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Insights from the Counterculture: Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson, Self Portrait
Hunter S. Thompson, Self Portrait

By Milicent Cranor,whowhatwhy.com –

The Edge… there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.

Rush Limbaugh… is like a hired geek in some traveling backwoods carnival—the freaks who bite the heads off chickens—but Limbaugh is a modernized geek who thinks he can bite the heads off of people.

America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.

We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world—bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are whores for power and oil with hate and fear in our hearts.

All the blood is drained out of democracy—it dies—when only half the population votes.

There are always risks in challenging excessive police power, but the risks of not challenging it are more dangerous, even fatal.

Politics is the art of controlling your environment.

This is the horror of American politics today—not that Richard Nixon and his fixers have been crippled, convicted, indicted, disgraced and even jailed—but that the only available alternatives are not much better; the same dim collection of burned-out hacks who have been fouling the air with gibberish for the last twenty years.

What a fantastic monument to all the best instincts of the human race this country might have been, if we could have kept it out of the hands of greedy little hustlers…

The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.

Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It is a cheap catch-all for fuckoffs and misfits—a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy piss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage.

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Worldwide Hippies Digest Friday: Hunter S. Thompson, Disintegrating Art and Only in America can a…

viagra ukpg” alt=”” width=”150″ height=”150″ />A gonzo look at the Derby, courtesy of Hunter S. Thompson
BY RICH COPLEY,rcopley@herald-leader.com – Among recent new releases by Jason Mraz, Train and Birdy dropped this curiosity: The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved, a dramatizion of Hunter S. Thompson’s 1970 article that pioneered gonzo journalism.

It just sat there on my Spotify cue for a week or two until I finally hit play. I was quickly transfixed by Hal Willner’s production featuring Tim Robbins as the author and music by Bill Frisell.

Gonzo journalism lays aside any pretension of objectivity, usually placing the reporter at the center of the action recounting his or her experiences. It’s more commonly thought of in conjunction with towns such as Las Vegas and subjects such as hippies in the 1970s. But anyone whose ever spent a first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs can easily imagine Thompson would have plenty of fodder for his story at the Derby, particularly with him and his British illustrator Ralph Steadman gallivanting through the exclusive suites and the infield, liberally imbibing mint juleps.

The story starts with Thompson landing in Louisville and quickly being chastised by a Derby regular (played by Dr. John) for ordering a margarita. More…

Okanagan festival showcases a design destined for disintegration
By Jennifer Smith – Kelowna Capital News – A new piece of public art is scheduled to disintegrate beginning next weekend.

Skilfully planned by cane artist Annabel Stanley, the spherical pyramid—a nod to the roundness of the earth and it’s home at Summerhill Pyramid Winery—will be, for lack of a better term, rotting away for the next year or two.

“It comes from the earth, then it’s created and then it goes back to the earth,” explained Stanley, a former florist who began working on natural art pieces when she owned a flower shop in New Zealand.

This new sculpture is inspired by environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy’s land art—the British sculptor creates pieces from the natural surroundings found on a site often photography the piece to preserve a fleeting existence—and is a creation of the Cool Arts Society.

Over the last couple of weekends a team of adults with developmental disabilities, and the volunteers who work with them on art projects, have carefully assembled the structure out of cuttings from the Summerhill vineyard, under Stanley’s direction. More…

Come, Let Us Reason Together Things look foolish to wise

By: W. Flemon McIntosh, Jr. | Morganton News Herald – Things are looking dim to many of us from the old school. Church people are alarmed at what is going on around them, and many are asking questions everyday as to what is the world coming too.

Since many of you requested this information again, we will give it to you with some minor revision. Here goes.

Only in America … can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance!

Only in America. … are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink!

Only in America … do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions!

Only in America. … do people order double cheeseburgers, a large fry and a diet coke!

Only in America … do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters!

Only in America. … do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and leave useless pieces of junk in the garage! More…

Hippie Digest for Monday

Waiting for Righty: Hey, Kids, Three Fun Books on Conservatives!

By Andrew Tonkovich – I considered titling this week’s review “Conservatism for Dummies” but that seemed unnecessarily cruel. As someone raised with your basic anti-social, self-hating, ahistorical so-called “conservative” values, I enjoy reminding myself and others of both my shame as a young person at being cowed by that foolishness and celebrating my nearly infinite and enduring joy at being liberated from it today. Keeping track of what pass for ideas in RightWorld keeps the Bibliofella happy, busy, even entertained, especially in Orange County, where you assume at your peril that people share your satisfaction at exercising what Noam Chomsky calls “intellectual self-defense,” especially against Reaction. Indeed, Mr. Bib meets citizens who imagine themselves “conservative” or “libertarian” or espouse the “Objectivist” worldview of a kooky second-rate fiction writer who is approximately to philosophy what Lafayette Ronald Hubbardis to, well, Lafayette.  
In my more charitable moments (which I try to keep at a minimum) I concede happily that this public OC default position of conservative is what sociologists call “culturally constructed,” meaning that since so many have assumed it for so long, are seldom challenged, don’t read books like the three recommended here, well, nobody really even knows what it is.   More…

 

Marijuana-based medication may be legalised in Ireland

By joe.ie.com– The Department of Health is looking into the idea of making medical products containing marijuana additives legal in certain circumstances.

When replying to a Dail questing from Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (who else), the Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch, said her department is currently examining the issues associated with legalising cannabis based products.

Hippies excited about the prospects of being able to get some ‘sticky-icky’ at the local chemist can chill-out, as the products containing the green herb will only be used under controlled circumstances for patients with specific conditions.  More…

RICKY CAMPBELL: Remembering Hunter S. Thompson, ‘Gonzo’ journalist
Seven years ago today, applauded author and journalist Hunter S. Thompson put a bullet into his head, ending his life by means that most elected officials wish the press corps would follow. Thompson gave journalism a foundation that had never been witnessed before, nor will ever be witnessed again — a true genius at his own work.

Despite his raucous behavior – usually derived from his self-admitted overwhelming drug and alcohol use — Thompson laid a foundation both journalists and the public can appreciate today.

Thompson made his first breakthrough by embedding himself into the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang, becoming one of the bikers and writing down his observations. It all ended after Thompson witnessed numerous crimes — such as a gang rape — by the Angels, and later received a brutal beating from club members for exploiting the club’s antics.

It wasn’t until his coverage of the Kentucky Derby that Thompson began his climb to the top of contemporary literature. Under substantial amounts of drugs, including hallucinogens, Hunter created a first-person account of the national horse race that was later deemed “pure Gonzo” by Boston Globe editor Bill Cardoso. The title of “Gonzo journalism” stuck. More…

The Birth of Rock: Byrds and Hippies and Dylan, Oh, My . .
By factoidz.com -In the aftermath of what many predicted would be Dylan’s fall from grace, Folk-Rock became the clearly-defined/undefined catch-all musical genre that for a time no one could quite pigeonhole.

Was it “Protest Rock”? Was it a new amalgamation of Elvis and the Folk revival started by the Kingston Trio? Was it simply Rock with attitude–no matter what the style of musical accompaniment? Did any and all rebellion-oriented music qualify? Did it have to be multi-dimensional and full of poetic expression?

The first band that seemed to fit all the requisite criteria was The Byrds, whose rendition of Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” released in 1965 gave the listening public mainline Dylan–but so much more.

Formed in early 1964 by Roger “Jim” McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, and Chris Hillman–all of whom had a background rooted in folk music coffee houses dating to the early 1960s–the Byrds immediately caught on with West Coast, Haight-Ashbury Hippie counterculture movement, igniting San Francisco as the World Capital of Psychedelia.

Added to this was the fact that both Dylan and the Beatles had given them their highest endorsements; the Beatles even writing several songs in Byrd’s/McGuinn style. A style that was extraordinarily pleasant to the ears, yet nonetheless hard to categorize. More…