Repeal prohibition again
75 years ago this December, our nation's leaders were sensible enough to
realize that we could no longer afford enforcing the ineffective prohibition
of alcohol during the Great Depression and that we should instead bolster
our economy with tax revenue from legal liquor and beer sales.
Today, we could similarly fill in a big part of the hole in our economy if
we stopped spending so much money locking people up and instead moved drugs
out of the criminal black market and into a system of legalized and taxed
regulation. Consider that back in the 1960's, Turkey was the worlds biggest source of black market heroin. Every effort of the U.S. to persuade the Turkish government to crack down failed. Why? Because the Turkish economy was dependent on the stuff. Does Afghanistan ring a bell?
In 1974 the Turkish began a licensing program that effectively took the criminals out of the opium business. Now there's quality control and reliable distribution. And there's an annual income of $60 million per year, mainly from selling to U.S. pharma companies.
But the economy isn't the only reason we should change our drug laws.
As a retired Police Officer and Police Chief, I hope policymakers remember how we put
dangerous gangsters like Al Capone out of business when we ended alcohol
prohibition. Today we can hurt Al Qaeda's bottom line by regulating the
drug trade that they currently make so much money from. The illegal drug trade is estimated to be 450 billion dollars per year worldwide.
We are arresting two million people are year for mostly minor drug offenses. Our prisons are bursting at the seams and the prison industry is the fasting business in the US.
We repealed a failed prohibition policy once before to help solve economic
and crime problems. We can do it again.
Step inside the unlikely friendship of a former ACLU president and an ultra-conservative Supreme Court Justice.
- Former president of the ACLU Nadine Strossen and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia were unlikely friends. They debated each other at events all over the world, and because of that developed a deep and rewarding friendship – despite their immense differences.
- Scalia, a famous conservative, was invited to circles that were not his "home territory", such as the ACLU, to debate his views. Here, Strossen expresses her gratitude and respect for his commitment to the exchange of ideas.
- "It's really sad that people seem to think that if you disagree with somebody on some issues you can't be mutually respectful, you can't enjoy each other's company, you can't learn from each other and grow in yourself," says Strossen.
- The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of the Charles Koch Foundation, which encourages the expression of diverse viewpoints within a culture of civil discourse and mutual respect.
Learn how to redesign your job for maximum reward.
- Broaching the question "What is my purpose?" is daunting – it's a grandiose idea, but research can make it a little more approachable if work is where you find your meaning. It turns out you can redesign your job to have maximum purpose.
- There are 3 ways people find meaning at work, what Aaron Hurst calls the three elevations of impact. About a third of the population finds meaning at an individual level, from seeing the direct impact of their work on other people. Another third of people find their purpose at an organizational level. And the last third of people find meaning at a social level.
- "What's interesting about these three elevations of impact is they enable us to find meaning in any job if we approach it the right way. And it shows how accessible purpose can be when we take responsibility for it in our work," says Hurst.
Erik Verlinde has been compared to Einstein for completely rethinking the nature of gravity.
- The Dutch physicist Erik Verlinde's hypothesis describes gravity as an "emergent" force not fundamental.
- The scientist thinks his ideas describe the universe better than existing models, without resorting to "dark matter".
- While some question his previous papers, Verlinde is reworking his ideas as a full-fledged theory.
TuSimple, an autonomous trucking company, has also engaged in test programs with the United States Postal Service and Amazon.
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- This week, UPS announced that it's working with autonomous trucking startup TuSimple on a pilot project to deliver cargo in Arizona using self-driving trucks.
- UPS has also acquired a minority stake in TuSimple.
- TuSimple hopes its trucks will be fully autonomous — without a human driver — by late 2020, though regulatory questions remain.