“Cross-cultural understanding is my primary goal,” says Chef Ra, who can fill a room with positive vibes faster than any man alive. Whether he’s throwing darts at the Illini Inn, placing bets at OTB, or cookin’ up a mushroom omelette, The Great Ra lives every moment with zen-like enthusiasm.
I truly feel HIGH TIMES is not doing enough to advocate total organic cultivation. Your statement on Page 6 claiming that commercial pot grown today is an organic product (August ’88) is not completely true. Many growers use chemical fertilizers and growth aids.
One of the biggest crowds in the history of the marijuana protest movement turned out for the Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival in Madison, Wisconsin on September 24, 1988. Although the local media downplayed the event, claiming only 7,500 people showed up, official police estimates put the number at a more believable 15,000.
Though it might become a moot point by the time you guys get to read this (post-election day), an antidrug-crazed congress is at this writing making a very public show about bulling through a thoroughly obnoxious piece of legislation demurely called The Omnibus Antidrug Bill.
Bible Thumpers are among the most common of conservatives. They can often be seen burning books, bombing abortion clinics, or entering homes across America lecturing about the evils of heavy metal records, R-rated movies, and malted beverages. Bible Thumpers are noted for their fierce resistance to contemporary trends such as scientific inquiry, civil rights, and dancing with members of the opposite sex.
As the 1988-89 school-term began this fall, children all across America were offered an experience in education unparalleled since the 1950s: the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their precocious commitment to correct thinking and upright behavior by signing loyalty oaths.
An eyewitness account of the devastation of Hurricane Gilbert
When HIGH TIMES Editor-in-Chief Steve Hager asked me to lead a tour of Jamaica in September, I told him exactly what I thought of the idea. “That’s hurricane season, mon! Let’s go in December after the harvest comes in!” “Naw,” he explained.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST: TOWARD A REAL FOREIGN POLICY
The United States has been floundering in the foreign policy sea for the last 25 years. This column is far too short to allow the listing of very many of this country's foreign policy faux pas and disasters, but a short list would have to include the Vietnamese War, support of the Shah of Iran, the sending of troops to Lebanon, the Pinochet coup in Chile, support of the fascist colonels in Greece, and backing Marcos in the Philippines.
The latest subversive street joke in Moscow involves a bluecollar Muzhik factory worker who gets so fed up after hours of standing in line before a state liquor store in a blizzard that he stalks off, swearing to assassinate Comrade Mikhail Gorbachev.
I am stoned on kick-ass homegrown sativa. Out of six plants, three ’morphed early, resulting in mass seeds. Luckily, these three plants were under a 24-hour exhaust fan. They shrivelled up and died after pollinating themselves. The other three did well, and I am enjoying the effects of one of those three right now.
The young man’s name was Jack Jeffrey Waldron. On this day, Jeff was 18 years old, a year younger than Fred, and had not yet graduated from high school; his entire training in the profession of drug-abuse treatment consisted of five and one-half months as an inmate and staff trainee in this Straight facility.
The plants of South America make up a pharmacopeia like no other in the world. More than 50% of the medicines used by western science include either synthetic chemicals derived from the plants of the Amazon Basin or parts of the actual plants themselves— from aspirin to anesthetics, birth control pills to cancer retardants, it is estimated that science has investigated less than two percent of the plant life there.
“Scoot over, mon,” I told Steve. “I’m sitting down too.” Within a few seconds, we were all wedged into that alcove. We could hear the zinc sheets tearing off the roof. That meant we’d already lost the top layer of thatch. Water was running down the walls.
Interview: John Wilcock "Something, like, Really Weird!"
The underground press, which flourished in the ’60s, actually had its origins in the ’50s, when weekly newspapers like the Village Voice were first published. John Wilcock founded the Voice, and was instrumental in the development and production of many underground newspapers during the ’60s, including the East Village Other, Oz, and the LA Free Press.
Since 1977, I’ve made yearly trips to Jamaica, land of the Rasta man and home to nature’s purest and sweetest ganja herbs. Last September, HIGH TIMES invited me to lead a tour of the island. Shortly after landing, I instructed my fellow travellers to liberate themselves from their fast-paced, post-modernist lifestyle, a process I call “Reggae-i-zation.”
Two-pound jack fish fillets (one per person) 2 cups flour 1 medium yellow onion ½ green pepper Fresh hot peppers (small red, yellow or green) 1 cup vegetable oil 3 crushed garlic cloves Salt and pepper to taste Clean fish under running water.
Here is an August 1 picture of my little plot. I thought my method of concealment might be of use to others. I took down an old stone wall, put down 2 large cubes of soilless mix and built the wall back up around them. In the middle of May, I put eight, six-week-old plants (four each) into holes cut into the tops of the cubes.
Thanks to science, the next few years will mean better times for growers, outdoor and indoor alike. Super absorbant polymers, a significant high-tech advancement, are now available to everyone. These polymers absorb water and nutrients and retain them for release upon demand.
A few months ago a reader wrote that he used No-Pest Strips to eliminate insect pests and mites in his garden. Then Don Jackson of Nature’s Control wrote a letter warning of the danger of using these insecticide laden devices. The May ’88 issue of Consumer Reports has issued a warning not to use them.
In our “just-say-no” age of zero-tolerance law enforcement, when twenty million plus of us are being politically and socially stigmatized just because we smoke pot, it is interesting for us to re-examine the role of the “criminal” and how that outcaste category functions within the larger territory of the social order.
Greetings from Southern California! The surf isn’t up where I’m at, and we’re sweating out the annual dry season with typical Mexican and a little stash from last year’s harvest. Any of the “goods” have been scarce and expensive. A surprise pop-up from an Alaskan strain has found a place in our lungs and our grow rooms.
You don't need a large room to grow a large crop—with the Aquabed, a closet or cubby hole will do! This unique new system has been specially engineered for use with the "Sea of Green" method—designed to be space, time, and quality efficient. Multiple units allow you to meet your plants' needs at various stages of growth to increase their yield. The unit comes complete to help your plants reach their maximum potential. Distributed exclusively through The Indoor Gardening Centers, 8539 Lilley Rd., Canton, MI 48071. Check out their ad on page 76 or call them at 1-800-527-GROW (in Michigan, call (313)451-0797).
The Indoor Gardening Centers
Hydrofarm Light Track
The new and improved Hydrofarm Light Track is the latest innovation in plant lighting from Applied Hydroponics. This is the only track specially designed to carry horizontal or vertical fixtures. A heavy duty four-wheel carrier glides smoothly back and forth across its six-foot length. It's powered by a silent, no-drip motor which is 20% faster for greater efficiency. There is also a six foot extension available, designed to move a second light fixture. The Hydrofarm Light Track is backed by the same full five-year guarantee as the other rugged and dependable Hydrofarm products. See their ads on pages 8 and 9, and call Applied Hydroponics East at 1-800-227-4567 for a free catalog, or Applied Hydroponics West at 1-800-634-9999, or visit your nearest authorized Hydrofarm retailer.
The Indoor Gardening Centers
Power Plant II
Light Manufacturing Company is offering the Power Plant II, a versatile, expandable garden which uses six trays and has the capacity for six expansion trays. The complete system includes pump, rockwool, pH adjustment kit, and nutrients for just $349.95. The Power Plant II is available from Light Manufacturing Company, 1634 SE Brooklyn St., Portland, OR 97202 or call 1-800-NOW-LITE.
The Indoor Gardening Centers
Emerald Products is offering a safe and unique way to sex your plants. The Radiesthesiat Crystal Method utilizes a gold/crystal pendant which, when used along with the guide provided, will enable you to expand certainty of plant gender. This method can be used safely at any stage of growth and fasts forever— saving money, time, and labor. To solve your sex(ing) problems forever, send a check or money order for $29.95 (Outside USA $32.50) to Emerald Triangle Products Company, 1537 A 4th St., Suite 100, Dept HTP, San Rafael, CA 94901. Allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery.
Sex goddess Mamie Van Doren appeared in 36 movies during her long career, including High School Confidential, Untamed Youth, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Sex Kittens Go to College and The Beat Generation. Today, Mamie’s enjoying a massive comeback.
What are the best video releases of the year? With rental rates dropping to less than the cost of a bottle of beer, it's safe to take a chance on whatever you want, and ignore such relative and definite terms as "best". Those titles of very special interest (some previously covered in these pages), I'd like to recommend again, include Sam Peckinpah's absorbing and violent road movie Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia (with rebel Warren Oates' most ingratiatingly sleazy performance); Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (the only left wing feature among the current Vietnam bunch); Josef von Sternberg's opium-seeped melodrama, The Shanghai Gesture (Hollywood rarely got this subversive and decadent); Paul Morrissey's original and still wildly funny drug-culture classic, Trash; Anguish (Key) and Near Dark, two curious, sardonic, bloody, and unsung horrors; Ralph Bakshi's trenchant, animated, urban satire, Streetfight; John Huston's unsentimental Fat City (Hollywood's most accurate look at losers and loners); Samuel Fuller's brutal Underworld U.S.A. and Vincent Price in Michael Reeve's graphic and brilliantly unpleasant film, The Conqueror Worm.
From the mail I've received, it looks like a lot of you HIGH TIMES readers are now warping your brains even more by subscribing to movie/video fanzines and newsletters. If you're spending time trying to find the tapes you read about in Ecco, Gorefest or Slimetime, chances are you're hooked.
WRECK THE HALLS... I guess everybody loves Christmas records. I love Christmas records, and I hate Christmas. Not many rock 'n' rollers make Christmas records anymore, I don't know why, we live in a world where great things once abundant are now scarce.