Why am I in such a mood on such a beautiful Sunday morning? Well, here in New York, at any rate - your mileage may vary.
Let's begin with:
His death is wholly due to the G.H.W. Bush-orchestrated War On Drugs. Oh, that's not correct; wasn't this championed by Nancy Reagan, right? "Just say NO?"
A gangster rapper convicted of murder and facing a life term without the possibility of parole has died of a drug overdose at a high-security federal prison in Brooklyn, the Daily News has learned.
Michael Garrett, 40, the co-leader of a Brooklyn gang called Together Forever Mafia who also doubled as a hip-hop impresario, died at the Metropolitan Detention Center on Feb. 28.
A spokeswoman for the city medical examiner said Garrett’s death has been classified as “accidental,” due to cardiovascular disease with a contributing factor of an overdose of synthetic marijuana.
“I’m incredulous,” said Garrett’s former lawyer James Lisa after the Daily News informed him Friday of the autopsy results.
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“He was in federal custody. That’s not like Rikers Island or a county facility.”
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons did not respond to questions about Garrett’s death or whether there is an investigation of how the drugs were smuggled inside the jail.
Cherie Nolan, a prison consultant, said it is unusual for an inmate in a federal jail to die of an illegal drug overdose, especially at a high-security facility like the Brooklyn lockup, where international terrorists are held, and where drug lord Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman will soon reside after he is extradited from Mexico.
“The feds usually do a good job of keeping contraband out,” Nolan said. “The security in place for people going into and out of facilities, and the performance of staff, has greatly improved.”
Last spring, before his trial in Brooklyn Federal Court, Garrett had tested positive for marijuana shortly after receiving a visit from his girlfriend, according to court papers. She was removed from his visitor’s list for a period of time. Garrett and co-defendant Paul Rivera were both convicted of racketeering, murder, sex trafficking of underage prostitutes and drug trafficking.
Prosecutors said the TF Mafia music operation, based in a tattoo parlor in Brownsville, was a front for illegal activities.
Rivera, the founder of TF Mafia, is scheduled to be sentenced June 28.
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Since Garrett hadn’t been sentenced yet, Federal Judge Kiyo Matsumoto vacated his conviction posthumously and the restitution he had to pay his victims.
The government, in turn, removed the lien on a $55,000 settlement Garrett had received from a 2011 lawsuit against the city alleging he was falsely arrested, and the money will go to the dead man’s estate.
Nancy may have been the frontsman, but trust me, it was Poppy's black ops teams reaping the rewards of this venture.
Always follow the money...99% of crimes can be solved by simply determining WHO BENEFITS.
Who benefits here? The ones who create/grow said drugs. The opium, once grown in Mena, Arkansas (the op responsible for the taking of the lives of children Don Henry and Kevin Ives), had to be moved to Afghanistan when the murders of those boys became too hot. That opium becomes heroin, which is processed and shipped back to the various gangs and others who then add their special formulae of cut and packaging, to be distributed to waiting and hungry clients.
It's good business sense - buy low, sell high, keep a monopoly on the market. If only it didn't waste so many lives. It could be made safe, as there are now plans to have safe houses when users can safely feed the monkey...maybe wean it off and get back to a regular diet.
But safety isn't their goal - junkies are the goal.
Well, that's all well and good, but what does synthetic marijuana have to do with heroin?
Incidentally, not much at all...but do you think anyone in their right mind would even consider smoking some crap made up who bloody knows where, rather than something that grows from the ground and has such amazing medicinal qualities that it was a prime ingredient for pain relief? This is before the NSAIDs became prevalent.
It also is a proven cure for cancer. There are government patents that attest to that.
Let's see...the real deal; or some faux garbage?
This is my similar argument for real food versus FrankenFood.
The bastards want us eating their FrankenCrap, devoid of nutritional value and ultimately dangerous to our digestive systems and who knows what bloody else, while they have their pick of wholesome, tasty, REAL FOOD. I told you the employees at Monsanto don't even ingest their own creations!
Consider the opposite situation, where Henry Ford paid his employees a salary that allowed them to purchase the cars they produced; as I've stated before, the best advertising one could get...and he had already paid for it!
That's what I call money smarts. He didn't have to maneuver or leverage; he just paid his employees a fair wage, and they worked without complaint. The disparities between employee salaries and managerial compensation have grown far too wide.
The fight for the $15 minimum wage has gone off the rails, and I posit that it's because they went with fast food workers.
Why not focus upon home health aides? If anyone deserves fairer compensation, I dare say that someone who cares for others who fit the bill far better than some barely competent button pusher who may be spitting on your food, not for any good reason, but just because.
Just like that asshat who slashed a woman in her wheelchair with a razor.
It's possible that this shitlord was ingesting what's becoming known as lean, a concoction made by dropping Skittles into Mountain Dew.
If that sounds, familiar, it's because it's supposed to...but I digress.
I got the background - he was her ex.
Orlando police ID man who killed 'Voice' singer Christina Grimmie
- Police identify killer as Kevin James Loibl, 27
- Singer Christina Grimmie shot dead as she was signing autographsOrlando, Florida (CNN)Florida authorities answered one of the major questions in the shooting death of Christina Grimmie, the 22-year-old singer who made her name on NBC's "The Voice."The man who killed her was Kevin James Loibl, 27, of St. Petersburg, Florida, according to Orlando police.But they didn't give any background on Loibl or offer a possible motive.CNN affiliate WFTS photographed a handwritten note posted on Loibl's family home. It reads, "Deepest sorrow for lost (sic) to the family, friends and fans of the very talented, loving Christina Grimmie. No other comments."Grimmie was signing autographs late Friday after a show at The Plaza Live theater when a man approached and opened fire, police spokeswoman Wanda Miglio said.She was rushed to a hospital, where she died.
Were her bodyguards getting serviced in the storeroom?!? Bloody hell.
I have an ex...she has nothing whatsoever to fear from me.
What the FCUK is wrong with you butterheads?!?
If you get the urge to hurt someone, start with YOURSELF. According to government sources, people can survive a shot to the head, so that they can perform a second; at least, that's what was purported to have happened to former San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb, when he broke the story of the CIA (did I mention this in some differing capacity...hmmm...) distributing crack in order to not only finance their black ops and to facilitate arms sales during Iran-Contra, among other initiatives, to also destroy Black families who were getting things in order. The Black Panther Coloring Book didn't quite do the job, but the drug was marketed incredibly well - cheap price, quick high, immediate addiction.
It was a win-win for the boys in Black Helicopters...until Gary Webb ruined it all by getting Freeway Ricky Ross to give up the goods.
Two shots to the back of the head.
This is of a personal nature...which is why it was posted to Facebook as a status:
"I was going to post regarding the shenanigans of calling a version of HFCS "fructose", and how it affect the brain (negatively!), but my body has decided it wants to identify as a jar of YooHoo."Okay...but that still doesn't justify such a uncaring title, does it?
Actually, it's my clumsy segue into that actual item. Dr. Ted Broer mentioned this on his HealthMasters podcast (MP3), and I've been curious as to just how that could occur just as a happenstance of HFCS production.
Ha ha ha ha ha! That was a JOKE!!!
Read this study from UCLA (the first line is GOLD):
So, please understand that the title is part snark, and part please-don't-take-this-warning-for-granted, so I'm hoping that one or the other, you'll remember what I've alerted you to today.
Eating more omega-3 fatty acids can offset damage, researchers say
[Correction: Paragraph 5 of this release was changed from an earlier version to reflect that the study focused on fructose generally, not specifically on high-fructose corn syrup; that high-fructose corn syrup is not necessarily "six times sweeter" than cane sugar; and that Americans consume approximately 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per capita annually, not "more than 40 pounds." The researcher's quote in Paragraph 6 has also been changed slightly to avoid the implication that the study focused solely on high-fructose corn syrup.]Attention, college students cramming between midterms and finals: Binging on soda and sweets for as little as six weeks may make you stupid.A new UCLA rat study is the first to show how a diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning — and how omega-3 fatty acids can counteract the disruption. The peer-reviewed Journal of Physiology publishes the findings in its May 15 edition."Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think," said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science. "Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain's ability to learn and remember information. But adding omega-3 fatty acids to your meals can help minimize the damage."While earlier research has revealed how fructose harms the body through its role in diabetes, obesity and fatty liver, this study is the first to uncover how the sweetener influences the brain.Sources of fructose in the Western diet include cane sugar (sucrose) and high-fructose corn syrup, an inexpensive liquid sweetener. The syrup is widely added to processed foods, including soft drinks, condiments, applesauce and baby food. The average American consumes roughly 47 pounds of cane sugar and 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture."We're less concerned about naturally occurring fructose in fruits, which also contain important antioxidants," explained Gomez-Pinilla, who is also a member of UCLA's Brain Research Institute and Brain Injury Research Center. "We're more concerned about the fructose in high-fructose corn syrup, which is added to manufactured food products as a sweetener and preservative."Gomez-Pinilla and study co-author Rahul Agrawal, a UCLA visiting postdoctoral fellow from India, studied two groups of rats that each consumed a fructose solution as drinking water for six weeks. The second group also received omega-3 fatty acids in the form of flaxseed oil and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which protects against damage to the synapses — the chemical connections between brain cells that enable memory and learning."DHA is essential for synaptic function — brain cells' ability to transmit signals to one another," Gomez-Pinilla said. "This is the mechanism that makes learning and memory possible. Our bodies can't produce enough DHA, so it must be supplemented through our diet."The animals were fed standard rat chow and trained on a maze twice daily for five days before starting the experimental diet. The UCLA team tested how well the rats were able to navigate the maze, which contained numerous holes but only one exit. The scientists placed visual landmarks in the maze to help the rats learn and remember the way.Six weeks later, the researchers tested the rats' ability to recall the route and escape the maze. What they saw surprised them."The second group of rats navigated the maze much faster than the rats that did not receive omega-3 fatty acids," Gomez-Pinilla said. "The DHA-deprived animals were slower, and their brains showed a decline in synaptic activity. Their brain cells had trouble signaling each other, disrupting the rats' ability to think clearly and recall the route they'd learned six weeks earlier."The DHA-deprived rats also developed signs of resistance to insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar and regulates synaptic function in the brain. A closer look at the rats' brain tissue suggested that insulin had lost much of its power to influence the brain cells."Because insulin can penetrate the blood–brain barrier, the hormone may signal neurons to trigger reactions that disrupt learning and cause memory loss," Gomez-Pinilla said.He suspects that fructose is the culprit behind the DHA-deficient rats' brain dysfunction. Eating too much fructose could block insulin's ability to regulate how cells use and store sugar for the energy required for processing thoughts and emotions."Insulin is important in the body for controlling blood sugar, but it may play a different role in the brain, where insulin appears to disturb memory and learning," he said. "Our study shows that a high-fructose diet harms the brain as well as the body. This is something new."Gomez-Pinilla, a native of Chile and an exercise enthusiast who practices what he preaches, advises people to keep fructose intake to a minimum and swap sugary desserts for fresh berries and Greek yogurt, which he keeps within arm's reach in a small refrigerator in his office. An occasional bar of dark chocolate that hasn't been processed with a lot of extra sweetener is fine too, he said.Still planning to throw caution to the wind and indulge in a hot-fudge sundae? Then also eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, walnuts and flaxseeds, or take a daily DHA capsule. Gomez-Pinilla recommends one gram of DHA per day."Our findings suggest that consuming DHA regularly protects the brain against fructose's harmful effects," said Gomez-Pinilla. "It's like saving money in the bank. You want to build a reserve for your brain to tap when it requires extra fuel to fight off future diseases."The UCLA study was funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Gomez-Pinilla's lab will next examine the role of diet in recovery from brain trauma.The UCLA Department of Neurosurgery is committed to providing the most comprehensive patient care through innovative clinical programs in minimally invasive brain and spinal surgery; neuroendoscopy; neuro-oncology for both adult and pediatric brain tumors; cerebrovascular surgery; stereotactic radiosurgery for brain and spinal disorders; surgery for movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease; and epilepsy surgery. For 20 consecutive years, the department has been ranked among the top 10 neurosurgery programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
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