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Saturday, January 27, 2018

So there is of course also an "opioid epidemic". We use that phrase too casually, but it much more troubling than it appears on first glance. Here is what is really curious about it. In many countries in the world  --  most of Asia and Africa  --  one can buy all the opioids one wants from any local pharmacy, without a prescription. You might suppose then that opioid abuse as a mass epidemic would be a global phenomenon. Yet we don't see opioid epidemics anywhere but America  --  especially not ones so vicious and widespread they shrink life expectancy. So the "opioid epidemic"  --  mass self-medication with the hardest of hard drugs  --  is again a social pathology of collapse: unique to American life. It is not quite captured in the numbers, but only through comparison  --  and when we see it in global perspective, we get a sense of just how singularly troubled American life really is.

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Thus, prohibition leads to abuse. The war on drugs has killed more people than wars and meanwhile lunatics like Jeff Sessions want to enforce it.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-27 02:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Here is another difference I discovered recently: blog.verint.com

Where 63% of Boomers were concerned "about understanding my own reasons for doing things", only 27% of X-ers were in 2002, at a similar age.

In 1967, as incoming college freshman, 82% of Boomers were going to college to "develop a meaningful philosophy of life" (the number one reason); in 2003, that was the last reason for X-ers, 74% of whom said "being very well off financially" was why they were attending college.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-27 02:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Well. After that uplifting read I'm going to go for a stroll and whistfulky whistle away the afternoon.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-27 02:35 PM | Reply

We could just stop talking about these things and go down quietly. Donnie dealmaker can distract us for another seven years before his kids take 8 year stretches after. It's the new American way.

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-01-27 03:19 PM | Reply

When I was a kid, once a week, my mother would deliver Meals-on-Wheels in the small town I was reared in. During the summers, my sister and I delivered the meals while my mother drove the car. This small town is still generally divided into "Black town", "Mexican town", and "White Town." With Black Town literally on the east side of town across the railroad tracks.

I noticed that most of the 60 or so meals we delivered were to poor, elderly white ladies who were living alone. One or two were black ladies living alone. And none of the people in the Hispanic side of town used the service.

Without needing to jump to conclusions, I wondered why so many Anglo people let their parents live and die in squalor, unfed, while the Black and Hispanic families would take their elderly parents in and take care of them. What was it about "White" culture that did this?

In college, I had a good friend who was from Iran. He bitched quite a bit, comparing and contrasting the US with the rest of the world, with good reason. But the thing that pissed him off the most were the nursing homes. "How the f*ck can you store your parents in there like that?!? That's f*cked up!"

Before then, I'd really never thought to critically analyze Western Civilization. But, for lack of a better phrase, something has gone terribly wrong--as this article points out.

#5 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-27 03:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"The war on drugs has killed more people than wars and meanwhile lunatics like Jeff Sessions want to enforce it."

I'm curious if you have any ideas on why the WOD has gone on as long as it has.

#6 | Posted by madbomber at 2018-01-27 04:14 PM | Reply

"I'm curious if you have any ideas on why the WOD has gone on as long as it has."

People like drugs.

#7 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-01-27 06:01 PM | Reply

"When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front row seat."
-- George Carlin

#8 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-01-27 07:03 PM | Reply

The war on drugs has been and is a deadly scam that hurts all of us one way or another

#9 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2018-01-27 11:37 PM | Reply

I'm curious if you have any ideas on why the WOD has gone on as long as it has.

#6 | POSTED BY MADBOMBER AT 2018-01-27 04:14 PM | REPLY

1 trillion dollars spent in the last 40 years. It's an industry. The politicians that fund it are are not only insulated from the consequences, but rewarded for being "tough on crime".

It's the most tragic stupidity we engage in as a people, and that's saying something considering we're the most interventionist nation in the world.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-28 11:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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#5,

I dont disagree with you much Mad, but on this one I have to say something...

The culture has changed. To assume that white folks leave their old parents "in squalor and unfed" is a tad bit unfair. I have dealt with many older Americans and cared for a few. They usually won't leave their homes and they are very self sufficient. I think you mistake the fact that they live alone with neglect. Most do not want to live with someone else or their families. They dont want to leave the homes they most likely literally built. I cant speak on Hispanics, but where you get this "blacks taking in their old" I dont know. Hispanics I understand as they breed like rabbits and fit 50 people in one house. But I dont see today's black families like that.

True that the U.S. isnt like the rest of the breeding out of control third world. Most people today arent having five and six children like generations past.

Back then, women stayed home and took care of the kids. Men went out and worked.

This is all a result of the 60's "culture revolution". The assault of the nuclear family, the assault on men. Most liberals will disagree with me, but it's the truth.

#11 | Posted by boaz at 2018-01-29 10:16 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Back then, women stayed home and took care of the kids. Men went out and worked. ... The assault of the nuclear family, the assault on men." - #11 | Posted by pfc. boazo at 2018-01-29 10:16 AM

Only 10:16am on a Monday morning and pfc. boazo already has his panties in a wad.

#12 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-29 10:49 AM | Reply

"Hispanics I understand as they breed like rabbits and fit 50 people in one house." - #11 | Posted by pfc. boazo at 2018-01-29 10:16 AM

50 Democratic voters in each house.

Goodbye, GOP...

#13 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-29 10:50 AM | Reply

50 Democratic voters in each house.

The older they get, the more Republican they get. Especially those who are devout Catholics.

All of these young people will have to grow up sometime and then, they will become GOP...

#14 | Posted by boaz at 2018-01-29 11:15 AM | Reply

"The older they get, the more Republican they get." - #14 | Posted by pfc. boazo at 2018-01-29 11:15 AM

In 2012 ago Americans went to the polls to re-elect President Obama (only the 4th president since the First World War to be elected and then re-elected with a majority of the votes cast).

In that election:

70% of Hispanic voters voted for the Democratic candidate

Oops.

#15 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-29 11:17 AM | Reply

"The older they get, the more Republican they get."

Some get wiser when they get older.

Some become Republicans.

#16 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-29 11:38 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"The older they get, the more Republican they get." - #14 | Posted by pfc. boazo at 2018-01-29 11:15 AM

Two-thirds of Hispanic voters identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party
And oops, again.

#17 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-29 11:40 AM | Reply

--70% of Hispanic voters voted for the Democratic candidate

--Two-thirds of Hispanic voters identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party

Explains why Dems are so eager to give voting rights to illegal migrants.

#18 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-01-29 11:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#18 how?

How does your comment make sense?

And

How did you get a NW flag? By accident?

#19 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-01-29 02:09 PM | Reply

--70% of Hispanic voters voted for the Democratic candidate
--Two-thirds of Hispanic voters identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party

Perhaps calling Hispanics, Rapists and Criminals, wasn't the best strategy.

Perhaps the Republican Party, needs to stop being the white supremacist party.

#20 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-01-29 06:48 PM | Reply

How did you get a NW flag? By accident?
#19 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER

POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN AT 2018-01-29 11:49 AM | REPLY | FLAGGED NEWSWORTHY BY BOAZ

Racists stick together.

#21 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-01-29 06:51 PM | Reply

Racists stick together.

#21 | Posted by ClownShack

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#22 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-01-29 07:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Perhaps calling Hispanics, Rapists and Criminals, wasn't the best strategy."

He won the election. You make it seem like he failed.

#23 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-29 08:30 PM | Reply

He won the election. You make it seem like he failed.

I wasn't commenting on anything other than:

--70% of Hispanic voters voted for the Democratic candidate
--Two-thirds of Hispanic voters identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party

#24 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-01-30 01:37 AM | Reply

acidmuncher.files.wordpress.com
#22 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

I've seen that before, you should get new material.

But hey. Keep commenting on how brown people are ruining Yosemite valley for you.

Maybe you can find another meme to hide behind.

You're such a hipster.

#25 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-01-30 01:40 AM | Reply

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