Tuesday, September 11, 2012

50 Year War on Drugs is Abject Failure

The Government Loves It Too Much To Ever Admit It

Nothing expands the State like trying to eliminate human weakness. It's impossible.

The "War on Drugs" has Created Narco-Superstates with their own submarine fleets and air forces. The "War on Drugs" is the greatest thing that has ever happened to the wicked on this planet, it expedites all of their schemes.

At the turn of the century in America you could walk into any pharmacy in the country and buy a watermelon-sized bag of heroin for 8 cents. The country had drug addicts but they never much hurt anyone but themselves with this wretched vice.


Rowan said...

Speaking of addictions, I got a family full of addicts. The druggies are dead, as is my alcoholic grandfather. My alcoholic father is almost dead. Sugar and junk food addictions abound. But there are some positives, such as my uncle who makes 400kGBP a year as an obsessive architect. Both my father and grandfather acquired millions, to their detriment, they could retire early and drink themselves to death.

I used to be addicted to junk food and alcohol too. I've managed to quit, but my Internet addiction is reaching new levels of intensity.

What do vault-co readers recommend?

My current reasoning is that I'm going to be addicted to something no matter what and since I'm on my laptop all day, I might as well be addicted to building a software company. But I need something to take up if I ever retire. OR perhaps I should choose a task that has no endgame?

Garry Joe said...

"What do vault-co readers recommend?"

I waste a lot of time on the internet as well.

It would be nice to have an app that you can set a timer, to make the internet inactive and there is no way to get back online, until that time is up.

The last time I looked for such an app was several years ago. They all assumed the parent is setting the timer and it is password protected, which is of no use if I know the password.

Melonhead said...


I've been working on a theory of applied power dynamics in human relationships because it is a pattern that I keep seeing in a variety of scenarios, from seduction and business to politics and warfare.

In an encounter, there are 2 parties, one with power and one without. The one with power is the one that can end the encounter without any, or at least very minimal, consequences.

The one without the power, though, will suffer consequences. But, the one without power can convince the one with power to do what it desires if the one without power follows a fairly standard formula.

That formula is this:
1) Establish a communication channel
2) Inhibit logic-based critical thinking
3) Issue desired commands

For your scenario of self-discipline problems, I would guess that your addictive tastes are the party with power and that you are the party without power. To apply the formula, try something similar to this:
1) Have an inner monologue admitting that funny cat photos are awesome and that Wikipedia is like a gift from God, or something.
2) Point out that Internet addiction can cause you to lose your family and job. If that isn't scary enough, try creating a fantastical belief that if you don't turn off your computer at 9 PM and share a mug of hot cocoa with the missus that a fire-breathing gnome will eat your toes in your sleep. Or, try a positive version where you believe that you will dream about lingerie models, even if you don't remember the dream the next morning, if you turn off the computer on time. These subconsciously accepted beliefs should start triggering new behaviors like setting an alarm to turn off the computer at night or stocking-up on Swiss Miss.
3) Based on your fantasy emotion-driven rewards/punishments established in step two, command your addictive tastes to diminish or disappear.

If you try this method, please let us know how it works out for you.

It seems to me that irrational beliefs can cause good, rational real-world behavior, and that is actually an okay thing. Or, at least, that is one of the arguments in favor of religion.

Disclaimer: I am not a physician and this is not medical advice. I don't even pretend to be one on the Internet. I'm just a clever guy with a problem finding hats that fit.

PrairieSage07 said...

Get addicted to somethng useful.
Obsession isnt a bad thing, its a tool. Used for good or evil.

I collect books. I have over 15,000 in my collection. Mostly how-to, reference, with a big pile of decent fiction. A doomsdayer's dream. When we go to yard sales, second hand stores... I will but copies of books I already have, if I know it will be worth more on the other side of the storm that is coming. A spare copy of "Five Acres and Independence" that I pick up for $1 will be worth a few days labor afterwards.

Food for thought literally... Gold is around $1800 an ounce. Makes for good trade material if you are buying somtehing huge... that same $1800 can buy you and your tribe enough garden seeds, water barrels, garden tools, soil amendments to keep quite a few families fed for years. Permanently if you get heirloom/nonhybrid seeds.

Garry Joe said...

Looks like things have improved since I last looked:

Do a google search on this
"internet blocker timer"

I found this one:

It works on PC apparently. I have not tried it myself. They say you can restart your internet with a reboot.

Rowan said...

@Garry Joe, there's a great program called 'Freedom'.


I'm interested. I can certainly see this method at work in seduction and used by successful men around me.

Is your method for influencing one's own behaviour a form of auto-suggestion? I've tried it before but only with rational arguments, but now that I think about it, I'd expect irrational ones to be more effective.

Thanks a lot for your suggestion Melonhead, I will carry it out and report back. Are you used to hearing that?...

Garry Joe said...

Lots of alternatives to freedom here.

Melonhead said...


Please notice that I used the formula when describing the benefits of the formula to you...

Good luck! I've unknowingly used the formula before with great success in my personal life. It's technique got me through high school with total grade average of 99.89 out of 100.

HalibetLector said...

I'm going to try your steps too, Melonhead. I also have an internet addiction and internet blockers haven't been very useful in limiting my internet use (there's always a way around any kind of software block). It sounds like the steps you've listed focus on positive and negative feedback loops directly in the emotional centers of your brain, which is something I've had a hard time addressing. For some reason, I have had no success in setting up feedback loops that result in a concrete change in behavior.

hitfan said...

"I used to be addicted to junk food and alcohol too. I've managed to quit, but my Internet addiction is reaching new levels of intensity.

What do vault-co readers recommend?"

I take a different view of so-called internet addiction: the internet is basically an interactive library and newspaper. I used to spend a lot of my free time in high school perusing various books in the library. The internet is just a far more advanced and efficient way to access information.

As a kid, I used to read a newspaper or the cereal box ingredients while I ate breakfast. Now, I just read my iPad. I listen to Alex Jones streaming podcasts while I do landscaping and yard work.

Ten years ago, I would say I was definitely the proverbial internet addict staying up online all night. But I think as it gets easier to access the internet, one doesn't need to tether themselves to a Desktop PC anymore to use it. The smartphone provides convenient access to personal emails and allows me to look up things online when I need to.

The internet is so powerful that even the TV and film industry is losing their audience to it. They blame piracy, but every minute spent reading up on the War of Austrian Succession on Wikipedia is one less minute spent watching TV or movies.

The internet is a tool--it can be used for good and bad. It is also the great equalizer; the mainstream news media used to be able to shape public opinion. Now they cry and bemoan the fact that much of their audience is able to choose sources of information that fall into their pre-conceived prejudices and notions.

Melonhead said...


For my example from high school, I knew that academic scholarships would be my key to attending college.

So, the irrational fear that I decided on was that if I didn't do well in school, then I wouldn't get scholarships, and I would end up living a hardscrabble life like some of my more rural relatives. It started out more as a comedic reminder, "Haha, if I miss this question, then I'll end up with a rusty car on cinder blocks in my lawn. So, I better study." But, the longer it lasted and the more I reinforced it, the more powerful it became. It drove me to do things like stay up late and memorize answers to _potential_ essay questions (please don't get the wrong impression of me being a nerd locked in my bedroom; most years I did 3 sports, lettered, and was elected as a team captain a few seasons).

This fear was wholly irrational, but it produced my desired behavior. The truth is, I am clever and work hard and would probably be at least moderately successfully whether I got those scholarships or not. But, the formula's technique turned out to be transformative for me because it is really hard (impossible?) to argue logically and win against something that isn't entirely logical (especially when you are powerless to enforce that the argument be conducted logically).

So, good luck and please let me know if it works for you!