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San Francisco Opens ‘Safe Space’ For Heroine Injection

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In 1971, the Nixon administration coined the term “War on Drugs.” Nixon’s crusade to eliminate illegal drug-use turned into propaganda by state-run media and was championed by succeeding presidents, including Reagan. Four decades and counting: The continued failure of the War on Drugs has led the government to waste hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer dollars and turned America’s prison system into a dystopian nightmare.


Prohibition of drugs is not only ineffective, but counterproductive, at achieving positive outcomes for society. Given the fact that the War on Drugs has contributed to an increase in drug overdoses and fostered the creation of powerful drug cartels domestically and internationally.

We have to ask the question: What can America do differently since the War on Drugs has failed?

The answer could be in the city of San Francisco, as the Department of Public Health is on pace to open two safe injections sites this July, which could become the nation’s first legal, safe injection site aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic. The facilities are considered safe spaces where drug abusers can inject drugs, such as heroin and fentanyl, under the careful supervision of trained medical staff to respond in the event of an overdose or other medical emergencies, said CNN.


While San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell believes the controversial facilities are not the ideal solution, he thinks the city has no other choice in arresting the out of control overdose deaths ravaging the region.


“I understand the misgivings around it and some of the rhetoric from people who don’t support it,” Farrell said last week. “But we absolutely need to give it a try.”


Other cities — including Seattle, Baltimore, and Philadelphia — are discussing safe injection facilities with their community leaders, but San Francisco could be the first in the next few months. For some time, facilities in Australia, Canada, and Europe have been providing a friendly environment for drug users to chase the dragon.


On a side note, more than 63,000 people overdosed and died in 2016, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is more than the number of Americans killed in Vietnam. Over the next decade, it is projected that half of million people will overdose and die in the United States, exceeding the number of Americans killed in World War II.


San Franciso’s plans to open both safe space facilities are around the July timeframe.


“I’m really excited,” said Laura Thomas, the California state director for the nonprofit Drug Policy Alliance. “I’ve been working on this particular issue for over a decade.”


According to the Safe Injection Services Task Force, there are some 22,000 intravenous drug users scattered around San Francisco, which the number is growing as the technology boom has priced many people out of homes which contributed to an explosion in the homeless population, and of course, has led many to a life of drugs on the streets.


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Soros Newest Investor Of Tesla Bonds

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Tesla looks to have a new bond holder and it’s none other than George Soros. Whatever this mean, Soros has also taken a stake in Crypto-Currencies .

Zerohedge Reports: Amid Elon Musk’s darkest hour in late March – as his stocks and bonds tumbled in price – it seems there was at least one other billionaire willing to buy the ‘blood on the street’.

According to the latest 13Fs, George Soros’ investment firm took a $35 million stake in Tesla’s convertible bonds during the first three months of the year.

As a reminder, convertibles are hybrid securities, either bonds or preferred stock, that can be exchanged for a predetermined number of common shares. That effectively lets an investor participate in stock-price changes, but with the yield and greater security of a fixed-income instrument.

The March 2019 Converts bounced handsomely off those lows – tracking the stock’s divergent bounce – but in recent days has fallen back towards the lows, catching down to the straight bonds record low price.

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Trump will lend American exceptionalism to North Korea, if they Denuke-Why it will work

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Sunday, Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State was on CBS Face the Nation discussing  conversations he has had with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un.  Pompeo talked about what he believes the US shares in common with North Korea; the spirit of small business.

The following is a snippet of a longer interview, where Pompeo discusses what leverage the US has to force Jong-Un to denuclearize, a demand President Donald J. Trump  has made and continues to support:

SECRETARY POMPEO: What Chairman Kim will get from America is our finest – our entrepreneurs, our risk-takers, our capital providers, not our taxpayers. They’ll get people who —

FACE THE NATION: Private capital?

SECRETARY POMPEO: They will get private capital that comes in. North Korea is desperately in need of energy support, electricity for their people. They are – they’re in great need of agricultural equipment and technology, the finest from the Midwest that I come from. We can deliver that. And as I said earlier this week, we can create conditions for real economic prosperity for the North Korean people that will rival that of the South, and that is our expectation. It won’t be U.S. taxpayers. It will be American know-how, knowledge, entrepreneurs, and risk-takers working alongside the North Korean people to create a robust economy for their people, too.

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IT IS ALREADY HAPPENING

According to  THIS article, “North Korea’s pseudo-Stalinist government allows a Singapore-based nonprofit called Choson Exchange to run business and entrepreneurship classes in the country, with foreigners teaching North Koreans how to run Western-style enterprises. In fact, these weeklong programs have been held a few times per year for the better part of a decade,” wrote Quartz at Work.

“They have aspirations that we can relate to,” Choson Spokesman said of North Korea.

“Choson Exchange was founded in 2010 by Geoffrey See, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and of Yale, who lives in his native Singapore. Since then, it has led some 1,600 locals in business workshops”, according to the NewssSite.

OPEN TO IT

According to THIS article, discussing Market reforms in North Korea, foreign investment has long been a goal of Jong-Un’s.

“Contrary to the widespread view of the DPRK as a sealed-off country with a closed, inward-oriented economy, North Korea has historically based its economic development strategies on the constant need to maintain ties with foreign countries to generate revenues from exports and bring in foreign technologies.

Although the word reform still constitutes a taboo for North Korean officials, policies aimed at further opening the economy of the DPRK were Pyongyang’s favored option to put the country back on track after the famine of the 1990’s,” said NKNews.

SUPPORT FROM THE TOP

Kim Jong Un, although apparently a hard-liner when it comes to the North Korea’s nuclear development, has also in parallel championed the development of the economy through more active cooperation with foreign countries.

Special Economic Zones, partly modeled after China’s, have proliferated to every single province of the country, are increasingly specialized in certain sectors, and have seen their number rise from four in 2011 to no less than 26 (including Kaesong) in 2017,” reported NKNews.

SUMMIT

Trump and Jong-Un will meet in Singapore June 12. Jong-un, who is still viewed cautiously by the Trump administration,  has offered a number of goodwill gestures to please Trump prior to their meeting, including releasing hostages and offering a denuclearization ceremony.

 

 

 

 

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“Racial Bias Education Day” To Close Down Starbucks Nationwide

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Starbucks is going to the illogical extreme by taking an entire day to put their employees through what they call “Racial Bias Education Day”. Coming after a viral videos showed two men being arrested in a Starbucks in Philadelphia. Starbucks almost instantly gave into calls to do ‘something’ but will this really fix anything in a culture where ‘racism’ is more of a political talking point than an actual substantive conversation or debate.

CNBC Reports: Starbucks said Tuesday it will be closing all of its company-owned restaurants in the U.S. during the afternoon of May 29 to conduct a racial-bias education program.

“I’ve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it,” Kevin Johnson, CEO of Starbucks, said in a statement Tuesday. “While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution. Closing our stores for racial bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.”

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