Yep, that’s got to be the headline of the day, and I don’t understand why the Snarky Platypus didn’t find it first.
America’s 160th richest person, a billionaire who made his money from the 1990s hi-tech boom, has been accused of planning to build a “secret and convenient lair” underneath his California mansion dedicated to drug-taking and sex with prostitutes…
Kenji Kato worked for Mr [Henry] Nicholas as an assistant for seven years and alleges the tycoon ordered him to provide balloons filled with the laughing gas nitrous oxide for guests at parties held by the businessman. Guests’ drinks would be spiked with powdered ecstasy pills, he alleges.
Well, there goes my plan to write a couple of serious essays today… Thanks to Marc Andreessen for the tip.
I just stumbled across this cute little video satirizing the War on (Some) Drugs. This Incarcerex stuff seems like just the ticket. I particularly like the fast-talking side effects warning towards the end.
Thanks to information aesthetics for the pointer.
A stab victim kept on masturbating, even though knifed twice in the shoulder. The Brisbane man, Daniel Peter Blair, took amphetamines and… well… read the story for yourself! (Hat tip to the Snarky Platypus.)
Gosh, who’d have thought? Ban tobacco in a jail, where almost everyone smokes the stuff, and suddenly black market cigarettes are US$125 a pack. Jailhouse cooks make more from smuggling than cooking.
Chuck Alexander, executive vice president of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, says: “It didn’t do anything but make (tobacco) a lucrative business.”
Thanks to the clever lads at Freakonomics for the pointer — and some fascinating follow-up comments from their readers.
No, this isn’t an apologia for Nazis, far from it. It’s a plea to reserve “fascist” for situations which actually warrant the term.
There may (may the gods forbid!) come a time when we need to label a government fascist and be taken seriously. So please, don’t devalue it by calling every little disruption of personal choice “fascist”. It’s a very poor media strategy.
Continue reading “Reclaiming Fascism: perspective please, people!”
My posting Danger List demonstrates Drug Hypocrisy generated a massive spike in traffic. Most of it came via Stumbleupon.com, a site where people say, in effect, “Hey, guys, look at this!” — to more than a million users.