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December 2011



ONDCP propagandist suddenly concerned about accuracy of information

This is hilarious.

Kevin A. Sabet: Former ONDCP propaganda writer, who was involved in helping the Drug Czar craft his campaign of misinformation about drugged driving (you know, the one we helped refute and forced a correction) complete with blatant misuse of NHTSA study statistics, who never complained when the Washington Post printed absolute lies […]

New York Times discusses the challenges of cops with a conscience and a voice

I don’t know if it’s just my imagination, but the New York Times seems to really be stepping up recently. The latest is an excellent article: Police Officers Find That Dissent on Drug Laws May Come With a Price

The article discusses the cases of several cops who have been disciplined or fired for expressing […]

More on the life-saving results of medical marijuana laws

The excellent Maia Szalavitz in Time: Why Medical Marijuana Laws Reduce Traffic Deaths

A nicely-written and clear article on this study and it’s got a huge circulation.

States that legalize medical marijuana see fewer fatal car accidents, according to a new study, in part because people may be substituting marijuana smoking for drinking alcohol. […]


Real people

Was our world made any safer because shortly after these pictures were taken, the women in them were shot in the back of the head?


The recent decision by Governor Gregoire and Governor Chafee (later joined by Vermont’s Governor Shumlin) to formally petition to take marijuana out of Schedule 1 is a pretty big deal, though not necessarily in the way some people think.

Now even conservative publications like the Bakersfield Californian are jumping on the cause:

The governors of […]