Sunday, February 08, 2009
War, Bonds and Drugs
Looking like photographers for some African safari documentary, a gaggle of cameramen were set up under a tent to protect them from the elements in front of the Federal Building on Golden Gate Thursday afternoon.
Instead of trying to capture elusive animal footage, however, they were attempting to get a shot of the retired baseball superstar Barry Bonds, who was once more being humiliated in a federal court because he had supposedly lied about having taken steroids.
A few feet away, being thoroughly ignored by this expensive conglomeration of media, were the old peace vigil group pointedly protesting the waste of trillions of dollars and millions of lives in our invasion of various countries in the Middle East.
Who gives a rat's ass about peace and ethical behavior, however, when there are billions of dollars to be made in the "Drug War" and its subsidiary industries? These include government bureaucracies, the prison industrial complex, the judiciary, huge chunks of law enforcement, weapons manufacturers, not to mention the providers and distributors of officially unsanctioned drugs. In a world economy that is collapsing visibly in front of our eyes, the last place we need to be focusing our money and energy on is the institutionalized persecution of drug users.
The remains of the mainstream media are certainly not helping. Throw in a sports celebrity angle and they literally go berserk, as we've witnessed with Bonds and more recently with the swimmer Michael Phelps and his marijuana bong photo. Unless those priorities are changed, this planet is doomed.