Posts Tagged ‘drug war’

Subverting drug war propaganda

February 16, 2011

Pete Guthier at his Drug War Rant blog has some good examples of how to take those “Above the Influence” messages the ONDCP and other send out and turn them against themselves. Here’s the starting point:

And from there you can do something like this:

Or this:



Quote of the day

April 20, 2010

Because like dude, it’s like the 20th day of the fourth month and shit.

Life imitates satire

February 25, 2010

Glamorama was this book by Brett Easton Ellis, who’s probably best known as the author of American Psycho. It’s a satirical novel about terrorists who use fashion models as patsies. This works well for the most part because celebrities and models can avoid standard security procedures, they’re immune from suspicion, and they’re usually too dumb to even really know what’s going on anyway. At least that’s how it’s framed in the book.

The only difference in this real life story is that instead of terrorism and international politics, this shady organization of models is interested in drugs. Here is a picture of the ringleader, Angie Sanselmente Valencia:

From the Telegraph:

Many of these women are believed to be other lingerie and glamour models who compete in international beauty pageants, whom Valencia describes as “unsuspicious, beautiful angels”.

Valencia is believed to be on the run in Mexico or Argentina. Apparently she became a leader in drug trafficking by splitting off from a group headed up by a gentleman who goes by the nickname The Monster.

Guinea Bissau

December 20, 2009

Guinea Bissau is a very poor country on the west coast of Africa. In 2005, a group of fishermen there found a package with some white powder. They didn’t know what it was, so they tried sprinkling some on their crops.

Then a few days later, a Colombian guy showed up in their town. He was all like, “I believe you gentlemen have something that belongs to me.”

So in exchange for their recovering and holding onto his product, the fishermen were given $1 million. A million dollars is a lot of money to pretty much anyone – at least anyone I know – but it’s even more in a country where the GDP is $486 per capita.

So the fishermen and their friends said to the Colombian, “Hey, we should hang again sometime.” And they did.

Now remember, that was in 2005. Since then, the military has gotten in on the drug trade and something like a civil war has started up between them and the government. Last March, the president was assassinated, probably as part of the toll for this war. Not to mention that there are now lots of native cocaine addicts where there previously were none, since they didn’t even know what it was. Now that half of the country’s GDP is in cocaine, the only work peasants can get is in that trade, and their salary is often in product.

But the thing is that Guinea Bissau isn’t a narco-state because it’s a big market for cocaine, and it’s not a narco-state because it’s a big producer. The producers are in Colombia and the market is largely in Europe. The only reason Guinea Bissau is involved is due to the drug prohibitions of countries around the world. It’s a hub for the traffickers, and they’re only able to take advantage of the local people is because they operate in the black market. So this situation is just one more of the hidden (and unnecessary) costs of the drug war.

Marijuana decriminalization causes little to no change in Massachusetts schools

October 8, 2009

School officials in Massachusetts are saying that last year’s decriminalization of possession of an ounce or less of marijuana has had little effect on students. From the Metro West Daily News:

At Framingham High School, Principal Michael Welch said six kids in the past month have been found with marijuana or came to school high in three separate incidents.

I’m sure Principal Welch and the more conservative residents are currently clutching their pearl necklaces over the thought of SEPARATE INCIDENTS of STUDENTS coming to school HIGH  on MARIJUANA. And the rest of us are wondering how it could be that they only “caught” six over the period of a whole month. The students are apparently facing expulsion for this (!).

In case you were wondering, “What is this ‘marijuana,’ after all?” here is a picture:



So I guess the basic lesson here is that decriminalization doesn’t mean that every kid will suddenly get high every day and get dreadlocks. There’s not much difference, which is exactly what drug prohibition reform advocates have been telling the “What about the children?” crowd all along.

Drug War Mules

September 13, 2009

This is actually about donkeys, not mules. If only these Colombian rebels had any consideration, they’d have made the joke go a lot smoother by using mules instead of donkeys. Then again, if that were the case then they probably wouldn’t have done what they did in the first place.

So some Colombian peasants northeast of Bogota were just making their way the only way they knew how (growing coca), but that was just a little bit more than the local psychotic Marxists would allow. The article doesn’t say they were FARC, but that’s probably the group to which they were referring. Anyway, long story short: whoever it was, they strapped explosives to two donkeys and blew them up via remote control, killing two humans working in the coca fields, as well as the donkeys.

But they didn’t die in vain. This story reminds us that drug prohibition can always get crazier and crazier, and it probably will continue to do so for a while.