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2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference Videos

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Sun, Nov 20, 2011 - 11:44 am

In case you were not fortunate enough to go to the 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, the Drug Policy Alliance has begun listing the videos which are now online for you to watch, free!

Check out the page, “Selected Video from the 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference.”

Licit and Illicit Drugs, Edward M. Brecher and the Publishers of Consumer Reports

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 - 12:27 am

Cover of Licit and Illicit DrugsLicit and Illicit Drugs is a very important book of the 1960’s and 1970’s (even beyond) with regards to educating people about drugs, the history of drugs, and drug policy. Why? Mainly because it’s easy to read and approaches the subject with objectivity, compassion, and balance.

As you can tell from this introduction, I hold the book in high regard, but I do not like the lack of emphasis on legalization. Decriminalization is mentioned as an alternative, but since the book is principally about drugs Brecher does not go into detail about the multitude of others horrors decriminalization will not remove. But he does touch on the benefits of a completely above-ground system, i.e. legalization, but in my opinion he doesn’t mention that enough.

Edward M. Brecher and the Editors of Consumer Reports categorized drugs in a logical manner, by pharmacological effect on the body and mind, not by some arbitrary, subjective, and Orwellian-titled approach. They also, quite wisely, decided to include information on licit drugs as well.

Licit and Illicit Drugs is such a groundbreaking book that the Drug Policy Alliance honors it by naming one of their biennial awards after it, “The Edward M. Brecher Award for Achievement in the Field of Media.”

Ken Burns’ Prohibition

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Sun, Oct 2, 2011 - 4:04 pm

PROHIBITION

A nearly 6 hour series on alcohol prohibition begins tonight. Ken Burn and Lynn Novick segmented the shows into three parts: A Nation of Drunkards, A Nation of Scofflaws, and A Nation of Hypocrites.

I've not yet seen anything other than the trailer.

In case you don't live in New England, you don't subscribe to a local PBS station, or your PBS station doesn't cover this series, I've scanned in a few portions the WGBH TV guide.

The cover

The inside cover

Quarter-page ad

Ken Burns interview

What About the Children? Book: 'Children of the Drug War' -- FREE Download

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 - 8:43 pm

Cover of the book 'Children of the Drug War' Always ready to read about kids (I majored in Early Childhood Education) and inclined to give free downloads a chance, I was eager to see for myself what “Children of the Drug War” held.

The respectable Transform Drug Policy Foundation noted the publication on its blog in a post called, “Important new book: ‘Children of the Drug War’ (free pdf download).”

If you’re like me you may have immediately noticed that the pretend child’s writing quoting the title of the book is just a computer font. As most people who work with kids know, the younger the child, the more the writing tends to pivot from their elbow, resulting in an arc. However, one must not let surface appearances detract from getting to the heart of the matter and learning as much truth as one can. (Jesus has a few sayings about this, one of which I recently featured.)

I apologize for taking so long to note this book, but I haven’t finished reading it yet and I wanted to be able to write miniature book report. Nearly every page is chock full of information and emotions. There are many pieces, we’re told, in children’s own words.

As an example, I'm on page 33 (44 of 253 in the PDF) and it says:

Violence in Mexico has had myriad implications for society and specifically for child development and well-being.24 It has, for example, eroded adults’ capacities to care for, nurture, and protect children. It is important to note that many of the 28,000 who have been killed since the war on drugs began were parents. While neither Mexico’s government nor the various nongovernmental organizations working in this area keep track of the number of children who have lost one or both parents in the war, it is estimated that tens of thousands of children are orphaned directly because of the drug war.25

Human rights lawyer and investigator for the Chihuaha local commission for human rights, Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson, has analyzed these numbers and concluded that, based on data that Mexican men aged eighteen to thirty-five have on average 1.7 children, in Ciudad Juárez alone, the war has left more than 8,500 orphans.26 Extending this figure to the national level, a total of 50,000 drug war orphans is possible.

As you can see there is a lot of information and it contains footnotes so it can be double checked. (Note that the statistic of 28,000 dead in Mexico is really outdated. A recent post by expert Walter McKay puts the number at 48,000!)

If you’re like me, all it does is remind you that prohibition has no redeeming values. Prohibition does the exact opposite of what all its biggest cheerleaders say it does. Prohibition puts drugs in the hands of teens, it causes children to suffer, and robs tens of thousands of them of their parents.

But facts aren’t enough for many in our government, or the U.N. or other thug nations. On this site and the Internet you can find a quote from the (former) U.N. psycho named Costa who said that violence in Mexico was a good thing, sociopathic DEA mistress Leonhart said similar, and the book opens with a delusional portrayal of reality by the current Homeland Security maiden Janet Napolitano who recited SOP blather (and rebutted by the authors):

This is something that is worth fighting for because drug addiction is about fighting for somebody’s life, a young child’s life, a teenager’s life, their ability to be a successful and productive adult. . . . If you think about it in those terms, that they are fighting for lives—and in Mexico they are literally fighting for lives as well from the violence standpoint—you realize the stakes are too high to let go.3

What Napolitano did not mention in her speech was that today, in the city of Juárez, Mexico, alone, there are 10,000 children who have been orphaned by the drug war violence.4 Napolitano’s comment highlights key flaws in drug war efforts to “protect” children. Not only has the war on drugs proved a costly failure in addressing drug addiction or use overall, including among young people, it has also caused significant harm to the health and lives of children and young people. Children are, indeed, “fighting for their lives”—but in many cases, due to the very drug control efforts that are adopted in their name.

If you’re the kind of person who thinks beyond your own belly, beyond your own household, and actually cares about what is going on around the world, what your tax dollars are being used to fund, you owe it to yourself to read this book.

As mentioned above, the book can be downloaded for free, or if you prefer, you can order a hardcopy. Buying it from Amazon using this link will result in LEAP receiving some proceeds.

'Blueprint for Regulation' Now in Five Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Russian

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 - 6:07 pm

In case you have friends who speak Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and/or Russian, you should know about two new translations of the awesome book, “After the War on Drugs: Blueprint for Regulation.”

Book: A Painful Truth: The Entrapment of America's Sick

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Tue, Sep 13, 2011 - 4:51 pm

Due to the support of her loving family, and the fact she’s “never been one to sit back quietly when I see injustice,” Nancy Rector documented and wrote about a very painful episode in her life.

Lots of Pain

Cover of book A Painful Truth First it was chronic pain in her body. Then it was the pain of dealing with our healthcare system since she didn’t have insurance. The next grievous pain was delivered by 20 militarized representatives of the state, kicking in her door and arresting her in front of her daughter and granddaughter, then hauling her away in handcuffs and throwing her in jail. Then there was more pain as she realized Drug War has completely perverted our justice system.

I have to admit that I’ve not yet read her book, but I look forward to it. [Update-now read.] However, I am familiar with many other horrendous stories which I’ve heard about since I’ve paid closer attention to the immediate need to end prohibition. There is NO excuse for a “free” democratic society to engage in these atrocities, let alone from a nation that considers itself God fearing or Christian!

http://APainfulTruth.com/the-book/

Nancy Rector suffered from chronic pain for over a decade. Having no insurance and being refused by all the doctors she contacted, her life was a daily struggle to exist. She spent virtually all day in bed, the pain had become unbearable and her thoughts turned to very dark places. In desperation to help herself, and after much research, she found she could order prescription meds online that would possibly ease her suffering. She did so and for the first time in years she had her life back… until the morning of November 5th 2010.

On that day, at approximately 11:00 a.m. at home with her daughter and 5 year old granddaughter, without giving warning, a 20-man SWAT Team broke her door down and charged through the house with automatic rifles. She was taken away to jail in handcuffs. Four months later she was a convicted felon. All this for a single order of medicine. This book details the story of what she experienced every step of the way, from jail to sentencing to probation, and how the current destructive laws in place can allow this to happen to any citizen.

You can find the book at Amazon.com and if you use this link to buy it, LEAP will receive some funds from your purchase.

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