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Ben Westhoff on Synthetic Drugs, Dive Bars, and the Evolution of Rap (Ep. 77)
On the opioid epidemic and its culture. Discusses rap post 35 min mark.
drugs  podcasts  Cowen  rap 
7 days ago by HispanicPundit
(86) Joe Rogan Experience #1337 - Dan Crenshaw - YouTube
Crenshaw on identity politics, voting, culture, gun control,lobbying, environment, drugs and immigration and many other things with Joe Rogan.
crenshaw  podcasts  JoeRogan  voting  guncontrol  lobbying  Immigration  drugs 
8 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Making Sense Podcast #109 — Biology and Culture | Sam Harris
Bret Weinstein and Sam Harris discuss modern censorship, race and populations and lineage, sex differences, the impact of religion on cultural evolution, drugs and many other things. Free will discussion towards the end too...
Race  Racism  censorship  biology  evolution  genderissues  SamHarris  podcasts  drugs  free-will 
11 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Washington Monthly | It’s Time for Some Blunt Talk on Weed
After controlling for a host of factors and excluding anyone who was already suffering from schizophrenia at the time of conscription, Andréasson found that someone using cannabis on more than ten occasions had almost two and a half times the risk of developing schizophrenia than someone who’d never used it. To figure out if marijuana causes the disease or if people with schizophrenia just tend to self-medicate with it, Andréasson later compared people who developed schizophrenia after getting high to people with the mental illness who hadn’t used marijuana. The two groups turned out to be different: the pot smokers had been relatively normal and high-functioning before descending into psychosis, whereas the non-users had shown early signs of mental illness. Andréasson ultimately estimated that marijuana is likely responsible for between 10 and 15 percent of all psychosis cases.
Marijuana  drugs  psychology  Books  WashingtonMonthly 
february 2019 by HispanicPundit
We’ve Been Here Before – spottedtoad
Since the 90s, the African American social crisis has in my view significantly abated, with rapid declines in mortality and progress along a number of educational and employment outcomes (particularly for black women) since the 90s, and at least a slowed increase in the proportion of unmarried births. But this was only after the end of AFDC and the shift to TANF forced black women en masse into the workforce, combined with a massive increase in incarceration of black men which, even if it contributed to the fall in crime, undoubtedly had large social and communal costs.
Blacks  natives  welfare  drugs  culture  SpottedToad 
march 2018 by HispanicPundit
Why Did Magic Mushrooms Evolve 'Magic'? - D-brief
With a new genetic analysis, researchers think they’ve identified why magic mushrooms started producing “magic” in the first place. The culprit, they say, is insects.
drugs  evolution  D-brief 
february 2018 by HispanicPundit
because we destroyed ourselves — Tremble the Devil
Today roughly 12% of the American population is black and yet about half of the two-million Americans locked up in prison are black. And at any one time in America, almost a third of black American males in their twenties are under some form of “correctional supervision” – if not actually incarcerated, then either on probation or on parole, meaning they’ve recently passed through the American penal system.
Blacks  crime  drugs  welfare  culture 
february 2018 by HispanicPundit
Why Addicts' Deaths Are Not a Social Cost of Opioid Consumption, Contributing Guest | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
If we take seriously the basic principles of cost-benefit analysis, an individual's death is a cost to himself, not to "society." It can only be conceived as a cost to society in the derived sense that social costs are the sum of individual costs, but then individual benefits must also be incorporated in social benefits. If a slave-master owns a young, productive slave, the latter's death is a cost to the former. But if the individual owns himself, his death or lost production is a cost only to himself. The normative assumption of self-ownership is a natural one to make for the economist.
smoking  costs  drugs  Becker 
december 2017 by HispanicPundit
The other open borders issue: The opioid crisis
The page shows that most trafficking is land-based, and the traffic over the northern border, from Canada, while not as bad as Mexican border trafficking, is not insignificant, either.  It notes that Arizona, which has a more aggressive seizure policy at its borders, has significantly fewer drug deaths compared to its neighbors.  It also notes that as land routes shut down, drug-traffickers turn to higher-volume and higher-risk sea and air routes.  All the same, it concludes from its data that there is a significant foreign component to the opioid epidemic, one that comes explicitly from an absence of border enforcement.  While Trump will probably focus on the problems of the buyers of these drugs and the need for curing them, there is also the problem of the open borders sellers.
Immigration  drugs  AmericanThinker 
october 2017 by HispanicPundit
Locked In - The American Interest
Initially, the War on Drugs had the support of civil rights leaders and black politicians desperate to stop heroin, PCP, crack cocaine, and the turf wars and violence these drugs brought to minority communities. In the early 1980s black newspapers such as The Los Angeles Sentinel called for drug dealers to be “tarred and feathered, burned at the stake, castrated . . . .” Jesse Jackson, Jr., seconded the emotion, insisting in 1988, “No one has the right to kill our children. I won’t take it from the Klan with a rope; I won’t take it from a neighbor with dope.” And in the 1990s, as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Eric Holder, Jr., equated tough anti-crime measures with civil rights, asking: “Did Martin Luther King successfully fight the likes of Bull Connor so that we could lose the struggle for civil rights to misguided and malicious members of our own race?” Under zero-tolerance policies embraced by many black political leaders, casual drug users were condemned along with drug kingpins: For instance, in the 1980s, Washington, DC Mayor Marion Barry threatened the confiscation of assets and long prison terms for anyone “caught with half a gram of cocaine . . . [or] with one marijuana joint.”
drugs  Blacks  Racism  prison  AmericanInterest  NewJimCrow 
october 2017 by HispanicPundit
TheMoneyIllusion » Poverty does not cause social problems (and the cream rises to the top)
Of course it’s silly to argue that affluence causes addiction—correlation doesn’t prove causation.  But it’s equally silly to suggest that people in West Virginia become drug addicts because they are poor.  There are a billion poor people (by American standards) in China, and very few are heroin addicts.

You often hear a debate about what would happen if everyone suddenly lost everything, and the entire population was equally poor. Liberals claim that people like Bill Gates become rich because they come from upper class families, with all sorts of advantages. Conservatives claim that even if income were made 100% equal, within a few years the rich would regain their position and the poor would fall back. Mao’s China provided a near perfect test of this theory, and we now know that the conservatives are right about this issue. The cream does rise to the top.
Poverty  drugs  crime  Sumner 
september 2017 by HispanicPundit
Hopeless Excuses, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
While none of these effects are huge, we shouldn't expect a brief experimental treatment to deeply sway people's psychiatric worldviews.  It's entirely plausible, though, that a whole-hearted conversion to the "chemical imbalances" view would do many times the damage ("iatrogenic effects") of a marginal change in the same direction.  Intuitively, moreover, the results make sense.  Feeling helpless is a high price to pay for feeling blameless. 

To repeat, none of this shows the chemical imbalances view is false.  But it does show that accusing Szaszian skeptics of lack of empathy for human suffering is unfair.  Telling troubled people, "Your bad brain chemistry is beyond your control, it's not your fault" may sound compassionate, but they seem to hear a bleaker message
psychology  drugs  caplan 
june 2017 by HispanicPundit
The Hard Realities of Hard Time | City Journal
Pfaff calls prison growth a “national shame,” but if the vast majority of prison inmates are guilty of violent or serious nonviolent crimes, and if sentences are not unacceptably long, then why should we disincarcerate? Currently, at least 88 percent of state prisoners are in for extremely serious offenses, including violent crimes such as murder and rape (53 percent); property crimes like burglary and grand larceny (19 percent); weapons possession (4 percent); and yes, drug trafficking (12 percent). Is it wrong to imprison such people?
prison  crime  drugs  city-journal  NewJimCrow 
june 2017 by HispanicPundit
The market for truck drivers - Marginal REVOLUTION
That is from Patricia Laya.  What does it say about the job prospects for the remaining able-bodied, male unemployed?  There has been some recent coverage of video games, and incarceration, now it is time for more consideration of “can’t pass a drug test.”
labor  drugs  poverty  jobs  cowen 
october 2016 by HispanicPundit
The Disillusionment of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Agents, Years After a Tijuana Cartel Bust - The Atlantic
Some of the others involved made out like, well, bandits. Ramón’s wife and other members of the family continued to live off the AFO’s drug money. According to Steve Duncan, David Barron’s brother-in-law—a man agents called “The Mailman” because he worked for the U.S. Postal Service—confessed to helping smuggle at least $200,000 back to the U.S. after Barron was killed. The Mailman went on to work for, of all places, U.S. Border Patrol. Boom Boom, the enforcer who had passed along the AFO radio frequencies, was paid $4 million. More than 100 people—AFO operatives and their family members—were relocated to the U.S. Some were paid for their cooperation and given housing, driver’s licenses, and work permits.
narcos  Mexico  AtlanticMonthly  drugs 
august 2016 by HispanicPundit
Are generics really the same as branded drugs?
But generic drugs diverge from the originals far more than most of us believe. For starters, it’s not as if the maker of the original pharmaceutical hands over its manufacturing blueprint when its patent runs out or is challenged. The patent reveals the components, but it doesn’t explain how to make the drug. In reality, manufacturing a generic requires reverse engineering, and the result is an approximation rather than a duplicate of the original.
drugs  pharmaceuticals  health 
april 2016 by HispanicPundit
Aging Out of Addiction, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
Moreover, if addiction were truly a progressive disease, the data should show that the odds of quitting get worse over time. In fact, they remain the same on an annual basis, which means that as people get older, a higher and higher percentage wind up in recovery. If your addiction really is "doing push-ups" while you sit in AA meetings, it should get harder, not easier, to quit over time. (This is not an argument in favor of relapsing; it simply means that your odds of recovery actually get better with age!)
drugs  psychology  caplan 
october 2014 by HispanicPundit
The Liberal Order - The efficacy (NOT!) of drug interdiction.
If nothing else, successfully prosecuting users and dealers of hallucinogenic and other mind-altering drugs should cause the prices of such drugs to increase, probably substantially. In addition to other failures of the drug war, the graphs below reveal the truth.
prison  drugs  steckbeck  sidebar  graphs 
may 2013 by HispanicPundit
Should You Ignore the Expiration Date for Drugs? | John Goodman's Health Policy Blog | NCPA.org
According to a study published in October in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a cache of eight medications between 28 and 40 years expired was found in original unopened containers. Even after decades of storage, 80 percent of the capsules’ active ingredients maintained at least 90 percent of the labeled amounts.

By industry standard, a level of 90 percent drug activity present in a medication meets acceptable potency guidelines for retail sale.
drugs  misc  goodman  sidebar 
december 2012 by HispanicPundit
Marijuana, Prescription Requirements and the Doctrine of Informed Consent
In an interesting paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics Jessica Flanigan argues that the same reasons which support the doctrine of informed consent also support a patient’s right to use pharmaceuticals without a doctor’s prescription. Based on Peltzman and Temin she argues that the consequential outcomes of prescription-only have not been good, at least not overwhelmingly so. Most importantly, patient autonomy applies just as much to the choice to medicate as to the refusal to medicate
marijuana  sidebar  tabarrok  libertarianism  drugs 
november 2012 by HispanicPundit
Freakonomics » How Crack Cocaine Widened the Black-White Education Gap
We propose the rise of crack cocaine markets as an explanation for the end to the convergence in black-white educational outcomes beginning in the mid-1980s. After constructing a measure to date the arrival of crack markets in cities and states, we show large increases in murder and incarceration rates after these dates. Black high school graduation rates also decline, and we estimate that crack markets accounts for between 40 and 73 percent of the fall in black male high school graduation rates. We argue that the primary mechanism is reduced educational investments in response to decreased returns to schooling.
sidebar  freakonomics  education  drugs  blacks 
october 2012 by HispanicPundit
The Fallacy of Dulling the Pain of Poverty, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
The lesson: On net, poverty isn't a believable root cause of substance abuse, because being poor doesn't make substance abuse a better overall deal.  Why then would poor people be more inclined to narcoticize themselves?  Once again, we should look for root causes of poverty and pathology.  Low patience is the most obvious suspect.  If you loathe to defer gratification, you'll tend to have low income, and eagerly use drugs and alcohol today despite their awful cost down the line. 

Closing questions: If you were poor, would you turn to drugs and alcohol?  If you were a social worker, would you advise the poor to turn to drugs and alcohol?  I doubt it.  The reason, of course, is that on some level you already know what I'm telling you: Poverty is no excuse for substance abuse because substance abuse is an absurd response to poverty.
sidebar  caplan  sociology  drugs  poverty 
august 2012 by HispanicPundit
Eric Holder does not play the race card · Secular Right
–“The crack-cocaine sentencing disparities result from racial bias.”   In fact, black leaders were the first to sound the alarm about the drug.  In 1986, Queens congressman Alton Waldon called on his colleagues to legislate against crack: “For those of us who are black this self-inflicted pain is the worst oppression we have known since slavery. . . . Let us . . . pledge to crack down on crack.” The bill that eventually passed, containing the crack/powder distinction, won majority support among black congressmen, none of whom objected to it as racist.
race  racism  drugs  blacks  history  secularright  sidebar 
april 2011 by HispanicPundit
The Goals and Means of Meth Control - Megan McArdle - Business - The Atlantic
Personally, when I throw in the crime these black markets create, and the personal liberty costs of prohibition, I favor legalizing all of them. But I recognize the cost is more lives blighted like Julie's. My only answer is that this would also be a world where fewer black kids lose their parents--or themselves--to the prison system, and fewer babies are badly burned when Daddy's meth lab explodes. There are no real happy answers here--only damage control.
drugs  mcardle  sidebar 
february 2011 by HispanicPundit
The Cost of Meth Prohibition - Megan McArdle - Business - The Atlantic
Moreover, we don't know that moving to a prescription-only model will actually permanently reduce amateur meth production. Perhaps right now it makes more sense to get your meth out of state in the few places that have taken this step, but a nationwide placement of pseudoephedrine on the prescription schedule would simply encourage development of work-arounds like smurfing. Limits might even make meth synthesis accidents more likely--there's anecdotal evidence that the difficulty of obtaining pseudoephedrine has caused meth labs to shift to the "shake and bake" method, which uses less decongestant, but also has a nasty tendency to explode if the pressure in the container gets too high. And while fires used to happen on the stove, which is mostly fireproof, now they explode in peoples' hands, which aren't.
drugs  mcardle  sidebar 
february 2011 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: Women and alcohol
The advent of monogamy brought on the advent of alcohol. Seriously.
marriage  drugs  cowen  sidebar 
january 2011 by HispanicPundit
A plain blog about politics: Beer and Democracy
"Instead, this basically sounds like a typical story of a Member of Congress representing a ("special") interest from his district. Granted, had Carter chosen to fight Conable's bill, it's possible he might have been able to stop it, but perhaps not. Regardless, no one deserves to be called the hero of a story for acquiescing in what the real players did. And apparently the real players here were in Congress, led by Barber Conable."
carter  drugs  regulations  chait  bernstein  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
How Jimmy Carter Saved Beer | The New Republic
The beer revolution that Carter's deregulation brought.
drugs  regulations  Carter  chait  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
Ezra Klein - Against commercial cannabis
"So the prospect of a legal cannabis industry working hard to produce as many chronic stoners as possible, and fighting hard against any sort of effective regulation, fills me with fear. I don't believe that the actual tobacco companies would enter the cannabis market, but I don't doubt that the cannabis companies that would emerge from full commercial legalization would have all of morals the tobacco outfits morals, and a less tainted product to sell."
drugs  marijuana  kleiman  klein  sidebar 
august 2010 by HispanicPundit
Bloggingheads.tv - Crime and Punishment
Glenn Loury and Mark Kleiman on crime, drugs, and drug legalization. A must hear for those who have a passion for/against drug legalization.
crime  race  bloggingheads  drugs  loury  kleiman  sidebar 
may 2009 by HispanicPundit
Drug ring linked to Mexican Mafia busted in Compton - The Daily Breeze
"Fifteen alleged members of a Compton dope ring linked to the Mexican Mafia were charged Wednesday in state and federal courts with drug and immigration offenses, officials announced. "
compton  drugs  sidebar 
may 2009 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: The War on Drugs: Methamphetamine
Even the successful parts of the "war on drugs" have horrible results.
drugs  cowen  sidebar 
april 2009 by HispanicPundit
Megan McArdle (September 02, 2008) - Those crazy kids
Whether its pregnancy prevention, Drug prevention (D.A.R.E.) or driving ed...the effects are little to none. They just make people feel better.
drugs  sex  education  paternalism  McArdle  sidebar 
september 2008 by HispanicPundit
CARPE DIEM: The U.S. War on Drugs Kills Thousands in Mexico
"Number of deaths in Mexico since December 2006, largely because of the U.S. War on Drugs: 4,909"
drugs  perry  sidebar 
august 2008 by HispanicPundit
Bloggingheads.tv - diavlogs
Ta-Nehisi and McArdle on drug legalization, the Wire, and politics.
mcardle  sidebar  politics  bloggingheads  drugs  Ta-Nehisi 
july 2008 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: When worlds collide
"There are more than one million arrests every year for drug possession, but very of them result in prison or jail time. Cannabis possession, when it is punished at all, is typically with a fine or probation."
crime  wilson  sociology  drugs  volokh  cowen  sidebar 
june 2008 by HispanicPundit
Megan McArdle (April 30, 2008) - Do drugs make gangs, or do gangs make drugs?
"So I stand by my conclusion that the social benefits of legalization would be large, both here and abroad. It would not be without cost--I find it hard to believe that you wouldn't see more drug addicts if we legalized them. But the spectacular violence
drugs  McArdle  sidebar 
april 2008 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: Sentences of interest
"Alternatively, if illicit polygamy is a marketing point that draws people to the compound in the first place, legalization may well help. Oddly legalization helps most when the religious belief (in polygamy) is relatively sincere and the abuse accumulat
marriage  sex  drugs  gangs  cowen 
april 2008 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: Just how good would drug legalization be?
"Under one model, local gangs have a more or less fixed ability to terrorize a neighborhood. Even if everything is legalized, the gangs will continue local monopolies to maximize tribute, subject of course to constraints from other gangs and the police. I
drugs  cowen  sidebar 
april 2008 by HispanicPundit
Ideas: The Addiction Myth
"Supporters of the War on Drugs routinely argue as if most or all illegal drugs were addictive in a reasonably strong sense—use them a few time and you are hooked. Some recent data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health show how wildly wrong th
drugs  Friedman  sidebar 
april 2008 by HispanicPundit
Megan McArdle (March 10, 2008) - Why is prostitution illegal?
"Violence goes hand-in-hand with illegal industries because there is no legal way to enforce contracts, and because people engaged in illegal activity are understandably reluctant to report other crimes that took place during their malfeasance."
drugs  prostitution  McArdle  fundamentals  sidebar 
march 2008 by HispanicPundit
Megan McArdle (March 05, 2008) - The economics of The Wire
"What would happen to the economy of the Baltimore housing projects if drugs were legalized? Would it ultimately be better or worse for the people there?"
crime  drugs  gangs  McArdle  sidebar 
march 2008 by HispanicPundit
Greg Mankiw's Blog: Miron on Drug Legalization
"Here is an old talk, recently posted on YouTube, by my friend and Harvard colleague Jeff Miron."
drugs  mankiw  miron  video  sidebar 
march 2008 by HispanicPundit
Megan McArdle (February 28, 2008) - 1% of Americans are now incarcerated
"Simple drug possession convictions make up about 5% of the federal prison population and about 27% of the state prison population, according to the federal government's own figures. Other nonviolent drug offenders were charged with nothing more than "sal
prison  drugs  USA  McArdle  crime  sidebar 
february 2008 by HispanicPundit
EconLog, Race and Institutions, Arnold Kling: Library of Economics and Liberty
"What he is saying is that the white-black gap reflects a capitalism-socialism gap. Too many blacks are caught in a socialist trap of government schools without choice, drug laws that create economic opportunities for criminals, and so on. He believes tha
Blacks  becker  Kling  socialism  capitalism  education  vouchers  drugs  sidebar 
january 2008 by HispanicPundit
Legalise opium-poppy growing | Free exchange | Economist.com
"a licensing system whereby farmers would register to grow poppies. Drug companies outside of Afghanistan could then purchase these “raw materials” from licensed Afghani farmers as inputs for their products. A similar licensing scheme during the 1970s
drugs  economics  foreignpolicy  sidebar 
august 2007 by HispanicPundit
CARPE DIEM: Killing the Golden Goose That Gives Us New Drugs
Why allowing the importation of drugs from overseas is bad for drug inventions.
Research  drugs  economics  free-trade 
may 2007 by HispanicPundit
OpinionJournal - Musings About the Drug War
A great explanation on the difficult issue of whether drugs should be legalized or not.
politics  drugs  libertarianism 
february 2006 by HispanicPundit

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