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November 2011



Failing Economics 101

Ray Fisman at Slate bring us Narco Economics. A new study that could help Mexico win its war on drug traffickers.

This article spends most of its time discussing the interesting concept of “forensic economics” being explored by student Melissa Dell, really mostly an academic exercise at this point, having to do with the effect […]

Count the Environmental Costs

Count the Costs is an international organization that focuses on the costs of the war on drugs. They have just released an environmental briefing (pdf) discussing the costs of the war on drugs to the environment.

Send this to all your friends who are active in environmental issues. In general, environmental groups have been friendly […]

Cannabis legalization associated with reduced driving fatalities

Denver Post: Report shows fewer traffic fatalities after states pass medical-pot laws

The passage of state medical-marijuana laws is associated with a subsequent drop in the rate of traffic fatalities, according to a newly released study by two university professors.

The study — by University of Colorado Denver professor Daniel Rees and Montana State University […]

Gingrich and Frank

It’s been discussed a bit in comments, but it’s important to note once again just how horrible Newt would be.

Chris Moody Interview with Newt

Three Republican presidential candidates have shown an openness to handing over control of drugs and medical marijuana to the states. Would you continue the current federal policy making marijuana illegal […]

Cyber Giving Monday

There’s a pretty cool guy named Carlo Garcia (who happens to be a friend of mine) who created quite a stir by spending a year giving a small amount to a different charity each day and blogging about it. (see Living Philanthropic). He got written up in the national press and his small gifts encouraged […]

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a…


Looks like it may be time to freshen up the paint on my rooftop.

The LA Times discusses the potential expanded use of drones in the U.S. (you know, a variation of the kind of thing we’ve been using so successfully in Pakistan to kill children and friendly soldiers).

Drone aircraft, best known […]

Senators declare ‘American Experiment’ dead; move to new system of government

Senators apparently decide the U.S. Constitution, individual rights, and limits on government are “quaint concepts” in this post-911-opportunity world.


The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president—and every future president — the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in […]

Odds and Ends

Top story: Driven By Drug War Incentives, Cops Target Pot Smokers, Brush Off Victims Of Violent Crime by Radley Balko at Huffington Post

Arresting people for assaults, beatings and robberies doesn’t bring money back to police departments, but drug cases do […]

“When our cops are focused on executing large-scale, constitutionally questionable raids at the […]

Think of the children

Fernando Henrique Cardoso must be reading my blog…

Amsterdam, November 22, 2011 – “Would legal regulation and control of drugs better protect children?” is a question posed by former President of Brazil, Fernando Henrique Cardoso in an editorial to be published in the January issue of Elsevier’s International Journal of Drug Policy (IJDP).

The editorial, […]

Getting the message to parents

In the Ottawa Citizen: Kelly Egan: Pot problem: parents won’t go for legalization

Ordinary people are not going to read academic studies, unravel complex science on addictions, or solve a harm-benefit equation.

They are probably going to ask themselves: Would you buy a bag of weed and give it to your teenager?

The hell you […]