Stinking Thinking – Mo Money Mo Problems

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by Screedler on July 28, 2016

Here’s a case study in addictive thinking and it’s consequences. Of course, it could just be a case of pure greed; but I would bet his lottery winnings that he already had addiction issues before hatching this unwise plan to parlay his jackpot into more riches.

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution –

A South Georgia man used his $3 million lottery winnings to buy crystal methamphetamine for resale, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Ronnie Music Jr., 45, of Waycross, pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Brunswick to drug trafficking and firearms charges, U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver said. Music worked with others to possess and distribute meth in Ware County and elsewhere, Tarver said. Waycross is about 240 miles southeast of Atlanta.

“Defendant Music decided to test his luck by sinking millions of dollars of lottery winnings into the purchase and sale of crystal meth,” Tarver said. “As a result of his unsound investment strategy, Music now faces decades in a federal prison.”

Music won a Georgia Lottery scratchers game in 2015, prosecutors said.

In September 2015, his accomplices were caught trying to sell about 11 pounds of crystal meth worth more than $500,000, prosecutors said. Music was identified as a source for the drug. Agents seized more than $1 million worth of meth, firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition, multiple vehicles and more than $600,000 in cash as part of the case, prosecutors said. Music could be sentenced to life in prison. A pre-sentencing investigation will be conducted.

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Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales

by Screedler on July 21, 2016

Not sure what it all means, but the imagery is strong with an overall feeling of regret. Like the killer whale in nature, the drunk driver on the road had better be approached with caution, remorseless and deadly.

[Intro]
In the backseat of my heart
My love tells me I’m a mess
I couldn’t get the car to start
I left my keys somewhere in the mess

[Verse 1]
It comes and goes in plateaus
One month later I’m a fucking pro
My parents would be proud
Or fall asleep on the floor
Forget what happened in the morning
There are notes in your handwriting
But you can’t make it out

[Chorus 1]
We are not a proud race
It’s not a race at all
We’re just trying
I’m only trying to get home
Drunk drivers, drunk drivers
This is not a good thing
I don’t mean to rationalize
Or try and explain it away
It’s not ok
Drunk drivers, drunk drivers

[Verse 2]
It’s too late to articulate it
That empty feeling
You share the same fate as the people you hate
You build yourself up against others’ feelings
And it left you feeling empty as a car coasting downhill
I have become such a negative person
It was all just an act
It was all so easily stripped away

[Pre-Chorus]
But if we learn how to live like this
Maybe we can learn how to start again
Like a child who’s never done wrong
Who hasn’t taken that first step

[Chorus 2]
We are not a proud race
It’s not a race at all
We’re just trying
I’m only trying to get home
Drunk drivers, drunk drivers
Put it out of your mind
And perish the thought
There’s no comfort in responsibility
Drunk drivers, drunk drivers

[Chorus 3]
It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this
Killer whales, killer whales
It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this

[Verse 3]
Here’s that voice in your head
Giving you shit again
But you know he loves you
And he doesn’t mean to cause you pain
Please listen to him
It’s not too late
Turn off the engine
Get out of the car
And start to walk

[Bridge]
Drunk drivers
Drunk drivers
Drunk drivers
Drunk drivers

[Chorus 3]
It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this
Killer whales, killer whales
It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this

[Chorus 3]
It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this
Killer whales, killer whales
It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this
It doesn’t have to be like this

[Outro]
Whales…
Whales… ah yeah yeah…
Whales… oh ho ho ho… oh oh

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Fear The Walking K2 Dead

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by Screedler on July 14, 2016

Have we reached peak K2 usage, the synthetic drug that was once and I suppose still marketed as giving a marijuana like high. I hope this video clip taken by a shocked onlooker, will warn others to stay away from experimenting with this drug in hopes of obtaining a pleasant buzz.

The reporter from Inside Edition mentions it as a “bad batch” of K2.  I wonder if their is such  thing as a good batch?  In reality, the effects of  K2 or Spice are just as terrifying your average zombie flick.  Let’s all just hope the munchies that follow do not include human brains.

From Inside Edition :
Police say 33 people were hospitalized in the mass overdose after using the cheap but powerful drug.
One man, 38-year-old Brian Arthur, was so stunned by the atmosphere around him, he posted footage of people in a zombie-like state on Facebook Live Tuesday morning. “Walk up the block and you see nothing but people laying around, shaking on the ground,” he told Inside Edition. “It was a horrific scene.” He added: “It was something out of a zombie movie. Something you would see on The Walking Dead.” Arthur said he did not call 911 but admits people acting out after taking K2 is “something I see every day — but never this bad.”

A spokesperson for the NYPD said all of the victims who were hospitalized are in stable condition.

Nury Rodriguez, a local hairstylist in the Bushwick/Bedford-Stuyvesant area where the 33 people were hospitalized, told the New York Times that she sees the “crazy” behavior each morning. “It’s very scary because you never see something like that,” the 55-year-old said. “They look like they’re going to die. They can’t help themselves.”

The sale of K2, also known as “Spice,” “White Tiger,” and “Dank,” has been outlawed in New York City since October after Mayor Bill de Blasio signed several bills to ban the drug he called “poison.”

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Like A Hole In Your Head

July 10, 2016

What I think they are trying to say here is – You need to start snorting cocaine like you need a hole in your head. According to this wonderful PSA, snorting cocaine is 100% equal to shooting yourself in the head. Don’t believe me? Hit play and get scared straight! Produced by Edward Sicard. Featuring […]

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Drunk History Re-enacted By Jordan Peele

July 5, 2016

Jordan Peele of the comedy duo Key & Peele recreates one of the most bizarre television interviews ever – James Brown’s famous “I Feel Good” interview on CNN while intoxicated on probably numerous substances. In May of 1988 James Brown was arrested in Aiken County, South Carolina, on charges of drug possession and fleeing from […]

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Sober Toolbox Additions

June 29, 2016

Sober Toolbox Additions are where we revisit posts from the past that were more focused on the nuts and bolts of recovery. All these posts are from about seven years ago. The Ripple Effect of Loving Someone Who Drinks Too Much – Guest post by Lisa Frederiksen of Breaking the Cycles. Reconciliation is not Possible […]

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Han Solo Drunk Driving PSA

June 20, 2016

Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. Especially when your friend is a scruffy looking nerf herder/smuggler who likes to drives too fast (see Kessel Run) Drunk driver Hans Solo is headed for trouble in this well done Star Wars PSA

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Finnish Booze Day For Parents

June 16, 2016

How do grown up Finnish people behave, when their children allow them to drink alcohol? This sketch from the TV show Siskonpeti is a play on Finnish kids’ traditional weekly “candy day” – karkkipäivä. It received the annual award for promoting temperance in 2015. And it’s hilarious. Its a parody for “candy day”. A rule […]

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And The Award Goes To…

June 10, 2016

This fellow, for “Breathalyzer Performance at a Drunk Driving Check Point”.  I bet this happens to police around the world all the time. In China, they take drunk driving even more serious than we do; the legal limit in China is .02%.  A BAC of over .08% (most states in the USA) can result in […]

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Tacos For Me Please

June 5, 2016
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129-a-Day

June 2, 2016

That’s how many people die from drug overdoses every day, and to highlight that number, the Addiction Policy Forum website will be featuring a story a day by families and friends that have lost someone to addiction for the next 129 days.  The campaign started 2 weeks ago and you can catch up on the individual stories here http://www.129aday.org/#!129-stories/llnaf. […]

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The More I Drink

May 28, 2016

Somehow I missed this one when it came out years ago. It has been in heavy rotation as background music at my store for the past couple of days. Maybe the muzak programmers think it increases alcohol sales. While the appeal to the casual listener was probably it’s comedic take on the alcoholic condition; the […]

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ты не должен пройти – You Shall Not Pass

May 26, 2016

Drunk guy thinks his reflection is messing with him –

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The Donald Doesn’t Drink

May 24, 2016

Donald Trump does not drink, smoke, or do drugs.  Here’s why From http://conservativeamerica-online.com/3-donald-trump-does-not-drink-alcohol/ The Donald’s eldest sibling, Freddy, Jr., did not want to go into the family’s real estate business. Part of the reason may have been that it is widely reported that he simply could not live up to his father’s high standards and […]

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Straight Outta The Oval Office

May 20, 2016

In the wake of Prince’s passing and my post of Macklemore’s song about prescription drug abuse; I almost missed this message from the POTUS. The President is joined by hip hop artist Macklemore to discuss the opioid addiction epidemic in America. (The White House).

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