March 13th, 2010

happy

Ponies!

OK, the Tats set-your-watch service was out of action yesterday in favour of professional geekery with the small number of other people in NZ who are actually interested in what I do for a job.

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Anyway, enough of that. The DEA makes me want to spit tacks:

"DEA Opens Target America Exhibit

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s traveling museum exhibit, Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, arrived in the Big Easy at the request of Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu. Installed at the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint Building, the 10,000-square-foot exhibit opened on March 3 and runs through November 24. Target America explores the science behind illegal drug addiction and the myriad costs of illegal drugs—to individuals, American society, and the world.

The exhibit provides an important look at how each visitor can work to break the cycle of drug abuse and drug-related violence. It also gives a look at the shadowy world of narco-terrorism and the connections between terrorists and drug traffickers. Despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans are not drug users, the costs to society – estimated at more than $180 billion a year – are paid by the public in many ways, including the cost of lost productivity of users at work, their health care, criminal justice costs, and child welfare costs."


Criminal justice costs? Child welfare costs? *gnng* Here, have a thing: How the War on Drugs gave birth to a permanent American undercaste. I read this the other day. It's not referenced but I'm pretty determined and I plan to find the research behind that article. And the DEA, of course, bills the public for the criminal justice and child welfare costs associated with War on Drugs and calls it a 'cost to society of drug use'. Complete with travelling roadshow!