Cloning of the American Mind centers on America's "illiteracy cartel," a term B. K. Eakman, educator, writer and researcher, coined to describe an out-of-control psychographic consulting industry. Psychographics, "the study of social class based upon the demographics...income, race, color, religion, and personality traits...which can be measured to predict behavior," becomes a commodity that through computers can be acquired by almost anyone.
I've seen attack ships on fire off the shores of Orion...
I've seen sea beams glitter at the Tennhieser Gate...
All those... Moments... Will be lost now,
Like tears... In rain.
Something is rotten in Washington's corridors of power. And we aren't talking about lying about sultry sex (and alleged private matters that may or may not be high crimes and misdemeanors), but corruption in the highest circles of our government --- the Departments of Navy, Justice, Defense, Commerce, culminating with bribery and potential treason involving the President and Vice President of the United States.
In his article, "You Copy That?" (Medical Sentinel, July/August 1999), P. Gardner Goldsmith discusses some serious concerns about human cloning (HC) and the intrinsic legal aspects that may be relative under constitutional law. In regards to the latter issue discussion is pointed to DNA donation as being pertinent to inalienable rights of property. This is the first issue I will dispense with.
[What are taxes?] The greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner
and crevice of industry[which] watches prosperity as its prey and permits
none to escape without tribute.
The Rights of Man (1791)
Let us flee to the land of the barbarian
where we may live as free men.
Roman citizen, A.D. 4th cent.
Do not dig a hole for somebody else,
lest you fall in it yourself.
If private practice loses out to megacorporate medicine in the U.S. (i.e., "Clinton-lite" style), don't make the sloppy error of equating it to the corner grocer or hardware store losing out to Hy Vee or Wal-Mart. The small grocer lost out to the large corporation because he was unable to offer the same goods at as low a price as the large corporate entity.
Medical care is different. By its very nature it offers custom services, not goods. A large corporate entity can't operate any more efficiently than I can, for instance. In fact, not as efficiently.
In the midst of reading the Medical Sentinel, though I admit I haven't read every issue, I've not found support of any particular candidate for president. Is this a rule set by the editorial committee? If that is the rule, I believe it is important to set it aside in this particular instance.
When a public policy isn't working, we should try something different. Despite thousands of arrests and seizures, America is still not drug free. Despite billions of dollars expended annually, no progress has been made to curb the war on drugs. Despite increasing numbers of prisons, there is still not enough room for all the criminals.
On the Frontiers of Science
"A few weeks ago, Governor George Bush delayed the execution of a Texas inmate so that DNA evidence could be reviewed. That review backfired, providing additional evidence that the inmate was, indeed, guilty. University of Utah Professor Paul G. Cassell had this observation about all the death-penalty yada-yada:
There are two competing coalitions in American politics today that are organized around how one views the relationship between the individual and the state.
In the past, the Republican and Democrat parties had within them a broad ideological range. Regional differences --- North vs. South --- and religious and immigrant status had a great deal to say about whether one viewed himself as a Republican or Democrat. The Roosevelt coalition held together in the Democrat party a solid South with ethnic immigrants and Catholics in northern cities.
David Horowitz, one of the radical leftists of the Sixties, spoke at the 56th annual meeting of the AAPS in October 1999. His message had many medical references. His book, The Politics of Bad Faith, traces society's political conflict from the French Revolution, when radicals sat to the left in the National Assembly and their opponents sat to the right. Today, he feels, the Left has become all but invisible, and this has made them dangerous. The Right does not fully comprehend that we are at war with the Left.
Introduction --- "A Gun in the Home"
Big Brother is Watching You
"Render the following in B-movie, staccato-style German and see if it reminds you of anything:
'Your vehicle was seen traveling on southbound I-95 near I-195 on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Please provide the following information:
'Where were you going? Who was with you? What was the purpose of your trip?'
About that "zero drug tolerance" policy in our schools: Does it really mean what it says? Or would it come closer to the truth for school administrators to admit what they really oppose are pushers offering competing consciousness-altering substances?
Do you own a gun? How many guns do you have? Do your children have access to guns in your home? Did you know that having a gun in your home triples your risk of becoming a homicide victim?
Gun Violence and Street Crime
Sally Zierler, a professor from Brown University calls AIDS, "a biological expression of social inequality," and her plan for combating the AIDS epidemic includes limiting the power of corporations, capping CEO salaries, eliminating corporate subsidies, prohibiting corporate contributions to politicians, and strengthening labor unions.
Public health has had a magnificent and resplendent history. Sadly, the public health establishment has strayed far from its glorious origins and has gone from a lean, effective medical discipline composed of dedicated, independent physicians and health care workers to a bloated, politicized, entrenched, bureaucracy more concerned with political agendas --- and its own existence and budgets --- than the public health it had been charged to protect.
"There is no hard evidence for homicide," said Cyril Wecht, M.D. --- at least twice --- "despite egregious conduct at the scene and unanswered questions such as failure to find the slug."
Dr. Wecht, nationally known forensic pathologist and author of Grave Secrets: A Leading Forensic Expert Reveals the Startling Truth About O.J. Simpson, David Koresh, Vincent Foster and Other Sensational Cases, spoke in Atlanta at a meeting of the American College of Legal Medicine on March 10, 2001, on ethics in managed care ("an oxymoron").
Our country is rotting. It is sick with a disease so shocking
that we turn our faces from it in dread.
Increasingly, it is home to a class of citizens for whom
the most basic rules of social
organization have come unraveled.
Paved With Good Intentions
Neurosurgeon George Chovanes, M.D., begins his writing career with an ambitious project involving science, neurosurgery, politics and mystery. The protagonist in The Sharp Edge of the Soul is chief neurosurgical resident, Dr. Alex Adams, who is suspect of the chief of neurosurgery, Dr. Victor Todd. Todd makes philosophical comments about the perennial neurosurgeon's preoccupation with the mind-brain dilemma --- he wishes to program the mind by altering the brain. Dr. Todd is researching this with monkeys. But is he also using humans?
Vermont Governor Howard Dean says that he asked Hillary if she planned to run for president in 2004. "Senator Clinton is not going to be running, and she told me so," Dean said.
Recently, I attended the 59th annual meeting of the AAPS in Tucson, Arizona. As always, it gave me a surge of energy, like a shot of adrenaline, as it has done on every such occasion. But this time, it was even more evident, and I was not the only one so affected. At first, I thought it was because of the increased attendance over that of recent years, but by the second day, I sensed a renewed spirit in the attendees --- one that I had not felt before. This new perception prevailed in spite of the increasing harassment and abuse of physicians by our government and the insurance industry.
Macon Telegraph journalist Charles Richardson, former Mercer University President, Dr. Kirby Godsey, and Mercer Law Professor David Oedel have all brought interesting points to the discussion of the problem of education and ethics. I believe this is a problem -- not just affecting Georgia and Bibb County -- but also the nation. And, in contemporary society, it goes deeper than educational methodology and throwing money at the problem.
Now that the Republicans with Tea Party assistance have won the House of Representatives by a landslide, we are hearing a lot of cries from the Democrats and their minions in the media about the need for ending "gridlock" and establishing bipartisan consensus!
With the 2010 mid-term election behind us, we can safely say that another political tsunami swept the nation. This time the GOP ascendancy exceeded that achieved in 1994, when the Republican Party, led by the then Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, picked up 54 seats in that legislative chamber.
In a recent letter to the editor printed in the Macon Telegraph 9/1/10, Joni Woolf, a Georgia author and self-described "activist with strong ties to the Democratic Party," began her letter innocently enough by stating: "I read with interest the story of Glenn Beck's march on Washington and how he and his crowd of loyal supporters want us to return to 'traditional values.' Now I'm wondering just which traditional values he wants to return to?"
The final word from medical moguls and other pundits is coming out in full force on health care and medical journalism: Americans must be prepared, from the top down, to accept drastic medical and health care rationing. Why? Because "the establishment of the rational allocation of finite resources" (translate: the extensive rationing of medical services) will be desperately needed, if universal coverage, socialized ObamaCare medicine is to have a chance to work in this country.
In the summer of 1787, as the Founders, led by James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, concluded the drafting of the momentous Constitution of these United States, a Philadelphia lady at the steps of Independence Hall, asked, "Mr [Ben] Franklin, what kind of government have you given us?" He retorted, "a Republic, ma'am if you can keep it."