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True horrors in the heartland

Forget scary movies, there is something much worse taking place in reality: Drug deaths in the United States are so quickly escalating in number, that coroners are even running out of room for body storage as they are found.. (that is in Western Pennsylvania.. )

From sea to shining sea the opioid crisis is becoming more than a crisis: It is now a way of life.

I read this story with true horror   Americans under the age of 50 are dying due to overdoses in record numbers. So big, as a matter of fact, that drug deaths ARE NOW THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH of the under 50 demographic..

59,000 deaths in the United States in 2016. A record year--and a 19% increase in the category when compared to 2015..

The heroin epidemic has turned into a fentanyl problem.. Meth included.. the other stuff pales in comparison.

Addiction is real.. And there are LOTS of factors that are inclusive in these numbers.  It is beyond a 'blame the addict' world.. Especially when gateway drugs are so often prescribed.

Yes indeed.. the United States of death. The culture of drugs.. the mind-numbing and life destroying problem only gets worse.

Of course, we will continue to do as we always did: Cover it up in our minds. Watch sports. And pretend that politics matters.
All the while your neighborhood is destroyed and communities across America become towns that fear sundown...


spiPhone X: Brave new world with a filter

It is hard to believe that only ten years ago, the technology that Apple would be selling the public was just about unfathomable.. Extremely fast processors. Facial recognition. Emojis that can make poop turn into your face and voice. 

In 2007, people were happy with Myspace and turning 'off' the net in favor of a night out. Now they can't leave home without the smartphone.
Apple wants to capitalize further on the influencers: Those who we are told have 'disposable income' (credit cards) and are below the age of 25 .. those who care less about processor speed and more about selfie. Those who would indeed literally buy an iPhone simply because it can turn their face into an Emoji of feces...

Let's pause for a moment. The most precious few seconds of Apple's big unveiling was a big flop: They tried to announce facial recognition but when they actually attempted to use it, it failed.
Apple has offered an explanation for an embarrassing glitch at the launch of its …


As the Earth Changes..

This is reporting from the WASHINGTON POST ( along with a must-read article about the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Irma and the destruction being seen in the islands:
CRUZ BAY, U.S. Virgin Islands — The Asolare restaurant is gone, practically blown off its cliff, along with its world-famous carrot ginger soup. The facade of Margarita Phil’s is a junkyard of yellow and vermilion planks. Multimillion-dollar homes and aluminum huts alike lie in ruins.On the island of St. John, that was only Irma’s beginning. Once a lush gem in the U.S. Virgin Islands, a chain steeped in the lore of pirates and killer storms, this 20-square-mile island is now perhaps the site of Irma’s worst devastation on American soil.Six days after the storm — some say several days too late — …

DOES 'MOTHER!' DESERVE THE PRAISE IT IS GETTING? (A spoiler alert with this one)

The horror film 'mother!' Is getting high praise from noble media affiliations. It is also being billed as an intellectual horror flick with a message.. religious overtones.. social justice ramifications.
Big name star: Lawrence. Big name director: Aronofsky (BLACK SWAN FAME) Shock scene (SPOILER): Infant being eaten.

Let's unpack this.. The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER ( opines:
Taken purely on its surface, the film is about the horror of hosting ungrateful houseguests. Going beneath that surface, it’s about gruesome male narcissism. Ignoring its text and subtext entirely though, mother! is something more ambitious: A herald of prestige horror at a moment when we might actually need it. It’s September, the calm before the dizzying storm of awards season self-aggrandizement, when we stop thinking of movies as works of art and start thinking of them as show horses; we sac…