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World famous English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and unrelenting critic of religion and the religious, Richard Dawkins, has turned his anger on airport security rules after he had a jar of honey confiscated.
Dawkins, who is no stranger to Twitter controversy following alleged anti-Muslim comments he made back in August, declared on the micro-blogging site that ‘Bin Laden has won, in airports of the world every day’ after security took away his jar of honey.
The outspoken atheist, who came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, criticised what he called ‘dundridges’ - his word for petty jobsworths - and described the confiscation of his honey as a 'STUPID waste.'
The latest outburst follows a tweet in August in which he said: "All the world's Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though."
He was widely criticised by fellow twitter-users who claimed his comments were 'anti-Muslim'.
Last month the academic once again found himself at the centre of a row over an interview he gave to the Times Magazine in which he appeared to suggest he was the victim of 'mild paedophilia' at school and that current cases of historical child sex abuse had been overblown.
"I am very conscious that you can't condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours", he said.
There was little sympathy today in response to the tweets regarding the confiscated honey.
To date, 17 states have passed medical marijuana laws, yet very little is known
about their effects. The current study examines the relationship between the
legalization of medical marijuana and traffic fatalities, the leading cause of death
among Americans ages 5 through 34. The first full year after coming into effect,
legalization is associated with an 8 to 11 percent decrease in traffic fatalities. The
impact of legalization on traffic fatalities involving alcohol is larger and estimated
with more precision than its impact on traffic fatalities that do not involve alcohol.
Legalization is also associated with sharp decreases in the price of marijuana and
alcohol consumption, a pattern of results consistent with the hypothesis that
marijuana and alcohol are substitutes. Because alternative mechanisms cannot be
ruled out, the negative relationship between legalization and alcohol-related
traffic fatalities does not necessarily imply that driving under the influence of
marijuana is safer than driving under the influence of alcohol.