June 10th, 2006



curare = A paralyzing agent composed of alkaloids that affect neuromuscular transmission, the most common alkaloids being curarine and tubocurarine. Used by South American Indians on poison arrows, and also in medicine to produce muscular relaxation. Two vines from which the substance is extracted: Strychnos toxifera (Loganiacea family) and Chondodrendron tomentosum (Menispermacea). Also used by a psychologist named Guthrie in experiments on learning. http://www.botgard.ucla.edu/html/botanytextbooks/economicbotany/Curare/

mendacious = given to or characterized by falsehood or deception or divergence from absolute truth

animus = 1. basic attitude or governing spirit 2. usually prejudiced and often spiteful or malevolent ill will 3. an inner masculine part of the female personality in the analytic psychology of C.G.Jung (Kunstler wrote about the current "mood of political animus" of Islamic nations and I think he meant meaning #2)

recondite = 1. hidden, concealed 2. difficult to comprehend, deep 3. obscure, little known

fungible = being of such a nature that one part or quantity may be replaced by another part or equal quantity in the satisfaction of an obligation (oil, wheat and lumber are ~ commodities)

ummah = Islamic community or nation, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ummah

hermetic = 1. occult, abstruse, recondite 2. airtight 3. isolated, reclusive, solitary 4. relating to Hermes Trismegistus and Gnostic teachings of 1st 3 centuries AD---this must be some interesting dude if all these meanings relate to him--Greek god?--According to legend Hermes Trismegistus is said to have provided the wisdom of light in the ancient mysteries of Egypt. "He carried an emerald, upon which was recorded all of philosophy, and the caduceus, the symbol of mystical illumination. Hermes Trismegistus vanquished Typhon, the dragon of ignorance, and mental, moral and physical perversion."

gnosticism = late pre-christian or early christian thought & practice distinguished by the notion that matter is evil and emancipation comes through gnosis

gnosis = esoteric knowledge of spiritual truth essential to salvation