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21 April 2017 - 11:46 AMwell, it's one thing to compare effects and risks of marijuana and say alcohol but it's another to say there are no risks or side effects with marijuana usage. It is a drug like any other drug. Just the fact that it is potentially beneficial to people prone to seizure is an indication that it is doing something to the brain. Now in some cases that may be beneficial but for the neurotypical brain it may not be, particularly in the case of overuse. As more research becomes available we are beginning to see more evidence of structural and functional changes in the brain. Some may be "good" and some may be "bad" but there are effects.
I have no problem with the legalization of marijuana, especially for medical uses. But I do have concerns about potential effects on everyday society. Hopefully there will be restrictions on use in the same manner as restrictions on alcohol consumption. Not the same restrictions because they are different drugs but restrictions none the less.
21 April 2017 - 11:11 AMI want to enable tomorrow to see the Yankees and grab a free t-shirt
But not for the minimum ticket price of $37 when the forecast calls for rain.
For $37 I could go to a Dormont bar and get wicked shitfaced all day. In the rain.
yeah, the problem is more fireworks night rather than yankees... wait, I just saw that free shirts are Saturday? huh, go figure. Anyway, looks like $25 on stubhub, but likely a fees to push to the $37 range anyway.
21 April 2017 - 11:04 AMWhere do you draw the line on what gives an advantage that causes imbalance? Contact lenses and eye surgery can give someone better than perfect vision. There are plenty of supplements that were deemed good to use, why draw the line at all and just outlaw weigh lifting which can give an advantage?
Just let everyone do whatever they want. Sports are entertainment. Stop taking them so seriously.
I think these are good points. The idea of a level playing field is an hard one to determine. What if someone lifts weights every day? They got stronger and created an not level playing field for someone who chose not to lift weights. Obviously this is intentionally absurd.
At some point I was on the side of let them do whatever. But really, that can't be good. Some of these drugs are (can be?) very harmful. I don't want to be in a situation where you see ten other players taking a risky PED and then feel you need to do it. My current view is that it should be well specified in the rules of the sport. It should be under at least team medical supervision or perhaps an outside entity. It has to be at "safe" levels and it has to include guidance for a wide range of supplements. I think MLB has moved closer to at least having well specified guidelines even if a little on the strict side. As such, any level of discipline that is written out is unarguable.
Of course there is the question of what to do about the past. I'm on the side that with vague guidelines and apprently a look teh other way mentality, that era should be accepted as it was and no longer chastised.
21 April 2017 - 10:54 AMwait, are we not supposed to be concerned about the mental illness of someone who commits suicide?
21 April 2017 - 10:44 AMPeople always claim that the NHL playoff field is "watered down" because they take so many teams, relative to the size of the league. But I love it.
I can't think of another sport where the 8th best team in a conference could not only beat- but sweep- the best team in a conference. Long live the NHL.
and yet people cry about the divisional structure of the playoffs because three teams with the best regular season records might have to play each other in the first couple rounds.
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