denny: (Warning - Ubiquitous surveillance)
The Metropolitan Police have released the beta of their crime-mapping website, which lets you look at the overall crime stats for an area:

Searching for both my home and office postcodes reveals 'very high' crime-rate areas starting just to the south of each (like, metres away). A moment's thought returns the interesting fact that 'just to the south' is where the vast majority of the pubs and bars in each area are located. I would just love to see a mash-up of this data and 'places that serve alchohol to the public' density data. And then I'd like to see the government take notice of the correlation and ban alcohol. Maybe they could legalise marijuana and MDMA instead*?

Hey, it's for the good of the neighbourhood! Won't somebody think of the children?? :-p

* I don't notice people who use those getting into too many fights. Sweaty hugs maybe, but not fights.
denny: Photo of me wearing my beloved silly hat.  It's wuzzy! (Coke)

Illegal drugs can be "harmless" and should no longer be "demonised", a wide-ranging two-year study has concluded.

The report says Britain's drug laws are "not fit for purpose" and should be torn up in favour of a system which recognises that drinking and smoking can cause more harm.

Professor Anthony King of Essex University, who chaired the RSA commission, told BBC radio that [...] the great majority of people who used illegal drugs did not harm themselves or cause anyone else any trouble.

"Their only problem is that they are breaking the law in possessing drugs," he said.

Edit: more linkage:
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Interesting. Booze that doesn't destroy your liver, doesn't give you hangovers, and that you can take a pill to sober up from before you drive home.

What's really interesting is the way that it's probably going to be treated as a hardcore drug by lawmakers - just shows how much alcohol gets away with due to having been around so long.

(yoinked from [ profile] samoth)


Jul. 31st, 2006 09:56 am
denny: Photo of me wearing my beloved silly hat.  It's wuzzy! (Coke)
I thought this report got buried a couple of years ago, but either it's re-appeared, or this is a new one saying the same things. Either way, I'm not holding my breath for any kind of implementation of its recommendations.

Chart showing the relative harm levels of various substances

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