Howdy, I’m your host, Houston Mitchell. How do athletes stay so cool? By sitting in front of all those fans.LAKERSFor a moment, the lane to the basket was open. Anthony Davis closed it quickly.The All-Star forward stonewalled Harrison Barnes’ drive on a game-tying layup at the buzzer as the Lakers held on for a 99-97 win over the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center on Friday. Advertisement The Lakers (10-2) held hold the Kings to less than 100 points, which is the first time Sacramento has been held below 100 since Oct. 28. The Kings, who started the season with five straight losses, had won four of their past five games.Coached by former Lakers coach Luke Walton, the Kings tied the game late with a layup from Bogdan Bogdanovic, but LeBron James hit the game-winning free throws with 5.5 seconds remaining. James finished with 29 points and 11 assists.The Lakers fell behind by 13 at one point in the first half. The Kings rained three-pointers. The Lakers missed their first … [Read more...] about The Sports Report: Lakers get past pesky Sacramento Kings
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Imagine you’re in a simple wooden house in the suburbs of Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon, and drinking a bitter, dark brown liquid. The lights go off. Half an hour later the most extraordinary visions begin. Fast forward four hours and it’s all over. You’ve seen Christ and Buddha, and you’ve almost been moved to tears by the incantations of curandero (healer) Juan Tangoa Paima and all the deep-throat vomiting you’ve been doing in his garden. That was my first experience, in 2005, of what has come to be known internationally as ayahuasca. Made from a mixture of an Amazonian vine known as Banisteriopsis caapi and usually at least one other plant (in Peru mostly chacruna), ayahuasca is a plant medicine that has been used in the Amazon for centuries for healing and spiritual purposes. “It’s about connecting to the natural world,” says Romulo Sinuiri Ochavano, a Shipibo curandero who drinks ayahuasca to communicate with the … [Read more...] about Peru’s ayahuasca industry booms as westerners search for alternative healing
In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a US government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba's communist government. McSpedon and his team of high-tech contractors had come in from Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Washington and Denver. Their mission: to launch a messaging network that could reach hundreds of thousands of Cubans. To hide the network from the Cuban government, they would set up a byzantine system of front companies using a Cayman Islands bank account, and recruit unsuspecting executives who would not be told of the company's ties to the US government. McSpedon didn't work for the CIA. This was a program paid for and run by the US Agency for International Development, best known for overseeing billions of dollars in US humanitarian aid. According to documents obtained by the Associated Press and multiple interviews with people involved in the project, the plan was to develop a bare-bones "Cuban … [Read more...] about US secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest and undermine government
close Video One year after the summit in Singapore, where do things stand with North Korea? Former intelligence officer Don Bramer on relations between the U.S. and North Korea. On February 22, 2019, I was inside the North Korean embassy in Madrid. I am a North Korean refugee. After being orphaned as a child, I faced hunger daily and fled alone as a young teenager to China before getting captured, repatriated and sentenced to forced labor and starvation in an internment camp. I witnessed public executions, suicides, and mass starvation, the everyday atrocities in an evil totalitarian regime. NORTH KOREA'S PUBLIC EXECUTION SITES NUMBERING IN THE HUNDREDS IDENTIFIED IN NEW REPORT After nearly dying in the camp, I was released as I was no longer useful as a laborer. I then managed to escape again - this time, all the way to freedom and refugee status in a free country. I am grateful to have experienced freedom and a full stomach. My friends and family and millions … [Read more...] about North Korean refugee: We took huge risks to help others reach freedom. Why is the US, Spain punishing us?
John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin’s bassist and keyboard player, was quietly playing backgammon and half listening to a phone-in radio talk show on New York FM. “I was in a club last night when someone asked me if I wanted to meet Jimmy Page,” the show’s host suddenly offered between calls. “You know, when I think about it, there’s no one I’d rather meet less than someone as disgusting as Jimmy Page.” Jones bolted up from his game. “Let me just say that Led Slime can’t play their way out of a paper bag and if you plan on seeing them tomorrow night at the Garden, those goons are ripping you off. Now don’t start wasting my time defending Led Slime. If you’re thinking about calling up to do that, stick your head in the toilet and flush.” Jones, normally a man of quiet reserve, strode furiously across the room. He snapped up a phone and dialed the station. After a short wait, the talk show host picked up the phone. … [Read more...] about The Durable Led Zeppelin