Hey NYC Tribe!
It's time to do things BIG again in NYC. I'm taking nice venue, dope music, tons of hotties, lots of amazing food... You know, NYC RawkStar Style!
This time we're celebrating Philip McCluskey's birthday and how far our little NYC Tribe has come in the last 2 years.
Yes... I know Philip McCluskey is a Scorpio who loves to be showered with attention and love, but shit, I say let's use that as an excuse to get together anyway!
Full details listed below, hope you can make it out.
Philip's Rockstar Birthday Party
So you want to party like a rockstar? Join us on Nov 7th and part it up in honor of Philip McCluskey's birthday!
What: VIP early club admission, DJ, dancing, free Gnosis Chocolate all night long, cash bar, and of course... good vibes and chill conscious party peeps. It's Philip's birthday party, you know how we do it!
Where: Sutra Lounge, 16 First Ave, NYC (private Chakra lounge downstairs)
When: Nov 7th, 8pm (sharp)
Investment in your sexiness: $25 for early VIP admission, chocolate, and dancing if booked before Oct 23rd, $30 after. Purchase tickets here.
$55 for early VIP admission, chocolate, and dancing... Plus a copy of Shazzie's new Ecstatic Beings book. This is $10 off the U.S. price, special for this event only.
How awesome is it that the host has been to Café Gratitude?
Maybe next time the crew rolls through we'll run into to Ms. Silverstone!
p.s. The whole segment is vegan, but not raw but now raw, but who cares!
NPR's Terry Gross interviews journalist Charles Duhigg on the status of American drinking water and how "one in 10 Americans have been exposed to drinking water that contains dangerous chemicals, parasites, bacteria or viruses, or fails to meet federal health standards."
Duhigg reports on the "worsening pollution in American waters" — and regulators' responses to the problem — in his New York Times series, "Toxic Waters." In researching the series, he studied thousands of water pollution records, which he obtained via the Freedom of Information Act.
A fantastic story by NPR about the rise in prescription drug use and its relationship to advertising:
Prescription drug spending is the third most expensive cost in our health care system. And spending seems to grow larger every year. Just last year, the average American got 12 prescriptions a year, as compared to 1992, when Americans got an average of seven prescriptions. In a decade and a half, the use of prescription medication went up 58 percent. This has added about $180 billion to our medical spending.
While there are more medicines on the market today than in 1992, researchers estimate that around 20 percent of the $180 billion increase has absolutely nothing to do with the number of medications available, or increases in the cost of that medication.
Why the increase in spending? Advertising! But why the spike in advertising during the 90's?
In the early 1980s, FDA regulations required that drug ads include both the name of a drug and its purpose, as well as information about all the side effects. But side-effect information often took two or three magazine pages of mouse print to catalog, and this wouldn't do for a major television campaign.
Flash forward to today...
Today, drug companies spend $4 billion a year on ads to consumers. In 1997, the FDA rules governing pharmaceutical advertising changed, and now companies can name both the drug and what it's for, while only naming the most significant potential side effects. Then, the number of ads really exploded. The Nielsen Company estimates that there's an average of 80 drug ads every hour of every day on American television. And those ads clearly produce results:
Quite fascinating. Read (or listen to) the full article here.
Be sure to also check out Dom's Story. She talks very openly about body image, eating disorders and how she overcame it all.
Big thanks to Anthony Anderson for sharing Dominiq's blog with us.