If Marijuana Is Legal, Will Addiction Rise? - Room for Debate Blog - NYTimes.com: A lot of great quotes and opinions in this piece, in particular from Norm Stamper:
"Itâ€™s reasonable to expect a certain percentage of adults, respectful or fearful of the current prohibition, would give pot a first try if it were made legal. But, given that the U.S. is already the worldâ€™s leading per capita marijuana consumer (despite our relatively harsh penalties), itâ€™s hard to imagine a large and lasting surge in consumption. Further, under a system of regulated legalization and taxation, the government would be in a position to offer both prevention programs and medical treatment and counseling for those currently abusing the drug. Itâ€™s even possible weâ€™d see an actual reduction in use and abuse, just as weâ€™ve halved tobacco consumption through public education â€” without a single arrest."
I wonder if the nation is finally ready to revisit our national drug policy?
Fox Casting for New Voice Actors For Futurama Revival After Contract Talks Break Down With Original Cast | BuzzSugar: Bad news for Futurama fans, if this proves to be true. But to be honest, I'll still watch. Futurama is Futurama, even when produced under a reduced budget. And seriously, if the actors can't get in line with the budget realities, then they shouldn't derail the project.
Scribblenauts director: believe in the idea, move slowly - Ars Technica: This game sure does sound cool. I believe that come September, I might be poorer by $30.
Links for Monday July 20th, 2009