Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. has taken on the city’s latest “camouflage killer“ — no, not giant baby-snatching rats that pass for subway platform seating, but synthetic marijuana, which has landed well over 50 New York teens in emergency rooms in the past year alone. The stuff, which is normally just plant leaves sprayed with toxic chemicals meant to mimic the effect of THC on the brain, is often sold at bodegas as incense or that dried mulch your mom likes to put in little bowls all around the house. Equally comforting are the brand names (including K2, Spice, Killer Buzz, Legal Phunk, Hammer Head) and warning labels, like “not for human consumption” and “will burn if ignited, which is not recommended.” So no eating the stuff or smoking it. Hmmm. As for the drug’s effects, a Bellevue toxicologist interviewed by the Daily News said they were “much more unpredictable” than regular pot, including seizures, panic attacks, hallucinations, sudden violent behavior, and even death. “I guess we all assumed that the federal government was going to act on it,” Vallone told the Daily News, apparently forgetting efforts by New York Senator Chuck Schumer to pass a federal ban, “but we can’t wait because our kids are dying.”
Facebook didn’t tiptoe to avoid poking the bear on the left. They went right up to the bear and stabbed it repeatedly. And then goaded the right’s bear to join in the stabbing.
The power of leftist outrage mobs has been well-discussed. The power of conservative outrage mobs to affect corporate and political policy, even from left-leaning organizations, is arguably less acknowledged.
In no small part to placate the right, the liberal company Facebook misled the nation again and again about the nature of Russian interference in the election. They repeatedly fed right wing conspiracies while waving away criticism from the left. It’s hard to see how an ardently Trumpist company could do much better.