Good Wednesday! The last week of 2016 and-if you have been following the news-we should really look forward to moving beyond. The year 2016 has seen a record number of deaths amongst chess players, artists and other celebrities. Perhaps the only good thing to come of 2016 is TRUMP…and that does not say a lot, does it? I for one am all for reaching 2017 at any cost…good riddence 2016!
How to pick a fight with Coffee !?
This story is hard to believe. However, as the origin of the incident took place in America in 2015 when all of those police shootings of black, un-armed and non-threatening American citizens was going on, I suppose we can look at it as just an extension of the police madness that had been gripping America during Obama’s presidency.
Thirty-six year old Joseph Schwab was pulled over in Solano County, California allegedly for erratic driving. A breathalizer test revealed 0% alcohol, but never the less Schwab was booked in the county jail. A blood test revealed no drugs of any type. For some reason, a second blood test was out-sourced and revealed the presence of caffeine. Cutting to the chase, Joseph Schwab was then charged with DUI (driving under the influence), a misdemeanor, and is about to go on trial in the second week of January 2017. History is about to be made…
Trying to give Coffee a bad name ?
The 1972 silver-medal winning judoist Bakaava Buidaa (Mongolia) was stripped of his medal because of failing a drug test: there was caffeine found in his system. Between 1984 and 2004 caffeine was formally put on the list of prohibited substances as far as the IOC was concerned. WADA (created in 1999) did nothing to change this farce, but had to relent in 2004 because of public outrage and growing scientific proof that normal levels of caffeine in an athlete’s body did nothing to improve performance.
Even so, WADA has put caffeine on the list of monitored substances, and each time an athlete is tested for any drugs – if caffeine is detected – the athlete’s name is put on a list in a database at WADA’s headquarters specially created for caffeine. Even today there are calls for re-banning caffeine from WADA officials, sometimes as high as from the President himself!