[ibogaine] Timberlake smoking pot at Lotus Bar in NYC

Alison Senepart aa.senepart at xtra.co.nz
Fri Dec 20 07:11:43 EST 2002

Mostly it comes back to the same thing , money, money and more money.  There
is so much talk and hypopricy abut drugs....   Govt members trot out their
same old spech hoping to gain votes while not upsettng too many people.  Its
all a juggle act and it gets caught up in politics, personal aspirations
etc.  which don't even take into account the poor person in the middle,  the
addict struggling to get help etc.
It shouldn't really come down to that level.  Drug changes should come from
an independant group of poeple.   That probably sounds naive and not
workable but I still think it would be a great idea for politicians to
actually take note of what the general public are asking for and look at
more advanced or better ways of getting addicts or people with problems on
track.    There are so many out there screaming for help and not getting it
or not knowing where to go to get it.  Don't know what its like in other
places but there is about a 6 month at least waiting list to get on the
methadone programme here in NZ South Island and nothing is being done to
sort it in the near future to make that any faster.  How many addicts who
are desperate and wanting help can go home and wait for six months.,  That
must be the biggest joke out.    News reports state large numbers waiting
and trying to get help but its not available due to lack of staff and
financing.  .  I can't understand why they have not advertised or at least
notified people here as to ibogain and its properties.l   Does no govt.
legislation support it??  Youd think the methadone clinic would take a good
look at it.   I 'm probably repeating what lots of people have said over
time but still felt I wanted to say it anyway.....  Allison
-----Original Message-----
From: preston peet <ptpeet at nyc.rr.com>
To: drugwar at mindvox.com <drugwar at mindvox.com>
Cc: ibogaine at mindvox.com <ibogaine at mindvox.com>; CRRH <restore at crrh.org>
Date: Friday, 20 December 2002 00:07
Subject: [ibogaine] Timberlake smoking pot at Lotus Bar in NYC

>The editor of DrugWar.com was actually at this bar the same night, (the
>bar where my girlfriend bartends and where she asked Rep. Harold Ford a
>couple weeks ago when he was going to lobby to legalize marijuana) but
>  missed out on smoking with Justin Timberlake. Darn. The editor would have
>loved to
>  ask him about his ONDCP commercials, (see below for complete story on
>little arrangement) among other things.
>Justine Timberlake seen smoking pot in NYC with Mom
>(the original URL for the following story is dead, but was published at
>Hightimes.com last year.)
>"Do you ever wonder why this music gets you higher?"- "Pop" by NSYNC, (Jive
>Records- 2001)
>Wasteful Spending by the ONDCP Media Campaign
>Preston Peet- High Times News
>The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy,
>(www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov), has forged an $800,000 alliance with Pop
>sensations NSYNC as part of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign,
>A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read or Waste
>The boy group is running a "What's Your Anti-Drug" "public service
>announcement" for the ONDCP on their website, (www.nsync.com), as well as
>during each show of their ongoing 45-date Celebrity 2001 tour. The PSA
>features group members listing a variety of activities, such as "mind
>reading," "hand puppets," and more, telling viewers, "These are our
>anti-drugs. What's yours?" This PSA is part of an $800,000 Media Campaign
>buy deal worked out between Ogilvy and Mather, (Ogilvy),
>(http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?gao-01-623), which manages the Media
>Campaign Advertising component of the Campaign, and MusicVision,
>(www.musicvision.com), an ad agency specializing in managing music
>including NSYNC's.
>Congress authorized, in 1997, up to $195 million a year for the 5-year
>Media Campaign, (now in Phase III), as reported in depth here at HT,
> For every dollar spent on advertising by the ONDCP, there is to be a
>pro-bono match donated by the organization which sells the ad space. This
>was meant by Congress to ensure the well-funded Media Campaign ads do not
>supplant free ads already being produced by groups such as the Partnership
>for a Drug Free America, (www.drugfreeamerica.org).
>"The talent for the PSA was not paid and was not credited as part of the
>match. That was outside of the ad buy," Ann Saybolt at the
>public relations firm, the Outreach Contractor for the Media Campaign,
>carefully stressed to HT. "That is sort of a standard thing for the ONDCP,
>that ONDCP doesn't pay for talent." She explained for HT just what the
>spent $800,000 taxpayer dollars to get from NSYNC in this web-based ad buy.
>"That includes advertising on their website, it includes all the features
>their website, it includes the anti-drug micro site at www.nsync.com, it
>includes all the banner advertising, the whole page link to the anti-drug
>micro site and then the development and production. They completely
>that, all of that content online." The time spent by NSYNC filming the
>30-second spot, and their showing the PSA both online and at concerts,
>qualifies as the pro-bono match owed by Music Vision to the ONDCP.
>Who The Hell is Watching the Money?
>The NSYNC PSA was produced "from beginning to end," according to Saybolt,
>Madison Avenue advertising giant Ogilvy, which was awarded the Phase III,
>cost-reimbursement contract by the ONDCP 3 years ago, for a total value of
>$684 million. Ogilvy has been under investigation by the Government
>Accounting Office for shady billing practices,
>(http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0134t.pdf), and June 25, 2001, the GAO
>released yet another report, (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d01623.pdf),
>noting the "US Government disallowed $7.6 Million out of $24.2 Million in
>total labor cost billed by Ogilvy for the first 19 months of their
>involvement with the Campaign." This has been referred to the US Department
>of Justice for possible further action.
>"We found that some of Ogilvy's labor charges to the Government, [read: US
>Taxpayers], were not reliable, and included charges for time that its
>employees did not work on the contract. According to company officials, and
>an internal company e-mail, after revenue on the contract did not meet
>projections in the Summer of 1999, certain Ogilvy managers instructed some
>employees to review and revise their time sheets," reads the latest GAO
>report. "Some Ogilvy employees told us that they initially did not record
>all their work on the ONDCP contract and that they revised their time
>to increase the number of hours that they claimed to have worked. However,
>some of the employees told us they did not work the amount of additional
>time that was added to their time sheets or could not fully explain why
>increased the number of hours billed to the ONDCP contract. Time sheets for
>other employees, (not those who changes their time sheets after certain
>Ogilvy managers instructed them to), also showed changes that increased the
>number of hours charged for the ONDCP work; however, some employees said
>they did not make those changes to their time sheets, nor could they
>who made the changes and why." Not only did Ogilvy overcharge the
>Government, but the ONDCP has been engaged in seriously lax management of
>the multi-million dollar contract.
>Is the Campaign Geared Towards Youth, or Congressional Drug Warrior
>"The goal is to surround teens with vital drug use prevention messages,
>provide adults with practical information to help them raise drug-free
>and encourage accurate portrayal of drug issues in entertainment media so
>that pop culture does not perpetuate myths about drugs and drug use," reads
>the stated goals of the ONDCP's Entertainment Outreach efforts,
>(http://www.mediacampaign.org/newsroom/080299/update7.html) in the Media
>"Well, I think that the message in the PSA is the Anti-Drugs, the
>listed in that spot, things that keep kids, that stand between kids and
>drugs, that keep kids interested, that they're passionate about," stammered
>Saybolt when asked if NSYNC presenting mind reading, scary movies,
>tiddlywinks, and baroque minimalism to America's youth as Anti-Drugs was an
>efficacious way to combat drug use.
>"A variety of celebrities have appeared in PSAs that support the goals of
>the Campaign and spoken publicly about Campaign themes and goals,"
>to a press release Saybolt sent HT. "Youth and parents nationwide have
>celebrity voices from a range of entertainment genres, including: TV (e.g.,
>Eriq La Salle of NBC's ER, Jenna Elfman of
>ABC's Dharma & Greg, Ken Olin of CBS's LA Doctors, Lisa Nicole Carter of
>Fox's Alley McBeal, Marc Blucas of ABC's Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and
>Hector Elizando of Chicago Hope), film, popular music (e.g., Lauryn Hill,
>Mary G. Blige, The Dixie Chicks, MTV VJ Tyrese, NSYNC), amateur and
>professional sports (e.g., U.S. Women's Soccer Team, Olympic Gold Medallist
>Tara Lipinski, Mike Modano of the NHL Champion Dallas Stars), comedy (e.g.,
>Howie Mandel), pop culture (e.g., Miss America 1999 Nicole Johnson, Marvel
>Comics' Spiderman)."
>While the Media Campaign continues valiantly trying to brainwash and
>behaviorally condition American youth,
>(http://www.disinfo.com/pages/dossier/id206/pg1/), buying slick
>advertisements, with sports and pop culture luminaries pushing the US
>Government prohibitionist line, NY reporter Dan Forbes broke the story in
>Salon, June 30, 2001,
>(http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2001/06/30/ondcp/index.html), that the
>controversial ONDCP practice of "paying tv networks for putting anti-drug
>messages in popular tv shows," was quietly suspended May 31, 2001, in a
>directive signed by Acting Director of ONDCP, Edward Jurith. As this only
>effects 20 percent or so of the Media Campaign tv ad budget, it is unclear
>what effect this will have on the FCC order Dec. 2000, in responce to a
>complaint filed by NORML Feb. 2000, requiring the ONDCP to take credit for
>anti-drug messages presented to the public. The FCC ruling is being
>by the Ad Council,
>Against%20Ondcp%20Is%20Under%20Review.htm), "which is responsible for
>designing advertising campaigns that publishers and broadcasters can choose
>from," for the Media Campaign, according to Ira Teinowitz of Ad Age,
>The Ad Council is alleging that if the government has to take credit for
>anti-drug ads, that will confuse the public and the intended target
>Countering the Propaganda
>"It's not mind reading that's anti-drug, it's mind control," noted author,
>publisher and satirist Paul Krassner,
>(http://www.discord.org/~lippard/realist.html), to HT. "It's disgusting
>propaganda. I guess the FCC's old equal time rule doesn't apply anymore or
>we'd all get together to produce a powerful response. It won't effect
>anybody who's already getting stoned, and I suppose that includes a small
>portion of NSYNC's audience. At least there are other venues of news and
>entertainment- plus peer group communication- that give it some level of
>On that note, one couple in Bend, Oregon, Jeff Jarvis and Tracy Johnson,
>(www.jeffandtracy.com), both age 39, have taken their pro-pot message
>by buying a $2,555, full page, bold headline ad,
>(http://www.teleport.com/~jbjarvis/wesmokepot/wweek_ad.pdf), in the
>alternative paper, the Willamette Week, the last week of June, 2001.
>"We're Jeff and Tracy. We're your good neighbors. We smoke pot," reads the
>top of the ad in big bold letters, next to a photo of the couple. "Radio,
>public transportation, and now the press. Every one of these media accept
>money from the ONDCP, from the Partnership for a Drug Free America, and
>other organizations that promote and support the drug war. We applaud the
>Willamette Week's dedication to the American Spirit. Thank you for printing
>our message." This was after trying to buy ad space on local radio
>public transportation, and Portland's leading paper, the Oregonian, all of
>which turned them down.
>"Those radio stations did us a great favor by rejecting our ad," Jarvis
>DRCNet, (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/192.html#neighbors). "These are stations
>that are constantly joking about pot, but they wouldn't buy our ad. Now
>everyone wants to talk about it. One station said our ad would 'frighten
>mothers,' and this is a station that broadcasts the Howard Stern show!"
>"It just came down to deciding that we had had enough. We're pretty patient
>people, but we decided we had to step up to the plate. We're not really
>activists -- I volunteered at the Portland NORML booth once in 1998 -- but
>we've been watching and seeing people do good things. The activists have
>laid the groundwork, but now I think we've reached critical mass and it is
>time for the average Joe to stand up and say 'yeah, we're here.' When more
>people stand up, it'll be over in the blink of an eye."
>When reached for comment, NSYNC's publicist told HT to contact NSYNC's
>management, which in turn neglected to return numerous calls from HT. A
>spokesman at Ogilvy told HT he was not to authorized to discuss the NSYNC
>PSA, and the ONDCP would not speak to HT for this story.
>Preston Peet
>ptpeet at nyc.rr.com
>Editor http://www.drugwar.com
>Editor at Large High Times mag/.com
>"Prohibition creates an irresistibly lucrative
>opportunity for entrepreneurs willing to operate
>in illicit business. It is the policy
>of idealists who cannot appreciate that the use
>of drugs often reflects other sets of human
>ideals: human perfectibility, the yearning
>for a perfect moment, the peace that comes
>from oblivion." Richard Davenport-Hines

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