You may know Neill Jameson as the frontman/honcho for black metal favorites Krieg, who have a new LP Transient for Candlelight Records, or via his involvement in Twilight, the supergroup headed up by Blake Judd of Nachtmystium and featuring members like Thurston Moore, Aaron Turner, Jef Whitehead (Leviathan), Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth), and more.
But Neill's involvement with Blake Judd goes much deeper than that: Theirs is a friendship that was initally forged based on a mutually shared interest in music many years ago. In the following firsthand account, Neill recalls the history of some of the darker moments of his friendship with Blake Judd, ones that eventually lead to him severing his ties with the celebrated black metal musician, and the stark reality of drug addiction.
Staten Island’s Pill Problem: [The New Yorker]
"New York City is the heroin capital of the country, and the epidemic has hit its most tranquil borough the hardest."
This is a collection of Francisco "Puree Tomatoes" Taccir's blog posts from Myspace and Friendster from 2005 – 2010.
Tomatoes was a writer, artist, and addict who was born on February 26. 1977. He died on October 10, 2010 from a heroin overdose. [more inside]
Every Wednesday, rocker Andrew WK (previously
) answers reader questions in his Village Voice advice column
. He can be deep
("Ideally, life shouldn't be an ongoing struggle to see the glass half-full, but rather an appreciation that there's a glass at all") and inspirational
. Today, a reader asks him whether he should start using heroin
Staten Island, long a blue-collar bastion of police officers and other New York City workers, is confronting a heroin epidemic. Thirty-six people died from heroin overdoses in 2012, the highest number in at least a decade, according to the most recent available city health department records; the death rate was higher than the city’s other four boroughs had seen in 10 years.
Heroin’s New Hometown
"Everything is fine and the world is beautiful. It's raining, it's dark, I woke up at 5:30AM, I'm commuting in traffic. I would have had a headache, I would have been miserable, I would have wondered how my life took me to this point. This point I'm at right now. But no, no, everything is fine. Life is beautiful. The rain drops are just falling and in each one I see the reflection of every persons life around me. Humanity is beautiful. In this still frame shot of traffic on this crowded bus I just found love and peace. Heroin is a wonder drug. Heroin is better than everything else. Heroin makes me who I wish I was. Heroin makes life worth living. Heroin is better than everything else." [more inside]
The final confessions of a Silk Road kingpin
Patrick O'Neill recently undertook an astonishingly open set of interviews with Nod, a major black-tar heroin and cocaine dealer who traded on Silk Road.
By our third phone call, Steven Lloyd Sadler was a fugitive.
Facing federal charges for drug trafficking and distribution, Sadler decided he'd rather skip the trial and jail sentence altogether. He was pulling away from Seattle, where he was charged, and we talked for hours. He began that particular conversation on speakerphone, attempting to circumvent the state’s law prohibiting the use of cellphones while driving, but noisy interference forced him to pick up the call.
"They'll be pretty pissed off at me," he said, referring to his federal public defenders.
In case you were starting to miss the daily insanity that is Rob Ford, Toronto's admitted crack-smoking, tax-cutting, drunken stupor of a Mayor, your wait is over. Newly-unredacted wiretaps
from the police investigation into attempts to retrieve the infamous video of Rob Ford
smocking crack, calling his football team "a bunch of fucking minorities", and Justin Trudeau a "fa**ot", have re-ignited the inquiry into the Mayor's actions. [more inside]
"Hardly anyone at the time would have believed that I would still be here today."
Christiane Felscherinow, better known as Christiane F., has published Mein Zweites Leben
(My Second Life), the follow-up to her (in)famous autobiography
, which was originally published when she was 17. Christiane's story became a sensation in Germany and a cult classic around the world (as well as the basis for a cult film
, with a soundtrack by David Bowie), and has recently been republished in America in a new translation
The world's most extensive study of the drug trade has just been published in the medical journal BMJ Open, providing the first "global snapshot" of four decades of the war on drugs. To sum up their most important findings, the average purity of heroin and cocaine have increased, respectively, 60 percent and 11 percent between 1990 and 2007. Cannabis purity is up a whopping 161 percent over that same time. Not only are drugs way purer than ever, they're also way, way cheaper. Coke is on an 80 percent discount from 1990, heroin 81 percent, cannabis 86 percent. After a trillion dollars spent on the drug war, now is the greatest time in history to get high.
In photographer Matt Slaby's
series In Xanadu
, current and former drug users in Denver describe places throughout the city where they've experienced overdoses. [more inside]
—A Life in Pieces
is a short biographical film about the once notorious Scottish writer, provocateur and ‘ungentlemanly junkie,’ including reminiscences from William S. Burroughs and Leonard Cohen. [more inside]
The Rolling Stones are playing at Glastonbury this summer. (Here's the full line up of the acts
). Sold out. Followed by another open-air show in Hyde Park, London. On July 6. Also sold out
. "So Charlie, the Stones are playing Glastonbury! Excited?" [more inside]
"Twelve years ago, Portugal eliminated criminal penalties for drug users. Since then, those caught with small amounts of marijuana, cocaine or heroin go unindicted and possession is a misdemeanor on par with illegal parking. Experts are pleased with the results
." [more inside]
Q: What's the connection between heroin in Glasgow and a dead goat in Turkey? A: Anthrax
Who Killed Nancy
is a documentary examining the lives and deaths of Sid Vicious
and Nancy Spungen
. It features interviews with many of the people on the Punk scenes in both London and New York, including people who were in Sid and Nancy's Chelsea Hotel room on the night Nancy died.
"On the 28th October 1975 my mother
gave birth to a heroinhead
- that was/is me.
My father was a young Glaswegian junkie nicknamed Puggy. I was born with heroin in my veins. 7 years after my birth, my father was brutally murdered by infamous British serial-killer Dennis Nilsen
Fed up with drugs
, a comic about the dark side of chemical salvation. By Charles Saucisse
Meet Barrett Brown
, the heroin-addicted former journalist
who's the self-proclaimed face of Anonymous. [previously]
Rafaela Persson photographed
female drug addicts and their children in Afghanistan
. [more inside]
Two Christmases previously
, but still a classic:
Francis Coppola's and William Burroughs's The Junky's Christmas
Now on YouTube in four parts: 1 2 3 4 [more inside]
While most of the attention in the war on drugs has been focused on Mexico of late, the opium trade in Afghanistan is still alive. Though perhaps not as well this year, as Tajikistan reports far less opium crossing the border
, attributed to more use within Afghanistan
as well as an unexplained poppy blight
. With yields dropping and prices rising, US-backed efforts to encourage farmers to grow alternate crops
) may be derailed, despite a trade agreement with Pakistan
which promises to open the country's borders to more trade in legitimate consumer goods with India. Meanwhile, people are looking into ways
to turn the poppy fields into biofuels
Swansea Love Story
[Flash video, six parts, occasional NSFW, shows drug use
], a documentary in VBS’ Rule Britannia
series, follows young heroin users in the South Wales city, looking at their family life, daily routines and some of the changes in the community around them. Interview with film-maker Andy Capper
; something on director Leo Leigh
; brief write-up here
, slightly longer review here
This past Tuesday, China executed Briton Akmal Shaikh
for heroin smuggling, the first foreigner to be executed in China since Italian Antonio Riva
was put to death in 1951. Shaikh's family, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
, and U.N. officials
all had asked for clemency
based on the fact the 53-year old, father-of-three Shaikh was a mentally ill person
who believed he was a pop star on a mission for world peace
and had been duped into being an unwitting drug mule. Nonetheless, regardless of international outcry
, Shaikh was put to death. The outcry continues
. A music video has been created for Shaikh's music single, Come Little Rabbit
Dig! Destroy The System.
The entire film about the Brian Jonestown Massacre's rivalry with the Dandy Warhols (after a 30 second ad). One week only on Pitchfork TV.
The first ever North American study into prescribing diamorphine to addicts was published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.
And the outcomes are positive. This is the latest in a growing line of research studies into diamorphine prescribing. The Netherlands
have both completed major studies that showed extremely positive outcomes in treatment resistant populations. Germany
has recently begun a study along these lines, and a British study
is about to report it's outcomes any minute now.
How often must a positive outcome be replicated before something becomes part of mainstream treatment provision?
What happened to the Trainspotting generation?
Heroin and Scotland: the relationship continues.
With inadequate access to basic health care (WHO .doc summary)
, impoverished Afghans turn to cheap and available opium as 'medicine'
for pain relief, cough suppression and other ailments. The level of addiction among children is at a critical level.
Jawed Taiman's film Addicted in Afghanistan
provides some further perspective
. [more inside]
In a recent report for the Abell Foundation
, University of Maryland Criminologist Peter Reuter
asks whether, in light of the evidence from Switzerland
, The Netherlands
and elsewhere, Baltimore
might not be the best place to try the first US heroin maintenance programme
was a 1981 German film that portrayed the life of young heroin addicts growing up in 1970's Berlin. Notable for the collaboration of David Bowie, the film became well known
for its realistic portrayal of drug use. [more inside]
Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies
(on Pitchfork.TV for one week, until 5/2/08). Very, very NSFW. [more inside]
in the Death of Donny B
is a 1969 short film/docudrama following the life of a junky.
The poppy is bitterly ironic this Remembrance Day.
Borrowed from John McRae's classic In Flanders' Fields
, the poppy has shifted from a symbolic meaning
to the central subject of
an ongoing conflict
. As international intervention in Afghanistan continues, opium production
has reached record-breaking heights, with this single country now producing 90% of the world's total supply (utterly dwarfing global licit supply). Meanwhile, the world suffers a global opiate shortage(pdf)
, Canada's heroin maintenance project is threatened by politics
, and the National Review of Medicine suggests that prescription opiates are far more dangerous than the "usual suspects"
land used for growing opium
is now larger than the combined total under coca cultivation in Latin America - Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. No other country has produced narcotics on such a deadly scale since China in the 19 th century
. Opium in Afghanistan: Eradicate or subsidize
? [more inside]
"Count Gottfried von Bismarck, who was found dead on Monday aged 44, was a louche German aristocrat with a multi-faceted history as a pleasure-seeking heroin addict, hell-raising alcoholic, flamboyant waster and a reckless and extravagant host of homosexual orgies."
So how's the War on Drugs proceeding in Afghanistan? Barry McCaffrey, former drug czar, trumpets
, "Opium production has been dramatically slashed by 48% just in the past year
.". Oops, actually that's the acreage of opium cultivation; production went down by only 10%
, due to increased yields. In any case, that's so last year
. Instead of the socially detrimental policy
of poppy eradication, wouldn't it be preferable
to allow licensing of poppies
for legitimate medical needs? The Afghan farmers agree
, but some think the idea is flawed
Fox pussies out.
Recently a bill passed in mexico legalizing all drugs
under certain specified quantities. The bill was promoted By Vincente Fox's party, and came from his offices. However he decided not to sign it under U.S. pressure.
There go my vacation plans.
Be Warned: some very disturbing and NSFW
intravenous drug abuse images
from Eastern Europe
Lawless Iraq is 'key drug route'
Drug smugglers exploiting internal chaos in Iraq have turned the country into a transit route for Afghan heroin, an influential drug agency says.
The Australian media is calling them the 'Bali nine'.
Nine young Australians are being held in Bali under suspicion for attempting to smuggle 8.3 kg (or 11.25 kg depending on what you read) of heroin through Bali's airport. They were caught with the drugs allegedly strapped to their bodies while accomplices were apprehended at a nearby hotel. Most of the nine Australians are now cooperating with police enquiries even though they fear doing so will further endanger the lives of their families
(e.g. drug lords punishing them for talking). Don't get this latest case mistaken, however, with the other high-profile Australian drugs case in the Australian media right now. Beauty therapist Schapelle Corby, 27, is also being held in Bali for the 4.1 kg of top-notch marijuana found in her bodyboard bag
some months ago. Prosecutors in that case have asked for a life sentence
to be handed down to Corby. She has supposedly escaped death by firing squad. Her legal team and family, though, say she was a victim of dodgy baggage handlers and an Australian interstate drug smuggling operation that uses unknowing interstate Australian travellers as drug mules. Most Australians are worried about this, too
. Of course, the strain of the case on Corby is beginning to show
But getting back to the 'Bali nine'. What will their fate be? Another Australian was just given an execution order in Vietnam for also smuggling Heroin
. It's all nasty stuff, hey. News reports indicate that Australian officials will seek clemency
for those involved in the latest Bali bust. Yeah, but how much good will that do? Indonesia is well known for enforcing strong anti-drug laws. And who can blame them?
Addiction to porn is destroying lives, Senate told.
Experts compare the effect on the brain to that of heroin or crack cocaine.