Watching The United States vs. Billie Holliday on Hulu. Many people are unaware of how much Billie Holliday (and her dangerously true song “Strange Fruit“) drew the ire of the government and racist drug warrior Harry Anslinger in particular during his ramping up for the war on drugs.
This true story is taken in part from the research in Johann Hari’s amazing book “Chasing the Scream: The Opposite of Addiction is Connection,” which I talked about at length here on DrugWarRant, and the script for the film is by Suzan-Lori Parks. Andra Day, in a very powerful performance, plays Billie.
I thought the direction by Lee Daniels was a little uneven, but it was still an amazing (and disturbing) story to watch, and always wonderful to hear Billie’s songs.
â€œI am waiting for the war to be fought which will make the world safe for anarchy.â€ — Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021). RIP.
And to think she also lived in a whore house as a child, according to wiki. Forced to do things children should never be forced to do. Kind of like the dope war in Mexico forcing countless refugees to flee to safer havens outside drug money’s violent and corruptible control. And Regan’s Central America has vomited out countless refugees with how that admin helped set up the Isthmus with smuggling routes and weapons.
If the War on Drugs isn’t about race, then why did the U.K.’s heroin use jump leaps and bounds when they outlawed prescription heroin in 1964 to comply with the 1961 U.N. Single Laws? From way less than 1000 users to a maniac’s closet of junkies remaking the counterculture.
Race and money . . . prohibition just makes dope way more popular and easier to get.
If Iran were to legalize heroin, meth, and cannabis, then our nation would have to alter our security contracts with Iraq, thus affecting how Western and Chinese hands hold her 2007 denationalize oil. Stability would reduce ‘ghost employees’ getting untold millions of dollars for simply being on the payroll. And attacks there and around the area would fall off like the melting snows in May.
CRISPR-based gene therapy offers a potential alternative to opioids for chronic pain: