Great to see the #warondrugs debate continuing across the political - and social media - spectrum. Q&A in Canada, Russell Brand Select Committee in the UK, beautiful photo blog in the US...
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- The problem is they don't market common cortousy and respect when they market their drugs. They market alchohol and tobacco then they promote people going out and doing stupid things. You can do perfectly stupid thing while your sober no problem. And you go to a park to get some fresh air then you have a person next to you blowing smoke while your trying to enjoy the air. Smoke do your drugs at home, but you cross the line when your ruin someone else's life. Yeah, and all those drug users driving with wheel chair stickers seriously if they need a special plate they need public transit. They don't need to be on the highways the highways are dangerous enough without having to worry about people on perscription "legal" drugs driving. So what's the difference. One is legal one is not you take common curtosey out of everything we're all SOL.May 5, 2012
- War on drugs...another war that is perpetuated by money and greed. De- criminalize the drugs and eliminate problem.May 6, 2012
- Yes Stuart I have tried marijuana in my university days, and I don't have a problem with decriminalizing that, but I do with killer drugs like heroin, cocain, crack, ice, gmb and the like. It only takes one hit to turn some ordinary people into addicts, and how many more people will have that one hit if they know it's not a criminal offense to do so. Why do you think pushers hang around high schools? one hit gets a teen hooked, another customer. that won't stop. Also I don't see why only addicts or reformed addicts are the only people eligible to have an opinion, Many art critics have no artistic talent. How many film critics know their way around a camera or movie set, and I'll bet you have an opinion about politicians but have you ever been one? and many football commentators have played the sport, but many others haven't, they are still entitled to have opinions and make comments. Hard drugs kill and ruin lives and destroy families and decriminalizing them is not going to stop desperate addicts burgling and holding up 7eleven stores to pay for their next hit, because regardless of how high or lower the price for them might become, full time addicts do not work for a living, many steal or go into prostitution, that won't stop. Twenty years ago the Australian state of Victoria didn't have poker machines, they were illegal. Many people took annual or monthly bus trips to New South Wales to have an occasional fling, harmless enough. Victoria didn't have a large gambling problem. Then they legalized them, now Victoria has an epidemic gambling problem, out of control because pokies are in almost every hotel, club and social venue, in every town and city. In other words they are easy to access, and so too will hard drugs be easier to access if decriminalized. It is my opinion, and I am entitled to it, but I see the problem worsening with decriminalizing. As I said, the war is not being won, and I don't know what the answer is but that is not the way to go.May 6, 2012
- Decriminalisation would mean the drugs are controlled by the state Peter, and therefore restricted so addicts could be treated for the reasons why they become addicted, not put in jail where they can get whatever drug they want and become part of the underclass. If, like in California you need a prescription and prices are strictly controlled, then the whole profit issue is taken away from criminals. If people did not have to mix with criminals to obtain drugs the whole deck of cards would fall in. Have you watched the video on this blog which highlights that illegal drug activity just feeds law enforcement agencies and politicians just like war. No wars, no military, can you imagine the US or UK coping without the multi-billion dollar arms industry? The same applies to 'narcotics'. What would the DEA do? Fear is a massive weapon that politicians use to control freedom. What irony that the media, showbiz, the LSE and Wall Street are all fuelled by cocaine.
Why do people take drugs in the first place? No government will address real social issues whilst all the attention is on fighting the drug war. Remove profit, remove drug war.May 6, 2012
- I am waiting for the industrial hemp debate. The debate on whether Peak Oil is a product of real of contrived scarcity - as with diamonds. The debate on the 125 year fraud of Corporate Personhood. The debate on Depleted Uranium and whether ordaining it by politicians and military men makes them war criminals. We need debates on the big issues of our age.
But more vitally, we need Open Source Discourse on these issues, to get past Left and Right, Pro and Con, Right and Wrong, two sides of the bifurcated, binary thinking and dialectical thinking, that leaves us victims to the politics of controlled opposition of Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum.
Big corporate-state or big state-corporation have converged over 40 years towards bringing us Chernobyl, Bhopal, Deepwater, Fukushima and a global great depression, with coverups, unaccountable authority, and astromical debts of synthetic derivative debt bondage based on fraud, that is pillaging and bankrupting the world.
We need an Open Source Discourse badly. It should start with the issue of Corporate Personhood, from which many of Civilization problems have grown, and grown, and grown.May 7, 2012
- The IEA's position is summarized in the graph above - conventional crude oil production has already peaked in 2006!
http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2010-11-11/iea-acknowledges-peak-oilMay 9, 2012