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If it hadn’t been for the Bush policies and their policies of the conservative Republican advisors, attorneys, appointed agency heads and Congressional members – the World Trade Center wouldn’t have been hit in the first place. The responsibility for all of those deaths are on the hands of the Republicans that put those policies in place and also were the ones who put the policies and procedures in place that prevented the intel about the attack from being acted upon.
These Republican policy makers are also the ones responsible for the deaths of countless children in the care of the Department of Family and Children Services, responsible for countless deaths during Hurricane Katrina’s botched FEMA operations, responsible for tens of thousands killed by faulty products and food poisoning from tainted and dangerously negligent food processing and responsible for countless deaths and harms that have resulted from their distorted policies in every violation of human and civil rights known to mankind.
If the human race is to survive, it will have to survive the malicious, evil and absurdly profit-driven, greedy, cruel and depravity based actions and policies of the Republican party conservatives, big business, banks, Wall Street and the previous thirty years of Republican instigated distortions of sanity, common sense and responsible leadership.
There is not one good thing created by the illusion of prosperity that had no basis in fact which was propagated by the Republican social and business policies. It has been nothing but brainwashing and propaganda on a massive and intentional scale.
Women aren’t safe, children aren’t safe, families aren’t safe, neighborhoods and communities in America aren’t safe, people’s homes are being lost to no purpose, jobs aren’t available, money is damn near worthless, those who are already enduring traumatic situations are being further victimized by states and the Federal government is still filled with Republicans enacting their party’s policies without regard for human life or the Constitution of the United States of America. They are evil. There is no good in them.
They believe that since they have all the money and all the opportunities – they are therefore – right. What if that is not true? What if they are wrong and have been wrong all along? Every shred of evidence says that they are not only wrong but have been directly responsible for destroying the United States and the lives of her citizens.
(CBS) The New York Times – and not the Congress or the Obama Administration – has just determined where the American torture story will go in the wake of last week’s momentous turns in the tale. In one of its house editorials Sunday, the Times declared that torture-memo author Jay Bybee, now a federal appeals court judge, should be impeached for his role in formulating the Bush Administration’s (probably) illegal, (apparently) unsuccessful, and (certainly) odious “enhanced interrogation” rules.
“These [newly-released] memos make it clear,” the Times noted, “that Mr. Bybee is unfit for a job that requires legal judgment and a respect for the Constitution. Congress should impeach him. And if the administration will not conduct a thorough investigation of these issues, then Congress has a constitutional duty to hold the executive branch accountable. If that means putting Donald Rumsfeld and Alberto Gonzales on the stand, even Dick Cheney, we are sure Americans can handle it.”
Of course the American people can “handle” an honest review of the Bush administration’s torture policies and practices, whether it comes in the form of an impeachment trial for Bybee, a criminal prosecution of fellow memo-drafter John Yoo, or a “Torture Commission” christened with subpoena power by Congress. Indeed, it seems that millions of Americans are clamoring for such action.
The Face of Evil -
(of course, they made him a judge – this just gets better and better)
Jay Bybee, a federal judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has been criticized for his role in formulating Bush administration torture policy. The New York Times called for his impeachment in a April 19, 2009 editorial. (Official photo)
My note –
now that shows what happens when the determining factor of intelligence and good judgment is how good a person looks or how well connected they are. This man could not possibly have the conscience of a rock to have done what he did legally assuring that obscene violations of human rights and torture would be conducted by the United States government and its agencies.
Medical researchers face conflicts of interest
Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:31am EDT
By Julie Steenhuysen
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Dr. Bruce Psaty of University of Washington in Seattle knows how easy it can be to fall under the spell of a friendly relationship with drug companies.
April 13, 2009 — Updated 0323 GMT (1123 HKT)
GM recalling 1.5 million cars over fire fears
* Story Highlights
* Recall involves certain Chevrolet, Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac sedans
* Problem involves potential for oil to leak on the exhaust manifold, then igniting
* General Motors to send details to owners next month
Fed contractor, cell phone maker sold spy system to Iran
By Eli Lake (Contact) | Monday, April 13, 2009
Two European companies — a major contractor to the U.S. government and a top cell-phone equipment maker — last year installed an electronic surveillance system for Iran that human rights advocates and intelligence experts say can help Iran target dissidents.
Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), a joint venture between the Finnish cell-phone giant Nokia and German powerhouse Siemens, delivered what is known as a monitoring center to Irantelecom, Iran’s state-owned telephone company.
A spokesman for NSN said the servers were sold for “lawful intercept functionality,” a technical term used by the cell-phone industry to refer to law enforcement’s ability to tap phones, read e-mails and surveil electronic data on communications networks.
Indeed, the telecommunications industry’s own international standards require that data networks allow law enforcement to intercept phone calls, e-mails and other electronic data.
“This functionality is offered by all major mobile and fixed network system vendors,” Mr. Roome said. “Such functionality can provide the proper authorities with an important tool for the investigation of serious criminal activities, such as terrorism, child pornography or drug trafficking. The use of such surveillance is based on local legislation and typically overseen by high-level independent government bodies, such as courts.”
“They facilitate a regime which easily violates human rights in Iran and the privacy of the people of Iran. They have facilitated the regime with a high technology that allows them to monitor every student activist, every women’s rights activist, every labor activist and every ordinary person.”
Hadi Ghaemi, spokesman for the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, said 12 women´s rights activists were arrested late last month at a private meeting to celebrate the Persian New Year. He said the raid suggested the state had access to private communications.
The sale also highlights a rift between the government of Germany, which has endorsed diplomatic and economic pressure on Iran to curb its nuclear program, and German corporations that continue to export sensitive technology to Iran. On March 31, NSN sold the portion of its business that services the monitoring center to a private German holding company called Perusa Partners Fund LLP.
Since 2005, Siemens had done more than $900 million worth of business with the U.S. government and employs about 70,000 people in the United States. Nokia is one of the leading mobile handset providers in the United States.
“Men’s Central Jail is so grossly overcrowded, dangerous and dungeon-like that it puts intolerable stress on the jailed as well as the jailers,” said Margaret Winter, associate director of the ACLU National Prison Project. “The county must do whatever it takes to stop subjecting people to the nightmarish conditions in this jail, and stop denying basic mental health treatment to those who need it.”
The ACLU’s comments came as county officials are investigating the death of John Horton, 22, who was found hanging from a noose in his cell March 30, after spending more than a month in the jail.
In a 50-page report submitted to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca last year, an expert said he found that idleness and massive overcrowding at the jail leads to violence and ultimately psychotic breakdown even in relatively healthy people.
The report was made public Tuesday.
With 20,000 detainees, the Los Angeles County jail system is the largest in the nation. Men’s Central Jail, which is nearly 50 years old, houses an average of 5,000 detainees.
CLEVELAND, April 14 (UPI) — Lucas County (Ohio) Sheriff James Telb and three other jailers were indicted Tuesday in the death of a prisoner, federal officials said.
The men are accused in the 2004 death of Carlton Benton and a subsequent 4-year cover-up, a U.S. Justice Department statement said.
Federal authorities allege that on May 30, 2004, former Deputy Sheriff John Gray assaulted and strangled Benton and left him lying unconscious without seeking medical help for him.
Shortly before Benton died, the indictment said Jay Schmeltz, who was a chief deputy, also assaulted him. Both deputies are also accused of writing false reports of the incident and lying to federal agents.
The indictment also alleges Lt. Robert McBroom, who was in the jail’s Internal Affairs Department and Telb concealed their knowledge of Gray’s felonies from federal authorities.
“Police officers are given tremendous authority and responsibility so that they can protect and serve the public trust. Those who abuse that authority face serious consequences,” said Loretta King, acting assistant attorney general of the Civil Rights Division.
Jailers indicted in Ohio inmate’s death
J Clin Psychopharmacol (2003) 23: 58-77.
Psychotropic drugs, cardiac arrhythmia, and sudden death.
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A variety of drugs targeted towards the central nervous system are associated with cardiac side effects, some of which are linked with reports of arrhythmia and sudden death. Some psychotropic drugs, particularly tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and antipsychotic agents, are correlated with iatrogenic prolongation of the QT interval of the electrocardiogram (ECG). In turn, this is associated with the arrhythmia (TdP). This review discusses the association between psychotropic agents, arrhythmia and sudden death and, focusing on TCAs and antipsychotics, considers their range of cellular actions on the heart; potentially pro-arrhythmic interactions between psychotropic and other medications are also considered. At the cellular level TCAs, such as imipramine and amitriptyline, and antipsychotics, such as thioridazine, are associated with inhibition of potassium channels encoded by In many cases this cellular action correlates with ECG changes and a risk of TdP. However, not all psychotropic agents that inhibit HERG at the cellular level are associated equally with QT prolongation in patients, and the potential for QT prolongation is not always equally correlated with TdP. Differences in risk between classes of psychotropic drugs, and between individual drugs within a class, may result from additional cellular effects of particular agents, which may influence the consequent effects of inhibition of repolarizing potassium current.
The Unholy Alliance Between Psychiatrists and Psychotropic Drugs: 36000 Deaths a Year? – articles – articles.mercola.com.
© 1999 American Heart Association, Inc.
AHA Scientific Statement
Cardiovascular Monitoring of Children and Adolescents Receiving Psychotropic Drugs
A Statement for Healthcare Professionals From the Committee on Congenital Cardiac Defects, Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, American Heart Association
Key Words: AHA Scientific Statements • psychotropic drugs • death, sudden
Reports of sudden deaths of children and adolescents treated with psychotropic medications have raised concerns regarding the appropriateness of this therapy, as well as the advisability of baseline and periodic electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring of such patients.1 2 3 4 What follows is a review of the drug effects on the ECG, cardiovascular effects of the commonly used psychotropic medications in children and adolescents, a summary of potentially dangerous drug interactions, and recommendations for cardiovascular monitoring.
Potential Mechanisms for Sudden Death
Although medications can potentially cause sudden, unexpected death by a variety of mechanisms (eg, seizures, central nervous system depression, or coronary artery spasm), cardiac arrhythmias are the most frequent cause. In particular, a unique form of ventricular tachycardia termed torsade de pointes has been recognized as the arrhythmia responsible for the so-called proarrhythmic effect of several antiarrhythmia drugs, and recent evidence has pointed to a similar mechanism in syncope and deaths related to other medications5 and in the familial long-QT syndromes.6 The common feature of these conditions is delayed repolarization of the myocardium (related to abnormal sodium or potassium currents) with resultant prolongation of the QT interval of the ECG. This appears to leave the myocardium vulnerable to ventricular tachycardia, primarily in the setting of bradycardia but occasionally in association with exercise.
Other ECG abnormalities, such as sinus node depression, second- or third-degree heart block, and supraventricular tachycardia, seem unlikely causes of sudden death in patients receiving psychotropic medications. Additionally, the rSR’ pattern in lead V1, sometimes referred to as incomplete right bundle-branch block or right ventricular conduction delay, is a normal childhood variant and is not a risk factor for sudden death.
The major cardiovascular and electrophysiological effects of the commonly used psychotropic drugs are listed in Table 1. Stimulants such as the amphetamines and methylphenidate (Ritalin) cause slight but clinically insignificant increases in heart rate and blood pressure. The tricyclic antidepressants (TCA) imipramine and desipramine have been associated with at least 7 reported deaths in young patients.1 7 The precise mechanism of death has not been documented. Some of the patients have had toxic levels of drugs, and at least 2 had risk factors for sudden death (a coronary anomaly in 1 and a family history of sudden death in another). The ECG effects of TCA administration include an increase in heart rate (by 20% to 25%), prolongation of the PR interval (by 5% to 10%), increase in QRS duration (by 7% to 25%), and prolongation of the QT interval (by 3% to 10%). Although 8% of patients have a corrected QT interval (QTc) of >460 ms, the mean value of the QTc remained within normal limits for pediatric patients.4 8 9 10 11 Malignant arrhythmias, in particular torsade de pointes, have not been documented except for the ventricular fibrillation observed in the emergency room in the patient with a family history of sudden death.
The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have minimal cardiovascular effects; deaths have been rare, even with massive overdose. Clonidine, a widely used antihypertensive medication, has been associated with 2 deaths in patients who also received methylphenidate, but the mechanism for these deaths is unknown and may have been sudden cessation of treatment.
Many psychotropic medications are metabolized by the cytochrome P450 system, an enzyme system that may be inhibited by a multitude of medications12 (Table 2). Adverse effects have occurred when the P450 system is inhibited, which leads to elevated levels of medications that prolong the QT interval and produce ventricular tachycardia (torsade de pointes). Most notable have been deaths related to torsade de pointes from nonsedating histamine-blocking agents such as terfenadine (Seldane) and astemizole (Hismanal).13 Many of these episodes were associated with coadministration of other medications such as macrolide antibiotics or imidazole antifungal agents (Table 2). Other classes of medications that inhibit or are metabolized by the P450 cytochrome system include antidepressants, calcium channel blockers, histamine blockers, gastrointestinal motility agents, and steroids. Prolongation of the QT interval and torsade de pointes have been reported in young children taking cisapride.
Antiarrhythmic drugs of class Ia (eg, disopyramide, procainamide, and quinidine) and class III (eg, amiodarone and sotalol) likewise prolong the QT interval, and therefore concomitant use of psychotropic medications with these drugs is not recommended.
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and right this very minute there is an Eli Lilly spokesman bragging on bloomberg about the Zyprexa market status and how excited they are – which is disgusting considering how much damage that drug has been proven to have done, including deaths, physical damage to children and elderly and disabled populations, – that is – there are no words for it – after all the efforts – including that article above which was from 1999 when it was already well known in the medical community that these drugs were causing deaths. What kind of good mental health is that – dead?
These are valuable irreplaceable human lives they have taken from all of us and from their families and from the human race in its potential to survive – what right did they have to do that just so they could make money?