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By Elyse Van Breemen
October 10, 2006

It is unpopular with parents. It is being picketed. There is a petition against it. It is called Teen Screen. Its intention is to screen every American teenager for mental illness.

Teen Screen underlies the scheme to screen every American of any age for mental illness. It has its horrors, for the result of the screening is most often a prescription for mind-altering psychiatric drugs.

But a new horror surfaces. Teen Screen and its counterparts are signs of our country moving from cause to effect. "Cause" would mean creating life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by positive thought and action. In other words, you make things happen. "Effect" would be having others create and control your life for you, with little liberty or happiness. In other words, things happen to you, you don't make them happen.

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Europe Moves To Kill The Internet

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By Steve Watson
Infowars.net
October 17 2006

New EU rules would prevent uploading video without a license

The latest move to kill off online freedom and the spread of information comes in the form of proposed EU legislation that would prevent users from uploading any form of video, whether that be a hard hitting political documentary film or your friends goofing around with diet coke and Mentos.

A proposed EU directive could extend broadcasting regulations to the internet, hitting popular video-sharing websites such as YouTube., reports the London Times. This would mean that websites and mobile phone services that feature video images would have to conform to standards laid down in Brussels.

Personal websites would have to be licensed as a "television-like service". Once again the reasoning behind such legislation is said to be in order to set minimum standards on areas such as hate speech and the protection of children.

In reality this directive would do nothing to protect children or prevent hate speech - unless you judge protecting children to be denying them access to anything that is not government regulated or you assume hate speech to be the criticism of government actions and policy.

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Ivory coast to sue 'toxic ship' firm

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Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk
October 24 2006

A Dutch lawyer representing some 1,000 victims of toxic waste dumped in Ivory Coast says he is suing the company that shipped the waste there.

Dutch firm Trafigura has denied responsibility for dumping the waste in the city of Abidjan, saying it employed a local company to dispose of it.

But the lawyer says Trafigura should pay $12.5m within two weeks as a preliminary settlement.

Ten people died and many thousands more needed treatment after the dumping.

About 40,000 people were treated in hospital for nausea, breathing problems and nosebleeds.

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NewsTarget.com
October 17 2006

(NewsTarget) According to new research published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology, women with advanced-stage breast cancer have significantly lower levels of vitamin D in their bodies than women in the early stages of the disease.

A team of scientists from Imperial College London conducted a study of 279 women with breast cancer. The disease was in the advanced stage in 75 of the women, and in its early stages in the remaining 204 women.

The researchers found that the women with early-stage breast cancer had considerably higher circulating levels of vitamin D in their bodies compared to women in the advanced stages of the disease. The exact reasons for the difference were unclear, and the researchers did not know if the lower vitamin D levels in advanced-stage women were a consequence of the cancer or a cause.

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NewsTarget.com
October 17 2006

(NewsTarget) Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Lester Crawford is set to plead guilty today to charges of filing false financial disclosure forms and conflicts of interest, according to court papers filed yesterday by the Justice Department.

The government charges that Crawford and his wife owned stock in several companies that fell under FDA regulation, and failed to fully disclose that information as required by federal law. The court papers also charge that Crawford assured federal ethics officers that he and his wife had sold stock in those companies, when they had not.

Crawford's attorney, Barbara Van Gelder, said that under a plea agreement, her client would not dispute the government's charges, and would likely face fines and a possible prison term of up to two years.

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The Guardian
Sarah Boseley, health editor
October 18, 2006

A pan-European cancer campaign was under intense scrutiny last night over the scale of involvement of the world's leading maker of cancer drugs.

Cancer United, which is due to be launched with a fanfare in Brussels tomorrow, is being presented as a pioneering effort by a coalition of doctors, nurses and patients to push for equal access to cancer care across the EU. However, the campaign is being entirely funded by Roche, the maker of Herceptin and Avastin. A senior company executive sits on the board. The company's PR firm Weber Shandwick is the secretariat and has been heavily promoting it to clinicians and journalists. And the principal study on which it is based has been hotly contested - and was also funded by Roche.

MEPs and the head of the European Cancer Patients Coalition have already withdrawn from Cancer United's executive board, amid concerns over the funding and lack of transparency.

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The Sierra Times
October 17 2006
By Mary Collins

Why is Depression Screening a fraud?

Too many people have been screened and labeled with a false diagnosis (1). Far too many have died from the use of psychiatric drugs which were prescribed after they agreed to be screened. Antidepressant drugs carry FDA-mandated warnings stating that taking them could cause increased suicidal thinking and behavior (2). Many psychiatric drugs are known to cause violence, hallucinations, addiction, heart attacks and sudden death. (3)

And yet, thousands of people do not know these facts. They have been deceived so well, convinced by a billion-dollar marketing campaign that feelings equal disease and that psychiatric treatment helps. This October 5th is National Depression Screening Day, an event concocted by psychiatric interests and drug companies to find more customers for their drugs.

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The Sunday Times
www.timesonline.co.uk
October 15, 2006
Tara Womersley

A RECORD number of children are being prescribed drugs to treat hyperactivity, prompting fears that hundreds are being medicated unnecessarily.

Doctors in Scotland issued almost 50,000 prescriptions in 2005, an increase of 16% over the previous year, according to new government figures.

Since 2001, spending on drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has soared from £441,000 a year to £1.8m.

The medicines include methylphenidate, commonly known as Ritalin; atomoxetine, otherwise known as Strattera and dextroamphetamine, available under the brand name Dexedrine.

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An Alzheimer’s Treatment Debunked

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NY Times
October 16, 2006
EDITORIAL

More and more often, it seems, drugs that were widely thought to be effective against serious illnesses turn out to show little or no value when tested in large, impartial clinical trials insulated from drug company influence. The latest example is a class of drugs known as atypical antipsychotics that are commonly used to soothe agitation, delusions and aggression in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

A government-sponsored study published in The New England Journal of Medicine last week found that the drugs are no more effective than placebos for most patients and carry troubling side effects, like sedation and confusion.

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By David Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
October 13, 2006

A consumer activist organization yesterday asked the Food and Drug Administration to investigate what it considers a possibly criminal attempt to suppress information about the risks of the new generation of silicone breast implants.

In a letter to the FDA's administrator, Public Citizen said it learned of test results -- some new, some reinterpreted -- from a scientist at implant maker Mentor Corp. who says he could not persuade his bosses to forward the data to the regulatory agency.

The scientist had worked for 15 years for Mentor, which is based in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was let go earlier this year in a company reorganization, although he thinks his protests to superiors were part of the reason.

The FDA is in the late stage of reviewing applications by two companies to sell once more silicone breast implants for general use. Last year, the agency gave preliminary approval for the devices on condition that Mentor and a competitor, Inamed (now part of another company, Allergan), complete required tests.

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