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May 03, 2008

Bush signs bil to create bank of all American newborn's DNA

American Samizdat: Rebel Scum Since 2001

President Bush last week signed into law a bill which will see the federal government begin to screen the DNA of all newborn babies in the U.S. within six months, a move critics have described as the first step towards the establishment of a national DNA database.

Described as a "national contingency plan" the justification for the new law S. 1858, known as The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007, is that it represents preparation for any sort of "public health emergency."

The bill states that the federal government should "continue to carry out, coordinate, and expand research in newborn screening" and "maintain a central clearinghouse of current information on newborn screening... ensuring that the clearinghouse is available on the Internet and is updated at least quarterly".

Sections of the bill also make it clear that DNA may be used in genetic experiments and tests.

May 02, 2008

Those who deny AIDS exists

American Samizdat: Rebel Scum Since 2001

This has been on the fringes of our culture for decades now. And the answers are not simple or easy. Many people feel that the scientific evidence of AIDS is lacking. That's what this documentary is about. They accept that HIV is very much real, but challenge the belief that AIDS is caused by HIV.

I don't necessarily agree with them, but I am interested in their arguments. On the flip side, here is a website debunking the AIDS deniers. Also, see more about misdiagnosing AIDS in Africa on GNN.

May 01, 2008

DC Madam "hanged herself"

bbridge.jpg Big Head DC | Thursday May 31st, 2007 12:14 PM by BHDC Staff | A Smoking Gun Re: the Dick Cheney / “DC Madam” Connection?
Fresh off the presses from Wayne Madsen Report:
Vice President Dick Cheney’s counsel ordered, in writing, the Secret Service to destroy the official visitors logs containing the names of those who visited him at the official residence of the Vice President at the U.S. Naval Observatory in northwest Washington, DC.... As WMR has previously reported, Cheney, before he was Vice President, was a client of the “Washington Madam’s” Pamela Martin & Associates escorts. Although there are no indications that Cheney engaged these services after becoming Vice President, a number of Cheney’s friends and advisers who possibly engaged the services of the escorts may be on the Vice President’s visitors logs. These include individuals who worked for Cheney when he was Secretary of Defense and President and CEO of Halliburton. What has the Vice President and his counsel worried is that by matching some of the names on the visitors logs with the phone records of Pamela Martin, a very interesting social networking chart could be produced.
NYT | ‘D.C. Madam’ Is Found Dead, Apparently in a Suicide
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A woman convicted two weeks ago of running a Washington call-girl ring that catered to the capital’s power elite was found dead here Thursday, and the authorities said she had apparently hanged herself.
And if you believe that, I have a lovely bridge I can let you have, cheap.

April 29, 2008

Anti-war voices and the Memory Hole

We don't need a MiniTru. The corporate mainstream media self-censors spectacularly well. Consortium News | TV Networks Silenced Anti-War Voices | By Jeff Cohen
In the fall of 2002, week after week, I argued vigorously against invading Iraq in debates televised on MSNBC. I used every possible argument that might sway mainstream viewers – no real threat, cost, instability. But as the war neared, my debates were terminated.... Except for the brazenness and scope of the Pentagon spin program, I wasn’t shocked by the recent New York Times report exposing how the Pentagon junketed and coached the retired military brass into being “message-force multipliers” and “surrogates” for Donald Rumsfeld’s lethal propaganda. The biggest villain here is not Rumsfeld nor the Pentagon. It’s the TV networks. In the land of the First Amendment, it was their choice to shut down debate and journalism. No government agency forced MSNBC to repeatedly feature the hawkish generals unopposed. Or fire Phil Donahue. Or smear weapons expert Scott Ritter. Or blacklist former attorney general Ramsey Clark. It was top NBC/MSNBC execs, not the Feds, who imposed a quota system on the Donahue staff requiring two pro-war guests if we booked one anti-war advocate – affirmative action for hawks.... “You would never dream of covering the environment by bringing on expert after expert after expert who had all retired from environmental organizations after 20 or 30 years and were still loyal to those groups. You would never discuss the workplace or workers by bringing on expert after expert after expert who’d been in the labor movement and retired in good standing after 30 years. . . . When it comes to war and foreign policy, you bring on all the retired generals, retired secretaries of state.”... “There’s this ritual, it’s a familiar pattern, a routine, where mainstream journalists, after the last war or intervention, say, ‘Boy, we got manipulated. We were taken. But next time, we’re going to be more skeptical.’ And then when the next time comes, it’s the same reporters interviewing the same experts, who buy the distortions from the Pentagon.”