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Oh, and guess what the vast majority of PATRIOT Act powers are used for, and what the 'anti-terrorism' grant dollars buy... the largest category is by far drug crimes, with terrorism coming in dead last. Law enforcement was foaming at the mouth over all the post-9/11 authority, but it sure as hell wasn't because it helped them fight terrorism- it let them make even more money, through grants and forfeitures, and superior-pleasing arrests, by fighting more drug crimes.
**And it was not 'ended' or 'reformed' by Holder, worst case of wholesale swallowing of media spin ever; it merely made it a requirement to only forfeit under federal law if you make it a joint investigation, makes it no harder to forfeit under state law, or for the feds on their own, or really at all since all it takes is putting a feds name on the paper to say it's joint)
That's the objection to 3D printing... it cuts out all the middlemen.
You are not the world police.
We've decided we are. What are you going to do about it?
Typical ignorance on display again, all your arguments consist of is "BUT DRUGS ARE BAD!", while completely failing to address why this should mean they are banned.
Drugs are addictive. Drugs can be abused to blot out the world. Drugs can destroy your life. But they should be LEGAL, because this will REDUCE those harms.
Get it? (your argument is also faulty in its implication that harder drugs cannot be used safely in moderation without negative consequences not attributable to legal status, but one step at a time)
So before you go any further, go ahead and whip out the mental gymnastics to exempt alcohol from your "but drugs that are really bad should still be banned" argument.
And here's the bottom line: the fact that some people abuse hard drugs to the detriment of their self, family, and society is not disputed by any serious legalization advocate, nor is a legal regime totally devoid of any regulation or consequence for abuse being advocated. The issue is whether the harm incurred by addiction is made better or worse by completely banning the substance, and it's overwhelmingly clear that allowing people to get any drug they want for an affordable cost from a medical environment with access to help and education is the method that minimizes the harm. There is zero room for banning any substance from recreational use. And at the highest level of society, merely decriminalizing possession still gives billions to violent gangs, and abdicating control of the distribution of drugs like that is a completely unacceptable way of filling the insatiable demand- it destabilizes entire countries even today.
For all your complaining about what arguments we avoid, you've once again trotted out the straw-man of anarchy: legalization advocates almost universally do not favor a completely unregulated crack-next-to-m&ms free-for-all. And you also do it in a way that reveals your own clear bias and lack of research into the facts cited by and the positions advanced by those who believe even hard drugs should be available to adults.
You think the crackhead down the block is having a bad effect on your family and community? What do you think will improve it more: civil-rights abusing police turning the whole country into a police state doing armed raids on the crackhead to keep him in and out of jail while he steals from people to fund violent criminal gangs? (the current policy) Or B: He gets his crack for the same price as other, legal drugs, from medical professionals that can assure as much safety as possible and access to treatment, and gives his money to legit companies and taxes, then sits at home with it.
Families.. what if it was your kid? Does he need help from doctors and counselors, or a SWAT team kicking in his door, beating the shit out of him, and locking him up for years? You want to talk about the toll drugs have taken, not a damn thing is improved by keeping drugs illegal... not for anyone except cartels and law enforcement, both groups have huge financial incentives and love the drug war.
And how do I find new music? I hear it somewhere and use an automatic recognition program. Not willing to spend hours purposefully listening to crap, or hours correcting slight ID3 differences to sort in a way I don't like anyway.
If someone tells you they are a hitman, that always means they are an undercover agent.
Not the one I'm talking to. He's just the dad of the 15 year old that desperately wants my ugly 30 year old friend to come to her house for passionate sex celebrating their true love after they met on #teens4olddudes on irc.LEONet.gov:6667. He asked her if she knew anyone who would murder people too. We're going to meet up with them later at their house, then I'll show you how real it is.
It should be obvious to anyone who's even the slightest bit acquainted with scammers. The first thing I did when reading the transcript? Laughed and laughed and laughed since it was so blindingly obvious that lucydrops, FriendlyChemist, and redandwhite were all the same person working a scam. Blackmail (ludicrous to begin with, my ass you have tons of vendors details) not working? "Hi, I'm authorized to contract hits for a major gang! Need some help with your blackmail problem? And of course I don't mind killing the roommates too! It will get you a bulk rate on your hits! Then we'll sell dirt cheap Hells Angel brand drugs and let everyone else benefit from my lack of concern about who I am with!"
Computer geek without the slightest clue how junkie hustlers work. Would bet anything asking DPR to front that alleged new vendor operation would have been the next step if not for the arrest. Funny stuff. Dudes own personal cash pinata, just keep whacking(!) for shiny bitcoin candy!