V.19 No.33 | 8/19/2010


The Daily Word 8.17.10: Gettysburg Casino, Juggalos Hate Tila Tequila, God Squad

The Daily Word

A top doctor in the U.K. says cocaine should be legalized.

China’s building the hell out of their army with the capability to attack Taiwan and the U.S.

A Civil War preservation group supports ... a Gettysburg casino?

A man is arrested for sending Facebook friend requests to his estranged wife.

GM recalls 240,000 SUVs due to a seat belt problem.

Tila Tequila is suing the organizers of the Gathering of the Juggalos after she was attacked by a mob.

Beware the fake Facebook Dislike Buttons.

The clusterfuck which is the I-25 and Paseo del Norte interchange is being reviewed again for an overhaul.

Have you seen these stolen soccer goals from Manzano High School?

Best Buy orders a priest to remove Geek Squad-reminiscent “God Squad” from his car.

V.19 No.20 | 5/20/2010


A Word About Cocaine in Peru

Alibi’s Ilene Style reports from her volunteer mission in Peru

I received an amusingly large number of responses from many of you after I mentioned in one of my first emails that Peru is the world's second largest producer of cocaine. Here are more facts on that subject.

Peru is one of only two countries where it is legal to cultivate coca. The country grows about 56,000 hectares of coca, and can produce about 400 metric tons of cocaine.

Cocaine is the second most popular illegal recreational drug in the U.S., behind marijuana. The U.S. is the world's largest consumer of cocaine, accounting for 50 percent of the world's annual consumption.

The U.S. has spent roughly $1 billion in Peru since the year 2000 on anti-drug efforts. The result? A net increase of 18% in land here used for drug crops. Back to the drawing board, Washington.

According to Peruvian sources, 1 gram of cocaine that would cost between $80 and $120 in the U.S. would cost between $5 and $10 here in Peru. And, it is pure, not cut, like it is by the time it arrives in the U.S. There is a test, involving plain household bleach, that can determine how pure your cocaine is. Most drug dealers or addicts are familiar with this test. Sorry, amigos, but I was sworn to secrecy on the method.

Drinking coca tea (mate de coca), an infusion made from the leaves of the coca plant, is a popular remedy for alleviating altitude sickness, which many tourists get when traveling to Machu Picchu, Peru's most popular tourist destination. Chewing on the actual coca leaves themselves is also a well-known remedy. This method of consumption has been practiced for many centuries by the indigenous people of Peru. I have attached a photo of a coca leaf.

Drinking coca tea or chewing on coca leaves does NOT give you the same high as cocaine, although it will give you a mild stimulation and mood lift. However, you should be aware that you WILL test positive for cocaine if you are subject to a drug test after using these remedies. It is best to refrain if you will be looking for a job after your vacation to Machu Picchu!