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Hunter's Final Shot

Illustration Ralph Steadman
Illustration Ralph Steadman
...going out with a bang

Celebrated Gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson, was fired from a cannon at his Rocky Mountain (Colorado) ranch at Sunset yesterday, Saturday August 20. Or at least his ashes were. The writer blew himself away with a .45 handgun bullet to the head in the kitchen of his house six months ago, after suffering cancer and depression. No doubt compounded by his addiction to drugs and alcohol. 

Johnny Depp, who starred in the 1998 film of Hunter's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", spent about  $1 Million on the construction of a 153ft high gun - slightly taller than the Statue of Liberty. It's was built on Thompsons "shooting range" where Hunter S. liked to fire his .44 Magnum into an old television set. The cannon ends in a double-thumbed fibreglass fist with a dagger and a peyote button attached.  An eclectic mix of 300 or so of his friends  farewelled the Gonzo over "the clinking of ice and whisky" as specified in his will. There are no latest reports yet as guests were sworn to secrecy. See  Saturday's English Telegraph story here:


Why am I telling you this? Because I met the man. Albeit only briefly and in weird…or should I say wired circumstances.

In the late Seventies I had a contract to paint a weatherboard house at Whale Beach, Sydney. I didn’t know it at the time but the owner turned out to be a notorious drug-dealer and Gambler by the name of Jimmy Sweetnam (see Bob Bottoms books on Australian Crime Figures).

It was seven or so on a summer morning when I set up my gear and turned the orbital sander on to roughen-up the old paint on the side of the house. It made a hell of a racket, I can tell you. And pretty soon a window opened and this seedy-looking face peered out - Jimmy’s houseguest – none other than Dr Hunter S. Thompson, I was soon to discover. Seems he and Sweetnam had been up all night "on the hoover” and had only just gone to bed when the whole house started to vibrate with the action of the orbital sander. Sweetnam came out as well to see what the hell was going on. Looking equally as trashed as Hunter S.

The surf at the Wedge that day was huge so I offered to pack it in and come back the next morning. Jimmy was grateful and offered me a serve of his “excellent nose candy” that I like to think had been smuggled in to the country by Hunter S. himself. But his hands were shaking so much he dumped the whole lot on the kitchen floor. Probably just as well. The surf was going off and I had a memorable session that I still think about.

Reader Comments (3)

Nothing is free my friend.

Program on the emergence of civilization.

"14 species of large animals capable of domesitcation in the history of mankind.
13 from Europe, Asia and northern Africa.
None from the sub-Saharan African continent. "
And disfavor.

They point out Africans’ failed attempts to domesticate the elephant and zebra, the latter being an animal they illustrate that had utmost importance for it's applicability in transformation from a hunting/gathering to agrarian-based civilization.

The roots of racism are not of this earth.

Austrailia, aboriginals:::No domesticable animals.

The North American continent had none. Now 99% of that population is gone.

AIDS in Africa.

Organizational Heirarchy/Levels of positioning.
Heirarchical order, from top to bottom:

1. MUCK - perhaps have experienced multiple universal contractions (have seen multiple big bangs), creator of the artificial intelligence humans ignorantly refer to as "god"
2. Perhaps some mid-level alien management
3. Evil/disfavored aliens - runs day-to-day operations here and perhaps elsewhere

Terrestrial management/positioning:

4. Chinese/egyptians - this may be separated into the eastern and western worlds
5. Romans -
6. Mafia - the real-world 20th century interface that constantly turns over generationally so as to reinforce the widely-held notion of mortality
7. Jews, corporation, women, politician - Evidence exisits to suggest mafia management over all these groups.

Movies foreshadowing catastrophy
1985 James Bond View to a Kill 1989 San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake.

Our society gives clues to the system in place. We all have heard the saying "He has more money than god." There is also an episode of the Simpsons where god meets Homer and says "I'm too old and rich for this."

This is the system on earth because this is the system everywhere.

I don't want to suggest the upper eschelons are evil and good is the fringe.

But they have made it abundantly clear that doing business with evil (disfavored) won't help people. They say only good would have the ear, since evil is struggling for survival, and therefore only the favored could help.

The clues are there which companies are favored and which are disfavored, but they conceal it very hard because it is so crucial.

I offer an example of historical proportions:::

People point to Walmart and cry "anti-union".
Unions enable disfavored people to live satisfactorly without addressing their disfavor. This way their family's problems are never resolved. Without the union they would have to accept the heirarchy, their own inferiority.
Unions serve to empower.
Walmart is anti-union because they are good. They try to help people address and resolve their problems by creating an enviornment where there are fewer hurdles.

Media ridicule and lawsuits are creations to reinforce people's belief that Walmart is evil in a subsegment of the indistry dominated by the middle and lower classes.
Low-cost disfavored Chinese labor is utilized by corporate america to maximize margins. They all do it. Only WalMart gets fingered because they are the ones who help, and those who seek to create confusion in the marketplace want to eliminate the vast middle class who have a real chance and instead stick with lower classes who may not work otherwise. So they dirty him up while allowing the others to appear clean.

The middle class is being deceived. They are being misled into the unfavored, and subsequently will have no assistance from their purchases with corporate america.

I believe the coining of the term "Uncle Sam" was a clue alluding to just this::Sam Walton and WalMart is one of few saviors of the peasant class.

Amercia is a country of castoffs, rejects. Italy sent its criminals. Malcontents.
Between the thrones, the klans and kindred, they "decided" who they didn't want and acted, creating discontent and/or starvation.
The u.s. is full of disfavored rejects. It is the reason for the myriad of problems not found in European countries. As far as the Rockafellers and other industrialists of the 19th century go, I suspect these aren't their real names. I suspect they were chosen to go and head this new empire.

Royalty is the right way to organize a society. Dictatorships and monarchies are a reflection of the antient's hierarchical organization.
Positions go to those who have favor with the rulers, as opposed to being elected.
Elections bring a false sense of how the world is. Democracy misleads people.
Which is why the disfavored rejects were sent to the shores of America::To keep them on the wrong path.

Jews maim the body formed in the image of "god", and inflicted circumsision upon all other white people, as well as the evil that is Jesus Christ.
I think about how Jews (were used to) created homosexuality among Slavics, retribution for the Holocaust.
Then I think of the Catholic Church and its troubles.
What connection is here between Jews and the Catholic church???
If it is their sinister motives that’s behind the evil that is Jesus Christ are they being used at all?
Perhaps it is them who are pulling strings.
Their centuries of slavery in Egypt proves their disfavor.
The Jew leaders decided to prey on the up-and-coming Europeans to try to fix their problems with the ruling elite, a recurring aspect of their methodology.

Jesus Christ is a religious figure of evil. The seperatist churches formed so they could still capture the rest of the white people, keeping them worshipping the wrong god.
And now they do it to people of color, Latinos and Asians, after centuries of preying upon them.

Since Buddism doesn't recongnize a god, the calls are never heard, and Chinese representation is instead selected by the thrones.
Budda was the Asian's Jesus Christ::: bad for the people. "They came up at the same time for a reason."

Simpson's foreshadowing::Helloween IV special, Flanders is Satan. "Last one you ever suspect."
"You'll see lots of nuns where you're going:::hell!!!" St. Wigham, Helloween VI, missionary work, destroying cultures.
Over and over, the Simpsons was a source of education and enlightenment, a target of ridicule by the system which wishes to conceal its secrets.

I believe Islam is the one true religion, and those misled christians who attack "god"'s most favored people will pay dearly one day.
November 25, 2005 | Unregistered Commentergrandpa stole bets
And that's a "comment" grandpa? More like a dissertation.
As for Australian aborigines having no domesticated animals- wrong. They had domesticated dogs/dingos. Still do, in fact.
I thank you for your (strange to me) comment. And may the sun always shine through your freckle. Mal.
November 25, 2005 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
Whats this wanker got against malcontents? Sounds like a malcontent himself to me.

Oh yeah and by the way - how come those conspiracy theory idiots can"t spell?

And while I'm at it, doesn't he realise that plenty of things are free .. lets start with .. AIR! idiot! and coming up with silly ideas apparently
November 26, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMal Content

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