My buddy Micah Daigle’s Facebook post has officially gone viral in Pakistan. How do you measure virality? 10k+ shares and a huffpo article.
Right now it’s at 10,571 shares but I bet it will hit 11k by the end of the day. There’s a lot to say about this post.
There are no simple numbers for the ratio of terrorists/civilians killed in drone strikes. The wikipedia article on Drone Attacks in Pakistan is pretty good if you want a more nuanced view and a good general primer on the topic. I think it’s illuminating to play with the number in my head. What if we killed 40 civilians for every one terrorist? or 30? or 20? or 10? Best case scenario…what about five civilians killed for every terrorist? Would you be willing to have your sister or mother killed in exchange for a mid level taliban operative?
Laws governing Marijuana use in the United States could charitably be described “Fucktarded.” In an interview, Barney Frank said that many politicians recognize this obvious truth but are afraid to act on it. Realizing that he’s got political tenure Frank decided to go all bullworth and introduce legislation that would decriminalize Marijuana at a Federal level. Which is awesome and surprisingly rational. Of course, he needs help so please sign a Marijuana Policy Project petition asking your politician to cosponsor the bill HERE.
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* Despite having huge hippy dreadlocks, I don’t smoke weed because it’s not fun or beneficial to me. However, drug laws are major contributors to the prison industrial complex.
* To the person who says “There is no way in hell this will pass, so I’m not going to waste time signing this.” Several studies have shown that the future is very hard to predict and successful legislation is largely a function of how much time, money and energy people put into it. If you’ve ever been annoyed by Marijuana laws, take 20 seconds and sign. If you know anyone who’s been busted for marijuana use, sign and donate money to Marijuana Policy Project.