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Researchers recommend steps to curb gun violence, and politicians write legislature to ensure it.  But, the violence continues.  Why?  The same reason that we have an opioid crisis despite legislation banning drugs:  Legislation is not the answer!

Criminals have to comply with legislation for it to be effective, and by their very nature, they don’t.  So, only the law-abiding, who are not a problem to anyone, comply with the laws.  They get disarmed, the size of their magazines limited, the types of guns restricted, their backgrounds checked, their fingerprints records, their license fees demanded, and….they weren’t the problem in the first place.  But now, further disarmed, are easy targets for the criminals that laughed at the laws.

Does anyone really expect criminals to eschew higher capacity magazines?  To give up their illegal guns?  Of course not.  So, the gun violence problem remains, and may even increase as citizens are disarmed, calling politicians to create even more ineffective laws.  And the disarmament of the law-abiding continues, while the criminals’ power unilaterally increases.  What BULLSHIT!

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190221130245.htm

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Whether you adore Donald Trump or hate him, I would think that reading/seeing/hearing the NEWS would be important to you, right?  What person prefers to remain in the dark about local, state, national, and international news?  Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, knowing what’s happening in the world is important.  Yet, our mainstream media have collectively become liars.  Yes, LIARS!  And how can I say that?  By uncovering the truth through hours and hours of research.

Associated Press writes:

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his prime-time speech to the nation, President Donald Trump declared a border crisis that’s in sharp dispute, wrongly accused Democrats of refusing to pay for border security and ignored the reality of how drugs come into the country as he pitched his wall as a solution to varied ills.

LIE!  That is exactly what is happening.  Democrats are refusing (rightly or wrongly) to fund the wall, despite being all for it in 2006, 2009, and 2013.  This is what Chuck Schumer said about illegal immigration in 2009.  Similar comments were made by Bill Clinton in 2006 and Barak Obama in 2013.

A look at his Oval Office remarks Tuesday night:

DRUGS

TRUMP: “Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl. Every week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across from our southern border.”

THE FACTS: A wall can’t do much about that when drug trafficking is concentrated at land ports of entry, not remote stretches of the border.

LIE!  There is plenty of meth, cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and other drugs being carried across the border by individuals in backpacks.  A single “mule” can easily carry millions of doses of fentanyl, for example.  Trucks attempt to smuggle in marijuana at border crossings, but much of our illegal drugs come across the border by individual mules.

According to the latest data available, while the largest amounts of drugs overall were seized in between the ports of entry, the overwhelming majority of those seizures by Border Patrol agents is for marijuana, which is cheaper and less strong than other narcotics.

However, customs agents also seized more than 67,000 pounds of methamphetamine smuggled through the ports of entry. Meanwhile, border agents seized nearly 10,300 pounds of meth last year. (That’s 13%– significant!)

The Drug Enforcement Administration says “only a small percentage” of heroin seized by U.S. authorities comes across on territory between ports of entry. The same is true of drugs generally.

In a 2018 report , the agency said the most common trafficking technique by transnational criminal organizations is to hide drugs in passenger vehicles or tractor-trailers as they drive into the U.S. though entry ports, where they are stopped and subject to inspection. They also employ buses, cargo trains and tunnels, the report says, citing other smuggling methods that also would not be choked off by a border wall.

Yes, any and all ways that they can smuggle drugs– trucks, mules, body cavities, cars, planes, submarines, children, and more.  And, we’re not even talking about bringing in terrorists, gangsters, sex slaves, incurable tuberculosis, the new polio-like virus that paralyzes children, measles, mumps, smallpox, sexually-transmitted diseases, and much more.  These come across at other than vehicle checkpoints.

But, I digress.  This is just ONE AP article that is almost completely wrong, trying to mislead the media that quotes it as well as you and me.  I have seen, personally, NBC editing Zimmerman’s 911 call to make him sound racist.  Think about that a moment– EDITING the truth out of a report.  I similarly saw Katie Couric edit a gun documentary to freeze the faces of a pro-gun panel who were asked a question about guns, to make them seem clueless.  Similarly, video and photos of the border crisis are staged, conflicting material photo-shopped out, audio being edited, video being edited. 

A couple years ago, Trump walked into a room of people, one of which was a crippled (retarded?) child in a wheelchair.  Trump walked into the room, bent down, and shook the kid’s hand and gave him undivided attention for about 30 seconds before moving on to shake hands with the adults.  The child kept his arm extended as if he wanted to shake hands again.  The mainstream media edited out the first part, where Trump talked with the child, and instead ran the headlines, TRUMP CALLOUSLY SNUBS CRIPPLED CHILD.  And, on, and on, and on.  These are the LIES, the BULLSHIT being foist on us 24/7.

The result is that naive people believe the BULLSHIT and hate Trump, based on it.  So, when they hear more BULLSHIT about him, it meshes with their already distorted notions and they believe it, never questioning it.  Yet, it is mostly LIES.

The truth is very difficult to find.  Some of the debunk sites (Snopes, Politifact, Factcheck) have been increasingly caught in lies.  It is no secret that the couple that started Snopes is very left-leaning, so most of the time they twist or omit facts that are not becoming to leftists.  Ditto with the others.  The only one that still seems legitimate is TruthOrFiction.  Of course, you all know that Wikileaks has a 100% truth record, but covers very few topics.  If you REALLY want to know what Trump tweeted, read it directly on Twitter instead of relying on the mainstream media to spew their distorted, spun, regurgitated version of the truth.

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Study: Alcohol Sales Fall Following Cannabis Legalization

Cannabis LegalizationStorrs, CT: Sales of alcoholic beverages decline following the enactment of medical marijuana access laws, according to a working paper authored by a team of researchers from the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University.

Authors evaluated the relationship between medical marijuana laws and retail alcohol sales in more than 2,000 US counties for the years 2006 to 2015. Alcohol sales trends in medical cannabis states were compared to sales trends in states where cannabis remained illegal. Researchers determined that counties located in medical cannabis jurisdictions, on average, experienced a reduction in monthly alcohol sales of 15 percent.

Researchers concluded: “We find that marijuana and alcohol are strong substitutes. … States legalizing medical marijuana use experience significant decreases in the aggregate sale of alcohol, beer and wine. Moreover, the effects are not short-lived, with significant reductions observed up to 24 months after the passage of the law.”

Consumer trend data from California reports that those with legal access to cannabis frequently reduce their alcohol intake. A 2016 analysis of beer sales in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington reported that retail sales “collectively underperformed” in the years following the enactment of adult use marijuana regulations.

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the study, “Helping settle the marijuana and alcohol debate: Evidence from scanner data,” appears online.

Easier access to concealed firearms is associated with significantly higher rates of handgun-related homicide, according to a new study.

Source: More permissive concealed-carry laws linked to higher homicide rates — ScienceDaily

Once again, “researchers”, either incompetent or by political agenda, mistake correlation with causality.  Dangerous neighborhoods beget law-abiding people to request concealed carry permits for their protection.  It is the dangerous neighborhoods that are the causal factor.  Concealed carrying citizens do not make neighborhoods dangerous.

Look no further than Chicago, where obtaining a concealed carry permit is virtually impossible.  Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the country, yet the highest homicide rates.  That example, alone, should tell the reader that this “study” is manure; pure garbage.

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According to a comprehensive review by the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, “few marijuana users become dependent” upon pot. By contrast, those who drink alcohol are nearly twice as likely to do so problematically. Nonetheless, over half of all young people admitted to drug treatment programs are there for their involvement with marijuana, and this percentage is steadily rising. So what’s going on?

Source: Blowing the Lid off of the ‘Marijuana Treatment’ Racket | Alternet

 

AuntieBS wrote about this scam in the past.  Some crooked person sets up a “Marijuana Rehab Facility”, then offers kickbacks to schools and law enforcement, who then give some kid caught with a joint a choice:  Jail or rehab.  The kid will, of course, choose the rehab.  Then, the scammer cites “Marijuana addiction rehab up 70%” or some nonsense, validating the “addictive” and/or “problematic” nature of marijuana.  It’s BS.

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Researchers have found regular and occasional cannabis use as a teen is associated with a greater risk of other illicit drug taking in early adulthood. The study also found cannabis use was associated with harmful drinking and smoking.

Source: Teen cannabis use and illicit drug use in early adulthood linked: One in 5 adolescents at risk of tobacco dependency, harmful alcohol consumption and illicit drug use — ScienceDaily

It is amazing that this garbage gets published.  It would be akin to “Blind Kids less likely to see as adults”.  What is the CAUSALITY?  This paper would lead naive readers to think that teen cannabis use causes illicit drug use in adults.  But, how about teens who hang with the wrong crowds, who have lack of parental involvement, who may be flunking classes, who may have lower IQs, who may be struggling in school, who may disregard laws and prudence and use illicit cannabis and other drugs as teens as well as other illicit drugs later in life?

Time and time again, follow-up studies disprove the implications when CAUSALITY is considered.  More often than not, socio-economic conditions and IQ’s are the underlying causal factors which drive various conditions mistakenly attributed to cannabis.

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An increase in mean temperature of 0.5 degrees Celsius over half a century may not seem all that serious, but it’s enough to have more than doubled the probability of a heat wave killing in excess of 100 people in India, according to researchers.

Source: Small climb in mean temperatures linked to far higher chance of deadly heat waves: UCI-led analysis of data from India could have dire implications for future — ScienceDaily

This is not on my usual topic, but illustrates bad science clearly, and the difficulty that “scientists” have discerning causality, even in formerly reputable schools.  Here, it says that the mean temperature CAUSES the likelihood of occasional heat waves.  Hello– isn’t it quite apparent that the occasional heat waves are what increase the mean temperature???

Let me illustrate:  Suppose we have a stable mean of 100, but a one time spike of 120:  100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 100, 120, 100, 100.  That one spike to 120 increased the mean from 100, to 102.  In other words, the heat wave raised the mean, not the implied vice versa.  And this also does not mean that the heat wave caused the mean– only that the mean and the occasional heat spikes are correlated.  So called “scientists” often confuse correlation with causality, as shown so often in cannabis studies.

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