[Noisebridge-discuss] Noisebridge chem class?

Kragen Javier Sitaker kragen at canonical.org
Mon Apr 29 19:43:54 UTC 2013

On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 02:26:37PM -0500, Martin Bogomolni wrote:
> Sir, I've heard of impaired judgement before .. but that takes the
> cake.   Have fun with the attention this posting is likely to generate
> with the local PD.

This is one of the big problems with the drug war: it comes perilously
close to criminalizing the practice of chemistry.  In Texas, as I'm sure
you're aware, the possession of laboratory glassware is now considered
evidence of a crime unless you're a Real Chemist.  Here in Argentina, I
can't buy acetone, hydrochloric acid, or sodium sulfate, because they're
restricted to Real Chemists, in an effort to stop underground chemistry
labs producing drugs.  And no doubt molecular nanotechnology will run
into the same roadblock.

This is not a new problem; we hackers experienced the same thing during
the Middle Ages, when they called us "witches" and burned us.  But it's
deeply dismaying to see it returning in the heart of the modern world.


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