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2016-01-14

Verrry interesting!

Carolyn B. Edwards

• Humans are not good at assessing risk. We fear things that we have little or no control over with a greater degree of emotion than those things we can control, even though the controllable things may be hugely more dangerous.
How many of you fear flying, for example? It is a fact that each of us is way more likely to die in a vehicle crash than in a plane crash, and yet many of us board that flight with nervous stomachs and muscle tension.
Many of us currently live in fear of terrorism, even though, as Theunis Bates in The Week recently put it, "since 9/11, about 30 Americans a year have been killed in terrorist attacks worldwide - roughly the same number as are crushed to death each year by collapsing furniture."
Despite these facts, we continue to allow our government to establish more and more laws sucking up our privacy to protect us from terrorists.
Certainly, we need to take prudent measures, but must we toss the Constitution in the trash for these odds?
Oh, and try not to get trapped in that recliner!
• Not that I am promoting the use of any drugs, I found the following information worthy of some thought, too.
An article in Huffpost included the following information: "In 2010, overdoses were responsible for 38,329 deaths. Sixty percent of those were related to prescription drugs. In the same year, a total of 25,692 persons died of alcohol-induced causes, including accidental poisoning and disease from dependent use."
In that same year, no one died of a marijuana overdose.
And yet, we continue to imprison people, especially people of color, for carrying a small amount of weed in our so-called "War on Drugs," the longest running and least successful war our country has ever been involved in.
I read recently about a man who received and is serving a life sentence for selling two joints to an undercover officer. It was, unfortunately for him, his "third strike." However his previous two convictions were not deserving of a life sentence either, in my opinion.
Meanwhile, the affluenza teen gets probation after killing four people in a drunk driving crash.
• And to close, I read this sentence written by Tom Ziller in SB Nation and I just wish I had written it: "If you double [Kawhi], other Spurs will pick you apart like you're a roast turkey at a velociraptor's wedding reception." Ka-WOW! That there's one amazingly awesome visual, Tom!