Biohackers Are Using Mail-Order CRISPR To Alter DNA

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We want to grow as a species and maybe change as a species. Whether that is curing disease or immortality or mutant powers is up to you.
–Josiah Zayner, ODIN website

I suppose it was only a matter of time…enterprising biohackers are now using mail-order CRISPR kits to edit DNA. No need to stumble through the darknet to find the websites that sell these kits, either. The ODIN do-it-yourself CRISPR site is as easily accessible as typing in “mail-order CRISPR kit” into your search browser.

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Four Characteristics Of The Evolving Human

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Evolution Has Accelerated

My personal belief is that human beings are fast evolving/mutating into Something Else. We’ve been doing this for some time—Robert Anton Wilson refers to it as “The Jumping Jesus” syndrome. But it has sharply accelerated now in the wake of 2012. And for every action is a reaction. So here’s where we get the heavy dose of Crazy—high partisanship, tribalism, fundaMENTALism and fanaticism trying to reassert itself.

Our media—movies, TV, comic books, video games, etc—has been trying to communicate with us for decades regarding this Change in humanity.

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The Manson Web, Part 1

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Five to one, baby
One in five
No one here gets out alive
–The Doors, “Five To One”

The passing of Charles Manson has inevitably led me to revisit the Sinister Forces trilogy by Peter Levenda, with the “Manson Secret” being the “scarlet thread of murder” that runs through all three volumes. Merely dipping a toe within chapter 11 of book two, “Night Of The Long Knives,” is like plunging headlong into a rabbit hole of leviathan proportions—a rabbit hole that not only encompasses Manson and the Sharon Tate murder, but Egyptian Gods, MKUltra, the JFK assassination, The Beach Boys, and even Richard M. Nixon.

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The Man Who Lives In 1946

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This BBC News clip features the fascinating story of Ben Sansum—a 35-year-old who “lives” in 1946. All of Sansum’s clothes, home furnishings, and so on are from the year (or at least, from the post-World War II era).

His explanation for this decision goes beyond mere aesthetics–he believes that our modern world—and its trends and technologies—is moving way too fast. Sansum simply can’t keep up. So he picked a year that represented to him a more genteel era, and decided to live there.

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5 Dysfunctional Yet Effective Methods For Radical Self-Improvement

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Let’s face it—many of us want to be better. We want to be more successful, happier, and to fulfill our purpose in life. Heck, we just want to find our purpose in life! And so it is no surprise that “Self-Improvement” is one of the most popular book categories.

Well, I have read a metric shit-ton of books on self-improvement. And there is one thing I’ve noticed with a bunch of ’em…there is often some really “dysfunctional” advice sandwiched between their pages, disguised as some pop-psych/New Agey nuggets of wisdom.

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Charles Manson Has Left The Building

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Well, that’s it for Charles Manson, the living embodiment of the dark side of the 1960s; he has died at the age of 83. And apparently only several days after American Horror Story: Cult ended—a show which, in addition to being partially inspired by the man’s antics, also featured a retro sequence featuring series star Evan Peters as Manson himself.

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