Remember What Happened Right Before 9/11? It's Happening Again.

09/10/202353 Comments

Remember way back in the year 2000, when the Taliban took over large swaths of Afghanistan and set about eradicating the nation's poppy crop that feeds the world opium supply?

Of course you do.

Well, guess what? It's happening again.

That's right. After Uncle Sam's ignominious retreat from the graveyard of empires in 2021, the Taliban infamously regained control of the country and set about reinstituting their campaign to ban the cultivation of opium poppies. And, once again, the results of that ban have been nothing short of remarkable.

In fact, the Taliban's latest anti-poppy campaign is already being hailed as the "most successful counter-narcotics effort in human history" by self-proclaimed Afghanistan experts, with the country's opium production down a jaw-dropping 90% this year.

And since you do remember the story of the Taliban's first successful poppy crop crackdown, then you'll also likely remember how it ended: namely, with the blank check of 9/11 being cashed in on NATO's invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in 2001, leading to the subsequent resurgence of poppy cultivation in the country.

So, are we likely to see history repeating with this next iteration of the Afghan poppy story? Let's find out.

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  1. jo-ann says:

    Unsure about the time given: “a live pirate stream watch along of COVID-911: From Homeland Security to Biosecurity this Sunday night (September 10, 2023) at 9 PM EDT.”

    According to TLAV site, the live pirate stream begins at 12 noon on Sunday, Sept 23.

    • jo-ann says:

      P.S. For those readers who also need a translation from the French:

      From the Web:
      “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” is the equivalent to the English expression “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” · Coined by French political journalist and satirist Alphonse Karr in 1849, this term is a pessimistic observation about society.”

    • jo-ann says:

      Please disregard above comment about my confusion about the time of the live stream.

      At 12 noon the link above videos change from ‘starting momentarily’ to ‘not currently active’. The text explaining the live stream clearly states the start time as 8pm CT (which is 9pm RT).

  2. mkey says:

    Dear sir, I’ll meet you tomorrow, sharp noon, at the O.K. Corral to settle the matter of pronouncing “excerpt” and deliver the final solution for this ongoing verbal onslaught.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      The Mirth, Mayhem and Minor Miracles of Mispronunciation Mishaps – Subscriber Exclusive #116

      I like using that word.
      In Oklahoma they say X Syrup”. Sounds too sweet to me, or just plain syrupy.

      I’m from Texas and allowed by Texas law to poke fun at Oklahoma.

      • Steve Smith says:

        I always pronounce the word excerpt with the “p” sound.
        Excet on those rare occasions when I’m feeling contrary.

        • generalbottlewasher says:

          Steve-0 ,
          ol’ Tom’s funny as barrel a monkeys. He’s no English major like Jimbo.

          I must say Texas legislatures are crazy old coots .
          Your humor far exceeds that of that pumpkin headed syrupy fool commenting above you there, look|^|up.
          Did you see what that horse he rode in on left in the front room. At least in Oklahoma we park em in the pen out by the barn instead of on the couch in the living room.

          • Steve Smith says:

            You should attemt to be more acceting of your southern neighbor’s equine related peccadilloes.
            At least they don’t fraternize with their armadillos.

            Oh wait….

            From “The Armadillo” by Frank Turner, (not Texan)

            Oh, my darling Armadillo
            How delightful it would be
            If for us those silver wedding bells would chime
            Let the orange blossoms billow

      • Steve Smith says:

        While I’m temted to continue, I think I’d better stop.
        I’m fearful that some may find my humor contemtible.

  3. Bill Pritting says:

    Hasn’t opium derived from the poppy plant been replaced with Chinese fentanyl?

    Isn’t fentanyl China’s revenge on the British East India Company’s Opium Wars of the 1800s, of which the American “Boston Brahmin” of New England took part in subjugating China through opium addiction?

    • helanda says:

      “Hasn’t opium derived from the poppy plant been replaced with Chinese fentanyl?”

      I think you are on to something here, and to answer your second paragraph.

      I dont think its revenge, but an co-operation to dull the masses. The court has gone global for some generations now.

      But, you can compare drugs to propaganda.
      Some are prone to the effects, others are not. ( Like James )

      I mean, they could put that shit in the water, or just spray huge clouds of Carfentanil.

      It’s an good ace up your sleeve to have I think.
      Never thought about it before, and I’ve just read about Carfentanil, but I think a couple of tons of Carfentanil should do it. If you are Claus Schwab’s and Jamie Dimon’s boss and, Shit hit that specific fan that is🤣

      And btw, Hi Bill😀

  4. I remember when they were flooding Russia with heroin and Putin was pissed! I want to say 2008ish, around the time of the US backed S. Ossettia massacre. Two of the many acts of war Russia just laid down and took. An interesting tidbit from that story was that the distribution hub for processing and packaging of Afghan heroin was… budumbudump… Kosovo! Could that have been a prediction or just a byproduct? I don’t know, but there are always numerous reasons when the USSA bombs little countries like Serbia (and with Depleted Uranium I might add). Very much like how Honduras became a processing and distribution hub for Colombian cocaine after the 2009 Hillary/Obama coup. How many USSA military bases were built in Colombia during the Obama years again? I’ll bet Larry Sinclair would get a kick out of hearing that story.

    And of course the solution is very very simple and would avoid millions and millions of deaths and prevent an incalculable amount of human suffering… LEGALIZE IT!

  5. openlens says:

    Dang, James, I immediately cross posted this on substack.
    Look at how the Thai king…the one that’s passed, not his idiot son, ….stopped poppy cultivation.
    He went to the poppy farmers and told them that if they grew organic foods instead, they could still make a good living, and he called it “The Royal Project” and it’s the most honest food you can get in No. Thailand. They won’t claim it is what it isn’t, they’re fully honest.
    So, yeah, my first thought was “what have they provided for the people to replace this income? ”
    Then I had to walk away in bawling shreds, as I’ve been watching my eldest son…we all have…kill himself with heroin for years now. He’s a “small” man, in physical stature, and I don’t have to guess what was done to him, do I?
    Yeah, this crap comes home to roost.
    Far as I’m concerned, they’re all lying, all the time.

  6. hanky says:

    RE: Pronunciation
    Dear James, et al,
    To me this issue touches on something non-trivial.
    It has to do with psychology and dogmatism. It has to do with successful communication with someone, outside of their box of preconceived programs.
    If you are a true musician, I suspect you won’t unwittingly indulge so much in Corbette versions, etc. If you are multi-lingual, with a non-egregious accent, you also probably will reproduce sounds more faithfully, as a default. If you easily and naturally listen, and process, nuanced ear signals why would you change the pronunciation unconsciously? Are you incapable of absorbing a sound from anywhere in the world, other than your own head?
    Anyway, I am also keenly aware of unbelievably bad accents, etc.
    It makes me leery of the possibility that I am engaging with someone with a rigid and relatively closed mind.

  7. HEDGE110 says:

    Those aluminum-foil hat wearers are at it again.

  8. Frode says:

    He he, at least we got your last name right, but that domain name of yours is a tad hard to remember when being stressed. I had to “cheat” a bit in the cutting room.

  9. Steve Smith says:

    The Weaponization of Psychology (recommended listening)

    Fr. McTeigue: “When people asked me if this was God’s judgment? I said I don’t know but it might be a time of illumination to see how low human institutions and human beings can sink.”

    Personally, I don’t think that God has any illusions about how low humanity can sink. It is more likely that God is just backing off.

    Romans 1: (Notably verse 28)
    18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
    19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
    20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
    21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
    22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
    23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
    24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
    25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
    26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
    27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
    28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
    29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
    30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
    31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
    32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

    • helanda says:

      Good thing this god guy ain’t real and it is just nothingness after you pass and you never get to get punished for anything.

      Live well, die well
      just be good to others
      and enjoy the ride

      • Steve Smith says:

        “Good thing this god guy ain’t real ”

        No offense intended but if the shoe fits.

        This is what the “God guy” says about that.

        Psalms 53:1 – The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

        Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

        Proverbs 1:22 – How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

        • helanda says:

          Yeah man, you be you.

        • EngineeredPhilosopher says:

          What actually is the difference between believing in ‘god guy’ and believing in ‘COVID’? What makes one belief better than the other? Are not those beliefs interchangeable and irrelevant in the end? Is not the ‘doing’ much more important than the ‘believing’? Did not your ‘god guy’ say: ‘by their actions will you discern them’? Might there be a certain reason why he/it/she did not say: ‘by their beliefs will you discern them’?
          Is not belief just an attempt to feel more secure?

          • helanda says:

            I’ll bet he does not have an proverb to answer that one.

            • Steve Smith says:

              Proverbs 30:5
              “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”

              There ya go sport.

          • mkey says:

            One will certinly have a more difficult time discerning by beliefs than by actions. One is not observable, the other may be, if it’s not covert.

          • Steve Smith says:

            “Did not your ‘god guy’ say: ‘by their actions will you discern them’?”

            That doesn’t sound familiar. What scripture are you referring to?

            “ What actually is the difference between believing in ‘god guy’ and believing in ‘COVID’? What makes one belief better than the other?”

            Forgive me for saying this but that seems like a rather silly question and I don’t really understand what you’re getting at.
            I believe in a creator because I have been created. I believe in a creator because I live in and among all that He created.
            I believe in a creator because I’m not blinded by gods of my own creation.
            And since I believe in an loving omnipotent, omniscient creator, I also believe that He deserves my respect, reverence and devotion.

            Whether the covid virus, or any virus exists is about as important to me as whether or not there is life on other planets. Interesting but irrelevant.

            Galatians 3:6
            Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

            James 2:23
            And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

            “ Might there be a certain reason why he/it/she did not say: ‘by their beliefs will you discern them’?”

            Again, I think that you might just be making stuff up that you think is in the Bible. I honestly haven’t any idea what scripture you’re talking about or what point you’re attempting to make.
            Give me an actual reference and then I’ll be happy to comment on it.

            “Is not belief just an attempt to feel more secure?”

            While my belief and devotion to my creator and savior does indeed serve to make me feel secure and imparts to me a peace that passes understanding. It also fills me with joy and a sense of purpose knowing that I’m doing my best to please and honor the God who gave me this life and who was willing to become human, take upon Himself the sins of the world, die a humiliating death, and rise again from the dead to give me eternal life.
            What I feel goes far beyond just feeling more secure.

            • helanda says:

              “Forgive me for saying this but that seems like a rather silly question and I don’t really understand what you’re getting at.
              I believe in a creator because I have been created. I believe in a creator because I live in and among all that He created.”

              How did this smug god guy create you when it was two people having sex that created you..?
              And how can you not see the correlation E.P makes?

              Makes no damn sense for me that you guys just ignore a bunch of shit, just to make your fucking story make sense in your own head.
              And only for your own heads…
              Can’t reason with stupidity. Ffs.

              • Steve Smith says:

                “Makes no damn sense for me that you guys just ignore a bunch of xxxx, just to make your xxxxxxx story make sense in your own head.
                And only for your own heads…
                Can’t reason with stupidity. Ffs.“

                You would do well to ask yourself why you react with such vitriol and hatred to the idea that someone who you don’t know has faith in God.
                Why such anger friend?

                Perhaps God is trying to get your attention.

                The Bible teaches us that Jesus is standing at the door of your heart and is ready to enter. He promises to give you peace and joy that you can’t understand and everlasting life that you don’t deserve.
                That is how much He loves you.
                But there is no handle on His side of the door. Its up to you to open your heart.

                I implore you, please open up while you still hear Him knocking.

          • Steve Smith says:

            “‘by their actions will you discern them’?”

            I’m thinking that you might be thinking of this verse from the book of James.

            James 2:18
            Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

            If so, may I point out that FAITH is still the important thing.
            James does not dispute that.
            What James is getting at is that if one who claims to have come to faith in God does not demonstrate that faith by exhibiting a change from their previous Godless existence and sinful behavior. If they don’t attempt to live in obedience to God’s will. Then it is reasonable to question the validity of their professed faith.

            I hope that helps.

            If that is not the scripture that you were referring to, then please clarify which it was that I may speak to it.

            • helanda says:

              “If so, may I point out that FAITH is still the important thing.
              James does not dispute that.”

              I DISAGREE HERE!!!

              I HAVE NEVER HEARD JAMES ENDORSE RELIGION. and I don’t think we will!

            • helanda says:

              Wondering why i can’t reply to your answers…?

              You dont like cussing? Do you just assume people are angry because they use cuss words?

              Well like Steven Seagal said in Under Siege:
              Assumption is the mother of all fuckups.

              I am not angry, at all.
              Just trying to knock some sense in to you.

              It’s no eternal life, buddy.
              Just this one, be kind and just live, laugh and die an worthy death and just compose with nature 🤷‍♂️

              • Steve Smith says:

                My mistake. I admit that I do usually assume that when one uses unnecessary vulgarity it signifies some sort of an emotional issue.
                If you’re not angry, then perhaps you are simply passionate about your antipathy toward God.
                But then you might just use the words to make up for a lack of vocabulary. I don’t know.

                But I’m still not clear about why you are so concerned about my spiritual beliefs that you would feel it necessary to attempt to “knock some sense into me”.
                What is it about my faith that you find so distressing? How does my conviction that God is real affect you?
                Do you feel that the influence of believers in Christianity or religion in general is a negative thing in society?

                Your vehement objections to my personal relationship with God is perplexing to me.
                Could you please help me to understand your motivations?

              • EngineeredPhilosopher says:

                For some, strong belief is like a lifeboat. It keeps them afloat. So they will not let go of it if not hit by a truck or something.
                Their favorite game of ‘holier-than-thou’ is interesting but complacent and a bit boring in the long run. Do not waste your breath.

                But while they may think for a while that they have found the holy grail, belief is not the real thing of course. Let them belief. They will learn, eventually.

            • EngineeredPhilosopher says:

              Now you are getting closer.

              Matthew 7:15-17


              • EngineeredPhilosopher says:

                While I am quite sure you know deep down, but in case you do not know, and you do not really want to know, right? I will tell you anyway: ‘faith’ is the real thing. Others might call it ‘love’. However, sad truth is that you cannot have love as long as you still harbour belief, as ‘believing’ is not ‘loving’. Your God said that too and you would agree, if you would really understand what he says.

              • Steve Smith says:

                “However, sad truth is that you cannot have love as long as you still harbour belief, as ‘believing’ is not ‘loving’. Your God said that too and you would agree, if you would really understand what he says.”

                You are quite right that faith is all important. But you display woeful ignorance when you write “you cannot have love as long as you still harbour belief,”.
                Nothing could be further from the truth. That is the “sad truth”.
                You would be well advised to actually read and perhaps even, gasp, study the Bible before trying to make inane, childish points by taking random quotes out of context.

                Perhaps the god you serve said something like that but the true God of the Bible, the God I worship and love certainly never did.

                This is what the Bible actually teaches.
                1 Corinthians 13:2
                And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all FAITH, so that I could remove mountains, and have not CHARITY, (LOVE), I am nothing.

  10. pkadams says:

    James, I have learned so much from reading your articles. I have never heard of the Opium Wars but now I have. It’s disgusting what people do to each other for money. Thanks for the article.

  11. Won Fat Fuk says:

    Resource or Rezource?

  12. ishao says:

    Keep in mind that Colombia joined NATO in 2016 and after engineering some massive flooding in the south of the country, massive cultivation of heroin, along with the usual cocaine, promptly began.

    Some allege that a full 90% of the heroin entering North America is from Colombia so the situation has changed.

    Interestingly enough, a friend in Saudia Arabia originally from Yemen, tells me the story of entrenched drug traffickers located in Syria doing a massive business into Russia and the rest of Eastern Europe. Is is true? Is this where the increased Afghanistan production of heroin transits? I wish I knew.

    • pkadams says:

      @ishao They must have done the math and found the best way to make the most money selling heroin for the least effort. What was news to me was that this was happening at all. Yes, naive, I know. I’m trying to catch up.

  13. arts says:

    Digital ID for cinema and concerts in Japan? Is this true?:

  14. SuperBobo says:

    Another breathtaking article! It always takes me off guard somehow, every time a new one comes out.

  15. ccuthbert2001 says:

    Well, James, you of course can pronounce anything any way you wish. However, GB Shaw did point out that the way one speaks effects others’ opinions of that person. For that reason, it seems best to have impeccible grammar and pronounciation for the country in which you live. Poor grammar and pronounciation, idicative of a child who never grew up, sends a message to others, no doubt about it, as does a limited speaking vocabulary. It also hampers communication generally, a fact which the powers that shouldn’t be know well. I feel that the narrowing of vocabulary and lousy grammar are part of the psyop, posing a block to communication of complex concepts. My pettist of peaves are

    1. describing everything as “fun!” School is fun, a seminar on finance is fun, a podcast on tragic deaths is fun. These days nothing is enjoyable, entertaining, rewarding, inspiring, insightful, thought provoking, beneficial, providential etc, etc, etc, just fun. If I one more time hear some guy with lousy grammar and a child’s vocabulary who has no business broadcasting anything in his pidgin English that he hopes his podcast was “fun” I’m going to lose my lunch, and

    2. wanting everything to “resonate.” Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Can’t stand that annoying–what? I hate to elevate that particularly tic to a metaphor, but oh well. “That really resonated with me…” Do you honestly think anyone cares? I’ll make it resonate, “I’m gonna walk right up to you and hammer on that monkey skull of yours ’til it rings like a Chinese gong!” (Movie reference, who can guess which?)

    I suppose to resonate is to have fun.

    Anyway, we can have the discussion about the “evolution” of language and how it’s natural and neutral v. how it is part of the destruction of our culture endlessly and get nowhere. I get it. However, I will never give in to the all-pervasive inability of children and adults alike to use properly the subjective and objective cases, (Me and him went to the store/Give Jim and I a chance) a phenomenon that took hold with the grammatically challenged Rapist in Chief, along with his inability to understand transitive and intransitive verbs–one does NOT “grow the economy.” The economy grows. 2x grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

    And I’m sorry to say but excert sounds like a child, too.

    Btw, excellent essay this week. 😉

  16. jld says:

    Re: the subscriber video on language, thanks for the needed levity.

    I’ve been a professional writer and editor for almost three decades in the US, where I’m from. So, admittedly, I have personal pet peeves when it comes to language. But they’re just that, and they have more to do with actual errors than perceived “mispronunciations.” I can’t imagine firing off a note to a “correct” a Canadian because he/she pronounces “pasta” differently than I do.

    While globalists try to homogenize human experiences, I mostly enjoy hearing unique regional pronunciations.

    My surname isn’t overly popular but has made its mark in almost every English-speaking country. It’s interesting to hear it pronounced in different ways, though I confess to finding a couple of them irritating.

    One thing that’s funny to me is to hear people who’ve only read an uncommon word try to pronounce it in verbal conversation. Sometimes they’re way off in every English version. I’ve been guilty of uttering an imaginary pronunciation or two for the same reason.

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