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by Rep. Ron Paul, Md

February 7, 2005

We've all heard the words democracy and freedom used countless times, especially in the context of our invasion of Iraq. They are used interchangeably in modern political discourse, yet their true meanings are very different.

George Orwell wrote about "meaningless words" that are endlessly repeated in the political arena.* Words like "freedom," "democracy," and "justice," Orwell explained, have been abused so long that their original meanings have been eviscerated. In Orwell's view, political words were "Often used in a consciously dishonest way." Without precise meanings behind words, politicians and elites can obscure reality and condition people to reflexively associate certain words with positive or negative perceptions. In other words, unpleasant facts can be hidden behind purposely meaningless language. As a result, Americans have been conditioned to accept the word "democracy" as a synonym for freedom, and thus to believe that democracy is unquestionably good. The problem is that democracy is not freedom. Democracy is simply majoritarianism, which is inherently incompatible with real freedom. Our founding fathers clearly understood this, as evidenced not only by our republican constitutional system, but also by their writings in the Federalist Papers and elsewhere. James Madison cautioned that under a democratic government, "There is nothing to check the inducement to sacrifice the weaker party or the obnoxious individual." John Adams argued that democracies merely grant revocable rights to citizens depending on the whims of the masses, while a republic exists to secure and protect pre-existing rights. Yet how many Americans know that the word "democracy" is found neither in the Constitution nor the Declaration of Independence, our very founding documents?

Washington Post

by Elizabeth Williamson

February 1, 2005

NIH study: Risk-taking diminishes at age 25

A National Institutes of Health study suggests that the region of the brain that inhibits risky behavior is not fully formed until age 25, a finding with implications for a host of policies, including the nation's driving laws.

The research has implications beyond driving: Attorneys cited brain development studies as the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether juvenile offenders should be eligible for the death penalty. The court is expected to reach a decision by midyear.

The Bay City Times (MI)

by Jeff Kart

January 21, 2005

Hundreds of millions of gallons of sewage have poured into the Saginaw River in recent weeks, and E. coli bacteria levels have been beyond what the state considers safe for public health.

But no public health advisories have been issued by the Bay County Health Department. Local officials say that's because it's winter, and they don't consider the dirty water to be a public health concern, since people aren't likely to be swimming in the river or coming into contact with the water.

PBS Now

January 21, 2005

In America one-in-six children born every year have been exposed to mercury levels so high that they are potentially at risk for learning disabilities and motor skill impairment and short-term memory loss.

In February 2004, a new analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that "about 630,000 children are born each year at risk for lowered intelligence and learning problems caused by exposure to high levels of mercury in the womb," nearly double the previous EPA estimate.

Fairfax Digital (AU)

January 18, 2005

Scientists have developed a simple eye test that can diagnose hyperactive children. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects up to 7percent of school-age children in Britain and the condition can prove hard to diagnose.

Researchers from Brunel University in west London have come up with a 10-minute test to identify children likely to need special attention because of ADHD. The Pavlidis test involves children looking at a spot of light on a computer screen and following it with their eyes as it moves in different patterns.

American Medical Association News

by Andis Robeznieks

January 18, 2005

Computerized prescribing systems might cut the quantity and severity of medication mistakes, but they can't eliminate them entirely, said patient safety experts who reviewed the U.S. Pharmacopeia's 5th annual study of medication error reports.

The study of the more than 235,000 error reports submitted in 2003 by 570 health care facilities was the largest ever by USP. "Computer entry" was the fourth-leading cause of errors, accounting for 13% (27,711) of the medication errors reported in 2003. In contrast, illegible or unclear handwriting was the 15th-leading cause, and accounted for 2.9% (6,134) of reported errors.

Deseret Morning News

by Valerie Phillips

January 5, 2005

Farmers today can raise corn with a built-in pesticide, soybeans that thrive when sprayed with weed killer and squash that resist viruses. Some say they're biotechnological wonders. Critics call them "Frankenfoods."

Should you worry if your food is swimming in the gene pool' Opinions were mixed among a group of experts who spoke at a daylong biotechnology conference for the Association of Food Journalists last October in Puerto Rico. But most agreed that the products should be labeled so the public can decide if they want to use them or not.

The Seattle Times (WA)

by Linda Goldston

January 4, 2005

Nine-year-old Kaitlyn Langstaff of Saratoga, Calif., died 20 months after taking Children's Motrin. Seven-year-old Sabrina Brierton Johnson of Los Angeles went blind two months after taking the same drug. Three-year-old Heather Rose Kiss of New Jersey die

All three girls developed a rare, excruciatingly painful disease after an apparent allergic reaction to ibuprofen. And the parents of all three said they never dreamed an over-the-counter pain reliever could kill or disable their children.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

December 29, 2004

During week 51, WHO and NREVSS laboratories in the United States reported testing 1,340 specimens for influenza viruses, of which 134 (10.0%) were positive.

Of these, one was an influenza A (H1N1), 27 were influenza A (H3N2) viruses, 85 were influenza A viruses that were not subtyped, and 21 were influenza B viruses. The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza is below the national baseline.

Bellaciao

December 26, 2004

Based on alleged secret European military reports, the U.S. military in Iraq is harvesting and selling human organs.

Secret European military intelligence reports indicate the transformation of the American humanitarian mission in Iraq into a profitable trade in the American markets through the practice of American physicians extracting human organs from the dead and wounded, before they are put to death, for sale to medical centers in America.

      
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