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Prime Time Police/Authority Dramas

Let’s take a roster:

CBS

  • Monday at 10: Hawaii Five O
  • Tuesday from 8-10:30PM: NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles, Person of Interest
  • Wednesday from 9-1030PM: Criminal Minds, CSI
  • Thursday at 10: Criminal Minds
  • Friday 9-1030: CSI NY, Blue Bloods
  • Saturday: NYC22, back to back 48 Hours Mystery

Fox

  • Friday for 2 hours, Bones
  • Saturday, back to back Cops

ABC

  • Thursday is the big night for the authorities. First it’s Wipeout, the military-themed reality show, and then Rookie Blue

Let’s look beyond the big ones:

TNT

  • Tuesday most of the afternoon and evening, Franklin and Bash, Rizzoli and Isles
  • Wendesday and Thursday, it’s The Mentalist
  • Saturday, the movie A Time to Kill

you get the idea.

In 2012, “drama” programming is primarily made up of police procedurals,

In 1980, the lineup was a little different. For instance, on Sunday night, the only police-related programming on the big three was CHiPS, which is not exactly your normal police procedural. CBS was playing police dramas during the week, but it would be, at most, one per prime time slot.

However, it should be noted that there were still plenty of military related programs, like MASH and Private Benjamin. In any case, it’s food for thought.

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Drugs and the CIA – Mexican Officials Blame CIA for Continuing Drug War

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/07/2012721152715628181.html

“It’s like pest control companies, they only control,” Guillermo Terrazas Villanueva, the Chihuahua spokesman, told Al Jazeera last month at his office in Juarez. “If you finish off the pests, you are out of a job. If they finish the drug business, they finish their jobs.”

A spokesman for the CIA in Washington wouldn’t comment on the accusations directly, instead he referred Al Jazeera to an official website.

CIA operations in war torn Mexico are allegedly under the auspices of combating the drug trade, presumably stopping traffic into America and other nations. The accusations of Mexico’s foremost drug warriors is an indication of the general atmosphere in Mexico surrounding the drug war: very grim.

However Villanueva’s accusations aren’t completely out of left field. As AJE points out, this wouldn’t be the first time there have been accusations of manipulation of the drug trade by the CIA. This is an organization that gets paid to be paranoid, and whose operations included the drugging of prostitutes with LSD and the aforementioned trafficking of cocaine in order to fund a puppet Nicaraguan government.

It’s impossible at this point to verify what the CIA’s involvement with the drug trade is. However I want to bring one more aspect of the drug trade into this strange discussion. The CIA can manufacture its own LSD, and seems to have the cocaine market on lock, so what’s left?

Heroin, of course!

It was recently revealed that Afghan heroin trade is up by about 3% (it’s like a Cost of Living Adjustment!), which suggests that all the posturing and worry over drugs done by the US government is either a farce, or it’s been grossly ineffective. We’ll give the USG the benefit of the doubt and say it’s both, but it’s been common knowledge that the military has been protecting poppy fields. Photos speak loudly. Fox News screams. Geraldo even says that destruction of poppy would put the troops at risk. Wait, so opium allegedly funds the Taliban (allegedly being the key word, they were taking down poppy growers under their reign of terror), but protecting poppy fields will protect Taliban money and protect American soldiers? I suppose that makes sense. Image


This, combined with the draconian drug war back home, is a pandemic of corruption. Drug money is big, larger than some national economies.

If this is a coordinated effort to control the illegal drug trade, what can we do to stop it?

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