Bea Arthur and Rock Hudson sing “Turnin’ On” from the 1977 musical I Love My Wife (directed by Arthur’s husbad) on The Beatrice Arthur Special:
The simple life it must have been When “smoke” was Luckys and “high” was gin One pink lady and how it turned ‘em on! “Junk” was trash, “speed” was swift Glue was pasted instead of sniffed Coke and aspirin, and wow it turned ‘em on! (full lyrics)
“I’ve been of the personal opinion that the strident anti-pot messages have been particularly damaging to the goal of keeping kids away from dangerous stuff. Pot is not dangerous. It just isn’t. But adults insist that it is, and scream bloody murder about it, all red-faced with their wattles shaking. Then, when the kids actually try it, they figure out that, yet again, the adults are lying to them, as they so frequently do. So then they ignore the screaming about drugs that are actually dangerous I’m not sure if this is still common parlance, but in my youth, pot was called “a gateway drug”. And I think they’re right about that, but not for the reasons they believe. It’s not that pot automatically leads to heroin, it’s that lying about pot means that kids don’t trust you about heroin. Basing your anti-drug campaign around falsehoods is about as counter-productive a strategy as one could possibly come up with.“
Much ado about Tenet on 60 Minutes. Here’s some scrapings:
He repeated “We do not torture” five times within the space of one paragraph. And then, if you bluster and bully and say, “Now, listen to me. Now, you’re not hearing me,” that people will take you more seriously. This is ridiculous. Of course, they torture.
Last night on Larry King Live, Tenet obstinately rejected the call to return the medal [of Freedom, awarded to him by Bush after he left the CIA]: I would never give thought to giving back the Medal of Freedom. … I accepted the award on their behalf [the men and women of the CIA] and I will never give that medal back.
There is a war on drugs because the people who control the State do not want to be stuck answering the phone, they want an excuse to break down your door. In other words, they don’t want to be limited to providing dispute resolution services, they want an instrument of social control that they can extend. Real dispute resolution has to serve the requirements of the customer (a member of the public calls up and says that someone has stolen his car, requiring you to try and find it). The state in this role is at the beck and call of the public. If the public just goes about its own business, the state has nothing to do. However, victimless crimes offer a whole new opportunity for actively interfering in peoples lives: now the state is truly following its own agenda and can try to arrest people without the pesky problem of needing a complainant.
Between 1998 and 2004, Congress appropriated over $1.2 billion to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) for the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. GAO’s review of Westat’s evaluation reports and associated documentation leads to the conclusion that the evaluation provides credible evidence that the campaign was not effective in reducing youth drug use, either during the entire period of the campaign or during the period from 2002 to 2004 when the campaign was redirected and focused on marijuana use.
If you can catch Frontline’s show on the crystal meth epidemic that is destroying the country from the west to the mid-west and is due to arrive very soon in the east, you need to. It is excellent excellent television and very informative – and shocking. Quick facts:
Remember Quaaludes? A guy from the DEA killed the ‘Lude business by simply finding the manufacturers of the ingredients and shutting them down. Fascinating. Of course when they try this approach with ephedrine – that worked – then with pseudoephedrine: all of the pharmaceutical companies went apeshit. That’s why there’s been so much movement at the local and state levels.
The amount of money spent on the crime, rehab, prison, foster child care and police time spent on meth is absolutely astounding.