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July 26, 2012, 11:12:50 PM
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I found your 90***% number here;

http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/187109.pdf

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Afghanistan A. Introduction Afghanistan produces roughly 90 percent of the world‘s illicit opium. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimated that Afghanistan cultivated 131,000 hectares of opium poppy in 2011, with a total yield of 5,800 metric tons (MT) of raw opium. This was a 7 percent increase in cultivation and a 61 percent increase in opium production from 2010, following a poppy blight the previous year which cut production roughly in half. Afghanistan remains involved in the full narcotics production cycle, from cultivation to finished heroin. Afghanistan is also believed to be among the world‘s largest producers of hashish.


wow, production is up to 5800 MT.  Much easier to keep the crops healthy when you got gov programs paying farmers to grow other stuff and instead they spend it to produce poppy more efficiently. ;p  Not to mention, not having the Taliban unable to skim off the top in the trade.  Which is nuts, the Taliban exercises Fatwa that says it is illegal to plant seed but they have no issue with taxing the shit out of the opium trade itself.

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July 26, 2012, 11:16:39 PM
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I still don't know what the hell you are looking at. This is what is on page 3...

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July 26, 2012, 11:28:13 PM
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So take the data in the Afghanistan row and make a line graph or whatever out of it. It will look exactly like what I posted.

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July 27, 2012, 12:27:12 AM
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I know this is splitting hairs- but that is not what is on page 3, still don't know where that chart is from even if it mirrors the table. Seems fairly obvious to me that is nearly a 10x increase in acreage... you can't just dismiss the lowest year because it was an "outlier". That's not how it works. Have you ever considered perhaps the invasion might have been in part motivated by the local's eradication of the poppy fields, and the subsequent production restoration and increase might have also be a direct goal of the invasion in the first place? I am not sure how you can argue that the most significant reduction of poppy growth in the recorded history of Afghanistan is irrelevant. This says to me in short that the locals said no to the status quo, and the status quo told them to each shit and like it.

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July 27, 2012, 12:45:38 AM
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I know this is splitting hairs- but that is not what is on page 3, still don't know where that chart is from even if it mirrors the table. Seems fairly obvious to me that is nearly a 10x increase in acreage... you can't just dismiss the lowest year because it was an "outlier". That's not how it works. Have you ever considered perhaps the invasion might have been in part motivated by the local's eradication of the poppy fields, and the subsequent production restoration and increase might have also be a direct goal of the invasion in the first place? I am not sure how you can argue that the most significant reduction of poppy growth in the recorded history of Afghanistan is irrelevant. This says to me in short that the locals said no to the status quo, and the status quo told them to each shit and like it.

I made the chart by putting the numbers into excel. The failure of the authors to draw informative charts is wierd.

With regards to the statement I have bolded, Yes. That is true, does the paper you link to provide info that supports this? I actually didn't read it.
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July 27, 2012, 01:31:38 AM
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I know this is splitting hairs- but that is not what is on page 3, still don't know where that chart is from even if it mirrors the table. Seems fairly obvious to me that is nearly a 10x increase in acreage... you can't just dismiss the lowest year because it was an "outlier". That's not how it works. Have you ever considered perhaps the invasion might have been in part motivated by the local's eradication of the poppy fields, and the subsequent production restoration and increase might have also be a direct goal of the invasion in the first place? I am not sure how you can argue that the most significant reduction of poppy growth in the recorded history of Afghanistan is irrelevant. This says to me in short that the locals said no to the status quo, and the status quo told them to each shit and like it.

I made the chart by putting the numbers into excel. The failure of the authors to draw informative charts is wierd.

With regards to the statement I have bolded, Yes. That is true, does the paper you link to provide info that supports this? I actually didn't read it.

This is true. And the paper I link to supports it just in the numbers alone. That our presence there took their production from what was declining into what it is now at the highest it has ever been.  And it is primarily producing a product that it is not used in the pharmaceutical industry (Opium Gum).

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July 27, 2012, 01:34:10 AM
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Drug smuggling conspiracies aside, as far as our own CIA, et all doing the smuggling. The benefit to the US of having so much illicit opium produced in this area is in the added burden it adds from the addicts who now have much easier access to the end products in Russia, China, etc etc.

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July 27, 2012, 02:33:50 AM
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Drug smuggling conspiracies aside, as far as our own CIA, et all doing the smuggling. The benefit to the US of having so much illicit opium produced in this area is in the added burden it adds from the addicts who now have much easier access to the end products in Russia, China, etc etc.

Exactly, just like the situation that caused the Boxer Rebellion. In addition to weakening opposing governments they also have a steady stream of funds to divert to black ops, because if it has to be appropriated from congress it is on the record. It costs them nearly nothing to produce and is sold for exorbitant prices usually at the expense of the target markets. In this case the large majority of heroin goes to Russian consumers.

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July 28, 2012, 06:12:18 AM
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I think it is great all the fun things are illegal.  If they were not illegal then they would not be fun anymore.  I mean think about going to your local supermarket and seeing LSD on sale next to the gum.

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July 31, 2012, 07:19:37 AM
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Drug smuggling conspiracies aside, as far as our own CIA, et all doing the smuggling. The benefit to the US of having so much illicit opium produced in this area is in the added burden it adds from the addicts who now have much easier access to the end products in Russia, China, etc etc.

Exactly, just like the situation that caused the Boxer Rebellion. In addition to weakening opposing governments they also have a steady stream of funds to divert to black ops, because if it has to be appropriated from congress it is on the record. It costs them nearly nothing to produce and is sold for exorbitant prices usually at the expense of the target markets. In this case the large majority of heroin goes to Russian consumers.

I just want people to deal with data and make informed decisions. Without complete information, there will always be multiple interpretations of the data. For that reason it is important that people are:

1: careful in what they say/believe
2: admit when further analysis of the data does not support what they have said

In this case I think there has been a failure with regards to #1 on your part. I agree with your conclusions 100% but disagree with your presentation of the important information. It is of the up-most importance that you make a best effort to convey information to others without exaggeration if you expect non-irrelevant people to take it seriously. The propagandists/marketers are people too.
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July 31, 2012, 08:21:05 AM
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Breaking drug war news: Drugs still winning.

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August 02, 2012, 08:18:58 PM
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Drug smuggling conspiracies aside, as far as our own CIA, et all doing the smuggling. The benefit to the US of having so much illicit opium produced in this area is in the added burden it adds from the addicts who now have much easier access to the end products in Russia, China, etc etc.

Exactly, just like the situation that caused the Boxer Rebellion. In addition to weakening opposing governments they also have a steady stream of funds to divert to black ops, because if it has to be appropriated from congress it is on the record. It costs them nearly nothing to produce and is sold for exorbitant prices usually at the expense of the target markets. In this case the large majority of heroin goes to Russian consumers.

I just want people to deal with data and make informed decisions. Without complete information, there will always be multiple interpretations of the data. For that reason it is important that people are:

1: careful in what they say/believe
2: admit when further analysis of the data does not support what they have said

In this case I think there has been a failure with regards to #1 on your part. I agree with your conclusions 100% but disagree with your presentation of the important information. It is of the up-most importance that you make a best effort to convey information to others without exaggeration if you expect non-irrelevant people to take it seriously. The propagandists/marketers are people too.

Exactly what part did I exaggerate?

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August 03, 2012, 06:54:28 AM
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I don't know about exaggerate... but if you say "increased 900%" it is natural to ask "900% from what?" Then the mind tends to answer in "from normal levels". Clearly 2001 was an exceptionally bad year for the opium farmers (ie not normal), so this should be noted or explained at the outset. Either way there is definitely more to the war on drugs than most people think.
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August 03, 2012, 06:57:26 AM
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There is, actually, more to it.  2001 was a "bad year" because the Taliban completely outlawed opium growing and destroyed most of the crop.  Six months later we invaded.

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August 03, 2012, 07:54:28 AM
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There is, actually, more to it.  2001 was a "bad year" because the Taliban completely outlawed opium growing and destroyed most of the crop.  Six months later we invaded.

Yea I didnt know that until it was mentioned earlier here. I think the miscommunication was tecshare assumed we all knew that the taliban was responsible for the bad year. And that adds a whole other dimension to the story.
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