Saturday, 26 December 2009

The Best Laid Plans Of Mice And Men.........

There was I saying cheerio until Monday 29th December and along comes an extremely troubling piece of news which the Daily Telegraph reports in its usual sloppy way.

It appears that scientists are working on a substitute to alcohol and also a bonus of a 'switch-off' pill to immediately 'sober' one up.

The new alcohol is being developed by a team at Imperial College London, led by Professor David Nutt, Britain's top drugs expert who was recently sacked as a government adviser for his comments about cannabis and ecstasy. 

" Ideally, like alcohol, it should be tasteless and colourless, leaving those characteristics to the drink it’s in. Eventually it would be used to replace the alcohol content in beer, wine and spirits and the recovered ethanol (the chemical name for alcohol) could be sold as fuel. Professor Nutt believes that the new drug, which would need licensing, could have a dramatic effect on society and improve the nation's health."

So if it is tasteless and colourless and could have a dramatic effect on society, how long before some 'government scientist' develops something that can be fed to society, without their knowledge, to 'condition' them to accept without question whatever they are told?

Far-fetched? Let us wait and see....................

5 comments:

Mark Wadsworth said...

Two words: Clockwork Orange.

manwiddicombe said...

Two more words : old news! The Sun reported this story back in November just after Nutt got sacked.

Why has the Telegraph waited so long to publish this story?

Witterings From Witney said...

manwiddicombe:

One does not read the Sun - hence it is news to me. Mind you, when comparing the Sun to the Daily Telegraph, is there a difference in journalistic standards?

Also I do try to post on various aspects of 'behind the news'.

manwiddicombe said...

WfW: I'd recommend adding the Sun and Mirror RSS feeds to your reader if only to skip through 95% of the turgid output for the odd 5% of things that stand out.

I didn't mean for my comment to read as a slur against you, more that I was surprised that the Telegraph was dredging up a story from 40 days ago.

If it came across badly I apologise.

Witterings From Witney said...

no apology necessary manw....

The DT, along with most of the MSM, does have a trend to 'cut&paste' journalism to without any attempt to question that which appears.

The Sun? Sorry - but there are limits!