Thursday, September 14, 2006

The fruit of wingnuttery

Posted by Live Frei or Die!

Well, for all you folks relying on our wingnut-controlled Congress to get to the bottom of this Iran "nukyuhler" business, the UN weapons inspectors, who were, afeter all, correct about Saddam Hussein) have some bad news:

IAEA complains of 'outrageous' inaccuracies in Iran report to House Intelligence Committee The Associated Press [Published: September 14, 2006]

VIENNA, Austria A recent U.S. House of Representatives committee report on Iran's nuclear capability is "outrageous and dishonest" in trying to make a case that Tehran's program is geared toward making weapons, a senior official of the International Atomic Energy Agency has said.

The letter, obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday outside a 35-nation IAEA board meeting, says the report is false in saying Iran is making weapons-grade uranium at an experimental enrichment site, when it has in fact produced material only in small quantities that is far below the level that can be used in nuclear arms.

Alas, the fruit of wingnuttery. You wouldn't see any moonbats so silly as to mislead their country into a second war on false pretenses --a war that will further destory our military power and put the final nail in the coffin of our international stature.

And, by the way, even the Israelis think that the wingnuts are meshuuggeners.


There's more. Not only do they endanger our national security, the fruits of wingnut policy and ideology endanger our very lives!!

Rember Vioxx??

Well, this just out in the medical journals:

It's not just Vioxx, and not just at high doses, and not just if you take it for a long time.

AND... the sucessor drug that's being marketed as safe .... is, in reality, just as bad, if not worse.

How could this happen?

How about the wingnut regulatory philosophy that everybody is better served with corporate-friendly regulation:

Here is Dr. David Graham, MD, who works at the FDA, but is forced to write only as a private citizen (at least they're letting him do that):

Another key issue is to account for the long delay in defining the risks and benefits of COX-2 inhibitors. [In other words, the FDA fiddled while Rome burned, or at least patients were dropping like flies -CA] Part of the problem lies with FDA policies, practices, and procedures that lead it to ignore potential safety problems. Despite a priori concerns2-3 and disconcerting evidence in the preapproval application,4-5 the FDA approved rofecoxib, stating it lacked "complete certainty" that the drug increased cardiovascular risk.4 Such a standard does not protect consumers, is prejudicially favorable to industry and its financial interests, rewards drug companies for not aggressively pursuing safety questions, and guarantees that some drugs with major safety problems will be approved and, once approved, will remain on the market, even in the face of extensive patient harm. The failure to immediately withdraw high-dose rofecoxib [Vioxx] from the market following publication of the results of the VIGOR trial, and to study quickly and intensively its cardiovascular risks at lower doses, increased the number of patients harmed by the drug as well as the profits made from its continued marketing. Only Congress can help prevent this from happening again [but they won't becuase they're in thrall to wingnut regulatory ideology, not to mention the commerical interests that finance their election campaigns.] by enacting legislation to create a separate and independent Center for Post-Marketing Safety within the FDA, empowered with the authority to identify and effectively deal with unsafe medicines and the companies that market them.

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