When the people of Paris had no bread, Marie Antoinette lifted her pretty perfumed head from the lap of her pastry cook and said, “Let them eat cake!” For this offense, that little masterpiece of nature was subsequently severed from her neck and shoulders in an abrupt manner.
I was intrigued that the song “Ballad of the Hip Death Goddess” by Ultimate Spinach proved so popular with the young glue huffer interviewed by Joe Schenkman [High Times, “Glue Confessions,” June '78]; I led and composed songs for the group.
Q. We were really proud of our first crop this year, six feet tall and buds all over it. But after we tried curing it in the sun, it came out all blotchy, smelling like alfalfa, and it smokes very uneven. What exactly is the best process for curing lots of grass?
Leisure is becoming the fastest-growing occupation in America, and Americans are responding with all the gusto they can muster. The spectator is not only the crazy in the street, but also the crazy at home. Sporting events are quickly replacing our standard holidays as times for people to socialize with each other.
It started off being an all-right day before the night this chick named Debbie asked me to stop by her house. To make this short and sweet, she got off work about 1:30 in the morning and I was there by 2:00. I went in after she opened the door to find that she had just gotten out of the shower and had a see-through nightgown on.
There exists a certain American ritual more fundamental than voting and more symbolic than July 4th fireworks. Like the most highly evolved of ceremonies, it has many facets, elaborate protocol and sacred icons. It is practiced three times a week in the Burbank, California, tabernacle of the National Broadcasting Corporation, and it goes something like this: The choir plays the opening hymn, a fast-paced, upbeat, jazzy number with a host of horns.
Jack Nicholson may play Timothy Leary in a new movie about the psychedelic pioneer if screenwriter Henry Edwards has his way. Edwards, who also wrote the screenplay for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, used to be a pop writer for the New York Times.
Oh rare, just and subtle opium, Thomas De Quincey exclaimed in a section of Confessions of an English Opium Eater devoted to “The Pleasures of Opium." Just and subtle it may be (although those inexperienced with it ought to read De Quincey’s later section on “The Pains of Opium" for a balanced view), but the main thing about opium these days is that it's rare.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Amid national controversy over new revelations that the Jimmy Carter White House is a hotbed of cocaine, marijuana and pharmaceutical use, Dr. Peter Bourne, Carter's top drug aide and the man he called "about the closest friend I have in the world," has resigned following charges that he wrote an illegal prescription for Quaaludes.
HOUSTON, TEXAS—Legal educators at Houston University have announced a new training program for lawyers in dope cases. Their aim is to stem the shrinking supply of "lawyers who are truly competent to force the prosecution to prove its case at trial...
MIAMI, FLORIDA—Most grass and coke dealers busted by Florida narcs are really just "free-enterprising young Americans," according to regional Drug Enforcement Administration Deputy Director Kenneth A. Miley. "Why are these people into this?" he rhetorically asked a meeting of the Crime Commission of Greater Miami on the cruise ship Emerald Seas.
TIJUANA, MEXICO—Federal District Attorney Carlos Aguilar Garcia, credited as the mastermind of Mexico's lethal paraquat-spraying program, has been charged by Mexican bar officials with the systematic torture, rape and unwarranted detention of hundreds of helpless dope suspects in order to obtain confessions.
The incidence of dope use among military personnel is increasing, according to reports released by the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control. A recent survey conducted by the U.S. Army found that 30 percent of lower-rank enlisted people in Europe currently smoke grass; 11 percent use hard drugs; 6.2 percent use amphetamines; and 4.4 percent use downs.
A swarm of antiparaphernalia legislation is hitting the nation this year. In the state of Georgia, Chicago's suburbs and Detroit the sale of dope-related equipment, such as bongs, hash pipes, roach clips and mirrors, has—at least on the books—been outlawed.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—"Pharmacists want to know why they can go to the street and get cocaine, but they can't get it from their distributor," complains the head of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists. According to Dr. Michael Stolar, controls on the manufacture of cocaine imposed by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are already too stringent and fail to take into account the increasing use of coke to treat pain in persons dying of cancer.
Police busted eight tons of Colombian pot as it was being unloaded from a DC-6 at a small airport outside Trenton, New Jersey. When the huge 60-ton plane made a dawn landing at the little Robinsville rural airstrip, it attracted considerable local attention.
Approximately 30 kilos of cocaine were confiscated in Lima, Peru. The police charged that the cocaine was found at an empty construction site that was used as a warehouse by a gang of female drug traffickers. The band supposedly operated with coke brought from the Peruvian jungle that was later transported into Ecuador or Colombia for shipment to the U.S. There were no arrests.
Two thousand tablets of the pharmaceutical tranquilizer Meprobamate, en route by delivery van to the Buena Vista Drugstore in Pueblo, Colorado, were pinched by convicts when the van made a stop at the Colorado State Reformatory. Prison officials learned of the theft when a prisoner who swallowed a dozen of the pills had to be rushed to the state hospital with a massive OD. Only two thirds of the downs were retrieved.
Indiana's legislature recently passed a bill legalizing the administration of a cannabis extract called tetrahydracannabinol (TTC) to glaucoma victims and cancer-chemotherapy patients, in liquid or capsule form. The bill was sponsored by State Senator George Sangmeister, 49, who underwent four months of excruciating chemotherapy last year.
Sheriff Jim "Cattle Prod" Clark of Birmingham, Alabama—infamous for leading a troop of mounted officers full-tilt into a group of kneeling, praying, civil-rights demonstrators in Selma in 1965—is going down the river for moving an alleged 6,600 pounds of herb.
High Times welcomes anonymous reports, but please be specific about the area, type, quantity and quality of dope referred to. If you are aware of other prices or have other relevant information or suggestions, please send them in. The THMQ is intended solely for comparative purposes and in no way is meant as an in ducement to illegal activity, or as an endorsement of dope usage or trafficking, or as an endorsement of any particular dope.
The Dr. Frankenstein of Pothibition, whose sole testimony made marijuana illegal in 1937, remembers the good old days at the Federal Bureau of Narcotics
For 32 years, from 1930-1962, Harry Anslinger was the commissioner of the Bureau of Narcotics and was instrumental in formulating the repressive laws that regulate America’s use of dope. One device that Harry used to retain his position over the years was to surround himself with experts who would testify on the dangers of illicit dope use whenever Anslinger was forced to defend his theories before congressional or judicial inquiry.
They heard there was a black man in Harlem who wasn't afraid to answer when you spoke to him. And some cop said that anybody with that much money had to be a heroin dealer. So the word went out:
Barnes Fights Back
It is a black, cold night in the heart of Harlem, 123rd Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard. Wally Fisher is warming his hands over a garbage-can fire. The glistening chrome of his new, polished $15,000 Sting Ray flashes in the light of the flickering flame.
When you get down to the facts and figures, some will die, but others will prosper
United States Weapons Exports
The Big Boom in Conventional Weapons
Shopping for a Small Country
Big Business and Arms Reduction
Wrinkles in the System
Disarmament vs. Development
If you want to become rich, why not get into the rapidly growing field of conventional weapons? A gun that you might get army surplus in one country is sure to be worth top dollar in a country with a few “internal problems.” Pound for pound, weapons are worth their weight in gold; they are the one form of “wampum” everyone understands.
Hashish originated in the Himalayas, reportedly Lemuria. From there it spread north through Tibet into China, south into India and Sri Lanka (Ceylon). At the same time it spread east through Bhutan into Malaysia, as well as through Pakistan, Baluchistan, Afghanistan and Persia to Turkey.
Werner Erhard, the founder of est, knows how to live. He has a chauffeur-driven Rolls, dresses in cashmere and lives in an elegant Victorian home with a museum-level collection of Oriental art. Since the est training now costs $300, it presupposes a bit of prosperity consciousness just for starters.
It is a classic scene out of the distant past, the ageless uncounted years of Hindu prehistory.... Thousands of sadhus, holy men, wild men, swarm over the stone steps and courtyards of the Pashupatinath temple, outside of Katmandu. They bathe in the shallow brown river where it curves through the temple complex between the cliffs and ancient trees.
The word “anarchy" summons up in most people’s minds terrible images fraught with fire, explosions and fear. But like marijuana in the 1920s and '30s. the philosophy of anarchism has been given a bum rap. So bad has been the smear campaign against this philosophy and its adherents that even today it is a taboo subject in classrooms, like sex and drugs.
Cosmic funk father, soul leader of the black acid movement and most high supremest player in the Parliament Funkadelic universe. He has seen the future, and it is funky
George Clinton, the Cosmic Funk Father and head of the post-Jimi Hendrix black acid movement (BAM), fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the power of positive funk. Along with the other members of the Parliament-Funkadelic mob, George wields the sword of truth in an attempt to subdue, subvert and submerge the forces of intergalactic jivation and corporate riffraff.
Indians March 3,000 Miles to Call for End of “Genocide”
WASHINGTON, D.C.—One thousand American Indians and supporters walked from California to Capitol Hill this summer to protest what they termed the "clear-cut policy of genocide" of the U.S. government toward Native Americans. At the end of the 3,000-mile "Longest March," coordinated by three Native American nations, Indian leaders charged that while President Carter and Ambassador Andrew Young denounce human-rights violations in the USSR and the Third World, dozens of Indian activists languish in U.S. jails and thousands of Indian people are routinely discriminated against in terms of employment and housing.
CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA—By applying to the USSR and East Germany for "foreign aid" for his "underdeveloped" village of Vulcan, Mayor John Robinette has shamed the administration of Governor Jay Rockefeller into providing a $400,000 bridge that Vulcan has badly needed since 1974.
MIAMI—Prince Pisadej Rachanee of Thailand toured the United States recently looking for new crops that might be introduced in his native country to discourage peasant farmers from cultivating opium poppies. Rachanee, a guest of the Department of Agriculture, visited Florida's Dade County orange groves.
MILWAUKEE—George Davida, professor at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, faces two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if he discloses the results of his independent invention of a computer-security device. According to the U.S. Commerce Department, Davida's invention could, in the wrong hands, become a threat to U.S. security.
Canada Charges Soviets $4 Million for Satellite Cleanup
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK—Canada wants the Soviet Union to pay $4 million to cover the costs of recovering radioactive debris from the nuclear satellite that fell in northern Canada last winter. The costs of the cleanup, which is still proceeding in areas where personnel have found satellite fragments of high radioactivity, are actually closer to $12 million.
TORONTO, ONTARIO—In an era when more and more women are being admitted to once exclu sively all-male clubs, a Toronto woman has done the obvious. She has created a club exclusively for women—and a very successful one at that. Isabel Beveridge, a money-market trader for a Toronto investment firm, started the Twenty-One McGill Street Club four years ago.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The recent charges of anti-Soviet libel against two reporters for the New York Times and the Baltimore Sun are only the latest development in the ongoing chess game of journalistic restrictions on U.S. and USSR reporters in each other's countries.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Two women Secret Service agents are now protecting the president and vice-president. They are the first women agents assigned to guard duty since the service began accepting women in 1971. Mary Ann Gordon, 28, has been assigned to the detail guarding President Carter.
HAVANA—Fidel Castro informed a group of American mayors visiting Cuba that he would like to meet with U.S. President Carter. "I asked if he would be willing to meet with President Carter and he said, 'Why not?'" reported Mayor Wayne Pomeroy of Mesa, Arizona.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI—President-for-Life Jean Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier has hired the Washington-based firm of Edelman International, Inc., to “communicate positive developments in Haiti to the outside world," according to Edelman Vice-President David Banks.
KINGSTON—Eight Jamaican senators, the entire opposition membership of the senate here, have quit in protest over the government's refusal to discuss the mysterious “Green Bay Massacre" in which five civilians were killed earlier this year.
RIO DE JANIERO—The cigarettes that multinational tobacco companies have been exporting to Third World countries have been found to be more hazardous than those offered to developed nations. A study by a British television documentary team has discovered that when identical brands of cigarettes in both developed and Third World nations were compared, the cigarettes in the Third World often contained much higher levels of tar.
MIAMI, FLORIDA—The Bahamas and Barbados are seeking compensation for the U.S. military bases on their land. A British colony, the Caicos Islands, at the southeastern tip of the Bahamas, are also asking rent from the U.S. A precedent for the rental of foreign bases was made last year when the U.S. agreed to pay $1.5 million annually for military real estate in the British-associated state of Antigua.
In Peru, living conditions have gone from bad to worse to grim. Excessive spending on military forces and government bureaucracy is being fueled by rampant inflation. One social worker says most of Peru's 16 million people are moving from "malnutrition to the brink of starvation."
Castro Offers Prisoner Swap: CIA Man for Terrorist
WASHINGTON, D.C.—An East German lawyer has brought to Washington an unusual prisonerexchange program offered by the Cuban government. The Cubans want to release American Lawrence K. Lunt, a former cattle rancher in Cuba now serving the 14th year of a 30-year sentence imposed when he admitted being a CIA intelligence collector, for Lolita LeBron, a 57-year-old Puerto Rican nationalist who, with three other terrorists, began firing pistols at random from the visitors' gallery into the House of Representatives in 1954.
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND—Huey Smith, leader of the National Gypsy Council, has given his official approval to a novel program to provide Gypsy children with complete educational services. Over the 500-odd years that the Gypsies have roamed and camped around this bucolic region, most of them have remained largely illiterate, both out of necessity and out of pride in their traditions.
PARIS, FRANCE—A controversial "antipsychiatrist" who adheres to the radical theories of developmental psychologist R.D. Laing is currently running 15 counseling centers for young male prostitutes around Paris. Dr. Marc Pergaud imposes only the loosest obligations on the boys in his communal hostels, allowing them to come and go unsupervised.
ROME—Italians are fleeing crime, terrorism and social ills by flocking to ballrooms where they waltz, tango and polka by the millions—so say experts seeking an explanation of the compulsive revival of ballroom dancing here. Balle liscio—"smooth dancing"—is as popular in the major Italian cities of Milan, Turin and Bologna as disco.
LONDON—A final mystery surrounding Sherlock Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, appears to have been solved. It is the enigmatic riddle of the life of Sir Arthur's father, Charles Altamont Doyle, a distinguished nineteenthcentury painter whose last years have remained a puzzle to historians.
MOSCOW—Soviet scientists want to reverse the flow of several of European Russia's mighty rivers in an effort to ease water shortages in that region, but a growing number of opponents claim that solution to the water problem would create immense environmental problems, some with global impact.
SALISBURY, ZIMBABWE (RHODESIA)—Courtney Ferguson and his wife live in a home with four children, several dogs and a precocious year-old lion named Zhengli. "Zhengli is very intelligent," says Mrs. Ferguson," much more so than a dog of the same age, and she is becoming a real character.
JOHANNESBURG—A generation of deeply disaffected, restless and rebellious Afrikaner youth is emerging from the arch-conservative Boer lands of South Africa. In Boer high schools, dagga—dynamite Bantu marijuana—has become wildly popular in recent years, and Sunday attendance in Dutch Reformed churches, though legally compulsory, has been falling off precipitately.
KATMANDU—King Birenda, the 32-year-old monarch of Nepal, is relaxing the tight political control he holds over this ancient Himalayan mountain kingdom famous for its exports of hashish. The king has lifted his ban on several newspapers, although they still may not criticize him.
PEKING—Four American social scientists have been permitted by the People's Republic of China to study life in the village of Wukung in the southern Hopei province. By completing detailed questionnaires on the lives of some 600 villagers, they were able to obtain information that included people's ages, education and social status as well as their spare-time earnings.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA—The second international "krill conference" opened uneasily here this fall, with 90 delegates from 13 nations considering various proposals to carve up the Antarctic continent for territorial fishing rights.
GUADALCANAL—This obscure and tiny island chain in the Pacific Ocean has recently declared independence from Britain, which has dominated economic and political life here since the end of World War II. The Japanese lost the islands to U.S. Marines in the war's fiercest fighting.
Hallucinogen Reduces Hallucinations in Schizophrenics
Research Crippled by Hindu Orthodoxy
Home Abortions Near
Chicken Soup Helps Cure Colds
Apomorphine, the smack substitute that William Burroughs used to kick his habit, is being used to reduce hallucinations in chronic schizophrenics in Chicago. In normal persons apomorphine tends to produce hallucinations. Its action in the brain seems to resemble that of the human hormone dopamine, which is produced in abnormal abundance by the brains of schizophrenics.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that the government cannot fire a federal employee merely because that person has been convicted for possession of marijuana or other controlled substances. Dismissal or other disciplinary action is only appropriate, the Court stated, when the employee’s off-duty offense has an adverse effect on job performance or efficiency of service.
If Renaldo and Clara did one thing for Dylan, it liberated him from the image of a man who never made a foolish move. The critics, in a scary display of pack-mentality bloodthirstiness, were quick to brand the four-hour movie shameless egotism when, ironically, Dylan’s project seemed a heroic attempt to transcend the image/ego "Bob Dylan.”
This is the most radical book to be published on the classical antiquities in over a century; not since Friedrich Nietzsche single-handedly rehabilitated the dark, mad underside of Greek rationality in The Birth of Tragedy has anyone looked at the origins of Hellenic—and hence our own modern—civilization with as few illusions and as much knowledge of what probably happened as the present authors.
See the dance floor through rose-colored lashes. These extravagant sweeps of color—ranging from pale blond to vibrant vermillion—announce to all within eyeshot that “Here is one wild and crazy gal!” Add a strategic stroke of eye shadow and you'll have a sweaty, stainedpants Travoltaoid drooling at your door. $6 each from Debbie Associates, 100 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1203, New York, New York 10011.
Have you ever wanted to take nifty underwater films like Jacques Cousteau but couldn’t take the plunge with that vulnerable landlubbing camera of yours? Now even merpeople can take home movies with the Bauer underwater housing for Super 8 movie cameras. This watertight protective case allows distortion-free filming to a depth of 50 meters—but make sure you’re wearing your own underwater housing. Priced at $225 from Bauer, it’s available at a camera store near you.
Plant your palsied kisser on this dapper little fellow's puss and suck like you had bronchitis. You’ll drop dead with delight smoking a People Bong ($25), each individually handcrafted from clay and painted with hard glaze. Or shove your dirty battered joint into a little People Smokestone ($3) and cauterize your lungs in ecstasy. Write People Pipes, P.O. Box 266, Farmingdale, New York 11735.
Roach Clips Go Legit
For the most discriminating (i.e., wealthy) tokers only comes this prize collector’s clip, a three-inch-high masterwork of 14K gold set with a quality 20-point diamond. Since it is entirely of gold, the clip also acts as a tuning fork, and the ball will keep the vibrations going for as long as ten seconds. Each clip is individually numbered as one of a limited edition of 20, so rush your $850 to Phi Designs, P.O. Box 101, Los Angeles, California 90053.
Blake Fleetwood isn’t a narc, but he knows the inside of their minds well enough to do the hard police reporting that led to his exposé of the Nicky Barnes frame-up that appears on page 58. He’s gone undercover himself—once when he got into a high-security prison in Venezuela to get an exclusive interview with international terrorist and alleged JFK hitman Orlando Bosch, and once when he posed as a heroin addict to investigate methadone: “It’s a potent opiate,” he says, “great stuff.”