I used Tai-Chi to push against Putin and his Judo – when I awoke from my nap. I won. He felt it. I already sent Starfish against him.
I do not tell you this for you to practice YOUR doubt on me. Keep YOUR doubt away from this battle. If you want to lend a hand, then allow me to haress your energy. This is it! Show time!
I became Wild Bill Hitchcock in my novel The Gideon Computer. My post of 2011 is very prophetic of things to come in regards to Rean and Sam Elliot. The Rosenberg genealogy goes with the Schwarsenbergs. I am – THE MAGICIAN! Do not play mind games with me, and suck on my energy!
In 1967 I was hooked up to Tim Scully’s biofeedback machine. I knew members of the brotherhood of Eternal Love. When I lived in a commune in San Fransisco with Nancy Hamren and my sister, they went on a double date with Stanley Owsley and Nick Sands. Tim’s childhood friend, Robert, became my art patron. Bob also worked at the Livermore laboratory when he was a teenager. Tim was written up in the Oakland tribune for making his own computer. My brother, Mark Presco, also appeared in a article for his electronic expertise. Mark worked on the computer system for the shuttles, and worked at Hugh’s Aircraft where he had top secret clearance. My brother made a robot in his garage. I never took LSD for kicks. I was part of an experiment.
During the break in my two hour reading at the Berkeley Psychic Institute, a woman how interrupted this reading sat beside me.
“Is it true? Did I die? Did I go allthe way?”
“Yes!” se said, and studied me.
“What do you do?”
“I write books.”
“What are your books about?”
“They’re……..Spiritual Comedies.” I answered, wondering where that answer came from.
The woman looked hard at me, reading me like a book.
“And, what’s too come of that?” she seemed to ask.
Dan Brown and his wife used to spy on my yahoogroups, cherry-picking m,y and other folk’s wild ideations. Yahoogroups was founded in the spirit of Steve Jobs, wherefore, millions of folks will open up, reveal what is in their minds, if, it’s not another BUST!
My ]normal straight brother has disapeared. He took LSD and became more of a Pothead then I.
For Nick Sand, there was only one option. As a member of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, he had a duty. While out on $50,000 bail, Nick Sand left the country. [*66] It would be a very long time before he returned. During the trial, Tim Scully had been working on his own creations, which he had to end now with the upholding of his conviction. But from 1971 to 1976, Scully was working on…
“…innovative biofeedback and physiological monitoring instruments and systems, including microcomputer based systems for educational, medical and process control. This work involved analog and digital circuit design, using discrete components and integrated circuits. I learned assembly language programming techniques and high level languages.” [*67]
Tim Scully sold the stock in his company and retired to life in prison at McNeil Island Penitentiary. During his time here, he was allowed to enroll in a Ph.D.
program at the Humanistic Psychology Institute. Here, he developed…
“…biofeedback systems and techniques for use in drug rehabilitation programs. I eventually built an 8080A microcomputer physiological monitoring system for analyzing EEG, EMG, GSR/BSR and skin temperature and did some basic research on the identification of specific patterns of physiological response associated with specific emotional states.” [*68]
Much of Scully’s time was spent working with drug rehabilitation programs that integrated his biofeedback systems. He even made a twelve hour video seminar to train facilitators of these systems for the Federal Prison Industries. On the side, he also taught Tai-Chi. [*69] This biofeedback system did not make much headlines. This was until Robin, a young woman with cerebral palsy, was able to use these systems to allow her to speak with the rest of the world. Scully was named Man of the Year by the Washington State Jaycees. To quote The Hour, a Connecticut newspaper…
“Scully first met Robin, the cerebral palsy victim, in California when he was free on bond awaiting sentencing for conspiracy to possess, manufacture, sell and distribute narcotics.
“Robin was able to control only side movement of one knee. Scully worked up a computer device that allows her to use movement to select words to appear on a television screen. She therefore is able to ‘speak’ sentences in rapid fashion.” [*70]
In 1977, Scully’s sentenced was reduced to ten years, with parole most likely available in 1980. In 1979, Scully graduated with a Ph.D. in psychology, his dissertation titled: “Physiological Pattern Analysis: A Key to Improved Biofeedback Systems for the Voluntary Control of Events in Consciousness.” Scully was transferred out of McNeil Island before 1980, though, being moved to a half-way house in San Francisco in August, two must after obtaining his Ph.D. [*71] For a twenty year sentence, Scully was imprisoned for only three and a half years, and when he finished, he came out with a doctorate. So much for “unrehabilitatable.”
Throughout the 1980’s to the early 2000’s, Scully has been working on biofeedback and computer systems. [*72] In 2005, Tim Scully retired, though he’s doing some minor consulting work and writing a book “on the underground history of LSD.” [*73]
The Creators of Orange Sunshine Acid
A Look Into the Legal Case and the Personal Activities of the 1960’s Greatest LSD Chemists
Image: By Punkerslut, Made with Graphics by robpatrick and Ben Mills,
Released Under the Creative Commons
“Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic” License
Start Date: April 18, 2011
Finish Date: April 26, 2011
An Introduction to the Defendants Tim Scully and Nick Sand
“The multitude was gazing silently;
And as the culprit passed with dauntless mien,
Tempered disdain in his unaltering eye,
Mixed with a quiet smile, shone calmly forth;”
–Percy Shelley, 1813
“Queen Mab,” Book VII
On, September 13, 1976, two individuals stood before Judge Benjamin C. Duniway, both charged with “manufacture and distribution of LSD.” They were also charged with tax evasion, based on “the nonreporting of income derived from this activity.” [*1] It was not simply LSD that they were responsible for creating — it was the legendary, underground “Orange Sunshine” acid. The trial itself became as amazing as the two people involved. They deserve a brief introduction.
Nick Sand was an Anthropology and Sociology student in Brooklyn, New York City, when he took Mescaline in 1961. He also often visited Millbrook, the communal home of Timothy Leary’s League for Spiritual Discovery. According to an Erowid article providing a summary of this chemist, “during a vision quest on DMT, Sand came to believe that he should devote his life entirely to manufacturing entheogens. He became a criminal as a matter of principle and as an act of civil disobedience, because he believed he was working for a higher good.” [*2] In 1967, he left New York and moved to San Francisco, where he produced DOM (“STP”) and MDA (an analogue of MDMA, or “ecstasy”).
In 1969, Nick Sand worked with Tim Scully in Windsor, California, producing millions of doses of the Orange Sunshine LSD. Sand was also the first chemist to synthesize DMT and to suggest smoking as a method, which “came about by serendipity, when some crumbs of DMT fell onto a hotplate and vaporized, inspiring Sand to try smoking it.” [*3] This is an impressive accomplishment, because DMT is often considered among the few psychedelics exceeding LSD in the raw intensity of its experience.
Image: Photograph of Nick Sand as a young Anthropology Student,
by Gene Bernofsky, 1967,
Robert Timothy Scully, or more commonly just Tim Scully, was a co-worker with Nick Sand in the Orange Sunshine laboratory. When only 13 years old, Scully designed and built a computer in 1958 that received honorable mention at a San Francisco Bay Area science fair. [*4] A few years later, at another science fair, he attempted “to make gold from mercury by use of thermal neutrons,” whereby he would create “a neutron flux by a deuteron-deuteron interaction.” [*5]
Image: Photograph of Tim Scully (Top-Right),
from the Oakland Tribune, 1961,
From the early 1960’s to about 1966, he did work in electrical engineering, designing detection and measurement systems for radiation and the nuclear content of soil. And after that, he spent a few months on the road with the Grateful Dead, “doing electronic design of custom audio systems including direct electrical recording of their instruments.” [*6] [*7]
While touring the country with the Dead, Scully met Augustus Owsley Stanley III, another famous LSD chemist of the 1960’s — nicknamed “Bear.” For the most part, Stanley relied on storebought LSD manufactured by Sandoz, then marketed as a psychiatric tool for psychoanalysis. However, by the middle 1960’s, this wasn’t an option anymore, so he, “unable to obtain any pharmaceutical LSD, began to manufacture his own – first in Los Angeles in ’65, then in nearby Point Richmond in ’66.” The 1965 batch was impure, but when Scully and Stanley teamed up, Scully claimed that they perfected a pure process…
“Many who used both Sandoz and Owsley – the latter came in tablets of purple (Purple Haze) and white (White Lightning) of 270 micrograms – say that Owsley acid was less mystical and had more stimulant side reactions than the Sandoz product.” [*8]
In 1967, Tim Scully set up a lab for Augustus Owsley Stanley III in Denver, Colorado. [*9] However, Stanley’s work was short-lived, as he “was arrested in 1967 at his tabbing facility at Orinda, California.” [*10] From his time between 1965 and 1967, though, Stanley produced 1.25 million doses of LSD, while at the same time being an enthusiast, financier, and sound engineer for the Grateful Dead; Bob Weir from the Dead said of him, “He’s good for a different point of view at about any given time. He’s brilliant. He knows everything.” [*11]
In fact, in 1966, Stanley was raided by police for producing Methamphetamine, which turned out to be incorrect — so Stanley successfully sued the police. After his trial in 1967, he was let out on bail, until he was arrested again in 1970 for possession of Marijuana. His bail was revoked and he served two years at Terminal Island. When asked about his experiences in a 2007 interview, Stanley said…
“I wound up doing time for something I should have been rewarded for. What I did was a community service, the way I look at it. I was punished for political reasons. Absolutely meaningless. Was I a criminal? No. I was a good member of society – only my society and the one making the laws are different.” [*12]
After the arrest of his partner, Tim Scully set up another LSD laboratory in Denver in 1968. Only one year later, in 1969, it was raided by the police, though the search was eventually ruled illegal. It was here that Nick Sand was taught the pure method for LSD production. [*13] Besides synthesizing psychedelic drugs, Scully also did some work on “the design of high vacuum flash evaporators and systems for preparative column chromatography.” That very year, he founded his own electronics company in California, Aquarius Electronics. [*14] But, his activity was interrupted with the 1969 raid, and the case that delayed for years before reaching court.
During this time, Scully was also accepting funding from William Hitchcock, the son of a wealthy family, for the laboratory. To quote Scully on his activity during this period before the ’69 raid…
“Many people shared the goal of turning on the world in the ’60s. There wasn’t nearly as formal an organization as the government seemed to believe. Nick [Sand] and I cooperated in obtaining raw materials, for example, but were in many ways working completely independently. Nick, Bear and I all got some help from Billy Hitchcock, but again, this was a very loose arrangement and not at all the kind of organization that most folks imagine. Perhaps it would be more accurate to describe it as a community of common interests or a network.” [*15]
Nick Sand was a member of “a secretive group of hippie acid dealers and hashish smugglers known as the Brotherhood of Eternal Love.” [*16] It was through this organization, active until just a few years ago (2009), that Sand was able to widely distribute his products. [*17] The purpose of the group was “the aim of transforming the world into a peaceful utopia by promoting consciousness-expanding drug experimentation through LSD, including their famous homemade acid, Orange Sunshine.” [*18] At his trial, Tim Scully said that his intention was to “turn on the world” and as far as LSD chemists go, “we were doing a public service.” [*19]
Image: Painting of Galileo Galilei Facing the Inquisition.
The accused is charged with studying the forbidden sciences of Mathematics and Physics.
Painting by Cristiano Banti, 1857.
Just What Is ALD-52?
“Nicholas Sand was charged in two counts with income tax evasion, in one count with conspiracy to violate federal drug laws relating to lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), in one count with conspiracy to defraud the United States in the collection of taxes, and in two counts with substantive drug violations, the manufacture and distribution of LSD. Robert Timothy Scully was charged in one count with income tax evasion, in the same two conspiracy counts as Sand, and in three drug related counts, one charging the manufacture and two the sale of LSD.”
–Judge Benjamin C. Duniway, 1976
United States of America v. Nicholas Sand and Robert Timothy Scully
The case against these two began in 1973, and they were both convicted in 1974, where Tim Scully was sentenced to 20 years and Nick Sand was sentenced to 15 years. [*20] On September 13th, 1976, the United States Federal Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, reviewed and ruled on the final appeal of the two defendants. [*21] The charges were the manufacture and distribution of LSD “during 1968, 1969, and 1970.”
However, there was no LSD. The chemical that Sand and Scully were producing was ALD-52. It is “a psychotropic organic compound, which the defendants claim was the licit chemical N-acetyl lysergic acid diethylamide (ALD-52).” [*22] When water is added to it, ALD-52 undergoes Hydrolysis, [*23] [*24] which turns it into LSD — but ALD-52 itself is not illegal.
However, the government tampered with the ALD-52 and exposed it to moist atmospheres, turning it into LSD. Judge Duniway admitted this and claimed that it was a completely legitimate form of preserving evidence, as well as using it in court. To quote him in the case…
“If they [the defendants] were manufacturing a legal but perfect substitute for LSD, it was their obligation, not that of the government, to preserve evidence of that accomplishment. Having failed to do so, they cannot now complain because the ALD-52 might have been better preserved had the government indicted earlier.” [*25]
The defendants are going to be tried for evidence that was admittedly tampered with by the United States government. As Duniway remarked, “Whatever prejudice defendants suffered was a product of their own negligence.” [*26] It’s not certain if Judge Duniway was expecting that the suspects would go to the police department and regularly maintain the chemistry work in the evidence locker. The judge doesn’t really go so far as to say exactly what kind of obligation their “negligence” was from.
Since it required at least four years for this type of decomposition to occur, the attorneys for Sand and Scully argued that the case violated their right to a speedy and public trial. (The Sixth Amendment.) However, according to Judge Duniway, this rule only applies where the delay has some effect on the trial. Later, he does admit that the delay caused the Hydrolysis of the ADL-52 into LSD, but this isn’t considered as effecting the trial. As Duniway stated at the trial…
“…the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment may require dismissal of the indictment if the defendant is able to demonstrate either that the delay was the product of deliberate action by law enforcement officials to gain a tactical advantage over the defendant, or that it resulted in such substantial prejudice to the accused that a fair trial is no longer possible.” [*27]
The defendants were expected to prove that the tampering of evidence by government officials was done intentionally by them. “…allegation that the delay was wilful was ‘implicit’ in their moving papers. In general we require that a party do more than suggest or imply an objection in order to preserve it on appeal.” [*28] There would be no case against the defendants for possession of LSD without such tampering. But this alone does not prove that it was done maliciously, and therefore, the fixed evidence cannot be barred from court. So rules the judge on behalf of the law.
Another difficulty in the delay is that many of the friends of Nick Sand and Tim Scully, during that period, were no longer around. Yet, the judge makes an assumption about why kinds of “acquaintances” these defendants would have: “…it is not clear that their testimony would more likely have been helpful than harmful to Sand and Scully.” [*29]
In the end, though, Duniway relied on the court’s chemistry-knowledge: “The government maintained below, and argues here, that ALD-52 cannot be produced without first manufacturing LSD.” [*30] The defendants, on the other hand, one of them being an exceptionally brilliant chemist, “had devised a method of producing ALD-52 without passing through an intermediate stage in which LSD was produced.” [*31] The judge claimed this was impossible, though it is definitely possible to produce chemicals by using alternative, intermediate stages. [*32] [*33] [*34] In fact, when Sand was arrested, he was found with papers that included the synthesis instructions for more than one hundred, different psychedelic drugs that were publicly unknown. [*35]
It All Goes Back to Billy Hitchcock
“A substantial fraction, perhaps one third, of the acid I made was given away.”
–Tim Scully, 2003
The Oak Tree Review [*36]
The “LSD” found on Nick Sand and Tim Scully was not LSD. But, the court ordered itself to imagine this to be the case. Even with that, there was still some lurking doubt in its mind, so it had to prop up a witness. This is where Billy Hitchcock, the international multimillionaire and financier of Timothy Leary, comes into play.
It turns out that Hitchcock had been lying for years to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The authorities were not concerned at all about this activity, until they knew they could use Hitchcock as a material witness against Sand and Scully. Someone who had just pled guilty to lying multiple times in court now became the cornerstone of the entire case for the prosecution. To quote LSD historians Martin A. Lee and Bruce Shlain…
“Hitchcock was not a particularly strong witness at the San Francisco trial. He acknowledged that his own drug usage had been extensive, and he listed all the substances he had experimented with over the years, including LSD and heroin. Mr. Billy had already pleaded guilty to income tax evasion and violation of SEC regulations, but he had not yet been sentenced for these charges. The defense contended that Hitchcock had been promised leniency in his other cases if he lied in this one. Although he admitted that he had perjured himself four times during Internal Revenue and SEC investigations and before a federal grand jury, his testimony was deemed reliable enough to send both of the defendants to the pen.” [*37]
Even the judge claimed that Hitchcock’s testimony was essential to the prosecution of the two LSD chemists. “The government argues that it did not have sufficient evidence to indict until Hitchcock agreed to testify against Sand and Scully,” [*38] Judge Duniway said. And why should the government believe the defendants? “…the defendants offer only their unsupported conclusory allegations,” [*39] Duniway concluded.
Maybe someone who has perjured themselves and is being given leniency in other crimes might only offer “unsupported conclusory” allegations. In the end, the judge looked at two professional and trained chemists, and disregarded their testimony in favor of the testimony of a heroin-using, tax-evading millionaire. There is much to suggest that Hitchcock did not even believe in the testimony he gave — behind the court’s back, he put up money for Tim Scully’s legal fees. [*40]
There was actually much more to it than that. Hitchcock was being charged with using a Swiss bank to move millions of dollars from the drug trade into legal channels, what the IRS had declared “the biggest tax evasion caper in U.S. history.” The same bank involved had worked with the CIA previously in hiring terrorist groups in underdeveloped countries, for example, the “secret war against Fidel Castro.” [*41] When the IRS moved in, the CIA intervened and prohibited it from carrying out its full investigation of Hitchcock. The amount of money involved in Hitchcock’s Swiss bank scandal, from 1965 to 1971, amounted to forty million dollars. [*42]
The government gave up a multimillionaire involved with banks financing CIA-sponsored terrorists — in favor of prosecuting two LSD chemists. For his cooperation, Billy Hitchcock received a five-year reduced sentence and a $20,000 fine. [*43] There is also the difficulty that Hitchcock was no chemist, and his testimony amounted to hearsay, since he had only been told by Sand or Scully that they were making or using “acid.” However, the hearsay exception was allowed only for accusations against Sand and Scully, with Duniway prohibiting cross-examination: “…a co-conspirator’s declaration can be introduced by either party and may be used to exculpate as well as inculpate the accused. We rejected this argument…” [*44]
Timothy Leary: “What knowledge do you wish?”
Billy Hitchcock: “…(hesitant pause)… How can I make more money on the stock market?” [*45]
Did Someone Say “Legality”?
“It is now no longer a question of accumulating scientific truths and discoveries. We need above everything to spread the truths already mastered by science, to make them part of our daily life, to render them common property. We have to order things so that all, so that the mass of mankind, may be capable of understanding and applying them; we have to make science no longer a luxury but the foundation of every man’s life. This is what justice demands.”
–Peter Kropotkin, 1880
“An Appeal to the Young”
In 1986 I took LSD for the last time, and began to write two Science Fiction novels. Berkeley Bill Bolagard was the Last Hippie – of the future! He dressed like Wild Bill Hickok. Monica was the love of his life, and considered the most beautiful woman in the world. Bill had lost her due to his foolishness. But she will come to him at the Gideon Institute, the first privately owned prison in the world.
Yesterday I talked with a friend about why google disapeared my huge blogs. They were like woven nets cast into the sea, and were catching many fish, for I owned a great brand name, an architypal theme. I was bigger then Disney!
Nine months ago I began reading my poems in public as Sergeant John Monday of the Cosmic Police Force.
Last night I listened to a woman on the T.V. speak fondly of Steve Job. She had a calm sexy voice, like the voice within the Gideon Computer that bid wayfarers;
“Talk to me, Pilgrim!”
This vice told me Jobs took LSD and lived on an Ashram.
Jon the Nazarite
Wild Bill Hickok
James Butler Hickok
May 27, 1837(1837-05-27)
Troy Grove, Illinois, US
August 2, 1876(1876-08-02)(aged 39)
Deadwood, Dakota Territory, US
Cause of death
Murdered by Jack McCall
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Lawman, gunfighter, gambler
James Butler Hickok(May 27, 1837 – August 2, 1876), better known as Wild Bill Hickok, was a figure in the American Old West. His skills as a gunfighter and scout, along with his reputation as a lawman, provided the basis for his fame, although some of his exploits are fictionalized.
Hickok came to the West as a stagecoachdriver, then became a lawman in the frontier territories of Kansas and Nebraska. He fought for the Union Army during the American Civil War, and gained publicity after the war as a scout, marksman, actor, and professional gambler. Between his law-enforcement duties and gambling, which easily overlapped, Hickok was involved in several notable shootouts. He was shot and killed while playing pokerin a Dakota Territorysaloon.
Hickok was born in Homer, Illinois (now Troy Grove, Illinois) on May 27, 1837. His birthplace is now the Wild Bill Hickok Memorial, a listed historic site under the supervision of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Hickok was a good shot from a very young age and was recognized locally as an outstanding marksman with a pistol.
In 1855, at age 18, Hickok moved to Kansas Territory following a fight with Charles Hudson, which resulted in both falling into a canal. Mistakenly thinking he had killed Hudson, Hickok fled and joined General Jim Lane’svigilante “Free State Army” (or Jayhawkers, also known as the “Red Legs”). While a Jayhawker, he met 12-year-old William Cody (later known as “Buffalo Bill”) who, despite his age, was a scout for the U.S. Army during the Utah War.
Because of his “sweeping nose and protruding upper lip,” Hickok was called “Duck Bill.” In 1861, he grew a mustache following the McCanles incident, and began calling himself “Wild Bill.”When later recounting his exploits to audiences, he claimed that his nickname until 1861 had been “Shanghai Bill”, a name given to him, he said, by The Red Legs (because of his height and slim build).Although Hickok photographs seem to indicate he had dark hair, all contemporary descriptions confirm he was, in fact, golden blond (as reddish shades of hair appeared black in early photographic processes).
Hickok used the name William Hickok from 1858 and William Haycock during the Civil War. Arrested as Haycock in 1865, he afterward resumed using his real name of James Hickok. Most newspapers continued to use the name William Haycock when referring to “Wild Bill” until 1869. Military records after 1865 used his correct name, although acknowledging he was also known as Haycock.
 Early career
In 1857, Hickok claimed a 160 acres (0.65 km2) homesteadtract in Johnson County, Kansas (in what is now Lenexa).On March 22, 1858, he was elected as one of the first four constables of Monticello Township, Kansas. In 1859, he joined the Russell, Waddell, & Majors freight company, the foundation company of the Pony Express. The following year, he was badly injured by a bear while he was driving a freight team from Independence, Missouri to Santa Fe, Texas. According to Hickok’s own account, he found the road blocked by a Cinnamon bearand its two cubs. Dismounting, he approached the bear and fired a shot into its head, but the bullet ricocheted from its skull, infuriating it. The bear attacked, crushing Hickok with its body. Hickok managed to fire another shot, disabling a paw. The bear then grabbed his arm in its mouth, but Hickok was able to grab his knife and slash its throat, killing it. Badly injured with a crushed chest, shoulder and arm, Hickok was bedridden for four months before being sent to the Rock Creek Stationin Nebraska (built on land which the company had recently purchased from a local, David McCanles) to work as a stable hand while he recovered.
1 Blow the trumpet; sound the alarm on Zion, God’s sacred hill. Tremble, people of Judah! The day of the LORD is coming soon.
2 It will be a dark and gloomy day, a black and cloudy day. The great army of locusts advances like darkness spreading over the mountains. There has never been anything like it, and there never will be again.
3 Like fire they eat up the plants. In front of them the land is like the Garden of Eden, but behind them it is a barren desert. Nothing escapes them.
4 They look like horses; they run like war-horses.
5 As they leap on the tops of the mountains, they rattle like chariots; they crackle like dry grass on fire. They are lined up like a great army ready for battle.
6 As they approach, everyone is terrified; every face turns pale.
7 They attack like warriors; they climb the walls like soldiers. They all keep marching straight ahead and do not change direction
8 or get in each other’s way. They swarm through defenses, and nothing can stop them.
9 They rush against the city; they run over the walls; they climb up the houses and go in through the windows like thieves.
10 The earth shakes as they advance; the sky trembles. The sun and the moon grow dark, and the stars no longer shine.
11 The LORD thunders commands to his army. The troops that obey him are many and mighty. How terrible is the day of the LORD! Who will survive it?
12 “But even now,” says the LORD, “repent sincerely and return to me with fasting and weeping and mourning.
13 Let your broken heart show your sorrow; tearing your clothes is not enough.” Come back to the LORD your God. He is kind and full of mercy; he is patient and keeps his promise; he is always ready to forgive and not punish.
14 Perhaps the LORD your God will change his mind and bless you with abundant crops. Then you can offer him grain and wine.
15 Blow the trumpet on Mount Zion; give orders for a fast and call an assembly!
16 Gather the people together; prepare them for a sacred meeting; bring the old people; gather the children and the babies too. Even newly married couples must leave their homes and come.
17 The priests, serving the LORD between the altar and the entrance of the Temple, must weep and pray: “Have pity on your people, LORD. Do not let other nations despise us and mock us by saying, ‘Where is your God?’ ”
18 Then the LORD showed concern for his land; he had mercy on his people.
19 He answered them: “Now I am going to give you grain and wine and olive oil, and you will be satisfied. Other nations will no longer despise you.
20 I will remove the locust army that came from the north and will drive some of them into the desert. Their front ranks will be driven into the Dead Sea, their rear ranks into the Mediterranean. Their dead bodies will stink. I will destroy them because of all they have done to you.
21 “Fields, don’t be afraid, but be joyful and glad because of all the LORD has done for you.
22 Animals, don’t be afraid. The pastures are green; the trees bear their fruit, and there are plenty of figs and grapes.
23 “Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice at what the LORD your God has done for you. He has given you the right amount of autumn rain; he has poured down the winter rain for you and the spring rain as before.
24 The threshing places will be full of grain; the pits beside the presses will overflow with wine and olive oil.
25 I will give you back what you lost in the years when swarms of locusts ate your crops. It was I who sent this army against you.
26 Now you will have plenty to eat, and be satisfied. You will praise the LORD your God, who has done wonderful things for you. My people will never be despised again.
27 Then, Israel, you will know that I am among you and that I, the LORD, am your God and there is no other. My people will never be despised again.
28 “Afterward I will pour out my Spirit on everyone: your sons and daughters will proclaim my message; your old people will have dreams, and your young people will see visions.
29 At that time I will pour out my Spirit even on servants, both men and women.
30 “I will give warnings of that day in the sky and on the earth; there will be bloodshed, fire, and clouds of smoke.
31 The sun will be darkened, and the moon will turn red as blood before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes.
32 But all who ask the LORD for help will be saved. As the LORD has said, ‘Some in Jerusalem will escape; those whom I choose will survive.’ ”
The investigation that led to the arrest of Nick Sand and Timothy Scully resulted from information gained by three illegal search and seizures by the police. The legal phrase for describing this evidence is “tainted,” since even if it was obtained legitimately, knowledge about it only came about illegitimately. To quote Judge Duniway on this matter…
“…they contend that they were not given the opportunity, guaranteed them by Alderman v. United States, 1969, 394 U.S. 165, 89 S.Ct. 961, 22 L.Ed.2d 176, to demonstrate that evidence that the government used against them, not itself illegally obtained, was discovered through the exploitation of an illegal search.” [*46]
The judge ruled against the defendants on this matter, though, “the defendants had not demonstrated a sufficient connection between a prior illegal search and the evidence sought to be suppressed…” [*47] Or, to quote Duniway fully…
“The defendants did not at trial, and do not on this appeal, identify particular items which should have been analyzed for taint. Rather, they argued that ‘there has been so much illegality that the presumption of regularity of the Government should lapse; (it) should have the burden of going forward and justifying (its) sources.’ We cannot agree.” [*48]
The evidence obtained from the illegal searches in the Denver and Missouri raids led to the legal searches that resulted in the current prosecution. Government surveillance, when it was wide enough, might be considered illegal, Duniway argued. However, “In the case at bar there were three illegal seizures, but there was no wiretapping.” [*49] If the government had gone so far in its criminality as to do some wiretapping, on top of three illegal search-and-seizures, then the state is infringing on your right to privacy. Even if wiretapping was used, it’s not likely that the state, or the financial supporters of terrorism, are going to hand it over.
The defense argued rather rationally, “illegally secured information [led] the government to substantially intensify an investigation [making] all evidence subsequently uncovered (a product) ‘. . . of that illegality.’” [*50] A trial based on illegal evidence, then, might seem itself somewhat illegal. Even though the legal raid did use information from the illegal raids, the judge asked them to prove “that the government utilized illegally secured information to obtain more than defendants’ identities.” [*51] Illegally obtained evidence is admissible when it relates to someone’s “identity,” for example, proving that someone committed a crime, and this is decidedly convenient for the prosecution.
In fact, Judge Duniway admitted that the prosecution’s main case was the “…mention of a prior prosecution based on illegally seized evidence…” There was some admission of a mistake, though, “…we must conclude that in this circumstance any error was harmless.” [*52] The defendants have to prove that the evidence used against them came illegally. Except, of course, evidence that proves that they were directly responsible for the crimes involved. And, when that comes out, even then, they are responsible for proving that it was not harmless.
Throughout the trial, both Sand and Scully wanted to testify on their own behalf. However, when they stated this, the prosecution threatened in court to ask them about evidence that had been obtained illegally from their searches. This kept them from testifying on their own behalf, the threat of presenting even more illegal evidence against them. Such a procedure is completely legal, however. According to Judge Duniway, “The prosecution’s threat to use illegally seized evidence to impeach defendants’ testimony was not an impermissible restraint on their constitutional right to testify on their own behalf.” [*53]
Topping off the Trial with a Banker’s Testimony
“I felt the work I was doing was so important for humanity that I was willing to take the risks of being the alchemist, hiding away in his laboratory, making chemicals.”
–Nick Sand, 2009
“Inside LSD” by National Geographic [*54] [*55] [*56]
The prosecution was building up an interesting case. The evidence presented against the defendants was either admittedly tampered with or obtained illegally. The prize witness against the two defendants had lied five times in an SEC and IRS scandal involving $40 million and was only testifying to get a reduced sentence. This case wouldn’t be complete, though, unless a mouthpiece was brought before the court who spoke on behalf of the Swiss bank; that is, an attorney represented the financial interests funding terrorism.
The name Rosenberg is also ROSEMONT.
In addition to the above named personages, Linhart Wichperger of Erbach also belonged among Wilhelm’s group of alchemists. He worked in Prachatice around 1566. There was also Jaroš Griemiller z Třebska who practiced in the service of the Rosenbergs in the 70s; to Wilhelm he dedicated his preciously illuminated alchemistic miscellany written in Czech and dating from 1578 (today in the National Library in Prague). This fundamental work, entitled “Rosarium philosophorum” meaning “Rose Garden of Philosophers” ranks among the classical achievements of alchemistic literature. It contains a description of the preparation of the stone of sages.
According to his master, the renowned engineer of the pond and lake system in South Bohemia and Rosenberg regent Jakub Krčín of Jelčanydevoted himself to alchemy. But his interest in alchemy was simply for pleasure, not profit. He set up a laboratory at Nový hrádek in Křepenice near Sedlčany.
On the recommendation of Václav Vřesovec of Vřesovice (1532 – 1583), a Prague supporter of alchemy, the renowned Italian alchemist Claudius Syrrus came into Wilhelm’s employ as well. We have a preserved text of the work contract between the alchemist and the Rosenberg sovereign as recorded by the chronicler Václav Březan. In the contract listing seven conditions, it is written that the alchemist reserves the right to be spiritually and physically free and independent, and makes it a condition not to be disturbed by anybody, with the personal exception of Wilhelm von Rosenberg. Should the occasion arise that the philosophical stone is actually produced, it is arranged that Claudius Syrrus receives a half share of it. In addition, a note was anchored in the contract saying that a purely positive result was not guaranteed.
The younger of the two last Rosenbergs, Wilhelm’s brother Peter Wok von Rosenberg, was also interested in alchemy. He is even known as an author of a treatise on distillation. Nevertheless, he was not able to compete with Wilhelm’s financial capacity to sponsor such activities.
In conclusion, we must mention two architectural monuments of Český Krumlov containing elements of hermetic symbolism. One in particular is the Český Krumlov Castle Tower (Castle No.59 – Castle Tower) which became, after being reconstructed in the 1580s by the Italian master builder Baldassare Maggi of Arogne, a visible symbol of Wilhelm’s life-long efforts in seeking the path towards the Great Task. The second interesting building is a corner house – Latrán No. 53. On the, front facing Latrán, we can see Renaissance lunette paintings presenting the ten stages of human life. At the side opening into Klášterní ulička (Monastery Lane) are sgrafitti with spectacular geometrical symbols in which we see pictures of alchemistic furnaces, strange vessels, and apparently a geometrically expressed description of the Great Task. Up to the present day, nobody has managed to satisfactorily explain these unique figures.
In 1602, when Peter Wok von Rosenbergleft the Český Krumlov castle until 1622, Český Krumlov was part of the estate under Habsburg rule. One of the owners at that time was thus emperor Mathias who inherited the estates along with the castle from his brother Emperor Rudolf II. von Habsburg. He himself visited Český Krumlov several times from 1612 to 1619.
Astronomer, mathematician and alchemist
Born in 1527 in London to the family of a rich businessman. He studied mathematics and astronomy on the Paris and Cambridge universities, then extensively travelled, acquainting himself with alchemy and magic on his trips around Europe. He served as the astronomer and mathematician at the court of the English Queen Elizabeth who in 1583 entrusted him with a secret diplomatic mission at the emperor Rudolf II\’s court in Prague. Dee came to Prague with Edward Kelley. After losing favour in Prague, he came to the service of Wilhelm von Rosenberg. He lived most of his time at Třeboň castle, until in 1589 he left the service of Wilhelm and returned back to England.
One of the most ancient and distinguished families of the Roman nobility, whose members often played an important rôle in the history of Italy, particularly in that of Rome and of the Papal States.
The Roman or principal line of the family, from which branched off a series of collateral lines as time went on, may be traced back into the early middle Ages, and a legendary ancestry goes back even as far as early Roman times. The Roman line, as well as its branches, had large possessions in Italy and were the rulers of numerous and important dominions, fortified towns, and strongholds. In Rome, the Orsini were the hereditary enemies of the equally distinguished Colonna: in the great medieval conflict between papacy and empire, the latter were for the most part on the side of the emperor and the leaders of the Ghibelline party, while the Orsini were ordinarily champions of the papacy and leaders of the Guelph party. The Orsini gave three popes to the Church — Celestine III, Nicholas III, and Benedict XIII — as well as many cardinals and numerous bishops and prelates. Other members of the family.
The founder of the family was Vítek III, the son of Vítek z Prčice. The Rosenberg thus originated as one of family branches of the Vítkovci. The family residence, the Rosenberg castle, was founded around the year 1250 by Wok (1262) who was also at the establishment of the monastery in Vyšší Brod in 1259. After the Lords of Krumlovdied out in 1302, Jindřich I took over the Krumlov castle as well as the whole property of the allied family branch and he transferred the family residence to Krumlov.
The Krumlov castle thus became the residence of the Lords of Rosenberg for the next three hundred years. Peter I. von Rosenbergheld the post of the superior chamberlain at the court of John of Luxembourg. His wife was a widow of the Czech King Václav III. – Viola Těšínská. His oldest son Jindřich perished together with John of Luxembourg in the battle of Crecy in August of 1346. Another significant personage of the family was a son of Oldřich II. – Heinrich III.von Rosenbergwho lead the Union of Nobility, which was displeased by the reign of King Václav IV. The Union of Nobility therefore imprisoned the king in 1396 at the castle in Český Krumlov. Heinrich’s son Ulrich II von Rosenbergbelonged to the Czech members of the nobility who defended the interests of Czech Catholic nobility and of Sigismund of Luxembourg during the stirring times of the Hussite wars. A daughter of Ulrich II was Perchta von Rosenberg who is identified with the Rosenberg “White Lady” (see Tales of the White Lady). The renowned personage Peter IV. von Rosenbergmeant, for the Rosenberg dynasty, the development of economic activities (namely fishing and the mining of heavy metals), the beginnings of humanism and the Renaissance, and especially the affirmation of a significant position of the Rosenbergs among leading Bohemian families.
The decline of the family of Rosenberg is linked with Wilhelm and Peter Wok, the sons of Jošt III, who were brought up in the guardianship of their uncle Peter V. Wilhelm von Rosenbergwas indisputably the most significant representative of the family as he made Český Krumlov the centre of cultural and political life. After his death in 1592, his younger brother Peter Wok von Rosenbergassumed the reign. In 1601, he was forced to sell the Krumlov castle to the Emperor Rudolf II of Habsburg. Peter Wok transferred his residence after the sale to Třeboň where he died in 1611. Peter Wok brought to a close the three-hundred-year-long history of one of the most influential Czech noble families – the Rosenbergs.
Tales of the White Lady
Perchta von Rosenberg, a beautiful daughter of Ulrich II. von Rosenberg, had a happy childhood at her father\’s castle in Český Krumlov. When she grew up she had many suitors as the daughter of a powerful nobleman. Her father married her off against her will to Jan von Lichtenstein – on one hand a powerful lord of noble rank, and on the other a violent and boorish man who had been a widower for only a short time.
A life full of slights and suffering began for distinguished, noble-hearted Perchta. In the Lichtenstein castle lived the mother and sister of his deceased wife, who harassed Perchta and took every chance to make her life miserable. They teased her and assigned her to unpleasant jobs without a friendly word. Her marriage was a hell on earth from which there was no way out. Her prayers to soften her husband\’s heart were in vain, as were her desperate letters she wrote to her brother: “Take me away from these evil people and you will merit praise as if you released a soul from Purgatory.”
No one could help her, as the morals of the time wouldn\’t let a wife leave her husband even though he treated her in the worst way.
It was not until her husband\’s death that she was released from this prison. She happily returned to parental castle and became the good soul of the castle and kind-hearted patron of those who suffered. Her face indelibly mirrored the pain and suffering she had experienced, and no one ever saw her smile again. Sad, slender, prematurely faded, with curly golden hair covered by a white veil, she walked through the chambers and courtyards of the castle and watched over her brother\’s estates.
She was only 49 when she died in 1476. Her death was a terrible blow not only for the Rosenberg lords but also for the poor throughout the region. They never stopped mourning for her and soon began meeting her in their dreams.
The White Lady, as they called her, used to appear at the castles in Český Krumlov, Rožmberk or other castles in the Rosenberg property, wearing a simple white dress with keys around her waist and sauntering through the corridors and chambers, prepared to face the future events. A smile on her face was a sign of good tidings whereas black gloves in her hands and a solemn countenance foreshadowed impending disaster or death.
The White Lady took care of the children of her family and protected them from harm. When nurses fell asleep from tiredness she cradled and soothed the babies. The nurses who had known her let her do so. The White Lady took special care of the last child of her family, Peter Wok.
Once, when the nurses fell asleep again, she walked up to the cradle and caressed and comforted the little Peter. There was a nurse who had recently come in service at the castle and didn\’t know the White Lady. As she woke up and saw the baby Peter in arms of a strange, unknown lady she snapped at the White Lady, “How dare you hold the little Peter? You have nothing to do with that child!”
The nurse wanted to take the baby away from her but she clasped him to her heart, replying angrily, “It\’s my right to look after this child as he belongs to my family. How dare you blame me for anything?” The she turned to the nurses woken up by the noise and rebuked them, “Why don\’t you do your duty as is right and proper? From now on take care of the child yourselves!”
She stepped to the wet nurse and said, “Look after the baby. When he grows up tell him how much I have loved him and show him the place from which I used to come to his cradle and then leave it again.”
Saying those words she bent towards the child, gave him a smile and kiss and then disappeared in the wall, turning into a light white cloudlet.
Since that time no one saw her at the castle again.
When Petr Wok grew to manhood and heard the White Lady\’s message he had the wall where she had vanished demolished. It is believed that he found a treasure in that place.
m distinguished themselves in political history as warriors or statesmen, and others again won renown in the fields of art and science. The wars between the Orsini and Colonna form an important part of the medieval history of Rome and of Central Italy. Forming as they did a part of the conflicts waged by the emperors in Italy, they influenced in a very prominent manner the general historical development of that time.
According to Duniway, “The district court admitted a large volume of business records from the Paravicini Bank of Berne, Switzerland. These records, introduced by the government, were authenticated by Eugene Patry, a bank vice-chairman.” [*57] Patry was the sole witness representing the Paravicini Bank. The prosecution presented some bank documents before Patry and asked him to authenticate them, which he did. “The government made a sufficient showing of the authenticity of the records through Patry’s testimony.” [*58] The records alleged that the defendants were guilty of that accompanying charge of LSD production: tax evasion.
The defense asked a question of Patry in cross-examination about the bank documents, and Patry responded that he had no idea what those documents were about that he had just authenticated. All that he could say was that they were authentic, whereas the defense wanted to know why they were “so inherently unreliable and so incomplete.” [*59] This defense felt this was unfair, since this was “amounted to an abridgement of appellant’s Sixth Amendment rights to confront the witnesses against them.” [*60] The judge, however, ruled that the testimony of Patry was reliable and shouldn’t be questioned. To quote Duniway again…
“As we have held, the person testifying need not have personal knowledge of the contents of the document. United States v. Saputski, 9 Cir., 1974, 496 F.2d 140, 142. Neither is it necessary that the witness personally know the time, place, and manner in which the record was made.” [*61]
The documents of a corporate bank are accepted without any way to cross-examine them. Documents can’t answer questions, and the person authenticating and verifying the document doesn’t know what the document is. At the same time, the defense wasn’t able to call any of its actual human witnesses, because of the undue delay in starting the trial. Written, legal papers hold more sway than the opinions of actual living beings. With this added to their heroin-using tax evader and their illegal evidence, the prosecution felt that it’s case was complete.
Judge Duniway affirmed the decision of the lower courts in convicting Tim Scully and Nick Sand. [*62] Scully was sentenced to twenty years imprisonment, Sand received fifteen. [*63] In the words of Duniway, “While harsh, the sentences meted out to Sand and Scully were less than the maximum; hence, the scope of our review is limited almost to the vanishing point.” [*64] The judge’s concluding statements were indicative of his overall attitude…
“The defendants’ statement of facts is incorrect. Hence, we need not consider whether a district judge must consider the possibility of rehabilitation in passing sentence. The judge did consider, albeit disparagingly, the rehabilitative role of the criminal law, but concluded that these defendants were unrehabilitatable.” [*65]
Did the government ever really believe that these two individuals actually possessed LSD, the offense that they were charged with? They are charged with “manufacture and distribution of LSD,” but never does the judge point to the accused, and say, “I accuse you of manufacturing and distributing LSD.” With all of the evidence, such a statement would have been ridiculous. The two defendants were found guilty, anyway.
“The laws only can determine the punishment of crimes; and the authority of making penal laws can only reside with the legislator, who represents the whole society united by the social compact. No magistrate then, (as he is one of the society) can, with justice, inflict on any other member of the same society punishment that is not ordained by the laws.”
–Cesare Beccaria, 1764
“Of Crimes and Punishments,” Chapter 3
Whatever Happened to the Chemists?
“But how can the one liberate the many? By first liberating his own being. He does this not by elevating himself, but by lowering himself. He lowers himself to that which is simple, modest, true; integrating it into himself, he becomes a master of simplicity, modesty, truth. Completely emancipated from his former false life, he discovers his original pure nature, which is the pure nature of the universe. Freely and spontaneously releasing his divine energy, he constantly transcends complicated situations and draws everything around him back into an integral oneness. Because he is a living divinity, when he acts, the universe acts.”
–Lao Tzu, c. 600 BC
“Hua Hu Ching,” Part 77