The Oxyana trailer opens with people saying, what’s happening here isn’t normal. Half my high school class is dead and I’m 23 years old. Dangerous Minds says what’s happening there is class war. I agree.
Who knows how long it will take to extract every last penny of energy out of Appalachia, but one thing is quite certain: Once this has occurred, as it inevitably will, there will be virtually nothing left. No jobs, no mountains, no communities, no clean water, fuck all. When the capitalists have finished raping West Virginia, there’s going to be a big gaping hole there, plenty of devastation, and not a lot more.
Well, y’know, they’re just a bunch of ignorant hillbillies and besides, lots of non-hillbillies are making large bucks off their misery.
Meanwhile, sisa, a cheap version of meth often made with seriously dangerous ingredients, is ravaging Greece. The sharp increase in sisa usage is directly related to banksters imposing austerity which has impoverished the country. Young people are just giving up and a hit of sisa is just one euro.
“There’s three ways you can take sisa,” said Stathis, who’s in his 40s. “With a pipe, with a syringe, or with a piece of aluminum, and I’ve seen people snorting it as well. But let me say that if you shoot it, you don’t have long to live. It destroys all vital organs from the inside.” I asked him if he knew of anyone who had died from taking it.
“Many,” Stathis said. “I know too many. For some, their innards rotted… It might give you other sorts of sicknesses, it might hit your liver, your heart, kidneys… anywhere.”
Yes, addiction is something the person needs to deal with. But there are also cultural and financial forces that help create addicts too.