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Bush Administration Approves Pesticide Testing on Orphans & Mentally Handicapped Children
[NOTE: This is a follow-up to an earlier story, Bush's Fascist Government Using Poor Children in Toxic Chemical Tests, which caused the Bush regime to modify its plans to only test toxins on orphans and mentally challenged children.]

(Organic Consumers Association, November 16, 2005)
Public comments are now being accepted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its newly proposed federal regulation regarding the testing of chemicals and pesticides on human subjects. On August 2, 2005, Congress had mandated the EPA create a rule that permanently bans chemical testing on pregnant women and children. But the EPA's newly proposed rule, misleadingly titled "Protections for Subjects in Human Research," puts industry profits ahead of children's welfare. The rule allows for government and industry scientists to treat children as human guinea pigs in chemical experiments in the following situations:

1. Children who "cannot be reasonably consulted," such as those that are mentally handicapped or orphaned newborns may be tested on.
With permission from the institution or guardian in charge of the individual, the child may be exposed to chemicals for the sake of research.

2. Parental consent forms are not necessary for testing on children who have been neglected or abused.

3. Chemical studies on any children outside of the U.S. are acceptable.

[COMMENT by Lorenzo: If this isn't un-American activity I don't know what is. It appears that the Bush family Nazi sympathies remain in place. See also George W. Bush, The Neocons, & The Nazis: Ties That Bind.]

posted by Lorenzo 1:07 PM

Rumsfeld To Profit from Bird Flu Hoax
(Dr. Mercola,
Finally, the pieces of the puzzle start to add up. Not long ago, President Bush sought to instill panic in this country by telling us a minimum of 200,000 people will die from the avian flu pandemic, but it could be as bad as 2 million deaths in this country alone. . . . This hoax is then used to justify the immediate purchase of 80 million doses of Tamiflu, a worthless drug that in no way shape or form treats the avian flu, but only decreases the amount of days one is sick and can actually contribute to the virus having more lethal mutations. . . . So the U.S. placed an order for 20 million doses of this worthless drug at a price of $100 per dose. That comes to a staggering $2 billion. . . . We are being told that Roche manufactures Tamiflu and, in a recent New York Times article, they were battling whether or not they would allow generic drug companies to help increase their production. . . . But if you dig further you will find that a drug was actually developed by a company called Gilead that 10 years ago gave Roche the exclusive rights to market and sell Tamiflu. . . . Ahh, The Plot Thickens . . . If you read the link below from Gilead, you'll discover Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was made the chairman of Gilead in 1997. . . . Since Rumsfeld holds major portions of stock in Gilead, he will handsomely profit from the scare tactics of the government that is being used to justify the purchase of $2 billion of Tamiflu. . . . Finally Medical Journal Admits the Truth . . . This week's British Medical Journal has an editorial on the bird flu in which they state the following: "The lack of sustained human-to-human transmission suggests that this AH5N1 avian virus does not currently have the capacity to cause a human pandemic" . . . While they do go on to say the virus could mutate with the influenza A virus and has the potential to acquire the means for rapid human to human transmission, it does NOT have this ability now. All the preparation and fear being created in the media is about a theoretical speculation. . . . Now, I am still not opposed to being prepared for this potential bird flu pandemic. It is POSSIBLE it might materialize. But if it did there is no way that the flu vaccine or Tamiflu will mitigate its damage. No way.

posted by Lorenzo 6:41 PM

Meditation Improves Brain Development Study Shows
(LiveScience Staff, 11 November 2005)
Meditation alters brain patterns in ways that are likely permanent, scientists have known. But a new study shows key parts of the brain actually get thicker through the practice. . . . Brain imaging of regular working folks who meditate regularly revealed increased thickness in cortical regions related to sensory, auditory and visual perception, as well as internal perception -- the automatic monitoring of heart rate or breathing, for example. . . . The study also indicates that regular meditation may slow age-related thinning of the frontal cortex. . . . "What is most fascinating to me is the suggestion that meditation practice can change anyone's gray matter," said study team member Jeremy Gray, an assistant professor of psychology at Yale. "The study participants were people with jobs and families. They just meditated on average 40 minutes each day, you don't have to be a monk." . . . The research was led by Sara Lazar, assistant in psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital. It is detailed in the November issue of the journal NeuroReport. . . . The study involved a small number of people, just 20. All had extensive training in Buddhist Insight meditation. But the researchers say the results are significant. . . . Most of the brain regions identified to be changed through meditation were found in the right hemisphere, which is essential for sustaining attention. And attention is the focus of the meditation. . . . Other forms of yoga and meditation likely have a similar impact on brain structure, the researchers speculate, but each tradition probably has a slightly different pattern of cortical thickening based on the specific mental exercises involved.

posted by Lorenzo 12:07 PM

Evolution suffers setback in Kansas, citizens vote to devolve
(BBC NEWS, 09 November 2005)
Public schools in the US state of Kansas are to be given new science standards that cast doubt on evolution. . . . Proponents of the change argue they are trying to expose students to legitimate scientific questions about evolution. . . . The Kansas decision came as voters in Pennsylvania replaced all eight school board members who approved a similar policy in some of the state's schools. . . . Since October 2004, schools in Dover, Pennsylvania, have been obliged to read out a prepared statement on intelligent design in biology classes. . . . Teachers have been ordered to tell pupils that Darwin's theory of evolution is unproven, and that the universe is so complex that it may have been created by a higher power. . . . Tuesday's vote in Kansas was the third time in six years that the Kansas board has rewritten standards with evolution as the central issue. . . . The new standards include several specific challenges, including statements that there is a lack of evidence or natural explanation for the genetic code, and charges that fossil records are inconsistent with evolutionary theory. . . . It also states that says certain evolutionary explanations "are not based on direct observations . . . and often reflect . . . inferences from indirect or circumstantial evidence". . . . Decisions about what is taught in Kansas classrooms will remain with 300 local school boards, but the new standards will be used to develop student tests measuring how well schools teach science. . . . Educators fear pressure will increase in some communities to teach less about evolution or more about creationism or intelligent design. . . . [COMMENT by Lorenzo: What national employer will want to hire people who went to school in Kansas? The Fascist Christians are determined to keep people as ignorant as possible in order to keep them captive in their cults.]

posted by Lorenzo 9:07 AM

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