Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

Thrills, chills, spills, & pills

Jane Goody is assaulted with peace, love, & possibly a hammer; plus a brief history of booze and pills

More drama in the life of terminally ill Brit Reality TV star Jane Goody. Goody was recently confronted in hospital by what tabs are calling a hammer wielding woman. Now the woman didn’t have the hammer when she confronted Jane. Jane had been dozing and awoke to find the woman standing over her a praying. Apparently Jane was terrified by this, even though she had just recently been baptized, and began shrieking. The woman scurried off only to be pursued by hospital security. I guess that’s where the hammer came into it.
Now the celebrity world is pretty well known for its strange antics. Pure craziness is often helped along by pills and booze too. There are a lot of high profile drunks in TinselTown, but oddly the most serious lushes are pretty good at keeping it secret. Sweetie Pie Heather Locklear was a raging alcoholic for years, but managed to keep it a secret. Though her ex husband Richie Sambora was the rocker with the rep, Locklear had the more serious problem. In fact Sambora had to stop touring after he came home and found Locklear suffering from alcohol poisoning. Locklear was whisked off to hospital and successfully treated, despite an official misdiagnosis of ‘exhaustion‘. However it still came as a shock to people when she was picked up after flipping out and stopping her car in the middle of a busy freeway.
Nor is Heather Locklear the only example. When Jessica Simpson was hospitalized for a kidney infection some time back, news quickly leaked out that the real reason was alcohol abuse. She had drank so heavily that she’d started to burn out her kidneys, liver, and her urinary track.  In fact one medical professional who managed to get quoted went so far as to use the phrase “an obscene amount” to describe her consumption. As a matter of fact the lawsuit she’s currently engaged in over her fitness video arose because she showed up too drunk to perform.
If her recent weight gain, and sloppy emotionalism during some performances were any indication, it seemed like Jess was trying to straighten out. Abstinence can be an ugly, ugly thing. However it seems that Jessica has completely taken off the excess poundage, and there have been no more weepy public outbursts, so it may be safe to assume our Jess is back on the sauce once more.
Now when alcohol isn’t the culprit, pills usually are. It was a mixture of medications prescribed by some less than vigilant doctors that lead to Heath Ledger’s untimely demise – though that undoubtedly helped his chances with the Oscar. Heath was reputedly knocking back Ambien like candies, plus some other party favours like Oxy Contin, that were allegedly supplied to him by his alleged girlfriend Mary Kate Olsen at the time of his alleged death in her alleged apartment, allegedly.
Now that lead to some ugliness. For one thing the public wanted to roast MKO on a spit. They probably might have to except that they got distracted by the colourful antics of Heath’s Australian kinfolk. Once they realized that Heath had been worth 20 mill, and had died without an updated will, they got very involved. Friends of Heath claimed that he’d have wanted his daughter Matilda to have his money, and the failure to update his will was an oversight. No one plans for death in their 20’s, except Lindsay Lohan, and possibly Mischa Barton.
Though Heath’s intent seemed clear to everyone else, the family wouldn’t back off. They did make some vague claims about Matilda being taken care of. No one seemed very reassured by that. They also got embroiled in a prolonged legal squabble over the estate, and some bad press in the Aussie media. Before it was through and uncle of Heath’s had even gotten busted down under for stealing farm equipment. Things seem to have resolved enough for the Ledger’s to attend the recent Academy Awards. They’ve claimed the late actor’s Oscar too. Now to be clear they insist they’re only hanging onto it for Matilda. Their words “We plan to keep this for her forever“. Forever really is keeping, isn’t it. When asked if they might ever hand the award over to their grand daughter, Heath’s father replied “Yeah, maybe, someday“.  With his double talk and kiss my ass attitude it seems like Heath’s dad still has some resentment over the way things have worked out. So let this be a lesson – if you plan on dating Mary Kate Olsen, then make sure you’ve updated your will.
Another wise idea might be to keep track of the drugs you’re taking. Prescription pills can pack a mean little punch. They can also have some odd side effects. These can range from drowsiness and itchy eyes right up to amnesia and restless leg syndrome. Mirapex, better known as Pramipexole, can cause amnesia. It’s often prescribed for restless leg syndrome. Statins, the cholesterol med de jouer, can also cause amnesia. Astronaut Duane Graveline had been prescribed the stuff, and reported not recognizing his wife after returning from a short walk. Now it wasn’t a space walk either. Then again if they’d been together for a while that might be more a cause of traumatic amnesia. Then again his doctors think it was something to do with the Liptor he was taking.
Remember when kids were told “you go blind if you don’t stop it” Well prescription drug power house Viagra has been known to cause vision problems. Some patients have reported blurred vision after taking it. Others claim that they failed to distinguish between blue and green. Doctors have an explanation for this – lack of blood flow to the optic nerve. I guess the blood is getting redirected to other areas!
Colour related side effects aren’t restricted to vision either. Their effect on body wastes has given rise to the phrase ‘rainbow urine’. Deferoximine – used for anemia – can turn urine red. Nor is red the only urinary special effect. Blood pressure med Aldomet, often given to pregnant women, can make your urine appear black. This is because it reacts with toilet bowl bleach. Phenolphthalein, formerly a popular laxative, can turn urine purple. It’s falling out of favour these days due to some concerns about cancer. Anti depressants and relaxants Elavil and Robaxin can turn your water green. Perhaps strangest Dyrenium, a diuretic, can turn your water blue!
Moving on to some of our more popular side effects we come to Mirapex once gain, but this time in the hallucination category! Lariam was an anti malaria drug given to US troops but hat had to be pulled back in the ealy 2000’s when it also was shown to cause hallucinations, and violent outbursts. From hallucinations to dreams, anti smoking drug Chantix gives some people night terrors, and causes them to wake up screaming. Lunesta and Ambien can produce similar effects. Ambien tends to hit even harder, making some people sleep walk, and even engage in such elaborate activities as sleep eating and sleep driving. Some users have awoken to find themselves shopping in a near by store, or driving their car down the highway.
Speaking of kooky behaviours Mirapex – by boosting dopamine levels – has been know to make some of it’s users go OCD. In some cases they’ll become compulsive drinkers. In other cases they start gambling full tilt. In other cases people will become hyper sexual (so that’s why Charlie Sheen allegedly buys drugs online), or they’ll uncontrollably binge eat. in one case a man successfully sued Mirapex maker Pfizer claiming that the drug turned him into a compulsive poker player. He won 8.2 million, from Pfizer not from playing cards.
You really have to be careful with meds. Drug companies are an even more powerful political lobby force than Big Tobacco. They’ve got lots of money to throw around and friends in high places, so when a promising new med comes along the temptation is to push it onto the market before all the i’s are crossed and the t’s dotted. What could go wrong?? Then ten years down the road their on the hook for some class action be cause a group of women who took their new birth control pills wound up growing beards and standing up to pee. Millions might be lost, but billions were made. That makes the pharmaceutical game a buy beware deal. Though it should be mentioned that winning a posthumous Oscar is a pretty extreme side effect.
The evolution of desire
Has but matured a toxic wine,
~EJ Pratt

How close was America to a coup d’etate over the past 8 years?? Watch the following documentary video from CBC’s 5th Estate and decide for yourself.

Speaking of conspiracy theories, here’s a doozie.
How deep does this conspiracy go? Listen to Vic Beck discuss the money matrix with Richard Syrett. The show begins with a mysterious e mail from a Mr XYXYX, who passes on some cryptic warnings.
As Richard’s many fans will recall, he was unceremoniously dumped from his popular radio program back on Jan 20. Well there is finally some good news to report – RS has landed a new gig with Glastonbury Online Radio.

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Head Trips

Fame is like being the stiff at your own funeral!

Overdosing yourself is not the sort of behavior that should be rewarded. I say that as a Heath Ledger fan – giving him an Oscar for overdosing disgraces his memory more than anything else. I’m not sure he would’ve wanted it that way. He seemed like a basically decent and good natured guy: so I don’t think he would want his career cheapened with the idea that he won for something other than his performance, nor would he want the message sent to other young actors that death can be a shrewd career move. Ledger’s performance as The Joker outclassed Jack Nicholson’s. Had he lived and kept performing at that level then he would’ve been the guy in Hollywood. Had he kept improving as he did from Brokeback Mountian to Dark Knight, then in ten years we would’ve been saying “Brando Who?” As it is in 10 years people are gonna look back at Ledger and say “Oh yeah, he’s the guy who OD’d and then won an Oscar“. 

The implication being that ODing was a major factor in his winning the award. Maybe it’s some sign of Hollywood’s collective sense of guilt (remember River Phoenix? Johnny Depp got to wear the blame – scape goat style – on that one for a while, so Hollywood wouldn’t have to face responsibility for the milieu they created. Depp may have owned the Viper Room, but who packed it full every night and made it a fashionable place to be?? The Viper Room didn’t exist in a vacuum but as a response to a milieu that doesn’t look over your shoulder while you’re having fun. Drugs is a big part of the fun). Then again clumsy gestures, like crude humour and simplistic politics, are among of Hollywood’s specialties!

Is Hollywood power structure more of a nervous system?
Oscar Night was a great night for the family of Heath Ledger. His mother and father flew in from Australia to honour his memory and claim his award on behalf of his daughter Matilda. They’re so busy claiming stuff on her behalf that it’ll be wonder if they leaving anything for her to claim, when she comes of age (the Heath clan has a reputation for being acquisitive – one of his uncles even got arrested for stealing farm equipment down in Australia, only months after Ledger’s death). Had her father lived then that wouldn’t be a problem.
Ledger goes down in history – the guy who won because he OD’d
Heath Ledger became a Hollywood causality. People who live that lifestyle seem to share a reduced life expectancy, along with air traffic controllers and pro wrestlers. Some might argue that abnormal personality types are attracted to the profession, and that they were more likely to off themselves in any case. All stars egos aside, there are other pressures that contribute to the fatal Hollywood head trip: there’s the constant flattery of hangers on, the pressure and mind games of agents and managers, the unrealistic expectations of the studios, and of course the mutual mind fucking of the rich, famous and idle. Then of course there is drugs.
His moment of triumph? “Well Heath I’m sorry you couldn’t make it tonight”
Heath Ledger died of drugs, and he was the latest in a very long list. Drugs are a part of the Hollywood scene the way cocktails and cigarettes were for 1950’s middle class suburbia. They are a way for aspiring actors to explore their ‘consciousness’ and there by potentially improve their performances. They are away to escape the constant pressures associated with the high powered big money lifestyle (wrong hard play hard). They’re a way to loosen up and escape inhibitions so that the Hollywood player can more fully participate in the fast lane lifestyle. They’re away to fit into tho the drug saturated LA milieu. They are also an excellent way to go off your head. 
It helps if you’re crazy, and there are ways to help the crazy along!
Observers can’t help noticing the sometimes bizarre behaviour of the glitterati. While some of that is attributable to the personality quirks of person who crave fame, a lot of it might be caused by deliberately induced chemical imbalances. Just take a look at the following documentary for more info.
You’ve gotta go out of your mind to use your head“. That’s like saying you’ve got to blow your brains out to open your mind. The only sane answer to that would be “You first” and hand them back the loaded revolver. After listening to some of that drugged out prattle it should be obvious where the New Age started – surprise, surprise!

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