From this morning's The Guardian: 10/01/17
Puerto Rico: Trump Spat with San Juan Mayor Escalates As All Sides Double Down
By, Amanda Holpuch & Ed Pikington
At the Intercept many reports on Puerto Rico, as well as Democracy Now!
More over on Counterpunch , Common Dreams, Truth Out. Truthdig, Bill Moyers et al.
Memento Mori: A Requiem For Puerto Rico
by, Miguel A. Cruz-Diaz
Puerto Rico and Trump's rush to arrest hundreds of immigrants in Sanctuary Cities (believed to be in response to pending and proposed lawsuits against his Wall prototypes now under construction in San Diego and a reluctance by some politicos to use the DACA kids as a bargaining chip for him to receive funding for the Wall), his outrageous tax proposal which would only benefit the most wealthy, his call to have NFL players fired for taking the knee again demonstrate his insanity - but this one takes the cake; his response to Rex Tillerson's statements of negotiation with North Korea:
From The Guardian: 10/01/17
Trump Says Rex Tillerson 'Wasting His Time' With North Korea Negotiations
by, Martin Pengelly & Ed Pikington
The Trump Tweets:
...Save your energy Rex, we'll do what has to be done!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2017
Being nice to Rocket Man hasn't worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won't fail.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2017
I probably missed a few, you can fill in the blanks.
The September 2017 Executions In Tijuana
- On 09/30 at 8:00am, Frontera gave us the latest statistics from the PGJE of homicidios dolosos/executions in Tijuana. At that point, according the the authorities, the number stood at 198 in Tijuana with the YTD figure at 1,263.
Lo Acribillan Cuando Salia a Su Trabajo
por, Angel F. Gonzalez
- This morning Frontera reported at 7:00am that September of 2017 closed with 201 executions
in Tijuana YTD just in Tijuana then would be 1,265.
Cerro Septiembre con 201 Asesinatos
por, Luis Gerardo Andrade
Watch for updates on these figures in the coming weeks.
- So Here's The Fix:
From The Intercept - 09/26/2017: Link within title
“The data show that, judged by virtually every metric, the Portuguese decriminalization framework has been a resounding success.”
After more than 15 years, it’s clear which approach worked better. The United States drug policy failed spectacularly, with about as many Americans dying last year of overdoses — around 64,000 — as were killed in the Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq Wars combined.In contrast, Portugal may be winning the war on drugs — by ending it. Today, the Health Ministry estimates that only about 25,000 Portuguese use heroin, down from 100,000 when the policy began.The number of Portuguese dying from overdoses plunged more than 85 percent before rising a bit in the aftermath of the European economic crisis of recent years. Even so, Portugal’s drug mortality rate is the lowest in Western Europe — one-tenth the rate of Britain or Denmark — and about one-fiftieth the latest number for the U.S.
But moral questions aside, the drug-related violence now sweeping Brazil, particularly the horrific war that is engulfing the Rio de Janeiro favela of Rocinha — just a few years after it was declared “pacified” — makes these questions of particular urgency for Brazilians and citizens of any country. Brazil has witnessed repeated outbreaks of horrific violence in the favelas of its largest cities, many of which have long been ruled not by the government but by well-armed drug gangs. But this past week’s war — and that’s what it is — in Rocinha, located in the middle of Rio de Janeiro’s fashionable Zona Sul, has been particularly shocking.
'THE MOST DEVOTED OPPONENTS OF DRUG LEGALIZATION OR DECRIMINALIZATION ARE DRUG GANGS THEMSELVES"
When you criminalize a drug for which there is a large market, it doesn’t disappear. The trade is simply transferred from off-licenses, pharmacists and doctors to armed criminal gangs. In order to protect their patch and their supply routes, these gangs tool up — and kill anyone who gets in their way. You can see this any day on the streets of a poor part of London or Los Angeles, where teenage gangs stab or shoot each other for control of the 3000 percent profit margins on offer.
Meanwhile an update on Paris: We heard back from Vet Playas who wanted another consultation re her surgery and indicated that a plate in her leg could be iffy with complications, particularly at this late date and development. We do like Dr. Fimbres, he has been completely honest with us. So we are going back up to the States to VCA in Kearny Mesa for a consultation with Dr. Jackson hopefully this week. Won't know more until we do that, but the time is pressing. Next, cleaning out her huge crate I took the knee(s) and pulled my back out of whack. I'm moving a little better but Mike has had to do all the chores.
P.S. If you can afford it, this Saturday the 7th at the McCullum Theatre in Palm Desert, Bill Murray and Jan Vogler are presenting their "New Worlds" - wish we could go.
Christ, I almost forgot Dotard's UN Speech: