Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Halloween Holiday requires some of the best beverages.

There needs to be the official drink of Halloween or Samhain. But there isn't. But there are plenty of drink ideas from Just click on the hyperlink to a world of new drinks for the Halloween Holiday.

And remember folks, there are plenty of wines to choose from, such as from Plonk Wine.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

It is time for some fun songs that go with Halloween

By SJ Otto
This is that time of year for some fine classic songs. The first one is from the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. Then next is one of my favorites. After that is a new one I added. We will be presenting more season classics as Halloween gets closer. We will also have some interesting facts about the holiday this comes from Samhain.

This is Halloween - The Nightmare before Christmas
Ramones - Pet Sematary
The Dickies- Killer Klowns From Outer Space 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Maize, KS Pride Parade- We still need it.

By SJ Otto
This Saturday Morning I got up to see our Maize Pride Parade. It is nice that the City of Maize, where I presently reside, still puts on the parade. The people here need it. Just like it would be nice if they still put up Christmas decorations, but they don't. There were plenty of fun floats of local people and I got a lot of candy thrown at my drive-way. I love free candy.
Some of the highlights of the parade included the political floats, such as candidate for 4th congressional district for US Representative Daniel Giroux.
Giroux is better than Pompeo, but that is not saying much. 

And some friends of mine were working on his campaign.

I do love the antique cars.

I wonder how the Shriners get those cars so small.

And speaking of candy, check out this candy site for your upcoming Halloween.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Bob Dylan wins a Nobel Prize for literature

By SJ Otto
Bob Dylan is about my favourite lyricist. One of my favourite songs of all time is It’s All Right, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding). I like the way Dylan strings words together. I wish I had the talent to do it the way he does.

Some of my favourite lyrics:

And if my thought-dreams could been seen
They'd probably put my head in a guillotine
But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only.
Here are some of my favourite songs and an intro to a piece from the Rolling Stone Magazine. 

Why Bob Dylan Deserves His Nobel Prize

Rolling Stone
Congratulations to Bob Dylan, surprise winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. This is easily the most controversial award since they gave it to the guy who wrote Lord of the Flies, which was controversial only because it came next after the immensely popular 1982 prize for Gabriel García Márquez. Nobody can read the minds of the Nobel committee – it's not that kind of award. You can't argue that Dylan jumped the line in front of more deserving candidates, because there's no internal logic to the process. Like most literary Nobels, except much more so, it comes out of the blue, giving Dylan fans a whole new glorious enigma to battle over. So settle in. This argument will take us years. If you're looking to get silly, you better go back to from where you came.

For the rest click here.

It’s Alright Ma
A Hard Rain Gonna Fall

Bob Dylan Hurricane

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

It is all about fescue

From Johnson’s Garden Center:
It looked like a checkerboard lawn at the Kansas State University turf trials.  Dr. John Pair was doing research on turf type fescue lawns for south central Kansas just south of Wichita.   
The prominent turf species had been K-31 Tall Fescue - a narrower blade plant than regular tall fescue, which was introduced into North America from Europe in the late 1800s. In 1943, the University of Kentucky released the variety, Kentucky 31 and fescue establishment rapidly spread throughout the eastern United States. Genetic improvement of tall fescue as a turfgrass species began with the release of 'Rebel' turf-type tall fescue from Rutgers University in the early 1970s. As compared to the early varieties, 'Rebel' exhibited a darker green color, higher density, and the ability to tolerate lower mowing heights. 
Dr. Pair's research was to determine the seeding rate AND fertilizing rate for an optimum lawn.  Typically K-31 was planted at 10 lbs. of seed for every 1,000 sq. ft. With the introduction of Rebel and it's denser and less clumping growth habit, he knew that less seed was needed, but how much less, IF the proper feeding was done at the proper time. Small plots, about 2' X 4' were planted with 2, 4, and 6 lbs. seeding rate. Then the different fertilizer rates were given to each seeding rate. Fertilizer rates of 2, 3, and 4 lbs. of Nitrogen per 1,000 were applied to each plot. What Dr. Pair's research determined was that the lower seed rates looked as good or better than higher rates WHEN fertilizer rates of 4 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. was applied in the fall.  
ferti-lome has taken this information and used it in formulation of their Winterizer Lawn Food, which was especially made for the Kansas market.  With an analysis of 25-0-6, 25% of its 20 lb. bag is Nitrogen, or 5 lbs.  Meaning the 20 lb. bag applied to a 5,000 sq. ft. lawn will give the lawn 1 lb. of Nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft. Three applications in the fall and using ferti-lome For All-Season plus Crabgrass Preventer will give the lawn close to that 4 lbs. of Nitrogen that Dr. Pair's research showed was needed for fescue lawns in our region.
Since that day, almost 50 years ago, when Rebel was introduced, later generations of turf type fescue varieties are available today, giving us improved genetics for our lawns. The research from years ago still stands correct - fertilize our fescue lawns in the fall for a great looking lawn.

Happy Gardening!
Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Centers

Monday, October 10, 2016

Elvis Costello in Wichita

By SJ Otto
Elvis Costello put on a great show at the Orpheum last Saturday Night. His real name is Declan Patrick MacManus Throughout the concert he talked of his family, of which most were in show business and even had pictures showing on a giant fake TV.
He played a mostly one man show, where he played guitar, piano and a few other instruments. At one point he had two women come out and play with him. He played a lot of music from his older albums, such as My Aim Is True (1977), with such classics as "Watching The Detectives," and a few songs from his such albums as Spike (1989), with such song as "Deep Dark Truthful Mirror." 
He also played a lot of new his material. While he has played a lot of experimental music, as in country, jazz and crooning, he mostly stuck to his rock songs. He played "veronica" after a fan yelled out for it from the balcony.
He made a lot of comments about places he's been with a little sarcasm of Wichita, calling it an out-of-the-way paradise.
Over all it was an enjoyable concert.

Pix from Wikipedia, since my camera messed up on me.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Trick or Treat- Some good drinks



Homemade lemon-pumpkin soda is easy to prepare in just a few minutes and lends the Smashing Pumpkin fresh fall flavor. A base of aged rum and allspice liqueur add warming contrast, making this the perfect way to incorporate the season’s favorite squash in your cocktails.


Your tongue will dance with the combination of chocolate, coffee and tequila.

For the rest of the tasty treats click here. 

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Buggy Lewis and the Rabbit Grenades at Kirby's in Wichita

By SJ Otto
I was at Kirby's this Saturday Night and I watched a band called Buggy Lewis and the Rabbit Grenades. A lot of hard rock or punk bands come to Kirby's. This one impressed me because they had a good rapport with the audience. The lead singer joked with the audience and danced out on the floor with them.
The music was OK...that is to say it was nice hard rock music. I could point out that lots of bands come and play hard rock or punk rock. But this is a band that was good on stage and good for the audience. They went beyond just playing music. That  is what impressed me and set them apart.
It is for this reason I decided to write a short review of the band; Buggy Lewis and the Rabbit Grenades. So when they return to Wichita, if they ever leave, it is worth the effort to go and see them.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Confessions of a poppy pod tea drinker

The following is an expose and not intended to promote illegal drug use. This is just one person’s experience. This follows up after;Fox News attacks mild use of herbs — poppy pod tea — more lies, more hype!
 –SJ Otto

By Conrad Klondike

It was almost noon. That is when the mail comes. I was waiting for my box. There is something thrilling about anticipating poppy pod tea. The anticipation is almost as good as the high I get from it. Once it gets here I will rip open the box and then go through a lengthy ritual to make my tea.
Once I've drank all the tea it is like being on a vacation—a vacation from all my troubles, stress, pain and just about anything that ails me. It's like being in heaven for about 8 hours. There is really nothing like it.
And of course I'm talking about making a tea from the straw of opium poppies.[1] I can get this stuff because the law allows people to buy the pods for use as craft supplies—mostly for flower arrangements. It took me a while to learn how to unlock the magic of the pods. I learned about it from a friend. I have used narcotics of various types through out my adult life. This is probably the best thing I ever discovered. I don’t have to go look for a dealer or a connection of some kind to some shady criminal. I can just send away from it on line.
I have spent many of my adult years as an alcoholic. I used to smoke pot. I lost interest in pot smoking years ago. And as for alcohol, my health has deteriorated since I have had hepatitis C. I was diagnosed with it about 10 years ago. If they had not come up with new medicine I probably would die within the next five years from now. I was getting sick for a long time. But with new medicine I am now free of the virus that causes hep C. But the damage has already been done. My liver is damaged and I have a hard time with alcohol now. It doesn't relax me as much as it used to. Also if I drink a little too much I black out and don't remember a thing. Over the years I've learned that alcohol is a sloppy drug. It lowers my inhabitations making me talk about things I really shouldn't. It messes with judgment encouraging me to act stupid and make dumb decisions. It also makes me feel spacey and out of it.
Opium does not do those things. Opium makes me feel relaxed. It brings on the feeling of euphoria. I feel pleasant sensations, almost rushes running through my body. Alcohol does some of this, but the negative affects outweigh the good.
Opium doesn't mess as much with my liver and it doesn't make me as sick as alcohol can. I can take the stuff and go to work. I can talk to people and unless they know what to look for, they can't tell I'm high.
So why do I want to use this at all? I've had depression all my life. Maybe that is why I used to drink so much. I've seen doctors and I've taken my share of anti-depressant medicine. It just doesn't work for me. The bottom line is that I just want to feel good. That is all. I'm not looking for some kind of thrills. I'm not trying to gain some great insight or improve my artistic capabilities. I just want to feel good for a while. That is hard for me to do. Unless someone can show me a better way to feel good, I will continue to drink my tea. I don’t have regrets or wish I could get free of the drug, as some addicts will say. I don’t want to be cured from this stuff. I plan to keep using it as long as I can.
In the past I've used all kinds of drugs, from LSD to heroin. I used to get wild and party and go to wild parties. I used to think it was cool to get loaded on booze or drugs. Now I don't care about being cool. I avoid telling anyone I use this stuff. Again I just want to feel good.
I still like the feel of shrooms—not as good as opium, but if I can get it, and it is extremely rare that I do, I like it. I still drink a little, since I can't use the opium more than about once or twice a month, to avoid outright addiction. I have used other narcotics. But the tea last the longest and it is much easier to get that heroin or the many subscription pharmaceutical narcotics such as OxyContin, Vicodin or Dilaudid.
For much of my adult life I've used narcotics of all types at one time or another. So when I found out about the tea, I knew what I was looking for.
I have a crummy job working at a shoe store. It pays lousy with few benefits. I am 63 so I can retire in a few years. Once I retire I don’t have to worry about being drug tested at work. It is getting to the point where having a job is just a liability. There are so many disadvantages to having one, drug testing, a lack of benefits and no job security—who in their right mind really wants to work past retirement?
As I get older my health gets crummier. My sex drive is starting to deteriorate. So spending my golden years loaded on opium just makes a lot of sense.
So once or twice a month I go to the web site that sells me my pods. I order a box for a little over $100. I use my credit card. After I close the deal they ship the box out for overnight service. It takes about two days and I can track it from one postal station to the next, until it makes it to the post office near my home.
When I get my box I tear it open, take some of the pods out, crush them a little, put them in my coffee grinder and then into a pot. I put just enough water, bring it to a boil and let it steep a while. Then I strain the tea through a filter and drink it. It tastes awful, like drinking something made of hay. I don’t bother to put sugar in it as some people do. I just gulp it down fast. I chase it with tomato juice. I get enough pods to get high about four times. Once the drink does its magic I sit back and enjoy it. Sometimes the tea makes me nauseous. But I don’t really care that much. Puking is a small price to pay for such a good experience.
I don’t know how many other people do this. I don’t really care. It is my body and I will decide what goes in it. I don’t need police or moralizing religious fanatics to tell me how I should live. I tried AA when I first found I had hep C. I tried it for a year. I just don’t like being that sober. So after a while I dropped out of the program for good. I’ve never looked back. A sober life is just not for me and I have no intention of living that way. When I first used the tea, I drank it so often I got addicted and eventually went through withdrawals. They lasted a few days. I quit the tea for a while, but I later went back to it. I’m more careful about it now.
Most of all I do what seems to work for me. I can’t speak for others. I don’t care if anyone but me uses the tea. I know at least one other person who uses it as I do. I don’t promote it. What works for others is up to others. I just take care of myself and my own medical needs.

Conrad Klondike is a pen name for a writer from WichitaKS.

Poppy tea contains two groups of alkaloidsphenanthrenes (including morphine and codeine) and benzylisoquinolines (including papaverine). Of these, morphine is the most prevalent comprising 8%-14% of the total. Its effects derive from the fact that it binds to and activates mu opioid receptors in the brainspinal cordstomach and intestine.
Dried Papaver somniferum capsules and stems will, if harvested and dried by the usual protocol, contain significantly lower quantities of thebaine than opium made from latex as well as somewhat more codeine. When ingested, thebaine causes nausea, vomiting, and myoclonusThebaine is an important precursor for manufacture of pharmaceuticals, and is more concentrated in the roots of Papaver somniferum than elsewhere. Other species of poppies, numbering in the hundreds, do not contain morphine or codeine in useful amounts, but may contain non-narcotic alkaloids like protopinesanguinarine or berberine. Wikipedia,

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Was John Lennon conservative?

By SJ Otto
Did John Lennon really turn conservative in his final years? Did he become a Ronald Reagan fan? All of this comes from his personal assistant. On his words alone quite a few people have decided that Lennon was conservative. But just how conservative was he? Did he really turn on all the people who supported him all his life and those who looked up to him? I for one have relegalized lately not to put celebrities on a pedestal. They will disappoint us every time. For some answers to this I turned to Andrew Romano of  The Daily Beast:

Was John Lennon a conservative?
Scores of balding, graying, drooping Baby Boomer peaceniks must have choked on their sweet and sour seitan Wednesday when reports surfaced about the “shocking” claim made by Lennon’s last personal assistant in a new documentary. According to Fred Seaman, who worked for Lennon from February 1979 until he was shot and killed by a deranged fan on December 8, 1980, the counterculture icon who once asked us to imagine a world without organized religion, personal property, or national sovereignty was, in fact, a secret Ronald Reagan fan.
“John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on Jimmy Carter,” says Seaman. “He’d met Reagan back, I think, in the ‘70s at some sporting event [and] did express support for [him], which shocked me.”
According to the Toronto Sun, Seaman goes on to reveal that “John embark[ed] in [sic] some really brutal arguments” with the assistant’s communist uncle, making it “pretty obvious [that] he had moved away from his earlier radicalism.” Lennon “was a very different person back in 1979 and ‘80 than he’d been when he wrote ‘Imagine,’” Seaman says. “By 1979 he looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy’s naivete.”

For the rest click here.

Friday, September 23, 2016


First dates: when anxiety and exhilaration robustly collide in a public setting. But you can squash those forthcoming heart palpitations by easing into the night with a stress-free cocktail selection. Bartenders from around the country shared 11 picks for distinctive first-date-approved libations. Plot your rendezvous at one of these atmospheric joints, and you might just get lucky.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

12 Recipes to Make With Grapes,

Sweet and juicy grapes are one of the best things about the beginning of fall, when so many amazing varietals start making their way to the farmers' market. And although there are few snacks more satisfying than a handful of grapes straight out of the bag, we've also set our sights on these sauces, salads, shrubs, and more.
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