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Amazon.com: Pepe Scream: Appstore for Android

Introducing Pepe Scream, a new voice controlled game where you scream in real life to control Pepe the Frog. Control the Pepe frog to dodge the obstacles, and collect as many chicken tendies as you can. Use the good boy points from your tendies to buy and unlock more rare Pepes. Witness a true display of MLG quickscoping explosion action when you encounter the red pipes up close.

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FeelsBadMan? More like FeelsGoodMan. Pepe Scream comes with more than 25 unique unlockable, original, never before seen RARE PEPES. These dank Pepe the Frog memes include:1. Pepe Pepe. The classic smug and screaming Pepe.2. Sunglasses Pepe. The coolest Pepe3. Mustache Pepe. An artistic, classy Pepe with groomed facial hair and a beret.4. Helicopter Hat Pepe. Pepe with a standard rainbow helicopter beanie.5. Birthday Pepe. Pepe with a birthday hat.6. Top Hat Pepe. A classy Pepe.7. Cat Ear Pepe. The neko Pepe.8. Car Pepe. This is literally a green car that shakes on the screen when you scream. Close enough.9. Construction Pepe. Safety first!10. Afro Pepe. Bringing back the ‘fro.11. Australian Pepe. From down under.12. Fedora Pepe. A tip for you, m’lady.13. VR Pepe. A modern virtual reality Pepe.14. Battle Pepe. The Ace of Spades battle worn soldier Pepe.15. Demon Pepe. D E V I L I S H16. Neckbeard Pepe. Greasy, unshaven, and glorious.17. Soviet Pepe. Proletariat frogs unite!18. Santa Pepe. For the Christmas spirit.19. Pretty Pepe. Cute princess frog.20. Pirate Pepe. Arrrr.21. Bowtie Pepe. Classy and clean.22. Invisible Pepe. Call him a certain wrestler/rapper, ’cause he can’t be seen.23. Angel Pepe. Divine.24. Roman Pepe. SPQR.25. Glitch Pepe. An ULTRA RARE PEPE. It might even break the game.26. The GOLDEN PEPE, the rarest pepe of them all. You need 1,000 delicious tendies to unlock!

You can yell normies get out and be rewarded with yummy tendies. Find the true Pepe meaning and discover what is Pepe the Frog. Help Pepe trump the red pipe obstacles by screaming in the best frog simulator on the app store. Who is Pepe the Frog, you might ask? After playing this game, providing the voice for Pepe the Frog crying out normies get out reEE, and helping Pepe face the dangers of the Red Pipes, you will know. Pepe Scream, Pepe REEE.

One Pepe, two Pepe.Sad Pepe, smug Pepe.Trump Pepe, racist Pepe.Angry Pepe, dank Pepe.Jumping frog angry frog.The princess and the frog.Pepe the Frog is the planPepe the Frog, Feels Good Man.

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Pep Le Pew – Wikipedia

Pep Le Pew is a character from the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons, first introduced in 1945. Depicted as a French striped skunk, Pep is constantly in search of love and appreciation. However, his offensive skunk odor and his aggressive pursuit of romance typically cause other characters to run from him.[1]

Pep Le Pew storylines typically involve Pep in pursuit of a female black cat, whom Pep mistakes for a skunk (“la belle femme skunk fatale”). The cat, who was retroactively named Penelope Pussycat, often has a white stripe painted down her back, usually by accident (such as by squeezing under a fence with wet white paint). Penelope frantically races to get away from him because of his putrid odour, his overly aggressive manner or both, while Pep hops after her at a leisurely pace.

The setting is always a mise-en-scne echoing with fractured French. They include Paris in the springtime, the Sahara, the Matterhorn, or the little village of N’est-ce Pas in the French Alps. The exotic locales, such as Algiers, are drawn from the Pep Le Moko story. Settings associated in popular culture with romance, such as the Champs-lyses or the Eiffel Tower, are sometimes present.[2]

Pep describes Penelope as lucky to be the object of his affections, and uses a romantic paradigm to explain his failures to seduce her. For example, he describes a hammer blow to his head as a form of flirtation rather than rejection. Accordingly, he shows no sign of narcissistic injury or loss of confidence no matter how many times he is rebuffed.[2]

In a role-reversal, the Academy Award-winning[3] 1949 short For Scent-imental Reasons ended with an accidentally painted (and now terrified) Pep being pursued by a madly smitten Penelope (who has been dunked in dirty water, leaving her with a ratty appearance and a developing head cold, completely clogging up her nose). It turns out that Pep’s new color is just right for her (plus the fact that the paint now covers his putrid scent). Penelope locks him up inside a perfume shop, hiding the key down her chest, and proceeds to chase the now imprisoned and effectively odorless Pep.

In another short, Little Beau Pep, Pep, attempting to find the most arousing cologne with which to impress Penelope, sprays a combination of perfumes and colognes upon himself. This resulted in something close to a love-potion, leading Penelope to fall madly in love with Pep in an explosion of hearts. Pep is revealed to be extremely frightened of overly-affectionate women (“But Madame!”), much to his dismay, as Penelope quickly captures him and smothers him in more love than even he could imagine.

And yet again, in Really Scent, Pep removes his odor by locking himself in a deodorant plant so Penelope (or known as “Fabrette”, in this instance a black cat with an unfortunate birthmark) would like him (this is also the only episode that Pep is acutely aware of his own odor, having checked the word “Pew” in the dictionary). However, Penelope (who in this picture is actually trying to have a relationship with Pep because all the male cats of New Orleans take her to be a skunk and run like blazes, but is appalled by his odor) had decided to make her own odor match her appearance and had locked herself in a Limburger cheese factory. Now more forceful and demanding, Penelope quickly corners the terrified Pep, who, after smelling her new stench, wants nothing more than to escape the amorous female cat. Unfortunately, she will not take “no” for an answer and proceeds to chase Pep off into the distance, with no intention of letting him escape.[a]

Although Pep usually mistakes Penelope for a female skunk, in Past Perfumance, he realizes that she is a cat when her stripe washes off. Undeterred, he proceeds to cover his white stripe with black paint, taking the appearance of a cat before resuming the chase.

To emphasise Pep’s cheerful dominance of the situation, Penelope is always mute (or more precisely, makes only natural cat sounds, albeit with a stereotypical “le” before each one) in these stories; only the self-deluded Pep speaks (several non-recurring human characters are given minimal dialogue, often nothing more than a repulsed “Le pew!”).

Sometimes this formula is varied. In his initial cartoon, Odor-able Kitty, Pep (who was revealed to be an American skunk named Henry in this short) unwittingly pursues a male cat who has deliberately disguised himself as a skunk (complete with the scent of Limburger cheese) in order to scare off a bunch of characters who have mistreated him. Scent-imental Over You has Pep pursuing a female dog who has donned a skunk pelt (mistaking it for a fur coat). In the end, she removes her pelt, revealing that she is a dog. Pep then “reveals” himself as another dog and the two embrace. However, he then reveals to the audience that he is still a skunk. In Wild Over You, Pep attempts to seduce a wild cat that has escaped a zoo (during what is called “Le grande tour du Zoo” at a 1900 exhibition), and painted herself to look like a skunk to escape her keepers. This cartoon is notable for not only diverging from the Pep/female-black-cat dynamic, but also rather cheekily showing that Pep likes to be beaten up, considering the wild cat thrashes him numerous times. Really Scent is also a subversion with Penelope (here called “Fabrette”) attracted to him from the beginning, removing the need for Pep to chase her as she goes to him. But Pep’s scent still causes a problem for her as they try to build a relationship.

Chuck Jones, Pep’s creator, wrote that Pep was based (loosely) on the personality of his Termite Terrace colleague, writer Tedd Pierce, a self-styled “ladies’ man” who reportedly always assumed that his infatuations were reciprocated.[4] :119 Pep’s voice, provided by Mel Blanc, was based on Charles Boyer’s Pp le Moko from Algiers (1938), a remake of the 1937 French film Pp le Moko. Eddie Selzer, animation producerand Jones’ bitterest foeat Warners then once profanely commented that no one would laugh at those cartoons.[4] :92 However, this did not keep Selzer from accepting an award for one of Pep’s pictures several years later. There have been theories that Pep was based on Maurice Chevalier. However, in the short film, Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood, Jones says Pep was actually based on himself, but that he was very shy with girls, and Pep obviously was not. A prototype Pep appears in 1947’s Bugs Bunny Rides Again, but sounds similar to Porky Pig.

In the shorts, a kind of pseudo-French or Franglais is spoken and written primarily by adding “le” to English words (example: “le skunk de pew”), or by more creative mangling of French expressions with English ones, such as “Sacr Maroon!”, “My sweet peanut of brittle”, “Come to me, my little melon-baby collie!” or “Ah, my little darling, it is love at first sight, is it not, no?”, and “It is love at sight first!” The writer responsible for these malapropisms was Michael Maltese.

Some dialogue from the Oscar-winning 1949 short For Scent-imental Reasons:

Blanc’s voice for the character closely resembles the one he used for “Professor Le Blanc”, the harried violin instructor on The Jack Benny Program.

Pep Le Pew’s cartoons were dubbed in French; in the French version (Pp le putois), Pep speaks with a heavy Italian accent. His voice is a parody of Yves Montand.[b]

Chuck Jones first introduced the character (originally named Stinky) in the 1945 short Odor-able Kitty (see “Variations”), in which he was revealed to be a married American skunk named Henry who had been faking his French accent. For the remaining cartoons Jones directed, Pep retained his accent, nationality, and purported bachelor status throughout, and the object of his pursuit was nearly always female.

A possible[vague] second cameo appearance is at the end of Fair and Worm-er (Chuck Jones, 1946). This skunk doesn’t speak, but looks identical (or is a close relation) and shares the same mode of travel and a slight variation of Pep’s hopping music. His function here is to chase a string of characters who had all been chasing each other ( la “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”).

A skunk often identified as Pep appears in the Art Davis-directed cartoon Odor of the Day (1948); in this entry, the theme of romantic pursuit is missing as the skunk (in a non-speaking role, save for a shared “Gesundheit!” at the finish) vies with a male dog for lodging accommodations on a cold winter day. This is one of the two cartoons where the character, if this is indeed Pep, uses his scent-spray as a deliberate weapon: shot from his tail as if it were a machine gun. The other one is Touch and Go, where he frees himself from the jaws of a shark by releasing his odor into the shark’s mouth.

Pep makes a more obvious cameo in Dog Pounded (1954), where he is attracted to Sylvester after the latter tried to get around a pack of guard dogs, in his latest attempt to capture and eat Tweety, by painting a white stripe down his back (in Pep’s only appearance in a Freleng short).

Pep possibly makes a small appearance as a baby skunk in Mouse-Placed Kitten (1959), where he is reluctantly adopted by a mouse couple at the cartoon’s end.

Pep was going to have a cameo in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but was later dropped for reasons unknown.[1]

Pep made several cameo appearances on the 1990 series Tiny Toon Adventures as a professor at Acme Looniversity and the mentor to the female skunk character Fifi La Fume. He appeared briefly in “The Looney Beginning” and had a more extended cameo in “It’s a Wonderful Tiny Toon Adventures Christmas Special”. The segment “Out of Odor” from the episode “Viewer Mail Day” saw character Elmyra disguise herself as Pep in an attempt to lure Fifi into a trap, only to have Fifi begin aggressively wooing her.

Pep also made a cameo appearances in the Histeria! episode “When America Was Young” and in the Goodfeathers segment, “We’re No Pigeons”, on Animaniacs.

In the 1995 animated short Carrotblanca, a parody/homage of the classic film Casablanca, both Pep and Penelope appear: Pep (voiced by Greg Burson) as Captain Renault and Penelope (voiced by Tress MacNeille) as “Kitty Ketty” (modeled after Ingrid Bergman’s performance as Ilsa). Unlike the character’s other appearances in cartoons, Penelope (as Kitty) has extensive speaking parts in Carrotblanca.

In The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries, in the episode, “Platinum Wheel of Fortune”, when Sylvester gets a white stripe on his back, a skunk immediately falls in love with him. This is not Pep, but a similar character identified as “Pitu Le Pew” (voiced by Jeff Bennett). However, he does say, “What can I say, Pep Le Pew is my third cousin. It runs in the family”. Pep would later appear in the episode “Is Paris Stinking” (once again voiced by Greg Burson), where he pursues Sylvester who is unintentionally dressed in drag. Pep would appear once more in Tweety’s High-Flying Adventure, falling in love with both Sylvester and Penelope (Sylvester had gotten a white stripe on his back from Penelope as they fought over Tweety), actually showing a preference for Sylvester.

Pep was, at one point, integral to the storyline for the movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action (voiced by Bruce Lanoil). Originally, once Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, DJ, and Kate arrived in Paris, Pep was to give them a mission briefing inside a gift shop. Perhaps because of the group receiving their equipment in Area 52, Pep’s scene was cut, and in the final film, he plays only a bit part, dressed like a police officer, who tries to help DJ (played by Brendan Fraser) after Kate (played by Jenna Elfman) is kidnapped. However, some unused animation of him and Penelope appears during the end credits, thus giving viewers a rare glimpse at his cut scene, and his cut scene appears in the movie’s print adaptations. Pep also appears in Space Jam (voiced by Maurice LaMarche), where his voice has curiously been changed into an approximation of Maurice Chevalier, as opposed to more traditional vocalization.

In Loonatics Unleashed, a human based on Pep Le Pew called Pierre Le Pew (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) has appeared as one of the villains of the second season of the show. Additionally, Pep and Penelope Pussycat appear as cameos in a display of Otto the Odd in the episode “The Hunter.” In the episode “The World is My Circus,” Lexi Bunny complains that “this Pep Le Pew look is definitely not me” after being mutated into a skunk-like creature.

A 2009 Valentine’s Day-themed AT&T commercial brings Pep (voiced by Jeff Bennett) and Penelope’s relationship up to date, depicting Penelope not as repulsed by Pep, but madly in love with him. The commercial begins with Penelope deliberately painting a white stripe on her own back; when her cell phone rings and displays Pep’s picture, Penelope’s lovestruck beating heart bulges beneath her chest in a classic cartoon image.

A baby version of Pep Le Pew appeared in Baby Looney Tunes. In the episode “New Cat in Town,” everyone thought that he was a cat. Sylvester was the only one who knew the truth. When Daffy was playing with a laptop, Sylvester removed the battery because he was afraid that everybody would avoid him. We also see a grown up version of him on the laptop. In another episode, titled “Stop and Smell Up the Flowers”, Pep Le Pew is shown to be good friends with a baby Gossamer, and seemed slightly older than his previous appearance.

Pep Le Pew has appeared in The Looney Tunes Show episode “Members Only” voiced by Ren Auberjonois in Season One and by Jeff Bergman in Season Two. He was present at the arranged marriage of Bugs Bunny and Lola Bunny. Of course Lola eventually fell in love with Pep Le Pew. He also made a short cameo appearance with Penelope Pussycat in the Merrie Melodies segment “Cock of the Walk” sung by Foghorn Leghorn. He appeared in his own music video “Skunk Funk” in the 16th episode “That’s My Baby”. He also appeared again in another Merrie Melodies segment “You Like/I Like” sung by Mac and Tosh. His first appearance in the second season was in the second episode, entitled, “You’ve Got Hate Mail”, reading a hate-filled email accidentally sent by Daffy Duck. He also had a short appearance in the Christmas special “A Christmas Carol” where he takes part in the song “Christmas Rules.” In “Gribbler’s Quest,” Pep Le Pew is shown to be in the same group therapy with Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian, and Yosemite Sam.

Pep Le Pew made a cameo in a MetLife commercial in 2012 titled, “Everyone”. In it, he was shown hopping along in the forest and when he sees his love interest Penelope Pussycat uptop the back of Battle Cat, he immediately hops after her.

Pep Le Pew has appeared in Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run voiced by Jeff Bergman. In this film, he is the head of a major perfumery who Lola wants to create a signature scent for.

Pep Le Pew appeared in the video games, Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle 3, Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal, The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Bugs Bunny Rabbit Rampage, and Bugs Bunny: Crazy Castle 4.

In October 2010, it was reported that Mike Myers would voice Pep Le Pew in a feature-length live action film based on the character, although no information about this project has surfaced since.[5] In July 2016, it was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con that Max Landis was penning a Pep Le Pew feature film for Warner Bros.[6]

Pep Le Pew was referenced in the song Beeswax by popular American rock band Nirvana.[7]

(Directed by Chuck Jones unless otherwise indicated)

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Pepe the Frog – Wikipedia

“Frog meme” redirects here. For the image of a frog riding a unicycle, see Dat Boi.For other uses, see Pepe.PepeBoy’s Club character

Pepe in his original format

Pepe the Frog () is a popular Internet meme. A green anthropomorphic frog with a humanoid body, Pepe originated in a comic by Matt Furie called Boy’s Club.[2] It became an Internet meme when its popularity steadily grew across Myspace, Gaia Online and 4chan in 2008. By 2015, it had become one of the most popular memes used on 4chan and Tumblr.[3] Different types of Pepe include “Sad Frog”, “Smug Frog”, and “Angry Pepe”. Since 2014, “Rare Pepes” have been posted on the (sarcastic) “meme market” as if they were trading cards.[4][5][6]

By 2016, the character’s image had been appropriated[7] as a symbol of the controversial alt-right movement.[8] The Anti-Defamation League added certain incarnations of Pepe the Frog to their database of hate symbols in 2016, adding that not all Pepe memes are racist.[9] Since then, Pepe’s creator has publicly expressed his dismay at Pepe being used as a hate symbol.[10]

The meme’s original use has evolved over time and has many variants, including Sad Frog, Smug Frog, Feels Frog, and “You will never…” Frog.[11]

Pepe the Frog was created by American artist and cartoonist Matt Furie in 2005. Its usage as a meme came from his comic Boy’s Club #1. The progenitor of Boy’s Club was a zine Furie made on Microsoft Paint called Playtime, which included Pepe as a character.[12] He posted his comic in a series of blog posts on Myspace in 2005.[11][13]

In the comic, Pepe is seen urinating with his pants pulled down to his ankles and the catchphrase “feels good man” was his rationale.[14][15] Furie took those posts down when the printed edition was published in 2006.[11]

“My Pepe philosophy is simple: ‘Feels good man.’ It is based on the meaning of the word Pepe: ‘To go Pepe.’ I find complete joy in physically, emotionally, and spiritually serving Pepe and his friends through comics. Each comic is sacred, and the compassion of my readers transcends any differences, the pain, and fear of ‘feeling good.'”

Matt Furie, 2015 interview with The Daily Dot[2]

Pepe was used in blog posts on Myspace and became an in-joke on Internet forums. In 2008, the page containing Pepe and the catchphrase was scanned and uploaded to 4chan’s /b/ board, which has been described as the meme’s “permanent home”.[11] The meme took off among 4chan users, who adapted Pepe’s face and catchphrase to fit different scenarios and emotions, such as melancholy, anger, and surprise.[2] Color was also added; originally a black-and-white line drawing, Pepe became green with brown lips, sometimes in a blue shirt.[13][14] “Feels Guy”, or “Wojak”, originally an unrelated character typically used to express melancholy, was eventually often paired with Pepe in user-made comics or images.[15]

In 2014, images of Pepe were shared on social media by celebrities such as Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj.[11][14][16] As Pepe became more widespread, 4chan users began referring to particularly creative and unique variants of the meme as “rare Pepes.” These images, sometimes as physical paintings,[17][18] were sold on eBay and posted on Craigslist.[2][11] 4chan users referred to those who used the meme outside the website as “normies” (or “normalfags”).[11] In 2015, Pepe was #6 on Daily News and Analysis’s list of the most important memes and the most retweeted meme on Twitter.[19][20]

Social media service Gab uses a Pepe-like illustration of a frog (named “Gabby”) as its logo. The site is popular with the alt-right.[21]

During the 2016 United States presidential election, the meme was connected to Donald Trump’s campaign. In October 2015, Trump retweeted a Pepe representation of himself, associated with a video called “You Can’t Stump the Trump (Volume 4)”.[9][22] Later in the election, Roger Stone and Donald Trump Jr. posted a parody movie poster of The Expendables on Twitter and Instagram titled “The Deplorables”, a play on Hillary Clinton’s controversial phrase “basket of deplorables”, which included Pepe’s face among those of members of the Trump family and other figures popular among the alt-right.[23]

Also during the election, various news organizations reported associations of the character with white nationalism and the alt-right.[24][25][26] In May 2016, Olivia Nuzzi of The Daily Beast wrote that there was “an actual campaign to reclaim Pepe from normies” and that “turning Pepe into a white nationalist icon” was an explicit goal of some on the alt-right.[27] In September 2016, an article published on Hillary Clinton’s campaign website described Pepe as “a symbol associated with white supremacy” and denounced Trump’s campaign for its supposed promotion of the meme.[28][29] The same month, the two sources for Nuzzi’s Daily Beast article revealed to The Daily Caller that they had coordinated beforehand to mislead Nuzzi (particularly about the existence of a campaign) under the expectation that she would uncritically repeat what she was told, with one saying, “Basically, I interspersed various nuggets of truth and exaggerated a lot of things, and sometimes outright liedin the interest of making a journalist believe that online Trump supporters are largely a group of meme-jihadis who use a cartoon frog to push Nazi propaganda. Because this was funny to me.”[30] The Anti-Defamation League, an American organization opposed to antisemitism, included Pepe in its hate symbol database but noted that most instances of Pepe were not used in a hate-related context.[31][32] In January 2017, in a response to “pundits” calling on Theresa May to disrupt Trump’s relationship with Russia, The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom tweeted an image of Pepe.[33][34] White supremacist Richard B. Spencer, during a street interview after Trump’s inauguration, was preparing to explain the meaning of a Pepe pin on his jacket when he was punched in the face, with the resulting video itself becoming the source of many memes.[35][36]

In an interview with Esquire, Furie said of Pepe’s usage as a hate symbol, “It sucks, but I can’t control it more than anyone can control frogs on the Internet”.[37] Fantagraphics Books, Furie’s publisher, issued a statement condemning the “illegal and repulsive appropriations of the character”.[38] On October 17, Furie published a satirical take of Pepe’s appropriation by the alt-right movement on The Nib.[39][40] This was his first comic for the character since he ended Boy’s Club in 2012.[1] In May 2017 it was announced that Furie had killed Pepe off in response to the character’s continued use as a hate symbol.[41] But in an interview with Carol Off on her show As It Happens Furie said that despite news of Pepe’s death, fans haven’t seen the last of him: “The end is a chance for a new beginning … I got some plans for Pepe that I can’t really discuss, but he’s going to rise from the ashes like a phoenix in a puff of marijuana smoke.”[42][43] Soon thereafter, Furie announced his intention to “resurrect” Pepe, launching a crowdfunding campaign for a new comic book featuring Pepe.[44]

On June 2017, a proposed app and Flappy Bird clone called “Pepe Scream” was rejected from the Apple App Store due to its depiction of Pepe the Frog. The app’s developer, under the name “MrSnrhms”, posted a screenshot of his rejection letter on /r/The Donald. The app is available on Google Play.[45][46]

A children’s book appropriating the Pepe character, The Adventures of Pepe and Pede, advanced “racist, Islamophobic and hate-filled themes”, according to a federal lawsuit Furie filed. The suit was settled out of court in August 2017, with terms including the withdrawal of the book from publication and the profits being donated to the nonprofit Council on American-Islamic Relations. Initially self-published, the book was subsequently published by Post Hill Press.[47] The book’s author, a vice-principal with the Denton Independent School District, was reassigned after the publicity.[48]

“Esoteric Kekism”,[49] or the Cult of Kek,[50] is a term for the parody religion of worshipping Pepe the Frog, which sprang from the similarity of the slang term for laughter, “kek,” and the name of the ancient Egyptian frog god of darkness, Kek.[51] This deity, in turn, was associated with Pepe the Frog on internet forums.[51][52] The internet meme has its origin on the internet message forum 4chan and other chans, and the board /pol/ in particular.[51][53] Kek references are closely associated with Trump and the alt-right.[54][55][56][57][58][59][60][61]

“Kek” originated as a variation of “lel”, itself a variation of “lol”[62][63] and seems to come from the video game World of Warcraft,[64] or alternatively a Korean onomatopoeia for laughter written as “kekeke”.[65] The phrase then became associated with the Egyptian deity of the same name.[51] “Esoteric Kekism” references the “Esoteric Hitlerism” of writer Savitri Devi.[49][66]

During the 2016 United States presidential election, Kek became associated with alt-right politics.[67][68][69][70][71][72] Kek is associated with the occurrence of repeating digits, known as “dubs”,[original research?] on 4chan, as if he had the ability to influence reality through internet memes.[73]

Online message boards such as 4chan first noted a similarity between Kek and Pepe.[74][52][75][76] The phrase is widely used[51] and 4chan users see Kek as the “‘god’ of memes.”[77]

Kekistan is a fictional country created by 4chan members that has become a political meme and online movement.[78] According to Ian Miles Cheong, writing in Heat Street, the name is a portmanteau of “kek” and the suffix “-stan”, which is Persian for “place of” and the end of several names of actual Central Asian countries and regions, and Kekistanis identify themselves as “shitposters” persecuted by excessive political correctness.[79][80] Self-identified Kekistanis have created a fictional history around the meme, including the invasion and overthrow of other fictional countries such as “Normistan” and “Cuckistan”.[81][80] Kekistanis have also adopted Internet personality Gordon Hurd (in his “Big Man Tyrone” persona) as their president and the 1986 Italo disco record “Shadilay” as a national anthem.[80] The record gained attention from the group in September 2016 because of the name of the group (P.E.P.E) and art on the record depicting a frog holding a magic wand.[53]

Cheong credits Carl Benjamin, who uses the pseudonym Sargon of Akkad on YouTube, for popularizing the meme.[79] Benjamin claimed that Kekistanis could technically classify as an ethnic group for the British Census, and contacted the Office for National Statistics to request that it be added,[82] but was unsuccessful.[83][bettersourceneeded]

Since late 2016, the satirical ethnicity has been used by U.S.-based alt-right protesters opposed to what they view as political correctness. These Kekistanis decry the “oppression” of their people and troll counterprotesters by waving the “national flag of Kekistan” (modeled after the Nazi War Flag, with the red replaced by green, the Iron Cross replaced by the logo for 4chan, and the swastika replaced by a rubric for KEK).[78][81][84] This flag was prominently displayed at the 2017 Berkeley protest for free speech in mid-April,[85][86] and the Unite the Right rally in August 2017.[87][88]

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Pepe the Frog – Wikipedia

Pepe the Frog – Wikipedia

“Frog meme” redirects here. For the image of a frog riding a unicycle, see Dat Boi.For other uses, see Pepe.PepeBoy’s Club character

Pepe in his original format

Pepe the Frog () is a popular Internet meme. A green anthropomorphic frog with a humanoid body, Pepe originated in a comic by Matt Furie called Boy’s Club.[2] It became an Internet meme when its popularity steadily grew across Myspace, Gaia Online and 4chan in 2008. By 2015, it had become one of the most popular memes used on 4chan and Tumblr.[3] Different types of Pepe include “Sad Frog”, “Smug Frog”, and “Angry Pepe”. Since 2014, “Rare Pepes” have been posted on the (sarcastic) “meme market” as if they were trading cards.[4][5][6]

By 2016, the character’s image had been appropriated[7] as a symbol of the controversial alt-right movement.[8] The Anti-Defamation League added certain incarnations of Pepe the Frog to their database of hate symbols in 2016, adding that not all Pepe memes are racist.[9] Since then, Pepe’s creator has publicly expressed his dismay at Pepe being used as a hate symbol.[10]

The meme’s original use has evolved over time and has many variants, including Sad Frog, Smug Frog, Feels Frog, and “You will never…” Frog.[11]

Pepe the Frog was created by American artist and cartoonist Matt Furie in 2005. Its usage as a meme came from his comic Boy’s Club #1. The progenitor of Boy’s Club was a zine Furie made on Microsoft Paint called Playtime, which included Pepe as a character.[12] He posted his comic in a series of blog posts on Myspace in 2005.[11][13]

In the comic, Pepe is seen urinating with his pants pulled down to his ankles and the catchphrase “feels good man” was his rationale.[14][15] Furie took those posts down when the printed edition was published in 2006.[11]

“My Pepe philosophy is simple: ‘Feels good man.’ It is based on the meaning of the word Pepe: ‘To go Pepe.’ I find complete joy in physically, emotionally, and spiritually serving Pepe and his friends through comics. Each comic is sacred, and the compassion of my readers transcends any differences, the pain, and fear of ‘feeling good.'”

Matt Furie, 2015 interview with The Daily Dot[2]

Pepe was used in blog posts on Myspace and became an in-joke on Internet forums. In 2008, the page containing Pepe and the catchphrase was scanned and uploaded to 4chan’s /b/ board, which has been described as the meme’s “permanent home”.[11] The meme took off among 4chan users, who adapted Pepe’s face and catchphrase to fit different scenarios and emotions, such as melancholy, anger, and surprise.[2] Color was also added; originally a black-and-white line drawing, Pepe became green with brown lips, sometimes in a blue shirt.[13][14] “Feels Guy”, or “Wojak”, originally an unrelated character typically used to express melancholy, was eventually often paired with Pepe in user-made comics or images.[15]

In 2014, images of Pepe were shared on social media by celebrities such as Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj.[11][14][16] As Pepe became more widespread, 4chan users began referring to particularly creative and unique variants of the meme as “rare Pepes.” These images, sometimes as physical paintings,[17][18] were sold on eBay and posted on Craigslist.[2][11] 4chan users referred to those who used the meme outside the website as “normies” (or “normalfags”).[11] In 2015, Pepe was #6 on Daily News and Analysis’s list of the most important memes and the most retweeted meme on Twitter.[19][20]

Social media service Gab uses a Pepe-like illustration of a frog (named “Gabby”) as its logo. The site is popular with the alt-right.[21]

During the 2016 United States presidential election, the meme was connected to Donald Trump’s campaign. In October 2015, Trump retweeted a Pepe representation of himself, associated with a video called “You Can’t Stump the Trump (Volume 4)”.[9][22] Later in the election, Roger Stone and Donald Trump Jr. posted a parody movie poster of The Expendables on Twitter and Instagram titled “The Deplorables”, a play on Hillary Clinton’s controversial phrase “basket of deplorables”, which included Pepe’s face among those of members of the Trump family and other figures popular among the alt-right.[23]

Also during the election, various news organizations reported associations of the character with white nationalism and the alt-right.[24][25][26] In May 2016, Olivia Nuzzi of The Daily Beast wrote that there was “an actual campaign to reclaim Pepe from normies” and that “turning Pepe into a white nationalist icon” was an explicit goal of some on the alt-right.[27] In September 2016, an article published on Hillary Clinton’s campaign website described Pepe as “a symbol associated with white supremacy” and denounced Trump’s campaign for its supposed promotion of the meme.[28][29] The same month, the two sources for Nuzzi’s Daily Beast article revealed to The Daily Caller that they had coordinated beforehand to mislead Nuzzi (particularly about the existence of a campaign) under the expectation that she would uncritically repeat what she was told, with one saying, “Basically, I interspersed various nuggets of truth and exaggerated a lot of things, and sometimes outright liedin the interest of making a journalist believe that online Trump supporters are largely a group of meme-jihadis who use a cartoon frog to push Nazi propaganda. Because this was funny to me.”[30] The Anti-Defamation League, an American organization opposed to antisemitism, included Pepe in its hate symbol database but noted that most instances of Pepe were not used in a hate-related context.[31][32] In January 2017, in a response to “pundits” calling on Theresa May to disrupt Trump’s relationship with Russia, The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom tweeted an image of Pepe.[33][34] White supremacist Richard B. Spencer, during a street interview after Trump’s inauguration, was preparing to explain the meaning of a Pepe pin on his jacket when he was punched in the face, with the resulting video itself becoming the source of many memes.[35][36]

In an interview with Esquire, Furie said of Pepe’s usage as a hate symbol, “It sucks, but I can’t control it more than anyone can control frogs on the Internet”.[37] Fantagraphics Books, Furie’s publisher, issued a statement condemning the “illegal and repulsive appropriations of the character”.[38] On October 17, Furie published a satirical take of Pepe’s appropriation by the alt-right movement on The Nib.[39][40] This was his first comic for the character since he ended Boy’s Club in 2012.[1] In May 2017 it was announced that Furie had killed Pepe off in response to the character’s continued use as a hate symbol.[41] But in an interview with Carol Off on her show As It Happens Furie said that despite news of Pepe’s death, fans haven’t seen the last of him: “The end is a chance for a new beginning … I got some plans for Pepe that I can’t really discuss, but he’s going to rise from the ashes like a phoenix in a puff of marijuana smoke.”[42][43] Soon thereafter, Furie announced his intention to “resurrect” Pepe, launching a crowdfunding campaign for a new comic book featuring Pepe.[44]

On June 2017, a proposed app and Flappy Bird clone called “Pepe Scream” was rejected from the Apple App Store due to its depiction of Pepe the Frog. The app’s developer, under the name “MrSnrhms”, posted a screenshot of his rejection letter on /r/The Donald. The app is available on Google Play.[45][46]

A children’s book appropriating the Pepe character, The Adventures of Pepe and Pede, advanced “racist, Islamophobic and hate-filled themes”, according to a federal lawsuit Furie filed. The suit was settled out of court in August 2017, with terms including the withdrawal of the book from publication and the profits being donated to the nonprofit Council on American-Islamic Relations. Initially self-published, the book was subsequently published by Post Hill Press.[47] The book’s author, a vice-principal with the Denton Independent School District, was reassigned after the publicity.[48]

“Esoteric Kekism”,[49] or the Cult of Kek,[50] is a term for the parody religion of worshipping Pepe the Frog, which sprang from the similarity of the slang term for laughter, “kek,” and the name of the ancient Egyptian frog god of darkness, Kek.[51] This deity, in turn, was associated with Pepe the Frog on internet forums.[51][52] The internet meme has its origin on the internet message forum 4chan and other chans, and the board /pol/ in particular.[51][53] Kek references are closely associated with Trump and the alt-right.[54][55][56][57][58][59][60][61]

“Kek” originated as a variation of “lel”, itself a variation of “lol”[62][63] and seems to come from the video game World of Warcraft,[64] or alternatively a Korean onomatopoeia for laughter written as “kekeke”.[65] The phrase then became associated with the Egyptian deity of the same name.[51] “Esoteric Kekism” references the “Esoteric Hitlerism” of writer Savitri Devi.[49][66]

During the 2016 United States presidential election, Kek became associated with alt-right politics.[67][68][69][70][71][72] Kek is associated with the occurrence of repeating digits, known as “dubs”,[original research?] on 4chan, as if he had the ability to influence reality through internet memes.[73]

Online message boards such as 4chan first noted a similarity between Kek and Pepe.[74][52][75][76] The phrase is widely used[51] and 4chan users see Kek as the “‘god’ of memes.”[77]

Kekistan is a fictional country created by 4chan members that has become a political meme and online movement.[78] According to Ian Miles Cheong, writing in Heat Street, the name is a portmanteau of “kek” and the suffix “-stan”, which is Persian for “place of” and the end of several names of actual Central Asian countries and regions, and Kekistanis identify themselves as “shitposters” persecuted by excessive political correctness.[79][80] Self-identified Kekistanis have created a fictional history around the meme, including the invasion and overthrow of other fictional countries such as “Normistan” and “Cuckistan”.[81][80] Kekistanis have also adopted Internet personality Gordon Hurd (in his “Big Man Tyrone” persona) as their president and the 1986 Italo disco record “Shadilay” as a national anthem.[80] The record gained attention from the group in September 2016 because of the name of the group (P.E.P.E) and art on the record depicting a frog holding a magic wand.[53]

Cheong credits Carl Benjamin, who uses the pseudonym Sargon of Akkad on YouTube, for popularizing the meme.[79] Benjamin claimed that Kekistanis could technically classify as an ethnic group for the British Census, and contacted the Office for National Statistics to request that it be added,[82] but was unsuccessful.[83][bettersourceneeded]

Since late 2016, the satirical ethnicity has been used by U.S.-based alt-right protesters opposed to what they view as political correctness. These Kekistanis decry the “oppression” of their people and troll counterprotesters by waving the “national flag of Kekistan” (modeled after the Nazi War Flag, with the red replaced by green, the Iron Cross replaced by the logo for 4chan, and the swastika replaced by a rubric for KEK).[78][81][84] This flag was prominently displayed at the 2017 Berkeley protest for free speech in mid-April,[85][86] and the Unite the Right rally in August 2017.[87][88]

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CNN affiliate u003ca href=”http://www.ksfy.com/home/headlines/Photographer-captures-viral-photo-of-bride-and-medical-alert-dog-365507851.html” target=”_blank”>KSFYu003c/a> has the story.”,”descriptionText”:”A photo of a bride being comforted by her service dog before walking down the aisle has taken the Internet by storm. CNN affiliate u003ca href=”http://www.ksfy.com/home/headlines/Photographer-captures-viral-photo-of-bride-and-medical-alert-dog-365507851.html” target=”_blank”>KSFYu003c/a> has the story.”},{“title”:”Couple’s post-crash reunion photo goes viral”,”duration”:”01:44″,”sourceName”:”WTVF”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.newschannel5.com/”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/us/2016/01/09/couple-viral-photo-after-car-crash-nashville-pkg.wtvf/index.xml”,”videoId”:”us/2016/01/09/couple-viral-photo-after-car-crash-nashville-pkg.wtvf”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160109150252-arika-stovall-hunter-hanks-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/us/2016/01/09/couple-viral-photo-after-car-crash-nashville-pkg.wtvf/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”A Facebook photo showing a young couple’s hospital reunion after a car accident has gone viral. CNN affilliate u003ca href=”http://www.newschannel5.com/” target=”_blank”>WTVFu003c/a> has the details.”,”descriptionText”:”A Facebook photo showing a young couple’s hospital reunion after a car accident has gone viral. CNN affilliate u003ca href=”http://www.newschannel5.com/” target=”_blank”>WTVFu003c/a> has the details.”},{“title”:”Surprising catch shocks fisherman”,”duration”:”01:26″,”sourceName”:”Jason Frost”,”sourceLink”:”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8WFqM9wMrQ”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/living/2015/09/01/fisherman-catches-kittens-orig-dlewis-duplicate-2.jason-frost/index.xml”,”videoId”:”living/2015/09/01/fisherman-catches-kittens-orig-dlewis-duplicate-2.jason-frost”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150901130648-fisherman-catches-kittens-01-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/living/2015/09/01/fisherman-catches-kittens-orig-dlewis-duplicate-2.jason-frost/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”u003ca href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8WFqM9wMrQ” target=”_blank”>A fisherman in Alabama rescued two kittensu003c/a> that swam to his boat. The rescue video has gone viral with over nine million views.”,”descriptionText”:”u003ca href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8WFqM9wMrQ” target=”_blank”>A fisherman in Alabama rescued two kittensu003c/a> that swam to his boat. The rescue video has gone viral with over nine million views.”},{“title”:”‘Stoner Sloth’ ad campaign lights up the Internet”,”duration”:”02:09″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/world/2015/12/27/stoner-sloth-lights-up-internet-cnni-walker-pkg.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”world/2015/12/27/stoner-sloth-lights-up-internet-cnni-walker-pkg.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/151226194855-stoner-sloth-lights-up-internet-cnni-walker-pkg-00001722-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/world/2015/12/27/stoner-sloth-lights-up-internet-cnni-walker-pkg.cnn/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”The “Stoner Sloth” ad campaign meant to discourage Australian youth from smoking marijuana, but things didn’t exactly go as planned. CNN’s u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/amara-walker” target=”_blank”>Amara Walkeru003c/a> reports.”,”descriptionText”:”The “Stoner Sloth” ad campaign meant to discourage Australian youth from smoking marijuana, but things didn’t exactly go as planned. CNN’s u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/amara-walker” target=”_blank”>Amara Walkeru003c/a> reports.”},{“title”:”Top 10 trending hashtags of 2015″,”duration”:”03:45″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:””,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/world/2015/12/18/top-10-trending-hashtags-of-2015-orig-nws.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”world/2015/12/18/top-10-trending-hashtags-of-2015-orig-nws.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/151218161115-top-10-trending-hashtags-of-2015-orig-nws-00001701-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/world/2015/12/18/top-10-trending-hashtags-of-2015-orig-nws.cnn/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”Social media’s role in breaking news is undeniable. But sometimes it’s the hashtags that start a movement. “,”descriptionText”:”Social media’s role in breaking news is undeniable. But sometimes it’s the hashtags that start a movement. “},{“title”:”Shirtless runner becomes Internet wonder”,”duration”:”01:27″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com/shows/new-day”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/tv/2015/12/15/shirtless-wonder-daily-hit-newday.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”tv/2015/12/15/shirtless-wonder-daily-hit-newday.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/151215091616-shirtless-wonder-daily-hit-newday-00003428-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/tv/2015/12/15/shirtless-wonder-daily-hit-newday.cnn/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”Chicago is experiencing an unseasonably warm December, and when WGN interviewed a shirtless runner about the weather, the clip went viral.”,”descriptionText”:”Chicago is experiencing an unseasonably warm December, and when WGN interviewed a shirtless runner about the weather, the clip went viral.”},{“title”:”‘Instagram Husbands’ go viral”,”duration”:”01:30″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com/shows/new-day”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/tv/2015/12/14/instagram-husbands-daily-hit-newday.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”tv/2015/12/14/instagram-husbands-daily-hit-newday.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/151214110450-instagram-husband-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/tv/2015/12/14/instagram-husbands-daily-hit-newday.cnn/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”A hilarious parody of the women on Instagram and their husbands behind the cameras has gone totally viral, in part because of how relatable it is to some.”,”descriptionText”:”A hilarious parody of the women on Instagram and their husbands behind the cameras has gone totally viral, in part because of how relatable it is to some.”},{“title”:”First lady Michelle Obama raps about college”,”duration”:”00:49″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com/shows/newsroom”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/us/2015/12/11/first-lady-michelle-obama-jay-pharoah-college-rap-sot-nr.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”us/2015/12/11/first-lady-michelle-obama-jay-pharoah-college-rap-sot-nr.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/151211015832-first-lady-michelle-obama-jay-pharoah-college-rap-sot-nr-00004112-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/us/2015/12/11/first-lady-michelle-obama-jay-pharoah-college-rap-sot-nr.cnn/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”Saturday Night Live star Jay Pharoah and first lady Michelle Obama team up to promote getting a college education in a viral rap video. “,”descriptionText”:”Saturday Night Live star Jay Pharoah and first lady Michelle Obama team up to promote getting a college education in a viral rap video. “},{“title”:”#Pizzarat becomes Internet sensation”,”duration”:”02:05″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”www.cnn.com/shows/erin-burnett-out-front”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/us/2015/09/22/pizza-rat-ny-viral-moos-pkg-erin.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”us/2015/09/22/pizza-rat-ny-viral-moos-pkg-erin.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150922201139-pizza-rat-ny-viral-moos-pkg-erin-00001201-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/us/2015/09/22/pizza-rat-ny-viral-moos-pkg-erin.cnn/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”Internet goes bonkers over pizza-dragging rat. CNN’s u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/jeanne-moos-profile” target=”_blank”>Jeanne Moosu003c/a> reports #pizzarat is the big cheese.”,”descriptionText”:”Internet goes bonkers over pizza-dragging rat. CNN’s u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/jeanne-moos-profile” target=”_blank”>Jeanne Moosu003c/a> reports #pizzarat is the big cheese.”},{“title”:”‘Fat shaming’ video draws outrage online”,”duration”:”01:17″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/us/2015/09/06/fat-shaming-video-response-orig.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”us/2015/09/06/fat-shaming-video-response-orig.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150906192742-fat-shaming-video-response-orig-00001923-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/us/2015/09/06/fat-shaming-video-response-orig.cnn/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”Comedian Nicole Arbour’s “fat shaming” video caused so much online outrage, she claims it caused her YouTube channel to be taken down.”,”descriptionText”:”Comedian Nicole Arbour’s “fat shaming” video caused so much online outrage, she claims it caused her YouTube channel to be taken down.”},{“title”:”‘Hipster Barbie’ is secretly like your friends”,”duration”:”01:22″,”sourceName”:”KOIN”,”sourceLink”:”http://koin.com/2015/09/05/portlander-breaks-internet-with-socality-barbie/”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/us/2015/09/07/hipster-barbie-socality-instagram-doll-portland-dnt.koin/index.xml”,”videoId”:”us/2015/09/07/hipster-barbie-socality-instagram-doll-portland-dnt.koin”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150907090423-hipster-barbie-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/us/2015/09/07/hipster-barbie-socality-instagram-doll-portland-dnt.koin/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”A Portland, Oregon, woman created an Instagram account with a Barbie that mocks people who use the “u003ca href=”https://instagram.com/explore/tags/liveauthentic/” target=”_blank”>liveauthenticu003c/a>” hashtag. You can follow her Instagram account u003ca href=”https://instagram.com/socalitybarbie/” target=”_blank”>Socality Barbie.u003c/a> CNN affiliate u003ca href=”http://koin.com/2015/09/05/portlander-breaks-internet-with-socality-barbie/” target=”_blank”>KOINu003c/a> has more.”,”descriptionText”:”A Portland, Oregon, woman created an Instagram account with a Barbie that mocks people who use the “u003ca href=”https://instagram.com/explore/tags/liveauthentic/” target=”_blank”>liveauthenticu003c/a>” hashtag. You can follow her Instagram account u003ca href=”https://instagram.com/socalitybarbie/” target=”_blank”>Socality Barbie.u003c/a> CNN affiliate u003ca href=”http://koin.com/2015/09/05/portlander-breaks-internet-with-socality-barbie/” target=”_blank”>KOINu003c/a> has more.”},{“title”:”Teen provides ‘backup’ for Texas deputy pumping gas”,”duration”:”00:46″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com/”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/us/2015/09/06/teen-backup-texas-deputy-sot.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”us/2015/09/06/teen-backup-texas-deputy-sot.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150906005924-texas-teen-backup-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/us/2015/09/06/teen-backup-texas-deputy-sot.cnn/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”A teenager offered to stand behind a Texas deputy, offering to keep her safe while the deputy pumped her gas. Their selfie went viral.”,”descriptionText”:”A teenager offered to stand behind a Texas deputy, offering to keep her safe while the deputy pumped her gas. Their selfie went viral.”},{“title”:”Please, no more viral video remakes!”,”duration”:”02:04″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:””,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/entertainment/2015/08/27/whip-nae-nae-viral-video-remakes-lisas-desk-orig-mg.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”entertainment/2015/08/27/whip-nae-nae-viral-video-remakes-lisas-desk-orig-mg.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150827192749-whip-nae-nae-viral-video-remakes-stop-orig-mg-00003025-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/entertainment/2015/08/27/whip-nae-nae-viral-video-remakes-lisas-desk-orig-mg.cnn/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”CNN’s Lisa France looks at the latest viral video craze, and pleads with you, our cherished viewer, to stop remaking the same old videos.”,”descriptionText”:”CNN’s Lisa France looks at the latest viral video craze, and pleads with you, our cherished viewer, to stop remaking the same old videos.”},{“title”:”What color is this dress?”,”duration”:”01:10″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/entertainment/2015/02/27/orig-what-color-is-this-dress.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”entertainment/2015/02/27/orig-what-color-is-this-dress.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150227124500-black-blue-dress-crop-2-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/entertainment/2015/02/27/orig-what-color-is-this-dress.cnn/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”Is this dress white and gold or blue and black? See the picture that has the internet buzzing. “,”descriptionText”:”Is this dress white and gold or blue and black? See the picture that has the internet buzzing. “},{“title”:”Why Taylor Swift took viral bikini photo”,”duration”:”01:03″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/entertainment/2015/02/25/pkg-orig-taylor-swift-viral-bikini-photo.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”entertainment/2015/02/25/pkg-orig-taylor-swift-viral-bikini-photo.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150225135120-taylor-swift-viral-bikini-photo-large-169.png”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/entertainment/2015/02/25/pkg-orig-taylor-swift-viral-bikini-photo.cnn/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”Taylor Swift says she posted a photo in her bikini because she didn’t want the paparazzi to make money off of their shot.”,”descriptionText”:”Taylor Swift says she posted a photo in her bikini because she didn’t want the paparazzi to make money off of their shot.”},{“title”:”‘SNL’ spoofs Justin Bieber Calvin Klein ad”,”duration”:”01:15″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”www.cnn.com”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/us/2015/01/19/snl-bieber-calvin-klein-underwear-ad-orig.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”us/2015/01/19/snl-bieber-calvin-klein-underwear-ad-orig.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150119115941-snl-bieber-calvin-klein-underwear-ad-orig-00002301-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/us/2015/01/19/snl-bieber-calvin-klein-underwear-ad-orig.cnn/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” poked fun at singer Justin Bieber in a skit spoofing his recent Calvin Klein underwear commercial. “,”descriptionText”:”NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” poked fun at singer Justin Bieber in a skit spoofing his recent Calvin Klein underwear commercial. “},{“title”:”Franco and Rogen remake Kimye’s ‘Bound 2′”,”duration”:”01:13″,”sourceName”:”HLN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.hlntv.com/shows/news-now”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/showbiz/2013/11/25/hln-tell-seth-rogen-james-franco-remake-kanye-bound-video.hln/index.xml”,”videoId”:”showbiz/2013/11/25/hln-tell-seth-rogen-james-franco-remake-kanye-bound-video.hln”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/131125175140-hln-tell-seth-rogen-james-franco-remake-kanye-bound-video-00004105-story-top.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/showbiz/2013/11/25/hln-tell-seth-rogen-james-franco-remake-kanye-bound-video.hln/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”Seth Rogen and James Franco take it upon themselves to remake Kanye West’s ‘Bound 2’ music video frame by frame!”,”descriptionText”:”Seth Rogen and James Franco take it upon themselves to remake Kanye West’s ‘Bound 2’ music video frame by frame!”},{“title”:”Kim, Chelsea … why’s everyone naked?”,”duration”:”02:05″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:””,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/showbiz/2014/11/14/kim-kardashian-instagram-chelsea-handler-lisas-desk-orig-mg.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”showbiz/2014/11/14/kim-kardashian-instagram-chelsea-handler-lisas-desk-orig-mg.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/141113225329-kim-kardashian-instagram-chelsea-handler-lisas-desk-orig-mg-00004525-story-top.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/showbiz/2014/11/14/kim-kardashian-instagram-chelsea-handler-lisas-desk-orig-mg.cnn/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”CNN’s Lisa France explains why more and more celebrities are getting naked on social media. And why they need to stop.”,”descriptionText”:”CNN’s Lisa France explains why more and more celebrities are getting naked on social media. And why they need to stop.”},{“title”:”Kanye strikes again … but the world hits back”,”duration”:”01:50″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com/shows/erin-burnett-out-front”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/entertainment/2015/02/10/erin-pkg-moos-kanye-strikes-again.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”entertainment/2015/02/10/erin-pkg-moos-kanye-strikes-again.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150210073852-erin-pkg-moos-kanye-strikes-again-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/entertainment/2015/02/10/erin-pkg-moos-kanye-strikes-again.cnn/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/09/entertainment/feat-grammys-2015-wrap-sam-smith-kanye/index.html”>Kanyeu003c/a> told to “sit down and shut up” after Grammy brouhaha. CNN’s u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/jeanne-moos-profile”>Jeanne Moosu003c/a> has reaction as Kanye strikes again.”,”descriptionText”:”u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/09/entertainment/feat-grammys-2015-wrap-sam-smith-kanye/index.html”>Kanyeu003c/a> told to “sit down and shut up” after Grammy brouhaha. CNN’s u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/jeanne-moos-profile”>Jeanne Moosu003c/a> has reaction as Kanye strikes again.”},{“title”:”Justin Bieber goes pants optional”,”duration”:”01:28″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:””,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/showbiz/2014/09/10/bieber-fashion-rocks-lisas-desk-orig-jtb.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”showbiz/2014/09/10/bieber-fashion-rocks-lisas-desk-orig-jtb.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/140910172021-bieber-fashion-rocks-lisas-desk-orig-jtb-00011809-story-top.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/showbiz/2014/09/10/bieber-fashion-rocks-lisas-desk-orig-jtb.cnn/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”Lisa France reacts to Justin Bieber taking off his pants at the Fashion Rocks show. Because, you know, Justin Bieber.”,”descriptionText”:”Lisa France reacts to Justin Bieber taking off his pants at the Fashion Rocks show. 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Pepe the Frog designated hate symbol by ADL – CNN

How Pepe the Frog Became a Nazi Trump Supporter and Alt …

The green frog was behind the United States side of the metal fence at the countrys southernmost border, smirking and holding a Donald Trump campaign button up to his chin.

A caricature of a Mexican couplethe man dressed in a sombrero and poncho, the woman with braided hair and an infant in her armslooked out at him through the barricade and cried.

Then the frog was someplace else entirely, this time covered in Nazi insignia: above his smirk, the phrase SKIN HEAD and a swastika; over his left eyelid, 14, the numeric shorthand for we must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children; and over his right eyelid, 88, which stands for Heil Hitler.

And there the frog was yet again, standing at a lectern stamped with the presidential seal, a red tie hanging from his green neck, Trumps iconic hair arranged on his head and an American flag at his back.

This is Pepe, a cartoon amphibian introduced to the world sans swastikas and Trump associations in 2005, on Myspace, in the artist Matt Furies comic strip Boys Club, and popularized on 4chan in the ensuing 11 years, culminating in 2015, when teens shared Pepes likeness so many times he became the biggest meme on Tumblr. (Furie did not respond to an interview request from The Daily Beast.)

Like all great art, Pepe was open to endless interpretation, but at the end of the day, he meant whatever you wanted him to mean. All in good fun, teens made Batman Pepe, Supermarket Checkout Girl Pepe, Borat Pepe, Keith Haring Pepe, and carved Pepe pumpkins.

But he also embodied existential angst. Pepe, the grimiest but most versatile meme of all, was both hero and antiheroa symbol fit for all of lifes ups and downs and the full spectrum of human emotions, as they played out online.

On social media, Pepe became inescapable. Katy Perry tweeted a crying Pepe with the caption Australian jet lag got me like, racking up over 10,000 retweets. Nicki Minaj posted a twerking Pepe on Instagram with the caption Me on Instagram for the next few weeks trying to get my followers back up, which 282,000 users liked.

And then, recently, things took a turn: Pepe became socially unacceptable.

Turns out that was by design.

@JaredTSwift is an anonymous white nationalist who claims to be 19 years old and in school someplace on the West Coast. He told me there is an actual campaign to reclaim Pepe from normies.

Normies are basicsagreeable, mainstream members of society who have no knowingly abhorrent political views or unsavory hobbies. They are Katy Perry, and when they latch onto a meme, the meme dies the way your favorite band dies when it sells out and licenses a song to Chevrolet. When mainstream culture gets in on the joke, in other words, the joke is ruined forever.

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The campaign to reclaim Pepe from normies was an effort to prevent this sort of death, but it also had the effect of desensitizing swaths of the Internet to racist, but mostly anti-Semitic, ideas supported by the so-called alt-right movement.

It began in late 2015 on /r9k/, a controversial 4chan board where, as on any message board, it can be difficult to discern how serious commenters are being or if theyre just fucking around entirely. Nevertheless, /r9k/ has been tied to Elliot Rodgerthe UC Santa Barbara shooter who killed six people in 2014who found fans there, and GamerGate. There, Pepe transformed from harmless cartoon to big green monster.

We basically mixed Pepe in with Nazi propaganda, etc. We built that association, @JaredTSwift said.

He sent me a rare Pepe, an ironic categorization for certain versions of the meme: Pepe, his eyes red and irises swastika-shaped, against a trippy rainbow backdrop. Do with it what you will, he said.

Building the Trump association came next, after which @JaredTSwift said the images got crossover appeal. They began to move from 4chan to Twitter, which is when journalists were exposed to it via Trump memes.

On Jan. 7, Cheri Jacobus, a Republican consultant and pundit who is suing Trump for defamation and has been harassed by Trump supporters, tweeted, The green frog symbol is what white supremacists use in their propaganda. U dont want to go there.

#FrogTwitter considered Jacobus, the first prominent person to be duped, its first scalp and inundated her with ever more Pepe images and Trump memes, some of which were violent and sexually explicit.

In one, a blond woman is decapitated before Pepe has intercourse with her headless body. In another, Jacobuss face is photoshopped onto a topless woman kneeling before Trump, who is himself photoshopped to wear a Nazi uniform.

When they adapt Pepe the green frog and turn it into an anti-Semite, staring into the screen with the World Trade Center behind it, is that cute or funny? she asked when reached by phone Wednesday.

Does that make it OK? I dont know, she said. Violent and disturbing images are violent and disturbing images regardless of what their stated reasons are.

Jay Nordlinger, a senior editor at National Review, a conservative publication opposed to Trumps candidacy, asked Twitter on Jan. 30, Does anyone know what that green face is that alt and cuck people put in their avatars and their other images?

@TopKanker replied with an image of Pepe dressed as a Nazi soldier and holding a Star of David.

On May 16, Ben White, a reporter for Politico, tweeted a drawing of Pepe and asked, What/who is this character and why do I see it associated with Trumpsters/Alt-Right types all the time?

#FrogTwitter descended on Whites mentions, with predictable results. @DonaldjBismarck, a self-described Nationalist, replied with a meme of Hillary Clinton, squinting at a computer screen and asking, WHO THE HELL IS PEPE?

Turns out asking about Pepe was a bad idea, White tweeted, in conclusion.

But Pepes twisted transformation wouldnt be complete until a few hours after Whites foray down the froghole, when Margarita Noriega, an executive editor at Newsweek, tweeted a Pepe at Marco Rubio.

Benny Polatseck, who runs the public relations firm Colossal PR, accused Noriega of employing an image used by racists to make fun of latinos. Noriega deleted the Pepe.

Most memes are ephemeral by nature, but Pepe is not, @JaredTSwift told me. Hes a reflection of our souls, to most of us. Its disgusting to see people (normies, if you will) use him so trivially. He belongs to us. And well make him toxic if we have to.

@JaredTSwift said some of the support for Trump was in jest, but for most of his cohorts, its sincere. He even claimed to have voted for Trump in the primary himself, wherever it is he lives, and said hed vote for him in the general, too.

In a sense, weve managed to push white nationalism into a very mainstream position, he said. Trumps online support has been crucial to his success, I believe, and the fact is that his biggest and most devoted online supporters are white nationalists. Now, weve pushed the Overton window. People have adopted our rhetoric, sometimes without even realizing it. Were setting up for a massive cultural shift.

Another anonymous white nationalist, @PaulTown_, claimed to be in my late 20s, but declined to say where he exists geographically, other than to confirm that, every few months, he meets the members of his community in New York City. He estimated the broad #FrogTwitter movement to consist of about 30 people but said 10 core members helped plot it out over drinks in late 2015, before taking to /r9k/.

We all do some weightlifting, so we met through friends involved in that scene, he said. Turning Pepe into a white nationalist icon was one of our original goals, although weve had our hands in many other things.

One of those things has been helping to turn Taylor Swift into an Aryan goddess. When several publications (Broadly, Slate, and The Washington Post) this week reported on the alt-rights fixation on the pop star, #FrogTwitter was somewhat triumphant. I never thought that would work, @JaredTSwift said, but they finally noticed.

@PaulTown_ characterized Pepe as an experiment the group used as a test.

As you can see, he said, it went better than we could ever have imagined.

Link:

How Pepe the Frog Became a Nazi Trump Supporter and Alt …

Pepe the Frog designated hate symbol by ADL – CNN

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CNN affiliate u003ca href=”http://cnycentral.com/news/local/how-cny-woman-became-internet-sensation-known-as-angry-splash-mountain-lady” target=”_blank”>WSTMu003c/a> reports.”},{“title”:”Dad who saved son from bat: ‘It was a dad move'”,”duration”:”01:23″,”sourceName”:”WFTV”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.wftv.com/news/local/dad-saves-son-from-flying-baseball-bat/150037856″,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/sports/2016/03/08/dad-saves-son-from-bat-pkg.wftv/index.xml”,”videoId”:”sports/2016/03/08/dad-saves-son-from-bat-pkg.wftv”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160308105655-dad-saves-son-from-bat-pkg-00001512-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/sports/2016/03/08/dad-saves-son-from-bat-pkg.wftv/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”A photo of Shaun Cunningham saving his son from a rogue bat at a baseball game has gone viral. CNN affiliate u003ca href=”http://www.wftv.com/news/local/dad-saves-son-from-flying-baseball-bat/150037856″ target=”_blank”>WFTVu003c/a> spoke to the family.”,”descriptionText”:”A photo of Shaun Cunningham saving his son from a rogue bat at a baseball game has gone viral. CNN affiliate u003ca href=”http://www.wftv.com/news/local/dad-saves-son-from-flying-baseball-bat/150037856″ target=”_blank”>WFTVu003c/a> spoke to the family.”},{“title”:”Mom breastfeeds during Sanders rally”,”duration”:”01:20″,”sourceName”:”WEWS”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.newsnet5.com/”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/politics/2016/03/05/mom-breastfeeding-baby-bernie-sanders-rally-pkg.wews/index.xml”,”videoId”:”politics/2016/03/05/mom-breastfeeding-baby-bernie-sanders-rally-pkg.wews”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160305143120-mom-breastfeeding-baby-bernie-sanders-rally-pkg-00010625-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/politics/2016/03/05/mom-breastfeeding-baby-bernie-sanders-rally-pkg.wews/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”A photo of a mother breastfeeding during a Bernie Sanders rally in Ohio went viral. CNN affiliate WEWS has more.”,”descriptionText”:”A photo of a mother breastfeeding during a Bernie Sanders rally in Ohio went viral. 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CNN affiliate u003ca href=”http://www.krcrtv.com/” target=”_blank”>KRCRu003c/a> reports.”,”descriptionText”:”A 24-year-old mother’s workout video featuring wine has gone viral. CNN affiliate u003ca href=”http://www.krcrtv.com/” target=”_blank”>KRCRu003c/a> reports.”},{“title”:”Sleeping intern goes viral “,”duration”:”01:39″,”sourceName”:”CTV News”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.ctvnews.ca/”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/world/2016/02/16/sleeping-intern-viral-pkg.ctv-news/index.xml”,”videoId”:”world/2016/02/16/sleeping-intern-viral-pkg.ctv-news”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160208214655-sleeping-intern-pkg-00004403-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/world/2016/02/16/sleeping-intern-viral-pkg.ctv-news/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”An intern fell asleep on his second day. His co-workers noticed the dozing intern and decided to have a little fun. 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CNN’s u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/jeanne-moos-profile” target=”_blank”>Jeanne Moosu003c/a> reports on Bernie making faces while Hillary speaks.”,”descriptionText”:”The stink-eye enters the 2016 Presidential race. CNN’s u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/jeanne-moos-profile” target=”_blank”>Jeanne Moosu003c/a> reports on Bernie making faces while Hillary speaks.”},{“title”:”Touching photo of bride and her service dog goes viral”,”duration”:”02:20″,”sourceName”:”KSFY”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.ksfy.com/home/headlines/Photographer-captures-viral-photo-of-bride-and-medical-alert-dog-365507851.html”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/us/2016/01/16/service-dog-bridal-viral-photos-dnt.ksfy/index.xml”,”videoId”:”us/2016/01/16/service-dog-bridal-viral-photos-dnt.ksfy”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160116171703-04-service-dog-bride-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/us/2016/01/16/service-dog-bridal-viral-photos-dnt.ksfy/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”A photo of a bride being comforted by her service dog before walking down the aisle has taken the Internet by storm. CNN affiliate u003ca href=”http://www.ksfy.com/home/headlines/Photographer-captures-viral-photo-of-bride-and-medical-alert-dog-365507851.html” target=”_blank”>KSFYu003c/a> has the story.”,”descriptionText”:”A photo of a bride being comforted by her service dog before walking down the aisle has taken the Internet by storm. CNN affiliate u003ca href=”http://www.ksfy.com/home/headlines/Photographer-captures-viral-photo-of-bride-and-medical-alert-dog-365507851.html” target=”_blank”>KSFYu003c/a> has the story.”},{“title”:”Couple’s post-crash reunion photo goes viral”,”duration”:”01:44″,”sourceName”:”WTVF”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.newschannel5.com/”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/us/2016/01/09/couple-viral-photo-after-car-crash-nashville-pkg.wtvf/index.xml”,”videoId”:”us/2016/01/09/couple-viral-photo-after-car-crash-nashville-pkg.wtvf”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/160109150252-arika-stovall-hunter-hanks-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/us/2016/01/09/couple-viral-photo-after-car-crash-nashville-pkg.wtvf/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”A Facebook photo showing a young couple’s hospital reunion after a car accident has gone viral. CNN affilliate u003ca href=”http://www.newschannel5.com/” target=”_blank”>WTVFu003c/a> has the details.”,”descriptionText”:”A Facebook photo showing a young couple’s hospital reunion after a car accident has gone viral. CNN affilliate u003ca href=”http://www.newschannel5.com/” target=”_blank”>WTVFu003c/a> has the details.”},{“title”:”Surprising catch shocks fisherman”,”duration”:”01:26″,”sourceName”:”Jason Frost”,”sourceLink”:”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8WFqM9wMrQ”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/living/2015/09/01/fisherman-catches-kittens-orig-dlewis-duplicate-2.jason-frost/index.xml”,”videoId”:”living/2015/09/01/fisherman-catches-kittens-orig-dlewis-duplicate-2.jason-frost”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/150901130648-fisherman-catches-kittens-01-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/living/2015/09/01/fisherman-catches-kittens-orig-dlewis-duplicate-2.jason-frost/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”u003ca href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8WFqM9wMrQ” target=”_blank”>A fisherman in Alabama rescued two kittensu003c/a> that swam to his boat. 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The rescue video has gone viral with over nine million views.”},{“title”:”‘Stoner Sloth’ ad campaign lights up the Internet”,”duration”:”02:09″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”http://www.cnn.com”,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/world/2015/12/27/stoner-sloth-lights-up-internet-cnni-walker-pkg.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”world/2015/12/27/stoner-sloth-lights-up-internet-cnni-walker-pkg.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/151226194855-stoner-sloth-lights-up-internet-cnni-walker-pkg-00001722-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/world/2015/12/27/stoner-sloth-lights-up-internet-cnni-walker-pkg.cnn/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”The “Stoner Sloth” ad campaign meant to discourage Australian youth from smoking marijuana, but things didn’t exactly go as planned. CNN’s u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/amara-walker” target=”_blank”>Amara Walkeru003c/a> reports.”,”descriptionText”:”The “Stoner Sloth” ad campaign meant to discourage Australian youth from smoking marijuana, but things didn’t exactly go as planned. CNN’s u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/profiles/amara-walker” target=”_blank”>Amara Walkeru003c/a> reports.”},{“title”:”Top 10 trending hashtags of 2015″,”duration”:”03:45″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:””,”videoCMSUrl”:”/video/data/3.0/video/world/2015/12/18/top-10-trending-hashtags-of-2015-orig-nws.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”world/2015/12/18/top-10-trending-hashtags-of-2015-orig-nws.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/151218161115-top-10-trending-hashtags-of-2015-orig-nws-00001701-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”/videos/world/2015/12/18/top-10-trending-hashtags-of-2015-orig-nws.cnn/video/playlists/internet-freakouts/”,”description”:”Social media’s role in breaking news is undeniable. But sometimes it’s the hashtags that start a movement. “,”descriptionText”:”Social media’s role in breaking news is undeniable. 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War on drugs – Wikipedia

War on Drugs is an American term[6][7] usually applied to the U.S. federal government’s campaign of prohibition of drugs, military aid, and military intervention, with the stated aim being to reduce the illegal drug trade.[8][9] The initiative includes a set of drug policies that are intended to discourage the production, distribution, and consumption of psychoactive drugs that the participating governments and the UN have made illegal. The term was popularized by the media shortly after a press conference given on June 18, 1971, by President Richard Nixonthe day after publication of a special message from President Nixon to the Congress on Drug Abuse Prevention and Controlduring which he declared drug abuse “public enemy number one”. That message to the Congress included text about devoting more federal resources to the “prevention of new addicts, and the rehabilitation of those who are addicted”, but that part did not receive the same public attention as the term “war on drugs”.[10][11][12] However, two years prior to this, Nixon had formally declared a “war on drugs” that would be directed toward eradication, interdiction, and incarceration.[13] Today, the Drug Policy Alliance, which advocates for an end to the War on Drugs, estimates that the United States spends $51 billion annually on these initiatives.[14]

On May 13, 2009, Gil Kerlikowskethe Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)signaled that the Obama administration did not plan to significantly alter drug enforcement policy, but also that the administration would not use the term “War on Drugs”, because Kerlikowske considers the term to be “counter-productive”.[15] ONDCP’s view is that “drug addiction is a disease that can be successfully prevented and treated… making drugs more available will make it harder to keep our communities healthy and safe”.[16] One of the alternatives that Kerlikowske has showcased is the drug policy of Sweden, which seeks to balance public health concerns with opposition to drug legalization. The prevalence rates for cocaine use in Sweden are barely one-fifth of those in Spain, the biggest consumer of the drug.[17]

In June 2011, the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a critical report on the War on Drugs, declaring: “The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world. Fifty years after the initiation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and years after President Nixon launched the US government’s war on drugs, fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed.”[18] The report was criticized by organizations that oppose a general legalization of drugs.[16]

The first U.S. law that restricted the distribution and use of certain drugs was the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914. The first local laws came as early as 1860.[19] In 1919, the United States passed the 18th Amendment, prohibiting the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol, with exceptions for religious and medical use. In 1920, the United States passed the National Prohibition Act (Volstead Act), enacted to carry out the provisions in law of the 18th Amendment.

The Federal Bureau of Narcotics was established in the United States Department of the Treasury by an act of June 14, 1930 (46 Stat. 585).[20] In 1933, the federal prohibition for alcohol was repealed by passage of the 21st Amendment. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt publicly supported the adoption of the Uniform State Narcotic Drug Act. The New York Times used the headline “Roosevelt Asks Narcotic War Aid”.[21][22]

In 1937, the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was passed. Several scholars have claimed that the goal was to destroy the hemp industry,[23][24][25] largely as an effort of businessmen Andrew Mellon, Randolph Hearst, and the Du Pont family.[23][25] These scholars argue that with the invention of the decorticator, hemp became a very cheap substitute for the paper pulp that was used in the newspaper industry.[23][26] These scholars believe that Hearst felt[dubious discuss] that this was a threat to his extensive timber holdings. Mellon, United States Secretary of the Treasury and the wealthiest man in America, had invested heavily in the DuPont’s new synthetic fiber, nylon, and considered[dubious discuss] its success to depend on its replacement of the traditional resource, hemp.[23][27][28][29][30][31][32][33] However, there were circumstances that contradict these claims. One reason for doubts about those claims is that the new decorticators did not perform fully satisfactorily in commercial production.[34] To produce fiber from hemp was a labor-intensive process if you include harvest, transport and processing. Technological developments decreased the labor with hemp but not sufficient to eliminate this disadvantage.[35][36]

On October 27, 1970, Congress passes the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, which, among other things, categorizes controlled substances based on their medicinal use and potential for addiction.[37] In 1971, two congressmen released an explosive report on the growing heroin epidemic among U.S. servicemen in Vietnam; ten to fifteen percent of the servicemen were addicted to heroin, and President Nixon declared drug abuse to be “public enemy number one”.[37][38]

Although Nixon declared “drug abuse” to be public enemy number one in 1971,[39] the policies that his administration implemented as part of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 were a continuation of drug prohibition policies in the U.S., which started in 1914.[37][40]

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” John Ehrlichman, to Dan Baum[41][42][43] for Harper’s Magazine[44] in 1994, about President Richard Nixon’s war on drugs, declared in 1971.[45][46]

In 1973, the Drug Enforcement Administration was created to replace the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.[37]

The Nixon Administration also repealed the federal 210-year mandatory minimum sentences for possession of marijuana and started federal demand reduction programs and drug-treatment programs. Robert DuPont, the “Drug czar” in the Nixon Administration, stated it would be more accurate to say that Nixon ended, rather than launched, the “war on drugs”. DuPont also argued that it was the proponents of drug legalization that popularized the term “war on drugs”.[16][unreliable source?]

In 1982, Vice President George H. W. Bush and his aides began pushing for the involvement of the CIA and U.S. military in drug interdiction efforts.[47]

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) was originally established by the National Narcotics Leadership Act of 1988,[48][49] which mandated a national anti-drug media campaign for youth, which would later become the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.[50] The director of ONDCP is commonly known as the Drug czar,[37] and it was first implemented in 1989 under President George H. W. Bush,[51] and raised to cabinet-level status by Bill Clinton in 1993.[52] These activities were subsequently funded by the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act of 1998.[53][54] The Drug-Free Media Campaign Act of 1998 codified the campaign at 21 U.S.C.1708.[55]

The Global Commission on Drug Policy released a report on June 2, 2011, alleging that “The War On Drugs Has Failed.” The commissioned was made up of 22 self-appointed members including a number of prominent international politicians and writers. U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin also released the first ever National Prevention Strategy.[56]

On May 21, 2012, the U.S. Government published an updated version of its Drug Policy.[57] The director of ONDCP stated simultaneously that this policy is something different from the “War on Drugs”:

At the same meeting was a declaration signed by the representatives of Italy, the Russian Federation, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States in line with this: “Our approach must be a balanced one, combining effective enforcement to restrict the supply of drugs, with efforts to reduce demand and build recovery; supporting people to live a life free of addiction.”[59]

In March 2016 the International Narcotics Control Board stated that the International Drug Control treaties do not mandate a “war on drugs.”[60]

According to Human Rights Watch, the War on Drugs caused soaring arrest rates that disproportionately targeted African Americans due to various factors.[62] John Ehrlichman, an aide to Nixon, said that Nixon used the war on drugs to criminalize and disrupt black and hippie communities and their leaders.[63]

The present state of incarceration in the U.S. as a result of the war on drugs arrived in several stages. By 1971, different stops on drugs had been implemented for more than 50 years (for e.g. since 1914, 1937 etc.) with only a very small increase of inmates per 100,000 citizens. During the first 9 years after Nixon coined the expression “War on Drugs”, statistics showed only a minor increase in the total number of imprisoned.

After 1980, the situation began to change. In the 1980s, while the number of arrests for all crimes had risen by 28%, the number of arrests for drug offenses rose 126%.[64] The result of increased demand was the development of privatization and the for-profit prison industry.[65] The US Department of Justice, reporting on the effects of state initiatives, has stated that, from 1990 through 2000, “the increasing number of drug offenses accounted for 27% of the total growth among black inmates, 7% of the total growth among Hispanic inmates, and 15% of the growth among white inmates.” In addition to prison or jail, the United States provides for the deportation of many non-citizens convicted of drug offenses.[66]

In 1994, the New England Journal of Medicine reported that the “War on Drugs” resulted in the incarceration of one million Americans each year.[67] In 2008, the Washington Post reported that of 1.5 million Americans arrested each year for drug offenses, half a million would be incarcerated.[68] In addition, one in five black Americans would spend time behind bars due to drug laws.[68]

Federal and state policies also impose collateral consequences on those convicted of drug offenses, such as denial of public benefits or licenses, that are not applicable to those convicted of other types of crime.[69] In particular, the passage of the 1990 SolomonLautenberg amendment led many states to impose mandatory driver’s license suspensions (of at least 6 months) for persons committing a drug offense, regardless of whether any motor vehicle was involved.[70][71] Approximately 191,000 licenses were suspended in this manner in 2016, according to a Prison Policy Initiative report.[72]

In 1986, the U.S. Congress passed laws that created a 100 to 1 sentencing disparity for the trafficking or possession of crack when compared to penalties for trafficking of powder cocaine,[73][74][75][76] which had been widely criticized as discriminatory against minorities, mostly blacks, who were more likely to use crack than powder cocaine.[77] This 100:1 ratio had been required under federal law since 1986.[78] Persons convicted in federal court of possession of 5grams of crack cocaine received a minimum mandatory sentence of 5 years in federal prison. On the other hand, possession of 500grams of powder cocaine carries the same sentence.[74][75] In 2010, the Fair Sentencing Act cut the sentencing disparity to 18:1.[77]

According to Human Rights Watch, crime statistics show thatin the United States in 1999compared to non-minorities, African Americans were far more likely to be arrested for drug crimes, and received much stiffer penalties and sentences.[79]

Statistics from 1998 show that there were wide racial disparities in arrests, prosecutions, sentencing and deaths. African-American drug users made up for 35% of drug arrests, 55% of convictions, and 74% of people sent to prison for drug possession crimes.[74] Nationwide African-Americans were sent to state prisons for drug offenses 13 times more often than other races,[80] even though they only supposedly comprised 13% of regular drug users.[74]

Anti-drug legislation over time has also displayed an apparent racial bias. University of Minnesota Professor and social justice author Michael Tonry writes, “The War on Drugs foreseeably and unnecessarily blighted the lives of hundreds and thousands of young disadvantaged black Americans and undermined decades of effort to improve the life chances of members of the urban black underclass.”[81]

In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson decided that the government needed to make an effort to curtail the social unrest that blanketed the country at the time. He decided to focus his efforts on illegal drug use, an approach which was in line with expert opinion on the subject at the time. In the 1960s, it was believed that at least half of the crime in the U.S. was drug related, and this number grew as high as 90 percent in the next decade.[82] He created the Reorganization Plan of 1968 which merged the Bureau of Narcotics and the Bureau of Drug Abuse to form the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs within the Department of Justice.[83] The belief during this time about drug use was summarized by journalist Max Lerner in his celebrated[citation needed] work America as a Civilization (1957):

As a case in point we may take the known fact of the prevalence of reefer and dope addiction in Negro areas. This is essentially explained in terms of poverty, slum living, and broken families, yet it would be easy to show the lack of drug addiction among other ethnic groups where the same conditions apply.[84]

Richard Nixon became president in 1969, and did not back away from the anti-drug precedent set by Johnson. Nixon began orchestrating drug raids nationwide to improve his “watchdog” reputation. Lois B. Defleur, a social historian who studied drug arrests during this period in Chicago, stated that, “police administrators indicated they were making the kind of arrests the public wanted”. Additionally, some of Nixon’s newly created drug enforcement agencies would resort to illegal practices to make arrests as they tried to meet public demand for arrest numbers. From 1972 to 1973, the Office of Drug Abuse and Law Enforcement performed 6,000 drug arrests in 18 months, the majority of the arrested black.[85]

The next two Presidents, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, responded with programs that were essentially a continuation of their predecessors. Shortly after Ronald Reagan became President in 1981 he delivered a speech on the topic. Reagan announced, “We’re taking down the surrender flag that has flown over so many drug efforts; we’re running up a battle flag.”[86] For his first five years in office, Reagan slowly strengthened drug enforcement by creating mandatory minimum sentencing and forfeiture of cash and real estate for drug offenses, policies far more detrimental to poor blacks than any other sector affected by the new laws.[citation needed]

Then, driven by the 1986 cocaine overdose of black basketball star Len Bias,[dubious discuss] Reagan was able to pass the Anti-Drug Abuse Act through Congress. This legislation appropriated an additional $1.7 billion to fund the War on Drugs. More importantly, it established 29 new, mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses. In the entire history of the country up until that point, the legal system had only seen 55 minimum sentences in total.[87] A major stipulation of the new sentencing rules included different mandatory minimums for powder and crack cocaine. At the time of the bill, there was public debate as to the difference in potency and effect of powder cocaine, generally used by whites, and crack cocaine, generally used by blacks, with many believing that “crack” was substantially more powerful and addictive. Crack and powder cocaine are closely related chemicals, crack being a smokeable, freebase form of powdered cocaine hydrochloride which produces a shorter, more intense high while using less of the drug. This method is more cost effective, and therefore more prevalent on the inner-city streets, while powder cocaine remains more popular in white suburbia. The Reagan administration began shoring public opinion against “crack”, encouraging DEA official Robert Putnam to play up the harmful effects of the drug. Stories of “crack whores” and “crack babies” became commonplace; by 1986, Time had declared “crack” the issue of the year.[88] Riding the wave of public fervor, Reagan established much harsher sentencing for crack cocaine, handing down stiffer felony penalties for much smaller amounts of the drug.[89]

Reagan protg and former Vice-President George H. W. Bush was next to occupy the oval office, and the drug policy under his watch held true to his political background. Bush maintained the hard line drawn by his predecessor and former boss, increasing narcotics regulation when the First National Drug Control Strategy was issued by the Office of National Drug Control in 1989.[90]

The next three presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama continued this trend, maintaining the War on Drugs as they inherited it upon taking office.[91] During this time of passivity by the federal government, it was the states that initiated controversial legislation in the War on Drugs. Racial bias manifested itself in the states through such controversial policies as the “stop and frisk” police practices in New York city and the “three strikes” felony laws began in California in 1994.[92]

In August 2010, President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act into law that dramatically reduced the 100-to-1 sentencing disparity between powder and crack cocaine, which disproportionately affected minorities.[93]

Commonly used illegal drugs include heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and, marijuana.

Heroin is an opiate that is highly addictive. If caught selling or possessing heroin, a perpetrator can be charged with a felony and face twofour years in prison and could be fined to a maximum of $20,000.[94]

Crystal meth is composed of methamphetamine hydrochloride. It is marketed as either a white powder or in a solid (rock) form. The possession of crystal meth can result in a punishment varying from a fine to a jail sentence. As with other drug crimes, sentencing length may increase depending on the amount of the drug found in the possession of the defendant.[95]

Cocaine possession is illegal across the U.S., with the cheaper crack cocaine incurring even greater penalties. Having possession is when the accused knowingly has it on their person, or in a backpack or purse. The possession of cocaine with no prior conviction, for the first offense, the person will be sentenced to a maximum of one year in prison or fined $1,000, or both. If the person has a prior conviction, whether it is a narcotic or cocaine, they will be sentenced to two years in prison, a $2,500 fine, or both. With two or more convictions of possession prior to this present offense, they can be sentenced to 90 days in prison along with a $5,000 fine.[96]

Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug worldwide. The punishment for possession of it is less than for the possession of cocaine or heroin. In some U.S. states, the drug is legal. Over 80 million Americans have tried marijuana. The Criminal Defense Lawyer article claims that, depending on the age of person and how much the person has been caught for possession, they will be fined and could plea bargain into going to a treatment program versus going to prison. In each state the convictions differ along with how much marijuana they have on their person.[97]

Some scholars have claimed that the phrase “War on Drugs” is propaganda cloaking an extension of earlier military or paramilitary operations.[9] Others have argued that large amounts of “drug war” foreign aid money, training, and equipment actually goes to fighting leftist insurgencies and is often provided to groups who themselves are involved in large-scale narco-trafficking, such as corrupt members of the Colombian military.[8]

From 1963 to the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, marijuana usage became common among U.S. soldiers in non-combat situations. Some servicemen also used heroin. Many of the servicemen ended the heroin use after returning to the United States but came home addicted. In 1971, the U.S. military conducted a study of drug use among American servicemen and women. It found that daily usage rates for drugs on a worldwide basis were as low as two percent.[98] However, in the spring of 1971, two congressmen released an alarming report alleging that 15% of the servicemen in Vietnam were addicted to heroin. Marijuana use was also common in Vietnam. Soldiers who used drugs had more disciplinary problems. The frequent drug use had become an issue for the commanders in Vietnam; in 1971 it was estimated that 30,000 servicemen were addicted to drugs, most of them to heroin.[11]

From 1971 on, therefore, returning servicemen were required to take a mandatory heroin test. Servicemen who tested positive upon returning from Vietnam were not allowed to return home until they had passed the test with a negative result. The program also offered a treatment for heroin addicts.[99]

Elliot Borin’s article “The U.S. Military Needs its Speed”published in Wired on February 10, 2003reports:

But the Defense Department, which distributed millions of amphetamine tablets to troops during World War II, Vietnam and the Gulf War, soldiers on, insisting that they are not only harmless but beneficial.

In a news conference held in connection with Schmidt and Umbach’s Article 32 hearing, Dr. Pete Demitry, an Air Force physician and a pilot, claimed that the “Air Force has used (Dexedrine) safely for 60 years” with “no known speed-related mishaps.”

The need for speed, Demitry added “is a life-and-death issue for our military.”[100]

One of the first anti-drug efforts in the realm of foreign policy was President Nixon’s Operation Intercept, announced in September 1969, targeted at reducing the amount of cannabis entering the United States from Mexico. The effort began with an intense inspection crackdown that resulted in an almost shutdown of cross-border traffic.[101] Because the burden on border crossings was controversial in border states, the effort only lasted twenty days.[102]

On December 20, 1989, the United States invaded Panama as part of Operation Just Cause, which involved 25,000 American troops. Gen. Manuel Noriega, head of the government of Panama, had been giving military assistance to Contra groups in Nicaragua at the request of the U.S. which, in exchange, tolerated his drug trafficking activities, which they had known about since the 1960s.[103][104] When the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) tried to indict Noriega in 1971, the CIA prevented them from doing so.[103] The CIA, which was then directed by future president George H. W. Bush, provided Noriega with hundreds of thousands of dollars per year as payment for his work in Latin America.[103] When CIA pilot Eugene Hasenfus was shot down over Nicaragua by the Sandinistas, documents aboard the plane revealed many of the CIA’s activities in Latin America, and the CIA’s connections with Noriega became a public relations “liability” for the U.S. government, which finally allowed the DEA to indict him for drug trafficking, after decades of tolerating his drug operations.[103] Operation Just Cause, whose purpose was to capture Noriega and overthrow his government; Noriega found temporary asylum in the Papal Nuncio, and surrendered to U.S. soldiers on January 3, 1990.[105] He was sentenced by a court in Miami to 45 years in prison.[103]

As part of its Plan Colombia program, the United States government currently provides hundreds of millions of dollars per year of military aid, training, and equipment to Colombia,[106] to fight left-wing guerrillas such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP), which has been accused of being involved in drug trafficking.[107]

Private U.S. corporations have signed contracts to carry out anti-drug activities as part of Plan Colombia. DynCorp, the largest private company involved, was among those contracted by the State Department, while others signed contracts with the Defense Department.[108]

Colombian military personnel have received extensive counterinsurgency training from U.S. military and law enforcement agencies, including the School of Americas (SOA). Author Grace Livingstone has stated that more Colombian SOA graduates have been implicated in human rights abuses than currently known SOA graduates from any other country. All of the commanders of the brigades highlighted in a 2001 Human Rights Watch report on Colombia were graduates of the SOA, including the III brigade in Valle del Cauca, where the 2001 Alto Naya Massacre occurred. US-trained officers have been accused of being directly or indirectly involved in many atrocities during the 1990s, including the Massacre of Trujillo and the 1997 Mapiripn Massacre.

In 2000, the Clinton administration initially waived all but one of the human rights conditions attached to Plan Colombia, considering such aid as crucial to national security at the time.[109]

The efforts of U.S. and Colombian governments have been criticized for focusing on fighting leftist guerrillas in southern regions without applying enough pressure on right-wing paramilitaries and continuing drug smuggling operations in the north of the country.[110][111] Human Rights Watch, congressional committees and other entities have documented the existence of connections between members of the Colombian military and the AUC, which the U.S. government has listed as a terrorist group, and that Colombian military personnel have committed human rights abuses which would make them ineligible for U.S. aid under current laws.[citation needed]

In 2010, the Washington Office on Latin America concluded that both Plan Colombia and the Colombian government’s security strategy “came at a high cost in lives and resources, only did part of the job, are yielding diminishing returns and have left important institutions weaker.”[112]

A 2014 report by the RAND Corporation, which was issued to analyze viable strategies for the Mexican drug war considering successes experienced in Columbia, noted:

Between 1999 and 2002, the United States gave Colombia $2.04 billion in aid, 81 percent of which was for military purposes, placing Colombia just below Israel and Egypt among the largest recipients of U.S. military assistance. Colombia increased its defense spending from 3.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2000 to 4.19 percent in 2005. Overall, the results were extremely positive. Greater spending on infrastructure and social programs helped the Colombian government increase its political legitimacy, while improved security forces were better able to consolidate control over large swaths of the country previously overrun by insurgents and drug cartels.

It also notes that, “Plan Colombia has been widely hailed as a success, and some analysts believe that, by 2010, Colombian security forces had finally gained the upper hand once and for all.”[113]

The Mrida Initiative is a security cooperation between the United States and the government of Mexico and the countries of Central America. It was approved on June 30, 2008, and its stated aim is combating the threats of drug trafficking and transnational crime. The Mrida Initiative appropriated $1.4 billion in a three-year commitment (20082010) to the Mexican government for military and law enforcement training and equipment, as well as technical advice and training to strengthen the national justice systems. The Mrida Initiative targeted many very important government officials, but it failed to address the thousands of Central Americans who had to flee their countries due to the danger they faced everyday because of the war on drugs. There is still not any type of plan that addresses these people. No weapons are included in the plan.[114][115]

The United States regularly sponsors the spraying of large amounts of herbicides such as glyphosate over the jungles of Central and South America as part of its drug eradication programs. Environmental consequences resulting from aerial fumigation have been criticized as detrimental to some of the world’s most fragile ecosystems;[116] the same aerial fumigation practices are further credited with causing health problems in local populations.[117]

In 2012, the U.S. sent DEA agents to Honduras to assist security forces in counternarcotics operations. Honduras has been a major stop for drug traffickers, who use small planes and landing strips hidden throughout the country to transport drugs. The U.S. government made agreements with several Latin American countries to share intelligence and resources to counter the drug trade. DEA agents, working with other U.S. agencies such as the State Department, the CBP, and Joint Task Force-Bravo, assisted Honduras troops in conducting raids on traffickers’ sites of operation.[118]

The War on Drugs has been a highly contentious issue since its inception. A poll on October 2, 2008, found that three in four Americans believed that the War On Drugs was failing.[119]

At a meeting in Guatemala in 2012, three former presidents from Guatemala, Mexico and Colombia said that the war on drugs had failed and that they would propose a discussion on alternatives, including decriminalization, at the Summit of the Americas in April of that year.[120] Guatemalan President Otto Prez Molina said that the war on drugs was exacting too high a price on the lives of Central Americans and that it was time to “end the taboo on discussing decriminalization”.[121] At the summit, the government of Colombia pushed for the most far-reaching change to drugs policy since the war on narcotics was declared by Nixon four decades prior, citing the catastrophic effects it had had in Colombia.[122]

Several critics have compared the wholesale incarceration of the dissenting minority of drug users to the wholesale incarceration of other minorities in history. Psychiatrist Thomas Szasz, for example, writes in 1997 “Over the past thirty years, we have replaced the medical-political persecution of illegal sex users (‘perverts’ and ‘psychopaths’) with the even more ferocious medical-political persecution of illegal drug users.”[123]

Penalties for drug crimes among American youth almost always involve permanent or semi-permanent removal from opportunities for education, strip them of voting rights, and later involve creation of criminal records which make employment more difficult.[124] Thus, some authors maintain that the War on Drugs has resulted in the creation of a permanent underclass of people who have few educational or job opportunities, often as a result of being punished for drug offenses which in turn have resulted from attempts to earn a living in spite of having no education or job opportunities.[124]

According to a 2008 study published by Harvard economist Jeffrey A. Miron, the annual savings on enforcement and incarceration costs from the legalization of drugs would amount to roughly $41.3 billion, with $25.7 billion being saved among the states and over $15.6 billion accrued for the federal government. Miron further estimated at least $46.7 billion in tax revenue based on rates comparable to those on tobacco and alcohol ($8.7 billion from marijuana, $32.6 billion from cocaine and heroin, remainder from other drugs).[125]

Low taxation in Central American countries has been credited with weakening the region’s response in dealing with drug traffickers. Many cartels, especially Los Zetas have taken advantage of the limited resources of these nations. 2010 tax revenue in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, composed just 13.53% of GDP. As a comparison, in Chile and the U.S., taxes were 18.6% and 26.9% of GDP respectively. However, direct taxes on income are very hard to enforce and in some cases tax evasion is seen as a national pastime.[126]

The status of coca and coca growers has become an intense political issue in several countries, including Colombia and particularly Bolivia, where the president, Evo Morales, a former coca growers’ union leader, has promised to legalise the traditional cultivation and use of coca.[127] Indeed, legalization efforts have yielded some successes under the Morales administration when combined with aggressive and targeted eradication efforts. The country saw a 1213% decline in coca cultivation[127] in 2011 under Morales, who has used coca growers’ federations to ensure compliance with the law rather than providing a primary role for security forces.[127]

The coca eradication policy has been criticised for its negative impact on the livelihood of coca growers in South America. In many areas of South America the coca leaf has traditionally been chewed and used in tea and for religious, medicinal and nutritional purposes by locals.[128] For this reason many insist that the illegality of traditional coca cultivation is unjust. In many areas the U.S. government and military has forced the eradication of coca without providing for any meaningful alternative crop for farmers, and has additionally destroyed many of their food or market crops, leaving them starving and destitute.[128]

The CIA, DEA, State Department, and several other U.S. government agencies have been alleged to have relations with various groups which are involved in drug trafficking.

Senator John Kerry’s 1988 U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations report on Contra drug links concludes that members of the U.S. State Department “who provided support for the Contras are involved in drug trafficking… and elements of the Contras themselves knowingly receive financial and material assistance from drug traffickers.”[129] The report further states that “the Contra drug links include… payments to drug traffickers by the U.S. State Department of funds authorized by the Congress for humanitarian assistance to the Contras, in some cases after the traffickers had been indicted by federal law enforcement agencies on drug charges, in others while traffickers were under active investigation by these same agencies.”

In 1996, journalist Gary Webb published reports in the San Jose Mercury News, and later in his book Dark Alliance, detailing how Contras, had been involved in distributing crack cocaine into Los Angeles whilst receiving money from the CIA.[citation needed] Contras used money from drug trafficking to buy weapons.[citation needed]

Webb’s premise regarding the U.S. Government connection was initially attacked at the time by the media. It is now widely accepted that Webb’s main assertion of government “knowledge of drug operations, and collaboration with and protection of known drug traffickers” was correct.[130][not in citation given] In 1998, CIA Inspector General Frederick Hitz published a two-volume report[131] that while seemingly refuting Webb’s claims of knowledge and collaboration in its conclusions did not deny them in its body.[citation needed] Hitz went on to admit CIA improprieties in the affair in testimony to a House congressional committee. There has been a reversal amongst mainstream media of its position on Webb’s work, with acknowledgement made of his contribution to exposing a scandal it had ignored.

According to Rodney Campbell, an editorial assistant to Nelson Rockefeller, during World War II, the United States Navy, concerned that strikes and labor disputes in U.S. eastern shipping ports would disrupt wartime logistics, released the mobster Lucky Luciano from prison, and collaborated with him to help the mafia take control of those ports. Labor union members were terrorized and murdered by mafia members as a means of preventing labor unrest and ensuring smooth shipping of supplies to Europe.[132]

According to Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, in order to prevent Communist party members from being elected in Italy following World War II, the CIA worked closely with the Sicilian Mafia, protecting them and assisting in their worldwide heroin smuggling operations. The mafia was in conflict with leftist groups and was involved in assassinating, torturing, and beating leftist political organizers.[133]

In 1986, the US Defense Department funded a two-year study by the RAND Corporation, which found that the use of the armed forces to interdict drugs coming into the United States would have little or no effect on cocaine traffic and might, in fact, raise the profits of cocaine cartels and manufacturers. The 175-page study, “Sealing the Borders: The Effects of Increased Military Participation in Drug Interdiction”, was prepared by seven researchers, mathematicians and economists at the National Defense Research Institute, a branch of the RAND, and was released in 1988. The study noted that seven prior studies in the past nine years, including one by the Center for Naval Research and the Office of Technology Assessment, had come to similar conclusions. Interdiction efforts, using current armed forces resources, would have almost no effect on cocaine importation into the United States, the report concluded.[135]

During the early-to-mid-1990s, the Clinton administration ordered and funded a major cocaine policy study, again by RAND. The Rand Drug Policy Research Center study concluded that $3 billion should be switched from federal and local law enforcement to treatment. The report said that treatment is the cheapest way to cut drug use, stating that drug treatment is twenty-three times more effective than the supply-side “war on drugs”.[136]

The National Research Council Committee on Data and Research for Policy on Illegal Drugs published its findings in 2001 on the efficacy of the drug war. The NRC Committee found that existing studies on efforts to address drug usage and smuggling, from U.S. military operations to eradicate coca fields in Colombia, to domestic drug treatment centers, have all been inconclusive, if the programs have been evaluated at all: “The existing drug-use monitoring systems are strikingly inadequate to support the full range of policy decisions that the nation must make…. It is unconscionable for this country to continue to carry out a public policy of this magnitude and cost without any way of knowing whether and to what extent it is having the desired effect.”[137] The study, though not ignored by the press, was ignored by top-level policymakers, leading Committee Chair Charles Manski to conclude, as one observer notes, that “the drug war has no interest in its own results”.[138]

In mid-1995, the US government tried to reduce the supply of methamphetamine precursors to disrupt the market of this drug. According to a 2009 study, this effort was successful, but its effects were largely temporary.[139]

During alcohol prohibition, the period from 1920 to 1933, alcohol use initially fell but began to increase as early as 1922. It has been extrapolated that even if prohibition had not been repealed in 1933, alcohol consumption would have quickly surpassed pre-prohibition levels.[140] One argument against the War on Drugs is that it uses similar measures as Prohibition and is no more effective.

In the six years from 2000 to 2006, the U.S. spent $4.7 billion on Plan Colombia, an effort to eradicate coca production in Colombia. The main result of this effort was to shift coca production into more remote areas and force other forms of adaptation. The overall acreage cultivated for coca in Colombia at the end of the six years was found to be the same, after the U.S. Drug Czar’s office announced a change in measuring methodology in 2005 and included new areas in its surveys.[141] Cultivation in the neighboring countries of Peru and Bolivia increased, some would describe this effect like squeezing a balloon.[142]

Richard Davenport-Hines, in his book The Pursuit of Oblivion,[143] criticized the efficacy of the War on Drugs by pointing out that

1015% of illicit heroin and 30% of illicit cocaine is intercepted. Drug traffickers have gross profit margins of up to 300%. At least 75% of illicit drug shipments would have to be intercepted before the traffickers’ profits were hurt.

Alberto Fujimori, president of Peru from 1990 to 2000, described U.S. foreign drug policy as “failed” on grounds that “for 10 years, there has been a considerable sum invested by the Peruvian government and another sum on the part of the American government, and this has not led to a reduction in the supply of coca leaf offered for sale. Rather, in the 10 years from 1980 to 1990, it grew 10-fold.”[144]

At least 500 economists, including Nobel Laureates Milton Friedman,[145] George Akerlof and Vernon L. Smith, have noted that reducing the supply of marijuana without reducing the demand causes the price, and hence the profits of marijuana sellers, to go up, according to the laws of supply and demand.[146] The increased profits encourage the producers to produce more drugs despite the risks, providing a theoretical explanation for why attacks on drug supply have failed to have any lasting effect. The aforementioned economists published an open letter to President George W. Bush stating “We urge…the country to commence an open and honest debate about marijuana prohibition… At a minimum, this debate will force advocates of current policy to show that prohibition has benefits sufficient to justify the cost to taxpayers, foregone tax revenues and numerous ancillary consequences that result from marijuana prohibition.”

The declaration from the World Forum Against Drugs, 2008 state that a balanced policy of drug abuse prevention, education, treatment, law enforcement, research, and supply reduction provides the most effective platform to reduce drug abuse and its associated harms and call on governments to consider demand reduction as one of their first priorities in the fight against drug abuse.[147]

Despite over $7 billion spent annually towards arresting[148] and prosecuting nearly 800,000 people across the country for marijuana offenses in 2005[citation needed] (FBI Uniform Crime Reports), the federally funded Monitoring the Future Survey reports about 85% of high school seniors find marijuana “easy to obtain”. That figure has remained virtually unchanged since 1975, never dropping below 82.7% in three decades of national surveys.[149] The Drug Enforcement Administration states that the number of users of marijuana in the U.S. declined between 2000 and 2005 even with many states passing new medical marijuana laws making access easier,[150] though usage rates remain higher than they were in the 1990s according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.[151]

ONDCP stated in April 2011 that there has been a 46 percent drop in cocaine use among young adults over the past five years, and a 65 percent drop in the rate of people testing positive for cocaine in the workplace since 2006.[152] At the same time, a 2007 study found that up to 35% of college undergraduates used stimulants not prescribed to them.[153]

A 2013 study found that prices of heroin, cocaine and cannabis had decreased from 1990 to 2007, but the purity of these drugs had increased during the same time.[154]

The War on Drugs is often called a policy failure.[155][156][157][158][159]

The legality of the War on Drugs has been challenged on four main grounds in the U.S.

Several authors believe that the United States’ federal and state governments have chosen wrong methods for combatting the distribution of illicit substances. Aggressive, heavy-handed enforcement funnels individuals through courts and prisons; instead of treating the cause of the addiction, the focus of government efforts has been on punishment. By making drugs illegal rather than regulating them, the War on Drugs creates a highly profitable black market. Jefferson Fish has edited scholarly collections of articles offering a wide variety of public health based and rights based alternative drug policies.[160][161][162]

In the year 2000, the United States drug-control budget reached 18.4 billion dollars,[163] nearly half of which was spent financing law enforcement while only one sixth was spent on treatment. In the year 2003, 53 percent of the requested drug control budget was for enforcement, 29 percent for treatment, and 18 percent for prevention.[164] The state of New York, in particular, designated 17 percent of its budget towards substance-abuse-related spending. Of that, a mere one percent was put towards prevention, treatment, and research.

In a survey taken by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), it was found that substance abusers that remain in treatment longer are less likely to resume their former drug habits. Of the people that were studied, 66 percent were cocaine users. After experiencing long-term in-patient treatment, only 22 percent returned to the use of cocaine. Treatment had reduced the number of cocaine abusers by two-thirds.[163] By spending the majority of its money on law enforcement, the federal government had underestimated the true value of drug-treatment facilities and their benefit towards reducing the number of addicts in the U.S.

In 2004 the federal government issued the National Drug Control Strategy. It supported programs designed to expand treatment options, enhance treatment delivery, and improve treatment outcomes. For example, the Strategy provided SAMHSA with a $100.6 million grant to put towards their Access to Recovery (ATR) initiative. ATR is a program that provides vouchers to addicts to provide them with the means to acquire clinical treatment or recovery support. The project’s goals are to expand capacity, support client choice, and increase the array of faith-based and community based providers for clinical treatment and recovery support services.[165] The ATR program will also provide a more flexible array of services based on the individual’s treatment needs.

The 2004 Strategy additionally declared a significant 32 million dollar raise in the Drug Courts Program, which provides drug offenders with alternatives to incarceration. As a substitute for imprisonment, drug courts identify substance-abusing offenders and place them under strict court monitoring and community supervision, as well as provide them with long-term treatment services.[166] According to a report issued by the National Drug Court Institute, drug courts have a wide array of benefits, with only 16.4 percent of the nation’s drug court graduates rearrested and charged with a felony within one year of completing the program (versus the 44.1% of released prisoners who end up back in prison within 1-year). Additionally, enrolling an addict in a drug court program costs much less than incarcerating one in prison.[167] According to the Bureau of Prisons, the fee to cover the average cost of incarceration for Federal inmates in 2006 was $24,440.[168] The annual cost of receiving treatment in a drug court program ranges from $900 to $3,500. Drug courts in New York State alone saved $2.54 million in incarceration costs.[167]

Describing the failure of the War on Drugs, New York Times columnist Eduardo Porter noted:

Jeffrey Miron, an economist at Harvard who studies drug policy closely, has suggested that legalizing all illicit drugs would produce net benefits to the United States of some $65 billion a year, mostly by cutting public spending on enforcement as well as through reduced crime and corruption. A study by analysts at the RAND Corporation, a California research organization, suggested that if marijuana were legalized in California and the drug spilled from there to other states, Mexican drug cartels would lose about a fifth of their annual income of some $6.5 billion from illegal exports to the United States.[169]

Many believe that the War on Drugs has been costly and ineffective largely because inadequate emphasis is placed on treatment of addiction. The United States leads the world in both recreational drug usage and incarceration rates. 70% of men arrested in metropolitan areas test positive for an illicit substance,[170] and 54% of all men incarcerated will be repeat offenders.[171]

There are also programs in the United States to combat public health risks of injecting drug users such as the Needle exchange programme. The “needle exchange programme” is intended to provide injecting drug users with new needles in exchange for used needles to prevent needle sharing.

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The War on Drugs is an American indie rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formed in 2005. The band consists of Adam Granduciel (lyrics, vocals, guitar), David Hartley (bass), Robbie Bennett (keyboards), Charlie Hall (drums), Jon Natchez (saxophone, keyboards) and Anthony LaMarca (guitar).

Founded by close collaborators Granduciel and Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs released their debut studio album, Wagonwheel Blues, in 2008. Vile departed shortly after its release to focus on his solo career. The band’s second studio album Slave Ambient was released in 2011 to favorable reviews and extensive touring.

The band’s third album, Lost in the Dream, was released in 2014 following extensive touring and a period of loneliness and depression for primary songwriter Granduciel. The album was released to widespread critical acclaim and increased exposure. Previous collaborator Hall joined the band as its full-time drummer during the recording process, with saxophonist Natchez and additional guitarist LaMarca accompanying the band for its world tour. Signing to Atlantic Records, the six-piece band released their fourth album, A Deeper Understanding, in 2017, which won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

In 2003, frontman Adam Granduciel moved from Oakland, California to Philadelphia, where he met Kurt Vile, who had also recently moved back to Philadelphia after living in Boston for two years.[2] The duo subsequently began writing, recording and performing music together.[3] Vile stated, “Adam was the first dude I met when I moved back to Philadelphia in 2003. We saw eye-to-eye on a lot of things. I was obsessed with Bob Dylan at the time, and we totally geeked-out on that. We started playing together in the early days and he would be in my band, The Violators. Then, eventually I played in The War On Drugs.”[4]

Granduciel and Vile began playing together as The War on Drugs in 2005. Regarding the band’s name, Granduciel noted, “My friend Julian and I came up with it a few years ago over a couple bottles of red wine and a few typewriters when we were living in Oakland. We were writing a lot back then, working on a dictionary, and it just came out and we were like “hey, good band name” so eventually when I moved to Philadelphia and got a band together I used it. It was either that or The Rigatoni Danzas. I think we made the right choice. I always felt though that it was the kind of name I could record all sorts of different music under without any sort of predictability inherent in the name”[5]

While Vile and Granduciel formed the backbone of the band, they had a number of accompanists early in the group’s career, before finally settling on a lineup that added Charlie Hall as drummer/organist, Kyle Lloyd as drummer and Dave Hartley on bass.[6] Granduciel had previously toured and recorded with The Capitol Years, and Vile has several solo albums.[7] The group gave away its Barrel of Batteries EP for free early in 2008.[8] Their debut LP for Secretly Canadian, Wagonwheel Blues, was released in 2008.[9]

Following the album’s release, and subsequent European tour, Vile departed from the band to focus on his solo career, stating, “I only went on the first European tour when their album came out, and then I basically left the band. I knew if I stuck with that, it would be all my time and my goal was to have my own musical career.”[4] Fellow Kurt Vile & the Violators bandmate Mike Zanghi joined the band at this time, with Vile noting, “Mike was my drummer first and then when The War On Drugs’ first record came out I thought I was lending Mike to Adam for the European tour but then he just played with them all the time so I kind of had to like, while they were touring a lot, figure out my own thing.”[10]

The lineup underwent several changes, and by the end of 2008, Kurt Vile, Charlie Hall, and Kyle Lloyd had all exited the group. At that time Granduciel and Hartley were joined by drummer Mike Zanghi, whom Granduciel also played with in Kurt Vile’s backing band, the Violators.

After recording much of the band’s forthcoming studio album, Slave Ambient, Zanghi departed from the band in 2010. Drummer Steven Urgo subsequently joined the band, with keyboardist Robbie Bennett also joining at around this time. Regarding Zanghi’s exit, Granduciel noted: “I loved Mike, and I loved the sound of The Violators, but then he wasn’t really the sound of my band. But you have things like friendship, and he’s down to tour and he’s a great guy, but it wasn’t the sound of what this band was.”[11]

Slave Ambient was released to favorable reviews in 2011.[citation needed]

In 2012, Patrick Berkery replaced Urgo as the band’s drummer.[12]

On December 4, 2013 the band announced the upcoming release of its third studio album, Lost in the Dream (March 18, 2014). The band streamed the album in its entirety on NPR’s First Listen site for a week before its release.[13]

Lost in the Dream was featured as the Vinyl Me, Please record of the month in August 2014. The pressing was a limited edition pressing on mint green colored vinyl.

In June 2015, The War on Drugs signed with Atlantic Records for a two-album deal.[14]

On Record Store Day, April 22, 2017, The War on Drugs released their new single “Thinking of a Place.”[15] The single was produced by frontman Granduciel and Shawn Everett.[16] April 28, 2017, The War on Drugs announced a fall 2017 tour in North America and Europe and that a new album was imminent.[17] On June 1, 2017, a new song, “Holding On”, was released, and it was announced that the album would be titled A Deeper Understanding and was released on August 25, 2017.[18]

The 2017 tour begins in September, opening in the band’s hometown, Philadelphia, and it concludes in November in Sweden.[19]

A Deeper Understanding was nominated for the International Album of the Year award at the 2018 UK Americana Awards[20].

At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, on January 28th, 2018, A Deeper Understanding won the Grammy for Best Rock Album [21]

Granduciel and Zanghi are both former members of founding guitarist Vile’s backing band The Violators, with Granduciel noting, “There was never, despite what lazy journalists have assumed, any sort of falling out, or resentment”[22] following Vile’s departure from The War on Drugs. In 2011, Vile stated, “When my record came out, I assumed Adam would want to focus on The War On Drugs but he came with us in The Violators when we toured the States. The Violators became a unit, and although the cast does rotate, we’ve developed an even tighter unity and sound. Adam is an incredible guitar player these days and there is a certain feeling [between us] that nobody else can tap into. We don’t really have to tell each other what to play, it just happens.”

Both Hartley and Granduciel contributed to singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten’s fourth studio album, Are We There (2014). Hartley performs bass guitar on the entire album, with Granduciel contributing guitar on two tracks.

Granduciel is currently[when?] producing the new Sore Eros album. They have been recording it in Philadelphia and Los Angeles on and off for the past several years.[4]

In 2016, The War on Drugs contributed a cover of “Touch of Grey” for a Grateful Dead tribute album called Day of the Dead. The album was curated by The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner.[19]

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A Brief History of the Drug War | Drug Policy Alliance

This video from hip hop legend Jay Z and acclaimed artist Molly Crabapple depicts the drug wars devastating impact on the Black community from decades of biased law enforcement.

The video traces the drug war from President Nixon to the draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws to the emerging aboveground marijuana market that is poised to make legal millions for wealthy investors doing the same thing that generations of people of color have been arrested and locked up for. After you watch the video, read on to learn more about the discriminatory history of the war on drugs.

Many currently illegal drugs, such as marijuana, opium, coca, and psychedelics have been used for thousands of years for both medical and spiritual purposes. So why are some drugs legal and other drugs illegal today? It’s not based on any scientific assessment of the relative risks of these drugs but it has everything to do with who is associated with these drugs.

The first anti-opium laws in the 1870s were directed at Chinese immigrants. The first anti-cocaine laws in the early 1900s were directed at black men in the South. The first anti-marijuana laws, in the Midwest and the Southwest in the 1910s and 20s, were directed at Mexican migrants and Mexican Americans. Today, Latino and especially black communities are still subject to wildly disproportionate drug enforcement and sentencing practices.

In the 1960s, as drugs became symbols of youthful rebellion, social upheaval, and political dissent, the government halted scientific research to evaluate their medical safety and efficacy.

In June 1971, President Nixon declared a war on drugs. He dramatically increased the size and presence of federal drug control agencies, and pushed through measures such as mandatory sentencing and no-knock warrants.

A top Nixon aide, John Ehrlichman, later admitted: You want to know what this was really all about. The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what Im saying. We knew we couldnt make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.Nixon temporarily placed marijuana in Schedule One, the most restrictive category of drugs, pending review by a commission he appointed led by Republican Pennsylvania Governor Raymond Shafer.

In 1972, the commission unanimously recommended decriminalizing the possession and distribution of marijuana for personal use. Nixon ignored the report and rejected its recommendations.

Between 1973 and 1977, however, eleven states decriminalized marijuana possession. In January 1977, President Jimmy Carter was inaugurated on a campaign platform that included marijuana decriminalization. In October 1977, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use.

Within just a few years, though, the tide had shifted. Proposals to decriminalize marijuana were abandoned as parents became increasingly concerned about high rates of teen marijuana use. Marijuana was ultimately caught up in a broader cultural backlash against the perceived permissiveness of the 1970s.

The presidency of Ronald Reagan marked the start of a long period of skyrocketing rates of incarceration, largely thanks to his unprecedented expansion of the drug war. The number of people behind bars for nonviolent drug law offenses increased from 50,000 in 1980 to over 400,000 by 1997.

Public concern about illicit drug use built throughout the 1980s, largely due to media portrayals of people addicted to the smokeable form of cocaine dubbed crack. Soon after Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, his wife, Nancy Reagan, began a highly-publicized anti-drug campaign, coining the slogan “Just Say No.”

This set the stage for the zero tolerance policies implemented in the mid-to-late 1980s. Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates, who believed that casual drug users should be taken out and shot, founded the DARE drug education program, which was quickly adopted nationwide despite the lack of evidence of its effectiveness. The increasingly harsh drug policies also blocked the expansion of syringe access programs and other harm reduction policies to reduce the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS.

In the late 1980s, a political hysteria about drugs led to the passage of draconian penalties in Congress and state legislatures that rapidly increased the prison population. In 1985, the proportion of Americans polled who saw drug abuse as the nation’s “number one problem” was just 2-6 percent. The figure grew through the remainder of the 1980s until, in September 1989, it reached a remarkable 64 percent one of the most intense fixations by the American public on any issue in polling history. Within less than a year, however, the figure plummeted to less than 10 percent, as the media lost interest. The draconian policies enacted during the hysteria remained, however, and continued to result in escalating levels of arrests and incarceration.

Although Bill Clinton advocated for treatment instead of incarceration during his 1992 presidential campaign, after his first few months in the White House he reverted to the drug war strategies of his Republican predecessors by continuing to escalate the drug war. Notoriously, Clinton rejected a U.S. Sentencing Commission recommendation to eliminate the disparity between crack and powder cocaine sentences.

He also rejected, with the encouragement of drug czar General Barry McCaffrey, Health Secretary Donna Shalalas advice to end the federal ban on funding for syringe access programs. Yet, a month before leaving office, Clinton asserted in a Rolling Stone interview that “we really need a re-examination of our entire policy on imprisonment” of people who use drugs, and said that marijuana use “should be decriminalized.”

At the height of the drug war hysteria in the late 1980s and early 1990s, a movement emerged seeking a new approach to drug policy. In 1987, Arnold Trebach and Kevin Zeese founded the Drug Policy Foundation describing it as the loyal opposition to the war on drugs. Prominent conservatives such as William Buckley and Milton Friedman had long advocated for ending drug prohibition, as had civil libertarians such as longtime ACLU Executive Director Ira Glasser. In the late 1980s they were joined by Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, Federal Judge Robert Sweet, Princeton professor Ethan Nadelmann, and other activists, scholars and policymakers.

In 1994, Nadelmann founded The Lindesmith Center as the first U.S. project of George Soros Open Society Institute. In 2000, the growing Center merged with the Drug Policy Foundation to create the Drug Policy Alliance.

George W. Bush arrived in the White House as the drug war was running out of steam yet he allocated more money than ever to it. His drug czar, John Walters, zealously focused on marijuana and launched a major campaign to promote student drug testing. While rates of illicit drug use remained constant, overdose fatalities rose rapidly.

The era of George W. Bush also witnessed the rapid escalation of the militarization of domestic drug law enforcement. By the end of Bush’s term, there were about 40,000 paramilitary-style SWAT raids on Americans every year mostly for nonviolent drug law offenses, often misdemeanors. While federal reform mostly stalled under Bush, state-level reforms finally began to slow the growth of the drug war.

Politicians now routinely admit to having used marijuana, and even cocaine, when they were younger. When Michael Bloomberg was questioned during his 2001 mayoral campaign about whether he had ever used marijuana, he said, “You bet I did and I enjoyed it.” Barack Obama also candidly discussed his prior cocaine and marijuana use: “When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently that was the point.”

Public opinion has shifted dramatically in favor of sensible reforms that expand health-based approaches while reducing the role of criminalization in drug policy.

Marijuana reform has gained unprecedented momentum throughout the Americas. Alaska, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Maine, Massachusetts, Washington State, and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana for adults. In December 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to legally regulate marijuana. In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans legalize marijuana for adults by 2018.

In response to a worsening overdose epidemic, dozens of U.S. states passed laws to increase access to the overdose antidote, naloxone, as well as 911 Good Samaritan laws to encourage people to seek medical help in the event of an overdose.

Yet the assault on American citizens and others continues, with 700,000 people still arrested for marijuana offenses each year and almost 500,000 people still behind bars for nothing more than a drug law violation.

President Obama, despite supporting several successful policy changes such as reducing the crack/powder sentencing disparity, ending the ban on federal funding for syringe access programs, and ending federal interference with state medical marijuana laws did not shift the majority of drug policy funding to a health-based approach.

Now, the new administration is threatening to take us backward toward a 1980s style drug war. President Trump is calling for a wall to keep drugs out of the country, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made it clear that he does not support the sovereignty of states to legalize marijuana, and believes good people dont smoke marijuana.

Progress is inevitably slow, and even with an administration hostile to reform there is still unprecedented momentum behind drug policy reform in states and localities across the country. The Drug Policy Alliance and its allies will continue to advocate for health-based reforms such as marijuana legalization, drug decriminalization, safe consumption sites, naloxone access, bail reform, and more.

We look forward to a future where drug policies are shaped by science and compassion rather than political hysteria.

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War on Drugs | United States history | Britannica.com

War on Drugs, the effort in the United States since the 1970s to combat illegal drug use by greatly increasing penalties, enforcement, and incarceration for drug offenders.

The War on Drugs began in June 1971 when U.S. Pres. Richard Nixon declared drug abuse to be public enemy number one and increased federal funding for drug-control agencies and drug-treatment efforts. In 1973 the Drug Enforcement Agency was created out of the merger of the Office for Drug Abuse Law Enforcement, the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, and the Office of Narcotics Intelligence to consolidate federal efforts to control drug abuse.

The War on Drugs was a relatively small component of federal law-enforcement efforts until the presidency of Ronald Reagan, which began in 1981. Reagan greatly expanded the reach of the drug war and his focus on criminal punishment over treatment led to a massive increase in incarcerations for nonviolent drug offenses, from 50,000 in 1980 to 400,000 in 1997. In 1984 his wife, Nancy, spearheaded another facet of the War on Drugs with her Just Say No campaign, which was a privately funded effort to educate schoolchildren on the dangers of drug use. The expansion of the War on Drugs was in many ways driven by increased media coverage ofand resulting public nervousness overthe crack epidemic that arose in the early 1980s. This heightened concern over illicit drug use helped drive political support for Reagans hard-line stance on drugs. The U.S. Congress passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, which allocated $1.7 billion to the War on Drugs and established a series of mandatory minimum prison sentences for various drug offenses. A notable feature of mandatory minimums was the massive gap between the amounts of crack and of powder cocaine that resulted in the same minimum sentence: possession of five grams of crack led to an automatic five-year sentence while it took the possession of 500 grams of powder cocaine to trigger that sentence. Since approximately 80% of crack users were African American, mandatory minimums led to an unequal increase of incarceration rates for nonviolent black drug offenders, as well as claims that the War on Drugs was a racist institution.

Concerns over the effectiveness of the War on Drugs and increased awareness of the racial disparity of the punishments meted out by it led to decreased public support of the most draconian aspects of the drug war during the early 21st century. Consequently, reforms were enacted during that time, such as the legalization of recreational marijuana in a number of states and the passage of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 that reduced the discrepancy of crack-to-powder possession thresholds for minimum sentences from 100-to-1 to 18-to-1. While the War on Drugs is still technically being waged, it is done at much less intense level than it was during its peak in the 1980s.

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Litecoin Price Forecast: “Tokyo Whale” Continues to Drive Crypto Sell-Off

Litecoin News Update
Remember when hackers broke into the Mt. Gox exchange? That security breach—which took place several years ago and resulted in the loss of billions in Bitcoin—continues to roil cryptocurrency markets to this day.

In order to understand the story, you have to know the history.

So let’s start with what happened after Mt. Gox was hacked. To begin with, investors were compensated for their loss in fiat currency. Yen instead of Bitcoin, as it were. But then some of the missing Bitcoin were recovered. Over time,.

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Ripple Price Prediction: Q1 Review Shows Korea to Blame for XRP Woes

Ripple News Update
Hopes for an XRP recovery were dashed on Thursday morning as the third-largest cryptocurrency recorded its second consecutive day of losses.

On a more positive note, Ripple was hardly alone. The top 25 cryptocurrencies by market cap plunged as well, with the notable exceptions of TRON and Tether. This downward trend caps off a horrific quarter for XRP prices.

Let’s take a look back over Q1…

At the start of January 2018, the XRP to USD exchange rate reached as high as $3.84. It seems like a distant memory given the bloodbath of the last few months, but it’s important to recap how we arrived at the present situation.

The bearish turn began when.

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Ripple Price Prediction: What an ICO Says About XRP Independence

Ripple News Update
The myth of Ripple controlling the XRP Ledger has haunted XRP prices for years, but an upcoming initial coin offering (ICO) might shift those perceptions.

What am I talking about?

Well, a small Brazilian company called Allvor is launching its own token on the XRP Ledger. Allvor plans on airdropping five percent of its tokens to XRP holders, with the condition that they have owned XRP before March 27, 2018.

This ICO is similar to the hundreds of tokens that launched on Ethereum’s platform, but it might strike people as odd.

One reason is that XRP hasn’t typically hosted ICOs before. Another is that many investors think Ripple.

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