Thursday, May 2, 2013

DIONYSIUM 5/13: Is America Over-Medicated?

Better living through chemistry?  Back to nature?  Mind over matter?  Join us to sort it all out.

Dionysium debate plus two additional presentations, moderated by Todd Seavey

"Is America Over-Medicated?" 

Monday, May 13, 8pm


•YES: Marilynn Larkin: science writer/editor, fitness trainer, dancer

•NO: Dr. Gilbert Ross, medical/executive director of the American Council on Science and Health (


Rachel May Adams, physician, internist, and palliative care fellow at Mount Sinai Hospital, explaining why pain relief isn't just for the dying anymore 

Elizabeth Cochran, fashion exec and Christian Science adherent, explaining what that's all about

and plenty of audience Q&A.  Be heard.  And drink.  In either order.  At: 

The Muchmore's performance space, 2 Havemeyer St. at the corner of N. 9th St. in Williamsburg (just an easy three-block walk east of the very first L stop after Manhattan, the Bedford Ave. stop).  Remember, visiting Williamsburg makes you hipper). 

Public Enemy, Cops, Cars, and the Matrix

I have no idea why a black police helicopter hovered over my neighborhood for three hours early this morning, but let’s use it as an opportunity for a paranoid round-up of the world’s weirdness.

1. You can’t count on cops to show up promptly every time a guy enters your house, plays with a toy helicopter, masturbates, and eats salad.

2. Yet the police in even the most quiet, rural, crime-free areas increasingly get to have tanks, troop transports, and machine guns.

3. By contrast, you aren’t even allowed by law to give strangers a ride in your car.

4. Next thing you know, it drives people so nuts that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones interviews fellow conspiracy theorist Public Enemy’s Prof. Griff (maybe we would be better off if Rand Paul handled the libertarian outreach to black people).

5. Whereas, far from fearing we live in a matrix of lies, this mom doesn't even quite get the movie Matrix.

And I go on living in a city so left-wing that my friend Rew Asterik got dropped from a music teacher gig for singing the Pete Seeger song “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” because it contains the line “Where have all the husbands gone?” which might upset fatherless children.  Where has all the sanity gone?