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    [–] NY Daily News Op Ed - The stupid war on vaping: If underage consumption does not justify a ban on tobacco cigarettes, it cannot possibly justify a ban on competing products that are much safer. Mach10X 1 points ago in electronic_cigarette

    It's kind of shocking how many people manage to overdose on regulated opioid painkillers unless you factor in alcohol. Alcohol is the biggest factor in opioid death, along with a lack in education by harm reduction institutions to help addicts in safely using their drugs of choice. Education would teach drug abusers to identify dosages, teach them which drugs interact and in what amounts they can safely use certain drugs together, these things are not necessarily straighforward at they may seem. When you start getting into people mixing barbituates, opiods, and benzodiazepenes you run into unforseen interactions, for example, taking a half normal dose of a benzo and a half normal dose of an opiate would seem safe to most people but it would be deadly as they amplify the CNS depression effects. There's also the problem with drug control agencies making it more difficult to obtain particularly dangerous opiods such as Fentanyl resulting in illegally manufactured tablets. That brings us right back around to the problem of overdosing due to inconsistent potency.

    Nevertheless we are in agreement that the best option is harm reduction, we just disagree to what extent that should happen. Moderate harm reduction facilities will allow you to bring in your drugs and have them tested for potency, get clean needles, give you pharmaceutical advice on mixing drugs, etc. Some countries have programs that will actually provide small amounts of the substance to addicts as they are going to find a way to get that substance regardless, even if it means committing other crimes, prostitution, etc to get the drug.

    [–] NY Daily News Op Ed - The stupid war on vaping: If underage consumption does not justify a ban on tobacco cigarettes, it cannot possibly justify a ban on competing products that are much safer. Mach10X 1 points ago in electronic_cigarette

    99.99% less. Studies show that harm reductions efforts in other countries that do allow users of drugs you can overdose on cut down on overdosing deaths by a staggering amount. You seem to realize what most people do not: that overdosing is due to sudden changes in the strength of a drug brought about by the unregulated nature of the black market, the only people that overdose when they are getting to the bottom of a supply of a drug at a known strength is practically nobody unless they are intentionally trying to kill themselves or have some serious mental health issues. Overdosing due to chasing a bigger and bigger high is mostly a myth, it's because they are used to weak product and their dealer suddenly changes supplies or gets a batch in that's much more potent and they start with their old dosage.

    [–] NY Daily News Op Ed - The stupid war on vaping: If underage consumption does not justify a ban on tobacco cigarettes, it cannot possibly justify a ban on competing products that are much safer. Mach10X 2 points ago in electronic_cigarette

    I feel like we're finally getting to the point that most studios are getting with the program, but we still have a huge mess of things especially when it comes to live television events (though it looks like Hulu is about to change that a lot).

    I used to pirate television shows back in the day because there was simply no other way to watch what you wanted to watch other than relying or recording it yourself from broadcast, praying it was available on Amazon or Netflix (the early days when it was all B-movies), or interrupting your life to watch it when it aired and watching ads. I refuse to pay for television service that not only requires me to watch on their schedule but to pay them huge sums of money and be subjected to advertisements to boot.

    Still a ways to go on this, CBS for example needs to get with the program or go extinct soon...nobody wants to pay for your shitty single network service.

    [–] The FDA's Anti-Vaping PSA Looks Like a Superhero Origin Story - article calls out FDA for creating a 30 sec sci0fi/horror video to warn teens about vaping (do play the video, IMO looks like another "Your Brain on Drugs" future meme Mach10X 1 points ago in electronic_cigarette

    But I'm sure there are smart people at the FDA that know they could never tax vaping the same way they tax tobacco. They certainly would try but it would eventually be overturned by the Supreme Court as the facts are that there's no scientific reason for them to levy a sin tax on something that really isn't significantly harmful. There's also all the money and influence controlling the FDA from pharma companies, health problems from smoking do cost tax payers more money than the FDA and pharma companies make, but that's a burden on the tax payers, not on the FDA or companies benefiting from it. There's also the theory that conservative politics wants lower class people to remain stuck in lower class. Keeping them smoking and stuck with crippling debt, bankruptcies, etc from tobacco related health issues (and keeping them from getting affordable healthcare, reducing or eliminating Medicaid) will keep them and their families living in poverty and stuck being menial laborers to fuel industries owned by billionaires or multi billion dollar corporations.

    [–] The FDA's Anti-Vaping PSA Looks Like a Superhero Origin Story - article calls out FDA for creating a 30 sec sci0fi/horror video to warn teens about vaping (do play the video, IMO looks like another "Your Brain on Drugs" future meme Mach10X 1 points ago in electronic_cigarette

    It's the unfortunate result of our evolution. We severely crave highly caloric foods, it's a survival mechanism and much stronger in some people than in others. This has been ingrained in life since the earliest stages of evolution, even the simplest of organisms will select foods that give them the most energy, animals that are a bit more complex will gorge themselves if they find a food that's particularly dense in calories. In the wild you never know when you'll have your next meal, so animals that evolved that way were better at surviving famine. We really need to remove that bit of ancient programming from our DNA. Though I'm a transhumanist so I also think that we need to remove things like negativity bias, primal triggers for aggressive behavior, and programming for ultra selfish behaviors.

    [–] The FDA's Anti-Vaping PSA Looks Like a Superhero Origin Story - article calls out FDA for creating a 30 sec sci0fi/horror video to warn teens about vaping (do play the video, IMO looks like another "Your Brain on Drugs" future meme Mach10X 2 points ago in electronic_cigarette

    I wish there were more words for addiction to better differentiate the degrees of severity. I'm of the opinion that a mild dependence or craving for something doesn't really fit the stereotype of true addiction. A real addiction is one that significantly and negatively yourself or those around you in some way.

    Examples:

    1. Significant harm to your own health or health of loved ones
    2. Significant harm to your financial choices (choosing the addiction over necessities, severity would be in what you choose to forego with food/water/rent/electricity being worst and credit card payments / luxury services (aka Netflix) being mild to moderate.
    3. Significant changes in behavior that results in harm to your employment, romantic life, or social life.
    4. Putting yourself into risky situation (drug dealers, underground betting, loan sharks, etc)
    5. Physical or chemical dependence such as significant withdrawal symptoms. For non substance addictions such as gambling/pornography this may manifest as serious mental withdrawal symptoms like acute depression or intense anxiety.

    Another big sign of a severe addiction over a technical dependence or habit is the degree to which you try to hide your addiction, though in very advanced addiction you may eventually give up attempts to hide it.

    Taking all this above into account, I think that you had a mild physical dependence on caffeine, and possibly not even to any real detriment other than the minor risk of cardiovascular problems for high doses of caffeine. The net result of your "addiction" was likely positive on your life as it did help with ADHD symptoms. I know first hand how utterly destrutive ADHD can be to ones life if left untreated (especially if your significant other also has untreated ADHD!)

    [–] The FDA's Anti-Vaping PSA Looks Like a Superhero Origin Story - article calls out FDA for creating a 30 sec sci0fi/horror video to warn teens about vaping (do play the video, IMO looks like another "Your Brain on Drugs" future meme Mach10X 2 points ago in electronic_cigarette

    Yes but how badly do you want that nicotine? Badly enough to spend the money you needed to pay your rent on time? Enough that you wont have enough gas money to get to work before your next paycheck hits? I know I was that addicted to tobacco, so addicted that I even resorted to pulling butts out of the ashtray on my porch when I couldn't make it to a store or didn't have the $7 to buy another pack, with vaping it's only a mild craving and feeling of something important is missing when my battery is dead, mod is broken, or I'm run out of juice.

    [–] The FDA's Anti-Vaping PSA Looks Like a Superhero Origin Story - article calls out FDA for creating a 30 sec sci0fi/horror video to warn teens about vaping (do play the video, IMO looks like another "Your Brain on Drugs" future meme Mach10X 2 points ago in electronic_cigarette

    And FDA is still adopting this stance against vaping (a massively successful harm reduction tool) because they're scared shitless over loss of tobacco tax revenue, yes?

    I think the assholes in charge that only care about dollar signs for their organization at the cost of human lives should be rotting in the same prison cells as those politicians that try to attach anti-vaping riders to unrelated laws.

    [–] SO got Kenya a new light, I’ve never seen his fins all flared like this before! Mach10X 2 points ago in bettafish

    I’ve been having great success with Easy Green (pump and root tabs) from aquarium co-op and Seachem Excel.

    Here’s my planted tanks https://imgur.com/a/X1uGCPq

    [–] SO got Kenya a new light, I’ve never seen his fins all flared like this before! Mach10X 16 points ago in bettafish

    Beautiful boi!

    Looks like your swords need more potassium, they’re root feeders so use tabs or infuse your substrate with a syringe/pipette/dropper.

    [–] Just started ick medicine, what’s going on with the eye? Mach10X 1 points ago in bettafish

    I was worried it might be columnaris, I did 3 50% water changes today then started the medicine removing the carbon filter, for 3 days it says to only do 25% changes, planning on intensive 2x 50% changes for a week after the medicine can been completed.

    [–] Just started ick medicine, what’s going on with the eye? Mach10X 1 points ago in bettafish

    The eye appears to be bulging slightly almost like it has a film on it, this developed over 2 days (might have been ick spots I missed for a while, looked closely when his behavior changed).

    Not sure if I should be dosing antifungal or antibacterial for the eye or if it might just be ick.

    [–] Wanting to go high tech, questions about SodaStream canisters, adding lighting, and electronic regulators. Mach10X 1 points ago in PlantedTank

    True but 4 full canister I have from back when I used to do store demos should last me a year, after that I can go with something easier on the same regulator.

    [–] Pic of my planted 30g and 1.5g tanks Mach10X 4 points ago in Aquariums

    Already in the process of doing so, he came to me as a rescue living in a horribly dirty vase.