DEA Official: Drugs are bad

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Sheep can’t say which drugs are worse. (img by Mike Crowl)

tl;dr DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart looks like a clueless idiot insisting all drugs are equally bad.


Congressman Jared Polis recently had the chance to question DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart about current drug policies. Instead of stating facts, all she could do is waste the congressman’s time, only using comments like, “I think…” and “All illegal drugs are bad.” As if the legal status of a chemical compound has any bearing whatsoever on its pharmacology.

When asked over and over if marijuana — you know that stuff the President of The United States of America Barack Obama did inhale – is more dangerous than heroin, cocaine, or meth, she could only offer the South Park-esque answer of, “Drugs are bad, M’Kay.”


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What’s killing us, then and now

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You’re gonna die. (img by New England Journal of Medicine)

The New England Journal of Medicine celebrates its 200th birthday this year with a retrospective on what’s been killing us since they first published under the impressive title New England Journal of Medicine and Surgery, and the Collateral Branches of Science.  The size of the business card necessary to hold that title may have contributed to the mortality rate and you can check that fact by playing with their cool interactive graphic on the Top Ten Causes of Death.

Early reports from the Journal looked at things that are still killing us today, asthma, gunshot wounds, spina bifida but our current understanding medicine makes others rather entertaining to read.

Apoplexy, a syndrome of fainting spells that might mean stroke, seizure, or syncope today, was understood to arise from a “nervous sympathy” by which the stomach influenced the head. Doctors agreed that even a near miss by a cannonball — without contact — could shatter bones, blind people, or even kill them. Reports of spontaneous combustion, especially of “brandy-drinking men and women,” received serious, if skeptical, consideration. And physicians were obsessed with fevers — puerperal, petechial, catarrhal, and even an outbreak of “spotted fever” in which some patients were neither spotted nor febrile. The bill of mortality from 1811 contains both the familiar and the exotic. Consumption, diarrhea, and pneumonia dominated the mortality data, but teething, worms, and drinking cold water apparently killed as well. (more…)

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Canadian SOPA: Bill C-11 passes Commons, allowing for U.S.-style copyright law

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“No survivors? Then where do the stories come from, I wonder?” (img by Maclean’s)

tl;dr Canada is about to illegalize ripping music/content conversion and instate a blank media tax.


After months of review, it looks like the Harper government’s copyright reform bill will likely become law before Parliament’s summer recess.

Bill C-11 passed a final vote at third reading on Monday night, bringing Canadians one step closer to SOPA-like regulation of their media consumption. According to the CBC, the bill was immediately introduced to the Senate after passing the vote, and will likely be sped through the Senate review process, meaning it stands a good chance of becoming law in the coming month.

Regular readers of The Right Click are likely quite familiar with what the copyright bill will mean to Canadians: Bill C-11 would allow rights holders to include ‘digital locks’ on their content, which includes music, video, e-books and software. Users can make copies for personal backups, but all other duplication could result in fines for doing so. (more…)

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Surefire Minimus tactical headlamp

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Batteries included! (img by SureFire)

Flashlights. Always handy. Hands. Always busy. Headlamps! The more tactical, the better. Seriously, if you don’t own a headlamp, reconsider your inventory of illumination. You never know when you’re going to be infiltrating a missile silo, and it pays to be prepared.

SureFire is a big name in weapon lights, so these headlamps definitely have a tactical pedigree. Running on a CR 123 battery the Minimus has between 1.5-50 hours of runtime depending on what you set its variable brightness to, from 1-100 lumens. It’s water- and shock-proof and has a wide beam lens that projects white light to match your field of view. It also has a red light option if you’re just going to switch it on so that you can preserve your night vision. The beam has 90 degrees of rotation. The Minimus even has an SOS beacon setting with a several-day runtime. It weighs 3.3 ounces and includes a headband if you don’t have a helmet. These really are kings of the headlamp world, ($111).

SureFire also makes a Minumus that runs on AA batteries, ($140) and the Maximus, which runs off an internal rechargeable battery and has a variable output up to 500 lumens, in case you wanted a headlamp that can start a fire, ($185).

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