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Today: Thu, September 18 2014  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
 Health
03 September 2014
 
 
Don't be a Slave of Fascist Bureaucrats
by Scott Lazaroiwitz
 sub-topic» Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

But it isn’t just the enforcers of the laws against harmless behaviors who are criminals for arresting or caging innocent people. The actual government bureaucrats who make up the artificial rules are causing the endangerment of innocent people in the first place. The Congressmen, state legislators, city councilors, etc. — those thugs also need to be arrested and charged with endangerment and threatening the lives of totally innocent people as well, each and every time they pass any law or legally enforceable ordinance that puts an innocent individual’s life at risk. And that includes the Presidents, governors, and mayors who sign such criminally injurious warrants against the hapless public.

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01 September 2014
 
 
Of Morality and Failed Business Strategies...
by Wilton Alston
 sub-topic» Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

Drug prohibition is unarguably malum prohibitum and therefore simply the attempt–misguided and puritanical–to impose the choices of some on the behavior of all. Ergo, it was destined for failure. By the way, this in no way suggests that drugs are good, but then again, neither are Twinkies. Now, if one wants to argue about the possible negative results of drug usage–crime, sickness, whatever–those ostensibly resultant actions, at least those that actually infringe on others, are ALREADY against the law. They are, in fact, malum in se regardless.

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19 May 2014
 
 
Official: There Really Is No Booze Britain 'Epidemic'
by Dick Puddlecote
 sub-topic» Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

So the WHO has quite brilliantly skewered the ethnic argument from the likes of Sheron and Robinson because they simply can't have it both ways. If they want to look at just the rates of those who drink - that is, strip out the people who are teetotal - there are 94 nations with a greater 'booze epidemic' than us.

However, if they insist on sticking to the per capita ranking to advance their agenda, we are 25th but - by their own admission - the proportion of ethnic minority children in schools who will grow up to reject alcohol is "growing rapidly" so our rank will swiftly improve.

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22 November 2013
 
 
Should the Poor be Prevented from Buying "Super-Strong" Alcohol?
by Sean Gabb
 sub-topic» Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

  • In a free country – which this is not – no one should come to the attention of the authorities unless he is suspected of a clearly-defined crime.
  • This scheme is a collective punishment of the poor, who have just as much right to drink as anyone else in England.
  • It is also based on threats of police harassment of any shopkeeper who declines to join in.
  • In general, it is the work of a middle class, puritanical attack on the rights of poor people. Everyone behind it should be sacked, and their department shut down.

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02 December 2012
 
 
The minimal evidence for minimum pricing
by John C. Duffy and Christopher Snowdon
 sub-topic» Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

6. We conclude that predictions based on the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model are entirely speculative and do not deserve the exalted status they have been afforded in the policy debate.

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29 April 2012
 
 
Andrew Lansley and the Nanny State
by Roger Helmer MEP
 sub-topic» Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

The economic costs are obvious but what really strikes me is that a Tory-led government who in their 2010 manifesto promised to protect civil liberties, put an end to the nanny state and stop treating adults like children is now assuming that grown-ups are powerless to resist pretty packaging. This is not only damaging and patronising but profoundly illiberal. As Allister Heath notes, the problem that comes with treating adults like children is that they will start to behave like children. It is the first step of a self-fulfilling prophesy that results in a culture of irresponsibility and entitlement.

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06 January 2012
 
 
The Unseen Cost of Pot Prohibition
by Stefano Mugnaini
 sub-topic» Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

The war on drugs is just another attempt by the state to stifle innovation, limit creativity, and exert its control over every detail of our lives. Many well-meaning people endorse it and genuinely feel that they are doing the right thing. But the problem with wars is that they all end the same way: the result is not peace and prosperity, but widespread suffering and misery.

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31 December 2011
 
 
And They Wonder Why We Hold Them In Contempt?
by Dick Puddlecote
 sub-topic» Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

New Year's Eve is particularly miserable because it's when we celebrate the end of one miserable year and the beginning of another one. Don't be fooled. Next year is going to be just as shitty as this one, if not shittier.

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