Posted by: quiscus | December 21, 2011

December 21, 2011

1. What a moron:

“US Asks Scientific Journals to Censor Articles Over ‘Terrorism’

Claims Facts About Bird Flu Need to Be Kept Secret

The latest chilling impact on the freedom of information under the guise of terrorism came today, when, the National Institutes of Health announced that it is asking two major scientific journals to heavily censor certain articles over “terror” threats.

The articles were related to studies on the spread of H5N1 bird flu, and the research involved the possibility of the virus morphing to infect ferrets. Officials say ferrets have a similar response to the flu as humans do, and that the research could be used to create a “terrorist weapon.”

The articles were submitted by two separate universities, Wisconsin and Erasmus Medical in Rotterdam and were to be published in the Nature and Science journals. The Department of Health and Human Services agreed on the need to censor the articles.

Though there is no legal basis for the government to censor scientific journals or the compel them to withhold matters of scientific fact from the public, the reports suggest that the journals are both open to the idea of redacting parts of the articles if the government creates some alternative system to ensure that “legitimate” government-approved scientists can get access to the full version of the articles.

Science editor Dr. Bruce Alberts says that they are eager to withhold information in that event, and that he doesn’t consider the government telling them what they can and can’t publish “censorship” but rather “the scientific community trying to step out front and be responsible.”

2. “Occupy the family holiday table? Incisive video survival guide!”

3. “An Unexpected Mortality Increase in the US Follows Arrival of Radioactive Plume from Fukushima, Is there a Correlation?”

4. “So it continues to be okay to talk of Iraqis and Afghans like they are not quite human, and their deaths regrettable, but definitely nowhere near as apoplexy-inducing as a threat to a real human being—an American citizen, the only kind of human being possible to the “progressive” American imagination. I see this differentiation, these double standards, again and again, even in antiwar, progressive writing, because an article written from any other perspective—say, from a non-Ameri-centric perspective—that committed the heresy of not automatically placing Americans at the centre of the universe, would either not be comprehended by most Americans, or make them so angry they wouldn’t be able to take in anything else the writer said. So you’re hamstrung from the beginning because you can’t be progressive and fully human at the same time.

This is so all the time, every day, 365 days a year; the world in the minds of Americans revolves around the U.S.A., so I have no doubt you will hear me speak of this again, in the not too distant future. One has to do so when one is living in the age of America. The American Age. Everything you do and think and are is affected by it, but that does not mean what so many Americans think it to mean—that non Americans are thereby intrinsically lesser human beings who bleed significantly less when pricked, or whose blood is a paler, more washed-out, less immediate red. It’s what they believe, what they wish were true, but actually, of course, it’s not true at all. Non-American blood flows just as readily, and thanks to U.S. policy abroad, we see it flow in much more copious amounts. Or wait—perhaps we prefer not to see it at all. Perhaps we prefer to think of it as the inevitable consequence of “war,” not of a colossal act of aggression started and carried on by our country against them.”

5. “The New Breed of Hero

United States has done a remarkable job over the years convincing you that the folks in law enforcement are here for no other reason then to “protect and serve.” The words sound honorable and are meant to instill trust and confidence. You see this worn out, duplicitous motto emblazoned across every squad car in every small town across America. But it has become just another slogan that means nothing at all any longer.

In an earlier essay I wrote about buzzwords; words politicians like to spew out when speaking to the people. We’ve heard liberty, freedom and democracy so often , they have become nothing but empty, meaningless, over-used words, just like the slogan, “protect and serve.” Perhaps they never did mean anything, but we – the American people – were brainwashed into believing that somehow they meant something important. We’ve been duped into thinking that the people of law enforcement are here to actually protect us and to serve us as humble, appreciative public servants. But as I have come to realize, this is really not the case at all. In fact, their ultimate end purpose may prove to be far more sinister as time goes on. Maybe law enforcement’s new motto should be “subdue and enslave”, because this is what their mission now seems to be.”


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