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Interview with Dr. Jane K. Babin, Ph.D, Esq. Regarding the War on Kratom

The FDA is currently waging an all-out war on kratom. A year out from the historic win against the DEA’s attempted extra-judicial ban of the South East Asian plant, the FDA seems intent on picking up where DEA left off. Despite the concerted effort of regulatory agencies like the FDA, there are a number of extraordinarily brilliant experts who support the use of kratom and its continued availability for those who can benefit from it.

Recently, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta went so far as to posit that kratom could be vital in combatting the opiate epidemic. Addiction expert and Johns Hopkins University professor, Dr. Jack Henningfield is yet another authority who has made an analytical defense of kratom’s safety. I had a chance recently to contact Dr. Jane Babin. Dr. Babin has a double doctorate in law and molecular biology and has spent 20 years as a patent lawyer in the bio-tech field. Since the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced stricter guidelines related to opiate and opioid prescription, Dr. Babin became interested in kratom as an alternative.

Last year she wrote an impassioned and impeccably researched defense of kratom addressed to the DEA. More recently, she was involved in writing up a report debunking two recent deaths supposedly attributed to kratom. The FDA is now claiming 36 deaths due to kratom. This is up from the previously debunked figure of 15 deaths. However, the FDA is somewhat reticent in sharing their data. When a Reuters reporter requested more information about the supposed 36 deaths, the FDA referred them to the Freedom of Information Act.

One of Dr. Babin’s concerns related to the attribution of death to kratom is the fact that so many other things are overlooked. In one of the last two cases, there were multiple exacerbating situations that could have singularly led to death. Taken together, a contraindicated drug combination and other conditions were likely to result in death, but since kratom was found in the coroner’s report kratom was assumed the culprit. That’s the equivalent of finding a heroin addict dead, needle still hanging from a vein and glass of lemonade in the other hand. At this point would you be prepared to assume the lethality of lemonade?

Kratom does not possess many of the dangers of traditional opiates and opioids that make them such a public health concern. Addictive potential is comparable to coffee and no respiratory depression or toxicity dangers have been currently noted. Dr. Babin wants to make sure we don’t “throw the baby out with the bathwater, which would potentially take away what is, by all accounts, very safe.”

As for addictive and dangerous, sugar kills millions and caffeine was the subject of a recent research study that analyzed 50 recent deaths due to caffeine overdose. Bacon has been shown to be addictive and the more you eat, the more you crave. Meanwhile, kratom is in possession of multiple health benefits.

Dr. Babin reviewed and endorsed Dr. Henningfield’s 8-factor analysis of kratom which ruled the plant as having a low addictive potential and favorable safety profile especially in comparison with opiates and opioids currently in use. Dr. Babin has previously taken the DEA and FDA to task for relying on contradictory opinions and ignoring some of the current scientific findings.

You literally created the opiate epidemic then want to take away a plant that HELPS with it? And we are supposed to believe the FDA has our best interest at heart. Still waiting on your 8 factor and proof of those alleged 36 deaths by the way. #kratom— Nina (@Neenahh1) November 14, 2017

At this point, Dr. Babin is advocating for kratom’s approval as a dietary supplement. This may not be easy or inexpensive though, but could still be our best bet. “With the caveat that there is a lot of opposition to it. It’s something they don’t want to approve no matter how safe it’s proven to be.”

Cooperation between vendors, importers and advocacy groups like American Kratom Association and Botanical Education Alliance is something that may be helpful at this point.

“There should be standardization across the industry and cooperation amongst vendors and importers,” Dr. Babin urges.

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Blast from the Past: Mt Gox & SilkRoad in the news

Ah, the 2010s such a simpler time wasn’t it? A golden age of the internet was soon to pass as the “wild west days” of cyberspace would be inevitably clamped down and ever-elusive “original content” would be replaced by the same corporate crap that makes cable and broadcast television a stultifying bore.

A couple names I haven’t heard in a while are back in the news though: Ross Ulbricht AKA (allegedly) DreadPirateRoberts the admin of the darkweb drug network SilkRoad and Mt. Gox the grandfather of all crypto exchanges. In this video some of the strange connections to these two stories are examined in light of Mt. Gox’s (alleged) plan to make right their debts after the (alleged) hack of nearly 1 million BTC before they shut down. Very special thanks to Stevia Sphere for the royalty-free beautiful bitwave background music. You can listen or download the album at the link below: https://steviasphere.bandcamp.com/album/software-piracy

Massive Miscarriage of Justice in Kai the Hitchhiker Case

Caleb McGillvary, better known as Kai the hitchhiker, is still awaiting trial. Almost four and a half years after he was accused of murder, he is currently still in the Union County Jail, held on $3 million bail. Currently, he’s locked down 23 hours a day in segregation. To top it off, there may be some extenuating circumstances regarding why he is being denied the “speedy trial” guaranteed by the Constitution in the Sixth Amendment.

Kai the Hitchhiker gained some major viral fame after he managed to save the lives of a utility worker and female bystander when a man he was hitching a ride with went off the rails. The man admitted to raping a young girl in the Virgin Islands, then told Kai he believed he was Jesus Christ and could do anything he wanted. At this point, he rammed into a man, pinning him to a truck and began chasing after a woman on the street. Kai took him out by smashing him with the handle of a hatchet he carries for protection. After appearing on Jimmy Kimmel’s show and being featured by Stephen Colbert and others, he became something of an online celebrity, so it wasn’t out of the ordinary that someone might recognize him and invite him to hang out.

That’s what Kai assumed was the case when he was picked up by lawyer Joseph Galfy in New York’s Times Square. Galfy offered him a ride to his house and Kai agreed. Kai alleges that Galfy drugged and raped him. From the time Kai was apprehended in Philadelphia and extradited to New Jersey, Kai has been faced with what basically amounts to a kangaroo court – issues being withheld, conflicts of interest, the brother of the deceased being allowed in the house during an active investigation. If you read Gardner and Suter’s reports, you’d see that in Gardner’s report, it’s noted that the dishwasher had been run between May 13 and 15. The report was written on the 15th and photos were being taken around that time. Why would you run a dishwasher in a house where an ongoing investigation into murder and rape is going on?

According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, reports at one point during the active investigation noted the dishwasher was run with glasses and mugs found in it. In Edward Suter’s Union County Sheriff’s Office investigative report, it shows they rinsed the beer bottles with fresh water. The beer bottles, glasses, and mugs should have been examined in toxicology reports. Instead, rinsed with fresh water? This is especially disturbing considering the fact that Kai had already reported that he believed he had been drugged and raped. Also left out of the prosecutor’s case to the grand jury is the fact that the two eyewitnesses said Kai appeared glassy-eyed, drugged, and sporting fresh wounds.

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The prosecutor makes multiple claims that conflict with the official accounts as laid out in the autopsy, forensic reports, and Officers Adrian Gardner and Edward Suter’s UCSO investigative reports. For one, he notes that a rape kit was run on Galfy and came back negative. On Galfy? Of course, the rape kit run on the alleged rapist came back clear. In a proper investigation, the “unidentified blood” found on Galfy’s genitals would have been tested to see if it belonged to the alleged rape victim. In fact, within the UCSO reports, it is made clear that signs of a sexual assault were present at the scene.

At one point, the prosecutor introduces an “expert doctor,” Robert Pandina. Pandina refused to run a rape kit, and his claims about date rape drugs can be quickly disproved by anyone with a basic understanding of pharmacological agents. When Kai complained to the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners, they explained that Pandina was not a certified doctor in the state of New Jersey, and as a result, not under their jurisdiction. By the way, passing off someone as a doctor is a felony charge in New Jersey.

Not offering proper services and processing for a victim of sexual assault is also a crime in New Jersey. The prosecutor broke several laws, for one, undermining the New Jersey Attorney General Standards for providing services to victims of sexual assault (NJSA 45:9-18) by pretending Robert Pandina was a medical doctor capable of examining a survivor of sexual assault. In pages 91-93 of the grand jury testimony, the prosecutor commits fraud by passing Robert Pandina off as not only a doctor but an “expert doctor” at that.

The fact that the mugs and bottles of beer that were not washed in the dishwasher were ordered to be fumed with cyanoacrylate for prints and then to be washed out amounts to spoilation or destruction of exculpatory evidence, which is grounds for dismissal alone. As is denying the right to a speedy trial. With the improper handling of a sexual assault victim and perjury on the part of the prosecutor, there are multiple demonstrable crimes on display, which is why Kai has drafted a motion to dismiss along with a State and Federal civil suit against Union County officials.

His motion to dismiss should be heard. There are already ample grounds to throw out the case. The Federal civil suit itself should be a slam dunk, but can’t be heard until the criminal case is cleared, leaving Kai in a sort of catch-22 limbo for now.

By the way, New Jersey law says “sexual assault is a form of serious bodily injury, the threat of which would justify the use of deadly force in self-defense,” per N.J.S.A. 2c:3-4. If Kai wasn’t raped, whose “unidentified blood” is noted in the autopsy? In addition to the defense of self-defense, there is the mismanagement of evidence (quite possibly due to the fact that the alleged rapist was close friends with the prosecutor). Speaking of conflicts of interests, Kai is hoping to be able to receive a lawyer out of the city or state due to the large number of persons who are involved in this case who were good friends of Galfy. The primary criminal judge in Union County did not recuse himself, per se, but did change departments in order to not be a part of the case.

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Surrogate Prey (Filipino sludge/doom/stoner rock music review)

What exactly are Surrogate Prey? Well, according to biochemistry, biology and ecology research journals it’s equivalent to, for instance, lions being forced to hunt cattle in place of wildebeests. Apparently, the surrogate predator/surrogate prey relationship can be transformative as well. This kind of “in the wild alchemy” is capable of causing scorpions to adapt their venom when exposed to atypical predators.
Now, in its own right, you’ve got to admit, that’s pretty metal, but not nearly as metal as the Surrogate Prey I was lucky enough to meet this last weekend at Catch 272 in Quezon City.

Scientifically speaking, the environment and its make-up are vitally important to the behavior of ecology. I haven’t yet figured out what it is, but there’s something. Something present and silently lurking in the dark like a kapre in the depths of the jungle. This spirit, whether engkanto or demonyo, perhaps is responsible for playing the part of dark muse to the likes of Q.C.’s own transgressive art legend Manuel Ocampo and many a metal musician haunting the area, of which Surrogate Prey are a stellar example.

Surrogate Prey have recently released their first full-length album this year. Titled Wisdom to Scramble Your Brains Lysergik, the album follows a 2004 demo single and a 2011 demo, Antimatter Invocation. After this, an album split between our Surrogates and fellow Filipino metalmeisters Death After Birth was released. The split EP Burning Water, from 2015, was SP’s last studio outing before their official, full-length debut this year.

Finish reading this review at New Noise magazine.

Interview with Artist & Singer/songwriter Marianne Nowottny

I was honored to get a chance to speak to the multi-talented Marianne Nowottny. Marianne debuted at the Knitting Factory at 16 and has performed with the likes of Genesis P-Orridge, Mark Dagley, poet Barry Schwabsky and others. Her work is all over the place. Sweetly dark poppy numbers, ethereal breezy electro ballads, shades of punk and goth, industrial, witchhouse, vaporwave like Zappa, Bowie or Beck, Marianne Nowottny is off the map and out of this world. In discussing her work and influences we cover a lot of ground and shoot off on tangents as diverse as the Slavic pantheon of deities, Ukrainian Barbie, Theosophy’s Madame Blavatsky, the idea of “Manufactured pop sensations” and more. Follow her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Marianne-Nowottny-48424117495 and check out her www.mariannenowottny.com and her label http://www.abatonbookcompany.us/

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False Memory Syndrome Foundation Book In the Works

An entire chapter is dedicated to the False Memory Syndrome Foundation in my book Pedogate Primer: the politics of pedophilia. That said, I’ve noticed there doesn’t seem to be a single volume devoted specifically to who they were, what they did and perhaps most importantly… the impact they effected on the world for 3 decades.


Despite closing down at the end of last December, many victims still are affected by the FMSF’s “expert witnesses” (which included pedophile advocates, alleged child abusers and child pornographers rounded out by a handful of doctors and scientists, some with suspicious MK-Ultra ties.

In a recent video I did I refer to Professor Ross E. Cheit, the author of The Witch-Hunt Narrative: politics, psychology and the sexual abuse of children. I am currently making notes from that and dozens of academic papers and several books on the false memory syndrome vs. recovered memory therapy controversy, dissociative disorders from traumatic abuse and related topics.

I find it odd that here we are nearing the first anniversary of the final end of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation and despite existing since 1992 no one has yet written a book specifically focused on that organization and it’s long ranging effects, both short and long term.

Speaking of the long term effects, even though the organization is gone, their massive decades long PR push is still remarkably potent. I will try to keep you posted on this as well as attempting to keep occasional new work posted here along with clips from previously published work, videos and interviews.

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Examining McMartin Preschool Satanic Panic vs Witch Hunt Narrative

Easily the most controversial section in my book Pedogate Primer: the politics of pedophilia will be the chapter on the “Satanic Panic.” Regardless of whether or not “satanic ritual abuse” was an element in many of the cases later ruled to be the result of “moral panic” and hysteria or not, I believe the child victims were not making up all their stories at the behest of overzealous therapists and a coalition of feminists and fundamentalist Christians as many assert.

Time to “dig” into the stories of the tunnels and other details that are often left out by popular debunkers of the Satanic Panic era child abuse scandals. The McMartin Preschool case helped kick off the “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s. Many claimed based on this case there was a massive witchhunt and moral panic responsible for claims of a “child abuse epidemic.”

Thanks to some CIA connected scientists, parents accused by their children of abuse and at least one proud pedophile activist, the False Memory Syndrome Foundation was able to hand wave away McMartin with the claim of “false memories” implanted in the children. This pattern continued and hundreds of cases were affected by the “expert testimony” of these MK-Ultra doctors, alleged child molesters and pedophiles like Dr. Ralph Underwager. In this video I do my best to debunk the debunkers, especially Debbie Nathan and the New York Times’ Retro Report mini-documentary on the subject. I point out many of the inconsistencies constantly brought up by those debunking the “witchhunt” and we do a little digging into the strange story of the McMartin tunnels.

Stay tuned, I will be doing some more work related to the False Memory Syndrome Foundation based on the notes I’m putting together for a future book on the subject.
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Trekking to Remote Buscalan

In March of 2018 I made the trek out to the remote mountain village of Buscalan in the Kalinga province in the Cordeillero region in northern Luzon, Philippines. We came to try and get tattoos from Apo Whang Od, oldest living Kalinga Tattoo Artist (or “mambabatok”). We weren’t able to get ink from Apo Whang but did get tattooed in the traditional fashion (pomelo thorn, bamboo and charcoal ink).


The trip alone was long, arduous and at times somewhat precarious. After hours spent on an overnight bus ride, we made it to Bontoc, as far as the bus line ran towards our destination. From Bontoc we took a jeepney ride up the Halsema highway, one of the most dangerous highways in all of Asia. I remember wondering why there were so many large stones and boulders in the road… that’s when I noticed that it was because they were regularly just rolling off the side of the mountain.

Holding on to the rails of the top of the jeepney for dear life we rode up the highway up until the point that nothing with wheels could pass. From here we found a guide who accompanied us as we made the steep hike up the narrow path. At one point I ended up losing a sandal which got sucked down into a rice paddy, never to be seen again! Ah, but it was worth it for the once in a lifetime experience we gained.

In this video I go into a little bit of detail about some of the history behind the Kalinga and their tattoo tradition. Thanks to the Goldwater staff, especially my Goldwater co-host Diana Printz who was responsible for video-recording and editing the audio and video together and K2, our a/v guy who mixed the audio of my recording and of course Diana, Maria and Tita Fely for accompanying me on the adventure.


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Echo Of Truth: What North Korea Can Teach Us About Western Propaganda

North Korea, the Hermit Kingdom, is attempting to drastically update its propaganda machine in the past few years. Considering how little information gets out of the mysterious nation its easy to foist propaganda about the outside world to its people and to us about it.

Welcome to Part I in a series on propaganda. Don’t forget to check out my new book Pedogate Primer: the politics of pedophilia now available on Kindle and Kindle: https://amzn.to/36t2WNL

Pedogate Primer Hits #1 & #4 New Releases Bestseller In Sociology of Abuse

The ebook for Pedogate Primer: the politics of pedophilia has just hit #1 on new releases in the Sociology of Abuse category. Paperback is at #4! Also keep an eye out for a new interview I recorded this weekend which will hopefully be released this coming week!



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