WELCOME TO THE NEW SITE

The transition seems to have gone more smoothly than could have been expected, due entirely to the labors of Owen Paun. Thanks to all of you who updated your links.

The old posts on Blogger are intact, so there’s no need to update item links. All of the old posts have also be ported to the new site, and the MT search facility seems to be very effective and easy to use. Note also the “threads” links to the left; they point to indicies of all the posts on those topics.

Apologies to those of you who tried to take advantage of the “comments” capacity. It wasn’t intended to be there at all; I just don’t have the heart to run a kindergarden, or the self-restraint to let people ramble and insult me and one another on a site I nominally control.

I’ve been satistfied with getting (and reading) email, and responding to some of it person-to-person and a little of it on line. [Though it should be noted that email containing insults such as “If you want to stop sounding like an idiot” is less likely to get attention than email that doesn’t.] If you want to comment on my stuff in a way I can’t edit, start your own blog.

A word about Blogger as I bid it farewell: I know it’s fashionable to dump on Blogger, and obviously the deficiencies of the site and the software were enough to drive me away, but let’s not forget that Blogger is still the easiest way to get started with a weblog. Five minutes, no money, no technical expertise, and anyone can get his thoughts out there where anyone else can find them. If a friend of yours wanted to start a blog, wouldn’t you tell him to start on Blogger? I would. That’s a service Pyra provided, and (with any luck) Google will help it provide even better. Good luck to them, say I.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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