January 16th, 2011

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Autism and MMR Vaccine Study an 'Elaborate Fraud,' Charges BMJ

by Deborah Brauser

January 6, 2011 — BMJ is publishing a series of 3 articles and editorials charging that the study published in The Lancet in 1998 by Andrew Wakefield and colleagues linking the childhood measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine to a "new syndrome" of regressive autism and bowel disease was not just bad science but "an elaborate fraud."

According to the first article published in BMJ today by London-based investigative reporter Brian Deer, the study's investigators altered and falsified medical records and facts, misrepresented information to families, and treated the 12 children involved unethically.

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Investigator Planned to Make Vast Profit From Autism/MMR Vaccine Scare, BMJ Says

by Deborah Brauser

January 13, 2011 — Andrew Wakefield, the lead author on the 1998 study that reported a link between the measlesmumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and a new condition of regressive autism and bowel disease called autistic enterocolitis (AE), was planning to market a prestudy diagnostic testing kit with expected yearly sales of 28 million pounds (43 million US dollars), a new paper published online January 11 in the BMJ reports.

In the second of a series of 3 investigative articles examining the MMR vaccine scare, UK journalist Brian Deer reports that Mr. Wakefield planned several businesses to develop not only the new test but also immunotherapeutics and a "safer single measles shot" — which he held a patent for. Mr. Deer writes that these would only be successful if public confidence in the MMR vaccine was damaged.

"I think this new article very clearly lays out the extent of the financial motivation behind what we now know was a falsified paper," Fiona Godlee, MD, BMJ editor-in-chief, told Medscape Medical News.

"There was hope of a financial gain from all these businesses that were set up, and I think the important thing was that these commercial dealings were undisclosed. Some of the people at the Royal Free Hospital where Wakefield worked were involved and others were aware. Yet these dealings remained undisclosed as the vaccine scare unfolded," said Dr. Godlee.

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Source 1, 2.

Mods: these are from Medsource, which I believe you need an account to login; however I hope they are an acceptable source (I got these from a friend who had access and forwarded them to me). Here is the second article at an alternate source, if that helps.


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Roots of Bitterness in a Region Threaten Sudan’s Future

ABYEI, Sudan — There is a place in Sudan where Africa and the Arab world meet, where one thatched roof hut carries a roughly-hewn cross at the top and next door an identical hut flaunts a crescent moon, where heavily armed nomads sweep in for raids and heavily armed villagers fight back.

This is Abyei.

It is the most contested, the most emotionally charged and, recently, the most violent piece of land in this country of nearly one million square miles. As southern Sudan’s historic independence referendum came to a close on Saturday, this nation is rapidly preparing to split in half and the focus is shifting here.

Abyei has oil. It has fertile land. It straddles the disputed border between north and south Sudan, and it is crawling with militias, which have clashed in recent days, killing dozens. Two rival ethnic groups claim the right to belong here — the Misseriya, who are Arab nomads, and the Ngok Dinka, sub-Saharan cattle herders — and the bitterness between them is long and deep.

“Hyena and Misseriya,” said Kuol Alor Kuol, a 72-year-old Dinka man with foggy glasses, about why he was sauntering down Abyei’s main road with a fully loaded Kalashnikov. “They’re trying to take what I have.”

Most people here seem armed to the teeth. Out on the front line, in half-deserted villages of crushed mud huts and endless yellow grass, a young Dinka man in a tank top lounged at a police post, an assault rifle in his hands. Around him were teenagers in shorts and flip-flops, clutching cheap automatic weapons.

“There are no civilians here,” said John Ajang, the acting secretary general of Abyei’s local government.


the entire article can be read at the NY Times
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"If WH Was Surprised by Applause at Tucson Pep Rally, Why Did They Ask For It On Jumbotron?!"

Posted by Jim Hoft on Saturday, January 15, 2011, 10:40 AM
On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that they were surprised by the applause at the memorial pep rally on Wednesday for the victims of the Tucson shootings.
I will say that I read the speech several times and thought that there wouldn’t be a lot of applause if any. I think many of us thought that. But I think there was a celebration, again, of the lives of those who had been impacted. Not just at that grocery store but throughout the country. And I think that, if that is part of the healing process, then that’s a good thing.
Oh really?
Then why was it printed on the Jumbotron?

Hat Tip Chad


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Greeley school board member blasts MLK Day

GREELEY, Colo. — A local school board member and radio station owner has come under fire for airing an editorial denouncing the holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The broadcaster remains unrepentant and defiant in the wake of community outcry.

Brett Reese is airing the editorial four times daily – up from two – on his station KELS-FM 104.7. He is unapologetic that portions of the editorial that call King a "plastic god," a "sexual degenerate," and "an America hating communist" appear verbatim on a website with links to a white supremacist group.

"Facts are facts, truth is truth," he said, adding that he might pre-empt other programing to air the editorial round the clock. The 40-year-old former carpenter claims he helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity in the Mississippi Delta and once dated an African American woman. He insists he's not racist.

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10 Dumbest Liberal Messages In Movies

10. “The central tenet of Christianity is preventing teenagers from dancing.” – Footloose (1984)
As Hollywood understands it, Jesus brought the Ten Commandments to the people on a magic carpet largely because he wanted them to stop enjoying themselves. And the first and most important commandment was that no Christian can ever dance. It’s right there, written on the side of the Ark of the Covenant that Indiana Jones found. Now, perhaps you missed these theological insights at Sunday school, but you gotta understand that the Hollywoodoid’s understanding of the religion embraced by most Americans is rather limited. They know that Jesus is somehow involved, and that he has superpowers and can probably fly, and that everyone who is religious is repressed, and that to Christians all sex is bad. Why red states like Utah seem to actually have a growing population while God-free blue zones like San Francisco are withering away is a question they never ask.

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I've only seen Footloose so I can't say how true or not true any of this is for the rest of the list. As far as Footloose goes, I don't get why they're taking it so seriously. Also, I posted this for the lulz and movie recs.

SOURCE loves to hate on Liberal Hollywood domination