Although it will be October or November by the time you read this, this note is being written in mid-August, during the 20th Anniversary Of Woodstock, a time when the national media is waxing nostalgic with articles on "Whatever happened to the counterculture?" Let's face it, there isn't much left, and we only have ourselves to blame.
I've been reading your magazine for six months now, and I love it! It's refreshing to read Highwitness News, Chef Ra's Rasta Recipes, and many other regular features. I'm currently in the US Army and in my three years here I've witnessed a lot of injustice in regard to the way the military deals with drugs and drug users.
Ralph Lake of Casper, Wyoming was the first to arrive. The long-time hippie planted his geodesic tent near the stone monument that commemorates the event he had come to celebrate. He was, of course, celebrating the Woodstock Music and Art Festival 20 years after on the same site and on the same days that saw 400,000 hippies descend on Bethel, NY, for three days in August in 1969.
Oregon was the first state to decriminalize pot. In 1973, the Oregon legislature made possession of an ounce or less of marijuana a simple violation subject to a ticket and a $100 fine. Today, several factors have made Oregon a frontline in the government's War on Drugs.
The First Annual Tompkins Square Park Riot Memorial was held in New York City on the night of August 5. Attended by several hundred assorted homeless people, Yippies, punks and Lower East Side residents, the event commemorated the police riot last year where dozens of people were brutally beaten.
The horror of crack addiction is beyond imagination. Recovery can only be described as miraculous and, as discussed last issue ("Finding the Cure for Crack"), can only be achieved on a long-term basis through twelve-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
A small percentage of street-bought marijuana was found to be contaminated with paraquat or glyphosate, the DEA revealed in August. These two toxic herbicides are used by foreign governments and encouraged and funded by the United States.
In the TV documentary, Satchmo, which aired on PBS stations in July, the story of Louis Armstrong's fondness for marijuana was told. Armstrong, who was busted for smoking pot outside Sebastian's Cotton Club in Los Angeles in 1930, called marijuana "an insulator against the pain of racism."
Myths have played a major role in the history of the anti-marijuana laws. What used to be a medicine highly valued by American physicians has become a forbidden Schedule I drug--not available for use even by prescription. Originally outlawed because of widespread "reefer madness" scare stories, current cries of alarm concerning the dangers of marijuana warn of "amotivational syndrome"--a complete turnaround.
Paul Krassner has been doing political satire ever since founding the underground magazine, The Realist, in 1958. "Growing Up Funny With Paul Krassner" is but the latest incarnation of the Yippie co-founder's long-running stand-up act.
A chunky Mohawk warrior in full summer camouflage gear peers down a dark stretch of Highway 37 through a night-spotting scope, the bayonet fixed to his new-smelling AK-47. About a half-mile away, just over the recognized border of the Akwesasne territory in Massena, NY, a detail of eight state troopers pops road flares to illuminate a restricted-entry checkpoint.
What with all that messy oil spilling going on--and not just in Alaska's Prince William Sound, (see last month's HighSci), but also in three other spots around the US, all occurring within one 12-hour stretch last June--and the growing worries about fossil-fuel burning, nuclear plant safety and waste disposal, it would figure that initiatives toward clean energy alternatives would once again be coming under discussion.
A one-year study of hirees who underwent pre-employment urinary toxicology screening at a large hospital show there was no difference in comparisons of job performance, job retention, supervisor evaluations, and reasons for termination between drug-positive and drug-negative employees.
THE CURIOUS ADVENTURES OF AN INDIVIDUAL WHO INDULGED IN A FEW PIPEFULS OF THE NARCOTIC HEMP
"And so you think that opium smoking as seen in the foul cellars of Mott Street and elsewhere is the only form of narcotic indulgence of any consequence in this city, and that hashish, if used at all, is only smoked occasionally and experimentally by a few scattered individuals?" "That certainly is my opinion, and I consider myself fairly well informed."
And the Counterculture wins a foothold in the Bible Belt.
Individualism has long been prized in the Ozark Mountains, where hillbilly rednecks, gun-toting survivalists and born-again Christians live side-by-side in somewhat peaceful coexistence. But this pioneer trait seems to be held in highest esteem in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, one of the strangest towns in America, a community whose self-proclaimed motto is "Where the misfits fit."
Bowling Altarpiece is a religious/sports allegory. Notice that only nine bowling pins are depicted. Pittsburgh kiddie show host, Joe Negri, who went on to fame and fortune as the mailman on Mister Roger's Neighborhood, is the bowling pin on the right in Heaven.
Tennessee.... What comes to mind with the name? Whiskey and hillbillies, country music, Elvis Presley and the Smokey Mountains. Among pot smokers the name also brings to mind that good ole "Tennessee Green." This was the leafy marijuana people mistook for quality herb in the '70s.
Here is a picture of the freakiest plant I have ever seen. I have been growing for 23 years and have had plants that produced massive quantities of excellent bud both indoors and out. This plant is special enough that we named it Big Bertha. At harvest she was 41-inches tall.
Enzymes are not fertilizers nor are they nutrients, but catalysts in the form of positive-charged particles called Ions. They have been with us since the beginning of time, for without them life could not exist. More than 8,000 enzymes have been identified, however, only certain ones work magic in the soil.
These photos were taken only two weeks after the photos of part #6. Liz's three-stage garden is doing fine. Clones are in various stages of rooting in the aerated, warm-water cloning chamber. Second stage plants are growing fast and will be ready for flowering soon.
Sharkey's garden is now on line. He has a three-stage system. First plants are cloned in a small area, then they are moved to a second section where they are grown vegetatively until they are about a foot tall. Finally they are placed in the flowering section.
The marijuana laws must be changed. The old saying "God helps those who help themselves" is an apt phrase for the responsibility we all have to change them. The government is not going to change the laws without some tough work on our part so we might as well buckle down and get on with the job.
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Ever hear of a sclerotia? A by-product of certain psychedelic mushrooms, sclerotia are tastier, smoother, and more powerful than the mushrooms themselves. Stephen Peele of the Florida Mycology Center tells how to Identify and pick these "magic stones."
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Ten years ago, independent records were produced exclusively by "punk" or "new wave" music acts but for the last few years psychedelic music has been taking over as the music of choice on indie labels. Here are a few of the records I call "Psychedelix"--modern or '60s-inspired psychedelic records.
Since the dawn of the "Age of Aquarius" a new lifestyle has structured itself out of the ashes of everyday, boring, middle class humdrum! People are yearning to bust out of the static, modernist lifestyle engulfing the nation! The Fans are ready to torch the "go to school, work, buy, die" ethic!!
Jack Webb understood that television is a medium that doesn't necessarily require subtlety. No cop has ever been more serious than Joe Friday and few shows have ever been funnier than Dragnet. The '50s episodes were brilliant: poker-faced old men in worn-out suits, relentlessly chain smoking, unyielding in their quest for "just the facts."
Yep, it can be a mighty daunting thing for the casual comic consumer to wander into a comic shop expecting to find something to read. Comic shops by the thousands have been springing up all over the place for the last 15 years, to the point of taking over from newsstands as the primary distribution pipeline for graphic-story thingamabobs of all types.