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Up from Rock Bottom: Recovery from a National Overdose Epidemic, by Salena Zito
This story hits close to home.
Hardly a day goes by at my hospital that someone comes to the ER who ODed on opiates. It’s not uncommon anymore to have to pull someone who is unresponsive out of a car onto a cart and have do CPR on the way back to a room.
Illegal drugs are more available than ever but this was a serious crisis even before the current border policies made it somewhat worse. Shutting off the supply will not solve the problem because it can’t be shut off. Drug producers and traffickers are resourceful and the system is so corrupt that they will always find a way to get around interdiction efforts and even produce their product locally in a basement lab. The ultimate solution is to go at the root of the problem which is the toxic pessimism that permeates our culture. We are drowning in despair over the ceaseless drumbeat of doom and gloom and actual bad policies that restrict individual freedom and human flourishing and leave the weaker willed and less resourceful among us with little alternative other than to escape by drowning their sorrows in alcohol or mind altering drugs. What was once hallmark of life on Indian reservations or the inner cities has come to Middle America.
Another disturbing trend that is related is the pervasiveness of behavioral and mental health cases involving young people that are drowning emergency rooms some days tying up staff and limited bed space. I remember one day about a month ago when there were ten kids with behavioral and suicide risk issues in the department – Both seclusion rooms, several more occupying a hallway that has come to be referred to as “Psych Alley” plus another in a fast track bed and a couple more in the waiting room.
America is drowning!I’m hoping this is rock bottom and we are coming back up. It’s going to be a long haul.
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L. Neil Smith suggested this song would have a revival among people going to the asteroids trying to get a second chance, or maybe even a third. Dean Ing stated this song would be popular among people moving to “Wild Country” in a post-apocalyptic US.
I like El Neil’s vision better.
Re: “Letter from A.X. Perez” (above)
Fair points from each author. I suspect when the globalist communists invite 20 million foreign troops here to suppress dissent there will be less nostalgia about the States allowed. In Soviet Amerika, state television watches you.
Meanwhile the song I like: [Link to YouTube]
Your friend and brother,
The Ukrainian army is using a homegrown weapon called the Malyuk.
It is essentially a bullpup AK variant. We can expect that semiauto variants will become the new “it” gun in the US after the war in Ukraine ends. This assumes the Democrats don’t find a way to ban it. Maybe some American entrepreneur will get a license to produce and pay a decent royalty to the Ukrainians to use either to defend and/or rebuild their nation.
I actually do not care if Justice Jackson is a woman or Black, what matters is her love of the Constitution and commitment to enforcing it even above her personal ideology, something I don’t remember her being asked about during her Senate hearings. I am favorably impressed that she came up as a public defender, as seven of the nine serving Supreme Court Justices have been prosecutors. Hopefully this will lead to a more scrupulous protection of the Constitutional rights of the accused when cases reach the Supreme Court.
It is time people remember that the Supreme Court’s job is to enforce the Constitution, not reinterpret it to fit ideology or the State’s convenience. While I am not sanguine about her being the person that starts that trend, I hope Jackson at least becomes part of it, to the dismay of ideologues right and left.