"To me, it's one of the most disturbing aspects of our culture... Second only to war. The idea that there are massive corporations profiting off of these people becoming zombies." -- Joe Rogan
In the U.S., more people are now abusing prescription drugs than heroin, cocaine and ecstasy combined. For "The OxyContin Express", Marianna Van Zeller and Darren Foster traveled to ground zero of the epidemic, South Florida, the "Colombia of prescription drugs."
Doctors in Florida prescribe Oxy at five times the national average. This flood of pills has had a devastating effect in Florida, where three times as many people are now overdosing from prescription medication than from illegal drugs.
"As in the '80s and '90s cocaine was a big thing, now prescriptions have just exploded," says Sgt. Richard Pisanti of the Broward County Sheriff's Office. "Pablo Escobar couldn't have had it so good," says Kentucky Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo, "It's basically 'come here, give us cash and we'll give you a prescription."
“What I did was … just now … was essentially just play some interactive, videogame version of Debbie Does Dallas. Anatomically correct. The full nine. It was even sexy. But further fucking removed from real war than porn is from real sex. Which of course is why everyone loves it. It turned me on.”
“That was quite a segue.”
“This is the answer to your question: there is no ratio-of-fire problem today.”
"Set before you are the world’s sins, which you can bathe yourself in, like fine perfume. As bodies are torn. As flesh-and-blood soldiers die, searching for meaning, failing to find before them the visions they once gave themselves to. So they turn to contempt. At sixty dollars a unit. This is modern warfare. One big spectacle. A videogame more popular than Moses. But not to worry. As the Air Force tells us: It’s not science fiction … It’s what we do everyday. The images come to us, almost imperceptibly. They meet us in our bewilderment, coolly, sexily, as though their arrival were not of our own creation, our very own and very inhospitable imago humani, so we name them Fate, Destiny, Necessity. Images all, nearly divine, by whom we believe ourselves to have been seized, and with whom we seek intimacy. And we gaze upon them, ravished."
Started in 1972, the Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band was established by Danny Barker in New Orleans. The band achieved considerable local popularity, and few of the musicians: trumpeter Gregory Davis, sousaphonist Kirk Joseph, trombonist Charles Joseph, and saxophonist Kevin Harris continued to rehearse together thru 1977. They were joined by trumpter/singer Efrem Townes, Roger Lewis on saxophone, and drummers Benny Jones and Jenell Marshall.
The band initially called themselves the Original Sixth Ward Dirty Dozen, a name designed to show their strong connection to the Tremé neighborhood and the local social club scene. In 1980, Jerry Brock made the first professional recording of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, which was played constantly on WWOZ.
In 1986, the band recorded Mardi Gras at Montreux (Jazz Festival in Switzerland) on Rounder Records. The album and the band's touring successes attracted major label attention, and in 1987 the band signed a contract with Columbia. Their Columbia debut, 1987's Voodoo, featured guest appearances by Dr. John, Dizzy Gillespie, and Branford Marsalis.
In the joy and pain of this mortal life, you will find most choices fall between love and addiction. Both will cost you your soul, but only one requires you to set ego aside and do real work on improving outcomes. Namasteeznuts.