an extent that Long never did, was unable to become involved in active politics because of his status as a priest. Other fascists active in the US included the publisher Seward Collins, the broadcaster Robert Henry Best, the inventor Joe McWilliams and the writer Ezra Pound.

In 1966, Republican Senator Thomas Kuchel said of the Conservative movement, “A fanatical neo-fascist political cult in the GOP, driven by a strange mixture of corrosive hatred and sickening fear, who are recklessly determined to either control our party, or destroy it.” In the view of philosopher Jason Stanleywhite supremacy in the United States is an example of the fascist politics of hierarchy, in that it “demands and implies a perpetual hierarchy” in which whites dominate and control non-whites.”  – Wikipedia

The term “fascist” has been used as a pejorative, regarding varying movements across the far right of the political spectrum. George Orwell wrote in 1944 that “the word ‘Fascism’ is almost entirely meaningless … almost any English person would accept ‘bully’ as a synonym for ‘Fascist'”.  – Wikipedia

Most Fascists (like Neo-Nazis, those that call themselves that, not just white power clubs or corporations) embrace the label accepting the negative associations with it; much like Satanists (who are often Atheist) embrace the symbolic darkness and pageantry (Paganism) against authority (Christianity) that comes with their term. When they call themselves ‘Fascist’ it is in opposition to the establishment which projects itself as the opposite, but members of the movement or group insist that others are false. This label issue is one of the problems of ‘belief’ theories and systems in general. The more i research the more this satire play becomes clear, whether they use the rhetoric of calls to violence, actual racism; or they are saying they are against the popular definition and in favor of a more right-wing Marxism that would somehow be different than what Hitler and Mussolini or Stalin actually did; they are rebels crying out to say they deserve more under Capitalism. Perhaps that is what Fascism always was, even more than Marxism, just a bunch of ideas from other ideologies, different enough to make change. The theory of Fascism is like Communism under Stalin, because there was no attempts at real democracy and they wanted their own way through violence. In the end it is hard to get around the ‘might makes right’ idea with Fascist theory. Violent nationalism seems core, and everything else can come or go as subservient fashion with fascism.

The post-modern study of ‘Relativity’ was not invented, it seems to be an inherent aspect of reality that has always existed (as dualities or pantheons in religion). Perhaps this is why Einstein’s modern general theory has held up over the decades; as physics theories and laws are part of reality as much as communication and culture, although science tries to be more objective. Moral and Linguistic relativism result in confusion in societies due to differences in perspectives regarding definitions and attitudes towards power, culture, and life. Fascism and Capitalism, Despotism and Democracy, and every other political socio-economic movement or system label has this ‘them and us’ problem of identity. Another specific problem of Fascist theory is what people think is the difference between ‘corporatism’ and ‘capitalism’, if there can be a clear distinction in a Capitalist world economy (even when corporatists believe it just means group representation).

Examples:

The Fascist Manifesto of 1919, by De Ambris & Marinetti – “The Manifesto supported the creation of universal suffrage for both men and women (the latter being realized only partly in late 1925, with all opposition parties banned or disbanded); proportional representation on a regional basis; government representation through a corporatist system of ‘National Councils’ of experts, selected from professionals and trades-people, elected to represent and hold legislative power over their respective areas, including labour, industry, transportation, public health, communications, etc.; and the abolition of the Italian Senate.”  – Wikipedia

Benito Mussolini – “As dictator of Italy and founder of fascism, ‘Il Duce’ (The Leader) Mussolini inspired several totalitarian rulers such as Adolf HitlerA journalist and politician, Mussolini had been a leading member of the National Directorate of the Italian Socialist Party (PSI) from 1910 to 1914, but was expelled from the PSI for advocating military intervention in World War I, in opposition to the party’s stance on neutrality. Mussolini served in the Royal Italian Army during the war until he was wounded and discharged in 1917. Mussolini denounced the PSI, his views now centering on nationalism instead of socialism and later founded the fascist movement which came to oppose egalitarianism and class conflict, instead advocating “revolutionary nationalism” transcending class lines. Following the March on Rome in October 1922, Mussolini became the youngest Prime Minister in Italian history until the appointment of Matteo Renzi in February 2014. After removing all political opposition through his secret police and outlawing labor strikes, Mussolini and his followers consolidated their power through a series of laws that transformed the nation into a one-party dictatorship. Within five years, Mussolini had established dictatorial authority by both legal and extraordinary means and aspired to create a totalitarian state.”  – Wikipedia

American Nazi Party  [note the use of nationalist and socialist propaganda]

American Fascist Blackshirts  [note this group claims to be against democracy AND capitalism because those labels claim false pretense of virtue. This circular hypocrisy that comes with worshiping egotistical ‘will power’ is similar to the charms of Satanism, but as self destructive and void of ethics as the original Fascism. The attraction of this group is that they question politics and existing society philosophically just as Nietzsche and Marx did, while looking to the future for some hopeful promise of progress. They claim that fascists were historically misunderstood, and seem to ignore the violence and hypocrisy of their own historic infamous leaders (just as every ideology does to keep the movement going). This group has audio recordings that sound very Marxist regarding hatred of Capitalism, and yet very right-wing equating Capitalism with Liberalism.]

Facebook Fascist Page  [“The American Fascism Party is dedicated to creating a fascist utopia where corporations rule every facet of the American citizens’ lives. #COMA #AFPparty” note this may be run completely as a satire by an opponent to Fascism.]

“Italian Fascism involved a corporatist political system in which the economy was collectively managed by employers, workers and state officials by formal mechanisms at the national level. Its supporters claimed that corporatism could better recognize or “incorporate” every divergent interest into the state organically, unlike majority-rules democracy which they said could marginalize specific interests. This total consideration was the inspiration for their use of the term “totalitarian“, described without coercion (which is connotated in the modern meaning) in the 1932 Doctrine of Fascism as thus: “When brought within the orbit of the State, Fascism recognizes the real needs which gave rise to socialism and trade unionism, giving them due weight in the guild or corporative system in which divergent interests are coordinated and harmonized in the unity of the State. The state is not simply a mechanism which limits the sphere of the supposed liberties of the individual… Neither has the Fascist conception of authority anything in common with that of a police ridden State… Far from crushing the individual, the Fascist State multiplies his energies, just as in a regiment a soldier is not diminished but multiplied by the number of his fellow soldiers.”  – Wikipedia

A popular slogan of the Italian Fascists under Mussolini was “Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato” (“everything for the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state”).

The Capitalist corporatist (Catholic) state Salazar established in Portugal was very similar to fascism because it was nationalism. Salazar’s ‘Catholic corporatism’ was top down, and against all other ideologies except Capitalism and Christianity. Portugal remained neutral throughout World War II. Salazar also had a strong dislike of Marxism and liberalism. In 1933, Salazar stated: “Our Dictatorship clearly resembles a fascist dictatorship in the reinforcement of authority, in the war declared against certain principles of democracy, in its accentuated nationalist character, in its preoccupation of social order. However, it differs from it in its process of renovation. The fascist dictatorship tends towards a pagan Caesarism, towards a state that knows no limits of a legal or moral order, which marches towards its goal without meeting complications or obstacles. The Portuguese New State, on the contrary, cannot avoid, not think of avoiding, certain limits of a moral order which it may consider indispensable to maintain in favor of reforms”.

 

References:

Wikipedia – multiple articles related to Fascism and Fascists

Youtube videos –  “Fascists” Yale Lecture on Hitler; “Fascism” University of Texas Lecture;  “Fascist Voices: Mussolini’s Italy”;  “ANTIFA: History & Politics of Anti-Fascism”; 

 

 

more to be added later….

 

 

Datura: Moon Flowers & Jimson Weed

Posted in Nature Studies, Organic Gardens, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 3, 2019 by Drogo

Moon-Flower, [Datura Inoxia]; leaves are soft & rounded, with one point.

Jimson Weed [Datura Stramonium]; leaves are spiky, with a few points.

Both types of Datura have spiky seed pods. Folk names: Devil’s Trumpet, Thorn-apple, Hell’s Bells

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The 3 most toxic chemical agents (tropane alkaloids) in datura plants seem to be: Atropine, Hyoscyamine and Hyoscine (Scopolamine); which are used in industrial medicines as an Anti-Cholinergic to treat some conditions, but the side effects can be as bad or worse than what they claim to treat, as with most powerful medicines it seems (as commercials are required to list for industrial medicines).

There are many cases of reported poisonings on Public Medication websites; here is a fatal example:

“Fatal poisoning from ingestion of Datura stramonium seeds.

Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina, Greece.

Citation

Vet Hum Toxicol. 2004 Apr;46(2):81-2.

Abstract

A 19-y old male who intentionally ingested an unknown quantity of Datura stramonium seeds to experience its hallucinogenic effects was found dead. Hyoscyamine and scopolamine were detected in postmortem blood and urine. Blood concentrations of hyoscyamine and scopolamine were 1.1 and 0.2 microg/mL, respectively; in urine only hyoscyamine at 14.2 microg/mL was found. This fatality presents the highest blood concentrations ever reported and confirms that death was due to Datura Stramonium seed ingestion.

These plants are known to contain high concentrations of anticholinergic substances; ingestion can result in anticholinergic intoxication. Signs and symptoms that commonly occur include hallucinations, tachycardia, dilated pupils, and disorientation. In our patient, use of the Naranjo probability scale indicated a possible relationship between the moonflower seed ingestion and the patient’s signs and symptoms.

CONCLUSIONS: Ingestion of the Datura species can result in severe toxicity. Each plant varies in the concentrations of alkaloid substances. For this reason, it is very important for individuals to become educated on the toxicities and potential risks associated with recreational use of these plants.”

 

Wikipedia –

Anticholinergic drugs are used to treat a variety of conditions:

 

Toxicity

Acute anticholinergic syndrome is reversible and subsides once all of the causative agent has been excreted. Reversible Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor agents such as physostigmine can be used as an antidote in life-threatening cases. Wider use is discouraged due to the significant side effects related to cholinergic excess including: seizures, muscle weakness, bradycardia, bronchoconstriction, lacrimation, salivation, bronchorrhea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Even in documented cases of anticholinergic toxicity, seizures have been reported after the rapid administration of physostigmine. Asystole has occurred after physostigmine administration for tricyclic antidepressant overdose, so a conduction delay (QRS > 0.10 second) or suggestion of tricyclic antidepressant ingestion is generally considered a contraindication to physostigmine administration.[17]

Piracetam (and other racetams), α-GPC and choline are known to activate the cholinergic system and alleviate cognitive symptoms caused by extended use of anticholinergic drugs.

Hyoscyamine (also known as daturine) is a naturally occurring tropane alkaloid and plant toxin. It is a secondary metabolite found in certain plants of the family Solanaceae, including henbane (Hyoscyamus niger), mandrake (Mandragora officinarum), angel’s trumpets (Brugmansia spp.), jimsonweed (Datura stramonium), tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) the sorcerers’ tree ( Latua pubiflora ) and deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna). It is the levorotary isomer of atropine (third of the three major nightshade alkaloids) and thus sometimes known as levo-atropine.

Hyoscyamine is used to provide symptomatic relief of spasms caused by various lower abdominal and bladder disorders including peptic ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, pancreatitis, colic, and interstitial cystitis. It has also been used to relieve some heart problems, control some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, as well as for control of abnormal respiratory symptoms and “hyper-mucus secretions” in patients with lung disease.

It is also useful in pain control for neuropathic pain, chronic pain and palliative care – “comfort care” – for those with intractable pain from treatment resistant, untreatable, and incurable diseases. When combined with opioids it increases the level of analgesia (pain relief) obtained. Several mechanisms are thought to contribute to this effect. The closely related drugs atropine and hyoscine and other members of the anticholinergic drug group like cyclobenzaprine, trihexyphenidyl, and orphenadrine are also used for this purpose. When hyoscyamine is used along with opioids or other anti-peristaltic agents, measures to prevent constipation are especially important given the risk of paralytic ileus. Side effects include dry mouth and throat, increased appetite leading to weight gain, eye pain, blurred vision, restlessness, dizziness, arrhythmia, flushing, and faintness. An overdose will cause headache, nausea, vomiting, and central nervous system symptoms including disorientation, hallucinations, euphoria, sexual arousal, short-term memory loss, and possible coma in extreme cases.

Atropine is a medication used to treat certain types of nerve agent and pesticide poisonings as well as some types of slow heart rate and to decrease saliva production during surgery. It is typically given intravenously or by injection into a muscle.Large doses may be required to treat some poisonings. Common side effects include a dry mouth, large pupils, urinary retention, constipation, and a fast heart rate. It should generally not be used in people with angle closure glaucoma. While there is no evidence that its use during pregnancy causes birth defects, it has not been well studied. It is likely safe during breastfeeding. It is an anti-muscarinic (a type of anti-cholinergic) that works by inhibiting the parasympathetic nervous system. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system.

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These night-shades are toxic, but not well understood for medicinal purposes, although the toxic chemical is used in industrial medicine. I have eaten many seeds from both varieties over a few years, and felt no ill effects from them. I stopped trying them years ago because I felt no benefit either. They did not seem to even alter my consciousness as much as coffee or mugwort, after repeated weekly eating of several seeds a day. Obviously people react differently to any organic substances, due to digestive variations and allergies, so this plant is still very mysterious and therefore considered dangerous until substantial studies can be conducted by biologists and chemists. I have no idea why I was immune to moderate doses of seeds, but other people have told me they were affected greatly and it scared them. – Firewalker