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Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

You can breathe easy...

Saratoga county is looking to ban "inhalable booze" machines.:
Saratoga County may follow Rensselaer and Suffolk counties and ban the sale of Alcohol Without Liquid machines that allow people to inhale alcohol as a vapor instead of ingesting it as a drink. The county Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to back a local law at its May meeting. The measure will go to the full Board of Supervisors for a public hearing and vote.
What's the fuss about? This is such shoddy TU reporting. Well, they do give us this:
"This board determines that the popularity of these AWOL machines is increasing in the nightclub and bar business throughout the country."
Well, hurry up and ban them. If it's popular, it clearly has to go. Further down:
It is being marketed as a way to get high without the hangover as well as a 'dieter's dream' way of drinking since there are no calories from inhaling the alcohol."
I still don't get it. Aren't those good things?

If these machines are causing actual problems, then fine, ban them. But what incident/rumor/issue is at stake here? The TU doesn't say one bad thing about the machines. Is there even evidence these machines are worse for you than drinking a drink? Well, at least we've nipped this in the bud before it gets worse:
District Attorney James A. Murphy III said no AWOL machines are apparently in use in the county.
Nothing like banning something that no one is doing. We'll have to hit the inhaling speakeasy this August.
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