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Comments on Saturday 1 February 2003:
Another Anti-drug ad review. But first, a spot of belated propaganda-noticing; an issue of Newsweek that's been floating around our house for a month or so has, on the cover, "North Korea's Dr Evil: Is Kim Jong Il A Bigger Threat Than Saddam?" Previously, I had just thought "what, another scapegoat target for a war?", but today I realised what is probably the true purpose of such a headline - the implied 'fact' of Saddam being any threat at all. The sort of thing you can't pass off as truth if you say it directly, but you can slide it in neatly as an assumption. In truth, it's like asking "does my hand have a bigger nose than my foot?"

Now, the anti-drug. Latest pot-based ad of the genre suggests "one in five drivers tests positive for marijuana - it's more dangerous than we thought". This reeks of suspiciously careful phrasing, to me. One in five drivers, or one in five who were in accidents? If it is one in five who were in accidents, how does that compare against the statistics of people who aren't in accidents? And then, even if it still looks bad, how about comparing the drug-test statistics of similar drivers? The cited statistic is completely meaningless without some more data points to 1. show that there is a correlation in the first place, and then 2. show that it isn't a correlation based on some other factor that affects both of the allegedly causatively related statistics. They might just as well say that being in accidents causes one in five people to test positive for marijuana. [13:03]

Nik
Not to mention the fact that pot is detectable long, _long_ after it stops having any effect at all on the brain and body.

"You have pot in you!" "Yes, from two weekends ago, after watching the game." "Shush!"

('Not to mention' in the sense of 'To mention')

Digi
I take issue with the "more dangerous" bit.

"five in five cars test positive for steering wheels, theyre far more dangerous than we thought!". But I guess thats why you put Saddam thing in the same entry. Clever, eh?

redTEETH
Even if their assumption that "one in five drivers tests positive for pot" is true, their conclusion is still false. I think we all knew pot can cause you to be a less than safe driver. This statistic doesn't show that pot is more dangerous than we thought, but rather, perhaps, that more people are taking it than we thought.

RavenBlack
I disagree. I don't think pot does cause you to be a less than safe driver. People are crap drivers with or without pot.
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