zlightman | 28 Apr 04:14 2012
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MMM. Cannabis coffee shops and Global Marijuana March in May 2012.


Global Marijuana March 2012 map, and list of cities. May 5, 2012.
http://www.cannabis.wikia.com/2012

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Cannabis coffee shops in Amsterdam.


Cannabis coffee shop. April 1, 2007. Amsterdam.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Amsterdam_coffee_shop.jpg


Amsterdam. The Grasshopper. By day. 31 December 2006.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Grasshopper_-_Amsterdam_-_by_day_-n%C2%B01-.jpg


Amsterdam. The Grasshopper. By night. 1 January 2007.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Grasshopper_-_Amsterdam_-_nig...


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Eco Mann | 7 Feb 15:40 2012
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MMM. Sites reporting current status of Facebook. Global Marijuana March groups

These sites seem to be up to date concerning the current status Facebook:
*http://facebookdown.com
*http://downrightnow.com/facebook

When Facebook is working please check out these Global Marijuana March groups for 2012 GMM:
*http://www.facebook.com/groups/315634251794911 - Main 2012 GMM group. Ask to join.
*http://www.facebook.com/GlobalMarihuanaMarch - Main GMM group. "Like" it. :)

2012 GMM city list and map:
*http://cannabis.wikia.com/2012
2012 flyers:
*http://cannabis.wikia.com/2012flyers



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Eco Mann | 3 Feb 22:03 2012
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MMM. Fwd: So Close in Colorado.


*http://www.facebook.com/GlobalMarihuanaMarch - Facebook. GMM.
*http://www.facebook.com/groups/315634251794911 - GMM 2012.
*http://cannabis.wikia.com/wiki/Portal:Global_Marijuana_March_2012_map


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Date: Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 3:10 PM
Subject: So Close in Colorado
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Dear Eco,

We are so close to making marijuana history we can smell it.

Today, the Colorado Secretary of State informed the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol that the campaign is less than 2,500 signatures short of qualifying for the ballot with 15 days left to collect! The finish line is in sight, and we hope you will help the campaign cross it.

The first phase of the signature drive lasted six months and produced more than 83,000 valid signatures. This was an amazing accomplishment given the campaign's limited budget. But there is simply no time left to be frugal.

This second -- and final! -- phase of the signature drive will cost close to $25,000. So please donate $10 or more to the Coalition to End Marijuana Prohibition, the MPP-supported issue committee coordinating the signature drive.

With your help, by the end of this month, the Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will be on its way to the ballot. And then, in November, we are confident that Colorado will become the first place in the entire world where marijuana use is legal for all adults.

Please make a contribution of $10, $25 or $1,000 today.

Thanks, as always, for your support.

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Eco Mann | 4 Oct 20:20 2011
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MMM. Wealth, Income, and Power. By G. William Domhoff. Occupy Wall Street. [1 Attachment]

We are interrupting this broadcast with this emergency info... OCCUPY WALL STREET.

The drug war is part of the prison-industrial-complex. Which is part of the machine for ruling America.

This is one of the best, most understandable, pages I have seen on wealth and income distribution in the USA. Feel free to pass it on. It is hard to find reliable info combined with good understandable charts. The author is a professor, and the article has references with many links.

Wealth, Income, and Power. By G. William Domhoff.
http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html
http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html?print - print version.

I used Firefox "Save page as" from the file menu. Then in the "save as type"  form, I picked "Web page, complete". I put them all in one folder.

Windows 7 has built-in zip compression (or use freeware 7-Zip). Right-click folder. Send to "Compressed (zipped) folder".

Click to unzip (or use freeware 7-Zip).

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Eco Mann | 20 Aug 00:37 2011
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MMM. Texas Tax System Heavily Burdens Poor Residents

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/19/rick-perry-texas-tax-system_n_931623.html - Texas Tax System Heavily Burdens Poor Residents. August 19, 2011 by Laura Bassett. Huffington Post.

Ever since Ronald Reagan and Trickle-Up Economics the USA has favored the "Divine Right" of the Wealthy Aristocrats.

The poor and the middle class get poorer, and their children go to jail, mostly because of the drug war.

And they pay for it too:

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Info below from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarceration_in_the_United_States

Companies operating in the private prison business include the Corrections Corporation of America, the GEO Group, Inc., Management and Training Corporation, and Community Education Centers. The GEO Group was formerly known as Wackenhut Securities, and includes the Cornell Companies, which merged with GEO in 2010.

Private companies which provide services to prisons combine in the American Correctional Association, which advocates legislation favorable to the industry. Such private companies comprise what has been termed the Prison-industrial complex.

[edit] Employment

It is estimated that 1 in 9 state government employees works in corrections.[65] About 17% of prisoners are employed by UNICOR[66]

[edit] Cost

In 2006, $68,747,203,000 was spent on corrections.[67]

In 2005 it cost an average of $23,876 dollars per state prisoner. State prison spending varied widely, from $45,000 a year in Rhode Island to $13,000 in Louisiana.[65][7]

In California in 2009 it cost an average of $47,102 a year to incarcerate an inmate in state prison. From 2001 to 2009, the average annual cost increased by about $19,500 in California.[68]

In 2001 among facilities operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, it cost $22,632 per inmate, or $62.01 per day.[69]

Housing the approximately 500,000 people in jail in the USA awaiting trial who cannot afford bail costs $9 billion a year.[70] Most jail inmates are petty, nonviolent offenders. Twenty years ago most nonviolent defendants were released on their own recognizance (trusted to show up at trial). Now most are given bail, and most pay a bail bondsman to afford it.[71] 62% of local jail inmates are awaiting trial.[19]

To ease jail overcrowding over 10 counties every year consider building new jails. As an example Lubbock County, Texas has decided to build a $110 million megajail to ease jail overcrowding. Jail costs an average of $60 a day nationally.[71][72] In Broward County, Florida supervised pretrial release costs about $7 a day per person while jail costs $115 a day. The jail system costs a quarter of every county tax dollar in Broward County, and is the single largest expense to the county taxpayer.[73]

Bondsmen have lobbied to cut back local pretrial programs from Texas to California, pushed for legislation in four states limiting pretrial's resources, and lobbied Congress so that they won't have to pay the bond if the defendant commits a new crime.

Behind them, the bondsmen have powerful special interest group and millions of dollars. Pretrial release agencies have a smattering of public employees and the remnants of their once-thriving programs.

National Public Radio, January 22, 2010.[73]

In 2007 states spent an estimated 7 percent of their budget on corrections.[65][7]

As of 2007 the cost of medical care for inmates was growing by 10 percent annually.[65][7]

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"Welcome to America, home to 5% of the world's people & 25% of the world's prisoners."





Meanwhile, the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer...

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The rich and the middle class








Before major recessions; rich get richer, and poor get poorer. People forget that during a most prosperous period, the 1950s, the U.S. paid less total taxes as a percentage of GDP, but the rich paid a progressively higher income tax rate than they pay now. Progressive taxation. Roosevelt-Eisenhower progressive taxation and prosperity. Versus Reagan-Bush voodoo economics and middle-class bankruptcy and decline. For more info:
http://g-mond.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/topincomes

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Eco Mann | 10 Jul 11:53 2011
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MMM. USA. 5% of world's people & 25% of world's prisoners


Pass it on.

Total U.S. incarcerated population.

USA and territories. 2,424,279 inmates in 2008.
Free chart in the public domain. Bureau of Justice Statistics. With less than 5% of world population the USA has over 2.4 million of 9.8 million world prisoners. The majority of U.S. inmates are in due to the drug war. The number of i nmates in the USA has increased almost 5 times over since 1980. [1]

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Eco Mann | 1 Jul 02:14 2011
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MMM. Some recurring situations in the "Arab Spring"


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Date: Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 6:26 AM
Subject: DW. NOTE ON SOME RECURRING SITUATIONS IN THE "ARAB SPRING"
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NOTE ON SOME RECURRING SITUATIONS IN THE "ARAB SPRING"                        

I have had a front row television seat for the series of revolutions taking place throughout the Arab world, which have become known as the "Arab Spring."  These revolutions have been directed as street protests by mostly unarmed citizens against their autocratic governments.  Here are some responses by each side to this situation; which you should know about:

   1)  Snipers used by the government on rooftops to murder protest leaders:  These snipers are from the police services or the armies of the government, and have often been used to pick off persons in marches believed to be leaders of the marches, or even to fire en masse upon the marchers themselves.  Many marchers believed that their governments would never murder people for complaining about starving, homelessness, or lack of civil rights--these marchers were wrong.  The war will be won on the rooftops, and these must be occupied, but look out for helicopters!;

 2) Secret, plain clothes policemen infiltrating street demos and marches:  Nearly always in mass demonstrations the cops or army block off certain sections of a city or town which lead to government offices or commercial (banks) areas with some kind of barricades or lines of armored police.  On the marching side of these barricades however, there are many secret, plain clothes police waiting to pick off protest leaders by arrest or sometimes by shooting.  They alway wear durable clothes (jeans, leather jackets) because they expect to be fighting, and they work by grabbing protesters and hauling them quickly across the police barricades to be arrested.  They always carry identification which identifies them as police.  In Cairo, these people were themselves detained by marchers, who found the police IDs and kept them (and often beat the undercover cops or kept them prisoner.  Marchers in the vanguards of demonstrations need to watch out for each other, and watch out for plain clothes cops, and defend each other when arrests are attempted;

  3)  Counterdemonstrators, mercenaries, armies and such:  When situations get out of control for the government, they call in help in the form of opposing mobs, mercenaries, or even foreign armies.  In Egypt, this led to volley and counter volley of Molotov cocktails and rocks in the streets, and even horse and camel charges by sympathizers of the government.  In Bahrain, even a foreign army (from Saudi Arabia) was called in by the government to shoot it's own citizens; in Libya, foreign mercenaries from surrounding countries were called in to beat or murder the protesting citizens of that country or migrant workers and illegal aliens were paid to do the same, and at very high rates.  Often in Libya, hardhats and helmets of a particular color along with cudgels and long sticks or pipes were issued to the scabs to distinguish them from the protesting citizens.  In Bahrain, tanks and armored personnel vehicles were used against protestors.  In Libya, jet fighters were called out to bomb and strafe demonstrators.  One should never believe the claims of democracy foisted about by fascist governments, for the only policy of such governments is to enslave their own citizens by whatever means are available;

 4)  Encirclement tactics of the government:  the unpopular governments  always tried to hem in demostrators by encirclement and isolation.  In Cairo, the demonstrators posted lookouts in side streets and behind the marchers to prevent this from happening; 

 5)  Co-oopting the revolution:  when the situation became nearly lost, the governments would often stage fake firings of Justice Ministers and such whipping boys, only to replace them with more of the same from within the government.  In Cairo and Tunis, the marchers and demonstrators established "Committees for the Defense of the Revolution" to examine all candidates for replaced ministers and to keep track of policies of the new governments to ensure that real progress was being made, and  prevent the gains made by the people from being lost once the autocrats had left.  Revolutions are not things of days, weeks, or months: they must be nutured and cared for, and the old regime must be excluded from positions of influence or power.  What was bad before will not be made better by a temporary holiday.

6) Just yesterday, I saw a piece on the situation in White Russia(Byelorussia), where a fascist government is torturing political opponents.  There, flash mobs of protestors have been organinized for certain times and days of the week at certain places, where marches then take place without signs or slogans being exhibited, only clapping and making noise.  In this way, the marchers hope to make their wishes known without being subject to arrest for treason or whatever trumped up nonsense the government is calling "disturbing the social order." This seems to be working, as the government knows full well why people march, but they cannot pin charges on people for just marching along, clapping.
                                

 I have tried to give some examples of what democratic people's movements will experience during times of unrest.  These examples should by no means be thought to be limited to the Arab World or to other countries.  The Fascist attack is going on world wide now, and the scenes I have just described will surely be played out in New York City, Washington, London, Moscow, Rome, and elsewhere when the people find that they can no longer bear the injustices of their own governments.


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Eco Mann | 21 May 11:58 2011
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MMM. Drug war charts and middle class crisis.


http://corporatism.tripod.com/footer-main.htm

See also:
Polls after 10 years of Global Marijuana Marches, Hempfests, open activism.
A nation of poor dumbass sheep led by Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and George Noory.

The rich and the middle class



Nancy & Ronald Reagan. Info.
Yearly U.S. spending. Info.
Featured anniversary. 30 years since Reagan's election:
November 1980-2010.

The "Southern Strategy" of politics and labor camps on a grand scale.

Click here for larger chart, and info on the sources.

The New York Times says it is the length of sentences that causes the huge U.S. inmate count that dwarfs other nations.

New York Times: American Exception. Inmate Count in US Dwarfs Other Nations'. Apr 22, 2008. Page 1, Section A, Front Page. Archived here too.

From the New York Times article (emphasis added):
Still, it is the length of sentences that truly distinguishes American prison policy. Indeed, the mere number of sentences imposed here would not place the United States at the top of the incarceration lists. If lists were compiled based on annual admissions to prison per capita, several European countries would outpace the United States. But American prison stays are much longer, so the total incarceration rate is higher. ... "Rises and falls in Canada's crime rate have closely paralleled America's for 40 years," Mr. Tonry wrote last year. "But its imprisonment rate has remained stable."
Only a non-Republican President, administration, and Congress were able to get these enacted:


Overall U.S. taxes are less than most other rich industrialized nations. It is 24% of GDP total economy according to latest OECD stats (OECD is best source). The problem is that the middle class pays too much.
Click the column heads on the chart page linked below to reorder them from lowest to highest.

en.wikipedia.org
This article lists countries by total tax revenue as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) for the listed countries. Three sources are used, one for each column. The tax percentage for each country listed in the sources has been added to the chart.


sanders.senate.gov
WASHINGTON, May 10 -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced today that he introduced legislation to provide health care for every American through a Medicare-for-all type single-payer system. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) filed a companion bill in the House to provide better care for more patients at



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1% of US adults are incarcerated. 25% of the world's 9 million prisoners are in US jails-prisons. NRA are responsible. They lobbied hard for the state-by-state mandatory minimum sentencing laws (for nonviolent offenses too). See Wikipedia on incarceration.

Cannabis Action.
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/cannabisaction

"On June 30, 2006, an estimated 4.8% of black men were in prison or jail, compared to 1.9% of Hispanic men and 0.7% of white men." - U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. See latest stats here:
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Eco Mann | 7 Feb 11:06 2011
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MMM. Continuing torture in Iraq, U.S. drug war, U.S. client countries, Egypt.


Continuing torture in Iraq, U.S. drug war, U.S. client countries, Egypt.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Ghraib_torture_and_prisoner_abuse#Recent_developments
http://www.google.com/images?q=U.S.+torture - Google image search. U.S. torture.
http://www.google.com/images?q=Iraq+torture - Iraq torture photos.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Abu_Ghraib_prisoner_abuse - Photos.

Wikipedia:

In September 2010 Amnesty International warned in a report titled New Order, Same Abuses; Unlawful Detentions and Torture in Iraq that up to 30,000 prisoners, including many veterans of the US detention system, remain detained without rights in Iraq and are frequently tortured or abused. Furthermore, it describes a detention system that has not evolved since Saddam Hussein's regime, in which human rights abuses were endemic with arbitrary arrests and secret detention common and a lack of accountability throughout the security forces. Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa director, Malcolm Smart went on to say that "Iraq's security forces have been responsible for systematically violating detainees' rights and they have been permitted. US authorities, whose own record on detainees' rights has been so poor, have now handed over thousands of people detained by US forces to face this catalogue of illegality, violence and abuse, abdicating any responsibility for their human rights."[123]

On October 22, 2010 nearly 400,000 secret US army field reports and war logs, detailing torture, summary executions and war crimes, were passed on to the British paper, the Guardian and several other international media organisations through the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. Among others, the logs detail how US authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape and even murder by Iraqi police and soldiers, whose conduct appears to be systematic and normally unpunished and that US troops abused prisoners for years even after the Abu Ghraib scandal.[124][125]

See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Ghraib_torture_and_prisoner_abuse#Recent_developments

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Some of the soldiers at Abu Ghraib were ex-U.S. prison guards.

http://cannabis.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page#Torture.2C_rape.2C_and_the_Drug_War

Torture, rape, and the Drug War


See this article: *"Torture in Mexico’s Drug War (Warning Graphic Video)". If the above embedded video does not work go to the YouTube page and try.

U.S. torture training in Mexico. See the video to the right.

"Torture By Mexican Government In Drug War Highlights U.S. Loss of Credibility On Human Rights".

"The Washington Post reports today [July 9, 2009] that the Mexican government has employed numerous torture techniques to extract confessions from suspected drug traffickers. The techniques included beatings, suffocation with plastic bags, electric shocks, the insertion of needles under suspects’ finger nails, water torture, and other abuses."

Drug-suspect rape and torture by police in Indonesia. See the links to the media articles (and quotes) found in the 2010 and 2009 sections of this Cannabis Wiki article: Jakarta, Indonesia.

Torture by U.S. police

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Jury Selection Begins in Illinois Police Torture Trial. By Karen Hawkins, Associated Press Writer. May 23, 2010. ABC News.

Juvenile inmates in the USA

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Deputy Shown Kicking Teen Girl. He hit her in the head while she was standing and while she was on the floor. He slammed her onto a concrete floor. He pulled her up by her hair. YouTube link.
"placed in solitary confinement in the Montana State Prison when he was 17 and has been subjected to abuse so traumatizing that he has twice attempted to kill himself by biting through his wrist to puncture a vein. ... has been forbidden phone calls or visits with his family. Fellow inmates were so concerned for his well-being that they reached out to the ACLU of Montana for help on his behalf."

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Matthew McDaniel


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_McDaniel#Drug_War


McDaniel accuses the "US Drug War" and the UN Office of Drugs and Crime for helping cause the arrest, forced dislocation, prosecution, starvation, death and extrajudicial killings of Akha people in Thailand and Laos.[17][18][19][20][21][22] McDaniel has filed reports with the United Nations Commission on Human Rights,[23] and the International Criminal Court.[24]

He documented extrajudicial killings during the anti-drugs push of Thailand's prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in 2003.[25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33]

For example, Matthew McDaniel and three of his associates (Itaru Furuta, Katharine Ricke, and Lisa Friedland) documented the June 20, 2003 killing of Leeh Huuh.[19][34] McDaniel reported:

"TODAY. Two days ago Leeh Huuh, other son of Ah Nah Burh Chay and Loh Pah Ah Sauh were called to the Phrao police station. The police left a notice with Loh Pah's wife which she had to sign. TODAY at 8am these two men left for the police station. They were ambushed on the road and shot to death. We saw the bodies which we photographed. Police at Phrao police station denied knowledge of the details of the case that we already knew."[35][36]

The first photo below is of Leeh Huuh and his wife in 2002. The next three photos are of Leeh Huuh's body on June 20, 2003. The last photo is of two Akha wives whose husbands had been killed earlier that day of June 20, 2003. Leeh Huuh's wife is on the right side. Matthew McDaniel took the photos.

Thailand's English-language newspaper The Nation reported on the drug war in November 2007:

Of 2,500 deaths in the government's war on drugs in 2003, a fact-finding panel has found that more than half were not involved in drugs at all. At a brainstorming session, a representative from the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) Tuesday disclosed that as many as 1,400 people were killed and labeled as drug suspects despite the fact that they had no link to drugs.

Prosecutor Kunlapon Ponlawan said "it was not difficult to investigate extra-judicial killings carried out by police officers as the trigger-pullers usually confessed."[31][37]

The January 24, 2008 edition of The Economist reported that "over half of those killed in 2003 had no links to the drugs trade. The panel blamed the violence on a government 'shoot-to-kill' policy based on flawed blacklists. But far from leading to the prosecutions of those involved, its findings have been buried. The outgoing interim prime minister, Surayud Chulanont, took office vowing to right Mr Thaksin's wrongs. Yet this week he said there was insufficient evidence to take legal action over the killings. It is easy to see why the tide has turned. Sunai Phasuk, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, a lobbying group, says that the panel's original report named the politicians who egged on the gunmen. But after the PPP won last month's elections, those names were omitted."[38]

The New York Times reported on April 8, 2003:

Since the death of 9-year-old Chakraphan, there have been frequent reports in the Thai press of summary executions and their innocent victims. There was the 16-month-old girl who was shot dead along with her mother, Raiwan Khwanthongyen. There was the pregnant woman, Daranee Tasanawadee, who was killed in front of her two young sons. There was the 8-year-old boy, Jirasak Unthong, who was the only witness to the killing of his parents as they headed home from a temple fair. There was Suwit Baison, 23, a cameraman for a local television station, who fell to his knees in tears in front of Mr. Thaksin and begged for an investigation into the killing of his parents. His stepfather had once been arrested for smoking marijuana, Mr. Suwit said. When the police offered to drop the charge if he would admit to using methamphetamines, he opted instead to pay the $100 fine for marijuana use. Both parents were shot dead as they returned home from the police station on a motorbike. Mr. Suwit said 10 other people in his neighborhood had also been killed after surrendering to the police.[25]

On March 4, 2008 the Asia Sentinel reported:

The first war on drugs, as it was known, pretty much evolved into a war on anybody the police decided to shoot. Under former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, more than 2,800 people were killed over a three-month period five years ago —about twice the normal murder rate of about 500 per month. Appointed Premier Surayud Chulanont half-heartedly set up a commission to investigate the drugs war nearly a year after the coup, but it had the effect of absolving the Thaksin administration. The committee found that about 1,370 of those deaths were related to drugs, while 878 were not. Another 571 people were killed for no apparent reason, according to the panel, and police investigated just 80 of those cases.[39]


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U.S. cannabis arrests timeline. Charts.
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Marijuana polls after 12 years of Global Marijuana Marches.
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Universal healthcare is better than drug war.
Harm reduction costs a lot less than incarceration.
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The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world The U.S. incarceration rate on June 30, 2009 was 748 inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents, or 0.75%.
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According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) 7,225,800 people at yearend 2009 were on probation, in jail or prison, or on parole — about 3.1% of adults in the U.S. resident population, or 1 in every 32 adults.
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"On June 30, 2006, an estimated 4.8% of black men were in prison or jail, compared to 1.9% of Hispanic men and 0.7% of white men." - U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. See latest stats here:
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The majority of U.S. inmates are incarcerated due to the drug war!
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According to the New York Times, mandatory-minimum sentencing is the cause of the astronomical U.S. incarceration rate, and there is no benefit in reduced crime rates compared to other nations with much lower incarceration rates. For details:
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MMM. Deadly Beating that Sparked Egypt Revolution


Khaled Mohamed Saeed pages. With death torture photos:
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The Deadly Beating that Sparked Egypt Revolution. CBS News - Lara Logan - ‎Feb 2, 2011‎.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/02/02/eveningnews/main7311469.shtml



Feb. 2, 2011

The Deadly Beating that Sparked Egypt Revolution

Khaled Said's Death Outraged Egyptians, Turning Messages from Internet Chat Rooms into Protests in the Streets of Cairo

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  • Play CBS Video Video Murdered Egyptian Sparks Cyber Outrage

    Lara Logan reports on the story of a young Egyptian man, Khaled Said, who tried to expose police corruption and was subsequently murdered. Now, with an online presence, Said stands as a martyr to many in Egypt and beyond.

  • Khaled Said was beaten to death June 2010 by two policemen on a public street. His death helped start the massive prostests in Egypt.  (CBS)


(CBS)  ALEXANDRIA, Egypt - Khaled Said's body was barely recognizable. The 28-year-old was beaten to death last June by two policemen on a public street.

Retaliation, his friends believe, for a video Khaled posted on the internet. It shows policemen allegedly sharing the spoils of a drug bust, reports CBS News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan.

"All of us are Khaled Said, because all of us might face the same destiny at any point in time," said one man, who would only speak to CBS News if his identity was hidden. He is one of the key organizers of the protests that have rocked Egypt.

The man said Khaled's death was definitely a catalyst for the people's revolution.

The disturbing image of Khaled's broken face was posted on Facebook. The image quickly sparked a cyber campaign that spread outrage amongst Egypt's youth.

They took that message from internet chat rooms to the streets of Cairo, just days after his death, and then to Khaled's home town of Alexandria.

His story spread and Khaled Said, a middle-class businessman, became an explosive symbol of police brutality under Hosni Mubarak's rule captured on internet videos.

The abuse seen in internet videos is just a glimpse of what Egyptians say they've lived with for decades.

"Khaled was lucky, let's be honest," said a man. "Because many people were killed or tortured but no one knows about them."

And nobody knows their names.

"Their names, the details, what happened after their death, no one knows," the man said.

Khaled Said's story -- and the revolution it inspired -- is now a permanent part of Egyptian history.


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MMM. Live. YouTube - Al Jazeera English Channel.

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