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Repost From Beatdom Regarding Kitty Bruce on Lenny

 

Gentle Readers,

We have been busy and posting on the Beatdom site. We thought we should share this!

 

Posted by michaelhendrick in Beat News on December 8, 2011 4:10 pm / no comments

In November, Kitty Bruce, daughter and only survivor of comedy icon/legend Lenny Bruce, was gracious enough to talk to Beatdom about her father’s distain for organized religion, as evidenced in a number of his comedy routines, life at home and Lenny’s House, the twelve step rehab for women in NorthEast Pennsylvania which she started in memory of her father. Kitty tells us about her father’s, and her own, childhood in the new Beatdom Issue 10, The Religion Issue, on sale soon.

Was Lenny a Beat?

He was called that by police and press. Allen Ginsberg organized the “Emergency Committee Against the Harrassment of Lenny Bruce” during the 1964 Cafe Au Go Go trial in New York City. Queried on the connection between Lenny and the Beats, Kitty said, ”I’m very familiar with Allen, I knew Allen…if the question is, did my father sit around coffee houses and snap his fingers?…probably…haha..”

Many reached out to help Lenny when the law was out to kill him (Vincent Cuccia, one of the New York D.A.’s who prosecuted Bruce’s last obscenity case, said, “We drove him into poverty and bankruptcy and then murdered him. We all knew what we were doing. We used the law to kill him.”) and Kitty reaches back out to help women by providing a safe, sober and nurturing environment , providing support, education and other tools necessary to stay clean and sober.

 You can honor the memory of Lenny Bruce by donating to The Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation, PO Box 1089, Pittston, PA 18640. Many of Lenny’s prized possessions and memorabilia are up for sale, for those who would like to help Lenny’s House and also own a priceless item such as the typewriter Lenny used or his famously-photographed trenchcoat! Send inquiries to the address above.

Beatdom Issue 10, The Religion Issue, is coming your way in a few days. Read what Kitty Bruce has to say, along with many other fascinating writers and great work by our excellent artists!!!

Beatdom is available at http://www.beatdom.com and http://www.amazon.com and http://www.kindle.com and www.usedbeatshop.com

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Some Good Reasons To Buy Beatdom Issue 9

Cats and Kittens, Cherished Readers,

Open minds that have no leaders,

We return to you today after quite a long break in the action, although we see you have been reading daily and we appreciate the patronage!

Our disappearance was caused due to the fact that Your Humble Narrator is now Co-Publisher of Beatdom Books and we published our first two exciting volumes in the month of July…Beatdom Issue Nine and Zoning by Spencer Kansa, which we shall tell you about in the next blog.

     So why buy the new Beatdom? Ten dollars…one dollar per reason…as we have changed the format to that of a more traditional literary journal and also have gone to black and white, save for the excellent cover illustration by R.H.Harper, an excellent Philadelphia artist.

     First and foremost, you will find a lot of great writing from our regular crew of writers, as well as some new faces. We have new, yes NEW, photos of Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Norman Mailer which have never been published before and were donated to us by the remarkable Jerry Aronson, whose DVD, The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg is reviewed at length, as well as a review of the PBS Naked Lens film by filmmaker Yony Leyser,  William S. Burroughs: A Man Within. You can find reviews of both of them on this blog space if you use the search function but the review in Beatdom, with the photos from Jerry, make an exceptionally fine piece.

     The cover is so nice that you will be sure to look hip while reading it, so that is a reason in itself and it is a real conversation starter…just look at that cover…and there are numerous other great illustrations inside…you may ascertain from the cover that this is our ‘Drugs’ issue, so we have a number of articles with a droogy theme, as well as straight essays and poetry.

     …which brings us to yet another reason, which is the excellent fiction by Katy Gurin, Chuck Taylor and Dan Leo (as well as by Your Humble Narrator) and the accompanying illustrations and art by award-winning filmmaker Waylon Bacon and Haydn Lock.

     Then, we have the scholarly studies from around the world, like the essay on Hunter S. Thompson in Kentucky, by Rory Feehan in Ireland, and a detailed look at Mr. Burroughs’ forays into the jungles of South America in search of yage by Nick Meador and Geetanjali Joshi Mishra’s insightful look at Allen Ginsberg, From Ganja To God, about the late poet’s experiences with ganja in India, and a look at Burroughs’ groundbreaking work with yage by David S, Wills, our fearless leader.

     We have poetry smuggled out of the heart of a womens’ prison, poetry about addiction and poetry about supermarkets, plus more poetry, for the verse-lovers in the crowd.

     Another fine reason to buy this treasure-trove of Beat knowledge and enjoyable fiction and poetry, as we mentioned earlier, is that we have made it available at the ridiculously low price of $9.99 a copy, plus $2 for shipping…that is two dollars in America and two euros for international customers. Our first copy was sent to a reader in Australia…if you order quickly (www.beatdom.com) you may even get your copy before the first one hits the land down under.  We have squeezed the large, airplane-browsing-sized, full colour issues into a standard format literary journal, so it is easy to keep in pocket or purse. In fact, we dare you to find something better to read at that price and if you find something even half as hip, we want to know about it.

    This is actually an old reason, but Beatdom is the world’s most popular Beat-themed literary journal. We have readers on every continent except Antartica and we may open an office there just to stimulate sales…when we have the cash, that is…which may be a while since we only hope to break even on this endeavor…as has always been the case with Beatdom, all along…we are not here to get rich on your hard-earned book money. We are here to keep the Beat spirit alive and let you know what is happening in the world of Beatdom.

     This issue was printed and bound by the prestigious Sheridan Press. We chose them so that we could offer you the best in quality, not just in the writing and art but in the reproduction of such fine work. Sheridan is a venerable force in the publishing industry, printer of the best among literary journals…and that is why we chose them to bring you the finest Beatdom possible.

     It will not be online for immediate free download, like the older, more expensive issues were. It will be in the future – but at the moment, the only way to see it is to open a copy and start enjoying yourself. To older readers, consider this a literary take on ZAP Comix…great art, good messages and hip from beginning to end.

      Also, check out the cover illustration for David Wills’ upcoming (on Beatdom Books) novel The Dog Farm. You may have heard recent news about the glow-in-the-dark dogs which were created by those krazy koreans but Mr. Wills gives you a whole new view of South Korea.

    So what are you waiting for? You can buy it with check, money order or Paypal. Orders paid with check or money order will be shipped once funds have cleared, which is overnight in the day of instant wire transfer…so take a chance…don’t be a mooncalf, don’t be a fuddy duddy…get hip and get yourself a copy of Beatdom Issue Nine…it may sell out before you get the chance…

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We’re Baa-ack!!!

     Gentle Readers,

     Much thanks to you for keeping this blog active by reading the archives for the past few weeks. Your visits are appreciated.  We have been busy with a few things, the least of which is putting the final touches on the soon-to-be-released ninth issue of Beatdom, the Drugs Issue and also the Fourth Anniversary Issue.

     We will be moving to a new format which will make owning a copy of your own much easier.  This issue has been graced by the work of Rachel Harper, who did the great cover art you see here, as well as a very cool table of contents. Rachel is a very busy Philadelphia artist and we were very fortunate that she took the time from her overwhelming schedule to provide us with such nice images.

     Inside, behind the cover, we have some excellent stories and essays by Chuck Taylor, Katy Gurin, David S. Wills, Geetanjali Joshi Mishra and more.  As for Yours Truly, we shall have two stories in this issue; one on ‘drugs and creativity’ and another which reviews two Beat-related DVDs, The Life & Times of Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs: A Man Within.  This is also out first issue as ‘Editor,’ so we pat ourselves on the back for that and give a ‘tip’o’the’hat’ to David S. Wills for the honor.  David started Beatdom four years ago, at age twenty…no mean feat.  Since then, he has made the Beatdom name familiar around the world by

     This is the ‘Drugs’ issue, so do not be surprised if you hyperventilate while reading it.  We are just tying up loose ends and will send out a shout when it is ready for sale.  We also have been working on tee shirts using the cover art.  Get your order in early if you want one of those.

     Another thing which kept us from the blogosphere was Zoning…no, not the type of zoning that we are known for here at CFYSA.  Zoning is the new novel by Spencer Kansa, which will be released by Beatdom Books in July.  William S. Burroughs, a mentor of Kansa, read it and noted that it ‘reads like an urban Celine’. Fans of Burroughs will enjoy the wild ride that Zoning takes them on, stretching time and space in a fantastic tale of two earthlings bound for no good. Fans are lining up in Scotland already to get a copy.  We have been busy with the reading and editing and all those attendant duties and look forward to both the launch of Beatdom Books and Zoning

     Beatdom Books will also be publishing The Dog Farm, the much-awaited, sometimes acrimonious memoir of life in the armpit of South Korea, by David S. Wills.  Having read it a few times, we must admit to enjoying it more with each read.  Again, we will tell you when it is available.  It is a tale of the Beat road of today.

     Pardon us fro the brevity of this blog…we apologize for our absence and hope to be back on our schedule and amusing you all a few times a week, as we get nack to business as usual.

    We thank you again and it is good to be back!!!

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From The Beat Cookie Jar ~ Re-Beat When Necessary

     Readers, One and All,

     When was the last time you read a piece of Beat literature?  I bet it depends on your age, to a great degree.  I had not read any real Beat lit for close to forty years, until yesterday.  This may sound strange, being as Your Humble Narrator is the assistant editor of the Beat lit journal, Beatdom.

     In the 1970s, reading the Beats was a true rite of passage, just as sure as smoking your first cigarette was.  We found everything we could find and read it and re-read it.  At the time, pre-information-highway, there were two remaining books to be consumed to complete the whole Beat bookshelf.  They were Jan Kerouac’s Trainsong and Neal Cassady’s The First Third.  It seems like the latter two books were published in the 1980s, the early 1980s.

     And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks, the chapter-for-chapter collaboration written by Jack Kerouac and Williams S. Burroughs in 1945 still remains outstanding on the reading list but that is only because it was not published until much more recently.  Since we enjoy Burroughs’ ‘straight’ writing best, this looks like a long lost treat.  This is the next book to the ‘to read’ list.

     The trouble with reading all of the Beats when you are young, say from age thriteen to age seventeen, is that you do not have the life experience to truly appreciate the events and lifestyles depicted in these novels and poems.  It can even be a little confounding.  Also questionable is my grasp of Edgar Allen Poe.  These were some heavy stories and I read all of them before I got out of the eighth grade.  I remember the stories and the morals but there must be something in those books that goes over the head of an eleven-year-old reader.  Those will need to be revisited, as well.  The closest I have come to returning to Poe occurred on a visit to the Poe House and Museum in Philadelphia, the house where he lived when he wrote the great, epic poem,  Annabelle Lee.

     Sticking to the rear of the tour due to my height, the end of the line drew close to the door of a small closet.  Nobody was looking, so entering the tiny, dark space,  I closed the door and sat in the dark, thinking ‘who else but Poe would have sat in here’ and as a souvenier of my intrepid sidestep, peeled off a tiny piece of wallpaper.  For years, ‘Edgar Allen Poe’s Wallpaper’ went everywhere I did, stuck in my wallet and often shown to those with literary interests, until it crumbled and disappeared sometime in the 1980s.

     Yesterday, while waiting for my dope at the doctor’s office,  I had a copy of Ann Charters’ wonderful The Portable Jack Kerouac on hand to amuse myself and slaked my thirst on the waters of Beat for the first time in years.  The section on spontaneous prose was where I started sucking up the Essentials of Spontaneous Prose, Belief & Technique For Modern Prose and Are Writers Made Or Born.  These were revelatory, as was The First Word: Jack Kerouac Takes A Fresh Look At Jack Kerouac.  This was all interesting, as well as ‘heavy reading’ so something lighter was in order and that choice was The Three Stooges from Visions of Cody.  Most endearing was his description of Stooge Larry Fine,  pictured below on a mural in Philadelphia, (yes, there is a lot to see in Philly) who was given the most Beatific take as “meaningless goof (though somewhat mysterious as though he was a saint in disguise, a masquerading super-duper witch doctor with good intentions actually)…”

     They are all on a comeback lately, with dvds and films about the Beats, the Stooges and even a rumored HBO Beat-themed series.  There are a few books that deserved several readings in my life, like Steinbeck’s Cannery Row  and East of Eden, and Rimbaud’s Illuminations.  Now, it is time to return to the books of my teenage years and see if they are more fun as an adult.  If you are 50 or over, maybe you ought to do the same.  You may even enjoy yourself!

                                             

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William S. Burroughs and the Mushroom Machine~Tonight on PBS (or not)!!!

     Space Travelers, tonight is the night that the PBS series Independent Lens presents the installment on our beloved mentor and spiritual scout, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within. Scanning through the local listings, we see that the episode will be presented at 10pm on WHYY, the Philadelphia-based PBS channel.

     Unfortunately, we see that in the Lehigh Valley, on WLTV and to the north on WITF, the mushroom machine is in full-work mode, keeping people in the dark and feeding them shit.  They will NOT be airing the episode tonight.

     Why hide a life that shows how decades of heroin addiction did nothing to slow down the juggernaut that was WS Burroughs?  Why hide the fact that this junky put the lid on censorship in the USA, following the lead of Allen Ginsberg and Norman Mailer, who broke through walls to give us free speech and use of words, as we were promised in the Constitution of the USA?  Why hide a man who shot his wife in the head during a speed and alcohol fueled ‘William Tell Act’ which went bad?

     Why? Because he is a hero to so many and to encourage such behavior would be American, actually.  Dubbed the ‘Godfather of Punk,’ he was cooler at age 70 than any of us, hanging with the punks, letting them draw on his energy, guiding them toward the expression of the word as emotion.  We do not want our kids admiring somebody like this!  It gives the wrong impression about doing your homework and working hard to get smashed by the AmericanDreamMachine, which has become more of a sleight of hand trick than anything.

     Call your local PBS channel and ask them when they will show this episode of Independent Lens. Remind them that they will be asking for donations soon and this will weigh heavily on your decision to give. Tell them anything but make sure they know they did wrong by not airing this great program.

     Otherwise, Comcast viewers in my area of the Greater Philadelphia region can watch on WHYY…and the next time WHYY has a fund-raiser, remember this!

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Tuesday Night On A TV Near You…William S. Burroughs on Independent Lens

     Gentle Readers and Miscreants, this is not an actual blog, this post. It is a reminder that the Inependent Lens series on PBS will be airing the documentary on our hero, William S. Burroughs, starting on Tuesday February 22.  It is called “(WSB) A Man Within”.

     We thank the folks at The Independent Lens, in particular, Mary Lugo, for sending us an advance copy of the film.  She actually sent it to Beatdom, the literary journal where Your Humble Narrator is the assistant editor.  A full review will be found in Beatdom, when the next issue hits the printer.

     We can say we found parts of it to be very inspirational.  Having read most of the Beat Library before age 20, we sometimes forget the lessons and inspirations we took from Beat culture in youth.  It is a passage of youth, to read these books by Burroughs, Ginsberg, Kerouac, et al., but the messages held within are just as pertinent to us now, at age 53, as they were over 30 years ago when we first read them. That is, as The Dude says in The Big Lebowski,  the “editorial ‘we'”.

     There are great snippets of interviews with John Waters, Patti Smith, Ginsberg, Burroughs and others. There is footage of the final Burroughs, laid out in his casket, his trademark hat perched on coffin-lid.

     We will remind you again on Tuesday but a full review will follow.  There is much to be said about this documentary but that is for Beatdom to tell you.  You may want to visit the Beatdom site at www.beatdom.com and see some of the new Burroughs links that have been added with all those other cool links.  Maybe you will want to start a discussion there…we hope you do!

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Hillary Says Money Too Good, Too Much To Stop Drug War

     Informed Readers, please do not be alarmed.  That is not some crazed loon leering at you from the left of the page – that is your Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, former mind control victim and ‘Grand Dame’ of the Illuminati, who run the CIA and all other covert operations in these, what used to be your United States.

     Recently, Hillary was quoted in the Mexican press when she gave an interview on the subject of why the US cannot win the drug war it is waging against an unseen (or maybe not so unseen) black market because “there is just too much money in it.”

     That is about all she has to say. Too much money. It is true that if the drug companies did not spend so much money lobbying to stop the flow of a weed which could take a large percentage of profits out of their coffers, there would probably be no war on drugs.  At the time it was made illegal, marijuana was the second-most prescribed source of relief from various maladies in the US.  That does not bode well for drug companies or the people who siffon cash out of them in the guise of business.

     Hillary should know. She had a first row seat to the Clinton-Bush cocaine monopoly and has been a player in the ‘good politician/bad politician’ game.  This game is the one where we have a president who acts like an idiot for eight years, while screwing us all very deviously and non-idiotically from behind.  He is the bad pol…the one who is dumb, cannot find the right words, generally unliked. Hillary is the good one…trained to be well-spoken, seemingly witty, admired for staying with her delinquent hubby…and she only left one corpse unaccounted for, the one of her buddy who was found dead in the state park.

     Like the people involved with the JFK assassination, a lot of people who shine a light on the Clinton-Bush crime family, seem to disappear or end up dead under suspicious circumstances.  Just Google her name and ‘mind control’ and you get a screen-full of pages detailing the long, strange trip from Arkansas, where the Clintons’ could not even afford a house of their own.  The White House was their starter home.  It is said that Hillary and Ronald Reagan both shared the same sex slave.  Hillary is involved in the programming of such people.  They are usually kidnapped at youth and end up on milk bottles.

     One famous mind control school graduate was John Hinckley Jr., the guy who shot Reagan when he was in office, ending a streak of presidents-in-office dying every 20 years, from William Henry Harrison in 1841 to JFK in 1963. During those years, every president to be elected on the 20th year died in office.  Reagan did not.  It is also of interest to note that Hinckley was the son of a close associate of George Bush Sr., who was director of the CIA and ran the country while Reagan dithered around on the edges of mental illness.  The murders and assassination performed by such slaves are normally caused by brainwashing techniques used on children and perpetuated by clues given in open media.

     All that aside, it was William S. Burroughs, speaking as Father Tom in the movie Drugstore Cowboy, who said,  I predict in the near future right-wingers will use drug hysteria as a pretext to set up an international police apparatus. That movie was released in 1989 but whoever wrote that line saw the whole thing very clearly.

      When we look around today and become confused at how wrong things are or when we try to make sense of why the world is coming apart at the seams, it is good to look behind the curtain, like in The Wizard of Oz, which is a tale used by the CIA to strengthen mind control ‘cues’ in children watching.  There is a specific form of programming called Wizard of Oz programming and certain Disney properties figure into it prominently, as well.

     Now, why would anybody want to control us all and keep all the money while we suffer, wonder and look to the sky?  The money is too good to refuse, like Hillary says.

     One big division of the mind control program (once known as MK ULTRA but now known as ‘Marathon’), is given the duty of making people who bring these facts to light appear insane, by using various harrassment techniques – most of which are designed to make the person pointing fingers seem agitated or ‘a little off’ and thereby lessening the chances anyone will pay attention. “What the hell is this whackjob going on about now?” This is the question that they want to hang over anybody who can see the infrastructure of the Marathon Program.

     If this is fiction, conspiracy-theory, loose talk, a lot of woo-haa…then why can you find President William Clinton on Youtube, publicly apologizing for harm done under the program.  Do not take our word for it. Look it up yourself.  Read about the CIA Mind Control program by itself; then, add Hillary to the search term and you will be surprised and titillated by what you may find.  You can find documented accounts of her using a sex slave in the White House, you can find news about the tortured corpse of an ex-CIA agent who went public about the Bush-Clinton cocaine connection.

     Do not take our word for it. Look for yourself. That is the best way to learn.

     This brings to mind all of the research that Allen Ginsberg did on the CIA-Contra cocaine smuggling controversy, back in the 1970s.  The CIA built itself to its pinnacle of power by shipping drugs back through channels from Cambodia and hooking the american public on cocaine, just to make a buck. Who was in charge of the CIA then? Bush Sr., of course.  There again – look for yourself…you can’t make this kind of stuff up. It is too complex.  In a future blog, we will look and see what Ginsberg found out in all his studies on this abhorent subject.

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From the Beat Cookie Jar…Poetry Corner

 

 

     Gentle Readers,

     Today we have a poem, or rather, a song.  It has music but you cannot hear it.  Your Humble Narrator  can hear it in his head, as he could when it was written but the only way to hear it with the melody intact is to have me sing it to you, which usually requires a certain amount of alcohol, which we do not think the Gentle Readers would be able to afford, at our rate of consumption.

     It was the first song to pop out in awhile and, mystically, popped out at a time when all the things we used to love were eluding Your Narrator.  The song seemed to open up a number of doors, from the door to travel to the door to my pens and pencils and paper.  It got the writing started again and it has been snowballing, ending up in various new venues for voice.

     We hope you enjoy.

Lately,  I’ve been thinking
about all the things i used to love.
Lately, I’ve been drinking up
to all the things I used to love and
all the things
I use to love.

Laughing about the fun we had,
so many different things to do.
In smoky clubs and stumbling home
and yelling at the neighbors, too!

Lately, I’ve been looking back
at all the things we wanted then.
Lately, I’ve been wondering
if we could still feel that way again
about all the things we use to love.

These days, I’ve been falling out
with what life has been handing me.
Love is there, without a doubt,
Passion stalks behind a tree.

I feel my heart in symphony
– been cutting slack to humanity.
I am related to a bee
and grateful now that I can see
all the things I use to be.

We kicked down the old black doors.
We drove home on rusty rims.
We drank all the wine we stole from church
We woke up to the sound of hymns.

Lately, I been thinking
about all those things I use to love.
Baby, I’m still drinking up
Those crazy drinks we used to love

so many things we use to love.


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From The Beat Cookie Jar – William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

     Gentle Readers, a new morsel of the good stuff showed up in the Beat cookie jar today, an advance copy of a PBS Independent Lens series episode, which will air across the USA starting February 22 – William S. Burroughs: A Man Within.

     Even before it arrived, we liked it for the title, which brings to mind one of our most favorite books by Burroughs, The Cat Inside.  It is a work of straight writing, like his novels Junky and Queer, and we prefer his traditional style moreso than his lunatic-fringed works, which are always the target of imitators and penny-ante enthusiasts, a fad which seem to recur every ten years or so since we first ‘discovered’ Beat writing in the 1970s.  We consider ourselves, here at CFYSA, lucky to have read most of the Beats at a tender age.  It allowed many details to be forgotten in the thirty years hence – which makes those same works a joy to rediscover and reread now, in what we assume to be adulthood.

     We have not viewed the new DVD yet, since it still has cookie crumbs clinging to the wrapper.  It will be reviewed in the next issue of Beatdom Issue 9 – The Drugs Issue.  It will appear on your own tv sets in about two or three weeks, however, so we thought it prudent to give you all a heads-up on this marvelous bit of programming.

     With a soundtrack by our hero and Burroughs compatriot, Patti Smith (along with Sonic Youth) and narrated by Naked Lunch star Peter Weller, the film shows previously unreleased footage of The Man, as well as unseen interviews with many others, including Iggy Pop, Gus Van Sant, Anne Waldman, John Waters, Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith and Jello Biafra as part of the diverse array.  This is a goldmine for Burroughs fans everywhere!

     PBS has also launched a companion website to promote the film at www.pbs.org/independentlens/burroughs where fans can get more detailed information, watch preview clips, read an interview with the filmmaker and explore the links and resources.  Viewers of the site can even share their ideas and opinions on the Talkback section of the site.

     This is a rather short blog but it is only here to point you to the film, which was made by a 25-year-old high school dropout – our favorite type of scholar – Yony Leyser.  Actually, some websites say he dropped out of college, some say film school and others say high school…we just admire him as an Outsider who dropped out to follow his vision.  Shouldn’t everybody?

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Final Installment of K2 Khronickles

     Fearless Readers, we have come to the end of an era of sorts, a very short era – the era of legal THC.  We missed our chance to get in on the legal LSD up until 1967 and this gave us a chance to try new drugs and see what we could see with the aid of them.  Now, the shelves are empty and we still have seen no legal notice of a final rule in the Federal Register.  The media won, again.

     There will be more fake marijuana products coming down the line.  They are already available in some places.  It is sort of like when the US made amphetamine use illegal and spawned the multi-million-untaxed-dollars-a-year ‘meth’ market.  Smith Kline and French could have made a mint with their Dexedrine Spansules or the good old Bi-Phetamine 20s (the original ‘black beauties’) and taxes would have been paid on every purchase, at one level or other, and they could even have been regulated.  Now, every bucktoothed hillbilly from here to Sheboygan and beyond is making ‘fake’ speed in bathtubs, sinks and even in moving vehicles.  No taxes get paid on this stuff and it is a thousand times more dangerous than the real thing, which is given to students in grade school for treatment of ADHD.

     Recently, we took some Roxanol brand morphine and noticed that the pills are banana flavored.  This makes them a nice match for the grape flavored dexedrine tablets, called Adderall, which is what the kids in school get.  What a lovely, fruity combination!  What spells ‘gateway’ better than candy-covered, mind-altering drugs? 

     Not anybody can sell these confectionary compounds.  It costs a lot of money to make grape flavored speed; only big corporations who can pay off the officials we elect are allowed to sell stuff like that.  Imagine the fuss if a parent were to suggest the inherent danger in coating powerful chemicals with Pandora’s powder of sweet, sweet, sugary goodness.  Imagine the outrage over all those young lives lost to swallowing sweets.  It would be even worse than our upcoming diabetes epidemic, scheduled tentatively for 2020…but this ain’t pot so that will never happen.  Just one of life’s little ironies.

     Gentle Readers, you may have any opinion you wish as regards these substances. If you are for them or against them, you can find plenty of support online in chatrooms full of people who share your views.  One funny thing about the chatrooms, websites, organizations and other entities that concern themselves with such subjects – there really is no correct answer or proper view.  There is always a question-mark hanging over all participants and nobody logs off with a real, concrete answer…more often, a feeling of anxiety lingers.

     Many find this lack of answers to be quite frustrating.  Most frustrated are the majority of us, who are lied to, manipulated, bought, sold and shoveled shit to, by the media.  Less frustrated are the so-called power brokers who create and develope the standards by which we are ruled. Ruled.  That is the status of the K2 law…pre-rule.  The rule never made it to print in the Federal Register so it is technically still legal, if you do your own homework and use documents provided by the government.  Ask anybody and they will tell you it is illegal, however, because they saw it on the news or on the web.  If it is on one of those places, it has to be true…no?

     You can’t fool all of the people all of the time…how many times have we heard that?  It doesn’t matter, just so long as you fool most of them.  As long as the majority is confused, people foolish enough to waste time spewing the honest truth can say all they want; they have been diffused.  They can tell the truth all they want and the bad guys will still fuck us all over.  People do have memories, though.  Honesty always prevails, eventually, but much suffering has occurred throughout history while waiting for honesty to prevail.  It takes time.

     We have reached a tipping point, in many ways.  The world’s foremost scientists say we have passed the tipping point, in terms of saving the planet from we humans.  Whales are getting sunburns because the ozone is so thin, which is documented fact, while our leaders tell us they still have no concrete evidence that global warming exists.  This is why we should not follow leaders.

     We feel bad for those Dear Readers who have children that will have to face the rapidly deteriorating quality of life in the Western World.  The Eastern World will probably just be getting the final touches of their infrastructures in place when the big shoe finally falls.  You can develop India and Bangla Desh all you want but they will still be underwater, with most of Florida,  if ocean levels rise two more inches.  It is just a matter of so much more melted snow and the polar bears are running out of room already.

     Then there will be mass migrations to the USA and there will be even less to go around.  American Dream – yes, that is what it is.  There is no future here unless things take a drastic and dramatic turn.  As complacent as society has become, all the drama has moved to Congress, a place where level heads lose to cheap dramatics.

     So, with so many things sucking so badly, we close the folder on the K2 Khronikles in order to focus on other, more pertinent issues.  We will report any new laws or findings or anecdotal information we come across, as regards K2, Spice, Mr. NiceGuy, Black Mambo and the others, of course.  The subject has not fallen completely off our radar.

     We shall return and we shall still be Celebrating 50 Years of Substance Abuse but we will take the forum in a slightly different direction, as you, Gentle Friends and Fiendish Foes, will see.

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