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August 2011



National Drug Facts Week

NIDA has a National Drug Facts Week (this year it’s October 31-November 6), where they supposedly “encourage teens to get factual answers from scientific experts about drugs and drug abuse.” Except they don’t, really. They lead teens through highly selective propaganda to learn only those facts that fit the goals of NIDA. Their site is […]

Joseph Califano says that smaller penises will save our economy

Well, not really. But as Maia Szalavitz makes clear in her latest Time Magazine piece, he might as well have done so.

Califano, and his shocktoids have been a regular topic of derision here at Drug WarRant.

The latest shows correlation between teens who use social networking sites and the use of tobacco, alcohol and […]

Putting kids on the front lines

Scary viewpoint from a school official:

GYPSUM, Colorado — Schools are on the front lines of the war on drugs and that makes it worth fighting, says an Eagle Valley High School administrator.

“Is it a war worth fighting? “I say yes. Absolutely yes,” said Eric Mandeville, assistant principal at Eagle Valley High School.


Site problems

Sorry that Drug WarRant has been down for the past day. It’s been a very frustrating 30 hours, and I still don’t have an explanation for why it’s been down.

According to support staff at DreamHost, the Private Server which I pay for has been getting massive memory spikes every two minutes or so which […]

The invisible man – challenging bipartisan orthodoxies of thought

Conor Friedersdorf has an illuminating OpEd on the difference between press coverage of “protest candidates” like John Huntsman and coverage of Ron Paul/Gary Johnson.

Huntsman is challenging orthodoxies of thought that afflict the GOP alone, and taking positions that reflect the conventional wisdom in the media […] In contrast, Johnson and Paul are challenging orthodoxies […]

Open Thread

It’s been a busy weekend, with the end of my show in Chicago last night (and subsequent strike today), along with getting ready for classes to start tomorrow.

A big thanks to the Drug WarRant readers who came out to see The Living Canvas: Rain. It was great to see you and talk with you!


Coca developments


First Bolivia pulls out of the Single Convention over the requirement to eliminate all coca use. Now Peru has temporarily suspended coca eradication efforts.

Neither country is being at all radical about this. They’re still actively going after cocaine traffickers and have no intention of legalizing cocaine.

Yet they’re actually looking at policies and […]

Random thoughts

The people who get excited about a drug seizure and say that this will really hurt the cartels… are the same people who claim legalization won’t hurt the cartels because they’ll find another way to make money.

Both of us want to get drugs off the street. I want to do it for good […]

Video fun

I hadn’t really taken much notice of this Rick Perry guy. I mean I’d read about him, but I hadn’t actually seen him in action… until now.

Hoo boy.

This is both a dim bulb and a true believer! In this video, he’s convinced that abstinence-only education works, despite all evidence, because to believe […]


I don’t know why, but Gil Kerliowske seems to have a lot of problem getting words and concepts mixed up. I keep having to fix them.

And now, more than ever, it’s important to recognize that drug use [the drug war] harms every sector of this country. From keeping individual families together, creating a healthy […]