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The Failed War on Drugs

This article originally appeared on Disinfo.com

As the financially and morally expensive Drug War rages on, it’s become all too obvious to most of us how futile the efforts of those ‘powers that be’ have been. Virgin Group’s Richard Branson sponsored a global survey that found over 90% of respondents around the world say the War on Drugs has failed. Technology giants like Google may even make a bigger difference when it comes to battling the big Mexican cartels, and Anonymous has even joined the digital fray. While still a very dangerous game (the cartels have been deadly and merciless in theirretribution against online critics in the past), it is clear that the current actions of our governments are not working. In fact, incompetencemixed messaging and/or collusion have only benefited the drug trade.

Since all the facts and figures can be overwhelming, here is a tasty infographic (sent by Camille Brockman) on the wasted tax dollars, inverse consequences, and cost to human lives:

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‘Twas Not But An Skellington

2010-08-28

Drugs, Islam, just how dumb is America, and more controversy and styles of music than I care to shake a stick at!

PLAYLIST
Hugo Montenegro and His Orchestra – In the Hall of the Mountain King – montenegro and mayhem
Bob Dylan – Senor (Tales of Yankee Power) – Bob Dylan: The Collection
Henry Mancini – Charade – Greatest Hits – The Best of Henry Mancini
Van Morrison – Into the Mystic – Moondance
Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – The Hollies: -Epic Anthology- – the Original Master Tapes!
Demon Fuzz – Past Present and Future – Afreaka!
Fela Kuti – Fefe Naa Ffe – Confusion/Gentleman
Niyaz – Iman – Nine Heavens
Nitin Sawhney – Shadowland – Buddha Bar
Du Droppers – Honey Bunch – Bump Jump Jive
Vagabonds – Lindska – Trojan Mod Reggae Ska
Count Lasher – Weed (AKA Man Pyabba) – Trojan Calypso
Cheech and Chong – Let’s Make a Dope Deal – Greatest Hits
The Chocolate Watch Band – dark side of the mushroom – No Way Out…
The United States of America – American Metaphysical Circus – The United States of America
Cream – Mother’s Lament – Disraeli Gears (Polydor 1967)
They Might Be Giants – Someone Keeps Moving My Chair – Flood
Terry Taylor – The Battle of Robot Bill – Neverhood Songs
Eels – Souljacker Pt. I – Electro Shock Blues Show
Sex Bob-omb – Threshold – Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World
Metric – Black Sheep – Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World
El-P and the Blues Series Continuum – Intrigue in the House of India – High Water
Terry Allen – Truckload of Art – Lubbock (On Everything)
Old Crow Medicine Show – Crazy Eyes – Tennessee Pusher
Ennio Morricone – Verdict – 100 Best Film Classics
The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt

Stranger in a Strange Land 2010-08-28 by The Stranger on Mixcloud

~The Stranger
thestranger@earthling.net

Jive (Talking and Smoking)

2010-07-24

Though some think the zen ‘third way’ will kill us all, I’ll be knocking myself out.

PLAYLIST
Big Brother and The Holding Company – In The Hall Of The Mountain King
Cat Stevens – Matthew and Son
Hugo Montenegro – Slaughter On Tenth Avenue  – Bongos & Brass
Cats and The Fiddle – Killin’ Jive  – Harlem Station
Lil Green – Knockin’ Myself Out  – Lil’s Big Hits
Ella Fitzgerald – When I Get Low I Get High  – The Legendary Volume 1
Billie Holiday – Just Friends  – 40 Great Songs
Peter, Paul And Mary – Puff (The Magic Dragon)
Dr. Hook – I Got Stoned and I Missed It  – Bankrupt
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – King Midas in Reverse  – 4 Way Street
Shel Silverstein – Smoke-off  – Best Of Shel Silverstein
Milt Buckner – The Beast  – Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 4: Bachelor Pad Royale
Louis Jordan – Caledonia  – Jump Jive
Carl Perkins – Jive After Five
Tex Williams – Smoke Smoke Smoke (That Cigarette!)  – Encyclopedia of Country Music Vol. 1
Danny Reeves – I’m a Hobo  – the Best of Ace Rockabilly
Esquivel – Surfboard  – Space Age Bachelor Pad Music
Waylon Jennings – Down Came the World  – Greatest of the Great: Waylon Jennings
Bob Dylan – Talkin’ World War III Blues
The Inkspots – I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire
Beatles – World is Waiting for the Sunrise/Flaming Pie  – Anthology
Terry Snyder – Deep Night / Softly As In a Morning Sunrise  – Bongoland: Ultra-Lounge Vol. Seventeen
Billy Lee Riley & His Little Green Men – Red Hot  – The Ultimate 50’s Rockin’ Sci-Fi Disc
Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra – Paris Summer
New Riders Of The Purple Sage – I Don’t Know You  – The First Album
Johnny Burnette – Dreamin’

Stranger in a Strange Land 2010-07-24: Jive (Talking and Smoking) by The Stranger on Mixcloud

~The Stranger
thestranger@earthling.net

“pushing the envelope straight into crazy”

Science Fiction, Drugs and Rock & Roll

2010-07-10

There are those who fight against the future, deny the science, go back on their word, and use their mad technology for evil, or just want things to go back to the way they were! If you want your weirdness to survive in a world gone sane, you’ll need science fiction, drugs, and rock & roll!

PLAYLIST
The Who – Hall of the Mountain King
Nilsson – Jump Into the Fire
Riticox – Hello Louis  – White Virus
Baba Brooks Band – Guns Fever  – The Skatalites – Musical Communion
The Crystalites – Stranger in Town  – Reggae’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 5
Kay Kyser – Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!  – Best of the Big Bands
DJ Shadow – Third World Lover  – Best of Mo Wax 12’s
Donovan – The Trip  – Sunshine Superman
Basil Poledouris – Riddle of Steel / Riders of Doom  – Conan the Barbarian
Grateful Dead – Ripple  – American Beauty
Warren Zevon – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door  – Wind
Laurindo Almeida – Misirlou  – Best of Laurindo Almeida & the Bossa Nova All Stars
Rush – 2112/The Temple of Syrinx  – R30
Amon Tobin – Fast Eddie  – Permutation
Thievery Corporation – Lebanese Blonde  – the Mirror Conspiracy
Dissidenten – Instinctive Traveler  – Instinctive Traveler (feat. Bajka)
Mr. Hill – Whenever We’re Together  – The Darkest Hour
Lovage – Archie & Veronica  – music to make love to your old lady
Nightmares On Wax – You Wish  – In a Space Outta Sound
Mandalay – Insensible  – Empathy
Tin Hat Trio – Scrap  – Helium
Madeleine Peyroux – Everybody’s Talkin’  – Half the Perfect World

Stranger in a Strange Land 2010-07-10: Science Fiction, Drugs and Rock & Roll by The Stranger on Mixcloud

~The Stranger
thestranger@earthling.net

“analyzing the information picked up by its sensors.”

Hero with a Thousand Disgraces

Michael Phelps, not just America’s Golden Child, but Golden Child eight times over, was caught *GASP* partaking in some other Olympic water event at which he apparently also excels like a champ.

4:19, a new record!

And though conservative American values and traditional niceties demand outrage (or perhaps just… disappointment), a much larger segment of America just doesn’t care. Is this yet a further sign of the times that only those old and out-of-touch (and, of course, it bears hilariously repeating, no longer in control of the country) folksy type folks give a fuck who in this country smokes weed? Add this to the slew of casual Judd Apatow movies, White Castle endorsements, and Obama’s nonchalant response that inhaling is, indeed, the whole point, and we may be able to claim something that George Carlin never will: the legalization of Cannabis in our lifetime!

Or not. Phelps apologized to the outraged conservative public outcriers, telling the Associated Press that he will have to ‘live with’ what he did (oh, how will he manage to go on), but hopes he can grow from it (he’s going to start growing already). “By no means is it fun for me. By no means is it easy,” he told The Associated Press after a swim in Baltimore. His sponsors vow continued support, but hope that he ‘learned his lesson.’*

Instead of once again using this forum to expound upon my libertarian views on federal intervention of a naturally-occurring substance, the history and medical research related to this specific drug, or the inalienable rights of man to his property, pursuit of happiness, and condition his condition is in… well, I think Robin Williams said it best…

In a related news item, documents unsealed by a federal judge Wednesday in the government’s criminal case against Barry Bonds reveals five blood and urine tests positive for performance-enhancing drugs. My response to all the pushy, Bonds-ass-kissing, loud-mouth (for no discernible or meritable reason), cut-you-off-by-the-stadium-on-game-day Giants fans out there: BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! And though this comes as no surprise except, perhaps, to those in denial or chemically imbalanced or delusional, it remains to be seen if he will be convicted, face house arrest, or simply kicked out of MLB and the Hall of Fame (as was Pete Rose for merely arrogantly betting on his own team to win, but that too, is another rant).

When asked if I thought his records suddenly don’t count as a result of his drug use, my immediate and unqualified response was and is a solid ‘yes.’ The argument was made to me today that since everybody in baseball is doing it, then everybody in baseball has to do it to keep up (funny, the ‘everybody’s doing it’ argument was exactly what D.A.R.E. said to avoid). I’ll go even further with this ‘slippery slope competitive edge’ future of baseball: Rollerball Thunderdome arenas with springboard bases and spiked paths and laser cannons. If the American Empire is going the way of the Roman Empire, we should at least have our own Amphitheatrum Flavium for our national pasttime.

Why the hypocritical distinction? Well, I believe there’s a big difference between Michael Phelps taking time off from his lifelong obsessive pursuit to be the freakishly best at some random human skill (that, for the record, I cannot do at all) and outright… you know.. cheating. Hell, if the guy didn’t smoke pot his life would seem pretty one-note and sad. Or.. eight golden notes… and sad.

As a matter of fairness, if Pete Rose cannot be in the Hall of Fame, then neither should Bonds, McGwire, or Giambi. Or the Red Sox, but just because I hate them.

The argument can be made that as a role model to children, these celebrities need to be more responsible in their personal lives so as not to promote copycat drug use. And while we do perhaps need to examine the society that has made just such a sick atmosphere possible not only on the professional stage but in the high school locker room, I think most of that fear-mongering finger-waggling is bullshit. Just as someone cannot be unwillingly hypnotised, kids are going to do what they want to do, and not do what they don’t want to do. Try getting them to eat spinach. People who once thought Michael Vick was a great football player didn’t all go out and torture dogs. They don’t just buy Air Jordans because Michael Jordan says they’ll make you a better basketball player. They buy them because they’re really nice sneakers, and because Michael Jordan says they’ll make you a better basketball player. They smoke pot not just because their hero does it, but mostly because it feels good.

The issue that I think supersedes all of this is that of hero worship. Or in America, our pantheon of celebrity worship, glazed with a golden hue and exported around the world. It’s unhealthy to the point of creating screaming, makeup-running, gender-ambiguous Youtube rants in their defense. No matter what they manage to get themselves into, the American people gladly pay ridiculous magazine fees weekly to digest the goings-ons of their inner courts, elevating these malleable, fallible people into epic, immortal, untouchable, nigh-fictional deities. Who Zeus is sleeping with behind Hera’s back, how many kids Shiva has adopted from around the world, when Anansi is getting out of rehab, what racial epithet Anubis might have uttered, how much Zoroaster paid for his boat, Loki hopping madly up and down on Medusa’s couch, and all the backstabbing treachery from Valhalla.

That’s why I don’t expect anything from anybody. Ever. You can only ever be disappointed. I’ll point you towards Spiderman 3.

The greatest myth of all is that excelling at something makes you a better person. History shows that quite often the opposite is true. Ghengis Khan. Adolf Hitler. Joseph Stalin. Except maybe Alex Trebek. That’s the morality figure (not to mention body type) that should be our societal ideal.

I don’t even advocate exercise, let alone steroid-induced iron-pumping.
I mean, just look at some of the horrendous things that can happen:

prolapsed rectums
of urban legend status
comically exploding arms

substance addiction
and douchebaggery
& public office in California (remember, going from Mr. Universe to state Governor is a demotion)

Until next time, keep it mediocre.

*Smoking weed is still a crime, I wouldn’t lie to you. But in London, you are caught on CCTV over three-hundred times a day, and graffiti still manages to go up. Food for thought.