Several years ago, some academics wrote a book about the limits to growth, trying to calculate what was possible given geometric expansion in the various economies of the world. And while some of their assumptions have been discredited, the basic question still remains.
Regarding the letter in the October '78 High Times “Adviser” concerning the period of time necessary for traces of marijuana to leave the body and how long one need wait before the next high is as good as the first time one smoked, I thought that I’d pass on the following information.
Q. I heard that there’s something called lecithin pearls that are supposed to prevent losing your memory and keep you from being absentminded. Is it for real? If so, where can I cop about a hundred thousand? — J.V., Savannah, Ga. A. Better cut this answer out and take it with you to the nearest health-food store as a reminder.
Low and slow is the way Mexicans drive around southern California. The coolest thing is to get a sled and drive that baby down by the high school goin’ about 12 mph with the skid plates shootin’ sparks from the back and the cops are tryin’ to get through the traffic at you and you got that fuzzy dash.
People suffer today from the cheapening of the sexual exchange. I see a number of gentlemen per week for psychosexual disorders. Those I see are the rejected boys, boys who were made to feel unworthy at the foot of their beloved, boys cast out by women and scorned as useless.
I would like to clarify and expand the statement that "R". made in the September '78 High Times "Dope" column regarding the "equatorial theory," potency and the cannabis high. High Times readers should know that aside from set and setting, the main factors in determining the high are the amount and particular ratio of cannabinoids that are found in the material.
The rich are not like us. For one thing, they've got money—which often means they can buy anything they want, including books, magazines and newspapers. Of course the rich have their problems too. And that’s one of the reasons that they have publications of their very own.
Space bassist Bootsy Collins (the Funkadelics, Bootsy’s Rubber Band) was taken off the road and hospitalized in restrictive confinement in Cincinnati. Has doctors advised him to remain in complete seclusion with no contact with his band, fans or the entertainment world in general until a complete recovery is evident.
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA—All air, sea and land traffic in the department of La Guajira, this country's major dope-exporting province, has been put under strict government control. Inhabited mainly by Taino Indians who support themselves by growing top-shelf Santa Marta gold, the province has for years maintained a kind of de facto autonomy, enjoying minimal interference from government troops or police.
Sheriff Orders Lie-Detector Tests for All Officers; More Arrests Seen
Florida Nares Nabbed in 7 1/2-Ton Bust
KEY WEST, FLORIDA—Four Key West policemen— two of them members of the Narcotics Strike Force—were arrested in connection with a 15,000-pound pot-smuggling operation this fall, and a state marine-patrol commander said it is "very possible" other law-enforcement officers will be linked to the smuggling ring.
The U.S. ambassador to Colombia, Diego Asencio, has hinted that the United States has already drawn up plans to regulate the importation of foreign marijuana when legalization occurs. Asencio, whose comments issued from the Colombian city of Cali, the cocaine capital of the Southern Hemisphere, said that "one might consider the legalization of the sale and consumption of marijuana in terms of science fiction, assuming that in the future Man might wish to live permanently drugged, withdrawn from reality."
TOKYO, JAPAN—While 413 people around Japan were busted for cannabis, 48 for opium, and 31 for heroin in the first half of 1978, there were almost 13,000 busts involving amphetamines and other stimulants. Speed has traditionally been Japan's preferred drug of abuse, and last year nearly 100 kilos of powdered methamphetamine were confiscated by National Police Agency (NAP) narcs, along with some 400,000 cc of liquid speed.
The American dollar might not be worth much in Geneva and Bonn, but in Colombia the American greenback is worth more than ever before. Devaluation of the Colombian peso against the dollar is accelerating. Before the new Turbay government assumed power in August 1978, devaluation had been running at a monthly average of 13 centavos against the dollar, but for the last quarter of 1978 it almost doubled to 24 centavos (1 peso equals 100 centavos).
MORDOVIA GULAG, USSR—Three Americans are currently incarcerated here on drug charges, the only Yanks currently imprisoned by the Soviets. The three—from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York City—were nailed last year at Moscow Airport with 71 pounds of brown heroin in their luggage and sentenced to terms of five to eight years in Russia's only prison for non-Russians.
KINGSTON, JAMAICA—Government troops operating in the Wareika Hills east of here discovered a large guerrilla encampment allegedly planning an overthrow of the regime of Michael Manley, according to a source close to Government House.
The giant pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly will mass-market within two years a THC "substitute" called Nabilone to be used by glaucoma and cancer chemotherapy patients. The synthetic pot, a fine white crystal, supposedly achieves all the pharmacological effects of THC except for the euphoria; though, in fact, there are studies indicating that it does produce euphoria.
"Honeymoon Narcs"Entrap 27 at"Doperware" Pot Party
GALENA, ILLINOIS—A boyfriend-girl friend team of young undercover narcs, in their eagerness to close a case so they could get married, set up a bust of 27 local youths at a "doperware" party they themselves had promoted locally for weeks.
NEW YORK CITY—Marvin Siegel, a Jewish special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, is suing his regional and national chiefs for ethnic discrimination against non-Irish Catholics. Though DEA head Peter Bensinger is himself Jewish, Siegel has charged him and New York DEA boss John W. Fallon of promoting only Irishmen to cozier posts than special agent.
Authorities retrieved 395 pounds of methaqualone tablets on the airstrip at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. The 'ludes were dumped by a pilot who then escaped arrest by aiming his Piper Aztec directly at a U.S. Customs plane, forcing the narcs to swerve into a ditch in a deadly game of "chicken."
LONDON, ENGLAND—Four bottles of Bolivian wine coming through Heathrow International Airport led to the seizures of two kilos of coke in London and Chelmsford and the immediate detention of 77 people, including one who escaped police custody by throwing himself through a station-house window.
In days of yore, those who toiled in the earth, raising by the sweat of their brow the green bounty bestowed from God, were honored. But nowadays the narcs intrude with scythes and blowtorches before the poor little seedlings even have time to bud.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—Employees at the three hospitals and 43 clinics at the University of Chicago allegedly used a central computer to steal quantities of coke and other dope from hospital stores. Chicago Tribune reporters charged that some persons among the 83 employees at the university's central pharmacy at Billings Hospital had regularly ordered drugs through a computerized inventory terminal, erased all tapes of the transactions and pinched the dope from the Billings delivery dock.
Officers of Miami's elite Special Response Team (SRT) pretended they were Star Wars robots to draw a gunman out of his apartment. A 29-year-old man in North Dade, having shot out a neighbor's windowpane, had holed up in his apartment and become "belligerent," cops said.
San Francisco County's landmark Proposition W, which read, "We the people of San Francisco County demand that the District Attorney and Chief of Police cease the arrest and prosecution of individuals involved in the cultivation, transfer and possession of marijuana," passed with a resounding margin of 57 percent of the voters.
ESPANOLA, NEW MEXICO—The main result of a massive antismuggling project conducted near the Mexican border last year has been to make northern New Mexico extremely popular among airborne dope smugglers. "I am awakened at least twice a week," complains a neighbor near Ensenada airport, "by planes taking off at three A.M."
Reggae Star Tosh Beaten by Cops In Single-Spliff Bust
Jamaican reggae star Peter Tosh ("Legalize It") was severely beaten by Kingston police after his arrest for one spliff of ganja. Tosh was tossed into a detention tank for allegedly smoking a hand-roll on a Kingston street. After spending a night in custody, Tosh was taken to a hospital the next morning for treatment of a head wound and a broken arm.
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 inducement to illegal activity, or as an endorsement of dope usage or trafficking, or as an endorsement of any particular dope.
After years of exile, the controversial American author of Naked Lunch and Junkie talks about Jack Kerouac, smack, out-of-body experiences, outer space, brain power, future shock, fascism and the most important novel of the '80s, his own Cities of the Red Night
“I think,” said Norman Mailer in 1962, when the seminal American classic Naked Lunch was published, “that William Burroughs is the only living American novelist who may conceivably be possessed by genius.” Burroughs, who had been a heroin addict for 16 years prior to taking the apomorphine cure in London in 1956 (he has been off junk ever since), went on to become a major innovative force and literary bellwether, creating not only metaphors but living generations with minds of their own.
RETURN WITH US TO THE GOLDEN DAYS OF ACID WHEN AUGUSTUS OWSLEY STANLEY III STILL MADE THE FINEST ACID IN THE WORLD
"God's Secret Agent," Timothy Leary's tribute to the LSD chemists who turned on the psychedelic revolution, first appeared in Other Scenes in 1968. In it Leary describes his first meeting with Augustus Owsley Stanley III, the almost mythic avatar of the golden age of acid who lent his name to the finest bootleg LSD ever manufactured.
Augustus Owsley Stanley III was born on January 22, 1935, in Arlington, Virginia. His father, Augustus Owsley Stanley II, was a government attorney (now retired), and his grandfather, the first Augustus Owsley Stanley, was a governor of Kentucky and a United States senator.
On a recent "Starsky and Hutch" episode, the blond one who sings is friendishly abducted by a band of thugs who want to know the whereabouts of his latest flame, an ex-hooker whom the head hood desires for his own dark purposes. Not in a singing mood, Hutch withstands a series of savage beatings, refusing to offer so much as a word or even to hum a few bars.
Rrrring! Allo? Ah, ma cherie, what shall we do ce soir? Perhaps that elegant box at le ballet? Or disco avec les punks riches? Topped with laughter and champagne at sunrise? Mais certainment you would like to dazzle the world as never before—glitter and thrill with all the style in your blood.
Toot in Times Square, 'ludes in the Stock Exchange and punk rock at CBGB—New York is still Fun City
1 At London’s Gatwick Airport, I went straight to the cafeteria, stationed myself at a deserted corner table, put an opium pellet on my tongue and washed it down with two cups of tepid tea, apparently a catalyst. On a jammed Laker flight to New York, I managed to read three novels undisturbed by the monster pushing my seat forward, the two monsters in front pushing their seats backward and the Frenchman beside me growing his beard, because airplanes make me feel secure.
The great American land yachts that once ruled the road
1951 Studebaker Commander Starlight V-8
1955 Packard Caribbean
1952 Kaiser Manhattan
1954 “Road Race” Lincoln
1948 Tucker Torpedo
1950 Nash Ambassador Airflyte
1951 Hudson Hornet
1949 Buick Roadmaster
It's over. On July 28, 1978, it all came to an end, the glorious 30-year era of the American highway. On that day,the last full-sized car that will ever be built in this country, a 1978 Cadillac Eldorado, rolled off the assembly line in Detroit.
Tripping out at the 7th Annual Rainbow People's World Peace Gathering—the audience is the star
In 1972, an announcement was circulated for a new festival called the “Rainbow Family Healing Gathering,” to be held in Colorado. Granby was its site, and it was scheduled for July 1-7. Thirty thousand showed up, but there was no rock there, so after the whiskey ran out, most left.
There are a lot of dope farmers out there, but when the goods are in the truth is known: Only God can grow sinsemilla. So gaze mortals upon the colorful harvest of God; agnostics tremble at the sight of the colors, for they are a stone groove. If it wasn’t for colors, like where would artist Jackson Pollock be?
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Northeastern and Midwestern cities in the U.S. have become the country's most desperately poor areas over the last ten years, a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study has revealed. Defining "needy" as any city that heavily taxes its citizens but fails to provide adequate essential services, the CBO came up with the nation's six neediest cities, in order: Newark, St.
TULSA, OKLAHOMA—Under the coordination of the American Association of Christian Schools, the teaching of fundamentalist religions and moral principles to school kids has become a billiondollar business, with an average of three new such schools opening every day.
Commercial advertising, long a staple in European film palaces, is now invading our nation's 14,000 movie houses. Already many of the big movie-distribution chains, including United Artists and Mann, have screened slick, professional ads for such products as Seiko clocks and Chryslers.
AITKIN, MINNESOTA—The proprietors of a giant high-tension line running through the Minnesota forests hired a private detective last year to promote confusion in the ranks of protesting ecologists, it was recently disclosed. The gumshoe, posing as a reporter, "planted the seeds of paranoia" among protesters, he said, by very obviously tailing them for days on end, for no reason beyond making them uptight.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—As protests mount across the country against nuclear power plants, the Atomic Energy Commission has discovered itself stuck with a lot of radioactive waste material and no place to safely dispose of it. State governments that gladly welcomed nuclear plants within their borders some years ago have seemingly had second thoughts about harboring the poisons they generate.
TORONTO, ONTARIO—Walter Hamilton, an executive at the Provincial Liquor Control Board, was recently busted for ripping off the office to the tune of a bottle of Scotch every week for the last ten years. All 520 bottles were recovered from Hamilton's home after the thefts came to light.
The plight of American blacks has been chosen as the best censored news story of 1977. It was chosen from entries submitted to a media seminar at Sonoma State College in California. For the past two years, the seminar has asked the public to send in important stories that have been largely ignored by the major media outlets.
WASHINGTON STATE—Flying-saucer pilots now have an official, guaranteed-safe landing pad at the base of Mount Rainier. Fifteen flat mountainvalley acres have been fenced off and fitted with special landing lights for UFO jockeys by New Age magazine publisher Wayne Aho.
The world's largest tear-gas manufacturer reports that both its sales and profits are down since the heyday of civil disorder. Frank MacAloon, editor of Law and Order magazine, explains: "When peace came to the U.S., the tear-gas business pretty much dried up.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Government censors here appear to be relaxing in the area of political humor, though sex still makes their hackles rise. While the mild political sitcom "Planet of the Men" is permitted to shock and titillate viewers with lukewarm satires on the new "democratic" government, top censor Armando Falcao recently pulled the Portuguese translation of The Hite Report off book stands after six weeks on the best-seller list.
BUENOS AIRES—Argentina is about to start construction of an experimental plutonium-reprocessing plant. The president of Argentina's Atomic Energy Commission. Admiral Raul Castro Madero, said that the reprocessing plant, which will be built at the Ezeiza atomic center just outside of Buenos Aires, probably would be completed in the early 1980s.
CORDOBA, ARGENTINA—Juan Guevara was recently busted here on charges of carrying false identification; he was sentenced to three years. He explained to the judge that he had simply become irritated at the way people were forever accusing him of being the brother of the late revolutionary Che Guevara, but the judge refused to accept this as a mitigating factor.
MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA—Profamilia, this country's advanced and highly successful birth-control program, has begun running into more opposition from doctrinaire leftists than it ever got from the Colombian Catholic church. In the 13 years since Profamilia was privately incorporated, the Colombian birth rate has fallen from 46 per thousand women annually to 32; families now average 4.1 children per household, down from 7.1 in 1965.
CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA—Next year's Miss Universe contest will be climaxed in this historic Atlantic city, if certain local financiers have their way. Industrialists Edgar Botero and Agosto Calderon have spearheaded the bidding for the 1980 Miss Universe franchise ever since Margaret Gardiner of the Republic of South Africa was chosen Miss Universe at Acapulco, Mexico, in 1978.
VILLA HERMOSA, MEXICO—Angry farmers here claim that the development of southern Mexico's new oil reserves may result in their economic ruin and severe health problems. In the Department of Tabasco, 173,000 acres of banana, orange and cacao-producing land have already been irretrievably poisoned by the uncontrolled operations of the state-owned oil corporation, Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), located in Samaria.
The daughter of Maltese president Dom Mintoff, Yana Mintoff, has been fined ₤100 for throwing horseshit onto the floor of the London House of Commons from the spectators' gallery. Stoolflinger Mintoff and her boyfriend John McSherry were protesting British imperialism in Northern Ireland.
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND—Two local youths have successfully prosecuted a local man, John Cochrane, for burning them in a grass deal. Cochrane admitted in court that he had sold the boys a "month's supply" of powdered hair conditioner, which he had steam-ironed between sheets of silver paper.
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN—The human rights of children are so frequently abused by their parents, a law professor here contends, that they should be given the right to "divorce" their families whenever necessary. "A very large number of 13 to 19 year olds have serious relationship disturbances with at least one parent," points out Dr. Ulla Jacobsen.
DUNDALK, IRELAND—The Irish Customs Service has seized over $8,600 worth of smuggled condoms and spermicide jellies at Dundalk and Dublin. The production and sale of contraceptive devices is illegal in Catholic-dominated Ireland; however the've been imported widely from England since 1974, when an Irish High Court decision ordained that the private use of contraceptives was legal.
LONDON, ENGLAND—Last year, the British Post Office reported a cash profit in excess of $77 million—in contrast to the United States Post Office, which over the same period lost $688 million. While postal rates in Britain are fairly equivalent to the USA's, it seems that by cutting out mail collections between midnight and six A.M., and on Sundays, the service saves a phenomenal amount of money.
ROME, ITALY—Dieters here claim to be losing as much as nine pounds per week by virtue of a new diet theory that places more emphasis on inertia than exercise. Its promoters hold that stress and anxiety are the main causes of over-eating and recommend that fatties spend as much time as possible at home, avoiding all sources of worry.
BONN, WEST GERMANY—The German Automobile Association has designed a special sanitary "kiss of life" mask for administering mouth-to-mouth artificial respiration. About half the victims of car accidents require immediate mouth-to-mouth, studies indicate, but Germans are squeamish about the idea of kissing strangers; even 12 percent of med students find it nauseating.
PARIS, FRANCE—On any given week, between 20 and 30 French factories are taken over by their workers. The occupation of industrial plants is nowadays regarded as a formal and acceptable tactic in French labor-management relations.
OOSTEREND, HOLLAND—The North Sea's newest pirate radio station, Radio Delmare, was blown straight into the Dutch Coast Guard dock here by a North Sea gale, only a month after it had begun broadcasting. Delmare's illegal transmitter had been broadcasting nonstop rock from a renovated merchant ship with only three disc jockeys aboard, when a howling storm snapped her cables and drove her straight toward shore.
LONDON—British beer drinkers are winning the battle to preserve the brewing of genuine ale. About ten years ago, modern technology began forcing traditional British ale off the market. "Real ale," as it is called, is difficult to brew and even more difficult to store and transport.
LONDON—Nolton Management Services Ltd. has agreed to pay Levi-Strauss & Company of San Francisco $500,000 for attempting to pirate their jeans, Europe's favorite fashion for the last ten years. Nolton, which had conspired to distribute denim dungarees with forged leather "Levi" patches, arranged the settlement through a British judge.
NYC's "Mr. Methadone" Helps Hong Kong Create Junkie Profile
HONG KONG—The typical Hong Kong junkie, according to a computer profile programmed by New York City's former methadone czar, is a semiskilled young adult, single or separated, who lives in crowded and substandard housing. Grateful Hong Kong narco authorities have hailed this finding as a new epoch in drug control.
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL—Beginning with its conquest by King David exactly 3,000 years ago, this city was the richest in the Middle East for 300 years, according to startling new archaeological evidence. During its heyday under David, Solomon and their royal Israelite successors, Jerusalem was accorded a dazzling surplus of material wealth in the Bible—a wealth that has always been regarded with skepticism by modern historians.
An ecologically minded Red Chinese government has announced plans to clean up Peking, which after 30 years of industrial development is one of the most polluted cities in the world. Within a few years, officials have pledged, "Someone standing on the dagoba temple in Peihai Park may have a clear view of the western hills, 15 miles away."
PEKING, CHINA—Cultural representatives from the People's Republic of China are currently seeking to establish an exchange of young Chinese musicians with Western rock 'n' roll artists. Two new-wave British rock groups, Roxy Music and Generation X, have been asked to undertake a concert tour of major Chinese cities.
TOKYO, JAPAN—Obesity, like the Japanese Gross National Product, is busting out all over here nowadays, and the controversial Great Japan Fat People's League ("Daipiren") is solidly in favor of it. The modern "slimness fetish" is an importation of Western tastes to Japan, Daipiren charges, and may not really have anything to do with health.
Police in Tripoli, Libya, unceremoniously dragged a man out of bed recently and charged him with the crime of making love to his wife in the daytime. A nosy, religious neighbor had turned him in. The incident occurred during the holy month of Ramadan, when Moslems must fast and abstain from sex from dawn to dusk.
EL ALAMEIN, EGYPT—International resource developers are proposing to use nuclear devices to blast a 50-mile irrigation channel that would reach deep into the Sahara Desert. The energy venture would connect the Qatara Depression, an enormous hollow in the desert that is actually below sea level, with the Mediterranean Sea.
CAIRO, EGYPT—Sightseers here are frequently accosted for alms by a young woman who begs in broken foreign phrases for enough to feed her feverish, dirt-streaked baby—which she has actually rented for the day. This woman, in reality a college graduate who speaks excellent French, English and German, rents her touchingly hollow-eyed prop babies from married neighbors in Cairo's Necropolis, a squalid cemetery town east of the city where some 250,O00 squatters subsist on the proceeds from professional alms seekers.
WALGREEN COAST, ANTARCTICA—Over 300 scientists from America, Germany and Japan are setting up camps on the Darwin and Byrd glaciers here to study the extent of glaciation that occurred in the southern hemisphere during the last Ice Age. While much is known of the glaciation's extent and effect on the northern continents, not much is yet known about the southern ice sheets during the same period.
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA—Yves. St. Laurent's new "Opium" perfume has been banned by the Queensland health department—on grounds of misleading labeling. Although it sells for $100 an ounce, the perfume contains no opium.
DERBY, AUSTRALIA—Last spring the country's top mining company, Conzinc Riotinto of Australia, announced that it had found diamonds in the Northwest Territory near Kimberly Hills, and now the rush is on. Every week dozens of miners stake new claims in the desolate, viper-infested wilderness, paying only 58¢ per tract of land.
Noted astronomer Fred Hoyle, studying global and historical patterns of influenza epidemics, says there is a distinct possibility that many flus may be caused by viruses from outer space. With epidemiologist Chandra Wickramasinghe, Hoyle presented statistics from a flu epidemic that swept schoolchildren in Wales and England last year, indicating that most of the students actually caught the disease while in the open air and not from other students in schools or dormitories.
The Florida supreme court has confirmed that marijuana stems are not illegal under law and therefore cannot be counted as part of the weigh-out of a confiscated amount of grass. Police are therefore required to clean small stashes of evidence grass for stems before officially weighing them.
There is no doubt in most people’s minds that Jimi Hendrix was the all-time numero-uno rock guitar player. To those who knew him and knew what was behind his legend he was the one who had the deepest understanding and most bionically complete connection to the transdimensional magic of the electric guitar.
THE COMPLETE FRITZ THE CAT, by R. Crumb (Belier Press, POB “C,” Gracie Station, New York, N.Y. 10028, $6). For anyone five years or so on either side of 30, this book is a most superb bedside companion. The archetypal adventures of the archetypal Fritz will mechanically trip off memory associations of what you were doing in ’67, ’70, ’73—at whatever point in the book you fell asleep, that is—and that’s what you’ll wind up dreaming about.
Yup, just toss a couple eggs and sausage into your electric frying pan and hook that up to your ChronTrol time-phase computer, punch some buttons to indicate exactly when to turn on the juice, and two hours or three days or a week later—really, whenever you want—wham, there’s breakfast!