June 13th, 2009


Canada has chosen to expand the war on drugs with more mandatory minimum sentences despite having no solid evidence that they will reduce drug crime. In fact the latest decision to follow the Americans’ model of a failed justice system that leads to bloated prison costs and overburdened jails seems to be motivated simply by the desire by both the Conservatives and Liberals not to appear soft on crime. Under the new laws people caught growing 5-200 pot plants will face a mandatory minimum of 6 months in jail. Other parts of Bill C-15 are easy to support such as increased jail time for offences involving organized crime and violence but the decision to go tough on small growers is counterproductive. There is a good roundup of this issue here. Once this passes the Senate it’s a done deal.

This bill will increase the price of drugs on the street and be a big source of income for those involved in the business of building jails, employing prison guards , and supporting an increased police state.

Meanwhile in Iran, Ahmadinejad’s win in the national election has sparked riots and unrest. There are reports of vote-rigging so this story is far from over.

The hopes for a peaceful change in that country have dimmed with this result and with Israel still itching to bomb the Iranians back to the stone age, it’ll be a hard road to avoid more bloodshed and war in the region. If Iran ever did get attacked there would likely be an immediate doubling of the price  of oil as 40% of the world’s oil goes through the Straight of Hormuz which is Iranian-controlled. Oil embargoes, more terrorism, and more outrage throughout the Muslim world would likely follow not to mention the horrific human cost of a war on a country with three times the population of Iraq. Let’s hope cooler heads prevail.

North Korea has apparently defiantly declared it’ll make more weapons grade plutonium in response to increased sanctions on the regime.

On a more happy note today is World Naked Bike Ride day.

Quote of the Day

“Owners of capital will stimulate the working class to buy more and more of expensive goods, houses and technology, pushing them to take more and more expensive credits, until their debt becomes unbearable. The unpaid debt will lead to bankruptcy of banks, which will have to be nationalized, and the State will have to take the road which will eventually lead to communism. ” Karl Marx, Das Kapital, 1867

Pirate party wins seat in the EU elections


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