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Condoms remain the safest (and cheapest) method for preventing sexually transmitted diseases. But the pharmaceutical / biomedical industry is Hell bent on marketing more profitable invasive methods.

Merck has financed an aggressive lobbying campaign on behalf of its new Gardasil vaccine for human papilloma virus (HPV), carried out by professional lobbyists and by Women in Government, an organization of state legislators.

Women in Government are trying to pass legislation in every state that would force 11 year old girls to be vaccinated, or be prevented from going to school.

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The Rutherford Institute
By John W. Whitehead
January 18, 2007

America’s schools are beginning to resemble laboratories, and our children are the lab rats. In almost every state across the nation, schoolchildren are being subjected to behavioral exams and mental health tests, often without their parents’ knowledge or consent.

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Cancer doctor at fault over scans

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BBC NEWS:
February 2, 2007

A doctor was to blame for misreading the breast cancer scan results of 28 women - one of whom has since died from the disease, a report reveals.

The NHS-commissioned report shows consultant radiologist Amjad Husien's wrong all-clear diagnoses led to a review of nearly 2,500 mammograms.

It also criticised procedures at Trafford NHS Trust, one of two Greater Manchester trusts he worked for.

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Boston Herald.com
Associated Press
January 30, 2007

AUSTIN, Texas - Merck & Co. is helping bankroll efforts to pass state laws requiring girls as young as 11 or 12 to receive the drugmaker's new vaccine against the sexually transmitted cervical-cancer virus.

Some conservatives and parents'-rights groups say such a requirement would encourage premarital sex and interfere with the way they raise their children, and they say Merck's push for such laws is underhanded. But the company said its lobbying efforts have been above-board.

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CASPIAN
Consumer privacy and RFID newsletter
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February 2, 2007:
By Katherine Albrecht

MINI, the trendy BMW car brand, is offering owners of its cars a way to broadcast their presence to company billboards, and receive a personalized message in response. The company's press release (paraphrased below) explains:

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CASPIAN
Consumer privacy and RFID newsletter
http://www.spychips.com
http://www.nocards.org
February 2, 2007:
By Katherine Albrecht

"Imagine a patient free to move around, but with his heart rate constantly being monitored.... Removing the cables takes monitoring to a new level."
-Medical page, EnOcean website

If you're worried about ubiquitous sensor networks, the German company EnOcean may keep you up nights. Here is a description from the company's
website:

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RFID Journal
By Claire Swedberg
Jan. 31, 2007

The trial involves the RFID-tagging of individual products so customers can obtain details about each product and try on virtual makeup. It also provides statistics on how often items are sampled.

Japanese department store chain Mitsukoshi is undertaking a pilot embedding RFID tags on Shiseido cosmetics to create what the companies call the "department store of the future." The project began on Jan. 26 and will end on Feb. 12, and involves the tagging of a limited number of cosmetic products. During the pilot, customers will be able to discern details about products by holding them up to an interactive screen with an RFID reader. The in-store RFID trial is intended to test whether the system can provide an "electronic concierge" enabling customers to find information about a product without asking a sales clerk. If the system works, it will allow faster service for customers and offer the store and Shiseido greater information about how customers sample products.

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NewsTarget.com
January 30 2007
by M.T. Whitney

(NewsTarget) The waters off the Los Angeles County coast still possess high levels of DDT contamination, according to a recent report.

The report, released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, shows that the pesticide, which companies dumped into the water soon after it was banned from use in the United States, is still found with high levels in fish caught near the Los Angeles area. DDT, banned from use in the United States at the end of 1972, is considered a toxic substance by the EPA, and the federal agency associates it with an increased risk of liver cancer. It also can affect the human reproductive and nervous systems, and is toxic to many animals, especially aquatic life.

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AHRP
Alliance for Human Research Protection
January 30, 2007

The following evidence confirms the validity to our concerns about TeenScreen serving as a dragnet for the pharmaceutical and mental illness industry; and confirms the identity of the stakeholders who promote TeenScreen and label children as mentally ill.

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Libertycoalition
January 30, 2007

The goal of TeenScreen, the very controversial child screening program, is to do a mental suicide screening of every U.S. child before they graduate from high school. According to their website, they utilize screening instruments called the Diagnostic Predictive Scales (DPS) and the Columbia Health Screen (CHS).

Children as young as 9 years old are asked to answer the DPS or CHS questions. Afterwards, summary forms are then filled out by a clinician. TeenScreen's high false positive rate has many schools and parents alarmed that normal children will be labeled with mental disorders. For example the San Francisco Chronicle has just reported that "Local public schools have resisted TeenScreen. San Francisco Unified School District, for example, passed on TeenScreen because it can generate false positives and drain counseling resources. Other critics worry TeenScreen could send kids unnecessarily into treatment and land too many on psychiatric drugs."

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