Morning Links

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
  • Not The Onion: Californians will vote on whether porn stars should be required to wear condoms.
  • It’s all just going to get dumber and dumber until November.
  • Gene Healy: the five worst op-eds of 2011. His delightfully Friedmanesque closer: “And so, my friends, we roll up our sleeves and limp forward, hunkered down to face what 2012 holds, our boats borne back ceaselessly into the past, yet always, always, twirling toward freedom.”
  • Alternet publishes article calling for government monitoring of doctors and their pain patients, a crackdown on prescription painkillers, and generally expanding the drug war, all because . . . corporations are evil. And Florida’s governor loves the Tea Party. Or something.
  • A list of all the new reasons for which governments will send you to jail, starting on Sunday.
  • Woman says she was arrested, had her phone confiscated after trying to record a police beating in North Carolina.

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30 Responses to “Morning Links”

  1. #1 |  Baron Harkonnen | 

    From the new laws link:

    “A new law in California will make it a misdemeanor to sell, dispense or distribute a synthetic cannabinoid compound, commonly known as ‘spice’ or ‘K2.’ At least 40 states have adopted laws or departmental rules to ban chemical substances related to synthetic cannabinoids.”

    The spice must flow. He who controls the Spice, controls the universe!

  2. #2 |  Scott Lazarowitz | 

    Many of those new laws and regulations seem to take place in California, the state legislature’s way of telling their residents and businesses to get the hell out. If you want freedom, go elsewhere.

  3. #3 |  Mattocracy | 

    “Californians will vote on whether porn stars should be required to wear condoms.”

    The politicians writing this law should be required to wear condoms. They don’t need to procreate.

  4. #4 |  c andrew | 

    I’m curious how many of the opiate deaths were the result of liver toxicity brought on by the mandated inclusion of acetaminophen in opiate medicine. True to the same government mindset that poisoned bootleg alcohol in the 1930’s in order to punish lawbreakers who wanted a tipple, the inclusion of acetaminophen in opiates serves no other purpose than to kill those who use the drugs contrary to Papa Mengele’s instructions. Acetaminophen is noted as the OTC drug whose toxic dose is fairly close to the therapeutic dose – and overdoses of this drug are the most common form of acute liver failure in the Western world.

  5. #5 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    I’ve been writing about Michael Weinstein and AHF since they started this whole porn-condom nonsense. Besides the libertarian angle and the fact that condoms actually make porn more dangerous for the actresses (if not the actors), there’s also the fact that Weinstein blatantly lies:

    For the full story, make sure you click the links in that column as well, especially the “Follow the Money” video.

  6. #6 |  nigmalg | 


    This is the first time I heard about the toxic addition to alcohol. I’ve always wondered more broadly how often “summary punishments” are introduced to limit the consumption of what the government considers bad; and then further used to justify continued bans.

    Also considering the scandal with the gun running.. They were trying to pad the statistics to push various bans of weapons or private sales, yet when they were caught running the guns, they still pushed those padded statistics…

  7. #7 |  tim | 

    “Californians will vote on whether porn stars should be required to wear condoms.”

    The porn industry has been slowly migrated to other parts of the country (such as Vegas) for years now. This will just encourage the rest to move out of California.

  8. #8 |  Jim | 

    The AIDs heathcare foundation is going to cause more cases of HIV in porn actor/ress with this law just to set a “good example”. There has been a whooping 5 or 6 cases of HIV in the porn industry since testing begain. 3 from one scene and 1 almost had to be from outside the industry as she was on her way to like her 2nd or 3rd shoot. This is a level of HIV infection lower than even stright white people the lowest risk group for HIV there is.

    The problems with this are a few fold. The first and biggest is this is an issue that should never be voted on by the public. They just don’t have the information needed to make an educated vote on the issue. They see condom use and think this is going to help the performers not understanding the actual medicine invovled. Say what you will about grand standing politicans they at least can hold hearings and hear from experts on subjects and have staff whose full time job it is to research these subjects.

    The second is this will cause more HIV in the industry not less because of other CA law. The status of performers will have to change from freelancer to employee kicking in a set of worker protection laws. These laws make it impossible for producers to request HIV tests. Makes it impossible for producers not to use HIV positive proformers. They have to make this switch in order to enforce condom use. A population without HIV is at low risk of getting it. A population that has HIV even with procautions is at the risk of the failure rate of condoms. While in the real world condoms are reliable in the porn industry because of the nature will see higher failure rate for no other reason they are being used more often. Add that to the more extreme style of sex which is going to up the failure rate. The increase micro tears that occur from prolonged condom contact which increase the chances of hiv infection and you just made this industry go from safe to unsafe.

  9. #9 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “Legislation in California mandates that children remain in booster seats an additional two years until they reach age 8 or four feet nine inches tall. California SB 929.”

    Really? Age 8? 4 foot 9? I know 40 year old ladies that short. I’d be getting sick of the toddler treatment around that age. But I imagine it was Political Suicide to vote against this law.

  10. #10 |  PeeDub | 

    Not that we’re the police professionalism utopia, but that cop beating was in Jacksonville, *Florida*, not North Carolina.

  11. #11 |  Radley Balko | 

    . . . that cop beating was in Jacksonville, *Florida*, not North Carolina.

    Fairly certain it was North Carolina. WCTI, the TV station that reported the incident, is based in Greenville, just north of Jacksonville, NC.

  12. #12 |  Stephen | 

    Speaking from my own experience, that K2 stuff is nasty. Don’t do it! Smoke real pot if you can but stay away from K2 and the other “fake pot” alternatives. That crap builds up in your lungs and you can’t cough it out. Real pot is actually good at loosening things up and letting you cough crud out of your lungs. Also, the fake stuff is harder to quit and there are a LOT more physical side effects when quiting.

    I could almost agree with a law against it if it were not for the fact that it wouldn’t even exist if the real stuff was legal.

  13. #13 |  Stephen | 

    #12 was regarding the new stuff you can go to jail for article.

  14. #14 |  Pi Guy | 

    No. No. Tell me this is an Onion piece: the K2/spice bill is > California SB 420.

    This is a joke – right??

  15. #15 |  Cynical in New York | 

    OT: I realize that Christmas is over until next year but I just loved this piece that takes Buchanan’s culture whinnying arguments and turns them on it’s head.

  16. #16 |  Tybalt | 

    #9 Yizmo, booster seats aren’t toddler car seats though. They’re just as they say they are – a seat (with armrests and cupholders usually, and thank Bog for that) to boost the child up so they can safely use the regular 3-point harness seatbelt.

    My kids (8 and 5) like their booster seats.

    I am not at all a fan of such laws, especially as there’s disproportionate impact on poor people, but there is a significant safety impact of using booster seats.

  17. #17 |  Pi Guy | 

    They’re just as they say they are – a seat…to boost the child up…

    Safety is imortant. But my family comes from a rather smallish lot and my kids girls (now in 9th grade, college frosh) actually liked them because they could see what was going on outside. And reach the window controls. We definitely got our money’s worth!

  18. #18 |  derfel cadarn | 

    In a state of bankruptcy and as near brain death as can be possible. One would imagine that Califronia’s government must have exponentially more pressing issues with which to occupy their time and the people’s money. This is an issue that the great brain of Jerry Brown has been focussed.

  19. #19 |  CyniCAl | 

    “Got a feeling ’12 is gonna be a good year….”

  20. #20 |  CyniCAl | 

    #9 | Yizmo Gizmo — “Legislation in California mandates that children remain in booster seats an additional two years until they reach age 8 or four feet nine inches tall. California SB 929. I know 40 year old ladies that short.”

    Just about every woman of Vietnamese descent would fall under this stature requirement. Comical.

    Businesses are fleeing California. Unemployment is over 11% officially, so you know it’s more like 17% or 1 in 6. I wonder where my kids will settle? Texas, probably. Maybe North Dakota.

  21. #21 |  PeeDub | 

    So that link is just all sorts of wrong…

  22. #22 |  Goober | 

    Check out #4 – he wrote the comment that I was going to write. From what I’ve read, almost every time you read about people overdosing on oxy or vicodan it isn’t the opiod that they overdose on – it is the liver killing poison that they mandate is included with the opiods to make sure people don’t use them to get high without killing themselves in the process (and it doesn’t stop people from usign them to get high, either).

    Your government would rather have you dead than high.

  23. #23 |  CyniCAl | 

    The State would rather have you dead than disobedient.

  24. #24 |  Mattie F. | 

    @#20: Businesses are fleeing California because of booster seats? Get real.

  25. #25 |  Mattie F. | 

    @#22: The acetaminophen is included because it makes them more potent pain killers, not because of its overdose danger.

  26. #26 |  Mattie F. | 

    The blanket treatment of the “new laws” list shows that many of you care more about the rhetorical impact of “OMG NEW LAWS” than their actual content. Most are common sense – is it really so horrible that “California now will include injury as a result of strangulation or suffocation in the list of traumatic conditions under the felony domestic violence statute”, or for “active duty military personnel who are serving outside the state to file candidacy papers through a power of attorney”?

    Some others should earn some applause here, since they limit some of the unreasonable curtailments of civil liberties by local governments:

    * One law prohibits cities from blocking needle exchange programs
    * Another protects cars from being seized at DUI checkpoints when the only violation is failure to hold a valid license.

  27. #27 |  Michael Chaney | 

    Woman says she was arrested, had her phone confiscated after trying to record a police beating in North Carolina.

    Um, Radley, that’s “theft”, not “confiscation”. Confiscation refers to an officer taking possession of something under statutory authority. Same action minus the authority is simply “theft”. In this case, probably “strong-arm robbery” with “under color of law” as an aggravating circumstance.

  28. #28 |  Amiable Dorsai | 

    @#25 Mattie F. They could just as easily specify ibuprofen, or some other drug with a lethal dose that wasn’t so ridiculously low, if all they were looking for was more potent pain relief.

  29. #29 |  Mike Laursen | 

    re: “Not The Onion: Californians will vote on whether porn stars should be required to wear condoms.”

    As a responsible voter, I shall have to research this issue thoroughly.

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