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Salon covers US support for mass murderers…

35 countries where the U.S. has supported fascists, drug lords and terrorists

Unfortunately, with a headline like that they chose to put an image of marijuana at the top, of all things.  Nice job associating pot with fascists and terrorists, Salon.  Whoever chose that picture is an idiot.

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What is it with Americans and torture?  For a movie that does a lot right, the ease and familiarity it has with the good guys resorting to torture is evidence of a pervasive sickness in this society.  We’re a technological level up on the Romans, reveling in bloodlust in cinema, rather than at the coliseum.

A lot of the world rejected this barbarism a long time ago, including our own nation, as the statutes against torture show.  World War Two and a lot of real torture changed minds on this medieval savagery.  Torture was outlawed, and the world was better off as a result.  The film had a chance to address this and failed.

Of course the bad guys resort to torture, but that’s not the problem here.  As with a long and frustrating list of other Hollywood mainstream product, this film says it’s okay to torture people — in this case water boarding and beating — when the joking jovial lead actors get on board.

So Marky Mark and Denzel want to know something from their captured drug lord.  Torture, of course.  Jokes wash away moral concerns.

It sounds like I had a terrible time with this film, but I didn’t.  It was a short segment.  More torture flows from the very same drug lord in a reversal, and more torture still from a CIA guy.  That’s three, lots of torture.  Do Americans care about much else?

Oh yeah, money.  There’s lots of that too.  Money, torture, bullets and explosions.  It’s not high art — but damn if they didn’t get the CIA drug smuggling partnership right.  So, we actually have some real shit up on screen to discuss, the real state of narcotics trafficking, the real impunity of CIA and their despicable record of partnering with the worst scum on the planet.  That might ring a note for some out there.  It should have been explored more deeply, but I’ll take it.

In the special features Denzel called it escapism, with no meaning whatsoever, that he could discern.  Not so.  It never is.

 

Full film online now, narrated by Morgan Freeman.

Breaking the Taboo: Ending the UN’s War on Drugs (58m)

“If you can’t control drug use in a maximum security prison, how can you control drug use in a free society?”

Listen up, screwheads. I know this blog is being monitored by some people not here of their own personal curiosity.

PORTUGAL legalizes all drugs. They treat anyone arrested with drugs as an opportunity to help that person. They offer treatment to addicted persons. RESULT: Drug use declines across every single category.

Further evidence for provincial American authoritarians who don’t even know where Portugal is.

During the early-to-mid-1990s, the Clinton administration ordered and funded a major cocaine policy study, again by RAND. The Rand Drug Policy Research Center study concluded that $3 billion should be switched from federal and local law enforcement to treatment. The report said that treatment is the cheapest way to cut drug use, stating that drug treatment is twenty-three times more effective than the supply-side “war on drugs”.–Wikipedia

This was, of course, ignored. But is, of course, empirically true and proven in Portugal and other nations. Outlawing the personal use of mind-altering substances also VIOLATES THE US CONSTITUTION, AMENDMENT 9:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.