rejectomorph (flying_blind) wrote,

A Perfectly Good Brain, Spoiled

There must be hallucinogenic pollen in the air. I keep smelling bubble gum. I always used to assume that it was just a brain tumor that was periodically causing me to imagine various and sundry scents, but it's been going on for so many years that I've given up on that idea. Had it been a brain tumor, I'd be dead by now. So now I assume that it's some plant releasing hallucinogenic pollen. True, if you search for "hallucinogenic pollen" on Google, almost all you come up with are pages about Star Trek episodes in which one or more crew members of the Enterprise end up inhaling some such substance when they visit a new, unknown planet. But the mere absence among the results of a Google search of any factual evidence of the existence of hallucinogenic pollens in the real word is not conclusive evidence that they don't exist. If they don't, then where the hell is that bubble gum I'm smelling, huh? You see?

Anyway, the search had one interesting result that was not about Star Trek. It turns out that there is this outfit called BLTC (a misleading acronym, as it has nothing whatsoever to do with tasty sandwiches beloved of omnivores.) According to their Mission Statement,
"BLTC RESEARCH was founded in 1995 to promote paradise-engineering. We are dedicated to an ambitious global technology project. BLTC seek to abolish the biological substrates of suffering. Not just in humans, but in all sentient life."
Well maybe they do have something to do with those sandwiches, if one of their goals is to eliminate the suffering of those tasty pigs. But their goals clearly go beyond making pigs happy. Poking around on their site I found goatloads of Utopian goals, many of them having to do with drugs. Apparently, they don't want to wait for genetic engineering to catch up with their vision, and are willing to use various illicit substances in the meantime. But, seriously, this is one of the weirdest web sites I've ever come across. Perusing it, I get the feeling that I might be observing the first stirrings of the Next Big Cult. Just take a look at the titles in the BLTC Library linked from their main page. Yikes! Move over, L. Ron!

So, I've wasted more time on teh Internets. What else is new?

Damn. Way past my bedtime.

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