A handy acronym and concept:
SCALE goes hand in hand with scale…
As with the Volvo ads, note also the obligatory interracial coupling / tripling…
Denver is poised to become the first city in the nation to effectively decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms.
After closing an early vote deficit Tuesday night and early Wednesday, final unofficial results posted late in the afternoon showed a reversal of fortune — with Initiative 301 set to pass narrowly with 50.6 percent of the vote. The total stands at 89,320 votes in favor and 87,341 against, a margin of 1,979.
The Denver Elections Division will continue accepting military and overseas ballots, but typically those numbers are small. Results will be certified May 16.
The measure essentially tells police to look the other way on adult psilocybin use.
I am not opposed to this – I am libertarian on allowing adults to decide these sorts of things for themselves, same as other risky endeavours like bungee-jumping, cliff-climbing, etc. – but I am highly cynical about the powers that be using such things to distract the masses while ignoring more urgent matters. It always seems that bread-and-circuses measures, like this, legalized weed or buck-a-beer, more casinos, etc. sail through easily while there remains an inability or more accurately lack of will to solve a million more pressing issues.
But that does not surprise, of course.
Not for the first time, I recently received an annoying amber phone alert from a far-away (from where I am, though I did previously live there) part of Ontario:
How likely is the apparent kidnapper going to bring her child this way? (Highly unlikely.)
Why do I have to get enlisted in their efforts to locate? Don’t we have cameras already everywhere, anyway? Why not use existing resources rather than send alerts to everyone in the entire province?
Do your paid job, law enforcement officials, and stop accosting me as I go about my business with unnecessary alerts; I expect those to be reserved for situations like tornadoes, etc. Or perhaps if a dangerous-to-the-public-at-large criminal has been observed passing through my part of the province, but not otherwise.
Alerts should be for localized matters of general concern, not for some random domestic dispute in a faraway region. Not everything is an emergency for everyone, even if it feels like one to a parent of a missing child.