I want to make almost all drugs legal, or at the very least not a jailable offense. I was just making a point about how, just because the government SAYS something is good/bad/true/false, that doesn't necessarily make it so. I'm trying to get people thinking.
Then I realized this is Slashdot, and I'm wasting my breath.
A person makes X dollars. He is determined to be "poor" or "not poor" based on Government definitions. Being "poor" or "not poor" affects what you can do, such as getting government stipends to help you out.
A person commits X act. He is determined to be "criminal" or "not criminal" based on Government definitions. Being "criminal" or "not criminal" affects what you can do, such as getting a decent-paying job.
Is this really such a difficult thing to understand?
In similar news, Presidents Bush and Clinton both saved millions of people from poverty by simply lowering the poverty line. Everyone still made the same amount of money, but now millions more of them weren't classified as living in poverty!
He wouldn't refer me for an EEG because he didn't believe a word I was saying. I had to try for years just to get referred to a specialist, and then wait 8 months because neurologists are just REALLY busy.
I wasn't aware you were at war with the general citizens of either of those countries to the degree that no other military devices at your disposal were capable of dealing with them, should the need arise.