Things Are Good: Helping Addicted Loved Ones

The opioid crisis in North America damages countless lives every year, and we may be making it worse in the way we talk about addiction. FiveThirtyEight decided to look into the best ways of helping addicts using a scientific approach, they conclude that love and compassion is the best approach. Addiction is a problem for ...

Things Are Good: An Online Forum is Saving Addicts from Bad Drugs

The opioid crisis in North America continues unabated. Local organizations are pushing for reform of policies and in Canada the call for safe injection sites is growing. The number of deaths from opiate addiction is too high and users have started to share information to curb the rising death count. The subreddit community r/opiates has ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: 2017 Tobacco Company Ad-buy For YouTube

I would take the plain packaging ad circulating more seriously, if it wasn't funded by Japan Tobacco International. #canpoli — Lucas Kuffner (@lucaskuffner) February 27, 2017 My YouTube viewing on TV was interrupted by an ad. I uncharacteristically watched it because it seemed political. It was an astroturf ad by what looked like JTI-Macdonald Corp. in ...

Things Are Good: Teen Substance Abuse Decreases When They Have Fun

Being a teenager is hard with all the chaos that is finding one’s identity and dealing with the incoming stresses of life. In many places around the world, teens react to these pressures by using illicit substances or otherwise “misbehaving”. Iceland was having a huge problem with teens drinking and smoking throughout the 90s, then ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: If Earth Was A Restaurant From The 1990s

One of the big problems with climate change, is even if Europe and Asia manage to create low carbon infrastructure and societies, it’s like a non-smoking section of a restaurant. Remember those? Saskatchewan banned smoking in restaurants by about 2005, so we got out of the habit of asking, “Non-smoking table for two, please.” We ...

Bill Longstaff: It just got harder to kill people legally

Pity the poor American executioner. Not bad enough that there’s all these anti-capital punishment liberals trying to put him out of a job, but now the pharmaceutical companies are conspiring against him. Most U.S. states still exercise the death penalty and most use lethal injection to dispatch their victims. Unfortunately for the killer states, pharmaceutical ...

Bill Longstaff: It just got harder to kill people legally

Pity the poor American executioner. Not bad enough that there’s all these anti-capital punishment liberals trying to put him out of a job, but now the pharmaceutical companies are conspiring against him. Most U.S. states still exercise the death penalty and most use lethal injection to dispatch their victims. Unfortunately for the killer states, pharmaceutical ...

Bill Longstaff: It just got harder to kill people legally

Pity the poor American executioner. Not bad enough that there’s all these anti-capital punishment liberals trying to put him out of a job, but now the pharmaceutical companies are conspiring against him. Most U.S. states still exercise the death penalty and most use lethal injection to dispatch their victims. Unfortunately for the killer states, pharmaceutical ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Changing Face of Heritage Neighbourhood in Regina

Malty National opens tomorrow. It’s a couple blocks east of the General Hospital on 15th Ave. One day there may even be a bike lane on that street.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #OldNews about Alcohol and Planes

A warning against drunk driving. 6 Sept. 1949. Netherlands.@trouw #OldNews pic.twitter.com/yIFzzXo516 — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) March 23, 2016 Roughly, it says: “Alcohol makes lumps. Whoever is not satisfied, can see it in this photo, which was acquired last night after a driver who was under the influence of liquor, first drove to the gate of ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Why The Drug War Is Inherently Racist and Pro-War

Richard Nixon was not a good man. The people around him weren’t good either. They intentionally lied about the harm of hard drugs (and ‘soft’ drugs too), in order to concoct a reason for law enforcement officers to harass and jail African Americans and anti-war protesters. “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Rona Ambrose – Smoke From The Ears

Anyone else smell pants burning? Maybe it’s something else. Hold on, you’re about to get whiplash. I guess having an empty head is a biological advantage since your brain doesn’t rattle around when you change direction this quickly. Not even Google can keep up with her position. “June 11, 2015 10:19PM EDT Health Minister Rona ...

Things Are Good: Rethinking Addiction

Johann Hari wanted to find out why people get addicted to drugs and ended up making some startling conclusions. Yet, not surprisingly, all the war on drugs policies countries have implemented have only increased the addiction problem. Addiction is more complex to solve than just hurting the people who use drugs. What really causes addiction ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Climate Change AKA Global Warming Denial History

Here the case is made that “global warming” was supplanted by “climate change” because it sounded less urgent, (much as tarsands became oilsands), and other history is presented about the Denial movement infesting political discourse. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2015/mar/05/doubt-over-climate-science-is-a-product-with-an-industry-behind-it Bad Science: A Resource Book – described in Merchants of Doubt as a “how-to handbook for fact fighters”. Produced ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Snake Throwing Video

When a ‘night out with the boys and snake’ goes terribly wrong, you get an international disgrace. Remember the snake thrown behind the counter at Tim Horton's Dec 8th? YEP! There's video. http://t.co/vVYPHvvTeM — David Kirton (@dkckom) January 12, 2015 This is why drinking isn’t allowed in public, it’s because of people with alcohol problems ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: RCMP Fails to help Member; He Dies

The Mountie made famous last year by the media and the RCMP for being punished while smoking medicinal marijuana while in uniform, has died of an undisclosed cause. He was facing sentencing for charges in the fallout of the scandal last year.

Things Are Good: Vermont Stops Their War on Drugs, Will Help People Instead

The war on drugs is a backwards, destructive, and anti-human campaign that has destroyed lives. It was launched by Nixon and since then it the ‘war’ has negatively impacted everything it touches from people’s lives to the global economy. The USA tries to enforce it’s inflexible approach around the world, yet at home many states ...

Illuminated By Street Lamps: Supervised Injection In Toronto: Why The Discussion Has Screeched To A Halt

By Joe Fantauzzi @jjfantauzzi Drug use is a multifaceted issue in urban life. Addiction can take an enormous toll on individuals and can leave the municipalities in which those people live struggling to adequately service their needs as well as the needs of the community. Supervised injection facilities, in which users consume drugs in a ...

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Ford Happens

Yesterday (April 30, 2014), I thought that the most exciting political news of the day was the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs (PROC) laboriously working its way through about 300 amendments to Bill C-23, the so-called “Fair Elections Act.” Exactly as expected, the government-dominated committee was busy voting down ...

Melissa Fong: Electronic music, raves & Toronto’s moral panic on drugs

…they do the work because they want to re-produce the type of city they want to live- the type of city that is worth living in. … …not all entertainment is built the same- some of these very worth while performers and promotors can’t jump through your hoops, or will grow tired doing so. These ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall Divesting From Russian Liquor #skpoli

We've contacted the fed gov't & Ukrn-Cdn groups to determine best way to support freedom & democracy in Ukraine. We will act on that advice.— Brad Wall (@PremierBradWall) February 24, 2014 Premier Brad Wall says gov't is looking at options to pull Russian liquor products from provincial stores in response to crisis in Ukraine— Marco ...

Melissa Fong: Psst: Bitcoin ATM expanding to Toronto

Yep, more reason why Bitcoins are here to stay Bitcoin ATM was a hit in Vancouver and now Toronto gets one. Located at King and Spadina, Bitcoin Decentral will function […]

Melissa Fong: Weekend Party Announcement- Carlos Souffront, Rennie Foster in Vancouver – 2013 BLOGCEMBER 30/31

Vancouver does have a few local standouts, however- one that has remained true to Vancouver is Rennie Foster. Foster is a fairly influential producer DJ that has mentored a lot of talent frequenting the best of the best in Berlin. Foster is headlining alongside Carlos Souffront- who hails from Detroit. I’m not huge on…

Melissa Fong: Weekend DJ Feature: Steffi- 2013 BLOGCEMBER 22/31

I am going to write a series on sexism and the gender gap in electronic music sometime soon, but for now let’s just focus on the amazing female talent that exists. Some of the fresher faces like Maya Jane Coles are not cutting it for me. Coles is talented, just not my particular style. Anja ...

Melissa Fong: Weekend Party Announcement- Anthony Collins in Montañita, Ecuador – 2013 BLOGCEMBER 20/31

Part of my BLOGCEMBER 2013 series- the Theme is Electronic Music *** As always, let’s set the mood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLrdkk6dGOc (various artists) *** Anthony Collins isn’t one of my first choices but […]