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Countess of Wemyss sees drug war as driving force behind campaign

I came across a Scottish newspaper online called “Scotland on Sunday” covering a variety of topics including politics.

The specific article I read covered the ideas, opinions, and ongoing campaign of a countess of Wemyss, Amanda Fielding, who lives in one of the “finest stately homes” in Scotland…in the Gosford House.

According to Wikipedia, “Feilding has long had interest in exploring different ways of modulating consciousness for the benefit of the individual and society.”

She’s mainly known as a scientist and drug policy reformer.
She’s done unique things to study her interests, such as trepanation, LSD studies on consciousness, and further psychedelic research projects.

Her scientific career has brought her to the founding and directing of the Beckley Foundation. “A charitable trust. The Foundation both works at the forefront of national and international global drug policy reform and initiates and directs research into consciousness and its altered states.” (Wikipedia)

She is interested in the Mexican drug war because she wants to campaign for the legalization of certain drugs to stop the crime and chaos happening in Mexico.

She has a large following of famous names such as Laureates, scientists, nobel prize winners, ex-presidents, and even some celebrities that support her fight and joined her foundation.

However, her fight for this specific cause is not only for Mexico, but for the “War on Drugs” all around the world in different countries battling these policies.

The articles quotes her saying, “I have seen what terrible damage drugs do in the world – what terrible suffering it causes…It is probably the issue that causes more suffering in the world, which could be greatly lessened by better handling. Because of the taboo that has grown up about drugs, politicians around the world are not willing to discuss it.”

All the destruction and corruption she see from the Mexican drug war is her main reason behind the campaigning in her Beckley Foundation.

She’s quoted saying, “Mexico is really in a state of war, because the Americans buy the drugs for guns. These cartels are amazingly well armed and have billions of dollars to hide away and wash in different ways. Keeping drugs criminalised isn’t the way to go, because there are now millions of people in jail for drug-related offences – mainly little fish, like users and small-time dealers and, in my opinion, we should not treat drug use as a crime, if there is no other crime attached.”

She thinks it’s a good idea for the UK government to take certain steps (which I will list) to decriminalize drugs in their own land, then see to it that the rest of the struggling countries follow this example.

She would like them (UK gov) to “license the production of cannabis.” She thinks that if licensed growers can take care of the of the ingredients and make sure there are no insecticides or harmful products, then it would be a more regulated and safe market, and they could tax the drugs a large amount of money, because if it’s too low then it might have it’s consequences. (The italics is my own opinion.)

She also mentioned,  “Some people maybe prefer cannabis to alcohol and cannabis is less harmful medically than alcohol. Most people suffer nothing from its use and on the whole probably drop the habit in their 30s when they get married and have children – not all but most people do.”

She really believes policy makers should be those who have tried the drugs themselves so that they understand why people, especially youth have experimented with them and find them beneficial instead of instantly judging them negatively and seeing them as without having morals/standards.

Although many others have had a very similar plan to hers, it seems as though hers is very popular and has some kind of influence….in Europe anyways.

As far as her campaign reaching Mexico’s authorities, we do not know if it ever will.

The comments from the blog were quite interesting and varied, you should click on the link below for the full article and comment section.

http://www.scotsman.com/scotland-on-sunday/politics/countess_courts_rich_and_famous_to_end_drug_war_1_1987325

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legalizing pot… a good idea?

I listened to a 15 minute segment of  the KPBS radio show in which they discuss the United States’ role in the Mexican drug war. It was interesting to hear the thoughts of several editors, bloggers, and publishers on the subject as well as the opinions of a few callers outside the show.

The host of the show had asked these various editors what the U.S. is doing to help and why Americans consume so many drugs.

They stated that the U.S. has given over a billion dollars to the cause and they’re increasing border security, they’re closing off cartel made tunnels, and they’re doing what they can to the extent where the Mexican government will allow.

But where the answers really varied were towards the question of why Americans consume so many drugs which eventually led to the question of  whether legalizing pot would make things better.

As far as the question why Americans consume so many drugs is concerned, no one could offer a legitimate answer since obviously there could be an endless amount of reasons why this is true. One answer said that it’s just a habit, an easy fix, entertainment, and in some areas easily accessible, but what the most discussed topic concerning this is the issue of legalization, in particular marijuana. There’s a lot of controversy regarding this issue because no one knows if the results could be negative or actually help to improve both countries.

In my opinion, legalizing pot will just corrupt the United States further. I never saw drugs as a reliever of problems. One editor made a good point saying that although the cartels are extremely wealthy from selling drugs, “they’ve also branched out into all kinds of criminal enterprises. Criminal enterprises that smuggle illegal immigrants into this country. Or smuggle weapons into the country. There’s a lot more going on that fund the drug cartels now than just drugs.”

So the legalization of pot can only go so far, especially since pot is not the only drug they are selling and they’re participating in other money-making illegal activities. Legalizing pot would not mean the end of the cartels and is not the answer to these problems.

Listen to the show/read the transcript here: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2011/may/20/what-role-does-us-play-mexicos-drug-war/

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Lil Wayne saves the day!

The Onion is according to their website “America’s Finest News Source,”but in reality it is a satirical news organization. They have their own online news website as well as hundreds of videos on YouTube dedicating itself to making fun of current news.

While scrolling through some of their videos I stumbled upon one dealing with the Mexican Drug War. They report that the DEA has undertaken the most successful initiative to help Mexico yet. That is…to send Rapper Lil Wayne to Mexico to use up all the drugs.

They call this program “Operation Weezy F. Baby.” Hilarious and very stupid at the same time! If you watch the video, it’ll explain in detail every course of action they plan for Weezy to take.

I always like to scroll down and read the comments that people write, and it’s funny because some people actually believe this stuff is true. I guess they don’t understand satire or sarcasm, but some comments give an insight to who’s actually interested in this topic, and to who is watching just because they’re fans of the Onion or Lil Wayne.

“the sad thing is that this would probably work better then all the crap they do right now lol”

Comment by: victus401 2 months ago
 
It seems like this person is interested and knows what’s going on with the drug war since they are aware of what the U.S. is doing now. I like that they replied back to the satirical video with sarcasm, but I’m sure there’s some truth into what they’re saying. As in, all the things the U.S. government is doing now to “help” has not brought any positive real results, therefore, give it a go, and send Lil Wayne to Mexico!
 

“ur kidding me right? this has to be a joke. were actually gonnna thank him for illegally smoking, sniffing, injecting hiself with what we call illegal s***!? and pay him? hes a freakin lowlife who has too much money for doing nothing as it is! wow we must all really be stupid”

Comment by: limbossdd 1 month ago
 
This person is one of those people who believe this is true…kind of embarrassing for him since a bunch of people after him replied saying he’s an idiot for believing it. But as we can see this person did not mention anything about the actions being taken in regards to stopping the drug war, so I’m assuming he’s just watching this because he’s a fan of The Onion…because apparently he’s definitely not a fan of Lil Wayne.
 
Others say “this is a great idea!” While other comments are completely random or are bashing others in a rude, inappropriate manner.
 
YouTube is also really cool because it allows you to see the statistics of the views of the video. So it’s interesting to see that out of the 1,437,151 views, the video was the most popular with males from ages 18-44. Where are the females?
There may be multiple reasons why this is a male dominated video, but I don’t want to get into that.
 
But now we know what The Onion would do if they were in power 😉
What would you do?
 
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“Wide Receiver” created the wide problem

New report on Wednesday October 5th from CBS News finds that operation “Fast and Furious” had been running for over 4 years with a different alias. This operation called, “Operation Wide Receiver,” had been carried out under the Bush administration, under the watchful eye of the ATF whose job is designed to bring gun trafficking to a halt, but instead allowed the “walking” of guns over the Mexican border.

A man by the name of Mike Detty, “gun enthusiast and licensed dealer” was selling guns at a gun show in Tucson Arizona (only an hour away from the Mexican border) in early 2006. One day a Hispanic man entered in the shop and bought 6 rifles in $1600 cash.

The man asked if he had more and he informed him that he would be receiving a shipment of 20 the following month, the young man straight up replied that he would purchase them all.

If you don’t find that suspicious I don’t know what you would. Just as any reasonable man would be, Detty was wary of this guy and reported the encounter to the ATF.  Their quick response was their request that he continue with the sale and they would send an agent to observe. At this point, ATF stepped in completely and inquired that Detty be their confidential informant. They told him that they had “a real chance at taking out a powerful cartel” so of course Detty like any other loyal man, wanted to help, and in an interview he stated “I made that commitment. And I really thought I was doing something good.’”

They even made him sign an “informant contract,” which in it, led him to believe that all he was doing was selling to “suspected traffickers,” and from there the ATF would “track the weapons, expose the cartel’s inner workings, and then interdict the guns before they could ever get loose on the street.” But it appears that this was not so.

After some time, Detty was uncomfortable and displeased with the whole situation, knowing that the ATF was allowing guns to “walk” the border instead of carrying out what they had told him previously. He eventually came forward with the information to the media, and revealed that he must’ve sold about 450 guns. That is absolutely unbelievable to me.  Just stop and think for one moment, and imagine if every individual had one gun, so 450 people carrying one gun…and they killed just one person each…they’ve thus far killed 450 innocent people. But of course we know that they killing more than just a single person with each of these guns! Even if they just killed 10 people with each gun, you already have a total of 4500 people killed! That is heart breaking!

So of course Mike Detty said looking back on it, knowing what he knows now, “It makes me sick.”

At least there’s one sensible person! Did the ATF leaders of the operation really not understand the consequences of what they were doing? Are they really that dumb? Or do they not care in assisting the assassination of thousands of innocent people?

And if that border patrol agent, Brian Terry, did not get murdered, these operations would still be playing out, without anyone outside of the government knowing. As I have been reading different articles about the two gun-walking operations, I like to read the comments that readers put, and I have noticed a lot of people like to put the blame solely on the President. And that’s honestly just a first resort to throw the blame on, because the President can’t do everything on his own, he’s not the only one making decisions around here, there are hundreds of other minds involved in these operations as well. So, it doesn’t matter if it’s under Obama or under Bush, there’s other people working beneath them that their job is specifically to take care of operations like “Fast and Furious” and “Wide Receiver.”

And not only should we blame our government, and the evil cartels in Mexico, and the government in Mexico, but like I have been putting in all my other posts, we have to blame the drug users which not only exist in Mexico but also exist in the United States. So, I’m pretty sure there’s a decent amount of comments from people on these articles blaming Obama for what’s going on when those people are the ones buying drugs, so they’re contributing as well! So go ahead, blame the president, but you should be looking at yourself in the mirror buddy.

So, to finish off what happened to Operation Wide Receiver, “prosecutors finally, quietly, rounded up seven suspects last fall.” Wow, what an accomplishment, great job guys…pshhh

And of course when CBS tried to reach the former Attorney General, Alberto Gonzalez,  who was in office at the time of “Wide Receiver”  they failed, I’m sure he did not want to receive any scrutiny from the media. How come no one is questioning Bush? I guess this is all Obama’s fault even though the first original gun walking project was conducted under Bush, hmmm.

Regardless, the loss of lives continues as the clock is ticking and at this point the United States (along with Mexico of course)  has only contributed to those losses rather than try to stop or prevent them. Nothing new.

Article Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/10/05/earlyshow/main20115824.shtm

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What’s your perception?

Since the beginning of the “War on Drugs” and until it ends, if it will ever end, many will ask the question: are U.S. drug users the ones to blame for the fueling of Mexico’s violence? In a report commentated by Peter O’Dowd of Marketplace Public Radio, on June 15, 2011, he shares the accounts of different individuals from very unique backgrounds from a drug screening facility in Phoenix, Arizona, on their views of U.S. drug users in direct relation to the violence in Mexico.

A statistic indicated in the expose stated that according to a study done by the World Health Origination, out of 17 countries surveyed, the United States use drugs such as marijuana and cocaine more often than any other country in the study.

From this assessment, we hear from O’Dowd’s first encounter, Barbara Zugor, the director of the drug screening center. She believes that “there will probably be drugs and drug abuse in this country” for all time if we can’t figure out why is it that Americans have the need to abuse drugs. Her perspective seems just as they affirm in the report, “philosophical,” more worried on the why (is this an issue), the how (can we better the issue), and the what (will happen if this issue never resolves itself).

His second interviewee, is not named because he is a drug dealer. From this guy’s account, we recognize that drug dealers are foolish yes, but brainless, not at all, for a couple reasons. They know there is a lot of demand for their product so they make quick cash, however they also the dangers and the repercussions of what they’re doing plain and simple. This drug dealer himself said, “I think that Mexicans are getting a bad rap. And while a lot of the stuff is coming across the border, it’s our demand that’s pushing it here. It’s like stop the demand, you’ll stop the flow.” His perception is very cut and dry; he’s not worried about the philosophy of it all.

His last interview is with a Phoenix drug user, remaining nameless as well. Her case is a special one since she began smoking pot after she was diagnosed with cancer and the Arizona medical marijuana law had changed. She now purchases it illegally since she does not have the proper/legal authorization to smoke it. When providing her thoughts on the matter she said, “One of the guilt parts that I have over using the marijuana is what’s going on in Mexico. I don’t want to feel that what I’m having to do for my health is hurting somebody else.” Her perception is that of guilt, as a contributing contender to the whole mess that’s going on, she feels she is a small piece of the problem; which in reality, she absolutely is.

The last line of the report that still blows my mind no matter how many times or how many different way I may hear it, says, “All those little drug sales, all over America, add up to as much as $39 billion each year that heads south across the border.” That is remarkable.

So from these three different stances on the subject, one has to think which side of the perception spectrum are they on. Do you want to think more philosophically about the topic and see how you can help better the problem? Do you want to be the guy that knows the facts cut and dry but still not care about the situation? Or do you want to have that guilty conscience, knowing what you’re doing is negatively affecting the nation in which you live, along with those nations of other innocent people?

Article: http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/15/pm-are-us-drug-users-to-blame-for-mexican-border-violence/

Audio of article: http://marketplace.publicradio.org/www_publicradio/tools/media_player/popup.php?name=marketplace/pm/2011/06/15/marketplace_cast1_20110615_64&starttime=00:22:09.0&endtime=00:26:33.0

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