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  • U.S.-led "war on drugs" questioned at U.N. (re: the 4 decade effort, strategy and results)

    09/26/2012 4:56:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/26/12 | Brian Winter | Reuters
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala all called for a vigorous global debate of anti-narcotics laws at the United Nations on Wednesday, raising new questions about the wisdom of the four-decade-old, U.S.-led "war on drugs." Although none of the leaders explicitly called for narcotics to be legalized, they suggested at the U.N. General Assembly that they would welcome wholesale changes to policies that have shown scant evidence of limiting drug flows while contributing to massive violence throughout Latin America. "It is our duty to determine - on an objective scientific basis - if we are...
  • Social Nihilists Promote Needle Exchange for Junkies

    09/26/2012 3:26:37 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 6 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | September 26, 2012 | JP
    It was one year ago this month that lawmakers in Fresno County, California wisely rescinded their previous support for a local needle-exchange program, which supplied clean needles and syringes to junkies with which they could shoot up. Fresno recognized, however belatedly, that the program was enabling drug addiction in the name of so-called “harm reduction.” Dr. Marc Lasher, who founded Fresno’s needle exchange program, thinks the county’s ban wrongheaded. So every weekend, he and his team of volunteers pile on an old school bus (kind of like Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, as immortalized by Tom Wolfe in “The...
  • Mile High Idea: Smoke Dope, Build Schools

    09/24/2012 4:49:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies ^ | September 24, 2012 | John Ransom
    I hate to start something here with a trite phrase. But sometimes you read about things that make you wonder what some people are smoking. In Colorado this year a cabal of known associates is getting together to try to legalize the sale, cultivation and possession of marijuana under what’s known as Amendment 64. Their pitch says that by state regulation and control of dope deals, the consequent revenue collected can benefit K-12 education in the state, now under tight budget constraints.Yeah, you heard that right: Make pot legal and build schools with the first $40 million in proceeds. The...
  • Man Dies in Police Raid on Wrong House

    09/25/2012 9:04:13 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 111 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 25, 2012 | Vicki Brown
    A 61-year-old man was shot to death by police while his wife was handcuffed in another room during a drug raid on the wrong house. Police admitted their mistake, saying faulty information from a drug informant contributed to the death of John Adams Wednesday night. They intended to raid the home next door. [snip] The two officers, 25-year-old Kyle Shedran and 24-year-old Greg Day, were placed on administrative leave with pay. “We did the best surveillance we could do, and a mistake was made,” Lebanon Police Chief Billy Weeks said. “It’s a very severe mistake, a costly mistake. It makes...
  • Arrested principal had hidden cameras

    09/25/2012 11:29:53 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 16 replies ^ | 9/25/12 | Ellen Huet
    A Santa Clara elementary school principal charged Monday with six drug counts also had 10 hidden cameras in his San Francisco apartment, including one in a teddy bear, according to a police report. Eric Lewis, 42, was arrested Thursday at the Caltrain station at 4th and King streets in San Francisco on charges of furnishing methamphetamine and GHB, a date-rape drug, to an undercover drug officer. They also found 10 mini cameras inside a bedroom closet, including at least one that was hidden as the nose of a teddy bear. Other cameras were concealed in a coat hanger, a lighter...
  • The drugs don't work: a modern medical scandal

    09/24/2012 3:37:07 PM PDT · by Renfield · 3 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9-21-2012 | Ben Goldacre
    The doctors prescribing the drugs don't know they don't do what they're meant to. Nor do their patients. The manufacturers know full well, but they're not telling. ~~snip~~ But we had both been misled. In October 2010, a group of researchers was finally able to bring together all the data that had ever been collected on reboxetine, both from trials that were published and from those that had never appeared in academic papers. When all this trial data was put together, it produced a shocking picture. Seven trials had been conducted comparing reboxetine against a placebo. Only one, conducted in...
  • South Bay (elementary) principal jailed for drugs (meth)

    09/24/2012 12:38:25 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 20 replies ^ | 9/12/12 | Ellen Huet
    A Santa Clara elementary school principal is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on six drug charges, including one that he offered methamphetamine to an undercover narcotics agent he met on a gay dating website. Eric Lewis, 42, principal of Montague Elementary School for seven years, was arrested Thursday at the Caltrain station at Fourth and Kings streets in San Francisco. When officers searched his apartment Thursday, they found a quarter ounce of methamphetamine, eight ecstasy pills, and three vials of GHB, a date-rape drug, according to Sean Webby, spokesman for the Santa Clara County district attorney. "It was a complete...
  • Texas law enforcement to Fiona Apple: 'Just shut up and sing'

    09/24/2012 12:56:19 PM PDT · by workerbee · 19 replies
    Fox ^ | 9/24/12 | TMZ
    Fiona Apple is an ignorant fool who should stop criticizing law enforcement and "just shut up and sing," this according to the spokesman for the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Dept, TMZ reports. HCSD Public Information Officer Rusty Fleming is firing back at the singer after she publicly blasted fiour officers for allegedly mistreating her during her arrest for possession of hash and marijuana at a Texas border patrol stop last week. In a rambling statement at her concert following the bust, Apple had threatened to make the cops "f**king famous" as a punishment for their inappropriate actions. Fleming has personally responded...
  • Two men...convicted of drugs offence...despite being caught with grounded Paracetamol and caffeine

    09/21/2012 11:41:33 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 51 replies
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 21 September 2012 | David Baker
    Two men have made UK legal history after being convicted of a drugs-related offence even though the substances involved are not illegal, police said. Anthony Woodford, 23, and David Lewinson, 44, stood trial after Lewinson was found with 150kg of grounded Paracetamol and caffeine at Dover docks in Kent. Although the substances are not illegal, investigators suspected they would be used as cutting agents for heroin, giving the Class A drug a street value of more than £5 million. The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate launched an investigation and identified Woodford as the organiser of the cross-Channel trip, which...
  • Court ruling orders interlocks for drug-impaired drivers

    09/21/2012 2:16:19 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 24 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | 9/20/12 | Barry Massey
    People convicted of driving under the influence of prescription or illegal drugs must have an ignition interlock installed on their vehicles as required by New Mexico’s drunken driving law, although the devices don’t detect the use of drugs, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.
  • 2C-I or 'Smiles': The New Killer Drug Every Parent Should Know About

    09/21/2012 7:16:55 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 37 replies
    Witnesses described the 17-year-old boy as "shaking, growling, foaming at the mouth." According to police reports, Elijah Stai was at a McDonald's with his friend when he began to feel ill. Soon after, he "started to smash his head against the ground" and began acting "possessed," according to a witness. Two hours later, he had stopped breathing
  • Cornel West, Angela Davis and Other Black Scholars Speak Up Against Mass Incarceration

    09/20/2012 2:05:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Kulture Kritic ^ | September 19, 2012 | Dr. Boyce Watkins
    Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander, Cornel West and Marc Lamont Hill all gathered at the Riverside Baptist Church to call for an end to mass incarceration. The US prison population has grown dramatically over the last three decades, and has had a disproportionate impact on the black American family. Millions of us are affected, as our children are growing up without fathers, and women are having trouble finding adequate husbands. The growth in the prison industrial complex has had an impact on the rate of STD transmission in the black community caused, in part, by reduced marital rates for women in...
  • Hard Unemployment Truths About 'Soft' Skills (many applicants fail drug tests, lack work ethic)

    09/20/2012 5:34:05 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 63 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 19, 2012 | Nick Schulz
    At a recent dinner in Washington, D.C., with representatives from major American manufacturing companies, I listened as the talk turned to how hard it is to find qualified applicants for jobs. "What exactly are the skills you can't find?" I asked, imagining that openings for high-tech positions went begging because, as we hear so often, the training of the U.S. workforce doesn't match up well with current corporate needs. One of the representatives looked sheepishly around the room and responded: "To be perfectly honest . . . we have a hard time finding people who can pass the drug test."...
  • HISTORY of Mohammed ( spelled variously; Mahomet, Muhammed, Mehmet, etc. )

    09/20/2012 1:20:13 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 23 replies
    The Choice for Christ Ministry ^ | Jan. 25, 2012 | William Federer
    If you want a detailed history of "Mohammed's History" (spelled variously; Mahomet, Muhammed, Mehmet, etc.) then watch William Federer explain it, from Jan. 25, 2012 at CC Chino Hills, CA. It's a MUST WATCH for everyone,Christians, Athiests and even Muslims! This Video exposes the "Hidden Truths" and "Goals" behind Radical Islamic Muslims! - (EVEN WORSE);How Muslims "Justify" their "Actions" of Hatred & Evil -These hidden truths are "FACTS" and have not changed over the past 1,400 years! (#1) Immigrate into Foreign Lands (#2) Increase the Muslim Population (#3) Eliminate (kill) Everyone who Opposes Islam, Mohemmed and Allah! It's one...
  • Mexico to follow Colombia's lead on drug control

    09/18/2012 11:12:05 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 10 replies
    Columbia Reports ^ | September 18, 2012 | Simon Willis
    The Mexican government will aim to follow the lead of Colombia in the fight against drug trafficking, according to the country's elected president. Enrique Peña Nieto, who met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday, will take office in Mexico on December 1 and he has already revealed his desire to learn from Colombia’s strategy on drug control. Several drug cartels are currently in the midst of a fierce fight for power in Mexico, leading to continued violence which has allegedly left at least 55,000 people dead in six years. Peña Nieto will succeed current Mexican President Felipe Calderon...
  • More than 130 escape from Mexican prison on U.S. border

    09/17/2012 10:04:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 17, 2012 | Lizbeth Diaz and Armando Tovar
    More than 130 inmates escaped through a tunnel from a Mexican prison on the border with the United States in one of the worst jailbreaks the country's beleaguered penal system has suffered in recent years. Homero Ramos, attorney general of the northern state of Coahuila, said 132 inmates of the prison in the city of Piedras Negras had got out through the tunnel in an old carpentry workshop, then cut the wire surrounding the complex. Corrupt prison officials may have helped the inmates escape ... At the end of 2010, more than 140 inmates escaped a prison in the border...
  • DEA "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" Claim 5 - a rebuttal

    09/17/2012 10:50:02 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 135 replies
    (self) | Sep 17, 2012 | (self)
    The DEA Web pages on "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" are linked with some regularity on FR. They're full of errors in fact and logic; since I couldn't find a comprehensive rebuttal online, I've started creating one. Here's my rebuttal to their "Fact 5;" more to come as time permits. ("Fact 1" rebutted at; "Fact 2" at /focus/f-bloggers/2861557/posts; "Fact 3" at /focus/f-bloggers/2864032/posts; "Fact 4" at /focus/f-bloggers/2893202/posts.) Claim 5: "Drug control spending is a minor portion of the U.S. budget. Compared to the social costs of drug abuse and addiction, government spending on drug control is minimal." Claim: Legalization advocates...
  • 3 views on whether states should legalize marijuana

    09/11/2012 12:21:05 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 158 replies
    CSMonitor ^ | 09/10/2012
    This November, voters in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington will consider ballot measures to legalize and regulate marijuana, much as alcohol and tobacco are taxed and regulated. In this first in a series of "one minute debates" for election 2012, three writers give their brief take on the issue. The 'yes' case is argued by Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). The 'no' position is offered by David G. Evans, a special adviser to the Drug Free America Foundation. And a middle path is suggested by Kevin A. Sabet, who has worked...
  • Smoking Marijuana tied to testicular cancer (2x risk)

    09/11/2012 8:00:21 AM PDT · by GeronL · 44 replies
    Reuters) - Young men who had smoked marijuana recreationally were twice as likely to be diagnosed with testicular cancer than men who have never used marijuana, according to a U.S. study. ..... "This is the third study consistently demonstrating a greater than doubling of risk of this particularly undesirable subtype of testicular cancer among young men with marijuana use," said Victoria Cortessis of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, who led the study.
  • Paul Ryan's Take on Marijuana: Worthless or Desperate?

    09/10/2012 11:32:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 264 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Mon., Sep. 10 2012 | Chris Roberts
    <p>Scooping up votes in swing states is how Paul Ryan serves Mitt Romney best. And what better dissatisfied liberal bloc for the Republicans to court than marijuana supporters, stunned by President Obama's total betrayal?</p> <p>Hence the vice presidential candidate's stance in a college town in swinging Colorado, which will vote on legalizing marijuana at the November ballot, striking a libertarian tone to questions about marijuana enforcement. "It's up to Coloradans to decide," Ryan told Colorado Springs's KRDO. "My personal positions on this issue have been let the states decide what to do with these things.... What I've always believed is the states should decide."</p>