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Sixty Percent Of Americans Take Prescription Drugs

Sixty Percent yo! Yes, 6 of every 10 Americans are on drugs, the kind that make health insurance ridiculously expensive in the United States. NBC News reports on the shocking statistics:

More Americans than ever are taking prescription drugs — close to 60 percent of U.S. adults, according to new research.


And most seem to be related to obesity, with cholesterol and blood pressure drugs leading the pack, researchers report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The single most popular drug is Zocor, a cholesterol-lowering drug in a class called statins, said Elizabeth Kantor, formerly of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, and now at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The drug, known generically as simvastatin, is taken by 8 percent of the U.S. population.

Her team used national surveys of more than 37,000 adults to find that the percentage of people taking prescription drugs rose from 51 percent of the adult population in 1999 to 59 percent in 2011.

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Writer and Musician Michael Garfield Discusses Consciousness, Psychedelics, Technology and More on Midwest Real

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Michael Garfield can only be described as a polymath. At times, exchanging words with him feels kind of like speaking to a library with a mouth. I’m not really sure how he does it (I promise, I’m not just glad-handing).

Aside from being well-read and spoken, Michael is also something of a serial creative. He’s writer with credits on sites like Big Think and Reality Sandwich, he paints and makes music.

For more on Michael, head to his site.

Photo: Reid Godshaw

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You Talkin’ To Me?


Tricking Passengers,

Your driver spent the week working on a treat, getting San Francisco TAXI: Life in the Merge Lane… (Book 2) out the door. (See cool promo vid at end of this blog!) Thus, please indulge as we ride along with a Halloween scare of yore…



I call-in to Citizen’s to let whomever know I’m coming in. I’m on the schedule today, but with no assigned medallion.

Bryce answers the driver’s line and sounds frazzled. I write it off to the busy time of the morning – getting day drivers out on the road while at the same time processing incoming night drivers’ keys, medallions, and gate money, etc.

So, Bryce tells me I “can sleep-in and have a cab later… or come in now and screw someone”.

Only half-awake I return all groggy,

“Wait. What are my options?”

I did Halloween with the kids last night and I really need the sleep.… Read the rest

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Carcinogenic Meat Bombers: Psychedelic Eyes Episode #1

Disinfonauts! What do current events look like through the psychedelic perspective and what insights may come from that perspective? I’m proud to introduce my new video series where the cutting edge of psychedelic research, current events and odd moments in present culture are confronted.

If you enjoyed this, you will love my new book, The Hermit: Enlightenment From The Gutter. Click here to find out more about my books and social links.

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This Year’s Halloween Scare Tactic — Ecstasy For the Kiddies

As Disinfonauts have already noted recently, Halloween is a time of dread, fear, and danger. For the precious children, that is.

This year is no different. Well, it’s a little different. This year’s villainous blackguards are giving Ecstasy to your precious dumplings.

I want some Ecstasy. Can I have the skully bit?

I want some Ecstasy. Can I have the skully bit?

The Free Thought Project calls out this nonsense for what it is:

Halloween looms on the horizon like a rising Harvest Moon, and with its approach comes the perennial onslaught of scare stories about drug fiends trying to poison “The Children.”

The Jackson, Mississippi Police Department was one of many that used their Facebook page to disseminate a warning about Ecstasy pills that were deviously disguised to look like children’s candy. The message contained a photo of what appeared to be an assortment of what appeared to be Pez-style hard candies in various shapes and colors.

“If your kids get these for Halloween candy, they ARE NOT CANDY!!!”bellowed the Facebook post, which was composed by someone dangerously addicted to punctuation marks.

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Martin Wittfooth’s Offering

Martin Wittfooth "Mothers Milk" 2015

Martin Wittfooth “Mothers Milk” 2015

Martin Wittfooth’s Offering

In Wittfooth’s allegorical narratives, animals roam a dystopian world void of human life with the remnants of industrialized society in a state of devastation. Fires rage and oceans surge but despite the destruction, his creatures radiate and evoke a sentiment of oneness. Where they exist life flourishes and the animals in this sense are the life-givers.

The works in Offering explore the theme of shamanism and its current revitalization around the world. Wittfooth delves into the notion that the rediscovery of shamanistic practices, such as reaching an altered state of consciousness, is peeling away our egos and materialistic obsessions and encouraging a connection with nature and to each other.

The artist explains, “The great challenges of our time primarily stem from the repression, predetermined delineation of consciousness and the myriad of other ways by which our materialistic culture has lost its connection with the natural world…The reemergence of shamanism appears to be having a great impact on consciousness around the globe by severing individuals’ attachments to the ego-driven, ideology-based, monotheistic modality that has shaped so much of the human enterprise over the past millennia.Read the rest

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Taking the High Road

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It’s 11:30am on Thursday and I’m cruising the Haight for flags, $24 into the green…

I’ve been good about not drinking or abusing nighttime cough syrup over the last week to get to sleep at night. This is due to a jaunt to go see my mom “back east” in D.C., to get help finishing up Book 2 – San Francisco TAXI: Life in the Merge Lane… (Stay tuned y’all!) Anyway, Ma and my older brother gave me crap about my belly while I was there; which is, um, “respectably pronounced”. Aside from my sedentary vocation, this is due in good measure to drinking at night. And the subsequent tipsy feast just prior to bed. Needless to say, my family’s brand of Jewish/Irish-Catholic guilt is VERY potent! Hence, the abstinence.

So, I was clearing out my Facebook notifications last night and smoking a bowl before going down. As I was perusing the San Francisco Taxi Drivers Group, I came across a report from Barry Korengold, one of the leaders of the SFTWA – the pseudo San Francisco taxi drivers union.… Read the rest

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American Ultra, Men In Black, and Hollywood desensitizing propaganda


I must preface this article with the fact I haven’t yet seen American Ultra. I’m sure I will at some point, but I’m in no hurry. I think I get the gist.

So in American Ultra Jesse Eisenberg’s stoner lead character is unknowingly a sleeper agent and the CIA-like agency that created him decides they want to kill him off. I saw it described on a forum as The Bourne Identity on weed, and that’s kind of what I expected judging by the trailer. Sprinkle a bit of love interest in with Kristen Stewart’s character and we have the recipe for a typical lacklustre Hollywood action comedy.

It isn’t the mediocre nature of the plot that worries me here. It is the clear correlation of the themes and plot with the true accounts of the CIA mind control program MK Ultra. Even in so much as the title, which is a clear reference.… Read the rest

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Marijuana use more than doubles in just 12 years

So some surveys reveal that Americans are smoking a lot more weed now than they did a dozen years ago. But is it just because marijuana is legal in many parts of the country and/or that people are no longer afraid to admit they smoke the sacred herb? The Washington Post analyzes the findings:

The number of adults using marijuana more than doubled in recent years, according to new research culling data from two massive surveys.


In 2001, just 4.1 percent of adults said they used marijuana. That increased to 9.5 percent by 2013. The findings were published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry.

Researchers also found that marijuana abuse or dependence increased during that 12-year time frame, likely because the overall number of adults using increased so much.

Increased marijuana use came during roughly the same timeframe that Americans’ attitudes about legalizing the drug shifted; less than one-third of Americans were in favor of legalizing marijuana in 2002, while a majority favored legalization in 2013, according to the Pew Research Center.

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Conversations With Stones: Lithography Helps Heroin Addicts

For all you fans of megaliths and other stone structures where humans traditionally held spiritual ceremonies, what do you make of lithography, the practice of using stones to come to terms with drug addiction? The New York Times describes the practice in heroin-heavy Kyrgyzstan:


Jengishbek Nazaraliev. Photo: Igorus77 (CC)

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Inside a yurt that was lavishly appointed with local prayer rugs and felt tapestries, a young man prepared for a ritual that is catching on here as a solution to a global problem but is, well, grounded in local tradition.

“Rock,” the young man said, “I admit that I am a drug addict.” On a carpet in front of the man sat the object he was speaking to: a river stone, rounded and mottled green, about the size of a loaf of bread.

A psychologist sat nearby, coaxing the addict — a lawyer who wanted only his first name, Arman, made public — to go further.

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