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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Opinion: Why we should regulate sugar like alcohol - CNN.com

Do you see how meddling busy body Govt knows no way to change your behavior or influence your behavior other than to tax you, or criminalize your behavior?

Maybe if we got literate informed critical thinkers for the billions of $ we spend on public Ed, more people would choose to monitor their own sugar intake, if they chose to.

Instead, all of our choices for sugar pleasures will be going up if these control freaks have their way.  And this will change our behavior how? 

  • Researchers seeing similar effects from too much sugar and too much alcohol
  • Alcohol is simply the distillation of sugar, she says, and sugar should be taxed and regulated
  • Schmidt: We may be thinking about obesity and chronic disease in the wrong way
  • She says tackling obesity and chronic disease will be hard, but concerned people can do plenty

Opinion: Why we should regulate sugar like alcohol - CNN.com
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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