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Every War On Drugs Myth Thoroughly Destroyed By A Retired Police Captain

Retired police Capt. Peter Christ is about to make more sense about the War on Drugs than anyone you've ever heard in the past. His basic premise is that we need to legalize drugs, but if you're skeptical, just give him a few minutes to convince you. Highlights include a very honest answer to a commonly asked drug question at 0:54, the easiest question to answer about the War on Drugs at 4:48, the complete destruction of the biggest argument anti-drug advocates use at 7:23, using the Bible to prove the ineffectiveness of prohibition at 13:55, and a rapid-fire debunking of several myths all in one breath at 14:20. If you have to leave right now, just skip to 5:58 for the thesis statement in a single sentence.

Every War On Drugs Myth Thoroughly Destroyed By A Retired Police Captain

FACT CHECK TIME!

Dude throws down like a pro, right? Well, before we got too carried away from his enthusiasm and mad knowledge in stats and history, we checked out a few things for you.


There are drugs in every prison.

— Well, it's kinda hard to prove that there are totes drugs in every single prison, but there's some anecdotal data that suggests so.

Mississippi didn't end prohibition until around 1970.

— Most historians pinpoint the end of prohibition in Mississippi around 1966. Which is "around 1970," give or take.

There are 150,000 deaths per year from alcohol.

— Our handy fact checker gnomes found that this number is actually lower! The CDC says about 79,000.

30,000 deaths per year from all drugs combined.

— This number is, unfortunately, higher. Sources put the number of deaths from legal prescription drugs and illegal drugs combined around 40,000 per year. Here's another source on that because we like you and also knowledge is power.

$70 billion per year is spent on the drug war.

— This one's a little tricky. Pretty much every source ever estimates a different number, but economist Allison Schrager estimates about $40 billion per year. Par-tay.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

4-year-old New Zealand boy and police share toys.

Sometimes the adorableness of small children is almost too much to take.

According to the New Zealand Police, a 4-year-old called the country's emergency number to report that he had some toys for them—and that's only the first cute thing to happen in this story.

After calling 111 (the New Zealand equivalent to 911), the preschooler told the "police lady" who answered the call that he had some toys for her. "Come over and see them!" he said to her.

The dispatcher asked where he was, and then the boy's father picked up. He explained that the kids' mother was sick and the boy had made the call while he was attending to the other child. After confirming that there was no emergency—all in a remarkably calm exchange—the call was ended. The whole exchange was so sweet and innocent.

But then it went to another level of wholesome. The dispatcher put out a call to the police units asking if anyone was available to go look at the 4-year-old's toys. And an officer responded in the affirmative as if this were a totally normal occurrence.

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