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Sat Nov 26, 2005 at 12:08 PM PST

Opium problem in Afghanistan

by Rezkalla

I apologize if this idea seems half-baked, but I wanted to throw it out there.

Why don't we just buy all the opium Afghanistan is producing?  If we pay a higher price than the drug lords then they'll have to pay the farmers more to get their crops.  We then ratchet it up again.

To make a profit, the drug lords would have to charge a much higher price for their product, so the cost of heroin goes higher than what a typical heroin addict can afford.

We then push it high enough that the economics of the heroin trade collapses.

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Tue Aug 02, 2005 at 06:31 PM PDT

Insecure Males = War + SUV

by Rezkalla

Usually I'm proud to be a man, but sometimes I'm not.  Read this.  For the record I drive an economical sedan and oppose the war.

http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/050802_masculinity.html

This is important because the GOP is using things like this to garner votes.  I strongly suspect that in the red states being a liberal or a democrat is tantamount to being a "sissy."  A lot of this probably started with Reagan's cowboy image.  It sells cigarettes, it sells politics.

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Fri Jun 17, 2005 at 04:36 PM PDT

Wisdom From Malaysia!!!

by Rezkalla

Marina Mahathir is the daughter of the last prime minister of Malaysia, she has a much more
liberal view of the country than most people.

This article is from The Star Online (http://thestar.com.my)
URL:
http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2005/4/20/features/10719232&sec=features

Wednesday April 20, 2005
Moral terrorism
Musings by MARINA MAHATHIR

Sometimes we think we are so unique in the world. But just a little
reading makes us realize that there are so many parallels with other
people, despite what looks like inherent differences.

 This coming week, the leader of the majority Republicans in the United
States, Senator Bill Frist, is participating in a telecast geared
towards labeling the opposition Democrats as acting "against people of
faith." This is because the Democrats are opposing the nomination of judges
with extremely conservative views. But, as columnist Frank Rich of the
New York Times says, Senator Frist and his allies do not mean people of
all faiths, only those of their faith.

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