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(Christian Science Monitor)   Be green by keeping your nostrils clean: Maybe upscale American cocaine users would quit if they knew what growing coca leaves does to the environment   (features.csmonitor.com ) divider line
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2008-07-19 02:12:16 PM  
Ana Maria Caballero believes that many recreational cocaine users are well-educated professionals who also recycle, drive hybrid vehicles, and buy fair-trade products, but that they just don't understand what cocaine is doing to Colombia's environment.



That is the dumbest thing I have ever read. Addicts DO NOT CARE! They don't care about themselves. They don't care about their families. They don't care about the law. And they sure as hell don't care about 'the environment'. They only care about their next fix.

No wonder this country lost the 'war on drugs'.
 
2008-07-19 02:12:48 PM  
*snort* "woooooo!"
*reads Christian Science Monitor*
"Dudes! Coke kills the rainforest!! We have to do something!!"
"How about more coke?"
*snort* "woooooo!"
 
2008-07-19 02:19:18 PM  
But wait. I thought coke was made from the devil's dandruff
 
2008-07-19 02:21:05 PM  
Well, I for one only snort curassow-safe fair trade cocaine. I'm quite proud of this.
 
2008-07-19 02:25:12 PM  
Don't be so picky.
 
2008-07-19 02:31:10 PM  
Weaver95: No wonder this country lost the 'war on drugs'.

No, this country is winning the war on drugs. Not just winning, mind you, farking CRUSHING the competition. The war on drugs (tm) has nothing at all to do with who can or cannot take the drugs in question. The war on drugs (tm) has everything to do with who can or cannot profit from such enterprise.

/I take it you support this "war".
 
2008-07-19 02:42:04 PM  
Tr0mBoNe: *snort* "woooooo!"
*reads Christian Science Monitor*
"Dudes! Coke kills the rainforest!! We have to do something!!"
"How about more coke?"
*snort* "woooooo!"


That about sums it up, right there.
 
2008-07-19 02:49:17 PM  
All the upscale hippies just smoke pot.
 
2008-07-19 02:53:51 PM  
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
 
2008-07-19 03:35:25 PM  
I picked a bad day to stop saving the environment.
 
2008-07-19 03:40:06 PM  
IknowIshouldprobablycareaboutthewaythattheleavesaregrownbutIjustreallyenojythefi nalproductohlookabliecarIwouldprobablyworryaboutititfmydealertoldmetobutIjustdon 'tcarerightnow.
 
2008-07-19 03:47:20 PM  
FTFA: recreational cocaine users

Weaver95: Addicts DO NOT CARE!

Are recreational users "Addicts"?
 
2008-07-19 03:54:21 PM  
co-conspirator: FTFA: recreational cocaine users

Weaver95: Addicts DO NOT CARE!

Are recreational users "Addicts"?


I guess there may be "recreational" users, but no one I know who touches the stuff could be described as such.

/go green, not white
 
2008-07-19 04:02:37 PM  
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2008-07-19 04:30:15 PM  
Weaver95: No wonder this country lost the 'war on drugs'.

The war on drugs was unwindable from the beginning. It's like trying to ban sunlight. Legislating morality simply does not work no matter how much you want it to.

We have 3 choices to regulate drugs.

Let the government do it.
Let private industry do it.
Let the criminals do it.

Bayer Heroin, when legal at the beginning of the 20th century, cost as much as Bayer Aspirin. That $500 a day heroin addict? He could feed his habit for $5 a day if heroin sold as a legal commodity using CLEAN needles. Suddenly instead of having to rob and steal to support their habit they could work a low level job. Or if they do have to steal to support their habit, they don't have to steal very much.

Pharmaceutical grade heroin would eliminate overdoses. Drug users don't overdose in an attempt to get higher. They overdose because criminals don't care too much about purity or quality.

We also, with the stroke of a pen, eliminate 75% of crime and violence because the gangs are out of business and have no source of easy income.

We CHOOSE to have the violence and crime problem we have today. Much like we had during alcohol prohibition. Keeping these mind altering substances in the legal market is the best choice.
 
2008-07-19 05:14:12 PM  
Ana Maria Caballero believes that many recreational cocaine users are well-educated professionals who also recycle, drive hybrid vehicles, and buy fair-trade products, but that they just don't understand what cocaine is doing to Colombia's environment.

FAIL
 
2008-07-19 05:17:23 PM  
Crosshair:

We CHOOSE to have the violence and crime problem we have today. Much like we had during alcohol prohibition. Keeping these mind altering substances in the legal market is the best choice.


There is WAY too much money to be made in the "War on Drugs". From lawyers to law enforcement, an entire industry depends on this "war".
 
2008-07-19 05:17:56 PM  
co-conspirator: FTFA: recreational cocaine users

Weaver95: Addicts DO NOT CARE!

Are recreational users "Addicts"?


"recreational users" denial is not just a river in Egypt.

When the weekend starts on Thursday and ends Monday night it ain't recreation anymore.

/so I hear
 
2008-07-19 05:18:18 PM  
Isotope: Well, I for one only snort curassow-safe fair trade cocaine. I'm quite proud of this.

FTW
 
2008-07-19 05:18:56 PM  
Yeah, because if there's anything cocaine users are known for, it's their selflessness.
 
2008-07-19 05:21:35 PM  
Crosshair: Weaver95: No wonder this country lost the 'war on drugs'.

The war on drugs was unwindable from the beginning. It's like trying to ban sunlight. Legislating morality simply does not work no matter how much you want it to.

We have 3 choices to regulate drugs.

Let the government do it.
Let private industry do it.
Let the criminals do it.

Bayer Heroin, when legal at the beginning of the 20th century, cost as much as Bayer Aspirin. That $500 a day heroin addict? He could feed his habit for $5 a day if heroin sold as a legal commodity using CLEAN needles. Suddenly instead of having to rob and steal to support their habit they could work a low level job. Or if they do have to steal to support their habit, they don't have to steal very much.

Pharmaceutical grade heroin would eliminate overdoses. Drug users don't overdose in an attempt to get higher. They overdose because criminals don't care too much about purity or quality.

We also, with the stroke of a pen, eliminate 75% of crime and violence because the gangs are out of business and have no source of easy income.

We CHOOSE to have the violence and crime problem we have today. Much like we had during alcohol prohibition. Keeping these mind altering substances in the legal market is the best choice.


I agree with all that. Also, arresting people who do drugs and locking them up can be particularly damaging to families. If you throw the main bread winner of a family in jail over a drug charge, he will probably lose his job and will no longer be able to provide for his family. Suddenly, a man who needed some help with his addiction, but otherwise a good guy, is put into a terrible situation and his family gets to go with him.

I don't advocate for people who are responsible for a family to do drugs, I'm just saying that when you treat drug users like criminals, they are forced into a situation where they may be likely to turn into a criminal. Instead, let's try teaching them to live a life drug free. It wont work for everyone, some people won't choose to live drug free, but throwing people in jail for drugs doesn't work either.
 
2008-07-19 05:21:36 PM  
I love the farking people. They are the same people who say don't do drugs, drugs fund terrorist. Don't do drugs, it causes violent crime. Don't do drugs, its illegal.


All the farking reasons they tell you not to drugs are byproducts of the fact that its illegal.

They cut down the rain forest because there hiding from american crop dusting planes. dur anyone?

I wanna see real anti drug adds. aka, "I was doing coke all night and when i ran out i felt like complete and utter shiat for the next 24 hours. I have a hole in my septum, so now it bleeds and runs constantly" "Im a heroin addict. none of my friends like me anymore cuzz i just wanna lay around throwing up and biatching all day."
 
2008-07-19 05:23:53 PM  
Fark the war on drugs. I want a war on leafblowers before 10 am on a weekend.
 
2008-07-19 05:24:04 PM  
Cocaine should be legalized if they legalize weed.
 
2008-07-19 05:24:08 PM  
Crosshair: We also, with the stroke of a pen, eliminate 75% of crime and violence because the gangs are out of business and have no source of easy income.

We CHOOSE to have the violence and crime problem we have today. Much like we had during alcohol prohibition. Keeping these mind altering substances in the legal market is the best choice.


This. Everyone knows that there was almost no crime in the 19th Century.
 
2008-07-19 05:24:21 PM  
smells_like_meat: co-conspirator: FTFA: recreational cocaine users

Weaver95: Addicts DO NOT CARE!

Are recreational users "Addicts"?

"recreational users" denial is not just a river in Egypt.

When the weekend starts on Thursday and ends Monday night it ain't recreation anymore.

/so I hear


In my experience, people call themselves recreational users until they have gotten in too deep and need help quitting. The drugs get into your brain and you start thinking in terms of "how can I do these drugs as often as possible" rather than "is doing all these drugs really healthy for me?"
 
2008-07-19 05:25:03 PM  
coca growers have cleared an area the size of New Jersey - nearly five million acres - within Colombia over the past 20 years.

Umm, what about all the rain forest that Columbia has cleared for the cultivation of coffee? Or Brazil for grazing land and sugar cane production? Not that I endorse the use of Columbia marching powder but how about a little perspective here, for crissake.
 
2008-07-19 05:25:28 PM  
EdTheHead: Fark the war on drugs. I want a war on leafblowers before 10 am on a weekend.

How about a war on idiot politicians?
 
2008-07-19 05:26:16 PM  
Crosshair:

We also, with the stroke of a pen, eliminate 75% of crime and violence because the gangs are out of business and have no source of easy income.

We CHOOSE to have the violence and crime problem we have today. Much like we had during alcohol prohibition. Keeping these mind altering substances in the legal market is the best choice.


I think your numbers are off, is there a specific reference for them? Gangs existed prior to prohibition and were an even larger public nuisance after it ended. Prohibition changed the public perception of gangsterism allowing it to gain a foothold in the mainstream (look at rap music today). Just as ending the prohibition on alcohol didnt end gangs, just changed the way they operate. An end on the prohibition on drugs A B and C today would cause a similiar shift in gangs today.

Sense of despair, the wretched dregs of poverty, desire to belong, and a myriad of other factors outside of a need to sell drugs for quick cash contribute to the raise and the continued but limited success of gangs in this country. Eliminating drugs from the equasion changes the equasion but does not remove gangs.

/maybe
 
2008-07-19 05:26:33 PM  
OK, so buying pot supports terrorism and buying coke supports global warming.

What does buying Ecstasy support?
 
2008-07-19 05:27:00 PM  
If the US government didn't "force" the Columbian government to spray obvious locationed-crops with poison, this would not be an issue.
 
2008-07-19 05:27:08 PM  
According to Shared Responsibility, 43 square feet of forest are cleared to produce one gram of cocaine, and coca growers have cleared an area the size of New Jersey - nearly five million acres - within Colombia over the past 20 years.

Wow, talk about trying to inflate the numbers. Even if I believed that (which I don't), 43 square feet is rather small. Imagine a 7' by 6' foot square, and that's 42 square feet, or about the size of a small garden.

People chew the leaves of a coca plant (a single plant), and get a small boost, so why would I believe that an entire garden's worth of coca plants would only be a gram of coke?
 
2008-07-19 05:27:54 PM  
ArrogantGod: EdTheHead: Fark the war on drugs. I want a war on leafblowers before 10 am on a weekend.

How about a war on idiot politicians?


After we kill the early morning gardners.
Prioritze!
 
2008-07-19 05:28:33 PM  
jaylectricity: OK, so buying pot supports terrorism and buying coke supports global warming.

What does buying Ecstasy support?


bad trance
 
2008-07-19 05:29:10 PM  
SineSwiper: According to Shared Responsibility, 43 square feet of forest are cleared to produce one gram of cocaine, and coca growers have cleared an area the size of New Jersey - nearly five million acres - within Colombia over the past 20 years.

Wow, talk about trying to inflate the numbers. Even if I believed that (which I don't), 43 square feet is rather small. Imagine a 7' by 6' foot square, and that's 42 square feet, or about the size of a small garden.

People chew the leaves of a coca plant (a single plant), and get a small boost, so why would I believe that an entire garden's worth of coca plants would only be a gram of coke?


I'll be the street value of that much coke is like 1,000 bucks.
 
2008-07-19 05:29:13 PM  
smells_like_meat: co-conspirator: FTFA: recreational cocaine users

Weaver95: Addicts DO NOT CARE!

Are recreational users "Addicts"?

"recreational users" denial is not just a river in Egypt.

When the weekend starts on Thursday and ends Monday night it ain't recreation anymore.

/so I hear


no... this
 
2008-07-19 05:29:33 PM  
smells_like_meat: co-conspirator: FTFA: recreational cocaine users

Weaver95: Addicts DO NOT CARE!

Are recreational users "Addicts"?

"recreational users" denial is not just a river in Egypt.

When the weekend starts on Thursday and ends Monday night it ain't recreation anymore.

/so I hear


What about somebody who does it once every couple months and only for a Saturday night?
 
2008-07-19 05:29:43 PM  
it's a hell of


/oh, nevermind
 
2008-07-19 05:31:22 PM  
I don't think the Christian Science Monitor has a "perspective" editor on staff, no offence to any Christian Scientists (Is that what they call themselves?)
 
2008-07-19 05:32:52 PM  
jaylectricity: smells_like_meat: co-conspirator: FTFA: recreational cocaine users

Weaver95: Addicts DO NOT CARE!

Are recreational users "Addicts"?

"recreational users" denial is not just a river in Egypt.

When the weekend starts on Thursday and ends Monday night it ain't recreation anymore.

/so I hear

What about somebody who does it once every couple months and only for a Saturday night?


Lightwieght ;)
 
2008-07-19 05:33:28 PM  
There's a pretty easy solution to our nations' drug problem: 1) legalize drugs and 2) allow the use of deadly force to protect property. Drug users can do as they wish, and the negative impact of any criminal behavior they undertake to support their habit is eliminated.
 
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2008-07-19 05:33:50 PM  
Tr0mBoNe: *snort* "woooooo!"
*reads Christian Science Monitor*
"Dudes! Coke kills the rainforest!! We have to do something!!"
"How about more coke?"
*snort* "woooooo!"


This.
 
2008-07-19 05:39:04 PM  
T-Luv: Lightwieght ;)

I learned how to tone it down over the years.

/was addicted terribly at one point
//never went to rehab, just changed on my own
///yay me!
 
2008-07-19 05:40:15 PM  
Rarely have I seen an article filled with so much hype and no evidence to back it up.
 
2008-07-19 05:45:51 PM  
jaylectricity: T-Luv: Lightwieght ;)

I learned how to tone it down over the years.

/was addicted terribly at one point
//never went to rehab, just changed on my own
///yay me!


I got a little into coke and was big into it for a month. I got some shiat that was cut with something awful and it made my nose hurt so bad. That was enough to make me never want to buy it again.
 
2008-07-19 05:49:01 PM  
This is what your friends go through. This is what your family goes through. This is what the environment goes through.
 
2008-07-19 05:50:20 PM  
jaylectricity: OK, so buying pot supports terrorism and buying coke supports global warming.

What does buying Ecstasy support?


It supports the greatest evil of all... DISCO!!!
 
2008-07-19 05:56:04 PM  
Just legalize all drugs and make the stoners happy. I'm sick and tired of their constant whining. Don't give me the bullshiat argument that weed is not a gateway drug either. If y'all stoners want weed legalized then the cokeheads methheads and others should have their drug{s) of choice legalized too.

Just remember this, when all you stoners start developing serious health issues, don't blame the government or the rest of the world who don't need to get stoned for what you've done to yourself.
 
2008-07-19 05:56:15 PM  
I'm mainlining coke and burning down rainforest right now, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies...
 
2008-07-19 05:59:21 PM  
It hurts my brain how many of you farkers are totally unable to spell COLOMBIA. Some of you even copy and paste quotes with the word COLOMBIA in it and then proceed to misspell it. There are two O's in Colombia the country. No U.

It just makes you seem uneducated when you spell it like that. Columbia is an university and the capital of South Carolina. There is no Columbia in South America.

I'm sorry for the outburst, but I've seen it so many times I had to say something.

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME, KIDS!
 
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