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Maptalk-Digest Friday, December 15 2000 Volume 00 : Number 265

[] Joyous Cosmology
    From: Peter Webster <>
Re: MAP: Needed: Dec. 6 item from The Australian
    From: "Jim  White" <>
Deaths from Illegal Drugs
    From: Barr Mann <>
NEWS RELEASE: New Jersey Racial Profiling Documents Go Online
    From: David Borden <>
The Birth of a Newspaper
    From: M & M Family <>


Subj: [] Joyous Cosmology
From: Peter Webster <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 16:59:13 +0000

If anyone on these lists is interested to read Alan Watts' out-of-print
classic on psychedelic experience, *The Joyous Cosmology,* you should
download it immediately from The Psychedelic Library  at

The agents for the Alan Watts Estate have informed me that they, in
communication with "the daughter of the late author," have decided that
they don't want this work reproduced in The Psychedelic Library and have
requested its removal therefrom. I would hope that his indicates they might
be planning a new edition, but somehow suspect otherwise.

The Psychedelic Library


Subj: Re: MAP: Needed: Dec. 6 item from The Australian
From: "Jim  White" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 14:31:33 -0500

The updated "Drug war facts" book, (
has this,--"In 1998 a total of 16,926 persons died of drug-induced causes in
the United States (Table 20). The category 'drug-induced causes' includes
not only deaths from dependent and nondependent use of drugs (legal and
illegal use), but also poisoning from medically prescribed and other

I think this data is collected in a manner designed to obscure the "real"
facts, because obfuscation is a trademark of the big lie.

- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Allan Erickson" <>
To: <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2000 6:04 PM
Subject: Re: MAP: Needed: Dec. 6 item from The Australian

> Yeah I know Don. I've heard 16,000 more often than other numbers and the
> drug warriors claim, 50,000 so I just rounded up on the side of caution.
> If anyone has an ACCURATE figure with a source please post it!
> Haven't had much luck getting printed down Ken's way but we'll see...
> peace (please!)
> allan
> Don Beck wrote:
> >
> > Hey, outstanding!- I would take issue with only one figure, that of
> > caused by use of currently-illegal drugs. I don't have the
> > at hand, but my recollection is that "official" figures have it at less
> > 10,000.......
> >
> > I hope you'll zap it to the Aussies, quick-time!  Thanks, Allan!
> > Regards,     don
> >


Subj: Deaths from Illegal Drugs
From: Barr Mann <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 11:37:09 -0800 (PST)

Don't have the minutes needed to chase down the cite,
but our own Drug Warrior, Corporal John Mica here in
Florida was cited several times last fall with the
figure of 16,000+

When confronted with this against his oft claimed
50,000, The General Czar mumbled a reply that mixed in
all possible deaths associated with anyone who may
have either used drugs at one time in their life, or
had a sister's uncle's best friends' neighbor's
postman's daughter who used drugs, thus the total was
legit at 50K.

I am thinking a SEARCH of the good ol' MAP archive
with JOHN MICA would pull up the NY Times(I seem to
recall)piece from within the last year.

best o' luck from ridiculously warm FLA(78 and I'm
working outside planting flowers like a mental

Steve in Clearwater
- --- Don Beck <> wrote:
and Allan Erickson wrote:
Yada Yada Yada Yada

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Subj: NEWS RELEASE: New Jersey Racial Profiling Documents Go Online
From: David Borden <>
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 00:19:33 -0500

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:	December 15, 2000

CONTACT:  David Borden, (202) 293-8340 or (202) 421-9049 (cell)

New Jersey Racial Profiling Documents Go Online:
Historic Opportunity for Activists, Researchers, Public

Washington, DC -- The "floodlight" of attention on the issue of
racial profiling on New Jersey highways, as some media outlets
have described it, turns into a "spotlight" this week, as a
Washington-DC based educational and advocacy organization posts
the entire 91,000-page archive to its Internet web site.

David Borden, Executive Director of the Drug Reform Coordination
Network (DRCNet), explained, "We decided to make the profiling
archive available on our web site, so that civil rights organizers,
media, attorneys and other concerned citizens worldwide could take
advantage of the unprecedented opportunities these documents afford."

Documents reveal the U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ) as both hero and
villain in the profiling debacle.  While DOJ's civil rights division
has taken a leading role in opposing racial profiling, the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA), another branch of DOJ, has overtly
encouraged police forces around the country to use race-based
profiling techniques, as part of its controversial "Operation

The 91,000-page New Jersey Racial Profiling Archive was previously
available only by on-site inspection at the Attorney General's office,
or on CD-ROM provided only to media outlets at $1,000 per set.  The
documents can now be accessed for free, via DRCNet's web site at

DRCNet publishes a weekly online newsletter that it distributes by
e-mail to 18,000 subscribers, as well as legislative action alerts and
web sites dealing with a range of drug war issues, including mandatory
minimum sentencing, drug injection-related HIV and hepatitis, asset
forfeiture reform, medical marijuana, and US drug policy toward Latin

DRCNet also coordinates a student-based campaign to overturn a new law
stripping students convicted of drug offenses of federal financial aid
for college.  Over 30 student governments as well as national
organizations including the NAACP have endorsed DRCNet's resolution
calling for repeal of the financial aid ban, which they charge is
racially discriminatory due to disparate application of drug law
enforcement, such as profiling.



Subj: The Birth of a Newspaper
From: M & M Family <>
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2000 21:01:14 -0800

This one is very interesting!  Striking reporters in Seattle have created
their own paper and website.  Here's their piece on the latest teen drug
use statistics. -- Jane

Source:  Seattle Union Record

NOTE:  A news site created by the striking workers of The Seattle Times and
the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

=46riday, Dec. 15 2000

Print edition


All drug use has leveled off, it's still too high

By John Zebrowski
Seattle Union Record

Illegal drug use may have plateaued in the Seattle area, according to a new
report, but health officials say it is still too high.

After years of increases, followed by a slight drop, most illicit drug use
has leveled off, a new annual report by Public Health-Seattle & King County

Cocaine and club drugs such as Ecstasy have increased slightly, the report
said. But heroin, which has been the biggest killer in the past decade,
continues to lead other drugs in mortality rate.

The study, which surveyed jails, treatment centers and hospitals, found 82
heroin-related deaths in the county through September. Last year, 111 died;
143 in 1998.

Alonzo Plough, director of public health, said this year's incomplete
numbers, although better, are still troubling.

"Even though it isn't getting worse, the numbers are still much higher than
they used to be," he said, adding that in the early 1990s, the average
number of heroin deaths was in the 40s. "Maintenance of a problem isn't

During the same period, cocaine deaths have slowly risen, from 69 in 1998
to 76 last year. Plough said he doesn't fear a major spike in cocaine use.
Instead, it appears to be part of a cycle in which the use of one drug
rises, while others decline.

"What we need to do is break the cycles," he said.

To that end, the study recommends increasing drug-treatment programs to
help people quit and education campaigns to persuade them never to start.

One class of drugs in which education appears to be particularly lacking is
Ecstasy and other club drugs - stimulants and hallucinogens popular among
the young. Although it's difficult to measure the number of users, health
and law-enforcement officials say the growth has been dramatic.

A survey of area patients in treatment programs found 44 percent of those
under 25 have tried Ecstasy. But while there hasn't been a rash of deaths,
police officials said arrests are way up.

"A year ago, we didn't see much at all," said narcotics detective Lt. Bob
Peters. "Now, it's more and more."

Peters said there have been twice as many arrests in the past year. The
department is concentrating more resources on policing club drugs, which
could explain part of the increase.

Other drugs such as methamphetamine and marijuana, on the increase in other
parts of the country, show smaller increases here.

Instead, heroin continues to worry health officials the most. The
Northwest, from Portland to Vancouver, B.C., continues to have among the
highest heroin death rates in the country.

"It's still a major problem," said Plough, adding that the region has two
major heroin pipelines, from Mexico and Asia. "It's one that's going to
require major new approaches. Hopefully, there's the political will to do

When he's not on strike, John Zebrowski is a reporter at The Seattle Times.

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