Although it is not yet mid-autumn (and we are already experiencing record low temperatures in certain areas of the country), presidential candidate Al Gore, you can be sure, will continue to preach about the perils of global warming, ozone depletion, and the burning of fossil fuels.
In fact, environmental and ecological concerns about the latter caused gasoline prices to rise this summer and will cause natural gas prices to rise this expectedly cold winter because of the accumulating high fuel taxes and severe environmental restrictions on the exploration, drilling, and extraction of abundant fossil fuels from our own continent.
And yet, one of the greatest threats to the environment in the Western Hemisphere, particularly the southeastern United States and the Caribbean basin, is not the internal combustion engine of our automobiles, as predicated by Vice President Al Gore in his cataclysmic "Earth in the Balance," but the obsolete nuclear power plant being constructed in Cienfuegos, Cuba.
The Juraguá nuclear plant is located only 180 miles off the U.S. coast in the seismically active area of Cuba. Fidel Castro and the Soviets chose this area in 1983...
This biography of Robespierre, The Incorruptible, reads like a spellbinding novel, only that this book recounts more than the life of Robespierre. It graphically describes the horrors of the French Revolution and gives us vivid descriptions of all of the main participants in that orgy of blood, horror and death.
It begins with the notorious Diamond Necklace affair, which signaled the beginning of this great tragedy and sounded the clarion call of disaffection and intrigue against King Louie XVI and particularly his Queen, Marie Antoinette. When monetary and economic policy failed, this disaffection added fuel to the blaze of fire. The Ancien Régime is then consumed by the fall of the Bastille and the upheaval and conflagration of the revolution.
The French revolutionary government was not a true republic, despite its appellation, but violent democracy in action, degenerating brutally and chaotically into mob rule. The revolutionists led by Marat, Danton, Saint-Just, Hébert, Robespierre unleashed a horrible monster, a monster that, in the end, they could not control, for as Vergniaud said, "The revolution, like Saturn, is devouring its' own children."
The Nazi War on Cancer by Robert N. Proctor is a deeply disturbing book for it describes in a good light what the author calls "the lesser-known 'flipside' of fascism-the side that gave us struggles against smoking, campaigns for cleaner food and water, for exercise and preventive medicine."
The Nazi "accomplishments" include the establishment of medical registries (that is, databases) and medical surveillance, both later used for "euthanasia," and the linkage of occupational diseases and cancer to environmental poisons. The author, professor of history of science at Penn State, also details how Nazi scientists were the first investigators to link and ultimately prove with elegant epidemiological studies that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer.
Armed with scientific proof, Nazi officials moved aggressively in an all-out campaign against cigarette smoking, and tobacco was proclaimed "an enemy of the people" (Volksfeind). As the author states early in his prologue: "The participation of doctors in Nazi racial crimes is disturbing, but it is equally disturbing that Nazi doctors and public health activists were also involved in what we today might regard as '...
In a new book, Gun Violence: The Real Costs (Oxford University Press, 2000), to be released next month, economists Philip J. Cook of Duke University and Jens Ludwig of Georgetown University have upgraded the health costs of gun violence from the previously erroneous figure of $20 billion to $100 billion.
To reach this astonishing figure, the authors used a novel approach, "contingent valuation." By contingent valuation, Cook and Ludwig simply asked people in a telephone survey how much they were willing to pay to avoid the problem of "gun violence."
Thus, from a "nationally representative telephone survey" whereby "1,200 people were asked how much they would pay per year to reduce criminal gunshot injuries," they virtually extrapolated to the entire population.
This approach, as if it needed to be said, is as grossly unreliable as the public health use of risk analysis to prove "relative risk" in epidemiological studies. By this type of flawed methodology, public health "scientists" proved that women who wore brassieres all day are 12,500 times more likely to contract breast cancer than "flower children" women who go braless!
The trend of enacting public policy by lawsuits went into high gear during the eight years of the Clinton-Gore administration, as frenzied attorney-litigators rolled over increasing numbers of unwary defendants.
Perhaps it is time we turn the ignition off to this litigation locomotive.
As we approach the presidential election this November, trial lawyers remain locked in an unholy partnership with the federal leviathan to tax the tobacco industry and plunder it to submission. And the government has effectively joined in the looting, so it can use the booty money to extend its socialist tentacles with more "outreach" government programs to seduce ever more citizens into dependency.
Americans have become unwitting accomplices in this looting. Consider: If the government was totally and sincerely concerned about the health of smokers, why not ban tobacco use, just as it has banned other drugs, e.g., LSD and crack cocaine, which have no medical use?
But no, government wants to share in the plunder of an industry in which it has previously had a vested financial interest.
Now the unholy partnership of trial lawyers and the government have set their...
As we reach Labor Day 2000, physicians and the public should wonder what has happened in the many months that have transpired since the AMA decided to form physician unions and thus aligned itself with the conglomeration of special interests of the left side of the political spectrum.
The American Medical Association has continued to lose members slowly while still drifting aimlessly in the ocean of political correctness. I hope the information that follows is instructive for physicians contemplating joining unions as well as other organizations that may want to follow the AMA's unwise example.
One of President Ronald Reagan's most memorable actions early in his first term of office was the firing of striking air traffic controllers en masse for violating federal labor laws. His actions were loudly applauded throughout the land.
Question: Did anyone feel sorry for the union members making $40,000 a year or more, despite their high level of responsibility? Did anyone feel their pain? So, consider this: Who is going to feel sorry for striking American physicians making, for the most part, more than $75,000 a year and who, for years, the mass media have...
Recently, the media, including medical journalists in organized medicine (i.e., American Medical Association and affiliates) have focused their attention on the associations of violence in television, music, video games and movies to violent behavior in children and adolescents. To this end, a consensus statement of experts released July 26 and sponsored by the AMA and other medical groups proclaimed, "At this time, well over 1,000 studies - including reports from the surgeon general's office, the National Institute of Mental Health and numerous studies conducted by leading figures within our medical and public health organizations - point overwhelmingly to a causal connection between media violence and aggressive behavior in some children."
Moreover, the report continued, "Its effects are measurable and long-lasting: prolonged viewing of media violence can lead to emotional desensitization toward violence in real life."
It should be of interest to the public to learn that some of the most important, breakthrough research papers on this topic first appeared in the 1970s and 1980s. The pioneering research was conducted and the paper written by Dr. Brandon...
Cuba En Guerra ("Cuba In War") by scholar Enrique Encinosa is the definitive work on the guerilla wars waged by anticommunist rebels against the repressive totalitarian regime of Fidel Castro from 1959-1993. Written in Spanish, it needs to be translated into English and other languages for wider dissemination.
This book is not for the easily offended or faint-hearted. The poignant text, carefully annotated, meticulously research and succinctly put together by its author is accompanied by graphic photos of rebel leaders with machine guns and bandoleers, armaments, armed rebel battalions, and also pictures of those who died attempting to bring freedom to Cuba or captured and executed by the communist dictator.
Why would campesinos (peasants), workers, or students pick up arms and lead open revolts in the Escambray Mountains against Castro's "worker's paradise?" Why would Cuban exiles living good comfortable lives in Miami with their families leave to go back to Cuba, breach communist defenses to conduct clandestine operations, infiltration, and uprisings against Fidel Castro's communist government? You must read this book to find out.
This 428-page book has...
Great Britain, which gave birth to the great political philosophy of classic liberalism and to America, the flowering of Western civilization, is in moral decline.
Not content with holding Gen. Augusto Pinochet hostage, Britain now holds its own citizens hostage like an authoritarian nation that distrusts its own citizens with firearms.(1)
Since 1996, when a madman went on a rampage killing 16 children and their teacher in Dunblane, Scotland, Great Britain has tightened to strangulation its already draconian gun control laws so that only certified members of approved target-shooting clubs are allowed to own guns. These must be .22 caliber or smaller and must be kept locked up at the club at all times.
Guns have been virtually banned, and the God-given right to self-defense has been virtually abrogated in England.
Dramatic Increase in Robberies and Other Crime
And yet, crime has steadily risen in Britain in the last several years. The U.S. Department of Justice says a person is nearly twice as likely to be robbed, assaulted or have a vehicle stolen in Britain as in the United States. Although the U.S. remains ahead of Britain in rates of murder...
Last August, the rugged Aussie survivalist whose real-life exploits inspired the "Crocodile Dundee" movies died in what then appeared to be a mysterious shootout with Australian police. A police sergeant was also killed in the incident.
It was reported that 44-year-old blond-haired Rodney William Ansell resembled uncannily Paul Hogan, the actor who played his part in the movie and the sequel. Although Ansell was no angel and had had previous run-ins with police, he had been named 1988 Australian Northern Territory Man of the Year for inspiring the movie and putting "the Australian Outback on the map."
What motivated this shooting? In 1996, Australia adopted draconian gun control laws banning certain guns (60 percent of all firearms), requiring registration of all firearms and licensing of all gun owners. "Crocodile Dundee" believed the police were coming to confiscate his unregistered firearms.
In Australia today, police can enter your house and search for guns, copy the hard drive of your computer, seize records, and do it all without a search warrant. It's the law that police can go door to door searching for weapons that have not been surrendered in...