I don’t understand why more lawyers aren’t up in arms about the severe sentencing happening in the US. Guess it’s a similar situation to engineers being paid through the nose while pretending Big Tech is working for the greater good.
Everyone should at some point in their upbringing have a modicum of experience caring for someone with a mental disability
Singapore's actions and judicial system are vile and disgusting.
Killing somebody for heroin? That is an entirely new level of depravety.
Singapore’s leaders believe that their severity is a small price to pay for keeping at bay the vices of the outside world. What would you say to them to convince them that they’re wrong?
That the West is not littered with needles, so their severity is a massive price to pay for a minuscule gain.
After the NYTimes, about 159000 people were killed by drugs between 2015 and 2017 just in US. 591000 Americans had problems related with Heroine abuse in 2015, how many of this people are dead now, or will end dying under a bridge? Their predators will not stop just by asking nicely.
I don't agree with the punishment, but something must be done and either you send a very clear message of non tolerance with traffic or you allow the drug lords to take all, infiltrate in the government and corrupt everything in a few years.
The best solution would be to legalize, tax and regulate what could be regulated but in the meanwhile I don't have a lot of sympathy for this people. Better to save it for the real victims.
We really are pretending that if there’s an opiates epidemic in some areas of the USA, then the whole West has a severe drug problem?
The person I replied to claimed western cities are littered with needles, then another one came and told me that he had bad news re: public parks in big cities.
I'm not in favor of banning cars. I'm in favor of people having the freedom to choose. I also believe that if drugs weren't so heavily criminalized then people suffering from drug issues could more easily get help. Portugal decriminalized drugs and saw a lot of positive change. But over the last decade they've been putting up more limits again and the situation is deteriorating.
Honestly it is really hard for me to have a discussion about this since I don't see any similarities between cars and drugs. A car is tool like any other. Drugs are poison, very much like a virus. Once on drugs people don't have freedom of choice any more.
I think it is cruel to allow people easier access to drugs. Because most people who started taking them were already not in good place.
One wishes harm on none, but externally forcing preferred choices on people veers authoritarian really, really quickly.
Horses led to water can opt to die of dehydration, alas.
the pills were then eventually stopped and they got desperate because for many it was the first time in their life that they felt happy, many were in extreme poverty or had mental illness before getting hooked to prescription drugs, they got locked up for something dumb or less offensive, the system put them on probation, where it made them toxic to employeers, so they turned to selling because they were already doomed as it was, the drug war just reinforces a separate class of people.
i don’t agree with people using drugs like heroin but, ive met many people who actually said that oxytocin and oxycoden is way better than heroin, and that they prefer it.
and i am almost certain that more people die from prescription opiates a year than heroin yet, whenever someone mentions it, the whole conversation disappears with hush money. the drug war really seems like a tax on the most vulnerable in which was fueled by big pharma and paid by the average worker (us).
johnson and johnson got called out on it and got a tiny slap on the hand, and later on was trusted enough to make a vaccine. which i am pretty sure johnson and johnson also had a baby powder lawsuit over their baby powder giving newborns cancer, but the problem is, the accountability is only on the people who cannot afford to pay the bill, the real criminals work for these companies, own these companies, lobby for these companies and or pass laws for profit at the expense of a healthy society.
it’s just weird, we lock up the poor but don’t punish the source. it’s legal patchwork, but i know some people on here probably work for someone like johnson and johnson and nobody wants to bite the hand that feeds them.
the system here in the states needs to be fixed. it doesn’t have to be law based but it definitely has to have a better framework than what we have going on right now.
Westerners do all of that. Otherwise major sports teams, at least in Europe, wouldn't have as sponsors betting companies, drugs wouldn't be a multi billion dollar industry and drinking wouldn't be more widespread than anywhere in the world. Maybe Westerners don't flaunt it as much.
 with some exceptions for which no one was ever executed (eg piracy). Finally sorted out in 1998
"His IQ is only 69"
This is the most nonsensical statement I have ever seen on HN. By the lens of racialism (which is also scientifically invalid), Indians would be Caucasian, not Asian, East Asian countries being racist against Asians would not be racism at all, it'd some kind of ethnic discrimination.
"prejudice, discrimination ... against a person ... on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group."
I get it, it’s their country, they can have their own laws. I’m not arguing they can’t. Give the guy a lengthy prison sentence, I won’t agree it’s fair or productive, but he’ll get out eventually.
But no, they’re going to kill this guy. Over marijuana.
I guess I still lean towards giving people a choice, but I’m not sure it’s actually better.
So is killing other people. It’s one of the few cases in which I agree with such a penalty (in theory, in practice I’d still not want it for fear of making a mistake).
ref : https://www.wired.com/1993/04/gibson-2/
It's happening with Cannabis now, but there is still a long way to go with drugs such as Heroin and Cocaine.
Having authorized vendors where you can give advice to the buyer is much better than the current state of affairs.
For Europe the outlook is quite gloomy without any regulation: