April 12, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: The Spirit of Dr.
Mengele Is Alive and Well in
Two U.S. Senators, Barbara Boxer, D-California and Bill Nelson, D-Florida, demanded that Johnson cancel the study, or they would attempt to block his confirmation. Johnson announced that he had canceled the study and was quoted by an AP Press article in the Arizona Daily Star on April 9, 2005 as saying, “I have concluded that the study cannot go forward, regardless of the outcome of the independent review ….”
The $9 million study was partially funded, to the tune of $2 million, by the American Chemistry Council, which represents the American Chemical industry. The EPA certainly sank into the bottomless pit of unethical behaviour with this intended study. In the November 2004 American Journal of Public Health, Dr. Alan H. Lockwood, stated that, "I have reviewed ethical and scientific aspects of 6 human pesticide-dosing studies submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for consideration during the pesticide reregistration process. All had serious ethical or scientific deficiencies – or both – including unacceptable informed consent procedures, unmanaged financial conflicts of interest, inadequate statistical power, inappropriate test methods and endpoints, and distorted results."
Should we be surprised that the EPA would condone, much less plan, such a heinous example of preying on the poor, as to offer adults money, not to have pesticides tested on consenting adults, but on their infants? What is it in the leadership of governmental agency that has “Protection” in its name that makes them believe that this type of testing on children is alright? Is an Okay thing to do, and would be accepted with anything short of outrage?
Are we so complacent in America that we would accept the Spirit of Doctor Mengele who, between 1932 and 1972, would inject syphilis into African-American men in Tuskegee Alabama without their knowledge or consent, and without treatment, all under the rubric of providing government-sponsored medical care, and leaving them untreated so as to measure the already well-known effects of the progress of disease when left untreated? Or, what about the Spirit of Dr. Mengele who performed illicit radiation testing on American citizens. Or how about the more recent Spirit of Dr. Mengele that chose Incarnation Children’s Center, a halfway house in New York for children removed from their homes by social services, in which to conduct illicit drug trials for AIDS drugs, sponsored by a division of the National Institutes of Health, and performed in conjunction with large drug companies such as Pfizer?
The very fact that CHEERS ever made it onto the drawing board at the EPA should give us all reason for deep concern. This type of “study,” to be conducted in a "low income minority neighborhood," should be seen as a fundamental lack of ethics and morality on the part of the EPA. The EPA is supposed to protect American citizens from environmental hazards, not subject the portion of America’s citizenry least able to defend itself to the whims of governmental immorality and government-sponsored and initiated class warfare.
Johnson is definitely not the
right man for the job, if it
takes a political threat to
cause him to cancel a study
as heinously unethical as CHEERS.
As acting administrator of the
EPA, to allow such a study to
exist in the first place proves
that this man has no moral compass
whatsoever. It also shows that
Bush, who nominated this Spirit
of Dr. Mengele to head the EPA,
also has no moral compass whatsoever.
[BuzzFlash Note: To clarify, the unethical American research on syphilis, radiation and AIDS described was not conducted by the Nazis' Mengele, but by our homegrown "researchers."]
Subject: Mo. Lawmakers Pass Bill Cutting Medicaid (Kansas City Star)
Hint hint! Democrats [could] start making some of these people -- so hurt, even deaths -- start putting their families on all the talk shows! Forget news! Have the single mother of two whose child's teeth are rotting our of her head and in constant pain, but, thanks to the Republicans, too bad, just suffer, kid! There are hundreds of thousands! Forget news programs! Hit the shows like Oprah!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The Young Lady Arrested in Pennsylvania
Had these cowards been just as vigilant prior to 9/11/2001, there
would be no need for all this nonsense. I hope enough Americans
have not lost all their self respect that they tell these cowardly
snoops to go to hell and ignore their official stupidity. We are
safer in that the fed snoops are cowards and are so damn stupid.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: What's being hidden?
Let's face it. Throughout the Bush administration, the policy has been "LOOK AT THOSE TERRORISTS while we carry out our plans." Bush is going hither and yon, pushing Social Security while gas prices are climbing ladders, and the war has no end or even a plan to end it. Bush and Social Security are being a distraction.
But for what? Iran war? Fiscal disaster? Or something we haven't a clue about yet?
Subject: ah, the irony
Subject: The US Constitution
With Bush, his Attorney General and The Repugs in Congress, who knows how many rights they will be taking away from us - SOON?? In today's Hitler/Gestapo Manifestation going on in the United States, it's time for Every American to KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THEIR CONSTITUTION!!
A suggestion for your readers' consideration. Why not find a sponsor who will begin the education process of our citizens regarding our constitution - i.e. see that every school child who can read gets a copy of the entire document, that every member of AARP and NRA gets a copy. Apparently it would also be a good idea to send a copy to each elected official as well. It is essentially the "owners guide" for being "we the people."
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Heading Over Sierra Club Immigration Issue - Use Of "Minutemen"
I would think that it is self-evident that increasing human population numbers, in whatever country, almost inevitably impact negatively upon the environment. In many cases, the prime cause of population growth is immigration. This is the situation in countries like the U.S. or Canada (my country), for example. If one is to confront the very serious problems (and they run the gamut from growing pollution problems, to farmland and wildlife habitat destruction, to mounting garbage disposal problems, etc., etc.) created and/or exacerbated by population pressures, one has to come to grips with immigration numbers.
Why is this such a taboo subject? Incidentally, I say all this
as an immigrant to Canada myself, who, among other activities, has
devoted time to ESL teaching to new immigrants whose English is
deficient. So spare me the "racist" or "xenophobic"
(more misused and abused terms) epithets please.
Subject: Interesting possibility ...
Wouldn't it be ironic if the Republicans vote to eliminate the filibuster rule and then lose the majority in the Senate elections next year? It is a possibility. Talk about poetic justice.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: HOLY COW!
holy cow! i just saw a senator on tv, i think his name was schumer, i missed the first name. anyway, he said these are things some of bush's nominees for judges have said in the past.
1. women are supposed to be subservient to men.
2. slavery was a gift to the white man.
3. we should go back to the time when we had no zoning laws.
4. companies should be able to do as they want without having to worry about labor laws, pollution laws and other laws that inhibit them.
jesus god! why in the world aren't the democrats airing commercials to let us know these things!
tracy anderson in miami, age 16.....I CAN'T VOTE BUT I CAN MAKE SURE MY MOM AND DAD DO!
[BuzzFlash Note: Sen. Charles Schumer was on "Fox News Sunday," where he said: "Here let me just tell you now about some of the people (judicial nominees) we've blocked. One nominee said slavery was God's gift to white people. Another said the purpose of a woman is to be subjugated to a man. One nominee said that there should be no zoning laws. If you have a nice house in a suburban community and somebody bought the house next to you and put in a factory with a smokestack that was polluting, that's not (ph) taking of property. And my favorite, one of their nominees said that the whole New Deal was a Socialist revolution, and we ought to go back to the 1890s. No labor laws, no wages and hours laws... ]
Just a short note to let you know what's happening in the gay marriage debate north of the border.
attend religious rallies for same-sex marriage (mytelus.com)
Subject: Re "Disreputable
Immigration Loathers"/Sierra Club (AP)
Subject: BuzzFlash's Sexism
I am referring to your ongoing habit of referring to Schwarzenegger,
Bush, and others as "girlymen." Perhaps you intend the
term ironically, but using it at all reinforces the false assumption
that women are less courageous than men. Consider, if you will,
whether BuzzFlash would choose to perpetuate a similar stereotype
about African-Americans, Jews, Arabs, or any other group of people.
I hope you will stop.
P.S. The same goes for using "balls" to mean courage.
Subject: Play it again, John
Wonder if this is the real reason Maria Shriver was on Oprah yesterday (3-8-05) -- trying to regain "people support?" She does seem to have gone over to the other side -- Oprah, that is.
Subject: E to my Senators Re the 'nuclear option'
RE: Filibuster Not – The Nuclear Option: 04-09-05
To all the alleged "conservatives" in the august United States Senate: If you do this because YOU CAN, then you are simply going to load the bullets of bitterness into the firearms of your opposition to be emptied into you as soon as THEY CAN. "Might" NEVER makes right. It just temporarily saves having to defend one's argument on the merits. It also remains a myopic, shortsighted way to live one's life. Too, paybacks really are hell. Remember that the 1,000-year Reich lasted but 49 seasons.
I know you think you're RIGHT (no pun), but that's only because you have forgotten how to truly use your critical faculties objectively (I might suggest both "sides" think about that one – seems to be an occupational hazard). If you folks truly believe you are the only ones safeguarding the "truth" (as in, say, plumping for antediluvian lifetime appointments), I suggest you stop screwing around with the democratic niceties, declare martial law (move the damn gauge to RED – you’ll think of something), place the Bill of Rights on "hold," and get on with the business of Fascism sans all those annoying little time-consuming inconveniences such as open and vigorous debate, Robert's Rules, compromise - you know, all the things that purport to make us a "civil" society? Who needs a nation of laws anyhow?
At least then, the mostly distracted and misdirected American people might get a clue as to your true proclivities and bounce your sorry, crypto-totalitarian butts out of office (just as soon as you dare lift that old martial law thingy, eh?). Why, even ES & S, Diebold, and Sequoia might have trouble keeping up.
Just curious guys, is there any length to which you WOULD NOT go
to attain your ends? From my end of the telescope (unbelievably
little power over anyone – even my cat gives me sass), if you folks
were thinking straight, you wouldn’t even be considering this crazy
move. Put another way: If you think you’re unhappy not getting all
the things you want, think how much unhappier you would be if you
got all the things you DIDN’T want. Hope you can work all this out
without blood on the floor…. Take care.
P.S. You guys are great!
Subject: Jefferson Vs the Theocrats
Thanks to Michelle in Florida for the
letter from Thomas Jefferson (and a hard read it was, but worth
it). Anybody who knows American history knows that Jefferson was
a deist. Deism was an Enlightenment sort of religion holding that
God created the world rather like a mechanic builds a machine, got
it running, and then backed off. The deists' God does not intervene
in the universe except to wind the machine back up from time to
time. Deists denied that miracles happen - in fact, Jefferson himself
published a bowdlerized version of the Bible with all the miracles
removed. How Christian is that? I'm sure I've grossly oversimplified
deist belief, and I think there were other deists among the founding
fathers, but the point is that this country was not conceived of
as a Christian one. Indeed, we would all do well to remember what
Jesus said to Pilate: "My kingdom is not of this world."
Subject: Tired of Delay
Subject: Re: It
Will Be Karl Rove Who Brings Down Tom Delay, Not The Democrats
Subject: The Bolton Nomination
Here's the Washington Post editorial on Bolton today, 4/11. The
last sentence says--there is no compelling evidence to deny Bush
his choice of Bolton. Please check this article. We should all boycott
the Washington Post. I sure hope we can stop this dreadful nomination.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Stroke the rich
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