V.24 No.20 | 5/14/2015
photo courtesy of The Dolls
Real Beards, Real Ladies
New play about psychedelic drag legends The Cockettes gets a blessing from a living legend shimself
By Blake Driver
The Dolls unleash the crazy tale of San Francisco’s lovable drag disasters The Cockettes and their star-studded New York flop.
Far Out and Inward-Looking
By Lisa Barrow
Santa Fe publisher Synergetic Press rereleases Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics with an intriguing talk at Collected Works Bookstore.
V.24 No.12 | 3/19/2015
No Simple Highway explores Dead mythology
By August March
Peter Richardson’s new cultural history of the Grateful Dead, No Simple Highway, breathes nuance into an iconic chronicle of American subcultural royalty.
V.22 No.42 |
The Daily Word in dirty needles, dirty air and decapitations on Facebook
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Oct 22 2013 9:20 AM ]
A Downtown Grower's Market vendor was poked by a used needle in Robinson Park last weekend.
Live near Central Ave? Free WiFi for you then.
Cancer diagnosis spurs Walmart employee to skim from his cash register in order to pay for treatment.
Another sea monster washed up on a beach.
Smog in and around Beijing is bad. Really bad.
With some caveats, Facebook is once again allowing beheading videos to be posted.
Malcolm Gladwell (writer for The New Yorker, author of The Tipping Point) may make local independent bookstore Bookworks a stop on his tour promoting his new work David and Goliath but only if you vote (only takes five seconds) for Albuquerque/
V.22 No.17 |
The Daily Word in Bangladeshi protests, a Ferrari-driving Indian kid and a happy bearded lady
By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Apr 30 2013 8:33 AM ]
The Albuquerque church stabber believed he was fighting a masonic conspiracy.
I was rooting for Patricia Michaels of Taos Puebleo.
The Rio Arriba County Sheriff is being investigated by the FBI.
It was his ninth birthday, and he's cautious... so we let him drive the Ferrari.
Watch Keith Richards clobber a guy with his guitar.
Other Euro-zone countries may seize savings from the wealthy.
Protesters in Bangladesh calling for death penalty for the owner of the building that collapsed April 24th.
Neat pictures of the new Manhattan subway under construction.
Yesterday was the anniversary of Albert Hoffman's death. You must see this psychedelic kitty GIF.
V.21 No.10 |
The Daily Word in high-speed bus chase, new iPad, Kony 2012
By Marisa Demarco [ Fri Mar 9 2012 10:27 AM ]
Man steals school bus, say police, who chase him down I-40 from Grants to Albuquerque.
People want politicians to do something about gas prices, poll says.
BernCo Sheriff Dan Houston gets a vote of no confidence from his deputies.
Los Lunas judge fails alcohol test, steps down.
LSD might help people quit the booze.
Lots of new jobs, but unemployment rate holds steady.
Vogue Italia shoots for ghetto fabulous, rips off regular people, maybe wanders into racist and classist territory.
Banks are foreclosing on many churches now.
NPR fact-checks viral video "Kony 2012," which aims to take down Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony with charges that he kills and rapes children.
Philosophy student at McGill is intentionally homeless.
New iPad not as fast as they say it is.
Coke and Pepsi change their recipes to be less cancerous.
Speaking of soda pop, Blue Sky may owe you a refund for not being made in New Mexico for a few years.
Filmmakers and Sarah Palin talk about the relative truthiness of Game Changer.
V.20 No.10 | 3/10/2011
By Captain America
If you’re looking for a by-the-numbers revival psych band wearing paisley shirts and Cuban heels, don’t bother with The Shivas. If, however, you prefer a faithful ’60s sound taken to the next level, look no further. The Shivas is what you seek. Like the Hindu deity for which the band is named, this group is the Destroyer. That is, destruction in its highest form: transformation.
V.20 No.2 |
The Daily Word 1.15.11
Stealer of Hearts and Berlusconi; Michael Steele; virtual border is dead;The Mad Canadian.
By Geoffrey Plant [ Sat Jan 15 2011 9:43 AM ]
Not everyone loves a good Hitler joke.
Cowabunga! Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi is being investigated for throwing bunga bunga parties featuring underage girls/prostitutes. This gets complicated as Italian age of consent is 14. Legal age for a prostitute, however, is 18.
This is what Sarah Palin's Blood Libel speech sounds like in her native planet's tongue.
Janet Napolitano has killed the U.S.-Mexico virtual border fence.
What would you do before running amok? Jared Loughner took photos of himself wearing only a thong and a Glock, and had them printed at Walmart.
Excellent classic BBC documentary on L.S.D.
Speaking of L.S.D. check out The Pretty Things.
On this day in 1965 The Who's Can't Explain came out. Shindig!
V.19 No.37 | 9/16/2010
The Daily Word 9.13.10: robot skin, Hitler liked Disney, and Aldous Huxley died on Acid.
By Nick Brown [ Mon Sep 13 2010 9:46 AM ]
Watch a video of the San Bruno gas explosion.
Not everyone loves Lady Gaga.
Delicious, crispy robot skin can feel pleasure and pain. Pressure, anyway.
Six tyrants and their secret hobbies.
Party down with new iris scanners.
Can you regrow a chopped off fingertip?
Halo Reach comes out at midnight tonight.
Police may have captured the Silver Van Del Taco Rapist.
The Rafael del Pino Foundation is paying for Bill’s trip to Spain.
Happy birthday, Fiona Apple.
V.19 No.15 |
DayBird - April 16th
By Geoffrey Anjou [ Fri Apr 16 2010 3:16 PM ]
1178 BC - Cunningly calculated date of the Greek king
A total solar eclipse occurred over the Ionian islands, one of which is Ithaca, this day in April and would have coincided roughly a decade before the most often cited estimate for the sack of Troy — about 1190 B.C.
1521 – Martin Luther's first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Edict of Worms, Imperial Diet of Worms.
1889 - Charlie Chaplin is born in London, England . The endearing figure of his “Little Tramp” is instantly recognizable and loved the world over.
1943 - Happy birthday, LSD! Kinda.
"Last Friday, April 16, 1943, I was forced to interrupt my work in the laboratory in the middle of the afternoon and proceed home, being affected by a remarkable restlessness, combined with a slight dizziness. At home I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant, intoxicated-like condition characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination. In a dreamlike state, with eyes closed (I found the daylight to be unpleasantly glaring), I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors. After some two hours this condition faded away."
After intentionally taking the drug again (and again, and again) to confirm that it was the cause of his altered state, he published a report announcing his discovery, and so LSD made its entry into the world as a hallucinogenic drug. This is the word of the lord. He tuned in, it was pretty psychedelic and he began to say stuff:
I think that in human evolution it has never been as necessary to have this substance LSD. It is just a tool to turn us into what we are supposed to be.
1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation.
V.19 No.14 |
DayBird - April 13th
By Geoffrey Anjou [ Tue Apr 13 2010 1:04 PM ]
1570 – Guy Fawkes, English Catholic conspirator was hatched.
Remember, remember, the fifth of November,
1598 – Henry IV of France issues the Edict of Nantes, allowing freedom of religion to the Huguenots. They came to their senses and had the Edict repealed in 1685.
1796 – The first elephant ever seen in the United States arrives from India. I trust this is accurate information.
1943 - The discovery of a mass grave of Polish prisoners of war executed by Soviet forces in the Katyń Forest Massacre is announced, by Nazi Germany . The Soviet Union continued to deny any responsibility for the massacre until 1990. The number of victims is estimated at about 22,000.
On 10 April 2010, a plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczyński with First Lady and eighty-six of Poland's highest military and civilian leaders, crashed in Smolensk, killing all aboard. They were to attend a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. That sucks.
1953 – CIA director Allen Dulles launches the mind-control program MKULTRA. Experiments included administering LSD to CIA employees, military personnel, doctors, other government agents, college students, prostitutes, mentally ill patients, and members of the general public in order to study their reactions. LSD and other drugs were usually administered without the subject's knowledge or informed consent.
MKULTRA records were destroyed in 1973 by order of then CIA Director Richard Helms. So information is shotty. It is known that forty-four American colleges or universities, 12 hospitals and 3 prisons are known to have participated in MKULTRA. The consensual participants had some of the most Xtreme Xperiments.In one case, volunteers were given LSD for 77 consecutive days.
I did not know that the use of LSD was legal in the United States until October 6, 1966.
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