Sunday, May 27, 2007
Their joy seems equivalent whether reporting threats from one country's leader to another or from one Hollywood celebrity to another. However, they don't seem to realize that Lindsay Lohan fighting with Paris Hilton is small potatoes compared with the United States fighting with Iran. Millions would be killed if the latter conflict ever occurred, yet the press twists the words of Lindsay Lohan and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with equal aplomb.
Warmongering is something to be done only by someone who won't be affected if the war actually occurs. On a small planet like this one where a nuclear war, even a small one, will spread toxic fallout all over the globe, it is not smart to warmonger.
The title of this post is "Was 'Wipe Israel off the map' actually said?" For some years now, and with increasing frequency the press has been reporting the rantings and ravings against Israel, Europe and the US of the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But are these reports accurate? Probably the most famous Ahmadinejad quote is the "Wipe Israel off the map" quote, but did he actually say it?
No he didn't, according to Arash Norouzi, who actually speaks Farsi, the language of Iran. Read this article and make up your own mind: 'Wiped off the Map' – The Rumor of the Century
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Take a browse and check out the videos I've added so far. I've categorized them for easy viewing. If you have read much of this blog you probably won't be surprised at my choices in the fields of Psychiatry, Social Issues and religion, but my "Comedy" choices may surprise you (or maybe not).
Anyway, here it is: grahamesd on YouTube
And here is one of my favorite comedy videos:
Welcome to Hell
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
From many years now my opinion of the news media has been dropping lower and lower. It started dropping in the mid-80s when I met a newspaper reporter who told me how he wrote exactly what he was told by his editor and if it happened that what his editor wanted didn't match the facts then the facts came off second best. At the time I was shocked because I had the rather naïve idea that the news media reported facts. Nowadays I rarely believe anything I read in the mainstream media.
However, despite that I still had a naïve faith in the BBC. I grew up with the BBC and when I came over to the US and saw the poor quality of news reporting here; it gave me a sort of nationalistic pride to know that the good old "Beeb" would still tell the truth no matter the consequences.
Well, my last small shred of naïve belief in the news media has just been well and truly trampled into the uncompromising mud of reality. The BBC has now proven itself to be just as corrupt as all the rest.
Watch this documentary on the BBC and their "ace reporter" John Sweeney and you'll have to agree with me.
- The complete documentary: Shame on the BBC: Panorama Exposed
OR in parts:
And other snippets:
- John Sweeney – A BBC Reporter At Work
- John Sweeney – Swapping his criminal conviction with a sex offender
As a side-note, John Sweeny is aptly named, if you know anything about the story of "Sweeny Todd." Perhaps the main difference between them is that Todd used a razor on his victims and Sweeney uses a "hatchet" (in the journalistic sense of the word).
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
A few years ago there was an attempt to persuade doctors and drug companies to clean up their act so drug companies would stop bribing doctors with free tickets to sports events, "consulting" and "lecture" payments, reimbursements for "meeting expenses", free drug samples and meals and booze. A new study finds that the corruption continues unabated. Doctors still taking drug company freebies. Ethics rules aimed to avoid conflicts of interest not working, study says
If a drug company rep is giving a doctor money and gifts then there is a clear conflict of interest and instead of the doctor's patients getting the correct treatment they get the drug of the best briber.
The study comes at the same time as another report that of the 6 "rich" nations, the US has the worst health care system. Report: U.S. health care expensive, inefficient. America ranks last among six countries on key measures, group finds
Is it surprising with such corruption going on?
Monday, May 14, 2007
Google CEO Eric Schmidt just announced that Google is now "Search, Ads and Apps". I'm sure that sounds good to many people. Free, on-line word processing, spreadsheets and more - sounds great. Then there is the benefit of not having to backup your computer in case of a crash:
But it's the Internet-based benefits that Schmidt was pushing at the briefing. He told reporters that computer owners have lost data when personal computers crash and offered Google's Internet-based applications as a remedy for data disaster. "What you would prefer is a trusted partner to keep all the information and have it for you on every device," he told reporters.
Google Officially Taking On Microsoft in Apps
But what about privacy? Sorry, but I just don't trust large corporations like Google with my private or business data. Especially when you consider Google's links with the NSA, CIA and other parts of the intelligence community.
I can't avoid having my emails go through large corporations, but my own private and business data is valuable to me and I'm not about to upload it to someone I don't know and don't trust.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
I'm not a very political person. I'm an independent because I'm issues oriented, not party oriented. Frankly most of the yak I hear between the Republicans and Democrats sounds like sports fans arguing. "My side is right and yours is wrong."
I'm also a skeptic when it comes to politicians and what they say. I'm interested in actions not words. So, as you'd probably expect, I've shown very little interest in the 2008 election. I have not been very happy with any of the candidates. Perhaps they are good entertainers and fund raisers, but are they any good when it comes to civil rights and actually serving the people?
So, I was very pleasantly surprised when Representative Ron Paul announced he would be running for President. Here is a guy who contradicts the oxymoron "honest politician". He actually is an honest politician! He's a man who isn't afraid to tell the truth about the blatant attempts to remove our civil rights (e.g., the Patriot Act). He's a man with guts and a most unlikely candidate given that most people who get to the level of running for President have already sold their souls to vested interests and big donors several times over.
So to cut a long blog post short: get busy! Support Ron Paul for President in 2008!
Monday, May 07, 2007
It seems a study done last year found that the people who define mental illnesses and the treatments for those illnesses they defined have strong financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry. Hmm. What a coincidence that the most common "treatment" for mental illness is drugs. Is it possible there is a connection?
Is psychiatry a genuine field made up of doctors who are helping the mentally ill with safe drugs, or is it truly a "pseudoscience" that exists only to sell dangerous prescription drugs to unsuspecting patients -- all in the name of making money for the pharmaceutical industry? That question may have been answered, thanks to the results of a University of Massachusetts and Tufts University study that was released in April 2006. According to an April 22 Reuters article, the study found that 56 percent of 170 psychiatric "experts" who helped work on the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) -- considered the "bible" of the psychiatric field -- had financial links to drug makers at some point from 1989 to 1994, when the most recent edition of the DSM was released.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
So having said that, how do you keep you kids off drugs? Well, the answer is in the book with the perfect title: How To Keep Your Kids Off Drugs. It is available as a downloadable book, so go to the site and get it!
Friday, May 04, 2007
The term "ideation" means "the formation of thoughts or ideas". So "homicidal ideation" is the formation of homicidal thoughts or ideas.
This means that a side-effect of antidepressants is the formation of thoughts or ideas about killing people. Hmm. So given that every school shooter that I know of was on antidepressants (see: a partial list of school shooters on psychiatric drugs) and that this type of drug can cause homicidal ideation then the connection between the school shootings and psychiatric drugs becomes pretty obvious.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
If for some reason you can't play it here then go to: Virginia Tech Massacre. Why? Antidepressants... again?
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
It seems the leaders of South America are finally getting out from under the oppression of the World Bank and the IMF. If you have read the book Confessions of An Economic Hit Man then you'll know that these organizations are basically a means to funnel huge sums of money to large multi-national corporations such as Bechtel and Halliburton. South America has been one of the areas worst hit by these oppressive organizations so it's good to see that they are finally freeing themselves from bondage.
It's also interesting how the media refers to any leader who cuts the ties with the World Bank and IMF as "leftist" and "socialist." I guess the owners of the media outlets don't like to see countries gaining their independence, probably because these same media owners were sharing in the profits from the pillaged of those countries.
Chavez: Venezuela to exit IMF, World Bank
President Hugo Chavez announced Monday he would pull Venezuela out of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, a largely symbolic move because the nation has already paid off its debts to the lending institutions.
Venezuela is not the only country in the region distancing itself from international lenders. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said Sunday that he hopes to "get out of that prison" of IMF debt and that "we are negotiating with the Fund to leave the Fund." Ecuador's leftist president, Rafael Correa, recently asked the World Bank's representative there to leave and said the country paid off its debt to the IMF. Argentina also has paid back billions of dollars to the IMF.