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If Meth Use is Really an Epidemic, it’s a Pretty Lame One

Look through local news outlets around the country and you’ll find local police departments with anecdotal reports heralding the explosion of a “meth epidemic.”

But is the country really being struck by a meth epidemic? Not according to national statistics (click images to visit source data, provided by the Drug Enforcement Agency and the University [...]

It’s not just the DEA: NSA Program allows Warrantless Surveillance to spot Ordinary Crime

How would you feel if a soldier arrived at the door of your house and announced that on behalf of the U.S. military, he would be installing a voice recorder under your kitchen table to capture all of your conversations, and also splicing a data recorder into the cables in your basement to monitor your [...]

SOD Off! Law Enforcement Using NSA Spying To Go After Ordinary Crimes

Here we have evidence that the military surveillance by the NSA is leading to physical searches of Americans’ by local law enforcement, and that it’s all being done without a proper search warrant. [...]

April 26: Take Your Drugs, Your Kids, Your Work, and…

April 25 is National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

April 27 is National Take Our Drugs Back to the Pharmacist Day.

I can’t decide whether that makes April 26:

National Take Our Daughters and Sons to the Pharmacist Day, National Take Our Drugs to Work Day, or National Take Our Drugs to [...]

Corapi and Cohen Religious Predictions of Doom lie Barren (excluding collateral damage)

It’s often said in authoritarian religious circles that “God is NOT mocked!”, “God CANNOT be mocked!,” or “God WILL NOT be mocked!”. As an empirical matter, the God character and His supposed standards are actually mocked on a regular basis. In the first decade of the 21st Century, two religious leaders predicted that such mockery [...]

Robot Chicken: No, THIS is Your Brain on Drugs

Remember the early ’90s public service announcement, This is Your Brain on Drugs?

I don’t know when they came out with it, but Robot Chicken has a response:

Under Obama, Patriot Act Sneak-and-Peek Outpaces Bush Use (and is mostly about Drugs)

Remember George W. Bush? Remember thinking that a vote for Barack Obama would be a vote to bring the Homeland Security state of George W. Bush under control?

Well, think again.

According to federal law, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC) is supposed to report on the uses of the Patriot Act [...]

Obama Goes 569 Days Without Civil Liberties Board and His Spokesman Calls US Crazy

“I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested. I mean, it’s crazy.” — White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, August 10 2010

Barack Obama was required by law, upon assuming the presidency, to appoint a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. This board is supposed to have [...]

Homeland Security and Drug Money Place Lewiston under Constant Surveillance

There’s a reasonable expectation today that when you go out in public you will be under surveillance most of the time. I think most people understand that, and they support it.

— Lewiston, Maine Assistant City Administrator Phil Nadeau

With a crime rate well below the national average, Lewiston, Maine is not a dangerous place [...]

5 Congressional Predictions for a Political 2010

Just for kicks, here are my five political predictions for Congress in 2010:

1. The Defense of Marriage Act will not be repealed. After telling gay and lesbian Americans to wait for the passage of health care reform for the length of 2009, 2010 arrives as an election year. So “wait ’till next year” will [...]

Cheech and Chong Design Contest: No Drug, Sex or Language References, Please

As part of its effort to “stay fresh,” t-shirt portal CafePress is holding a Cheech and Chong design contest. There are only a few restrictions:

No references to drug use. No references to sexuality. No naughty language. No use of trademarked phrases. You can’t refer to any of the lyrics of any of their songs, [...]