This scientist may have good intentions, but I'm afraid he's wildly misguided. Until we have hard drugs that are regulated and vetted by the FDA (which, let's be frank, will be never), anyone who says taking heroin or coke is OK is deluded. In a better world with super health care and an openly-minded society, yes, hard drugs are fine. But not here, not now, not ever.
Looks like she'll get to write her book after all -- with all this press she's getting, somebody's gotta be offering! What a wacky, wacky story. Just goes to show you -- two messed-up people can mess up even more together. Also goes to show you that love does conquer all, even venal pharma bros.
Just you wait -- Trump will probably pardon him before he leaves office!
Every time I see these type of stories, I leave thinking more astonished than anything. I mean it's so much work to be in ONE relationship -- do you really want to be in another one at the SAME TIME? I marvel at the energy of these people.
A little "inside baseball," but super interesting. FYI, a "tail event" is a rare-occurrence that has massive ramifications.
And remember, reading this means you belong to the only species out of 8.7 million on this planet that can read. And our planet is the only one out of 100 billion in our galaxy that we know has life. So just reading this article is the result of the longest tail you can imagine.
Always nice to hear from a president who can actually string a few sentences together.
Having said that, the most truthful part of this essay is this:
"The jury's still out."
Oh yeah. The jury's super, super still out. I just heard a podcast where some smart person mentioned that democracy is not binary but rather a spectrum, which makes so much sense when you really think about it.
With the last four years and the garbage still happening post-election, USA's democracy has been dented like the side of a car. You know how hard it is to undent a car?
We're still in a load of trouble, and my guess is that we've just been given a slight reprieve with the Biden win, but the curve is on the down slope. I hope I'm dead wrong.
I'd think if they have an escalation scale of reparation, they would do even better. Plus ownership of the failure, i.e., if it's the third time in a month that they've blown the estimate, say exactly that -- "I'm sorry that we've failed three times this month. Here's a $20 coupon, and you'll hear from our VP personally."
I've become a much worse reader in the last ten years. I have to actively tell myself not to skim/skip, because that's my default mode nowwadays. No doubt this disease has become exacerbated by the internet...
I don't know much, but this I do know from years of living: predictions of fast/big changes rarely come true. I think it'll be the same here. Excepting for one huge caveat -- if COVID-20 or COVID-21 happens, all bets are off.
As strange as this may sound, as a kid I learned how to problem-solve by playing pirated games on my C-64. No instructions, figuring out what key did what, then figuring out what the game was about and how to win it. It was a combination of rote memorization, blackbox testing, and logical reasoning. :)