Entre les lignes entre les mots

Michel Gandilhon propose un hommage à Alain Labrousse. J’en souligne quelques éléments, la coca comme étendard du réveil du monde indien et la cocaïne comme drogue-symbole des années du néolibéralisme, les politiques instrumentalisant les drogues pour disqualifier les « ennemis politiques » et masquer de classiques intérêts de domination, l’impact des phénomènes criminels liés au trafic de drogues…

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Quelle: Big Nicotine, Part I: Big Tobacco’s Drug Problem

Nicotine is not the problem, even it’s addictive. You get cancer from the inhalation of tar!

Points: short & insightful writing about the long & complex history of drugs & alcohol

Just over a week ago, the United States Food and Drug Administration announced what new FDA chief Dr. Scott Gottileb called “a cornerstone of our new and more comprehensive approach to effective tobacco regulation”: an initiative to reduce the nicotine content in cigarettes to “minimally or nonaddictive” levels. The 2009 Tobacco Control Act gave FDA authority to reduce any “additives, constituents…, or other component of a tobacco product.”

Obama Tobacco President Barack Obama signing the Tobacco Control Act

Public health historian Robert Proctor was thrilled. “This is exceptionally good news for tobacco control, and for human health,” he wrote last week in the New York Times. Not so for companies like Altria and British American Tobacco, whose stock value fell within an hour of the statement (and recovered somewhat before the closing bell).

Big Tobacco was reeling for good reason: nicotine is the primary addictive component of cigarette smoking, not incidentally…

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Quelle: Wily Bo Walker

I love Bo:

Megastar Gongle

‚…and here’s to you, my sorry friends!
And here’s to you,
may your laughter never, ever end.

GetFileAttachment Wily Bo Walker

I first heard Wily Bo on Steve Luff’s show. Now Gongle isn’t easily impressed as you will know unless it’s by a mirror…….I do love mirrors, especially full length ones, yes mirrors are truly a thing of beauty. I could gaze at a mirror all day……ahem, err now where was I? Oh yes Wily Bo Walker…….

When I heard his track on Steve’s radio show I did something I’d never done before, I contacted him before the track had ended and asked him if he’d like to be a Hidden Gem. I was delighted when he agreed ….. but then why wouldn’t he? Everybody wants to be a hidden gem!

Now, Wily Bo originates from Glasgow so I wore a kilt for the interview ….. not the wisest choice when…

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Quelle: The Rolling Stones & J Geils cover The Valentinos: (Looking For A Love/It’s All Over Now)

Alcohol and Drugs History Society

Brendan Payne, „Southern White Protestant Men, Church-State Relations, and Prohibition in Texas, 1865-1920,“ Social History of Alcohol and Drugs 29 (2015): 92-111.

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Points: short & insightful writing about the long & complex history of drugs & alcohol

by Kawal Deep Kour (PhD, Indian Institute of Technology)

1200px-portrait_gandhi Gandhi

As part of M.K. Gandhi’s call for non-cooperation with Indian colonial authority in 1921, abhorrence of drink and drugs were included on the agenda of the constructive programme of the movement. His promotion of temperance and adherence to the principle of non-violence were unique in Indian political culture and appreciated throughout the country. With Gandhi’s call to shun all intoxicants, including opium, ganja and liquor, prohibition as a policy initiative became a major plank of nationalist politics. The act of renouncing and liquor and drugs represented a sobering symbol of freedom from colonial bondage.

Under Gandhi’s direction, the self-purification movement implied that abstinence in regard of drink and drugs was to be the starting point in unshackling the country from imperial slavery. He said, “I hold drink to be more damnable than thieving and perhaps prostitution. If I was appointed…

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