Tuesday, February 3, 2015

its not the dealers its the users

I  am not sure about everyone else  ....but as  far  as  i  can see if there are users  there will be  suppliers ....it does not  take  any sort of  genius to realize there will always be  suppliers ,....i never have   and  will never  have  sympathy,for users ...and unfortunately  its  a  business  ,and there will always  be someone  there to  fill a  void ..pity is wasted on the  weak .
drug dealers like most human beings are opportunists  with a different skew ,simply making money ,from misery ,what corporation  does not .......most of  the finacial world is propped  by drugs   so  move on its  a business  ...like most business  it preys on the weak.........

Mexican opium farmers expand plots to supply US heroin boom

Associated Press 
In this Jan. 26, 2015 photo, a farmer stands in his poppy field in the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains of Guerrero state, Mexico. The heroin trade is a losing prospect for everyone except the Mexican cartels, who have found a new way to make money in the face of falling cocaine consumption and marijuana legalization in the United States. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
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SIERRA MADRE DEL SUR, Mexico (AP) — Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero.
The multibillion-dollar Mexican opium trade starts here, with poppy farmers so poor they live in wood-plank, tin-roofed shacks with no indoor plumbing.
Mexican farmers from three villages interviewed by The Associated Press are feeding a growing addiction in the U.S., where heroin use has spread from back alleys to the cul-de-sacs of suburbia.
The heroin trade is a losing prospect for everyone except the Mexican cartels, who have found a new way to make money in the face of falling cocaine consumption and marijuana legalization in the United States. Once smaller-scale producers of low-grade black tar, Mexican drug traffickers are now refining opium paste into high-grade white heroin and flooding the world's largest market for illegal drugs, using the distribution routes they built for marijuana and cocaine.
It is a business that even the farmers don't like. In a rare interview with reporters, the villagers told The Associated Press that it's too difficult to ship farm products on roads so rough and close to the sky that cars are in constant danger of tumbling off the single-lane dirt roads that zig-zag up to the fields. They say the small plastic-wrapped bricks of gummy opium paste are the only thing that will guarantee them a cash income.
"Almost everyone thinks the people in these mountains are bad people, and that's not true," said Humberto Nava Reyna, the head of the Supreme Council of the Towns of the Filo Mayor, a group that promotes development projects in the mountains. "They can't stop planting poppies as long as there is demand, and the government doesn't provide any help."
Villagers granted the AP access to their farms and agreed to interviews only if they were not identified, fearing it could draw attention from government drug eradicators or vengeful traffickers.
Residents say there are no local users. They hate the taste of the bitter paste, which they sometimes rub into their gums to sooth an aching tooth.
It all goes for export, a lucrative business mostly run by the Sinaloa Cartel.
According to the DEA's 2014 National Drug Threat Assessment, Mexico produces nearly half of the heroin found in the United States, up from 39 percent in 2008. While Afganistan is by far the world's largest producer, it largely sends to markets in Europe and Asia.
Mexican government seizures of opium and eradication of poppy plantations have skyrocketed in recent years. The trends are consistent: Opium paste seizures in Mexico were up 500 percent between 2013 and 2014; poppy field eradications were up 47 percent; and seizures of the processed drug increased 42 percent. Along the U.S. border they are three times what they were in 2009.
Mexican heroin has become cheaper and more powerful at a time when Americans hooked on pharmaceutical opiates are looking for an affordable alternative. Combined with dangerous additives like fentanyl, a synthetic opiate also produced in Mexico, it is blamed for a wave of new addictions and overdoses in the U.S. Heroin deaths doubled from 2011 to 2013, while deaths from cocaine and prescription opiates remained steady, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
It used to be that Mexican cartels shipped brown heroin from Colombia along with their home-grown black tar. But all producers are making the high-grade white now, and Mexican criminal gangs have learned that they can increase their profits exponentially if they manage the whole production chain, as with methamphetamines, which they also control from precursor to user.
The Sinaloa cartel farms out most production of opium paste to smaller traffickers, according to growers, law enforcement and drug-trafficking experts interviewed by the AP. That kind of decentralized system is a recipe for setting Guerrero's small, feuding drug gangs, the Rojos, Pelones, Guerreros Unidos and others, against each other.
Since 2012, Guerrero has been Mexico's most violent state. But only recently has it gotten world attention, when 43 college students disappeared last September and are assumed murdered by the Guerreros Unidos, who had close ties to the mayor in the town of Iguala and reportedly viewed the students as a rival gang.
The growers won't say which gang buys the opium paste they produce on small plots. But a buyer affiliated with the local gang lives in almost every village, acting also as a lookout. Most can be identified by the short-wave radios they carry in a region far from telephone lines or cellular towers.
When the poppy plants finish flowering about three months into the winter growing season, a farmer armed with a razor-sharp, thumb-scorer and a metal scraping pan can collect 300 grams of opium paste, worth 4,000 pesos (more than $275 USD), in a single day.
The price for the relatively low-quality marijuana the farmers used to grow at lower elevations has fallen, possibly because of the legalization and medical use of higher-quality U.S. marijuana. Most law enforcement officials say it's still too early to document an impact. But the farmers see a change. They only get about 250 pesos (about $17 USD) per dried, pressed kilogram (2.2 pounds) of marijuana, compared to 13,000 pesos (nearly $900 USD) per kilo of opium paste.
One wiry farmer with a joking manner and a baseball cap noted that's more than he could make in a month at any legitimate job, if there were any legitimate jobs around. But they can lose a season's work in a few minutes to the government helicopters that spray powerful herbicides on any fields they find.
Towering pine and fir trees on the hillsides help shield the poppy fields from view, and some of the mountain villages that protect their forests from illegal logging do so to hide their fields.
But they are detectable to the experienced eye, rare spots of green in the winter, when most other crops have been harvested. Since they use gravity-fed irrigation systems from mountain streams, they are usually near creek beds, with black plastic tubing bringing the water down to drip or spray systems at each plant.
The herbicide kills both the poppies and anything around them. No one in these villages has been told what it is. And it can kill or damage local Ocote pine trees, allowing beetles to move and attack the weakened trees, and then neighboring trees, farmers said.
"The money the government spends on aerial spraying would better be spent on long-term development projects," Nava Reyna said.
When the buyer stocks enough opium paste from the farmers, he calls his cartel bosses to have it picked up and taken for processing at a lab.
From the Guerrero mountains, most of the opium paste is shipped to wholesale collection points like Iguala, a city at the crossroads of several highways, including the interstate from Acapulco on the Pacific Coast to Mexico City. There it is packed aboard passenger buses for "shotgun" smuggling to labs sometimes as far as the U.S. border. Once the paste becomes heroin, it is moved like any other drug in cars, trailers, buses, and mules across the border to the U.S. market.
There are no mega-labs for heroin, unlike those for meth. Though there are raids, they're generally small and they don't make news.
Many farmers say they would like to give up poppy cultivation and plant legitimate crops, in part because of the bloodshed the trade has brought.
Some growers are trying. In two of the three self-admitted opium growing villages the AP visited, residents have tried planting avocados, a crop that can bring cash income at similar altitudes in the neighboring state of Michoacan. They have also built trout ponds.
But the trout are small because of a lack of food, and avocados take at least seven years before they yield a viable amount of green, shiny fruit.
One farmer proudly showed off the 2- and 3-year old avocado trees he had planted on his steep hillside plot of about 20 acres. Because the trees can produce for four or five decades, he may someday have a plot his children and grandchildren can make a living from.
But cultivation is expensive. So meanwhile, the farmer walked further down his plot, into a narrow creek valley, where his "flower garden" grows. He waited to score his bulbs until noon, "because the sun draws the gum out."
"This," he said, pointing to the poppy bulb he has just scribed with a cutting tool to let the sap leak out, "is what finances that" he said, pointing uphill to the avocado trees.
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Associated Press writer Katherine Corcoran in Mexico City contributed to this report.

Monday, February 2, 2015

I personally thought that ads were boring bland lack depth and just tried to play on weak minds

I have to say that this  Superbowl ads .......sucked real bad  i am not sure if they are running out of  ideas or they  are  employing really shit  staff ,something is off  .....but i guess if you  are easily entertained ,......which  most people are  ,and are  happy to watch  paint dry , then its a win  win situation for the masses,....superb owl i personally think is  wasted with too many ads ....this is why soccer is not a big revenue maker in America because  it is  90 minutes  with one break ,and i think personally a more skillful game,than American football,but may i am prejudice being European,and see NFL as  purely  the business end of a  game that last  way way too long due to breaks ,time outs ,and  commercial  ad revenue ....still every man  to his own deal .....


Super Bowl ads 2015: Grading the best and worst of the Big Game

Jay Busbee 
Shutdown Corner
Super Bowl XLIX is in the books and that means it's time to hand out our annual report card tallying the winners and losers of the high-priced commercial breaks.
Nationwide will end up being the most talked-about ad but for all the wrong reasons. The company's spot featuring a dead child elicited a negative response from just about everyone
But there were plenty of other spots that resonated well with the audience whether they featured a 1970s sitcom or everyone's favorite dad from Albuquerque. Our grades can be found below.
GRADE: A
Snickers: Danny Trejo/Marcia Brady
You absolutely cannot beat Danny Trejo threatening vengeance of an eye for an eye in the Brady Bunch universe. (We all wanted that, especially for Cousin Oliver.) Combine the stinger of Steve Buscemi at the end, and you’ve got yourself a perfect Super Bowl ad.
eSurance: Walter White
Oh, Walter White, star of "Breaking Bad," a chemist once again. We miss you so very, very much. This was outstanding.
BMW: Newfangled Idea
Nice touch here, using old footage from Bryant Gumbel and my co-worker Katie Couric trying to figure out “What is Internet?” (Don’t laugh, you didn’t know what “Internet” was in 1994, either.) No idea what kind of ride BMW is really pushing here, but after that ad, I’m not going to look stupid by admitting that.
Nationwide: Invisible Mindy Kaling
Nice little bit here from Kaling, going in for a smooch on Matt Damon. We'd go for more cash than ice cream if we were invisble, but that's just us.
Dove Men+Care: Real Strength
This ad was the greatest ad ever in the history of ads because dads should always do everything their kids tell them to because kids grow up too fast. (This grade written by my kids.) Seriously: cheap heartstring-pulling that’s surprisingly effective on dads, probably totally ineffective on anybody without kids. This grade is for our dads, Dove.
Avocados from Mexico: First Draft
Nice spin on an old "Chappelle Show" bit. Sorry, polar bear. No Mexico for you.
Microsoft: Estella’s Brilliant Bus
What a cool idea, a mobile technology bus. We give this grade to Estella, but we guess you’re OK for helping her out, Microsoft.
Doritos: Airplane Seat
You show me a person who is excited to file onto a plane, I'll show you a person who has consumed far too many Doritos. 
SquareSpace: DreamingWithJeff.com
Maybe Jeff Bridges is yanking our chain with this whole “DreamingWithJeff” business, maybe he’s not. Either way, The Dude automatically gets an A grade, even though that’s just, like, my opinion, man.
Clash of Clans
You cannot beat Liam Neeson in a Super Bowl ad. If you do, he will hunt you down and use all the means at his disposal to get you to reconsider your grade. Trust me on this. 
Always: Like A Girl
Really? Really? This is another criticism-proof ad, because overtop of the product pitch is a great message. Saying someone does anything athletic “like a girl” is a nasty insult. On the other hand, saying someone’s “about as honest as a Super Bowl ad agency” still has some sting to it.
Bud Light: Real Life Pac Man
I WANT THIS. If the opportunity to play on a real-life Pac Man Board is not an option for any red-blooded Bud Light-drinking American, this grade instantly drops to a D. Your choice, Bud Light.
NASCAR: Nick Offerman Promo
NASCAR returns to NBC, and who better to promote it than the man who never met a meal he wouldn’t fry in bacon grease, Nick Offerman. The star of “Parks & Rec” brings the right combination of American hero worship and jerky-salt wit to this particular promo.
GRADE: B
Toyota: Amy Purdy/Muhammad Ali
An appropriately inspiring montage of Purdy's activities backed by a pulsing beat and Ali quotes. It’ll make you want to get off the couch and do something, though maybe not “buy a new car.”
Tomorrowland: Movie trailer
No idea what it's about, but it looks intriguing enough. Rocket ships? Retro-future architecture? George Clooney being all mysterious-like? We're willing to wait for the next installment.
Budweiser: Best Buds
Oh COME ON. ENOUGH WITH THE SAD ANIMAL ADS, BUDWEISER. This ad looks like it was genetically blended in a laboratory to induce maximum AWWWW from your Super Bowl viewing party, from the precious pup in the rain to the noble Clydesdales to the somber funeral version of “500 Miles,” one of the most upbeat songs of all time. And it works, gosh darn it.
Weight Watchers: Binge
You put down the 16th chicken wing when that one came on, didn't you? And then you picked it right back up again when no one was looking.
Mophie: All-Powerless
Seems like a zombie apocalypse flick, ends up being an ad for a phone charger. Dead smartphone batteries are far more terrifying than zombies, in my opinion. 
Victoria’s Secret: In the Mood
Eh, it’s Victoria’s Secret models wearing wings and not much else. That’s plenty of folks’ thing, so it goes over well. More fun than watching the ad: watching the nervous husbands’ faces at the Super Bowl party when they get a little too interested in this one.
GRADE: C
Game of WarKate Upton on horseback is always a safe bet for a certain viewer segment. How on earth does an app have enough money to buy a Super Bowl ad, though? We're all of us in the wrong business.
Carnival Cruise Lines: Come back to the sea
Weaving in a JFK quote and some shots of ships that look amazingly impressive on HD, Carnival comes up with a solid ad that'll be reusable for awhile because you don't get sick of it after just one viewing.
Skittles: The usual way
We expect strangeness from Skittles, and they don't disappoint, delivering an ad where everyone apparently arm-wrestles for Skittles. They do make more of those, you huge-armed freaks.
T-Mobile: Kim Kardashian
We’re still not sure Kim knows this is really a joke. If she thinks this is a real charitable effort, this instantly vaults to an A. Overall decent enough gimmick and the Kardashian angle will no doubt cause a bit of hasty explanation to parents, but come on --- it’s a Kardashian, the C- at best of American culture.
Terminator: Genesys
Why the heck would you make a Terminator that looks old? Is that some kind of self-consciously retro move on the part of SkyNet? That's like if the iPhone 7 was a brick with an antenna that you had to extend. The flipping school bus was a nice touch, though. Hang on tight, kids.
Nissan: Cat's in the Cradle
Please please PLEASE can we have a moratorium on emotionally manipulative ads? Come on. "Cat's in the Cradle" plus growing kid plus crying mom plus dad with sad eyes? Really? We're just trying to enjoy the game here, Nissan. Stop making us feel guilty for not spending this time swinging our kid around in the yard.
WeatherTech.com
This ad seemed nice enough, but I was still rattled from the Nationwide dead-kid ad, so I fear I didn't give it a realistic assessment.
Microsoft: Empowering
Microsoft: "We see your ads with kids, ads with pulls on the heartstrings, ads with prosthetic limbs, and raise you: an ad with a kid with prosthetic limbs that pulls on your heartstrings!"
NFL: Domestic Violence PSA
We do not trust the NFL one bit when it comes to domestic violence. But that 911 disguised-pizza call, which apparently was real, is yet another chilling ad in the most downbeat Super Bowl ad montage in history.
Kia: Pierce Brosnan
We’re not nearly as entranced with Hollywood meetings as Hollywood is, but this is a cute enough ad starring onetime James Bond Pierce Brosnan.
Dodge: Born Dodge
Old people in closeup = reason to regret that HDTV. Some decent life lessons within, however.
GRADE: D
TurboTax: Boston Tea PartyLook, try all you want, TurboTax, you're not going to convince us that filing our taxes is fun. Also, does this ad make you the British Empire and us the revolutionary peasants? We're still the good guys, right?
Lexus: Make Some Noise
This one's for the auto fetishists only. Stop dancing around my pretty car, people! You're gonna scratch it!
Coca-Cola: Bullies on the Internet
Aside from the total assault on the senses that is the opening part of this ad, since when did Coke ever calm anybody down? Decent attempt at a postmillenial spin on the classic "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" ad from the '70s, but still ... a little too on-the-nose there with the scene-setting, Coke.
McDonald’s: Pay With Lovin’
This is … look, no way around it, this is weird. When you’re going into a McDonald’s, you’re generally not interested in having a cashier determine whether you’re appropriately loving or not. Enforced affection may be the only substance with more calories than a McDonald’s Big Mac Meal.
Fiat: Blue Pill
Kids, ask your parents why the old man wants that blue pill so badly, and what it did to the car.
GoDaddy, Hardworking Guy
After getting grief for its "too hot for TV" ad in which a puppy got sold, GoDaddy had to act fast, and this highly not offensive one was the result.
Jeep: This Land
Nice idea, showing all of America and beyond to the tune of "This Land." Where have we heard that before, except for pretty much every other Super Bowl ever?
Loctite: Dance
It’s glue. Come on. It’s glue. We don’t need an earworm-tune Super Bowl ad. It’s glue. Let's not lose all perspective here.
Doritos: Pigs Fly
Yep, this is an ad that delivers exactly what it promises, and not a bit more.
GRADE: F
Nationwide: Childhood Accidents
WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL, NATIONWIDE? That is the most depressing commercial I have ever seen in my life. Really! Dead kids at the Super Bowl? Fire your ad agency. Then re-hire them, make them watch that ad 50 times, then fire them again. 
Mercedes: Tortoise and Hare
You know, when an ad goes exactly where you know it’s going to go, all the tricked-up music and attitude doesn’t help you one bit. Not a single bit of this ad was in any way intriguing.
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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter.
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