19 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-11-22

  1. “You do know that most fentayl is either made in the US or smuggled in by US citizens at legal border points including via shipping containers and airplanes.”

    OK HRW, let me educate you and disabuse you of the false narrative you’re trying to spread.

    Most comes from Biden’s pals in China, smuggled in by the illegal invaders Biden is allowing to overrun us.

    “Where does fentanyl come from? Mostly from outside the United States”


    “Synthetic opioids, including Illegally made fentanyl, have become the leading cause of drug overdose deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accounting for “82.3% of opioid-involved overdose deaths.”

    This counterfeit version of the synthetic opioid used to treat severe pain is known to be mixed with other illegal substances, like cocaine and heroin, “to increase its euphoric effects,” according to the CDC.

    It’s normal to wonder where this drug comes from since it has affected many people and their loved ones.

    According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, China has been the primary source of “fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances trafficked directly into the United States.”

    In 2019, Chinese President Xi implemented restrictions on the production and sale of fentanyl within the country.

    These restrictions included “investigations of known fentanyl manufacturing areas, stricter control of internet sites advertising fentanyl, stricter enforcement of shipping regulations and the creation of special teams to investigate leads on fentanyl trafficking,” according to the DEA.

    The new guidelines have the ability to severely limited China’s production and distribution of the drug.

    Transnational criminal organizations in Mexico have also been responsible for bringing the illegal drug into the U.S.

    Mexican officials, working with the DEA, have ended the production of counterfeit fentanyl-laced pills at multiple locations since 2018.

    The Sinaloa and the New Generation Jalisco cartels are likely the primary groups responsible for bringing fentanyl into the U.S. from Mexico, according to the DEA. The cartels controlled areas where fentanyl production happened.

    Drug smuggling happens across the U.S.-Mexico border and across “trafficking corridors in Mexico that connect to California and Arizona,” which these organizations control according to the DEA.

    India has emerged as another source of bringing illegal fentanyl into the U.S.

    Between February and March 2018, the production of the drug moved from China to India due to the fact that it was becoming harder to get fentanyl precursors (the chemicals known to make the drug) in China due to the country’s regulations.”


    “The fentanyl trip: How the drug is coming to America
    Despite crackdowns on deliveries from China, the drug is still being imported.”


    “As fentanyl overdoses and deaths have been on the rise across America, investigators have been setting their sights internationally to stop the flow.

    Police and other experts say fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills have been illegally imported from as far out as China and even smuggled through the U.S.-Mexico border.

    “I’ve been doing this for almost 10 years now. And at one time, we would never find fentanyl. Now we’re catching it all the time -and it is coming in different forms,” Robert Meza, an import specialist with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, told ABC News.

    Even with some recent crackdowns by governments, the fentanyl is still making its way into the country, into the hands of dealers and victims who have no idea they’re taking the potentially deadly substance, according to law enforcement.”

    “Under pressure from the U.S., Chinese suppliers have had difficulty sending the pills straight to America, experts said. However, those suppliers have come up with an alternative plan that includes more pit stops.

    Investigators said Chinese drug suppliers send the ingredients to make fentanyl to cartels in Mexico. After creating the fentanyl, either in raw powder or pill form, the cartels would ship them across the border in trucks, according to investigators.

    Last year more than 11,000 pounds of fentanyl made its way into the U.S. and more than half of it came right through the border of Mexico and San Diego, according to investigators. That was more than double the amount of fentanyl seized at the border compared to 2020, investigators said.”



    “Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid typically used to treat patients with chronic severe pain or severe pain following surgery. Fentanyl is a Schedule II controlled substance that is similar to morphine but about 100 times more potent. Under the supervision of a licensed medical professional, fentanyl has a legitimate medical use. Patients prescribed fentanyl should be monitored for potential misuse or abuse.

    Illicit fentanyl, primarily manufactured in foreign clandestine labs and smuggled into the United States through Mexico, is being distributed across the country and sold on the illegal drug market. Fentanyl is being mixed in with other illicit drugs to increase the potency of the drug, sold as powders and nasal sprays, and increasingly pressed into pills made to look like legitimate prescription opioids. Because there is no official oversight or quality control, these counterfeit pills often contain lethal doses of fentanyl, with none of the promised drug.

    There is significant risk that illegal drugs have been intentionally contaminated with fentanyl. Because of its potency and low cost, drug dealers have been mixing fentanyl with other drugs including heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine, increasing the likelihood of a fatal interaction.

    Producing illicit fentanyl is not an exact science. Two milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal depending on a person’s body size, tolerance and past usage. DEA analysis has found counterfeit pills ranging from .02 to 5.1 milligrams (more than twice the lethal dose) of fentanyl per tablet.

    42% of pills tested for fentanyl contained at least 2 mg of fentanyl, considered a potentially lethal dose.
    Drug trafficking organizations typically distribute fentanyl by the kilogram. One kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people.
    It is possible for someone to take a pill without knowing it contains fentanyl. It is also possible to take a pill knowing it contains fentanyl, but with no way of knowing if it contains a lethal dose.

    According to the CDC, synthetic opioids (like fentanyl) are the primary driver of overdose deaths in the United States. Comparison between 12 months-ending January 31, 2020 and the 12 months-ending January 31, 2021 during this period:

    Overdose deaths involving opioids rose 38.1 percent.
    Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids (primarily illicitly manufactured fentanyl) rose 55.6 percent and appear to be the primary driver of the increase in total drug overdose deaths. “

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  2. How does it get here?

    While US citizens and trucks play a roll, you can’t leave out the illegal invader smugglers.

    “Mexican cartels exploiting border chaos to smuggle fentanyl into US”


    “More than 90 percent of the 10,000 pounds of fentanyl seized in fiscal 2021 occurred at legal border entry points in California and Arizona –—areas where roughly 30 percent of migrants are entering the US, according to CBP statistics.

    Meanwhile, In areas like New Mexico and Texas, where border agents are overwhelmed with nearly 70 percent of migrant entries, there have been fewer seizures — less than 5 percent — of the deadly synthetic opioid, experts told The Post.”

    “Fentanyl is largely being produced by the Sinaloa Cartel, which was controlled by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman before he was sentenced to life in prison in Brooklyn federal court for murder and drug trafficking in 2019. Unlike cocaine or marijuana, the synthetic opioid is relatively cheap to manufacture, with Mexican labs operating around the clock and using precursor chemicals imported from China, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

    In addition to producing fentanyl in pill form, the opioid is being added to other drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, to increase their potency.”

    “Most of the fentanyl that makes its way into the US from Mexico is transported via both commercial and private vehicles through frontier checkpoints in California and Arizona, according to CBP statistics. Authorities have found the drugs stashed in the cargo of commercial trucks and tucked into the door panels of private vehicles. They have also found fentanyl strapped to or inside the bodies of pedestrians, crossing the border.

    Traffickers regularly transport fentanyl using “backpackers” — Mexican couriers who race across the border and deposit knapsacks laden with the opioid at a predetermined location on the US side, or who hook up with traffickers on the US side that then transport the fentanyl across the country.”


    “Fentanyl Crisis: Smugglers Are ‘Catapulting’ Drugs Into U.S.

    Most of the fentanyl is being smuggled from Mexico into the country “through the porous border” by foot, by car, and even by “catapults.”


    “Most of the fentanyl is being smuggled from Mexico into the country “through the porous border” by foot, by car, and even by “launching it through catapults and drones into the U.S.,” Murphy said.”


    “Asked why the fentanyl tsunami is hitting America now, Louis Milione of the Drug Enforcement Administration said it’s because the drug cartels that smuggle cocaine and heroin into America have found gold in the easily-manufactured pain killer.”

    “China is the primary source,” said Milione, who runs the Diversion Control Division.

    Between 170,000 to 400,000 companies in China manufacture synthetic drugs like fentanyl but the U.S. has only recently began talking with Beijing about monitoring them, said William Brownfield of the State Department.”

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  3. Carrying water for Dems, it’s what the media does best.

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  4. Yesterday, HRW made the point that the rapid increase in young people identifying as transgender is much more due to the influence of certain internet sites than anything they hear in school. According to what I have read from those who have de-transitioned, that is correct. There is a pressure to be anything but both straight and “cis-gender”.

    It is quite telling to me that many of these young women (such as a certain young woman in my own life) who think that they are actually male say that they are trans and gay, because they are still attracted to men.


  5. When I said manufactured or smuggled, I should have emphasized the latter. I have no problem admitting the Mexicans are the chief manufacturer. As an aside, some fentayl is manufactured in the US including as a legal painkiller. However, your link actually demonstrates my latter claim – the smuggling occurs through legal border posts not by illegal migrants who cross elsewhere. You can’t blame the Venzuelan and Cuban asulym seekers – as soon as they come to the border, they claim asulym and are searched. Hiring Mexicans to drive trucks or fly planes into the US is not a smart move – think like a criminal. You need the least suspicious people possible. Hire senior or middle aged white couples. Find older poor whites who can’t afford to travel and offer them money, new vehicles and clothes. Dress them so they look middle class, buy them a holiday at an all inclusive resort, and while they are drinking cocktails poolside, outfit the vehicle you purchased. Or you can offer American truck drivers the opportunity to make far more than they would ever make driving in the US. Of course you need a white truck driver. (My Polish friends drive truck across the continental; they work for Sikh trucking companies who hire a few white drivers for border runs, American border guards are entireley predictable, they search the brown drivers)

    As for China; again, your own sources point out the Chinese government has cracked down on fentayl manufacturing. Chinas has long had problems with opioid addiction stretching back to the 19th century when the British introduced the drug (see the opium wars). Chinese pharmaceutical firms changed course and now simply export the ingredients. In that way they are no different than American pharmaceutical firms – exploiting a market. And since the fentayl is no longer on the Chinese market, it’s not a concern of the government. Mexico is the problem, not China, not Biden.


  6. The Biden clip video is disgusting and childish. As the commentator noted its WWE style. Is that how you want to see in your government and political sphere?

    It’s middle school bullying. We have students make videos like this and then share them on social media. We suspend students, parents are informed, and if the child is over 12 and the material is really offensive, the police are brought in.

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  7. There was a lot of political posturing on debates this season, most of it ridiculous on both sides. Both sides claimed the other side was scared (yeah we’re back to middle school calling people chicken). I watched a Fetterman interview (yes he does interviews) and his explanation was simple. Debates rarely occur as early as Oz wanted them. Most debates occur in early October when most people start to take an interest in the election. Oz wanted a debate much earlier than usual. Either he didn’t want anyone watching or he wanted to take advantage of Fetterman as he was still recovering from a stroke. For a man who claims to be a doctor, if its the latter I’d hate to see his bedside manner.

    As for winning a debate, any campaign manager knows how to produce a good highlight package overnight to capture the next morning’s narrative. I came across this video in which the commentator believes Ryan “humiliates” Vance. Forgive the hyperbolic title and the commentary after the debate. The youtuber puts together some good videos but his commentary is annoying so I never listen to him. My point is simple, don’t be convinced by one edited video.


  8. Kizzie;

    I could also add claims of transgender tend to happen in clusters. Two of my former students who went to art school claimed they were trans – F to M. I had coffee with one of these students. She was on the spectrum and came from a family where she never had a chance to socialize as teen and mitgate her awkwardness as she took care of brothers who were also on the spectrum while mom did nothing and dad left. In art school, by associating with certain peers, she decided she was trans. (S)he has almost completely transitioned. I asked a few questions over coffee and they admitted it never occurred to him until they went to school – the first place she truly socialized. I always thought she was gay and so I asked why not simply be a “butch” type lesbian and save yourself the transition. I felt sorry she went that far….I’m convinced it was the environment that convinced her.

    Even a few years ago, in my own classroom, I started the year with the one truly trans person I’ve ever taught but by the end of the year 5 girls had given themselves masculine names. A lesbian girl in the class said her friends had no idea they were just making stuff up as they went along and looking it up online. From what I know now, the one trans girl has transitioned, and some others have since discovered boys and femininity (except one who had child trauma issues).

    In most cases here, the girls who claimed to be trans were attracted to women.

    My daughter also went to art school and the pressure to be unique, artisy and bohemian played a role in many of her friends claiming to be non-binary or trans. (Ironic — to be hip, cutting edge and bohemian, they went on the same path) I’m thankful that despite the struggles she had with her mental health through her adolescents her sexuality and gender were never in question. In art school, where her fellow students talk about intersectionality, gender, sexuality etc. My daughter’s contribution was to simply say, “The class struggle is what counts”. Made her dad proud and the other art students from our city simply said way to represent.

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  9. Yikes.


  10. In all likelihood management of the building is out sourced and Warnock had no knowledge of it. Most apartments, profit and non-profit, employ professional property managers who in turn simply process rent and non-rent no matter what the amount owning.

    The last rental I lived in, in the morning of the second day of the month, an email would be sent to the superintendent with an attachment for everyone late in their rent. He would tape it to your door. By Ontario law, you had a certain amount of time from the first notice to pay (I think 15), he would tape the second notice up which was your first eviction warning, 30 days later, the sherriff would come. Everything was automated. The non-profit which owned the building had nothing to do with it; they hired a management firm to do it.


  11. HRW, I had to sort of laugh at your response to the Biden montage. Bullying? Would tge police really be called if a middle schooler posted it? If so, I envy your public schools. My dad taught at public school for quite a few years in the South and MidWest. When he moved to a larger city in Delaware the middle school students were so violent and threatening to the teachers that he refused to go back after a few days. He ended up teaching army brats in Germany for the DOD. Well disciplined parents and good students.


  12. Debra – HRW said that if “the material is really offensive” (and the kid is over 12) then the police could be called in, so I don’t think he meant that for the Biden video.

    That whole thing was certainly of a middle school mentality, though, whether one would call it bullying or not.


  13. Thanks for your input Kizzie. I was really more interested in how the video rates on the scale of offensiveness as regards HRW’s local schools in Canada which are apparently substantially different than our own.

    I found the video distasteful also, but probably for different reasons.

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