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Cocaine Found At Kennedy Space Center 276

An anonymous reader writes "For the second time in the last two years, a stash of cocaine has been found at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. 4.2 grams of the a powdery white substance were discovered on March 7, and field tests by law enforcement officials confirmed that it was indeed cocaine. A spokesperson was unable to provide additional details about where the substance was found, or how many employees and contractors are now being drug tested. An investigation into a similar discovery in January 2010 yields no results after all 200 NASA employees and contractors who had access to the area in which the cocaine was found tested negative for the drug."
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Cocaine Found At Kennedy Space Center

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  • I, for one... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Tuesday March 15, 2011 @10:50PM (#35499644) Journal
    I am utterly shocked that a facility with a large concentration of people exposed to deadline pressures might be found to contain an alertness-enhancing recreational alkaloid stronger than caffeine...

    That goes double if the NASA employee population skews a little older: children raised during/after Prozac and Ritalin became mainstream would be somewhat more likely to be expected to use some mixture of Provigil and one of the common prescription amphetamines for a mood and alertness boost, while powder cocaine is a venerable classic.
  • by hawguy ( 1600213 ) on Tuesday March 15, 2011 @11:29PM (#35499904)

    Thousands of people work at Kenned Space Center - wouldn't it be more surprising if no drugs were ever found there?

  • by seifried ( 12921 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2011 @12:06AM (#35500114) Homepage
    According to Wikipedia: Employees: 13,500 (2008) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennedy_Space_Center [wikipedia.org]). The national US average of cocaine us is reported as 0.5% or higher (multiple sources but the low end says around 1.5 million users in the US, assuming they are mostly adults that's at least 0.5%, probably more), so statistically speaking that's about 67.5 (assuming one of then only uses one nostril my numbers work =)cocaine users at the Kennedy Space Center.
  • Re:Let's get real (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Cajun Hell ( 725246 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2011 @10:58AM (#35503958) Homepage Journal

    Racism was merely an excuse for the real goal: money.

    It always is. Well, that's an exaggeration, but it usually is. For all the supposedly irrational haters out there (and ok, there are some), most of the time when I talk to a racist, I find out that it's really just an excuse to treat anyone else like shit for financial gain. They would stab their own race in the back too, if they only had a socially-acceptable cover excuse for it. "A nigger took my job" is code for "That job paid more than the effort that goes into doing it, and I had a damn good racket going on before competitive pressures made someone think." If fellow white-trash takes their job instead, they are just as furious, but don't have as easy of a way to put it into words as "a nigger took my job."

    Assholes. They're not stupid; they're evil.

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