Tag Archives: Politics

Sting’s so over it: the war on drugs

Let’s End the War on Drugs

posted by Sting at the Huffington Post

Composer, Singer, Actor, Activist
Posted: March 31, 2010 08:38 AM

Whether it’s music, activism or daily life, the one ideal to which I have always aspired is constant challenge — taking risks, stepping out of my comfort zone, exploring new ideas.

I am writing because I believe the United States must do precisely that — and so, therefore, must all of us — in the case of what has been the most unsuccessful, unjust yet untouchable issue in politics: the War on Drugs.

The War on Drugs has failed — but it’s worse than that. It is actively harming our society. Violent crime is thriving in the shadows to which the drug trade has been consigned. People who genuinely need help can’t get it. Neither can people who need medical marijuana to treat terrible diseases. We are spending billions, filling up our prisons with non-violent offenders and sacrificing our liberties.

For too long, the War on Drugs has been a sacrosanct undertaking that was virtually immune from criticism in the public realm. Politicians dared not disagree for fear of being stigmatized as “soft on crime.” Any activist who spoke up was dismissed as a fringe element.

But recently, I discovered just how much that’s changing–and that’s how I came to speak out on behalf of an extraordinary organization called the Drug Policy Alliance.

I learned of DPA, as they’re known, while reading what once might have been the unlikeliest of places for a thoughtful discussion of the Drug War — the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal.

continue reading at the Huffington Post

Political Schmitickel (a bunch of political blogs)

[posted by danbean]

I was trying unsuccessfully to write an article about political blogs, but then I came to the stark realization that I just use them to pass the time when I’m not doing something I’m really passionate about. To be sure it’s good to have a few topical things to chat about when I head into the coffee shop, but suffice it to say if my local proprietor was at all interested in trikonasana, string bass pickups or pranayama, I could probably opt out of the Times, Counterpunch, Clusterfuck Nation and all the others entirely.

One thing that loses my interest during political discussions in general is that sooner or later people take a side, like a sports team, while real-world dynamic are much more subtle and complex. Left-wingers berate the buffoonery of the Christian right but often won’t acknowledge the reality of fanatical Islam. Right wingers become single issue voters on things such as abortion while their candidate sends thousands to the grave as adults. ‘Centrists’ – really a euphemism for conservatives – end up trying to look like the former while behaving like the latter.

In fact as a casual reader, centrism as a school of thought is truly useless and probably why the Democrats lost so many elections in the last bunch of years. You had George Bush saying exactly what he intended to do (and fucking up when he tried to do it most of the time) but then you had Al Gore and John Kerry offering these limp-dicked illusions, not wanting to offend the ‘conservatives’ but wanting support of the left. No one ever comes out and says “I think religion is bullshit. Practice whatever you want but you can’t be part of the Enlightenment and take that shit seriously. So if I’m elected president I will do everything in my power to protect my constituents not only from religious fanaticism, but even the most basic trace elements that permeate the culture from special interest groups (read: Churches, Synagogues, Mosques, etc.).”

Even Barack Obama had to bend over backward to prove what a good Christian he is. In the context of contemporary politics it’s easy to understand, but for a thinking individual it’s yucky to swallow. And he had to have that homophobic reverend dude invocate his inauguration scene. One wonders what other gestures he will offer to appease those on the ‘other’ side of the platform… as if their failed ideas bear any merit.

Anyway at this point I wonder what sites like Counterpunch.org have to offer me anymore, since I can’t really swallow Alexander Cockburn’s comparison of Obama’s inauguration address to… Nixon’s….

Reading the times and keeping up with world affairs at the modest level that I do makes me fairly happy we have a robust democracy, that while threatened continues to exist and offer us a few means to peacefully ‘kill the king’. I think Obama’s presidency is something to at least tentatively be happy about while we reassert our ability as a people to make interesting and progressive movements in our society.

In the meantime I’ll check in periodically to Clusterfuck Nation, but mainly so I can feel vindicated that the fucko rich bitches driving recklessly on the Upper East Side in their SUVs really ARE a part of the problem. I check in with my boy John Robb so I can say, “See! Even a center-right military man thinks the economy is totally fucked!” (sites like his have predicted the financial collapse way ahead of schedule).

So as pointless and meandering as this post is, it is a lot more fun to read than what I was going to stick you with. I’m glad today to have a nice warm house and an outlet for my neat little bursts of vitriolic anger from time to time.

Good Night to All and Namaste

The World According to Monsanto Trailer

posted by ebean

The World According to Monsanto Trailer

Obama is still a politician (even if he’s black)

Posted by Werehaveyoubean

During the last US election I was the skeptical (and sophisticated) European observing in astonishment the enthusiasm of my American friends about Barack Obama. I can already hear someone in the crowd shouting “But he’s bringing back the troops!” and “He’s closing Guantanamo Bay!”

Well I hate to say “I told you”, but just like the Bush administration, Obama is not that much of a pacifist.  He has many friends at global corporate biotech terrorists, Monsanto, such as the newly appointed Secretary of Agriculture (former Iowa governor Vilsack), and one of his science advisers (former Monsanto director Sharon Long).

Funny how these facts get so little coverage in the mainstream media. However, our very informed audience knows also that:

  • Monsanto produced Agent Orange.
  • Monsanto actively threatens and intimidates family farmers all over the world.
  • Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered crops have increased pesticide use, destroyed key export markets and threaten global food safety.
  • 90% of American consumers want genetically engineered foods labeled, while 60% or more want GE-Free food for themselves and for their families.
  • Things are moving all over the world against GM crops, also in Mysore.

    Visit the Organic Consumers Association and take action!