June 9th, 2006

Chris Keeley

benzedrine inhalers (racemic amphetamine) could be bought OTC until the 1950s.

By the beginning of the 20th century, problems with habitual use of cocaine and opiates was becoming increasingly apparent. 

http://wings.buffalo.edu/aru/preprohibition.htm

Psychoactive drugs before prohibition

The University at Buffalo Addiction Research Unit hosts a fun gallery of psychoactive drugs that were legal during the late-19th through mid-20th century. For example benzedrine inhalers (racemic amphetamine) could be bought OTC until the 1950s. The Web site even shows a Pan Am airline menu offering a Benzedrine inhaler as a "service item" for your flying comfort, along with a toothbrush, sewing kit, and kleenex. From the site:
 Aru Benzedrine
The prohibition of psychoactive substances has evolved gradually in the United States and in Europe. The opium-containing preparation laudanum had been widely available since the 18th century. Morphine, cocaine, and even heroin were seen as miracle cures when they were first discovered. During the mid to late 19th century, many manufacturers proudly proclaimed that their products contained cocaine or opium. A few, like Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup for infants which contained morphine, were more guarded in divulging their principal ingredients. By the beginning of the 20th century, problems with habitual use of cocaine and opiates was becoming increasingly apparent. This led to the removal of these substances from some products (e.g., Coca Cola) and to the introduction of the Pure Food and Drug Act (1906) in the United States which required the listing of ingredients on product labels. Nonetheless, standard narcotic remedies like paregoric remained readily available into the early 20th century, and Benzedrine inhalers were marketed without prescription until the early 1950s. Codeine wasn't removed from most over-the-counter cough suppressants until the early 1980s.
Link (via Mind Hacks)

http://wings.buffalo.edu/aru/preprohibition.htm
Chris Keeley

Bullock wasn't ready to be dating a biker dude with tattoos.

Bullock first met James, the tattooed host of the cable-TV show Monster Garage, when she took her 10-year-old godson to tour West Coast Choppers, James's store in Long Beach, California, as a Christmas present.

Sandra Bullock on Married Life

Sandra Bullock, photographed exclusively for Vanity Fair by Norman Jean Roy in Malibu, California, on May 3, 2006.

 

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Sandra Bullock tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson that she didn't have a very positive outlook on marriage before she tied the knot with Jesse James. (The July issue of Vanity Fair hits newsstands in New York and Los Angeles on June 7 and nationally June 13.) "I always thought of marriage as a death sentence, that there'd be a ball and chain, and you'd be told, 'You need to stop doing these things and become a good little wife.'" Now, she says, "People say, 'Oh, my God, you're going to have sex with one person the rest of your life.' I hope I have sex with him for the rest of my life, because I like it!"

Bullock says people always tell her, "First year's the hardest." Her response: "I'm like, 'Shut up!' I think what I was anxious about that I'm no longer anxious about is 'I hope I do this well.' But it's not all up to me, which is nice."

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Chris Keeley

Student Takes on McCain Over Iraq War Support at New School Graduation

I do know that preemptive war is dangerous and wrong, that George Bush's agenda in Iraq is not worth the many lives lost. And I know that despite all the havoc that my country has wrought overseas in my name, Osama bin Laden still has not been found, nor have those weapons of mass destruction. 

Student Takes on McCain Over Iraq War Support at New School Graduation

Friday, June 9th, 2006

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/06/09/1427215

We play what may have been the most controversial speech at a college campus this spring when 21-year-old student Jean Sara Rohe blasted Sen. John McCain (R - AZ) - who delivered the keynote address at the ceremony - over his support for the Iraq war. [includes rush transcript]

 


We turn now to what may have been the most controversial speech at a college campus this spring.

It occurred at the New School graduation ceremony in New York where Republican Senator John McCain gave the keynote address. McCain was invited to speak by New School President Bob Kerrey, the former Senator and longtime friend of McCain.

Nearly 1,000 people signed a petition urging Kerrey to rescind McCain's invitation. The protests continued even at the graduation ceremony when one of the student speakers directly confronted McCain over his support for war. The student was Jean Sara Rohe, a 21-year-old graduate from New Jersey.

 

  • Jean Sara Rohe,speaking at the New School graduation ceremony.

     

Soon after Senator John McCain's chief of staff, Mark Salter, wrote a comment on the website HuffingtonPost.com attacking the student.

Salter wrote, "The only person you have succeeded in making look like an idiot is yourself." He went on to tell the student protesters: "You might look back on the day of your graduation and your discourtesy to a good and honest man with a little shame and the certain knowledge that it very unlikely any of you will ever posses the one small fraction of the character of John McCain."

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Chris Keeley

a show of up-and-coming Pop Surrealists.

lots of fresh talent ranging from contemporary figurative to retro illustration, true down and dirty rock n roll Lowbrow to sublime exquisitely rendered Surrealism. 

Group show at Roq La Rue opens today

Roq la Rue Gallery is presented a show of up-and-coming Pop Surrealists. It opens tonight!
200606090935 Roq la Rue is pleased to present a giant group show for its June exhibit, entitled "Fresh Meat" and featuring artists who have not exhibited at the gallery before (Ok, with the exception of a couple!). Some artists are newly emerging onto the gallery scene, others are more established and exhibit regularly all over the country. The show has no overarching theme, just lots of fresh talent ranging from contemporary figurative to retro illustration, true down and dirty rock n roll Lowbrow to sublime exquisitely rendered Surrealism. (Shown here: David Bowers).
Link 

http://www.roqlarue.com/

David Bowers

Scott G Brooks


Chris Keeley

Weegee,' on Photographer Who Made the Night Noir

Four a.m., bars close. Guys asleep in Bowery doorways. But just before dawn is the worst: despair city. The jumpers start, out the windows, off the roof. I can't even look. So that's the night, New York. Ain't it grand? What a life

The imagined speaker is Arthur Fellig, better known, and very well known, as Weegee (1899-1968). From the 1930's into the 1950's, he was a photographer for New York tabloids, the kind of papers Ralph Kramden might have read. Tireless, loquacious, invasive, he cruised the wee hours. For him the city was a 24-hour emergency room, an amphetamine drip

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/09/arts/design/09weeg.html


Weegee/International Center of Photography

"Couple in Voodoo Trance," about 1956, is one of Weegee's photographs on display at the International Center of Photography.


Weegee/International Center of Photography

Black Power," 1951


Weegee/International Center of Photography

Mrs. Anna Sheehan ... accused as murderess," 1937


Arthur Fellig is WeeGee
Chris Keeley

Understanding Israel's Hamas policy

The Issue Is Not Whether Hamas Recognises Israel

Subject:        Understanding Israel's Hamas policy
Date:   Fri, 9 Jun 2006 08:46:19 EDT
From:  
Ray Close


 Anyone who wants to understand why the Israel-Palestine problem
continues to defy solution should read this carefully.  It is written by one of America's most distinguished Jewish political scientists and historians.

 Ray Close


The Issue Is Not Whether Hamas Recognises Israel

By Henry Siegman
 8 June 2006
Financial Times
Israel and Palestine: What hope there may still be for avoiding a
 complete meltdown in the Palestinian occupied territories, not to
speak of the hope of ever achieving a two-state solution, lies not
 with the initiative by Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority president,
 to put the two-state formula to a popular referendum but with the
ruling Hamas movement’s refusal to play by Israel’s old rules. Those
 rules have in effect eliminated the prospect of viable Palestinian
statehood and were intended to achieve that end.
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