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  • CDC Director Frieden Once Called Tobacco Execs “Mass Murderers”

    10/24/2014 9:11:03 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 28 replies ^ | October 24, 2014 | Charles C. Johnson
    "Says Frieden, who’s been fiercely vilified by the tobacco industry for his bluntly aggressive attack on cigarettes: “I was once quoted, accurately, as saying that during the years I spent fighting TB, my enemy was a micro-bacterial—tuberculosis—but now it’s an even lower form of life: tobacco executives! An executive from Phillip Morris actually wrote to me and complained, basically, that this was a form of hate speech, and I had to agree. So I no longer use that expression. Now I just stick to the facts and describe tobacco company executives as mass murderers.”
  • Richard Dawkins: choosing NOT to abort baby with Down syndrome is ‘immoral’

    08/20/2014 1:15:30 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 80 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/20/14 | Dustin Siggins
    In a bizarre rant on Twitter earlier today, atheist Richard Dawkins wrote that choosing not to abort a child with Down Syndrome would be "immoral." The conversation started when Dawkins tweeted that "Ireland is a civilised country except in this 1 area." The area was abortion, which until last year was illegal in all cases. A Twitter user then asked Dawkins if "994 human beings with Down's Syndrome [having been] deliberately killed before birth in England and Wales in 2012" was "civilised." Dawkins replied "yes, it is very civilised. These are fetuses, diagnosed before they have human feelings." Apparently I'm...
  • Which Organs Can I Live Without, And How Much Cash Can I Get For Them?

    08/31/2013 8:32:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 31 replies
    Polular Science ^ | Aygyst 29, 2013 | Bjorn Carey
    First, a disclaimer: Selling your organs is illegal in the United States. It’s also very dangerous. Handing off an organ is risky enough when done in a top hospital, even more so if you’re doing it for cash in a back alley. No, really: Don’t do this. OK? OK. There are many organs one can theoretically do without, or for which there’s a backup. Most folks can spare a kidney, a portion of their liver, a lung, some intestines, and an eyeball, and still live a long life. That said, donating a lung, a piece of liver or a section...
  • Harvard Munch: When Liberty Turns to Bondage (BDSM club on campus)

    01/11/2013 8:59:43 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 10 January 2013 | Michael Cook
    2013 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of the book Utilitarianism, by the British philosopher John Stuart Mill...This week: what sado-masochists are getting up to at Harvard. Utilitarianism is a broad church which admits parishioners of varying persuasions and degrees of fervour. But there are two pillars to which all subscribe, one for society and the other for individuals. The first is the famous maxim, “the greatest good for the greatest number”. John Stuart Mill modified this primitive calculus of pleasure and pain to take into account the pleasures of the intellect. In his well-known words, "it is better...
  • Liberalism is a Disorder - Antisocial personality traits

    09/30/2011 10:48:58 AM PDT · by GraceG · 10 replies
    Medical Xpress ^ | 9/30/2011 | Columbia Business School
    Antisocial personality traits predict utilitarian responses to moral dilemmas A study conducted by Daniel Bartels, Columbia Business School, Marketing, and David Pizarro, Cornell University, Psychology found that people who endorse actions consistent with an ethic of utilitarianism—the view that what is the morally right thing to do is whatever produces the best overall consequences—tend to possess psychopathic and Machiavellian personality traits.
  • Utilitarianism, Halloween, and Phantasm

    10/22/2010 6:54:08 AM PDT · by mattstat
    Halloween is coming, and that means itÂ’s time to consider frightening things. And what over the past two centuries has been more horrific than the idea of utilitarianism? Because of it, parts of the Twentieth Century were as bloody as a John Carpenter movie. Thus, can be it be a mere coincidence that Jeremy Bentham, the father of utilitarianism resembles the Tall Man from the horror flick Phantasm? Stick with me here; itÂ’s Friday, the day when regular rules of logic are relaxed. In the Phantasm movies, the Tall ManÂ’s mission, as far as anyone understands its bizarre plot, was...
  • The Convenient Death

    10/06/2009 7:38:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 971+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 06, 2009 | The Editors
    October 06, 2009, 0:00 p.m. The Convenient DeathBy the Editors Wait for patients to die before taking their organs, and the organs won’t be as fresh. Let doctors take the organs from living patients — even if it means causing them to die a little faster than they otherwise would — and the supply of usable organs will go up. Some other patient will get a second chance at life, and the dead guy won’t miss anything: What could possibly go wrong with this idea? The editors of Nature are well aware that this proposal might seem a little...
  • Chuck Colson: A Gruesome Harvest - Aborted Fetuses and Their Organs

    08/22/2009 12:23:43 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 1,173+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 8/21/09 | Chuck Colson
    Utilitarianism has a hideous strength when it comes to medical ethics. If even a ghastly procedure can “save lives,” well, who’s to say it’s immoral?   For years, scientists and celebrities supporting embryo-destructive stem cell research have used two arguments. First—blind to the destruction of the embryo itself—they argue embryonic stem cell research will save lives. Second, they maintain that embryos leftover from fertility treatments will otherwise be wasted. Now, one stem-cell expert is using these same arguments to promote harvesting organs from aborted fetuses.Speaking at a conference in March, Oxford University stem-cell expert Sir Richard Gardner commented that he...
  • Bioethical Tearjerker Misses the Story

    08/20/2009 3:53:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 646+ views
    ncr ^ | August 20, 2009 | JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
    Hollywood takes up a social issue, hard data and clarity can be elusive. My Sister’s Keeper, a drama in theaters this summer, provides a handy example of Tinseltown’s tendency to let tears trump truth. Told through a series of flashbacks, the plot is set in motion by a medical specialist’s shocking proposal to a mother desperate to save her gravely ill child: Create a genetically engineered sibling who can donate bone marrow and other vital tissue to cheat death. That suggestion would stop most parents in their tracks. But this mom grabs hold of the idea and runs with it....
  • Harry and Louise Must Die (Leftist rant alert)

    08/04/2009 6:29:32 AM PDT · by pabianice · 18 replies · 992+ views
    Salon Cesspool | 8/4/09 | Moore
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  • Why We Must Ration Health Care (You Must Die for the Greater Good- Peter Singer/NYT)

    07/15/2009 10:25:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies · 2,437+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 19, 2009 | PETER SINGER
    You have advanced kidney cancer. It will kill you, probably in the next year or two. A drug called Sutent slows the spread of the cancer and may give you an extra six months, but at a cost of $54,000. Is a few more months worth that much? If you can afford it, you probably would pay that much, or more, to live longer, even if your quality of life wasn’t going to be good. But suppose it’s not you with the cancer but a stranger covered by your health-insurance fund. If the insurer provides this man — and everyone...
  • Use Aborted Children to Make up Shortfall of Transplant Organs: Oxford Stem Cell Expert

    03/12/2009 1:43:27 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 109 replies · 2,680+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/12/09 | Hilary White
    LONDON, March 12, 2009 ( - An Oxford University stem cell expert has urged the use of aborted children in organ transplants as a solution to the shortage of available organs. Sir Richard Gardner has called for a feasibility study on the possibility of obtaining organs from the bodies of aborted babies.He said, "It is probably a more realistic technique in dealing with the shortage of kidney donors than others."The Daily Mail reports that pro-life and Christian groups have called the proposal "morally abhorrent," and said it will result in abortions being timed to suit transplant patients. Dr Peter...
  • The beginning of the end of a cruel, impractical edict

    12/13/2008 6:24:42 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 46 replies · 1,210+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 12.13.08 | Polly Toynbee
    This battle will be won, make no mistake. It will be won before my generation, the baby boomers, go to our graves, just as we made sure no one could discriminate against us in middle age. We will refuse to be forced to depart life through the torture chambers of terminal diseases for lack of the right to die at the right time of our own choosing. It will be won because 80% of the public support it - and have done consistently in polls for the past 25 years. The power of the religious lobby that has such a...
  • British Prime Minister: 'Helping someone to commit suicide is a matter of conscience', says Brown

    12/10/2008 4:53:02 PM PST · by GOPGuide · 34 replies · 759+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 10th December 2008 | Steve Doughty
    Helping someone to commit suicide is a matter of conscience, the Prime Minister said today. Gordon Brown condemned the idea of new laws to allow assisted suicide - but he did nothing to stop it in the wake of a landmark test case decision that paved the way for more deaths in the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland. His response in the Commons to the outcry over the televised suicide of motor neurone disease sufferer Craig Ewert appealed instead for compassion for families agonising over the suffering of a loved one. The end: The moment motor neurone sufferer Craig Ewert, 59,...
  • Shock: Oxford Neonatologist Says Time Has Come to Consider “Mandatory Organ Donation”

    10/24/2008 8:49:43 PM PDT · by MountainLoop · 51 replies · 1,114+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | October 24, 2008 | Kathleen Gilbert
    OXFORD, UK, October 24, 2008 ( - According to Dr. Julian Savulescu, the Uehiro Chair of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, and neonatologist and Oxford graduate student Dominic Wilkinson, bold steps may have to be taken to increase the supply of organs for transplant. This, they say in a co-authored article published today, could be accomplished by removing one simple impediment - the requirement of donor "death." In a separate article, published last week, Wilkinson suggested an even more radical plan – mandatory organ donation. "We could abandon the dead donor rule," wrote the pair in today’s article,...
  • Duty to Die: Why British Govt Advisor Wrong on Killing People With Dementia

    09/26/2008 4:44:00 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 14 replies · 427+ views
    Life News ^ | 9/26/08 | Ken Connor Note: Ken Conner is a pro-life attorney who was intimately involved in the fight to save Terri Schiavo and is the former president of the Family Research Council. He is now the chairman of the Center for a Just Society.A waste. A burden. That is how influential medical ethics expert Baroness Warnock views people suffering from dementia. Lady Warnock, a prominent adviser to the British government, told the Church of Scotland's Life and Work magazine that people suffering from dementia should be allowed to kill themselves rather than continue to burden their families and Britain's National Health Service. Sadly,...
  • Baroness Warnock: Dementia sufferers may have a 'duty to die'

    09/18/2008 8:30:30 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 50 replies · 1,494+ views ^ | September 19, 2008 | Martin Beckford
    The veteran Government adviser said pensioners in mental decline are "wasting people's lives" because of the care they require and should be allowed to opt for euthanasia even if they are not in pain. She insisted there was "nothing wrong" with people being helped to die for the sake of their loved ones or society. The 84-year-old added that she hoped people will soon be "licensed to put others down" if they are unable to look after themselves. Her comments in a magazine interview have been condemned as "immoral" and "barbaric", but also sparked fears that they may find wider...
  • Libertarian Group Condemns Sarah Palin for Not Killing Disabled Baby in Abortion

    09/17/2008 3:56:37 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 114 replies · 711+ views
    Life News ^ | 9/17/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- A writer for a libertarian group has written perhaps the most scathing attack on pro-life vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin since the Alaska governor was announced weeks ago as John McCain's running mate. Nicholas Provenzo condemns Palin for the birth of her baby Trig, who has Down syndrome.Provenzo, who writes for the Center for the Advancement of Capitalism, not only bashes her for allowing Trig to be born, but says she should have made the so-called morally justifiable decision to kill him in an abortion.The Center for the Advancement of Capitalism bills itself as a...
  • The day America was born again

    09/15/2008 8:31:53 PM PDT · by Minn · 29 replies · 672+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | 9/12/2008 | Justin Webb
    It doesn't matter who wins! Seriously, guys, America is about to become, once again, the coolest place on Earth. An era is ending. If you still think the US is home to all that is fatty and unwholesome and militaristic and cloth-eared and generally low-grade, and not much else, it may be time to give the Yanks another chance. Nothing Sarah Palin and her followers can do will prevent America's steady movement away from social conservatism Politically, socially, culturally, America is - as we watch transfixed and, in spite of ourselves, impressed - being born again. Suddenly we are reminded...
  • Is Grandpa Bad for the Environment?

    09/13/2008 12:18:44 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 46 replies · 821+ views
    Slate ^ | Sep 9, 2008 | Jacob Leibenluft
    Everyone's always talking about how an aging population, with more retirees, is going to wreak havoc on Social Security and the federal budget. Here's my question: What impact will that have on the planet? After all, my grandparents don't seem to care much about global warming, their refrigerator is from the 1970s, and they use an awful lot of air conditioning at home. Give it to me straight: Are Grandma and Grandpa bad for the environment? "Do it for the kids" has always been one of the most popular arguments in favor of environmentalism: Older people need to get their...
  • Josef Stalin acted rationally in killing millions, claims Russian textbook

    09/05/2008 10:16:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies · 1,104+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 03 Sep 2008 | Chris Irvine
    Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin claims he acted "rationally" in executing and imprisoning millions of people in the Gulags, a Russian school book claims. The book, A History of Russia, 1900-1945, will be used as a teaching guide in Russian schools, 55 years after Stalin died. It is designed for teachers to promote patriotism among the Russian young, and seems to follow an attempt backed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to re-evaluate Stalin's record in a more positive light. Historians believe up to 20 million people died as a result of his actions, many times more than were killed under Hitler's...
  • Pure Utilitarianism: Doctors Justifying Killing Infant Patients for Organ Donation

    08/28/2008 5:23:26 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 574+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/28/08 | Hilary White
    LONDON, August 28, 2008 ( - "Very few people," says the head of Britain's leading pro-life organisation, "realise that the pro-abortion and pro-euthanasia lobby believes it can be right intentionally to kill innocent human beings." John Smeaton, Director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, wrote that a report by a group of scientists, published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), that said doctors should be able to remove organs from patients, even if this would cause the patient's death. "The essential line taken by the paper's authors is that it really doesn't matter whether the...
  • Selecting child's gender opens door to tyranny

    06/14/2008 9:11:17 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 81+ views
    morning call ^ | 06.08.08 | Fr. Thomas F. Dailey
    Last week, a Morning Call article reported on the practice of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) as a high-tech means of family planning. This laboratory technique, when used as a means of gender selection, allows parents-to-be to stack the chromosomal deck of their offspring in their favor. Though still too complex and costly for widespread use, this procedure nevertheless has a tantalizing appeal. Now, family balance can be planned and executed with greater scientific certainty. Dr. Bruce Rose, the endocrinologist who directs Infertility Solutions in Salisbury Township, put the promise of this procedure into words that lay bare the popular perspective:...
  • In Canada, the Schiavo case with an outrageous twist

    02/14/2008 5:27:08 AM PST · by wagglebee · 92 replies · 205+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 2/12/08 | Jonathan Rosenblum
    A Winnipeg case currently winding its way to its grim conclusion pits the children of Samuel Golubchuk against doctors at the Salvation Army Grace General Hospital. According to the pleadings, Golubchuk's doctors informed his children that their 84-year-old father is "in the process of dying" and that they intended to hasten the process by removing his ventilation, and if that proved insufficient to kill him quickly, to also remove his feeding tube. In the event that the patient showed discomfort during these procedures, the chief of the hospital's ICU unit stated in his affidavit that he would administer morphine. Golubchuk...
  • The Abolition of Man? How Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science

    02/09/2008 9:48:21 AM PST · by wagglebee · 271 replies · 601+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 2/7/08 | John G West, Ph.D.
    "An age of science is necessarily an age of material­ism," wrote Hugh Elliot early in the last century. "Ours is a scientific age, and it may be said with truth that we are all materialists now."[1]One does not have to look far to discover the con­tinued accuracy of Elliot's assessment. Scientific materialism--the claim that everything in the uni­verse can be fully explained by science as the prod­ucts of unintelligent matter and energy--has become the operating assumption for much of American politics and culture. We are repeatedly told today that our behaviors, our emotions, even our moral and religious longings...
  • The medical profession confesses: what doctors really think of us (Medicine, costs, and facts)

    02/04/2008 5:12:36 PM PST · by fanfan · 114 replies · 233+ views
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 4th February 2008 | FIONA MACRAE
    With layers of fat where her waist should be, the woman on the immediate right, you might think, will prove as big a strain on NHS resources as she does on the scales. Likewise, the girl on the far right will be a financial liability because of her nicotine habit. The vision of health in the middle, meanwhile, is hardly likely to register on the budget. But all is not as it seems. It is the healthiest of the three who will in fact cost the taxpayer more than the other two over their respective lifetimes, a study claims. While...
  • Disabled Children Better Off Aborted: House of Lords Peeress

    02/01/2008 5:27:18 PM PST · by wagglebee · 56 replies · 172+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/1/08 | Hilary White
    LONDON, February 1, 2008 ( - Seriously disabled children should be considered non-persons and would be better off having been aborted, according to a Peer speaking in the House of Lords Tuesday. Attempting to couch her assertion in terms of children's "rights", Molly Baroness Meacher told the Lords that children born with severe disabilities are "not viable people". The comments came as the Lords debated an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, put forward by Lady Swinton, Baroness Masham of Ilton, that would have protected unborn disabled children from abortion after the 24 week gestational time limit. The...
  • UK: Don't treat the old and unhealthy, say doctors

    01/26/2008 10:45:53 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 167 replies · 1,022+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/26/08 | Laura Donnelly, Health Correspondent
    Doctors are calling for NHS treatment to be withheld from patients who are too old or who lead unhealthy lives. Smokers, heavy drinkers, the obese and the elderly should be barred from receiving some operations, according to doctors, with most saying the health service cannot afford to provide free care to everyone. Fertility treatment and "social" abortions are also on the list of procedures that many doctors say should not be funded by the state. The findings of a survey conducted by Doctor magazine sparked a fierce row last night, with the British Medical Association and campaign groups describing the...
  • Abortion is murder, but… [It's all about me!]

    12/26/2007 6:28:25 AM PST · by Alouette · 101 replies · 513+ views
    YNet ^ | Dec. 25, 2007 | Yael Mishaeli
    For some people, ending a pregnancy is the only way to keep on living Yael Mishali Published: 12.26.07, 00:39 / Israel Opinion Abortion is a type of murder; I have no doubt about that. In this context we can debate over questions such as the duration of a pregnancy and when exactly do several cells turn into a person with a soul, but I have no interest in doing that. I accept the universal assumption that as of a certain moment, we are talking about a real person, and “aborting it” is a type of murder. And still, as a...
  • The Morality Quiz

    11/24/2007 7:59:34 PM PST · by FreedomCalls · 59 replies · 2,246+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | November 23rd, 2007 | Time
    The deepest foundation on which morality is built is the phenomenon of empathy, the understanding that what hurts me would feel the same way to you. And human ego notwithstanding, it's a quality other species share. While it's impossible to directly measure empathy in animals, in humans it's another matter. Here are some of the dilemmas used to study human morality. Take this quiz to see how you compare to other readers.
  • Texas Catholic Bishops Endorse Utilitarian Futile Care Theory

    05/03/2007 3:58:20 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 68 replies · 1,033+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/3/07 | Hilary White
    AUSTIN, May 3, 2007 ( – The Catholic Bishops of Texas have endorsed a utilitarian theory that allows doctors and hospital bioethics committees to refuse life-saving treatments to patients who need and request them. Renowned lawyer and bioethics critic Wesley J. Smith has slammed the Texas Catholic Conference for opposing a bill that would allow patients an extra ten days to find alternate care facilities for patients who have been refused care on utilitarian grounds. A 1999 Texas law allows doctors and hospital ethics committees to refuse life-saving treatment even if a patient or family specifically requests it. Under the...
  • More Kidneys For Transplants May Go to Young

    03/10/2007 10:35:07 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies · 722+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 10, 2007 | Laura Meckler
    The nation's organ-transplant network is preparing a major change in how it rations scarce kidneys that would favor young patients over old in an effort to wring more life out of donated organs. Today, a donated kidney generally goes to the person who has been waiting longest in the region in which it becomes available, with exceptions made for certain medical factors. A kidney from a 25-year-old donor could be transplanted into a 75-year-old, who is likely to die years before the kidney would have stopped working. The new policy is being developed by the United Network for Organ Sharing,...
  • Some sick babies must be allowed to die, says Church

    11/12/2006 4:02:19 PM PST · by Dont Mention the War · 21 replies · 665+ views
    The Observer ^ | November 12, 2006 | Amelia Hill and Jo Revill
    Some sick babies must be allowed to die, says Church ? Bishop admits right to life for newborns is not absolute ? Nuffield inquiry to publish guidelines on premature births Amelia Hill and Jo Revill Sunday November 12, 2006 Observer Church of England leaders want doctors to be given the right to withhold treatment from seriously disabled newborn babies in exceptional circumstances. The move is expected to spark massive controversy. The church leaders' call for some children to be allowed to die - overriding the presumption that life should be preserved at any cost - comes in response to an...
  • Harvesting Those Fetal Body Parts

    08/11/2004 7:42:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 28 replies · 4,063+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | 10.25.99 | Kelly Patricia O'Meara
    Harvesting Those Fetal Body Parts By Kelly Patricia O'Meara Scientists depend on human body parts for research they believe may yield breakthroughs in a number of diseases, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, that affect millions of people. But the public largely is unaware of the way the laundry list of body parts for scientific research is filled. Those who oppose using human flesh for research wonder if knowing the gruesome details would make a difference to those who support the practice. Actual requests for body parts such as a "whole intact leg, including the entire hip joint," come with special...
  • Peter Singer's utilitarianism

    07/29/2006 10:05:33 PM PDT · by budlt2369 · 8 replies · 881+ views
    News Weekly ^ | 4/20/2002 | Bill Muehlenberg
    In the March 29 edition of The Age there appeared an article by Peter Singer entitled "Why we should ignore the Catholic Church on stem cells". In it he took the Catholic Church in general, and Archbishop Hart in particular, to task for speaking out on the stem cell debate. The gist of the article contained these two themes: 1) The Catholic Church has no right to speak out on the stem cell debate; and 2) embryos are not persons and have no inherent right to exist. Concerning the first proposition, Singer argues that the Catholic Church depends on the...
  • Forced to learn Greek at 3: it's no wonder Mill hated authority

    05/20/2006 7:16:51 AM PDT · by Borges · 8 replies · 534+ views
    Times Online ^ | 5/20/06 | Matthew Syed
    JOHN STUART MILL would be shaking his bald head with a combination of dismay and bewilderment. The author of On Liberty, who was born 200 years ago today, would be as appalled by the current assault on civil liberties as by the shocking failure of its critics to find a vocabulary with which to rally mass opposition. Now, more than ever, we need to reacquaint ourselves with the wisdom of the last great English polymath. Mill’s upbringing at the hands of a bullying parent gave him an early distaste for tyranny. His father set out with the explicit aim of...
  • Parts from a single body could fetch up to $150,000

    12/27/2005 2:55:40 AM PST · by Wampus SC · 112 replies · 1,596+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | December 23, 2005 | Nigel Hawkes
    THE market in body tissue in the US is believed to be worth more than $500 million (Ł288 million) a year. (snip) Heart valves are said to fetch up to $7,000 each in the US, and skin $1,000 per square foot. A body could be worth about $150,000, according to Art Caplan, Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. (snip) In some cases people in charge of willed-body programmes have profited illegally. In 2002 Allen Tyler, the head of the cadaver programme at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, pleaded guilty to 66 counts of illegal mutilation....
  • The Sanctity of Life Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (Lunatic Nazi Alert!!!)

    09/26/2005 10:14:37 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 20 replies · 736+ views ^ | 27 September 2005 | Peter Singer
    During the next 35 years, the traditional view of the sanctity of human life will collapse under pressure from scientific, technological, and demographic developments. By 2040, it may be that only a rump of hard-core, know-nothing religious fundamentalists will defend the view that every human life, from conception to death, is sacrosanct. In retrospect, 2005 may be seen as the year in which that position became untenable. American conservatives have for several years been in the awkward position of defending a federal funding ban on creating new embryos for research that prevents U.S. scientists from leading an area of biomedical...
  • Princeton Bioethicist says only “Know-Nothing Religious Fundamentalists” will Value Human Life by 20

    12/02/2005 6:21:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 97 replies · 2,276+ views
    LifeSite ^ | Friday December 2, 2005 | Hilary White
    PRINCETON, December 2, 2005 ( - Infamous advocate of infanticide and the man often credited as the founder of the modern radical animal rights movement, Dr. Peter Singer, was featured in the National Post this week predicting that the traditional ethics of western civilization would shortly be abolished. Singer’s comments appeared first in the September/October edition of the journal Foreign Policy as a speculation on what cherished social institutions would still exist in 35 years. Singer, a strict utilitarian and the man the New York Times called the “greatest living philosopher,” says, “By 2040, it may be that only a...
  • Great Britain: Doc's outrage on disabled (Recommends GUILLOTINE for the severely disabled)

    09/24/2005 1:16:30 PM PDT · by Stoat · 46 replies · 2,318+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | September 24, 2005 | JOHN COLES
    Doc's outrage on disabled Outburst ... Owen Lister     By JOHN COLES A RETIRED GP sparked fury yesterday by saying disabled kids should be guillotined to save cash. The outburst by Owen Lister, 79, a Tory councillor and deputy mayor, came in a council meeting over funding to care for such youngsters.Mr Lister said it was too expensive to look after severely disabled children — and the money should be used elsewhere.The Disability Rights Commission said: “It’s chilling that an elected representative with responsibilities for deciding on support to disabled children should view the slaughter of innocents as legitimate...
  • Parents win right to create designer baby to aid ill son

    04/29/2005 7:26:05 AM PDT · by ellery · 64 replies · 1,227+ views
    Times UK ^ | April 29, 2005 | Frances Gibb
    A COUPLE were given the go-ahead by the House of Lords yesterday to produce a so-called “designer baby” with the aim of treating a sibling with a genetic disorder. The law lords’ decision upheld a Court of Appeal ruling in April 2003 that overturned a ban on the use of controversial fertility treatment to help to save the life of a terminally ill boy. After that ruling Raj and Shahana Hashmi went ahead with treatment to produce a sibling for Zain, hoping to give birth to a child with the same tissue type as their son, so that his rare...
  • Creating babies to cure sick siblings OK: British court

    04/29/2005 1:31:40 PM PDT · by pissant · 8 replies · 406+ views
    CBC ^ | 4/29/04 | staff
    LONDON - Using in vitro fertilization to create a baby that might cure sick siblings was ruled legally acceptable by Britain's highest appeal court on Thursday. The Law Lords upheld a Court of Appeal ruling in 2003 that said some couples using fertility treatment could get their embryos screened for tissue matches for gravely ill children. Anti-abortion groups had challenged the ruling, alleging it would encourage the creation of human beings "to provide spare parts for another." Supporters say the ruling may help save desperately ill children. The case stems from Raj and Shahana Hashmi's desire to conceive a child...
  • Euthanasia, Medical Science, and the Road to Genocide

    04/10/2005 11:53:37 AM PDT · by Matchett-PI · 23 replies · 2,265+ views ^ | Between 1997-2005 | Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.
    A momentous article, "Medical Science Under Dictatorship," by Dr. Leo Alexander, the Chief U.S. Medical Consultant at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, first printed in the July 14, 1949 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, has been reprinted as a monograph, and it could not have been reprinted at a more opportune moment. Today, the concept of managed care, cost containment, and rationing threatens to eradicate the ethics of Hippocrates in medical practice, with the physician less beholden to his individual patient than to the managed care entity which employs him or pays his salary. In fact, many...
  • Terri Schiavo is not a machine. She is being executed because doctors think she is.

    03/27/2005 8:55:20 AM PST · by JCEccles · 7 replies · 291+ views
    Vanity ^ | March 26, 2005 | JCEccles
    There is an aphorism, "He knows the price of everything and the value of nothing." It is appropriate to the doctors whose testimony has sealed the fate of Terri Schiavo. Indeed, it is appropriate to most doctors. This mindset is an inevitable result of their training. Physicians are, in a utilitarian sense, mechanics. Patients are, in that sense, machines. This patient has a bad fuel pump. Replace it and he'll get along okay. That patient has a fouled carburetor. De-gum it and replace the gaskets and that stalling problem will be licked (and don't forget to bill for the entire...
  • Animal Pain and Human Pleasure

    03/22/2005 12:18:42 PM PST · by RightReason · 12 replies · 470+ views
    Right Reason ^ | March 20, 2005 | Max Goss
    Vegetarianism is sometimes justified on utilitarian grounds. One common argument goes something like this: Since humans and animals have a morally significant similarity, namely, the capacity for pleasure and pain, and since they have no morally significant difference, there is no justification for automatically allowing the interests of humans to trump those of animals. Rather, humans must balance their interests against those of animals in deciding how they ought to treat them. But eating meat provides only a trivial pleasure to humans compared to the pain suffered by the animals eaten. Therefore, humans should not eat animals. Discussion often centers...
  • The Murder of the Handicapped in Nazi Germany

    03/19/2005 1:58:53 PM PST · by M. Espinola · 18 replies · 2,103+ views
    Wartime, Adolf Hitler suggested, "was the best time for the elimination of the incurably ill." Many Germans did not want to be reminded of individuals who did not measure up to their concept of a "master race." The physically and mentally handicapped were viewed as "useless" to society, a threat to Aryan genetic purity, and, ultimately, unworthy of life. At the beginning of World War II, individuals who were mentally retarded, physically handicapped, or mentally ill were targeted for murder in what the Nazis called the "T-4," or "euthanasia," program. The "euthanasia" program required the cooperation of many German...
  • How to Save Medicare? Die Sooner

    02/27/2005 8:40:41 AM PST · by traumer · 177 replies · 1,927+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 27, 2005
    THOUGH Social Security's fiscal direction has taken center stage in Washington of late, Medicare's future financing problems are likely to be much worse. President Bush has asserted that the Medicare Modernization Act, which he signed in 2003, would solve some of those problems - "the logic is irrefutable," he said two months ago. Yet the Congressional Budget Office expects the law to create just $28 billion in savings during the decade after its passage, while its prescription drug benefit will add more than $400 billion in costs. So, how can Medicare's ballooning costs be contained? One idea is to let...
  • ‘Million Dollar Baby' Is a Neo-Nazi Movie

    02/12/2005 7:30:45 PM PST · by wagglebee · 81 replies · 4,013+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 2/12/05 | Dr. Ted Baehr
    The forerunner of "Million Dollar Baby" was the very entertaining Nazi movie "I Accuse," which won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival and was the propaganda that Dr. Goebbels used to convince the German people to switch their vote from "vehemently opposed to the holocaust" to over 60 percent in favor of so-called "mercy killing." In fact, "I Accuse" is a very subtle film that inspired the killing of millions of people. Dr. Joseph Goebbels was the National Socialist (Nazi) propaganda minister from 1933 to 1945. He exploited radio, press, cinema and theater in Germany to destroy the...
  • Silent No More: A Major Crisis in the African-American Community

    12/03/2003 8:08:43 PM PST · by Coleus · 75 replies · 2,130+ views
    The National Black Catholic Congress ^ | 12.03.03 | Rev. John J. Raphael, SSJ
    Silent No More: A Major Crisis in the African-American CommunityBy Rev. John J. Raphael, SSJRoman Catholic ChaplainHoward University, Washington, DC Do you know what the leading cause of death in the African American Community since 1973 is? Think about it for a minute. Is it heart disease-2,266,789 deaths since 1973, cancer-1,638,350, or accidents-370,723? Is it AIDS-203,695, or violent crimes-306, 313? There is one possibility that is often overlooked. It happens 1452 times a day in our community. It has taken over 13 million Black lives within the last 30 years. It has taken 1/3 of our present population. What...
  • ...And another thing - Andrew Bolt on Peter Singer

    11/27/2004 2:50:50 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 22 replies · 963+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 28th November 2004 | Andrew Bolt
    PETER Singer, once a Greens candidate and now our most famous philosopher, has changed his mind on killing babies. Good news, you might think, since this author of Animal Liberation used to say parents had a right to kill imperfect children in their first month of life. But in fact he's now told World magazine it would be ethically fine to kill even one-year-olds with disabilities. Or even to breed babies for spare parts. And Singer, now a professor at Princeton, continues his spiral into the moral abyss, by adding "there's no moral problem" with someone having sex with the...