27 October 2007
The most heavily armed of Key West’s Finest recently had the job of “taking down” victims of a KWPD “reverse sting.” The operation took place in the usual neighborhood for that curious “law enforcement” activity, Bahama Village. I know this not because it was reported anywhere, but because I know an unlucky victim of the operation. . . . → Read More: The Drug War for Fun and Profit
10 April 2005
Prozac was invented by the same folks who lit up my college years with LSD, the Eli Lilly Company. Interesting as the purple haze was, I would not recommend LSD to the mentally fragile or children under any circumstances nor to sane adults as anything but a risky waste of time.
The actions of LSD, Prozac and the notorious PCP are remarkably similar. They all mess with serotonin metabolism, a mysterious and poorly understood area of brain function.
People with too much serotonin include schizophrenics, psychopaths, the mentally retarded and Alzheimer’s victims. Those who fail to properly . . . → Read More: The Depression Racket
10 March 2005
“Lord, help me to be the man my dog thinks I am.” — A Bumper Sticker Prayer
Between the ages of four and ten I lived in the Golden Age of TV Dog Worship. TV heroes in my 1950’s childhood included Neil, the lovable St. Bernard in the quirky series Topper, feisty little Asta, The Thin Man’s mascot, and Roy Roger’s Bullet. The unquestioned monarchs of TV dogdom, however, had their own shows. Lassie and Rin Tin Tin each had a series from 1954 until the end of the decade when Kennedy out-cheated . . . → Read More: Yo Rinny!
7 August 2004
The Old Testament describes a ritual of atonement. The Jews call it Yom Kippur. The ceremony features a luckless goat, chosen by lot, on whom the priests symbolically place the sins of the community. The priests then toss the “goat of removal,” or scapegoat, over a cliff to his death. Thus are the nation’s iniquities atoned. Thus are things put right with The Almighty.
The ancient Greeks used human scapegoats. The righteous citizens stoned the “pharmakos” to death. In so doing they believed they cleansed their community of sin. It is from this barbarous ceremony of healing . . . → Read More: Rituals of Atonement
4 April 2004
Part III Business is Good
Until the start of the War on Drugs in 1973 drug prohibition was a slapdash affair driven by paranoia, xenophobia, self-righteousness, bureaucratic self-interest and the demonstrated vote-getting power of being “hard on drugs.“ Empty headed members of the political class can always count on a round of applause for condemning drug use.
The War on Drugs got started in 1973 in the atmosphere of political desperation surrounding the Watergate hearings. Casting about for distractions from his political problems Nixon played the always reliable drug card. He had big problems so he . . . → Read More: A Brief History of Drug Prohibition III