You are not brave
until you do
what you are scared of doing.
Picture: Impermanência Azul by jeronimo sanz on Flickrby
There is a Swedish saying that goes something like this:
A big cock is of little comfort in a poor home.
Personally I think that saying is absolute rubbish. I’d go for the big cock any day of the week. But I’m clearly biased seeing that I have a big cock, seem to be chronically broke and am happy as fuck.by
You’ll find the correct answers below the picture.
There are obviously legal, country and time specific variations to these answers, but this is the general picture.
1. Which is the most common rape drug?
Alcohol is the most common rape drug. Many think that they need to be wary of people who want to spike their drinks with other drugs, but in the overwhelming majority of cases it is the alcoholic drink itself that is the rape drug. Victims and offenders are often drunk and even when there are other drugs in the mix, alcohol is almost always the main drug.
2. Which drug is associated with the most violence?
Alcohol is involved in most cases of violence. 70 to 90 percent of all violence (wars excluded) is directly linked to alcohol. This is as true for domestic violence as it is for violent encounters between strangers. There are a few other drugs (mainly ego enhancing and consciousness decreasing drugs) that are also associated with violence, but even in cases when other drugs are present alcohol is usually the main drug.
3. Which drug kills most people?
Tobacco is by far the most lethal drug. Tobacco kills more people than all other legal and illegal drugs combined. Alcohol is the second most deadly drug and in third place we find prescription medications. Science is having a hard time putting these in relation to each other, but estimates are that tobacco takes somewhere between two and fifteen times as many lives as alcohol.
4. What kind of drugs are responsible for the most overdose deaths?
Pharmaceutical drugs/prescription medicines are the most commonly overdosed with a deadly outcome. One reason is of course the availability but another very important reason is that medications often are highly toxic.
5. Name two drugs that have never killed anyone.
LSD, cannabis and magic mushrooms are a few non-lethal drugs, but there are certainly more. The doses needed to die from them are simply so ridiculously high that it is physically impossible to consume such quantities of cannabis or mushrooms. In the case of LSD it is probably possible to take that much, but you would need to take thousands of doses and as far as I know that still hasn’t happened. It is of course possible to die in an accident or such while on these drugs, but even so these are not drugs that typically make users accident prone. Science rather suggests that people using these drugs are usually more careful and considerate.
6. Name two drugs that have no or very little addictive properties.
Psychedelics generally have strong anti-addictive properties and are therefore fantastic for breaking addiction. Some such drugs are LSD, magic mushrooms (psilocybin), San Pedro/Peyote (mescaline), Ayahuasca, DMT, Iboga (ibogaine) and Salvia Divinorum. Another thing that several of the psychedelics have in common is that the user’s tolerance towards them increases rapidly, so even if a user would want to use it several days in a row it would quickly become meaningless to do so because the effects would vanish.
7. Name two drugs that break addiction.
LSD, magic mushrooms and Iboga are all well known in the treatment of addicts, but psychedelics of all kinds can be helpful. Before being made illegal LSD was among other things used to cure alcoholism. AA co-founder Bill Wilson was an advocate of using it specifically to treat cynical alcoholics by giving them a spiritual experience. Ironically LSD had a higher success rate of curing alcoholics than AA or any other program has ever had.
8. Name two drugs that are used to cure depression, trauma and abuse.
Again, psychedelics are fantastic tools for curing depression, trauma and abuse, especially LSD, magic mushrooms, Ayahuasca and San Pedro/Peyote. They make the user more aware of his/her situation and give insights and experiences that help the user deal with past trauma. Within a spiritual context the plants are especially helpful since they actually speak to the user in a way that an isolated substance cannot do.
Western chemical based medicine often uses medications such as anti-depressants but these medicines most often only put a lid on things and sedate the person. These medicines are also highly addictive and toxic, which makes them very dangerous in comparison.
9. Which drugs are legal?
Alcohol and tobacco are legal, although you need to be of a certain age to buy them. Prescription medications are legal as long as you have a prescription.
10. Which drugs are the most illegal?
Class A drugs are defined as drugs that are especially harmful, have a high abuse potential and that have no medical value. Among these you will find heroin, crack, cocaine, cannabis, LSD, magic mushrooms and mescaline. Which class a drug is placed in is however a political decision, not a scientific one. From a strictly scientific point of view this classification is utterly absurd. Heroin and crack would definitely fall within the definition of a class A drug, but so would the legal drugs alcohol and tobacco since they obviously are extremely addictive, harmful and lack all medical value. The psychedelics and cannabis on the other hand are proven to have huge medical value and do very little harm, so they would be stricken if the list was based on science. It appears however that drug policies are among the least scientifically based policies today.
Main photo: fififififiesta! by Adriano Agulló on Flickrby
I once listened to a well-known radio journalist who gave the following tip on how to handle insecurities and hubris.
– I have two boxes on my desk. I sort all of the fan mail into one and all the hate mail into the other. It would be easy to feed only from one, but that would make things quite unbearable in the long run. So what I do is that when I feel hubris coming on, when I feel like I’m too big for all of this, then I bring out the hate mail. That takes me down a few notches and sets my head straight. And then of course there are days when I feel very small, insignificant and worthless. That’s when I bring out my fan mail, which also sets me straight. I am good and I am loved. But you see, feeding only off of one of those boxes would be detrimental. I need the balance, not the one or the other, because it is the balance which is true.
Photo: entrevue radio by Andréanne Germain on Flickr (the person in the photo is not the journalist above)by
One day in high school I was walking to math class when I found a note pinned to a board.
No students were allowed to sit on the eight metre bench,
because what would happen if they all sat there at once?
I laughed to myself, because it is a very accurate description of how society often works. We forbid everyone to do something for fear that everyone will do it at the same time, given the opportunity. Another way is to forbid everyone because a few can’t handle it. We’d rather box people up with rules than risk anarchy, which of course means that we are holding many people back.
I don’t recall anything from math class that year. Perhaps I should write “those years” now that I think of it. But that note – 25 years later I still know it by heart. I suppose it’s because it was relevant to life.by