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36 South: "Let's Legalize Cocaine"

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From Jerry Haworth of 36 South Capital

Let’s Legalise Cocaine

Think about it – a substance which makes one feel good, promotes a feeling of well-being and confidence…..what is the problem with that?

The problem, as I explained to all my teenagers, is not that drugs are inherently bad per se, it is the medium to long term consequences of drug use that inevitably leave one worse off and forces one to make decisions one would not normally make e.g. selling your mother’s wedding ring for drug money.

Like the good pseudo-parents they are, the governments have (probably correctly) stepped in and outlawed drugs and their use. But there are other substances which also make one feel good, promote a feeling of well-being and confidence but is just as dangerous. With this substance the government does NOT limit use but promotes it! It is in fact the grower and distributor!

What is this stuff? Hint …. Comes in two flavours: money (present money) and credit (future money).

Our pseudo parents, the governments, are money pushers and we are the junkies. They have encouraged their “children” to take up the habit. Thus, we have all become addicts, the world is one big “needle park” and we are so habituated that any call to limit its creation is met with derision. The fiscal cliff, which should be renamed ‘last stop before insanity,' was merely an attempt by the “Salvation Army” to limit our addiction, to put a boundary on how much longer we can go on without consequence.

The governments have driven interest rates to near zero as well. What does this mean? Interest rates are like an automatic ship stabiliser. If the economy tilts too much towards credit, interest rates go up, telling the economy that there is too much credit in the system and vice versa. If the economy tilts too much towards present money, interest rates fall basically indicating there can be more credit money in the system. When governments subvert this indicator by effectively switching it off by artificially driving rates to near zero, there is no way to tell the correct mix of credit and money in the system. This suits the government, they know they have too much credit in the system (especially their own bonds) and they know that there is so much other credit in the system that any Volker-like move to raise rates to correct the imbalance would send the economy into another Great Depression. Thus they distort the present money/ future money balance to suit their and our short term avoidance of pain all at the expense of the medium and long term. Lyrics from Hotel California spring to mind, “you can check out any time you like but you can never leave”.

At time of writing I don’t know how the debt ceiling will turn out but I am eerily calm about it, the government, the ”pusher” of money, is not going to stop “pushing”. And the medium to long term consequences of this money and credit creation to solve a previous “money and credit creation” problem will be disastrous for so many. Why? It will result in high inflation and probably more likely the serious strain, stagflation. Imagine 20% unemployment, 20 % inflation and 1% interest rates. How would you protect wealth and savings?

The upshot of this scenario would be even more severe wealth inequality as a lucky few closest to the government spigots would benefit “oligarch style”. Hardest hit will be the middle class, the working mule of society, as inflation or stagflation tightens its stranglehold. The ultimate sadness will be taken to its logical conclusion; we will have a great depression anyway, in million dollar units instead of 10 dollar units.

So if our money junkie pseudo-parents, the government, have no regard for our medium to long term well-being, why stop at money?  Legalise drugs! Don’t pretend to have our interests at heart in one important area of our lives, our health and not in the other important area of our lives, our wealth.

For the record the above is nothing more than a metaphor, I don’t really condone the use of drugs and don’t want them legalised.

 

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Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:24 | 3148005 Robot Traders Mom
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For the record the above is nothing more than a metaphor, I don’t really condone the use of drugs and don’t want them legalised.

 

I know I'm missing the point of the story, but seriously. The whole article was ruined for me by that line about not wanting drugs legalized. How can someone understand our financial problems, yet not have the common sense to understand the ramifications of prohibition and the corruption and death it creates? 

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:33 | 3148008 flacon
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The problem isn't really the money or credit, it's the fact that they FORCE US AT GUNPOINT TO USE IT! Nobody would use their money if they ddn't have Legal Tender Laws. If we could be paid for our goods and services in silver coin I'd INSIST that my services as a software developer be paid in silver or gold. But if I do that today I go to jail. 

 

It's like saying: Legalize drugs, but force everyone to use them all day, every day... and if you don't use drugs, you're going to jail. 

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:41 | 3148149 SafelyGraze
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Amend the Constitution to Protect People from Borrowing Money

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:53 | 3148180 margaris
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No, government borrows money in the name of the people, that's the real problem.

Nothing more fucked up than somebody else loading you (and your children) up with debt..

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 08:48 | 3148550 GetZeeGold
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Who wants to buy my grandkids? I'm just looking for a fix here.

 

I can totally handle my problem.....and I've got the legislation to prove it.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 09:41 | 3148583 Thomas
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BTFD.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 09:53 | 3148587 francis_sawyer
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 "It's a helluva drug"

~ Rick James

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 10:25 | 3148608 MsCreant
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I thought that was James Rickards?

"We're bustin' out on some serious funk, y'all!"

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:14 | 3148663 Peter Pan
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Regarless of the addiction, the problem is threefold. Firstly, it is virtually impossible to let go. Seondly, you need a bigger and bigger hit as time goes on. Finally, you often succumb to other addictions as well.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 14:14 | 3148997 francis_sawyer
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I don't fully agree with that [though there are probably some truths to be found]...

~~~

I was never a drug user of any kind as a teenager... But after I left home [moved to California], I wound up casually doing some drugs with some roomies... I pretty much tried everything [from coke, to mescaline, hash, ludes, amphetamines, & even purple micodot]... Never got hooked on any of it & I haven't gone near the stuff in decades...

To add to that, it would be easy to say that none were ever a 'habit' but that's not entirely true... During that time [which lasted about 12-16 month], I probably smoked pot every single day... Then ~ one morning I just woke up & decided to quit... Stopped cold... Had nothing to do with 'morality'... It just stopped being interesting to me anymore...

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 19:41 | 3149521 trav777
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fuck the stupid author of this article.

YES, legalize coke.  WTF is the point of banning it?  The ban DOESN'T WORK.

I don't give a shit how much you disagree with the gd'd use of drugs; reality DOESN'T NEED YOUR CONSENT or APPROVAL.

The REALITY is that bans like this DO NOT WORK, therefore they shouldn't be tried or considered as options.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 01:42 | 3150017 billsykes
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Ron paul made an interesting point about drugs when he was speaking about gun control, he said think about it- if you are in jail you can get drugs.

 

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 01:48 | 3150025 RockyRacoon
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Must have been that Christmas Club account I had when I had when I was a kid.  It was just gateway credit to being hooked and making me get a mortgage.  The bastards.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:55 | 3148187 Boris Alatovkrap
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Boris is cannot borrow money any more, must sell kidney. Try to sell liver but is - how you say - cirrhosis?

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 04:33 | 3148488 Parrotile
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Come to Australia as a "Refugee" and we'll treat your cirrhosis (and whatever else there is lurking in there - HCV, HIV, whatever) for FREE!!!

Seeing as Melbourne's a bit overwhelmed right now, may I suggest landing at Sydney - I'm SURE NSW Health would be more than happy to help (Hee, Hee!!)

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:19 | 3148789 FeralSerf
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The livestock mistakenly believe that the pasture belongs to them.  This is as true in Australia as it is in  America and the rest of The Empire.  Debt based money prevents the livestock from ever having a real ownership interest other than that of a place to be fattened up and provide the ranchers new young livestock.

It is also important that the livestock not be allowed means to protect themselves from their owners so they don't become too dangerous to their owners and herders.

Often the owners wish to increase their herds.  A popular method to do this is to encourage "immigration" from other herds.  Since Australians and Americans do not breed fast enough anymore to satisfy the ranchers' desires for growth, it is necessary to acquire additional, preferably young livestock, from their southeast Asian or Latin American neighbors.  Their existing livestock usually complain about having to share their pastures and services like medical care with these new immigrants.  The ranchers, in "democracies", provide all sorts of bullshit disingenuous explanations why this is necessary.  In the end the ranchers usually benefit by this immigration.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:49 | 3148173 old naughty
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"Force us at gunpoint to use money or credit..."

Did they real-ly?

Every step of the way there're "acceptance" by us, no?

I think the article is correct in metaphoring, albeit not spelling out clearly.

Hint: Flow.

Oil, drug, money-credit...(choke point = control)

and guess what's coming?

Agua.

Now, back to ponder the acceptance bit...

Karma.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 00:02 | 3148200 margaris
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What?

Well you can argue that the guy who has a gun to his head is guilty himself for being afraid and not just walking away from the situation... d'uh.

The problem is more complex than that.

Yes, we are afraid. And we are often alone, unorganized and fearful of our neighbor.

That's why a few ten thousand henchmen from the IRS are able to intimidate 300 million people...

Watch "TheTinyDot" ----> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6b70TUbdfs

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:27 | 3148009 damage
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I felt the same way.

Whole article ruined by this stupidity even if he had something worthwhile to say.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:34 | 3148019 Dr Benway
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The author proved he is an idiot right from the moment he opened his mouth with his drug warrior shit. He might have something worthwhile to say on other subjects, but it would be like a blind pig accidentally finding an acorn.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:58 | 3148067 Clint Liquor
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There is not one thing positive that has come from Richard Nixon's 'War on Drugs'.

It cost trillions.

It incarcerated millions and put millions of dependents on welfare.

It corrupted and destabilized Mexico, all of Central America and the northern half of South America.

It destroyed Civil Liberties.

It diverted Law Enforcement from actual criminal investigation.

That is just some of the negatives, please feel free to add your own.

And it never kept anyone who want to from getting high.

For fuck-sakes, they can't even keep drugs out of Prison, let alone High School.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:25 | 3148123 Radical Marijuana
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EXCEPT if those were the things intended to happen! Stop assuming that the "drug war" was a failure based on it not accomplishing the impossible ideals it was supposed to accomplish. The "drug war" was a great SUCCESS at promoting social slavery through other means. That was the real purpose of the drug wars, and that purpose has been fantastically achieved.  The drug war is mostly war on marijuana. It was perfect propaganda, a HUGE LIE, to assert that the single best plant on the planet for people was "almost as bad a murder." That huge lie necessarily required more and more violent law enforcement, which could never make that lie become true, but could and DID drive social polarization towards greater social slavery.

The drug wars were an enormous success, in terms of promoting much more sophisticated social slavery, inside the general context of debt slavery. However, just as the debt slavery is become debt insanity, so too, the drug wars have become so obviously insane that comments like yours, Clint Liquor, are now understood at correct by a majority of people.

However, your arguments are what I describe as those made by mainstream morons, that do not understand the greater human ecology context, and therefore, have no better solutions to offer. You are still stuck inside perceiving the world using the same language as the biggest bullies' bullshit.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:44 | 3148161 jeff montanye
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p.s. blind pigs (not to be confused with speakeasies) find acorns by sense of smell.  like the pinball wizard.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:11 | 3148662 dark pools of soros
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Brooke shields was hot in Tilt.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:52 | 3148168 Clint Liquor
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"However, just as the debt slavery is become debt insanity, so too, the drug wars have become so obviously insane that comments like yours, Clint Liquor, are now understood at correct by a majority of people."

My, my, aren't you a condesending little cocksucker. A majority of the people in the USA support the War on Drugs. They believe it is necessary for an orderly society. Rants like yours, accomplish nothing.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 04:37 | 3148197 Radical Marijuana
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Actually, opinion polls in the USA demonstrate that, for the first time, the majority support legalizing marijuana.

Legalization in "Cascadia"

http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2011/mar/03/support_marijuana_legali...

http://uhttp//www.angus-reid.com/polls/45091/americans-decry-war-on-drug...

http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2012/nov/30/cbs_poll_shows_record_legalization_support

Of course, you are right that "rants" like mine accomplish nothing. The real world is controlled by lies, backed by violence, and therefore, more radical "truth" does nothing. The established systems must drive themselves mad, and thereby destroy themselves. Nothing else is practically possible.

You may consider me a condesending little cocksucker, however, I am simply an expert on this topic. If one looks into the history of drug prohibitions, one will find that the banksters were behind that, like almost everything else, since they conspire to profit from every evil thing that they can possibly do!

The tipping point where the majority of people think that the majority of the drug war has failed HAS happened in America, and that tipping point is related to more and more people perceiving that the banksters are out of control criminals.

Your assessment of the standing social facts is no longer correct, Clint Liquor, although it was true, not so long ago. Of course, I predict that none of the facts which I linked you to above will change your opinion. Indeed, people are primarily controlled by lies, backed by violence, and nothing else tends to change what they believe than for that to backfire badly enough so that it destroys them. You happen to now be wrong. However, I have learned to expect that that will make no significant difference to anything.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:29 | 3148669 dark pools of soros
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And of course the irony is the social decay has to happen first, without legalizing those drugs, before they get legalized to sedate the hopelessly despaired populance... They get legalized after the moral decay has occurred without them, which was the fear in banning them

The drug lifestyle was never shutdown, hollywood, the media, the socialites became the pusher for vicarious drug use which affects a nation more than individual use

But even that is a big ruse which the country's crony elite hid behind as they fleeced the wealth from the distracted masses

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:49 | 3148172 Dr Benway
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The war on marijuana was also backed by the alcohol industry, and still is.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 00:26 | 3148207 Radical Marijuana
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For sure, Dr. B!

History of Prohibition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RERiMNuHC0I

How alcohol as a fuel was killed

That is a 5 minute section from a video presentation about how the "temperance movement" was funded, so that their ulterior purposes of alcohol prohibition could be achieved, through the influence of funding on the political process in the USA, & elsewhere ...

Our current industrial addiction to oil, and cutting down trees, was pushed through history. Our overall economic development was not based on objectively rational overviews of the alternatives, but rather controlled by the triumph of dishonesty and violence done by those who benefited from those real ways our economic developments were guided. ...  Our industrial addiction to oil etc. are flip side facets of the history of the systems of drug prohibitions. Just like dishonesty backed up with violence subsidized atomic energy far more than any other alternatives,  drug prohibition systematically was distributed and integrated in the emerging global economy. ...

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/421.html

The Great Amnesia

How we became slaves to oil

ETC., ETC., ETC. 

These issues ALWAYS go deeper, the more one examines them!

Ethanol is the fundamental chemical of organic chemistry.

Alcohol prohibition was paid for, in order to achieve ulterior purposes, and now, the currently established alcohol industries pay for campaigns to keep other drugs illegal. One reason is that other drugs could barely complete with cannabis. If cannabis was completely legal, it would cost pennies per gram, since it costs no more to produce than lettuce or tomatos. Indeed, cocaine would be about the same cost as sugar, and so on and so forth ...

What human beings "should" do is adapt to live with abundance. Instead, they have been forced to adapt to live with artificial scarcity. What has happened is that natural scarcity evolved social pyramid systems, which then maintained artificial scarcity, in order to benefit those systems. We are now stuck in that vicious rut ... Alcohol should be cheap and abundant, the same as everything else that could be produced to be that way. Instead, insane artificial scarities and economic distortions were driven through the triumph of huge lies, primarily through the means of funding the political processes (including paying for the assassination of politicians that could not be bribed.)

Thus, the history of prohibition was an excellent example of the divide and conquer strategy.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 04:59 | 3148498 Skateboarder
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Thank you much for your eloquent posts, RM. The strings have been pulled to distort our natural progression of living in abundance. Everyone's confused now, having no idea what is 'right' and what is 'wrong' in our lives. Competition for artificial resources that are artificially scarce... that's what seems to be prized now. But that won't be the case for too long. The human brain doesn't have cannabinoid receptors by accident. The entirety of the marijuana plant isn't useful to us by accident. What is an accident is how we as a collective let a few fucking psychopaths steer our evolution for their own personal profit.

No fear, no regret. Only truth will forgive our dirty past.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 07:02 | 3150144 Curiously_Crazy
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+1 (yeah mate it took me all of a day to realise logging in and logging out was to much bloody effort so just stay logged in now) but in reference to what you are saying, though I'm sure you've seen it before. Bill Hicks:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX1CvW38cHA

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:17 | 3148780 TWSceptic
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lol what drugs were you on when writing this?

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:33 | 3148133 macholatte
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There is not one thing positive that has come from Richard Nixon's 'War on Drugs'.

 

He man, too many negative vibes. Isn't the glass half full?

Look a the other side of the war on drugs. The positives.

We now have a whole bunch of young Americans employed guarding the poppy fields in Afghanistan, there's more heroin on the streets than ever before and we have a very well established military industrial complex dedicated to making things that get destroyed. The police state is thriving. South America is doing much better as well as Mexico. And lets not forget the hospitals and rehab centers. All that drug money and USA injected aid to fight & support the drug business simultaneously has created or saved millions of jobs. Lots of banks have been getting fat laundering drug money. Lots of politicians and cops have been getting fat taking bribes.  It's the economy, man. Every dollar wasted fighting drugs probably generates 3 or 4 or 5 dollars in corruption. Which eventually gets back to expensive cars, big houses and yachts and jewelry and.... gold.The war on drugs is really a cleaverly disguised stimulus package fabricated before econ stimulus was fashionable.

 

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 02:05 | 3148356 Curiously_Crazy
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Precisely. I won't add to your list of negatives, but I will add some (well known) positives of legalisation:

- The drugs would be manufactured in clean premises eliminating issues with all the dirty production methods and the cut crap.

- Costs would come down to an affordable level as the black market would pretty much cease to exist. This would pretty much eliminate drug crime, which would reduce the prison load dramatically.

- There wouldn't be the WOW factor for young kids to start; there will always be young kids wanting to try stuff out but it will lose a lot of the 'coolness' it currently has because they would no longer be doing something illicit

- Doses would be standardised drastically cutting down OD's

People are going to find what they want regardless of what TPTB tell them (and as mentioned before might even be more inclined to do so). The cynic in me says the gov doesn't care about losing the drug war because A. It helps there prison industrial complex and B. It shows the average sheep they are "doing something to protect the children"  (all the while giving the ludicrous vaccines, wacking them on SSRI's or ADD drugs by the truckload - then again big pharma owns the rights to them). Oops I'm digressing... time to bugger off.

 

Cheers

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 06:52 | 3148527 e_goldstein
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"There is not one thing positive that has come from Richard Nixon's 'War on Drugs'."

Elvis got a federal badge. 

Duh

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 19:49 | 3149528 trav777
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um...the nation in those days was like 85, 90% white.  It was a different nation.

That America is gone.  Nothing can be taken from "how things were" and applied to now anymore than you can apply the way Sweden does things to Haiti.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:06 | 3148088 blindman
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from Del in KS wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago
http://www.fieldandstream.com/answers/hunting/big-game-hunting/hunting-h...
"Smell, hearing sight in that order. In Europe trained pigs are used to find Truffles. I would say that is a very good nose. Much of my youth was spent hunting porkers in Central Florida. They aren't blind but the nose and ears are the best."

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:56 | 3148064 Skateboarder
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"Here's some ramblings I pooped out. I can give an impression of a somewhat rational stance on the drugs issue. Btw, I'm a hypocrite and don't give two shits about the actual welfare of my fellow planeteers. Drugs are bad mmkay?"

That's what I got out of this shit. If I could give a 0 rating, I would. Tyler, did this fool pay to get this on here?

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 02:38 | 3148397 Rusty Shorts
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+1 Peruvian Flake

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 09:23 | 3148568 midtowng
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I don't want ALL drugs legalized, just like all types of weapons shouldn't be legalized.

Pot should be legalized. Heroin not. Why? Because one is safe and the other is very dangerous.

Same story with rifles and rocket launchers.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 10:32 | 3148612 MsCreant
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Oh dear...

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:16 | 3148882 margaris
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What makes a drug "safe" is a healthy down-to-earth lifestyle, no matter what drug you are talking about.

Say for example you are more or less 100% "happy" in your life and then you take drugs that push this happyness level to 120%....

It makes you feel a little bit more special (if you desire to feel that way), and after your state of intoxication is over you fall back to the previous 100% happy easy orderly lifestyle.

Most probably you don't even have a desire for drugs because your lifestyle gives you many different fulfilling satisfactions like family, friends, art, science, hobbies etc...

...your inner child is alive and kicking so to speak.

 

Now imagine you are a poor fuck with debt problems, social problems and no bright future. You are at a 20% level, and feel like scum all day.

Now your drug of choice pushes you to an immense 100% happyness level. You enter a realm you never even imagined before...

Thats like 5 times happier then before... you literally enter a wonderland. It's insane...

Well, what happens when someone falls from 100% heaven back to the 20% hell and also on a regular basis?

It's the most horrific psychological rollercoaster you can be in. And it's the biggest driver for a sick slave like addiction...

 

Safety in drugs is about this difference. If you need drugs to flee from reality than you are in deep shits.

 

It's like with guns, they are not the problem, but everyday reality.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 18:21 | 3149421 MsCreant
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Nice post.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 22:49 | 3149786 ToNYC
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Drugs are nothing more than molecules, and if naturally -derived, entitled to human rights by Genesis 1:29. That Biblical prescription existed until Richard Nixon and John Mitchell, two corporate NY lawyers who knew jack-squat about Science or Medicine, but 100% about controlling any tool with political vectors, natural or synthetic, that affects percetion of dogmatic reality especially as regards tweaking the sensory inputs. This frontier thinking is essential to the discovering the remaider of the laws of Nature by the centuries-blessed Scientific method, which dominance-controllers have no interest and then prejudicial interest beyond that . So much for Science and the subsequent Protection racket which they kicked off almost exactly 40 years ago just before the hammer was to fall on the both of those proto-fascists.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 16:16 | 3149243 caShOnlY
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Same story with rifles and rocket launchers.

if I had a rocket launcher some sumbitch would die!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elT8rzmcv-8

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 19:49 | 3149529 trav777
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how exactly is heroin unsafe?

Heroin is actually very safe if it is pure...you take the same shit in narcotic painkillers

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:25 | 3148006 nmewn
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And I caught the metaphor early on...the Fed.

Well done!

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:36 | 3148024 rehypothecator
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The author has it backwards.  It's the government that is addicted to money.  It has the needle very, very deeply in its arm: taxes are to be paid before all other debts, we pay interest and penalties for late payments but the government pays neither with overpayment refunds, and, worst of all, no matter how much is printed, it always, always needs more. Much, much more.  It is better to saddle our children's children with unpayable debts than restrain spending just a little, tiny bit.  It can't even understand simple words like "cut," as in, the budget was "cut," when, in fact, the expenditures merely went up less than they would have otherwise gone up.  Less of an increase isn't a "cut" to anybody else except to the most hardened addict.  

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:57 | 3148072 Ident 7777 economy
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+1 govt addicted

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:17 | 3148112 Radical Marijuana
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http://www.marijuanaparty.ca/article.php3?id_article=440

"Drug problems" exist inside some environmental situation.

The government is run by puppets controlled by banksters.

The masses of people are the muppets being manipulated.

And the "pushers" are those who privatized their "profits."

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 10:36 | 3148616 MsCreant
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I've seen The PrinterTM

and the damage done

A little part of it in everyone

But every junkie's

like a settin' sun.

(With all respect to Neil Young).

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:38 | 3148030 Seasmoke
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Just say No !

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:39 | 3148033 Atomizer
Sun, 01/13/2013 - 10:39 | 3148618 MsCreant
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George Thorogood and the Destroyers: 

COCAINE BLUES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLFsmJZlESs

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:43 | 3148039 A Lunatic
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Let's legalize murder for two weeks. Resolution, bitchez...........

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:56 | 3148043 NoDebt
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The worst junkie on the block is the federal government.  The private sector had it's "moment of clarity" a few years back and has at least gone into "maintenance mode".  The federal government is still seeking the "ultimate high".  With the Fed enabling them, this could go on for a long time.

What junkie wouldn't DREAM of their own printing press in the basement?

Whole damned thing is like a rebellious teenager on drugs at this point.  Nothing's going to stop them.  They'll steal (ZIRP, QE), lie (trillion dollar coin) and prostitute themselves (ok, somebody help me with a metaphor here).  All the while they're in deep denial that "it's not that bad" (the insane pundits who claim that the federal debt doesn't matter using all mannner of errant nonsense to justify their position).

 

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:57 | 3148071 mark mchugh
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Prostitution: Black Hawks to Saudi Arabia.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 10:12 | 3148597 Blazed
Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:48 | 3148048 Jack Burton
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American policy? "Print money" "Encourage people to borrow lots of this newly printed money" "Encourage people to spend the newly printed borrowed money on consumer goods made by US corporation in China"

Result? Americans become debt slaves, people who dare not complain or raise a fuss, but who work and pay the interest on their debts till the day they die"  "Big box retailers record good earnings based on debt fueled consumtion" "Government gets to report GDP growth" "Stocks soar on renewed consumer spending" "Stock holders, mostly the top 1% but including many in the top 10%, earn greater incomes on their equities"

What is not to like, this can and will go on forever!

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:34 | 3148134 Nikao7
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"this can and will go on forever"  NOT

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:55 | 3148184 newdoobie
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The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is a slave to the lender.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:53 | 3148053 newengland
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The Nazi drug runners  CONgress who deployed  Armed Forces in Afghanistan want the poppy fields. The troops know this, and die for the people's right to choose.

The sheeple think it's good, for their stay at home entertainment and feel good politics. Such good little hippies, they are. Money for nothing, and checks for free. 

No wonder the Feds despise the masses; the progressive sick generation.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:53 | 3148059 erg
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Hasn't it been proven that the TBTF are the great "money (dope) cleaners". For black-ops or whatever. Didn't Wachovia clean 378 billion in dope money and pay a pittance fine?

Legalize Freedom.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:02 | 3148074 newengland
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And HSBC was the money launderer for drug cartels, fined a little by their darling dupe 'regulators'....after the long running fact and profit which benefited them and theirs.

TBTF are drug running, legally and illegally. Any fine is written off as a cost of doing their globalist business. Keep the profit. Pay the fine.

It is no surprise that every outbreak of 'lone gunman' gone crazy killing many was a person drugged up, and the politicians who serve big pharma fear for their lives and profit, so they want to ban guns, not control psychotropic drugs which profit corporatists in government and banks.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:04 | 3148085 Atomizer
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So was Wachovia, aka Narchovia. How time escapes us. LOL...

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:08 | 3148093 newengland
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So is JP Morgue, Goldman Sucks et al.

CONgress is a pet of drug runners, and Biden is their top bitch.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:45 | 3148165 cynicalskeptic
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Uh....COngress... no,,, much more powerful and darker forces.....   loook at the CIA.       St. Ronnie pardoned everyone running drugs in Iran-Contra.....  Herberrt Walker (ex CIA head) was in it up to his neck, and Google 'Mena AK' to get a look at Clinton's CIA connections....  W was either a dupe or played one well but his administratiion was neck deep as well.... as for Obama..... lots of questions about mom and her parents not to mention Barry himself.......

CIA has been involved in drugs since WWII - Nationalist Chinese generals running the Golden Triangle post war into Vietnam through AFghan warlords and South American cartels....  follow the money

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:12 | 3148101 erg
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Those serotonin re-uptake inhibitors sound like a nasty lot. Something worth avoiding.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 22:57 | 3148070 americanspirit
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Coca is actually an herbal medicine with a very long verifiable history of positive medicinal applications. US citizens should not be restrained by government at any level from growing it for self-use. The same is true of the opium poppy and Cannabis. The only purposes of these laws are to expand police powers and to protect franchises - nothing else.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:07 | 3148091 newengland
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The medicinal purpose of said drugs is outweighed by the ignorance of users and abusers, especially those who prey on others for their own profit.

Set yourself free. No debt. No drugs. No delusions.

 

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 01:35 | 3148333 Temporalist
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No fun

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 10:41 | 3148620 MsCreant
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Real freedom is the freedom to choose. But I do agree with your sentiments otherwise.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:53 | 3148852 supermaxedout
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Its hard to make a profit on simple drugs like poppy, hashish, coca, tobacco etc.

This stuff can easily grow in every ones backyard needing only a little attention. The quality just depends on the seeds and the climate conditions. Its just weed. It gets a value exactly when a group of people or the government is monopolzing these plants and makes them illegal for the public. Or in the case of tobacco adds high taxes to make a profit.

The problem is, that the modern man does not know anymore how to use these drugs wisely. As a matter of fact the profitmakers (Big Pharma and the government) do not like  the "illegal" use of these substances. They need control to make a money.  So goverments are involved in the legal and illegal drug trade and money laundering to ensure that no dime is escaping their equation.  Drugs are an important part of mankind and since ever connected to religuos practices and traditions because the mind (brain) likes drugs to forget the worries.  The control of drugs is directly connected to big power to control the masses. Religion is Opia for the poor but Opia and other drugs are also often parts of religions.

The "simple" drugs are excellent pharmaceuticals and still today much better when compared to the substutitutes produced by Big Pharma.

Poppy: Excellent pain killer, excellent psychopharmaka proven since thousands of years.  Disadvantage: poppy is addictive - but Big Pharmas substitutes are not better. In the opposite: The substitutes make you addict too and the side effects are very nasty like liver danage, kidney etc. While poppy only makes you addicted. Till now there exists no study that shows, that long time poppy use is harmful to your health. Because it isnt (I'm not speaking about dirty Heroin from illegal drug kitchens and pushers.)  Poppy just makes you addictive and turns a few screws in your mind (brain) in the other direction, but thats it. The effect in the brain is most welcome to fight clinical depressions in their acute phase which goes always along with the danger of a suicide. There are plenty of benefits but nobody is looking in it deeper because no profit can be expected.

Besides that a poppy seed cake is delicious and very nutrious. The lobby was not able to ban the consume of poppy seed cakes in Europe but since a few years the law in Europe says, that the seeds have to be washed twice before it can be used in cakes.  Before that, mothers breast feeding their babies could often observe a pleasant effect of poppy on their baby. When eating a rich slice of poppy cake the "drugs" went  thru the mothers milk into the organism of the baby ; of course in minimal quantities. But the babies became calmer, slept, better and did not cry so much as usual.

Other simple drugs, like coca, hemp (hash, marihuana) are very much comparable to poppy. They are highly effective and beneficial when used wisely and much better than the substitutes from Big Pharma.

And in the end one must admit, that it is impossible "to protect a person from herself". But this is what the governments want to make us believe. The sad thing is only, that this madness policy is killing people all over the world, many more than the drugs could ever do. Just look what is happening in Mexico.  And the war on drugs fills the prisons in US and Europe costing these societies enormous resources.

When thinking now about it I have the impression, that the "War on Drugs" and the "War on Terrorism" are two sides of the same coin.

The "War on Drugs" was the figleaf for the military operations in the seventies and eighties. When this "theme" was not anymore attractive enough to lure the sheeps into idioticy something new had to be created.

The "War on Terror" was born. Not very creative but effective as one has to admit. I wonder which advertising guru came up with that slogan. It fits perfect to the most important prerequisite: "Make it simple and stupid" so that everyone gets it.  

The "War on Terror" serves the same purposes as the old campaign. The "War on Drugs" theme was really worn out. People in US and Europe were not anymore the same generation. The new generation could not anymore be frightened with the shock word "Drugs".   But "Terror" does the job nowadays.  Its even better because one can fight "Terror" everywhere while drugs do not grow everywhere.   The general problem was not only solved but at the same time the geographical limitations of the old scheme were removed.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:06 | 3148081 booboo
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The criminal enterprise otherwise known as Government has been metaphored to death, how about financial writers and wizards of wizz just start telling it like it is. Demand they enforce the rule of LAW, frog march the criminals into court and then they can use metaphors, like " John Corzine was like a dad who raped his children and ran off with his children's college fund and blew it on hookers and coke. Stop soft selling this shit to the public.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:04 | 3148082 weburke
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god i hate working with people on pot. They dont see their boundries. their limitations, caused by usage.

Way worse is guys on coke. sheesh, what "feel good" ? They are insane. 

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:26 | 3148122 newengland
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Druggies like themselves most, and cannot function well  with sober responsible people.  They are not team players or leaders. 

See CONgress as a prime example.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:45 | 3148169 cynicalskeptic
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Most of Wall Street is on coke... explains a lot.......

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:10 | 3148096 jonjon831983
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Dunno, when they need the tax dollars they'll legalize everything.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:11 | 3148098 Radical Marijuana
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Welcome to the Bizarro Mirror World, Folks!

This article is a typically tangled up garble of impossible ideals posing as some kind of "logical argument." While I agree with the comparison of the false paternalism of the drug war and the money war, this kind of article appears to argue within accepting false fundamental dichotomies.

All drugs are tools.

All tools are good.

Making a tool illegal always has an ulterior purpose, which distorts the possible uses of that tool, because it imposes a purpose on that tool which is not inherent in the tool itself.

Money is a tool.

Our monetary system has become our state religion, which makes some kinds of money illlegal, while enforcing other kinds of money as the only legal varieties. All of that was done due to ulterior purposes, which are imposed upon "money" in ways that distort the uses of that tool.

Social realities are always organized lies, operating organized robbery. Governments are always the local territories' best organized gangs of criminals, that legalize their own lies, and legalize the violence that they use to back up their lies. Behind the territorial gangsters that operate governments are the interntional banksters, which are the biggest gangsters, at the present time, inside the current world system.

Government do NOT have the interests of everyone equally at heart. Furthermore, it is NOT possible that such an impossible ideal could ever be realized. The real system we are in is a runaway fascist plutocracy juggernaut, building a fascist police state. The drug wars were designed to generate excuses to build a bigger fascist police state, in order to advance the interests of the fascist plutocracy. The drug wars segued from slavery and racism, and the drugs wars were designed to do what they do, which is perpetuate systems of more sophisticated social slavery.

The monetary system is the supreme form of fraud, backed by force. The ability to make "money" out of nothing is the supreme achieve of organized crime/government, imposing debt slavery upon everyone. However, there is no use in continuing to bullshit about impossible ideals, based on false fundamental dichotomies, regarding these phenomena!

The only way to change how energy flows down the path of least resistance, which in human terms is the path of least morality, is to organized resistance, in order to change what the path of least resistance IS.  However, what actually has happened is that most people act like political idiots and incompetent citizens, and therefore, the REAL situation has become a runaway tragedy of a smaller ruling class being able to control the powers of governments to advance their interests, in ways which are not effectively resisted. Our real human ecology is metaphorically a large group of Zombi Sheeple, controlled by a small group of Vicious Wolves. Those wolf-people specialize in being dishonest, and backing that up with violence, while the majority have adapted to survive as slaves, which accept that.

Of course, I repeat the truisms:

As above, so below. As within, so without. And the lies are different at every level.

Of course, there are parallels between drug laws and legal tender laws, et cetera!

Remember the war on drugs is 75% the war against marijuana. Therefore, this kind of argument in the article above applies even more to marijuana, than to cocaine! To repeat the relevant points: It is BECAUSE hemp is the single best plant on the planet for people that the law asserts that "marijuana is almost as bad as murder." AGAIN: Welcome to the Bizarro Mirror World Folks. All of the best kinds of "money" were systematically destroyed, and replaced by the worst kinds of "money." None of those things happened by accident! They happened due to the positive feedbacks, in the short-term, of the benefits from frauds, backed by force, for a small group of people who are able to get away with doing that.

However, the longer term consequences of the prolonged triumph of huge lies controlling civilization is that that whole civilization becomes crazier and crazier, and therefore, eventually goes through collapses into chaos, through a series of psychotic social breakdowns. HENCE: Welcome to the Bizarro Mirror World Folks!  It is NOT an accident that there is a correlation that many of the best drugs are the most illegal, while many of the worst drugs are the most legal. It is NOT an accident that many of the best forms of "money" were driven out of existence, while many of the worst forms of "money" were promoted to become domiant!

The real world is always organized lies, operating organized robbery. Those who were the best at doing that control the government, for their own benefit, in the short-term, which is all that matters to them, and which is enough for them to become triumphant, in the short-term. The ONLY genuine alternatives are organized resistance in the forms of alternative systems of lies, operating alternative systems of organized robbery.

The realities are always dynamic equilibria in the different systems of lies and robbery. The trends are always transforming through spirals of development, or evolutionary ecologies, involving those systems. We are, perhaps, or probably, on the verge of pumping enough energy into the current systems to drive them through changes of state. There has been too much "success" by the established systems of huge lies about various drugs, as well as about the various kinds of money.  That excessive success is driving itself mad, and towards its own destruction.

Obviously, Big Daddyism is bullshit, both with respect to drugs, as well as money. The "Big Daddy" of governments, and banksters, were those who were the best at being professional liars and immaculate hypocrites, promoting impossible ideals, and false fundamental dichotomies, that were designed to backfire in the real world, and therefore accomplish the opposite things, which originally made those Big Daddies more wealthy, and more powerful, and therefore, even more able to back up their legalized lies with legalized violence. However, that violence can never make those lies become true. Therefore, eventually, those systems' "success" drives themselves mad, and therefore, causes their own self-destruction. ... It would be nice if we could learn from that, and do it better in the future ... however, that appears like it would take a series political miracles.

Meanwhile, the psychotic breakdown of pot prohibition symbolizes the psychotic breakdown of the monetary system, since they are both components in the same overall social system. Of course, there are deep parallels between the drug wars and all the other kinds of social wars, such as class warfare, et cetera! However, this article above was kind of goofy, in its superficial way of skimming across those developments, while perceiving only some of the surface layers of what is going on ...

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:18 | 3148108 newengland
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Debt is bad. Drugs* are bad. Delusion is bad. 

End of lecture. Good luck to you and yours. You get real. Troops are sent to Afghanistan for the poppy fields that profit big pharma, and your liking for drugs. They die for your right to choose, and sit comfy with your love of Big Brother state drug dealer.

*drugs for recreational use.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 04:46 | 3148146 Radical Marijuana
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Sorry, newengland, your false fundamental dichotomy view of these issues is totally useless. It is a dead end approach towards impossible ideals, that are guaranteed to backfire, and cause the opposite to happen in the real world. I will go through your list of 3 points, backwards, as below:

First, it is impossible for human beings to NOT be delusional. We are basically dreaming with data. There is NO literal truth, only metaphorical truth. There is no finite system of understanding that is both complete and consistent. It is NOT possible for there to be any such "truth."  The only things human beings have, and ever can have, are systems of relative illusions, or relative lies. That is according to irreducible principles of the limits of measurement. Your notions are obsolete, newengland, and not remotely consistent with the advances admitted by logic, and mathematics, and physics. Those observations are even much more correct when one gets into human sciences, since languages are inherently and necessarily paradoxical.

Second, there is no bright line between recreational drugs and medical drugs. Furthermore, for the vast majority of drugs there is no clear distinction between medicine and poison.

Third, saying "debt is bad" is ridiculous! Debts based on fraud are bad, because the fraud is bad. Debts based on fraud are contracts based on fraud. Real debts are good things inside the context of good contracts. For instance, I do you a favour, in return that you do me a favour. When both favours are real, and done through all the ways that make good contracts, then those are good debts, that you do me your favour, after I do you my favour.

Anyway, newengland, your view is grossly superficial, and wrong in every way. I do not love the Big Brother State, any more than I love the Big Daddy State. However, I recognize that Big Daddy, and Big Brother, DO have more real power to enforce their lies than I do. Furthermore, I accept the basic FACTS that social realities are always organized lies, operating organized robberies. Therefore, I think that the only genuine solutions are to do that better, through a greater use of information, with higher consciousness. However, that is not possible with the kinds of bullshit impossible ideals and false fundamental dichotomies which you appear to be promoting, newengland.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 01:36 | 3148332 piceridu
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Being an idiot much worse: being able to read? Priceless: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1893946,00.html

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:35 | 3148136 canuckles
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less government means less money spent on 'everything' ...so no more war on drugs. Peoples time, not money, spent to help others. 

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:39 | 3148137 itstippy
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Wait - aren't the exciting and innovative new securitized financial products a huge boon for the middle class?

Finally the teeming masses have access to credit that was previously only available to wealthy folks!  They can use their new credit lines to leverage their meager earnings into extravagant houses, upscale automobiles, motorcycles, designer clothes, vacation cruises, power boats, college educations, granite countertops, giant TVs, koi ponds, and chrome banana hangers. 

Now this clown comes along and says the fabulous new credit products aren't any good for the teeming masses; he compares them to dangerous drugs that make you feel good temporarily but will ruin your life in the long run.  He states that our government, financial institutions, and corporations don't have the teeming masses' best interests in mind when they encourage using them.

That's sedition!  I hope the good guys at Homeland Security see this post of his and look after our best interests. 

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:42 | 3148157 lolmao500
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Get real OP. Fact is, when you legalize drugs, overall consumption goes DOWN.

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:45 | 3148160 palmereldritch
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All you could ever need to establish clear headed awareness of the dangers of drug slavery can be found by taking a gander at The Faces of Meth...before and after

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/faces-of-meth-shocking-police-mu...

Perhaps Banzai Labs can devise a Faces of Fed series so that we could see what the usual suspects would have looked like before they foisted their poison onto a supposedly free enterprise economy...

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:42 | 3148953 palmereldritch
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LOL

Two people don't think Meth or FED debt is a slavery poison.  They should try something lighter and free their mind....

Sat, 01/12/2013 - 23:57 | 3148190 MarcusAurelius
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Hey how can anyone say this is stupid. It is anything but stupid. From having knowledge of addictions and drugs this is exactly what is wrong. People are addicted to cheap cash and credit. It is that simple. There are many forms of addictions and this is precisely the problem that the government faces. Except not many know how to deal with addictions in the political sphere or even how to identify the issue.

     Metaphorically speaking money is a drug to a vast percentage of our society that can only be satisfied by immediate gratification. Do people wait to buy their items with cash or credit? I rest my case. It is the fix that counts. Much like a junkie. Unpredictable behaviors follow when an addict is denied their fix. It is not the government that did this but rather we did it to ourselves. No differently than someone hooks themselves on cigarettes or booze. Or any other addiction. It is the repetative behavior that causes the addiction to occur. Not on a regular basis but rather intermittently. Money is no different. Think the casino's don't know this? There is no stronger reinforcement of behavior than intermittent reinforcement. That is why the casino's let you win occasionally and why traders get the odd win. It hooks them. If they either won all the time or lost all the time then the behavioral addiction would not be nearly as strong. 

      See you can't get the fix all the time and that is the addicting part. You can only blow money in intervals and this is the worst part. For ages I have said myself that we are dealing with addictions and not debt or liquidity. It isn't only the money junkies (or ultra rich) as we call them but rather an entire western society that is addicted to high risk, spending money and immediate gratification. It isn't about survival but rather getting the fix.

      Think about it.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 02:40 | 3148400 jballz
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Jesus fucking christ.

You ever hear the phrase "to a man who only has a hammer, every problem looks like a nail?"

 

Money is a fucking tool. It buys anything you want. To suggest that the ability to acquire anything you want is an addiction is just fuckng retarded. 

Those of us not sitting in our teepees eating mushrooms and living on ramen have a philosophy about life that goes a little like this. We want to experience things, and have things, and enjoy things.

If you don't, fuck off. Money is a fucking illusion. It is fabricated reality to control and manipulate, and to facilitate commerce lastly. 

You want to know my biggest addiction? Air. Two minutes without it and I go fucking crazy and I will kill for it.

Being human does not = addicted and need help.

God I hate 12-steppers.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 01:05 | 3148256 Aurora Ex Machina
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Sorry Jerry, but I'm afraid the CIA won't let you do that.

Remember when the American Media used to do actual reportage on drugs? I do. I also remember the suicide with two bullets issue.

 

And you people call the FSB cold? Hilarious.

 

p.s. If you want the real deal on this, I'm drunk, so fuck it: it stems back to Nixon's "black ghetto issue". Look at the people around then [*cough* Cheney, Rumsfeld etc *cough* Oh, were they pressuring the CIA in the 1970s?] and so on; cynical bastards, but hey - it worked, and they learnt well from Harlem shipping heroin from Vietnam. And they all went hand in hand with CIA patronage and reached the top. The Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow. Heck; you even made a succession of CIA Ops Presidents. And you wonder why we laugh at your "Obama hatred" - he's the same fucking pedigree, just jazzed up for the new age. That's the joke: you don't hate an actor, and love a CIA ex-head as president, but just because he's quasi-black, you hate your next CIA man.

 

Fucking hilarious if it wasn't coupled with outrageous firepower and drones. Worthy of a scathing satire on Soviet power no doubt; but as "Americans" can't do irony or even decent satire, I suppose it'll rest. All Hail the King.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 01:22 | 3148315 Atomizer
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Don’t forget that most of those crimes were devoted to using a .22 caliber [Saturday Night Special hand gun]. It was the assault weapon back in the stone age era.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 01:40 | 3148336 Aurora Ex Machina
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.22 was used because it didn't exit, and it pinged around enough to scramble brains. Same reason that the Walther PPK is such a small "unmasculine" weapon; for assassination, a low calibre weapon like that with small profile and small retort is perfect.

People forget that Bond's writer actually worked in there; same mind-fuck when Christopher Lee told Peter Jackson that his entire scene where he stabbed someone in the back was bollocks... because he'd actually done it in WWII.

 

"Up close and personal" these days. Just watch the lack of craft there. It's worse than COD. Rule #1: if the walls are made of mud, fucking shoot through them, don't put yourself into profile, especially if you've an AK which has enough punch to do so.

 

Muppets.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 02:06 | 3148357 q99x2
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Life is a weird place to be. Horrific was a term Joseph Campbell used to describe it. Drugs are available everywhere. They have to be dealt with on an individual basis. I'd prefer to have to go into a clinic or doctor's office to get mine if I used them. But if you could use whatever you can make yourself but not be allowed to sell it...I think that is the best solution...along with the doctors perscription idea. Certainly shouldn't have a banking cartel running the operations.

Best to teach children early in school that the way to achieve contentedness is through exercise both mental and physical with enjoyable play time afterwards.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 02:07 | 3148358 TheLooza
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Legalize it; don't monetize it!

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 02:32 | 3148387 jballz
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Law of reason.

Black market creates wealth

wealth creates power

power creates corruption to perpetuate the black market

Nobody who really understands economics can advocate for keeping drugs illegal. Morally condemned, fine. Criminalized, nope. 

HSBC needs to be the wak-up call for the sleeping sheeple. As soon as a cartel gets a billion in cash piled up, the banks want it repatriated. It's their money. There is no amount of deterrence possible, because the the higher you set the bar, the more money will accumulate, until it is enough to buy not only the loyalty of the banks but the regulators and enforcement thereof (aka HSBC, DOJ, DEA, etc).

The game is nearly perfected. Bottom rung addicts pay top dollar to boost profits, low level dealers get huge prison sentences to diminish competition, DEA gets to run around and play cops and robbers with thir billions in tax money to further diminish competition, established kingpins go golfing with bank execs who go golfing with DOJ execs, who all take the billions to their offshore accounts.

What a fucking joke.

Yes, legalize cocaine. I don't know what your analgy was supposed to be but fuck off. 

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 03:00 | 3148415 Alcoholic Nativ...
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Cocaine is like an hour long adderall high.   I wasn't impressed.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 06:30 | 3148516 IED
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Wait a minute... I thought drugs were legal already. I can buy medical Pot in a few states. Oh and lets not forget the healthcare industry pushing their government approved snakeoil. legal.http://www.bonkersinstitute.org/medshow/bayerheroin1901.html

And doesnt anyone remember that the british won Hong Kong in a war they had to force China to consume opium.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 09:25 | 3148573 riphowardkatz
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the use of drugs is inherently bad in the short and long term. they are used to escape reality. reality is where you live, when you escape reality you endanger your life. 

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 10:26 | 3148609 Downtoolong
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Fagetaboutit. Just listen to Fidelity and follow the Green Line. That’s all you need to know. It goes to Oz you see. It used to be a yellow brick road, but that was when the road was paved with bricks of gold instead of fiat money.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 10:44 | 3148625 MsCreant
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Funny how a gold road would be more durable than a fiat money road...

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 22:05 | 3149750 Acidtest Dummy
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Good intentions may be the most durable of all: there is never roadwork and always plenty of traffic on the road to hell. Did you also notice the similarity of this world to the inside of a breadbasket?

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:01 | 3148646 Peter Pan
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Man is nothing more than a collection of addictions of different kinds. It is only perhaps the distant call of his soul which yearns for something higher that stands between him and his hedonistic driven destruction.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:09 | 3148660 shovelhead
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The war on drugs is really a war on hemp and the astounding number of non- patentable products this benign plant is capable of producing that threaten near monopolies on synthetic fibers, oils, paper pulps etc.

DuPont and Hearst needed hemp to go away, so it did. The first crop to reach a billion dollar market value in useful products in the 30's USA disappeared overnight.

Why cut down trees that take up to a hundred years to grow, when a seasonal crop of hemp grown on marginal (or worse) land will produce 4x the amount of pulp at 1/5 of water useage without fertilizer or insect control? This is only one example of the myriad uses of the most economical, sustainable crops known to mankind.

It is no small wonder that hemp is found beside cereal grains among the first agricultural crops grown by the earliest cultivating communities.

Oils, chemicals, plastics, paper, cloth fiber, building products, medicines all possible on land where only a weed can grow.

An interesting popular book on this topic is Jack Herer's 'The Emperor Has No Clothes"

http://www.jackherer.com/thebook/

An admittedly pro hemp look at the history and uses of hemp from a true believer who made his work freely available to the public because the information was too valuable in a world where sustainable agriculture is rapidly disappearing.

About the only thing hemp can't make is a decent joint.

As luck would have it, early agronomists cultivated a more medicinal variant that some of you may be familiar with.

Marijuana Cancer Fighting Properties: More than twenty major studies published between 2001 and 2006 have shown that the chemicals in cannabis known as cannabinoids have a significant effect fighting cancer cells. We now know cannabinoids arrest many kinds of cancer growths (brain, breast, leukemic, melanoma, phaeochromocytoma) through promotion of apoptosis (programmed cell death) that is lost in tumors, and by arresting angiogenesis (increased blood vessel production).

http://medicalmarijuanamallusa.com/InformationPages/CancerTreatments.htm...

Naturally, this disturbs the friendly folks who make a living from people dying.

Be aware or don't care. Your choice.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 11:59 | 3148754 SubjectivObject
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Jerry! Dude!

You would not haaaapen to have a position in the in the drug pushing industry that has killed way more people than the, ostensibly, illicit drugs?  [and no no no ewe can't count the killings between the various drug distribution networks and their paid protection rackets,    fair nuf?]

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 20:10 | 3148762 TWSceptic
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The author is a fool.

First legalizing drugs would eliminate most of the drug related violence and crime and the huge costs in lives and taxpayer money related to it. The prohibition and the war on drugs have shown that gov does not solve problems, it merely creates new ones.

Then the author talks about "money" without making the distinction between money (something with intrinsic value, derived from production and labor) and currency (paper units created out of thin air, derived from goverment force and theft). We do not want gov to regulate either currency or money. Money is a product of the free market and is self regulating. The author completely fails to identify that what we need is less, not more gov regulation.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 22:25 | 3149770 Dr. Acula
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"money (something with intrinsic value, derived from production and labor)"

No object has intrinsic value. Value only exists in the mind of the valuer.

Also, value does not come from labor. That sounds like the "labor theory of value", a discredited idea.

I suggest reading "Human Action" by Ludwig von Mises.

 

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 12:59 | 3148866 MsCreant
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Ya'll are trashing this author for good reasons. However, I think it is worthwhile to see how awareness of this issue is on the minds of folks who do believe in state intervention. It is also interesting to see how they reconcile some inconsistencies between what they complain about and what they still believe in. If you don't want money intervention, how do you go for the drug intervention? Somewhere you still think there is some line in the sand we all can agree on regarding intervention. We can't. My point is that Tyler(s) was reasonable to post this.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 13:00 | 3148873 supermaxedout
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Its hard to make a profit on simple drugs like poppy, hashish, coca, tobacco etc.

This stuff can easily grow in every ones backyard needing only a little attention. The quality just depends on the seeds and the climate conditions. Its just weed. It gets a value exactly when a group of people or the government is monopolzing these plants and makes them illegal for the public. Or in the case of tobacco adds high taxes to make a profit.

The problem is, that the modern man does not know anymore how to use these drugs wisely. As a matter of fact the profitmakers (Big Pharma and the government) do not like  the "illegal" use of these substances. They need control to make a money.  So goverments are involved in the legal and illegal drug trade and money laundering to ensure that no dime is escaping their equation.  Drugs are an important part of mankind and since ever connected to religuos practices and traditions because the mind (brain) likes drugs to forget the worries.  The control of drugs is directly connected to big power to control the masses. Religion is Opia for the poor but Opia and other drugs are also often parts of religions.

The "simple" drugs are excellent pharmaceuticals and still today much better when compared to the substutitutes produced by Big Pharma.

Poppy: Excellent pain killer, excellent psychopharmaka proven since thousands of years.  Disadvantage: poppy is addictive - but Big Pharmas substitutes are not better. In the opposite: The substitutes make you addict too and the side effects are very nasty like liver danage, kidney etc. While poppy only makes you addicted. Till now there exists no study that shows, that long time poppy use is harmful to your health. Because it isnt (I'm not speaking about dirty Heroin from illegal drug kitchens and pushers.)  Poppy just makes you addictive and turns a few screws in your mind (brain) in the other direction, but thats it. The effect in the brain is most welcome to fight clinical depressions in their acute phase which goes always along with the danger of a suicide. There are plenty of benefits but nobody is looking in it deeper because no profit can be expected.

Besides that a poppy seed cake is delicious and very nutrious. The lobby was not able to ban the consume of poppy seed cakes in Europe but since a few years the law in Europe says, that the seeds have to be washed twice before it can be used in cakes.  Before that, mothers breast feeding their babies could often observe a pleasant effect of poppy on their baby. When eating a rich slice of poppy cake the "drugs" went  thru the mothers milk into the organism of the baby ; of course in minimal quantities. But the babies became calmer, slept, better and did not cry so much as usual.

Other simple drugs, like coca, hemp (hash, marihuana) are very much comparable to poppy. They are highly effective and beneficial when used wisely and much better than the substitutes from Big Pharma.

And in the end one must admit, that it is impossible "to protect a person from herself". But this is what the governments want to make us believe. The sad thing is only, that this madness policy is killing people all over the world, many more than the drugs could ever do. Just look what is happening in Mexico.  And the war on drugs fills the prisons in US and Europe costing these societies enormous resources.

When thinking now about it I have the impression, that the "War on Drugs" and the "War on Terrorism" are two sides of the same coin.

The "War on Drugs" was the figleaf for the military operations in the seventies and eighties. When this "theme" was not anymore attractive enough to lure the sheeps into idioticy something new had to be created.

The "War on Terror" was born. Not very creative but effective as one has to admit. I wonder which advertising guru came up with that slogan. It fits perfect to the most important prerequisite: "Make it simple and stupid" so that everyone gets it.  

The "War on Terror" serves the same purposes as the old campaign. The "War on Drugs" theme was really worn out. People in US and Europe were not anymore the same generation. The new generation could not anymore be frightened with the shock word "Drugs".   But "Terror" does the job nowadays.  Its even better because one can fight "Terror" everywhere while drugs do not grow everywhere.   The general problem was not only solved but at the same time the geographical limitations of the old scheme were removed.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 14:01 | 3148978 Spastica Rex
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the governments have (probably correctly) stepped in and outlawed drugs and their use.

Why the fuck then aren't they doing the correct thing and making alcohol illegal? And nicotine? And sugar? And trans-fats?

Dumb. Fucking. Statement.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 22:10 | 3149757 Acidtest Dummy
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All crime begins with politicians.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 13:55 | 3151203 dadichris
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I have yet to see any econonomic model that predicts anything other than hyper inflation - therefore the Fed is in violation of its mandate and should be dissolved.

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