A Sunny Place for Shady PeoplePithy, contrarian, politically incorrect and curmudgeonly rants on sex, money, power and politics and religion and philosophy. In short: Nothing matters, everything changes and there are no guarantees. The rest is rationalization and bribery. (c) Tom Milner 2002-2003. DIRECTORY of offensive POSTS at Archives: 07/09/03. RECOMMENDED BLOGS: Archives: 07/29/03. email: theoldbuzzard AT sunnyplaceforshadypeople DOT com.
Friday, August 01, 2003
Monday, August 04, 2003
We dare attack the ineffectual and failed anti-drug program, D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education).
This is the old Nancy Reagan hymn of "Just Say No" all dressed up with lots of payoffs for the local cops.
Both the U.S. Surgeon General and the National Academy of Sciences have investigated this scam and declared it costly and unworkable.
This bullshit has been ongoing for twenty years -- taxpayers subsidizing a program that doesn't deliver.
This local police-administered scheme is supposed to educate schoolchildren about the dangers of drug, alcohol and tobacco use.
Promoting something called "self-esteem."
Cops teaching self-esteem?
City after city have abolished this racket, including even Houston (not the nation's most liberal burg), along with Oakland, Seattle, Omaha and Burlington.
Studies have shown that D.A.R.E. has no statistically significant long-term effect in preventing illicit youthful drug use.
One problem is that the program broadly condemns all drugs -- making no distinction between marijuana and heroin, for example.
When do we stop lying to the kids?
When we do, maybe they'll, on their own motion, develop this nebulous thing called self-esteem.
And how does one dare to even measure prevention, anyway?
Partial directory of past offensive rants can be found in the post of July 09, 2003, at Archive.
The rant will hereafter appear at whim, but at least weekly, probably Mondays, and intermittently, as ignornace and cupidity enrage us.
Tuesday, July 29, 2003
Thursday, July 31, 2003
Does anyone read books anymore?
We speak not of "best sellers" by politicians, self-helpers, diet quacks, ideologues, "Mother Naturists," or writers of children's books, "thrillers," religious claptrap, sports trash, Hollywood nonsense, romantic and sexual puff and "historical novels."
Over the almost year run of the rant, we have occasionally recommended books we find unsettling, irreverent, compelling, fascinating and, yes, entertaining -- a well told story of whatever.
(Examples of the last two such: Paul Hoffman's Wings of Madness: Alberto Santos-Dumont & the Invention of Flight [non-fiction] and Allison Burnett's Christopher: A Tale of Seduction [fiction]).
We understand that many now graduate from a four year accredited (not that this means anything) college without completing a full read of a book.
We know: we're old and cantankerous, but at least literate. (We often read first a book's index -- very telling.)
Society has elevated the visual to the detriment of the printed -- so much easier for the lazy to "watch" television or movies than to engage their own private and personal imaginations grappling with the written word.
Or is imagination mostly dead, too?
We have replaced our home libraries (not that we ever had them) with "entertainment centers," whatever these are. The mass audience wants comic book movies with comic book writing.
Part of the blame goes to the very medium you're reading this page on.
But you are reading, aren't you?
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