RANT: The heroin “epidemic” requires a change in our paradigms and memes

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Shared from the Hopatcong-Sparta, NJ Patch | Police & Fire
Alert For Deadly Heroin That’s Caused At Least 12 ODs, 3 Deaths In New Jersey
An alert has been issued for a deadly batch of heroin that’s caused at least 12 overdoses and three deaths, according to authorities.
By Tom Davis (Patch Staff) – April 24, 2017 12:53 pm ET 

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Other authorities in the state said they continue to see an upward trend in the number of ODs and deaths connected to heroin, and they largely blame fentanyl for that.

Fentanyl, the drug responsible for the death of music star Prince, is often laced with heroin to give users an even bigger high – at a potentially deadlier price.

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For a long time, us little L libertarians have been begging for a change in our society’s paradigms and memes about drug addiction. I am not at all insensitive to the cost and grief this <synonym for excrement> is causing to good people. I am POSITIVE that the current Gooferment-led approach will do NOTHING to solve the problem.

Unfortunately our Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy. AND, it (the Gooferment) likes the situation just as it is.

Here’s one factoid that demonstrates that “prohibition” doesn’t work. “They” can’t keep drugs out of their prisons; what makes you think that it can be kept out of a free society. It didn’t work for alcohol “prohibition”; it won’t work for drug “prohibition” either.

Like they say in the textbooks, “it’s left as an exercise to the readers to” figure out why alcohol “prohibition” required a change to the Constitution BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), drug “prohibition” did not?

Now that we’ve disposed of that lie, fabrication, falsehood, or spin — pick your favorite weasel word — let’s move on to solutions.

“Drug addiction” is a MEDICAL PROBLEM; not a LEGAL one.

So let’s divert all the wealth being wasted on “prohibition” programs to medical program. That means a lot of politicians and bureaucrats will be out of jobs but so what. We want to solve this probem, don’t we?

Us little L libertarians want the Free Market to solve this problem of impure drugs. When was the last time you heard of an adulteration of a mainstream drug. Yup, Tylenol! And what happened? Within hours, the maker and all the retailers had it ALL off the shelves. Quickly it was replaced with safer packaging and better controls. ALL without the Gooferment. So, bottom line, I trust WalMArt, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aide, and every Mom & Pop pharmacy to sell “safe” drugs to our children and adult addicts. 

[For the humbly challenged, if Walmart won’t sell racy magazines to children, what makes you think they will dispense harmful drugs to those same children? And, I bet with every adult drug dispensed, they’ll include the 1-800 number to get help. Just a guess on my part, but I’d bet a paycheck on that.]

Permit me to digress for a moment on the accuracy of the media. See the part about “fentanyl responsible for Prince’s death”? Seems that Ms. Maria Puente of USA TODAY might quibble with this broad brush assertion.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2017/04/20/death-prince-one-year-later-what-do-we-know/100180398/

A year after Prince’s death, these questions remain unanswered
Maria Puente , USA TODAY
Published 10:49 a.m. ET April 20, 2017 | Updated 12:46 p.m. ET April 21, 2017

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But there are many questions left unanswered:

What killed him?

He died April 21, 2016, in an elevator in Paisley Park in Carver County, Minn. The one-page autopsy report released later said he died of an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl.

Famously clean-living Prince died of a painkiller OD at age 57? Unthinkable. Numerous friends, associates, relatives and former wives and girlfriends insisted they never saw him take drugs.

Was there some medical condition that contributed to his death? We may never know because, under Minnesota law, the full autopsy report can be kept secret for up to 30 years unless the next of kin agree to release it. So far, that has not happened.

Why was he taking fentanyl and for how long? Where did he get it? Was it prescribed by a doctor or acquired by illicit means? Did he know some of the pills containing fentanyl were falsely labeled something else? What was the relationship between his death and the episode of six days earlier when he suffered a medical emergency on a plane? (It landed, he was rushed to a hospital and received overdose-style treatment.)

“There is some indication that his addiction went fairly far back, to the mid-1980s and into the late 1990s, but the evidence is ambiguous,” Hahn says. “It’s an incredibly murky picture. He was a very controlled and focused figure, he kept his cards close to the vest so that’s why we don’t know.”

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FWIW, let’s change our thinking and save lives.

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RANT: I know the feeling

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

FROM THE READERS DIGEST

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SMOKE SIGNALS
by Dan Rolince, Golden, Colorado

On a cool night lit only by the orange glow of fire, we rushed to my grandfather’s home as his decades-old barn burned to the ground. The firemen let us stand nearby as they pumped water from the creek a quarter mile away. We watched the barn go up in flames, which stirred memories of jumping off foot-wide wooden beams into the hay below. The real sadness came as my elderly grandfather, who did not get out of bed, quietly asked if his cows were safe. He hadn’t had dairy cows in a dozen years.

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I just did the RD vocabulary test and only got 8/15.

Argh!

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ECONOMICS: Corporations do NOT pay taxes; only real people do

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

FROM THE WSJ

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TALKING POINTS
Tax talk. President Trump has ordered aides to draft a tax plan that slashes the corporate tax rate to 15%, even if that means a loss of revenue and exacerbating the plan’s procedural and partisan hurdles. Mr. Trump told his team to “get it done,” in time to release a plan by Wednesday.

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For the life of me, I never understood that “We, The Sheeple” don’t understand what appears to me as “simple economics”.

When taxed, “corporations” have really ONLY two choices — pass them along or go out of business. 

Yes, I know that they could potentially reduce their profits, but let’s examine that concept. As Larry Kudlow says “Profits are the mother’s milk of stocks and the lifeblood of the economy.” When you reduce profits, you send signals to the economy that things are bad here. Then, the flow of capital dries up. Eventually, profits are zero and there is no incentive but to shut down.

So, taxes get passed along to the consumer. Lucky, real people get to pay MORE taxes.

What’s really bad is those taxes are HIDDEN in the priced of stuff we buy. Pick up any can of beans and tell me how much of that cost is taxes. It can’t be done. Argh! And, the politicians and bureaucrats just love it that way.

Then, want to know why corporations move overseas? The US tax rate on corporations is 30%. I think that’s the highest in the world. There’s the incentive to move. And, if you can’t move, that’s a reason to not go into business. 

Argh! Cubed!!!

Wake up people. The correct corporate tax rate is ZERO! Make the people aware of how much Gooferment really is costing us.

Argh!

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FINANCIAL: Talk to one of the folks at RICE DELMAN for free no-obligation to do anything but listen

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

 

 

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No secret, I am a Client. And a raving fan.

I’ve gotten all sorts of my friends and relatives to just talk to them. And, I have received nothing but positive feedback.

Of course, they’d like you to become a Client. And their minimum account is 5k$. BUT, that’s not the purpose of starting the conversation. As Ric says — sometimes too often — he wants everyone to become “rich”. (That’s a concept I find hard to wrap my head around. EVERYONE?)

I have had people without two nickels “chat with an advisor” and come out with a plan how they were going to become “rich”. Or, at least, “richer”.

I have no vested interest in this recommendation. I get nothing from them, except the service I pay for. 

TANSTAAFL (“There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch” From Robert Heinlein’s classic) 

But you can get some free advice. Which IMHO is worth a lot more than you pay for it. 

Remember I’m the cynic who worked on Wall Street.

Laugh!

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POLITICAL: South Burlington School District revolt

Monday, April 24, 2017

FROM WSJ

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A Mascot Mess 

When it comes to rebellious and cantankerous behavior, Vermonters go back a ways. They didn’t join the original 13 colonies in the Union until 1791, four years after the Constitution was signed. So in 1961, when education leaders in South Burlington decided that a newly built high school should be nicknamed the Rebels, nobody batted an eyelash. However, when the Board of School Directors decided the Rebels moniker had offensive connotations and needed to go, those Vermonters who didn’t agree reacted like, well, Vermonters. To protest the decision, opponents have twice helped vote down the nearly $50 million school district budget. The controversy heated up in 2015 when the Burlington Free Press newspaper dug up photos of cheerleaders and sports teams posing alongside Confederate flags. The school board has convened a new 40-member “South Burlington School District Mascot Selection Oversight Committee” to study the matter.

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Hey, I don’t particularly care WHY they voted down the Gooferment Skrules budget. I think that’s it is ALWAYS GOOD when we starve the Gooferment Eddykation Complex.

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APPLICATION: “LOOK AT ME” I want it for calling the waiter / waitress

Sunday, April 23, 2017

 

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Never mind the “friends at concerts”; I want to signal the wait staff at the restaurants where they are supposedly “working”. 

Laugh!

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/look-at-me-with-color-beacon-strobe-light-in-rave-party/id966303117?mt=8

Look at me with Color beacon strobe light in rave party
By NIVIN REGI

Description

*********** FIND FRIENDS IN CROWD — THEATRE — CONCERTS **************

Ever wanted to find your friends are seated at a concert or in a movie theatre? Or wish your friend could meet up with your gang at crowded place ?

This app lets you helps you a lot !

You can pick the colour of the light u want, then send ur missing friend a message, saying ‘look for a blue blinking light on my iPhone’.

U then simply wave ur phone, the screen of which has been turned into a flashing coloured light, until u attract a friend’s attention.

Sounds utterly stupid but insanely useful right ? !!!

Come on give it a try. A must have app on ur iPhone. A situation may arise when you might suddenly feel the need to use it .

Uses:
• Finding friends in crowded concerts and music festivals. (Tried and tested)
• In a dark movie theater while watching Fast and Furious 7.
• Signalling my girlfriend to stop the car
• Getting a taxi

P.S: If you like the app, please give a positive review in the appstore. Good Ratings helps others to find the app.

P.P.S : Do buy the add free version in case you feel generous to tip me.

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APPLICATION: IOS app COLOR NAME

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I liked this app. And, my “older” friend’s wife LOVED it for the colorblind. I never thought of that 

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https://appadvice.com/apps-gone-free/2017-04-18

IDENTIFY COLORS WITH COLOR NAME

DESIGNERS, DECORATORS, AND ANYONE ELSE IN NEED OF IDENTIFYING SPECIFIC COLORS

Color Name is your color assistant. You can either take a new photo of an object from within the app or import your own. Then pinpoint the exact color you want identified by dragging your finger over the photo, and Color Name will provide you with the name and its RGB values in real time. Tap on the name of the color to get even more details including values for CMYK, HSB, and HEX. Color Name will also provide you with similar Pantone colors.

You have trouble with color. Color Name’s massive database even allows you to simply browse through various colors. You simply don’t have use for identifying color names.

https://itunes.apple.com/US/app/id904152346?mt=8

Color Name – identifier, picker and matcher tool
By Vlad Polyanskiy

Do you have difficulties with saying what color it is? Take a photo and touch the color you need on the photo, and we will show you its correct name.

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