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October 01, 2010

U.S. Researchers Intentionally Infected Guatemalans With STDs In The 1940s

Sort of like the Tuskegee experiment, but instead of infecting poor black men in America, we attacked foreign nationals with disease. U.S. Researchers Intentionally Infected Guatemalans With STDs In The 1940s | TPMMuckraker
About 60 years ago, the United States government intentionally infected hundreds of people in Guatemala with gonorrhea and syphilis without their knowledge or permission. The report is based on a study by Susan M. Reverby, a professor at Wellesley College. "In 1946-48, Dr. John C. Cutler, a PHS physician who would later be part of the Syphilis Study in Alabama in the 1960s and continue to defend it two decades after it ended in the 1990s, was running a syphilis inoculation project in Guatemala, co-sponsored by the PHS, the National Institutes of Health, the Pan American Health Sanitary Bureau (now the Pan American Health Organization), and the Guatemalan government," Reverby, wrote. U.S. taxpayers, through the Public Health Service (PHS), paid for prostitutes who tested positive for either syphilis or gonorrhea to offer their services to the inmates in Guatemala City's Central Penitentiary. Uninfected prostitutes, in another set of experiments, had inoculum of the diseases placed on their cervixes before the sexual visits began, and tests were done on inmates both prior to the prostitutes' visits and afterwards to see if they were infected.

September 29, 2010

Anderson Cooper interviews Assistant AG Shirvell about his stalking of gay U of M student

Skip ahead to 3:30 for when Shirvell appears. A singularly peculiar Assistant Attorney General - Roger Ebert's Journal

September 26, 2010

Georgia Superstar Pastor accused of raping four teenage boys

Four have come forward to press charges against him and the rumor is that over thirty more men are working to add themselves to the suit, claiming he molested them when they were teenagers in his congregation as well. Eddie Long has long claimed he can "cure" homosexuality in men, just like Ted Haggard claimed one day before he was caught doing meth and having sex with a rentboy. The new rule of thumb is this: If a preacher, pastor, rabbi, imam, priest, etc gets up on a national stage and preaches about the evils of homosexuality or about curing homosexuality then they are totally gay. Many of his parishioners are standing behind him (so to speak). And the Christian Science Monitor wonders if this will make black church be more tolerant of gay people. (Hint: No.) Eddie Long: Georgia pastor will fight allegations of sexual abuse - latimes.com
Long said he was "under attack," urged his church to pray for him and said he would not let the case be tried in the media. The church members gave him a standing ovation. Long built his church from just 300 members in 1987 to more than 25,000 today, giving him a position of national prominence, especially within the strand of evangelical belief that says God intends material blessing for his followers. The church, set on a campus east of Atlanta, runs a global network of ministries and businesses. It hosted the funeral in 2006 of civil rights leader Coretta Scott King. Plaintiffs Anthony Flagg, 21, Maurice Robinson, 20, and Jamal Parris, 23, filed lawsuits on Tuesday in DeKalb County, Georgia seeking unspecified damages. A suit by a fourth man was added on Friday. "Long has a pattern and practice of singling out a select group of young male church members and using his authority as bishop over them to ultimately bring them to engage in sexual relationships," according to the lawsuits filed on Tuesday.