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Comment: Re:Science is on the skeptical side of this debate (Score 1) 606

If someone discovers a heat source at the center of the Earth that has been increasing its heat output lately, then yes, they will have found out that it wasn't caused by human activity.

The point being made was that it's very difficult to predict what discoveries will be made in the future and change our understanding of some scientific topic.

Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 1) 606

Depending on your point of view, that's actually either a better analogy than you thought, or the complete opposite of what you intended to mean. While no reasonable person would question the existence of gravity, there still isn't a satisfactory explanation for how gravity works.

Comment: Re:Not sure the FDA would be much better... (Score 1) 456

by Dragonslicer (#48634991) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot
I certainly didn't mean to imply that it necessarily has to be the FDA. You're certainly right that this would be outside of the FDA's typically mandate. My point was just that the decisions should be made by people with the appropriate education and experience, which isn't the DEA. One post farther up this chain mentioned the FDA and AMA, but I don't think the AMA has the legal authority, which is why I also mentioned the Surgeon General. I'm not sure exactly which agency within the Department of Health would be the best for this.

Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 3, Interesting) 606

That's funny. The first definition on Google states "a person inclined to question or doubt all accepted opinions.", which seems to be a good fit for those who are denying global warming.

No, it isn't a good fit at all. There's a huge difference between "Hey, your models aren't making perfect predictions. It's possibly that you're incorrect about something." and "Climate Change is a liberal conspiracy to turn the fine God-fearing people of the United States into a bunch of commies."

Comment: Re:On paper, sure. But in reality the DEA makes la (Score 2) 456

by Dragonslicer (#48634507) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot
The solution is simple, though. Congress can write a law that says that the FDA and/or Surgeon General decides how to classify drugs, and the DEA can only enforce those decisions. If the DEA really needs emergency classification authority, such a decision can be limited to a duration of 1 year before it must be approved by the FDA (of course, I can't think of why the DEA would be better equipped than the FDA to make emergency decisions).

Now if only something this logical had any chance of getting done by Congress.

Comment: Re:Enforcing pot laws is big business (Score 2) 456

by Dragonslicer (#48634297) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

And what means are used to detect drivers who are high on pot?

You've never seen anyone high before, have you? Detecting such drivers won't be any more difficult than detecting drivers who are drunk. The same laws most likely apply, as well, since "Driving Under the Influence" probably isn't specifically limited to alcohol.

Comment: Re:On paper, sure. But in reality the DEA makes la (Score 2) 456

by Dragonslicer (#48634143) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

Yes, such actions are theoretically open to review by congress, but in reality Congress has never denied any DEA action of this nature, and simply rubber stamps whatever the DEA does.

So what you're saying is that it isn't really a failure of the DEA, but a failure of Congress?

Comment: Re:Hyperbole Much? (Score 1) 580

by Dragonslicer (#48622099) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

We've become a nation where a college kid wishing to avoid a final exam can call in a bomb threat to close a campus.

That ship sailed decades ago. We used to be surprised at how well-behaved our high school class was if we made it through the year with only a couple bomb threats.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"

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