Monday, June 30, 2008

Randi Rhodes Thread on Gun banning.

The Randi Rhodes Show - Message Board
I waited and no one made the point... So I will now make the point.

This is the exact same Supreme Court that upheld Alabama's ban on the sale of Personal Massagers.

Yes, Only in America can the highest court in the land espouse the need for a 357 magnum in every bedroom and yet allow a ban on personal massagers.

God Bless Mer-KA!

You Donate. They Sell at a Profit. The Organ and Tissue Donation Scam. / Stolen body parts probe may boost transplant lawsuits
New York — The man accused of scheming to plunder bodies for parts used in thousands of tissue transplants is poised to plead guilty, and authorities and victims’ relatives say his testimony could roil the billion-dollar industry.

Um... You donate. They Sell.

Docs push for cash-for-organ studies - Health care-
Most people who donate organs after death need no reward beyond altruism, but others could use a little nudge, according to the nation’s doctors.

What’s not so clear to the American Medical Association is what kind of incentives — and in what amounts — might encourage potential organ donors and their family members to follow through.

Donations of organs like hearts and livers are regulated zealously, but when it comes to human tissues -- ligaments, tendons, bones, skin and other body parts -- there is little oversight. This situation worries a growing number of experts, who fear that improperly handled tissue can transmit dangerous or even lethal infections.

A 23-year old student in Minnesota, Brian Lykins, died in November, after being given donor knee tissue the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later determined was infected with Clostridium sordellii, a close relative of the bacteria that cause gas gangrene. Since his death, the centers have turned up six more cases of clostridial infections in knee surgery patients around the country.


Your donation's of organs and tissues are sold. there is much money to be made by all, excepting your family of course.

But, increasingly, donor tissue is being collected, processed and sold by subsidiaries of for-profit companies, in a rapidly growing industry that is largely unregulated.

There is no central registry of people who receive this tissue, so it is not clear how many tissue transplant recipients are being harmed. Last year, tissue banks distributed more than 750,000 grafts, and there were few reports of serious complications. Donor tissue unquestionably saves lives and helps thousands of people each year with a growing list of life-enhancing products like knee ligaments and bone cement.


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My name is Robbie Zappa, I founded this website. I had neck surgery done on July 11th, 2005, that is where the stolen tissue is implanted. The stress that has been created for us is unbelievable. I'm sure many of you are in the same situation. You tell someone of your problem and their mouth about hits the floor in disbelief. Then you show them your certified letter, and then it's a look of horror on their faces. I have been very fortunate so far, no one seems to treat me as if I have the plague. But, I am one of the lucky ones; my first set of tests came back negative.

They Rule.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Bush winning in Afghanistan...

AFP: 500 Taliban mass near Kandahar city: police
500 Taliban mass near Kandahar city: police

2 hours ago

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) — About 500 Taliban rebels have massed in two villages near the Afghan city of Kandahar, a police commander said Monday, as security forces prepared for an operation against them.

"More than 500 Taliban have massed in two villages in Arghandab district," which is not very far from southern Kandahar city, Sayed Agha Saqeb, provincial police chief told AFP.

"We're preparing to launch an operation on them," he added.

The police chief said "tens of families" fearing fighting in Nghan and Char Kolba villages had already moved to the city.

He would not confirm whether the group of Taliban included 400 rebels who escaped from a jail after a brazen attack on Friday.

Taliban militants used suicide bombs to help free more than 1,000 prisoners including hundreds of militants.

Afghanistan's defence ministry and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Kabul said they were redeploying troops to respond to a "potential threat" from the escaped prisoners.

Defence ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi said several Afghan army units were dispatched and more units were on their way to the restive province.

NATO officials said the force was "redeploying to meet potential threats" from escaped Taliban rebels.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Because what is important is the money... Not the Person's health.

Dr. Peter Breggin: The FDA Wants to Stop You from Protecting Yourself Against Drug Companies - Politics on The Huffington Post
This November the U. S. Supreme Court will consider whether or not these suits should be permitted to continue. The drug companies and the FDA have joined together to argue that, once the FDA approves a drug, the manufacturer cannot be sued for its failures to disclose dangerous drug effects. This is called preemption. It should be called a political sleight of hand. It deprives the individual of his or her legal recourse, prevents physicians and scientists from learning the truth about harmful drug effects, and exposes the unwitting public to harm of potentially epidemic proportions.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Friday, June 13, 2008

McCain Gets His Due

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

$50 a Barrel Oil Forecast for Next 25 Years - Joke from the past!

$50 a Barrel Oil Forecast for Next 25 Years
WASHINGTON, DC, December 12, 2005 (ENS) - Oil prices will remain near the $50 per barrel mark over the next 25 years, increasing the pressure for more domestic crude oil production and increasing the demand for unconventional sources of transportation fuel, such as ethanol and biodiesel, says an annual federal government report issued today.

The report backs away from last year's prediction that the price of crude would fall to around $33 per barrel by 2025.

World crude oil prices are projected to fall to about $47 per barrel by 2014 in constant dollars, not adjusted for inflation, according to the 2006 Annual Energy Outlook published by the Energy Information Agency (EIA), the independent statistical and analytical agency within the U.S. Energy Department.

We do not drill for oil. We do not help ourselves when we allow Exxon to Steal From Us. Say No, to ANWR Drilling!

Testimony of Bob Armstrong, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Mgmt
In addressing this matter, it is important to understand the nature of posted prices and the problems posed by using this measure to ascertain market value for federal oil and gas. Posted prices are set by the marketing or refining arms of oil companies as an offer to buy crude oil. Posted prices are not an obligation to buy, but merely a reference point or starting point for negotiating a market price on the open market. Frequently, premiums are paid above posted prices in non-affiliated transactions. Based on our analyses of company transactions, we know that these premiums can range from $0.25 per barrel to $2.00 per barrel. However, when the producing arms of large integrated oil companies (the lessee) transfer oil in-house to their marketing or refining arms, they typically pay royalties on their posted price. In other words, some oil companies have been selling oil at one price and paying royalties on a lower price. This is unfair to the American taxpayer, and it violates the basic principle that royalty must be paid on no less than gross proceeds.

Investigations by an assortment of concerned parties have confirmed the inadequacy of posted prices as a basis for valuing production for royalty purposes. A number of States (e.g., Alaska, California, New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana) have brought suit against several major oil companies primarily for basing royalties, severance taxes, and other payments on posted prices that are below market value, and have received settlements ranging from tens of millions to billions of dollars. At least seven class actions against the industry have been filed on behalf of private landowners over the past two years. One of these has been settled for several million dollars.

In February, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it would intervene in qui tam suits against four major oil companies accused of undervaluing oil production from Federal leases and, in May, DOJ added a fifth company to its investigation. In addition, the Department of the Interior, has issued bills for $257 million as a result of audits for the period 1980 - 1995 on undervaluation of crude oil royalty payments in California alone. We are currently auditing oil royalty payments on all other Federal lands.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Another One Bitesthe Dust!

It’s official - The Monk Seal is extinct » ZME Science
The Caribbean Monk seal (or West Indian seal) has been announced extinct on Friday. This comes as a shock (at least for me - and many others), as this is the first seal species announced extinct due to human activities; now, it will only be seen in drawings.After five years of futile efforts in which not even a single sighting has been reported, the U.S. declared extinct, and also declared that no other seal species has been extinct because of us. This probably (and sadly) opens the way for more such species to become extinct - unless something changes.

Monday, June 02, 2008

I'm Not Surprized.

United Healthcare: Sterilization or No Insurance - Seeking Alpha
“Free Market” sterilization - shocking, but that is what United Healthcare’s (UNH) subsidiary Golden Rule told a 39-year-old women in perfect health. The New York Times “After Caesareans, Some See Higher Insurance Cost” reports that private health insurers either do not issue medically underwritten policies or charge substantially higher premiums to women who have undergone Caesarean deliveries. Given that most individual policies are medically underwritten and 31.1% of deliveries are Caesarean, a large percentage of women of childbearing age are not eligible for health insurance.