Never been a fan, been aware of their—to me—pop-like music, which I can enjoy from time to time but can not really be a big fan of.
“Pop” means popular, and that generally gets a meh-no from me. I tend to associate popular with dull and stupid, though while recognizing that nuggets of exception exist.
I’d heard about it a few days back, reports indicated the typical thing. Hotel suite, lots of drugs and alcohol, etc. OK, pretty much like it always is. The only thing that gave me a bit of pause is that my spidey sense from these sorts of stories over the decades is that performers on tour generally tighten the belt to get through the tour.
Maybe my impression is off and lots of this happens mid-tour and not sometime during the months and years between tours, or when their last album that hit the charts was a way long time ago.
I’m often amazed at how, if these guys and gals are so drugged up all the time, how in the world do they manage to put on impressive performances and give so many reasonably cogent interviews and other appearances?
“Colombian authorities found: an empty beer can, an opened bottle of vodka, a Coca-Cola bottle, and some ‘other articles’ being analyzed by authorities,” Velez reported.https://nypost.com/2022/03/27/taylor-hawkins-heart-weighed-double-that-of-an-average-man-report/
AN EMPTY BEER CAN AND OPENED BOTTLE OF VODKA!!!
The only sin implied there is that he may have been either mixing or chasing vodka with Coca-Cola and that sort of thing could indeed call for a visit from the grim reaper….
…I was out last night and in a chance meet up with expats I know at one place, the subject came up. It was the first I’d heard about the supposed entire pharmacy found in his blood, upon autopsy.
That’s when I knew it was absolute bullshit.
Here’s the deal. While the Columbian AG did issue a statement claiming no fewer than TEN substances were found in his system (many being notoriously difficult to reliably test for), that was NOT the cause of death. The cause of death was a fucked heart weighing about double a normal heart. Does marijuana, coke, uppers, downers, et al, cause an enlarged heart?
Have the various new shots the world has been subjected to cause enlarged hearts in some, very well-established, now?
So: Occam’s Razor.
Occam’s razor, Ockham’s razor, Ocham’s razor (Latin: novacula Occami), also known as the principle of parsimony or the law of parsimony (Latin: lex parsimoniae), is the problem-solving principle that “entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity”. It is generally understood in the sense that with competing theories or explanations, the simpler one, for example a model with fewer parameters, is to be preferred. The idea is frequently attributed to English Franciscan friar William of Ockham (c. 1287–1347), a scholastic philosopher and theologian, although he never used these words. This philosophical razor advocates that when presented with competing hypotheses about the same prediction, one should select the solution with the fewest assumptions, and that this is not meant to be a way of choosing between hypotheses that make different predictions.
…When I got back home, there was a new Coffee & Covid issue from Jeff Childers. It included this section.
Yesterday I reported on the untimely, sudden and unexpected death of 50-year-old Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins, which is now creating controversy. Also yesterday, following a preliminary autopsy, Columbia’s attorney general issued a statement claiming that no fewer than TEN psychoactive and recreational drugs were found in Hawkins’ system, including pot, antidepressants, benzodiazepines, LSD, cocaine, heroin, and opoids. Basically the entire list. According to Columbian officials, he was a walking pharmacy.
So, for a brief moment, it looked like just another sad stereotypical “rock star overdoses on drugs” story.
But some facts didn’t seem to fit the overdose narrative, and now there’s a controversy brewing. First, the Columbians didn’t release a cause of death, despite finding all those drugs. Next, Columbian newspaper Semana reported that the autopsy also revealed Hawkins’ heart was enlarged, weighing over 600 grams, twice the weight of an average adult male’s heart. According to Semana, local officials said the drummer’s enlarged heart must have played some part in his death.
Next, the Daily Mail reported that witnesses at his hotel said Hawkins called the front desk for help due to “chest pain” before being found dead in his room when help arrived. The fact that father-of-three Hawkins called the desk and communicated intelligently about his condition, asked clearly for medical assistance, lucidly described concerns related to his heart — not issues typically related to overdosing, has generated some skepticism in the developing official story.
Next, a compelling recent interview video shows Hawkins discussing his health, his kids, the demands of touring, and saying he lives a normal, boring, healthy lifestyle. He said he doesn’t go to parties and his family doesn’t “live that kind of Hollywood rockstar life.” He says he doesn’t hang out with actors, is an avid cycler, and admits if he could just quit smoking he would be “the picture of health.”
Finally, alert readers pointed out this is the second sudden, unexpected tragedy for the band in under a year. Last June, the Foo Fighter’s stage manager, Andrew Pollard, also died suddenly and unexpectedly. The 45-year-old father of two young children, Arlo and Ren, was — ironically — also found dead in his hotel room after retiring for the night. Pollard’s death came just a few weeks after the band began requiring proof of vaccination for fans to attend its concerts.
Being in the Foo Fighters — a band that has been stable for over 20 years — is starting to look like it might be bad for your health, for some reason. Or possibly like a real-life game of Clue. Did they check whether Mrs. Green was in the Library with the Candlestick?
In the previous issue, Childers wrote: “You may recall the Foo Fighters made news last summer by being one of the first bands to require all their fans to show proof of vaccination in order to buy a concert ticket on their tour ‘Live in the USA.’”
It’s Occam’s Razor for me, folks. I don’t do fucking stupid. Also, I never once even considered getting it. The last vax I got must have been around 50 years ago. LOL. Why would I get any medical treatment whatsoever that I have zero personal medical need for?
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