Think of the Butterflies

An explosion in meth-related deaths is the other side of the opioid epidemic.

But a border wall will hurt a butterfly species, so let’s concentrate on the butterflies.

12 thoughts on “Think of the Butterflies”

  1. “meth-related deaths is the other side of the opioid epidemic”

    I can’t access thanks to the EU (and their idiot data protection law which is a useless pile of soggy manure). It’s sure a mystery why some country might want out….

    Can anyonne summarize?

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    1. Methamphetamine deaths are exploding. Opioids are a downer, so people use meth as an upper after opioid use. Mexican cartels are smuggling absolutely ridiculous quantities of meth across the border. People are trapped because even when opioid rates go down, meth rates go up. This happens because users who break their need for a downer now need an upper.

      The article concentrates on Utah and the numbers are horrific.

      People are total idiots if they think this can be controlled without drastically reducing the supply. We went from zero drugs to staggering drug-use rates in the post-soviet space within 15 years.

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      1. “People are total idiots if they think this can be controlled without drastically reducing the supply”

        I think the moral calculus for the decision making class is
        A. the lives of thousands of losers I’ll never know and who are probably pretty deplorable
        B. cheaper yardwork and a mad who doesn’t dare complain because I can have her deported at my whim….

        Most of them will choose B.

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        1. The switch to synthetic drugs (meth and fentanyl) and being caught in a loop behind the two is initiating a new wave of the drug epidemic. Synthetics are a lot worse than heroin because you don’t need to wait for a plant to grow.

          People do know that cartels are in a state of war in Mexico. But they seem unaware that what the cartels are fighting for is territory. US territory. They are dividing US territory they will sell drugs in. How is that not offensive to every sensibility of a normal person???

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          1. “the cartels are fighting for is territory. US territory”

            I think the thinking goes something like “The US invented slavery and did bad colonial things and stole a big part of Mexico so it’s only right that Mexican oligarchs kill some deplorables in retaliation” accompanied in their thoughts by “and if they’re stopped my personal stash will become a bit more expensive…. so party on!”

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            1. Gosh, it was kind of sad to burst the students’ bubble of “US stole 1/3 of Mexico’s territory, completely with Instagram memes” in class this year. It was even more fun to explain that back in the times of the Aztecs state borders didn’t exist and neither did the concept of citizenship. It was a revelation.

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              1. Gosh, it was kind of sad to burst the students’ bubble of “US stole 1/3 of Mexico’s territory, completely with Instagram memes” in class this year.
                How did you burst that bubble for them? Explaining that Rage Against the Machine is on a capitalistic record label? That Machete is fiction? That treaties exist? (I think TikTok is the new hot teen app now, btw.)

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              2. Borders is a concept that evolved historically. In the mid-nineteenth century they shifted constantly among new states. There were large territories that Mexico wasn’t able to populate and hold on to in any meaningful way. So Anglo settlers started encroaching.

                The nation-state is s slowly forming and slowly disintegrating structure.

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        2. It’s not the yardwork, it’s the agricultural and industrial labor. Chickens are processed in large plants by undocumented immigrants, and cattle are butchered, meat is cut in huge factories. Tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. are tended, then harvested and packed on industrial farms. Trees are planted at tree farms. Drywall is hung in large housing developments and apartment buildings by drywall crews that are brought in to do it all, then moved on to the next project. And yes, they can all be fired at any time, as in the day before payday, and they have no recourse.

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