10 Visionaries Who Experimented with Drugs
If a definitive link between intellectual capacity and drug use does exist, it will likely be some time before anyone establishes one. Having said that, this much is for certain: history has more than its fair share of experimenting experimentalists. Let's meet 10 of history's most influential scientific and technological visionaries, along with their drugs of choice.
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Legal Scholar: Jim Crow Still Exists in America
"Today there are more African-Americans under correctional control — in prison or jail, on probation or parole — than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. There are millions of African-Americans now cycling in and out of prisons and jails or under correctional control. In major American cities today, more than half of working-age African-American men are either under correctional control or branded felons and are thus subject to legalized discrimination for the rest of their lives."
Read excerpts and hear the full interview at: NPR
Ecstasy Deaths in Canada: PMMA Detected in Tainted Pills
"At any time, any tablet can be contaminated with anything."
RCMP and police in Vancouver and Abbotsford have all promoted the message that no drugs are safe, while shying away from providing specific details around tracking the substance's source or revealing what stamps the pills bare [sic].
Read the full article at: Huffington Post
Drug Testing for Public Assistance Bills Proliferate in the New Year
lingering questions about the constitutionality of mandatory
suspicionless drug testing, bills are being filed or discussed that
would require mandatory testing of welfare recipients in Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky (also includes state medical assistance), Massachusetts, Mississippi (all public benefits, plus prove US citizenship), South Dakota and Tennessee.
In Iowa and in South Carolina, bills mandating suspicionless drug tests for people receiving unemployment benefits are being bruited, while in West Virginia , a bill that would require mandatory drug tests for workers in state-sponsored job training programs has been proposed.
Read the full article at: Stop the Drug War
The Numbers Game: The Real Cost of Unmanned Drones in the Drug War
CBP routinely describes its various border security operations as “unprecedented” success stories. Yet the never agency never cites the precedents involved or even attempts to explain how these precedents in border control have been surpassed by its new initiatives and spending.
If evaluated, as none of the DHS agencies do in terms of costs and benefits, then the CBP UAV program spent (only in flight costs) $54,846 for every illegal immigrant identified (and later apprehended by Border Patrol teams) on the drone cameras and $2,500 for every pound of marijuana. That’s without factoring in the estimated $20 million that DHS spends for its Predators.
Read the full article at: AlterNet
Narco-Horror Murder Rituals of the Mexican Drug Trafficker
This article was inspired by a concrete act: the burning alive of a police officer in Ciudad Juarez in December. Why was this done? Why commit such a grotesque act? What kind of sense does this killing make, and what can it tell us? According to the current logic of Mexican President Felipe Calderon, the spiral of violence that is hitting Mexico (by the end of 2011 46,000 had died as a result of the militarization of the battle against drug trafficking organizations) are desperate actions of people who are losing the war.
Read the full article at: Borderland Beat
Central America Unprepared for Wave of Synthetic Drugs
Meth production is a concern in other Central American countries as well. In 2008, Honduran officials uncovered a large-scale drug lab used to make methamphetamine and ecstasy, disguised as a luxury funeral parlor. If production takes off in Honduras, it could be hard to control. Law enforcement officials are already concerned that Honduras is becoming the largest transit nation for cocaine in the region.
Read the full article at: InSight
Peru Replaces Reformist Drug Czar
He [Ricardo Soberon] has argued that Peru should vigorously pursue cocaine traffickers and money launderers, seizing illegal drug shipments and halting the influx of chemicals used to process cocaine, but put less emphasis on penalizing peasants who grow coca, the raw material of cocaine.
“I think that was the difference in practice over which they (Soberon and Valdes) couldn’t come to agreement,” Tulio Mora, a Soberon adviser, told The Associated Press.
Read the full article at: The Washington Post
It's Time to Treat Drug-Addicted Children as Adults
Robbie may be a kid but, like all serious addicts, to leave heroin behind he needs intensive residential treatment, starting with detox and then moving on to the various stages of rehabilitation. Addicts need long-term counselling from specialists, help with learning to live a normal life and the love and support of other recovering addicts. Unfortunately, this treatment is not available to anyone under 18.
Read the full editorial at: The Guardian
Some critics of the Dutch government allege that the ban on khat is actually a swipe at the Somali immigrants, who are largely Muslim.
Very few Dutch nationals use the drug, which is mainly chewed by people from Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Yemen.
More than 25,000 Somalis now live in Holland and as the population has grown, so has the chewing of khat leaves.
Read the full article at: Global Post
What Happened to Yesterday's “It” Drugs?
Like one-hit wonder pop stars or dissolute child actors from the '80s, recreational drugs tend to arrive on the scene with fanfare, do tremendous damage, and fizzle out when popular tastes move on to the Next Big Thing. Also, they all make perfect topics for “Where are they now” lists. Take an unsteady walk down memory lane with The Fix's highly subjective list of formerly popular drugs that have gone the way of Ralph Macchio.
Read the full article at: The Fix
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