The Opioid Crisis Is About to Get Much Worse (And Other Bad News)

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Ron Howard Takes Over the Han Solo Movie

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the directors originally hired for the upcoming Han Solo movie, were fired. Their replacement? Ron Howard. The rumored reason? They were making the damn thing a comedy. Who saw that coming from the guys who did 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie? But whatevs, it still sucks. Listen to Jeff talk about it like a nerd on this episode of The Monday Show!

The New Healthcare Bill and the Opioid Crisis

Let’s talk about drugs! But not in a fun way!

The opioid crisis is such a nightmare that we’re doing an entire episode of Pretty Scary about it soon. Not only is it killing a ton of people (think the crack epidemic, but worse), it’s also looking like it will only get more awful with the proposed healthcare bill and cuts to Medicaid.

The states hit the hardest by this crisis asked for $45 billion in funding over the next ten years for substance abuse treatment. Instead they were promised $2 billion…in 2018. And that’s it. To put this into some perspective, this distribution will only cover about 4% of Ohio’s costs. Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown said “This bill takes away the number one tool we have in the fight against opioids–Medicaid treatment,” and the President’s own newly appointed Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis agreed that Medicaid makes all the difference in addressing this epidemic.

Meanwhile, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price defended the Trump administration’s funding allocations and questioned whether Medicaid even makes that much of a difference.

Even with proper funding, this crisis will continue to be a problem for the long-term. But with such austere cuts and deprivations hovering in the near future, things could get a lot worse.

Adam’s homework recommendation, if you’re interested in learning more about this: there’s a documentary on HBO called Warning: This Drug Might Kill You that’s all about the opioid crisis.

Conspiracy Theorizing: Is Banksy the Founder of Massive Attack?

For years, it’s been rumored that Banksy is actually Robert Del Naja, the lead singer of the band Massive Attack. In an interview on a podcast last week, UK musician Goldie, who’s friends with Banksy, was talking about the commercialization of street art. When Banksy came up, he said:

“But give me a bubble letter and put it on a T-shirt and write Banksy on it and we’re sorted…we can sell it now. No disrespect to Rob, I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.”

Now there seems to be some question about whether Goldie said “Rob” or “Robert,” which means this gets an extra juicy layer of intrigue…if he said “Robert” he most likely meant Robert Del Naja, but if he said “Rob” it’s also possible he meant graffiti artist Robin Gunningham, who was “outed” as Banksy by The Daily Mail a few years ago.

By all reports, it didn’t sound like intentional misdirection but like an honest slip-up. It’s by no means definitive, but it just may be a major hint at one of the great mysteries of the art world!

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