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Fraud Is all Around Us and in the Places We Least Suspect

Friday, September 25th, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

There seems to be a lot of fraud these days, but perhaps there always was; maybe it was just that we more naïve in those days. As soon as the Volkswagen scandal broke, the personal-injury lawyers were out in force — a group whose activities are usually morally fraudulent if not illegal. Research fraud in […]

How Dangerous Is Synthetic Cannabis?

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

Man is a creature that likes to change his mental state, even if it is for the worse. It is the change that he seeks, not the end result; Nirvana for him is a constantly fluctuating or dramatic state of mind. This, for obvious reasons, is particularly so for the bored and dissatisfied. In the […]

Can Dual Prescriptions for Opioids and Tranquilizers Increase Your Risk of Dying?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015 - by Theodore Dalrymple

Some patients stick in one’s mind longer than others. I remember, for example, a Welshman with the sing-song intonation of the Welsh who told me on his arrival in hospital that he needed his diazzies [diazepam], and temazzies [temazepam] and his flurazzies [flurazepam] and his lorazzies [lorazepam] and his bromazzies [bromazepam] and his oxazzies [oxazepam]. […]

How This Bad Parenting Technique Can Turn Kids into Alcoholics

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Parents today have a bevy of scientifically proven parenting methods to choose from when it comes to raising their children. Magazines don’t just talk about putting them to bed on time or making sure they eat their vegetables. Now, it’s all about how you do it that matters. Are you going to attach and hug […]

I Accidentally Dated a Drug Dealer

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 - by Tricia Lott Williford

We had been on several really great dates before I realized he was keeping a secret. Whenever I complimented him on who he is, who we were together, or what I enjoyed about us, he responded with warning phrases like, “Withhold your judgment for now, sweetheart,” or “Be careful around me, darlin’. You don’t know […]

If Only Al Sharpton’s Mother Gave Him a Good Smack Upside the Head

Friday, May 1st, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

My colleagues Paula Boylard and Michael Walsh have declared Baltimore’s Mother of the Year, Toya Graham, a “bad parent” for slapping her rioting teenager upside the head. The essence of their argument: had she raised him better from the beginning, with good, solid biblical values, he wouldn’t have been there in the first place. That’s […]

How the Drug War Keeps People Poor

Saturday, April 25th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

You could find a worse way to spend seven minutes than considering the above video with an open mind. John McWhorter, a teacher of linguistics at the Center for American Studies at Columbia University, explains the link between the War on Drugs and perpetual poverty within inner-city communities. McWhorter relates the provocative fact that black […]

Here’s Why Blacks Aren’t Voting Republican

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Black Americans vote for Democrats 95% of the time. Republicans frequently argue that blacks should recognize the historic role which the Republican Party played in ending slavery, defeating Jim Crow, and fighting for civil rights. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly demonstrates in the above clip why that narrative doesn’t connect with blacks. People care more about […]

The Real Problem with American Coffee Isn’t the Beans, but the Culture

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

I’m far more of a wine connoisseur than a coffee drinker. Years ago I cut back to half decaf in order to cut back on migraines and stomach trouble. The hi-test sludge my editor prefers could never cross my lips for fear of bodily damage. The one thing I associate with brutal American coffee is […]

Can Conservatives & Libertarians Unify? A Review of The Conservatarian Manifesto

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 - by Chris Queen

Both conservatism and libertarianism carry a certain reputation for adherence to core principles, and while both philosophies share a few common ideals, there are certain sticking points — like immigration, the war on drugs, and abortion– that tend to separate the two philosophies. Conventional wisdom holds that conservatism and libertarianism sit in different areas on […]

Here’s A Creative Way to Make Sure Food Stamps Aren’t Wasted on Weed, Booze, & Lap Dances

Saturday, February 14th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

Colorado is stuck between a hookah and a hard place on preventing welfare recipients from using their EBTs to buy legalized weed: Despite mounting evidence that “welfare for weed” is more than an urban myth, Democratic legislators are balking at a bill that would add marijuana dispensaries and strip clubs to the list of places, […]

The Sad Truth About the Vaccine Debate’s Superstitious Roots

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 - by Aaron C. Smith

Things looked pretty darn good in the middle of the twentieth century. We split the atom, using its energy for power and to send the most dead-end, dead-enders of the Axis scurrying. The Green Revolution saved a billion people from starving to death. On the micro level, we developed vaccines for polio, mumps measles and […]

VIDEO: Israel Is One of the World’s Medical Marijuana Capitals?

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 - by Stephen Green

Actually, not so high: In a greenhouse in the mountains of the Galilee, a technician in a lab coat is coddling a marijuana seedling that is coveted for life-saving medical benefits for epileptic children, doctors say — without the high. Named “Rafael,” for a healing angel called upon by Moses, this varietal of cannabis is […]

Is Colorado’s Governor Right About Pot Legalization?

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

Colorado voters spoke, but our governor wishes he didn’t have to listen: “If I could’ve waved a wand the day after the election, I would’ve reversed the election and said, ‘This was a bad idea,’ ” Hickenlooper said Friday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “You don’t want to be the first person to do something like […]

Did the 1960s Really Happen? (Part Two)

Monday, January 19th, 2015 - by Kathy Shaidle

As last week’s epically embarrassing “James Taylor” fiasco demonstrated, the Western establishment acts like the Sixties never ended. But as I’ve been insisting for some time, in many respects, that “Sixties” never really happened. All that “peace and love,” “soixant-huitard” stuff comprised but a slender slice of the 1960s, and much of that was bogus, […]

Will Weed Legalization Cause Teen Drug Use to Drop?

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

One year after legalization, marijuana use is down among teens in Colorado and in Washington State: University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study, now in its 40th year, surveys 40,000 to 50,000 students in 8th, 10th and 12th grade in schools nationwide about their use of alcohol, legal and illegal drugs and cigarettes. “There is […]

In Colorado, We Are Entering a Stoned New World

Friday, December 12th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

I suppose this was inevitable — a nicely appointed RV to take you and some friends on a tour to some of Colorado’s natural wonders, and to some of Colorado’s perfectly legal head shops. They even do weddings. (H/T, Colorado Rebecca.) We are entering a Stoned New World here, as Colorado entrepreneurs come up with […]

Do Drug Trials Often Fail to Reveal the Harmful Side Effects They Discover?

Monday, December 8th, 2014 - by Theodore Dalrymple

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth: that is what one swears to tell in a court of law. One lies there and then. It is a noble ideal that one swears to, but one that in practice is impossible to live up to. Not only is the truth rarely pure and […]

There’s an Illegal App for That

Saturday, December 6th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

But that’s not how they see it in the City of Buttinsky Angels: The Los Angeles city attorney filed a lawsuit Tuesday to shut down a mobile phone application that arranges medical marijuana home deliveries. The suit alleges that the iPhone and Android free app, Nestdrop, is a “flagrant attempt” to bypass restrictions contained in […]

Do SSRI Antidepressants Increase Suicidal Thoughts?

Monday, November 10th, 2014 - by Theodore Dalrymple

  Hope springs eternal, but so do financial crises in hospitals. Once, while researching the history of the hospital in which I was working at the time, I discovered that it had been so short of money in the 1840s that it had been forced to sell some land to a railway company that wanted […]

What Do You Predict for Marijuana Laws & Culture In the Next 10 Years?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Daily Question

From USA Today: “Where America landed on marijuana” While Florida voters narrowly rejected a plan to legalize medical marijuana, voters in Washington, D.C., Oregon, and Alaska approved recreational pot posession and use by adults And in Guam, voters legalized medical marijuana use, according to initial returns showing Proposal 14A passing with more than half of […]

‘I’m Just Trying to Troll People and Make Them Feel Really Bad.’

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 - by PJ Lifestyle Sex and Death Daily Survey

Don’t miss last week’s links, collected here: “The 2 Most Disgusting, Soul-Crushing Stories From Last Week (And 81 Competitors)” and Monday’s round-up here: “Man Sent By ISIS to Rape Pit Bull In Neighbor’s Yard? Clown Thugs Terrorize Paris?“ See shocking stories you think should should be included? Tweet them to @DaveSwindle. At Vice Tuesday: 1. THE GUY […]

Can We Stop Calling Clash Drummer Topper Headon ‘Underrated’?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 - by Kathy Shaidle

My PJ Media colleague Allston has just launched his call for your “greatest rock drummers.” (Be sure to add your nominations in his comments.) Allston will annoy a lot of people by saying that Keith Moon wasn’t a good drummer. I’ll leave it to actual drummers and other musicians to fight that out. As a […]

Why Smoking Bans Are More Dangerous Than Smoking

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - by Robert Wargas

One lamentable feature of the contemporary West is the ruthless efficiency of the nanny state. It works overnight. You wake up, slouch over your coffee and corn flakes, and read of the new Bad Thing that must be stopped Right Now. In Britain, the latest activity slated for oblivion is smoking in public parks. Readers, […]