Colombian Death-Spray 

  Colombian Death-Spray 

Posted by FoM on October 11, 2001 at 16:46:15 PT
By Reverend Damuzi 
Source: Cannabis Culture 

The US is spewing poison and killing villagers, stealing oil-rich land in the name of the Drug War. Is $1.6 billion in US drug-war aid intended to solve Colombia's problems, or make them worse? Human rights advocates believe that it will finance the world's largest aerial fumigation campaign, the mass slaughter of villagers, poisoning of Colombia's lands, and the creation of a South American Vietnam.
Blood for Oil 450 members of the U'wa tribe of Colombia, some of them women and children, scattered across the morning soil in front of an advancing line of bulldozers, hired by Occidental Petroleum. Police and military fired tear gas grenades into the families as some of them escaped into the forest, and some into the Cubujon river. Three of the children, unable to fight the river's current, drowned.They had been surrounded, on their own land, for over three weeks by 1,000 to 1,500 heavily armed units, after holding a peaceful vigil against Occidental's occupation of their territory. Military helicopters had swooped in a couple of weeks after they were surrounded, and kidnapped three of their leaders before the attack.It was February 11 of this year, and as of this writing, 15 other U'wa are still missing because of the debacle, which took place on U'wa sovereign land, with the help of the Colombian government, because a wealthy multinational company wants the oil that lies on their property.The public was shocked. A general strike was called in the surrounding towns. Afterward, 2,500 people gathered to demonstrate at the drill site. The U'Wa threatened to commit mass suicide if Occidental went forward with their plans. Fearing a public-relations nightmare of exactly this nature, the corporation-loving drug-war promoting Organization of American States. See: Death to South Americans Inc, CC#19 -- -- has demanded that Occidental cease all activity on U'Wa territory since September of 1997. But to no avail.Occidental Petroleum, like many multinational corporations, has a long and sordid history. In the 70's, Occidental was responsible for the infamous "Love Canal" toxic waste disaster. Since then, Occidental's oil has poisoned innumerable rivers and lakes. Their Caño Limon pipeline alone has geysered about 1.7 million barrels of oil into watersheds to the nearby north of the U'Wa territory.Occidental Petroleum has accused the U'wa of narco-terrorist affiliations. The Organization for Geopolitical Drugwatch (OGD), an international investigative organization, has found that, in Colombia, violent bloodbaths targeting so-called "narco-terrorist sympathizers" have a tendency to occur wherever there are poor farmers or indigenous peoples living on oil or mineral-rich lands. See: Colombia's Corporate Killers, CC#23 -- Colombia, everyone from the military to the highest levels of government to rebel and paramilitary factions are involved in the drug trade, so the label of "narco-terrorist sympathizer" is really meaningless. But it serves a purpose… it means that US drug war aid, police and military intervention can be used, literally, to kill babies in campaigns of terror designed to steal land from the poor and give it to the rich.Money for Blood Meanwhile, thousands of miles away in Washington DC, someone stands to get very rich from leading the public to believe that more drug war funding will stop the slaughter of indigenous people and the poor. Political wheels turn, seemingly unrelated to the engines of terror set loose among the U'Wa."The US must help Colombia's democratic government promote the rule of law, economic stability and human rights," announced Barry McCaffrey, US Drug Czar in an April 6 letter to the Financial Times of London. "35,000 Colombians have been killed." McCaffrey's solution to the problem is to make it worse – send another $1.6 billion in drug-war funding to Colombia. According to McCaffrey, another $4 billion will come from the Colombian government, and another $3.5 billion will come from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a free-trade promoting, world-lending institution with big stakes in extracting resources from South America.80% of the US's $1.6 billion will go to military hardware, including 30 Hueys, the kind of helicopter used to kidnap U'wa leaders. Plus 30 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, various other weaponry, and further assistance through the already cooperative CIA, their spy network and spy satellites. The remaining 20% of the package will supposedly go to alternative crop development and human rights initiatives. Since, as reported in the New York Times, Colombian president Pastrana opposes the human rights initiative part of the US package,1 the $4 Billion Colombia is providing for drug war activities and the $3.5 billion from free trade organizations will be spent exclusively on military expansion.The $1.6 bill package has already passed through the House and, despite some resistance from the US Senate, the package will likely be passed sometime in May or June of this year, according to Valerie Van Slyke of the Colombia Support Network, a human rights organization. "Senate majority leader Trent Lott wants it to go through the regular channels, not as an emergency package," Van Slyke told Cannabis Culture. "He is a republican from Mississippi and he is not against the package in any way, just the way it was introduced."The U'Wa-slaughtering profiteers of Occidental Petroleum are among the multinational corporations that lobbied the senate to pass the $1.6 billion in aid, explained the San Francisco Examiner on March 15, 2000. The Examiner also reported that British Petroleum (BP) – another oil company implicated in using death squads equipped by US drug-war dollars to clear peasants off of oil-rich land. See: Colombia's Corporate Killers, CC#23 -- -- was also among the lobbyists. According to the San Francisco paper, helicopter contracts went to Textron and United, which each donated approximately a million dollars to both Republican and Democrat election campaigns.2The US is able to provide military hardware, training and tactical cooperation to steal land and extract oil from Colombia, because the South American country owes the US billions in development loans. Many of these loans are held by the New-York based IMF. All bets might be off if leftist Colombian rebels, known as the FARC, the de facto government of the Southern half of Colombia, should succeed in taking over. So drug-war funding like the proposed $1.6 billion will also go to all-out war against the FARC,3 who are no more involved in the drug trade than the Colombian government… which is to say that they are quite involved. It is no wonder that the FARC have tried everything from promising to quit growing drugs to a recent call for legalization… anything to stop US politicians from using the drug war as an excuse for military attacks on the FARC.Raining Death A poison rain is killing Colombia's rainforests, annihilating food crops, causing birth-defects and an epidemic of cancer, and could potentially unleash a fungus plague to spread across North America, creating widespread famine in Canada and the US.The rain is a US-backed fumigation campaign that will be tripled when McCaffrey's $1.6 billion in drug-war funding is approved. The fumigation campaign supposedly targets coca, poppy and marijuana crops, but is really intended as an act of war against rebel-governed southern Colombia and anyone else standing in the way of corporate development in that country.Farmers and townspeople have demonstrated in crowds of thousands against the aerial fumigations, which President Pastrana promised to stop when he was elected. Pastrana's promise vaporized in the heat of the billion-plus aid deal from the US. When Pastrana's own anti-drug chief, Ruben Olarte Reyes, complained against US-backed fumigation in May of '99, Pastrana fired him.4McCaffrey and others have tried to down-play the amount of spraying the US is prepared to back, but much of the $1.6 billion in aid is geared toward what could be the biggest fumigation campaign in history. When General Jose Serrano, Director General of the Colombian National Police, attended the House Committee on International Relations hearing on US anti-drug policy in his country in 1998, he explained why the Blackhawk helicopters that the US is buying for Colombia are such a significant purchase."The poppy is located at more than 3,000 meters above sea level," said Serrano. "The UH-1H helicopters do not have the capability to carry necessary elements to the Alps to provide the support for the fumigation. And in the Huey, at those altitudes, we can only send two men up. In the Blackhawk, we could put 15 to 18. Where coca is concerned, the narcotics traffickers are planting the coca at greater distances than the range. They know what the range of the Huey helicopter is. So, they calculate that range and plant the coca farther than that."Serrano also revealed that CIA cooperation has been instrumental in aerial fumigations."We do have support from CIA satellites to be able to map the illicit cultivation of drug crops," he said. "The satellite images tell us how many hectares are under cultivation. Also, it follows up and takes a look at the results after fumigation."Fumigation GenocideIn Colombia, few people can speak freely without being killed. But perhaps she had nothing left to lose. With nervous glances at the audience, Omira Morales told of her personal experience with US-backed fumigations, and about how she had helped, behind the scenes, to organize protests against them."One can hide in the house, but the planes come in so low," Omira told the crowd, assembled by the Women's League for Peace and Freedom in 1996, when anti-spray protests reached a peak. "Our houses are made from wood and it filters in. Not only that, there is the damage caused by the poisoning of the water. This has produced vomiting and diarrhea. This is one reason we started the protest marches [in March of 1996]. The children began losing their hair and had burns and eye diseases. At this time in the places we cultivated, the land is barren. At one point there were 7 fumigations using 3 planes."5US drug czar Barry McCaffrey claims that fumigation efforts are aimed at the FARC's "dangerous drug production sanctuaries in southern Colombia."6 But investigative reporters Elsa Nivia and Rachel Massey, working for the Global Pesticide Campaigner, revealed that in June of last year, for example, the Yanacona community of indigenous, traditional food crop farmers was the target of a US spray attack."Glyphosate [was] sprayed indiscriminately over houses, community centers, schools, water sources, grazing areas and workers in the fields," reported the Campaigner's investigative duo. "Men and women talked about their experience of being 'sprayed like flies' and becoming ill. Mothers reported on illnesses among children, including respiratory distress, rashes, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, migraines and conjunctivitis. One child had lost consciousness temporarily. One pregnant mother with five children testified that all her children are sick and her livelihood has been destroyed, leaving her with no way to provide for them … fish and chickens died, other farm animals became ill. The spraying has destroyed the crops they grow to feed their families…"7The fumigation of Colombia is not all that different from the US agent-orange project in Vietnam. Agent-orange, laced with deadly dioxins, was dropped indiscriminately from the air to defoliate vast tracts of jungle and destroy villages in Vietnam. It killed droves of American War Vets, riddling them with incurable cancers.Monsanto, the company that created and supplied agent orange, has been supplying glyphosate for use against Colombian villagers and indigenous people since the 80's. Should glyphosate spraying continue, Monsanto also stands to make a killing on their new, genetically-engineered glyphosate-resistant crop seeds.Better Death SpraysAccording to Carolyn Cox, of the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP), glyphosate is the pesticide industry's "first billion dollar product, with predictions of three billion dollars in annual sales this year."8 No wonder that Monsanto claims the product is harmless, despite scientific evidence and first-hand testimony from thousands of Colombians.According to a fact-sheet produced by the NCAP, quoting a plethora of well-documented studies, glyphosate causes salivary gland lesions, heart palpitations, increased abnormality of sperm, genetic damage to blood cells, increased risk of miscarriage, premature births, liver tumors, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and thyroid cancer.The US is pressuring Colombia to accept even more toxic substances to be sprayed over Colombia. Included in this deadly arsenal of potential sprays is Tebuthiuron (aka "Spike"). In the 1980's, fear of the deadly potential of Spike led the head of the US Department of Agriculture's narcotics lab to quit in protest over plans to use it in Colombia. Spike's manufacturer eventually declined to sell the product for anti-drug applications. Despite concerns, and under US pressure, the previous Colombian president approved "experimental use" of Spike when he left office in 1998.7Now the US State Department is using the United Nations Drug Control Program (UNDCP) to pressure Colombia into spraying the genetically modified Fusarium oxysporum fungus.9 The virulent fungus is being touted as more "environmentally friendly" than the toxic herbicides now used. The state department claims that the fungus will attack only coca and marijuana plants, yet Fusarium is known to be a highly adapatable, rapidly mutating fungus which already damages a wide array of food crops around the world. The widespread spraying of the "killer fungus" would undoubtedly produce massive environmental destruction of native plant species.FARC ResistanceTheir crops poisoned, their livestock sick and dying in the fields, their families dead, many Southern Colombian farmers turn to the FARC to fight back against the American invasions that have destroyed their lives.US fumigation campaigns rain more than just deadly toxins on farmers, they also rain lead. The Hueys and Blackhawk helicopters are not for spraying, but for "tactical support" for the fumigation planes. They are troop transport units, and are used to deliver death squads into villages that grow crops in FARC territory. Major media around the world are unmasking the US government's drug-war scam.In February of last year, the UK Economist printed a story alleging that $290 million in funding for crop eradication went to equipping helicopters with 20mm cannons,10 to cut down peasant growers in their fields and occasionally kill FARC rebels, who sometimes defend farmers in Southern Colombia by shooting down the planes."US-financed fumigation campaigns targeting peasant growers actually work to the guerrilla's advantage by further exacerbating social tensions," reported Winifred Tate of the Washington Office of Latin America. "This climate of discontent has helped swell the ranks of FARC and has cast the guerrilla organization as the defender of small peasant farmers."11"The base has been destroyed. There is nothing left. The police have been taken away… and the soldiers, too." On August 6, '98, the Miami Herald related this tale, told by Luis Rodriguez, a Southern Colombian villager, over a two-way radio. Rodriguez was telling how angry Southern Colombians, who had joined the FARC, swarmed from the jungle and killed over 64 police and soldiers, then took another 100 as hostages.12Such tales are common in Southern Colombia; there is a general awareness that fumigation means more violence; and US drug war chief McCaffrey's promise that $1.6 bill in funding will somehow bring an end to the Colombian war is a poorly conceived lie.Crop Smoke ScreenColombian villagers are familiar with the kind of "alternative crop development," that McCaffrey claims is part of the $1.6 billion package, and in their experience it means yet more spraying.In November of '99, the New York Times printed the testimony of coca grower "Dagoberto P". "It wasn't crop substitution at all," Dagoberto told the Times. "It was forced fumigation."Dagoberto's tale is common in Colombia. Even when alternative crop development projects get growing, they are often snuffed out in death squad raids and fumigation campaigns. The August '99 issue of The Global Pesticide Campaigner described how the Colombian towns of Albania and Macizo had successfully begun growing food crops instead of coca and marijuana. They were funded not by US dollars, but by money from the local churches, the UN and the Colombian government.The Campaigner described "intercropped gardens of native species, pasture areas with tree cover, and small-scale fish farming" – all wiped out by US-backed fumigation using the toxic glyphosate. Adults and children lay sick in their beds while crops wilted and fish died.7 The Washington Office on Latin America reports the US-backed fumigation of similar non-US funded crop development experiments across Colombia.11In the past, very little US bucks allocated for crop development have even been spent. Last year, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) revealed to the press that Congress had passed a $15 million crop development package for Colombia in 1998, but by late 1999 only $500,000 had been spent.Alternative crop development programs are a threat to the multinational corporate forces that sponsor the war on drugs. The big oil, gold and emerald corporations that profit from the drug war already have enough problems clearing peasant farmers off of mineral-rich lands. The reality of successful farming in Colombia might also raise the poverty-level wages currently paid in factories. Why should Colombians work for pennies per hour in heavily-polluted corporate sweatshops when they can successfully work the land?Counter-Spray RevolutionCiting widespread environmental degradation, Juan Mayr – the Colombian Minister of the Environment for the Amazonia region – called a temporary halt to US spray campaigns over the southern half of the country last March..Mayr's announcement came after a February meeting with local mayors and governors, who reported "grave concern for the health of residents of the region, in particular for peasants and indigenous people," and "pollution and environmental degradation of the headwaters of the region and of the Colombian rainforest" as a result of aerial glyphosate spraying. Attendees of the conference concluded that "The constitutional rights of personal integrity, health, and access to food are being violated as subsistence food crops are destroyed along with the illicit crops."In an atmosphere where death threats are as common as office memos, Mayr's bold stance may last only as long as he lives. In North America, an act of drug-war defiance can be as safe as choosing to ride your bike or walk, instead of taking your car. If all cannabis smokers had even a fraction of the bravery shown by politician Juan Mayr, prohibition would have ended long ago.Footnotes(1) "Colombian Asks Congress for Aid Not Tied to Human Rights" by Tim golden, New York Times. January 26, 2000. (2) "Occidental Lobbies for US Military Aid to Colombia" by Arianna Huffington. March 15, 2000. San Francisco Examiner. (3) "Eyes Wide Shut: US Aid Package to Abusive Army." Washington Office on Latin America. February 15, 2000.(4) "Colombia Anti-Drug Chief Fired," Weekly News Update on the Americas. May 16, 1999.(5) The Courageous Women of Colombia, by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Videotape. 1996. (6) Statement by General Barry R McCaffrey, Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy. Before the House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources, Colombian and Andean Region Counterdrug Efforts: The Road Ahead. February 15, 2000.(7) "Casualties of the 'War on Drugs': Traditional farms destroyed with herbicides," by Elsa Nivia and Rachel Massey. Volume 9, No 2. Global Pesticide Campaigner, August, 1999.(8) Herbicide Factsheet by Carolyn Cox. The Journal of Pesticide Reform. A publication of the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides. Fall, 1998.(9) "Colombia may test anti-coca fungus," by Michael Hedges. Chicago Sun-Times. Feb 18, 2000.(10) "Policy, which policy?", by D Paul Stanford. Feb 20, 1999. The Economist [London].(11) "Colombia's Role in International Drug Industry," by Winifred Tate. Volume 4, Number 30 of In Focus, November 1999. A publication of the Washington Office on Latin America.(12) "Nothing left of police base in Colombia," by Tim Johnson. August 6, 1998. Miami Herald. Newshawk: Ethan Russo M.D.Source: Cannabis CultureAuthor: Reverend Damuzi Published: September 21, 2001Copyright: 2001 Cannabis CultureContact: ccmag cannabisculture.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:Colombia Drug War News Colombia Drug War Spraying Works -- But Too Well? Articles - Glyphosate 

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Comment #19 posted by Lehder on October 12, 2001 at 12:50:45 PT
all beings and their planets equal under U.S. law
" as it is doing this to the whole world, why spare the American people." --NMi think the corporate government regards all people of the planet equally as cheap labor to be exploited, patriotic consumers to be maintained in ignorance or indigenous landowners to be displaced or converted by force to the faith of consumerism. those who are not amenable to rehabilitation are gradually exterminated by the effects of various beneficial sounding programs. our government and its supporting governments take a world view and see no national boundaries or any special privileges for those who live in the u.s. or anywhere else. u.s. law really means global corporate-government law and applies to all people everywhere. foreign and domestic policies seek by "the peace process" when possible and by force when necessary to convert people from whatever they are into loyal and ignorant consumers. our policies really are crusades and holy wars.i spend as little money as possible and keep my income purposely very low. i don't know how the machine can be stopped except by 1) take the money away, or 2) wait for americans to be jolted by really disastrous events (depression, land war in u.s., pesitlence, climate change, 20% incarceration rate, whatever)into a thoughtful evaluation of our course 3)eventual conquest by outsiders. totalitarian movements typically end by opening doors 2 or 3.i have asked before, i am serious about this and think others should ask too: Do we intend to have a drug war on Mars, the moon and among the stars?
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on October 12, 2001 at 12:16:57 PT
Lehder & Everyone
Thanks Lehder,
We need to say how we feel. We have been on a long strange trip since September 11th.
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Comment #17 posted by New Mexican on October 12, 2001 at 12:02:15 PT
You said it Lehder, dddd, kap, FOM, dan B etc.!
Thanks everyone for speaking to these issues. I myself am feeling like Dr Strangelove has taken control and my faith is being tested. Within a week or so I suppose America will install the police state throughout the U.S. as it is doing this to the whole world, why spare the American people. They seem as willing to go along with bush as the Germans were with Hitler. See you in the concentration camps, that is if we survive the march. As of now it looks like a long cold winter and we will learn to have compassion for the Afghan people as will we be suffering at the hand of the same oppressors. Gee, now isn't that a postive outlook!
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Comment #16 posted by Lehder on October 12, 2001 at 08:51:01 PT
okay, FoM?
That's what I think'll happen.
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Comment #15 posted by Lehder on October 12, 2001 at 08:47:30 PT
one more item
in about two hours every elementary and high school student in the country will be asked to stand and recite The Pledge of Allegiance."Today, I ask students, teachers, parents and other proud Americans across the country to join mein showing our patriotism by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at a single time and with a unified voice this Friday," Paige said. "Together, we can send a loud and powerful message that will be heard around the world: America is 'one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.'" know that I speak for everyone here at cannabisnews when I proclaim there is hardly a single voice left in America that does not call for U.S. global economic and military hegemony extending into the infinite future. No one can challenge our might, and it is when we are strong that we are obligated to press our advantage, constantly confronting the red Chinese (among others). People who label the United States "imperialist" usually mean it as an insult. But in recent years a handful of conservative defense intellectuals have begun to argue that the United States is indeed acting in an imperialist fashion -- and that it should embrace the role.....The leading advocate of this idea of enforcing a new "Pax Americana" is Thomas Donnelly, deputy executive director of the Project for the New American Century, a Washington think tank that advocates a vigorous, expansionistic Reaganite foreign policy. we can reach out to those in into outer space as well. We have the money and the ingenuity to make our military space program one of interdiction and confrontation as well as tame exploration. I believe that God has chosen George Bush to lead us in extending righteous wars of drugs and terror over the globe, to the planets and the stars of our galaxy and beyond. I believe that George Bush will lead us to victory throughout the cosmos, and he will do so with Jesus Christ at his side, not Monica Lewinsky. We will prevail peacefully if we can, and we ask others to join, but we will proceed forcefully if called to arms. Let us pledge our lives to this greatest endeavor in history, the expansion of Americanism throughout the universe.
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on October 12, 2001 at 08:24:46 PT
Please post what you think will happen. You are smart and I like to know how people feel. I'll go check and see if they have an article about the Bill. I've been waiting until it was done to post anything about it. I will now. I have music and not the news on so I missed it because it was about the USS Cole I think the ship was called. I'm tired of funeral stuff.
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Comment #13 posted by Lehder on October 12, 2001 at 07:50:22 PT
in the news
--terrorism bill passed--the fbi announced threat of imminent attacks - can't say where, what or nature of evidence. i'd say the announcement was intended to speed passage of terrorism bill.--news last night told us it may take until next summer to find bin laden. if he were found today, we might ask if the war would soon be over. it's gonna take "years."--abc,nbc,cbs,cnn,fox - all the tv broadcasters agreed yesterday to no longer show bin laden's video speeches on tv and to censor portions that *the white house* considers may be "inflammatory". this is a restriction on the media, not bin laden. we shall see whose speech is next found unacceptable to the "white house."i wrote some conclusions and predictions here, too, but deleted them.
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Comment #12 posted by qqqq on October 12, 2001 at 04:35:50 PT
......Ya see....
...the shrub said he wanted all the children of Amerika,,to donate a buck to Afghanistan children,,,yup,,,just send your dollar,,,,,,you know,,,from the lemonade stand,or mowing Mrs Shrubbinghams lawn,,,,or the buck from peddlin' crack to youngsters......yup,,,just send it on up to the whitehouse,,,they will use it to drop several ,,hundred ton "aid packages ,,,in a mine field,,,,or terrify someones mom,by nearly crushing baby Talabans ,,raining down mass quanities of peanut butter sandwiches,from a C5......GIMME A FREEKIN' BREAK!......for the price of ONE,"smartbomb",,or tomahawk missle,,,you could probably supply the entire country with Manwiches for a week,,,,,oops,,I forgot,,they dont really like meat,,,,well,I guess we could drop a bunch of pasta,,,,,,Cup O Noodles might be good,because it wouldnt hurt people when it hit them from 30.000 feet....(I hear it's not that good without water,,,sorta crunchy)((makes a turd)).
..yes,,,we need the children of Amerika to pitch in here,,,,heck,,why only a buck?,,,why not a fin,,or a sawbuck?,,,,just mail it to the whitehouse,,,and it will go toward the children of Afghanistan..........
..dont it just make ya feel a fuzzy and warm to see the children of America being inspired by the shrub to pitch in and to their part to help their fellow children,who have the unique misfortune of getting the shity bombed out of them.......d.....d.d..........d
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Comment #11 posted by dddd on October 12, 2001 at 03:50:22 PT
Well spoken Doc Z
....I ,,found the shrubs speech invigorated an already exsisting malignant repugnance for this Shari Lewis,sock puppet,, fakely elected,,,borderline illiterate,,phoney,,Texan,in a demagog mask!......
.the shrubs level of sucked-ness is at an all time high in my poll,,,,in fact,,polls show that his fakeness level,is 8% higher than previous fake level poll results proved.(+/- 13%)....and his approval rating is at 93%,,,,,,,heck,,,how could you argue with them numbers?,,that was the approval rating,but those polled,were amongst those who recieved a nice rebate on their taxes!!!....Yay!! wonderful!!,,you get back a small percent of what you were already grossly overcharged!....or,,you get the capital gains goldmine exemption,,,,and you are the ones whos phones rang for this "poll",on ,,,"mainstream America". ..............................................cock-a-freekin'-doodle-doo!!!!!dddd
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Comment #10 posted by xxdr_zombiexx on October 12, 2001 at 03:23:55 PT:
Thursday Night, 10.10.2001....825 pm Read this story a bit ago and went in to watch the shrub engage in his shrubbery. I got there about the time he was done with his hollow, meaningless "speech" and he was delivering a rambling answr to a reporter's pre-written, screened and okayed question. The question was about whether or not the Government would take the necessary steps to protect the public - notifying them of specific threats and taking "appropriate" actions such as sealing off possibly-tainted water supplies. In this "answer" Bush talked about how they hunted down every crop-dusting plane company and asked a bunch of questions, then realized crop-dusters would require modification to spread germs, so they interviewed a lot of machine shops near crop dusting places. He talked about trying to prevent americans from being attacked with crop-dusters when thats exactly what we are doing to the Poor in Columbia. It's very weel-detalied in this article.It is this sort of "policy" that has alienated America from much of the world. crop-dusting us would be your basic "message": "What goes around, comes around". I really liked the part in this article about "Monsanto also stands to make a killing on their new, genetically-engineered glyphosate-resistant crop seeds. " Brilliant, ain't it? There were stories in the early 1990's that Dupont had developed breeds of corn that ONLY grow with their fertilizers. That's a beautiful example of Capitalism. The US is going to tighten american border security wich will further crack down on cannabis smuggling and the Customs Department has indicated they are making Terrorism their #1 duty and are discounting eforts to screen for "drugs". What this means is that weed will become more expensive until a totally US delivery network is put together. Not to mention that the DEA, still high from the outright execution of a cannabis culture idealist, has rejuvenated it's war against cannabis culture, civil, states', and human rights. From MILITARY-style SWAT raids on peaceful physicians (with cancer recovery underway) to apparently making thier own laws about hemp-based foods. Thus, in the meantime, cocaine and heroin will be MORE available becuase they make so much money yet take up little space. Weed is too bulky. The US Government has this idea that they will reduce heroin on the streets of america by "bombing" the Taliban's opium stores. All this will accomplish - at best - is to increase the price of SMUGGLING heroin and cocaine. And if the Taliban are "behind in supplying" the Columbians stand to reap the profits. And America gets 1 more reason to intervene in Columbia militarily. This is sickening and profoundly Un-American.. 
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on October 11, 2001 at 20:20:48 PT
That's why it bothers me. If it isn't a religious war don't keep using religious terms. When I think of The Evil One I think of the Devil. I know bin Laden is bad but that's going overboard. The wrong words can make this much worse. Glad you caught it too.
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on October 11, 2001 at 20:14:29 PT
It's about Cocaine now. I posted the wrong program
11:00PM - 12:00AM 
Hooked: Illegal Drugs and How They Got That Way 
Derived from South America's coca leaf, cocaine was touted as a cure-all in the late 19th-century and was the secret ingredient in many medicines and elixirs such as Coca-Cola. But cocaine's allure quickly diminished as racism entered the picture--the concept of the "cocaine-crazed Negro" even led police to strengthen the caliber of their guns from .32 to .38. We'll see how, though it was outlawed in 1914, its popularity soared in the 1980s and '90s and gave birth to a deadlier form--crack. TV PG 
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Comment #7 posted by bruce42 on October 11, 2001 at 20:11:50 PT
one man
we do need more than one man. but we need more than numbers. this has to end. but how? How do we stop this?
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on October 11, 2001 at 20:09:10 PT
Hooked: Illegal Drugs and How They Got That Way 
This is now on The History Channel. It is a repeat but worth seeing. Check your time schedule. I'm watching it on Direct TV.
3:00AM - 4:00AM 
 Opium, Morphine and Heroin 
An examination of the history of the poppy plant and three of its deadliest derivatives. In ancient times, the poppy was considered divine, but in the 19th and 20th centuries, its addicting and lethal qualities caused unprecedented national outrage, social upheaval, and even sparked two wars. Used by the upper classes as patent medicines, heroin became the bane of society when the working class began to use it. In 1914, Federal law banned heroin and opium, and restricted morphine to medicinal use. TV PG
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Comment #5 posted by BOFH420 on October 11, 2001 at 20:03:02 PT:
The Evil Ones I saw the same thing it keeps striking me as quite oxymoronic that they consistently say it isn't a holy war but yet they draw the lines of good/evil and praise their god consistently whenever they speak of it,
Thank our god for this
they are evil
we must destroy them
George bush's slip when he said 'crusade' was very freudian.
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Comment #4 posted by greenfox on October 11, 2001 at 20:02:39 PT
It is sad. When I look at this I wonder why I bother to care for this country. And then I remember- there are good people, like those who post here... people who value freedom. This is what I fight for. (and in the end, he did *love* big brother... we must never forget this lesson.) sly in green, foxy in kind.. ;>greenf·x
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Comment #3 posted by freedom fighter on October 11, 2001 at 18:20:30 PT
Insanity and Madness
"If all cannabis smokers had even a fraction of the bravery shown by politician Juan Mayr, prohibition would have ended long ago."The author is right about this. Ya know, if this article is published in NY times, noone would even understand what it is about. So, I really do not see how some of us can educate others about this folly. I get the feelin that most americans do not think that is true until it happens in their own backyards. How can one man stop this insanity?ff
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on October 11, 2001 at 17:38:30 PT
Just a Comment
I am watching Bush speak and he just called bin Laden The Evil One. Is that necessary to talk like that? That sure will make some people very angry. I guess words mean too much to me. Words can help or they can hurt. Using inflamatory expressions aren't going to help in my opinion.
PS: I sure don't like bin Laden. That's all I need to say.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on October 11, 2001 at 17:18:09 PT
News Brief from EFE
Colombian senators ask U.N. to review anti-drug policy
Story Filed: Thursday, October 11, 2001 7:16 PM EST 
Bogota, Oct 11, 2001 (EFE via COMTEX) -- Two Colombian senators on Thursday asked the U.N. to organize a conference of international experts to review the anti-drug policy at an international level. 
Juan Manuel Ospina, from the ruling Conservative Party, and Rafael Orduz, from the Liberal Party, promoters of a congressional debate on drug eradication by fumigation, sent a letter to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan requesting the anti-drug policy review. 
In the letter, both legislators - supported by many of their colleagues during legislative sessions - made their suggestions to the drug crop eradication policy. 
According to Ospina and Orduz, the chemical agents used by crop dusting planes are "inefficient" and "counterproductive." 
"The most concrete effect in 10 years of fumigation has been the displacement of the illegal crops from Peru and Bolivia to Colombia," the letter to Annan read. 
In terms of controlling the demand, the senators said "the strategy has not been effective, and in fact it has caused great social and environmental costs." 
In Colombia, according to several local and U.S. officials, there are more than 130,000 hectares (321,000 acres) of coca fields and 11,000 hectares (27,000 acres) of poppy fields, which are used for heroin production. 
Consequently, Colombia is considered to be the largest producer of cocaine in the Western Hemisphere. 
"The debate goes beyond chemicals and their application. What is really at issue here is putting an end to drug smuggling, and fumigation is not the answer. Fumigation is not eradication," the two Colombian senators said. EFE 
Copyright: 2001 Agencia EFE S.A. 
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