On my last entry i wrote about the influence of the United States over the ongoing Mexican war on drugs. Mexico is the US's primary drug supplier, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines, but not all of those drugs are made in Mexico. Today we'll take a look at how Mexico is hopelessly fighting for a lost cause, how the US government is indirectly causing bloodshed on Mexican streets, and how Mexican authorities use Marijuana as a scapegoat to give out the international impression that their anti-drug efforts are working...
Before we can talk about an illegal substance like marijuana, we have to first know why a natural plant that grows on the ground was made illegal while cabbage is free to run amuck. Marijuana has been used since 7000 B.C, and it was made illegal during the Reagan administration. Marijuana has had different uses thought history, at one point 90% of the worlds ships were made out of hemp, the word canvas comes from the latin cannapaceus (made of hemp), but it wasn't until the early 1900's that cannabis was used for recreational purposes. When Mexican immigrants came to america after the 1910 Mexican revolution, they were hired as cheap laborers on local farms, the Mexicans brought marijuana with them, farms that didn't hire Mexicans pushed for a ban on "preparations of hemp" or "loco weed".
During this time, the United States was also dealing with alcohol prohibition, which lasted from 1919 to 1933. Alcohol prohibition was extremely visible and debated at all levels, while drug laws were passed without the general public’s knowledge. National alcohol prohibition happened through the mechanism of an amendment to the constitution.
In the eastern states, the problem was attributed to a combination of Latin Americans and black jazz musicians. Marijuana and jazz traveled from New Orleans to Chicago, and then to Harlem, where marijuana became an indispensable part of the music scene. Once again, good old racism played a big part on outlawing cannabis, newspapers at the time made statements such as: “Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men’s shadows and look at a white woman twice.”.
The San Fransico Examiner wrote: “Marihuana makes fiends of boys in thirty days — Hashish goads users to bloodlust. “By the tons it is coming into this country — the deadly, dreadful poison that racks and tears not only the body, but the very heart and soul of every human being who once becomes a slave to it in any of its cruel and devastating forms…. Marihuana is a short cut to the insane asylum. Smoke marihuana cigarettes for a month and what was once your brain will be nothing but a storehouse of horrid specters. Hasheesh makes a murderer who kills for the love of killing out of the mildest mannered man who ever laughed at the idea that any habit could ever get him….”
Two other fear-tactic rumors started to spread: one, that Mexicans, Blacks and other foreigners were snaring white children with marijuana; and two, the story of the “assassins.” Early stories of Marco Polo had told of “hasheesh-eaters” or hashashin, from which derived the term “assassin.” In the original stories, these professional killers were given large doses of hashish and brought to the ruler’s garden (to give them a glimpse of the paradise that awaited them upon successful completion of their mission). Then, after the effects of the drug disappeared, the assassin would fulfill his ruler’s wishes with cool, calculating loyalty.
For the last couple of months i've invested my time on doing a bit of research about the ongoing war on drugs that has cost Mexico the incredible number of 35 thousand deaths in the last 4 years, it seems to me that 35000 dead citizens is a painfully high price to pay for keeping drugs out of the streets, and with a number that high, the war better be working, sadly, it isn't, the war on drugs was lost before it started, the table is tilted, greed, addiction, intimidation and corruption prove to be an overpowered enemy of this otherwise noble cause, and on this series of blog entries, i will try my best to show you why Mexico is fighting an unfair battle.
Like a Candy Shop
The United States of America is pound for pound the undisputed biggest drug consumer in the world, and that doesn't include alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs, the reason behind this is probably because its one of the largest countries in the world, most of its drugs come from Mexico and there are consumers there, but the US has almost two times the population of Mexico, the ammount of drugs consumed on both countries is unknown, but its estimated that drug cartels make billions of dollars a year from illegal drug trade. Forbes estimates Joaquin Guzman Loera, the biggest drug lord in mexico, to have a personal wealth of over 1 billion dollars. According to the CIA World Factbook, the United States is the "world's largest consumer of cocaine...Colombian heroin, and Mexican heroin and marijuana; major consumer of ecstasy and Mexican methamphetamine; minor consumer of high-quality Southeast Asian heroin; illicit producer of cannabis, marijuana, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine; money-laundering center".
This of course became a top priority for the american government, most of its drugs, if not all of them are smuggled from the mexican border, so the best solution back in 2006 was to politically pressure mexican president Felipe Calderon into taking strong actions against the mexican drug cartels that for many years had become part of Mexico's social and political structure. Calderon's undeclared war against the cartels triggered the biggest violence wave and blood bath in the country since it's civil war in 1910. Much like the ruthless drug war in Colombia during the late 80's and early 90's, mexican streets became a shooting range for police, soldiers and drug cartel henchmen, every corner of their society has been affected, civilians, clergy men and politicians have all been killed during this ongoing struggle.
Official numbers estimate that around one thousand minors have been killed because of gunfights, over 15 deaths have been caused by mexican soldiers that have shot civilians that didn't stop on different checkpoints on the country's roads, including one american citizen named Joseph Proctor who in August of 2010 was not only murdered by mexican soldiers but they also planted an AR-15 rifle on his hands and claimed that Proctor had attacked them first, it took 6 months for the united states to pressure mexican government who finally in December 2010 arrested 5 soldiers, Proctor's case was the third that year that accused soldiers of killing innocent civilians and planting evidence on their bodies.
Tamtampamela posted this video last night on her own account, about 10 minutes later, she took it down along with her whole account, almost immediately after that, this user created an account called tamtampameia, and reuploaded the confession video there. He made up the description saying that she decided to take down all the videos, like she did that for the good of everyone, that is not true, she deleted her account and nobody knows why, maybe she had second thoughts about coming clean and she was too slow to take the video down before someone downloaded it.
As i listen to this woman's ramble about how the monkey in the sky is so wonderful, i can't help but to play in my mind the videos of cars and people being swept away by the sea, the faces of children that have been injured, whose parents are missing, i can picture the expression of despair and sadness of the thousands that have lost a relative, and those who are currently being evacuated from their towns because of a nuclear threat.
The woman on this video goes by the name of Pamela M Foreman, and as you can tell from her other videos, she might be a troll, doing a parody of the average religious fundamentalist, someone would even say that she did this video as a joke, well, this video is missing something that most jokes have, its missing all the funny, i looked for it and couldn't find it, this isn't comedy, and judging from all the ratings and comments on her videos, nobody thinks she's even remotely funny, if she's trying to troll people for about 30 videos without the majority of her viewers even noticing that she is trying to be funny then she is as insane as the very same people she's trying to make fun of.
If i was her and i had a channel with over 2 thousand subscribers i would've taken a break from my usual immature "comedy" videos to express myself and give out my real thoughts about this terrible tragedy that goes on in Japan, i would've used those subscribers to promote charity and donations towards the needy Japanese, maybe instead of making a video i would've sent a bunch of bottled water so that it might help a couple hundred out of the thousands of people that don't have any in Fukushima, not poke fun at them with the stupidest monologue that ever came out of a youtuber's mouth, troll or not the things she says on that video are beyond stupid, people now have heir address, name and phone number because of her latest "joke".
I consider myself a big fan of comedy, specially stand up comedy, i probably wouldn't even have an atheist blog today if it wasn't because i found out about George Carlin or Lewis Black, and just like amateur guitar players that practice all the time and get really good at identifying talented guitarists, i write all the time, i have unreleased stand up comedy material, and i tend to be very critical on myself and others when it comes to comedy, and i couldn't find a single video from Pamela that made me even giggle but i do have to admit that she can act like a crazy person, maybe it just comes out naturally for her.