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Gun control works, I promise!

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

I just came across this little gem of violence out of Germany, where it seems some sociopath decided to try to kill a bunch of his classmates. Doesn’t look like Germany’s strict gun control laws did much to prevent this violence. Guns don’t create violent people… they will always find a way to hurt someone else if they want to, even mass numbers of people. Gun laws are counterproductive… they only affect the people who would follow the law, and deprive them of the ability to protect themselves when someone does lose it. We can’t legislate people sane.

Posthumous Profit

Monday, July 6th, 2009

I was listening to the radio this morning and heard Lewis and Floorwax conjecturing that Michael Jackson was on track to make more money after his death than even Elvis Presley. Stores are already reporting that the run on MJ’s music is surpassing that of both Lennon and Elvis upon their deaths.

Am I the only person that thinks that this kind of profit after the death of the person responsible for it is completely asinine? Really… in the United States Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, also known as the Copyright Clause, the United States Congress is given the ability “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”

Now, I don’t have a degree in law, and from what I can tell, “common sense” has no place in law, only previous case precedent. But this seems like a very specifically worded section of our primary legal document that seems completely at odds with people and heirs profiting after the death of the performer, because I can’t figure ANY way in which that promotes “the Progress of Science and useful Arts”.

Screw Sonny Bono and the rest of Congress. They enact(ed) laws covering principles they are too stupid to comprehend, yet they think they’re able to because of lobbyist pandering. It’s the worst kind of incompetence… being Unskilled and Unaware of It. Beware, that’s a PDF link… an HTML overview of the PDF is here.

Drug Wars

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

We created it. The “War on Drugs” is a creation of the USA, our hardline stance against any kinds of narcotics creates the violent black market which is tearing apart Juarez, Mexico, as well as Columbia and many other South American countries.

We made this man through our drug policies. Mexico’s most wanted man is a billionaire due to our policies.

Drugs are a social problem, not a legal one. If we treated drugs as a health issue and simply controlled their distribution, the country would have millions more in tax money to work with as well as much lower incidence of violence. Very few people get killed over cigarettes or alcohol any more. There is absolutely no reason the same thing can’t be true for “harder” drugs.

We kill our livers with painkillers like Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen and Aspirin, and we keep effective opiates out of use because of how supposedly bad they are. People abuse opiates the same way they abuse alcohol… some do it too much, but for most, it’s simply a nice escape, and a simple painkiller. Hospitals don’t have to detox everyone that they put on morphine. There’s a reason for that.

America needs to rethink our drug policy. We’re perpetuating violence, and the War on Drugs has directly and indirectly killed more innocents than terrorists have.

Edit: I just found an article via Fark.com about how the FBI director’s head is still in the sand.