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Posted in WAR ON DRUGS with tags , , , , on March 25, 2014 by drjgelb

A post on a listserv board by anti-drug prohibitionists today got my blood boiling! The post stated:

“Am interested in checking what people know and think about the use of “bitcoin” as a currency to purchase unregulated drugs via the internet.

Would regulation of this unofficial currency assist in reducing the ability
to purchase drugs internationally?

One of our members lost a son to adulterated cocaine purchased via bitcoins through a broker in Queensland”.

I had to reply and wrote:

“No sooner than one means of obtaining illicit drugs is stymied, another pops up to fill the void! Prohibition’s effect is to expose the public to ever more dangerous compounds and ever more ruthless criminal networks.

Silk Road, up again after temporary closure by the FBI, has spawned dozens of copycats, all using various forms of virtual money as the means of trade. Bitcoin is but one of numerous “currencies” used – it initially had a notional value on par with the US Dollar, Euro, etc.

Whilst “invented” by a Japanese mathematician and designed as much as an academic exercise as anything else, the Bitcoin world quickly spiralled out of control and was swept up in an acquisitive tsunami based on what the oft manipulated and highly cynical market notionally valued the now very sought after scrip to be worth.

After reaching Poseidon like heights, all too similarly unsustainable, the Bitcoin trade whirlwind blew itself out, collapsed and was regulated out of contention and then to really drive the point home, the U.S. indicated that it would be seeking to prosecute those it held responsible for trying to subvert the world’s monetary system!

Meanwhile, thanks again to prohibition, the root cause of runaway demand is flushing out fresh criminal entrepreneurs and every minute of every day, old, new and adulterated drugs, guns of every description and human beings are sold, bartered and stolen in what has become an anarchic super-supermarket!!

And to answer your question about regulating virtual currencies, that’s the whole point! You can’t regulate them!! Bitcoin only became exposed to regulation when it went to bed with the stock marketeers. It entered the bull ring (bear pit) out of greed and paid the price!

Dismantle prohibition if u ever wish to control drugs!

See Portugal!”



Posted in MIDDLE-EAST POLITICS with tags , , , , on March 14, 2014 by drjgelb

Despite Jerusalem’s clear position that the Palestinian Authority must recognize the Jewish state in order to move forward with the U.S.-brokered peace negotiations, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki stated on Saturday – for the first time – that such recognition was unnecessary.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Washington last week for meetings with the American president and other members of the Administration, has stated repeatedly that the Palestinian Authority’s refusal to recognize the Jewish state was the key obstacle to advancing the peace talks. Yet in a move that surprised many observers of the political scene, U.S. State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki stated over the weekend that Washington did not agree that such recognition was necessary.

Talks between the Israeli prime minister and U.S. President Barack Obama focused on two key issues: the Iranian nuclear danger and the Israeli-PA peace negotiations.

Addressing the 2014 AIPAC (American Israeli Policy Affairs Committee) Policy Conference in the American capital last Tuesday, the Israeli leader again declared his position:

“President Abbas, recognize the Jewish state, and in doing so you would be telling your people that while we might have a territorial dispute, the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own is beyond dispute.”

PA President Mahmoud Abbas has consistently refused to recognize Jewish state. On Thursday, he repeated his official stand to Associated Press, saying he will never compromise on this issue. The next day, he reiterated his position, telling youth belonging to his Fatah political movement that “there is no way” he will recognize the State of Israel.

On Friday evening, Netanyahu told Israel’s Channel 10 News:

“I am ready to proceed, I am ready to reach the end of the conflict, but it must be the end of the conflict. We won’t allow the establishment of a Palestinian state so that it will continue the conflict, so it needs to recognize the state of the Jews just like they are demanding from us that we recognize the state of the Palestinians.”

On Saturday, according to widespread breaking-news coverage, Psaki appeared to have taken the Palestinian side. Speaking to Al-Quds, a PA-based Arabic-language newspaper, the State Department spokesperson declared:

“The American position is clear; Israel is a Jewish state. However, we do not see a need that both sides recognize this position as part of the final agreement.”

This statement by an American official closely followed another event that concerned many in the Jewish state and its supporters around the world, causing them to question Washington’s commitment to Israeli security, according to media reports and commentary. Last week, a day after the Israeli navy intercepted a ship carrying lethal Iranian arms en route to Hamas terrorists in Gaza, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told a press conference that negotiations with the Islamic Republic were nonetheless still on the table.

Author: Atara Beck, Staff Writer, United with Israel
Date: Mar. 10, 2014

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