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06:54 AM on 12/15/2011
Hmmmm....why does this story have a familiar ring to it all the way over here in the States?
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idontcare761
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09:58 AM on 12/15/2011
Because it's happened before. The state of Gujarat banned all alcohol and just approved the death penalty for anyone making liquor that kills anyone. The strict measures were proposed after 157 people died in the city of Ahmedabad in 2009. At least 180 died in 2008 around the southern city of Bangalore from a toxic batch of home made brew. People need to learn from the mistakes of others.
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Rita Khanna
Social liberal but fiscal conservative
06:19 AM on 12/15/2011
As you drive along the road in most Metros in India, look out for shops which seem to have a very large crowd of males... those are liquor shops.
Unfortunately the Govt taxes the sh*t out of them and makes all regular drink terribly expensive. And this stuff happens periodically in India as poor take to illicit stuff (which is as common as heat and dust). Politicains will make some noises but will they reduce taxes NO... never. Taxes only go up. You may be surprised to know that Gas prices in India are higher than US. That is also heavily taxed.
Indians are probably most heavily taxed nation. All that money goes into the pockets of Politicians and Government employees.
jtalc58909
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09:04 AM on 12/15/2011
Wow, I smell a close similarity. Maybe if we can get them to donate we can start Occupy Deli. Oh we already did that? Then let's start Occupy Delhi no one will know the difference.
09:11 AM on 12/15/2011
Have no intentions of traveling there and wish they felt the same about traveling here. I by the way am an Indian .. American Indian the only kind we should allow in this country.. In fact at one time a long time ago...never mind.. Damm cowboys!
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Theresa Cavender
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09:53 AM on 12/15/2011
LOL - have a great day!
05:39 AM on 12/15/2011
This happens frequently here.
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TiredOfNo
So far left of the Republicans I'm almost moderate
03:24 AM on 12/15/2011
So, what does that leave..........a billion?
03:22 AM on 12/15/2011
Toxic alcohol kills 102 in India
Toxic home-brew alcohol thought to have been laced with the highly dangerous chemical methanol has killed 102 people in eastern India.

Those affected are from 10 villages in the West Bengal area near the border with Bangladesh, with the three nearest hospitals packed with gravely sick victims, many of them labourers or rickshaw pullers too poor to afford branded alcohol.
http://wdcworld.blogspot.com/2011/12/toxic-alcohol-kills-102-in-india.html
jtalc58909
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09:05 AM on 12/15/2011
Now that's news.
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GaryNOVA
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03:11 AM on 12/15/2011
That's odd. I'm drinking bootleg indian liquor right now and everything seems f
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camanokat
Outta this world
03:05 AM on 12/15/2011
Even legal alcohol kills people. Meanwhile, cannabis, which has never killed anyone in the thousands of years it has been used, is illegal almost everywhere.
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Anita Jordan
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07:55 AM on 12/15/2011
Tried to smoke myself to death,,Tony the Tiger and a gallon of milk saved my life....
09:52 AM on 12/15/2011
I, myself, used to do drugs in the 70's... Now, it doesn't matter what the temperature is..
08:11 AM on 12/15/2011
That's cool you are for legalizing weed. However , I think you would make a better case for your argument to actually post realistic statistics instead of ones you just made up from thin air. Somebody gets stoned and decides to go drive a car and ends up killing somebody, thats a death caused by weed because the person was mentally impaired from the drug.
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camanokat
Outta this world
04:06 PM on 12/15/2011
Is my statement incorrect? Prove that even 1 person has died from the use of cannabis.

From a study on driving after using cannabis:

Fortunately, however, a careful review of the scientific evidence shows that fears about marijuana’s impact on road safety are unwarranted. A succession of studies over the years have consistently found that marijuana – in marked contrast to alcohol – has remarkably little impact on highway safety. In the most recent driving study, researchers at Hartford Hospital and the University of Iowa found that drivers on marijuana scored nearly identically on driving simulator tests to drug-free drivers.

Repeated surveys of fatal accidents involving tens of thousands of drivers have found that those with marijuana only in their blood are on average no more dangerous, and in many cases safer, than those with low, legal levels of alcohol (beneath .08% alcohol in blood, the threshold for DUI). See a summary of studies.

The major exception is when marijuana is combined with alcohol, which tends to be highly dangerous.
Link:

https://www.greenpassion.org/index.php?/topic/24742-does-not-impair-driving/
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f0rTyLeGz
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02:56 AM on 12/15/2011
Regulation? Here's a classic example. The big booze producers demand that ALL booze has to have a tax stamp and a sealed bootle. Of course the prize triples.
jtalc58909
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09:11 AM on 12/15/2011
Yeah, if it was up to me I'd rather buy the cheaper "unsealed" bottle. BTW it's not the "big booze producers" that demand this in the US. It's the itty bitty US Government run ATF that has it's hands into this pot.
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02:33 AM on 12/15/2011
This is a terrible tragedy. I grieve for these poor men and for their suffering families.
02:22 AM on 12/15/2011
Looks like nobody commenting here is from India. The problem here was the "free market". There is plenty of alcohol sold in India. Indians in villages cannot afford more than a couple of cents for liquor. No legit liquor can be sold at that price. Another reason people resort to these types of liquor is because they give a better "kick" compared to legit liquor.

Most of the people that drink do so because they have lost all interest in regular life, and that because the rich in India as well as foreign corporations (including those from the US) have bought the Indian politicians and set up a "free market" that benefits themselves and leaves the majority of the Indian population persecuted and enslaved.
04:07 AM on 12/15/2011
It's a common sense that liquor selling this cheap can not be of good quality. People drinking these are responsible for themselves. Poison comes cheap as well that does not mean people start consuming poison...cheap alcohol is a poison (though alcohol itself is not good, cheap of costly) and being know to that fact if you are taking it up, it's a suicide.
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Robert Frank
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07:23 AM on 12/15/2011
if the people there as a whole had any sense they would do something serious to bring their population WAY down..they have far too many people for the territory they have as does China...
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da6675
01:48 AM on 12/15/2011
Blame this tragedy on Big Gummin regulation. The free market will clear this problem up as people discover which bottles are fatal, by The Invisible Hand.
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Flokk
This is embarrassing... I mean, I'm Quickman!
02:32 AM on 12/15/2011
Touche, touche.
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kyoteee1
06:55 AM on 12/15/2011
Actually, blame the person who chooses to drink alcohol in any of its forms. It's harmful, it's deadly ... mostly to innocent people in homes, cars, or the streets.
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ResearchtheFacts
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01:39 AM on 12/15/2011
What a horrible way to go.
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European1919
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01:38 AM on 12/15/2011
The same used to happen in Russia with people drinking anything from aftershave to methylated spirits.
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KIVPossum
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02:56 AM on 12/15/2011
Still a lot of suspect village vodka in Russia.
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RPM9500
We all know you're out there, Red Rider
01:36 AM on 12/15/2011
One of the many reasons the US realized their mistake with Prohibition and repealed it finally.
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Luuke
04:40 AM on 12/15/2011
There is no prohibition in India....What a BS comparison...These were just bunch of very poor people that couldn't probably afford legit booze....
09:18 AM on 12/15/2011
Poor people? they sure are doin fine in this country own every 7-11, smoke shop and motel in the damm country.. Ooooh the US government takes care of em.. well please stay in india as I don't want a single one more here.. Stinkin third world thieves will steal the shoes off your feet, go home!!
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Robert Frank
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07:25 AM on 12/15/2011
that was not one of the reasons they repealed it..it was repealed primarily because they needed tax money and also because they knew people were getting liquor anyway so it was a waste of time..its too bad we haven't learned from their lesson with the idiotic prohibition we have on certain drugs today
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RPM9500
We all know you're out there, Red Rider
01:48 AM on 12/16/2011
I agree.
Prohibition didn't work and still doesn't work.
It only promotes criminal activity because people will find their drug of choice in spite of any laws or penalties.

PS:You still can't ignore the fact that many died from poison black market booze during our prohibition era.
01:34 AM on 12/15/2011
Is the same as Moonshine poisoning, if there is such a thing?