Category Archives: Addiction


Genie in a bottle music by Christina Arguilera offers pertinent cultural commentary in the 2010′s as an American anthem.

“If you want to be with me, there’s a price to pay.”

“You’ve got to rub me the right way.”

We currently are in Genie States of existing. A genie lives in a lamp, a container to hold oil from Arabia.

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.26.11~



In America we are addicted to fossil fuel use. We feel we can use more than most other nations can in the world. Why, I don’t know. Perhaps the vast terrain gives us this feeling. Fossil fuel is our big addiction.

If a leader of The West Wing show doesn’t provide it for their people – they’re out of office. It’s that simple.

A US President therefore is a fuel wrangler. They’re cast in that role, before they even step into the box of Presidential office. It’s sad really.

Anyway, in Hollywood entertainment news, the Sheen-Estevez family are doing the Apocalypse Addiction aka War of The Worlds show. While promoting his new movie with son Emilio Estevez, in a recent interview to the London Telegraph, Martin’s mouth was caught saying about his younger son, Charlie (aka Carlos),

“I know what hell he’s living in. I’ve had psychotic episodes in public. One of them was on camera — the opening scene of Apocalypse Now. So I know what Charlie is going through. And when you do something like that, that is out of control, that’s the most difficult thing. You have to have courage.”

Estevez shared some painful memories from the making of that historically difficult production — in which his father drank heavily and suffered a heart attack.

Then only 14 years old, Estevez was practically ignored by his parents during the shoot in the Philippines, running around the dangerous streets of Manila with fellow teenager Laurence Fishburne. “What were they thinking?” Estevez asked his parents after he got older. “We had four of you,” Estevez recalled them saying. “If we had to lose one, we would. We were just trying to survive.”

Sheen the elder believes Charlie is being strangled by addiction, something he can relate to, but he seems resigned that his paternal guidance isn’t always welcome anymore.

“Every now and then [it is],” Sheen says. “Depends on whether it’s a moment of clarity for him. I can’t determine that for him. You know, Charlie’s 45 years old. He’s not a kid. Emotionally he still is. Because when you’re addicted, you don’t grow emotionally. So when you get clean and sober you’re starting at the moment you started using drugs or alcohol. You’re emotionally crippled.”

This report in the main via Pop Watch.

If we are addicted to fossil fuel and we’ll do anything to get our hands on it, to remain no.1 or no.2 in the world (America and China) does that mean we’re not growing emotionally, like other nations if we’re that addicted to it? Perhaps the carbon credit system will help wake our emotions up.

Now there’s a thought. I think drugs, ‘free’ lifestyles that Charlie Sheen is allegedly addicted to are totally overrated in the USA. I think fuel addiction is way more mature to discuss, don’t you? It goes without saying that fossil fuels addicted nations, are always on the human rights awareness radar. Something for us all to be aware of, perhaps the best gage of our emotional growth as a national narrative we all co-author and contribute to. Peace!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.21.11~



Leza Corban is a songstress who is a master at jazz singing. She can sing anything though. Click on above pic to hear Corban sing. Leza also has worked for many other recording artists, including The Strawpeople and Debbie Harwood. Here’s a classic Kiwi lounge tune called Scared of Flying. It’s what we listen to, in our down time with gorgeous beach and rural views on weekends.

In World news via the New York Times, a big budget Hollywood movie’s wardrobe department could not have found better distressed denim jeans (made in Los Angeles) to put on Libyan rebels, photographed here rather fashionably defying Qaddafi troops at Tripolis border in this pic with rockets and guns. If you’re going to die, you may as well look good, right? This photo is a bit odd, actually. Very fashionable rebel lads, I must say.

Of course, Colonel Kadafi’s latest appearance has again, for the fourth decade running now, managed to adjust global economies and push the price of oil up. How does he manage to do that by being a grumpy grandad, presented to Western Media to explain oil price hikes. Because he’s a ‘foreign face’ in the “West’ we just excuse it as ‘crazy Middle East behavior.’ We shouldn’t, when he’s acting for others. But that has been his gig for forty years now. Pretty much.

The US is further along in the big disappearing act in Afghanistan now with troops being withdrawn more and more – while the NY Post floats the rather naive journalistic concept of the USA picking “the winners of the Mid East’s new line up.” The cheek! It was always going to be the Monarch nations who were the winners. But they do make Presidents of nations look like puppets of Monarchy, in this trade off of wealth acquisition (oil hikes) for giving their people ‘democracy’ Western style. They cheapen the political world with these antics. Gotta love the front page of The Times today. It’s a little rich. Very ‘Wall Street’ is the tone of the article who are some of the most oil addicted/ dependent people in the world (like many of us as well), with how this news effects stock market bearings and outcomes.

In particular, this is the verbage penned by Helene Cooper on the matter of whose winning via the Mid East oil/ ‘revolution’ show – “As the Obama administration grapples with a cascade of uprisings in the Middle East, it has come to a stark recognition: the region’s monarchs are likely to survive; its presidents are more likely to fall.

Helene continues – “In the rapidly changing map that stretches from Morocco to Iran, two presidents have already tumbled: Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia. Administration officials said they believe that Yemen’s authoritarian president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, is in an increasingly tenuous position.

Yet in Bahrain, King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa has so far managed to weather a surge of unrest, winning American support, even though his security forces were brutal in their crackdown of protesters. Officials believe that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is also unlikely to be dethroned, while the emirs of the Persian Gulf have so far escaped unrest. Even in Jordan, where serious protests erupted, King Abdullah II has maneuvered deftly to stay in power, though he still has to contend with a restive Palestinian population.”

Monarchs sit pretty and all the rest is distraction, pretty much.

The US however talks imposing ‘unilateral sanctions to deter Libya’ while the other oil family, The Bushes of Texas with good Saudi ties, cancels a scheduled public appearance because ‘appearing with Julian Assange of Wikileaks together at the same venue is the reason given for the cancelled speaking gig.’ Fair enough, but Aussie’s aren’t that scary. Or are they? A Saudi student in Texas is arraigned and arrested in a bomb plot at the exact same time. Bloggers apparently love talking about this. Why, I don’t know!

The people of Bahrain want more changes. Is their internet too slow? This is ridiculous! :)

And, The Discovery space shuttle heads into Orbit for the last time. Apparently. Here’s ten posts we’re sharing as pop culture in this moment, on the build up to Helena Ataya of Aotearoa New Zealand’s centenary celebrations, right here from the City of Angels. Enjoy.

1. The Ali Tin tote – don’t leave home for the office without it

2. Inspiring kids – Why we should sing

3. Vintage Oscars – Cary Grant & friends 1958

4. Natalie Portman for Christian Dior 2010

5. Observing the Egypt Crises – Switching out billionaire spokespeople

6. Born to be Somebody - Dianne Warren songwrites for baby Elvis

7. Helena Ataya turns 100 very soon

8. Leonardo DiCaprio on being stalked

9. Donald Trump does publicity for Jennifer Hudson

10. Don’t Call Me Fat - Bahamas tweeting with Miley Cyrus

Bonus PostRed Carpet Paparazzi – 30 Seconds to Mars R US

Texas was doing a lot today with Saudi, Wikileaks distancing and Space Shuttle launches. Wowsa!

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.25.11~



“I think politics dominates everything so much, that guys like us are restricted. We can’t do much. We can’t move much. We can’t travel much. Our life’s choices are so limited,”says one Starbucks barista to another as I write this blog post from Hollywood. These guys are mid thirties. They were born in America.

Never have truer words been said of America’s youth today. Since the George W. Bush (years of politics – not the man per se), reign of leadership? in the world and the deficit situation of the USA’s positioning on a global stage, Americans have pretty much been kept within US borders. Can’t argue with honest people, actually working with their hands on the topic each day. They have my attention with a vision of honesty and truth. But it’s not working for them.

In local Hollywood news via Britain…

Martin Sheen is doing way too much pretending to be a concerned show biz dad. Via The UK, Estevez Sr., says to Sky: “He’s doing well. We pray for him. If he had cancer, how would you treat him? This disease of addiction is a form of cancer. You have to have an equal measure of concern and love and lift him up.”

If you replace the word ‘addiction’ for ‘oil’ or ‘coal’ or ‘fuel’ or ‘debt’ or ‘war’ what would that say about US all? A few things.

Based on the headlines though that Esteban’s son, Charlie Sheen clocks up globally each week, the ‘Sheen Addiction’ ‘male-trainwreck show’ is a vibe that most people in the world, find amusing.

They’re a strong family. Hollywood fit. The answer is always “Peace.” A good story from a Hollywood great on a global problem. Green energy’s development, all the way… I say!

Alright then, it’s time a hardworking honest American, served this Maori-Kiwi another coffee in Hollywood. The blatino guy, goes by his Hispanic-American name. Chaa! :)

[Emilio Estevez appears with his dad, Martin Estevez/ Sheen in the pic also via the UK]

~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.23.11~