Posts tagged with ‘drugs’

Drugs Without The Hot Air by David Nutt

David Nutt became somewhat famous in the UK when he was chairman of the¬†Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs [ACMD], the statutory body which is responsible for advising the government on drug policy, and specifically on the appropriate legal classification of different drugs. He was criticised and eventually fired for being rather too vocal […]

Birding again

The glorious summery weather is back, and I had a good day of birding today, just out of London. On the spring migrant front: masses of chiffchaffs and blackcaps, the odd willow warbler, a single swallow. Also treecreeper, nuthatch, buzzard and so on, but the bird of the day was bullfinch. To capture my immediate, […]

A passing thought on the Nutt business

Politicians are always quick enough to invoke ‘scientific advice’ when they want to deflect responsibility for an unpopular policy decision, like the availability of different treatments on the NHS, or the mass slaughter of animals during a foot and mouth outbreak. And as long as they actually are acting on good scientific advice, fair enough. […]

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Amoebas may vomit E. coli on your greens – New Scientist ‘A laboratory study has found that food pathogens survive being eaten by protozoa living on spinach and lettuce. The temporary asylum might help bacteria stick onto leafy greens or resist efforts to kill them before packaging.’ (del.icio.us tags: amoebae bacteria ) Ancient bird is […]

Fruit of my Seed

I was walking in the park behind the house today and, just growing in a little scrubby patch, found a sunflower and a hemp plant. Both of them are probably growing from seed I put out for the birds. I’m slightly suprised that no bored local youth has taken the hemp plant for personal use. […]

Drugs, hypocrisy and baby milk

Most of the people I’ve known over the years who were keen to boycott products from Nestl√© (evil baby milk) or South Africa (apartheid, at the time) or Nike (sweatshops) took drugs. I don’t think it’s any better to give money to organised crime than to give it to Nike. Which is one reason I […]