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November 2008



The Drug War is booming in Mexico

If you measure the drug war like you do a product rollout, then the drug war in Mexico is a huge success. The demographics are astonishing:

There was a gray-haired, grandfatherly type who was pushing 70, as well as an avuncular figure with a neatly coiffed goatee and wire-rimmed spectacles perched upon his nose. Some of the five men who found themselves on the front pages of newspapers on their way to jail wore suits, which made them look more like bureaucrats than bad guys.
Among the greatest challenges in Mexico‰s drug war is the fact that the traffickers fit no type. Their ranks include men and women, the young and the old. And they can work anywhere: in remote drug labs, as part of roving assassination squads, even within the upper reaches of the government.
It has long been known that drug gangs have infiltrated local police forces. Now it is becoming ever more clear that the problem does not stop there. The alarming reality is that many public servants in Mexico are serving both the taxpayers and the traffickers.

Starbucks would kill for that kind of market penetration.
Speaking of killing for market penetration, the drug war, as we all know, is also profitable for a number of related industries, including prison, law enforcement, and now:

Mexico’s drug wars are fueling a boom in the funeral industry near the U.S. border as undertakers capitalize on soaring murder rates and gruesome killings.
As Mexicans gather in cemeteries Sunday to place marigolds, candy skulls and candles on tombs for the Day of the Dead festival, a spike in drug violence means more bodies are bound for funeral parlors.
‹We’ve seen a big increase in the number of clients because of the drug war, especially since September. It’s gone from a few (bodies) a week to one or two every day,Š said Fernando, a funeral home owner in Tijuana across the border from San Diego, California.

Isn’t it delightful to see such success? Congratulations to the drug war for creating a self-sustaining international giant of an industry that touches so many people’s lives (not to mention touching the lives of their surviving family members).

Ah, to have the world-view of a Sophomore

Such naivetÚ, such trust in government sources. How nice it must be to be young. Trinity Sophomore Gregory Morrison writes:

As the military wins land, production of cocoa decreases. As production decreases, so does the revenue for the terrorists. As their revenue decreases, so does their violence. As violence decreases, the military wins more control of rebel-held areas. With our help ( at least, the help of all of us who pay taxes ), Uribe has broken a cycle of terror, violence and misery.
To the surprise of many, Colombia is becoming a better place.

No wonder I’m having such a hard time finding Colombian cocoa in the stores.

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This sign comes via the “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks.

Of course, it’s an example of completely inappropriate use of quote marks, and yet… unintentionally quite accurate. After all, it’s never really about a “drug free” workplace. Caffeine is just fine. So are plenty of other drugs. And when they test you, they don’t care […]