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COLUMN SIXTY-EIGHT, FEBRUARY 1, 2002
(Copyright 2002 Al Aronowitz)

GROUPIES LIKED READING ABOUT GEORGE

Subject: [rockgroupietales] WONDERFUL New Articles On George Harrison!
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2002 06:55:02 -0000
From: "girlhowdy233" <Girlhowdy233@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: rockgroupietales@yahoogroups.com
     
To: rockgroupietales@yahoogroups.com  

I have finished reading columns 66 and 67 of The Blacklisted Journalist and all I can say is WOW!!!  You HAVE to check them out! Column 67 is especially touching and heartfelt, with articles by Al, Ravi Shankar and others, all paying their deep respects to George and his LASTING contributions to FAR MORE than the world of music! After reading column 67 I was literally in TEARS:VERY personal and moving tributes ALL!   Column 66 describes George's involvement in the 1992 Madison Square Garden tribute concert for Bob Dylan, honoring his 30th year as a Columbia recording artist.   It too provides a wonderful behind the scenes look at George and others involved with the concert---VERY entertaining and revealing.    Here are the URLs for the columns /column67index.html And /column66index.html
Enjoy!
Shirley  ##

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DID POT SMOKE KILL GEORGE?

Subject: Smoking pot
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2002 23:35:51 -0800
From: "Michael Simmons" <munz@mindspring.com>
To: "Al Aronowitz" <info@blacklistedjournalist.com>

Hey Al:

Long time no speak, hear or see.  But I love your website and read it regularly.

I also loved your recent trib to George Harrison.  I've been writing about the science (and politics) of cannabis for five-and-a-half years now (and been smoking it for 34).  The longest-term study of potheads in the U.S. was done by the healthgroup Kaiser Permanente in, I believe, the Bay Area.  I think they tracked stoners (and a non-toking control group) for 15 years or more, but including some who'd been lighting up way before the study actually began.  Anyway, I can look it up if you want details.  They found no increased mortality for the red-eyed.

Since Dr. Donald Tashkin at UCLA discovered that pot smoke has more carcinogens than tobacco and he did find some abnormalities in the lungs of heads (so to speak), he conjectured that it could be lethal.  But nobody could figure out why heads weren't dropping dead of lung cancer.  Last year, the very same Dr. Tashkin discovered a cannabinoid in marijuana that inhibits tumor growth.  So the latest conjecture is that the anti-tumor cannabinoid may cancel out the carcinogens.

This is NOT a recommendation that people smoke anything.  But if I were you, I wouldn't blame yourself for Beatle George's illness.  More likely it was his cigarette habit, which he himself blamed.

Hope you ain't nothin' but fine.

Michael Simmons  ##

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ANYBODY INTERESTED?

Subject: music and lyrics
Date: Wed, 02 Jan 2002 16:28:27 -0800
From: BLUSTEAL@postoffice.swbell.net
Reply-To: BLUSTEAL@swbell.net
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com

Iam Brian Berry in Kansas City.

Iam interested in selling my lyrics to known stars , but do not know how to contact them , is there any way you can help??

my phone is (913)-4220834

my e-mail is BLUSTEAL@swbell.net

blusteal is the name of my band , classic rock and blues

today is 02  Jan  02.

again thanks , Brian ...................  ##

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BEATS THE SHIT OUT OF ME

Subject: 40 acres and a mule classaction
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2002 12:33:54 -0800
From: "Brandie McCaleb" <brandie408@hotmail.com>
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com

How do you become part of the 40 acres and a mule classaction suit?

Brandie  ##

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AINT THIS A GREAT COUNTRY? 

Subject: Fwd: Fw: Sex Laws
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2002 18:25:32 EST
From: PAJANOVER@aol.com
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com

Hi baby, read this. I hope the dentist was nice today. I just got in. Love,

Ady

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Subject: Fw: Sex Laws
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2002 21:52:53 -0500
From: "Robert Thierer" <rthierer@nyc.rr.com>
To: "ADY PAZ" <PAJANOVER@aol.com>

STRANGE SEX LAWS

1. In Lebanon, men are legally allowed to have sex with animals, but the animals must be female. Having sexual relations with a male animal is punishable by death. (Like THAT makes sense.)

2. In Bahrain, a male doctor may legally examine a woman's genitals, but is prohibited from looking directly at them during the examination. He may only see their reflection in a mirror. (Makes you hope she never needs surgery!)

3. Muslims are banned from looking at the genitals of a corpse. This also applies to undertakers; the sex organs of the deceased must be covered with a brick or piece of wood at all times. (A brick?? Make double sure I'm dead first!)

4. The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation. (Whoa! Er, doesn't that mean no head?)

5. There are men in Guam whose full time job is to travel the countryside and deflower young virgins, who pay them for the privilege of having sex for the first time...Reason: under Guam law, it is expressly forbidden for virgins to marry. (Let's just think for a minute; is there any job anywhere else in the world that even comes close to this?)

6. In Hong Kong, a betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her adulterous husband, but may only do so with her bare hands. The husband's lover, on the other hand, may be killed in any manner desired. (Ah! Justice!)

7. Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool, England---but only in tropical fish stores. (But of course!)

8. In Cali, Colombia, a woman may only have sex with her husband, and the first time this happens, her mother must be in the room to witness the act. (Makes one shudder at the thought.)

9. In Santa Cruz, Bolivia, it is illegal for a man to have sex with a woman and her daughter at the same time. (This was a big enough problem that they had to pass this law?)

10. In Maryland, it is illegal to sell condoms from vending machines with one exception: prophylactics may be dispensed from a vending machine only "in places where alcoholic beverages are sold for consumption on the premises." (Is this a great country or what?)  ##

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BOOK REVIEW

Subject: Fwd: Cubby's blurb
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2002 12:14:18 EST
From: Bazink@aol.com
To: info@blacklistedjournalist.com

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Subject: Cubby's blurb
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2001 16:24:28 EST
From: Gpwitd@aol.com
  
To: Bazink@aol.com

Warp Spasm

This is an extremely, individual, book, a book where the writer puts us through an experience whereby we can see paintings differently, read a story differently, seemingly from the writer's/painter's point of view.  He provides the dots and a guide for connecting them (not all are numbered), and what we end up with (hopefully, if I understand the writer's "aim?; or if I don't) is not his "ideas? about these matters, but an awareness of our ideas, prejudices and ignorance of what is certainly one of the most important, if not the most important aspect of the human condition:  perception. Am I looking at a painting by the Jew Soutine, or experiencing a work of art by Chaim Soutine, the artist. If this was, at least in part, the writer's intent, he succeeded as I quickly lost sight of Basil King after I started experiencing this book.

This is not a book to borrow, it must always be available for re-reading. As time passes my perception alters and so I must refer again to Warp Spasm to help me put a few words to my perceptions, or better still, to help me watch the images change in my mind's eye.  Now that is a joy.  

Hubert Selby, Los Angeles, December 22, 2001

Warp Spasm by Basil King.  New York: Spuyten Duvyil Press, 2001.  216 pages. $20. ISBN 1-881471-54-3
Available on the Web from Spuyten Duyvil, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

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