Crazy drugs

This article enumerates several compelling reasons why drug prohibition will never work. These are then illustrated vividly through the discussion of 9 particularly vile and crazy drugs from around the world.

Drug prohibition is both a losing game and a completely futile one. From these examples alone it becomes obvious how ingrained is the tendency to get high. Sometimes at any cost (in the meantime I’ve come across evidence that even dolphins get high, by deliberately bumping into and getting poisoned with puffer fish toxin! Looks like this tendency goes deeper in the animal kingdom).

9 disgusting drugs that show prohibition will never work

For example, here is whoonga.

‘This South African drug, known in some forms as nyaope, sprung up in the nation’s poorer regions within the last few years and typically consists of marijuana, heroin or other street drugs mixed with retroviral AIDS drugs. It can also be mixed with things like rat poison or other toxic chemicals, sometimes shortening the lifespan of users who choose to inject it to as little as one year. Doctors seem skeptical as to the addictive or hallucinogenic properties of the AIDS drugs used, but worry that whoonga might have a detrimental effect on the fight against AIDS in the region since users may purposely try to contract HIV in order to get the necessary retroviral drugs free from clinics.

South African authorities responded to reports of whoonga’s increased use by adding it to a list of banned substances. Rehabilitation efforts are reportedly minimal and punishments for possession are harsh, and Sowetan Live notes complaints that South Africa has no “functioning government institution to tackle substance abuse.”

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‘I want a life of a million lovers’

'I want a life of a million lovers'

Here’s a lovely poetic plea to human connections, to love in all its forms, to being close without any demands, to polyamory in its widest sense of being able to love many. As I see it this is writing as an ode to the wondrous manifold manifestations of the human yearning to connect, to passionately discover each other beyond categories, to behold the other with tenderness and love. Thought it was wonderful, full of zest and levity.

Just a short quote, please go to the original for its full length version.

“I want a life of a million lovers.

I want to love you.

I want to love you if you are male or female, young or old, single or married…

When I see you we will embrace and hold a hug long enough to glimpse some insight from each other’s heartbeat.

When we walk down the street we shall link arms, pause frequently, and turn our toes and noses towards the other to speak directly without modesty.

I would like us to share the couch together, rather than creating a “do not cross” line where we may as well be sitting on brick blocks seated four feet away. Give me your knee, your foot, your thigh—let your body dangle on top of my body so I can know you the way litters of kittens know each other.

I want to show up to you and look into your eyes instead at your eyes. I want to feel your hand and be consumed by it until the rest of the world ceases to exist. I want to be in your presence and be in want of nothing.

I would like you to leave our time together feeling loved and free and full of your most vibrant and luscious hue of you-ness.

Please do not get confused: I do not want to have sex with you—whether you are male or female.

I have no sexual agenda, as you know, because we laugh at the freedom we feel to speak to strangers for reasons other than because we have to or because we’re hitting on them.

For me, sharing sex with someone requires a certain alignment, and I do not take that lightly. My sex requires that I can possibly foresee living with a person and combining all my stuff with all of their stuff (and I mean physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual stuff—the stuff that just feels heavy if it’s not the right fit, but feels buoyant beyond imagination when it is). It is delicate, it is careful, it is not presumptuous or impulsive.

And I do not think that our connection is somehow weakened because we do not share our bodies with each other….

WildCat – the latest robot to help the US wage war remotely

WildCat - the latest robot to help the US wage war remotely

This new DARPA robot is amazing and terrifying. Anyone remembers the various technologies developed by Massive Dynamic in Fringe? They tended to have amazing cutting edge abilities that were always deployed for very dubious if not outright evil purposes. This horse-like robot reminds me of those.

However, this is not sci-fi anymore. I guess this all-terrain robot will be the next remotely operated machine to run across Middle-Eastern fields carrying out surveillance and likely killing civilians. I guess the US army is one step closer to being able to wage war completely by remote, now with added on-the-ground precision… spending oodles of money on futile missions that the US cannot actually afford anymore (witness this week’s monetary gridlock in the US).

While I’m in awe of what technology can accomplish today I despair for what purpose it is built for and what real life interests it will serve.