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Archive for February 27th, 2009

Tough on crime (in theory)

Posted by Colin Rose on February 27, 2009

Sorry, Barry, but decreasing immigration won’t solve the problem. Those using the illegal drugs bought from violent drug dealers are mostly otherwise law-abiding Canadian citizens. I would bet that some of those people screaming for harsher laws for drug related crimes think nothing of having an occasional drag on a reefer or a snort of cocaine. One would think that we had learned a lesson from the Prohibition disaster that created the Mafia. Short of a mandatory death penalty for anyone caught with or selling an illegal drug, it is impossible to stop consumption of a drug desired by huge segments of a population. Ironically, it is the legal addictions to tobacco, alcohol, casinos and junk food that kill orders of magnitude more people than all the illegal drugs combined. So the solution to drug related violence is legalization and control of all drugs and intensive treatment and research into addiction.


Tough on crime (in theory)

National Post
27 Feb 2009

Will the federal Conservatives’ new package of anti-gang m e a s u r e s make a difference on the street? It’s hard to say. The implementation of criminal justice depends on a chain of trust including not only elected legislators, but judges,…read more…

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Escaping the dungeon of our own desire

Posted by Colin Rose on February 27, 2009

Why do we need to keep having to prove for ourselves that Seven Deadly Sins, codified 1500 years ago are still valid? Every few generations we forget the power of the addictions to which the human brain is prey and become convinced that some form of technology will save us from the consequences of self-destructive lifestyles. One hopes we and our descendants have learned the lesson that constant vigilance is lifestyle choices is and will always be essential, regardless of the technological sophistication of a society.


Escaping the dungeon of our own desire
MICHAEL GERSON Washington Post Writers Group
National Post
27 Feb 2009

There is now a minor but raging academic debate taking place over the effect of an economic downturn on your health. In the traditional view, unemployment can cause a kind of recession flu — a funk that leads to stress-smoking, unhealthy comfort foods…read more…

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