A Story by the Muswell Hillbillies

by Screedler on July 29, 2015

Muswell Hillbillies is the ninth studio album by the English rock group The Kinks, released in November 1971. The album is named after the Muswell Hill area of North London, where band leader Ray Davies and guitarist Dave Davies grew up and the band formed in the early 1960s. Alcohol is the next to the last song on side one.

Note: It was not the floozie’s fault.

“Alcohol”

Here’s a story about a sinner,
He used to be a winner who enjoyed a life of prominence and position,
But the pressures at the office and his socialite engagements,
And his selfish wife’s fanatical ambition,
It turned him to the booze,
And he got mixed up with a floosie
And she led him to a life of indecision.
The floosie made him spend his dole
She left him lying on Skid Row
A drunken lag in some Salvation Army Mission.
It’s such a shame.

Oh demon alcohol,
Sad memories I cannot recall,
Who thought I would say,
Damn it all and blow it all,
Oh demon alcohol,
Memories I cannot recall,
Who thought I would fall a slave to demon alcohol.
Sad memories I cannot recall,
Who thought I would fall a slave to demon alcohol.

Barley wine, pink gin,
He’ll drink anything,
Port, pernod or tequila,
Rum, scotch, vodka on the rocks,
As long as all his troubles disappeared.
But he messed up his life, went and beat up his wife,
And the floosie’s gone and found another sucker
She’s gonna turn him on to drink
She’s gonna lead him to the brink
And when his money’s gone,
She’ll leave him in the gutter,
It’s such a shame.

Oh demon alcohol,
Sad memories I cannot recall,
Who thought I would say,
Damn it all and blow it all,

Sad memories I cannot recall,
Who thought I would fall,
A slave to demon alcohol.

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Canary in a Coal Mine

by Screedler on July 24, 2015

Miners used to carry caged canaries into coal mines to test for dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide collected in the mine. The gases would kill the canary before killing the miners, thus providing a warning to exit the tunnels immediately.

I guess that’s where NORML got the name for their app here, although it’s not really for CO, it’s for THC.

Canary Demo from Belles Farm on Vimeo.

The app, called Canary, allows users to determine whether they’re in a suitable condition to drive. It runs through a battery of tests: remembering a sequence of numbers, balancing on one foot, playing a digital whack-a-mole game, and then estimating a time period of 20 seconds. By comparing the results against a personal baseline or a collective average, users receive a green, yellow, or red light assessing their level of functioning.

While the app depends on someone who may be impaired taking the initiative to protect themselves and others. Canary could potentially take a number of impaired drivers off the roads.

Find out more at Fast Company – http://www.fastcompany.com/3048947/tech-forecast/pot-legalization-is-speeding-up-now-are-you-too-stoned-to-drive

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Are You Building Your Ship To Wreck?

by Screedler on July 21, 2015

Great new song I first heard a couple of weeks ago, but now gaining traction.  Florence and The Machine’s ” Ship to Wreck”

“Ship To Wreck”

Don’t touch the sleeping pills, they mess with my head,
Dredging the Great White Sharks, swimming in the bed,
And here comes a Killer Whale, to sing me to sleep,
Thrashing the covers off, it has me by it’s teeth.

And oh my love remind me, what was it that I said?
I can’t help but pull the earth around me, to make my bed
And oh my love remind me, what was it that I did?
Did I drink too much?
Am I losing touch?
Did I build this ship to wreck?

To wreck, to wreck, to wreck,
Did I build this ship to wreck?

What’s with the long face? Do you want more?
Thousands of red-eyed mice, scratching at the door,
Don’t let the curtain catch you, cause you’ve been here before,
The chair is an island darling, you can’t touch the floor,

And oh my love remind me, what was it that I said?
I can’t help but pull the earth around me, to make my bed
And oh my love remind me, what was it that I did?
Did I drink too much?
Am I losing touch?
Did I build this ship to wreck?

To wreck, to wreck, to wreck,
Did I build this ship to wreck?

And good God, under starry skies we are lost,
And into the breach we got tossed,
And the water’s coming in fast!

And oh my love remind me, what was it that I said?
I can’t help but pull the earth around me, to make my bed
And oh my love remind me, what was it that I did?
Did I drink too much?
Am I losing touch?
Did I build this ship to wreck?

To wreck, to wreck, to wreck,
Did I build this ship to wreck?

To wreck, to wreck, to wreck,
Did I build this ship to wreck?

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30 Day No Alcohol Challenge

July 16, 2015

Ever wonder how hippie capitalists and hedge fund managers attack the problem of drinking too much?  Watch this and find out and you could possibly make more marbles! Give this 5 minutes of your time and decide… do you want more? Bottom Line – You do not have to be at the low point of […]

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Uganda’s Moonshine Epidemic of 2012

July 12, 2015

We know alcoholism can destroy an individual’s life; but what about an entire country. The video is a little long and dated (2012), but one of the most interesting docs on the problem of alcoholism, in what may have been the drunkest country on earth in 2012 …Uganda. Watch the first 5 minutes and you […]

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Infograph-mania

July 8, 2015

In researching how to make infographics with tools like infogr.am and creatley; I came across a motherload of them dealing with drinking.  I will share three here, but take a moment to check out  http://www.detox.net/uncover/drinking-in-america/  to see many more informative examples. Somehow playing around with graphs, shapes, and colors on a computer, scratches the same creative itch for me as doodling on […]

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A Founding Father’s Wisdom

July 2, 2015

Dr. Rush may sound like a bargain brand energy drink, but history buffs know the good doctor actually signed the Declaration of Independence. The Atlantic has a great article this week on him and our forefathers drinking habits.  They drank a whole lot even when measured by today’s standards – check it out Colonial Americans […]

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When Darkness Descended on the Big Country

June 29, 2015

You certainly remember this band or at least the song if you grew up in the 80’s.  Their big hit in America still a staple of classic rock, commercials, and pop culture: I stumbled across this by accident yesterday. I knew the singer had passed, but for some reason thought it was cancer. Guess I […]

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CODA

June 25, 2015

Weird, shortlisted for an Oscar, concerning the death of a drunk.  The message I got; there are some of us who will always want more… of the wrong things, and that wanting may be the end of us.  Slightly NSFW. Coda from and maps and plans on Vimeo.

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Why Isn’t Alcohol A Schedule I Drug?

June 22, 2015

This video was posted on Vox last week as an accompaniment to this satirical post: Imagine if the media covered alcohol like other drugs. Forget about the decriminalization of marijuana for a moment and think about this; according to the D.E.A website. the criteria for a Schedule 1 drug are as follows. (A) The drug […]

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“Doors”

June 19, 2015

Will you walk through that door? AA – “Doors” from Buck on Vimeo.

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Denzel Saves The Day

June 15, 2015

It was just what I needed.  After one of the most challenging days I have had at work in years; both physically and mentally; I was in desperate need of a nap.   I was so drained from work, a late lunch and the couch were all I had in mind.  Turning on the TV to find something […]

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Most Viewed AA Meeting on Youtube

June 11, 2015

Well it may not be real, and it may not be your cup of tea, but leave it to Marshall Mathers to come to the AA podium and share all the ugly truths of how addiction affected his family, especially if it had taken him out permanently.  300,000,000 views.  Not bad Slim Shady. Eminem on […]

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Future Car Guaranteed to Drive Straight

June 7, 2015
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By straight I mean not drunk. According to this news item from Fox News: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and group of automakers and industry suppliers are trying to engineer drunk driving out of existence. The coalition on Thursday updated the development of the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) it’s been working […]

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Jungle Music

June 4, 2015

Stumbled across these songs a couple of years ago, and they have stuck with me; often retrieved from my Ipod at moments when added resolve is needed.  While the first I use more as a battle cry into difficult days.  The second is more uplifting and definitely gives me the positive feeling that getting through […]

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