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Tue, Jul. 10th, 2007, 12:58 pm
Yesterday, I posted about bans on incandescent bulbs

Then I erased my own post because it wasn't very constructive. Today, I find that different suspects are messing with availability of iodine.

We are at the point where our pharmaceutical policies seem restrictive to Russians! That makes me really wonder if "death of a thousand cuts" is in store for the US.

Tue, Jul. 10th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)

I think the American economy is already overladen. It keeps stumbling forward but if it ever falls it won't be able to get up again. Too much regulation is destroying flexibility.
The biggest problems may actually be local and state laws. Federal laws are often more carefully designed and honed by the courts.

Tue, Jul. 10th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)

and we wonder why the health care system is so screwed up in this country...

Tue, Jul. 10th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)

I'm pretty annoyed that I can get a better showerhead and a better flush toilet in the third world than I can in the US.

Tue, Jul. 10th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)

Oleg, the FDA has seemed restrictive for years.

People were driving to Mexico and Canada to buy drugs over the counter that were prescription-only here, or not FDA approved, back when you were still drinking borscht from a bottle in Leningrad. I really hope this isn't news to you.


Tue, Jul. 10th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): PS:

"Seemed" was originally going to be "Seemed to outsiders", but then I remembered that it seems that way to insiders, too. Replace "seemed" with "been".

The FDA should burn down, fall over, and sink into the swamp.


Tue, Jul. 10th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)

...and actually reading the link, I see we have another bit of this ghey, contrived war on meth.

I'd rather everybody in this country got killed by meth-crazed biker hoodlums tomorrow than continue this inanity that goes on in the name of stopping the substance. The cure is much much much much worse than the disease.

The liberties that have been taken by the government to fight meth make the darkest days of the "crack epidemic" look like the Libertarian Party platform...

Tue, Jul. 10th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)

Yes. We certainly need to encourage more use of the Birch process.

I can't wait until the cooks start stealing hybrid cars for the lithium in the batteries.

Wed, Jul. 11th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
agkistrodon_c_c: iodine?

OUCH! We elected these freaks. what does it take to UN-elect 'em?

Wed, Jul. 11th, 2007 03:46 am (UTC)

It's for the children. And their malnourished thyroid glands.

Wed, Jul. 11th, 2007 09:24 am (UTC)

Thankfully I have moved somewhere I don't have to use Iodophor or chlorine to sanitize my homebrew equipment. The water is not too alkaline for the acid based sanitizers to work!

OTOH, I still use tincture of iodine to verify that my mash conversion is over. I really don't want to follo the old German Brewmeisters lead and sit in some spilled proto wort in leather pants. I just wouldn't look good in leather pants.


Wed, Jul. 11th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Guys, it ain't about Meth.

Those of y'all who know the chemistry of things that go boom! have noticed that the component compounds, and products rich in them, have been disappearing from pharmacy shelves a bit at a time since 9/11.

Iodine is simply the latest.

Wed, Jul. 11th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Re: Guys, it ain't about Meth.

Sudafed is used in bombs?

Huh. Learn something new every day...

(The same chemical reactions that make things go bang are why substances like iodine and phosphorus are used to make meth. If this had been about explosives, you wouldn't be able to buy ammonium nitrate-based fertilizer or diesel fuel anymore.)