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09.24 Brett Kavanaugh faces second allegation of sexual misconduct09.23 MARYLAND GOVERNOR REBUFFS CALL FOR CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO BRETT KAVANAUGH ATTEMPTED RAPE ALLEGATIONS [Republicans above the law...]
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09.18 Racist rioting in Chemnitz has reopened Germany’s east-west split [After 10,000 generations, we are all mixed-race. So let's become friends with our cousins instead!]
A New Flu Nightmare
First published in his blog Unsilent Generation earlier today, 24 November 2009
The vaccine program is yet another clear example of Washington’s irresponsible approach to the nation’s public health. Like Wall Street, the medical profession has never believed in regulation, instead choosing to nudge—not force—state health officials and industry into taking action.
One theory behind the government’s decision to skip providing vaccine to older people is that we built up such an immunity in earlier flu bouts, we’ll never get it. But swine flu is not the problem here. The scare over swine flu has led to an all out demand for flu shots—any kind of flu shot. As a result we are heading into another crisis as the New York Times reported Monday:
And the reason for the shortage—as in the past—lies with the flu vaccine manufacturers,whose operations, the government just can’t seem to regulate:
The vaccine program is yet another clear example of Washington’s irresponsible, reckless, approach to the nation’s public health. Put bluntly, serious regulation does not exist. In part, that is because the medical profession which long has dominated the US Public Health Service, has never believed in regulation, instead choosing to nudge—not force—state health officials and industry into taking action.
It’s just not the way docs do business, forcing one another to act.Instead they confer, talk about it over dinner or on the golf course. The very thought of one doc telling another what to do is just, well, unprofessional, uncivilized. Everything is voluntary. That’s the history of our lousy national health system. And today application of forceful regulation is an underlying current running through the entire health reform debate.
Born in 1936, James Ridgeway has been reporting on politics for more than 45 years. He is currently Senior Washington Correspondent for Mother Jones, and recently wrote a blog on the 2008 presidential election for the Guardian online. He previously served as Washington Correspondent for the Village Voice; wrote for Ramparts and The New Republic; and founded and edited two independent newsletters, Hard Times and The Elements.
Ridgeway is the author of 16 books, including The Five Unanswered Questions About 9/11, It’s All for Sale: The Control of Global Resources, and Blood in the Face: The Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skinheads, and the Rise of a New White Culture. He co-directed a companion film to Blood in the Face and a second documentary film, Feed, and has co-produced web videos for GuardianFilms.
Additional information and samples of James Ridgeway’s work can be found on his web site, http://jamesridgeway.net.
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