When government partners with business, things get wacky, and expensive. Such is the situation here.
80 years ago today alcohol became legal again in the United States. Truly a day to celebrate.
Dr. Mercola explains why WebMD is not the best source for reliable healthcare information. Between the government promoting Obamacare on the site and the pharmaceutical companies (which in many cases are in partnership with the government) promoting their products on the site, WebMD in many ways constitutes an online infomercial for the health care establishment.
The drug war is a colossal disaster. It is a massive sociological experiment which because of crony capitalist forces (and other forces) continues on. Many groups (local police forces, the DEA, testing companies, prison companies and unions) make lots of money and have gained lots of power because drugs are illegal. They are not going to give up this power just because the lives of millions of Americans are destroyed by the drug war every year. Hey, they’ve got to get paid.
If one has a prognosis of death I say let that person take whatever, and try whatever they want.
Again, marijuana or cannabis, for many an effective, non-opiate (non-physically addictive), nearly free treatment for pain is widely illegal in this country. One can however get a prescription for Oxycodone, aka hillbilly heroin, which is viciously addictive and expensive no problem. Such opiates are profitable so long as the effective, largely non-addicting, non-stupefying, nearly free option is kept out of the hands of those who want to obey the law.
3D printing is revolutionizing manufacturing already. From food to guns, the old business models are being undermined. Information is spilling out all over the place, information one can now hold in one’s hands.
The pharmaceutical lobby is the most influential in Washington DC according to a recent survey by APCO Worldwide.
Can we give up this charade please?
In 1919, in the wake of Prohibition being passed, Life Magazine examined the slippery slope America found itself on. Thankfully the USA did wise up and repeal the prohibition of alcohol, but nearly as soon as it re-legalized booze it banned marijuana. It would ban much more in ensuing years.