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January 12th, 2009

12:02 pm: Have You Voted?

Have you voted for issues you feel should be addressed by the Obama admin?

Vote for Change

October 21st, 2008

04:52 pm: Are You Smarter Than A Third Grader?

Apparently not if they ask the really tough civics questions.

October 20th, 2008

07:41 pm: Science Coolness

September 22nd, 2008

04:04 pm: 32 Words
From the same administration that for that past 8 years has erroded our Constitution,
moral standing in the world, ignored laws of torture and privacy, etc...

now brings us this little gem from the blank check bill they would like to have so Mr. Paulson
can fix our broken financial system.

Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.

Here Mr. Paulson, you take this $700 Billion of our money that we scraped up for you.

You just head over there to that room in the back with your friends and ya'll see what
you can do to help us out. We trust you to do what's right.

September 10th, 2008

12:32 pm: Dang!
Now I'm in for it.

I ran up my credit cards and the world didn't end.

Black Holes are weak... and they suck too.

August 20th, 2008

04:55 pm: Nerds Unite


What did D&D ever do to them?

Dragging the good name of D&D into the mud.

August 19th, 2008

11:20 am: So you don't actually mean 100%

Tropicana 100% Orange Juice.

 Found printed on the label: "100 % orange juice from concentrate (filtered water and concentrated orange juice), natural flavors."

And after the word "flavors" an asterisk 

* "Ingredient not found in regular orange juice."

So…what part of "100%" does Tropicana not understand? 

And they also now have a line of specialty orange juice, You know, that is also 100% orange juice.
but one of them is called Healthy Heart with Omega 3.

The ingredients in this "100% Orange Juice" also lists Fish Oil and Fish Gelatin
(Tilapia, Sardine and Anchovy)

Now I take fish oil supplements because it is good for you in all kinds of ways but
just how do they keep the fish juice they have squeezed into their OJ from oxidizing and going rancid?

Also kind of reminds me of the old SNL skit with Dan Akroyd and the "Bass-O-Matic" (for those old enough to remember)

August 12th, 2008

04:32 pm: ...not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime
 Gee, thanks Attorney General Mukasey. That one would go over real well with the local police
if I tried it.

Not every crime is a crime

If an unmarried Republican woman walks down the street and is extremely pregnant but everyone looks
the other way, she must not be pregnant.

July 31st, 2008

10:51 am: You can no longer sue the drug companies

It hasn't happened yet but that is the direction the drug companies are moving in.

Here is what the drug companies want. If the FDA has approved a drug, that approval
should protect the company from lawsuits. Even if the company hid or lied about test results
prior to approval.

Here is an excerpt from a health newsletter I receive.

 Big Pharma is attempting to use a legal version of pre-emption to protect itself against lawsuits filed by patients who have been harmed by side effects associated with pharmaceutical products.

Pre-emption would make these sorts of lawsuits illegal on the basis that a pharmaceutical company can't be sued over a drug or other product once it has been approved by the FDA.

Now for the really scary part: Pre-emption protects Big Pharma even if a company has suppressed information about potential dangers associated with its products. Which is precisely what Johnson & Johnson did with its OrthoEvera birth-control patch, which contained higher levels of estrogen than stated on its labeling information. That increased dosage of a space-alien version of estrogen also increased women's risks of the side effects associated with the Pill, like blood clots and strokes. But now Johnson & Johnson is arguing that pre-emption should protect them against being sued by a woman who experienced problems from OrthoEvra because the FDA had approved the drug.

The FDA makes plenty of bad calls and puts plenty of people at risk as a result, but it hardly seems fair to point the finger at them here, or for Johnson & Johnson to use them as a scapegoat, when the agency wasn't even given the full story to begin with. And for the past several decades, courts in the U.S. have agreed, dismissing claims of pre- emption. But, according to The New York Times article I read, that may change very soon.

According to the Times, "The Bush Administration has argued strongly in favor of the doctrine, which holds that the FDA is the only agency with enough expertise to regulate drug makers and that its decisions should not be second-guessed by courts."

Is the Bush administration talking about the right FDA? The same agency that took six years to warn the public of the potential risks of OthroEvra after it finally DID discover that Johnson & Johnson had concealed the truth? And the one that admitted recently it can't keep up with scientific advancement and has a hard time making decisions under the "pressure" of deadlines?

Apparently, these self-incriminating admissions and the plethora of mistakes the FDA has made over the years at the expense of our health and safety don't bother los Federales. According to the Times article, "The Supreme Court is to rule on a case next term that could make pre-emption a legal standard for drug cases." 

End of Excerpt

Now remember that the drug companies are also pushing to have more drugs and "vaccines"
(like Gardasil) to become mandatory. So they get guaranteed sales and protection.

Gee, I want to create a product in which the government will guarantee me sales and also
tell me that I never have to worry about lawsuits.

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