"The secret ingredient for TV chef Nigella Lawson’s cookbooks was cocaine, a former aide testified in London Tuesday."
"Researchers looking at a set of neurons in the part of the brain that controls hunger have found that mice with an increased appetite for food had less interest in cocaine, while those less interested in food were more interested in cocaine and other novelty-seeking behaviors."
"Nicotine causes changes in gene regulation that enhance the brain's subsequent response to cocaine. The finding, in mice, provides the first clear evidence for a molecular mechanism supporting the idea of 'gateway drugs'…. In a study published today in Science Translational Medicine, the team shows that, in mice at least, nicotine causes epigenetic changes–long-lasting changes in the control of gene expression–that subsequently boost the response to cocaine."
Diamond is an Atlanta rapper who came to fame six years ago as a part of Crime Mob, a group of high school kids who signed to Lil John's label, BME Records. (So you know they were crunk, because Lil John, he always tells the truth.) They made a couple good records with Lil Scrappy, who will always have a place in my heart because of his song "No Problem," which is one of the most crunk songs I know, a great favorite of mine. Diamond, who is now Lil Scrappy's girlfriend (and, unfortunately, suffering some recession-related problems with him), has left Crime [...]
Awesome! Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame goes back to the glory days of the old Pen-and-Pixel designs for the cover to his new mixtape, Lebron Flocka James Pt. 2. Here is Flocka, headband in place, superimposed upon the NBA superstar's body, dribbling a basketball out of a fiery explosion in space (a microquasar, perhaps?), between a packaged brick of illicit-looking product and a large mound of cocaine, which seem to have been left, rather cavalierly, at center court of a basketball arena. There's nothing left to say, really, except thank you. Thank you, Waka Flocka Flame. Thank you. Here, to better appreciate the details:
"Down in Route 36's main room, the scene is chilled. A half-hearted disco ball sporadically bathes the room in red and green light. Each table has candles and a stash of bottled water, plus whatever mixers one cares to add to your drink. In the corner, a pile of board games includes chess, backgammon, and Jenga, the game in which a steady hand pulls out bricks from a tower of blocks until the whole pile collapses. If it weren't for the heads bobbing down like birds scouring the seashore for food, you would never know that huge amounts of cocaine were being casually ingested." Fun one from the Guardian [...]
Here is a handy guide on how to get little bits of your drugs out of those tiny jars in which they are sold! "Rather then trying to pull all of the moisture out, I chose to go the opposite route and stir it up with some nasal spray, for a sort of discreet, rich-lady-whose-family-doesn't-know-what's-up vibe."
"Oreos can be as addictive to the brain as cocaine, the authors of a scientific study have claimed."
"Cocaine may speed up the aging of the brain, according to new research that finds that people who are addicted to the drug lose twice the brain volume each year as non-drug users."
"Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Undersecretary Carlo Giovanardi said the government will study if it’s feasible to conduct drug tests on stock- exchange traders, with the help of the Milan Bourse and the country’s market regulator. Giovanardi, who is in charge of family policy and drug prevention, said that the abuse of drugs including cocaine might explain part of recent stock volatility."
"No more blow. People do drugs to camouflage emotions and run away from their problems. Now I'm going to deal with certain things as they come, prioritize shit-man up, so to speak. Just for the record, it bugged me out that people said it was liquid cocaine. No, I'm just fucking rich, and my blow comes in a jar. There was no liquid in it-that shit makes no sense." -Rapper/actor/rager Kid Cudi clears up the rumors about his July arrest for possession of liquid cocaine (or, as Vulture aptly put it, "liquid cocaine!") in a candid and ridiculous interview with Complex magazine.
Adult male brags about doing cocaine on a dare in same room as President Obama.
"[GUESS!] man tries to pay water bill with cocaine, causes panic over white powder" —Can you figure out what word goes inside the brackets? This quiz has a difficulty level of zero.
Congratulations to Britain, which has won the prestigious "Cocaine Capital Of Europe" award for the second year in a row.
"A new study by addiction and neuroscience researchers sheds new light on understanding how cocaine addicts make decisions, and how they value the drug against the immediate and delayed reward of other items, such as cash. The upshot is that addicts discount cocaine at a steeper rate than they do money, consistently choosing to have money now, rather than twice the value of cocaine later…. Until now, researchers believed that cocaine addicts valued the drug above any other commodity, no matter what the situation. Bickel’s findings however show that cocaine addicts place extra value on the drug only when it is immediately available, and future values of cocaine [...]
Will the youth of Knifecrime Island soon be too rotund to take up the blade? A shocking picture of the way children are gorging themselves on sweets, chocolates and snacks was revealed yesterday. They are getting fat almost twice as quickly as American youngsters as they eat double the amount of sugary and savoury treats…. More than one in three British children aged five to 13 are already overweight or obese. But that figure is predicted to soar at a rate of 2.1 per cent a year through to 2014, far higher than the 1.3 per cent annual rise expected for the U.S.
There are two ways to think about Q -Bert. Or not. Maybe there are an indefinite number of ways. Look at all this punctuation.
"Punctuation," the word, always sounded to me like the name of some creepy camp in Pennsylvania, like the one, not the one next to, but the one next to the one next to Crystal Lake.
( ) : ; look at that shit.
Bloomberg ruins the fun: "Lap Dancers, Cocaine Didn't Cause Credit Crunch"