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  1. 6 points
    I've never been big on resolutions, but I'm giving up drinking tonight for a year at least. I plan to dieta with as many plants as I can. I need to get in tune. And more catch-ups with the amazing crew of SAB legends. What are your plans?
  2. 5 points
    No, it's fully capitalist and extremely colonial, the problem is we are so blinded by hubris most will not even see the problem and take it as a positive lesson instead. But actually what is hidden in this parable is a justification of the continuity of "more of the same". Here we have a privileged boy - a boy with everything - pining over the fact that he is the poor one! What a joke. His conceited affectation simultaneously justifies the oppression of the actual poor, who in no cases live under the conditions described. This parable operates as a screening mechanism for the privileged, essentially designed to offset guilt felt by colonial oppressors and allow the system to continue to take more than it needs. Thus, it's okay that in our privileged lives we have and take everything for ourselves without regard for the other, because truthfully, we are "in poverty" during this operation while "the poor" continue to live some out idealised version of themselves. It's not them - we're the ones suffering. I don't know how to make it any clearer. There is a colonial/capitalist "inversion" hidden in this story that justifies the dominance of the few over the many. If I am more frank this parable is complete horseshit. It tacitly supports the self-righteous re-appropriation for ourselves of what has been unjustly removed from others.
  3. 3 points
    I have 6 plants approx 4-5 years old from OP seed collected at Dawson's. The mother is the legendary "Ben", the daddy could be any of the amazing plants at Dawson's. Plants 1-6 from left to right (bottom to top in 2nd picture). Plant 1- approx 23 cm $20. Plants 2-4 approx 27cm $25 each. Plants 5, 6 approx 30cm $30 each. Postage extra, around $15 for reg and $18 for express. Australia only. Can't do WA, Tas or NT due to quarantine. Please comment plant # and sold and send me a pm. Each sale gets an extra gift, might be some of my tricho seeds or another small seedlings of random origin. Cheers folks.
  4. 3 points
    Yep I’m keen for a meet. I certainly need the joviality . As for a date... hmmm end of this month? Saturday ? Sunday?
  5. 3 points
    UPDATE: All cuttings are now sold! Hi All! It's that time of year again, and I've got another 8 beautiful and healthy Trichocereus Bridgesii "Jeans" cuttings for sale! This variety grows prolifically, developing many pups and branches in a short amount of time. This variety also has a beautiful blueish color and nice long golden spines that become more brown as they mature. These particular cuttings are about seven years old and have been growing very slowly under harsh conditions - in a pot containing the original "mother plant" with many months between waterings.  See here for an Erowid report about this variety: https://www.erowid.org/experiences/exp.php?ID=89217  The cuttings range from about 29cm to 38cm. Tip cuttings will be sold first, followed by the other cuttings. Rest assured that if you don't get a tip cutting, your cutting will produce at least two (and often three) new pups very quickly from the top, and then usually at least one from the base a bit later on. Regardless of what kind of cutting you get, your new friend will end up looking fantastic in no time! All cuttings are $25 each. Buyer must also pay postage. I take pride in the way I package my cuttings, and you can be assured that these will arive in good condition to you with the spines intact. I use Aus post mailing tubes for these ones. If you're interested, send me a PM and let me know how many cuttings you want, and also let me know your post code. That allows me to calculate the total cost + postage so I can give you the total cost. First come first served; these usually sell out pretty fast! Payment is via PayPal only. I'll update this thread as the cuttings are sold. Cheers, Jeans
  6. 3 points
    So 4 out of the 5 seem to have taken which is awesome! The one that didn't, the stocks core sucked right down into a concave shape. Any idea why this would happen or how to predict/avoid it in the future? Also any ideas on what to do with the slab that failed? I have no more stock other than pere. Should I chop it up tiny and graft to those? Seems a waste to chuck it out. Thanks in advance
  7. 3 points
  8. 3 points
    On the bright side, coal plants are in season
  9. 3 points
    https://www.marijuanamoment.net/scientists-uncover-strong-relationship-between-psychedelic-use-and-connection-with-nature/ Using statistical analysis, the researchers found that “nature relatedness was significantly increased with two weeks, four weeks and two years after the psychedelic experience” and that participants’ experience boosted feelings of “well-being” when their attitudes toward nature increased. In other words, psychedelic-induced appreciation for the natural world seems to correspond with psychological health. “A significant positive association was observed between changes in nature relatedness and changes in psychological well-being,” the authors wrote.
  10. 3 points
    Remembered about this thread and thought I'd check in. I've been off methadone completely for 5 or 6 weeks now after stopping from 4mg a day (except 2 doses of 2 mg each). Was planning to keep going down by 0.5 increments but once I realised I could skip days at 4 I just decided to try, probably should've kept dropping but I had been doing it gradually over ages and hadn't used in 3 years which obviously made a huge difference. Been struggling a bit with drinking again since, and too much junk food so gained a fair bit of weight but thems the brakes aye. Anyway it's definitely a struggle, especially cravings being opiate free for the first time in 12 years or so, but felt it's important to mention it so some people might know it's possible to get off as it definitely seems impossible at times but ain't. Btw my doctor suggested switching back to subs to get off but for me it was better to just keep tapering down
  11. 3 points
    To stop wasting time...
  12. 3 points
    Mushy Christmas you lot. Love youse all. From the Glauk.
  13. 2 points
    Hey everyone! HAPPY NEW YEAR I have a few rooted cuttings. $5 per fully formed knob for the monstrose Echinopsis Bridgesii, making most of them $10 - 15 $20 Each for the Scopulicolis, 34cm and 35cm tall $10 for the Pachanoi Cuttings between 10cm - 15cm tall Happy to accept haggling/trades on larger purchase for sure I also have these gourd bottles which I have made myself. They are made from Large Birdhouse Gourds, currently these are the only two I have available I thought if anyone was interested it might be here! They are sealed on the interior with pure beeswax and any I sell will come with a little extra wax for any potential repairs that might need to be done in the event of a crack or something. If anyone wants some more info on these please let me know! (I have some gourds that still need to be made into bottles so if these designs aren't really your style and you'd like something, maybe one without a cup and a cork instead, we can talk about getting it done, they take a while to grow and dry so earlier the better) The smaller one on the left is $50 and the one on the right comes with the extra cups (all waxed) and is $80 PM for more info! Thanks for taking the time!
  14. 2 points
    Its so easy to grow them in Melbourne as long as they are kept moist and in the shade. I have sold dozens on Gumtree over the past few years from the commercial selection that is grown in Tassie. There's a commercial farm growing them in Cairns that sells the plants too. Cheers!
  15. 2 points
    https://hightimes.com/news/new-study-shows-students-less-likely-binge-drink-cannabis-legal/ Problem binge drinking decrease by an average of six percent among of-age college students in states with legalized recreational marijuana. Why would Australia want that? No problem with grog here...
  16. 2 points
    foof so hot on the tiles. maybe we should fit a summer meet in? Any Ideas for times, apparently @Francois le Danque has a place.
  17. 2 points
    Done a bit of reading about Kratom, it does have an addiction potential and some relatively mild withdrawals compared to some opioids. Illegal in Australia at the moment unfortunately but still possible to get I imagine. Labourers in thailand chew it all day to help them with muscle pains
  18. 2 points
    The zero alcohol beers are great. I just finished a 12 month stint helping a mate to not drink. Actually I still had the odd middy here and there at home, but whenever I went to his place I only took the zero alcohol varieties, as that was all he was drinking for the year. I have absolutely no problem chosing them any time, they literally taste that good.
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  20. 2 points
    I may be wrong, but perhaps the parable may have more relevance to poverty if it had the father take the son, on a bitterly cold winter's day and night, to live with a homeless alcoholic whose shelter is under a bridge. I can't imagine the boy coming away from that experience being able to justify being less wealthy than the homeless. However, I tend to think both versions of the story are of little value to anyone if all the boy takes away from the experience is something learned. As we can see here, different folk will gain differing perspectives from the same story. Maybe if the story told of what the boy chose to do with what he learned, and the outcomes of those actions, it might better serve to convey something meaningful.
  21. 2 points
    I was just thinking that in Australia at least, a lot of the original story has it backwards, or doesn’t show the whole picture. When I was growing up, I was the kid who lived on the farm. When I was first in high school (year 7-8 I think) I was convinced I was poor compared to the kids who lived in suburbia. Even the housing commission kids had more designer clothes than I did. It wasn’t until I was older that I realised a working farm that we owned outright was worth more money than a house in the burbs and a bunch of consumer crap. That’s not to take away from @Micromegas‘s analysis (I think there’s something to that but will need to go and have a think before addressing it directly), just that such parables leave out the reality of wealth in some urban/rural divides.
  22. 2 points
    hmmm that's not what I took from it. I interpreted it that the privileged boy suddenly realised that 'poor' had less to do with money and more to do with how you experience life. He realised that despite all their wealth his father, and society, had missed the point. Sometimes I'm troubled that, because of the lifestyle i've chosen (i work for myself, don't make a packet but am comfortable and [mostly] happy) I've deprived my wife and family of certain experiences such as overseas holidays, new(er) cars, expensive gifts. I correctly counter this though with what I have instilled in its place: healthiness, a frugal nature and love of the smaller things in life.
  23. 2 points
    I know you mean well, and I know you didn't write it, but I think it's important to consider... this parable is colonial and capitalist propaganda. There is a lesson in this story but it isn't at all what you think.
  24. 2 points
    That is one of my favourite Native American stories. I was looking through my stuff last night and saw this “poem” (I wouldn’t class it as that but anyway). I heard it 20+ years ago and it’s been one of my favourite things since.. The Invitation - Oriah Mountain Dreamer It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing. It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive. It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain. I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human. It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy. I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence. I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, 'Yes.' It doesn't interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children. It doesn't interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back. It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
  25. 2 points
    https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/mystery-of-why-magic-mushrooms-go-blue-solved/4010870.article#/
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