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Governments just want to protect you from information for your own good

Our friends at Transform have been using the Freedom of Information Act (the U.K. has one, too), trying to get the Home Office to release their confidential assessment of its anti-drugs strategy.

The Economist has a report on this effort Inconvenient truths: The most creative attempt yet to get around freedom-of-information laws?

The Home Office says that to have two reports about drugs out at the same time might confuse the public, and for this reason it is going to keep its report under wraps.

This is believed to be the first time that a public body has openly refused to release information in order to manage the news better.

You poor simple-minded peasants. Having access to various facts and information would probably confuse your addled brains. Just listen to what we tell you — we’re the best ones to look after your interests.

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9 comments to Governments just want to protect you from information for your own good

  • Bruce

    Look at the 60s hypno coin. Good. You are getting sleepy. Very sleeeepy. Good. All information since 1665 is bogus information. For the correct information use the force that is revealed by the Amazite Mushroom unfortunatly no longer available due to information of its whereabouts being made unavailable after the remote viewing black ops programs of the late early 60s. From now on when hearing the word information you will WAKE UP and look for talking mushrooms in your immediate vicinity. Good luck may you find the INFORMATION you seek.

  • DdC

    Older Americans Overwhelmingly Support Legalizing Medical Pot

    December 22, 2004: Modern Maturity, the AARP magazine, is coming out with a special article on medical marijuana use by retirees in October!

    Drug War Zealots Pressure AARP To Kill MMJ Story

    Cannabis Shrinks Tumors: Government Knew in 74

    Dr. Heath/Tulane Study, 1974

    * The Hype: Brain Damage and Dead Monkeys
    * The Facts: Suffocation of Research Animals

    Many praised the courage of Ray Shafer in maintaining the Commission’s objectivity and neutrality under enormous political pressure, as in the editorial Findings of Fact published in the Meadville Tribune on March 25, 1972. Ray Shafer continued to promote the Commission’s report and speak on drug issues for several years after the report’s release.
    RIP-GovShafer

    The Counterculture Colonel

    “Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now. Thus in France the emetic was once forbidden as a medicine, and the potato as an article of food. Government is just as fallible, too, when it fixes systems in physics. Galileo was sent to the Inquisition for affirming that the earth was a sphere; the government had declared it to be as flat as a trencher, and Galileo was obliged to abjure his error. … Reason and experiment have been indulged, and error has fled before them. It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”
    ~ Thomas Jefferson
    “Notes on the State of Virginia,” 1787

  • Duncan

    When the baby boomers decide that they need/want medical cannabis it’s game over. What the baby boomers want, the baby boomers get.

  • Duncan

    Rats, I thought that AARP story was current. Christ DdC, you dilute your message with so many extraneous links.

  • kaptinemo

    Another sign of how desperate the forces of prohibition have become, to be reduced to such laughably tissue-paper thin justifications.

    But it also illustrates just how dependent upon their control of the bureaucracy prohibitionists are. When that control slips, courtesy of greater pressure from legislators (thanks to anger on the part of the electorate in reaction to this blatantly insulting arrogance), such moves will no longer be tolerated, and will be grounds for even greater legislation for greater accountability, as times get increasingly tighter as taxpayer-supplied money and its’ proper spending becomes a paramount concern for the majority of the electorate.

    Really, they just can’t seem to get it through their heads the war is over and they lost…and it’s as much due to their continual shooting themselves in the foot by tactics such as this as it was in economically playing into the hands of their supposed enemies.

  • ezrydn

    Slightly OT – I read where a Police Chief told the press that Cannabis plants “drink 3-5 gals. of water per day.” I’m no horticulturist but that sounds like a hellova lot of water for one plant.

    Any horticulturists on this long couch that can give me a more factual statement about water usage? I can’t even imagine a “drip” system putting out 5 gal in one day.

  • claygooding

    1 to 1.5 gals a day in west Texas,where it is dry from the end of June until Oct. usually. With the weather changes it is getting harder to know what the norms will be next year.
    As you travel north through Ca,there is more rain in the summer than in south,so the amounts of water will vary with local rainfall.
    What gets me is their claims that growers are using toxic fertilizers on marijuana plants. The chemicals they find at the grow sites are toxic,in full strength,like when they dump them on the ground,but marijuana is a weed,and too much fertilizer burns it up
    very easily and could result in huge hemp plants with very little or no buzz.
    The fertilizers used on marijuana are the same fertilizers and chemicals used by gardeners and farmers all over the world,and for the most part,mixed weaker.

  • interestingly enough, the fertilizer run off that created the gigantic dead zone in the gulf of mexico didn’t come from pot growers.

  • DdC

    Bite me and learn to read
    December 22, 2004