The ladies of the Ainu people of northern Japan sometimes sing into each other's mouths for resonance. The Basques sometimes get together and sing "rough music" of an insulting nature to people they believe have committed immoral acts. The musicians accompany themselves on pots, pans and cowbells.
I recently used my Iso-2 machine to extract some hemp doormats that were made in the Philippines and sold at a local hardware store for about five bucks. I charcoal-filtered the oil and isomerized it and came out with a nearly clear oil with a reddish tint.
Q. In the September '78 issue of Playboy, in their annual "Drugs" roundup, I was alarmed to see an alleged ten fatalities due to grass. Also, the author of the article says, "It's best not to take any recreational drugs at all." Playboy then states that small doses of weed cause euphoria and alertness, but it says that in large doses the user becomes confused.
Now that we no longer call running exercise, now that it is recognized as a bona-fide high, there is a new concern, as with all highs, to learn more about it, to discover ways of making it more intense and less unpredictable. Some accentuate the sensation by running through alluring scenery.
You will not, in all likelihood, see this ad in the employment section of your local newspaper—not for a few years to come, at any rate. But there is at present a real need for qualified personnel in the infant field of sex therapy, and when the infant grows up, you can be sure that sex surrogates—substitute partners for people who want to improve their sex game—will be in as much demand as nurses and dental technicians are today.
Don't you think it's about time we had a better word to call the stuff we smoke? Aren't you a bit sick of hearing it called pot? Pot: that flabby ugly word conjures up nothing more magical than fat bellies, old stoves and self-righteous cooking vessels that have nothing better to do than call kettles black.
Boy, is Morley Safer ever a sob sister. And that goes double for Mike Wallace and Dan Rather! What’s with these guys anyway? Every Sunday night, week after week, it’s this guy lost his life savings, that guy sold his arm, and this guy got ripped off by the cheese-of-the-month club.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Some 300 delegates attending the seventh annual NORML conference here unanimously endorsed the immediate legalization of marijuana, thus ending a ten-year battle over the long-term viability of marijuana decriminalization.
The Polk County pot plane—the alleged flagship of smuggler Robert Ebys pot air fleet [see High Times interview, January '79]—has been placed on a Virginia auction block. The DC-4, busted last year with three tons of Colombian manjuana stuffed in its cargo hold, had cost Hanover, Virginia, authorities some 1O,O00 to maintain while waiting for sale at the Virginia Air National Guard Airport.
CAPE TOWN, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA—AS tension and paranoia rise among south Africa's ruling white minority, the use of Mandrax—the European variety of Quaalude—is on the rise. From the English-speaking business community to the archly conservative Afrikaner-Boer oligarchy that runs the Pretoria government, the demand for black-market Mandrax has skyrocketed to the point that a new underground has emerged to move the drug on a fantastic international scale.
Htgh Times magazine regrets identifying Florida Democratic congressman Louis Fry as the politico "busted by Miami cops for being drunk in the parking lot of a topless joint in nearby Dania" [October 1978 "Highwitness News"]. Actua lly, the person busted was not Fry, a junior member of the House Select Committee on Drug Abuse and Control, hut the committee's ranking minority head, Representative J. Herbert Burke.
Three Americans Reject Exchange Offer, Escape Bolivian Jail
N.C. Reefer Drought Sparks Chemical Binge
Three Americans made a daring escape from Bolivia’s infamous Santa Cruz prison after rejecting participation in a prisoner swap that returned seven other Americans from Bolivian jails. “We did not want to come back labeled as criminals,” said Leon Albagli, 29, of Newport Beach, California.
FARMERVILLE, LOUISIANA—A Colombian Air Force pilot, hauling 14 tons of top-bud Santa Mart a gold into Louisiana aboard an antique four-engine DC-6, flew a little too low while evading army radar and smashed into the treetops of a forest here.
LONDON—The cultivation of marijuana has become one of the British Isles' fastest-growing industries. Convictions for the cultivation of marijuna and hashish plants have more than doubled in the last three years, while convictions for simple possession have remained constant at around 1O,000 a year.
SAN Francisco—The Bay Area Rapid Transit Corporation (BART), a state-run facility with its own police force, spent a year and a half conducting an undercover operation that resulted in the busts last fall of 15 BART employees on minor grass and coke charges.
30 Tons, 10 Million 'Ludes Sunk in New York Harbor
An anonymous informer's tip to the Coast Guard led to the confiscation of 30 tons of Colombian reefer and 10 million Quaaludes at a closed dock in Jamaica Bay, Long Island. Although the dock was barely 100 yards from the Jamaica Bay Coast Guard station, the tip was called into the Guard's central station in New York Harbor, resulting in a bureaucratic snafu that delayed the raid for two hours.
Bahama Cops Seize 450 Lbs. of Coke Stashed in Bushes
The latest monthly record breaker for Bahama's coke hauls is 446.16 pounds of pure toot, which sat in suitcases for nearly a week on a little island before anyone showed up to claim it. The dope was found stashed in bushes on Staniel Cay near the point On the beach where a twin-engine Piper Seneca had been forced down by a Bahamian Marine Police reconnaissance plane.
It's spring and the world is mud luscious, and the little lame balloon man whistles far and wee, and Eddie and Bill come running from marbles and piracy, and it's spring, and the world is puddle wonderful, and the narcs and the Coast Guard are armed to the teeth, and it's spring, and the goat-footed balloon man is moving in tons under their noses as usual.
Intrepid Santa Cruz County sheriffs in California raided a 42-plant suburban backyard pot patch and nailed the self-admitted cultivator—a four-year-old boy. "They're my son's," the cops were told by the woman who answered the door at the house where the grass had been spotted.
Senator Joseph McCarthy, of the famous 1950s witch hunts against communist subversion in high places, was allegedly a morphine addict. Washington gossip Maxine Cheshire reports in a recent Ladies' Home Journal that throughout his super-patriotic career, McCarthy was scoring regular fixes of pharmaceutical morphine from a drugstore near the White House.
Challenge to Carter-Land Pot Laws Grows from Smoke-In Busts
Last spring nine people were busted in Atlanta during Georgia's first smoke-in, providing CAMP-Atlanta's Coalition for the Abolition of Marijuana Prohibition-with a test case for two sharp new legal challenges against pot laws. Arguing before state superior court justice Leroy Camp, CAMP attorney Scott McLarty charged that people busted for grass in Georgia are discriminated against unfairly.
Dr. Ralph Metzner is one of the most influential former members of Leary’s charmed Harvard Psychedelic Circle. A rationally educated psychologist, Metzner learned from LSD that there is no one individual indivisible Mind; rather, it is multi-dimensional in nature.
How to Start Your Own Record Company for Under $2000
Be the frist kid on your block to win a gold record
How to Stop Hiss
Getting Your Vibes on Vinyl
Taking It to the Streets
Dealing Your Disks
The Proof Is in the Platter
Fame and glory, the best cocaine, chauffeured limousines, private jets, the finest sinsemilla and anything else money can buy—these are the trappings of success in the music industry. Rock stars fly to Paris for breakfast. Record-company execs order out for lovers and caviar.
A historic memoir of America's greatest existentialist
Kerouac was a writer. That is, he wrote. Many people who call themselves writers and have their names on books are not writers and they can’t write—the difference being, a bullfighter who fights a bull is different from a bullshitter who makes passes with no bull there.
The opium trade flourishes today as it has for centuries. Opium is still carried out of Persia in camel caravans. Mules still bring it down out of the Golden Triangle, and sampans sail daily out of Hong Kong and China. But the international distribution of opium has become quicker and more efficient Trucks convey opium from Turkey to Europe, steamers from Burma head out to the high seas, and jets fly opium from wherever it is grown to everywhere else in the world.
Some of them have sat in wards since the 1940s —dead, graying, wooden, fibrous faces, inert human broccoli. The scars over their left eyes—where the surgeon's scalpel plunged in and in and in until their front brains died—have long since healed.
A consumers' guide to dope lawyershow and where to get the best defense money can buy
A. Craig Copetas
In 1967, Boston attorney Joseph Oteri brought the world's first case to legalize marijuana to a United States court. Defendants Joseph Weiss and Robert Leiss were charged with selling marijuana. President Nixon, godfather of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), sent his special consul James St Clair to prosecute.
In the really weighty cases the question is always whether to go with a local or import the out-of-town heavies. The local attorney knows the background of the judge, the temper of the community and the way the City Hall political wheels turn.
An open letter to President Carter explains how Americans can get legal blow
The next consideration is proper soil. In a natural environment coca does best in the limestone-free red clay common to the Andes; under artificial conditions a limestone-free mixture of leaf mold and sand affording good drainage is preferable (according to Angelo Mariani, inventor of Vin Mariani, the coca-based wine beloved by, among other notables, Thomas Edison, Jules Verne, William McKinley, Pope Leo XIII and the Grand Rabbi of France.
YUMA, ARIZONA—"It looks like something in a magazine for a pothead!" exploded Customs Inspector James Evans when federal authorities finally compelled him to decorate his border installations with Peter Max posters. The '60s-style pseudo-psychedelic posters were installed this year at all U.S. Customs posts after General Services Administration chief Joel Solomon heard that First Lady Rosalyn Carter was an avid Peter Max admirer.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—"Wild animals are invading the suburbs," exclaims one delighted naturalist, "there's no other way to describe it!" Minor shifts recently in the typical American urban ecosystem have led to a reappearance of several species of wildlife in cities, which hadn't housed such creatures in a great many years.
MADISON, WISCONSIN—Some 1,500 people, in cluding a squad of '60s luminaries such as Wavy Gravy, Allen Ginsberg and Bobby Seale, flocked to the "Moving Out of the '70s" conference here in an attempt to resurrect the radical left for the "challenge of the '80s" Most of the speakers concentrated on decrying the disintegration of the "Movement," the decline of faith in liberal reform and the emergence of the Me-First Generation.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—Conditions in American meat-packing plants are worse now than in 1910, when muckraker Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle, reports the U.S. Labor Department. Over 35 percent of all meat workers are injured on the job every year, compared to a national industrial-accident rate of 9 percent.
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA—A local man has published an instruction booklet that—for $2.45—explains how you can design and build your own coffin. Dale Zamzow, a systems analyst, notes that caskets normally cost anywhere from $100 to $5,000,but with his easy-to-follow booklet, plus materials, you can build a coffin for a mere $50.
LANGLEY, VIRGINIA—Former CIA executive assistant Vincent Marchetti has revealed that sensors to detect urine were regularly planted in Vietnamese jungles during the 1963-1973 police action. The project, he says, was "predicated on the assumption that even the Viet Cong have to stop and tinkle once in a while, and through the whiffs and sniffs we would be able to calcula the number of people coming through."
The average age at which American girls reach puberty is dropping about six months every decade, and one-third of all females now reach that stage at or before 11 years of age. The average age of puberty for young women in 1840 was 17, according to Melvin J. Konner, associate professor of anthropology at Harvard University.
LA TUQUE, QUEBEC—A magician billed as "Le Grand Melvin," who performed dressed as a vampire, was strangled midway through his cabaret act here by his seven-foot-six-inch pet boa constrictor. According to the nightclub's manager, the performer—whose real name was Jean-Guy Leclaire—"seemed to miss a reflex, and the boa wrapped around his neck."
BOGOTA—The Colombian government has enacted a series of new laws designed to strictly monitor the sale and advertising of drugs ranging from pharmaceuticals to agricultural insecticides. The move came amid rumors that Colombia may soon legalize marijuana.
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA—Over $125 million worth of Colombian coffee was smuggled abroad during the 1977-1978 coffee year, according to official government estimates here. The bootleg sacks represent over 7 percent of Colombia's legal coffee exports.
HAVANA, CUBA—Visitors from all over the world were privileged, during the last World Festival of Youths and Students, to view various mementos of President Fidel Castro's youth. Among them was a hand-written letter to U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt, dated November 6, 1940, which read: It was not revealed if President Roosevelt paid his good friend Fidel the ten dollars green American for tipping him off to the Morjuri ore deposits.
LIMA, PERU—Oil-rich Arab financiers are pumping huge amounts of petrodollars into South America for the first time ever. Arlabank, established here with an initial capital of $100 million, is a multinational bank dedicated to encouraging Middle Eastern investments in Latin American industries, to financing international loans and credits and to building up import and export trade markets between nations in South America and the world market.
MOSCOW, USSR—Russia has suddenly launched an offensive in the perpetual Shortwave War, setting up super-powerful transmitters at every Radio Moscow installation along the country's European border. For years the Voice of America and the British Broadcasting Corporation have held a decided edge over the Soviets, with the BBC offering a continuous flow of excellent in-depth global news and the V of A broadcasting political propaganda spiked with enormously popular rock 'n' roll and big-band music.
France's # 1 Fugitive Wages Terror Campaign for Prison Reforms
PARIS, FRANCE—France's number-one fugitive, who recently stole $3 million from a casino, is attempting to force major prison reforms through this city's legislative system, using terror tactics against judges when necessary. Ever since Jacques Mesrine, 41, broke out of the maximum-security prison at Santé last May, he has been waging a war against such institutions.
Wild Parties Abound on "Punk-Disco Ferry" to Holland
SHEERNESS, ENGLAND—For $20 round trip, working-class British youth can now get a onehour bus tour of Zeeland in the Netherlands, squeezed in among 24 nonstop hours of boozing, brawling and dancing. Every weekend, the Olau Line of Denmark runs a cut-rate "Saturday Night Fever" ferry between here and Vlissinger in the Netherlands.
TORRELIMOS, SPAIN—Underdeveloped countries could much more quickly ease into international commerce if the computer technology that many already possess were only properly utilized, delegates at the Strategies and Policies for Infotronics (SPIN) conference affirmed here last year.
Interview with B.P. Koiraki— Former Prime Minister of Nepal
Since his removal from office in 1960, former Nepal prime minister B.P. Koirala has spent most of his days in jail or exile. Now back at home in Kathmandu, he is still awaiting trial by a one-man tribunal appointed by King Birendra. The charges are treason and sedition, both of which carry the death penalty upon conviction.
KLONG YAI, THAILAND—Old-fashioned piracy is thriving again in the island-clustered waters of Southeast Asia. Most of the pirates operate out of islands near the Cambodia-Vietnam border, paying handsome fees to both communist governments for the privilege.
SALISBURY, RHODESIA—Mercenary service in the Rhodesian bush is nothing like the movie The Wild Geese, according to professional mercs who have tried it briefly and generally left in disgust after a short term of service. The Rhodesian government, backed by the Republic of South Africa (RSA), conducts a vigorous merc-recruiting program all over the world, offering top pay for relatively low-risk work fighting off raiding parties of poorly equipped black nationalist guerrillas from Zambia and Mozambique.
TANGA, TANZANIA—African, American and European scientists are anxiously awaiting the results of a crucial phase in the concentrated 50-year war on this continent’s single most maleficent—and fascinating—insect, the vampire tsetse fly, conveyor of “sleeping sickness” to humans and animals from the Sahara to Zimbabwe.
SALE, AUSTRALIA–When authorities began spraying vast tracts of land around this isolated Victoria Province town with the herbicides 2, 4-D and 2,4,5-T last year, the Canberra government solemnly conducted a six-month program to determine the safety of the chemicals.
William Dwyer, who calls himself "King of the Hippies," went up briefly before the London High Court for organizing alfresco rock festivals in Windsor Great Park last fall. He appeared before the bench dressed in a priest's gown and collar, claiming to have been ordained by a priest in the next pretrial detention cell.
Men who take regular high doses of aspirin seem to have a greatly reduced risk of heart crises, according to the Mayo Clinic. Confirming a previous study by Canadian doctors, the Kansas clinic studied 1,250 arthritis sufferers in Rochester, Minnesota: the 348 men among them, all massive consumers of aspirin, had 48 percent fewer heart attacks and strokes than the general male population of Rochester.
A California judge has shocked the medical profession by dropping charges of murder and practicing without a license that had been brought against a young, allegedly unlicensed midwife. The charges stemmed from the death last year, from a rare birth complication, of an infant who was born at home.
Buddy Holly was the biggest popularizer of horn-rims to make women horny. His simple rollicking love songs reflected the image of a wild lover boy lurking under a sweetly innocent shell that seemed about to break with every nervous gulp and hiccup from his Texan twang.
Currently, the CIA is being sued by a UFO organization to release data under the Freedom of Information Act that might answer the old question: How much does the U.S. government—namely its military and intelligence establishment—really know about the flying-saucer mystery?
The Ohaus School Balance, an easy weighing-learning system designed for use by 8-13 year olds, is a practical course that teaches you the difference between a gram and three grams (two grams). Buy your kids an Ohaus-scale metric teaching system—and when they’re old enough to buy dope, they'll thank you for teaching them the facts of life. Only $49.95 wherever creative playthings are sold.
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What does pipe mean to you? Plumbing fixtures? Eight inches of pink steel? What kind of man reads Playboy? The Pope smokes dope? Gathered here are some of the finest pipes we’ve ever seen: Handmade Celebration Pipes are limited editions of signed and numbered lava stoneware pipes, plated in 22K gold, platinum or Chinese bronze and vibrantly lustered Hanalei blue, black coral or rainbow opal, each pipe encased in its own velvet and satin bag. Celebration Pipes range from $10 to $15 and can only be ordered 12 pipes at a time; information comes from Box 572, Makawao, Maui, Hawaii 96768.
Disco Fever, Dept.
Sweat Me a Rainbow
You’ll be the talk of the disco when you strap on your Magic Mood T-shirt—the only T-shirt with the temperature-sensitive crystals that burst into iridescent colors when inflamed by your body heat or subside into dull, monochromatic tones when left on the shelf or worn by a dead person. Either way, you’ll be a dazzling display of moody blues, very warm browns, laser greens and burning golds when you send $8.95 to Disco Fever, Dept. HT, c/o OGI/Rockwell, 114 East 32 Street, New York, N.Y. 10016. Specify beige, black or light blue; sizes S, M, or L.
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If you sleep in the lude, you’ll appreciate the elegant, Medicare-doctors’-office charm of this handsome lamp custommade for the Rorer Pharmaceutical Company. You, a member of the general public, can now enjoy the light of the Lude Lamp in your own home for only $25 including base and high-low dimmer. Available from G.V.H. Marketing, 421 Litho Street, Sausalito, California 94965.
Thomas King Forcade was the founder and guiding spirit of High Times, Stone Age and Alternative Media. He was a modest man who, because of certain political and personal beliefs and fears and a disdain of celebrity trips, preserved a strong anonymity.