Bonus Afternoon Links

Friday, January 13th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  omar | 

    It’s certainly easy to imagine how such a drug could be abused. Drinkers could become intoxicated, then take a pill when it comes time to drive themselves home. Hangovers would also no longer be a deterrent to imbibing.

    It’s exactly what I imagined, and it would be awesome. Drunk driving would become a thing of the past. What kind of an asshole sees this as a negative thing? Yes please!

  2. #2 |  KristenS | 

    What kind of an asshole sees this as a negative thing?

    Cops who wouldn’t get to bust anyone for DUI, prosecutors who wouldn’t get to prosecute anyone for DUI, MADD who would become obsolete, and politicians who would lose one less crusader topic.

    Safety has nothing to do with DUI laws.

    There’s a whole lotta stupid in our legal and political systems.

  3. #3 |  Dave Krueger | 

    I don’t like where this is going.

    Once our most popular legal drug is made harmless, they will be able to justify keeping illegal drugs illegal.

  4. #4 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “•TSA posts its top 10 “catches” of 2011. Bruce Schneier points out that none of them were actually terrorists.”

    Coming out of San Juan PR recently it was x-ray bombardment,
    buttocks groping, then chemical analysis of palm sweat.
    To get on an 8 seat plane. I’m not making this shit up.

  5. #5 |  Difster | 

    You can have my bacon when you pry it from my cold, dead arteries.

  6. #6 |  DoubleU | 

    “So far the extract has only been tested on boozing rats, but with promising results.”

    So how does one know how hungover a rat is?

  7. #7 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    That’s a whole lot of tap dancing for no fucking reason. Every interaction with a state agent should be recorded. Additionally, the issue of public vs. private space shouldn’t matter.

    You can video but no audio? How amazingly dumb is this?

  8. #8 |  thomasblair | 


    By blood alcohol content?

  9. #9 |  Jay | 

    DoubleU, the explanation is within the article. No spoilers!

  10. #10 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    It should be noted that pancreatic cancer is relatively rare, so a 20% increase means the mortality rate is 14 per 100,000 instead of 12 per 100,000.

  11. #11 |  steve | 

    It’s the nitrite in the bacon, slanderer. Buy nitrite and nitrate free bacon and eat more of it.

  12. #12 |  Mike | 

    Haven’t heard anything from you about the pardons in Mississippi. Some of your favorite characters are involved: Haley Barbour, Jim Hood. It’s like a reunion, if reunions were set in a fucking toilet.

  13. #13 |  lunchstealer | 

    Make your own nitrate-free bacon! Be it a full-on pig-pickin’, a pile of pulled-pork barbecue, or that most magical of foods, pig + smoke = TASTY!

  14. #14 |  The Johnny Appleseed of Crack | 

    The comments on the TSA blog are terrific. Lots of mentions of the cupcake being snubbed, and a post on the “The Peoples’ Top 24 Good Catches of 2011”, listing the numerous arrests of TSA agents in 2011 for rape, theft, etc.

  15. #15 |  DoubleU | 

    #8 thomasblair & #9 Jay, Thank you. I have no idea how I missed that entire paragraph.

  16. #16 |  zywie | 

    Alcoholism runs in my family and at times I struggle with problem drinking myself. I wouldn’t mind a pill that could eventually limit my cravings for it without having to give up drinking socially on occasion.

  17. #17 |  David | 

    In fairness to the Heritage Foundation, there’s a valid argument to exclude the Iraq and Afghanistan wars from “defense spending” on semantic grounds.

  18. #18 |  Reader | 

    Another link, a garden variety SWAT-style raid, but this one with lots of pictures of the damage to the house, with a dozen of so windows blown out. One of the residents is a retired Chicago police officer, age 74 (though he wasn’t home at the start).

    The end result: two people charged with misdemeanors.

  19. #19 |  freedomfan | 

    Mike, maybe not a whole new article, but Radley posted this on Tuesday.

    BTW, regarding the Court’s refusal to hear IJ’s licensing case, the whole principle of the rational basis standard is flawed. The onus should always be on the government to prove a law will prevent harm before restricting the citizens’ liberty. The notion that it’s good enough for politicians to claim they think their law will prevent some harm is hardly a standard at all. (And, regarding strict scrutiny, the government’s most compelling interest is in protecting the people’s liberty. Anything else in which they claim a compelling interest automatically loses if it jeopardizes that one.)

  20. #20 |  Aresen | 

    So how does one know how hungover a rat is?

    Puking on the cat’s paws might be a clue.

  21. #21 |  C.E. | 

    Bacon can be harmful? Clearly, we must have a War on Bacon, so that we can wipe this scourge from the planet. Because bacon comes from pigs, we should go ahead and outlaw all porcine products, destroy all pigs, and pressure other nations to do the same. We wouldn’t want people to be tempted to make and eat something that’s not good for them. Fortunately, many nations will be our natural allies in this endeavor. Hopefully, all other nations will come around to the right way of thinking on this.

  22. #22 |  Jonjo | 

    I love these links but sure wish you could add some descriptive text so I don’t have to click through each one to know wth you’re talking about. IOW skip the humor – if they’re interesting, just share them.

  23. #23 |  Erik | 

    TSA story: My son-in-law recently flew and while on a shuttle AFTER reaching his destination, reached into his carry-on backpack for something and found a handful of 30.06 rounds he’d forgotten were in there. Talk about dodging a bullet…

  24. #24 |  picachu | 

    “Rules are for suckers and poor people.” Rick Perry

  25. #25 |  DavidST | 

    It sounds like this alcohol drug would eliminate alcohol addiction the same way naltrexone can (read “the cure for alcoholism” by Eskapa; NOT “the alcoholism and addiction cure”). Except naltrexone blocks it directly at the addiction level (blocking the opioid system) rather than neutralizing the alcohol itself. This drug sounds far more useful! It may encourage more drinking, but it may also reduce the harmfulness of that drinking. If the alcohol is neutralized before it is fully metabolized by the liver, it may not be as damaging to health (I suppose that remains to be studied and depends on the method of neutralization).