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Psilocybin mushrooms are an all-time psychonaut favorite, and rightfully so. They belong to a class of psychedelics called entheogens — this word was coined to describe their immensely spiritual properties and purpose, and can be translated to something along the lines of “manifesting divinity.”

There is evidence to suggest that psychedelic mushrooms have been used ritually by Aztecs, Mayas, and other ancient Mesoamerican cultures , and perhaps many thousands of years before that by aboriginal Saharan tribes in North Africa. …

Morton Smith made an announcement

Mar Saba monastery, Palestine (2011; Creative Commons license)

On December 29, 1960, at a meeting in New York of the Society of Biblical Literature and Exegesis, an assistant professor of history at Columbia University named Morton Smith announced an exciting manuscript discovery. Two years prior, he said, he’d been looking over some old Latin books in the top room of the tower library at the Mar Saba monastery, which is outside of Jerusalem.

At the end of a book printed in 1646, he’d noticed two and a half pages of handwriting. It was a text, in Greek, identified as a letter by Clement of Alexandria, the second-century Christian…

On Friday, presidential candidate and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg unveiled his infrastructure plan: “Building for the 21st Century.” Most media outlets pointed to the overall highlights, but what separates his plan from his competition is the level of detail, specifically the detail of what is proposed for highways and bridges.

I highly recommend that everyone read the entire plan, but the key components that I appreciate the most as a transportation professional are as follows:

  • Highway Trust Fund funding reform
  • Cutting 50% of the backlog of critical road repairs by 2030
  • Repairing 50% of structurally deficient bridges by…


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