Editor: Okay, level with me. Who is snooping on who? You guys come out with a "Military/Drug War" article the exact same month that our own USAF features theirs. Now, if you will excuse me, I'd like to draw a few comparisons here. Right off the bat, the USAF article has color pics.
As the Ides of March draw near, the new, improved HIGH TIMES brings you more exciting, provocative reading to shake off the ominous chill of Reagan's idea of America. Our cover story is HIGH TIMES' response to the National Institute on Drug Abuse's cocaine report.
It's no secret that pro athletes are world-class consumers of controlled substances. The number of basketball, baseball, football and hockey players publicly exposed for doing drugs in the past few years is mind-boggling, especially in light of the formerly superstraight image of athletes.
Writer/filmmaker/gossipmonger Kenneth Anger seems to be bucking to get featured in one of his own books. Anger, whose ultra-bitchy Hollywood Babylon II is a wonderfully sleazy sequel to his first book of Tinseltown super-scandals, created a little scandal of his own while plugging the book.
In Reagan-era Amerika, the ultimate accolade is to call something "All-American." So guess what Reagan's flunkies are calling cocaine. Yup, James D. Harmon Jr., head of Ronzo's Commission on Organized Crime, opened Washington hearings on coke by proclaiming, "Cocaine is now the All-American drug."
I shall come to you in the night and we shall see who is stronger—a little girl who doesn't eat her dinner or a great big man with cocaine in his veins. —Sigmund Freud in a letter to his fiancée, Martha Bernays
Vampires have long been the subject of campy horror films and goofy spoofs, but people really don't take the bloodsuckers seriously. Well, maybe we should. That’s the word from Dr. Stephen Kaplan, Director of the Vampire Research Center.
In the heart of New York City's East Village, a small storefront sits sequestered between bodegas and junk shops. Upon opening the door, a visitor meets oblique, light-lime colored walls, framed by pink borders with lopsided corners. A spray-painted pink chandelier droops from the ceiling and the glass-top jewelry counter slants to the floor.
Back in the early 1500s a discovery was made that changed the way people look at natural preventative medicine. The first chemists, the alchemists, introduced chemical cures for disease. Previously, all medical problems were handled by herbal means, the "vital force" approach.
For years now, the most popular historic site invariably sought out by visitors to Minneapolis has been the mythical Mary Tyler Moore house. Equally invariable is the wide-eyed disappointment in discovering that Mary doesn't live here anymore, never did and, most likely, never will.
MYSTERY "DRUGS SYNDROME" BLAMED FOR DEATHS BY COPS
Miami: Cocaine Death Syndrome
Los Angeles: PCP Death Syndrome
POLICE AUTHORITIES around the country are increasingly tending to cite mysterious, medically-unaccountable "drug reactions" as the prime culprits in deaths and injuries sustained by people who fall into police custody. Here in Miami, a hitherto-unknown complication of classical cocaine psychosis has been tentatively invoked by the Dade County Medical Examiner's office to account for a string of mysterious deaths over the last two years—deaths which may or may not also have involved some measure of police restraint.
ONCE HE GETS YOU TO THE police station, the policeman will ask you to walk in a straight line, turn sharply on one foot, and walk back. Then he’ll have you play for a while on a gizmo similar to Atari’s “Post Position” buzz game. Finally he’ll sit you next to a machine about the size of a small footlocker, with a TV console in it, and place on your head a snug plastic headband, with three wires leading from it into the device.
VENTURA COUNTY COROners officially listed a baggie full of marijuana as the deadly agent that killed 22-year-old John Hicks while he was in police detention on the Kanan Road in Ventura last autumn. Hicks, stopped by three Ventura sheriff's deputies for speeding, evidently tried to hide a “Ziploc” plastic bag, with less than an ounce of grass inside it, in his mouth.
THE EXILED LEADERS OF the three main dope-traficking syndicates of Colombia have emotionally petitioned to the Bogotá government to be allowed to return to “the homeland we want for our children, and the homeland we deeply love.” In return for permission to resettle here in their beloved homeland, the homesick narcotraficantes solemnly promise to abandon the dope trade forever, and confidently predict that the global narcotics industry will comprehensively collapse, forever, in consequence.
THE “U-CARE” SCHOOLKID URINE TEST FOR MARIJUANA WILL never go into production, concedes Tom Reuter, head of Reuter Laboratories here. A Reuter subsidiary, Checkpoint Laboratories, announced definitely on four separate occasions in 1984 that they were shortly about to merchandise a mail-order pot piss test, U-Care, to schools nationwide, in conjunction with Nancy Reagan’s famous “Chemical People” antidope organization.
"CLOAK-AND-DAGGER" DICKS WIND UP CLIMBING THE WALL
WASHINGTON, D. C.
A POLICEMAN’S LOT IS NOT A HAPPY ONE, but an undercover policeman can wind up psychotically depressed and deranged, psychologists warn. After completing a five-year study of 270 randomly-selected undercover police agents in the United States and Canada, psychologists at the University of Ottawa discovered (among many other fascinating things) exactly why a lot of undercover cops wind up lying under oath in court for no good rational reason, and why a lot of undercover narcs typically wind up protecting certain of their targeted investigation suspects, and helping them with dope deals.
With the headline “New Wilderness Peril: Growers of Marijuana,” (and on a followup op-ed page, “The Myth of the Peaceful Marijuana Grower”), the New York Times has lately given a big boost to the government’s longtime effort to associate the marijuana-growing subculture with the world of dog-eat-dog lawlessness and organized crime.
Stimulating those suckers can make plants more potent!
MARIJUANA GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
PLANT GROWTH REGULATORS YOU CAN USE
HORMONES ARE ORGANIC MOLECULES produced by plants and transported to its site of action where, in very small amounts, they control, stimulate, inhibit or alter one another and plants’ life processes. The term plant growth regulator can be used to describe a hormone but the term also encompasses the hundreds of synthetic organic compounds in use today which can exert profound regulatory effects on growth.
Ingestion of seeds can produce nausea and vomiting, stomach cramps and general physical discomfort. Seeds can be poisonous at high dosages. Can cause weakness and lassitude. Other dangers include those attributed to psychedelics as a group, such as disorientation, bad trips, possibility of psychotic episodes in those prone to them, and possible flashback experiences.
Meet William Burroughs, counterculture guru turned country squire. Sure, he’s a famous writer who just signed a deal for seven books, but he’s also a regular guy who lives in Kansas and likes to go fishin’.
Lawrence, Kansas isn't a dateline you'd expect for an interview with William Burroughs. After all, this is one of the creators of the original "Beat" scene who made his reputation in such urban centers as London, Paris, Tangier and New York.
Seymour Chwast & Steven Heller Art Against War is a survey of antiwar art from the past four centuries. It is not a history, political or otherwise, but an attempt to show how different practitioners in the visual arts—the well-known, the respected, and the obscure— have criticized warfare.
Does the artist come out as a hero? Hardly. Intellectuals who define words can change images for a time, but not for long. Heroism belongs to people who have struggled, without regard to their own lives, for the survival of others, and their effort has been recognized as that kind of struggle for that kind of end.
The Pleasures and Perils of "the All-American Drug"
The Cocaine Glut
The New Cocaine Addict
In America circa 1985, cocaine is everywhere. It's in the headlines and on TV; it's being investigated in Congress and attacked at government hearings; it's available on streetcorners, in schoolyards and workplaces in every big city and small town in the United States.
Twenty years of altered states have produced a new look in film
Think of the way that Blade Runner starts: a long, lingering aerial view of Los Angeles in the year 2019, punctuated by dragon-like spurts of noxious yellow flames, with enormous close-ups of a blue eye whose iris reflects these sinister, muffled explosions.
Startling new research into our subconscious horror movies
Types of Boundaries
Art created out of dreamlike drug experiences is well known—among the more notorious examples: Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Arthur Rimbaud's Illuminations and much of Edgar Allan Poe's work. But did you know that The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein and Dracula are nightmare-inspired novels?
Dear Ed, I have been smoking pot for the last 15 years. Recently my doctor told me that I had to quit smoking. My throat and lungs are constantly irritated. My problem is I love getting high. Can you tell me different ways I can still get stoned on weed without smoking?
Boomboxes used to be pretty simple: a cassette deck, a couple of tinny speakers and maybe an AM-FM receiver. Nowadays, the boombox is high tech to the max, with more features, dials and sophisticated circuitry than the average space shuttle. Take the YAMAHA PC-8, a portable component stereo system that would have been undreamed-of just a few years ago. The PC-8 has a cassette deck with auto reverse for recording and playback, an FM receiver with FM muting, Dolby B/C noise reduction, automatic tape selector, fulllogic controls, a five-band graphic equalizer, two-way bass reflex speaker system, a newly developed ceramic tweeter, wood speaker cabinets, music search, phono input terminals, five-segment LED power/record level meter and two headphone jacks. What more could you ask for, aside from a built-in toaster?!
THE BASIC EXPLORER
Even with the high tech era running full-throttle, computers remain a mystery to many of us. Now comes a book that can help solve the mystery of at least one home computer. THE BASIC EXPLORER (Osborne/McGraw-Hill, $11.95) is a guidebook for the Commodore 64 computer. What makes this book fun is that it treats the operation of the Commodore 64 like a real mystery. Three computer "explorers" lead the reader into a world of danger and intrigue, a world in which the reader's growing programming skills become the key to the book's mystery. By the end of The Basic Explorer, the reader will not only know how to program the Commodore 64, he'll also have had the fun of reading an exciting mystery novel. That's a combination that should make the Commodore 64 accessible even to the most die-hard high tech paranoids among us.
So you wanna be a rock 'n' roll star? Well, the first thing you gotta do is put your tunes on tape. And, if you want to do it like the pros, you better get yourself a professional recording system. If you've got the bucks to go for the best, try the TECHNICS RS-1520, a two-track reel-to-reel system that can only be described as state-of-the-art. The RS-1520 uses a highly advanced tape transport system called the "Isolated Loop." Combine that with a three-motor direct drive system, utilizing quartz phase-locked control for the capstan motor, tape tension control for the reel motors, a full IC logic control system and feathertouch solenoid switches, and you have a unit that will make your music sound fantastic. Then all you have to do is get someone at a record company to listen to it...
Most jurors are not our peers, but the system can work.
Potential Juror Research and Investigation
Voir Dire (To say the truth in Latin)
Selecting the Jurors
Although every person accused of a crime in the U.S. is entitled to trial by a fair and impartial jury of his or her peers, people accused of violation of the drug laws rarely experience those rights. Rather than a jury of peers, jurors are often chosen in arbitrary ways.
Nothing is more of a bummer than a lighting system that falls apart the first time you knock it around a little. That's one problem you'll never have to worry about with the new HYDROLITE SUPER halide system from APPLIED HYDROPONICS. The ballast components, all UL approved, are the finest quality. The newly designed socket housing allows the reflector height to be adjusted up or down, a real advantage in focusing the light when plants are small and in spreading it out as they get bigger. The Super system packs a full 1000 watts of sun-like light in a 125,000-lumen system that gives new meaning to the word rugged. And it comes with a two-year guarantee. If you can't check it out at one of Applied's showrooms, phone (800-634-9999, or 415-459-7898 in Cal.) or write (150 Bellam Blvd. #300, San Rafael, CA 94901) for a free catalog.
collapsible water storage tank
The upkeep of a substantial garden can require a lot of water, but not many of us just happen to have a large water storage tank in our back yard. The solution to the problem? A collapsible water storage tank from DOMESTIC GROWERS SUPPLY (Box 809, Cave Junction, OR 97523). The unit pictured here holds 275 gallons, is priced at $329 and will not tear, burst, rot or leak in any way. D.G.S. has other sizes that hold up to 1340 gallons. For a complete catalog of their growing supplies, send two bucks to D.G.S. at the above address, and they'll airmail you the catalog in a plain wrapper.
1984 is over, but the era of Big Brother is still very much with us. Now you can fight back against invasion of privacy with a wide variety of high tech items from PERSONAL PROTECTION INC. PPI's gadgets include an Electronic Voice Changer ($570), a wide range of De-Bugging Equipment ($500-$3500), various Telephone Security Units ($1200-$2000) and the ultimate James Bond-type briefcase ($1940), with two alarms, a 4000-volt shocker, a built-in recorder and a hidden microphone. And that's just for starters. For a 52-page catalog of PPI's mind-boggling array of James Bondian equipment, send $10 to Personal Protection Inc., 355 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Suite 424, Woodland Hills, CA 91367, or call (818) 346-3503.
It's late Sunday afternoon on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The bright affluence and glamour of the previous evening have faded to a dull gray. In spite of the early winter cold, fifty or so people are milling about a small section of Bowery sidewalk.
ALBUMS & EPs 1. Minutemen, Double Nickels on the Dime (SST). This engaging, idiosyncratic LP is punk's answer to Blonde on Blonde. 2. Dumptruck, D is for Dumptruck (Incas). Guitars duel and undergraduate existentialists suffer in this tensely fraught, very impressive debut album.
The first thing to say is that you can't destroy the earth these days with just pocket change. It was years ago that Irwin Allen, discredited genius of TV science fiction and father of such definitive video-screen classics as "Lost in Space," "Time Tunnel" and "Land of the Giants," said, "If I can't blow up the world within the first ten minutes, then the show is a flop."
John Carpenter's Starman is the perfect popcorn picture: light-weight, laugh-filled and down-right lovable. We're not talking Academy Awards here, or even cult classic. But Starman is a quintessential movie-movie, best savored with a bucket of buttered popcorn.
• Morris Day, hilariously hip as Prince's archrival in Purple Rain, has signed a three-picture deal with 20th Century Fox. Day, who broke with the Prince camp and moved to L.A. to pursue screen stardom, obviously scored a hit with the Hollywood big boys.
William Burroughs Jr. follows in his dad's missteps
Lurking amid the cheerfully druggy grown-up Beat boys-on-the lam exuberance of Howard Brookner's 1983 documentary, Burroughs, is a haunting element that lingers long after the film ends: the case-study in second-generational confusion known as William S. Burroughs, Jr. Billy was the product of a brief marriage between William Sr. and Joan Vollmer.
• By now, every VCR owner in the free world probably owns a copy of the Purple Rain videotape. Warner Home Video initially shipped 400,000 units of the misogynistic rock flick, second only to the record-setting Raiders of the Lost Ark, which shipped 420,000 in its initial run.
Lori Shields is a fourteen-year-old freshman at Campbell County High School in Alexandria, Kentucky and all she wants to do is play football. In October, 1984, the Campbell County Board of Education kicked Shields off the all-boy, ninth grade team where she played linebacker.
HIGH TIMES takes you to the exotic island of reggae, Rastamen and righteous ganja. Our special Jamaica features include: • A hipster's guide to Jamaica, giving tips on where to stay, where to play and where to catch rays. We'll spotlight the best bars, the hottest clubs, the tastiest restaurants and the hippest shops, and take you inside the Hidden Jamaica that tourists never see.