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The Flowers of Guatemala
In a nutshell, the CIA overthrew a democratically-elected government because it was restricting U.S. corporate interests (The United Fruit Company) there. That happened in the 1950s under Eisenhower. Since then, the CIA has supported and planted a succession of military dictators in power. Those dictators and the military machines they upheld have slaughtered a total of 110,000 Guatemalan peasants over the years. All documented by human rights groups, though not (surprise, surprise) by the U.S. press. [bery]

"Amanita is the name"
Amanita is a scientific name, the genus of the most poisonous mushrooms in the world. [wjboelem] * I remember that one species of Amanita (A. muscaria) is used to induce hallucinations, tho these visions stem from the delirium induced by the severe illness ingesting these things cause. [hooverdam4] * The truly devoted fan can purchase Amanita (and find out more about it) at this site.

Amanita (muscaria) is the name.

"The flowers cover everything"
According to Stipe, the flowers on graves of the dead killed by the government. [Ron Henry]

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