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The Weekender

In Current events, Economics, Fascinating, General, Government, Interesting, Justin, Local, Politics, Religion, Science on May 25, 2012 at 9:58 pm

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

Just in case you were feeling significant today. There is nothing quite like being complete awestruck by the beauty of the night sky, and this isn’t a normal night sky. My favorite astronomer Phil Plait serves up these astonishing pictures pretty regularly, and this one comes from Helge Mortensen. Dazzling aurora dancing over snow covered peaks makes my life feel very, very small.

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The Weekender

In Fascinating, General, Government, Interesting, Justin, Science, Ted Talk, Thoughtful on May 4, 2012 at 8:14 pm

The Weekender is a weekly column devoted to the ideas/articles/videos that I find fascinating and wish I had more time to explore.

Thinking outside the box – and inside the vein. I was tuned into this story by one of our readers a couple of months ago. This is an interview with a worker at Vancouver’s Insite center, which is a place where addicts can come use their drug of choice in a safe environment. The shock is that not only is it government sanctioned, it’s government funded. This is incredibly eye opening.  One of the most clarifying statements about the mission of the center:

“It’s place where staff members and nurses supervise people’s injections. The participants come in with their own drugs. In case a participant overdoses or has a heart attack, someone is there to help. If we can intervene timely and quick, there’s no reason anyone should ever die.”

The implications for a larger conversation on the role of government are clear. Should government throw billions of dollars ($15 billion a year in the US) to reduce access to drugs that people are going to use anyway? What if the government provided a haven for users to feed their habit while reducing the harm done to themselves and to others? Food for thought.

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