We have recently seen the defeat of Senator Briggs's antigay bill (Proposition Six) in California. What did Proposition Six actually say? Well, really—protect schoolchildren from contracting homosexuality by some sorta awful osmosis oozes out of any faggot slime.
I am a practicing astrologer and was pleased to read, in bold print, “Astrological symbolism helps people as an evolutionary map of growth.” This appeared in your interview with Dr. Ralph Metzner [High Times, March ’79]. But while reading the interview, I came across several misleading statements regarding astrology.
Q: Somebody told me grass will get fish stoned and make them easy to catch. Is this true? —J. Henderson, Pensacola, Fla. A: You must have heard about the little private fishing party off Ocean Reef, Florida, who a few months ago ran across a floating grass bale with their ChrisCraft.
As an occasional field investigator in the Eastern Sector, the call came my way. It was a routine check. An unknown outfit known as the S.S.S.S. would be convening at the Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge in Atlantic City. S.S.S.S. stands for Society for the Scientific Study of Sex.
Perplexed readers have written in to ask me about the etiquette of sampling and tasting dealers' wares. Practical questions such as: How much should you sample before you buy? How do you turn down dope if you don't really like it? Is it bad form to ask for credit?
"Every city needs a bush doctor," explained Fulton County commissioner Michael Lomax when he bestowed honorary Atlanta citizenship upon Peter Tosh after a "smokin' "set of reggae at Alex Cooley's Capri Ballroom there. Toking away on some California sinsemilla during the presentation, the Rastafarian rocker returned the honor with another round of that ultimate pot song, "Legalize It."
CAVTAIN COOK, HAWAII—Top cops on the big island are growing increasingly resentful of being stuck with the responsibility for fighting the 40,000-ton-per-year grass trade, and of incurring the resentment of local citizens for doing so.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Claiming that the Florida pot-smuggling industry represents a multi-billion-dollar annual drain on the national economy, Drug Enforcement Administration chief Peter Bensinger has quietly linked his agency with government financial watchdogs here and abroad in order to remedy the situation.
NEW YORK city—In the first scene of Gustavo Nieto’s latest movie, Colombia Connection, a bunch of South American diplomats at a special U.N. meeting tell the American delegate that their countries absolutely will not accept armed intervention to stop the dope traffic.
TOKYO, JAPAN—In 1969,1,000 Japanese were busted for speed; last year, over 20,000 speed busts went down. The flood of uppers into Japan from Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea is currently the single biggest moneymaker for Japan’s mobsters, representing some 600 billion yen per year, according to the National Police Association.
SANTA CRUZ PROVINCE, BOLIVIA—American anthropologist William Carter is currently studying patterns of traditional cocaine use by South American Indians in this hinterlands area—with a view to determining exactly how much coca leaves the Indians consume.
WASHINGTON, DC—Researchers for major drug companies and for the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) seem to have come across nature’s own Valium and Librium—substances produced in the brain that have the same antianxiety effects as the much-prescribed benzodiazepine drugs.
ASSUIT, EGYPT—The United States government is quietly infiltrating paramilitary “technical advisers’’ into this underdeveloped middle-Nile area to augment the Cairo government’s perpetually escalating dope war. Both banks of the Nile here, for miles inland, are populated by fiercely independent Bedouin tribesfolk who subsist entirely by minimal traditional agriculture, with virtually no assistance from the federal government; but they also produce grass to make into Egypt’s cheap, low-grade variety of hash, and opium poppies, as their only source of outside revenue.
Docs and Drug Makers Turn Aged into Over-the-Counter Junkies
VICTORIA, BRITISH COLOMBIA—Elderly people unknowingly comprise society’s single greatest block of drug “abusers,” a federally-supported study here has revealed. Physicians routinely write unnecessary prescriptions for old people, charges the nonprofit Social Planning and Review Council, primarily because many doctors receive their only information about drugs from advertising circulars distributed by major pharmaceutical firms.
Carter-Portillo Talks Seen as Final Below to "Commercial" Maxican Pot
MEXICO CITY—“Carter’s trip here is going to affect the future open-market price of Mexican marijuana,” said an American pot farmer here as President Carter wound up two days of talks with Mexican president Jose Lopez Portillo. “Both men have made a commitment to destroy commercial Mexican marijuana and this country’s landscape.
The Drug Enforcement Administration inadvertently broadened the legal definition of “entrapment,” the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals here has ruled, when one of their snitches ran a speed lab nearly singe-handedly to get a couple of friends busted.
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA—Prison inmate John Malek says he was subjected by local narcs to a torture worthy of Mexico or Iran when they tried to extract from him a confession of possessing illegal drugs. Malek had been admitted to Lincoln Memorial Hospital for treatment of a stab wound, at which time he was searched.
NAPLES, FLORIDA—South Florida narcs are openly complaining this year about the inferior quality of Colombian grass they’re busting. In previous seasons, the cops achieved a kind of pride and connoisseurship, considering that they were busting those long tons of the best dope in the whole world.
Record U.S. Hash Bust: Narcs Pounce on 22 Tons of Lebanese in N.Y. Harbor
NEW YORK CITY—The biggest hash fall in U.S. history startled the psychedelic world when 22 tons of cedar-stamped Lebanese hashish were netted in New York Harbor by swabs from the Coast Guard cutter Point Francis. The rusty, 20-year-old steamer Olaug—loaded with super - sophisticated radio gear, with the Lebanese magic stuff inside truck inner tubes stacked in the main hold—had just rounded the Sandy Hook promontory and was heading for the Jersey shore when the Point Roberts drew alongside and six crew members armed with M-15s asked permission to board.
Thirty warrant-wielding Drug Enforcement Administration agents walked onto the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) at closing time one afternoon last spring, sealed off the exits, and commenced busting traders, floor runners and clerks for coke dealing.
In June a young narc’s fancy turns to dope ...No shit, it really does; that’s what those people are like. Right now, while you’re out working on your tan and pruning the first tertiary leaves off the backyard stand, these twits are conspiring in the tobacco-smoke-filled cellar of your local “public safety center” on the cleverest ways to cop your dope and screw up your whole life.
Message to Carter: Legalize Pot or Forget 1980 Election
Everything President Carter does for the next year, in both foreign and domestic affairs, will be geared toward copping the Democratic nod at next summer’s convention. During election years, politicians are notoriously subject to public pressure, so Atlanta plotters of the Coalition for the Abolition of Marijuana Prohibition (CAMP) are pressing a nationwide voterregistration movement among heads, coordinated with a series of high-visibility prograss street demonstrations.
Globetrotting grass toker Margaret Trudeau, estranged spouse of Canadian prime minister Pierre, relates that she narrowly and ingeniously avoided having her brains scrambled by Canadian shrinks during a hospital stay brought on largely by her husband’s inattention to her.
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.
The writer of Taxi Driver and director of Blue Collar and Hardcore talks about dope, sex and corruption in Hollywood
Interview: Paul Schrader
“You talkin’ to me?” sneers psycho cabdriver Travis Bickle, a few loaded guns strapped down to various parts of his taut body, as he quick-draws a revolver and swivels to glare at himself in a fulllength mirror. The character is played by actor Robert De Niro, and the scene is from the movie Taxi Driver, directed by Martin Scorsese.
The greatest hustles, cons and rip-offs of modern history
Top 10 Scams
The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower
The Rumanian Box Hoax
The Great Ponzi Scheme
The Man Who Stole Portugal
The South Sea Bubble Explosion
The Grand Central Station Swindle
Don't Ever Trust No Skirt
They Sold Plenty of Nothing
Uncle Sam's Scam
The Western world loves nothing more than a great scam. Give them a simple thief and they will jail him for life. Give them a good con man and they will elevate him to the highest of fice, apotheosize him in the arts and literature, and throw fortunes at his feet.
One of the dilemmas of getting high is what to do when you get there. Modern technology has found many answers to this problem: television, stere ophonic sound, biofeedback, video games, vibrators, sticking your finger in the socket and, best of all, pinball.
Bagatelle, a popular game in the 19th century, is the granddaddy of pinball. Bagatelle is similar to pool, in that you use a cue stick to shoot balls into scoring holes. In 1871 a game called Improvements in Bagatelle was introduced, which featured a spring-powered plunger, bells, gates and metal pins spread about the playing field to confuse the ball’s downward progress.
How many heedless farm boys and girls in the past, driving the herd out to pasture at dawn or calling it in for the evening milking, have idly trodden over with their uncouth brogans the veritable Flesh of the Gods, psilocybe cubensis? This divine mycological treasure is in truth the Cinderella of psychedelic sacraments, offering itself in the humblest conceivable guise, germinating mainly on the lowly cow patty in the foggy, soggy bottoms of the rustic pasture.
An underground visit with a bomber who kicked the habit but not the bucket
I had been waiting for over an hour in the park, hidden behind a paper whose news I already knew by heart. I had a rendezvous at this bench with Hans-Joachim Klein, 31 years old, former terrorist, wanted by several police forces, several secret services and more than several of his ex-com panions.
4. Development of the Sense of Hearing: The Influence of Music
5. Fixed Ideas (Delusions)
6. Disturbance of the Emotions
7. Irresistible Impulses
8. Illusions and Hallucinations
Though hemp has been a familiar drug for thousands of years in the Orient, it did not enter the carefully guarded precincts of European culture until the nineteenth century. Then, it made a sensational appearance by being injected into the nerve center of the Western World: the brilliant and influential Paris of the 1840s.
At dusk Adalberto grabbed the flash light and headed up the steep trail to the reunión, an all-night coca chewing session, where the small Indian tribe would begin debate on a community issue. From their homes scattered in the surrounding mountains, the adult male population converged on the village kankurua, a medicine house built by the local shaman.
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Transponder # 1 KTVU-TV Oakland/San Francisco—The newest of the superstations. Notquite-24-hour programming day includes Giants baseball and Warriors basketball. Large movie package. Great cartoon packages. 2 PTL (People That Love or “Praise the Lord”)—Religious programming; not as ambitious as the leader of that pack, CBN.
Like new pioneers, older Americans are settling parts of the country—the Sierra foothills, the Ozarks, northern Michigan, Arizona—in one of the major migration trends of the 1970s: the movement from cities to select rural areas that offer recreation, scenery and, sometimes, good climate.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Minority-group leaders are apprehensive that the 1980 census may grossly underestimate the numbers of poor people in the U.S. and misrepresent their living conditions, thus lowering the quality of social services for the next decade.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Life on earth has passed the last several million years in a state of exceptional grace, according to Dr. George Reid of the Aeronomy Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “We know that there’s at least one supernova in our galaxy every 50 to 100 million years,” points out Dr. Reid.
WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA—The Kerem Hebrew Institute of California, a private religious school in this model suburban neighborhood, has been subjected to a steady series of antiSemitic attacks since opening in 1977. Very shortly after its opening, reveals Rabbi Mattis Weinberg, “Someone drew a chalk line across the entrance to the neighborhood with the slogan NO JEWS BEYOND THIS POINT.
NEW YORK CITY—Scientists everywhere are discovering, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act (FIA), that their professional careers are deeply influenced by federal lawenforcement authorities. Writing in Science News, Columbia University sociologist Dr. Amitai Etzioni has revealed that he was actually passed over for several prestigious advisory slots with the Health, Education and Welfare Department because FBI agents in the 1960s had classified him—quite erroneously—as an antiwar “activist” with a “negative” attitude toward the U.S. government.
AKRON, OHIO—The city government has been rebuked in federal court for mowing the lawn of Nelly Shriver here. When her grass got higher than two feet last summer, inciting complaints from neighbors, the health department forcibly razed Shriver’s lawn, citing a “noxious weed” ordinance.
As of this writing, Jacksonville, Florida, cops still have an APB out for a 17-year-old kid who has molested no fewer than 27 official government vehicles since 1977. The kid was first busted last summer, after he and a friend copped a couple of highway-patrol squad cars from an auto shop where they were being repaired and dragged them tandem all over town at “Rockford Files” velocity, sirens shrieking and lights flashing.
SANTIAGO, CHILE-Catholic church figures here and throughout Latin America have been distressed to learn that the president of the United States has unleashed the Central Intelligence Agency on their case. The report first leaked out of a closed-door hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, and was subsequently confirmed: acting under an executive order, CIA spooks are currently keeping close tabs on “dissident” church figures in South America, whether their dissidence is political or purely doctrinal in nature.
CALI, COLOMBIA—George Meegan, 26, is halfway along on an adventure trip no human being has ever made before. Starting at the southern tip of South America, Meegan is walking every step of the way to Alaska, pushing his gear in a supermarket cart before him.
NASSAU, THE BAH AM as—Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Hanna is trying to create his own political opposition. “No country can function at its best without an effective opposition,” Hanna declared last year after his own Progressive Liberal party (PLP) won a decisive 30 seats in the 38-seat House of Parliament here.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico—“We’re in the absurd situation of having two doctors for every nurse,” points out Dr. Octavio Rivero Serrano, director of the Mexican National University’s medical programs. Mexico is overrun with disease, but ironically it has twice as many medical students as the United States and thousands of perfectly qualified doctors who simply can’t afford to set themselves up for practice.
LA PAZ, Bolivia—“We do not want to be foreigners in our own land anymore," declares Jaime Apaza, a leader of the Aymara and Quecha Indian populations, who compose over 60 percent of Bolivian citizens. Lineal descendants of the Inca tribes who dwelt here before the Spanish Conquest, Bolivian Indians have historically been oppressed by the Spanish minority, but not nearly to the degree such oppression exists elsewhere in Latin America.
Though there are those who laugh at it, Occitania is not a country from some Marx Brothers movie. One million people—mostly old mountain people, plus now a number of youths—consider themselves Occitan and speak the language. The sheep farmers of Occitania's Larzac Plateau, in the south of France, resent aliens from the capital.
LONDON, England—Top-ranking johns will be exposed to the British press by their paid sex companions, vows the leader of a London prostitute movement, unless a pending bill to decriminalize hooking makes it through Parliament. Helen Buckingham, 39, a retired whore, says, “Unless the law is reformed, our organization will name ministers of Parliament, churchmen, and diplomats who have called on our services.”
LONDON, ENGLAND—When a middle-level executive of an esteemed national insurance corporation was sacked from his post here recently, he lost not only his $13,000 annual salary but his luxury car, his Mayfair flat, three full-dress suits, various dress shirts and a restaurant expense account on which his family had depended as an indispensible hedge against their food budget.
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN—Fatherhood is beginning to pay off here, boasts the Ministry of Social Affairs. Faced with a plummeting nationwide birth rate, Parliament in 1974 ordained “paternity leaves,” by which the father of a newborn baby is allowed to draw full working pay if he opts to stay at home and tend the infant while the mother works.
Russians Predict Major Quake by Reading Warning Signs
TASHKENT, USSR—Scientists at the Uzbekstan Institute of Technology here successfully forecast a major earthquake that occurred on November 2 last year, predicting its source within 90 miles of the rupture and its intensity to within half a degree of magnitude.
TOKYO, japan—Japan’s favorite morning TV program, with ten million regular weekly viewers, is a real-life soap opera that gives the country’s more ill-fated citizens a chance to tell their tragic stories on the air. Called “Evaporated People,” the series is entering its 11th year as a mainstay of Japanese mass entertainment.
BANGKOK, Thailand—Five baht in Thai currency is only worth about one sinsemilla stick on the local market or one working person’s lunch, or a pack of local smokes, or about 25 cents American. Nevertheless, three smalltime counterfeiters who began producing fake five-baht coins last spring nearly tumbled the whole economy and seriously complicated the lives of about 55 million working Thais.
Moscow, USSR—Russian women are just too hereditarily dumpy to wear chic fashions, this country’s top designer has concluded. According to the designer, who goes by the name Comrade Dior, Russian women simply get too thick in the thigh and broad in the beam when they reach their early 20s to carry any contemporary fashion with grace.
EL FASHER, THE sudan—Charcoal smuggling has become a prime underground industry in the wood-starved western Sudan, and the racket is increasingly common throughout Africa and the world’s poor countries in general. Well-armed squads of wood poachers make regular raids into the forested swamps of the Bahr el-Ghazal to the south, raft the wood north along the White Nile to clandestine charcoal burners around Kodok, and transport the illegal fuel by massively guarded camel caravans to the deforested sub-Saharan Sahel, stretching from Chad to Mali.
The Egyptian government has finally broken down and made the “City of the Dead” livable. Nearly a million poor folk in recent years have taken impiously to squatting in the 700-year-old Necropolis, on the Nile’s east bank, where sultans and viziers as far back as the Medieval Ayoubids were interred in miniature palace crypts.
ZEILA, SOMALIA—Africa virtually leapt away from Asia last year, geophysically speaking. After a months-long series of medium earthquakes here and in Djibouti, on the very horn tip of East Africa, volcanologists recorded that Africa slipped a full meter westward.
MCMURDO SOUND, ANTARCTICA— There shouldn’t be another full-fledged ice age for at least a few thousand more years, scientists studying the climatic history of the southern hemisphere are now convinced. Investigators from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory have been correlating evidences of major past glaciations in the southern hemisphere with the well-studied ice ages of the north and have determined that Antarctic ice has always built up and spread northward for ages before the northern ice caps began migrating south.
Joseph Murray, head of the Irish League of Decency, was inspired to fire off a passion ate letter to a Dublin TV station after view ing a movie scene on their channel that showed a pretty young artist's model beginning to disrobe for a sketch session.
No Backyard Busts Without a Warrant The Supreme Court has ruled that cops can’t trespass on private property to harvest marijuana without a warrant, even if the dope is growing in "clear view” of public property. The state of New Jersey had appealed a lower-court decision involving a case in which two cops, tipped off by an unnamed snitch, visited a West Keansburg couple’s home and saw grass plants in their backyard from the street.
Psychedelic Country Blues Way back in `63, when acid was legal, the Northeast music scene, from Greenwich Village's Cafe Rafio to Boston's Zircon, was stunned by the debut of the world's first psychedelic country-blues band, the Holy Modal Rounders.
It's only one more small irony from the Mystery Tramp that this, his most ac cessible album ever, will be available solely to the Japanese. For some in scrutable reason Dylan is big in Japan and CBS/Sony has elected to release there a live, two-LP set of his recent concert in Budokan.
McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins and Ron Carter are giants in the world of jazz. Before they led their own groups, they were fabulous sidemen who over the decades mixed and matched with the likes of John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, Eric Dolphy, Miles Davis and others.
Welcome to the world of the Julia Belle Swain, a Mississippi riverboat lyrically piloted by John Hartford on Headin ’ Down into the Mystery Below (Flying Fish Records FF-063). Best believe John has a serious steamboat addiction. At 15 he lies about his age to get a job as a nightwatchman aboard the Delta Queen.
By now, most serious rock fans have learned to appreciate reggae, the disco that God dances to. But the best-known reggae acts in this country have been around for quite a while. It has taken superstar Wailers Bob Marley and Peter Tosh six years to make it big, and such gigantic talents as Burning Spear are still relatively unknown.
THE SEARCH FOR THE “MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE,” by John Marks (New York: Times Books, $9.95). This reviewer was himself once unwittingly spiked with LSD. It happened at a dinner party at the governor’s mansion in Raleigh, North Carolina, where, as a guest of the governor, I had come to talk to a group of the States’ leading penologists, behaviorists and scientists on the use of LSD as a viable means of altering in a positive way the behavior of hardcore recidivists.
High Times’ European correspondent Jean-Marcel Bouguereau spent six months following leads, speaking through keyholes and taunting death before he got inside the European Red Army Faction of the PLO—and even then the situation looked pretty grim for the seasoned reporter who over the past three years has made terrorist groups his spécialité de la maison.