Comments on: Land of the living dead What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 By: andyinmadrid Tue, 10 Aug 2010 22:25:58 +0000 Congrats Paulo, clearly doing this journalism is more than a job for you. Your work emanates adventure and a search for the sparkle amongst the mundane.

By: koertek Sat, 22 May 2010 19:36:06 +0000 stop droping aid and start dropping bombs

By: Butch_from_PA Sat, 22 May 2010 17:54:45 +0000 those pictures kind of remind me of the mindless blank faces of old people on the slot machines in the casinos.

There will always be a way for people to escape with whatever means they have. I totally agree with the person who suggested legalizing canibis – as it offers a safer less personal and society damaging effect.

Personally my release is the other kind of crack – just as addictive though.

By: guestcomment3 Sat, 22 May 2010 16:50:28 +0000 Frankly, I don’t see how this differs from downtown Los Angeles….why do Americans get glossy eyed over photos of addicts in other countries and turn a blind eye to their own fellow citizens in similar trouble? Oh right, in America we are taught that if the world fails it is America’s fault….and if AMerica fails, it’s America’s fault. What a quaint package of charity…and how easy that package is to puch away when we don’t want to look anymore.

By: desik Sat, 22 May 2010 16:43:30 +0000 Take away the Crack and we’re basically left with images of the poverty and human misery people turn to drugs to escape.

Tonyfoto – good pics and yes, there certainly are different ways to portray drug usage and the issues around it.

By: Tubarc Sat, 22 May 2010 16:15:21 +0000 We need to be honest to the functioning of nature.

During human evolution drugs as well as smoking or alcohol were not part of our physiological functioning. Even more, our ancestors did not have fast food, candies, etc.

Unhappily the best food for man may not be that good to the economy like fruits and vegetables bringing no revenue to the advertising industry to help human face and embrace a healthy lifestyle. Also, to collect taxes.

The best solutions to human existence are certainly unfriendly to the economic system for neither profiting nor collecting taxes.

All strange substances that our organism face may lead to side-effects rarely delivering any advantage because of new component to a physiological functioning. Alcohol is good to the industry and collecting taxes but decisively not to our own health.

Drug problems are not that hard to address since humans do not need it, but obesity is associate to learning to feed ourselves accordingly is a certain burden to address that politics are dodging constantly. Lots of our politicians are overweight and unfit.

By 2040 if the obesity trend continues according to some research Americans will become 85% obese growing from the 33% nowadays. Leading the obesity trend is Australians, Canadians, Britons, etc.

As far as I know reasoning does not require anybody to get high, just opening their eyes and grab some ongoing dynamic functioning a few inches from their perception. Well, it also require some sort of brain performance.

Nature is in charge and always will be as a single misstep can lead to a fall and fast punishment for breaking nature Laws – Gravity. Those ones searching for a balance may endure a long and enjoying existence.

By: perro Sat, 22 May 2010 15:48:25 +0000 hola soy chilena y llege aqui buskando informacion sobre esta maldita droga… es realmente impactante y felicitaciones a la persona que hizo este reportaje, gran trabajo que bueno que halla gente que le interese este problema que no es solo de brasil si no que es mudial….aqui en chile esta llegando silenciosamente y quiero informar a la gente…. seria bueno que subtitularan el reportaje en español …..saludos y felicitaciones !!!

By: clavi Sat, 22 May 2010 15:36:52 +0000 I´m so glad now that the world can see the brazilian´s face.I´ve bee seeing this situation for so long and the politician´s concening are only about the world cup, that´s sounds great.

By: RandyWill2 Sat, 22 May 2010 14:25:53 +0000 In other words, a Democracy based Government, “for the people, by the people”, is flawed as society continues the downward spiral of gluttonous drug use. The effects of the oil spill in the Gulf on the seafood industry will send more and more people to fast food resulting in obesity. Then, finding themselves overweight, they will all rush to crack use in order to overcome obesity. The next economic boom will be manufacturing crack utilizing Hydrology while syphoning the oil to power Government buildings.

After 30 minutes of research, I can only conclude that I have to get high to better understand this man’s reasoning.

By: Benny_Acosta Sat, 22 May 2010 13:58:59 +0000 The sad thing is, that if cannabis was legal, these people would be eating better and be more well adjusted. People use drugs because they want to alter their state of mind to get a new perspective on things. Life is full of pain and suffering. Drugs are a way to mitigate that pain.

People are going to use drugs no matter what other more “well adjusted” people think or want. Cannabis cannot kill you. It is impossible to smoke yourself to death. If the money spent cracking down on cannabis was instead used to remove crack and other deadly street drugs, there would still be plenty of money left over for educational campaigns that teach people to be responsible, and avoid deadly habits. Remember “drink responsibly”?

Alcohol can do the same thing that crack does. It just takes longer. But alcohol is legal. That means that millions of people can quietly kill themselves in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. They can go to the store and buy their alcohol legally and then go home and poison themselves to death.

No war on drugs will ever work. What people need, is help in understanding what drugs can, and will do. They need to know which drugs can be handled safely, and which ones can take you over, and cast you into pain and suffering. They need to know how drugs should be used, in order to provide the sensations they seek, and how to refrain from abusing them.

It is the lack of spiritual awareness that causes people to turn to drugs in their search for comfort that cannot be had in this world. Drugs have their place in society. But just like anything else, they can be abused. Fire has a place too. But abuse or intentional mishandling can cause devastation. These people are the victims of a combination of ignorance and suffering. They need help. But because society refuses to understand drugs, those caught in the pit of addiction are seen as less than human and not worthy of aid. It’s sad. We as human beings need to grow up and deal with these issues directly. Sending people to institutions to be warehoused does nothing to solve the root causes of these kinds of problems. Casting them into the street only harms society as a whole. The suffering of your brothers and sisters will inevitably become your own suffering as well.