Fwd: The Week Online with DRCNet, Issue #166 (fwd)

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From: Carey Lening (carey@tstonramp.com)
Date: Fri Dec 29 2000 - 23:25:15 PST

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I love stats... Specifically ones that really point something out. Below
is an article DRC(Drug Reform coordination Network) published for this
week, regarding the census size of the states versus the Prison State. Its
amazing when the prison state gets so large, that it compares to or is
larger, than the populations of free citizens in certain states.

WHats even more bothersome, is that a larger and larger number are in there
on drug charges. pft.

Also included is an article that deals with one of the reasons I don't
watch Tv. THis goes back to the 1997 Congressional appropriation for a
five-year billion dollar anti-drug ad campaign to be serviced through
individual television shows. Ever notice why all those drug themes keep
popping up? ;) In general, the media bothers me, but I have to admit,
this one takes one of the cakes. Gotta give the FCC some props though, for
actually (sorta) doing something about it. Or at least keeping the sheep

- -BB

>5. FCC Chastises Networks for Drug Czar's Media Campaign, NORML
> Complaint Brings Victory
> http://www.drcnet.org/wol/166.html#fccruling
>7. Which State Has More People -- Your State or the Prison
> State?
> http://www.drcnet.org/wol/166.html#census
>5. FCC Chastises Networks for Drug Czar's Media Campaign, NORML
> Complaint Brings Victory
> http://www.drcnet.org/wol/166.html#fccruling
>"WARNING: This program contains material lobbying for support of
>current drug policies, paid for at taxpayer expense."
>While viewers of "The Drew Carey Show" or "America's Most Wanted"
>may never see that admonition flash on their TV screens, the FCC
>wants them to know when the government is attempting to sway
>them. Ruling on a complaint filed by the National Organization
>for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), the Federal
>Communications Commission (FCC) this week ordered the major
>networks to begin identifying the Office of National Drug Control
>Policy (ONDCP) as a sponsor of shows that include anti-drug
>messages underwritten by the federal government.
>In 1997, Congress appropriated a billion dollars for a five-year
>anti-drug advertising campaign run by ONDCP. In the past two
>years, in a complicated programming-for-ad-time swap, the major
>networks took in $25 million from the government for placing
>anti-drug messages in a number of prime-time programs. ONDCP
>admitted to Congress to reviewing scripts for more than a hundred
>episodes of different programs to see if their anti-drug messages
>met government approval. But neither the networks nor the drug
>warriors told viewers that federal employees were helping to
>shape their favorite programs.
>That arrangement, and similar ones with the film and publishing
>industries, blossomed into a national scandal after Salon's Dan
>Forbes first exposed them almost a year ago. That's when NORML
>jumped in. It filed a complaint with the FCC arguing that
>failing to identify the drug czar's office as a sponsor of the
>programs violated long-standing FCC disclosure rules.
>The federal regulators agreed. In its ruling, the FCC cited
>sponsorship regulations in place since 1927 that state that
>viewers "are entitled to know by whom they are being persuaded."
>"The language of the statute is very broad, requiring sponsorship
>identification if any type of valuable consideration is directly
>or indirectly paid or promised, charged or accepted," said the
>NORML Executive Director Keith Stroup told the Washington Post he
>was pleased, but that the ruling did not go far enough. It did
>not address the troublesome question of whether the government
>should be supporting a specific public policy position in prime-
>time programs, he said.
>"We have been told by these programmers that they have influenced
>the programs in order to please the government. That is not the
>kind of free press we have grown accustomed to," Stroup said.
>Still, Stroup was "reasonably happy," he told Newsday.
>"It puts the incoming drug czar on notice," he said. "At least
>the next time around, if they're going to spend taxpayer money to
>try to influence the content of programming, that fact is going
>to have to be included on the programming."
>Neither the networks nor the drug czar's office have commented on
>the ruling. The networks could have faced fines for violating
>FCC regulations.
>7. Which State Has More People -- Your State or the Prison State?
> http://www.drcnet.org/wol/166.html#census
>Almost a year ago (February), the US incarcerated population
>passed the two million mark. Earlier this week, the results of
>the 2000 US Census were released, numbers estimated as of April
>1, 2000. How do the populations of the 50 states compare with
>the prison state?
>Nearly a third of them are smaller, some of them much smaller:
>Alaska, 626,932; Delaware, 783,600; Hawaii, 1,211,537; Idaho,
>1,293,953; Maine, 1,274,923; Montana, 902,195; Nebraska,
>1,711,263; Nevada, 1,998,257; New Hampshire, 1,235,786; New
>Mexico, 1,819,046; North Dakota, 642,200; Rhode Island,
>1,048,319; South Dakota, 754,844; Vermont, 608,827, West
>Virginia, 1,808,344; Wyoming, 493,782.
>Also smaller than the prison state are the three smallest US
>states combined: Wyoming + Vermont + Alaska, 1,729,541.
>What would be the social and economic impact of incarcerating all
>the residents of these three states?
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