American Madness

Intelligent Criticism in the Service of a Better Nation

Flying High in Japan

I LOVE this story:
Towards the end of May, a drug dog at Narita Airport (Tokyo) failed to detect 142 grams (about 5 ounces) of pot in the side pocket of a passenger’s luggage. While this must be troubling for the Japanese officials, what is a bit more troubling is how they knew that the [...]

Leaving the Snake Pit:
Have we gone too far in mainstreaming wackos?

Should we bring back the asylums of yesteryear?
Is the promise of modern medication exceeding its actual effectiveness?
These are questions that come to mind having read yesterday’s Freakonomics Quorum post by Stephen Dubner.
The column, How Much Progress Have Psychology and Psychiatry Really Made? is definitely worth reading in its entirety.
There is one [...]

Just Sit Right Back And You’ll Hear a Tale, A Tale of A Fateful Trip

We all knew Bob Denver (Gilligan) was a stoner. Denver was arrested in 1998 for receiving some marijuana sent to him in a package through the mail. Originally he claimed that Dawn Wells (a.k.a. Mary-Ann) had sent it to him. He later recanted this statement and said that a crazy fan must have been the [...]

Safety First

Too often folks who inject lots of drugs are written off completely. Sharing needles is a massive problems that leads to all sorts of diseases being passed including AIDS. This brings us to Exchange Supplies:
Exchange Supplies is a social enterprise set up by drug workers to supply drug services and needle exchanges with quality [...]

Super Soldier Day

Today on American Madness we are going to have a bit of a theme- the military and their new ideas for Super Soldiers (with of course some variations on the theme).
First we will start with a bit from The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). According to their site DARPA is “the central research [...]

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