In Part I of this article, I discussed a concept that is always on the mind of the socialist planner and that is "social utility." To fully understand this concept one has to understand the socialist philosophy, if it can indeed be called a philosophy — in general, philosophies are analytical. In their world view, which is basically a gnostic one, the world is occupied by two basic forms of human life — those who are wise and chosen, and those who make up the common rabble, i.e., the masses.
The wise, in an older gnostic view, are anointed by the divine force to lead mankind and mold his nature based on an understanding derived from arcane knowledge carefully guarded by mystics of the ancient world. This idea, that certain men are chosen to rule mankind has permeated many governments of the world since and in modern times has attained a less metaphysical tint, but which is still divided between those who cling to the ancient notions of gnosticism, such as the theosophists (Alice Bailey), and the modern view of the New World Order Movement. Of course, they intermingle quite often. We are witnessing an exploding interest in wisdom derived from the gnostic gospels, as...
One characteristic of the collectivists is that when a particular term becomes unpopular, such as the word socialism, they create a succession of more socially friendly terms. For example, in the 1800s they did not shy away from the term socialism, but as people began to understand that socialism was a form of social control and engineering, they dropped the term for more acceptable terms such as liberalism, progressivism and collectivism. The socialist promoting a government-run health care system did likewise. Knowing that the term socialized medicine was frightening to a great number of people, they began to use such terms as national health care, universal health insurance and now single payer system.
I find it ironic that no one asks these socialists, who is that mysterious single payer? Should the public consider this for even a moment, they would quickly realize that the single payer is the taxpayer and the administrator of the system is the government via an army of bureaucrats. The socialist has, over the years, become quite adept at selling his wares. It was the Italian communist Antonio Gramsi and earlier the Fabian socialists, who understood that most of the...
Last month the Georgia legislature, House and Senate, passed House Bill 89 and sent it to Governor Sonny Perdue (R) for his signature. This legislation makes significant and much-needed improvements to Georgia's Right to Carry laws. Our legislators have worked hard for the citizens of Georgia in framing and passing this legislation, which allows lawfully-licensed gun permit holders to possess a locked firearm in any private motor vehicle while on a public parking lot and other establishments, and permits them to carry their firearms for self and family protection in state parks, recreational and wildlife management areas, restaurants, etc.
Thousands of Georgians are very worried that the Governor will not sign this important bill HB-89 because of the pressure being applied by, among several groups of usual suspects, the big business community, which claims that private property rights supersede the right to self and family protection, the same inalienable right to life and liberty enshrined in the Declaration of Independence.
Governor Perdue needs to sign this important piece of legislation which expires soon!
As the laws now stands, what is the use of...
Kudos for The Telegraph report [07/02/07] describing the current tax situation in Bibb County that may saddle county taxpayers with thousands of dollars in penalties and tax arrears.
Now we read that Bibb County Chief Appraiser, Jim Davis, is looking for a private consulting firm with an incredible price tag of $2.5 million to do another property tax assessment in Bibb County.
This situation should make property owners tremble, not only because of the penalties and accumulating bills, but also because of the coming tax increase that will follow, if the situation in neighboring Baldwin County is any guide.
In 2004, Baldwin County property owners had the misfortune of having a tax reevaluation assessed by a private consulting firm, Technical Appraisal Services of Georgia, whose web site address is Macon, Georgia. Arbitrarily, Baldwin County property owners, particularly those on Lake Sinclair, suddenly saw their property assessments skyrocket without on-site inspections and without furnishing any evidence the real estate market in Baldwin County had bloomed to anything approaching the extent of that increase.
Property tax assessments were doubled from...
Kudos to State Rep. Allen Peake for his valiant efforts and much-needed proposal to eliminate the increasingly burdensome property taxes in the state of Georgia. No one should be surprised that Mr. Frank Gadbois is against it! His aversion to individual freedom and free market capitalism is well known. Instead, Mr. Gadbois is for "progressive taxation," confiscatory, class warfare socialism first enunciated by Karl Marx in the second plank of his Communist Manifesto (1848), in which he called for "a heavy, progressive or graduated income tax."
Thanks to the Woodrow Wilson administration and those who labored to change this country from a republic to a social democracy, progressive taxation came to pass in 1913.
The middle class was seduced into accepting progressive taxation because its proponents claimed it was only aimed at the top 5 percent of the population. During World War II, taxes increased to include the middle class who accepted it as a hardship war tax. The cold war is now over, but heavy taxation remains in property taxes, income taxes, death taxes, etc. The middle class has simply fallen in the same deepening hole they intended for the super rich....
The latest medical reports from Havana assert that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who is 80-years-old and has ruled the island for 47 years, will recuperate from his mysterious intestinal illness and return to "public life." Venezuelan president, and Castro's sidekick and fawning admirer, Hugo Chavez, likewise affirms that Castro does not have cancer, does not have a terminal disease, and that he will recover, and together they will lead the new Latin American socialist axis of Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, and, of course, Cuba. The Venezuelan strongman has just recently twisted the arms of his rubber-stamping Assembly to force it to grant him the power of legislating by personal decree - that is, dictatorial powers - to accelerate the conversion of his oil-rich nation into another socialist paradise a la Cuba.
But the news from Spain's leading newspaper El Pais regarding the health of the Maximum Leader is not so rosy. While El Pais corroborates that the debilitating illness is not cancer, it does intimate that, had the condition been originally treated elsewhere by competent physicians, a successful outcome could have been attained. Obviously, Cuban surgeons in the...
In Part I, we discussed in general terms some of the shortcomings I encountered in many of the grant proposals submitted during my stint as a grant reviewer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) in the years 2002-2004 . There is no reason to believe that these epidemiologic and scientific shortcomings have been addressed and corrected in subsequent years. And from the outset, let me state that the problems do not lie with the methodology of the peer review process, but rather with the misuse of statistics and the lack of science in many, if not most, of the grant proposals. The methodology of grant review calls for the evaluation of research aims and long-term objectives, significance and originality, as well as research design. These are appropriate criteria, but perhaps, for improvement, an additional criterion should be added: Show me the science!
In Part I, we also stressed the fact that statistics are not science, and cannot prove cause and effect relationships . Yet statistics are a very useful tool of science that when properly applied establish correlations as to disease processes. And...
During the years 2002-2004, I served in the Injury Research Grant Review Committee (IRGRC, more recently the "Initial Review Group") of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - more specifically, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC).
I participated not only in the major meetings in Atlanta, but also in on-site reviews and inspections of Injury Research Centers (IRG) reviewing thousands of pages of grant applications requesting funding for medical and public health scientific research proposals. I have deliberately let some time elapse before writing this analysis with the purpose of being able to take a step back and write from a distance, objectively.
I should also inform the reader that I must write in generalities, for I cannot disclose by CDC rules specific details of any grant proposal requesting funding, or discuss the content of the review of any specific grant application in which I participated or that came to my knowledge while working at the CDC in the capacity of grant reviewer. This secrecy seems, in retrospect, even more stringent than those that were in place at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project! So my...
I wholeheartedly agree and applaud your momentous editorial in November 2006 (I am now in standing ovation), pointing out with pinpoint accuracy the differences and defining characteristics between personal leadership and collective consensus building.
However, apparently you and I, and other neurosurgeons who believe in stoic leaders, the power of the individual mind, personal will, fortitude, and moral courage, are now seemingly a minority, going against an oceanic current, a progressive (socialistic) wave of pragmatic followers bent on establishing consensus down a predetermined path.
We are told almost daily by the mass media in the United States that people dislike gridlock and that consensus is a way to stop political gridlock and move forward. Yet, to our founding fathers, gridlock was the very strong medicine needed then (and still needed today) against the malady of3 runaway government---the checks and balances of a republican form of government---to protect dissenting minorities from passionate, tyrannical majorities.
However, consensus builders do as they have been instructed to do by those above who pull the strings from behind the curtain. They...
MIGUEL A. FARIA, JR., M.D.
BORN: September 30, 1952 in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba
U.S. CITIZEN: 1971
FLUENT IN LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH: Spanish
* Eau Claire High School, Columbia, South Carolina (1970; National Honor Society)
* University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina (1970-1973). Bachelor of
Science (B.S.) degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology (1973; graduated
Magna Cum Laude)
* Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina (1973-1977)
a) Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (1975)
b) Merck's Manual Award for scholastic achievement (1977)
c) MD degree (1977)
d) Neurosurgery Externship with Drs. Phanor Perot and Ludwig Kempe at the
Medical University of South Carolina (January-April, 1977)
* University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. Surgical Residency (1977-1978)