Estimated cocaine consumption based on waste-water analysis (expressed as cocaine lines* per day per 1000 Inhabitants, age 15-64) *1 line was here assumed to be equivalent to 100 milligram of cocaine.
This, and much more, in the UN 2007 World Drug Report
(pdf). HTML homepage
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Aug 1, 2007 -
, America's Dream Girl
*, has been a potent pop culture event
ever since her rise to fame in Disney's
1998 remake of Parent Trap
. As the first red haired child ever hired by Ford Modeling Agency
at the age of 3
, Lohan clearly had her young eye aimed at Hollywood. Her breakout role came with the 2004 release of Mean Girls
. Skyrocketed into the public consciousness, Lohan quickly released two pop albums
and pumped out classic films such as Herbie: Fully Loaded
and Georgia Rule
. With Britney Spears's descent into oblivion
and Paris Hilton's problems with the law
, Lohan appeared ready to supplant Britney as The It Girl
. But with her rocky personal life and her love of night clubs
, the party scene
, strawberry quick
, and after problems with her studio
, and running low on cash
, people wondered, could Lohan turn her life around? Sadly, that appears to be a no
. After being charged with a DUI on Thursday
for an accident in May
, Lohan was charged
with another DUI
(and cocaine possession) Monday morning after chasing another car
. A story is quickly unfolding involving a fired assistant
, bad damage control
, a bar at a rehab center
, prison chic
, more bad parenting
and a request for privacy / denial of drug possession
were also released. Is she the next Pete Doherty
posted by Stynxno
on Jul 25, 2007 -
The Indoor Yield-O-Rama
is a scientific look at how much marijuana people can expect to grow under certain conditions. No matter you think about marijuana or your country's drug laws, the level of sophistication in this statistical analysis may surprise you.
posted by mistermoore
on Jul 10, 2007 -
Jessica Dimmock: I was approached by a cocaine dealer who made it clear that he was a dealer. Over the course of the conversation he made it clear that if I wanted to follow him and photograph him I could. He took me to a variety of places - parties, people's apartments, the owner of an escort service. The last place he ever took me was the apartment where the project starts.
Jessica Dimmock is the 2006 recipient of the Inge Morath Award
to encourage young female photojournalists. Her series, The Ninth Floor is epic in its savage and true depiction of the reality of drugs in New York City. NSFW.
posted by parmanparman
on Jul 9, 2007 -
Boulder High School involved in a controversy. Here's some background
And here's the smackdown
. Here's what some other students think
. My favorite moment isn't even anything that's said - it's about 2:46 into the smackdown video when the other student on the panel, Andrew, realizes things are getting ready to kick-off. These are all YouTube links BTW.
posted by philad
on Jun 23, 2007 -
In an attempt to curb the production of crystal meth, more than 30 states have now outlawed or require registration for common lab equipment. In Texas, you need to register the purchase of Erlenmeyer flasks or three-necked beakers. The same state where I do not have to register a handgun, forces me to register a glass beaker.
America's War on Science: Chemistry sets
and model rockets
, the staples of any geeky childhood, have essentially become a thing of the past.Wired
has more on how a security obsessed society is robbing both children and adults of the opportunity to discover science for themelves.
posted by [expletive deleted]
on Jun 17, 2007 -
On December 18, 2004, Ascension Alverez-Tejeda
and his girlfriend were stopped at a traffic light near La Pine Oregon, and when the light turned green, the car in front of them stalled. Alverez-Tejeda stopped in time but a pickup truck behind him rear-ended him. When he got out to look at his bumper, the police showed up and arrested the truck driver for drinking and driving. The cops then convinced Alverez-Tejeda and his girlfriend to go to a nearby parking lot, ordered them out of their car and into in the back of the cop car for 'processing.' While they were in the cruiser, a person jumped in their car and took off. The cops ordered the pair out and set off in full pursuit up the road.
But it was all a set up worthy of David Mamet. DEA agents were tracking a drug gang and. . .decided to stage something, perhaps even a carjacking, in order to seize the drugs without tipping off the conspirators. They never consulted a judge, but every person in the story, other than Alverez-Tejeda and his girlfriend, was a cop of some sort.
posted by EarBucket
on Jun 9, 2007 -
Public gatherings restricted? Check. Shutdown of independent businesses? Check. Lockdown on traffic and transportation in the area? You bet. Lawmakers in Baltimore trying to curb the city's homicide rate (already 108 this year) have come up with some "desperate measures"
of questionable constitutional legality, including heightening police presence in order to lockdown streets in "emergency areas." It has been called, "partial martial law" by some, and one has to wonder if the city of Baltimore may not do better to take a page from The Wire's Hamsterdam
for a solution to their inextricably linked drug and homicide issues.
posted by dead_
on May 17, 2007 -
are not always good role models. Just in case you thought the craziness was limited to this one book, the authors proudly present a "true crime" glimpse
into a shadowy world of... okay, I actually have no idea
what they're talking about. Ah, the joys of vanity publishing
posted by OverlappingElvis
on May 16, 2007 -
Many people want to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana and other drugs, however, few know that many U.S. states are content simply to tax
. In fact, even the federal government wants a share (middle of p. 89 of the PDF)
, and used tax stamps
in early prohibition
, but only the states have recently issued issued
cool stamps (be sure to click "exhibit")
. The point, of course, is not to actually tax the drugs, but to penalize the drug dealers for tax evasion
as well as drug sales. They have brought in some money, though
. A few interesting state government pages: Conecticut
, North Carolina
and their tax return form
, and Kansas
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim
on Jan 15, 2007 -
Sir Paul McCartney is quoted a few posts below as having warned John Lennon against making fun of Paul's drug use. The rest of us, luckily, are free to point and laugh. This Paul McCartney Drug Timeline
should help you get started!
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Jan 4, 2007 -
Web-Building Is For Suckas
(YouTube, approx. 2 mins.)... A bit of an update on Peter Witt's famous 1960s experiments on the effects of various drugs on spiders' web-building abilities (previously featured on Metafilter here
posted by amyms
on Jan 3, 2007 -
A memorial to the many dead.
Here in Oakland, California
, the murder rate has gone out of control.
The incoming mayor
has not articulated any clear plan for reducing violence. And the current one, having only seen violence increase here, is going on to become the state Attorney General
Amid the challenges Oaklanders face - gentrification
, a lack of meaningful work opportunities
, and a history of a devistating drug trade
, there are some efforts to make change: here
, here, here
, and here
posted by serazin
on Dec 19, 2006 -
GAO: Anti-Drug Ads Still Don't Work
, Drug Czar John Walters admitted that anti-drug advertising was failing and may have tempted more kids to try marijuana. He called for more rigorous testing of the ads. Now, the GAO
has released a report showing that drug ads since 2002 have been equally ineffective. Young teens and girls who saw the ads were more likely to try pot. The White House kept the results
of their latest study from GAO auditors for over a year, and Walters is now claiming
that the testing he commissioned should be discounted because the effects of the campaign can't be measured through testing. The 2007 federal budget proposes
$120 million for ONDCP anti-drug advertising.
posted by Amy Phillips
on Sep 12, 2006 -
From the guy
who brought you the Whitewater scandal and the impeachment of President Clinton
for lying about oval antics in the Oral Office, a legal push to make the Supreme Court just say no to "Bong Hits 4 Jesus."
Ken Starr's petition to the Court [PDF]
makes clear that Starr believes this is no laughing matter, but a chance for the Court to make a landmark ruling that will give school adminstrators the power to limit student speech: "This case presents the Court with a much-needed opportunity to resolve a sharp conflict among federal courts
(and to eliminate confusion on the part of school boards,
administrators, teachers, and students) over whether the First
Amendment permits regulation of student speech when such
speech is advocating or making light of illegal substances."
posted by digaman
on Aug 28, 2006 -
--as reported by BBC News, on this day in 1962 (video clip too)--her travails and travels, the law, publicity, and what happened afterwards. (more here from American Prospect
in 05: ...A Gallup Poll taken that year showed that the majority of Americans supported Finkbine, and her case was a turning point ...
posted by amberglow
on Aug 26, 2006 -