It’s good to be back, although I had an incredible time in the Big Apple. Took 70 people around the city, and saw six shows (which combined ended up receiving 11 Tony awards). Just got back last night, exhausted. It’ll take a bit to get caught up.
If you haven’t seen this yet, you should. But be prepared to have not particularly nice feelings for Megyn Kelly, who lies through her teeth.
Oh, by the way, when she says that alcohol has an addiction rate of 10% and cocaine has an addiction rate of 75%, she’s just making that up completely. Those numbers exist nowhere. According to the government’s Institute of Medicine report “Assessing the Science Base,” the percentage of those who use alcohol and become dependent under DSM-III-R criteria is 15%. For cocaine, it’s 17%.
What the hell, let’s add the one with Megyn Kelly on O’Reilly.
I really don’t know how these folks manage to talk with their brains completely disconnected.
How can America’s ‘War on Drugs’ succeed if their Prohibition laws failed? by Johann Hari in The Independent.
When you ban a popular drug that millions of people want, it doesn’t disappear. Instead, it is transferred from the legal economy into the hand of armed criminal gangs. Across America, gangsters rejoiced that they had just been handed one of the biggest markets in the country, and unleashed an Armada of freighters, steamers, and even submarines to bring booze back. Nobody who wanted a drink went without. As the journalist Malcolm Bingay wrote: “It was absolutely impossible to get a drink, unless you walked at least ten feet and told the busy bartender in a voice loud enough for him to hear you above the uproar.”
So if it didn’t stop alcoholism, what did it achieve? The same as prohibition does today – a massive unleashing of criminality and violence.
An unlikely evangelist for legal marijuana, in the San Francisco Chronicle, is a nice feature on Richard Lee of the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act.
This is an open thread.