Philadelphia


This nonsense has been hanging over our heads, faithful NHL fans with an eye for labor unrest would agree, for probably close to 2 years, and what should be closer to 8, since the last time the league pulled this powerplay, and proudly broke the will and the leadership of the NHLPA.  There would have to be a rumble in the next CBA, and so here we are.  NHL Lockout 2012, in much the same fashion as they brought us NHL Lockout 2004 and NHL Lockout 1994.  And by many of the same offensive offenders.  Jeremy Jacobs, Ed Snider, Lou Lamoriello, and of course, the worst commissioner in professional sports, by a mile, the front man and lead goon in a record 3rd lockout, Gary Bettman.

We don’t care for the argument that he is only doing what he is told.  That’s not true.  The owners are doing what Bettman tells them to do, and not vice versa.  Bettman has tightened up the NHL bylaws so that the power of the commissioner is nearly indomitable, as the obviously very astute Ken Dryden reminds us in the recent article excerpted below:

In NHL governors’ meetings, Bettman would point this out, at first forcefully, over time as if possessed.  He presented elaborate charts: Here’s what the league and individual teams take in, here’s what we spend. It makes no sense. Here’s what winning teams spend, here’s what losing teams spend. There’s no correlation between spending and performance (there was, in fact, some correlation). It makes no sense.

He would run a roll call of teams, and one by one take team owners, with all their private business splashed up on a big screen for everyone to see, to the principal’s office. Here’s what you’re doing – you idiot – here are the results you’re getting – you moron – and, always prefaced by the anti-trust defeating phrase, “Of course, you have the right, as everyone does, to make any decision you want” – what are you going to do in the future – you total fool.

To get out of the principal’s office, team owners learned to respond as if at an AA meeting.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/league-and-players-are-fighting-in-an-age-of-disagreement/article4543964/

And:

He had to get their support to change the NHL bylaws so that a higher percentage of team owners were required to override any proposed agreement with the NHLPA he brought to them. Then he’d need the support of only a few friendly owners, and the negotiations were his. He got the bylaws changed.

This is part of the reason he gets to so cockily tout his position in the negotiations, like saying “we simply feel we are paying the players too much money.”  Obviously, as is evidenced by the spate of huge contracts being offered by these owners, of their own free will mind you, they do not feel they are paying the players too much.  A small market team, for God sakes, offered the richest contract in history not once but twice in the same day, when Minnesota signed Suter and Parise.  BTW, we hate Parise, obviously, but could not argue at all when asked for comment on the labor situation, and he said “You know Bettman loves his lockouts.”

It’s another part of the reason, for the sport of it.  And what kind of guy gets off on depriving workers of their livelihoods?  Make no mistake about this, there are workers that are going to be deprived of their jobs.  All arena workers, and many ancillary workers, players aside.  This is not a good guy.  If you listen to his press conferences and interviews, do you not get the distinct impression you are hearing from a sheisty lawyer telling multiple lies a minute.  Forget that he invoked the price of jet fuel and hand massages when asked about inflation affecting the owners.  It’s not that.  It’s that he is a mean and vindictive labor leader and therefore, needs to be vigorously protected from by the union.  It’s also that he hasn’t come up as extremely intelligent when dealing with labor issues, franchise issues, potential owners, and just about all the really relevant issues affecting the league.

We haven’t thought much of him from the get go.  But apparently NHL owners are either none too hard to please or even less bright than Bettman himself.  And they don’t have too much more of a heart than Bettman either, sanctioning these lockouts, which almost feel like a rite of passage at this point.  Here is some very pointed criticism of Bettman from another good article on the looming lockout and specifically, on Bettman’s performance and on the league, from author and economist Andrew Zimbalist:

“It means it is poorly managed,” said our frank, 64-year-old professor of economics at Smith College in Massachusetts, and author of 20 books, including May The Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy.

“Mr. Bettman, although he has some qualities that are admirable, has made a lot of bad decisions,” Zimbalist said this week, before Thursday’s confirmation that we are heading towards Bettman’s third lockout since becoming the commissioner of the National Hockey League in 1993. “He has not promoted effective management at the team level, and he is unwilling to admit his mistakes and walk away from them.”

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl-lockout/2012/09/13/nhl_lockout_cba_betmann_bad_for_business/

Zimbalist calls the game’s popularity in the USA as on a “thin string.”  He criticizes Bettman for threatening the stability and popularity of the game in the US, and for insisting on a bad policy of expansion in the American southeast where he was in essence, forcing the game on little interested markets.  Yet he is the guy asking for a 15% reduction in salaries, a reduction that actually equates to a 17.3% reduction in salary when the league’s new definition of hockey related revenue is applied.

The owners are destined to fight, obviously at Bettman’s behest, because they feel that the players, who agreed to rollbacks and other severe concessions last time, could be broken again, should they apply a little financial pressure in the form of lost earnings.  The players need to fight because they got beat so badly last time.  They need to resurrect the reputation of the union, which once had a fine reputation as smart and tough, is now considered a laughingstock.

Things like that are gonna have a funny way of changing the perception with a guy like Donald Fehr running things for the players.  The players needed a good guy, and perhaps, they got the best guy there ever was in sports labor relations.  Is Fehr an evil lawyer himself?  A bit.  But he’s brilliant.  He’s a guy you know has thought through every angle.  So brilliant, and hammer him for this if you like, but he was able to keep accountable steroid testing out of baseball for years and years after the steroid problem had become a scandal and a black mark on the game.

For Fehr, that’s an opportunity to keep big stats in the game, which keep leading to record contracts.  As it is his job, first and foremost to fight for the union, and the big contracts are phenomenal for the union.  We can’t see how Bettman feels all that comfortable in this confrontation.  Zimbalist also feels that by offering the players a 15% reduction, that Bettman was negotiating from an “unreasonable position”, which smells like, at the very least, bad faith to us.

We think Fehr knows a lot of tricks that Bettman hasn’t seen yet.  We know he’s gone to school, to Harvard, essentially, on the NHL and it’s embarrassing practices.  And Fehr and the players both understand the necessity of re-making the union’s reputation.  That’s not the kind of thing that a guy like Fehr undertakes lightly.  He refused to open negotiations early, knowing full well of the league’s intend to lockout.  Fehr is not exactly shying away from this course of action.  He’s ready to fight, and he’s a guy who really has never lost a fight like this, in a league of his own.

We think the players are doing a good job in the press, as the owners unreasonable position seems ironclad.  The players winning press is going to help the players ultimately get a nice deal.  Once the fans and media become totally entrenched in their position as pro player, Bettman is going to drop the nonsense and talk turkey.  We see Fehr bamboozling Bettman at that time, in ways that Bettman won’t be able to figure out for a few good years of head scratching, just like every CBA, pretty much, that Bettman has gotten for his greedy, malicious owners.

Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

Sean Avery (above) on top of Edmonton cry baby Ladislav Smid.

After Sunday afternoon’s Ranger’s blowout victory, defeated Edmonton defenseman Theo Peckham fumed that Sean Avery’s 3rd period actions precipitated a 5 on 5 brawl.  Peckham contended that Smid challenged the Ranger agitator to go, and that Avery’s reply was to the tune of ‘not now, next shift.’  Then Avery pounced on Smid and beat his face in.

Did Smid go down like that?  So what if he did?  Avery, when told of Peckham’s accusation, said “That’s what he said?”, unable to suppress the laughter.  Was he laughing at the assertion, or did the matter simply amuse him, however Smid went down?  Ace New York Post Rangers’ beat writer and hockey columnist Larry Brooks suggested on Monday that such an action was typical Avery and well within his nature.

As if that’s a bad thing?  Avery, the player who stirs the drink for the Rangers, went what seems like a whole season between stirring drinks, playing completely listless hockey for the Rangers last year, who failed to qualify for the playoffs, in what may have been #16’s worst season.  And after a November 4th tilt in Phily in which the Flyers once again bullied the Rangers up and down the ice, led by public enemy number one, Daniel Carcillo, this Rangers fan became disgusted, like many others, by the soft tone of the team.  Carcillo famously got Rangers’ star forward Marian Gaborik into a fight last year.  Sometimes a fight is unavoidable, but the Rangers response at having their best player targeted was nil.  Inexcusable.  And when Carcillo continued his antics in Phily 2 weeks ago, the Rangers did respond, but it was too little, too late.  The Rangers were already squarely off their game, and even admirable tough guys like Rangers’ heavyweight Derek Boogard and NHL middleweight champion Brandon Prust, who won fights after Carcillo’s dirty hit on Ruslan Fedotenko, were merely reacting.  They were not taking the initiative.

Despite having lost a tough game tonight at the Garden to the Bruins 3-2, the Rangers are playing much better hockey, and it has started to seem that the Rangers are more ready to respond to physical challenges.  For one, Sean Avery is noticeable once again, and if he has to sucker punch someone to be that, then let’s get to sucker punching.  The Rangers, a team stocked wth young players, have begun to give their tougher stock more ice time, like Brandon Prust, who arrived here from Calgary as a four minute man, but now plays a regular shift, even killing penalties.  So what if he got caught up ice on the tying goal with 2+ minutes to go in Pittsburgh?  It’s going to happen.  But you have to have confidence in guys.  And Tortorella does.  To the coach’s credit, because it hasn’t always seemed that way, which is why we’ve been critical of him.  And when you play Brandon Prust for 15 minutes instead of 4, that’s 11 more minutes on the ice for a guy who had approximately 40 fights last year, increasing the odds that he will keep opposing scum honest, in a way that the Sean Averys and Daniel Carcillos of the world can not be contained.

The Rangers went down 2-1 Monday night in a blink, after protecting a 1-0 lead for almost the entire 2nd half of the game.  Perhaps an even dirtier player than Carcillo, Cindy Crosby, seemed to commit at least 2 obvious stick infractions that were not called.  Is there ever a call that doesn’t go Crosby’s way?  The kid has a Stanley Cup ring on account of a blown call, after all.  But young Ranger power forward Brandon Dubinsky, now with 11 goals, seems to genuinely have a thing for Crosby, and has made it a point to pursue the Pittsburgh star, stalking him for the precious opportunity to rearrange #87’s face.  And Dubinsky beatifully set up both the tying and winning goal, in a most improbable win in the Rangers first game in Pittsburgh’s new arena. 

For the first time in a couple of years, the Rangers seem to have a squad that may be more than timid, in terms of going on the ice and taking respect, though Theo Peckham surely doesn’t seem to think so.  The real test of mettle for the Rangers will be the next time they face the Flyers.  As for Peckham, it’s a flipping hockey game, Theo.  When you come to the Garden these days, don’t be surprised if you get punched in the face, regardless of any alleged gentleman’s agreements.

LET’S GO RANGERS!

Crack (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com, www.crackbillionair.com)

Tablet Photo Tablet NameTablet Name is the street name that was submitted with the tablet (or the common street-name for an imprint if no name is submitted with a tablet). The individual tablet page may also give alternative names based on similar tablets that have been submitted in the past or information collected by the source organization. Active ContentsActive Contentsis a list of substances detected by the lab. Date PublishedDate Published is in most cases within two weeks of the date that the tablet was received by the lab (MAPS and other non-Ecstasydata results not included). Date TestedDate Tested the approximate date when the sample was tested by the lab. Location Tablet SizeTablets are weighed and measured with tablet diameter and height being displayed in millimeters (mm) and weight displayed in milligrams (mg). This is the full weight of the tablet, including all binders and fillers and is not the mass of the detected substances. Data SourceMost of the data on EcstasyData.org is for tablets submitted by the public with lab testing organized by the EcstasyData project. Various organizations have also contributed data to EcstasyData.org. Links are provided to contributing organizations’ websites as well as to information describing the organization and their involvement with the EcstasyData.org project.
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1929 G Lady
  • MDMA
  • 1
Jul 21, 2010 Jul 21, 2010 Deer Park, NY 382 mg, 9.2 x 4.9 EcstasyData.org
1930 white puma
  • MDMA
  • 1
Jul 21, 2010 Jul 21, 2010 Carthage, NY 176 mg, 7.2 x 4.0 EcstasyData.org
1931 White Diamond
  • TFMPP
  • BZP
  • 3
  • 2
Jul 21, 2010 Jul 21, 2010 Carthage, NY 282 mg, 8.6 x 4.2 EcstasyData.org
1932 Pink Monkey
  • TFMPP
  • Pseudo/Ephedrine
  • Caffeine
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Jul 21, 2010 Jul 21, 2010 Carthage, NY 329 mg, 8.1 x 6.0 EcstasyData.org
1933 G Lady
  • MDMA
  • 1
Jul 21, 2010 Jul 21, 2010 New York, NY 393 mg, 9.2 x 4.8 EcstasyData.org
1934 Red Diamond
  • MDMA
  • 1
Jul 21, 2010 Jul 21, 2010 Los Angeles, CA 317 mg, 9.3 x 5.1 EcstasyData.org
1935 Methylone
  • Methylone
  • 1
Jul 21, 2010 Jul 21, 2010 Alief, TX EcstasyData.org
1936 Green AK-47
  • Caffeine
  • Unidentified
  • 2
  • 1
Jul 21, 2010 Jul 21, 2010 High Point, NC 291 mg, 8.0 x 5.7 EcstasyData.org
1938 Superman
  • TFMPP
  • BZP
  • MDMA
  • 4
  • 2
  • 1
Jul 21, 2010 Jul 21, 2010 St. Paul, MN 298 mg, 7.1 x 4.9 EcstasyData.org
1939 triangle
  • None Detected
Jul 22, 2010 Jul 01, 2010 New York, NY 264 mg, 8.1 x 5.3 EcstasyData.org
1940 Homer Simpson
  • TFMPP
  • BZP
  • 20
  • 1
Jul 22, 2010 Jul 01, 2010 Miami, FL 268 mg, – x – EcstasyData.org
1941 Puma
  • MDMA
  • Caffeine
  • 20
  • 1
Jul 22, 2010 Jul 01, 2010 Los Angeles, CA 355 mg, 9.3 x 5.0 EcstasyData.org
1942 abby road
  • MDMA
  • Procaine
  • 2
  • 1
Jul 22, 2010 Jul 01, 2010 San Francisco, CA EcstasyData.org
1943 Starlight
  • MDMA
  • 1
Jul 22, 2010 Jul 01, 2010 San Francisco, CA EcstasyData.org
1944 fleur de lis
  • TFMPP
  • BZP
  • 5
  • 1
Jul 22, 2010 Jul 01, 2010 San Francisco, CA 291 mg, 8.1 x 4.9 EcstasyData.org
1945 wholly molly
  • MDMA
  • Methylsulfonylmethane
  • 25
  • 1
Jul 22, 2010 Jul 01, 2010 Cabin John, MD EcstasyData.org
1946 triple crown
  • MDMA
  • 1
Jul 22, 2010 Jul 01, 2010 Orlando, FL 296 mg, 8.1 x 5.3 EcstasyData.org
1927 blue dolphin
  • MDMA
  • 1
Jun 17, 2010 Jun 17, 2010 Boston, MA 319 mg, 8.1 x 5.8 EcstasyData.org
1928 smiley
  • mCPP
  • 1
Jun 17, 2010 Jun 17, 2010 Copenhagen, Denmark 221 mg, 8.1 x 3.2 EcstasyData.org
1923 PL
  • None Detected
Jun 16, 2010 Jun 16, 2010 Cohasset, MA 221 mg, 8.1 x 4.3 EcstasyData.org
1924 blue bomb
  • MDMA
  • Caffeine
  • 5
  • 1
Jun 16, 2010 Jun 16, 2010 Los Angeles, CA 292 mg, 8.1 x 6.3 EcstasyData.org
1925 internet explorer
  • MDMA
  • Caffeine
  • 5
  • 1
Jun 17, 2010 Jun 16, 2010 Los Angeles, CA 299 mg, 8.2 x 6.0 EcstasyData.org

https://dancesafe.org/content/story/july-ecstasydata-review-crackbillionair

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/crackbillionair-teams-with-dancesafe-for-the-good-of-the-scene/

www.dancesafe.org has published our latest piece on www.ecstasydata.org’s lab results, as promised.  Check it.

Be Smart,

Crackbillionair (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com, www.crackbillionair.com)

“Seest a man diligent in his calling, he shall stand before kings, he shall not stand before mean men.”

–Solomon

This page is not yet five months old, and already, we may boast of a few things.  More people have come here to read about Ecstasy than used the NYC homework helpline in 2009-2010.  We are proud to have all of you.  Especially those pill reporters who took the time to test or sample their pills, or both, and submit their findings to www.pillreports.com, and then took more time to come here and make comments about their experiences, or to exchange a kind word.

There was steamroller, who famously plugged a Blue Pokeball and then hopped in his car for a drive from Los Angeles to San Diego.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/cali-man-goes-anal-route-with-blue-angry-bomb-pokeball/

chemlover out in Texas who we must thank for reporting and testing from an important area to know about–a border area where we know a lot of pills are coming from.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/texas-chemlover-contacts-crack/

And how could we forget Florida’s most diligent and meticulous tester, the great kaspk, who not only has time for Pill Reports and for us, but who also videotapes his test results and youtubes them?

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/kaspk-youtubes-mecke-test-on-fake-paul-frank-cutouts/

That’s just to name a few.  We have to thank all of you, because whatever it is that we’ve put together on this little page is being noticed.  A few weeks ago, I was contacted by www.dancesafe.org’s president, who likes what we do over here, and he asked me to join forces with Dancesafe and do some writing and some analysis of Ecstasy, to track some trends in Ecstasy, to track certain pills, and obviously, to reduce harm in our community.  To put the relationship between Dancesafe and Crack in some perspective, I would refer you all to the incomparable Special Ed’s lyric, about the finder and the founder (“You was the finder/I was the founder/I was around a/long time ago”).

It is an enormous honor for me to be recognized by Dancesafe, undoubtedly the most important institution in our scene there has ever been.  I was practically a kid, going to www.dancesafe.org multiple times a day, debating about my MDA pills (Sunflowers, Ones) fervently, or checking out other pills, or just scrolling through pics of pills and trying to familiarize myself with their chemical composition.  I even made a close friend through Dancesafe–perhaps the friend I respect most–on Dancesafe.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/34-methylenedioxyamphetamine-d-e-a-code-7400/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/13/an-odd-report-on-amphetamine-white-spiders-that-were-tested-in-quebec/

How’d that happen?  We were arguing about pills, of course.  If I never had any association with Dancesafe after that, I’d say I had won big, because friends for life don’t grow on trees.  But Dancesafe’s kid, their little boy, who would still be at Sound Factory at this time 10 years ago, or at mixed night at Limelight, is all growed up.  And for some reason, the institution has taken notice, of little old Crack and his Pokeball and Quebec amp updates, and our breakdown of www.ecstasydata.org’s lab results.

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/mays-test-results-from-dancesafe-and-our-analysis/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/blue-star-pokeballs-adulterated-with-caffeine/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/27/purple-dragonfly-pokeballs-adulterated-with-caffeine/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/06/18/blue-angry-bomb-pokeballs-and-purple-internet-explorer-pokeballs-adulterated-with-caffeine/

It’s not like we don’t have our own credentials either, forgive the lack of humble speak.  I have sat in Dr. Shulgin’s living room on Mount Diablo, and watched black hawks soar through the Shulgin’s skylight, while Sasha showed us his picture albums–looking at photos from house parties of Timothy Leary and Oscar Wilde’s sons, among others–while the Dr. asked me questions I am still contemplating 6 years later.  When I started this page, it was partly with a wildly selfish intent–to promote my writing, and the film company of my partners and me, a little outfit we call Formula 411.  Dr. Shulgin is one of our projects, Terry Singeltary Sr., the world’s foremost researcher on CJD and pryon disease, is another.

Of course, I am a bit of a historian on the New York underground–proudly so–and my fiction is defined by realism and my crystal clear memories of New York’s scene, from the 1990’s on, and it is funny and disturbing as hell.  I am very honored to bring my New York City roots to Dancesafe, and promise to represent my underground hardcore, while learning and analyzing your underground–particular talents of mine.

Hey, I can barely set an alarm clock, and straight up, I am a scientific layman, but I will analyze your pills and data every which way, so that you know exactly what you are dealing with.  My pleasure.  It’s my calling–I’ve always said it was, and now at my advanced age, when I should be thinking about golf or some shit, I am still dissecting pill reports.  Don’t get the idea that this particular layman is going to be bad for your knowledge of the scene, and that my reports won’t be chock full of information.  And Dancesafe’s, and my own scientific experts vett these reports so that any layman issues come to you with a distinguished expert’s polish.

Please follow the work that Dancesafe and I do in collaboration, as well as the work that each site does independently.  Note the links in our right panel, and take advantage of them.  The essence of Formula 411, my essence, is that of the greatest heroes of our past–the ones who put it on the line for the common good, who weren’t afraid to have a voice, despite however “illicit” the cause might seem to some–like Franklin, Voltaire, and Shulgin.

While I possess neither the wit or intellect of any of those men, I do possess a similar spirit when it comes to fighting for and preserving our rights.  Dancesafe is a vital resource to the community, and the loss of any such resource would we be a clear danger to the scene.  With your help, Dancesafe isn’t going anywhere, and now Crack has been given an invite to the party.  To their credit, they have rolled out the red carpet for me so far as well, helping me along greatly and welcoming me to an enormous degree.

Look for our maiden voyage together very soon, as I have analyzed the latest www.ecstasydata.org’s lab results for Dancesafe, and it will go up early in the week.  First there, and then here.  But this collaboration is a monumentous one in that we are both totally comitted to stamping out bad pills, and speaking for myself, to put pressure on makers to come up with a better and more diverse product for us.

With the help of some friends, we’re going to shine the spotlight at the issues plaguing the scene.

Word, Solomon.

Be Smart,

Crackbillionair (https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com, www.crackbillionair.com)