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  1. Possible Answer To Maincoon's Question?

    Let's set aside the propaganda, sensationalism and fake news for a moment and take a look at a more accurate and honest discussion of the causes and effects of the current economic crisis in Venezuela. And here's a link to the open letter referenced in the discussion... https://afgj.org/endsanctions
  2. Possible Answer To Maincoon's Question?

    I see someone's confused by that last post. Sorry 'bout that. Perhaps CIA Director Mike Pompeo can help clarify things...
  3. Possible Answer To Maincoon's Question?

    As the election draws closer, we can expect the political rhetoric to intensify. AMLO's opponents will certainly compare him to Nicolas Maduro, the socialist president of Venezuela. Keep in mind that a lot of this rhetoric is the product of a long-running propaganda campaign by the CIA intended to bring about regime change in Venezuela. While Venezuela does have some serious economic problems, the people really aren't reduced to eating their pets in order to survive...or selling their children because they can no longer afford to feed them, for that matter.
  4. Who is Moreno?

    The Times op-ed is obviously biased against AMLO and amazingly distorted and misleading in its presentation of the facts. Don't base your opinion of AMLO according to this article.
  5. Possible Answer To Maincoon's Question?

    Let's not get carried away here. Non-citizens are forbidden to actively participate in the electoral process. They are not allowed to donate money to candidates or parties, speak at political rallies or march in political protests. No one here should feel intimidated by these restrictions when expressing an opinion on a forum such as this. I do not believe AMLO has any specific proposal for dealing with the problem of drugs and cartels. In the past, he has advocated that the army be "returned to its barracks" in an effort to deescalate the violence that followed the Calderon regime's declared war on drugs. Most recently, he has expressed his desire to hold an "open discussion" on how to deal with drugs, cartels and the violence. Everything would on the table in this discussion, including legalization of personal drug use and amnesty for the cartels in exchange for disbanding.
  6. Who Is this AMLO guy?

    Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) is the current front-runner in the upcoming Mexican presidential election. Here's an analysis of AMLO and the election from John Ackerman, a well-respected academic and journalist...and ardent supporter of AMLO's candidacy.
  7. Lakeside increased population?

    Paul Ehrlich's "Population Bomb" has detonated...and there's no escaping the fallout.
  8. Mexican Opium Towns

    Don't see why this is such a stretch for you, M.C. You're old enough to remember when the U.S. mafia had a pretty hard rule about dealing drugs: You deal, you die. Indeed, many of them died.
  9. Mexican Opium Towns

    The article says "less" than one percent. This could mean 1000 people. A 67 percent increase over a three-year period would equal 1670 people. If you have a credible reference to these millions of users, let's see it. I don't have to help you do your research on this subject...just trying to distinguish facts from hysteria.
  10. Mexican Opium Towns

    Here's a 2014 article from Animal Politico that says heroin use in Mexico increased by 67 percent over a three-year period ending in 2011. The article doesn't give specific details regarding the number of people this represents or in which regions of Mexico this increase occurred. The article goes on to say that Mexican public health authorities aren't concerned since this represents less than one percent of the population and is "minimal" when compared to usage rates for marijuana and cocaine. It's still early in the day for me, but I'll try to track down the source for this information later in the day and see if more details are available. My guess is that the actual number of people using heroin in Mexico is quite small and that the actual number of people who are "addicted" is much less than that. I would further guess that the drug warriors, sensational press and fake news outlets have used these figures to fuel anti-drug hysteria. https://www.animalpolitico.com/2014/04/eu-en-alerta-por-heroina-en-mexico-aumenta-consumo-y-produccion/#axzz2zoGJfmVz
  11. Mexican Opium Towns

    Further add: This story and the quote from the attorney general refers to overall drug use in Mexico and not specifically to heroin use. Once again, it's an apples to oranges comparison.
  12. Mexican Opium Towns

    I'd still like to see credible statistical evidence that proves that heroin use is increasing throughout Mexico and not just anomalous to the border areas around Tijuana and Juarez.
  13. Mexican Opium Towns

    Yeah, I read that story on the Narconon site while trying to track down statistical information on heroin use in Mexico. To me, it seemed to corroborate the news stories we have been discussing here about the logjam of heroin at the border and how that has fueled the outbreak of heroin use in the border areas of Tijuana and Juarez...and not the country as whole. What was your impression? Let me add that Narconon was created by Scientology as a recruiting agency for the so-called "religion." I would never cite them as an unbiased source of credible information.
  14. Mexican Opium Towns

    I asked some simple questions of you and got this long, convoluted, repetitious nonresponse. So let's try this again. Earlier in this thread you said: "My references show heroin usage increasing rapidly in this country...." Do your "references" back up this claim with statistics? Do your "references" break down the statistics on a regional basis or is it just some generalized claim about Mexico as a whole? Do your "references" contradict or disprove the information reported in the Washington Post or L.A. Times? Are your "references" more credible than those two newspapers? Come on, let's see what you got.
  15. Mexican Opium Towns

    Why can't we just accept the information being offered by the professional journalists? According to the newspaper articles cited in this thread, better interdiction on the U.S. side of the border has slowed smuggling operations and created a logjam of heroin on the Mexican side. With nowhere to go, the heroin becomes a cheap supply that is feeding the increased usage in border areas such as Tijuana and Juarez. You can verify their information by checking the statistics on where in Mexico heroin use is on the rise. Didn't you say you have access to these stats? Can you look it up? Is it confined to a couple of border states or more pervasive throughout Mexico? Please take a look at the stats for Sinaloa while you're at it. One thing I can verify right now is that although marijuana, amphetamine and cocaine are readily available locally, heroin is very rare.