Friday, December 29, 2017

New California Law: This New Year's You Will Be Allowed To Ask The Buccaneer To Pay For Your Cab Ride Home

 Party People - Got to Boogie Down



Mod: Every twelve months or so there are surprising new laws that hit the books in California, and this year apparently is going to be no exception. At the stroke of midnight on January 1st you will be able to ask your favorite bar to pick up the cost of your taxi cab ride home, and now they will finally be legally permitted to oblige.

New California law allows beer sellers to pay for drunken people’s taxi home (The Independent link): California is introducing a new law that allows beer manufacturers and licensed sellers to pay for drunken people’s taxis home.

The bill, which was supported by ride-sharing apps Uber and Lyft, passed unanimously in the state senate earlier this month and will come into effect on 1 January.

The rule change will mean manufacturers and sellers will be able to offer free or discounted lifts through taxi companies and services like Uber.

Under current California law, wine and liquor manufacturers can only provide free transportation for consumers at invitation-only events, such as concerts and parties.

The new state law relaxes these rules and is intended to keep drink-drivers off the road and improve public safety.

Mod: Of course, you do realize that this is only if they want to pay for your cab, right? So try and ask nicely. Here is a question for you. Has science now gone too far? The following article comes to us from England, which seems to be a place where some believe that joy should never be had without a commensurate punishment.

If you enjoy drinking, you should be against the development of hangover-free alcohol (The Independent link): Anyone who has shuffled into work on the run-up to Christmas carrying a Pret almond croissant, a cold can of restorative Coca-Cola and a dozen Nurofen Extra might be happy to hear that Professor David Nutt has predicted the end of hangovers.

Within one generation, Nutt, a former government drugs advisor who teaches at Imperial College, envisages the age of the “alcosynth.” This delicious-sounding synthetic concoction will mimic all the popular, boozy, slurry, flirty, “Aren’t I hilarious?” effects of alcohol – but without the sickness and throbbing headaches the following day. Or the eventual liver, heart or brain damage, one supposes.

Don’t sneer at the futuristic flim-flam. We laughed at driverless cars, Amazon drones and a fembot in every home turning our boiler on and off. Now look where we are. And here’s Nutt predicting that as cigarette smokers have taken to vaping, then wine and whisky lovers, seduced previously by clever marketing, pretty labels and notions of a vineyard or distillery’s prestige, will immediately start buying “Alcosynth 234: All-Night Party Flavour.” Or whatever the marketeers come up with.

Personally, I hope we can match the alcosynth to the specific event. “Alcosynth 76: Shouty / Belligerent” for example, for Friday night post-work drinks where things really aren’t better left unsaid. Or an under-the-counter bottle of “Alcosynth 89: Smutty Strumpet” for evenings out with girlfriends where no poor trainee policeman will go off duty feeling anything less than harassed.

If this doesn’t sound disconcerting enough, it’s Nutt’s cheery optimism over Planet Alcosynth that gives me the fear: “Alcohol kills more than malaria, meningitis, tuberculosis and dengue fever put together,” he says. “Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could replace alcohol with something that led to almost no deaths?”

No, Nutt, just no. A Britain without hangovers feels like terrifying fear-free, anarchic dystopia.

We are a culture built on drinking to excess, yes, but this is rapidly chased up the following day with regret, pain, self-admonishment and a period of noisy abstinence.

“I am never drinking again, ever,” you will groan, following a long period of trying to locate your car which, it transpires, has been parked for three days outside The Nag’s Head. The hangover period following any night out is vital. We need the fear.

Mod: The rest of this troubling article is available at the link.

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34 comments:

  1. If I'm drunk at home can thay shuttle me to the bar?

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    1. For most Sierra Madreans the Buc is a downhill roll.

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  2. Will there be a "velvet rope" at the Buc this New Year's?

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  3. Fun, well written article.
    Celebrate the New Year without waking up into the next headache free, sounds good to me.

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  4. 7:06 - but an uphill climb to get home.

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  5. New sign needed: "No Alcosynth Served Here."

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  6. I don’t dig how smoke from cigarettes gets into the Buc.

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    1. Imagine a real pirate saying that. The pirate captain would have you keel hauled. Not for complaining, no. But for the feebleness of the complaint! Arghhh!

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    2. The walls are saturated with it from the 1980s still

      No escape

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  7. Dump’s latest comments about global warming clearly show what a dumb person he is. Wow, does he have any brain ?

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  8. 9:36am Happy New Year - Happy New Cannabis rules!
    Never you mind the cigarette smoke!

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  9. Savings all around. No more law suits for over pouring and driving drunk.
    Barkeeps can phone for a cab.
    Less crowded jail cells, unless arguments with an Urber driver occurs when they refuse to drop the drunk off at the next bar!

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  10. What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious experience concerning unexpected
    feelings.

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  11. New York Times interview: President Trump; no DACA and end chain migration, unless the wall is built. Bipartisanship a must.

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    1. Yes. Bipartisanship. Both the KKK and the Nazi Party are together on this.

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    2. The way of a coward

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  12. DOJ and FBI; preparations of contempt of Congress underway; Congress demands documents on Steele Dosser.

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    1. A couple of crackpot cracker Congressmen is not Congress.

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  13. Someone commented yesterday about how public transportation goes to the airport in other cities. Not necessarily, for the same reason, because of the taxi lobby. An easy alternative to driving to LAX is to take the gold line to Union Station, then the Flyaway (bus) to LAX. Cost is about $12.

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    1. That’s not easy. It literally took me 3 1/2 hours from lax to kersting court last time I tried it

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    2. I agree, and I've done it numerous times, but lets face it, it's a bit of a commitment compared to other options. Yes, you have to get off at Union Stn and schlep your luggage to the bus, etc. and it does take longer, but yes, it works.

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  14. Don't really give a shit about this....

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  15. I love the flyaway bus, my relatives take it when they fly into LAX; then we all have dinner downtown after picking them upat the beautiful Union Train Station.

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  16. 12:05pm. Spoken like a true Anarchists.

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  17. 11:09/12: Expect some post-New Year blues, followed by short-lived elation, followed by depression and deep depression:

    Blues: Mueller's hammer falls; multiple indictments including Kushner and Don Jr.

    Short-Lived Elation: Trump issues pardons.

    Depression: The pardoned indicted by the NY AG. Trump named as an un-indicted co-conspirator. Trump and Kushner properties subject to forfeiture.

    Deep Depression: Trump apoplectic; instability undeniable. Trump forced to resign or face removal. Putin's buddies call Trump organization's loans. Trump makes yet another trip to bankruptcy court. Dems sweep into power. Pence impeachment proceedings commence. 10:09/12, alt right, white supremacists, neo-nazis climb back into holes.

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  18. 12:56pm. That would be the worst nightmare ending 2017.
    I'am looking forward to an extra $30.00 - $40.00 bucks in my paycheck that the Feds won't get; thanks President Trump.
    ☆ Fascist/Terrianical and Communism failling big time. IRAN is under massive protesting from its people right now. Lack of food and goods have triggered protests.
    Protesters screaming and yelling "death to the Iranian President";
    which is a death sentence just for yelling in public.
    President Obama ignored the Green Solstice in Iran, where many protesting were locked up never to be seen again; what will President Trump say in support of the Iranian people?

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    1. Comrade, what does any of that have to do with the massive crimes of the administration?

      I will admit that your belief you'll get $30-40 more in your paycheck first made me chuckle (not even a latte a day), then made me sad (enjoy paying more taxes due to the cap on deducting mortgage interest and state and local taxes), then made me disgusted (some people will sell out our country to Russia for a mere pittance.)

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  19. 9:48am. I would love less Global Warming in California and would just love to have some of those humongous Eastern snow drifts here. MAGA.

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    1. 4:05, why don’t you shove your MAGA hat where the sun don’t shine. Likely crowded in there already. Uneducated Dump supporter like all hillbillies.

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    2. Sounds like somebody who ditched science and math classes throughout high school.

      Who needs science? Foxbeliefs are better, right?

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  20. Arcadia Denny’s windmill falls thru the roof. Go check it out.

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  21. Rest In Peace, Recy Taylor.

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  22. 12:56 - We can only hope! 3:19 - are you really excited about getting $30 back? How about the trillion dollars more that we will be in debt?

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  23. After a long day at work and time with the family I come in here some times. Sometimes it's a good read with a glass of wine. Tonight was especially a good news Tattler time. I gave thanks and was so happy that we don't have those two councilmen here any more. It's still going to take years to fix what damage they did but things are looking up. I work long hours to live in this town and it's starting to get more worth it. May this new year be the best ever for Sierra Madre, I have great hopes for our new city manager.

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