Well, what did they expect?

Australian reader Snoggeramus brings us another example of bureaucrats living in a dream world – that backfires on them. Two social workers at Melbourne’s controversial safe injecting room are facing drug trafficking charges. A 49-year-old man and 36-year-old woman were arrested on Thursday, along with six others, following raids at North Richmond Community Health and several homes. The centre has been the site of Victoria’s first safe injecting room since 2018, as part of a two-year trial. The pair, who work as counsellors, are accused of supplying drugs to addicts who use the service and have been stood down following their arrest.

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Money is the problem, not the solution

I noted with some cynicism an article in Rolling Stone titled “Why Can’t California Solve Its Housing Crisis?”  Here’s a brief excerpt. Google recently pledged $1 billion to help ease the Bay Area’s housing crunch — but that sum is only eye-popping until you hear experts explain it would cost $14 billion to execute the company’s vision of building 20,000 homes. Google’s is a well-intentioned gesture, but one that illustrates how the problem facing the Bay Area, and California at large, is much worse than even its brightest minds can comprehend. . . . Four years ago, Liccardo set a

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When corruption becomes the reason for existence

Last week, the Z man put out an article titled “Too Corrupt To Fail“.  It equates the current Ukrainian “scandal” with the situation in the Catholic Church and its clergy sex abuse problem, and with other similar major issues.  I found his case compelling. In all of the big institutional scandals, there is always a question that rarely gets addressed and that is, how did it go on for so long? By the time the thing starts to become public, the number of people involved, either actively or passively, has reached a point where it became impossible to hide. In

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It’s now very clear – the Ukraine “scandal” is a coup attempt against President Trump

The sheer scale of the malevolence of the Democratic Party and its operatives within the “Swamp” or “Deep State” (call it what you will) in Washington D.C. is staggering.  They’re bound and determined to overturn the result of the 2016 election, and/or to prevent a repeat of it in 2020, by any and all means necessary, including manufacturing fake crises to smear the Trump administration as often as possible.  They’re aided and abetted in this by the mainstream news media, which offers them a compliant, obedient channel to the public, while at the same time suppressing evidence that contradicts their

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Social services and prisons: is there a cause-and-effect relationship?

I was struck by two articles, written on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, that I came across within the past few days.  I think that in isolation, each is self-explanatory;  but when read together, the synergy between them is clear. The first article is from the New York Post, and is titled “Social services used to build character — now they blame society“. “Those who have much to do with plans of human improvement,” [Charles Loring Brace] wrote, “see how superficial and comparatively useless all assistance or organization is which does not touch . . . the inner forces which form

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The deadly risk posed by some MRI dyes

I wasn’t aware that some Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) dyes have a history of causing severe health problems, some so serious that they’re life-threatening.  Award-winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson reminds us of the scope of the problem. Since 2017, I’ve reported on the increasing safety issues surrounding some commonly-used MRI dye known as “gadolinium.” I told the story with help from the wife of Chuck Norris who almost died from gadolinium toxicity after a series of MRIs. After my initial report on Full Measure, the questionable dyes were banned in many countries. However, the FDA chose instead to issue a warning. The problem is, not many

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Unintended consequences – the Cobra Effect

I was amused to read this article at the Foundation for Economic Education’s web site. In colonial India, Delhi suffered a proliferation of cobras, which was a problem very clearly in need of a solution given the sorts of things that cobras bring, like death. To cut the number of cobras slithering through the city, the local government placed a bounty on them. This seemed like a perfectly reasonable solution. The bounty was generous enough that many people took up cobra hunting, which led exactly to the desired outcome: The cobra population decreased. And that’s where things get interesting. As the cobra

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So why are they still charging fees?

It seems some American universities and university systems can only be described as “stinking rich“. There are 195 countries in the world, and over half of them are poorer than Harvard University. The Ivy League institution’s 2018 endowment was $38.3 billion, according to Stacker. This amount exceeds the wealth of any of more than half of the 195 countries around the world. . . . Campus Reform reached out to Harvard for a breakdown of funding allocation and to see what the school thought of the college vs. countries statistic, but received no comment in time for publication. With a

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Bureaucrats and temperatures

There’s been a certain amount of hilarity hereabouts – not to mention anger – at the latest bureaucratic advice on how to deal with hot weather. The coolest temperature Americans should keep their thermostats set to is 78 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Energy Star, a federal program aimed at energy efficiency and cost savings for consumers. But many on social media do not agree with that recommendation. And social media users were even more vocal in objecting to Energy Star’s recommendation for nighttime thermostat settings. . . . Energy Star, a joint federal program run by the Department of Energy (DOE)

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Ebola is now a global health emergency – for the second time

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2013-16 was declared a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” by the World Health Organization, one of only five such events in history that have been officially given that title.  I don’t know that the declaration did much in practical terms, apart from give warm fuzzies to the bureaucrats who issued it;  but it did underline the seriousness of the outbreak, and the potential threat it posed.  The world avoided a major international health crisis by the skin of its collective teeth in that outbreak, by shutting down as much travel as possible from the

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