God help the charity that tries to negotiate the maelstrom of US healthcare and try to actually help people.
No, because even in minute quantities it damages your ability to accurately judge risk and make good decisions. Specifically, it reduces your perception of the negative outcomes from decisions.
There are plenty of other substances that will settle jittery drivers without negatively affecting value judgements that may include human life.
Yet everyone is affected. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2026922/
Alcoholic impairment of judgement is something that is much riskier than being able to stay in your lane, and is something most people (including you, apparently) either don't think about or don't know about. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00213-005-0057-9 Even small amounts of alcohol impair your ability to make risk/reward decisions. When driving, this means you damage your ability to decide to go ahead and hit the dog in the road when swerving would hit a pedestrian.
That is the problem with low amounts of alcohol. Not reaction time, but rather your ability to make the *correct* snap decision under pressure.
You are right, of course, but I looked at the potential use cases for bitcoin and I do not personally think it will really reach overpriced-tulip-mania price until it passes seven figures.
I believe we are in a bubble at this point in time because people are coming in from the mainstream coverage over the past week. I was hoping we would be well into 2014 before hitting four figures. There will be a correction, as there seems to be on a 8-month cycle, but the underlying idea seems to be driving a much longer trend that I do not see collapsing for a decade or more.
If you take a look at what bitcoin represents, the current price is vastly below steady-state.
Consider global payment remittance. That is a $500+ billion/year market (in profit, not considering the amount of money moving), and something bitcoin excels at. It will be extremely difficult for Wells Fargo (for example) to offer global money transfers for $0.05 flat rate. If bitcoin captures even a tiny section of that market, its current value is grossly under-market.
This is just one. There are several big ones that are immediately applicable, and many more that will require some work.
Lots of rehypothecation in the gold market, too
Isn't it interesting how quickly we see comments decrying bitcoin, instead of marvelling at its technological ingenuity?
For a nerd news site, there sure are a lot of people blind to the future. Scratch that, blind to what's happening right now, let alone the future.
Waiting for bitcoin to drop is a dangerous game.
I can't tell you how many people I've heard say, "I'll buy when it drops back to $30....$50....$100...$300..." In a few day, I'll be hearing it about $1,000. "I shoulda bought when it dropped below $1,000 just before Thanksgiving!"
How about this for a revolutionary idea:
The price is going up because a lot of people are interested in it!
This price spike is a natural result of the mainstream coverage bitcoin enjoyed last week. It takes a few days for newbies to learn how to move money into bitcoin. Many of them have figured it out, thus today's spike (and crash).
Actually, you are wrong. Bitcoin has several million dollars worth of silicon and steel backing it up, in the form of mining equipment that is largely worthless for any other purpose.
You are correct, but you have missed the actual danger.
Even tiny amounts of alcohol affect risk aversion behavior. This affects your ability to make the correct snap decision in a surprise situation. Long before alcohol affects your ability to drive, it screws up your ability to go ahead and hit the animal in the road when swerving would kill a bicyclist (for example).
Your math is faulty. One squirt of tincture correlates to well under a gram of alcohol. Nevertheless, I contend that it does influence sensory perception and judgement for a short while, until it is removed from the blood stream.
Now if you want to argue that taking a squirt of tincture on a full stomach means the alcohol is absorbed so slowly that it doesn't affect judgement, I might agree with you. You would still be an idiot in my book, but you are probably safe to drive a car or carry a firearm.
Strawman fallacy, don't be obtuse. I am aware that those substances contain trace amounts of alcohol, but you cannot consume enough of them to even approach the beginnings of intoxication.
Unless the juice has fermented in your refridgerator, in which case yeah, no drinking before driving. Same for fruit.
A better question would be, what about yeast infections that manufacture ethanol in your gut? To which I answer, if you have that, do not drive. For example, http://www.kltv.com/story/23490141/mystery-infection-leaves-etx-man-legally-intoxicated.
An even more edge case question would be alcoholic tinctures. 1ml of echinacea-infused vodka is about 1/30 of an ounce. I would argue that if you throw back a squirt or two of tincture and get behind the wheel, you are a fucking fool. Wait 10 minutes for the liver to process it, then drive.
Sorry, but you are part of the problem. The fact that there is a legal amount you can drink and still drive is obscene. Passing the test is not the question. The question is whether you are a danger to others.
If you drink anything and get behind the wheel of a car before you are completely sober, you are endangering others. If you disagree, you are clearly ignorant of how alcohol affects judgement.
Why do you think anarchy is worse than the government we currently have? All of those functions you describe are perfectly reasonable to be accomplished on a town- or city-level at the highest.