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The SuperBowl - not just football
03 Feb 2002
Modified: 04 Feb 2002
Regardless of your feelings towards the Super Bowl, the anti-drug advertising during the commercial breaks deserves a looking at.
Living in Boston, and being a football fan (though I would be hard pressed to consider myself a New England fan, being from Colorado...), the Patriots' win is an exciting win, providing relief from the seemingly unshakeable shadow of major league sports defeat.

Though I love the game, something far more important than the outcome occurred during its run. A new advertising campaign began, with serious implications - and I'm not talking about Britney Spears.

During the commercial breaks, two separate segments aired, depicting the use of illicit drugs as not only aiding the terrorist acts that occurred on September 11th in New York City, but going as far as to implicate those who use these drugs of being guilty of the acts themselves.

To say the least, it was shocking - in reality, it was a demonstration of the new tactics being developed between the government and the media to direct the American consciousness against what is being pushed as ‘un-American’ activities – and the implications are terrifying.

As we approach the new era of the Terrorist Witch Hunts – an era defined by regression into constrictive social and political policies reminiscent of the McCarthy years in the ‘50s – persons and groups working towards social, political, and economic world and local development concentrated on sustainability and personal and community responsibility must begin to watch their backs: we live in a police state.

Our government, who has apparently abandoned it’s search for ‘the Evil One’ (as our thoughtful and articulate leader has deemed him), Osama bin Laden, has turned its eye on imposing American homogeny on the rest of the world, all in the name of fighting terror. The logic behind the only state to ever use nuclear weapons against a (primarily civilian) target denouncing ‘rogue’ states’ possession of these same weapons is befuddling, but to see the bigger picture – a picture that only has room for the Red White and Blue – one understands that ‘justice’, ‘freedom’, and ‘peace’ are only acceptable on US terms – politically, militarily and economically.

The fight, as always, for a world that allows for these intangible but somehow intrinsic and beautiful goals starts with individuals – individuals who do not fall under the enchantment of nationalistic rhetoric or empty patriotic fervor, but instead work towards the real nature of these goals: a world where we put people – not money, not brand names, not our jobs, not even the Patriots – as a first priority.

This world will continue long after we have destroyed all the rainforests, cities and civilizations. The battle is not for this planet; the battle is to save ourselves.

To those fighting for a better world: be vigilant. We have to watch and respond to attacks, such as these shameless fear-mercials that aired to millions world-wide, with hope and truth. We’re all in this together.

B. Colby Hamilton
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apology
04 Feb 2002
i apologize for the double posting - i think i tidied the second one up a little bit though.
...SuperBlow sunday...
04 Feb 2002
I was in NY demonstrating against the WEF Saturday and Sunday. B. Colby Hamilton's post is dead-on accurate. It is definitely a time to watch your back. There was an occupying army on 40,000 highly militarized pigs on the streets - at least two of them for every one of us. It shouldn't have come as a surprise that the police and various federal agencies involved-- all supposedly public servants-- were serving the needs of the corporate robber- barons and doing everything in their power to silence the voices of the people. We must never accept this as reality, and instead take any action to subvert any and all incarnations of this new american fascism. I want to do my part to build a society made up of the type of people I encountered at the protests-- people who are unselfish, intelligent, articulate, and who refuse to be steamrolled by the new world order.
drugs do fund terror
04 Feb 2002
Yeah, the add that claims that by buying drugs, you are helping to fund terror does sort of have a point. When you buy Heroin or cocaine, much of the profit you are creating gets funnelled to terrorists. But who are these terrorists, and who funnels the money to them? The answer is bankers, who for a 14 percent commission will launder your drug money. Your money bounces by wire all around the world, and soon ends up in your Citibank account disguised as profits from the tourist industry. What's more is that these profits can now be invested in the stock market, causing the Dow Jones to rise. Thus it comes as no surprise that drug trafficking, while it hurts us "regular people," benefits the corporate system greatly, and G.W.B., our "minister of justice and freedom" (his new title) will never go after the ones who make the drug trade so profitable, but will continue to persecute non-violent users and addicts who deserve treatment. Ask Mr. Robert Rubin, director of Citibank and international drug kingpin/terrorist why he lobbied so hard against rules limiting "offshore" holding of money, and you'll see how simple it is.
P.S. Did anyone else think the "state of the Union" address resembled a frat party?