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Re: freelance sysadmining -- superlong -- [WAS: "Red Hat recommends Windows for consumers"]

On Thu, Nov 13, 2003 at 03:35:39PM +0100, Benedict Verheyen wrote:
> Another lesson learnt here: stay off the pot. At a later age you
> will not be able to count past 4. :-) just couldn't help it.

I haven't touched it for 5 years, once I realized I'm still same old 
boring me with it or without it :-)

I have mixed feelings.  One the one hand, I read about China's opium 
wars in the 1800s, and see a failed people resulting from "legalizing 
it."  On the other hand, I see a drug which causes people to fight, 
crash their cars, and beat their kids (alcohol) completely normalized.

I think the right answer is to legalize it, but, just as you are 
considered a drunk and a loser if you drink before work, habitually, or 
to excess, exactly the same with dope.  Folks in Amsterdam have the 
correct attitude: they mix tobacco with grass because it cuts down on 
the smell and doesn't get you so whoppered.  Exactly like we don't drink 
pure grain alcohol.

I really think the "severe moderation, low concentration, but it's okay 
for adults" message is the correct message for drugs.  It is totally 
hypocritcal to encourage this message for one drug but not others, when 
any drug to excess requres counseling, but adults in moderation can 
manage.  I've never heard anybody put the issue like this in public yet.  
I have hope we can grow up about it, yet.

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