Rotten Reporting: Someone Tell Fox Carolina Wikipedia is Not a Legitimate Source

I was up late last night re-reading an old copy of Rollo Ahmed’s wonderful The Complete Book of Witchcraft. Ahmed was one of the “technical advisers” for famous Author Dennis Wheatly who was known for his occult themed horror fiction (like The Devil Rides Out which was turned into a movie in by Hammer staring Christopher Lee in a rare heroic role)  so if you are a Wheatly fan Ahmed’s works are quite interesting as it illustrates the mythography he used to create the world his novels were sett in.

I slept in and so I missed the excitement in my home town of Mauldin when officers doing a welfare check found a drug lab.

From Fox Carolina:

Mauldin police told FOX Carolina’s Diana Watson at the scene that officers were performing a welfare check at a home on Lanewood Drive on a man who had not shown up for work. They said the officers found the drug lab after a man at the home gave them permission to search.

Police said that the officers left the home and called for more help. They said that a few homes near the scene of the drug lab were evacuated as a precaution.

Investigators said they believe the lab was making dimethyltryptamine. According to Wikipedia, DMT is a naturally occurring hallucinogenic in the tryptamine family that can be found in plants and in trace amounts in the human body.

Thus explaining why a drug lab producing it is so dangerous that houses in the area have to be evacuated. Oh wait, no it doesn’t.

Wikipedia? What Fox Carolina doesn’t have the phone number of Clemson or Furman on file so they can call an actual expert? Instead the rely on a site where the users of the drug can actually edit the page?

Wikipedia is not a legitimate source for anything. Read a book. Get first hand accounts. Talk to experts. That’s how you learn about something.

Unless you work for Fox Carolina.

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6 Responses to “Rotten Reporting: Someone Tell Fox Carolina Wikipedia is Not a Legitimate Source”

  1. Ajax the Great on November 19th, 2010 10:32 pm

    Yeah, it is dumb to cite Wikipedia. But DMT actually DOES occur in certain plants, and the pineal gland (aka the “third eye”) actually does produce small amounts of it. Its exact purpose in the human body is unknown. And of course, natural products can also be synthesized in the lab when it is cheaper or more practical to do so.

    Unlike Fox, I actually cite reliable sources.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6792104

    And no, I have never used the stuff myself, but know a few who have.

  2. Ajax the Great on November 19th, 2010 11:03 pm

    Come to think of it, it is funny that the feds somehow think they have the Constitutional authority to outlaw a substance that the body naturally produces. “Funny” as in “a Martian observer would think our country is governed by idiots” sort of sense. Even funnier than declaring a war on a freakin’ plant.

  3. Rob Taylor on November 19th, 2010 11:25 pm

    Arsenic comes from nature and many mushrooms can be used to poison people. We outlaw them even though they are very useful.

    In smaller communities or rural areas having some people tripping is just a nuisance (and burden on those supporting them) but in cities it can be dangerous.

    Here’s the ultimate tripping story:

    http://www.red-alerts.com/victimless-crime-files/victimless-crime-filesdusthead-father-eats-childs-eyes-out-of-his-head/

  4. Ajax the Great on November 19th, 2010 11:53 pm

    Angel dust (PCP) is a kind of in a league of its own relative to other hallucinogens. That was the one in the story you cite. Of course that one has no good reason to exist (even for veterinary use, ketamine replaced it) and essentially all sane people rue the day it was first synthesized. It is an extraordinarily and unimaginably dangerous substance.

    “Arsenic comes from nature and many mushrooms can be used to poison people. We outlaw them even though they are very useful.”

    Disanalogy. In fact a double one. 1) Arsenic and POISON mushrooms are not illegal to possess, but are illegal when used to harm others, or to sell as if it were food. Unlike psilocybin mushrooms, you don’t go to jail for merely picking and carrying toxic toadstools. 2) Nor are DMT and cannabis in any way comparable to arsenic (due to the relative lack of toxicity of the former) or psychedelic mushrooms comparable to poison ones. And I did not invoke the naturalistic fallacy by saying “natural = good,” just how it boggles the mind as to what the government now has the power to outlaw. To the point of playing God almost.

  5. Rob Taylor on November 20th, 2010 12:02 am

    My point was that the government doesn’t actually let me distill poison in my house from mushrooms to sell to people. And nowadays Arsenic is controlled pretty tight. With drugs I think that the government isn’t helping but I don’t think it’s out of bounds for communities to be concerned and try to bring some order to what is a chaotic lifestyle that effects everyone.

    The dust was what they found on him but the father was into “vision” type stuff so i think he took other things to. I’ve seen dust heads and none eat eyeballs – as far as I know.

  6. Ajax the Great on November 20th, 2010 12:12 am

    “With drugs I think that the government isn’t helping but I don’t think it’s out of bounds for communities to be concerned and try to bring some order to what is a chaotic lifestyle that effects everyone.”

    And keeping it illegal only guarantees chaos, making it impossible to adequately control.

    Oh yeah, I have seen dust heads as well. Not good. While this guy is the only one who I have ever heard of to eat eyeballs period, ever heard of a cannibal named Big Lurch that ate a woman’s LUNG while on that stuff? *GAG* It really does make people crazy, a truly “psychotomimetic” drug (not to be confused with “psychedelic”).

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