Why is the US so anti drugs?

So it seems to me that the great USA has blinkers on, the government seem to like making criminals out of their own citizens and fill graves with citizens of other countries.

I have never understood Americas war on drugs because it seems as an outsider that it does nothing to keep the citizens safe and clean. Now that prescription drug deaths are higher then illicit drug deaths well if you do not count the deaths from alcohol and tobacco. The money spent in America to keep Marijuana, Cocaine & Heroin illegal is quiet frankly obscene over $100 billion per year and it’s been going on for 50 years and the price of harm reduction is a pittance at 3.2 billion worldwide. Now this is not talking about the costs in lives of people whom have been made criminals because a country has its blinkers on! people wasting their lives in jail sometimes often for their life.

Whilst accurate figures are hard to come by, global spending on drug law enforcement certainly exceeds $100 billion each year. Given current economic conditions it is more important than ever that spending is effective and not a waste of taxpayer money.

What is the fundamental reason for the rabid hatred of drugs by US law makers is it the belief in a bronze age work of fiction? Is because drugs are bad or is it as some conspiracy minded people suggest its because the government is making too much money keeping it illegal?

I believe that the war on drugs is a purely religiously driven law and when I say it’s religious I mean that the people in power believe in the bible. So these law makers will let their own people suffer and die because of their beliefs, they cannot see the damage they are doing in their own country let alone the damage that this prohibition is doing to countries that are their neighbors and allies. Mexico and Afghanistan are being torn apart because of these dangerous laws and rules.

Since Mexican President Felipe Calderon took office in September 2006, there have been well over an estimated 13,600 drug-related killings in the country. The killings are tied to Mexican drug cartels, which supply vast amounts of marijuana, methamphetamines, and cocaine primarily to U.S. markets. The deaths are only becoming more prevalent. The New York Times reports that “in 2008, there were more than 6,200 drug-related murders, more than double the figure from the year before….” There has been significant spillover into the U.S. as well, including the kidnapping of more than 60 Americans in the border town of Nuevo Laredo within the last few years. The current wave of violence (the most deadly in Mexico’s history) began with the election of Mr. Calderon in September 2006. Upon taking office, Calderon reversed the Mexican government’s passive approach to the illicit drug trade. The President incited the conflict when he sent 6,500 Federal troops to the state of Michoacan to address drug violence there on December 11, 2006. Since then, he has increased the scale and intensity of his War on Drugs to involve 45,000 Federal troops, as well as Federal and state police departments. While violence is escalating and some are calling Mexico a failed state, the Mexican effort has certainly disrupted the drug trade. Officials point to evidence of criminal organizations diversifying as drug revenues begin to dry up and to the rising price of cocaine. As early as the second quarter of 2007, the White House reported cocaine shortages in 37 U.S. cities and a 24% increase in the drug’s retail price. Yet, such disruption of the trade has revealed a new issue: the dependence on the drug trade by many parts of the Mexican economy. In considering how to fight illicit drugs in Mexico, it is crucial to consider how a blow to drugs may damage other sectors and industries.

And in Afghanistan we have children paying the price for America’s war on drugs.

Shakila was just 8 years old when a group of men abducted her and her cousin from their beds as they slept in Naray district in Afghanistan’s Kunar province. She was held as a slave for a year — a punishment inflicted on her because an uncle had run away with the wife of a strongman associated with her abductors — before she managed to escape. The reaction of Shakila’s father, Alissa Rubin writes, “illustrates the difficulty in trying to change such a deeply rooted cultural practice: he expressed fury that she was abducted because, he said, he had already promised her in marriage to someone else.” Rubin tells Shakila’s harrowing story in today’s edition of The New York Times, exploring how young girls are taken and held like slaves to settle disputes in a practice known as baad in Afghanistan. “Baad is most common in areas where it is dangerous for people to seek out government institutions,” she writes. “Instead of turning to the courts, they go to jirgas, assemblies of tribal elders, that use tribal law, which allows the exchange of women.” In our January report Opium Brides, Afghan reporter Najibullah Quraishi went deep inside the Afghan countryside to meet and film young girls given up in baad transactions when their families failed to pay debts to drug smugglers after their opium crops were eradicated by the government. In an excerpt from the film embedded above, Quraishi reveals how drug traffickers exploit the ancient cultural practice, and documents its devastating impact on families. Though exacerbated by opium eradication policies, baad is a deeply-rooted historical practice, and as we explore, efforts to address the problem are constrained by many factors.

The codes of an ancient culture are harsh but they are not being helped by this dangerous war on drugs!

I will admit that illicit drugs are NOT good, they are dangerous and can lead to a shortened life. But if they are properly managed like many countries do with harm reduction or decriminalization these poor unfortunate people who become addicted to these drugs can continue to live a somewhat normal lives. But blanket prohibition does nothing.
Ok so maybe these laws are not based on the religious beliefs of the rulers, if that is the case what could cause these people to continue on with these stupid and dangerous rules?

Now could these laws be in force because of drugs being dangerous? Yes of course drugs are dangerous but burying your head in the sand and making criminals out of people and corpses out of others is not working and 50years should be enough time to see that!

Now for the conspiracy minded there does seem to be a lot of money to be made from locking up people with prisons now being privately owned, more prisoners equal more money!

So if you can explain the reasons why the USA are still enforcing these dangerous laws please comment and let me know?


Today I would like to talk about two under appreciated podcasts, The Imaginary Friends Show.Com and Cognitive Dissonance

The Sunday just gone we were lucky enough to get the holy trinity together on the one podcast, Jake, Tom & Cecil.

The Imaginary Friends Show Dot Com podcast is coming up to its 200th episode, and in its two plus years of existence rarely if ever has failed to be enlightening, thought provoking, entertaining and sometimes controversial.
Jake Farr-Wharton and his merry band of real and mythical cohorts make for an easy listening hour of current events within the realms of science, medicine, politics, law and of course religion. There is often comedic skits performed or skeptically themed songs written and sung by Jake.
Jake has interviewed some of religions big names like Westboro Baptist Church grandson Ben Phelps and Kirk Cameron’s banana loving side kick Ray Comfort, with a style and grace Jake has humanized these fundamentalists.

Cognitive Dissonance Podcast is a younger podcast in its present form, with about 70 shows.
Tom and Cecil are to good friends who get together to share a laugh and openly mock the religious, the anti vaxxers and anybody else who pisses them off! These two guys are often referred to as crass and vulgar because of the amount of “bad” langue they choose to use but to this authors belief the subject matter discussed on the show demands strong langue, these days too many people are afraid today what they mean for fear of upsetting the religious! Well I say Fuck That! these religious pricks don’t mind telling us we are going to hell if we don’t tow their line.
For much of the run of Cognitive Dissonance Podcast it’s just been Tom and Cecil for the hour long show but recently they have brought in guests to interview like Jake from the previously mentioned podcast.

The teaming up of these three was such a great listening event, it was such fun to listen to these three having fun mocking such horrible events in current events. These guys are all so passionate about people thinking for themselves and not believing in invisible sky daddies!
One thing is for sure if something happens in religion these three guys will be on to it! And they will let you know just how stupid it is having invisible friends as an adult!

A bunyip stole my baby

Anti Theists and Atheist need to have thick skin!

It has really come to my attention that to be an anti theist or even a passive atheist you need pretty thick skin because you are going to see, read & hear some horrendous stuff! The stuff we hear is not what you would like to think of yourself, you know like we are going to hell and we are baby murderers!

The thing that really gets me is that if you are ever questioning or debating a fundamentalist christian/ muslim about the things they say or about the things in their bible they get annoyed very easily and start to dodge answering questions (even though they love it whenever we heathens cannot give quick and precise answers), and if you are really lucky and have one of the truly nasty points of the bible in your arguments then the fundamentalist will start to cry foul and claim that you are a nasty atheist and that you are just picking on them! Which is very hard to do considering all the laws around to protect the religious are not really there for the atheist, hell try to run for president of the USA and see how far you get! To me there seems to be a gap where one side the religious get a free pass to say and do anything and the other is the atheist who has to make sure not too offend the precious religious believer at all costs, where agnostic people run to the aide of the religious bigot over the free thinker!

It boggles my mind to see these people who basically do not believe in fairy tales but don’t come right out and say it like an atheist or the harder anti theist does, pandering to these bigots who see them as just as big a sinner as the atheist is. Let’s get one thing clear I am talking about the religious people who oppose contraception, abortion, LBGT equality, they burn books of authors they don’t agree with and willfully teach dogma in a science class, these are the dangerous people there are good religious people out there like Howard Bess a minister from Alaska who has tried to counter Sarah Palin and her strange views, there are countless other good men and women of faith who tirelessly give their time to help others without preaching. To those people I would like to make clear I am forever hopeful that you can come to your senses and for want of a better term see the light of science and rationalism.

But for you kiddie touching, gay bashing, abortion doctor killing and women’s rights opposing religious fundamentalists be on notice you do not have a right not to be offended I get offended by signs on your churches telling of hell and damnation.

A new low for Brisbane

I was planning my next blog to be something light like my friend Jake’s interview with the Banana Man but this has to get out into the public eye.

Tonight I walk in the back door of my house to see on the cover of the Sunday Mail in two inch tall bold text TEEN GOD SQUAD’S MIRACLE CLAIM – this story is complete trash, and dangerous to boot, with claims of healing the deaf, the blind, autism, cancer and other maladies. This is a dangerous situation where people could walk away from real treatments to be treated with this Bovine Fecal Matter. In the cover story there is less than half a paragraph of warnings against this type of practice with the bulk of the story singing the praises of these twenty-somethings.

Page 5 where the story continues there is another praise piece with all the miracle talk and the downplaying of the fact that doctors are saying that the person cured of his autism symptoms most probably was misdiagnosed, but that’s just fobbed off. The story just adds more Bovine Fecal Matter and may cause some people away from their doctors.

There is one almost saving grace on page 5 and that is one of the authors of the two other stories went to have his legally blinded eye cured but it does not work, in the beginning the author swept up in the emotion of the goings on believed it was working but before the “treatment” had finished he realised that it was not working.

Ok so you say to me what’s the harm well there is a great website that has all the information that you would ever need to know and all the deaths and injuries from every type of crank treatment it’s http://whatstheharm.net/ and I send people to it on daily basis.

So once again thank you for reading my rant, and my next blog I will talk about a great atheist interviewer and friend.

Is Pell out of touch?

After watching #QANDA on Monday night I saw a very jet lagged Richard Dawkins try to have a debate with George Pell who is the head peanut for the catholic church in Sydney Australia.

To start off Tony Jones the host/moderator was the only person on the pannel that looked fresh and well rested, Richard looked good for somebody who had flown half way around the globe to be here, he is in Australia for the Global Atheist Convention and a few other speaking stops during april, now as for the local George Pell he looked extremely tired and disinterested which as he had to travel to attend the discussion was very strange maybe the chocolate eggs take it out of him?

So the ‘debate’ started off with a couple of why be good if you don’t believe and what’s the point if you don’t believe which Richard answered these soft questions with style and grace it would probably be the millionth time he has answered these questions and Pell tried to poke holes in science but it just showed his lack of understanding of science, and Pell let swing with Godwins Law at exactly 10 minutes and 52 Seconds by saying that Hitler with his Nazi party and Stalin were atheists which is blatantly untrue as we know Hilter was supported by the roman catholic church and as for Stalin was an atheist but it could be said that he was a Leninist. George Pell also said how great the church was for women’s rights which could be laughed at because christianity is well known for misogynous beliefs.

While Richard Dawkins was trying to rebuke George Pell’s Godwin’s Law statement about Hitler the crowd cheered and laughed in support of Pell so Richard lent over to Tony Jones and said ‘nice unbiased crowd here tonight’. There was definitely a feeling of more support for the chief peanut.

So the gaff about Hilter would have been bad until George Pell decided to explain why the Jews had not moved forward and that was because they were not smart enough and Tony Jones pulled Pell up to say so you think that Jesus was not smart to which Pell looked confused and offended until he realised that he had made a big gaff and that the question was to clear up what he had said.

Now the “debate” continued on for another 30 minutes with a dull back andi forth Pell truely not understanding evolution and not understanding Richard Dawkins life work. Until the question of Adam and Eve to which George Pell said that it was a nice story but was not a factual happening at all so it seems that there goes original sin he showed how out of touch he is with climate change stating that it is not real and that things are all right in the world.

Now the hard question was asked about Same Sex Marriage I thought that George Pell was going to have a stroke or start to spit out bits of his teeth from clenching them so tight while saying that he has no problems with the ‘choices’ that gays choose to make.

So the ‘debate’ ended and nothing new came to light except that George Pell is a bigoted anti semite but the best thing was the QANDA vote which was Do you think that life is better with religion 76% of the 20,000 voters said no which is the best thing about the Monday night show.


Well this is the end of my first ever blog so please let me know what you think, all comments will be appreciated