Uruguay passed an unprecedented bill that legalizes and regulates the production, distribution, and sale of marijuana for adult consumers. While other countries have claimed they want to end pointless 'War on Drugs' policies, thus far only Uruguay has taken the lead. Who's next?
In the murky swamp waters of Louisiana, there lies an experiment that has been cooking up for the past 20 years. Created and conducted without the public's consent, it is an experiment, which if successful, could serve as the prototype for other states and other countries.
The horror show of an execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett has renewed debate over the death penalty, and with it the familiar arguments for and against it. Earlier today, The Daily Banter's Bob Cesca made an excellent case for ending the death penalty, while ably expressing the ambivalence that makes public opinion on the matter so stubbornly immune to that case. Like Bob, many find it difficult to move past the "fuck that guy" stage of grief for Clayton Lockett.
How many of us have actually defined in any substantive way what happiness means for us? It acts mainly as concept for us to use to contrast our current state of mind against: “If only I could win/buy/be this thing, then I would be happy.” Now the United Nations have actually mandated an annual day 'to promote happiness as the universal goal and aspiration in the lives of human beings around the world.'
Trump rose to power by shamelessly refusing to live within the constraints of the reality the rest of us do. He decided that the truth was whatever he wanted it to be and that there was no such thing as a lie. And we let him get away with it. The repercussions of this for our society are immeasurable.
Just as Ronald Reagan was deified in America, similar attempts to white wash Margaret Thatcher's legacy are under way in the UK. The beneficiary of a $12 million state funeral during a massive recession, shouldn't Brits be talking about her actual record?