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Louisiana Representative wants to sterilize poor women, give rich women tax breaks to breed

Think Progress -- Lousiana lawmaker advocates eugenics: Sterilize poor women, encourage rich to procreate.

The secret class war continues.

We have a history of this sort of brutal attack on the poor in our country.The United States was the first country to undertake planned, compulsory sterilization back in the 19th century. Michigan being the first state to try to legalize it. In Michigan the poor, the retarded, the alcoholic, the criminal and the Native Americans were all forcibly sterilized by the state for decades. In many cases people were lied to about the procedures they were undergoing.

The sterilizations continued until the 1980s.

The mindset behind the campaign against the poor is insidious. It believes that there is something wrong with poverty on a genetic level. Something that needs to be exterminated. Poor people are seen as a sort of malaria to be eradicated, and not as human beings.

Buried in this thought process is a fundamental disbelief in the American dream. The dream that anyone who works hard can provide for themselves and for their children, and that their kids will enjoy a better quality of life than they themselves had been subjected to. Think about that: the poor are seen as being outside the American dream. They are poor by birth. Poor by blood. No matter how many examples we have of people turning their lives around, rising out of poverty to do great things--it doesn't change anything.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that state Rep. John LaBruzzo (R) said yesterday that “he is studying a plan to pay poor women $1,000 to have their Fallopian tubes tied.” LaBruzzo worries that people receiving food and housing assistance “are reproducing at a faster rate than more affluent, better-educated residents”:

He said he is gathering statistics now. … “What I’m really studying is any and all possibilities that we can reduce the number of people that are going from generational welfare to generational welfare,” he said.

He said his program would be voluntary. It could involve tubal ligation, encouraging other forms of birth control or, to avoid charges of gender discrimination, vasectomies for men. It also could include tax incentives for college-educated, higher-income people to have more children, he said.

September 22, 2008

Project Censored: The Top 25 Censored News Stories of 2008

Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009 | Project Censored

Here is the list, please click through for links to each individual story:

# #1. Over One Million Iraqi Deaths Caused by US Occupation

# # 2 Security and Prosperity Partnership: Militarized NAFTA

# # 3 InfraGard: The FBI Deputizes Business

# # 4 ILEA: Is the US Restarting Dirty Wars in Latin America?

# # 5 Seizing War Protesters’ Assets

# # 6 The Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act

# # 7 Guest Workers Inc.: Fraud and Human Trafficking

# # 8 Executive Orders Can Be Changed Secretly

# #9 Iraq and Afghanistan Vets Testify

# # 10 APA Complicit in CIA Torture

# # 11 El Salvador’s Water Privatization and the Global War on Terror

# # 12 Bush Profiteers Collect Billions From No Child Left Behind

# # 13 Tracking Billions of Dollars Lost in Iraq

# # 14 Mainstreaming Nuclear Waste

# # 15 Worldwide Slavery

# # 16 Annual Survey on Trade Union Rights

# # 17 UN’s Empty Declaration of Indigenous Rights

# # 18 Cruelty and Death in Juvenile Detention Centers

# # 19 Indigenous Herders and Small Farmers Fight Livestock Extinction

# # 20 Marijuana Arrests Set New Record

# # 21 NATO Considers “First Strike” Nuclear Option

# # 22 CARE Rejects US Food Aid

# # 23 FDA Complicit in Pushing Pharmaceutical Drugs

# # 24 Japan Questions 9/11 and the Global War on Terror

# # 25 Bush’s Real Problem with Eliot Spitzer

September 20, 2008

China's poisoned milk scandal

Kidney Stone Gate: Latest Updates & Funny Sanlu Photoshops | chinaSMACK

Last week it was discovered that a common additive in milk in China was giving babies kidney stones, which in some cases proved fatal. At first there was a media blackout--this is China, after all--but details have begun to emerge.

Here are the raw facts:

# There are now thousands of babies with kidney stones and four babies have died.

# A government test of all the Chinese milk brands have shown that many contain melamine, including other big brands like Mengniu and Yili.

# Starbucks, which used Mengniu, will not serve milk anymore and recommends soy milk to customers.

# Many Hebei government officials have been arrested.

# Sanlu’s General Manager, Tian Wenhua, has also been arrested.

# Her daughter has run away to Switzerland, after her mom told her that she has already prepared everything for her.

# The government has instructed the media and BBS forums to limit discussion about Sanlu and the melamine milk problem.