Friday, November 26, 2021

Tek-Gnostics Holiday Catalogue


The 2022 Holiday Catalogue is now live! at the Tek-Gnostics HEADGear shop. We are featuring some cool new intelligence engineering artifacts for your holiday season purchasing pleasure! We are especially pleased with the new, official Tek-Gnostics Tee-shirts. Our first offering, is the updated Tek-Gnostics (psychedelic) Alumni Shirt. The 2022 logo is silkscreened on a 50% organic cotton, 50% recycled poly Tee.

Next up, is the new Ancient Astronaut Tee. Our new design depicts the famous Tassili n'Ajjer cave art, found in the Sahara desert, N Africa. The Tassili Mushroom Figure is a late Neolithic depiction of a bee-headed Shaman possibly partaking in entheogenic ceremony. The figure is often cited as being the oldest known evidence of ritualistic mushroom use in prehistory. Same as above, as far as method materials.

As always, Jack Heart's "Heresies Trilogy" is available... first editions, signed by the author. Also worth noting, is the "Amazon Work-Around" option for purchasing Jack's books. Tek-Gnostics Media has recently associated our print projects with Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. They believe that local, independent  bookstores are essential to a healthy culture, where authors can connect with readers, where readers discover new writers. They’re also anchors for our downtowns and communities.

Additionally, we have re-initiated our sound/light machine offering... something that was very popular in holiday catalogues past. We used to carry machines made by Synetic Systems... a pioneer in sound light technology. We now offer machines made by MindPlace... the S/L company of whom Synetic Systems is the predecessor.

Check out the catalogue, and if any of our items tickle your fancy... please make a purchase! The proceeds go toward keeping Tek-Gnostics' presence on the world-wide-web possible. So if you like what we do... and you don't think locally networked capitalism is that weird... pull the (cosmic) trigger on a purchase, and we'll get it to you in time to put under the tree...

Friday, November 19, 2021

The Glasgow Effect

The 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) wrapped up in Glasgow, Scotland on November 12. Nearly 200 countries adopted the final Glasgow Climate Pact, after nearly two weeks of wrangling on everything from how much to limit global warming… how to frame any conversation on fossil fuels and whether (or not) the worst-hit countries by the climate crisis should be financially compensated.

Some are calling the conference a success, citing such achievements as the unprecedented mention of the role of fossil fuels in the climate crisis (something that the Paris Agreement was unable to achieve). Additionally, the COP26 pact calls for the phasing down of unabated coal and inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. As 197 Countries finally signed the document, many considered the pact a win for the environment and humanity’s continued survival.

When asked for her opinion on the final agreement, Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan saw the inclusion of the phasing down of coal language as a win for the climate. “It's meek, it's weak and the 1.5C goal is only just alive, but a signal has been sent that the era of coal is ending. And that matters…”

However, many delegates and observers considered the final pact to be so fangless and watered-down, as to be meaningless is scope and urgency. Tim Crosland, founder of the environmental legal action group: Plan B, said: “Instead of global emissions being slashed by 45% by 2030, which might keep 1.5˚C alive, COP26 keeps emissions rising by 13.7% by 2030. That is total failure… the greatest failure in our history… which will leave whole countries and regions of the world uninhabitable.”

Everyone’s environmental darling, Greta Thunberg stated that COP26 was a failure…  “It is not a secret that COP26 is a failure. It should be obvious that we cannot solve the crisis with the same methods that got us into it in the first place. The COP has turned into a PR event, where leaders are giving beautiful speeches and announcing fancy commitments and targets, while behind the curtains governments of the Global North countries are still refusing to take any drastic climate action.”

In a flurry of last-minute wrangling, driven by India’s 11th hour edit, stating that coal should be phased "down," not phased "out" (an escape clause that would allow continued use of coal)... Swiss Environment Minister Simonetta Sommarug declared: “This will not bring us closer to 1.5 but make it more difficult to reach it” …to which she received a long round of applause.

By all accounts, the Glasgow Climate Pact does little to meet the existential urgency of the climate crisis facing us. The diluting of verifiable action and weakening of viable measures insures that our kids and their kids will be left holding the (empty and charred) bag.

The take-away from COP26 is something that resembles the Mandela Effect… with world leaders leaving the summit with the false memory that they actually got something meaningful, done. In the aftermath of the Climate Pact, these Archonic leaders will conveniently forget the 50+ years of denial, obfuscation, and lying under oath of Big Oil and Big Coal. These Archons will instead play the violin as Rome Burns.

As an optimist, I trust that… in time… we will survive the massive disruption of climate change. We will eventually put in place the remaining mitigations and come to terms with the evident adaptations that will be required for our collective survival. The obvious problem coming out of the Glasgow Climate Pact is the time lost to stalling... the precious time being squandered in indecision. The time is now to make the difficult decisions that need to be made... by sober, realistic policy makers. And time… so it appears… is one thing that we are running low on.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Post Delic


The 2021 MeetDelic Fest is in the books... and what an event it was! Your intrepid reporter of the anomalous will be spending much of the next month, processing and integrating all the synchronous events that took place at the two day conference. Incredible networking and "meetings with remarkable men/women" ensued over the course of the entire event. 

From the opening moments on Saturday, it was immediately clear that the third wave of modern, Western Psychedelia, was alive and well in Las Vegas. The overall vibe at MeetDelic was one of amazing synergy and palpable momentum, that energized the entire conference. Here were the beginnings of a socio-economic movement, driven by the profound, shared experience of the psychedelic state.

Speaking of the psychedelic state... our new friend Pergin' Mary (aka: Angie Conda) was kind enough to model our 2022 Psychedelic State t-shirt (pictured below), as well as our "Ancient Astronaut" tee...  for our upcoming, 2022 HEAD Gear products catalogue.  A huge thank you goes out to our new favorite Creatrix and psychedelic Madonna... Angie is also an incredible artist... check out her work on insta...

In the weeks ahead, we will be publishing essays, posts and videos on various aspects of the MeetDelic conference. Topics covered will include a play-by-play of the two days... the sociopolitical and economic ramifications of MeetDelic... and the symbolic significance of the rising kundalini/snake motif, that kept "rearing its head" during the conference. These and more anomalous happens will revealed, as we process and integrate all that went down...

Stay tuned!


11:11 FNORD!

Friday, October 29, 2021

Meet Delic


As advertised, on November 6th and 7th... just one day past Guy Fawkes day... the Tek-Gnostics away-team will be bivouacking in Las Vegas, Nevada at the 2021 Meet Delic conference. Billed as the Premier Psychedelic Wellness Event, Meet Delic promises to explore the intersection of psychedelic business, wellness and the industry's future... a grand and profound proclamation.

Just one week from the event, my guru and personal attorney... Agent 87 and I are procuring our provisions, packing our bags, updating our last will and testament... and otherwise readying ourselves for the epic, 12 hour drive through the high desert of Northeastern California and Western Nevada. Not satisfied with the pulsing, main artery of the American West... Interstate 5... team tek-gnostics will instead travel East, toward the Black Rock Desert... famous for the flamboyant Burning-man Festival... then South, beyond Silver Springs, Stagecoach, Reno, Tonopah, west of the infamous Area 51... through Ambrosia Valley, Mercury, Indian Springs... to the very heart of American vice and corruption... Las Vegas, Nevada.

Speaking of Area 51... the event is being held at the immersive, entertainment and events complex, nefariously known as Area 15. The huge, multi-story warehouse contains a wide variety of exhibits and activities, ranging from bars, distilleries, psychedelic installations and immersive art exhibits that challenge your sense of reason. This complex infers a direct lineage from the 90's Rave Scene, where psychedelia blossomed in abandoned warehouse venues.

We approach this event, with the eye of the archaeologist, examining the unbroken thread of the rise of western psychedelia, from its 1940's inception at Sandoz Laboratories, through the psychedelic 60's... the Rave 90's... to the modern "Psychedelic Diaspora" of the Ayahuascaros, and Curanderos of Amazonia. For it is our contention that the rise of western psychedelia is no accident... that psychedelia has its own agenda. 

Having spent a good deal of time investigating the intersection of psychedelia and high strangeness... team tek-gnostics is well-equipped to bring you an accurate, informed, synchro-mystic take on the events unfolding at Meet Delic. We will endeavor to seek out the deeper, archetypical significance... beyond the glitz and glamour of Sin City... beyond the immediacy of an increasingly commercialized, contemporary psychedelic scene.

Through our combined, psychotropic experience... we will take a glimpse at the news beyond the news, to "what is really going on." 

As this "savage journey to the heart of the American Dream" unfolds... and in our usual, anthropologic and ethnographic fashion... we will be posting reports from the field, utilizing the social-media platforms at our disposal, such as Agent 87's Synchrodelic Atmosphere... here at the Tek-Gnostics weblog... and through Jack Heart's Instagram feed. Stay tuned, intrepid travelers of the High and the Strange... for some sirius shit will undoubtedly go down...

"And that, I think, was the handle... that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn't need that. Our energy would simply PREVAIL. There was no point in fighting... on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave...

So now, (decades) later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high water mark... that place where the wave finally broke, and rolled back."

- Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas