Marijuana the Lost War

But because marijuana remains illegal in so many states, smugglers can take advantage of the patchwork of laws. A pound of marijuana might sell for about $2,000 in Colorado but could fetch three times as much in a large East Coast city.

Again the South refuses to admit defeat. It is costing Mississippi millions to enforces obsolete laws which drag down its economy. Let people destroy themselves on drugs while the better intelligence survives to make humanity progress.

The alternative is what is happening now. “Citing the fact that 142 Americans die from drug overdoses every day, the commission said, “America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.”

“Sen. Cory Booker on Wednesday introduced legislation that would legalize marijuana, expunge federal marijuana convictions and penalize states with racially-disparate arrest or incarceration rates for marijuana-related crimes. The changes are aimed at undoing some of the harm the nation’s decades-long war on drugs has inflicted on poor and minority communities.”

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Free Speech and Slander

Dawkins called Islam “the most evil religion in the world” in a speech last month.

Upon hearing the news that his talk was canceled, Dawkins fired back an open letter to KPFA. One of his questions gets right to the point: “I am known as a frequent critic of Christianity and have never been de-platformed for that. Why do you give Islam a free pass? Why is it fine to criticize Christianity but not Islam?”

Being a critic is part of free speech but promoting lies is not. Everyone has opinions and that is what makes this country great. There is a big difference between opinions and facts. Then the facts have got to have evidence to make them facts. When government forces people to to withhold opinions because of emotional distress it has stepped beyond its bounds. It is culture and virtue that expresses the wisdom to be careful of other people’s feelings. To not have virtue and wisdom is not a crime just a characteristic that does not win friends.

If a radio station has the right to cancel a guest so does the cake maker for being required to go against his beliefs.

Big Pharma Scam

Hospitals and pharmacies are required to toss expired drugs, no matter how expensive or vital. Meanwhile the FDA has long known that many remain safe and potent for years longer

If we are going to fix the health care industry we need to fix the concept of growth in consumption of the industry.

Another problem is marketing drugs and using drugs for pain of problems that are not life threatening. Comfort drugs should not be an option especially paid for by insurance.

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Health, Follow The Money

We all want to enjoy being healthy. Most health problems come from two main sources. Genetic and environment are the main reasons for problems with health. Today we have testing for genetic problems before birth and it is up to the parents to decide the fate of the unborn child and it life long adjustment to its genes and all the issues that come with being unique.

On the other side is the environment which entails many factors such as education, food, experiences, drugs, parental care and directions, etc. Much of life long health is controllable before it becomes a costly problem. It takes willpower for example to eat right, exercise or understanding of risks in sports and other activities. Each individual has to weigh the risk problems against their behavior. How has the incentive changed when the government forces everyone to pay for health care regardless of having the willpower to do things to avoid health problems. When you have to pay why avoid the risks?

Then we have the issues of who profits from poor health? The health care industry has no incentive to see you do not need their services. Insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, medical equipment industry, millions of care takers and doctors, investors in these industries all want as many consumers as they can muster. Not to mention the malpractice Lawyers all do not want to see the population not needing health care.

If we are going to fix the system we need to follow the money and make incentives to not need the products of the health care industry.

Pick or Choose?

Most educational systems are designed by psychological standards to measure efficient use of money. The problem is education has gotten more and more costly due to standard regulations. What is the purpose of education in the first place? To produce consumer/workers? What is happiness?

I suspect that a system that is measured and designed to limit choice has made life simpler. Children only have to know the correct answer out of five choices rather than an infinite picks that life really offers. Do we spend time trying to find the best pick or do we make a quick choice that is just mediocre? The difference between being good enough and being great is how much you say “No”.

Inequality, Fair and Reasonable

“In a paper published in April in the journal Nature Human Behaviour called ‘Why people prefer unequal societies’, a team of researchers from Yale University argue that humans – even as young children and babies – actually prefer living in a world in which inequality exists. It sounds counter-intuitive, so why would that be? Because if people find themselves in a situation where everyone is equal, studies suggest that many become angry or bitter if people who work hard aren’t rewarded, or if slackers are over-rewarded.
For example, in one study, a group of six- to eight-year-olds was tasked with divvying up erasers among two boys who cleaned a room as rewards. Researchers found that, if they told the group of children that both boys did a good job, and then gave the group an odd number of erasers, the kids made the unanimous decision to throw away the extra eraser rather than give it to one of the boys as an unfair bonus.
And yet? When the researchers told the kids that one boy worked harder than the other, the group awarded the extra prize to the harder worker.
“We argue that the public perception of wealth inequality itself being aversive to most people is incorrect, and that instead, what people are truly concerned about is unfairness,” says Christina Starmans, a psychology post-doc at Yale who worked on the paper.”

Sweet Spot

All of humanity’s problems, economics, environment, population, resources, energy, crime, lack of virtue, religion, etc. are all entangled with each other. There is a balance to come to a future of harmony and growth in intellect. We have many different cultures and systems all trying to make progress but they value different things. Not one group has developed a formula that takes into an account of the whole earth. How do humans allow for different values yet work together to afford each group there values adjusted to not harm other groups?

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