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Famous drug addicts

Drugs are pretty long a human companion especially for some famous people and celebrities. Through history this has been well known and many great scientists, opera divas and artistic geniuses were abusing all sorts of drugs. You probably knew for most of them especially in the world of music this is a common behavior, but here are a few well know famous people for whom you maybe didn’t know that they were drug addicts.

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Sigmund Freud, cocaine

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Andy Warhol – obetrol

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Miles Davis – heroin

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Balzac – caffeine

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Lewis Carroll – opium

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Edith Piaf – all?

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You know that Faulkner was an alcoholic?

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Maria Callas – kuaalyud

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Truman Capote – all kinds of drugs

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Humphrey Davy – nitrous oxide

so calm down with all the drug hysteria, ok?

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Why the Kankakee County Farm Bureau hates net neutrality

The Kankakee County Farm Bureau wants to stop net neutrality. So does the Erie Neighborhood House, along with Downtown Springfield Inc, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties, and the mayor of North Chicago.

The organizations all share several things: they are located in Chicago, they want the FCC to focus on broadband adoption rather than net neutrality, and... they all have connections to AT&T.

Everyone has an opinion

Thursday was the last day to file comments with the FCC about network neutrality, and the docket is now stuffed with more than 13,000 responses.

Both sides in the net neutrality debate have rounded up various civil rights groups for their position, but those opposing network neutrality seem far more likely to have taken money from the major players. That's no surprise; infrastructure companies like Comcast and AT&T have representatives in every town in the country, along with a footprint on the ground. They employ local workers just about everywhere, and they know how to spread the cash around. Internet and computer companies tend not to have this sort of local presence across the US.

It's not necessarily a question of buying opinions, either. AT&T reps sit on the local Chamber of Commerce, they sponsor local service agencies. That money does good things in many towns. When the AT&T reps describe the "danger" they are under from regulators run amok in Washington, it all sounds reasonable—and it's coming from someone in your community. When groups are then told they can weigh in at the FCC on some issue, and given dates and docket numbers, many of them do so and make remarkably similar arguments.

To see this in action, we gathered FCC net neutrality comments from organizations in the state of Illinois that were made over the last two days. Then we looked up those groups and tried to figure out why they might have an interest in the issue. Here's what we found.

Kankakee County Farm Bureau. Comment: "If the government is to be involved, it should be promoting broadband access and adoption. It should not be imposing mandates that will raise prices and slow expansion."

A local farm bureau would not seem to be interested in network neutrality proceedings at the FCC, but reps from the Farm Bureau, AT&T, and Comcast sit together on the local Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee. It's not hard to imagine why a farm bureau might develop an opinion on the issue, and why that opinion might be that net neutrality will "raise prices and slow expansion."

Erie Neighborhood House. This local Chicago social services organization does plenty of good work, enough that it is funded to the tune of millions of dollars a year by various government entities. It also received $10,000-$25,000 from Comcast in 2009, along with $5,000-$10,000 from AT&T Illinois, according to its annual report.

Mayor of North Chicago. This suburban mayor weighed in on the side of AT&T. Not mentioned: the fact that, according to press reports, he worked for AT&T for several decades before entering politics, opened his city to U-Verse back when AT&T was refusing to sign local franchise agreements, and has been willing to offer quotes for AT&T press releases praising U-Verse.

Downtown Springfield, Inc. This local group of business boosters doesn't quite have a handle on the issues. Comment: "Such a regulatory overreach also has further consequences the Commission must consider—will there be salary neutrality enforced on carriers? Economic development or jobs neutrality? Will search engines and web developers be forced to be neutral in their content and services? To become so involved in a singular function of the carriers' business, the FCC must be able to define why content delivery is separate from all other facets of the Internet business."

Actually, that definition is pretty obvious: ISPs are a choke point to everything else on the Internet in a way that no one else is. And we're not sure what "salary neutrality" even means.

Not surprisingly, AT&T is a member of the group.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties. Comment: "The ability to utilize this technology in a cost-effective manner did not happen by accident or by government policy. It happened because of a competitive marketplace that rewarded the companies who invested in the latest networks and products. I believe that the development of new federal rules and regulations will only inhibit these types of investments."

The Big Brothers/Big Sisters, especially at the local level, aren't known for having opinions of the innovation effects of government policies in the telecommunications sector... but they do take money from AT&T, as the picture below reminds us.

AT&T is a major corporate donor

Ministerial Alliance Against the Digital Divide. This group is a bit odder. Formed early in the decade, it was initially an opponent of AT&T's Lightspeed (now U-Verse) precisely because AT&T wouldn't sign local franchise agreements and commit to serving most residents of a city. "Digital redlining," the group called it.

Then came a change of heart, and the group's near-total effort seemed devoted to praising U-Verse as a needed competitor to the evil cable companies. The group's leader, from Chicago, even made a point of traveling out to wealthy western suburbs of the city to testify at numerous city councils on the issue.

The group now says that "we strongly discourage the FCC from setting any rules that would upset this progress towards achieving 100% broadband access and the elimination of the Digital Divide."

Schaumburg Business Association. Comment: "We urge you to adopt a plan that encourages investment by the private sector and promotes 100 percent broadband adoption as the top priority of your Broadband Plan."

Who sits on the group's Legislative Committee? AT&T, of course.

It's all local

When you're trying to drum up broad national support from grassroots groups, you need a local presence. AT&T has one, and it knows how to use that presence to get its message out. That's a big advantage in politics, and it doesn't require dark tales of obvious kickbacks under the table to suggest how and why AT&T is able to influence local groups to write letters on issues far out of their comfort zone.

If you like AT&T's rep on the local Chamber of Commerce, and you golf with him once in a while, and he tells you how new rules threaten his business, wouldn't you want to help him out and keep the meddling bureaucrats away?

A final note: nearly all of the small, local groups that weighed in on net neutrality stressed that 100 percent broadband access was more important. This also suggests why the major ISPs all seem to love the FCC's National Broadband Plan—it's relatively tame, it focuses on expensive or hard-to-reach customers, and none of its proposals threaten things the ISPs want to do.

By supporting the NBP, ISPs don't have to look like bad guys when they trash net neutrality; see, they do support the FCC in its most important work!

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WineBottler Turns Windows Programs into Standalone OS X Applications [Downloads]

Mac only: Wine has always been popular among Linux users for running Windows programs, but Wine is available for Mac, too—and now, free utility WineBottler can "bottle" Windows programs into separate application bundles that run as standalone Mac apps.

To use WineBottler, just download a Windows EXE, then drag and drop it onto the WineBottler app. You can install them in a fake C: drive located by default in your home folder, just as you would on Linux, and run them from there easily. However, if you want to create a standalone application bundle (so that you can give a Windows program to a fellow Mac user, for example), WineBottler will create a separate bundle with Wine included inside, so your friend doesn't have to have Wine installed—the app acts just like any other OS X app.

Note that just like in Linux, not all Windows programs work in Wine—so you'll have to see for yourself if the program you want to convert is compatible. (Notepad++ Portable, in the screenshot above, worked great.)

WineBottler is a free download, Mac OS X only. Thanks, Tristan!

Send an email to Whitson Gordon, the author of this post, at juvgfba@yvsrunpxre.pbz


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Natapoff: Shedding Light On Snitches


Henry Berry said...

I can attest to the reality of what Pattis discusses and raises alarms about in this posting. In my case, Fairfield County State's Attorney's tried to fabricate a case out of thin air starting with lies by some unknown informant to obtain an illegal wiretap on my Black Rock, Bridgeport, apartment. This wiretap was followed by several entrapment attempts; which were in turn followed by witness intimidation including threats of physical injury when I started to expose the criminal scam as a citizen investigative journalist. What I had done to incur the state's attorney's ire was file a criminal complaint substantiated by incontrovertible evidence regarding the theft of thousands of dollars of medical films of mine meant for an operation on my neck left with a prominent Bridgeport law firm. The abuse of informants and the crimes of law-enforcement officials goes beyond even what is outlined in this post.

The former Fairfield County State's Attorney Jonathan Benedict was ruled in default by a judge in a civil trial I undertook for invasion of privacy and other claims at the Bridgeport Superior County. Benedict ignored the judge's order to let me see the documents regarding the wiretap I had asked for in discovery. So I never was able to find out who the informant was or who had given false information on me which, had I made any innocent misstep, would have resulted in an arrest and jail term for me presumably on drugs charges. And I've never had anything to do with illegal drugs, and very little ever to do with legal drugs for that matter. But with an informant, the state's attorneys were able to put into motion many individuals and considerable resources to attempt to arrest and defame an individual they knew was innocent of any crime.

I have written a book covering much of this story; and I have a standing offer to any lawyer, accused individual, or anyone else interested in an affidavit, deposition, or court testimony on my experiences and what I have uncovered in my reflections on my experiences and my investigations.

January 10, 2010 9:44 AM

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