Bush attacks environment 'scare stories'

Secret email gives advice on denying climate change

Antony Barnett in New York
Sunday April 4, 2004
The Observer

George W. Bush's campaign workers have hit on an age-old political tactic to deal with the tricky subject of global warming - deny, and deny aggressively.

The Observer has obtained a remarkable email sent to the press secretaries of all Republican congressmen advising them what to say when questioned on the environment in the run-up to November's election. The advice: tell them everything's rosy.

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The House That AIDS Built

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The House That AIDS Built

Liam Scheff

This article deals with pharmaceutical abuse in a children’s home in NYC. This is a most controversial story – however, it’s entirely based in fact and good reporting. I hope you’ll find it as compelling and shocking as I did investigating it.

This article needs a home in a printed publication. If you run or are associated with a brave, honest journal which reaches a reasonably wide audience and has an active, solid web-base, please contact me at liamscheff@yahoo.com

This piece was investigated and written in summer / winter 2003 and published in January 2004.


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AIDS tots used as ’guinea pigs’

March 3rd, 2004 (New York Post)
By DOUGLAS MONTERO
Source: Survivereausida.net

February 29, 2004 -- The state Health Department has launched a probe into potentially dangerous drug research conducted on HIV-infected infants and children at a Manhattan foster-care agency, The Post has learned.

Some 50 foster kids were used as "guinea pigs" in 13 experiments with high doses of AIDS medications at Manhattan’s Incarnation Children’s Center, sources said.

Most of the ICC experiments were funded by federal grants and in some cases, pharmaceutical companies. They used city foster children, who were sent to the Catholic Archdiocese-run facility by the Administration for Children’s Services.

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Despite warning, CDC won't urge mercury-free shot
By MYRON LEVIN
April 2, 2004, 12:06AM
Los Angeles Times
Source: Houston Chronicle

Hundreds of thousands of infants and toddlers who get flu shots starting this fall could be exposed to a mercury-laced preservative that has been all but eliminated from other pediatric vaccines due to health concerns.

Saying there is no proof of harm from exposure to the preservative thimerosal, officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that they won't advise parents and doctors to choose a mercury-free version of the flu vaccine.

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UK firm tried HIV drug on orphans
GlaxoSmithKline embroiled in scandal in which babies and children were allegedly used as 'laboratory animals'

Antony Barnett in New York
Sunday April 4, 2004
The Observer
Original Source: Guardian Unlimited

Orphans and babies as young as three months old have been used as guinea pigs in potentially dangerous medical experiments sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, an Observer investigation has revealed.

British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline is embroiled in the scandal. The firm sponsored experiments on the children from Incarnation Children's Centre, a New York care home that specialises in treating HIV sufferers and is run by Catholic charities.

The children had either been infected with HIV or born to HIV-positive mothers. Their parents were dead, untraceable or deemed unfit to look after them.

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Thalidomide back in action

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'They just didn't know what it would do'
By Caroline Ryan 
Source: BBC News Online health staff

Thalidomide disrupted limb formation
Fifty years after the drug thalidomide was created, campaigners fear another baby could be born disabled in the UK.

Thalidomide was withdrawn in 1961 after around 10,000 babies had been born with disabilities such as the characteristic stunted arms or legs. Some babies were born with no limbs at all.

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Mercury in vaccines raises wider concern
The possibility that preservative thimerosal causes autism worries lawmakers and parents.

By Kathleen O'Dell
News-Leader
March 30, 2004
Source: Springfield News

Like conscientious parents, Rita and Arnold Shreffler made sure their two children got all the recommended immunizations from birth to kindergarten.

Within 18 months to two years of getting their required shots — about 23 doses of vaccine — Andrew, and later Mary Kathryn, started having screaming fits and rages. They also developed obsessive-compulsive behavior.

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Parents saying 'no' to vaccines

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Parents saying 'no' to vaccines
Eyewitness News

Meriden -- Connecticut boasts the highest child immunization rates in America but not everyone sees that as good news.  Some parents say vaccines have caused their children's debilitating illnesses and they are fighting to give other parents the choice to say no.

Jonathan Morrissey can recite Dr. Seuss and spin and spin without getting dizzy and now he can almost keep up in the third grade.  Jonatham is autistic but his parents say he was born completely healthy and crawling and walking on time as a toddler. 

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Dave Louthan, 'the man who killed the mad cow', is on a crusade. He says US beef is not safe as no testing for BSE is taking place. Louthan was dismissed from his job as a butcher at Vern's Moses Lake Meats after a cow he killed tested positive for BSE and he was interviewed by local tv. He has since been campaigning to call attention to the handling of the problem by the US Department of Agriculture.

What Louthan says in a letter to representatives of 75 countries who received an update letter from Dr. Ron DeHaven - Deputy Administrator of the USDA is that no one really knows whether US beef is safe to eat or not because there is no routine testing to detect any problems.

While I do not subscribe to the official hypothesis of infective prions as the cause of BSE, it is nevertheless interesting to compare the reaction to BSE some years ago in Europe and the reaction in the US today. In Europe, BSE was at first denied the status of a serious health problem, but public disclosure soon forced changes in the administration. The European Commission acted vigorously only after the press got in on the act. Then heads started rolling and sadly, many cows had to die needlessly, until tempers cooled down. In the aftermath, a whole new legislative environment was created by the EU Commission to ensure the safety of food.

America still seems to be in the denial phase. The USDA is reassuring foreign countries that US beef is perfectly safe.

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Only 6% of drug advertising material is supported by evidence

Heidelberg Annette Tuffs
Original Source: British Medical Journals

A new study of the advertising material and marketing brochures sent out by drug companies to GPs in Germany has shown that about 94% of the information in them has no basis in scientific evidence.

The study, carried out by the Institute for Evidence-Based Medicine, a private independent research institute in Cologne, evaluated 175 brochures containing information on 520 drugs, which were either sent by post or handed out to 43 GPs since last June. The study was published in this month’s issue of the drugs bulletin Arznei Telegramm (2004;35:21-3; http://www.di-em.de/data/at_2004_35_21.pdf).

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