From the monthly archives:

February 2009

Optimal Medical Therapy with or without PCI for Stable Coronary Disease, NEJM April 12, 2007
Clinical Outcomes Utilizing Revascularization and Aggressive Drug Evaluation
(COURAGE)

This is not to question the ethical standards of the men and women who conducted this research, nor is it to voice a cultural criticism regarding the Veterans Administration as a source of clinical subjects for evaluation. Rather, it’s presented as an eye-opener. Lecture fees, consulting fees, and grant support from the pharmaceutical industry seem to power the engine of clinical research, while cross ventilation of ideas from the clinical researchers to their industry counterparts seems to be the quid pro quo.

“Dr. Boden reports receiving consulting fees and lecture fees from Kos Pharmaceuticals, PDL BioPharma, Pfizer, CV Therapeutics, and Sanofi-Aventis, and grant support from Merck and Abbott Laboratories; Dr. O’Rourke, consulting fees from King Pharmaceuticals, Lilly, and CV Therapeutics; Dr. Teo, grant support from Boehringer Ingelheim; Dr. Knudtson, lecture fees from Medtronic and Lilly; Dr. Harris, having equity ownership in Amgen; Dr. Chaitman, receiving consulting fees from CV Therapeutics, Merck, and Bayer, lecture fees from Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and CV Therapeutics, and grant support from Pfizer, CV Therapeutics, and Sanofi-Aventis; Dr. Shaw, grant support from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Astellas Healthcare; Dr. Booth, grant support from Actelion; Dr. Bates, consulting fees from Sanofi-Aventis and AstraZeneca and lecture fees from Sanofi-Aventis; Dr. Spertus, consulting fees from Amgen and United Healthcare and grant support from Amgen, Roche Diagnostics, and Lilly (and in the past, consulting fees and grant support from CV Therapeutics and owning the copyright for the Seattle Angina Questionnaire, the Peripheral Artery Questionnaire, and the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire); Dr. Berman, consulting fees and lecture fees from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Astellas, Tyco, and Siemens and grant support from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Astellas; Dr. Mancini, consulting and lecture fees from Pfizer, Abbott, and GlaxoSmithKline, lecture fees from Merck and Sanofi-Aventis, and grant support from Cordis and GlaxoSmithKline; and Dr. Weintraub, consulting fees from Sanofi-Aventis and Bristol-Myers Squibb and grant support from Sanofi-Aventis. No other potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.”

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February 24, 2009

*Statement on Prosecution of Former High Officials *

We urge Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a non-partisan independent Special Counsel to immediately commence a prosecutorial investigation into the most serious alleged crimes of former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Richard B. Cheney, the attorneys formerly employed by the Department of Justice whose memos sought to justify torture, and other former top officials of the Bush Administration.

Our laws, and treaties that under Article VI of our Constitution are the supreme law of the land, require the prosecution of crimes that strong evidence suggests these individuals have committed. Both the former president and the former vice president have confessed to authorizing a torture procedure that is illegal under our law and treaty obligations. The former president has confessed to violating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

We see no need for these prosecutions to be extraordinarily lengthy or costly, and no need to wait for the recommendations of a panel or “truth” commission when substantial evidence of the crimes is already in the public domain. We believe the most effective investigation can be conducted by a prosecutor, and we believe such an investigation should begin immediately.

Drafted by The Robert Jackson Steering Committee
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/robertjackson

Signed By:

Center for Constitutional Rights
http://www.ccrjustice.org

The National Lawyers Guild
http://www.nlg.org/

After Downing Street
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org

American Freedom Campaign
http://www.americanfreedomcampaign.org

Ann Wright, retired US Army Reserve Colonel and US diplomat http://www.voicesofconscience.com/

Backbone Campaign
http://www.backbonecampaign.org

Brad Blog
http://www.bradblog.com/

Cities for Peace
http://citiesforprogress.org/

CODE PINK: Women for Peace
http://www.codepink4peace.org

Daniel Ellsberg, Truth-Telling Project
http://www.ellsberg.net/

Defending Dissent Foundation
http://www.defendingdissent.org/

Delaware Valley Veterans for America

http://www.delvalvets4america.org
;
Democrats.com
http://www.democrats.com/

Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
http://www.space4peace.org/

Gold Star Families for Peace
http://www.cindysheehanssoapbox.com/

Grandmothers Against the War
http://www.grandmothersforpeace.org/gatw

Grassroots America
http://www.grassrootsamerica4us.org/

High Road for Human Rights Advocacy Project
http://www.highroadforhumanrights.org

Iraq Veterans Against the War
http://ivaw.org/

Justice Through Music
http://www.jtmp.org

Marcus Raskin, co-founder of Institute for Policy Studies, member of editorial board of the /Nation/, member of the special staff of the National Security Council in the Kennedy Administration

Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored
http://www.projectcensored.org/

Naomi Wolf, author of /End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot/, and /Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries/
http://naomiwolf.org/

National Accountability Network

Northeast Impeachment Coalition
http://www.neimpeach.org/wp/

Op Ed News
http://www.opednews.com/

Peace Action
http://www.peace-action.org/

Peace Team
http://www.peaceteam.net/

The Progressive
http://www.progressive.org/

Progressive Democrats of America
http://www.pdamerica.org/

Republicans for Impeachment
http://republicansforimpeachment.com/

United for Peace and Justice
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/

Velvet Revolution
http://www.velvetrevolution.us/

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/vips

Veterans for Peace
http://www.veteransforpeace.org/

Voters for Peace
http://votersforpeace.us/index2.php

War Crimes Times
http://www.warcrimestimes.org/

Wisconsin Impeachment/Bring Our Troops Home Coalition
http://www.impeachwi.com

World Can’t Wait
http://www.worldcantwait.net

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Taking it easy

February 22, 2009

A heavy snowfall, a snow shovel, a sunny morning—I donned my coat with the quilted down lining, covered my bean with a stocking cap, pulled on gloves, and strode forth briskly to meet the challenge. Shoveling snow is a great aerobic upper body exercise, but today I took it easy. After I had pushed most [...]

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Who knows where the time goes

February 21, 2009

The fire of Web 2.0 has finally burned out. The Web 2.0 consultants have risen from the ashes born again as Social Media Experts. A question I heard recently: “What’s the difference between a Social Media Expert and a large pizza?” The answer? “A large pizza can feed a family of four.” In the sixties [...]

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Sarah Palin School of Wildlife Management

February 20, 2009

“If you shoot wolves to save moose, and then you shoot the moose, you’re either out of your mind or in Alaska.” - Friends of Animals poster, autumn, 2008 And now the State of Nevada is using the same logic to kill mountain lions that prey on deer. The reasoning being that we need to [...]

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Xe Worldwide — the mercenaries formerly known as Blackwater

February 19, 2009

Blackwater, Enron, Halliburton, KBR… most of the top brands of the Bush administration have been destroyed or devalued. Blackwater Worldwide, with it’s eye on the prize of no-bid contracts to patrol the Mexican border has been rebranded. Hoping to wash away the stains from their homicidal outlawry in Iraq, the killers formerly known as Blackwater [...]

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Houston? Houston?

February 15, 2009

Stand by for re-entry. Might be a bumpy ride. I still can’t get my head around the fact that we die. That we die comma period.  This, this very this, astonishes me every day of my long legged life.  But I suppose it’s better to wait for that grim bastard standing on my own two [...]

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Gaza aid

February 2, 2009

The hits just keep on coming. Obama simply makes me feel good about our American prospect. THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ­ For Immediate Release February 2, 2009 January 27, 2009 Presidential Determination No. 2009-15 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs Related to Gaza By [...]

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