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When student journalism works

April 12, 2011
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When student journalism works

We’ve been having fun here with the ongoing “Kids Say the Darndest Things” series, and probably will continue to do so as long as student journalists embarrass themselves and the future of the profession.

Here’s an example that actually proves the point of that ridicule by demonstrating what student journalism can and should be.

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Drug Lords Celebrate the Drug War at the UN

April 12, 2011
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Drug Lords Celebrate the Drug War at the UN

A fun protest… with a point.

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Kids Say the Darndest Things

April 12, 2011
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Kids Say the Darndest Things

A continuation of our popular series.

Today’s entry is an editorial from the “Crimson Report Staff” at Arvada High School (CO). They do get a little extra lenience for still being in High School, where they apparently haven’t had instruction in English or critical thinking. After several paragraphs that appear to be lifted almost...

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Open thread

April 11, 2011
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Open thread

Feel free to discuss the Cultural Baggage show or anything else you wish.

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What about the children?

April 10, 2011
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What about the children?

This is depressing as hell…

Mexican drug cartels targeting and killing children

According to U.S. and Mexican experts, competing criminal groups appear to be killing children to terrorize the population or prove to rivals that their savagery is boundless, as they fight over local drug markets and billion-dollar trafficking routes to voracious consumers in...

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With the black market, corruption is inevitable

April 9, 2011
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With the black market, corruption is inevitable

The mainstream media is catching on to the fact that our sacred border isn’t secure even when we have our own employees guarding it.

Mexican cartels corrupting more US border officials?

In the Mexican drug war, U.S. authorities are finding a disturbing trend: an increase in American law enforcement officials corrupted by wealthy Mexican...

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Deep Thought

April 9, 2011
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Deep Thought

If the government shuts down, will the DEA continue to raid medical marijuana operations?

My understanding is that the DEA will continue to operate as a “critical public safety” component in case of a shutdown, which is completely baffling.

If you really care about public safety, you should shut down the DEA even if...

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Programming note

April 8, 2011
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Programming note

I’ll be a guest on Cultural Baggage with Dean Becker this Sunday, April 10 at 7 pm central time (the second half of the program). It airs live on Pacifica Radio and online at www.kpft.org and then is syndicated on a bunch of other stations throughout the week.

Should be fun! I’m looking forward...

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Cops are pissed

April 8, 2011
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Cops are pissed

District Attorney Throws Out 57 Cases After Henry Hotel Scandal, Cops Pissed

This is the scandal where videotape evidence showed that police officers entered rooms without a warrant or consent, and then lied about it on the stand.

The whole scandal has pissed off some cops, says one a veteran cop who attended the...

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Congressman Jared Polis: “Just as The Policy of Prohibition Failed Nationally With Alcohol – It’s Now Up To States And Counties – I Think We Should Do The Same With Marijuana”

Congressman Jared Polis: “Just as The Policy of Prohibition Failed Nationally With Alcohol – It’s Now Up To States And Counties – I Think We Should Do The Same With Marijuana”

United States Congressman Jared Polis, a Democrat representing Colorado’s second congressional district, is quickly establishing himself as one of the most outspoken federal critics of marijuana prohibition. This week he appeared on CBS’s Political Hotseat to discuss the success of Colorado’s medical marijuana law, and the futility of federal marijuana prohibition. Rep. Jared Polis:...

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Legacy & NORML Announce Re-Release of First Two Peter Tosh Solo Albums

Legacy & NORML Announce Re-Release of First Two Peter Tosh Solo Albums

Collectible 7-inch vinyl single of “Legalize It” b/w “Equal Rights” released in Rasta colors of red, green and gold on National Record Store Day, April 16th Legacy and NORML re-launch Tosh’s 1976 PSA at radio, promoting legalization of marijuana, in honor of NORML’s 40th anniversary birthday in 2011 Visit the NORML Daily Audio Stash to hear...

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Think again. Sticks and carrots.

April 8, 2011
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Think again.  Sticks and carrots.

Jonathan Caulkins, Jonathan Kulick and Mark Kleiman have written Think Again: The Afghan Drug Trade – a good piece in Foreign Policy about “Why cracking down on Afghanistan’s opium business won’t help stop the Taliban — or the United States’ own drug problems.”

The article shows these guys at their best – when they...

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