“Human rights” is a phrase we utter with mounting irony and self-doubt. Is there really such a thing as a “human right” anymore? In fact, can the crucial human right to buy an issue of High Times be truly said to exist at the moment? Only in America—where, if present trends abroad are to be repeated, copies of High Times will soon be burning in every village square, the editors hanged from lampposts outside the courthouse and off to the gas chamber for everyone else.
I never read book reviews, but my impulse to read Glenn O’Brien's appraisal of White Women in the February issue was a blessing from the gods. Many men of my acquaintance may never establish deep relationships with women because they’re hung up higher than kites on the pictures they were programmed with in their “lean and horny years.”
Q: In France a few years ago I saw a terrific parody of Hieronymous Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, which, as you may recall, was touted as the last word in psychedelic art during the Renaissance. In this parody, modern images were collaged into the same tableau as the original.
Soixante-neuf, or 69, commonly considered the Pike’s Peak of sexual positioning, is anatomically unsound, if not unnatural. Despite love-manual hymns to the joy of simultaneous head-giving, the technique leaves much to be desired. Sixty-nine will always be a crowd-pleaser in bed, but it’s still an ass-backwards way of getting off.
The first thing you learn in the elite corps of the drinking press is how to turn beer into piss. Six reporters who can learn that can turn a peanut farmer into a president. The next trick is to turn information into words, words into money, money into beer.
After six years of self-exile, author/theorist/gunslinger Valerie Solanas is back on the set. The author of the famed SCUM (Society to Cut Up Men) Manifesto disappeared in Greenwich Village after a three-year stretch in New York's Matteawan State Hospital for pumping Andy Warhol full of lead because he was a male chauvinist pig.
Decrim bills have been before the Congress for the last four years, but Health Subcommittee Chairman Paul Rogers, Florida, has consistently refused to consider them. Instead, in a deliberate attempt to duck the decrim issue, he has passed the bill onto the Select Committee on Narcotics and Drug Abuse, which has virtually no legislative authority.
A byzantine bureaucratic process that could take years to complete is holding up the long-awaited prisoner-exchange treaty between the U.S. and Mexico.
After months of blaming Mexico for failure to ratify the exchange treaty, the U.S. now turns out to be responsible for the delay. The prisoner treaty has been approved by the Mexican Congress and President Jimmy Carter has sent it to the U.S. Senate, but the low priority given the treaty, and ignorance of its status by several agencies supposedly handling it, indicate the agreement may never get out of committee, if, indeed, it ever gets in.
The New York Police Department has once again made a liar of the district attorney's office by breaking last year's record for pot busts. Bicentennial-year statistics released by the department show that although misdemeanor arrests as a whole dropped 1.3 percent, they jumped for dope by 16 percent.
As "Operation Condor" enters its second six months, Mexican authorities are crowing about its success. More than $1.2 million in cocaine and heroin and 563 tons of weed have been seized, according to Dr. Alejandro Gertz, head of the elite squad of 240 Mexican narcs spearheading the 15,000 troops battling dopers.
Thousands of documents being released to women's groups suing under the Freedom of Information Act show the government put amazing time and energy into keeping tabs on the feminist movement. The bulk of the files released so far cover the period 1969-73, but sources inside the women's movement expect to find even more extensive surveillance of feminists in recent years by the FBI and other government agencies.
New York's Village Voice, notorious for its ignorance of high culture even before selling out to Rupert Murdoch, recently published an advertisement that read: "MARIJUANA cannot be sold through the mail, but GRASS can; Homegrown Grass; First Time Ever Sold Publicly; ½ oz bag, $5.00!" Despite the clever semantics, of course, the grass was the common garden variety: Kentucky Blue.
Figures show U.S. aid abroad through the INC rising from $2.2 million in 1972 to $12.5 million in 1974, much of the funds going to South America—particularly Argentina. Though no expenditures were made in 1976 and 1977 and none are planned for 1978, there is "continued expenditure of funds already approved."
A Springfield, Illinois, district court judge has thrown out his state's cocaine laws, stating that "if people are thrown in jail for using cocaine, then people should be thrown in jail for using coffee, tobacco or alcohol." Springfield County Judge George P. Coutrakon declared Illinois’ classification of coke as a narcotic warranting harsh punishment unconstitutional in light of “proven medical evidence” to the contrary—and Julian "Babe" Gabriel, 28, before the bench on a charge of sale and delivery, walked from the courtroom a free man.
"Is this the same Chip Carter who repeatedly endorsed marijuana decriminalization throughout the campaign, who admits having been a smoker himself in the past, whose older brother Jack was busted for marijuana smoking and discharged from the navy for it in 1970 and whose younger brother Steve also admits to marijuana smoking in the past?" asked NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) Director Keith Stroup.
Although BZ(3-quinuclidinyl benzilate) is banned from international warfare by a Geneva Conference treaty and a presidential order, it remains available for use "if deemed necessary," a term that includes cases of "domestic conflict."
A friend of ours from Fresno, California, theorized a breeding method for effortless sinsemilla. If it works, you could grow seedless without squinting to get all the hermaphrodite male flowers. First, double the normal (diploid) chromosome count to the tetraploid with colchicine.
Twice in the past year I have vagabonded from California to New England and back, over 15,000 miles of amazing Americana, in my '63 Volkswagen "bug" sedan. It will probably come as no surprise to learn that it's been the happiest and most rewarding travel I've ever undertaken.
"Y.I.P. was, and is, in terms of popular support, far and away the largest antiwar radical revolutionary group."
"Marijuana is really like a health movement. It’s a movement away from much harder drugs, like nicotine and alcohol, toward a little flower."
"Put some FBI, Secret Service and CIA people in jail. They'll think twice before breaking the law next time in the name of 'national security.'"
"The government owes us a guaranteed weekly stash for a period at least equal to the period for which marijuana has been illegal. In other words, 40 years."
"Yippies believe nuthouses are society's ultimate weapon for keeping kids, women and dreamers in their place."
"The word was out that Nixon's people were on the take from Southeast Asian heroin money, but nobody would come right out and say it."
The New York Times called Dana Beal "a major theoretician and behind-the-scenes leader of the underground youth movement." The underground press called him "the perfect Dostoevskian radical." His FBI file, released under the Freedom of Information Act, is as thick as an unabridged dictionary, and Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, whom Beal replaced as Youth International Party (Y.I.P.) spokesperson in 1972 after years underground, have publicly acknowledged him as a chief intellectual influence on their politics and, frequently, the tactician behind their moves.
Colombian is Gold and Congolese is Black, but what about the grass on this side of the fence? Pot by the side of the road is as green as a stack of Federal Reserve notes and as American as same. These little shoots are poking their heads out of the soil right about now, getting ready to stretch their leaves to the sun as soon as school lets out.
In 1973 a couple of phone phreaks discovered the toll-free 800 number at the White House. The number was 800 424-9337. White House staffers used it for what the phreaks describe as "casual, semi-official, chit-chat." The phreaks used their expertise with the phone system to tap this line and listen for hours to the buzz of conversations going in and out of the White House.
As any cultivated person knows, there are certain ground rules concerning the consumption of drugs. Nothing complicated or overly formal, just a few simple guidelines that are guaranteed to improve the quality of any high and ensure one's popularity with others.
Sometime around three A.M. that steamy August night, Princess Rizzoli's chauffeur, Anthony, decided he just had to light up a joint. This waiting around got on his nerves. Since midnight he'd been sitting idle behind the wheel of the Princess's Rolls Royce Silver Cloud sedan, parked on the curb outside of Elaine's restaurant, the big-shot literary celebrity hangout.
Chemists call it N2O. Nitrous oxide. It'll send a sore tooth to sleep or keep whipped cream fresh for months. It takes four grown people to lift a full tank and a dozen more to scrape them off the floor when it's empty. Some call it laughing gas. Laughing gas is heavier than air and as cold as a banker's heart.
Professor Albert Goldman, A.M., Chicago, 1951; Ph.D., Columbia, 1961; Phi Beta Kappa; Who's Who in the East—the whole schmeer— rides to a drug clinic in an ambulance, tongue in hand.
A couple of years ago. I was on assignment for a travel magazine in Miami. I had some friends down there — nice, respectable, middle-aged people, who had been given a lump of hashish. The woman was a very good baker, so she decided to prepare some hashish brownies.
A lot of water has flowed under the bridge and over the dam and through the sluices and out of the culverts and into the sink and over the dishes since the last time you went to the beach in an itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny yellow polka dot bikini, a thong or Dad's plaid trunks.
The global bloodbath had finally ended. Millions were numbered among the dead. Others were maimed beyond recognition. Yet many of the few survivors felt the worst was still to come. For America had a new set of enemies. Call 'em Red China, Soviet Russia —the names aren't important.
You Can Eat'Em, Smoke'Em Drink'Em, But Don't Sit On'Em
Which cacti will get you high? That depends on your definition of "high," your metabolism, your culture and mind set and a thousand other factors. An Oto Indian peyotist told Weston La Barre, author of The Peyote Cult, in all sincerity, that peyote doesn't work outside of prayer meetings—he had tried it.
New York 1977 feels like London 1966. Kids are rocking out like the sky's the limit—making music that's never been heard before. Maybe it's sunspots, or maybe decades start in the middle, but whatever the reason, a new wave of rock is rolling out of Gotham, turning on the world to the sound of the Seventies.
Insulin worsens one of the most common types of diabetes, which would be better treated with diet and exercise, say researchers who have studied the chronic disease. Of the three million American diabetics who use insulin, only one-third have juvenile-onset diabetes, caused by a malfunction of the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas and treatable only by an external supply of the hormone.
Slammed with unusually harsh first-offense sentences of eight and ten years, respectively, for refusing to finger their coke sources, two Pennsylvania men, Pio Garcia and Wilfredo Antonmarchi, have won resentencing in appeals court to protect their Fifth Amendment rights.
There was nothing the Woodstock Generation enjoyed more than tearing off their clothes in a drugged frenzy and frolicking under a sunny sky. Preferably, at a rock festival. Hopefully, by a body of water. Obligingly, in any available puddle.
In a classic struggle on the high seas, the tramp freighter Night Train has been subdued by the Coast Guard cutter Dauntless, bringing about the end of a legend known to smugglers and D-men alike from Vancouver to Cape Horn. Fifty-four tons of Colombian gold were seized, the second largest bust in history.
A man on trial for conspiracy to smuggle 17 pounds of nearly pure cocaine seized near Portland's waterfront last fall is contending in court that the coca leaves found in his pocket were prescribed to him as spiritual and physical medicine.
Taking advantage of Greyhound's "go anywhere in America for $50" got me from Los Angeles to New York in four days (stopping for one eight-hour sleep about halfway). It was a fascinating investigation of nitty-gritty Americana, seeing all the things you wouldn't cross the street for, eating lousy food in shoddy cafeterias and most of the time suffering from discomfort and fatigue.
Fearing that a new generation of Frankensteins will create a new generation of monsters, scientists, public officials and private citizens are trying to close biology's new frontier of genetic engineering—cloning and gene recombination.
Recent studies have shown that South and Central American Indians, never cultural laggards when it came to getting high, engaged in yet another fascinating thrill: psychoactive enemas. A classic Mayan vase portraying an "enema ritual" is presented as evidence, along with early Spanish documents on the phenomenon.
California Governor Jerry Brown's latest whale-saving device is the huge jojoba shrub, which will be used to landscape his state's freeways. Jojoba exudes a waxy substance similar to the oil of the sperm whale. Environmentalists believe jojoba "substance" can replace whale oil in the cosmetics industry and put an end to wholesale cetocide.
PETER GABRIEL, by Peter Gabriel (Atco SD 36147). Those familiar with early Genesis have come to expect the unexpected from that band's former lead singer. Peter Gabriel. On his own, he is no less original than he was in a group situation. With his first solo album, Gabriel maintains his reputation for versatility.
TALES OF THE EARLY FRANKS, by Augustin Thierry, translated by M. F. O. Jenkins (University, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, $8.95). The Merovingians? Oh, they were the kings in France who presided over the Dark Ages, from A.n. 480 to around 700: they were Franks, a particularly barbarous and stupid variety of German —stout, broad-shouldered blondies who were too mean to be challenged by their pagan neighbors, and so they spent most of their time chopping up their own Catholic kindred.
Most coffee tables are really boring, giving you nothing more to look at than wood grain or. in the case of glass tables, your feet. Well, now you can enjoy all the advantages of a glass-top coffee table (easy to clean, razor-blade proof) and have something to look at in the bargain, like a pinball machine.
Deanne Stillman, author of "How to Get High and Influence People." was born in Cleveland, Ohio (where Bob Hope and Martin Mull were also born). She attended NYU and the University of New Mexico, where she majored in striking and chanting before dropping out.