CRUISING THE MURKY, SERPENTINE CANALS OF AMSTERDAM ON A SUNNY DAY IN MAY with old friends and new, smoking some wafer-thin bubble hash, it struck me: We need to declare Amsterdam the High Times World Headquarters. The pro-cannabis movement is global, and Amsterdam is the vanguard.
I am by no means a man-hating feminist determined to overthrow the patriarchy with lyricism or cookie-cutter Christmas ornaments. Powerful, independent women have been masked in our society of Rich Whites, never allowed to flourish and proliferate ("The High Times Interview with Ani DiFranco," May/June '04 HT).
Dear high Times, RECENTLY IN NORTH CAROLINA, A MAN'S pit bulls tore his 8-year-old son apart in his own front yard. Of course, the guy didn't know it was happening. He was inside, maybe getting high or making a sandwich or watching TV. I'm not going to rant about male pain again, but God damn, brother—your dogs attack and kill your boy and the mailman chases the dogs off and you, the father, come out, and all you can do is tell the mailman to get the hell off your property?
Richard Stallman Leads the Free-Software Revolution
RICHARD STALLMAN FIRST WANDERED into the artificial-intelligence lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971, an 18-year-old Harvard undergrad asking around for surplus programming manuals. He walked out the same day with a new job, and entrée into the epicenter of an emerging revolution in computer science.
"Are you freaking out about the Republican National Convention coming to NYC?" Amelia asked suddenly as we sat waiting for a movie to commence last Sunday afternoon. "Part of me wants to stay, but a larger part of me wants to flee the city," said Lila as she shoved a large handful of popcorn into her mouth.
The Pentagon, Your PC and the Future of Propaganda
product, like Coca-Cola. It's packaged, marketed and sold to anyone willing to pay the price, including John Q. Gamer. In recent years, the Pentagon has been working closely with the video gaming industry, in an effort to win the hearts and minds of the nation's young people.
TO EFFECT A CHANGE OF DIRECTION IN the perilous course upon which our sorry nation is now embarked may seem a difficult—even hopeless—task. The problem is so vast that it's hard to know just where to begin. But mass movements sprout from the efforts of singular individuals or isolated handfuls of people who come together to make social change when they can no longer stand the way things are.
HIGH TIMES’ LIST OF MUST-SEE MOVIES FOR ACTIVISTS offers all the thrills and chills, plus an outlaw education at 24 frames per second. Some of these flicks will be in theaters this summer and fall; others are available on video. FAHRENHEIT 9/11 (imichaelmoore.com) Michael Moore examines the long, lucrative relationship between the Bush family, the bin Laden family and the Saudi MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (imotorcyclediaries.net) Based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution (yes, that guy from the T-shirt).
Rep. Mark E. Souder (R-IN) is infamous to High Times readers for adding an amendment to the 1998 Higher Education Act that cuts off student loans to anyone convicted of a drug offense (but not murderers, rapists or former Enron executives).
As Neo, the online hacker turned savior of humanity in the Matrix movies, Keanu Reeves projects the chilled charisma of a digitally animated James Dean. Interrogated by cops he wrongly assumes to be ordinary (they are, in fact, computer-generated supercops), he rebuffs their sell-out offer with a cool that oniy exists in the movies—or perhaps in the daydreams of a video gamer.
"You have a problem with authority, Mr. Anderson." The Matrix, 1999
1930 Spanish director Luis BuÑuel celebrates the holidays surrealist style by attacking the Christmas tree at a Hollywood party. 1933 Robert Mitchum, age 16, is arrested for vagrancy and spends six days on a chain gang in Savannah, Ga. 1935 Kept waiting for an appointment with MGM’s Irving Thalberg, the Marx Brothers strip off their clothes and roast commissary potatoes in his fireplace.
WHEN I MET LENNY BRUCE IN 1959 AT THE HOTEL AMERICA near Times Square, he was still using euphemisms like "frig" onstage. I gave him an advance copy of an interview with psychologist Albert Ellis in my countercultural magazine, The Realist.
EUROPE’S ONLY AUTONOMOUS ZONE FIGHTS TO STAY THAT WAY
Christiana, a hippie-punk refuge in Copenhagen, Denmark, and also the only self-governing autonomous zone in the European Union, is under attack by a government hungry for its prime real estate. Internationally famous for "Pusher Street," where marijuana, hashish and psilocybin mushrooms are sold in an open market, Christiana has recently been targeted by the new rightwing government in Denmark, which has promised to "normalize" the area secured by squatters in 1971.
'WE'RE HERE, WE SMOKE, WE VOTE!' Irvin Rosenfeld lightS up a joint on the street in downtown Washington, D.C., without fear of getting busted. They can sic the cops on him (as someone did), but all he needs to do is brandish his prescription—his federally approved right to smoke pot.
FEDERAL JUDGE RULES CUBAN COMPANY HAS EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO FAMOUS LABEL
Long known as the finest cigar brand in the world, Cohiba is the premium choice for aficionados, including Cuban President Fidel Castro, who has made Cohibas his signature smoke. Due to the US embargo on Cuban goods, however, Americans eager to join El Presidente have had to make due with "Cohibas" rolled from Dominican tobacco leaf and produced not by Cubatabaco, the Cuban cigar company that makes the Cohiba brand, but by an unrelated American competitor.
HIS SON KILLED IN IRAQ, FERNANDO SUAREZ SPEAKS OUT AGAINST THE OCCUPATION
DIWANIYA, Iraq, Dec. 4—The place where Marine Lance Cpl. Jesus A. Suarez was killed is a desolate, muddy stretch of land—the earth still churned from the heavy military machinery that arrived here months ago, before moving on to Baghdad. It looks as though something should be growing here, but nothing does.
STUDENTS, POLITICIANS PROTEST POLICE PRESENCE AT SCHOOL
Congressman Gregory W. Meeks has joined with students from the August Martin High School in the New York City neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens, to protest 17 student arrests at the school over a two-day period in late February, and to call attention to the increasing police presence in our nation's schools.
Homeland Security inspectors working the River last March made a stinky discovery when they found 100 individually wrapped kilos of cocaine buried in the septic system of a ship from Haiti. After calling in sewage professionals to remove all fecal matter, authorities estimated the value of the shitload to be $1.75 million.
ABUSE AND REFORM AT THE CALIFORNIA YOUTH AUTHORITY
Following a series of state-funded reports describing woeful conditions and rampant abuse at the California Youth Authority, the agency has undertaken a campaign of reform regarding treatment of its wards—the name given to young people committed to the CYA. With approximately 4,300 youthful offenders between the ages of 12 and 25 housed in state correctional facilities, institutions and camps, the CYA is one of the largest youth corrections agencies in the nation.
The most extraordinary unintended achievement of the Bush administration has been its ability to unite the fractured political left with libertarians and the unaligned. There are scores of books detailing both Dubya's abuses of power and recommendations for regime change, and thanks to fierce, inspired writing and simple, reader-friendly formats, 50 Reasons Not to Vote for Bush (Feral House) and How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office (Soft Skull Press) are among the best.
LIFE ON THE OUTSIDE: THE PRISON ODYSSEY OF ELAINE BARTLETT
Village Voice staffer Jennifer Gonnerman's Life on the Outside, from Farrar, Straus & Giroux, is a riveting tale of how America's prison-industrial complex sets up people of color, churns them through the system, and spits them lifelessly back on the streets—if they're lucky to make it through the concrete and barbed wire at all.
Having established themselves with their first two releases, 2000's The Platform and 2001's Expansion Team, LA's Dilated Peoples expand the breadth of their sound and lyricism on their latest album, Neighborhood Watch (Capitol). Street rappers raised on battle rhymes and toe-to-toe standoffs, Evidence and Rakaa trace their rise from the underground to the cusp of the mainstream, checking their roots while sustaining a tighter thematic focus than the rap buckshot that flew on their earlier albums.
The last we saw of Julie Delpy's Celine and Ethan Hawke's Jesse, they were in bed cuddling briefly in Richard Linklater's semi-animated Waking Life. That was three years ago. In 1995, these fictional characters first met on a train en route to Vienna in Before Sunrise.
Remarks like this are why I have more fun talking to Republicans. Democrats have a harder time cutting through the bulishit. There's always the pretense that we have to be nice. The Republican Rebel is a friend of mine. This guy is around 30 years old, works in finance for a major Wall Street firm, wears a suit to High Times parties and is a total individual.
were permeated by a severe case of anti-Communist hysteria. Alvin Dark, manager of the New York Giants baseball team, announced that "Any pitcher who throws at a batter and deliberately tries to hit him is a Communist." Not to be outdone, singer Pat Boone declared at the Greater New York Anti-Communism Rally in Madison Square Garden, "I would rather see my four daughters shot before my eyes than have them grow up in a Communist United States.
When I was 13, my life was ripped apart by the US War on Drugs. My father was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Our assets were seized and my mother, sister and I fell into extreme poverty. We were denied welfare, harassed by the police, made to live in fear.
There is a new movement in this country and for the last eight months New York City has been its epicenter. The brave and intense people of our generation congregating in warehouses and church basements, assembling the structure and strategy that's going to turn this city into an embodiment of our Constitution.
Biking the RNC will allow you the most freedom of action during the protests. The authorities in New York will be using every resource at their disposal to maintain order, so it's important to arrive with an understanding of what you're stepping into.
After Seattle, power did what you'd expect: it clamped down. At various economic meetings since that time, international, federal, state and city law enforcement have teamed to quash dissent. Yes, the Bush supporters have the right to drape themselves in the flag as they gut everything from Head Start to Social Security, but the First Amendment gives us the right to call them hypocrites in a manner which they can hear and understand.
("I am going to remain silent, I want to speak to a lawyer")
"How can I Prepare for the possibility of arrest?" Write the NLG Legal Number on your wrist or ankle: (212) 679-6018 Carry quarters and a phone card for calls, and granola bars, as food is often missed in jail Carry only one photo ID with a good address Do not carry anything you do not want the police to find—e.g., phone books, valuables, drugs (except necessary medications with prescription), knives or other weapons "How do I know if I have been arrested?" Ask: "Am I free to go?" If the officer says "yes,"
has the right to engage in peaceful protest activity on public sidewalks, in public parks and on public streets in New York City. This includes the right to distribute handbills or leaflets; the right to hold press conferences, demonstrations and rallies; and the right to march on public sidewalks and in public streets.
Howdy, my name is Peaches Greasly, and I'm from Crawford, Tex. Yes, that's right-Dubya's hometown. We went to high school together. Drinkin' bourbon out back in the gazebo on a hot summer evening. Oh lordy, how we used to party it up back in the day. And guess what?
The impersonation part is easy: All you need is a decent thrift-store suit. The hard part is figuring out what to do once you pass as one. On April 29, 2004, the Yes Men attended a Heritage Foundation meeting in Chicago. Heritage is the most influential think tank in Washington, the gray eminence behind much of Congress.
I grew up listening to Minor Threat and reading George Orwell. I've spent my adulthood seeking out the real artists of my generation. The artists going toe-to-toe with the status quo. The artists unafraid to question those in power. "We need art and theater in our everyday lives, because this administration poses a threat to everything that we do.
THE ONLY WAY TO GET IN TOUGH WITH HIERONYMOUS BANG,
THIS REVOLUTION MIGHT BE FUN.
playwright of I'm Gonna Kill the President! A Federal Offense (a comedy that opens in New York City on Aug. 17 at "an undisclosed location"), or to see his play, is to call a voice-mail number. Hopeful audience members are directed to a street corner at a certain time—and told to make sure they're not followed.
IT IS WITH DEEP SADNESS THAT HIGH TIMES ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF LAURA BELLE GOODSON, BELOVED MOTHER OF HIGH TIMES FOUNDER TOM FORÇADE AND OF HIGH TIMES BOARD MEMBER JUDY BAKER. LAURA BELLE WAS KNOWN FOR HER INDEPENDENCE, PRIDE, PIONEER SPIRIT AND BELIEF IN THE LIBERTARIAN VALUE OF INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY OVER GOVERNMENT REGULATION.
On the opening day of the RNC, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m., the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) will lead the massive, nonviolent "March for Our Lives: Stop the War at Home" from the United Nations at 45th Street and First Avenue through midtown Manhattan toward the site of the RNC at Madison Square Garden.
I want to start this with a message to the Burners, the free spirits that make the Burning Man Festival into a week-long celebration of glorious humanity. Burning Man is the same time this year as the Republican National Convention. Don't escape to the Nevada desert; come here instead.
Guerrilla News Network is an underground news organization whose mission is to expose people to important global issues through guerrilla programming on the Web and on television. No strangers to protest culture or filming It, GNN has compiled a list of tips to ensure that your RNC video is ready for prime time.
As a billionaire textile manufacturer and member of Billionaires for Bush, I must admit to being positively flabbergasted by the stink surrounding our current president. Show me a "blemish" on George W. Bush's record, and I'll show you a just reward for those of us who have invested the most in this country.
THE 2004 ELECTION PROMISES TO BE THE most pivotal contest in US history since the the Civil War. Riding a tsunami of corporate money, Republicans plan to consolidate their domination of all three branches of the federal government, using a cowed media to intimidate an uneasy electorate into handing a second term to the man journalist Helen Thomas has called "the worst president in all of American history."
Fed up with the dumb shit going down? Wanna raise a Ruckus? The Ruckus Society teaches people who care about the world to use creative, nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience to change it. Ruckus is a national network of talented volunteer trainers who help activists sharpen their strategic and technical skills.
When you move to Canada, you will need to have the following documents with you:
Five Tips on Canadian Etiquette and Culture:
As a Canadian woman living in New York City, I have received countless offers of marriage from Americans attempting to gain Canadian citizenship. The proposals come poured on in thick imitation Scottish or English accents, and are cut with stereotypical slang: "Will ya' marry me?
I'd been reading all the recent books about the Bush administration since the fall, probably starting with Big Lies by Joe Conason, and then Al Franken's book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them and the books by Michael Moore, Paul Krugman, Eric Alterman, Richard Clarke, and on and on.
With warmongers at the helm of Clear Channel, etc., it's harder than ever to get protest songs to a mass audience. So why wait for the multinational corps(es) to embrace your dissent? Do your own distribution instead. In September 2002, I released a free MP3 preemptive strike called "The Bell" over the Internet.
Radio in America has become a wasteland of corporate marketers who centralize programming at the expense of local voices. Clear Channel Communications, for example, owns over 1,250 radio stations nationwide, and is notorious for banning artists, organizing pro-war demonstrations, and helping the FCC shut down local low-power FM broadcasters.
AVIRUBIN.COM Dr. Aviel D. Rubin is an associate professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins University and a co-author of the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute report on Diebold's Accu-Vote-TS, which demonstrated how average voters, using $100 worth of equipment, "can cast unlimited votes without being detected by any mechanisms within the voting booth."
If a protest happens in the woods, and there are no television cameras to film it-did it really happen? That's the koan that activists in the modern era face: how to deal with a corporate-media oligarchy that's indifferent at best, and often hostile to the concerns of the masses.
Your most powerfuf tool in setting up your trip is to hook up with the activist groups. They'll each have their own resources and listings. But here's an alternative guide to doing Gotham on the cheap: Campshutdown.com: Fabulous info site for camping around the NYC area.
Not In Our Name has initiated a call for "more than a million in the streets when the Bush team meets" at the Republican National Convention, and you need to be part of the action. This will be much more than "another demonstration." This will be the people's chance to say no to the whole agenda of horrors spearheaded by Bush & Co., and to assure the world that people in the US won't stop resisting, no matter who is in the White House.
Disclaimer: The author, being originally from the' South, had always defended the dry, harsh Mexican grass that inundates that region. Her edi tors' incessant cries of "But it doesn't photograph well!" never dissuaded her from keeping a supply.
1. It's Illegal If I get caught, I'll go to Jail, where I could be faced with Martha Stewart. Yes, it is illegal to grow weed, but It's also illegal to get a blowjob in some places, and that hasn't stopped you. Besides, home-growing minimizes ancillary crime.
The Bush administration is frying to convince you that buying pot provides "material support" to terrorists in their battle against American freedom. Bullshit, right? High Times agrees, but still, there's only one way to know for sure that quarterounce of skunk didn't come from Al Qaeda.
who grossly mischaracterize marijuana as a dangerous narcotic and a threat to the American Way continue to clang the cymbals of stupidity. For those who smoke it so they can get through chemotherapy, the endless battle reveals the mean streak of a nation founded by Puritans and control fiends.
What's the origin of the word marijuana and why is it sometimes spelled with an h? Joe Simpson Tacoma, WA Dear Joe, The exact origin of the word marihuana is hazy. According to Dudley D. Shoenfeld, MD, in his testimony before the La Guardia Committee in 1944, "Some authorities are of the opinion that it is derived from the Portuguese word mariguano, meaning intoxicant.
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