Sunday, October 14, 2007

Frank Rich's "Good Germans"

Frank Rich writes another trenchant, well-researched and beautifully synthesized piece on the Bush cabal rubber-stamping torture as policy. Rich's premise, in his New York Times column, is that only through the passive acceptance of this policy by the American citizens, who have been informed repeatedly through the media and congressional hearings, can this disgusting policy continue. It started with the uncovering of the Abu Graib prisoner torture scandal, and now rocks on with Blackwater and more.

Thus Rich refers to the "Good German" of post Nazi Germany when the common citizens of Hitler's dictatorship claimed they really knew nothing of the holocaust atrocities committed in their midst. They were just good patriots going along with the country's laws and minding their own business.

If Rich's modern-day "Good Germans" are the Americans who choose not to raise a stink about torturing alleged enemies behind closed doors, then I propose another "Good German" analogy about my fellow citizens: the pervasive bigotry that oozes throughout our daily lives is constantly ignored by people even when it's shoved in their faces. How many times has the reader of this blog over-heard or been confronted with defaming remarks about an ethnic group, or a sexist statement, or anti-gay or lesbians on any given day, and not reacted by saying out loud you won't stand for that kind of language?

This country is full of people who acquiesce before racism and bigotry even when they are abhored by it. I appreciate Frank Rich's discussion of Bush getting away with illegal actions because the American voter is complacent and uncaring. I also see the bigger issue and ultimate dilemma in our society of ongoing racism, xenophobia, and bigotry and the allowance and even ignorance of them by Americans as the downfall of us all if we don't stop being "Good Germans" and raise our voices now.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Coulter Friend of the Jews

Ann Coulter may have done a big favor for the cause of tolerance in our society with her latest bigotted outburst. This intelligent, educated, yet bigotted and rabble-rousing right-wing author has stated in a TV interview that Jews need to be "perfected." In other words, Christians are perfect Jews, and Jews fall short.

What's the favor she's done for anti-bigotry? Her remarks have created a minor media firestorm and hopefully have reached the ears and brains of the youth of the country who may not have heard about the Holocaust, Hitler, WWII etc. Her inane inflamatory need for publicity at any cost, may have made more people aware that anti-Semitism, and bigotry in general, is alive and prospering in our great society. So many insulated fellow-citizens believe that whole thing is a thing of the past. It's not!

Tim Rutten, who writes a media column for the Los Angeles Times every week, made Coulter's contribution very clear:

..."supersessionism," the theological notion that Christianity "completes" or "perfects" Judaism is, along with the deicide libel, anti-Semitism's major theological underpinning. Indeed, in Central and Western Europe between the world wars, there was a substantial body of purportedly "respectable" intellectual opinion that held "supersessionism" made possible a "reasonable" theological anti-Semitism that was entirely licit, as opposed to the Nazis' and fascists' illicit, "racially based" anti-Semitism. It is fair to say that the rails leading to Auschwitz were greased by precisely the opinion Coulter expressed on American television this week.

So thank you Ms. Coulter, for bringing to the front burner the issue of bigotry that needs to be discussed, especially with the coming generations, in this great country of ours.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Polio Vaccine Goes Haywire in Environment

It was only a matter of time--like a scene out of the movie Andromeda Strain, vaccine makers have unleashed a virulent strain of polio that is causing polio outbreaks.

The latest email from Barbara Loe Fisher, President of the National Vaccine Information Center, refers to articles stating that the World Health organization and the Center for Disease Control have deliberately withheld information about this dilemma from the US public--here is an excerpt from that email:

Mutated Live Vaccine Polioviruses Pollute Water, Paralyze

by Barbara Loe Fisher

In yet another stunning example of arrogant and immoral behavior, doctors at the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) admitted last week that they deliberately did not tell "the public" that neurovirulent mutated vaccine strain live polio viruses are polluting world water supplies and are responsible for polio outbreaks among children in Nigeria and other countries. Dr. David Heymann, a leader in WHO's polio eradication effort, reportedly explained that WHO "considered the [Nigerian] outbreak to be a problem for scientists and not something that would change global vaccination practices" so WHO didn't share the information with the public until now. ap/20071005/ap_on_he_me/nigeria_polio_paradoxThere is a lot of information that WHO and CDC officials have not shared with the public about what forcing worldwide use of a live oral polio for 40 years has done. The Sabin live polio vaccine - which is the public health community's main claim to fame and fortune in the 20th century - may not only have unleashed the most feared autoimmune disorder to plague man in two centuries( ) as well as caused increases in brain, bone and lung cancers ( 3b94/3/229-a.pdf) but also has created mutant paralytic viruses that could cripple many more humans than would have been crippled if the live virus polio vaccine had never been used at all. The US abandoned the Sabin live polio vaccine in 1999 and switched to the inactivated Salk vaccine that cannot cause vaccine strain polio. So why are billions of dollars being spent to pour the risky live virus polio vaccine into the mouths of the poorest babies in the most underprivileged countries in the world where sanitation and water supplies are already compromised?The worst part of this deception is that WHO and CDC spin doctors are trying to convince parents in Africa, India and elsewhere that it is the "unvaccinated" who are causing vaccine strain polio outbreaks even though many of these children are getting 9 or 10 polio vaccinations http://vaccineawakening.blogspot.c om/search?q=India%2C+polio+vaccine Although public health officials are trying to blame polio outbreaks on the 'unvaccinated," the medical literature documents that assertion to be false.

Any reader interested in more information can email this blog ( and I will forward the entire email from the NVIC.