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In the first half, analyst of geopolitics and foreign policy Craig B. Hulet offered commentary on conflicts all over the globe, and what is behind them. Reacting to the recent terrorist incident outside a concert in Manchester, England, he suggested that such attacks are a kind of “blowback” by insurgents who have grievances against the West, often related to attacks in their own countries. 9-11 was more of an act of “international guerrilla warfare,” he explained, as the Twin Towers represented government and corporate ideology as opposed to attacks in cities that are targeted at the general populace. “I think we’re on the brink of something far worse than acts of terrorism. I think we’re going to see another 9-11 in our future,” he added.
Hulet expressed concern with China, citing their build-up of forces in Africa that will be almost impossible to merge with or defeat without military force. Pakistan just gave them a lease on an open port on the Persian Gulf for 40 years, he added. “China has also built up the most fearsome naval force the world has ever seen,” he continued, and this is not being covered in mainstream media. There’s an ongoing effort to keep Americans from realizing that it’s US foreign policy that’s created the current deleterious situations in China, the Middle East, and Africa, he opined. On the Trump presidency, Hulet remarked that he, as well as whoever might have been elected to this “imperial” office, serves as a distraction for the American people, and the world, from the issues that really matter.
With a master’s degree in history from Queens College, Thomas Hatsis is an historian of witchcraft, magic, Western religions, contemporary psychedelia, and medieval pharmacopeia. In the latter half, he explored how herbs, and psyche-magical ointments have triggered powerful visions of both the divine and the diabolical, as well as delved into the history of witchcraft through the centuries. He spoke about the “witches’ ointment,” a condemning theological Catholic term for the psychedelic or psychoactive plants used by witches to commune with fertility goddesses, and practice a form of shamanism and healing during medieval times.
Hatsis recalled a case from the 1400s, in which a Italian woman named Matteuccia di Francesco was burned at the stake for giving abused wives a potion to bedevil their husbands as retribution for the way they were treated. Up until the 1400s, he noted that people in Western European villages who used psychoactive plants for shamanistic purposes were widely respected in their communities. A member of PEERS, the Portland Entheogenic Exploration and Research Society, Hatsis said the organization helps spread useful information about “spirit plants” and psychedelics, including safety precautions. Plants such as henbane and mandrake, which are legal, can put people in a very lucid or visionary sleep state, he reported.
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