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Attorney General Jeff Sessions to double down on prosecuting drug crimes

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to announce plans to double down on harsh prosecutions for low-level drug offenders, U.S. officials with knowledge of the matter told the New York Times.
  • The directive would be a reversal of policy changes enacted during the Obama administration that instructed prosecutors to avoid handing down harsh mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug crimes.
  • According to the Washington Post, Sessions — who became the nation’s top law enforcement officer amid promises to take a “tough on crime” approach — has long foreshadowed a crackdown in federal charging policies. Read more (5/10/17)

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Black Lives Matter, civil rights groups give DOJ’s drug memo a resounding ‘no’

  • Black Lives Matter movement activists and national civil rights organizations have major criticisms of Jeff Sessionsnew memo reinstating federal drug sentencing policies that have played a heavy role in mass incarceration. 
  • On Tuesday, representatives of several criminal justice reform groups plan to rally outside of the U.S. Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, D.C., to call for Sessions to abandon what they call a “return to the War on Drugs.”
  • In searing statements, the NAACP, the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights and voices from within the Movement for Black Lives, among others, cried foul after Sessions announced Friday his instruction to U.S. attorneys that they throw the book at drug offenders. 
  • The directive ignores state-level sentencing reform trends, and will mean harsher punishments for nonviolent defendants, as well as mandatory minimum sentences that have been disproportionately leveled at African-American and Latino communities, civil rights leaders said. Read more (5/16/17)

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Anyway I love paladin Danse and I am also completely capable of realising that he is a shit and problematic, I get angry at him a lot pre-bb, and I completely understand why people may choose not to like him at all. His constant spouting of brotherhood bigotry is hard to swallow, his ‘shoot first ask questions later’ default stance comes across as extremely threatening. The list goes on and we all know the details.

However, I am also capable of realising how he changes and grows as a character, how (shitty writing and rushed quest aside) he becomes neutral on things he once hated, and how in-depth his character is if you actually spend a lot of time with him (not hating innocent ghouls, showing that his morals and beliefs do differ from what the brotherhood teaches him, loving it when you help settlements and people just trying to get by every day etc)

I love him because he’s not perfectly good, because the brotherhood is all the isolated synth with memories of being an orphan has known and therefore all he believes. I love him because he listens to the sole survivor and tries to change his mindset on things, even if it’s difficult and he still feels conflicted. I love him because he battles on, even though he has incredibly low self-esteem, even though he is obviously unwell through trauma, even when he finds out he is the thing he has been brought up to hate. I love him because if Bethesda had bothered to change aspects of his character post-bb (like they did after caits personal quest), then we would likely see a character trying desperately to leave the brotherhood behind and accept himself, become a better person, and help the Commonwealth as best he could.

Danse is flawed, extremely flawed, but he’s a well-written, complex character. We can go through our lives only believing there are black and white personalities for characters to have, that we must only like the 'good’ characters, but like real people they have the ability to grow and change. That is ultimately why I love Danse - he’s misguided and problematic, maybe even brainwashed, but his true morals and personality reveal themselves as his story progresses, and this is all thanks to your Soles actions.

“Problematic” characters who are forced to reassess all they believe and think and work hard to change it as a result are some of my favourites. Don’t dismiss fans for liking these characters, because some of us see ourselves in them more often than not, because some of us have worked hard to change what we believe and think to become what we are now.

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T.O.P, who has been hospitalized due to an overdose of tranquilizers after being charged with smoking marijuana, will beleaving the intensive care unit tomorrow. A staff member of Ewha Mokdong Hospital, where T.O.P is hospitalized, told Sports Chosun on June 8, “He has gained consciousness. His vital signs are back to normal. We think that it will be okay for him to leave the intensive care unit tomorrow. He is to get psychiatric treatment afterwards.” The emergency team that has been taking care of T.O.P wanted him to get treated by neurologists and psychiatrists, but it was impossible since he was in an lethargic state. The staff member said, “He can now talk and eat. His vital signs are back to normal. He will be transferred to a unit/ward for psychological rehabilitation on June 9 and will continue getting treatment. The doctors will discuss with T.O.P’s guardian whether he will get psychiatric treatment in this hospital or move to a different one.” Earlier on, T.O.P’s mother arrived at the intensive unit with his manager and said, “He’s much better now. He looked me in the eye and recognized me.” On the same day, a statement of indictment was delivered to the 42 Squadron to which he was assigned. Police authorities said, “The court sent a statement of indictment to T.O.P on charges of smoking marijuana today. The statement will probably arrive tomorrow as it was sent through registered mail. T.O.P will be losing his status as a conscripted police officer and the authorities will further deliberate his status. His services will end immediately and be sent home.” According to the rules, conscripted police officers who have been prosecuted without detention are removed from their status once they receive a letter of indictment from the court. T.O.P will be tried in court, and the court will decide on the possibility of the continuation of his army service. First time drug offenders are usually sentenced with probation. In rapper Iron’s case, he was sentenced to eight months in prison and two years of probation for smoking marijuana on three occasions in the first trial. The court will decide on whether T.O.P will continue his military service. If the court sentences him to more than 18 months in prison, T.O.P will dishonorably discharged from the military. He will no longer be obliged to do his military service. If he is sentenced to less than 18 months in prison, he has to finish the remaining period of his military service. According to the doctors, T.O.P is recovering quickly. Since he was in a lethargic state after overdosing on tranquilizers, the doctors think that the most important thing to do is evaluate his mental well being. Afterwards, he will be getting treatment from neurologists and psychiatrists. Meanwhile, the police started the investigation suspecting that T.O.P smoked marijuana in October last year at his house before he joined the police. The police tested his hair, and it came out positive. The police charged T.O.P with violating the drug laws of Korea and sent his case to the prosecutors. Afterwards, the prosecutors prosecuted him with without probation for violating drug laws. T.O.P passed the final test of the 348th test for recruiting conscripted police officers by the Seoul District Police in November last year. He joined the police in February 9 and was doing his service as as a member of the police band of the Seoul District Office. After being prosecuted, T.O.P was transferred to the fourth task group in Yangcheon-gu. T.O.P apologized and said, “I would like to apologize for all the disappointment caused by my wrongdoing. I’m too ashamed of myself to even stand in front of people and apologize face to face.” T.O.P’s first trial will take place on at the Seoul Central District Court on June 29. Source bigbang updates Man he’s only getting better and better with time let’s hope everything is gonna work out we have to support him he needs us through this

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“I was personally involved in taking down the planet’s most notorious drug trafficker, Pablo Escobar, in 1993. While we managed to make Colombia a bit safer, it came at a tremendous price.” —César Gaviria, former president of Colombia

former president césar gaviria wrote a new york times op-ed decrying the violent anti-drug campaign in the philippines led by president rodrigo duterte

President Duterte Is Repeating My Mistakes | New York Times

Illegal drugs are a matter of national security, but the war against them cannot be won by armed forces and law enforcement agencies alone. Throwing more soldiers and police at the drug users is not just a waste of money but also can actually make the problem worse. Locking up nonviolent offenders and drug users almost always backfires, instead strengthening organized crime.

That is the message I would like to send to the world and, especially, to President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. Trust me, I learned the hard way.

We Colombians know a thing or two about fighting drugs. Our country has long been one of the world’s primary suppliers of cocaine. With support from North American and Western European governments, we have poured billions of dollars into a relentless campaign to eradicate drugs and destroy cartels.

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Between April 1972 and May 1973, ODAL strike forces conducted 1,439 raids. It’s unclear how many were knock-and-announce and how many were no-knock, but even by 1973 the difference between the two kinds of raids had already begun to blur. “You might whisper ‘Police! Open up!” one agent told the Times. “Or you could yell it the instant before you hit the door.”
Nixon’s dehumanization and demonization of drug offenders had been a (literally) smashing success. Tactics like these had rarely been used in the United States, even against hardened criminals. Now they were being used against people suspected of nonviolent crimes, and with such wanton disregard for civil rights and procedure that the occasional wrong door or terrorized family could be dismissed as “an insignificant detail” or as cops “just trying to do their job”. Even when acknowledging their mistakes, as Ambrose did, officials could minimize the horror -at least in their own minds- with context. These men were rounding up “the very vermin of humanity”, after all. Surely the country understood that some collateral damage would be inflicted in the process.
—  Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces by Radley Balko
the signs as types of drugs

*dONT DO DRUGS KIDS PLS*


aries: cocaine - users feel confident and strong

taurus: khat - more talkative and more energy, appetite supressant

gemini: alcohol - can make someone more talkative, cause their speech to become slurred and make them physically uncoordinated

cancer: heroin - reduces physical and emotional pain and gives warm, drowsy feeling to allow users to forget their problems

leo: LSD - drug changes the way that users see and hear things. there is heightened self-awareness and users can hallucinate

virgo: mephedrone - euphoria, alertness and feelings of affection towards the people around you, paranoia

libra: cannabis - users feel relaxed, giggly and talkative

scorpio: GBL - feelings of euphoria, reduce inhibitions and causes sleepiness

sagittarius: amphetamines - the drug makes users feel energised and excited

capricorn: ecstasy - energy, followed by calmness

aquarius: magic mushrooms - hallucinations can occur for as long as nine hours

pisces: ketamine - low dose users might feel euphoric, and higher dose users might hallucinate

blue pill: the war on drugs is an effective means of prevention and can be won.
“red pill”: the drug war is a failure, legalise and decriminalise all substances.
red pill: there is no war on drugs. Only 1% of drug law offenders are incarcerated, and the overall trend is towards legalization.

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Can I just say how much I love the fact that one of the authors is asexual? Because so am I, and I would love to read a fic with asexual!Tony so maybe you would like to write it? Perhaps Tony being afraid of rejection when he tells them, but not being able to hide it from them any longer, because the thought of having sex really does scare him and he can see that he want to take the relationship to the next level. he feels like it's now or never. He has to tell them.

A/N: fair warning, this is from the perspective of someone who identifies as somewhere between grey-asexual and sex-neutral, and a lot of this is based on my misadventures in dating and the panic attacks they’ve inspired. In this fic, I wrote Tony as what I imagine being sex-repulsed asexual feels like, although he’s also demiromantic. Side note, I headcannon Steve being demisexual, although it’s not really evident in this fic.


In the almost forty years that the news had been reporting on Tony Stark, the media liked to think that they knew everything about him. He was a genius, undoubtedly, and a savvy business man. He was also a trainwreck, causing scandal after scandal with booze and drugs or by offending someone.

Tony could give credence to all of that. Arguing that he wasn’t more intelligent than the majority of the population was laughable, and up until recently, he had been a complete mess in anything personal. It wasn’t like he could hide anything when he was in the public eye twenty-four, seven.

Except one thing.

Tony Stark was asexual.

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Why you can’t blame mass incarceration on the war on drugs
The standard liberal narrative about mass incarceration gets a lot wrong. A new book breaks through the myths.
By German Lopez

Most readers of this blog are probably already aware that “non-violent drug offenders” make up a very small portion of the prison population (and thus, reducing penalties for those crimes will do little to blunt the carceral state.)

What this article says is, in addition to that, most of the increaseis not at the federal level, but at the state and local level. And at that, it’s not even because of changing laws and statutory penalty, but rather the increasing zealousness of prosecutors. All of which makes “campaigns to change the law” much less effective at reducing crowded prisons and the pain therein.

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Philippines President Compares Himself To Hitler, Says He'd "Be Happy To Slaughter" 3 Million Drug Users
President Rodrigo Duterte likened his anti-drug campaign that has left more than 3,000 people dead to Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler, who killed millions of Jews.
By Michelle Broder Van Dyke

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told reporters in Davao City on Friday that he would “be happy to slaughter” 3 million drug users, like Adolf Hitler had murdered about 6 million Jews.

The 71-year-old leader said he had been “portrayed to be some cousin of Hitler” by critics, Reuters reported. “There are 3 million drug addicts (in the Philippines). I’d be happy to slaughter them.”

“If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have…” he said, pointing to himself, according to Reuters.

“You know my victims. I would like (them) to be all criminals to finish the problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition.”

And once again, our national embarrassment makes it to the world’s headlines and it’s for making antisemitic comments. Comparing drug offenders with the Holocaust victims? That’s just very awful.

Mind you, if only it was possible, we’d ask for Duterte (along with De Lima) to be taken away from us (doesn’t matter if it’s a natural death, a disease or a “CIA assassination” that causes it) and for Miriam Santiago to be returned to us. This country doesn’t deserve a piece of trash like Duterte.

Read the Letter the President Wrote to a Non-Violent Drug Offender

These commutations come as the president and his administration have highlighted the need to address outdated drug laws that are contributing to overcrowded prisons. The White House announced last year that it would begin commuting the sentences of non-violent drug offenders. Thousands of inmates have applied, and the government has turned towards non-profit organizations to help them sort through the cases. Two of the inmates granted clemency yesterday were aided by the Clemency Project 2014, reported Politico.

Drugs

Marilyn: “When you’re on a film you’ve got to look good in the morning so you’ve got to get some sleep. That’s why I take pills.”

John Huston: “The girl was an addict of sleeping tablets and she was made so by the goddamn doctors.”

Arthur Miller: “Doctors had gone along with her demands for new and stronger sleeping pills even though they knew perfectly well how dangerous this was…there were always new doctors willing to help her into oblivion.”

According to Donald Spoto, Marilyn began to be addicted to sleeping pills in early 1954, after she took some to combat jetlag-induced sleeplessness. However, the evidence is that by the time she had already been using pills for as many as eight years - Marilyn told Amy Greene that she had been taking pills since the age of seventeen or eighteen. Certainly by 1950, on the threshold of her big break, Marilyn resorted to drugs to combat the overwhelming anxiety she suffered before screen tests. Since 1950 Marilyn had had a ready source of pills from her friend, confidant, and sometime mouthpiece, columnist Sidney Skolsky, who worked out of Schwab’s drugstore and could be relied on to provide sleeping pills and the like. Joe DiMaggio reputedly referred to Sidney and Marilyn as “pill-pals.”

The use of barbiturates, amphetamines, and narcotics was common in Hollywood. It was an exciting and dangerous thing to do, and there was far less awareness of the harmful long-term effects of substance abuse. Drugs ultimately claimed the careers and lived of many famous stars, from Errol Flynn to Judy Garland and Montgomery Clift.

Marilyn used barbiturates, hypnotics, and anti-anxiety drugs. Apart from one documented occasion in 1962, when she met Dr. Timothy Leary, she did not take pills for recreation or thrill-seeking, but as a way of combating her crippling inability to sleep, to calm her frayed nerves, or to tackle the debilitating fear and anxieties which assailed her. Susan Strasberg writes, “People mixed champagne and pills all the time, to increase the effectiveness of the pills. As for Marilyn, she had the burdens of her fear, her timidity, her insecurity and her unusually agonizing monthly periods that rendered her literally incapable of moving.” Once the addictive spiral began, she began to take yet more pills to counteract the effects of other drugs she had taken.

Marilyn was visibly affected by the after-effects of sleeping pills in 1954, when she regularly turned up late and groggy to work on There’s No Business Like Show Business - this was a time of high emotional tension as her recent marriage to Joe DiMaggio was running anything but smoothly.

After escaping the immediate danger of Hollywood and moving to New York in late 1954, Marilyn embarked on a year of self-discovery and acting experimentation, but she still needed sedatives and barbiturates to sleep. She continued to wash down the barbiturates with champagne, hoping that this would give her the chance of a good night’s rest. Eight years later, on the set of Something’s Got To Give, Marilyn was still fraught enough to swallow valium pills with champagne.

Despite warnings about the dangers of her drug abuse, Marilyn seemed unable to cut down her intake except for short periods - there was always some new crisis or her perennial insomnia to bring her back. Gynecologist Leon Krohn warned Marilyn that if she wanted to have children, she should do something about her intake of drink and drugs. After her second miscarriage, Marilyn was consumed with fear that she had brought this on by her intake of Amytal, a barbiturate (medical name amobarbital). By the late fifties, Marilyn was trapped in a dangerous spiral of having to take drugs to sleep, different drugs in the morning to battle through the grogginess, and then take more pills during the day to control her anxiety. Typically, Marilyn scheduled no appointments before midday; the hangover from Nembutal took all morning to clear. 

Marilyn’s dependence on barbiturates and sleeping pills increased even further during tumultuous shooting on The Misfits in 1960. Her Los Angeles doctors sent out stringer drugs, 300 milligram doses of Nembutal (sodium pentobarbital), three times the standard dosage for treating insomnia, and so strong that just seven of these pills would have been enough to kill a person without her tolerance. When she felt that these weren’t enough, she persuaded doctors to inject Amytal directly, in quantities not far off the administered for general anesthetics. In the mornings Marilyn was so groggy that makeup man Allan “Whitey” Snyder had to start making her up while she lay in bed. Rumors circulated that Marilyn had to be walked around her bedroom for hours to get her sufficiently clear-headed, and some biographers write that the only way to get her to actually wake up was to put her in the shower. 

In the last years of her life, Marilyn increasingly switched to chloral hydrate, more commonly known as “Mickey Finn” knockout drops. These were prescribed to her by psychoanalyst Ralph Greenson in an attempt to reduce her dependency on the barbiturates she habitually took. Greenson apparently also prescribed Dexamyl, a potent combination of Dexedrine (a now banned stimulant) and amobarbital, a barbiturate. He remarked in correspondence that her dependence was such that she resembled an addict, yet “did not seem to be the usual addict.” There were times, though, when her behavior was very much that of the addict, seeking new ways to administer the drugs she craved, including injection. Reputedly in the last month of her life, Marilyn’s regular doctor, Dr. Hyman Engelberg, attended Marilyn almost daily to give her so-called “youth shots,” which altered her mood and gave her redoubled energy. 

On August 3, 1962, just two days before her death, Marilyn had two prescriptions for Nembutal, her regular barbiturate sleeping pills, filled at her local pharmacy, from two different doctors (Dr. Engelberg and Dr. Seigel) at the San Vicente pharmacy on 12025 San Vicente Boulevard. 

On her last day alive, Marilyn probably took pills of phenobarbital and chloral hydrate. By mid-afternoon that day, she was seen on the beach walking with a little difficulty, and her speech was slurred. The autopsy showed levels 10 times the normal dose of the first drug and 20 times the normal dose of the second drug: blood levels of 4.5 mg Nembutal and 8 mg of chloral hydrate, and a much higher concentration of 13 mg of Nembutal in Marilyn’s liver. Disparities in these figures have been used to support allegations of foul play in Marilyn’s death and speculation that the lethal dose of drugs was administered either by injection or by enema. Controversy has even surrounded the exact list of drugs that Marilyn had in her bedroom at the time, with some commentators suggesting that only half of the pill bottles found on the bedside table were ever listed by the coroner on his toxicology report (Librium, Nembutal, chloral hydrate, Phenergan, and others without labels).

- The Marilyn Encyclopedia by Adam Victor.

“I was a police officer in Baltimore for 21 years. I was addicted to heroin the entire time I was on the force. A lot of the guys had their addictions. I don’t think people understand the fear involved in the job. We were scared all the time. Baltimore was the murder capital of the world. It was tremendously stressful. I never used needles. Just powder. I was too scared of needles. My partner knew about it. One time he walked in the bathroom while I was using. He told me: ‘The moment I feel like you’re putting my life in danger, I’m turning you in.’ I did feel guilty when I was arresting drug offenders. But I always told myself: ‘You’re doing them a favor.’ One morning I looked in the mirror and saw death. I had no soul. So I made myself quit. I took two weeks leave, locked myself in a hotel room, and quit cold turkey. It was the darkest two weeks of my life. I can’t talk about it. But I never used again. My wife was never able to quit, though. She committed suicide six years ago. I woke up one morning and she’d been dead for seven hours, right next to me.”

Obama releases another 111 drug offenders, bringing total commutations to 673

President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 111 federal inmates serving long prison sentences for mainly non-violent drug crimes, bringing the total number of commutations the president has granted to 673, the White House said on Tuesday. There are still a ton more cases to go through though.