Saturday, June 19, 2004

Bush plans to screen whole US population for mental illness

Sounds like real compassionate conservatism doesn't it. It's the doping of America for fun and profit.
Eli Lilly, manufacturer of olanzapine, has multiple ties to the Bush administration. George Bush Sr was a member of Lilly's board of directors and Bush Jr appointed Lilly's chief executive officer, Sidney Taurel, to a seat on the Homeland Security Council. Lilly made $1.6m in political contributions in 2000—82% of which went to Bush and the Republican Party.

Jones points out that the companies that helped to start up the Texas project have been, and still are, big contributors to the election funds of George W Bush. In addition, some members of the New Freedom Commission have served on advisory boards for these same companies, while others have direct ties to the Texas Medication Algorithm Project.

What about this Texas project?
The commission also recommended "Linkage [of screening] with treatment and supports" including "state-of-the-art treatments" using "specific medications for specific conditions." The commission commended the Texas Medication Algorithm Project (TMAP) as a "model" medication treatment plan that "illustrates an evidence-based practice that results in better consumer outcomes."

Dr Darrel Regier, director of research at the American Psychiatric Association (APA), lauded the president's initiative and the Texas project model saying, "What's nice about TMAP is that this is a logical plan based on efficacy data from clinical trials."

He said the association has called for increased funding for implementation of the overall plan.

But the Texas project, which promotes the use of newer, more expensive antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs, sparked off controversy when Allen Jones, an employee of the Pennsylvania Office of the Inspector General, revealed that key officials with influence over the medication plan in his state received money and perks from drug companies with a stake in the medication algorithm (15 May, p1153). He was sacked this week for speaking to the BMJ and the New York Times.

The Texas project started in 1995 as an alliance of individuals from the pharmaceutical industry, the University of Texas, and the mental health and corrections systems of Texas. The project was funded by a Robert Wood Johnson grant—and by several drug companies.

The new reality brought to you courtesy George Bush and the Republican party. Don't smoke that joint my friend, its the devil's weed. Olanzapine is the party of Gods choice for a better personality.

The Human Cry
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)

HALLOWED be Thy name—Halleluiah!—
Infinite Ideality!
Immeasurable Reality!
Infinite Personality!
Hallowed be Thy name—Halleluiah!

We feel we are nothing—for all is Thou and in Thee;
We feel we are something—that also has come from Thee;
We know we are nothing—but Thou wilt help us to be.
Hallowed be Thy name—Halleluiah!

Fourteen Defining
Characteristics Of Fascism

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

9. Corporate Power is Protected - The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

Sound like any body we know.....Sean? Bill O'? Rush? Ann? Charles K? M. Savage? Bush? Falwell? Reed? Heritage Foundation? Free Enterprise Foundation? The 700 Club? The Washington Times? Fox News? The Liberty Foundation? Cheney? Halliburton-Enron-Bechtel?

Friday, June 18, 2004

The following is from a speech by Bill Moyers that should be engraved on the foreheads of every social-darwinist Republican in America. Its not just tragic that Republicans are lost souls that have bastardized democracy and capitalism, but that they are shoving their rotten vision down everyone's throat. Theirs is small mean vision hidden in the bright shiny wrappings of double-speak.

The Fight of Our Lives

Until now. I don't have to tell you that a profound transformation is occurring in America: the balance between wealth and the commonwealth is being upended. By design. Deliberately. We have been subjected to what the Commonwealth Foundation calls "a fanatical drive to dismantle the political institutions, the legal and statutory canons, and the intellectual and cultural frameworks that have shaped public responsibility for social harms arising from the excesses of private power." From land, water and other natural resources, to media and the broadcast and digital spectrums, to scientific discovery and medical breakthroughs, and to politics itself, a broad range of the American commons is undergoing a powerful shift toward private and corporate control. And with little public debate. Indeed, what passes for 'political debate' in this country has become a cynical charade behind which the real business goes on -- the not-so-scrupulous business of getting and keeping power in order to divide up the spoils.

Donald Rumsfeld has been attacking vans in London.

Attack Buzzard Dies Dive-Bombing Van
LONDON - A buzzard which attacked more than 20 cyclists on a country road has died after dive-bombing a van, officials said Thursday.

9/11 Commission finds no evidence linking Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda
The Commission investigating the 9/11 attacks on the United States has found that there's no evidence linking Saddam Hussein's former regime with the September eleven atrocities.

Its finding that there is no "no credible evidence" that al-Qaeda collaborated with Saddam Hussein's government directly contradicts the Bush Administration's version of events. Earlier this week Vice President Dick Cheney repeated the claim that the former Iraqi dictator had "long-established ties" to al-Qaeda. And just yesterday President Bush supported those claims.

From Washington John Shovelan reports.

JOHN SHOVELAN: The White House has never been a fan of the 9/11 Commission, opposing its creation, feuding with it over the release of documents, and whether the President and senior officials would appear.

The Commission though, today added another chapter to that touchy relationship when it found no evidence tying Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda, undermining a central element of the administration's argument for going to war with Iraq.
Prediction: this report will not penetrate certain thick skulls.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Reagan the Great White Redeemer
However, true white “Redeemers” never accepted the tenuous new order, and distrusted Richard Nixon as an appeaser of dark, anti-American forces at home and abroad. Their hero was California Governor Ronald Reagan (1967 – 1975), a Goldwaterite who opposed the Voting Rights Act (“bad legislation…that infringed on the rights of citizens”), affirmative action (“reverse discrimination”) and the entire menu of War on Poverty programs.

Reagan the Saint that never was. Reagan was in many ways the worse president of the last thirty years. As an actor con-man he has left a legacy that is founded more on dangerous illusion then fact. His meanness, bigotry, homophobia, and social-darwinistic domestic policies appealed to people that were and are devoid of any depth of morality. This is telling about his cheerleaders and apologists. If the emperor had no clothes and you keep insisting that he did, what does that say about you and your agenda.
... Reagan, said Moore, “presided and helped create an age in which too many people felt free to express their bigotry. Ignorance had a holiday.”

George Bush is ignorance personified. But he knows his people.

The first and second Reconstructions were too short to disconnect white America from its founding, racist vision of Manifest Destiny. As a consequence, the United States is fundamentally disconnected from the modern world – to the world’s peril, and our own.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Bush and and his new campaign booster, Vladimir Putin seem to have so much in common. For one, they don't seen to understand the root causes of terrorism or how to deal with it. They both are better recruiters of new terrorists then the terrorists themselves.
What Russia tells us about Iraq
Horrific attacks on major population centers. Urgent demands to aggressively root out terrorists. Disregard for political processes. A provoked cycle of violence. This is not America, or Israel, but Russia. The May 9th assassination of Russian-backed Chechen President Ahmed Kadyrov by extremist Chechen rebel forces further undermines President Putin's attempt to impose a solution to the conflict in the breakaway Republic and his war on terror more generally.

Vladimir Putin became prime minister in August 1999, when Chechen Islamist groups were engaging in increasingly aggressive behavior toward Russia. Shortly after his appointment, apartment bombings in Moscow and other cities killed at least 300 hundred people. Putin responded by launching a second Chechen war.

Does this remind anyone of the implied connection that Bush and Cheney have made between Iraq and 9-11.
BUSH SAYS IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEEN AL QAEDA AND SADDAM... "You can't distinguish between al Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror." [President Bush, 9/25/02]

...BUSH SAYS SADDAM HAD NO ROLE IN AL QAEDA PLOT "We've had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved in Sept. 11." [President Bush, 9/17/03]

Bush: Poll of Iraqis reveals anger toward U.S.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A poll of Iraqis commissioned by the U.S.-governing authority has provided the Bush administration a stark picture of anti-American sentiment — more than half of Iraqis believe they would be safer if U.S. troops simply left.

The poll, commissioned by the Coalition Provisional Authority last month but not released to the American public, also found radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is surging in popularity, 92 percent of Iraqis consider the United States an occupying force and more than half believe all Americans behave like those portrayed in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse photos.

Putin: Kadyrov’s assassination hampers Putin’s strategy in Chechnya
A few hours later Putin received Kadyrov's son, Ramzan, head of the Chechen presidential security service, at the Kremlin, and paid tribute to the late president, referring to him as "a real hero". He also received Sergei Abramov, former prime minister of Chechnya, and appointed him acting president pending elections, which are to be held within four months. "It is necessary that this dreadful event should not reflect negatively on the lives of [Chechen] people," Putin said. Two days later he appointed Ramzan, 27, first deputy to the interim president.

Ramzan was appointed despite accusations from human-rights activists that, as head of his father's security service and collaborator with Russian interior and security police forces, he had been involved in torture and the disappearances of many Chechens. The acting president justified his promotion as a measure to "strengthen the fight against terrorism", and the continuation of his late father's policies.

Jonathan Weiler writes in the Gadflyer article ( if you only read one link, this is the one to read.)
Second, Islamists in Chechnya and their Jihadist allies, including Taliban remnants now fighting in Chechnya pose a serious terrorist threat to Russia. However, the origins of the Chechen conflict were not Jihadist in nature. Russia contributed to the Islamization of the conflict both by destroying the foundations of normal life in Chechnya, and by refusing to deal with politicians whom it could not manipulate, delegitimizing any politicians it did work with, like Kadyrov. In short, Russia made Chechen national aspirations indistinguishable from fundamentalist terror, despite the historical absence of the latter in Chechnya. The subsequent cycle of bloodletting between Russian forces and Chechen militants is an outgrowth of the Russian methods. We see a similar process in Iraq, in which potential leaders seen as too close to the American occupiers are deemed illegitimate by the Iraqi public, and a marginal figure like Moqtada al-Sadr can rise to prominence simply by opposing the occupation.

Many on the Right think that meeting every obstacle with force is the only answer. Sometimes it justs amplifies the problem. No, that is not to say that those who commit acts of terror should go unpunished. It means using a combination of the carrot and stick that presidents from Kennedy to Clinton managed to use fairly effectively. The world has a mininum expectation of Putin and Bush and that expectation is competence. Bush waffles on Iraq, its like some two headed hybrid with Iraq still the front of the war on terror and hurry up and leave before the elections. Putin doesn't have the election problem because he's strong armed the elections in his favor, but his on going moral ineptitude won't go away just because he's a semi-king.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

"The President's Speech" from
The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks, 1985:

What was going on? A roar of laughter from the aphasia ward, just as the President's speech was coming on, and they had all been so eager to hear the President speaking...

There he was, the old Charmer, the Actor, with his practised rhetoric, his histrionisms, his emotional appeal - and all the patients were convulsed with laughter. Well, not all: some looked bewildered, some looked outraged, one or two looked apprehensive, but most looked amused. The President was, as always, moving - but he was moving them, apparently, mainly to laughter. What could they be thinking? Were they failing to understand him? Or did they, perhaps, understand him all too well?

It was often said of these patients, who though intelligent had the severest receptive or global aphasia, rendering them incapable of understanding words as such, that they none the less understood most of what was said to them. Their friends, their relatives, the nurses who knew them well, could hardly believe, sometimes, that they were aphasic.

Dr. Sacks would know. He is almost too sane.