Saturday, December 17, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Anonymous • D0X: UC Davis Pepper Spraying officer, Lt. John Pike
Lieutenant John Pike
Records Unit Manager
Address: 4005 Cowell Blvd, Apt 616. Davis, CA 95618-6017
UC Davis Support Services Division
Captain Joyce Souza
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Reporting a Crime or Accident
UC Davis Police Non-Emergency Service
UC Office of the President
Mark G. Yudof
University of California
1111 Franklin St., 12th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607
Her response to the brutality
Offices of the Chancellor and Provost
Fifth floor, Mrak Hall
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Contact form: http://chancellor.ucdavis.edu/contact.php
Katehi’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Linda-PB-Katehi/147754228574654
UC Davis FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/UCDavis
His boss, UCD Police Chief Annette Spicuzza, told the Davis Enterprise that she’s “very proud” of her officers. “I don’t believe any of our officers were hurt,” she says, “and I hope none of the students were injured.” (source)
UCD Police Chief Annette Spicuzza
Linked in: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/annette-spicuzza/18/435/772
UC Davis Police Department
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
FAX: (530) 752-3216
Monday, October 24, 2011
I believe the rebirth of class consciousness in the United States -- and across the world -- is one of the most important political events of my life.
I believe that this new dawning of economic awareness will inevitably lead to empowerment of those who, heretofore, have been largely shut out of the rewards system due to oligarchic greed on the part of our right-wing corporate masters, the 1%.
And I believe that part of this new dawning of consciousness will be the realization -- on the part of the working class -- that they have been egregiously and cynically betrayed by Fox News, a tool of the corporate oligarchs who, until now, have been able to hold the masses in subjugation through exploiting fear, prejudice, and hatred.
If you are part of the 1% which controls the agenda of Fox News, your days are numbered. Change soon come.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Instead, tread on: the poor, the unemployed, the uninsured, the gays, the Muslims, the Hispanics, the lower/working classes, the liberals and progressives, basically, everybody but us, because we're rich and white.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
There are some very good reasons to hope the current predictions of Hurricane Irene weakening are true.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I love the Washington Farmer's Market, and what a beautiful place to hold it on the day this was filmed -- Hoodsport is a gorgeous little town.
Big kudos to the incredible Sarena Haskins for bringing safe access to patients who would otherwise suffer. Thanks to the rockin' Tony Wells for the video!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The People's Republic of China had never really done anything for me until this week.
But then, man oh man, did they make up for lost time!
They refused to do the binding on my upcoming cannabis book, The Little Black Book of Marijuana, thus starting a tsunami of publicity that money couldn't have bought for the tome.
Thank you, China!
The Atlantic Wire: Chinese Censors Prohibit Printing of U.S. Pot Writer's Book
Seattle Weekly: China Censors Seattle Weekly Columnist Steve Elliott's New Book, Throwing Off Worldwide Distribution By Weeks
The Weed Blog: China Censors The Printing Of Marijuana Activist Steve Elliott's New Book
Sunday, July 31, 2011
I'll take it as a good sign that my book The Little Black Book of Marijuana: The Essential Guide to Cannabis, which prints Monday, August 1, 2011, rose 649,000 spots on Amazon's rankings overnight.
(First screen shot above, taken the night of July 30; second screen shot taken the morning of July 31.)
The book ranked #692,613 on July 30, and had risen to #43,694 on July 31.
Grab it at Amazon, at BarnesandNoble.com, or at your favorite local independent bookstore -- it's available worldwide. If they don't have it, they can get it!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
I'm not a check-using person. Normally, I conduct all my banking online. But since the IRS isn't into that type of thing, I was forced to cough up 40 bucks or so to buy a batch of the old-fashioned, paper kind.
So, I think, "Hell. Might as well get some cool ones."
Oh, about that "So many weeds, so little time" slogan. They offered a whole slew of slogans to choose from, divided up into categories. So I went straight (OK, I went stoned) to the "Gardening" section and found that one, supposedly intended for the "pulling weeds OUT of my garden" variety of gardener instead of the "planting weed IN my garden" variety...
Monday, June 20, 2011
My book, The Little Black Book of Marijuana: The Essential Guide to the World of Cannabis is coming out in August.
As listed in the current catalog of Peter Pauper Press:
This concise guide to cannabis provides the essentials of cultivating, using, and cooking with weed; identifying the many varieties of pot; and understanding legal and health issues. This Little Black Book also delves into pot culture and history, from Herodotus to the hippies, from the rise of the medical marijuana movement to decriminalization. Includes full-color photographs of marijuana varieties. Steve Elliott is a journalist and editor of the Village Voice Media blog Toke of the Town: Cannabis Culture News and Views.
What I have to add to that is that, given the size constraint of 20,000 words, I packed in as much cannabis lore as I possibly could! And had a great time doing it.
You can pre-order The Little Black Book of Marijuana at Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Noble, and just about every major retailer, as well as at your local independent bookstore.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Cannabis Freedom March 2011
This Saturday, May 14
Rally and March from Volunteer Park to Westlake Park
Live music, speakers, and activism in motion.
It will begin with a rally at Volunteer Park at 11 a.m., with live music until noon followed by speakers from noon unti 1 p.m.
The march itself will begin at 1 p.m. at Volunteer Park marching to Westlake Park and arriving at 2 p.m.
At Westlake the rally will continue with speakers from 2-3:30 p.m. then more live music from 3:30-5 p.m.
Please join us in ending the prohibition against cannabis.
For more information:
call: 206 618 6458
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
My book, The Little Black Book of Marijuana, is scheduled to be released in August by Peter Pauper Press in New York.
The book is basically the history of cannabis condensed down into 20,000 words. Yeah, I know! But when I get a chance to bring the truth to the masses, I take it -- even if the truth has to be concentrated down into its essence like hash oil.
Some things just can't be concentrated any farther, so in the cultivation chapter, for instance, I basically just handed off the ball to Rosenthal and Cervantes. You do what you gotta do.
A big thanks to photographers Linda Finkle of Seattle and Kym Kemp of San Francisco for their excellent bud and plant shots!
Watch for it at your favorite local bookstore, or get it on Amazon or other online retailers.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Lesh is More.
That simple saying, popular among Grateful Dead fans who idolize bassist Phil Lesh, is true on multiple levels.
Phil was never content to be "just" a rhythm-keeping bassist, preferring instead, like the rest of the band, to engage in sonic explorations that had much to do with the wondrous and little to do with the obvious.
Phillip Chapman Lesh was born March 15, 1940, in Berkeley, California.
Happy 71st birthday, Phil!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
George Gordon, Lord Byron, born on January 22, 1788, led a dissipated life. In his day, Romantic Poets such as himself lived like rock stars -- cutting a wide swath through polite society and robbing many women and men of their innocence along the way (but giving them some good memories in the process).
He was as famous in his lifetime for his personality cult as for his poetry. He created the concept of the "Byronic hero" -- a defiant, brooding young man, tortured by some darkly mysterious, unforgivable event in his past.
"So We'll Go No More a-Roving" hangs heavy with the poignancy of parties past, memories still glowing with the recollection of youth but slowly fading away.
Only a libertine like Byron could have struck a note this elegaic and final when he was still in his thirties. He knew, even as he lived it, that his intense accelerated lifestyle would lead to an early demise.
He died at the age of 36 and left a legend -- and poetry -- that will live forever.
Happy birthday, Lord Byron!
So We'll Go No More a-Roving
So we'll go no more a-roving
So late into the night,
Though the heart still be as loving,
And the moon still be as bright.
For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul outwears the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
And love itself have rest.
Though the night was made for loving,
And the day returns too soon,
Yet we'll go no more a-roving
By the light of the moon.
When We Two Parted
When we two parted
In silence and tears,
To sever for years,
Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this.
The dew of the morning
Sunk chill on my brow—
It felt like the warning
Of what I feel now.
Thy vows are all broken,
And light is thy fame:
I hear thy name spoken,
And share in its shame.
They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
A shudder comes o'er me—
Why wert thou so dear?
They know not I knew thee,
Who knew thee too well:
Long, long shall I rue thee,
Too deeply to tell.
In secret we met—
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive.
If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee?
With silence and tears.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Phil Mocek in an Albuquerque courtroom this week.
An Albuquerque jury handed down a not guilty verdict for my friend Phil Mocek of Seattle, who refused to show his ID to TSA officers at the Albuquerque Sunport.
Phil was arrested in late 2009 after he wouldn't show his ID, and then used a camera to videotape an altercation with TSA officers, reports Charlie Pabst at KOB.com.
He was facing several charges, including failure to obey an officer and concealing his identity, but the jury found him not guilty on all four counts.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
And one of the first great writers I discovered within those wonderful pages was the estimable Dean Latimer, with his street-smart attitude and hard-bitten reporter's instincts, his eternal skepticism when confronted with official pronouncements and his healthy disdain for authority.
Latimer, who started out in the late 1960s with the Screw-like Kiss magazine (this was before the rock band), made a name for himself in the early '70s at National Lampoon before moving to High Times. He had it goin' on.
"I wanna be able to write like this guy," my 17-year-old self thought.
Latimer's words refused to just sit there on the glossy pages of High Times.
They sang, in a way that words can do sometimes when they are shot through with the resonance of a life well-lived, with a rich repository of earthly experience, with a seasoned but eternally fresh viewpoint that makes no wimpy compromises, brooks no interference in its intrepid search for truth, cowers before no sacred cows, respects no undeserving authority.
When I read Dean Latimer, I believed in the possibility of knowledge winning over ignorance, of reason prevailing over silliness, of truth triumphing over deception.
Yes, Latimer -- although he never knew it -- was a major motivator for me to pursue journalism and polish up my writing chops.
And although I feel I've never scaled the heights of an on-his-game Latimer, I do credit the guy for a big chunk of the "tone" that is present in my writing to this day.
Dean has vanished, perhaps somewhat mysteriously, as far as I know. After the 1980s, his appearances in High Times became less frequent, and they never found a comparable dude to replace him.
Dean co-wrote one book, Flowers In The Blood: The Story Of Opium (1981) along with Jeff Goldberg. It is, sadly, now out of print. Amazon says he also wrote the 1999 tome How To Pass A Drug Test: High Times Guide.
The only two real examples of Latimer's writing that I was able to find online are, first of all, "Inside Dope: Raising Appalachia," a High Times piece which appears to come from June 2002, which is actually a long time after I thought he'd stopped appearing in the magazine.
Who Is Guru Maharaj Ji And Why Is He Saying All These Terrible Things About God?"
What a rush of memory and emotion it is to read Dean's words again.
It's very sad to me that a writer the caliber of Latimer has been largely forgotten by the world in this digital age -- so much so, that I was unable to Google up a photo of him.
According to whitepages.com, there are seven people with the name Dean Latimer living in the United States, but none of them is anywhere near New York City, so they probably aren't the Dean I remember.
I don't even know if Latimer is still among the living, but, Dean, if you're out there, THANK YOU.
And if anyone else, anywhere, knows what became of Mr. Latimer, please let me know.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
This Orwellian phrase -- which tries to turn growing plants into something sinister and dangerous -- is not only dumb, it's just bad journalism. Quoting a cop calling a marijuana grow operation a "lab" is one thing.
But doing it yourself? That makes me doubt everything in your story.
As if THAT wasn't bad enough, you helpfully tell us that "growers are stoners" and imply that means they are too stupid to avoid getting busted.
Are you aware that most growers are never caught?
Unlike sloppy journalists, who get called on their very public mistakes.