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Alcohol causes far more damage to users and to society than does the use of marijuana, according to a new study published online in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, the journal of the British Association of Psychopharmacology.
Researchers at the Imperial College of London looked at "the relative physical, psychological, and social harms of cannabis and alcohol," reports Paul Armentano at AlterNet. They determined that marijuana smoking, particularly longterm, does some harm to the lungs and circulatory system, and increases certain mental-health risks (which is debatable).
But in contrast, the authors described alcohol as "a toxic substance" responsible for almost five percent "of the total global disease burden."
"A direct comparison of alcohol and cannabis showed that alcohol was considered to be more than twice as harmful as cannabis to users, and five times more harmful as cannabis to others (society)," investigators determined. "As there are few areas of harm that each drug can produce where cannabis scores more [dangerous to health] than alcohol, we suggest that even if there were no legal impediment on cannabis use, it would be unlikely to be more harmful than alcohol."
"The findings underline the need for a coherent, evidence-based drugs policy that enables individuals to make informed decisions about the consequences of their drug use," the researchers concluded.
The findings are underlined by a just-published study, almost completely ignored by mainstream media, showing alcohol use increases lung cancer risk by 30 percent.
Alcohol use causes an incredible four percent of all deaths worldwide -- more than AIDS, tuberculosis, or violence -- according to a February 2011 report from the World Health Organization.
And a just-published study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that in the U.S. alone, an estimated 79,000 lives are lost annually due to "excessive" drinking. The study estimates that the overall cost of excessive drinking by Americans is $223.5 billion each year.
Health-related costs per user are eight times higher for those who drink alcohol when compared to those who use marijuana, and are more than 40 times higher for tobacco smokers, according to a 2009 review published in the British Columbia Mental Health and Addictions Journal.
"In terms of [health-related] costs per user: tobacco-related health costs are over $800 per user, alcohol-related health costs are much lower at $165 per user, and cannabis-related health costs are the lowest at $20 per user [italics added]," the investigators concluded.
Much of the evidence showing that the risks of marijuana are small compared to those associated with alcohol is covered in the excellent book Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People To Drink?, coauthored by Armentano with Steve Fox and Mason Tvert.
Given all the evidence of the enormously higher cost of alcohol use than cannabis use to society, you may be wondering why it's considered socially acceptable for everyone from the President on down to be seen drinking a beer, yet smoking a joint is considered a big deal. And guess which one is against federal law?
http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2011/11/alcohol_is_more_than_twice_as_harmful_as_marijuana.phpAlcohol causes far more damage to users and to society than does the use of marijuana,... more
Obama offers no solutions but continues to acknowlegde Americans growing frustration.
Barack Obama offered more support for global financial system protesters after a weekend of demonstrations across the world.
Speaking at the dedication of a new memorial to Martin Luther King on National Mall, Washington, the U.S. President called on protesters not to 'demonise' Wall Street workers.
He said: 'Dr King would want us to challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonising those who work there.'
Mr Obama is expected to use public anger at Wall Street excess to turn up the heat on congressional Republicans as he tries to gain support for his stalled jobs bill.
He will head to North Carolina and Virginia over the next three days - both vital to his 2012 reelection chances - in visits aimed at winning passage for parts of the $447billion jobs plan.
Spokesman Josh Earnest said: 'The president will continue to acknowledge the frustration that he himself shares about the need for Washington to do more to support our economic recovery and to ensure that the interest of the 99 per cent of Americans is well-represented.'Obama offers no solutions but continues to acknowlegde Americans growing frustration.... more
US Attorneys in California Say They Will Shut Down Dispensaries, Prosecute Landlords and Seize Properties Notwithstanding State Law
Obama Administration's Medical Marijuana Policies Now Worse Than Bush and Clinton Policies
Despite the Obama Administration's promise to respect state law and leave medical marijuana patients alone, its attack on patients and providers operating legally under state law is rapidly escalating. At least 16 landlords in California this week received letters stating that they are violating federal drugs laws and that state law will not protect them. The four US Attorneys in California are holding a press conference in Sacramento today in which they are expected to announce a broad crackdown on medical marijuana.
A series of administration actions in the past month makes it clear that they are engaged in a full scale assault on medical marijuana patients' rights and their ability to access medicine and that they have reconsidered their willingness to allow states with medical marijuana laws to implement those policies without federal interference. The Treasury Dept. is forcing banks in Colorado to close accounts of medical marijuana businesses operating legally under state law. The IRS now says it will not recognize legitimate business expenses of dispensaries and is requiring owners to pay taxes required of no other businesses; the result will be closure of the most well regulated dispensaries and loss of millions of dollars in tax revenue for local governments. And the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives last week ruled that state-sanctioned medical marijuana patients cannot legally possess firearms.
"The Obama administration's latest moves strongly suggest that their medical marijuana policies are now being driven by over-zealous prosecutors and the anti-marijuana ideologues who dominated policymaking in past administrations," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. "Barack Obama is betraying promises made when he ran for president and turning his back on the sensible policies announced during his first year in office. Instead of encouraging state and local authorities to regulate medical marijuana distribution in the interests of public safety and health, his administration seems determined to re-criminalize as much as possible. It all adds up to bad policy, bad politics and bad faith."
http://www.drugpolicy.org/news/2011/10/obama-administration-escalates-war-medical-marijuana-patientsUS Attorneys in California Say They Will Shut Down Dispensaries, Prosecute Landlords... more
For many years the drumbeat of popular leftist rhetoric has involved labeling (their) opponents as “fearmongers.” This term is used to demonize efforts by politicians and media personalities on the right by portraying them as irrational and their ideas or policies as unrealistic and unnecessary. Even though there may be a grain of truth when using this exceedingly rhetorical term, the people on the political left who use it must either be completely unaware of their own brand of fearmongering or they freely admit to their own double standards and hypocrisy.
The accusations against Republicans in recent years have mostly been focused on our attempts to eradicate Muslim extremists and the removal of the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq. But Republicans also find themselves under attack with domestic matters, including issues like homosexual marriage and gun control. The leftists are quick to accuse the right of stirring up panic in order to garner support for what they perceive to be impractical, unconstitutional, or altogether ridiculous causes.
Ultimately, it’s a blatant hypocrisy and a lack of understanding that drives the left into its own fearmongering frenzy.
Their favorite tactic is to call the right “fascists” even when it is fascism that we are trying to confront as a nation. If the intelligence community points out that terrorist attacks are on the rise around the world and a Republican happens to mention it during a television or radio show, they are usually blamed for promoting alarm and hatred toward Muslims. Whether the comments are accurate or not is inconsequential because the goal is to make everyone afraid of that evil Republican’s agenda.
Leadership on the right is called imperialistic when we liberate oppressed people and ask for very little in return. They are called fascists when it is fascism that they are fighting and they are called tyrants when it is tyranny that is being defeated. The sad truth is that the people on the left who accuse the right of these things are the very same ones who promote totalitarian ideologies. Not only does the right have to defeat despotism abroad and suffer the indictments from their opponents, but they also have to fight off the lunge toward despotism at home from those same opponents.
And what does the left say about it? They call the right “war profiteers” and claim that the right wants to endlessly build up the military and create a police state. Despite the fact that of the last 28 years we’ve had a Republican Commander-in-Chief for 20 of them, there has been no emergence of military rule. The fear of “right-wing fascism” was, and is, completely unwarranted.
On the other hand, we now have a military under the command of a Fabian socialist.
War and the military is hardly the only subject that draws attention from the leftist fearmongers. Religion also plays a vital role and leaves them in a constant state of agitation. Fear and restlessness over the approaching theocracy has fueled many attacks by leftist commentators who have no problem expressing their distaste for disagreement on social topics. With abortion, homosexuality, pornography, and drug abuse always finding its way into political discourse, it’s very easy for demagogues to sound the alarm over the imposition of right-wing morality.
Yet somehow the country slides consistently toward an ever-increasing decadence. But that won’t stop the leftist fearmongers from clamoring about theocratic rule.
Another popular target for the left is gun ownership. They love to predict that relaxing gun control laws will lead to the return of the “Wild West,” where they believe duels, rampant vigilantism, and skyrocketing violent crimes will drag down our modern society. Somehow, these leftists remain unaware of the statistics that prove the exact opposite – or they willingly ignore them and choose to frighten the public instead. It’s much easier to blame a gun for the problems in our society instead of many of the illicit behaviors for which the left are enablers.
One of the most prominent objects for scare tactics in recent decades is our planet. The latest fad involves frightening the population about an impending doom called “global warming.” It’s just another leftist agenda found within the broader scope of “killing the planet.” The current global warming fearmongering follows earlier warnings about overpopulation, global cooling, the dying oceans, and the depleting ozone layer. All of these are constantly described as imminent catastrophes that need our immediate attention – and usually all of our money.
Despite the panic and warnings, none of these dire predictions have come true. Sooner rather than later, the global warming alarmism will fade away with the rest of the failed agendas, leaving room for a brand new crisis that needs urgent consideration and action – like our economy.
The economy has become the latest victim of leftist fearmongering. For much of the last year, we have heard Democrats using the economy as a tool for opposition to capitalism and Republican policies. Much of the language used has been nothing short of hyperbole. For many months we have had politicians and the media calling our economic situation “the worst crisis since the Great Depression” – and that was long before the job losses began piling up. The man most responsible for easing the fears and anxiety of the public has been doing the most harm.
Barack Obama has been traveling around the country telling the American People that if the government does nothing, then we will be headed for an economic “catastrophe.” Never mind the fact that we have already spent nearly two trillion dollars, the fearmongering from Obama and his cohorts in Congress and the media has reached unprecedented highs. He has even claimed that only government can provide the solution – and he is cheered for it. The public has such little confidence in the market and is whipped up into such a frenzy because they are subjected to daily fearmongering from the highest political offices in the country.
However, many economists – and even the Congressional Budget Office – believe that if Congress had done nothing, we may have been better off in the long run. But don’t tell that to the promoters of panic.
It’s true that all political persuasions use fear to try to sway public opinion or increase awareness, but there’s a difference between using it to promote legitimate concerns and using it to enact legislation that otherwise would have no chance with a calm and informed populace.
The leftists in this country have been using fear to advance failed theories and to demagogue policies and practices with which they simply disagree. It’s not only dangerous to do this in an environment of already heightened panic and confusion, but it’s irresponsible to do it to a public that looks to the government for information and guidance – despite how wrong that, in itself, may be.
So the next time you hear someone on the left hollering about right-wing fear tactics, stop and think about what they’re saying. Then try to understand the agenda they’re promoting by making you fearful of their opposition’s alleged fearmongering. It’s all part of the same game, but the left apparently refuses to believe they’re one of the contenders.
http://rationalliberty.com/index.php/2009/02/23/fearmongering-from-the-left/For many years the drumbeat of popular leftist rhetoric has involved labeling (their)... more
Troy Davis and Lawrence Brewer were executed Wednesday night. And the nation's reaction couldn't be more divided.
There was heartbreak and outrage at the news that Davis, 42, was put to death for the slaying of a Georgia police officer -- a crime that many, including former President Carter, do not believe Davis committed. Some say the execution of Davis could ultimately lead to the end of the death penalty in the U.S. by underscoring flaws in the legal system.
Among the tweets this morning, carrying the hashtag #TroyDavis: "A KKK member once said they dont need to walk around n sheets,they get us by becomin officers, judges, & lawyers" and "It's so sad it takes the death [of] an innocent man for folks to question the death penalty, so sad".
Davis used his dying breath to insist he was not responsible for killing Mark MacPhail, an off-duty Savannah, Ga., police officer gunned down in 1989 while coming to the aid of a homeless man. "I personally did not kill your son, father and brother," he told the victim's family as he was strapped to a gurney in a Georgia prison in preparation for the lethal injection. "I am innocent."
Doubt about Davis' guilt had been raised after key witnesses recanted their testimony. Death penalty opponents around the world closely followed the case as it made its way through the courts, including a last-minute attempt for a reprieve from the U.S. Supreme Court -- and were shocked and saddened when it did not come.
Meanwhile, Brewer, a 44-year-old white supremacist, was also put to death Wednesday night in Texas for the racially motivated 1998 dragging death of a black man.
The brutality of the killing shocked the nation and ultimately led to new state and federal hate crime legislation. The victim, James Byrd Jr., was looking for a ride home when Brewer and two friends turned on him. They drove him down a remote road, beat him, and then chained him to the back of a truck and dragged him for several miles before dumping his decapitated body in front of an African American cemetery.
Brewer also proclaimed his innocence, to a degree, acknowledging a role in the attack but insisting he did not kill Byrd.
The reaction on Twitter to his death was almost gleeful in some corners, seeming to reflect a belief that Brewer got what he deserved. Among the Tweets: "JUSTICE SERVED" and "That dude deserved guns AND electric chairs...hot mess!"
As the news cycle churned, reaction in the Davis case seemed to move on to efforts to overturn the death penalty, with many calling the execution a watershed moment.
But there were also plenty of comments pointing out a perception of hypocrisy in the different reactions to the deaths. Among them:
--"Lawrence Brewer was also executed while claiming his innocence. Said he assaulted the man, but did not kill him. He didn't get any attention"
--"Why no outrage among celebrities over the execution of racist lyncher Lawrence Russell Brewer?...looking at you @AlecBaldwin"
--"Funny that people are calling 'racism' for Troy Davis when Lawrence Russell Brewer was also executed yesterday, for killing a black man."
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/09/troy-davis-lawrence-brewer-2-executions-2-very-different-reactions.htmlTroy Davis and Lawrence Brewer were executed Wednesday night. And the nation's... more
Troy Davis put to death in Georgia
By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 11:56 PM EST, Wed September 21, 2011
Davis case to become global 'scandal'
NEW: Inmate tells victim's family he was not guilty
Troy Davis put to death late Wednesday
U.S. Supreme Court denied stay of execution
The original prosecutor says the facts support Troy Davis' sentence
Jackson, Georgia (CNN) -- Troy Davis, whose case drew international attention, was put to death by lethal injection for the 1989 killing of an off-duty police officer in Savannah, Georgia, prison officials announced Wednesday night.
Davis was defiant to the very end. After he was strapped to the death gurney, he lifted his head to address the family of the slain officer.
He told the family of Mark MacPhail that he was not responsible for the officer's death and did not have a gun at the time, according to execution witnesses.
Davis said the case merited further investigation, talking fast as officials prepared to give him the lethal cocktail.
The execution followed the U.S. Supreme Court's rejection of a stay, allowing the state to proceed. Davis was declared dead at 11:08 p.m. ET.
Throughout the day, Davis' lawyers and high-profile supporters had asked the state and various courts to intervene, arguing he did not murder MacPhail in 1989.
Davis initially had been scheduled to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. ET. But the proceeding was delayed more than three hours as the justices pondered a plea filed by his attorney.
Several hundred people, most of them opposing the proceeding, gathered outside the state prison in Jackson where Davis, 42, awaited his fate. Others held a vigil in a nearby church.
The inmate's sister, Martina Davis-Correia, was among those who held a vigil outside the prison. Before the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, she said officials needed to take more time to examine the case. "When you are looking at someone's life, you can't press rewind."
More than 100 officers, many in riot gear, stood guard over the largely-quiet gathering, which featured candles, occasional prayers and songs. At least three people who crossed the street had been taken away in handcuffs.
"Tonight the state of Georgia legally lynched an innocent man," Davis' lawyer Thomas Ruffin Jr. said. "Tonight I witnessed something tragic."
Davis' supporters, who also rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court building, argued that his conviction was based on the testimony of numerous witnesses who had recanted, including a jailhouse informer who claimed Davis had confessed.
"There's a genuine feeling among people here and across the nation that we're about to do the unthinkable," said Isaac Newton Farris Jr., president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
But prosecutors have stood by the conviction, and every appeal -- including the last-minute petitions filed Wednesday -- has failed.
Davis's supporters cheered and hugged each other when news of the earlier delay reached them. But it did not sit well with McPhail's mother, who remained at home.
I'm no fan of the Tea Party, but I'm a little turned off by the constant demonization, dehumanization and hypocrisy by those on the left who purport to be anti-hate, humanists ect.
Where is the Southern Povery Law Center wringing their hands about hate and violence toward a particular group? Where is the Anti-Defamation League denouncing the portrayal of right wing Americans as Zombies where the player can simply blow them away with an automatic weapon?
What kind of message does this send to American children, who are constantly turning to be out Jared Lee Loughner psychopaths or violent anti-racists like Harris and Klebold, the Columbine Killers?
Let's turn this around and say that a corporate funded right wing group produced a video game about murdering the DNC, pro-Illegal immigration and pro-abortion groups along with Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and other liberal pundits.
We'd never hear the end of it!
In a new free-to-play online game that's sure to worry as many on the left as on the right, players are sent on a mission to kill "tea party zombies," Fox News anchors, Republican politicians, lobbyists and even activists, using weapons like machine guns, shotguns, crowbars and machetes.
Though entirely based tongue-in-cheek, "Tea Party Zombies Must Die" contains politically provocative imagery, like walking through the offices of Koch Industries wielding a shotgun, or attending a sparsely populated tea party rally and killing activists with a crowbar.
It contains a variety of enemies, such as: "Generic pissed off old white guy;" "Pissed off stupid white trash redneck birther zombie;" "Expresses racist views anonymously on the internet modern klan zombie;" "Factory made blond Fox News barbie who has never had a problem in her life zombie;" "The 'we tricked the God people into believing in tax cuts for the rich' executive zombie;" and the "Koch Industries 'Koch whore' lobbyist pig zombie."I'm no fan of the Tea Party, but I'm a little turned off by the constant... more
here aren’t many things that make me laugh out loud as much as Hypocrisy. American satirist Mo Rocca hit the nail on the head with his quote “Hypocrisy is great fodder for comedy”, how right he was. Some recent events, reported in the UK Media, border on the ridiculous. In one news broadcast, this week, we Brits were informed that the 6 Month long expedition to bring “Democracy” to Libyahere aren’t many things that make me laugh out loud as much as Hypocrisy.... more
President Obama inhabits a largely secular presidency, rarely blending his religious beliefs with his public duties, and spending more Sundays shooting hoops than going to church. So it was a notable shift when Obama went deeply devout for last week's National Prayer Breakfast, telling attendees the role daily prayer plays in his life.
"When I wake in the morning, I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to give me the strength to do right by our country and its people," Obama said. "And when I go to bed at night, I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to forgive me my sins, and look after my family and the American people, and make me an instrument of His will."
("And when I get to work, I sign off on extrajudicial killings of foreigners in sovereign nations we're not even officially at war with... as Jesus would have.")
A cynical interpretation would note Obama's intensely religious rhetoric -- even for a prayerful event -- coincides with the unofficial start of the presidential campaign season.
At the same time, Obama talked frankly about his family's "certain skepticism" about organized religion, and noted his father was "a nonbeliever." Obama's own path to religion was through the civil rights movement.
"Religion is a touchy thing and it has to be handled very carefully to not make it seem like the president is doing it for political reasons," said Jim Pfiffner, a professor of public policy at George Mason University.
Religion maintains a central role in politics and is likely to do so in 2012. Among other features, two Mormons, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman, are considering Republican primary runs, along with Mike Huckabee, an evangelical Christian.
While the Republicans are more closely associated with religion and politics given the strong role Christian conservatives play in the party, John C. Green, an expert on religion and politics at the University of Akron, noted the Democrats have their religious constituencies as well.
Obama in 2008 won in part with the support of black Protestants, Hispanic Catholics, Jews, Muslims and more, Green noted.
"The question in 2012 will be which side, which party will be able to develop that enthusiasm from their core religious constituencies," Green said.
http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/white-house/2011/02/obama-invokes-religious-themes-2012-campaign-nears?jPresident Obama inhabits a largely secular presidency, rarely blending his religious... more
WASHINGTON -- Few candidates in the Republican presidential primary field have decried the federal government with as much gusto as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). The three-term congresswoman has belittled the stimulus package, deemed the Obama administration both corrupt and "gangster," and lamented the "orgy" of spending she sees happening in Washington.
The contempt has served her well, helping her craft the type of fiscally conservative, anti-government message that has catapulted her into frontrunner status for the Iowa Caucus and, more immediately, Saturday's crucial Ames Straw Poll.
But it's simply not supported by the Minnesota Republican's actual record.
A Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Huffington Post with three separate federal agencies reveals that on at least 16 separate occasions, Bachmann petitioned the federal government for direct financial help or aid. A large chunk of those requests were for funds set aside through President Obama's stimulus program, which Bachmann once labeled "fantasy economics." Bachmann made two more of those requests to the Environmental Protection Agency, an institution that she has suggested she would eliminate if she were in the White House.
Taken as a whole, the letters underscore what Bachmann's critics describe as a glaring distance between her campaign oratory and her actual conduct as a lawmaker. Combined with previous revelations that Bachmann personally relied on a federally subsidized home loan while her husband's business benefited from Medicaid payments, it appears that one of the Tea Party's most cherished members has demonstrated that the government does, in fact, play a constructive role -- at least in her life and district.
"It had been a longstanding tradition in Congress to be fiscally conservative in every other district other than your own," said John Feehery, president of QGA Communications and a top adviser to former Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert. "Bachmann apparently is being a traditionalist."
Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/10/michele-bachmann-stimulus_n_922851.html
This woman is the poster child for hypocrisy!WASHINGTON -- Few candidates in the Republican presidential primary field have decried... more
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Ah... like I've said before, to be a Republican you must meet the hypocrite qualificationsAh... like I've said before, to be a Republican you must meet the hypocrite... more
When it comes to the government lobbying efforts of most religious institutions, their activities are notably shrouded in darkness, even as representatives of numerous faiths routinely pressure federal lawmakers on issues ranging from health care to international relations, poverty to abortion rights. http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2011/07/gods-lobbyists.htmlWhen it comes to the government lobbying efforts of most religious institutions, their... more
‘When you bombed these brothers and sisters of mine,, you bombed me,’’ says Jesus in Matthew chapter 25, (paraphrased of course). Obama, as presidents before him, follows the instructions of his promoters, the ruling investors, and disregarding the teaching and warnings of his “personal savior,” gives to the rich at home, bombs abroad to be able to take from the poor everywhere, and lies that this is necessary and good. http://www.countercurrents.org/janson050711.htm‘When you bombed these brothers and sisters of mine,, you bombed... more
All US federal holidays wreak of hypocrisy, representing notions and events other than what they commemorate. Besides Christmas, none perhaps is more celebrated than when America became independent from Britain on July 4, 1776.All US federal holidays wreak of hypocrisy, representing notions and events other than... more
More than ever, the United States is quick to charge other nations with abuse of political prisoners, and to urge indictment of heads of state for doing harm to their own citizens. Yet, the nation with the world’s highest incarceration rate and a justice system saturated with racism claims to have no political prisoners. In fact, scores have been held under cruel and unusual conditions for three and four decades. http://blackagendareport.com/content/four-decades-cruelty-and-inhumanity-us-political-prisonersMore than ever, the United States is quick to charge other nations with abuse of... more
Consider Paul Allen, 55, a former mortgage CEO who defrauded lenders of over $3 billion. This week, prosecutors celebrated the fact they got him a 40-month prison sentence. Consider Roy Brown, 54, a hungry homeless man who robbed a Louisiana bank of $100 - the teller gave him more but he handed the rest back. He felt bad the next day and surrendered to police. He got 15 years. Justice in America has a ways to go. http://www.commondreams.org/further/2011/06/24-8Consider Paul Allen, 55, a former mortgage CEO who defrauded lenders of over $3... more