When I saw October’s article on my friend Vaughn Bodé, I was excited. But by the time I finished, I was disgusted with you for printing such derogatory things without showing any of his art except some tiny figures of Belinda Bump. O’Neil’s article was more or less factual.
Q: A sex technique called karezza was mentioned (frustratingly, without details) in an article we recently read about utopian communes in nineteenth-century America. Can you tell us what it is? —Leroy James and Regina Scott, Muncie, Ind.
Balloon measurements of the upper atmosphere have confirmed depletion of the ozone layer by aerosol propellants. The propellant compounds—freons, or fluorocarbons—contain chlorine and are broken down by ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
Bayh Vows No Legislation Without Decriminalization
Physician, Steal Thyself: AMA on the Table for Taxes and Postage
California Switches on Parole for Second Pot Sale
Virginia Bench Lowers Rap for Bad Deal
New Ecology Law Protects Polluters
Worker Repaid for Leaf of Absence
Catskill Town Goes Holy to Beat Ungodly Taxes
Lone Star D-Men Follow DEA Script
Cops Pop Kids, Cost Pops Plenty
Kangaroos Get Their Kicks
Illegal Seizure OK in Alaska Parole Case
Senator Birch Bayh hopes the Carter Administration will support his attempts to decriminalize marijuana this year. Federal decrim is an integral part of Bayh’s new drug enforcement bill, introduced in the opening weeks of the Ninety-fifth Congress.
I have a huge supply of seed from most of the major dope-growing countries. And I’m about to fulfill a long-cherished dream of starting my own farm. Can you tell me which strains of cannabis are easiest to grow in northern California climate?
Cocaine suffers from a case of mistaken identity. The white-powdered euphoriant—once freely prescribed in patent medicines, generously consumed in turn-of-the-century wines and spirits, as well as in the first Coca-Cola formula—has been framed.
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Sources inside the DEA and Congress forsee no immediate overhauls of either personnel or policy in the wake of a Carter victory, however. Aside from Ford-appointed DEA director Peter G. Bensinger, who is sure to be replaced, according to sources in the Carter camp, there are few others in the DEA echelon with appointed positions and subject to replacement.
STOCKHOLM—A well-organized hash-smuggling operation is being carried out by North Korean diplomats throughout Scandinavia, according to officials in Denmark and Norway who have expelled at least three of the diplomatic personnel.
TOKYO—Intensive police raids here have netted $12 million-worth of “drugs” and 2,489 alleged “gangsters.” Also confiscated were 225 firearms and 4,360 other items, ranging from wooden swords to pornographic books and films, according to the Japanese National Police Agency.
Last June, Heakins, a visitor to Tucson from Lincoln, Nebraska, was socializing with friends at a local bar frequented by homosexuals. Upon leaving the tavern he was surrounded and beaten in the parking lot by a band of 13 high school students, who admitted later to being out only to "hassle queers."
At present there are only 21 women in the DEA corps of more than 2,000 special agents. The first female agent was hired in 1971, making the DEA the icebreaker among Justice Department agencies using undercover personnel. The FBI began hiring female agents in July 1972.
Mayor William Payne, a Sonoma State College anthropology professor and self-described socialist, was quoted in a recent edition of the local San Rafael Independent-Journal as telling a college lecture audience: “Dope explains why so many Cotati businesses are able to go on without much apparent revenue—it’s Cotati’s chief business.”
NORML’s “Target 12” include Arizona, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin. Lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of marijuana laws at the state level are under way in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington.
O'Reilly, a math and computer-science student at Carlton University, and Wells, a printer, have issued a statement of purpose and have contacted Canadian legislators and enforcement officials about their activities. The group seeks to remove all federal and provincial penalties for possession in small amounts, non-profit transfer and cultivation of marijuana.
WASHINGTON—A serious flaw mars the prisoner-swap treaty being drafted between the United States and Mexico. If the treaty is ratified, says California congressman Pete Stark, it would result in the return of some 610 Americans but would “make no provisions for the future protection of young Americans who might be arrested in Mexico.”
"For people who use marijuana in moderate doses, in a safe setting and in a reasonable fashion, there is no evidence of harmful health consequences," reported the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 1975. Often quoted but rarely seen, Dr. Robert DuPont has had his now famous report on marijuana relegated to basement files by officials of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The CIA may have used LSD in tests on Chinese and North Korean prisoners during the Korean war, a Tokyo newspaper reported recently. The Yomiuri newspaper published what it claimed was a copy of a CIA memorandum dated November 30, 1953, four months after the armistice that ended the Korean War.
Two designs for the reflectors have been proposed by Krafft Ericke, science adviser to both Rockwell and NASA. Small reflectors, called lunettas, would provide the brightness of 50 moons on a clear night and of ten moons in cloudy or rainy weather.
A Nobel Prize-winning physicist has called upon the American scientific community not to broadcast messages into deep space, warning that such signals might trigger an invasion of the earth by creatures from another planet. Sir Martin Ryle of Great Britain, who shared the Nobel Prize in 1974 for his development of antenna systems, addressed his appeal in a letter to the prestigious International Astronomical Union and the American Astronomical Society.
Octopus's Garden: Suboceanic Homes Grown from Sea Water
A Texas architect has devised a plan for growing undersea dwellings from sea water by precipitating dissolved minerals from the water by an electric current passing through a wire mesh that serves as a form for the walls, floors and roofs. The building materials gradually adhere to the mesh, filling in the spaces and attracting ocean animals like barnacles, corals and tubeworms, whose shells become part of the buildings.
"Gun sales have become big, big business," said Lewis. One Texas gun dealer recently admitted to selling 100,000 rounds of ammunition to a Mexican Army officer in a single day. Once the weapons have been transported across the border, the mark-up may be as high as 100 to 200 percent.
Plane Thefts Skyrocket—DEA Wants in on Enforcement
Thefts, crashes and unauthorized landings by suspected aerosmugglers are reaching new heights, federal authorities claim. Once a rare crime, plane heists are becoming so commonplace in some smuggling hotspots that the DEA, local police and a little-known federal agency have been working together to slow the winged thefts.
BANGKOK—The United States has given Thailand five unarmed Bell helicopters to be used to track down opium caravans and locate crops and heroin factories on the border shared by Thailand, Laos and Burma. A spokesperson for the American Embassy in Bangkok said that the helicopters, civilian versions of the Huey craft used during the Vietnam War, were being assembled for the Thai police.
The CIA's principal drug-testing program, MKULTRA—originally proposed in 1953 by Richard Helms, then CIA assistant deputy director for plans, and approved the same year by CIA director Allen Dulles—was created to research and develop "chemical, biological and radiological materials capable of employment in clandestine operations to control human behavior," according to the report of an investigative committee headed by Senator Frank Church of Idaho.
McKenney's announcement brought to an end Massachusetts's first legal test of cocaine's classification as a Schedule II substance (with heroin, morphine and other opium-related narcotics). The Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Defense Counsel Joseph Oteri await McKenney's ruling on Oteri's motion to dismiss possession charges against Richard Miller of Dorchester on the grounds that cocaine is misclassified under the law.
WASHINGTON—The federal Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) should be shut down, say two privately sponsored studies. The reports, sponsored by the Twentieth Century Task Force and the Center for National Security Studies, claim that the LEAA has had no significant effect on crime, despite its having spent more than $4 billion.
Solicitor General Seeks Support for Fooling Juries
In a brief presented to the Supreme Court, Bork argued that in some instances it is important for informers to maintain their cover, even if it demands posing as a codefendant and participating in sensitive defense discussions with attorneys.
Curios from across the globe and all sides of the law
Dope at the Front
Ever prepared to give credit where it’s due, “HighWitness News” brings to light the following: The first of our tales concerns Miami building owner Joe Scrap, who has a complaint about his former tenants, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
A Mexican mystery spot weirder than the Bermuda Triangle
El Zona del Silencio is a 3 x 3 x 3-kilometer triangle near the intersection of the states of Chihuahua, Durango and Coahuila, about 200 miles south of Texas 1,000 kilometers north of Mexico City. The terrain is a cactus desert broken by odd, unnatural mountains.
LEGS - IS IT ON? JOHN-SURE! WELL, LET'S SEE. WE'VE BEEN AROUND CHESHIRE... SOME KID- SPILLIN' COKES! JOHN-HUH? OH, YEAH, YEAH, RIGHT. LEGS JUST SPILLED A COKE ALL OVER THE TAPE RECORDER.HOPE IT WORKS. SOME KID-OH, MR. BLAKE WAS TALKIN' ABOUT YA, SAYIN'"WELL, ONE OF MY STUDENTS WAS ED McNEIL AND I UNDERSTAND HE WAS WORKIN' IN NEW YORK ...UM...
"PUNK ROCK" IS A TERM THAT HAS BEEN ABUSED, MISUSED , OVERUSED AND OVER-DEFINED. "WHAT IS PUNK ROCK?" "WHAT IS A PUNK?" PEOPLE KEEP ASKING. WHAT THEY DON'T REALIZE IS THAT THERE REALLY IS NO SUCH THING. BY ASKING THOSE QUESTIONS THEY ARE CREATING .IT.
It had been a difficult summer. We had trudged up and down endless mountains of the Sierra Madre of Oaxaca in a futile search for teo-papalotl, the "butterfly god" of arcane Aztec medicinal treatises. Ingesting the dried wings of this unique insect was said to render mortals as gods.
New Orleans is the fantasy capital of the United States. Its bitter sweet whorishness has been a byword for A.W.O.L. sin, hot goins' on and scandal since it was bought from the French. It's the conjure capital of the world, a magic spell that brings up bayou visions of a heaven and hell.
We might not agree with his conclusion, but for once "Chief" Bartels was operating with correct premises. Hash oil is indeed a potent and concentrated substance, which, in high enough doses, is definitely trippy. How potent and concentrated? Well, hashish is made by gathering the resin of the marijuana plant.
Brazil is a very religious country that also happens to be the pleasure capital of the western hemisphere. Brazil is a Catholic country. But Brazil is not just Latin; it's African and Indian too. And that's why they have the sense to have a good enough time to assure a 40-day hangover before going on a binge of fasting, prayer and abstinence called Lent.
There are a lot of thieves in the South. I've seen police crime bulletins that list North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina as the top three states in crime rate. They’re also the hottest states for drugstore robberies, although Louisiana, Florida, Alabama and Tennessee are also good pickins.
700 Popped in Puerto Rico Sweep: Net Basketball Star
Among those arrested was Edgardo Martinez Rivera, 22, a popular basketball star for the Quebradillas Pirates. According to police reports, a dozen university students and several professors were also taken into custody. Police said the confiscated heroin had been imported from Mexico.
A Dallas woman is in jail for up to four years after refusing to turn informer after D-men arrested her for distributing less than three-hundredths of a gram of cocaine. Vickie Bressler, 25, had never been arrested before. Observers feel that Bressler's harsh sentence was probably associated with the fact that she is employed as a secretary and bookkeeper for magazine publisher Stoney Bums.
America’s Bicentennial will be remembered by potheads as the year of the Great Drought. Enforcement crackdowns, growers’ wars and an expanding market kept imports low and prices high. For many people, the comforts of a solid stone—usually found only in expensive imports—seemed a thing of the past.
The Jolly Roger was gayer than we think, according to an Arizona history professor who claims that almost all pirates were homosexual. Dr. B. R. Burg, a specialist in sexuality in Restoration England, has concluded that the swashbuckling pirates who raped and plundered their way across the Caribbean in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were gay.
Except for the bronze coffin and the pious drone of the priest, it was by no means an ordinary event, the funeral of Carlo Gambino, capo il tutti capi, don of dons, boss of bosses. Burly men guarded the church doors, admitting only ticket holders; a panel truck with one-way windows was parked nearby, apparently photographing those who entered the church; undercover intelligence mingled with the crowd; a stout, gray-haired man in a black cashmere coat left the hour-long ceremony early, covering his face with a black silk handkerchief.
In a spirit of wretched excess, COYOTE, the self-proclaimed “Loose Woman’s Organization,” has undertaken the sponsorship of the Hookers’ Ball. A Bay Area tradition in its third year, this orgy of tricks and treats brought thousands of disparate creatures together and crammed them into the Hilton’s Continental Ballroom for a Walpurgisnacht to remember.
Kennedy-conspiracy researcher A. J. Weberman has come across many strange, intriguing and inexplicable pieces of information during his ten-year study of the assassination, but nothing quite so bizarre as the letter at right. The signer, mercifully spared an identity, works the Southwest carney circuit.
A famous member of the Fugs, one of the country's first radical rock bands, declaimed on some of the pitfalls of feminism when reminded of radical feminist magazine Majority Report's advertisement of a forum allowing the admission of men only "if accompanied by a responsible adult."
Whether there are more terrorists today than ever before or the media is simply giving terrorism more publicity, extremists of all political bents are resorting to spectacular kinds of power plays. The ancient gambits of kidnapping, assassination and guerrilla warfare have been joined by such contemporary malevolences as planejacking, communication attacks and chemical and biological warfare.
Arriving in Athens, I headed for the little Hotel Carolina and was greeted by the avuncular owner, Lou, who has cared for a generation of $5-a-day travelers. One day somebody will write a book about the Carolina, the type of place where everybody gets personal attention, questions answered.
500 MILES HIGH: Flora Purim at Montreux (Milestone M-9070). 500 Miles High was recorded just a few months before Flora Purim was sent to San Francisco's Terminal Island on a cocaine charge. Like that white powder, Flora is one of South America’s finest exports.
TITTERS, edited by Deanne Stillman and Anne Beatts (New York: Macmillan, $14.95 hardbound, $7.95 paperback). Titters is the first collection of women's humor ever published. This is pretty hard to because pussies have been cracking jokes ever since the begining of time.
Sherlock Holmes has been on the screen scene, with or without his works, since 1903. Before the production code cracked down on celluloid simulations of what it called drug use, Conan Doyle’s talented tec was seen injecting cocaine in silent films like Sherlock Holmes (1916) and A Scandal In Bohemia (l92l)—a facet of Holmes’s character more recently revived in Billy Wilder’s The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (l970).
Not gasoline, but a reusable nonburning gas. This car, which looks like the gondola of a jet blimp, just could be the car of the future. "The Fascination" will use the Noble Gas Plasma Engine, the closest thing to a perpetual-motion machine yet devised.
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Glenn O'Brien, author of "The Silent Zone," worked for Interview, Rolling Stone and Oui before coming to High Times as Articles Editor. A graduate of Georgetown University, his hobbies are watching football on TV, bowling, smoking and philosophy.