These poems depict a journey through a dark landscape, where the political and personal are fused into a geography of disinformation, sex, betrayal and deadly technology. Phelan has produced verbal "snapshots" of a subterranean war-- with fronts in Los Angeles as well as Fallujah-- where the only defense is one's integrity and the stakes may be life itself.
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Euthanasia Proponents Now Targeting the Gay Community
If you want to kill yourself, Compassion and Choices will be glad to help. Always looking for new markets of people wanting to die, C & C is now attempting to engage the gay community.
Accordingly, C & C is now setting up booths at LGBT pride festivals to help those afflicted with AIDS to make the decision to die.
The rallying cry of the assisted suicide/euthanasia movement is caring. It's not that they are pushing death, they declare. Compassion and Choices is all about reducing suffering. Appealing to our higher emotions, C & C wants to help those who are dying to step beyond the pain. Right?
Well, maybe not. The stance of C & C makes several fundamental assumptions, which upon scrutiny may not be valid. First has to do with the concept that those who are terminal are in unspeakable agony. The state of the art of palliative care has largely nullified this argument.
Another significant concern has to do with the definition of “terminal.” As used in many of the existing assisted suicide laws, a person is terminal if he or she will die within six months without medical care.
In other words, those who may be successfully treated for cancer are, by this definition, terminal. So are insulin-dependent diabetics and many people with pneumonia.
Compassion and Choices is only one manifestation of an enormous global push towards legalizing what many societies have generally considered to be murder. Euthanasia fever is sweeping the First World. Country after country is debating the introduction of new laws, laws which may legalize assisted suicide or euthanasia.
Pandemic Drugs Found to be Almost Useless
The joint announcement by the British Medical Journal and the Cochrane Foundation that the two influenza drugs being stockpiled in the event of a pandemic are, in fact, little better than acetaminophen, raises some serious questions as to preparedness should a pandemic strike.
The announcement from BMJ and Cochrane, released on April 10, states: “Tamiflu (the antiviral drug oseltamivir) shortens symptoms of influenza by half a day, but there is no good evidence to support claims that it reduces admissions to hospital or complications of influenza.” The press release goes on to state: “Claims about the effectiveness of Tamiflu against complications were a key factor in decisions made by governments around the world to stockpile these drugs in case of a pandemic. The US has spent more than 1.3 billion buying a strategic reserve of antivirals, while in the UK the government has spent almost £424 million for a stockpile of about 40 million doses*.
Concerns are also raised as to the lack of transparency in the trial data of the drugs. Dr David Tovey, Editor-in-Chief at Cochrane, said: “We now have the most robust, comprehensive review on neuraminidase inhibitors that exists. Initially thought to reduce hospitalisations and serious complications from influenza, the review highlights that Tamiflu is not proven to do this, and it also seems to lead to harmful effects that were not fully reported in the original publications. This shows the importance of ensuring that trial data are transparent and accessible.” Which was not the case with the Tamiflu and Relenza trials.
The announcement by BMJ and Cochrane comes at a time that a number of government insiders have warned that a pandemic or biological weapons attack is imminent.
Last Updated (Friday, 18 April 2014 12:26)
Verdict Against Japan's Pharmaceutical Giant Takeda Raises Concerns about Health Safety
The recent U.S court decision concerning Japanese pharmaceutical giant Takeda’s diabetes drug, Actos, raises concerns as to both the safety of pharmaceuticals and the integrity and intentionality of drug companies.
The 9 billion dollar punitive damages assessed against the pharmaceutical companies Takeda and Eli Lilly take into account evidence indicating that there was a concerted effort at Takeda to destroy documentation that their blockbuster diabetes drug caused bladder cancer.
Tonight on F2F Radio
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The recent $9 billion court decision against Takeda and Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical highlights concerns that pharmaceutical companies are hiding data in order to push dangerous or ineffective drugs. Tune in tonight as James and Janet discuss the Takeda lawsuit and also the recent revelations concerning the ineffectiveness of the pandemic flu drug, Tamiflu.
Feet to the Fire airs at 7 pm CT and is hosted by James Arthur Jancik. You may listen live here: http://innersites.com/feet2fire/f2f-live.htm
Last Updated (Sunday, 13 April 2014 17:08)
US Moves to Crush Internal Dissent
In yet another legal maneuver to shut down dissent, the attorney disciplinary board in the State of Illinois has suspended Chicago-based activist attorney Kenneth Ditkowsky’s license to practice law for four years, following a hearing where Ditkowsky’s right to speak out against corruption in the courts featured center-stage.
Ditkowsky, who has been practicing law since the early 1960s, came to public attention after he became outspoken against what he calls “elder cleansing,” which is taking place in guardianship programs in courts throughout the United States. Ditkowsky has been sending emails to public officials, including Attorney General Eric Holder and US Senator Matt Kirk on a regular basis, asking for an “honest and complete investigation” of reported abuses going on under the mantle of adult guardianships.
Ditkowsky has defined “elder cleansing” as a three step process: First, a court must assert its dominion over an elder person’s life and assets by appointing a guardian. Ditkowsky has detailed instances, such as in the Mary Sykes guardianship, where legal process was not adhered to. Second, the elder is systematically isolated from concerned family and friends and his assets pilfered by the very guardian who is in place to conserve the estate. The final stage of elder cleansing, according to Ditkowsky, occurs when the elder, now isolated and placed into a facility, is drugged to death.
Ditkowsky was placed under disciplinary proceedings by the IARDC (Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission), after his repeated allegations of attorney and judicial misconduct in the guardianship of Mary G. Sykes, Alice Gore and others began to apparently become an irritant. At one point, Ditkowsky was asked by IARDC attorney Leah Black if he were not “sorry” for his emails asking for an investigation into these cases.