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2018-11-13 13:00 by Karl Denninger
in POTD , 32 references


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2018-11-13 10:00 by Karl Denninger
in Federal Government , 95 references
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This is an ugly statistic....

Drug overdoses led to more deaths in the U.S. in 2017 than any year on record and were the leading cause of death in the country, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration report issued Friday.

More than 72,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2017, according to the NIH — about 200 per day. That number is more than four times the number who died in 1999 from drug abuse: 16,849.

The figures are up about 15 percent from 63,632 drug-related deaths in 2016.

Since 2011, more people have died from drug overdoses than by gun violence, car accidents, suicide, or homicide, the DEA report stated.

Got that?

Bigger than gun violence, car wrecks, suicides or homicides (all-cause.)

Yet we can cut that figure in a serious way through two actions.

1. Clamp down, hard, on the precursor trade.  This means China.  No more uninspected and subsidized "small package" shipments, many of which contain fentanyl and other synthetic opioids like carfentanyl.  Just stop it entirely and require 100% inspections.  If and when you find concealed opioid precursors coming in this way the shipping organization gets blackballed for a year for each violation.  Make them responsible and the penalty for failure or willful involvement being the destruction of their business.

2. Federally legalize cannabis.  No, weed isn't the answer to everything.  However, it will change some people's pattern of use in that a huge percentage of opioid overdoses start with prescription medications that are of dubious value for their intended purpose and then rapidly escalate to illegal street supplies.  You might only manage to cut it down by 10% doing this but that's 7,200 people who don't die as a consequence.

Cannabis has no known LD-50; it's physically impossible to consume a lethal dose of it.  You can get mighty stoned and very uncomfortably so, but you won't die; it simply doesn't kill people even when consumed in ridiculous quantities, either by accident or intentional act.

Contrast this with alcohol which does kill people, both acutely due to poisoning and slowly due to heavy chronic use.  My sister is dead as a consequence of the latter along with the abuse of opioids.

When I was growing up I attended a boarding school where all drug use, including tobacco, was verboten and you were subject to immediate expulsion if caught.  Many of the kids there decided to use weed rather than smoke cigarettes because the penalty for both was the same if detected, and you could smell both on the breath of someone who had just consumed them.  You can argue with such a decision all you want but it was a decision made from a logical premise in which a cold evaluation of the risks informed the decision.

Legalizing cannabis makes it less hazardous in terms of risks (legal) than opioids of any description.  If you get whatever you're looking for from the bong instead of the needle some percentage of the users will choose that instead simply because there's no risk of being arrested and going to jail anymore.  This is not true so long as cannabis remains unlawful.

If the goal is to reduce the number of deaths then we must look at the supply, especially the supply coming through Mexico and sourcing from China -- and that makes mandatory not only The Wall at the southern border but actions taken to stop the shipment of both precursors from China and finished synthetic opioids that originate there.  The easiest way to stem that flow is to hold the transporting firms and individuals personally accountable, destroying their businesses when caught while ending the "exemption" that China enjoys and abuses with "small packet" delivery that is usually not opened or inspected in any way (known as "e-packets".)

But we must also look at consumer choice and make other, non-lethal alternatives that are currently illegal on a federal level legal and accessible.

Of course this is in a world in which government gives a crap about people and death due to these drugs.

That's not the world -- or nation -- we live in.

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2018-11-13 06:54 by Karl Denninger
in Editorial , 158 references
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Oh my....

Republicans in Congress will hold the majority for less than two months. We must do all we can to further the agenda we promised in 2016 and in 2018 before the Democrats take a wrecking ball to the progress America has made in the last two years.

Then there's the list.

Health care (Obamacare)

The Wall.

Pro-Life ("heartbeat") bill.

Balanced budget.


Health care isn't broken because it's government-mandated health-care (Obamacare.)  It's broken because the government has refused to enforce 100+ year old anti-trust law that medical firms have twice claimed didn't apply to them, ran that argument all the way to the Supreme Court and lost both times.  Having lost in the courts they turned to bribing government instead.  5 INDICTMENTS with a promise of 5,000 more in a week would permanently stop this crap and make Obamacare irrelevant by cutting the cost of health care by 80% At the same time it would erase the budget deficit.  Oh, and never mind spending $400 billion a year that doesn't need to be spent at all because adults are coddled like children.

The wall isn't an option it's an executive requirement under Article IV Section 4 of the Constitution.  If Trump will not do his job he must be removed and replaced.

Pro-life?  Meh.  Talk to me about abortion when you stop the three trillion a year stolen by the health care monopolies and the third-leading cause of death is erased too, which is "medical errors" -- in other words, gross incompetence driven by a system that gets paid when it fails or even makes the situation worse.

As for a balanced budget, stop lying.  Passing unfunded tax cuts and entitlement increases at the same time, running a 6.2% deficit last fiscal year is not an accident -- its an intentional act to goose the stock market.  It works every time it's done too, for a little while.  Then the market crashes -- every single time.  The goosing has already happened.  Guess what's next?

Of course by the the time the crash comes the party that did it is usually out of office -- in this case, they'll be out of office in 2 months.

Isn't that convenient?

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2018-11-12 13:56 by Karl Denninger
in Corruption , 133 references
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This ********** needs to be in irons -- now.  He also needs to be assessed all costs of said suit by both sides, along with all costs of the court system in dealing with this clearly-frivolous complaint, and his counsel must be sanctioned for this crap.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Lawyers for Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson on Monday filed a federal lawsuit that claims Florida is disenfranchising voters by not counting mail-in ballots it received after Election Day.

The lawsuit comes after 266 absentee ballots from the post office’s Opa-locka sorting facility arrived at Miami-Dade’s election office on Sunday. State law requires all mail ballots to be received when the polls close – which was 7 p.m. on November 6.

Florida law is clear -- mailed-in (absentee) ballots must be received by the close of the polls on election day.

The reason for this requirement is to prevent fraud by ginning up votes after the polls have closed.

Again, it does not matter whether the votes are for one candidate or another, or where they are in terms of counties.  If they're not received by the elections office by the close of the polls the state is barred by law from accepting them.


Attempting to turn over a clearly-nondiscriminatory law intended to promote election integrity because you think breaking the law would help you must be responded to with handcuffs.


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2018-11-12 13:00 by Karl Denninger
in POTD , 20 references

Come and get it folks!

Sarah is selling a few of her pieces at a nice discount -- making space for new artwork.

Have a peek and and buy today -- they'd make great Christmas gifts and you can get some of your shopping done early!

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