While Mrs Obama is having fun battling child obesity on this cover of the LA Times, where Catherine Deneuve still wows California as a film star and Yosemite Springs are being well looked forward to, the LA Times runs with a disturbing cover of its own (not via Japan or Libya) for this weekend’s Sunday reading.
It’s like looking at a photograph of the Angel At My Table film, that Oscar winning director, Jane Campion once told about the life of Janet Frame, starring the actor, Kerry Fox that depicted one of the world’s best authors ever, getting electric shock treatment for depression. Chilling stuff. Watch it for an education into this era.
Anyway, Los Angeles Times in a story titled The State of Shock :) says ‘Modern Electroconvulsive therapy is safe and effective, backers say, but debate rages over a proposal to lower its FDA risk classification.
Andrew Zajac writes “They used to call it Edisons medicine, or, with a touch of gallows humor, a ‘Georgia Power cocktail’ the practice of hooking mentally troubled patinets up to an electical current and jolting them until they went into convulsions.
Basically, powerful drugs, replaced this as a popular form of treatment for the mentally ill.
The real big story though from California involves drug company corruption. A drug giant is accused of fraud, bribes. California (who needs bucks right now to run the state after Arnie’s last effort at playing Governor depleted the coffers a tad) are taking aim at giant drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., who The State says has been bribing doctors and pharmacists to uses its products by offering thousands of cash kick-backs, gifts and “happy hours” with basketball’s holy grail of sports stars, The LA Lakers.
What a cocktail of total smuckery! Or, just too into The Lakers? Perhaps. It’s turning all of those respectable people who trained for a million years to be good doctors into being easily swayed drug dealing thugs, with the temptation to over-prescribe or prescribe at all their drug products–all for cash and hoop action glory.
Let’s see how this plays out in court. It’s only going to get Bristol Palin noticed more. For good or bad, no matter which way this goes down. Oh… and of course, the story will raise the perceived value of the LA Lakers sports brand and attendance at basketball games nationwide.
The black and white photo of the electric shock days of 1942 in Patton Hospital (California) is a little chilling, a bit sterile and very WWII – Mildred Pierce evoking.
Basically this front page says – ‘Prescription drugs are easy to get in California, The Lakers are great – don’t miss them in action and we’re shocking really.” In addition this company had the best win-win share wealth model for their product going on, taking it all the way to the hoop. Yet their product, technically blurs the lne between legal/ illegal dealing. An interesting case coming up then with this lot. That’s weekend reading for this weekend. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.19.11~
THE ULTIMATE “HANG OVER” HOLLYWOOD BABY CRAZE TEE SHIRT – CELEBRITY ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 1.23.11
I saw this tee shirt today at Urban Outfitters and it made me laugh-out-loud. I don’t know whether it was the reference to The Hangover film franchises funny sense of humor – or, if it was because ‘Breeders are US’ is Hollywood’s big message in 2011 in all forms of entertainment. I do like that message in America. It’s a good one.
One thing is for sure, if you wear this tee shirt – you’re a chick magnate – that’s a given. Guys, hide the sperm cells in the family vault, until you’re ready to be a father, not a donor. And, wear this tee shirt to bars or rehab meetings, at beach bbq’s after surfing Cali’s beaut beaches and the rainbow of baby showers coming up this year.
Zsa Zsa Gabor is back in Bel Air after her leg amputation surgery.
Should Newt Gingrich base his bid for future President in Georgia?
Wrigley & Taco Bell say MTV’s Skins show ‘needs to ease up on the teen skin.’ Child exploitation concerns.
Obama to Press Centrist Agenda in His Address
When iPhone apps become animated cartoon series – you know that the iPhone is really king of culture–Angry Birds news.
Why discriminate? Balding Men May Worry About Marketability: Field Notes.
Los Angeles school shooting news – calm shattered in a community.
Back to Somali Pirates news - S. Korean Navy Rescues Hostage Crew From Somali Pirates
Was Keith Obermann the $7 million per year “loose canon that could not be controlled” – yes. He’s doing a Conan now. The cellaring of witty good talent is a new network trend.
Britney Spears is doing a Miley Cyrus and is developing a clothing line with Max Azria‘s BCBG label. It’s like, she totally needs the money right?! Lol!
U.S. Company To Stop Making Lethal Injection Drug
Federal Research Center Will Help Develop Medicines
South Korea, Russia & The Ukraine prefer The First Avenger over the rather cheesy Captain America movie title. Whatever sells the film!
Latin heartthrob Ricky Martin will revival Elena
KaganRoger in Broadway’s Evita as Che for 2012. He should just write his own. A Latino Andrew Lloyd Webber is long overdue, dontchathink?
Kim Kardashian pretends to look up to Kanye West as a catalyst for Kim’s singing career. Cute.
Stretch: Rebel Yoga
California Declares Fiscal Emergency – Jerry Brown makes his mark as new Governor.
Irene Lopez a porn star of Spain, has found a new star maker in McCaulay Calkin. What were the odds?
36 Hours in Valencia, Spain
A tell all book from a non-Oscar winner says Gwyneth Paltrow is a diva handful.
[Photo caption - Angelina Jolie laughs at a joke, Reese Witherspoon works a circus theme with Robert Pattinson on set of Like Water for Elephants and Miranda Kerr blogs about her first son. Photographers - Jean Baptiste Lacroix for WireImage; Kora Organics and Coqueran for Fame Pictures]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.23.11~
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