February 11, 2008

"Looking for la langosta blanca - the white lobster."

There's a town where no one needs a real job, because cocaine, tossed overboard by smugglers, washes up on the beach.
"People here now go beachcombing for miles, they walk until the find packets. Even the lobster fisherman now go out with the pretence of fishing but really they are looking for la langosta blanca - the white lobster."

(Via Metafilter.)

Well, what would you do if you happened to live there? Remember, you'd be with all the other people who lived there. Outsiders flow through town, eager to give you cash for whatever you want to sell. It's your decision: Take as much money as you want, use as much cocaine as you want. What would you do? You'd be all:

9 comments:

Ron said...

First off, your going to give that wedding video of Rock Lobster more views than it deserves!

Secondly, that guy in the middle is just trying to work off the calories from the butter of his 'white lobster.'

Lastly, this town seems like the nose candy Brigadoon! Let's base a musical there! Sort of Scarface meets West Side Story!

rhhardin said...

The cash value of drugs is the result of enforcement, not the intrinsic value of the drugs.

It compensates for the risk involved in selling them. So the people who pick the drugs up to sell them are not in fact getting a good deal, assuming anybody is enforcing drug laws there. They take on the arrest risk that they're paid for.

Drug runners in fact need enforcement to stay in business. Otherwise their costs would eat them up.

Bob said...

They're only a step away from wrecking.

Inhabitants of coastlines have always depended on the sea to provide for them.

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Middle Class Guy said...

At first glance, Bluefields in Nicaragua looks like any other rum-soaked, Rastafarian-packed, hammock-infested Caribbean paradise. But Bluefields has a secret.


Could you imagine the howls of outrage from the PC police and Hispanics if an American reporter and new paper published the above?

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Cedarford said...

Ethically, it's a little problem. My sister once found a 4,000 dollar platinum and diamonds tennis bracelet at nightclub rich NYC Wall Street and corporate lawyer cokeheads & dates patronized in the mid-eighties. She was working to help pay her grad school bills and decided that if it was reported missing she would "find it". No one reported it missing. So she got free rent for 5 months and overdue dental care...

The good citizens of Nicaraugua are in similar straights. No one will report it, the cops will likely use it on the "glory and honor of law enforcement heroes" slush funds...so I can see people ethically being OK with "finders keepers" on white lobster.

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