The handwriting is on the container wall. Atomic power plants give cancer to nearby residents and pose a constant threat of thermonuclear meltdown. Their undisposable excrement will glow on our descendants for a thousand centuries. Still, President Carter wants 400 by the year 2000, and, despite growing protests by us uppity rubes, there’s no doubt the industrial-police complex could push them down our throats—were it not for a far more serious problem: they are losing money.
Richard Ashley’s description of ketamine [High Times, “Avant Garde Highs,” March ’78] rang true. I received the drug four times in the course of a sex-change operation. The first two times were in ’76, when I had a nose job and silicone gel slabs sewn into my chest.
Q: I’d like any information you can give me on kinnikinnick, the American Indian tobacco. I’ve been told the stuff gives a head akin to bad drunkenness, but I’d like to make sure. —Leo Smith, Calgary, Alberta, Canada A: Kinnikinnick, a ritual blend of various herbs varying from tribe to tribe, was an important part of certain ceremonial rites.
We’re finally focusing on the winners in the High Times Dope Photography Sweepstakes, but we need an extra month to evaluate the more than 2,500 entries. So look for the announcements in the September issue, while for now we present a selection of hopefuls that echoes the sentiments of the late Harry J. Anslinger: “Marihuana smokers are nothing but depraved animals..."
When hunger sets in, set out for the great outdoors. If steak is your staple, you can't go out and shoot a cow, but if your dish is fish, you can grab your pole and go fishing. Take the example of Pete Wernick, who grew up in Las Vegas, where there’s not much fishing.
Energy...it hums, it buzzes, it courses through the circuitry of the electric urban nervous system like adrenalinized amphetamine blood pulses beating in the brain of Charles “Texas Tower” Whitman, pounding like the bass line in “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash, throbbing out its message of power and force like a billion goose-stepping storm troopers, making cars and toasters spin and go, frying eggs, milking a million cows automatically and otherwise being useful.
Former rock star Gregg Allman, at Rose's Cantina in Atlanta, turned a deathly shade of pale after a woman pretending to be a groupie jumped onstage and whispered in his ear, "You fucking informer!" Allman's grand-jury testimony helped land his former road manager Scooter Herring a conviction for cocaine possession.
To prove a point about cannabis and energy, let me tell you a story about a strange scene I witnessed in the cockpit of an Air India 707 charter some years ago. It was 5 A.M. and we were five miles high over the Atlantic, flying into a sunset, heading for London’s Heathrow Airport.
RIOHACHA, COLOMBIA—It was a perfect Hollywood-style jailbreak, almost as if it had been staged for Charles Bronson. Seven days after a billion-dollar pot bust four young gringos—three Americans and one Irish national—were caged inside the same Guajiran jail that once housed Papillon.
Following three consecutive weekends of police riots at the Ann Arbor, Atlanta and Grand Junction, Colorado, smoke-ins (April 1, 7 and 14), organizers of springtime pot celebrations were braced for confrontation. But in place after place, starting the very next week, the cops’ hard line turned decidedly soft: Despite police attempts to turn them aside, about 4,000 promarijuana marchers strutted down fashionable Fifth Avenue to Central Park on the 6th of May, puffing pot and emitting wild rebel cries that sent many an elegant window shopper scurrying.
Nebraska became the first state to decriminalize pot in 1978. Governor J. Exon signed legislation on April 26 that removed criminal penalties for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. Nebraska is the 11th state in the union to approve decriminalization.
BOGOTA—One of Colombia’s leading citizens, the eminent historian Eduardo Lemaitre, has joined the growing marijuana legalization lobby here. Lemaitre made a public plea for candidates in the recent presidential elections to discuss the issue and admits to having grown marijuana in a pot on his balcony.
A representative of the Dutch government has petitioned the United Nations to amend the 1961 International Convention on Narcotic Drugs to permit each country to make its own rules concerning domestic consumption of marijuana. The U.N. pact, also known as the Single Convention, currently requires all signers to prohibit possession and use of cannabis.
An old Convair 240 once grounded for being suspected of hauling pot has mysteriously turned up at a small Georgia airport filled with ten tons of marijuana. Authorities say the plane was seized the first time a year ago when it landed at another nearby airport.
New York feds are claiming to have busted an ingenious billion-dollar coke pipeline with the indictment of 61 people on raps ranging from importation to laundering funds. According to the indictments, more than 1,000 pounds of top-quality blow have worked their way from Bolivia, through Colombian kitchens and on to the Big Apple streets.
A lot of smugglers wish they’d pass the Coast Guard like ships in the night, but that hasn’t been the case lately. As busts around the country indicate, this year’s harvest is having a tough time making it to market, but it’s getting there. This month’s falls are: • 20 tons, Back Creek, N. C., barge and tug, 13 arrests. • 20 tons, Yankeetown, Fla., yacht Our Time, 10 arrests.
A Louisiana senate committee recently adopted a proposal that would eliminate jail terms for first-time offenders charged with possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. The senate committee concluded after two days of testimony that the Louisiana legislature should lower pot possession penalties “in light of current medical evidence, the ineffective deterrent effects of the law and the cost of enforcement.”
ATLANTA—The Georgia headshop industry was thrown into crisis on April 11 when Governor George Busbee signed three bills making it illegal to sell drug-related printed material and paraphernalia. Two of the bills issued by the Georgia senate and sponsored by senators Lawrence Stumbaugh and Roy Barnes now make it illegal to sell or display drug-related paraphernalia and literature (e.g. High Times magazine) to anyone under the age of 18.
LSD, 100-percent pure, is available through the mails. The source is Supelco, a government-approved chromatography supply company that manufactures and retails various drugs for use as standards (references) in chromatography analysis (breaking down solutions of closely related compounds).
The barker’s voice drifted lazily through the warm May air. “Step right up now and try the ring toss, only 25 cents, ladies and gentlemen.” A slender young man clad in nothing but a pair of jeans sauntered up to the barker. Exchanging a quarter for three rings the young man slowly and deliberately hitched up his pants and drew in a deep breath.
She burst upon the scene in 1973, a perfect incarnation of the queen of adult comics, Vampirella. Her fans and the convention people who make up the hundreds of thousands of fantastic fanatics in the science fiction and comics world will always remember her in her first costume.
One of California’s most notorious marijuana-eating mice has been implicated in a pot hijacking from San Francisco’s Hall of Justice. Last year police in San Jose claimed a rat they nicknamed Marty was to blame for dope disappearing from the narcotics department.
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At the age of 27, Fran Lebowitz has been suddenly hailed as the funniest writer to come down the pike since Dorothy Parker or, by some accounts, Oscar Wilde. There are a lot of funny people around, and a lot of writers too, but somehow the combination of great humor and great writing has become an exceedingly rare commodity in the modern world.
According to the figures, a nuclear catastrophe is inevitable every 17 years
On October 8, 1957, a problem developed in the nuclear reactor at Windscale, on the English side of the Irish Sea. Through a bizarre chain of malfunctions and mistakes, some of the uranium in the plant's 1,500 fuel rods caught fire. Temperature gauges soon began slipping out of control, and radiation monitors at the top of the reactor's twin, square, 400-foot emission towers sent down the bad news—radioactive gases were escaping into the countryside.
The popular attempt to stop nuclear power has become a world-wide movement. Mass demonstrations and occupations against atomic reactors have already occurred in the U.S., Canada and Japan, with the biggest confrontations thus far occurring in Europe.
The battle lines over solar power are still being joined, and the struggle is a confusing array of the weak and the powerful, of shifting alliances and contradictory objectives and, most importantly, of the swirling together of two quite distinct revolutions, one technical and the other political.
Power companies from coast to coast are reporting sad news to their stockholders: energy thieves are robbing millions from the corporate till. The basic simplicity of the average electrical supply system makes it an easy mark for inventive energy pilferers.
Once, all buildings were solar heated. Before coal, oil and gas were used for heat, designers of everything from the simplest hut to the most monumental palace had to take advantage of the solar facts of life to make the dwellings livable. The major entrances and windows were pointed south, with eaves of the correct slope and length to admit the winter sun but keep it out in the summer.
Combine the efforts of architect Malcolm Wells, solar pioneer Harry Thomason, the mail-order company Edmund Scientific, and Bob and Nancy Homan, enthusiastic new solar-home owners: The result is an ecologically sound, practical solar-heated home that anyone can buy plans for and build.
Reefer research has finally entered the space age. Getting high is no longer a wasteful adventure. Up till now countless tons of good dope have gone up in unused smoke: blazing joints have efficiency rates that would shame even Con Ed, and poorly engineered bongs release more airborne waste than Gary, Indiana.
This is about vibes. My vibes and your vibes, but also its vibes. It is the power system, the world electro-network—millions of miles of hot wire carrying the juice to every corner of the globe. The only time we talk about these vibes is when we get worried about them disappearing.
Someday soon—perhaps 20 years from now, or 50, maybe even 100 if we're lucky—a cataclysmic slurping sound will reverberate around the globe. It will be the earth's last oil well sucking up its last drop of petroleum. It won't be the end of the world.
Ever since Hercules used muscle power to change the course of mighty rivers and clean out the stables of Augeas in a day, we have been preoccupied with harnessing the power of our bodies. The movement of muscles is a mechanical function stimulated by electrical energy and chemical reactions originating in the brain.
"Man fears time, but time fears the pyramids"—Egyptian proverb
Like the curse of the mummy's tomb, the mysteries of the pyramids refuse to die. As if in a funhouse mirror they proliferate endlessly every time the true solution is announced. And among pyramids, none is more elusive or omnipresent than the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Although it was erected according to the most precise specifications, my pyramid doesn’t work. I cut four identical triangles out of cardboard, 12 inches long at the base with 11½-inch diagonals, and taped them into a pyramid; I oriented it toward true North with the aid of a Boy Scout compass and a New York Times almanac and set it on the floor of my office cubicle, safe from electromagnetic interference and the meddling of the idly curious.
Ever hear of the fabulous “Antikythera Device”? This is a real thing: fished up in 1900 from among the coral-coated wreckage of a Greek trireme that sank in the Aegean about 50 B.C., this contraption had enough metal drive shafts, flywheels, cranks, pullies, cogs and spindles to completely refit a 1935 Allis-Chalmers tractor.
Recently disclosed FBI documents reveal that American undercover agents were intimately involved in all sectors of Mexico’s government, politics and industry from the years 1970 to 1976, with the specific intention of “destabilizing” the Mexican social order.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—For nearly 30 years the CIA has been devising ever new and more effective ways of inducing psychosis in human beings through the use of drugs, newly declassified documents show. CIA theorists have invented detailed contingency plans for secretly dosing individuals and groups of people with substances that will provoke a broad variety of bizarre mental and physical symptoms.
CHICAGO—Not deaf, not dumb, only mildly far-sighted, 19-year-old Ken Lunceford plays the meanest pinball in the continental U.S.A. He proved it this spring, in the swanky Playboy Towers Disco Ballroom here, by dinging up 1,303,560 noisy points in four rollover games on a “Black Beauty” from Bally Pin-Ball, Inc.
The U.S. Postal Service will soon test the possibility of international delivery of mail via satellite. Postmaster William Bolger said the $895,000 project is entirely experimental so far and will involve transmission of dummy mail beginning in February 1979.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—The local office of the FBI here has been forced by claimants under the Freedom of Information Act to reveal that it maintains a file of nearly 7.7 million pages on “extremists and subversives.” Monitored groups include the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association of Social Workers, Jesse Jackson’s PUSH self-help organization and the NAACP.
CLEVELAND, OHIO—In the most extreme of the recent series of nationwide attacks on abortion clinics, a man dressed as a delivery worker threw gasoline into the face of an operating-room technician at the Concerned Women’s Clinic here, temporarily blinding her.
PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY—The use of contraceptives has lowered the birthrate among both practicing and nominal Roman Catholics, a new Princeton study has revealed. Despite the Papal Encyclical of 1968 reaffirming the unreliable rhythm method as the sole permissible form of birth control, it appears that nine out of ten American Catholic women married less than five years are currently employing other methods of contraception.
In the middle of a cold winter night the narcs break in to arrest you as the prime suspect in an international cocaine deal. Groggily fishing for your First Amendment rights, you ask for the evidence. The cops tell you your roommate has been hypnotized three times by a shrink.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Texas millionaire and ex-CIA spy Gordon Mclendon and his erstwhile agent sidekick David Philips are negotiating with the agency’s director Stansfield Turner to produce a television series extolling the glories of the CIA. Much in the same way that the old Efrem Zimbalist “FBI” series was cleared by J. Edgar Hoover’s office, Mclendon promises to clear every script with the CIA for “possible security breaches.”
CALI, COLOMBIA—A pro-narc weekly here recently attacked High Times magazine and freedom of the press in America. The front-page blast entitled “U.S. Magazine Extols Drug Trafficking” may be the first shot in an antimarijuana offensive soon to become a full-scale propoganda war against the U.S. The article appeared in the English-language Chronicle this spring, at a time when the violence of Colombia’s blitzkrieg against pot was matched only by the remarkable supply of top-notch weed pouring into the U.S. from the Guajira Peninsula.
BOGOTA—“Why is it so difficult for the U.S. to stop cocaine entering its territory?” asked President Alfonso Lopez Michelsen angrily, when American reporters charged that some $6 billion in coke passes into the U.S. every year from his country.
You answer the knock at the door of your house in southern France, and a dark-eyed lady is standing there, dressed in long skirt and flowered blouse, a paisley scarf over her hair and a basket of lemons on her arm: perhaps you would like to buy some lemons?
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS—The last person ever to have smallpox recovered from it last October in Merka, Somalia. According to the World Health Organization, the disease, which regularly decimated whole human populations every few generations from the time of the pharaohs to 100 years ago, will officially be considered extinct if no new cases arise in the next two years, the longest possible time a smallpox virus might exist latent in a human host.
Gary Davis—Prince of Peace or International Con Artist?
An international warrant has been issued for the arrest of Gary Davis, the 57-year-old president of the World Service Authority. The WSA, founded 33 years ago in France, distributes international passports to stateless people or anyone else interested in joining the world community.
The airing of “Sesame Street” on Italian National Television has spurred left-wing circles to protest the show as a scientific attempt to foist American values and models on the rest of the world. The introduction of the popular children’s educational program into Italy came at a bad moment—just in the wake of an unpopularly received U.S. State Department declaration opposing communist participation in Italy’s government.
COLOGNE, GERMANY—Sex-shop owners here have pooled a $1,500 reward fund for information leading to the capture of "Red Zora," a woman who bills herself as a female Zorro in her robberies of pornography and sexual paraphernalia. So far, Zora has stolen nearly $50,000 in sex goods from porn boutiques, leaving leaflets asserting that "love today is nothing more than the domination of women by men" and "the pornographers want to use our bodies to make their profit."
NARITA AIRPORT, JAPAN—Turmoil and violence have impeded for months the opening of this new superairport 41 miles north of Tokyo. Last spring the entire six-story conning tower was pulled down by demonstrators, and the main terminal has been fire-bombed regularly by as many as 20 Molotov cocktails at once.
The Soviet Union has announced the introduction of sex education courses in all institutions of learning, from grade schools to universities, for the first time in its history. Admitting, “we have no experience in this kind of thing,” Professor D. Valentey of Moscow’s Population Department said that Soviet sociologists and teachers had to first put in a lot of time studying “the right way to promote this education.”
HOKKAIDO—The Japanese are attempting to lure UFOs to their shores by flashing red, white and blue spotlights into the sky while playing the soundtrack from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. So far, no extraterrestrial creatures have landed.
NEW DELHI—The Indian government is officially suing nearly 100 United States drug companies for extravagantly overcharging Third-World nations. The suit was brought in response to a World Health Organization study revealing that American drug corporations, which control 90 percent of the legal drug trade in developing nations, were merchandising the same varieties of drugs under a bewildering array of brand names.
TOKYO—“In the rural communities of the developing world, inexpensive, easily installed solar energy devices could have an immediate impact on the quality of life,” observes the United Nations University, which has headquarters here.
NEW DELHI, INDIA—Convinced that the waters of the Holy River Ganges have been polluted for the last 15 years by deadly radiation from a lost American spy device, devout Hindus have been rioting in the streets all summer. The panic has presented the government of Moraji Desai with its most serious political crisis so far.
The state of South Australia is boiling with a spy controversy. Much of it started when Premier D.A. Dunstan, head of the state, revealed that South Australia’s “special branch” of the police was holding files on as many as 30,000 people considered to be politically unreliable.
TRUK ARCHIPELAGO, THE PACIFIC— Exercising their newly won right to vote, Truk women this year banned all alcoholic beverages. They achieved this by scheduling the temperance referendum to fall on a payday, when most of the Truk men were too involved boozing it up after work to get out the vote.
SWAZILAND—Witch doctors in this southern African nation have been accorded equal professional standing with Western-based medical practitioners. King Subhuza formally ordained a government council of traditional healers, entrusted with developing a code of witch-doctor ethics and professional regulations, after the U.N. World Health Organization recommended broadening the global definition of “physician” to include tribal healers, birth attendants and herbalists.
THE COMORO ISLANDS—A bloodless coup in the capital of this tiny four-island nation has put a halt, at least temporarily, to “a government run by schoolchildren.” In the Comoros over half the 230,000 population is under 20, and before the conservative coup the youthful Maoist Pouvoir Populaire—“People’s Party”—controlled the government at every level.
When meeting him for the first time, certain members of the human race get the mistaken impression that Vincent Titus is a shuffling wino. They avert their eyes and secretly wish that he would go away. Wishing that Titus will go away is hardly enough to make him do so, though, for it is his trademark that when he wants to go, he goes.
Why do we still read Vincent Titus? America’s flirtation with self-realization (or was it self-annihilation?) is over and dead, cut off as absolutely and brutally as the hose of an Exxon pump on Saturday night, and the Icarian generation of the ’60s has plummeted back into the cozy, comforting amniotic muck of its middle-class origins, leaving only a psychedelic smear of gay feathers and sweetened wax to show of its pathetic attempt at flight.
Controversy continues to rage over the constitutionality of the toughest nuclear safety law in the nation, which has virtually halted nuclear power development in California. The law forbids approval of new plants until the State Energy Commission agrees that safe methods exist for reprocessing or storing radioactive wastes.
American music lovers are just beginning to get what reggae is about. But reggae has a new wave, an ultramodern music that combines the ancient rhythm sophistication of Africa, the great pop sound of Jamaica and the avant-garde musical technology of the modern recording studio.
Until this brand-new edition (New York: Popular Library, $1.50) was released, Norman Spinrad’s Agent of Chaos had always been a rare book. Although translations surfaced in England, France, Italy and Argentina after the book's initial publication in 1967, one’s introduction to it was usually through a friend's tattered copy.
The Pyramid Energy Generator works in mysterious ways...lay a steak on it, place a bitter cup of coffee on it, lay your shlong across it—the pyramid makes everything taste so good you’ll lick your Cheops. The gold-tone aluminum generator will also energize and revitalize your plants, sharpen razors and purify water, all for $7.95, a lot less than your electric bill. Write Pyramid Products, 701 West Ivy, Glendale, California 91204.
Solar energy is great, but you don't need it knocking on your naked eyeballs. Protect those dilated, glassy orbs (and be stylish to boot!) with Sparkle Shades. These custom-made, impact-resistant sunglasses are hand decorated with Austrian rhinestones, including any message you want in up to ten rhinestone letters or numbers. Available in blue, brown, yellow, green or gray (what, no rose?) for $25 from Sparkle Shades, P.O. Box 274, Lawai, Kauai, Hawaii 96765.
You can guarantee having all the energy you'll ever need and impress your friends at the same time with your own solar-cell satellite from the Boeing Aerospace Company. Measuring 15.4 by 3.2 miles, you'd have to park this baby about 22,000 miles above the equator to get the full benefit of its 14 billion solar cells converting the sun's rays into microwaves that would feed into your own generating antenna. At $3 billion it's strictly a connoisseur item, but when you consider golden brown julienne potatoes cooked in ten seconds, you might want to discuss payment terms with Boeing, P.O. Box 3999, Seattle, Washington 98124.
Ultimate Glass Pipe
Ever since Lincoln and Douglas, the debate has raged over wood versus metal pipes. Now you can emancipate yourself from the entire argument with malice toward narcs by smoking an Ultimate Glass Pipe. Made from borosilicate glass (like Pyrex), the Ultimate stays lit longer, draws easy and doesn't need a screen. It changes colors as the resins build up and comes in sizes small ($18.95), medium ($22.95) and large ($26.95). Order from Norman Horton, 368-B Holly Avenue, Carpinteria, California 93013.
Gary Stimeling almost overloaded on pyramid energy after exhaustively researching his article in addition to editorially overseeing this issue’s energy theme. Before joining High Times as science editor in 1976, Stimeling worked in typesetting shops and was an editor for the short-lived Better Healthkeeping magazine: A man of varied interests, Stimeling now departs High Times to study classical sax and flute and complete a forthcoming book on aphrodisiacs.