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The Ravages of Revelation - Los Angeles Review of Books
"High Weirdness Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies By Erik Davis Published 06.11.2019 MIT Press 550 Pages"
book  review  drugs  1960s  religion  mysticism 
6 weeks ago by tsuomela
Idea for supply chains of flying drones takes off - SciDev.Net
"A fleet of small flying drones could speed up the delivery of medicines and other supplies to remote areas, and even provide a cheaper alternative to a road network, according to Matternet, a start-up company in the United States."
drones  technology  third-world  supply-chain  medicine  drugs 
january 2013 by tsuomela
In lieu of prison, bring back the lash - The Washington Post
"The idea was that penitentiaries would heal the criminally ill just as hospitals cured the physically sick. It didn’t work. Yet despite — or perhaps because of — the failures of the first prisons, states authorized more and larger prisons. With flogging banned and crime not cured, there was simply no alternative. We tried rehabilitation and ended up with supermax. We tried to be humane and ended up with more prisoners than Stalin had at the height of the Soviet Gulag. Somewhere in the process, we lost the concept of justice and punishment in a free society.

Today, the prison-industrial complex has become little more than a massive government-run make-work program that profits from human bondage. To oversimplify — just a bit — we pay poor, unemployed rural whites to guard poor, unemployed urban blacks.

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prison  punishment  america  history  crime  drugs  policy  failure 
june 2011 by tsuomela
Many agree, none act: to ease untold misery, legalise drugs | Peter Wilby | Comment is free | The Guardian
"But it goes, I think, even deeper than that. Control of drugs is deeply embedded in the DNA of modern government. The criminalisation of drug use, in the west at least, is almost entirely a 20th-century development. Laudanum, a tincture of opium, was in common use in Victorian England and Coca-Cola, invented in 1886, contained cocaine until 1903. No US state banned cannabis until 1915 and it remained legal in England until the 1920s, as did heroin and cocaine. The rise of conscript armies and Fordist mass production prompted the change, briefly affecting alcohol – the US took the first steps towards prohibition during the first world war – along with other drugs. Nobody wanted a drowsy numbness to overcome men marching into battle or clocking onto the production line."
drugs  policy  legal  law  regulation  failure 
june 2011 by tsuomela
Global Commission on Drug Policy
The purpose of The Global Commission on Drug Policy is to bring to the international level an informed, science-based discussion about humane and effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drugs to people and societies.
politics  policy  drugs  international  reports  global 
june 2011 by tsuomela
Video: They Sure Don't Make Pyrex Like They Used To | Popular Science
"One unfortunate use of Pyrex is cooking crack cocaine, which involves a container of water undergoing a rapid temperature change when the drug is converted from powder form. That process creates more stress than soda-lime glass can withstand, so an entire underground industry was forced to switch from measuring cups purchased at Walmart to test tubes and beakers stolen from labs. Which just goes to show, if you think you know all the consequences of your decisions today, you’re probably wrong."
technology  technology-effects  unintended-consequences  effects  infrastructure  drugs 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Bret Easton Ellis: How Charlie Sheen Is Giving Us What We Want - The Daily Beast
"What do people want from Sheen? I’m not denying he has drug and alcohol problems—or even that he might struggle with mental illness. But so do a lot of people in Hollywood who hide it much better—or who the celebrity press just doesn’t care enough about. What fascinates us is the hedonism he enjoys and that remains the envy of every man—if only women weren’t around to keep them liars. (His supposed propensity for violence against women hasn’t hurt his popularity with female fans either.) Do we really want manners? Civility? Empire courtesy? Hell, no. We want reality, no matter how crazy. And this is what drives the Empire to distraction: Sheen doesn’t care what you think of him anymore, and he scoffs at the idea of PR. “Hey, suits, I don’t give a shit.” That’s his only commandment. Sheen blows open the myth that if men try hard enough, they will outgrow the adolescent pursuit of pleasure and a life without rules or responsibilities."
fame  celebrity  drugs  art  hollywood  culture  industry 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Stephen King: Do artists do their best work before they get clean? - By Tom Shone - Slate Magazine
"Ellis, ever the Zeitgeist Whisperer, was right to catch wind of a backlash against the current prominence of recovery in pop culture, from Lindsay Lohan's neverending courtroom drama to Karl Lagerfeld's "quotation" of alcohol-detector ankle bracelets in a recent fashion show. The transformative storyline of recovery, so perfectly attuned to the rhythms of modern-day fame, not to mention the crash-and-burn arc of VH1's Behind the Music, has become the most prominent celebrity narrative, a myth of hubris and redemption, in which the modern-day Prometheus is struck down at the height of their acclaim, spirited down to the underworld to do battle with their demons, before emerging victorious and chastened, a new album clamped under their armpit, with liners notes that thank God and say things like "Here are the songs that mark my journey." "
fame  celebrity  drugs  art 
april 2011 by tsuomela
The Deadliest Rhetoric - Reason Magazine
"Official government violence against nonviolent Americans and residents, by contrast, occurs daily. And for the last 30 years it has been increasing at an alarming rate. From the early 1980s to the mid-2000s, University of Eastern Kentucky criminologist Peter Kraska conducted an annual survey on the use of SWAT teams in the United States. Until the late 1970s, SWAT teams were generally used in emergency situations to defuse conflicts with people who presented an immediate threat to others, such as hostage takers, bank robbers, or mass shooters. But beginning in the early 1980s, police departments across the country began using SWAT teams to serve drug warrants.

Kraska found that the number of SWAT deployments in America increased from 3,000 per year in the early 1980s to around 50,000 by the mid-2000s. That’s about 135 SWAT raids per day. The vast majority of those are for drug warrants."
crime  police  terrorism  drugs  war  metaphor  politics  rhetoric  militarism  military-industrial-complex  weapons 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Brains on Drugs - Steven Teles
Daniel Carpenter’s remarkable, exhaustive, and frankly (at more than 850 pages) exhausting historical study, Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA. It is, without question, the best study of a federal agency since Martha Derthick’s Policymaking for Social Security, and, like Derthick, Carpenter reminds us that bureaucrats are not mere functionaries and timeservers. They have the capacity, under certain conditions, to be powerful agents of political, economic, and social change.
book  review  bureaucracy  federal  government  regulation  consumer-protection  governance  politics  safety  sociology  drugs  fda  medicine  history 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Dopaminergic Aesthetics : The Frontal Cortex
The purpose of pleasure, then, is to make it easier for the pleasurable sensation - the delicious taste, the elegant idea, the desired object - to enter the crowded theater of consciousness, so that we'll go out and get it. That's why we've got a highway of nerves connecting the parts of the dopamine reward pathway - the nucleus accumbens, ventral striatum, etc - to the prefrontal cortex. (This also means that a well-turned phrase or pretty painting will be more likely to get stuck in working memory, since it's more rewarding. Aesthetics are really about attention.)
neurology  brain  science  drugs  pleasure  goals  happiness  hedonism  psychology  philosophy  aesthetics  neuroscience  dopamine  hormones  attention 
november 2009 by tsuomela
Clinical Evidence: The international source of the best available evidence for effective health care
So what can Clinical Evidence tell us about the state of our current knowledge? What proportion of commonly used treatments are supported by good evidence, what proportion should not be used or used only with caution, and how big are the gaps in our knowledge? Of around 2500 treatments covered 13% are rated as beneficial, 23% likely to be beneficial, 8% as trade off between benefits and harms, 6% unlikely to be beneficial, 4% likely to be ineffective or harmful, and 46%, the largest proportion, as unknown effectiveness
medicine  health  drugs  evidence  research  meta-analysis 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Los Angeles Art+Books - Love Sex Fear Death: The Inside Story of the Process Church of the Final Judgment - page 1
Review of Love Sex Fear Death: The Inside Story of the Process Church of the Final Judgment by Terry Willey.
book  review  1960s  drugs  generation  cults  history 
september 2009 by tsuomela
How to cure diseases before they have even evolved - health - 10 August 2009 - New Scientist
Goldblatt and a few other researchers think they have the answer. They are working on an entirely new class of antiviral drugs that should do something seemingly impossible: work against a wide range of existing viruses and also be effective against viruses that have not even evolved yet.
medicine  health  virus  drugs  future  science  biology  research  news 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Ezra Klein - In Defense of Experts
Klein takes on Megan McArdle and defends his previous posts about innovation and drug companies.
medicine  health  reform  expertise  insurance  innovation  drugs 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Book Review - 'Methland - The Death and Life of an American Small Town,' by Nick Reding - Review - NYTimes.com
The agricultural conglomerates that have gobbled up Oelwein and similar farm towns may feed the world, but they starve the folks who work for them, breeding a craving for synthetic stimulants that conveniently sap the appetite while enlarging the body’s capacity for toil.
book  review  drugs  midwest  class  agriculture  business  capitalism 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Should Creative Workers Use Cognitive-Enhancing Drugs? | Open The Future | Fast Company
For those of you who haven't been watching this trend, the dilemma is that certain pharmaceuticals intended to treat cognitive and neurological disorders--primarily, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy--and, when used by people without these disorders, provide a kind of cognitive boost. This usually means increased focus and concentration, but it can also mean better spatial reasoning, greater alertness, and improved "clarity" of thinking. As a result, it's apparently becoming increasingly common for people in "knowledge work" professions to take these drugs as a way of improving their performance.
drugs  health  mental  brain  neurology  cognitive-enhancement 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Got Clawbacks? Thugz on the Bailout - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com
“See, by the time there’s a crisis, the Sleepy Heads are already gone. They’re the ones who keep the books, so they know where the money is, and they know when trouble starts. So they usually get out first. But at this point, in most of these companies, all you got left is the Killers. They’re the ones who like hanging around, who ain’t got no home life, who just love the blood, and the guts, who love the pain!”
economics  gangs  thugs  behavior  crisis  drugs 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Towards responsible use of cognitive-enhancing drugs by the healthy : Article : Nature
Society must respond to the growing demand for cognitive enhancement. That response must start by rejecting the idea that 'enhancement' is a dirty word, argue Henry Greely and colleagues.
drugs  brain  neurology  neuroscience  pharmaceutical  cognition  psychology  ethics  learning  morality 
january 2009 by tsuomela
War on Drugs: The Collateral Damage | Culture11
Prohibition militarizes police, enriches our enemies, undermines our laws, and condemns our sick to suffering.
politics  drugs 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Kickstart My Heart | n+1
It was this New York and Boston-bred clique that taught me what I know about Adderall—or showed me, rather, since the drug is less talked about than exhibited.
education  drugs 
february 2008 by tsuomela

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