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Medical marijuana is coming to DC

| December 9, 2009 | Reply
Medical marijuana is coming to DC

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is reporting that Congress is giving the OK to medical marijuana in Washington DC.

Who is LEAP?

A group of police and judges who want to legalize drugs pointed to new FBI numbers released today as evidence that the “war on drugs” is a failure that can never be won. The data, from the FBI’s “Crime in the United States” report, shows that in 2008 there were 1,702,537 arrests for drug law violations, or one drug arrest every 18 seconds.

“In our current economic climate, we simply cannot afford to keep arresting more than three people every minute in the failed ‘war on drugs,'” said Jack Cole, a retired undercover narcotics detective who now heads the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). “Plus, if we legalized and taxed drug sales, we could actually create new revenue in addition to the money we’d save from ending the cruel policy of arresting users.”

LEAP’s motto is that while drug use is bad, “The War on Drugs is Worse.”

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Alan Grayson still not apologizing

| October 9, 2009 | Reply
Alan Grayson still not apologizing

Grayson is a fresh voice I enjoy hearing.

I especially agree with Grayson’s point that we need to do something about 120 needless deaths every day. If 120 people died in a plane crash each day for a week, we’d take action and revamp the aviation system. So why do we allow 120 people die each day due to lack of health insurance?

I’m not suggesting that I’m happy with the proposals that I’ve heard so far. I don’t want a system that shovels lots of tax dollars to for-profit health insurance companies to insure a relatively small number of new people. And I’m frustrated that we aren’t talking clearly in terms of how much reform would cost, who would pay it and how much coverage it would provide. We can’t afford heart transplants for everyone, right? So what level of health coverage should we guarantee and how are we going to pay for it? In plain English, please. Without all of the backroom deals. And not passed 12 hours after the public release of a 2,000 page bill loaded with special favors. Let’s talk out in the open like adults. Or is that not possible anymore?

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Alternative medical “cures” flunk out en masse

| June 10, 2009 | 8 Replies
Alternative medical “cures” flunk out en masse

According to the Associated Press, numerous alternative medical cures have now been tested by the U.S. government, at great cost, and almost none of them show any promise at all in controlled studies sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine:

Ten years ago the government set out to test herbal and other alternative health remedies to find the ones that work. After spending $2.5 billion, the disappointing answer seems to be that almost none of them do.

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All that talk about life after death . . .

| March 18, 2009 | 5 Replies
All that talk about life after death . . .

Highly religious people should be more willing to say goodbye to the material world, right? It turns out that devout believers cling ferociously to Earthly life. That’s the finding of a new study reported by the Center for Inquiry:

[T]erminal cancer patients who reported drawing comfort from religion were significantly more likely to demand heroic care during their final week of life than those less attached to faith. Strong believers were also significantly less likely to engage in advance-care planning activities like making a living will, signing a do-not-resuscitate order, or naming a health-care proxy.

The difference between religious and non-religious was not trivial:

Only 3.6 percent of the least religious received mechanical ventilation during the final week of life, compared to 11.3 percent of the most religious.

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Center for Inquiry calls Vatican’s position on biomedical technology deplorable and scientifically insupportable.

| December 12, 2008 | 1 Reply
Center for Inquiry calls Vatican’s position on biomedical technology deplorable and scientifically insupportable.

The Vatican has released a 32-page document titled “Dignitas Personae” condemning numerous procedures considered “immoral” by the Catholic Church, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), the freezing of unfertilized eggs, embryonic stem cell research, and the testing of embryos to help identify those with defects. The Center for Inquiry, a think tank headquartered in Amherst, […]

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Michael Moore’s dream country

| August 19, 2008 | 1 Reply
Michael Moore’s dream country

Michael Moore didn’t mention this country in Sicko, but it offers health benefits that exceed those of most other countries, even France. It is a “model of sustainable ecology.” And check out the prison. This country has the world’s lowest murder rate, yet the longest prison sentence available is 21 years. Name this country . […]

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