as of: 07/28/2003
|Money Spent on the War On Drugs this Year|
The U.S. federal government will spend over 19.2 billion dollars at a rate of
about $609 per second on the War on Drugs this year.
Source: Office of National Drug Control Policy
State and local governments will spend at least another 20 billion.
Source: Drucker, Dr. Ernest, (1998, Jan./Feb.). Public Health Reports,, "Drug Prohibition and Public Health." U.S. Public Health Service. Vol. 114.
|People Arrested for Drug Law Offenses this Year|
Arrests for drug law violations in 2003 are expected to exceed the 1,579,566
arrests of 2000.|
Someone is arrested every 20 seconds.
Source: Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation
|People Arrested for Cannabis Law Offenses this Year|
In 2000, 46.5 percent of the 1,579,566 total arrests for drug law violations
were for cannabis -- a total of 734,497. Of those, 646,042 people were arrested for
possession alone. This is an increase over 1999, when a total of 704,812 Americans
were arrested for cannabis offenses, of which 620,541 were for possession alone.
Source: Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation
|People Incarcerated for Drug Law Offenses this Year|
Approximately 236800 people are expected to be incarcerated
for drug law violations in 2003.|
About 648 are locked up every day.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Far be it for me to dream, p'raps beyond me ken and as a Canuck out of my purview, but hope puts a spring in my step and a zip in my drive: The Fire This Time - Why Kucinich May be the Right Guy at the Right Time
|"The math, stripped of its eloquence, looks something like this: If minority constituencies could be inspired to vote in proportionate numbers and in line with their historical preferences, a populist candidate would need less than 40% of the white vote to constitute a majority. In other words, in a 100 million vote election, 12% Black at 90%, 12 Latino at 65%, Asian at 60%, White Women at 53%...leads to only 25% of white men needed. Before you get out your calculators, remember this is only a rough sketch. The theory is that by truly energizing the progressive base, we can further effect this shift to the left.|
The problem, of course, is that Kucinich isn't Black, and it remains to be seen whether he could mobilize the necessary base constituencies in sufficient numbers." (ed. note: Wellstone, King, Malcolm, Kennedy(s), ...X)
Freepers: Among our most valuable assets. Unfortunately, their ideology remains troublesome. Re-education programs are in place to contain any damage. Memetic Engineers: Our assets among the most valuable. Fortunately their ideology is maleable. Education is in place.
|"One could, for example, limit one's exposure to known sources of unhygienic memes … roughly, the analogue of not eating off the floor."|
|"It is easy to imagine a strategy that would deliberately elaborate a complex knowledge space to provide a context within which people could be effectively entrapped. Expressed in benevolent terms, this knowledge structure would be a framework to protect and guide those confused by the complexities of the world and requiring points of reference and models. Clearly many religions would aim to provide their believers with just such a framework."|
|"It is time to explore, and make meaningful, the strategic complementarity of such ways of knowing about relationships -- as well as the manner in which failure to rise to this level of complexity reinforces the inability to offer meaningful options to those who need them. It is they who then become the victims of territorial conflict. People are being massacred because of intellectual irresponsibility. Seeking to identity others to blame is consistent with the forms of denial associated with this irresponsibility."|
I am a cyborg. My view is clarified by glass. Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age, by Bill McKibben
|"Technology has immeasurably improved McKibben's life, and yours and mine. To be sure, he worries about his perspective, if he's just an affluent man in an affluent country in an affluent age. He is, but he doesn't worry about it for long. He does not make a cogent argument that the way out of our problems is not more of the same."|
As so patronizingly put by The Henry Samueli School of Engineering >
We cordially invite you to join us to learn how we are Engineering the Future in the following application areas:
These Research Abstracts give a fairly good picture of the nature of the current projections.
|"The euphoria around a transcendental 'virtual reality' has given way to a new environment in which virtual space and meetspace are inextricably enmeshed."|
Booknotes leads the way today with must-read and reference show-stoppers. Had this been any previous administration the impeachment proceedings would have already started.
Wolfowitz committee instructed White House to use Iraq/uranium reference in State of the Union speech.
|"The revelations by the CIA official and the senators, if true, would prove that Tenet, who last week said he erred by allowing the uranium reference to be included in the State of the Union address, took the blame for an intelligence failure that he was not responsible for."|
|"The agency, called the Office of Special Plans (OSP), was set up by the defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, to second-guess CIA information and operated under the patronage of hardline conservatives in the top rungs of the administration, the Pentagon and at the White House, including Vice-President Dick Cheney."|
|"The glue that holds the Intelligence Community together is melting under the hot lights of an awakened press. If you do not act quickly, your intelligence capability will fall apart--with grave consequences for the nation."|
"A Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe without tipping it." - Pierre Burton
Silence; at once the most painful and restful of no-sound.
I have spent the last days trying to come to terms with deepest discombobulation; personal, social, Gaian. Allowing my researches to take me where they may, surfing the apocalypses of mind, ideology, and potential, I am left prone - staring at the real us and them: selective forgeting and projection of choices.
Today I will focus on how quickly we forget, and with luck and your fore-bare-ance, lead you to that place of horror (there really is no other word for it) that has smothered me.
|"Every night I get down on my knees and pray that Dennis Kucinich will burst into flames."
Clear Channel host Glenn Beck: - broad -cast on 1200 channels of AMeriBanality"
Consent of the governed gives legitimacy to An Escape From Freedom* : reflections on the development of an American dystopia.
|"Let's be clear: American fascism, if it comes, is not likely to come on the form of a charismatic leader pulling the political wool over the eyes of right-thinking Americans - for that, the common sense of most American citizens will do just fine in beating it back. But it is likely to come on the form of denigrated civil liberties in the face of governmental and corporate absolutism, coupled with expanded militarism, a structured class system, and an alienated, psychologically disenfranchised citizenry, among other characteristics. The day is hardly likely to come, then, when American jackboots parade down Main Street, but certainly could arrive when that all government policy is centered on "national security" issues as defined by a narrow set of corporate self-interests and ideological perceptions about foreign policy, complete without any true recourse by the citizenry. |
...such a day is already close at hand."
Is the "world's longest undefended border" becoming a one-sided lockdown? Agents Added to U.S.-Canada Border to Enhance Homeland Security
|"By the end of 2003, there will be approximately 1,000 border patrol agents permanently assigned to the U.S. northern border..."|
|"The absence of objection on the part of the American public and the American media suggested that the truth did not matter, that motive was irrelevant, that the Bush Administration was free to do as it pleased." --Lewis H. Lapham (From Notebook, the demonstration effect, Harper's Magazine, June 2003)"|
|"I'm always amazed by thre novelty of what can be said, especially when I say it!"|
(paraphrased from) June Colwood
|"Since 2001, the Bush Administration - and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, Drug Czar John Walters, and ex-DEA director Asa Hutchinson, in particular - have openly defied the sovereignty of California."|
Canada, being a con-federation, brings to the table of nations an ideal of balance; a group of "provinces" sharing the common-held wealth. The U.S.A., idealized as a re-public, defines an ideology wherein those holding wealth redistribute it to effect an electoral whim. The former results in a community of communities whereas the latter can only result in a tyranny of disparity.
The future of our Planetship rests now with the widest possible recognition of this conceptual non sequitur. This is not to say, in any way, that the people of any place have an inside track to sustainable ideology. We are each capable of the the full range of (in)sanity. What is apparent is that "democracy" has died as sure a death as "communism", and unless we are willing to imagine a collective transpolitical egalitarianism we will surely expire of politically expedient consumerism.