The Smiling Buddha, and other Vancouvery [I read stuff]

Wherein I read things, laugh [or not], and pass them on to you…



Vancouver’s colourful narcotic historyVancouver’s colourful drug past starts with Gassy Jack and goes up to today with a massive rally to honour 4/20 at the Vancouver Art Gallery:

Smiling Buddha Cafe
109 East Hastings
December 1962

According to eyewitness “Portland” Al (who managed the nearby “Balmoral” nightclub, and later on “Portland Al’s” music shop on Main and 3rd), Jimmy Hendrix and Tommy Chong played guitar together in the same band – Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers – in December of 1962 at the famous “Smiling Buddha Cafe” on Hastings near Columbia. He said Jimmy kicked ass, but the manager at the Buddha didn’t have an ear for music and let Jimmy go after ten days. Jimmy’s grandmother Nora Hendrix once lived at 827 E. Georgia – just a short walk from the Buddha. Tommy Chong later went on to become one of the first pot comedians along with his partner Cheech Marin, and has become an active advocate of cannabis legalization, recently going on a “Get It Legal” comedy tour with Cheech and endorsing pot activist Dana Larsen for leader of the Provincial NDP. Hendrix, too, was a supporter of cannabis activism, funding the Yippies 3000 marijuana joint mail-out.

[19 Apr 2012]

The Wolverine To Film In Hugh Jackman’s Home Town: Since The Wolverine first started to get going, one of the biggest problems has been the country of Japan. While the original plan was to be finished with production in 2011 to potentially get ready for a 2012 release, the X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel found itself in trouble when the Asian nation was rocked by a tsunami. Since then, the production has been searching for a location to shoot in that could double for Japan. In August of last year there were reports that project would set up shop in Vancouver, Canada, but now it looks like that won’t be happening. Instead, they’re going to get things moving in Hugh Jackman’s hometown. Australia’s is reporting that the James Mangold-directed superhero sequel will be shot in Sydney. [cinemablend/Eric Eisenberg/19 Apr 2012]

‘The Walking Dead’: Why John Hawkes Turned Down a Major Role in Season 3: Says Hawkes of his decision:
They offered me the role, and I just felt there would be someone else who could do it better. I was flattered, and I took a look at the series. It held interest for me, but I just didn’t feel like I was the guy for it,” he said. “I have to be careful of what TV shows I choose, particularly ones that have commercials in them, because it’s going to be a different kind of television show. There are going to be sponsors.
No matter how good the show is, if there are commercials, it’s going to be a different show, to me. That’s just my personal feeling. Yeah, it was nice of them to ask, and it’s a good show, but, again, I just didn’t feel I was the guy. They came to me and sent me the graphic novel and the first two seasons. I took a look at them, and just didn’t feel like it was for me. [screencrush/Kevin Fitzpatrick/19 Apr 2012]

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How do “Stand Your Ground” laws apply to victims of domestic violence?: Over on her new website, CNN HLN anchor Richelle Carey asks a very interesting question: Does ‘Stand Your Ground’ apply to domestic abuse? The ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws that have become well-known in the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin.  The laws are supposed allow an individual to use lethal force if they reasonable believe they are in imminent harm. So what about victims of domestic abuse?  On August 1, 2010, Marissa Alexander, a 31 year old Florida mother of 3, is about to be sentenced for aggravated assault after firing a warning shot at her husband.  The shot she fired missed him, but the charges stuck. Alexander’s friends and family claim that if the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law applies in other cases, it should certainly apply in this case where she was attempting to prevent abuse from her husband after 4 years of violence. (Alexander previously filed a protective order against him after he was arrested for abusing her.) [feministing/zerlina/19 Apr 2012]

Proposed Law Assumes Women Can’t Be Trusted to Take the Morning After Pill Without Supervision: Yesterday, an Alabama Senate panel approved a measure that will require women who take the morning after pill to do so in the presence of a physician. The pill’s available over the counter to women 17 and over and it could not be simpler to take unless you absorbed it by thinking spermy thoughts, so either Alabama state Senators think that women are so stupid that they can’t be trusted to swallow a single pill without accidentally putting it in their eyes or butts, or they’re enacting yet more laws to interfere with a sexually active woman’s right to not be pregnant. I’m not into gambling, but if I was, $10 says it’s the latter.

The measure will now proceed to the full Senate for a vote, and if recent behavior of the Alabama legislature is any indicator of how they’ll handle this, it’ll probably die, but only after they embarrass themselves debating it for awhile. This isn’t even the worst iteration of the Women Can’t Take Their Own Damn Pills bill; an earlier version would have required ladies to undergo a completely unnecessary medical exam before taking the pill. [jezebel/Erin Gloria Ryan/19 Apr 2012]

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