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I watched an episode of Dateline on NBC earlier this evening, and I found it a bit disturbing. The special was on a chemical known as MDMA. From raw materials to mass quantities of MDMA in pill form, Dateline traced its production.
It all started with a home video of some extremely naive and former college students who exercised the habitual use and consequently, production of MDMA. The tape subsequently contained footage of the students while experimenting with MDMA. Recreationally using the substance wasn't enough, so the former chemistry students began researching the production of it.
Ironically enough, the Internet was a viable, not to mention convenient, means of obtaining information on the synthesis of MDMA. The students found a web site called "The Hive". Moderated by an individual with the alias of "STRIKE", the site was very similar to that of one of my favorites, The Shroomery.
Here's the disturbing part... Dateline also had gotten hold of a copy of a book that had been found at the same time of the video footage I mentioned earlier. The book was a "cookbook" for the synthesis of MDMA. It just so happens that the Author of the book also had an alias of "STRIKE", and the book was pretty much advertised on The Hive website. And for the clincher, Not only did this person write the book and advertise it on the internet, but the process of obtaining the raw materials needed to do such a thing was outlined VERY specifically. By specifically, I mean the name of a company that sold these materials was given with complete ordering instructions, even the phrase "a fake name and business name MUST be used when ordering".
And finally, you aren't going to believe this! Dateline looked a bit deeper into the "cookbook" and it took them to a publishing company in Texas, not even a 30-minute drive from the company that sold the raw materials. If you haven't already figured it out yet, "STRIKE" was behind it all. His real name is John and he is a convicted felon. He was arrested himself for the production for the drug illicitly known as Ecstasy to the general public. The "cookbook" was written while john visited the federal prison for several years and the web site was started shortly after his release. The web site never raised an eyebrow, because of John's freedom of speech and his legit business selling these raw materials. Until of course the video and book got into the hands of the local police department.
Not only did the video footage contain the recreational use of the drug, it contained footage of all of the laboratory supplies the students had acquired, the book written by ?STRIKE?, and shots of the labels that were attached to the outside of the packaging of the raw materials that showed the name of John's raw material company. John again sits in jail for a charge this time of CONTRIBUTING to the manufacturing of MDMA.
Just wandering if anyone else had seen or heard of this, and what your thoughts are when taking The Shroomery into consideration.
I happened to catch this special as well. First, those college kids were dumb as shit for taping themselves and shit. I also thought it wasn't too bright for Strike to be doing business the way he was. Did he not think someone would catch on eventually. I mean, i was two steps ahead of Dateline, they did exactly what i would of done if i wanted to find the author. but, regardless of strikes neglegence, i dont feel he should of been arrested, technically he didnt do anything illegal. If i were him i would have pulled the line of Dateline and said screw the interview. Its also bullshit because convienetly just after dateline did the story Strike got arrested. I would be fuckin pissed!!!
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