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  • True North strong not free [STRONG AND FREE?]

    04/08/2010 5:31:38 PM PDT · 4 of 19
    freeforall to freeforall

    Just Right - 2010
    Airs Live from the University of Western Ontario every Thursday from 11 am to noon
    on CHRW Radio, 94.9 FM (London, Ontario, CANADA)

    http://www.justrightmedia.org/BROADCASTS-2010/20100325-justRIGHT-144-InPRAISEofAnnCoulter.wma

    Special: In Praise Of Ann Coulter
    Right Vs Right / Right Vs Wrong
    Freedom Of Speech? Absolutely!
    Hating Ann Coulter - Why?
    Ann Coulter’s Canadian Tour - Lessons Learned

  • True North strong not free [STRONG AND FREE?]

    04/08/2010 5:25:59 PM PDT · 3 of 19
    freeforall to JLS

    http://www.justrightmedia.org/BROADCASTS-2010/20100311-justRIGHT-142-GUEST-AnnCoulter.wma

    Talking About Ann Coulter: Guilty!
    GUEST: Ann Coulter, Lawyer, Journalist, New York Times Best Selling Author, Political Activist
    Free Speech, Political Correctness, Human Rights Commissions
    Liberal Trends - United States And Canada
    Abortion - Right Vs Right Wing
    Religious Right / Godless Right - Who’s Right

  • A Financial 9/11: How the Wall Street Crash Changed America Forever

    04/08/2010 5:00:39 PM PDT · 16 of 23
    freeforall to Kartographer

    * Only the government may print money.
    * The government decides how much money will be in circulation.
    * The government determines the price of money, i.e., the base interest rates. Should we describe our economy as a “free market”? Or should we say that the government has rather King-Kong-like powers over money?A government owns the US monetary system. It has a compulsory monopoly. And around the world, virtually all of the money systems are government owned.

  • Was the Iraq war illegal? Poll

    11/29/2009 12:23:19 PM PST · 19 of 39
    freeforall to JoeMac

    Dictators have no rights!

  • Controversial new climate change results

    11/10/2009 12:10:34 PM PST · 23 of 29
    freeforall to Teflonic

    later read

  • LATEST POLL: ATLAS SHRUGGED READ BY 8.1%

    11/03/2008 1:32:55 PM PST · 73 of 115
    freeforall to r9etb

    The person you are referring to was Murray Rothbard not Alan Greenspan, and it was about another issue unrelated to economics.

  • Old Fixes For The 'Real Economy' No Help In Market-Based Calamity

    09/30/2008 4:41:07 AM PDT · 19 of 19
    freeforall to RegulatorCountry

    You could still borrow money from banks. There would be just as much money as there is now. Banks would still lend you the money deposited by their depositors. The banks and their depositors would still receive interest from borrowers. The only real difference would be that the borrowed money would be cash, not bank-created credit (borrowers would not need to have physical possession of the cash: as they could spend borrowed cash with cheques or debit cards instead, if they preferred).

  • Old Fixes For The 'Real Economy' No Help In Market-Based Calamity

    09/29/2008 6:16:33 PM PDT · 14 of 19
    freeforall to RegulatorCountry

    That is a market problem not a regulatory problem. How businesses make money is determined by the price system.
    Banks would have to survive like any other business and charge for services.The banks would actually have $1 of cash for every dollar they owe to their customers: there would be no chance of a harmful run on the banks

  • Old Fixes For The 'Real Economy' No Help In Market-Based Calamity

    09/29/2008 6:12:15 PM PDT · 13 of 19
    freeforall to vbmoneyspender
    The alternative is inflation which is a type of theft.Is it Right for Someone to Increase the Supply of Dollars?
    When you increase the supply of dollars, you decrease the buying power of each dollar. Whoever adds dollars to the money supply adds dollars to his own pocket and takes buying power out of your pocket by devaluing the dollars in your pocket. Whether the person spends the extra dollars or lends them
    out, it doesn't’t change the fact that the buying power - wealth - has been stolen
    from you. It doesn't’t matter whether the extra dollars come in the form of cash or
    credit (i.e., bank IOUs). It doesn't’t matter whether the person doing it is a regular Joe (e.g., a counterfeiter), a government, or a bank. No matter who does it, you are the loser, and they are the winner: the buying power leaves the dollars in your pocket, and enters the newly created dollars in theirs. So, is it desirable to
    allow anyone to increase the supply of dollars? Obviously, the answer is no: not
    individuals, not governments, and not banks.

    Thanks for your insisive comments.

  • 6 Things To Do While The World Ends

    09/29/2008 6:03:44 PM PDT · 14 of 38
    freeforall to 2ndDivisionVet

    The only way to stop this is 100% reserve requirement for all banks etc. No more credit out of thin air.

  • Old Fixes For The 'Real Economy' No Help In Market-Based Calamity

    09/29/2008 5:59:37 PM PDT · 5 of 19
    freeforall to Kaslin

    The only way to stop this is 100% reserve requirement for all banks etc. No more credit out of thin air.

  • DID SAAKASHVILI LIE? The West begins to doubt Georgian leader

    09/17/2008 6:11:09 AM PDT · 9 of 51
    freeforall to Doctor13

    bumped for later

  • Blitzer & Situation Room Sink Into The Liberal Sewer ( Discusion of Gov Palin's daughter )

    09/01/2008 6:09:32 PM PDT · 211 of 366
    freeforall to Responsibility2nd

    You should provide proof of a cover-up so far your record on that matter is a big zero.

  • Blitzer & Situation Room Sink Into The Liberal Sewer ( Discusion of Gov Palin's daughter )

    09/01/2008 5:46:57 PM PDT · 171 of 366
    freeforall to Responsibility2nd

    No, the disclosure was made just minutes before the liberals ran with “a story.” The one about how Kos Klowns sent every liberal in a tizzy about her daughter having had the son. Yeah as if I think the press is that smart.

  • Blitzer & Situation Room Sink Into The Liberal Sewer ( Discusion of Gov Palin's daughter )

    09/01/2008 5:33:33 PM PDT · 149 of 366
    freeforall to Responsibility2nd

    I have not seen proof of denial or a cover-up. It is just your emotional concern.
    The disclosure would seem to contradict what you are saying.

  • Blitzer & Situation Room Sink Into The Liberal Sewer ( Discusion of Gov Palin's daughter )

    09/01/2008 5:20:53 PM PDT · 124 of 366
    freeforall to Responsibility2nd

    But for now can you prove ....McCain/Palin HID on denied THE FACT

  • Don’t blame the speculators: Politicians ... will just make things worse

    07/04/2008 8:39:42 AM PDT · 38 of 54
    freeforall to USFRIENDINVICTORIA

    bump for later

  • 31,000 Signatures Prove No 'Consensus' on Global Warming

    05/22/2008 2:46:05 PM PDT · 11 of 31
    freeforall to bs9021

    bump for later read

  • Green: The New Color of Catastrophe

    05/09/2008 6:11:34 PM PDT · 6 of 7
    freeforall to PROCON

    later read

  • African nations should nationalize oil: Venezuela

    04/11/2008 1:07:40 PM PDT · 11 of 11
    freeforall to Red Badger

    bump for later

  • A Bankrupt Superpower: The Collapse Of American Power

    03/20/2008 6:12:00 AM PDT · 75 of 312
    freeforall to Fennie

    “Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.
    Why would anyone use Chomsky for a source of wisdom? All the ideas he espouses are the opposite of freedom.

  • The End of Republican 'Fusionism'?(BARF ALERT!)

    03/01/2008 7:59:16 AM PST · 7 of 9
    freeforall to kellynla

    “The left has never learned the moral lessons of this history—but neither has the right.”

    “But fusionism is ultimately untenable, and there is an irony in the fact that Buckley died at the conclusion of the 2008 Republican primary—a contest which offers a profound warning of the inherent instability of the fusionist coalition.”

  • The End of Republican 'Fusionism'?(BARF ALERT!)

    03/01/2008 7:39:40 AM PST · 4 of 9
    freeforall to kellynla

    A point well made and on target.

  • The Oil factor in Kosovo independence (hmmm ...)

    02/27/2008 5:14:44 AM PST · 10 of 14
    freeforall to canuck_conservative

    Is there any country in the world uninvolved in the energy business?

  • Inflating Away Debt

    02/19/2008 11:07:07 AM PST · 7 of 13
    freeforall to BenLurkin

    http://www.freedomparty.ca/pdf/en/hww.pdf

    Here is a possible solution:

    I propose making these 3 reforms:

    Pass a law that prevents banks from creating and lending out credit
    (economists call this a “100% reserve requirement”), but which does not
    prevent banks from lending out cash;
    • Pass a law that prevents governments (including central banks), and
    banks from increasing the total supply of Canadian dollars; and
    • Have our chartered banks transfer their loan assets to the Bank of
    Canada: the credit borrowed from banks by persons and by Canadian
    federal provincial and municipal governments would be owed to the
    Bank of Canada instead of to the banks. In exchange for each $1 of
    loan assets transferred to the bank of Canada, the bank of Canada
    would issue and forward to the banks $1 of cash (or a right to obtain $1
    of cash from the Bank of Canada). In effect, this would be like having
    your father pay off the student loan you got from the bank, having you
    owe your father instead of the bank.

  • Can journalism live without ads? (Public funding for the Drive-By Media)

    02/18/2008 8:28:54 AM PST · 10 of 18
    freeforall to abb

    Edward Wasserman is Knight professor of journalism that lacks in ethics and or logic.

  • India, China may overwhelm US economy: US senator

    02/17/2008 6:17:24 AM PST · 50 of 66
    freeforall to steelboy

    Perhaps, the over taxed and over regulated economy might have something to do with this?

  • Socialism = NAZI (Hitler was a socialist)

    02/13/2008 5:50:02 PM PST · 244 of 244
    freeforall to freeforall

    a bump for an old thread

  • ABC Show Will Go on, Over Protest by Doctors (Episode claims immunization causes autism)

    01/29/2008 5:21:18 AM PST · 67 of 116
    freeforall to Jim Noble

    Science has told us unequivocally that mercury is bad for our bodies. In sufficient doses, mercury kills cells that it contacts, causes neurological damage in humans and other animals, and generally wreaks havoc on living things. Yet since the 1930s, thimerosal has been used as a preservative in vaccines.2 One of the breakdown products of thimerosal is ethylmercury, which is an organic form of mercury. Public concern about thimerosal is certainly understandable, but does this mean that concern about the link between vaccines and autism is justified as well? In a word, no. Mercury might do a number of nasty things to the human body, and concern about it is therefore justified, but that does not mean it causes autism.

    Ethylmercury is not the same thing as its cousin, methylmercury. Cumulative and high doses of methylmercury can produce renal and neurologic damage. It can build up in the brain and stay in the body for a long time. Ethylmercury is more, well, mercurial. It is expelled rapidly from the body and it does not accumulate. Nevertheless, guidelines for the ingestion of ethylmercury were based on those for methylmercury. Around the same time these guidelines were formalized, children were receiving more vaccines that contained thimerosal. For example, in the early 1990s the Haemophilus influenzae b and hepatitis B became staple features of the vaccine schedule for infants, which already included another thimerosal-containing vaccine (diphtheria tetanus and variants). Based on the very conservative guidelines established by the Environmental Protection Agency, it was concluded that by age two some children might be receiving excessive levels of ethylmercury when considered in the context of known risks of methylmercury exposure.3

  • ABC Show Will Go on, Over Protest by Doctors (Episode claims immunization causes autism)

    01/29/2008 5:00:22 AM PST · 63 of 116
    freeforall to bd476

    Mercury Rising
    Exposing the Vaccine-Autism Myth

    by Matthew P. Normand and Jesse Dallery

    On June 11, 2007, nearly 5,000 parents of autistic children filed a lawsuit against the federal government, claiming that childhood vaccines (specifically the mercury-containing thimerosal in the vaccines) caused their children’s autism. The previous year The New York Times ran a column that was skeptical of the claimed link between autism and vaccines, which generated this comment on an internet message board that is typical of the anecdotal thinking that perpetuates this myth:

    You say, ‘There is no proven link’ between mercury and autism. There also is ‘no proven link’ between going outside in the rain and cold without a hat or coat and getting the sniffles. Look at the data: the epidemic of autism mirrors the administration of vaccines with mercury. Now that they are off the shelves (more or less), the cases are going down.

    Here we see how the writer dismisses scientific evidence that fails to support a link between cold and illness and vaccines and autism in favor of her personal experiences. And the vaccine-autism controversy is not constrained to a small fringe group of parents or advocates. Increasingly, people of position and power are leaping into the fray, spurred on by vocal groups demanding action. For example, an article by Robert Kennedy, Jr. appeared in a June 2005 issue of Rolling Stone magazine1 that alleged thimerosal-containing vaccines were at the heart of the autism epidemic and, moreover, that the government was aware of this and actively engaged in a cover up.

    In this article we shall make five points concerning the relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism.

    1. The dangers of mercury are well established, but this does not lead inexorably to a relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism.
    2. A number of well controlled studies have failed to uncover any correlation between the delivery of the vaccines and the onset of autism.
    3. Even if some correlation existed there are a number of possible explanations for the correlation that do not assume any causal relationship between the vaccine and autism.
    4. Much attention has been given to a possible government cover up, which is certainly of concern if true but is otherwise independent of the problems with the claims of a link between thimerosal and autism.
    5. The type of public hysteria manifested in the current controversy is not new and we would be well served to learn from similar controversies of recent times.

    Mercury, Thimerosal, and the Potential for Harm

    Science has told us unequivocally that mercury is bad for our bodies. In sufficient doses, mercury kills cells that it contacts, causes neurological damage in humans and other animals, and generally wreaks havoc on living things. Yet since the 1930s, thimerosal has been used as a preservative in vaccines.2 One of the breakdown products of thimerosal is ethylmercury, which is an organic form of mercury. Public concern about thimerosal is certainly understandable, but does this mean that concern about the link between vaccines and autism is justified as well? In a word, no. Mercury might do a number of nasty things to the human body, and concern about it is therefore justified, but that does not mean it causes autism.

    Ethylmercury is not the same thing as its cousin, methylmercury. Cumulative and high doses of methylmercury can produce renal and neurologic damage. It can build up in the brain and stay in the body for a long time. Ethylmercury is more, well, mercurial. It is expelled rapidly from the body and it does not accumulate. Nevertheless, guidelines for the ingestion of ethylmercury were based on those for methylmercury. Around the same time these guidelines were formalized, children were receiving more vaccines that contained thimerosal. For example, in the early 1990s the Haemophilus influenzae b and hepatitis B became staple features of the vaccine schedule for infants, which already included another thimerosal-containing vaccine (diphtheria tetanus and variants). Based on the very conservative guidelines established by the Environmental Protection Agency, it was concluded that by age two some children might be receiving excessive levels of ethylmercury when considered in the context of known risks of methylmercury exposure.3

    Against this backdrop enter skyrocketing rates of autism diagnoses. In California, the Department of Developmental Services reported a 273 percent increase from 1987 to 1998 in the number of individuals served under the category of autism.4 Surely this increase in rates was caused by an environmental source, right? In 2001, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Immunization Safety Review Committee held a public meeting to address the link between one environmental source — thimerosal — and autism. At the meeting, Mark Blaxill, a board member of a nonprofit organization dedicated to investigating the risks of mercury exposure, presented a graph showing the estimated cumulative dose of thimerosal to the estimated prevalence of autism in California.5 The increasing trend lines during the early 1990s were right on top of each other, about as close as you can get to perfect correlation in ecological data. Such orderly correlations are all that it takes to convince the uncritical eye.

    Even before the IOM meeting, thimerosal was removed as a preservative in vaccines in the U.S., based on a request from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (it remains in some influenza vaccines and in some vaccines outside of the U.S.). The request was made as a precautionary measure, and not because there was evidence to accept or reject a causal relationship between thimerosal and autism. (Thimerosal is still used during manufacturing for some vaccines to ensure sterility, but the trace amounts remaining are 50 times lower than when thimerosal is used as a preservative.) Since the FDA decision, a number of research reports published in some of the most esteemed peer-reviewed journals in the world have failed to find any relation between thimerosal and autism. Despite these negative findings and the removal of thimerosal from vaccines, parents, politicians and health professionals remain alarmed that children are at risk.

    Much is at stake in this debate. Based on the assumption that metals such as mercury are causing autism, some parents are avoiding vaccinations altogether. Others have sought treatments like chelation therapy, which uses special chemicals to rid the body of heavy metals following acute poisoning. However, chelation is not a risk-free procedure and should not be undertaken lightly. In August of 2005, a Pittsburgh area newspaper reported that a 5-year old boy with autism died following chelation therapy. Finally, there are ongoing class action lawsuits against the manufacturers of vaccines. These lawsuits could potentially endanger the production and distribution of effective vaccines according to well-established protocols, putting scores of young children at risk.
    Evidence of Harm

    Let’s begin with the hypothesis that thimerosal is one of the causes of autism and it is the main culprit in the increased incidence of autism during the 1990s. This is a plausible hypothesis, but as Karl Popper taught us, a good scientific hypothesis must be falsifiable. That is, it must be possible to conceive of evidence that would prove it wrong. What evidence might suggest that the thimerosal hypothesis is false? For obvious ethical reasons, we can’t perform the kind of gold-standard experiment — a randomized double-blind study — which would most convincingly indicate the lack of a causal relation. We must rely on natural experiments. One such experiment was occasioned by the removal of thimerosal in Denmark in 1992. If the thimerosal hypothesis were false, we would not expect to see changes in the rates of autism following the removal of thimerosal. In fact, the results were more robust: despite the removal of thimerosal, the rates of autism continued to climb. And not only in Denmark but in Sweden, too, where thimerosal was removed at about the same time.6

    A similar way the thimerosal hypothesis could be falsified is to show that there is no link between the amount of thimerosal exposure and the likelihood of autism. That is, we would ask if there is a dose-response relation between thimerosal exposure and developmental problems. Several studies have confirmed that there is no convincing evidence of a dose-response relation.7 In fact, one study suggested a beneficial effect of thimerosal! For example, exposure at three months was inversely related to problems of hyperactivity, conduct, and motor development months or years later.8 Now, these results do not imply causation, nor do they pertain to autism per se, but they do question the general validity of the thimerosal hypothesis.

    So what of the data favoring the thimerosal hypothesis? Indeed, we must consider all sources of evidence in evaluating the truth of a claim — we must be comprehensive. Recently, some researchers have suggested that the incidence rate of autism has been on the decline since thimerosal was officially removed from vaccines in the US. If true, this would be compelling evidence of a possible causal relationship between thimerosal and autism, and such data has been reported by one team of researchers, Mark and David Geier. Unfortunately, the study that proposed such a relationship used the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database to make the claim.9 The VAERS is a passive reporting system that is subject to reporting biases and errors. A health-care professional, parent, or even someone trying to prove a point10 can enter data into the VAERS. There is no way to verify diagnoses, identify mistakes in filing, or substantiate causal hypotheses.

    The irreparably flawed studies by the Geiers prompted a strong rebuke from the CDC and by the American Academy of Pediatrics.11 Simply put, the VAERS data may be useful to raise some tentative questions about a phenomenon, but it certainly cannot be used to prove a hypothesis. Those studies that use methods consistent with well-established scientific standards have failed to find any association between thimerosal and autism. In 2004, the Institute of Medicine concluded, “Given the lack of direct evidence for a biological mechanism and the fact that all well-designed epidemiological studies provide evidence of no association between thimerosal and autism, the committee recommends that cost-benefit assessments regarding the use of thimerosal-containing versus thimerosal-free vaccines and other biological or pharmaceutical products, whether in the United States or other countries, should not include autism as a potential risk.”12

    But what if it were determined that a strong correlation existed between the administration of thimerosal-containing vaccines and the onset of autism? Much would still be left unanswered. Consider that the average age for many vaccinations is between 12 and 18 months. Now consider that many of the “symptoms” of autism — such as social withdrawal and delayed language — aren’t readily detectable until this same age or just a bit later. It could very well be that any relationship between vaccination and diagnosis is purely coincidental. If these vaccinations were not commonly given until age four, perhaps no correlation would be observed. Not to mention that the vast majority of children receive these vaccinations without incident.13

    The bottom line is that correlation is not causation.
    Autism Epidemic or Statistical Artifact?

    Another problem for the purported vaccine-autism link is that there is good reason to be suspicious of claims for an autism epidemic. A number of factors can account for the dramatic increase in numbers, including the expansion of diagnostic criteria in 1994, and changes in criteria for inclusion in child-count data for children with autism. Remember that 273 percent increase over a decade in autism spectrum disorders in California? Consider, as did the authors of a recent paper published in Current Directions in Psychological Science,14 that this increase could be due to an expanded diagnostic definition of autism. The authors found that a similar expansion in the definition of “tall” — from 74.5 inches to 72 inches — generated in one county in Texas a 273 percent increase if these two criteria were applied a decade apart.

    More importantly, autism is not even a “thing” that can be clearly correlated with any other thing. Unlike cancer or a broken bone, there are no discrete physical, biological, or genetic markers on which to base a diagnosis. Instead, autism is a diagnostic label based on the presence of a number of behavioral excesses and deficits. The diagnosis is subjective and subject to great variability. When you consider that many resources are made available only to those children with some formal diagnosis, it is easy to see why some diagnoses might be made with scant supporting evidence. The physician or psychologist notices some obvious learning delays and behavior problems in a patient and recognizes the need for intensive services, but the only way the family can obtain those services is if the child fits a certain diagnostic category.

    Correlations are tenuous things under the best conditions. Degrade one of the variables, and you are in serious trouble. Such is the case with the autism-vaccine correlation.
    A Vast Government Conspiracy?

    So what do vaccine opponents make of the evidence against the vaccine-autism hypothesis? Mostly, they assert a vast conspiracy propagated by government and industry. It is proposed that government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in conjunction with scientists with varying ties to the pharmaceutical industry, have gone to great lengths to suppress evidence supporting a link between vaccines and autism. Indeed, this was the main point of Robert Kennedy Jr.’s Rolling Stone article. Kennedy and others claim that a conspiracy does exist and was formally discussed at a top-secret meeting in Simpsonwood, Georgia in 2000.

    One hotly discussed result of this meeting is the purported doctoring of data by Thomas Verstraeten who, according to the vaccine opponents, presented data supporting the autism-vaccine link but later altered the data to support the opposite conclusion because he was, by then, employed by a large pharmaceutical company. Verstraeten has denied such manipulation and the data he reports support the conclusions reached by a number of other independent researchers.15 The problem is that the only evidence of doctored data sets, dubious activity at the Simpsonwood meeting, and assorted cover-ups seems to come from a small number of zealous vaccine opponents who can offer no corroborating evidence to support the hearsay.

    Now let us return to the research team purporting to have data supporting the autism-vaccine hypothesis. In addition to the flawed methods on which their conclusions are based, there are conflicts of interest that should cause one to question their motives. As it turns out, David Geier is the president of MedCon, Inc., a legal firm that seeks compensation for people claiming to have been harmed by vaccines. He also has filed, with his father Mark Geier, two patents related to a treatment for autism involving a combination of drugs and chelation. Chelation therapy is, of course, predicated on the assumption of excessive amounts of heavy metals in the blood stream of children with autism. The Geiers are clearly in a position to benefit if claims concerning a vaccine-autism link are accepted by the public.
    History Repeating

    A perplexing element of this whole controversy is how similar it is to controversies past. The current drama pits science against vaccine-induced autism, spurred by desperate parents with full and active support by the media and various servants of the public interest. Not so long ago, science was up against the same ilk of public crusaders pushing a different cause: carcinogenic power lines. In 1979, a small, poorly controlled and poorly conducted sampling of leukemia patients in Denver, Colorado supposedly revealed a correlation between the patients and the proximity of their homes to high-power lines.16 The published report of these suspect findings was largely ignored by the scientific community because of the many fatal flaws evident in the methodology. Enter Paul Brodeur, a journalist with a track record of sensationalism (in the 1960s he wrote The Zapping of America, a book extolling the “dangers” of microwave ovens), now warned the world of the dangers posed by power lines in his book Currents of Death.

    No amount of scientific evidence to the contrary persuaded the journalists, advocacy groups, and legal teams demanding accountability. Of course, the million-dollar question was, “Accountability for what?” Ultimately, after numerous well-controlled studies failed to find any correlation between power-lines and cancer, the story grew cold and the public outrage slowly faded away. But not before tens of millions of dollars in research funding, decreased property values, and lawsuits were lost because the matter was pursued long after science had delivered a verdict. Are we doomed to repeat this history with the vaccine controversy?
    Envoi

    Claims of a causal link between the administration of thimerosal-containing vaccines and the onset of autism are unfounded. The controversy has been driven more by public fervor than it has by science. This is not to suggest that the advocates and parents fueling the fire are malicious or intentionally misleading the public. The reality is that too many families face the unimaginable hardship of learning that their child has been diagnosed with autism and must encounter the subsequent trials and tribulations of providing the best possible care and education for their child. These parents are in desperate need of both assistance and answers. Compounding the difficulty is that many must navigate the waters of emerging science without having received the necessary training to do so. Clarifying misguided claims of causative factors can help redirect necessary resources to more promising treatments, and perhaps reveal a better understanding of the real factors that cause autism.
    References & Notes

    1. Kennedy, R. F., Jr. 2005. “Deadly Immunity.” Rolling Stone, 977/978, June–July, 57–61.
    2. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. n.d. Thimerosal in Vaccines. Accessed on March 23, 2007 from www.fda.gov/cber/vaccine/thimerosal.htm
    3. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. n.d.
    4. Gernsbacher, M.A., Dawson, M., Goldsmith, H.H. 2005. Three Reasons Not to Believe in an Autism Epidemic. Current Directions in Psychological Science,14, 55–58.
    5. Blaxill, M. 2001. The Rising Incidence of Autism: Associations with Thimerosal. Accessed on March 23, 2007 from www.iom.edu/Object.File/Master/7/505/Blaxill.pdf
    6. Stehr-Green P., Tull P., Stellfeld M., Mortenson P.B., Simpson D. 2003. Autism and Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines: Lack of Consistent Evidence for an Association. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 25, 101–106.
    7. Hviid A., Stellfeld M., Wohlfahrt J., Melbye M. 2003. Association Between Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines and Autism. Journal of the American Medical Association, 290, 1763–1766.
    8. Heron J., Golding J.; ALSPAC Study Team. Thimerosal exposure in infants and developmental disorders: a prospective cohort study in the United kingdom does not support a causal association. Pediatrics, 114, 577–583.
    9. Geier, M.R., & Geier, D.A. 2003. Thimerosal in childhood vaccines, neurodevelopment disorders and heart disease in the United States. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, 8, 6–11.
    10. Such a system cannot be used to prove a hypothesis. Consider that Dr. James Laidler allegedly reported that the influenza virus turned him into the Incredible Hulk, and the VAERS system accepted his report! Dr. Laidler reports that a representative of the CDC did contact him after noticing the report and, ultimately, it was deleted from the VAERS system, but only because Dr. Laidler granted permission. According to Laidler, had his permission not been granted, the report would have remained in the VAERS system. Others have reported submitting spurious reports to the VAERS system — for example that a vaccine turned their daughter into Wonder Woman — with similar success.
    11. American Academy of Pediatrics. n.d. Study Fails to Show a Connection Between Thimerosal and Autism. Accessed on March 23, 2007 from http://www.aap.org/profed/thimaut-may03.htm
    12. Institute of Medicine. Accessed on March 28, 2007 from www.nap.edu/openbook.php?isbn=030909237X&page=145
    13. Of course, this does not exclude the possibility that thimerosal might differentially affect an especially sensitive subset of children. Recently, researchers have reported that the neurotoxic effects of thimerosal exposure are related to autoimmune disease-sensitivity in mice. It is unclear whether these results will hold true for humans and whether such neurotoxicity has any relationship to autism, but it is an important area for further research. Unfortunately, because the “differential sensitivity” hypothesis is not yet well researched, there is no way to identify and protect those that might be at risk if it proves true. However, we know without question the dangers of disease and risks of avoiding vaccination. No matter the suspicions, the most prudent course of action is to stay the vaccine route until there is real evidence to do otherwise. Also, we should note that existing evidence already casts doubt on the differential sensitivity hypothesis. If the rates of sensitivity to thimerosal remained constant before and after thimerosal was removed from vaccines, we would still expect a decrease in rates of autism. As reviewed above, this was not the case.
    14. Gernsbacher, M. A., Dawson, M., Goldsmith, H.H. 2005. Three Reasons Not to Believe in an Autism Epidemic. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 14, 55–58.
    15. Stehr-Green et al., 2003.
    16. Park, R. 2000. Voodoo Science: The Road From Foolishness to Fraud. Oxford: University Press.

  • Santa Claus Comes for Failed Business Executives

    12/31/2007 7:35:10 AM PST · 52 of 53
    freeforall to B-Chan

    If you do not own stock or work for the company why should you care?
    Should we care about all details of the affairs of others?

  • Bill paves way for Canada's 'disappearance' (integration with U.S. and Mexico)

    06/24/2007 5:19:24 PM PDT · 29 of 312
    freeforall to 2ndDivisionVet

    I do not think the Canadian sources sighted are credible.

  • The Plan to Disappear Canada (North American Union)

    06/10/2007 8:01:23 AM PDT · 100 of 106
    freeforall to ovrtaxt
    This article reeks of NDP adgit prop. I may not agree with the SPP but I think this maybe suspect as the sources are far left anti freedom activists.
  • Putin the Terrible, we love you

    05/29/2007 5:59:58 PM PDT · 101 of 135
    freeforall to Roy Tucker
    It was a tragedy for those who believed in slavery. International socialism was the updated form of slavery.
  • Putin the Terrible, we love you

    05/29/2007 5:54:07 PM PDT · 100 of 135
    freeforall to Diocletian

    Like Napoleon maybe? Socialism is evil whether it is national or international.

  • Putin the Terrible, we love you

    05/29/2007 5:15:12 PM PDT · 95 of 135
    freeforall to Diocletian

    The history of the world shows that dictators do impose a view on others.

  • Putin the Terrible, we love you

    05/29/2007 8:45:54 AM PDT · 84 of 135
    freeforall to GregH
    Defense of tyranny is no virtue and the defense of freedom is no vice. The fact that the trains run on time is of little interest to me. All humans have the right to be free regardless of the leaders building of great monuments.
  • Canada Introduces Taxpayers Bill Of Rights And Taxpayers Ombudsman (Taxpayer Rights In Canada Alert)

    05/29/2007 8:31:55 AM PDT · 7 of 7
    freeforall to goldstategop

    This is very counter productive taxes need to be reduced or eliminated.

  • Putin the Terrible, we love you

    05/28/2007 5:47:58 PM PDT · 65 of 135
    freeforall to Diocletian

    I disagree all humans are entitled to the same treatment. Why should those in authority have special rights?

  • Putin the Terrible, we love you

    05/28/2007 5:24:45 PM PDT · 62 of 135
    freeforall to Diocletian
    Freedom is universal. East and west Berlin, North and South Korea are prime examples of the difference. The truth is Russia has never had any protection of the individual as the Anglo world has. In theory and practice.
  • Putin the Terrible, we love you

    05/28/2007 11:45:50 AM PDT · 58 of 135
    freeforall to Diocletian
    That is true but my criticism is based on the history of Russian tyranny. It is growing again not receding.
  • Putin the Terrible, we love you

    05/28/2007 11:41:33 AM PDT · 56 of 135
    freeforall to GregH

    “From the sheer incompetence and calamity of the Yeltsin years, the rape and stealing of Russian wealth by oligarchs, Putin is really a welcome change for Russia. He has put Russia on the world map again, created a solid economy with improved standards of living, also tackled the oligarchs by seizing control of some of Russia’s valuable assets back from them which in turn meant investment and inflow of funds to Russian economy. Its not suprising Putin is a very popular leader and with high approval ratings among Russians”

    Putin is no Jefferson or Washington, the fact that he is enforcing fascism is not a good thing.

  • Putin the Terrible, we love you

    05/28/2007 6:14:46 AM PDT · 48 of 135
    freeforall to Diocletian

    I see, and which Napoleonic system or other Ancient roman European system would you propose? British common law is much better than civil law. Locke, Hume and Hobbes influenced British common law and the formation of the US. The basic difference is under British/American common law all is allowed unless prohibited by law under the Napoleonic/Civil law all is prohibited unless allowed by law.

  • Putin the Terrible, we love you

    05/28/2007 5:09:51 AM PDT · 45 of 135
    freeforall to Diocletian
    The “British” justice system is better than most other systems based on the continent.
  • Running on Empty(Gas stations stop selling fuel)

    05/24/2007 5:10:41 PM PDT · 83 of 88
    freeforall to Bloody Sam Roberts

    One can increase competition in the marketplace by lowering entrance costs through lower taxes and regulation, that is the key.

  • House OKs bill to curb gas gouging

    05/24/2007 9:09:27 AM PDT · 100 of 123
    freeforall to greasepaint

    Why do you care how much profit is generated?

  • Running on Empty(Gas stations stop selling fuel)

    05/24/2007 9:07:01 AM PDT · 67 of 88
    freeforall to Bloody Sam Roberts

    We can also allow an increase in supply by allowing more refineries and oil exploration.

  • Running on Empty(Gas stations stop selling fuel)

    05/24/2007 7:34:51 AM PDT · 53 of 88
    freeforall to Bloody Sam Roberts

    Consumers can also adjust demand accordingly.

  • Running on Empty(Gas stations stop selling fuel)

    05/24/2007 5:57:32 AM PDT · 8 of 88
    freeforall to kellynla

    In order for gas prices to be lower, demand must change as it tends to be inelastic.
    Supply must also be increased the left is against this method.

  • House OKs bill to curb gas gouging

    05/24/2007 5:51:41 AM PDT · 29 of 123
    freeforall to never4get

    Supply and demand determine price. How does gouging work? Does regulation help or hurt your cause?