L.A. Times Shocker: Adults Take A Nearly Always Innocuous Substance, Go to Work! Good Golly, Miss Molly!

From today's L.A. Times, a great example of pointless, contextless, vaguely fearmongering reporting about, essentially, a group of young professionals who like to take a nearly always harmless drug that has managed to get itself a huge bulge in press by the simple rebranding of what you might as well just call "street MDMA" since you never know what's really in it from "ecstasy" to "molly." ("Molly" is generally sold not as pressed pills but as powder or crystals). The reports about deaths or hospitalizations "connected" to this street drug do not prove that the drug caused in and of itself any of the hospitalizations or deaths.

: Helga Weber / Foter / CC BY-ND: Helga Weber / Foter / CC BY-ND

And what do they do after the breathlessly reported:

After a long and raucous dinner party on a recent weeknight, guests decamped to a loft in Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood, perhaps the most desirable chunk of real estate in the city that never sleeps.

There was no music or dancing at this after-party, though. Instead, a host distributed clear capsules of tiny white crystals that guests proceeded to swallow — an illicit dessert known as Molly....

They feel kinda good, then they go to work. Like nearly all users of illegal drugs.

Adult professionals, getting high. It's actually not really news, certainly not to New Yorkers. As the story even alludes to itself, one might have heard rumors of the presence of cocaine in the corridors of financial and entertainment and media power in the dim distant past. Some of those rumors were, alas, true.

For Los Angeles folk, this story has the added nut kick of our hometown paper's regular practice of reporting trend stories that could be reported anywhere---like, say, the city with the name on the masthead--out of New York, because it's, you know, the only real city.

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  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • playa manhattan||

    Needz moar dogz twerkin'.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • John||

    The illegal drug trade is how many tens of billions of dollars a year? Maybe even hundreds of billions. All that money doesn't come from high school students and crack whores. A lot of it comes from professionals and other upstanding people. A lot more people use drugs in this country than we know. They just never get caught because they are not stupid and unlike poor people have few dealings with the cops.

  • Jquip||

    The difference between Libertarian and Libertine is not a simple typo. One is about having ownership of their actions. The other is about denying ownership of their actions.

    If you're confused at all, some contemporary examples: Child is expelled and criminally charged for a vaguely pistol shaped toaster pastry. High paid, well educated, white collar rock stars are in no may responsible for what they put in their mouth.

  • Almanian!||

    Yawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwn

  • Brian Doherty||

    Sounds like you could use an illicit stimulant, Almanian

  • From the Tundra||

    Curtis Mayfield has your number Doherty

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCDAfa-NI-M

  • Hugh Akston||

    He just needs to get more sleep. He was up all night subsidizing Kathleen Sebelius' policy, if you catch my drift.

  • Almanian!||

    ohhhh, SNAP!

  • ||

    WTF? How do you post that pic with no alt txt? What the hell is that anyway?

  • Almanian!||

    I think that woman is snorting a tampon. Right?

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    She's clearly on bath salts and turned into a zombie. Duh.

  • Paul.||

    I zoomed in and still couldn't figure out what she was doing. Kind of looks like that creepy little girl from Bioshock anyway.

  • ||

    I thought she was brushing her teeth.

  • Winston||

    Does turning into giant horny salamanders by going transwarp count as a drug?

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    OK, I didn't like you at first, but an obscure Voyager reference makes you keen in my book.

  • Neoliberal Kochtopus||

    TRANSWARP: NOT EVEN ONCE

  • ||

    At the end of that episode I get a distinct feeling that the writers wrote the end scene to portray their wonder of how the hell did they ever ended up where they ended up and how in the hell did no one stop them.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Everyone I've ever met who was on MDMA was really, really, nice. It was basically G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate without turning people completely apathetic or into Reavers.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Has anyone proposed pumping Pax into the Capital? I can't think of a better way to stop Congress from trying to "govern" the country.

  • Brett L||

    They're not Reavers already?

  • ||

    Hugh means to confound these bungers, Brett.

  • ||

    Personally, I don't think that taking MDMA and going to work afterwards is a great idea.

    Mostly because you're likely to creep the fuck out of all your co-workers by offering them hugs, telling them how much you like them, and revealing everything about how you stabbed them in the back in order to get a promotion, and how sorry you are now.

  • sarcasmic||

    One of the few drugs I never tried. Had on opportunity, and instead just watched. Boy was I glad I didn't try it. My friends acted like total fools.

  • JidaKida||

    Sounds like a plan to me dude.

    www.AnonWonders.tk

  • Calidissident||

  • ||

    Just wait until they find out everybody on Wall Street is on adderall. "You mean those guys aren't working 80 hour weeks and partying until 6AM because of 4Loko?!"

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