After comparing the statistics on rape in western Europe before and after the decriminalization of prostitution, I have come to the conclusion that punishing the prostitute promotes the rape of all women. When prostitution is a crime, the message conveyed is that women who are sexual are “bad” and therefore legitimate victims of sexual assault.
In Deanne Stillman’s article "The Crybabies of '60 Minutes'" [High Times, "Media," March '79], she refers to the "slaves" in Africa who mine diamonds. As a gemologist interested in all phases of the industry I have studied the African mines and think it should be pointed out that these workers are not slaves.
Q: Recently my wife found several ounces of top-notch Colombian that she’d stashed away two years ago and forgotten about. It’s still great, but dry and raspy. I bought some of those commercial humidifiers to put some juice back in, but a friend said we might as well throw our pot into the composter.
A mistake at 90 miles per hour is finito time for you,” quipped Don Aronow, 51, the designer of the 24 Degree Dead Rise Off-Shore Racing Hull. Often imitated but never equaled, Aronow’s high-performance speedboats—capable of exceeding 90 miles per hour in six-foot seas—are not only coveted by racers; they are the assault craft of the multi-billion-dollar marijuana industry.
If we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, then drop your drawers and jerk off. If, in the middle of the night or in a noisy restaurant, you feel a hand, your hand, brush along your thigh in the direction of the genitals, don’t be ashamed, smile and close your eyes.
Ever since high-school student Philo T. Farnsworth invented TV in 1921, and RCA ripped him off for his idea, the corporations who run the three networks have been keeping TV time away from people who can’t afford a prime-time coast-to-coast variety hour with the June Taylor Dancers, Doc Severinson's orchestra and guests who stay at the Hyatt Regency.
Massachusetts Governor Edward King canceled a recent speaking engagement at U. Mass. at Amherst because he was afraid he would be hit with a pie. King is unpopular with students because of his pronuke stance and efforts to boost the legal drinking age to 21.
People who grow small patches of grass for purely personal consumption are notoriously subject to having their dope ripped off by grassnappers, who rely on the antimarijuana laws to cover their thefts. However, there’s new hope in the increasingly critical situation—recently the sheriff of Marin County, G. Albert Howenstein, publicly assured homegrowers that they could safely report stash ripoffs to his department, which will then prosecute the suspected thieves under trespassing ordinances.
WOODBINE, GEORGIA—The 85-foot Florida shrimper Miss Vicki nosed around the northern tip of Cumberland Island here, riding the 1 A.M. high tide into St. Andrews Sound with 26 tons of Colombian grass bales. It was coming in a full day ahead of schedule, having been bashed around in 30-foot swells most of the way from La Guajira.
The American Medical Association (AMA) may have finally found a nemesis more loathsome than socialized medicine and Medicare: the federal Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Under section 108(e) of the HEW-backed Drug Regulation Reform Act now before Congress, the federal government could conceivably gain the power of supervising every prescription a doctor writes.
MILAN, ITALY—When he affixed his signature to the famous 1976 "Berg letter," warning of possible lethal global consequences from recombinant-DNA research, "it was the silliest thing I ever did in my life," says Dr. J.D. Watson, an eminent molecular biologist.
Celebs Kick Painlessly with Electro-Endorphin Detox Therapy
When Margaret Patterson and John Hughes met, they may have ushered in a new era in medicine. Patterson, the English surgeon who has taken Eric Clapton and Keith Richard off heavy heroin habits, convinced Hughes, the first to discover endorphins (the body’s natural opiates), that her Pharmakon neuroelectric stimulator may trigger endorphin release.
LAST CHANCE, CALIFORNIA—Five beefy deputies from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department thundered into this little mountain town in jeeps one morning, when most of the men were off at work, and terrorized the women and children for hours on a "grass raid" that turned up a total of 11 plants.
Police officers recently met in San Jose, California, to discuss self-protection against PCP users, who, they say, are instilled with superhuman strength and supernatural endurance when stoned. Los Angeles cops recalled a group of dusters who had been handcuffed together but managed to break the steel bracelets by merely stretching their arms.
CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY—This state was shocked to learn that for years it has been a major entry port for the country's cannabis. The 22 tons of hash on the ill-fated Olaus was still moored to a Jersey wharf ("Highwitness News,” July '79) when the Cape May Coast Guard came across a 70-foot fisher in Delaware Bay that was lading 25 tons of Colombiano fume.
Westchester Man Nailed for Supplying New York with Half-Ton of Blow
New York’s Upper East Side pub-and-cafe-society snort set suffered the pangs of paltry stashes for nearly a month last spring, when a 31-year-old coke mover from Westchester was nailed for allegedly shipping in over 1,000 pounds of blow in 1978 alone.
School’s out; hurray for that! Need a summer job? Maybe a good healthy outdoors job, with plenty of sunshine and fresh air, far off the beaten track? A fairly tough but satisfying summer job, working with your hands, close to the earth, watching the fruit of your tender labors flourish fragrantly under your fingers; that sort of job.
The long-dormant marijuana “species de-fense” has raised its head again in the Superior Court of Humboldt County, California, prompting a major legal uproar in America’s top pot-producing state. Humboldt County, population 100,000, was one of California’s traditionally depressed timber and mining areas until just a few years ago, when local growers began drawing in millions every harvest season from wholesaling exquisite Humboldt sinsemilla, tended commune fashion in isolated mountain valleys.
President Richard Nixon was fucked-up on downs and Satan when Watergate happened, says Reverend Billy Graham, and that explains it all. Commenting on his erstwhile chief disciple’s decline and fall in 1972, the reverend told Esquire Fortnightly,“I think it was sleeping pills—sleeping pills and demons.
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The Clash are more like a guerrilla army than a rock band. They incite their volatile audience to take up guns, storm the barricades, and overthrow the status quo. The Clash embody the drive, rebellious spirit, and intense, uncompromising, shove-it-down-your-throat delivery of the ill-fated Sex Pistols, but with clearer political motivation—legalization of marijuana, redistribution of the wealth, an end to racism.
Lee Chagra grunted slightly as he parted the sliding doors of thick glass. He hauled his big-bellied frame down the oak corridor to another glass time-lock door. He poked his fingers into what appeared to be a push-button trim-line telephone built into the wall near the inner door.
The ’60s were the central experience of our generation, just as World War II was for our parents’ generation. But the generation of the ’60s is now the largest age group in the country. The purpose of our book, Woodstock Census (to be published November 1, 1979, by Viking Press), is to describe that experience on a grass-roots level and at the same time dispel the various myths about what happened then and what’s happening right now.
The patient was a young Hispanic male, brought in by a woman who had just met him at Miami International. He insisted nothing was wrong, but he was clearly giddy, excitable, in a state of marked euphoria: heartbeat rate 130 bpm, blood pressure 150 over 95, conspicuous mydriasis, slight hypothermia.
The marquee remains: PEOPLE’S TEMPLE, REV. JIM JONES PASTOR. The huge, cavernous building in the heart of San Francisco’s black ghetto is boarded up now; its furniture and fixtures were auctioned off to pay the cost of sorting out, embalming, shipping and burying over 900 men, women and children who followed Jim Jones to death.
A step-by-step guide to the ancient Eastern art of packaging the potent bud
You will please kindly to forgive if I speak not your Queen Elizabeth’s English, I hope? In all truth, it is not so much musical, you know, English, for uttering when you are intoxicated on so wonderful dope as this. I beg forgiveness, 'tis only true: in Thai it is impossible to talk and not sing also, I’m sorry.
"DE is a way of doing. It's way of doing everything you do. DE simply means doing whatever you do in the easiest most relaxed way you can manage, which is also the quickest and most efficient way as you will find as you advance in DE...." You can start right now tidying up your flat, moving furniture or books, washing dishes, making tea, sorting papers.
Every Saturday in a remote region of south-western Colombia, sick people make their way to a hut in a jungle clearing. The hut is a two- to three-hour walk over a rough tail from a little port town called Mayoyoque on the River Caquetá, a tributary of the Amazon.
The hooded robes may be made of modern wash-and-wear polyester, but the fabric of the Ku Klux Klan’s message of hate is woven from the same tired threads of bigotry, fear and intolerance that were spun in previous decades. The KKK is on the march once again in certain regions of America, and wherever they appear, community groups have been organizing to confront the hooded bigots.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Arabs really don’t seem to be grabbing up U.S. farmland at the rate many people believe, according to Georgia’s Senator Herman Talmadge. Last year, out of 25 million acres of land that changed hands in the U.S., only 2.25 percent was sold to foreigners, Talmadge’s Senate Agriculture Committee has determined; and of this, most was undoubtedly commercial property, drive-ins and parking lots, not arable farmland.
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND—The population of the universe may be considerably more sparse than hitherto believed. In recent decades the discovery that the essential precursors for living cells—amino acids—are present in great abundance in the universe has led many to conclude that countless stars elsewhere in space must have planets teeming with organic life evolving by natural processes into intelligent beings like ourselves.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Corrupt cops and organized-crime figures are the people who benefit most from U.S. laws governing the treatment of crime witnesses, a Georgetown University law professor points out. Any person who has the bad luck to witness a crime anywhere in the country can be pitched into jail by the police and held there indefinitely as a "material witness,” without bail or even access to an attorney.
FORT SILL, OKLAHOMA—Two soldiers at the army base here have been sentenced to 25 days in the brig and $100 fines for taking showers in the same barracks. It seems that while Pvt. Tracey Joe Lathrop was entitled to shower in the barracks, Pvt. Margarette Braman was not.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Black activist James Farmer has resolved to found a 1980s replacement for the widely discredited Congress of Racial Equality, which he was instrumental in creating nearly 30 years ago. Farmer, now 59, has been meeting here with other CORE pioneers, coordinating the development of a national civil-rights movement that will include black and white activists alike.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that effectively gives the police a green light to shoot whomever they please—or so the Los Angeles Police Department is claiming. The law places strict limits on the public disclosure of police personnel records and specifically provides that misconduct investigations against individual officers are to be kept under wraps.
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA—Theater operator Ferris Alexander was recently found not guilty of promoting obscenity by showing Deep Throat—after a four-year trial that cost the state over $100,000 in prosecution fees. After Alexander was busted in 1976, the city spent nearly $20,000 on pretrial preparations alone—about as much as it cost to make the film in the first place.
ALBANY, NEW YORK—State Representative Henry Rosenthal is pushing a bill here that would force the Coca-Cola company, along with the producers of about 350 other ingestible items, to reveal the exact contents of their products. Coke is one of hundreds of food items exempt from FDA labeling regulations.
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL—Erich Von Daniken is convinced that astronaut gods parked their chariots not far from here, and he is currently scouring the Amazon basin looking for them. He claims a remote Indian tribe somewhere in Brazil has guaranteed him they can recall very vividly, through myth songs, how the ancient space travelers descended on the region and occupied it, 13,000 years ago.
NAMORADOS BEACH, BRAZIL—A Sporting challenge more dramatic than hang gliding or white-water canoeing draws thousands of people here twice a year: the piranha season. When the piranhas are spawning, Lake Azul—formed by the dam across the Atibaia River west of here—fills up with them, and entire families drive 75 miles from Sao Paulo to take their chances.
HAVANA, CUBA—An American and a West German have been jailed in a federal pen here to await trial on charges of conspiring to smuggle nothing into Cuba. The two had set up a deal with the Export Ministry to ship 3,200 pounds of coffee to Cuba from Nigeria and were fronted $2 million to finance the deal.
Peru's Mummies Show Indians' Violent, Tragic History
ICA, PERU—Doctors studying the mummified remains of Peru’s West Coast Indians have developed a substantial new body of detailed information about the holocaust inflicted here by the Spanish conquistadores, and have also cleared up many mysteries about local pre-Incan cultures that had been previously thought insoluble.
FRIULI, ITALY—Around A.D. 100 Pliny the Elder, the Classical Roman naturalist, listed four major warning signs by which people in earthquake-wracked Northern Italy could predict quakes: foreshocks; rippling of still well water; panicked activity in animals; and fog clouds forming in dry, warm air.
LIEGE, BELGIUM—The world’s single largest manufacturer of small-arms weaponry, Belgium’s Fabrique Nationale (F.N.), is quietly working to open a subsidiary plant in South Carolina. F.N. has thrived for 200 years on the sale of small arms, but in recent years profits have grown so drastically that the company hopes to establish overseas facilities to make heavy antitank and artillery ordnance, mainly in the U.S. and Brazil.
Neanderthals More Saintlike Than Modern People, Say Scientists
DUSSELDORF, WEST GERMANY—Homo neanderthalensis has now been officially admitted as a member of the human race, nearly 200 years after his first excavation, and redubbed Homo sapiens neanderthalensis in view of recent anatomical-behavioral investigations that show that these people may in many respects have had more “human” characteristics than people today.
BONN, WEST GERMANY—As part of a general return to traditional Teutonic values, thousands of school children in West Germany are now learning to sing the lyrics to the first verse of the original German national anthem. Written in 1841 during Germany’s imperialistic heyday, the verse had been banned since the fall of Hitler’s Third Reich in 1945 because it describes Germany’s boundaries specifically as “the Meuse River to the west, the Memel River to the east, the Adige River in the south and the Belt Strait in the north”—an area currently comprising much of Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Poland and the USSR. The program to reinstate the controversial passage in schools, at sporting events and at state functions is the work of 29 Bundestag members, primarily conservatives from the Christian Democratic party and the Christian Social Union.
SAMARKAND, USSR—Illegal sacrifices of goats and cattle began to send up smoke clouds from the 13th-century tomb of Timur Lang (Tamerlane) here within days after the Shah of Iran was deposed in January—a deeply unsettling sign to Moscow that things may be changing even faster than was previously believed.
NEW DELHI, INDIA—Prime Minister Moraji Desai, 83, keeps getting into deeper trouble trying to keep the shaky Janata coalition government together as nepotism, bribery and weird sex charges assail his top ministers. Ex-minister of health Raj Narain, recently sacked from the perpetually squabbling coalition government, claims to possess a series of photos depicting the son of Defense Minister Jagjivan Ram engaged in vigorous amorous conduct with a woman not his wife.
Turkish Jails Are "Hellholes," Western Inmates Find
BYRAMPASA, TURKEY—The European wing of the federal prison here is known as the “tourist section,” because most continental dope convicts are now held for only an extremely short time before being transferred to prisons in their native countries.
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN—Leading Islamic theologians and economists from 29 countries met here recently to lay the groundwork for an eventual Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Commodity Exchange. As conceived by the conference, the goal would be an economic community patterned after the fashion of Europe’s Common Market, which would unite Muslim countries from Morocco and Algeria to Borneo and Indonesia.
PEKING, CHINA—Good communists do not dance all night at parties, wall posters here have begun to admonish passersby. Rumors that Chinese kids here and in Canton have been turning on to hard rock in a big way recently—blaring out old Stones and Hendrix ballads on homemade instruments through jury-rigged amplifiers—are seemingly confirmed by the new antirock posters.
BULAWAYO, RHODESIA—The American Central Intelligence Agency has scores of secret agents among the 500-odd American mercenaries fighting for the Rhodesian government, says the agency’s former Angola bureau chief. According to John Stockwell, who quit the CIA in revulsion after it obstinately backed the losing side in the 1977 Angola civil war, the Washington spook chiefs have evidently decided to scope out the Rhodesian bush war in depth now that even the stubbornest whites here are openly conceding that the predicament is hopeless.
NATAL, REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA—Pioneer heart transplanter Dr. Christiaan Barnard says that when it comes to recreational health risks, jogging is far and away more physically dangerous than out-and-out sexual masochism. Writing in the Rand Daily Mail, Dr. Barnard relates the basic motives for jogging to those leading to submission to sexual torture.
The Mobil Oil Company, continually prey to poor service and product loss by shoddy intercontinental steamship firms, has finally blown its cool and sued an Italian company for leaking most of a cargo of deadly pesticides into the Mediterranean.
An endocrinological study of inmates at several prisons has turned up evidence that hostile, aggressive, violent persons may be suffering from abnormally high bloodstream levels of “nature’s own amphetamine"—a hormone called phenylacetic acid.
People appearing before grand juries in New York State will now be permitted to have consulting attorneys present; attorneys can advise their clients and even take confidential notes on the proceedings and testimony, though they aren’t permitted to object to prosecution tactics or put their own remarks on the record.
“We try to tap sources in the brain that aren’t usually tapped,” says lead guitarist Lenny Kaye about the Patti Smith Group's latest album, Wave (Arista AB 4221). The group put that theory into practice when they were in Woodstock recording the Wave song “Seven Ways of Going.”
“If Bob Dylan is the king of protest, Phil Ochs is the president,” said Melody Maker in 1966. In his fine bio of Ochs, Death of a Rebel, Marc Eliot suggests that Ochs’s rivalry with “the king” wasn’t quite as serious as the legend would have it. In later years, Dylan helped Ochs out on his Benefit for Chile, and Ochs gave Dylan the idea to embark on a Rolling Thunder Revue-type tour.
The Bag Pipe, the latest innovation in playing doctor, was reportedly designed by two young interns working at a downstate treatment center for rock stars and poor little rich girls. Looking for a way to get stoned during their coffee breaks without management people getting wise, the young MDs commandeered an unopened case of “old faithful” enema bags from the hospital supply closet.
Did you drool over the sparkling cocaine centerfold in this issue? Did the clinical monkey that was force-feeding marijuana to a control human for "New Myths from Old Narcs" (June ’79) make you think twice about government research programs?