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1  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Let Doctors Doctor on: March 23, 2016, 08:19:51 PM
In early December I underwent rotator cuff surgery. Turned out to be a major tear that could not be addressed arthroscopicly, resulting in a 6 inch incision on my dominant shoulder where they went in and set screws around which they rebuilt my 'cuff.

I was told that recovery would be painful and it has proven to be, with rehab proving particularly perplexing. Unmedicated sleep proves illusive, which has made Percocet something of a godsend. My usual bedtime regimen involves 4 ibuprofen and 2 melatonin. If I'm still awake an hour after that I take a Percocet and that does the trick for four hours or so.

Or at least use to. At my last follow up with my ortho surgeon I was informed federal and state scrutiny would prevent future Percocet scripts. With full recovery forecast to take until December that bodes a number of unpleasant months. Thanks drug warriors; here's a piece from an MD noting similar folly:

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/physicians-face-moral-dilemma-conscription-war-drugs

I note GM provides another unsourced and unresponsive critique to a post of mine, all while failing to realize the War on Drugs he doggedly supports creates the endless perverse incentives he blithely cites as reason to continue policies that have utterly failed by any rational measure. I've stopped responding to posts here--and many other worthwhile voices have been stifled--due to GM's intransigence and unpleasant rhetorical habits. This is Crafty's list and he's welcome to measure benefits and costs as he pleases, but a lot of folks have been driven out of the conversations by the unresponsive, snarky, authoritarian badgering GM traffics in.

Don't believe me? Watch this:

GM: can you name a single criteria by which the War On Drugs can be measured a success? You failed to do so before, launching into all sorts of facile sophistry rather than answer the question at hand. So respond to the fucking question. Can you name a single criteria by which the WOD can be considered a success? If you can't name one will you stop supporting a policy that has failed by any sane measure?

If that past is a predicate GM won't answer the question, or provide any rational measure of success, all while continuing to ardently support folly that has lead to the warehousing of millions of Americans, hundreds of billions of dollars spent, gross abuse of founding principles, all without rates of addiction falling while banned substances continue to cost less in terms of real dollars, and then castigating anyone who points out the gross counterproductivity of it all. Sigh.

This question wasn't answered the first dozen times I asked it; I won't be around to see how it's answered the 13th time. Crafty, feel free to drop me a line should it become possible to ask a simple question here without contending with a circular, ad hominem response that fails to address the matter at hand.

2  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Legal Grass Impacts Cartel's Cash on: March 20, 2016, 05:46:05 PM
Legalization hit the cartels bottomline, among other things.

http://time.com/3801889/us-legalization-marijuana-trade/
3  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Pot Calls Kettle . . . Crap, Can't Go There on: March 19, 2016, 08:17:50 PM
BHO's newfound respect for Supreme Court decorum contains a little irony:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/03/19/obama-irony-alert-the-supreme-court-should-be-above-politics/
4  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / A Forgotten Bill of Rights Stalwart on: March 19, 2016, 01:54:07 PM
Washington's desire to monitor its citizens is nothing new, nor is principled opposition to it:

http://reason.com/archives/2016/03/19/the-man-j-edgar-hoover-blamed
5  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Isn't Just for Existential Threats Anymore on: March 12, 2016, 03:04:22 PM
So all that spying on Americans that wasn't relevant as all the data just sat there unexamined until a specific national security need arose . . . can now be accessed by law enforcement agencies for investigations not related to national security matters. Who could see that one coming?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2016/03/10/surprise-nsa-data-will-soon-routinely-be-used-for-domestic-policing-that-has-nothing-to-do-with-terrorism/
6  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Analysis of IED Readiness in the US on: March 10, 2016, 02:06:21 PM
Basically, we ain't ready if folks make a habit of using 'em:

http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-improvised-explosive-device-threat-to-the-homeland-americans-are-not-prepared
7  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / One Stop Shop for Hillary's Email Follies on: March 07, 2016, 11:31:33 AM
XX committee delivers:

http://20committee.com/2016/03/07/the-xx-committee-hillary-emailgate-reader/
8  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Creating what it Claims to Cure on: February 16, 2016, 12:35:42 PM
Among the many perverse incentives and outcomes the WOD graces us with, none is more profound than its unabashed embrace of creating the exact environment that propagates drug use:

http://theunboundedspirit.com/drugs-dont-cause-addiction-this-short-animated-video-will-change-your-view-on-drugs-forever/
9  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Putin & Prospect Theory on: February 15, 2016, 11:24:35 AM
Interesting look at Putin and the risks he takes.

http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/putinís-prospects-vladimir-putinís-decision-making-through-the-lens-of-prospect-theory
10  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Creating a "Fraklog" on: February 05, 2016, 02:50:07 PM
Interesting energy politics and economics going on here:

http://www.the-american-interest.com/2016/02/04/lone-star-shale-producers-defy-opec/
11  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / What the 4th Circuit's Ruling Bodes on: February 05, 2016, 01:53:48 PM
Expanding upon Crafty's post above, the recent ruling and its "strict scrutiny" standard is bad juju for folks like Mikey Bloomberg who want to smoke and mirror the second amendment out of existence:

http://legalinsurrection.com/2016/02/big-2a-win-4th-circuit-applies-strict-scrutiny-to-maryland-gun-control-law/
12  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / AO Insurgency Implications on: February 05, 2016, 04:41:15 AM
Things to consider when mulling domestic insurgency.

https://readfomag.com/2014/12/implications-in-a-domestic-insurgency/
13  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Survey Says: Less Neutrality Leads to More Activism on: February 04, 2016, 06:30:40 PM
This won't surprise anyone except those so enamored with their doomstruck pronouncements that they believe any tactic is justified when trumpeting their beliefs, but someone has taken a look at whether a lack of neutrality correlates with the embrace of activism. Anyone who has watched environmental hysteria unfold knows that answer already:

http://www.cato.org/blog/do-scientists-suppress-uncertainty-climate-change-debate
14  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / The "Adjustocene" on: January 30, 2016, 06:16:25 PM
Heh:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/01/30/saturday-satire-welcome-to-the-new-era-of-climate/
15  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Safe, Cheap, Plentiful, and Over Regulated on: January 30, 2016, 12:07:10 AM
Some new clean energy alternatives that regulators are strangling:

http://reason.com/archives/2016/01/29/advanced-reactor-nuclear-power-resurgenc
16  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Authors of their Antithesis on: January 29, 2016, 06:04:35 PM
Another piece examining the staid GOP mainstream's role in creating Trump, by contrast if nothing else:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/01/donald-trump-is-shocking-vulgar-and-right-213572
17  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Turnabout is Fair Play on: January 27, 2016, 12:53:16 PM
Some prime RINO points made here. This is what causes the Trump phenomena, IMO:

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/09/07/an-open-letter-to-jonah-goldberg-re-the-gop-and-donald-trump/
18  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Fossil Fuel Keeps the Wind Turbines Turning on: January 24, 2016, 06:44:10 PM
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/01/23/saturday-silliness-wind-turbine-photo-of-the-year/
19  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Constitution Shouldn't be Celebrated on: January 24, 2016, 05:14:32 PM
A heterodox examination of the history of the American constitution from a libertarian perspective:


MARC:  Moved to the American Creed/Constitution thread.
20  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Edicts ISIS Imposes on: January 24, 2016, 04:40:45 PM
http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/documents-show-degree-of-is-control-over-life-in-its-territories
21  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Unsettling "Science"; much published research not checked on: January 19, 2016, 09:34:07 PM
The unanimity demanded by those who embrace the "climate science" mantle never ceases to astound. More so as established disciplines under less political pressure to produce a homogenized product are finding that much of their peer reviewed research proves to be less than replicable:

http://reason.com/archives/2016/01/19/broken-science
22  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Publish & Perish on: January 17, 2016, 01:24:56 PM
Don't publish papers that don't concur with liberal orthodoxy:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/01/tell-the-truth-about-benefit-claimants-and-the-liberal-left-shuts-you-down/
23  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Which Side of the Spectrum is the Most Simpleminded? on: January 15, 2016, 06:43:52 PM
Those of a liberal persuasion were snickering a couple years back over psychological surveys that claimed to demonstrate conservatives are more simpleminded than liberals. Someone has taken a deeper look at the survey techniques and resulting data:

http://reason.com/archives/2016/01/15/liberals-are-simple-minded
24  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Made me Giggle on: January 15, 2016, 06:13:25 PM
https://www.facebook.com/1460764617543794/photos/a.1460915150862074.1073741828.1460764617543794/1685000315120222/?type=3
25  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Blumentahal on Sudan via the NSA? on: January 09, 2016, 06:16:18 PM
Recent releases bear similarities to NSA signal intelligence dispatches in the hands of one of her cronies. How'd they get there?

http://observer.com/2016/01/hillarys-emailgate-goes-nuclear/
26  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Counterproductive Overreaction on: January 09, 2016, 12:01:49 PM
Security theater, citing fear of terror attacks as a reason to abrogate second amendment protections, institutionalized eavesdropping, et al, play in to the hands of terrorists:

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/we-are-terrorized-why-us-counterterrorism-policy-failing-why-it-cant-be
27  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / When Black Lives Mattered . . . on: January 08, 2016, 01:26:47 PM
. . . to other blacks:

http://www.city-journal.org/2016/bc0106jr.html
28  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Piss on People Skills on: January 08, 2016, 12:38:04 PM
My life's story is congruent with this piece:

http://captaincapitalism.blogspot.com/2016/01/hr-and-people-skills.html
29  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Coal Mine Requires Ouija Board on: January 08, 2016, 12:25:08 PM
Can't mine coal until the unquantifiable is quantified:

http://www.cato.org/blog/you-ought-have-look-use-abuse-social-cost-carbon-taking-down-precautionary-principle-rebound
30  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Publication Bias and the Social Cost of Carbon on: January 01, 2016, 05:43:01 PM
Lots of links in this piece leading various interesting directions:

http://www.cato.org/blog/you-ought-have-look-publication-bias
31  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Falling Petroleum Prices & Putin, on: January 01, 2016, 02:13:48 AM
Rocky times ahead for Putin and the ruble?

http://johnrlott.blogspot.com/2015/12/what-is-ahead-for-russia.html
32  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Reduce, Reuse, Regurgitate, Refuse Rational Reexamination on: December 28, 2015, 04:36:49 PM
Ever note how the statist are forever trying in infiltrate life by dictating how best to accomplish mundane tasks like sorting trash:

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8631
33  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Never Met a Corporate Handout he didn't Like on: December 27, 2015, 06:08:33 PM
A crony capitalist to the core:

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/donald-trump-anti-corporatist-candidate
34  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Riot Racket on: December 27, 2015, 02:53:36 PM
Old racial shill payouts beget current urban landscape, san the improvements promised.

http://www.city-journal.org/2015/25_4_riots.html
35  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / What Doesn't Warm Us Makes Us Cooler . . . on: December 21, 2015, 09:38:26 PM
. . . masking the warming that must be there. This non-falsifiable science stuff sure makes life easy, what with all data points confirming notions pre-concieved:

http://iceagenow.info/complete-turn-around-now-nasa-says-burning-fossil-fuels-cools-planet/
36  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Pay No Attention to the Disappearing Economic Indicators on: December 21, 2015, 09:21:10 PM
Hmm, Chinese economic indicator reports are suddenly not being issued:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-21/china-loses-another-economic-indicator-as-minxin-suspends-pmi

Perhaps vestiges of a command economy remain and, if so, what does this signal censorship bode?
37  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Defensive Firearms Uses Undercounted on: December 20, 2015, 08:45:23 PM
Strikes me as a basic examination, but it provides compelling reasons why the rate of defensive gun uses are likely undercounted by the FBI:

http://poseidon01.ssrn.com/delivery.php?ID=325026118089093121098091074085084010034050058012070082112080118071107005085088088099038035127124020121002005068022077099126126105060069010052119003089105096007008030073037024085029000026030071025005024069020094087068065073028115104118116016020085008&EXT=pdf
38  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Surface Station Data Tainted by Site Placement? on: December 17, 2015, 05:28:27 PM
http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2015/12/17/surfacestations-the-punchline.html
39  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / "Write my Next Bestseller?" on: December 11, 2015, 04:36:15 PM
Many of the elements I find so distasteful about Trump are well explored here:

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/12/donald-trump-mark-bowden-playboy-profile
40  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Atlantic on Immigration on: December 11, 2015, 04:28:54 PM
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/12/refugees/419976/#article-comments
41  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Chicago Style on: December 09, 2015, 07:19:03 PM
Next time a climate alarmist tells you the science is settled show them this and ask if they support Chicago Style sorts of settlements such as those cited here:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/12/08/mark-steyns-illuminating-and-entertaining-testimony-to-the-cruz-hearing-on-climate-today/
42  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Costs and Consequences of "Gun Control" on: December 02, 2015, 08:47:46 AM
Good piece about the folly of current "gun control" efforts:

http://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/costs-consequences-gun-control#full
43  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Civilization & Climate in Context on: November 29, 2015, 03:38:57 PM
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/11/29/climate-and-human-civilization-over-the-last-18000-years-2/
44  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Perverse Incentive Policing on: November 27, 2015, 03:45:03 PM
Asset confiscation gone wild:

https://reason.com/archives/2015/11/27/cops-now-take-more-than-robbers
45  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Ellifritz Muses about "Counterinsurgency" on: November 26, 2015, 10:39:02 AM
I've trained with Greg 4 or 5 times now and find him to be one of the best at presenting and integrating a good, basic skill set, including ground, knife, in close gunfighting, first aid, survival skills, et al. He is also quite well read and does an outstanding job of condensing his understanding for the lay reader, as witnessed in this piece here:

http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/counterinsurgency#sthash.zbcWUrfl.gbpl&st_refDomain=www.facebook.com&st_refQuery=/?sk=h_chr&sfx_switch=true

His Active Response Training site is well worth bookmarking.
46  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / How Scientists Lie About Data on: November 25, 2015, 10:39:17 AM
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/11/25/study-demonstrates-a-pattern-in-how-scientists-lie-about-their-data/
47  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / ISIS, Sunni, Shiite, & Other Elements of the Current Mess on: November 25, 2015, 10:24:11 AM
http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2015/11/what-is-going-on-in-syria-model-this.html
48  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Reducing Irreproducible Results on: November 24, 2015, 10:21:39 AM
Much of climate alarmism rests on models that don't lend themselves to reproducible results, usually while also failing to adhere to the historical record when checking to see if they are congruent with it. To my mind this is intentional as it's much easier to hyperventilate about doom when not constrained by the need to produce replicable science.

Though this piece doesn't speak directly to climate alarmism, some of the recommendations herein would do much to address climate panic mongering:

http://retractionwatch.com/2015/11/24/improving-reproducibility-what-can-funders-do-guest-post-by-dorothy-bishop/
49  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Snoopers & Their Impossible Dreams on: November 24, 2015, 09:49:00 AM
They'll keep tilting at windmills nonetheless, because that's what political elites do:

https://reason.com/archives/2015/11/24/ban-encryption-its-an-impossible-idea-wh
50  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Cato's Take on Syrian Refugees on: November 24, 2015, 09:30:08 AM
http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/refugee-resettlement-smart-way-defeat-isis
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