Category: Straight Edge

  • Gargling Other People’s Shit

    Friday night, I went to Mosh. The music was good, most of the people were fine. But there was a scattering of people there who I absolutely can’t fucking stand. Fair dos, Derby isn’t massive and the alt scene is basically one hundred people at any one time, you’re gonna bump into them cos this…

  • On Straight Edge And Real Love

    One of the many shitty sayings I hear sxe kids saying is this: “If you’re not now, you never were.” Depending on how you count it, I’ve been straight edge for thirty-two (last time I was drunk) or eight years (last time I had caffeine). I actively avoid any psychoactive substances. I tried smoking once…

  • You Straight Edgers, You’re All Control Freaks!

    When I meet vegetarians or vegans, I don’t start saying shit to them like, “OH, BUT WHAT ABOUT CARROTS? WHAT ABOUT THEIR SUFFERING? WHAT ABOUT THE POTATOES YOU’RE BRUTALLY MURDERING IN POTATO ABBATTOIRS?” Why? Because I’m not a fucking dick. They’ve chosen to live their lives differently to me and I respect their decision even…

  • Can You Abstain From Something You’ve Never Tried?

    I drank like a fish from 13 to 16. I skived school to go drinking and smoke the cigars I’d nicked out of my Dad’s desk. I was with my mates, we were kids, it was fun. We’d get pissed and set fire to stuff. I used to love drinks that would turn my piss…

  • Straight Edge Bullshit Quizzing

    Beyond abstinence, edge is anything you want it to be. Fuck a set of rules, it’s not a religion. Because I’m old, the wrong colour and not cool, snotty kids, edge and not, often ask me questions, testing whether I pass their GRAND TESTS OF EDGE. Y’know, like dickhead blokes do to women/girls to test…

  • Cigarettes May Lead To Alcoholism

    Smoking is a well-known risk factor for subsequent alcohol abuse, but the mechanisms underlying this link are unknown. Now researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Neuron on July 18 show in a study conducted in rats that even a single exposure to nicotine temporarily changes how the brain’s reward system responds to alcohol and…

  • Drinking Reduces Neurogenesis By Up To 40%

    Drinking a couple of glasses of wine each day has generally been considered a good way to promote cardiovascular and brain health. But a new Rutgers University study indicates that there is a fine line between moderate and binge drinking — a risky behavior that can decrease the making of adult brain cells by as…

  • Happy Pills Make You Sad

    A five year study conducted with thousands of local teenagers by University of Montreal researchers reveals that those who used speed (meth/ampthetamine) or ecstasy (MDMA) at fifteen or sixteen years of age were significantly more likely to suffer elevated depressive symptoms the following year. (Source: Science Daily) It’s a very simple rule of thumb: for…

  • Alcohol Concern: UK Gov Puts Private Profits Before Public Health

    Don Shenker, chief executive of Alcohol Concern, said: “It’s all carrot and no stick for the drinks industry and supermarkets. “By allowing the drinks industry to propose such half-hearted pledges on alcohol with no teeth, this government has clearly shown that, when it comes to public health, its first priority is to side with big…

  • Capitalism Fails Yet Again

    Northern Rock is to be nationalised, the BBC’s business editor Robert Peston has learned. A consortium led by the Virgin group was leading bids to run the beleaguered bank, while a management buyout had also been considered. But ministers have decided that nationalisation – the first such move since the 1970s – was the only…

  • Capitalism = Cancer

    Smoking rates have more than doubled in Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union, researchers say. The Bath University-led team said “aggressive targeting” of women by tobacco firms was behind the rise. Researchers monitoring 7,000 people over 11 years found 7% of women smoked in 1992, compared with 15% in 2003, the Tobacco Control…

  • Dispatches – Drinking Yourself To Death

    A normal liver on the left, a cirrhotic liver on the right. Mmmm… tasty fibrosis! Dispatches investigates the medical profession’s warnings of a liver disease time bomb by organising a unique experiment – using cutting edge technology not yet available on the NHS to test the health of people’s livers in London and Birmingham. In…

  • A Guide To Stressful Living

    A calming pic to de-stress you… Via the always great Lifehacker, click here for a great guide on how to live a more stressful, less happy life! Here’s some of my fave bits: 1. Attempt to control absolutely everything This is one of the more practical ways of achieving high levels of stress, and can…

  • At Last!

    The smooth, mellow flavour of lung cancer. Smoking in enclosed public places will be banned in England from 1 July next year, the government has announced. The ban covers virtually all enclosed public places including offices, factories, pubs and bars, but not outdoors or in private homes. (Source: BBC News) Yes! Now maybe I’ll be…

  • Are Humans In Symbiosis With Yeast?

    Saccharomyces cerevisiae – Brewer’s Yeast. Would you be here without it? First, I know many non-geeky types read Bzangy so here’s some jargon-unwrapping: Symbiosis (pl. symbioses) (from the Greek words syn = con/plus and biono = living) is an interaction between two organisms living together in more or less intimate association or even the merging…

  • German Experts Accepted Tobacco Bribes

    Leading German public health experts who played down the dangers of cigarettes – including one who argued that discrimination against smokers was like the Nazi persecution of the Jews – have been secretly financed for years by the tobacco industry, it has been alleged. (Source: The Independent) Yet more manipulation by the tobacco multinationals. Look…

  • So, Where Are The Adverts?

    Charles Saatchi, the adman who was responsible for Margaret Thatcher raping Britain Bzangy has no ads. For about two days, I had a little link to my EMI album on iTunes. But it felt wrong. If people want to buy my music, I think they can find it easily enough without my shepherding. Neither do…

  • Another One For You Stoners

    Smoking marijuana can affect blood flow in the brain so much that it takes over a month to return to normal. And for heavy smokers, the effects could last much longer, a new study suggests. Regular marijuana use can harm memory and the ability to make decisions, according to Jean Cadet at the National Institute…

  • One For You Stoners

    …we are in the process of commissioning an expert review of all the academic and clinical evidence of the link between cannabis use and mental health, particularly schizophrenia. “There is medical clinical evidence now that there is an important causal factor between cannabis use and schizophrenia – not the only factor, but an important causal…

  • BAT: Real Supervillains

    Martin Broughton, Chairman of BAT. This is the man who plans to give your kids cancer I grew up reading comics. I still read comics, although now they’re called graphic novels for some wanky reason. In comics, the supervillains have amazingly diabolical and quite often slightly unbelievable schemes of evil. That is the point, after…