-- Current goals as a gambit commenter: to say at least one intelligent thing for every five dumb things I say.
@okkate I am really saddened how Gambit is playing into the drug panic of mainstream media. The phony causal relationship is just one problem with this article. But the facts it presents doesn't support the fear they are trumpeting. 68 out of 12,000 students in the RSD are said to have been expelled from school for drugs. That means that 99.5% of students aren't in so deep with drugs that they are losing educational opportunities. Even if you presume routine drug use is ten times higher than the number being caught that would still mean that only about 5% are actually routine drug users, which means that 95% are not routine drug users.
The quote by this Tulane professor is paranoid nonsense with no peer-reviewed research to back it up. He says, "The one rule I learned as a parent is that if they tell you they're not doing something, they probably are." Really? So even innocent children should be presumed to be using drugs. Because an innocent child will say "I'm not doing drugs." This man is irresponsibly telling parents that their children are doing drugs even when, in all likelihood they aren't.
What is this guy's expertise in the matter? He's a professor in tropical medicine? What's his expertise on teen drug use? The article doesn't say. Where does he get his data from? The article doesn't say. Instead, Gambit is simply taking his word that kids who say they aren't doing drugs actually are. That's a hell of a catch 22 for innocent teens to get out of.
I can see the parent-child discussion based on this man's advice:
Parent: Son, are you doing drugs?
Son: No, of course not.
Parent: That's it! You are doing drugs, I know because a professor at Tulane said if you deny doing drugs then you really are doing drugs! I read it in the Gambit!
The child, based on the only statistics in the article, in all likelihood, isn't doing drugs, but this man says they are doing drugs if they say they are not. Really Gambit? You call yourself the "alternative press." Alternative to what? Most certainly not an alternative to the mindless scare-mongering of the mainstream press. Shame on you!
@U haven't been to france
Let's not take pot shots at uneducated rubes, okay. They've done nothing to warrant your cruel comparison.
I'm sorry, I know I am supposed to have hometown pride and all, but Sunken City looks like a Portlandia rip off, and doesn't do as good a job as Portlandia.
Sunken City looks like it is trying too hard, and in that regard, it is very un-New Orleanian.
Quirkiness and craziness is something that comes very easy for New Orleanians. This looks like they are trying really hard to be quirky and it fails.
Oh my! What fun!
"Asked why the city hasn't changed in the 19 years since Darby's death, Landrieu said, 'It is a problem this city has had for a long time, and it's not going to stop until all of us decide we have to do something about it.'"
Yeh, well your police chief thinks that if you aren't doing nothing wrong, nothing bad will happen. So long as a guy like that is running your police department, NOTHING will change.
I don't care who wins this newspaper war. I am just so glad there is one. I am a sucker for intrigue.
I might be in the minority here, but I think Georges should consider giving the New Orleans edition its own identity and name.
Something like The New Orleans Daily News. I think something like that would allow New Orleans readers know they aren't simply looking at a paper made for Baton Rouge with a bit of local content.
I doubt the Advocate brand is particularly valuable to New Orleans, and so taking a chance to re-brand the New Orleans edition could payoff big time.
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