Guns in America - the business of fear Bernd Debusmann
Mass shootings are good for the gun business. So are dark warnings from the principal gun lobby in the United States, the National Rifle Association (NRA), that President Barack Obama is leading a global conspiracy to seize an estimated 300 million guns now held by private citizens.

Whether this is true or not doesn't matter. As they say on Wall Street, perception is reality and the fears the NRA has managed to inspire since Obama's 2008 election have led to a boom for the American gun industry. At a time of misery for much of the rest of the American economy, growth rates for makers of firearms and ammunition have been impressive. Between 2008 and 2011, jobs in the industry jumped 30 percent.

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The Business of Fear
James Arthur Ray
For months now, we've been literally inundated with how crummy the economy is and how, in the words of many (including our president), it's the worst recession since the Great Depression. Now if that weren't enough, the media has a new drum to beat: Swine Flu.

If I come across as irreverent, my irreverence is directed at the media, not at those individuals being programmed daily with the latest scare tactic. It's time to wake up and take a look at the facts.

But you know what? Fear is a business.

And it's oh so sellable, isn't it? It's in the media's best interest to keep things dramatic. It draws us in and keeps us watching for fear we might miss something that will save us from being flat broke with a pig virus.

Energy flows where attention goes.

The Business of Manufacturing Fear

Julie Gunlock of the Independent Women’s Forum on the culture of alarmism and the money generated from it.

Beyond Belief
Reflections from the UUA President

The NRA and Gun Companies
Stand to Profit From Newtown Tragedy
Gun companies, like almost any profit-driven enterprise, must keep pace with investor demands. Unlike most consumer businesses, however, people generally only need to buy their product once. Guns are very durable, and a well-maintained one can last a lifetime.

That’s where the National Rifle Association comes in.

NRA-stoked fear about the government coming to seize America’s guns has been a useful marketing tool to the gun industry, which must continually encourage gun-owners to buy more and more weapons.

The NRA Responds to Newtown:
America Needs More ‘Good Guys’ with Guns
The NRA’s prescription for preventing tragedies like Newtown: Put armed guards in every public school in America.

Tell the NRA: ENOUGH!
NRA Slavery:
Another Fine Product Still Made in the USA!
OUR 'WELL REGULATED' MILITIA?
ALEC, the Koch Brothers Led CABA

Why does the NRA fear truth on guns?
A week after the gun massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the National Rifle Association spoke out. As well it should. If only the NRA believed in the right to free speech as fervently as it believes in the right to bear arms.

Faced with government-funded research that contradicts NRA claims on gun safety, the gun lobby moved to defund the research and silence the researchers. When news reporters tried to learn which gun shops repeatedly supply violent criminals with firearms, the NRA lobbied to have gun-trace data exempted from the Freedom of Information Act.

NRA Gun Control Crusade
Reflects Firearms Industry Financial Ties
Throughout its 142-year history, the National Rifle Association has portrayed itself as an advocate for the individual gun owner’s Second Amendment rights. In turn, the NRA relied on those gun owners, especially its 4 million or so members, to pressure lawmakers into carrying out its anti-gun control agenda.

The Corporate Muzzle
...Trolls of Fascism

IRS ruling strikes fear in medical marijuana industry

Newtown School Board Agrees With NRA,
Seeks Armed Guards in Schools

The paternalistic war on drugs
strikes out at Marc Emery. Maybe we'll have the sense to just say "no."
Jan Narveson - January 22, 2008
Old paternalism says: "Here, this is good for you, so take it--we know what’s good for you better than you do!" New paternalism says: "Here, you agree that this is good for you, so take it, and no back talk--we know what will give you what you want better than you do."

Marijuana, Cannabis, Hemp, Prohibition, and Civil Rights Quotes

Cannabis Quotes

North Korea Has A Surprising Attitude To Marijuana
In North Korea, illicit drug use usually results in a strict punishment.

However, that attitude reportedly doesn't extend to all drugs — in particular, Marijuana is an accepted part of life in the country.

There is no taboo around pot smoking in the country – many North Koreans know the drug exists and have smoked it. In North Korea, the drug goes by the name of ip tambae or “leaf tobacco.” It is reported to be especially popular amongst young soldiers in the North Korean military – rather than getting hooked on tar & nicotine like their contemporaries in the West, they fraternize without fear of repercussion by lighting up king-sized doobies during down time on the military beat.

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Profits, Power, and Prohibition
American Alcohol Reform and the Industrializing of America, 1800-1930
This is the first comprehensive study of America's anti-liquor/anti-drug movement from its origins in the late eighteenth century through the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment in 1933. It examines the role that capitalism played in defining and shaping this reform movement.

Why Do YOU Think They Call it DOPE?

Why Was Marijuana/Hemp Banned? - Hemp Car
Shortly before marijuana was banned by The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, new technologies were developed that made hemp a potential competitor with the newly-founded synthetic fiber and plastics industries. Hemp's potential for producing paper also posed a threat to the timber industry (see New Billion-Dollar Crop). Evidence suggests that commercial interests having much to lose from hemp competition helped propagate reefer madness hysteria, and used their influence to lobby for Marijuana Prohibition. It is not known for certain if special interests conspired to destroy the hemp industry via Marijuana Prohibition, but enough evidence exists to raise the possibility.

Marijuana prohibition serves to help corporations profit
The problem then becomes profit. In the United States, something is only medically viable if it is profitable to the medical-industrial complex. Treatments are more profitable than cures, and nothing will even be considered if it can't be patented. If it can be grown in your backyard then a propaganda campaign against it is the only option.

Here are the simple facts:

1. Cannabis is safer for recreational use than alcohol.
2. Cannabis has many medical uses.
3. The lack of harmful long-term effects of cannabis suggest that even if it doesn't help with every disease and condition that it's being tested for, it won't hurt either. There is absolutely no reason to prevent people from using it if they think it will help.

The most dangerous aspect of marijuana prohibition is the prohibition itself.

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Why is Marijuana Illegal?
You’ll also see that the history of marijuana’s criminalization is filled with:

* Racism
* Fear
* Protection of Corporate Profits
* Yellow Journalism
* Ignorant, Incompetent, and/or Corrupt Legislators
* Personal Career Advancement and Greed

These are the actual reasons marijuana is illegal

Milton Friedman, 500+ Economists
Call for Marijuana Regulation
New Report Projects $10-14 Billion Annual Savings and Revenues

Marijuana Prohibition Profiteers
Want to Prevent Legalization in Colorado, Washington

98 Percent
Of All Domestically Eradicated Marijuana Is "Ditchweed," DEA Admits
07 September 2006

According to the data, available online at: sourcebook/pdf, of the estimated 223 million marijuana plants destroyed by law enforcement in 2005, approximately 219 million were classified as "ditchweed,"

Legal history of cannabis in the United States
As early as 1853, recreational cannabis was listed as a "fashionable narcotic". By the 1880s, oriental-style hashish parlors were flourishing alongside opium dens, to the point that one could be found in every major city on the east coast. It was estimated there were around 500 such establishments in New York City alone.
The Incredible, Delectable, Miracle of 19th Century Medicine:
Hasheesh Candy!

US Civil War Generals Were Hash Heads

Pot Prohibition Benefits No One

What the WHO doesn't want you to know about cannabis

Why Support Marijuana Prohibition?

Potential Prohibition Profits Outweigh Citizens Benefits
and more prohibition profiteers

The Ganjawar is a Product Sold by D.E.A.th to Profit Fascist
POLICING FOR PROFIT
Forfeiture $quads

Kochroach & Aleech
Today many have had their eyes opened regarding the huge profits made off of what is commonly called the "Prison Industrial Complex." Suddenly awareness has turned from disbelief to anger as taxpayers realize the screwing private prison companies, their lobbyists and elected Legislators have been giving them for more than three decades now.

Shame on the Drug Worrier Profiteers

Drug Rehab Provides Excellent Treatment
Profits on Misery Caused by Prohibition

Money Grubbing Dung Worriers

Strong corporate profits amid weak economy? = Outsourcing
Corporate Welfare Rats

Bootlegging:
The Business and Politics of Violence
This analysis of the economics and politics of bootlegging in the United States in the 1920's concludes that the conflicting demands for violence and cooperation resulted in many successful bootleggers being men who would work within a system of regional, national, and even international cooperation while carrying out brutal murders of rivals.

Smuggling...
Least Violates the Consciences of Men

The Union, The Business Behind Getting High

Business of Fear 2011
Selling Fear for Fun and Profit

The Business of Fear
Q&A for the “Business of Fear” story for CNBC.com

The Business Of Fear
Edited by Brett Nelson 10.31.07
Franklin Delano Roosevelt said that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. What he didn't say about fear was that there was a buck in it.