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Maptalk-Digest Friday, December 22 2000 Volume 00 : Number 268

[] Colin Powell
    From: Peter Webster <>
Re: MAP: [] Colin Powell
    From: Allan Erickson <>
'Providence' (Re: MAP: [] Colin Powell
    From: Harry Bego <>
Re: MAP: CN: Drug Firms Risk Health, Report Finds
    From: "Ethan T. Matthews" <>
Re: MAP: Australia: PUB LTE: Sex - It's A Joint Venture
    From: "Ethan T. Matthews" <>
Re: MAP: Australia: PUB LTE: Sex - It's A Joint Venture
    From: Allan Erickson <>
Fwd: HERO 2000: Uruguay Prez Says Legalize Drugs
    From: "kim hanna" <>
Clinton Grants Clemency to Two Drug War Prisoners
    From: Richard Lake <>


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Subj: [] Colin Powell
From: Peter Webster <>
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 22:50:39 +0000

In a review of David Wagner's book *The New Temperance* I wrote some time
 ago:

	The present post-cold-war 'mood of the times' was expressed to an
appreciative audience by Colin Powell when he was considering running for
the presidency: In a speech in Washington's Kennedy Center in August 1995
he declared (to much applause) that "America had been established by divine
providence to lead the world." (New York Times). He also urged Americans to
"consider themselves as a family". Americans, in their zeal of
self-congratulation and self-purification, applaud heartily, and apparently
do not recognize such words for what they are: the harbingers of doctrines
of a master race leading, or rather ruling, for a thousand years.

	Now I am quite sure that many readers of this review will feel that it has
taken a most unpleasant turn when I compare the words of Colin Powell to
Nazi megalomania. But at the very least, it is indeed a strange and even
perverse indulgence for a military and political figure of national
importance in a country whose Constitution is based solidly on the idea of
separation of Church and State to be citing 'divine providence' as a
justification for world hegemony, no matter how purportedly beneficent the
intention. Yet there is a common denominator here between American
Prohibitionism and The New Temperance, and American justification for its
attempted Americanization of all life on earth. As Professor Wagner states,
"This book argues the constant focus on personal behavior in America serves
as a tool of political power..."

The complete review is at:
http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/media/pw2.htm
At the end of the review is a substantial excerpt from the book entitled
"Demonizing the 60's".
  Peter Webster				
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Subj: Re: MAP: [] Colin Powell
From: Allan Erickson <>
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 17:58:21 +0000

So...

Peter is pretty right on here. The exiting of Gen. McCaffrey leads to
the entrance of Gen Powell. The notion of US purity would be laughable
if these folks didn't believe their own hype, which makes it a scary
proposition indeed. 

Yet cultural homogenization has been foreseen for some time. As an
ideological wave this homogenization threatens a very culturally diverse
world and we will see (are seeing) a (continued) extinction of,
initially, native peoples, societies and language.

The threat by the U'wa in Colombia of mass suicide over the taking of
their lands by Occidental Petroleum is one indicator of this trend. It
was said by native peoples here in N. America that one tactic devised
and implimented by our pioneering forebears was the intentional
elimination of native medicine people. A process that they claimed would
haver to occur over 7 generations (from the mid 1800's the passing of 7
generations is about now). 

With the development of mycoherbicides like fusarium oxysporum whose
(for now) function is to eliminate the "bane" of ganja, coca and opium
- -- all strong medicines and among the world's oldest --  comes the
harbinger of purification. Prohibition is one of the tools employed to
carry out this agenda of cultural purifying. Our use/support/tolerance
of drug use makes us targets as well. As does our opposition to
prohibition.

I don't think Peter is far at all from the truth of the matter. A mighty
big subject and one which deserves consideration.

allan

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Peter Webster wrote:
> 
> In a review of David Wagner's book *The New Temperance* I wrote some time ago:
> 
>         The present post-cold-war 'mood of the times' was expressed to an
> appreciative audience by Colin Powell when he was considering running for
> the presidency: In a speech in Washington's Kennedy Center in August 1995
> he declared (to much applause) that "America had been established by divine
> providence to lead the world." (New York Times). He also urged Americans to
> "consider themselves as a family". Americans, in their zeal of
> self-congratulation and self-purification, applaud heartily, and apparently
> do not recognize such words for what they are: the harbingers of doctrines
> of a master race leading, or rather ruling, for a thousand years.
> 
>         Now I am quite sure that many readers of this review will feel that it has
> taken a most unpleasant turn when I compare the words of Colin Powell to
> Nazi megalomania. But at the very least, it is indeed a strange and even
> perverse indulgence for a military and political figure of national
> importance in a country whose Constitution is based solidly on the idea of
> separation of Church and State to be citing 'divine providence' as a
> justification for world hegemony, no matter how purportedly beneficent the
> intention. Yet there is a common denominator here between American
> Prohibitionism and The New Temperance, and American justification for its
> attempted Americanization of all life on earth. As Professor Wagner states,
> "This book argues the constant focus on personal behavior in America serves
> as a tool of political power..."
> 
> The complete review is at:
> http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/media/pw2.htm
> At the end of the review is a substantial excerpt from the book entitled
> "Demonizing the 60's".
> >   Peter Webster                         
>      Review Editor:
>   International Journal of Drug Policy          http://www.elsevier.nl/
>     Official Journal of the International Harm Reduction Association
>     subscriptions:       
>      Webmaster:
>   DRCNet Online Library of Drug Policy  http://www.druglibrary.org/
>   The Psychedelic Library               http://www.psychedelic-library.org/
>   DRUGNEWS Mailing List:
>         Subscribe:   
>         Unsubscribe:  
> _________   Zero Tolerance — a symptom of Zero Thinking   >

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Subj: 'Providence' (Re: MAP: [] Colin Powell
From: Harry Bego <>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 11:22:40 -0800

Peter Webster wrote:

>he declared (to much applause) that "America had been established by divine
>providence to lead the world." (New York Times). 



>        Now I am quite sure that many readers of this review will feel that it has
>taken a most unpleasant turn when I compare the words of Colin Powell to
>Nazi megalomania. 

Note that in speeches, Hitler used to refer to 'providence' as his guiding force.

Harry Bego

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Subj: Re: MAP: CN: Drug Firms Risk Health, Report Finds
From: "Ethan T. Matthews" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 14:47:22 -0500

On Mon, 18 Dec 2000 21:29:19 +0000, Allan Erickson
<> posted article
<>, which said:

> Newshawk: allan
> Pubdate: Mon, 18 Dec 2000
> Source: The Halifax Herald Limited
>  
> http://www.herald.ns.ca/cgi-bin/home/loadmain?2000/12/18+173.raw
> 
> The report from the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, a
> non-profit health research group at the University of British Columbia,
> says drug companies artificially create demand for prescription drugs by
> raising public fear of a disease. 

When people float rumors to affect stock prices, it's illegal.  I see no
difference here.

ETM

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Subj: Re: MAP: Australia: PUB LTE: Sex - It's A Joint Venture
From: "Ethan T. Matthews" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 14:45:19 -0500

On Tue, 19 Dec 2000 08:57:43 +1100, "Ken Russell" <>
posted article <>, which
said:

> Pubdate: Tue, 19 Dec 2000
> Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
> Author: Michael Dawson
[...]
> According to researchers "two or three cones every couple of days could
> affect sperm counts". As well, it appears that THC reduces the ability of
> the sperm to penetrate the egg. These new findings should be pleasing news
> to a whole host of lobby groups and unite unlikely bedfellows such as the
> "anti-morning after pill" campaigner Senator Brian Harradine and "green
> activist" Senator Bob Brown.

Wouldn't it be ironic if they try to remove the pleasure-causing effects of
a marijuana-based contraceptive so people can have sex for no other reason
than sexual pleasure?

ETM

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Subj: Re: MAP: Australia: PUB LTE: Sex - It's A Joint Venture
From: Allan Erickson <>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 15:50:28 +0000

I think they want to take the pleasure out of sex too.

allan

Ethan T. Matthews wrote:
> 
> On Tue, 19 Dec 2000 08:57:43 +1100, "Ken Russell" <>
> posted article <>, which
> said:
> 
> > Pubdate: Tue, 19 Dec 2000
> > Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
> > Author: Michael Dawson
> [...]
> > According to researchers "two or three cones every couple of days could
> > affect sperm counts". As well, it appears that THC reduces the ability of
> > the sperm to penetrate the egg. These new findings should be pleasing news
> > to a whole host of lobby groups and unite unlikely bedfellows such as the
> > "anti-morning after pill" campaigner Senator Brian Harradine and "green
> > activist" Senator Bob Brown.
> 
> Wouldn't it be ironic if they try to remove the pleasure-causing effects of
> a marijuana-based contraceptive so people can have sex for no other reason
> than sexual pleasure?
> 
> ETM

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Subj: Fwd: HERO 2000: Uruguay Prez Says Legalize Drugs
From: "kim hanna" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 23:36:50 

I praise Uruguay President Jorge Batlle but fear for his safety.
==============

December 22, 2000

BREAKING NEWS

Please Distribute Widely

Uruguay President says "Legalize Drugs"

Jorge Batlle, First Américan Chief of State
to Openly Oppose US Drug War

In the past month, Batlle said it twice in front of international 
correspondents and nobody outside of Uruguay reported the news

Narco News Declares Jorge Batlle "Hero of the Year" for 2000

http://www.narconews.com/heroyear2000.html

Excerpts from this major news story:

What if an elected president of an Américan nation called for the 
legalization of drugs and nobody outside of his country reported it?

That's what happened twice in the past month when Uruguay President Jorge 
Batlle called for other Latin American leaders to join him in opposing 
US-imposed drug policy.

"If this powder was worth only ten cents, there would not be organizations 
dedicated to make a billion dollars to fund armies in Colombia," said 
Batlle, speaking about cocaine policy on November 20th at the 10th Latin 
American Summit of Heads of State in Panama City.

Batlle (pronounced baht-yuh) said other countries must confront the question 
of legalization. "How do you create the money that sustains all of this? Do 
you believe that while this substance has this fantastic market value that 
there is any mechanism that can impede its trafficking? How do you make this 
product lose value so that nobody is interested anymore in this business?"

The 72-year-old Uruguay leader, elected in November of 1999 in his fifth run 
for the presidency, said that the countries of América "must stop playing 
games and treat the theme of drugs seriously at its root. And if I am wrong, 
then why are we afraid to ask ourselves the question?"

...Then, on December 1st, Batlle traveled to Mexico City to attend the 
inauguration of President Vicente Fox.

There, according to El Observador in his home country, Batlle made his 
strongest challenge to US-imposed drug policy yet. "The day that it is 
legalized in the United States, it will lose value," said the president of 
Uruguay. "And if it loses value, there will be no profit. But as long as the 
US citizenry doesn't rise up to do something, they will pass this life 
fighting and fighting."

Batlle, in Mexico City early this month, compared the drug problem to that 
caused by alcohol prohibition in the United States (1918-1933), saying that 
the drug trafficking problem "will be resolved on the day that the consumers 
announce that this cannot be fixed by any other manner than changing this 
situation in the same way that was done with the 'Dry Laws'."

Of Plan Colombia, he said, "You have to think about the origin of the thing. 
Basically, where is this consumed? A minimum of 50 percent is consumed in 
the United States. It seems fine with me that my friend Pastrana (the 
Colombian president) tries to improve education, health and roads… but this 
doesn't resolve the problem."

And Batlle added that he has personally proposed the legalization solution 
to US President Bill Clinton.

América now has its first elected president on record as calling for the 
legalization of drugs.

(For the full story, links to the original stories in Spanish cited in this 
article, and for additional background information, go to:

http://www.narconews.com/heroyear2000.html

From somewhere in a country called América,

Al Giordano
Publisher
The Narco News Bulletin
http://www.narconews.com/


P.S. We're making our list and checking it twice...

Coming on Christmas Day: Narco of the Year

(Get your nominations in by midnight Christmas eve)

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Subj: Clinton Grants Clemency to Two Drug War Prisoners
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2000 02:52:46 -0500

The people granted clemency for drug related offenses Friday by President 
Clinton, with the year sentenced and offense, followed by links to web and 
news archives stories, where available.

Commutations of sentence:

Dorothy Marie Gaines, Alabama, March 1995, conspiracy to possess with 
intent to distribute, and possession with intent to distribute, cocaine 
base. Dorothy Gaines, 42, of Mobile, Ala., received 19 years, seven months 
for her low-level role in a local drug ring. The men who actually ran it 
received more lenient sentences.

http://www.november.org/wall-Dorothy.html

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Dorothy Marie Gaines
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US: Clinton Examines Clemency Cases
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1914/a08.html

US CA: Column: Seeking Clemency For Non-Violent Offenders
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1910/a06.html

US: Season Of Hope
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1904/a05.html

US CA: Column: 'Tis The Season To Free Nonviolent Drug Offenders
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1903/a04.html

US IL: OPED: Pardon Me, Please
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1903/a01.html

US: Column: Mr President, Show Mercy and Good Sense
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1879/a08.html

US MA: Column: Clergy Call For Clemency
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1872/a01.html

US TX: Column: Drug War Reform: A Crumbling Wall
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1850/a07.html

US MA: Column: Injustice Is Served
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1589/a01.html

US: Women In Prison
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1237/a01.html

US: Hard Time
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1230/a07.html

US: Web: Swept Away
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1015/a07.html

US: I Am Wrongly Imprisoned For 19 Years
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n540/a04.html

US: (part 3 of 3) Frontline's SNITCH Transcript
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99/n080/a01.html

Kemba Niambi Smith, Virginia, April 1995, conspiracy to distribute and 
possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, conspiracy to 
engage in money laundering, making false statements to an agent of the 
United States. Kemba Smith, 28, of Richmond, Va., had been sentenced to 24 
years and six months in prison with no chance of parole for helping her 
boyfriend Peter Hall, head of a violent drug ring.

http://www.famm.org/smith.htm

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Kemba Niambi Smith
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US: Season Of Hope
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1904/a05.html

US CA: Column: 'Tis The Season To Free Nonviolent Drug Offenders
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1903/a04.html

US IL: OPED: Pardon Me, Please
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1903/a01.html

US: Column: Mr President, Show Mercy and Good Sense
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1879/a08.html

US: Women In Prison
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1237/a01.html

US PA: Shadow Conventioneers Unleash Unfriendly Fire On 'Drug War'
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1129/a03.html

US KS: Column: Beyond The Shadow Of The Drug War
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1101/a06.html

US: Web: Swept Away
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1015/a07.html

US MD: OPED: . . . 'And Justice For All'
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n625/a08.html

US IL: OPED: Sentencing Is Perverse In War On Drugs
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n592/a02.html

US CA: Drug Czar Talks Sense On Sentencing
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n497/a03.html

US VA: Party And Racial Lines Divide Lawmakers On Prison Reform
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n332/a01.html

US DC: LTE: Doing Time
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n328/a03.html

US VA: OPED: Beware Of Gov. Gilmore's SABRE Rattling
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n238/a09.html

US: Column: The Harm In Mandatory Sentences
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n219/a03.html

US VA: PUB LTE: Incarcerating Drug Dealers Has Little Effect
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99/n972/a03.html

US VA: 'Kemba's Nightmare' Not Over Yet
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99/n853/a02.html

US CA: OPED: End Mandatory Minimums
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99/n802/a09.html

US CA: Column: Mandatory Minimums, Absent Justice
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99/n786/a04.html

US: A Crime Against Women
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99/n581/a01.html

US: Book Review, Shattered Lives
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99/n473/a12.html

US IL: OPED: Mandatory Sentencing Removes Human Thought and Compassion From 
Tria
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98/n675/a02.html

US MA: They Speak For The Fallen In War On Drugs
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98/n525/a07.html

US: PUB LTE: A Simple Question
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v97/n710/a02.html

US: OPED: Cruel and Unusual
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v97/n679/a05.html

Pardons:

Harlan Richard Billings, Stonington, Maine, August 1985, conspiracy to 
possess with intent to distribute is excess of 1,000 pounds of marijuana.

William Robert Carpenter, McMillan, Mich., November 1991, possession of 
marijuana with intent to distribute.

Philip Vito DiGirolamo, Prunedale, Calif., June 1984, conspiracy to import 
marijuana, willfully subscribing to a false tax return.

Peter Welling Dionis, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., May 1976, conspiracy, 
importation, and possession with intent to distribute hashish.

Peter Bailey Gimbel, New York, February 1991, conspiracy to distribute 
cocaine.

Daniel Wayne Keys, Benton, Ark., September 1977, possession with intent to 
distribute marijuana.

Larry Ray Killough, Searcy, Ark., June 1985, unlawful distribution of 
prescription drugs.

Pierluigi Mancini, Alpharetta, Ga., October 1985, possession of cocaine 
with intent to distribute.

Edward Francis McKenna III, Gulfport, Miss., January 1993, possession with 
intent to distribute anabolic steroids.

Andrew Kirkpatrick Mearns III, Dallastown, Pa., March 1978, conspiracy to 
distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

Philip James Morin, Omaha, Neb., June 1984, distribution of cocaine.

Anthony Andrew Schmidt, Hays, Kansas, June 1985, conspiracy to possess and 
distribute cocaine.

Stephanie Marie Vetter, Riverdale, N.Y., July 1979, possession with intent 
to distribute methamphetamine.

Thomas Andrew Warren, Tallahassee, Fla., December 1975, conspiracy to 
import marijuana.

Charles Z. Yonce Jr., Edgefield, S.C., April 1988, conspiracy to possess 
with intent to distribute cocaine and aiding and abetting therein.

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Websites of  some of the groups who are participating in campaigns to free 
drug war prisoners:

Families Against Mandatory Minimums http://www.famm.org/

Coalition for Jubilee Clemency http://www.cjpf.org/clemency/

The November Coalition 
http://www.november.org/   http://www.jubileejustice.org/

Criminal Justice Policy Foundation http://www.cjpf.org/

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