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Friday, October 18 - 6:39pmSanction this postReply
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Robert Tracinksi shared this link today about the dangers to college women of excessive drinking leading to a defenselessness against sexual assault.

I would not limit the induced defenselessness to drunk women. Intoxicated men also put themselves at risk of assault though not usually of the sexual variety. Robbery and beatings can certainly happen to a drunken man.

Some colleges are "dry" and I can certainly appreciate that policy given the poor track record of alcohol on campuses.

(Edited by Luke Setzer on 10/18, 6:52pm)




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Sunday, October 20 - 8:56amSanction this postReply
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As Aristotle said, "All things in moderation." 

College drinking and college sex and college sports ...  what about social engagement at that age is not open to condemnation?  Even "college engineering" is questionable. Young people are silly.  We know that.

How Beer Gave Us Civilization (NY Times here.)
Springer Verlang original article abstract here (you need a subscription for the full text).
Beer resouces from an "Archaeology of Food" University of Minnesota at Duluth website.
From those, this article from National Geographic about civilization and beer.

Just to note that linguistically, at root, "beer" and "wine" often were the same word until the differences were important.  In Hungarian, the word for "wine" is "bor" whereas the word for "beer" so"r  (umlaut o sounds like "share") stands alone as a rootword and the only things shorter are the so"-words that mean "dark." The point is that fermentation was old and widely known and easily adopted and adapted. Note, also, that in the Jewish religion is it the unlevened (no yeast) bread that is most holy, perhaps being so much older.  Fermented milk is yogurt or cheese.  Tea is fermented and dried before brewing.

And today, many people do have yeast allergies. We evolve as we adapt to the food resources in our ecologies.

Myself, I would prefer that all psychotropic foods be legal for development.  Our apples and oranges are not at all "natural" but were recently invented, developed, nutured and improved.  Look at what we did with aviation and computers.  We could all have smart pills and imagination pills and concentration pills.  And they wouild be safe and effective and be improved by Moore's Law. Meanwhile, we have beer.

It has been noted that the American revolution began in taverns, whereas the French revolution began in coffeehouses. Make of that what you will.

(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 10/20, 9:05am)




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Sunday, October 20 - 5:42pmSanction this postReply
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Being in a college engineering program, I have to ask: what's questionable about it?
(Edited by Brandon G Lee on 10/20, 5:45pm)




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