“Give me a lawyer dog” apparently refers to some strange animal only found in Louisiana that has four legs, wags it's tail, and has a law degree. What's in the News with stories on prostitution, a Catalonia update, my October Contest Winners, a nurse Wubbels update, Trump's Twitter, DUI on a horse, and free-market vs. government. Also, and Ancap App segment with updates on Open Bazaar and Signal. And, a Burning Books segment on Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari. This episode is brought to you by Tom Woods's Liberty Classroom, helping you to become a smarter and more informed libertarian than ever before, for just 24 cents a day.

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

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In one of the most egregious examples of justice being denied I have ever seen, this one really rustled my jimmies. 

The courts in Louisiana have shown utter disregard for reason, logic, rationality, and common sense in the case of Warren Demesme, who was 22 at the time of his arrest.  Warren was being interrogated by New Orleans police in October 2015 after two young girls claimed he had sexually assaulted them. It was the second time he’d been brought in, and he was getting a little frustrated, court records show. He had repeatedly denied the crime.

Finally, Demesme told the detectives:

“This is how I feel, if y’all think I did it, I know that I didn’t do it so why don’t you just give me a lawyer dog ’cause this is not what’s up.”

Sometime after this, Demesme made admissions to the crime, prosecutors said, and was charged with aggravated rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile. He is being held in the Orleans Parish jail awaiting trial.

The punctuation and spelling, arguably critical to Demesme’s use of the nickname “dog,” was provided by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office in a brief, and then adopted by Louisiana Associate Supreme Court Justice Scott J. Crichton. The sentence in question is officially in the brief as “give me my lawyer dog” with no comma between the words lawyer and dog and with the word dog spelled d-o-g.

WHAT'S IN THE NEWS

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In the war on prostitution news, a federal court heard arguments recently challenging California's criminalization of prostitution, in a case that could have implications for sex work laws across the nation.

In a Catalan independence update, Spanish officials moved in to arrest the Catalan government's leadership last week. President Carles Puigdemont and a number of members of the cabinet fled to Brussels, Belgium. Spain then issued an international arrest warrant for Puigdemont and a Madrid High Court judge asked Belgium to arrest Puigdemont and four associates after they ignored a court order to return to Spain.

In a nurse Wubbels update, as I expected, the taxpayers are the losers in this situation. University Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels has agreed to a $500,000 payment to settle a dispute over her arrest by a Salt Lake City police officer after she barred him from drawing blood from an unconscious patient, her attorney said Tuesday.

In national security news, apparently, a rogue employee of Twitter shut down President Trump's account on his last day on the job. The deactivation Thursday sparked deep and troubling questions about who has access to the president's personal account, @realDonaldTrump, and the power that access holds.

In it's about your safety news, a 53-year-old woman was arrested and charged with driving drunk while riding a horse down a busy Florida highway — and yes, you hear that shit that right.

In free markets for the win news, Tesla has used its solar panels and batteries to restore reliable electricity at San Juan's Hospital del Niño (Children's Hospital), in what company founder Elon Musk calls “the first of many solar+battery Tesla projects going live in Puerto Rico.”

And, finally, in some show news, we've created a Facebook group for Pax Libertas Productions for all of you to interact with all of the PLP podcast hosts. I'm in there, of course, as is Brian McQuade from Resist the Empire, and Scott McDonald and Adam Brown from Ancap Barber Shop.

ANCAP APPS

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Two apps that have been featured in this segment in the past have had some significant updates that I want to let you know about.

First, OpenBazaar, the free online marketplace with no platform fees and no restrictions has just released their 2.0 version. OpenBazaar is a different way to do online commerce. It’s a peer to peer application that doesn’t require middlemen, which means no fees & no restrictions. OpenBazaar connects people directly via a peer to peer network. Data is distributed across the network instead of storing it in a central database.

Version 2.0 is a completely new network, separate from the earlier version of the OpenBazaar network. They learned a lot from the 1.0 version, and with this information, they've made the new OpenBazaar one of the most user-friendly decentralized applications ever built. They've added lots of highly requested features as well.

The other product with an update is one that I use almost daily. The Signal encrypted messaging app now has a full desktop app for Mac, Windows, and Linux. The previously had a Google Chrome app for the product that they'be now replaced with the full desktop version, so if you previously had the Chrome version, you will need to install this new desktop version.

BURNING BOOKS

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I heard about this book, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, when the author, Johann Hari, was on episode 86 of Felony Friday with John Odermatt as part of the Lions of Liberty network. A few weeks later, it was on sale on Audible for $4.99, so I picked it up and listened to it. 

 

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TEASER INTRO

"Give me a lawyer dog" apparently refers to some strange animal only found in Louisiana that has four legs, wags it's tail, and has a law degree. What's in the News with stories on prostitution, a Catalonia update, my October Contest Winners, a nurse Wubbels update, Trump's Twitter, DUI on a horse, and free-market vs. government. Also, and Ancap App segment with updates on Open Bazaar and Signal. And, a Burning Books segment on Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari. This episode is brought to you by Tom Woods's Liberty Classroom, helping you to become a smarter and more informed libertarian than ever before, for just 24 cents a day.

INTRO 

“Welcome to The LAVA Flow, channeling the flow of information to the Libertarian, Anarcho-capitalist, Voluntaryist, and Agorist community. Find us at thelavaflow.com. Here’s your host, Rodger Paxton.”

Thank you for joining me this week, from the state where a whopping 96% of all employers in New Hampshire are small business owners, this is the show that will bring you the people, places, and events that everyone in the liberty revolution needs to know. You can catch me on Twitter @TheLAVAFlowPod.

This is episode seventy-four, Lawyer Dog, and it's Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, when there have already been more than 1013 people killed by police this year and the United States Debt Clock shows us at 20 trillion, 458 billion, 365 million dollars in debt. What's Rustling My Jimmies this week? You're about to find out! Let’s Do It To It!

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

In one of the most egregious examples of justice being denied I have ever seen, this one really rustled my jimmies. 

The courts in Louisiana have shown utter disregard for reason, logic, rationality, and common sense in the case of Warren Demesme, who was 22 at the time of his arrest.  Warren was being interrogated by New Orleans police in October 2015 after two young girls claimed he had sexually assaulted them. It was the second time he’d been brought in, and he was getting a little frustrated, court records show. He had repeatedly denied the crime.

Finally, Demesme told the detectives:

“This is how I feel, if y’all think I did it, I know that I didn’t do it so why don’t you just give me a lawyer dog ’cause this is not what’s up.”

Sometime after this, Demesme made admissions to the crime, prosecutors said, and was charged with aggravated rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile. He is being held in the Orleans Parish jail awaiting trial.

The punctuation and spelling, arguably critical to Demesme’s use of the nickname “dog,” was provided by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office in a brief, and then adopted by Louisiana Associate Supreme Court Justice Scott J. Crichton. The sentence in question is officially in the brief as "give me my lawyer dog" with no comma between the words lawyer and dog and with the word dog spelled d-o-g.

Now, as you are all aware, many people in the world use the colloquial term dawg as slang for "homie." It is generally spelled d-a-w-g and is a pretty common word used in urban areas of the country. This is very common knowledge, and I think you'd be very hard-pressed to find someone who isn't aware of this term. However, apparently, the entire police department and district attorney's office of Orleans Parish and the judiciary of the state of Lousiana is ignorant of this term.

The public defender for Orleans Parish, Derwyn D. Bunton, took on Demesme’s case and filed a motion to suppress Demesme’s statement. In a court brief, Bunton noted that police are legally bound to stop questioning anyone who asks for a lawyer. “Under increased interrogation pressure,” Bunton wrote, “Mr. Demesme invokes his right to an attorney, stating with emotion and frustration, ‘Just give me a lawyer.'” The police did not stop their questioning, Bunton argued, “when Mr. Demesme unequivocally and unambiguously asserted his right to counsel.”

And this is where shit goes crazy. Orleans Parish Assistant District Attorney Kyle Daly responded in his brief that Demesme’s “reference to a lawyer did not constitute an unambiguous invocation of his right to counsel because the defendant communicated that whether he actually wanted a lawyer was dependent on the subjective beliefs of the officers.” Daly added, “A reasonable officer under the circumstances would have understood, as [the detectives] did, that the defendant only might be invoking his right to counsel.”

Bunton’s motion to throw out Demesme’s statement was rejected by the trial court and the appeals court, so he took it all the way to the state Supreme Court.

Crichton noted that Louisiana case law has ruled that “if a suspect makes a reference to an attorney that is ambiguous or equivocal . . . the cessation of questioning is not required.” Crichton then concluded: “In my view, the defendant’s ambiguous and equivocal reference to a ‘lawyer dog’ does not constitute an invocation of counsel that warrants termination of the interview.”

Chricton's argument relies specifically on the ambiguity of what a "lawyer dog" might mean. And this alleged ambiguity is attributable entirely to the lack of a comma between "lawyer" and "dog" in the transcript. As such, the ambiguity is not the suspect's but the court's. And it requires willful fucking ignorance to maintain it. Clearly, they knew this guy was not asking for a dog who happens to be a lawyer. He was asking for a fucking lawyer and they ignored his request, illegally.

Every single person involved in this case, from the police interrogators to the state Supreme Court justices, are criminals They have broken their own laws for convenience to put a man behind bars illegally. They have broken their oaths of office and have perverted justice in one of the most disgusting manners I've ever seen, and I've seen a fucking lot. Every single person involved in this perversion of rights should be behind bars, or at the very least, lose their ability to be involved in the so-called justice arena of government.

I hope Demesme takes this one all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Not because I think that they will rule any differently, but because I believe that they will uphold this bastardization of justice and lay bare the truth that lies underneath their robes. That truth is that these are not positions of justice but positions of power and authoritarianism. 

WHAT'S IN THE NEWS

In the war on prostitution news, a federal court heard arguments recently challenging California's criminalization of prostitution, in a case that could have implications for sex work laws across the nation.

Brought by the Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education, and Research Project (ESPLERP), the constitutional challenge claims that California's prostitution laws violate residents' right to privacy, free speech, and free association.

ESPLERP President Maxine Doogan said, "Our hope is to see this bad law struck down so that consenting adults who choose to be involved in prostitution are simply treated as private citizens again, and are afforded all the privacy and constitutional rights thereof." During oral arguments before Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judges Thursday, ESPLERP attorney Louis Sirkin stressed that the case "is not about sex trafficking, it's not about the abuse of women, and it's not about the abuse of minors. It is about consenting adults that voluntary want to work in the sex for hire industry."

Dozens of civil rights, public health, and LGBTQ groups have filed briefs in support of ESPLERP's challenge, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern and Northern California, the California Women's Law Center, the anti–sex trafficking group Children of the Night, the First Amendment Lawyers Association, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, and Lambda Legal.

The Ninth Circuit judges seemed at least somewhat sympathetic to that view. Judge Consuelo Callahan asked the state's attorney, Sharon O'Grady, "Why should it be illegal to sell something that you can give away for free?" She replied that it should be illegal because the legislature declared it so.

And this, folks, is a rare moment of the man behind the curtain showing himself. This reply shows the reality of the situation. This shows that law is not morality, that law is only the arbitrary whims of those who wish to declare their dictates of authority against those they disagree with by force of the government with the backing of a gun. It's rare to see a government thug be so candid in their response, but here it is. 

Judge Carlos Bea suggested that the state's arguments for why it could ban prostitution also would allow California to ban one-night stands. Judge Callahan agreed that a ruling for the right to engage in prostitution seemed like "a natural extension of Supreme Court precedent."

Judge Bea suggested that the case might need to be remanded to the district court for another judicial review or even a trial in which the state would have to prove a compelling need for its prostitution ban. Isn't that interesting, that the government would have to prove that there is a compelling reason for making it illegal. Of course, there is no compelling reason to keep prostitution illegal, other than pushing it to the black market, making prostitutes and their customers less safe, making criminals out of consenting adults, and to shove a false morality down the throats of people. Let's hope that this court finds true justice in this case and gives freedom as a result. I won't hold my breath.

In a Catalan independence update, Spanish officials moved in to arrest the Catalan government's leadership last week. President Carles Puigdemont and a number of members of the cabinet fled to Brussels, Belgium. Spain then issued an international arrest warrant for Puigdemont and a Madrid High Court judge asked Belgium to arrest Puigdemont and four associates after they ignored a court order to return to Spain.

Puigdemont and his associates turned themselves into Belgium police. They went before a judge in Belgium who was to decide their fate.  Belgian officials said Mr. Puigdemont and four of his former ministers would be released as long as certain conditions were met. It was not immediately clear what terms are likely to be imposed. 

The charges faced by the exiled Catalan leaders – sedition, rebellion, misuse of public funds and perjury – carries a maximum sentence of 30 years imprisonment on conviction. Mr. Puigdemont’s Belgian lawyer, Paul Bekaert, has said that his client will appeal against extradition, which means that proceedings may drag past December 21st, the date the Spanish government has called elections in the region.

The Catalan nationalists have strong support from Flemish political parties in Belgium. The fleeing of Mr. Puigdemont and his colleagues to Brussels had been preceded by the country’s immigration minister, Theo Francken, saying they would be able to seek asylum. The Belgian vice-premier and interior minister stated that Madrid had overreacted and all efforts must be made to ensure that Mr. Puigdemont and his colleagues get a fair trial if he is returned to Spain. Jan Jambon, who criticised the “silence” of the European Union on the issue, said: “I am just questioning how a European Union member state can go this far and I am asking myself whether Europe is to have an opinion on this.”

I will, of course, keep you posted on news relating the this as details come out. It is awesome to finally see some country in the EU stand up for Calatonia. It's amazing to me that after the strong-armed heavy handiness of Spain during the elections that EU countries didn't denounce the acts. Good for Belgium for standing up to Spain so far.

In contest news, I randomly drew the winner of my October contest and have emailed all of the contest winners! The four who won the signed copy of Liberty Force Comic #1 are tweaver331, petermckn, 1supercoach, and anarchopoet. The grand prize winner who won an exclusive The LAVA Flow Contest Winner t-shirt, a The LAVA Flow tote bag, one of my favorite libertarian books signed by the author, and a signed copy of the Liberty Force Comic #1 is socrates.wilde!

For the winners, if you haven't sent me your mailing address yet, please do so as soon as possible. You can send it to rodger@thelavaflow.com. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest, and congratulations to the winners!

In a nurse Wubbels update, as I expected, the taxpayers are the losers in this situation. University Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels has agreed to a $500,000 payment to settle a dispute over her arrest by a Salt Lake City police officer after she barred him from drawing blood from an unconscious patient, her attorney said Tuesday.

Attorney Karra Porter said at a news conference that the agreement with Salt Lake City and the University of Utah covers all parties and takes the possibility of legal action off the table. “There will be no lawsuit,” she said.

Wubbels will use a portion of the money to help people get body camera footage, at no cost, of incidents involving themselves, she said at the news conference. In addition, Porter’s law firm, Christensen & Jensen, will provide for free any legal services necessary to obtain the video. Wubbels said she also will make a donation to the Utah Nurses Association and will help spearhead the #EndNurseAbuse campaign by the American Nurses Association.

Now, where do you think this $500K is going to come from? Do you think Detective Payne and Lt. Tracy will be paying this fine? Of course not. The money will come directly from tax-payer funds. The tax-payer is on the hook for this money. And, before you say it will hurt the bottom line of the police department, don't think for a second that this will. It will only be wrapped up in a budget item that will not hurt the police department budget at all, guaranteed. So, a court essentially fined Utah taxpayers for the crimes of the police department.

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In national security news, apparently, a rogue employee of Twitter shut down President Trump's account on his last day on the job. The deactivation Thursday sparked deep and troubling questions about who has access to the president's personal account, @realDonaldTrump, and the power that access holds.

Twitter said through an official account Friday that it has put in additional safeguards in place to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. The company has declined to share more details about its investigation into the incident. The company posted a statement saying the president's “account was inadvertently deactivated due to human error by a Twitter employee. The account was down for 11 minutes, and has since been restored,” the statement read. “We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again.”

But two hours later, the company admitted that the deactivation wasn't an accident at all: A preliminary investigation revealed that the account was taken offline “by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee's last day.” Twitter said it was conducting a full internal review.

If it's not terrifying enough that Trump himself uses Twitter, to think that some random employee of Twitter has enough access to his account to apparently terminate it is just as fucking terrifying. Seriously, could this employee have sent a Tweet saying something along the lines of, "Hey China, I just pushed the button and fired our entire nuclear arsenal at your country." Could you imagine the security implications of shit like that?

In it's about your safety news, a 53-year-old woman was arrested and charged with driving drunk while riding a horse down a busy Florida highway -- and yes, you hear that shit that right.

Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office responded to a call about a woman who appeared confused and possibly in danger riding a horse on Combee Road Thursday afternoon, reported the Orlando Sentinel. 

Authorities arrived at the scene to find Donna Byrne riding the animal in the middle of the road. She had red, watery eyes and reeked of booze, according to Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Brian Bruchey.

A field sobriety test revealed that Byrne's B.A.C. was a staggering .161, more than two times the legal limit. Along with the DUI, Byrne was charged with animal neglect for failing to provide proper protective gear for the horse, placing it in jeopardy.

What's next? A DUI for driving a tricycle or a Radio Flyer wagon? Come on. This is just ridiculous. As far as I'm concerned, and I know I'm in the minority on this one, operating a motor vehicle while drunk is a victimless crime. However, riding on a fucking horse while drunk is even more so.

In free markets for the win news, Tesla has used its solar panels and batteries to restore reliable electricity at San Juan's Hospital del Niño (Children's Hospital), in what company founder Elon Musk calls "the first of many solar+battery Tesla projects going live in Puerto Rico."

The project came about after Puerto Rico was hit by two devastating and powerful hurricanes in September, and Musk reached out about Tesla helping. Musk's company announced its success in getting the hospital's power working again less than three weeks after Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello tweeted on Oct. 6, "Great initial conversation with @elonmusk tonight. Teams are now talking; exploring opportunities."

The hospital's new system allows it to generate all the energy it needs, according to El Nuevo Dia. As for who is paying for the power system, the head of the hospital tells Nuevo Dia that for now, it's a donation — and that after the energy crisis is over, a deal could make it permanent.

The news of restoring permanent power at the hospital comes as millions of people in Puerto Rico continue to rely on generators for electricity. As of Wednesday morning, the Electric Power Authority reported that its power service was at 25 percent. The task of rebuilding Puerto Rico's power grid is expected to take months and to cost as much as $5 billion.

Tesla isn't the only tech company trying to help Puerto Rico; Google's parent company, Alphabet, has deployed balloons from its Project Loon to the territory, to help parts of the island reconnect after much of its phone system went down. The portable network can help phone users with both messaging and some web browsing.

Here's a perfect example of the free market providing where the government cannot. The government is unable to provide what is needed so people with financial incentive step in to do it. Imagine that.

And, finally, in some show news, we've created a Facebook group for Pax Libertas Productions for all of you to interact with all of the PLP podcast hosts. I'm in there, of course, as is Brian McQuade from Resist the Empire, and Scott McDonald and Adam Brown from Ancap Barber Shop.

You can get to the group by searching for Pax Libertas Productions or by just going to thelavaflow.com/facebookgroup. Come on in and join the fun!

ANCAP APPS

Two apps that have been featured in this segment in the past have had some significant updates that I want to let you know about.

First, OpenBazaar, the free online marketplace with no platform fees and no restrictions has just released their 2.0 version. OpenBazaar is a different way to do online commerce. It’s a peer to peer application that doesn’t require middlemen, which means no fees & no restrictions. OpenBazaar connects people directly via a peer to peer network. Data is distributed across the network instead of storing it in a central database.

Version 2.0 is a completely new network, separate from the earlier version of the OpenBazaar network. They learned a lot from the 1.0 version, and with this information, they've made the new OpenBazaar one of the most user-friendly decentralized applications ever built. They've added lots of highly requested features as well.

Because this new version is built on IPFS, OpenBazaar stores can now be accessible to buyers even when they are offline. Stores and listings can now be re-seeded by other OpenBazaar users, meaning that if a store is seeded then buyers can purchase their listings even if they are offline.

Third party search providers are now accessible from within the client. Search results are much faster and more accurate than they were before.

You can now use Tor with OpenBazaar 2.0 for more privacy.

This new version of OpenBazaar includes lots of added features for vendors, including inventory management, expanded shipping options, variants, and more.

The new OpenBazaar has a built-in, Segwit-ready wallet in order to easily manage purchases and payments. It also allows more complicated transactions to occur automatically, such as 1-of-2 multisig for offline ordering and timelock to prevent funds from being stuck in an abandoned escrow transaction.

If you haven't used OpenBazaar to do shopping yet, then you're really missing out on a potential revolution in the way business is done. You can get all the details and download the free app for Mac, Windows, or Linux at openbazaar.org. 

The other product with an update is one that I use almost daily. The Signal encrypted messaging app now has a full desktop app for Mac, Windows, and Linux. The previously had a Google Chrome app for the product that they'be now replaced with the full desktop version, so if you previously had the Chrome version, you will need to install this new desktop version.

It's super easy to install and will allow you to comfortably chat on Signal using your full desktop or laptop keyboard. If you start a conversation on the Desktop and need to move around, just pick up your phone and continue messaging from there. 

I have been using Signal since I first got to New Hampshire and creating a ton of noise for the NSA in the process of keeping my communications as secure as I possibly can. I highly encourage you to use it as well, not because you have something to hide, but because you actually give a shit about privacy. 

Edward Snowden himself said, "Use anything by Open Whisper Systems," and Signal is by Open Whisper Systems. You can also use Signal for voice and video calls, so you could essentially replace the vast majority of your communications with this one app. Do what Snowden says. Use Signal! You can get it at signal.org for your Android, iPhone, Mac, Windows, or Linux devices, and it's completely free.

BURNING BOOKS

I heard about this book, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, when the author, Johann Hari, was on episode 86 of Felony Friday with John Odermatt as part of the Lions of Liberty network. A few weeks later, it was on sale on Audible for $4.99, so I picked it up and listened to it. 

Hani opens his book talking about the first decades of the 20th century, talking about how easy it was to get opium, cocaine, and other drugs. The 1914 Harrison Act outlawed heroin and cocaine. But it granted doctors the right to prescribe these drugs as they saw fit, a loophole intended to help addicts quit slowly and safely. In the late 1920s, an employee of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics named Harry Anslinger began warning of the “unspeakable sexual depravity” and lust for white women that drugs would unleash. He claimed that marijuana produced violent and permanent insanity in every user.

With real skill, he establishes the essential triad that defines any scenario involving the use, sale and policing of any illicit substance, via portraits of three celebrated figures: Harry Anslinger, the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, who essentially almost single-handedly started the drug war; the New York master criminal Arnold Rothstein, whom Hari credits with the invention of the modern drug gang; and Billie Holiday, whose awful personal history addiction to heroin and racism is horrific to hear. These interrelated stories serve show patterns of the drug war: though the text moves swiftly to the present day and flips through an array of other case studies, it is these three lives that show just how monotonously unchanging – and therefore futile – the essential rules of the “war on drugs” have always been.

One of the most surprising of the many revelations in Hari’s book is that substance addiction is not exclusively or even primarily a chemical phenomenon. He cites one study that found that heroin users continued to use a product they believed was heroin even when it contained absolutely no heroin. They felt only minor symptoms of withdrawal. Another study found that only around 17% of cigarette smokers were able to quit with the help of a nicotine patch. If addiction were entirely chemical, the rate should have been much higher. Something psychological makes it hard for addicts to abandon their lifestyle.

Even a commonly cited study about rats and morphine turns out to be misleading. When isolated and given an unlimited supply, rats will consume staggering and often deadly doses of morphine and other drugs. The chemical theory of addiction would explain this behavior by saying the rats are in the grips of compulsive cravings that make it impossible for them to act otherwise. But once the rats were given a social and engaging environment with other rats, good food, and interesting games and activities, the amount of morphine they consumed dropped fivefold. They suddenly had more interesting things to do. 

Hari debunks many myths and fallacies surrounding addiction and the drug wars. But this book is also an eloquent reminder of an easily forgotten truth, one that the doctor in 1938 used as the title of his own book: "Drug Addicts Are Human Beings".

Now, for the bad. Sadly, the author has had issues in the past that could color the experience of the book. Three years before the book's publication, Hari was discovered to have plagiarised other people’s work, misrepresented the material he got from interviews and, under an alias, to have spread malicious falsehoods about other journalists via Wikipedia. What that means for any reviewer is obvious enough: though it might be nice to set aside the events of 2011 and allow him a fresh start. 

Even with the author's past, I think this is an important book and one that you should check out. I learned many new things about the drug war, and I thought I had heard it all. There are some horribly sad stories in this book, but more importantly, there are some actionable things that can be done to help to find a peaceful solution to the war on drugs, and make no mistake, you will walk away from this book knowing it is really a war.

So, make sure to pick up this book. You can get it from Amazon using my affiliate link at thelavaflow.com/scream and I'll get a little taste of the sale without you having to pay any more for it. Enjoy!

OUTRO

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