werekoala: Or, y'know, we could have converted all of the small-time Afghani farmers into growing cotton instead of opium poppies. More profitable for farmers, help them build their community, and directly strike at the heart of Taliban funding.But no, our own goddamn government is too goddamn stupid to see a solution to multiple problems handed to them on a silver platter.Read this article to get good and pissed off on a Monday morning about how stupid USAID has been about this issue (pops).Pass it on. You should be pissed off about this. Our guys, and theirs, are getting killed because of incompetent bureaucrats building their picayune empires.
RedVentrue: Opium has a higher profit margin, compared to cotton, and we just upped the price a little more.Artificial scarcity.
werekoala: RedVentrue:Opium has a higher profit margin, compared to cotton, and we just upped the price a little more.Artificial scarcity.Actually, on the production side, cotton can make just as much money for the farmers as opium. It only gets really profitable after processing & refinement. And the farmers see almost none of that.Which is why they are still in crushing poverty.
NeoBad: Let the junkies and idiots stay high while the rest of us iive better lives?
Summoner101: Aren't the drugs in Afghanistan mostly opium based?
NeoBad: I know it sounds disgusting, but why not sell it and use the money for betterment of society. Let the junkies and idiots stay high while the rest of us iive better lives?
Cheron: Article useless without scratch and sniff
kindms: RedVentrue:Here is a better idea. Buy the drugs directly from the farmer. Cut the taliban out of the picture, no need to bust them etc. Just set up an easy and effective way for the farmers to sell their products directly to the us govt. it could either be further refined by by pharma or simply destroyed.I would be willing to bet it would be cheaper and more effective.
Profedius: I am disappointed in the video due to the camera angle switch at the very best part of igniting a gasoline soaked fire, the part where the fire reaches the main pile and pretty much explodes. Also I wanted to know having not been much of a drug user if one would still be able to get high from the smoke of that fire or does the gas change the nature of the smoke?
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