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September 14, 2013

Hippie Digest Saturday; Freetown Christiania -LSD memoir – McCartney ‘New’ Album – McVie to rejoin Fleetwood Mac – Hippie Christmas in Madison – American hippies in England

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Living with the Albrechts: Meet the family who provide sanctuary for the homeless

“We’re quite tolerant but we won’t tolerate abuse – physical violence, verbal violence or threats”

New Government figures reveal that 56,210 households are currently classified as homeless across the UK– a rise of nine per cent from the previous year. But charities fear the scale of the problem could be even bleaker than the official statistics indicate. Shelter believes there are many more people who have not come to the attention of local authorities – the ‘hidden homeless’.

One family has decided to take matters into their own hands by inviting homeless people to stay in their sprawling farmhouse in Hertfordshire. This is their story:

Scott and Maria Albrecht have taken in 250 homeless people over seven years.

The couple live on a rented farm with their two youngest children, aged 19 and 16. Sharing living space with them at present are 18 homeless women and children and a few volunteers who lend a hand managing the house and land. More…

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It’s not just trash picking; it’s a necessary civic service

In mid-August, the Great Migration begins. Student leases end and begin. And the piles of rubble on the curbs begin to grow. To many, Aug. 15 is moving day, but those of us who aren’t afraid to pick through others’ trash have dubbed it “Hippie Christmas.”

Some years, this auspicious trash-picking opportunity slips right past me, but this year, it’s time to get intentional about scavenging. I make a date to troll the piles and dumpsters on the night of Aug. 14 with Marina Kelly — a Madison-based interdisciplinary artist and Hippie Christmas veteran — who says she’s nabbed most of her home furnishings and art “from the garbage.”

As luck would have it, I spot my first treasure in the afternoon — when I’m returning home from shopping with my son Leo, 14. We’ve been looking for a new couch for the boys’ room, and we noticed one in a pile of broken entertainment center parts right near Mermaid Cafe on Winnebago. It’s lived-in leather, perfect for the lads’ attic hideout. Of course, it won’t really fit in the back of a Prius, but through strength of will, we shove it in the hatchback, Leo clutching its armrest while I drive the two blocks home with the flashers on.

At 8 p.m., I rendezvous with Marina and another artist, Ginger Lukas, just a few blocks east of the Capitol. Ginger says she makes installations from materials found in the garbage, and she’s wearing a headlamp, which — along with Marina’s flashlight — will become important as the light wanes. We can hear jazz musician Chuchito Valdes banging away on the piano, wrapping up his Jazz at Five set, drums echoing off the asphalt. It’s a perfect night for scavenging, cool and clear, with a sliver of moon. More…

_69835824_51642150Christine McVie to rejoin Fleetwood Mac on stage

Singer Christine McVie is to rejoin Fleetwood Mac at two shows on their forthcoming European tour, her former bandmate Stevie Nicks has confirmed.

McVie was part of the group from the 1970s to the ’90s, writing and performing some of their biggest hits.

Nicks told BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour that McVie, who left the group in 1998, would perform one song at two concerts.

The tour begins with two shows in Dublin on Friday 20 September followed by a further three in London. More…

091313-paul-mccartney-600-1379090319Paul McCartney Shares ‘New’ Album Tracklist

Singer included tracks from four different producers

Paul McCartney has shared the tracklist for New, his first LP of all-original material since 2007’s Memory Almost Full. The 12-track album, due out on October 15th, includes the buoyant title track that McCartney released as a single last month among songs produced by Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns and Giles Martin (son of Beatles producer George Martin), who gets an executive producer credit.

“The original idea was to go to a couple of producers whose work I loved, to see who I got on with best,” McCartney said in a press release. “But it turned out I got on with all of them! We made something really different with each producer, so I couldn’t choose and ended up working with all four. We just had a good time in different ways.”

McCartney said the result was an album with an array of sonic styles. “It’s funny, when I play people the album, they’re surprised it’s me,” he said. “A lot of the tracks are quite varied and not necessarily in a style you’d recognize as mine.” More…

2013-635145083608792008-879Redefining freedom: Copenhagen’s Freetown Christiania

The unconventional lifestyle of this self-governing community fuels open debates in Danish social and political circles. An excursion to Copenhagen’s gated Christiania reveals particularised laws, habits, culture and abundant art

Emerging from the row of graffiti-covered walls, a wooden sign above the entry to Copenhagen’s Freetown is the first landmark of this original venue. It reads simply “Christiania”. The car is denied entry; it would conflict with one of the nine laws of the local community; taking care of nature is on Christiania priorities’ list, not to mention that the town’s tiny alleys cannot accommodate automobile traffic.

But Christiania is much more than a one-of-a-kind living space surrounded by nature and graffiti murals. The community’s understanding of freedom challenges the Danish authorities; over the four decades of its history, a number of violent clashes took place between the Christianites and police or gangs.

Covering an area of 34 hectares (0.34 sq km), Christiania is located within the city’s fortifications: parts of the chains of the city ramparts, a defence ring dating back to the 17th century, and the military barracks of Badsmandsstraede, which until after World War II housed the Royal Artillery Regiment, army material, ammunition, army laboratories etc More…

owsley.8.26.13.lu_-290x450LSD memoir trippier than the drug itself

Before “Breaking Bad,” back in the good old days of Berkeley, the drug everyone talked about was bubbled and cooked in glass beakers and was called LSD. The best LSD on the market was called Owsley, named for the man who made it refined and pure and popularized it through the Grateful Dead.

Owsley Stanley is gone; he died in a car accident in Australia in 2011. He is recalled in a memoir, “Owsley and Me: My LSD Family,” by his former partner Rhoney Gissen Stanley, who remembers him both fondly and fairly. Gissen Stanley’s blunt and witty prose recalls the tumultuous 1960s in Berkeley and Richmond, as well as her own participation in the manufacture of the drug that symbolized the decade.

Gissen Stanley and co-author Tom Davis describe the kaleidoscopic experience of tripping on acid while having sex with “Bear,” as Owsley liked to be called. The real trick of a memoir is for the author to reveal herself with one hand, keeping the reader focused on the other, looking always into the heart of the story. Gissen Stanley is not a great magician; the woman telling the story is the star of the show, and Owsley is just the sideshow moving in and out of the narrative with a sheet of tabs and an undying libido. More…

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August 10, 2012

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Los Angeles Psychiatrist and researcher. Hippies ( “beatnik microculture” ) really disturbed him… Hippies thought he was “Trippin”. He thought them dangerous.
“The danger, is public reaction against oddball antics …”
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March 24, 2012

Bad Trip – The Legacy of the CIA’s Secret LSD Experiments on America

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By MAIA SZALAVITZ,Time – Newly unclassified information blows wide the U.S. government’s covert operation to dose hundreds of unwitting Americans with LSD in the 1950s and ’60s.

Before LSD escaped the lab and was evangelized by hippies, the U.S. government was secretly testing the effects of the drug on hundreds of unsuspecting American civilians and military personnel. In a must-read feature on newly unclassified material on the Central Intelligence Agency’s covert operation, the MK-ULTRA program, which ran from 1953 to 1964, SF Weekly fully exposes the bizarre world of the CIA’s unethical drug tests.  The utterly-unbelievable-but-true story involved using hookers to lure in unwitting johns for undisclosed testing, narcotics agents who slipped drugs into drinks, and a U.S. marshal who held up a San Francisco bar not knowing he was high on acid.

It sounds like something out of a paranoid dream. And indeed, before the documentation and other facts of the program were made public, those who talked of it were frequently dismissed as being psychotic. But the U.S. government’s history of secret human experimentation ought to be kept in mind, particularly when we consider the power we grant to it and the way we regulate drugs.

The LSD experiments were purportedly carried out because the U.S. believed that communist Russia, North Korea and China were using the drug to brainwash captured Americans. Consequently, the CIA didn’t want to fall behind in developing and responding to this potentially useful technology.

So, incredibly, it decided to slip acid secretly to Americans — at the beach, in city bars, at restaurants. For a decade, the CIA conducted completely uncontrolled tests in which they drugged people unknowingly, then followed and watched them without intervening. In some cases, the agency used the drug to perform interrogations, but these procedures were conducted so inconsistently that they proved equally useless in providing useful data.  More…

 

Operation Midnight Climax: How the CIA Dosed S.F. Citizens with LSD

By Troy Hooper,.sfweekly.com –

It’s been over 50 years, but Wayne Ritchie says he can still remember how it felt to be dosed with acid.

He was drinking bourbon and soda with other federal officers at a holiday party in 1957 at theU.S. Post Office Building on Seventh and Mission streets. They were cracking jokes and swapping stories when, suddenly, the room began to spin. The red and green lights on the Christmas tree in the corner spiraled wildly. Ritchie’s body temperature rose. His gaze fixed on the dizzying colors around him.

The deputy U.S. marshal excused himself and went upstairs to his office, where he sat down and drank a glass of water. He needed to compose himself. But instead he came unglued. Ritchie feared the other marshals didn’t want him around anymore. Then he obsessed about the probation officers across the hall and how they didn’t like him, either. Everyone was out to get him. Ritchie felt he had to escape.

He fled to his apartment and sought comfort from his live-in girlfriend. It didn’t go as planned. His girlfriend was there, but an argument erupted. She told him she was growing tired of San Francisco and wanted to return to New York City. Ritchie couldn’t handle the situation. Frantic, he ran away again, this time to the Vagabond Bar where he threw back more bourbon and sodas. From there, he hit a few more bars, further cranking up his buzz. As he drank his way back to Seventh and Mission, Ritchie concocted a plan that would change his life. More…

March 12, 2012

Hippie TV News and Stuff w/the WWH News Team (Video)

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March 10, 2012

Hippie Health Digest

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Turn On, Tune In, Quit Drinking: LSD May Help Cure Alcoholism
By Ian Landau,everydayhealth.com – A Gallup poll released in October 2010 found that 70 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana for medical use. Now two Norwegian neuroscientists are questioning whether LSD should be given a second look as a medical tool, specifically in helping treat addiction to alcohol.

Yes, that LSD — as in acid, Lucy in the sky with diamonds, California Sunshine, Window Pane, etc. While lysergic acid diethylamide became more popularly associated with higher-consciousness-seeking hippies and devotees of Dr. Timothy Leary’s famed counterculture motto “Turn on, tune in, drop out,” the drug was originally developed and studied for its clinical applications.

Numerous medical research studies and clinical trials using LSD alcoholism were conducted from the 1950s to the 1970s. Even Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson said he tried it as part of a study by Canadian researchers. But despite promising results, LSD eventually became so stigmatized that funding for studies all but dried up, and no comprehensive analysis of the many clinical trials completed was ever conducted — until now. More…

In Good Health – An early peek at my bloomers!
By Barbara Burns,The Times-Reporter – I just could not resist showing a picture of my mid-winter passion. True, I love to grow my own fruits and veggies, but I REALLY love flowers. If flowers make the earth happy, just think what they can do for you! I have always said that I have a problem…I just can’t stop growing things! There are more than a few other reasons I garden. First, my family fondly refers to me as a stale-hippie; a ”flower child” for more reasons than one. They know of my bond with nature. They also know that the rich tapestry of colors I create each summer in my garden, woven together by my own sweat, toil and inspiration is not just therapeutic for me. Rather, it is a need that must be filled.

Next, and I must confess this is another biggie for me – caring for plants satisfies the human instinct to nurture. Just ask my kids, I can be an OVER-nurturer so this aspect of gardening has made us all happier, especially as my little ones became teens, rather than smother them with my over-nurturing inclinations, I pour some of this energy into my green-leafy “babies.”

Of course, I must mention, gardening does provide exercise, meaning it burns calories – about 250-500/hour AND it burns FAT. This is great news for all of us who have stored more than a few extra pounds over winter. Try this WebMD Fit-O-Meter to calculate calories burned by doing different exercises. More…

Op-Ed: Prices down, BS up in War on Drugs
Sydney – According to current figures, 46% of Americans have taken illegal drugs. While this figure merely throws into question the honesty of the other 54%, the War on Drugs has turned into a mega-version of Vietnam without the classy excuses.
Since the war on drugs started, new types of drug and new problems have emerged which made the old “moral” perspective on drugs look like the wildest optimism:
Crack- A method of blowing your mind using literal explosives, sodium and oxygen.
Ice- The finest product of bathtubs around the world
Ecstasy- Speed derivative, and anything else that you can fit into a tablet or cap.
Krokodil- The Russian gangrene causing drug which is made from anything toxic and kills, if you’re lucky, in two years. (Warning, and a real one- The Krokodil images on the link are not good if you’ve just eaten, or are thinking of eating ever again. They’re included in this article as a warning against a truly unforgivably dangerous drug which is literally eating the poor in Russia alive, and an example of the total failure of the war on drugs on multiple levels.)
Mexico- A country now comprised of flying lead and folksy beheadings More…

July 12, 2011

Operation Julie: How an LSD raid began the war on drugs

Filed under: Opinion — Tags: , , , , — Joe McEvoy @ 11:59 pm

By Jon Kelly,BBC – It was hardly a typical drugs bust. When police from around the country swooped before dawn one morning in 1977, dozens of the 800 officers working the case looked like unshaven, long-haired hippies plucked from the audience of a Pink Floyd gig.

And the vast LSD co-operative they were targeting was, if anything, even more unconventional.

Its leading members included doctors, scientists and university graduates – motivated, they insisted, by an evangelical drive to transform human consciousness itself.

But for all their peace-and-love ideals, their conspiracy was, at the time, the biggest drug ring the UK had ever seen and one of the world’s largest. After officers seized a haul large enough for six million trips, the price of an acid tab on Britain’s streets reportedly leapt from £1 to £5 overnight.

The investigation, codenamed Operation Julie, didn’t just destroy one cartel.

It arguably represented the final death throes of the 1960s counterculture, conclusively shattering the idealism with which many had once viewed the drugs scene and marking the start of a harsher, more brutal era for the narcotics underworld.

In addition, its unprecedented scale and co-operation between forces changed forever the way Britain was policed and set the tone for the so-called war on drugs of the 1980s.

The inquiry led to raids on 87 homes, resulting in more than 100 arrests and 15 ringleaders being sentenced to a combined 120 years in jail.

But it began in the unlikely setting of Cambridge University’s radical academic fringe, inspired by LSD pioneer Timothy Leary’s belief that the drug broadened the mind and could transform society for the better.

The catalyst was David Solomon, a Californian bohemian intellectual and associate of Leary’s who came to Cambridge in 1967. Two years later he was introduced to Richard Kemp, a Liverpool University chemist. Soon Kemp was meeting others in Solomon’s circle and their first LSD production runs began at the American’s home, a former vicarage.

I was convinced that this was the answer to the world’s problems”

One of the radicals who came to assume a key role within the organisation was Leaf Fielding, an anarchist former public schoolboy who had dropped out of university following his introduction to acid at the age of 18. He began as the tabletter, turning the raw chemicals into individual doses, and later took over the distribution network.
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