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(Sky.com)   The only thing more deadly than being kidnapped by Mexican drug cartels is being rescued by Mexican police   (news.sky.com) divider line 7
    More: Scary, Mexican Drug Cartel, Mexican, mexican police, Gibran David Martiz Diaz, State of Veracruz, Virgin Media  
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8567 clicks; posted to Main » on 22 Jan 2014 at 11:08 AM (34 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-01-22 11:16:56 AM
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I've come to the conclusion if you go to any place in Mexico besides the confines of the tourist resorts you're on speed dial to Darwins cell phone..  fark everything about that country.
2014-01-22 11:54:14 AM
2 votes:
There seem to be two ways of stopping the violence in Mexico: either make drugs legal so people can buy what the cartels are selling elsewhere, or everyone just stops buying what they are selling. Option A is taking a long time, but it should happen eventually. Unlike option B, which couldn't even be implemented short term just to save some lives while option A is being tackled.

I'm all for legalizing everything. Huge proponent; government has no business telling you what you can and can't put in your own body. Meth, weed, coke, heroin, a dude's dick, cyanide, morning after pills, fetus shredding vacuums, Oxycontin, doesn't farking matter. It's your damn body. (the one and only exception might be antibiotics, but that's a different conversation). But I don't like being lied to, by either side of an issue. If you have dreadlocks and a Bob Marley t-shirt and are asking me to sign a petition for "medical marijuana", you can go fark yourself. If you have a giant for-profit prison complex and get lots of money and power out of the drug war and you tell me that drugs will cause society to collapse, you can go fark yourself. And if you risk arrest, imprisonment, a life changing felony, and support organizations murdering and kidnapping hundreds of thousands of people in order to use a specific item and then tell me that item is completely harmless and non-addictive, you can go fark yourself.
2014-01-22 11:24:02 AM
2 votes:
There's a difference?
2014-01-22 11:22:52 AM
2 votes:

DROxINxTHExWIND: So...does any of this stop if they legalize marijuana? Just something I'm wondering. If the government gets in on the hustle do the cartels fight that much harder for a smaller piece of the pie? They're not going to just start growing corn.


Alas, probably not.  They'd just move into other projects:  cocaine and smuggling illegal immigrants, I would guess.  These are career bad guys, and they aren't just going to fall back on the ol' MBA once weed is legalized more widely.
2014-01-22 11:22:04 AM
2 votes:

DROxINxTHExWIND: So...does any of this stop if they legalize marijuana? Just something I'm wondering. If the government gets in on the hustle do the cartels fight that much harder for a smaller piece of the pie? They're not going to just start growing corn.


The "War on Drugs" is an economic juggernaut.  There are too many people employed in this racket for it to be stopped.

Too big to fail.

Fail
2014-01-22 12:09:25 PM
1 votes:

DROxINxTHExWIND: So...does any of this stop if they legalize marijuana? Just something I'm wondering. If the government gets in on the hustle do the cartels fight that much harder for a smaller piece of the pie? They're not going to just start growing corn.


You think this is about pot?
Chump change compared to the Meth and Blow.
2014-01-22 11:51:45 AM
1 votes:

The Southern Logic Company: styckx: I've come to the conclusion if you go to any place in Mexico besides the confines of the tourist resorts you're on speed dial to Darwins cell phone..  fark everything about that country.

I always feel bad for CygnusDarius when I read comments like this


I feel worse because there's people in the country that don't give a rat's ass, and in fact complain when there's people protesting.

The state of Michoacan, the most recent example of 'shiat the government should not do', is reaaaaally farked up, so much that farmers have finally got fed up and started going up in arms against the cartel using nothing but (at first) their hunting rifles, or dusting off the old guns.Recently they're being supplied with weapons by both a) local businessmen that are also fed up, and b) the corpses of slain drug dealers. The federal government actually stepped up... And demanded that these self-defense groups lay down their arms and 'trust the local authorities', which are either scared of the drug dealers or working alongside them (and a small minority that may actually care, but they're underpaid and under-equipped).

I live in a relatively calmed part of the country. Is Mexico farked? Yes. Is it a failed state? Depends. If we're talking in an overall wide view, nationally, not quite since the basic infrastructure is stable... More or less. But there are pockets of the country in which the State has definitely failed.

And it's going to get worse, now that the government has made oil production private, and have made horrible reforms to the energy infrastructure (goodbye subsidies, for example), employment (19 cent increase to the minimum wage, which is an insult, and also you can get fired from your job for little to no reason, and not get a paycheck), and a raise to taxes on staple foods (known as 'canasta basica'), medicine, dog food, and junk food and sodas (this last one ain't that bad, to be honest) that was aproved right alongside the employment reform.

And also, it makes it harder for me to apply for scholarships and jobs outside of the country, for some reason.

So... Why are there no massive protests of every single citizen in the country?:

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Aaaaand...


i.dailymail.co.uk

The last one is pretty damn obvious, because there's only two major TV networks in Mexico, cable is not as widespread, and the main network, Televisa, works alongside the federal government in so many ways...
 
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