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"Chuck Norris doesn't read books; he stares them down until he gets the information he wants out of them."
- ChuckNorrisFactsdotcom

Saturday, May 31, 2003
[Snicker]
As I said yesterday:
"If news of WMDs comes out in the next few months I won't be a bit surprised."
And
now:
"Those people who are sitting there saying 'Oh it is all going to be proved to be a great big fib got out by the security services, there will be no weapons of mass destruction', just wait and have a little patience," he said.

"I certainly do know some of the stuff that has already been accumulated...which is not yet public but what we are going to do is assemble that evidence and present it properly."
Either Sean Penn is the stupidest man alive or he's on the payroll, 'cause Damn.

posted by Rachel 5/31/2003
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Hmm how timely. I was just thinking about
this the other day. Too bad I was born into the wrong generation. Seems like we're destined to always be in some level of struggle/ cold war with communist states. Now that Russia got over it China's up. Sigh. Maybe SARS will derail them.

posted by Rachel 5/31/2003
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Here's another Government: Fuck 'Em All Rant®
Bastards.
"During Prohibition, the government required that industrial alcohol be poisoned, typically with methanol, to keep it from being converted into cocktails. If bootleggers did not completely remove the adulterant, it could cause blindness, paralysis and death. Thus a measure aimed at discouraging alcohol consumption made it more hazardous for those who continued to drink.

A similar dynamic can be seen in today's war on drugs. The latest example is a law President Bush signed last month. The measure, attached to the Amber Alert bill by Senator Joseph Biden, Democrat of Delaware, holds club owners responsible for drug use on their property. The main target — reflected in the rider's original name, the Reducing Americans' Vulnerability to Ecstasy (RAVE) bill — is the all-night dance parties, or raves, where the drug MDMA, also called Ecstasy, is popular.

The act prohibits "knowingly opening, maintaining, managing, controlling, renting, leasing, making available for use, or profiting from any place for the purpose of manufacturing, distributing or using any controlled substance." Given this broad language, anyone who organizes or rents space for an event where drug use takes place could face criminal charges. Not only is the law unlikely to keep people from using Ecstasy, it could magnify the drug's dangers by pushing raves further underground and discouraging voluntary efforts to protect users from serious harm.

The most significant short-term risk associated with MDMA is its impairment of the body's ability to regulate temperature. Overheating is a special concern at raves, where people may dance vigorously in crowded, poorly ventilated spaces for hours at a time.

For years volunteer groups like DanceSafe have been passing out fliers at raves and night clubs with advice on how to avoid dangerous overheating — drink water, take frequent breaks, abstain from alcohol (which compounds dehydration). Event sponsors have helped by providing bottles of water and ventilated "chill out" rooms, measures intended not to encourage drug use but to reduce drug-related harm. Under the new law, however, such sensible precautions could be seen as evidence that the host or owner knew guests would be using drugs, exposing him to $250,000 or more in civil penalties, a criminal fine of up to $500,000, and a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

It could also be incriminating to allow DanceSafe or other groups to set up tables to test drugs for purity. Such testing is an important safety step because tablets sold as MDMA sometimes contain the cough suppressant dextromethorphan, which can block perspiration, impede the metabolism of MDMA and have disturbing psychoactive effects in high doses. Another drug sometimes passed off as MDMA is paramethoxyamphetamine, which is potentially lethal in high doses. On-site testing can prevent bad reactions and deaths, but how many nightclub owners or landlords will risk a prison sentence or ruinous fines by allowing it?"
Assholes to the last man all of these anti-drug politicians.

posted by Rachel 5/31/2003
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So apparently there's a terrible drought/ heatwave going on in Nevada. Where are we going to get married in August? Lovely.

posted by Rachel 5/31/2003
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Ok. I've been a little out of the news loop for the past couple weeks but why haven't I heard about
this? This is horrific.

posted by Rachel 5/31/2003
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Has anyone else heard the Camel Toe song? My jaw hit the floor.

posted by Rachel 5/31/2003
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This ladies and gentlemen is what an
asshole looks like. I seriously wonder if he's not on the payroll as a publically useful idiot. If news of WMDs comes out in the next few months I won't be a bit surprised.

posted by Rachel 5/31/2003
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