March 06, 2003
Health and Warfare I've been

Health and Warfare

I've been looking for commentary on the Administration's Medicaid proposals and found it. Not surprisingly, once it's been translated into English, I don't like what I see.

Also, everyone's talking about the war. Even the medical industry is getting in on it. Here you see a discussion of "psyops" or psychological operations" with some actually rather fascinating historical information on the use of "psyops" by various megalomaniac (or, not) leaders. (Requires intrusive registration, so use peevish/peevish to access article.)

I'm going to read this

I read Ross King's Brunelleschi's Dome and it was a fascinating and well-researched book. I guess that means I'll be getting Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, next.

You should read these

Also, read all about it here if you want to know how your (Republican) government works.

Also. The food you eat? It's not good for you most of the time. Mass-processed food is almost always adulterated in some way or another. You see, there's no such thing as a "24-hour virus," okay? Viruses don't have a 24-hour life cycle. When you get a 24-hour virus, you're probably suffering from some kind of minor food poisoning.

There are people out there concerned about this. Enough of them, even, in the food-production business that they're taking the hard and expensive route and producing organic foods for people concerned about food contamination (do you know how long it's going to take the DDT in our ecology to break down and disappear?).

But! The Republicans are on the job, never fear! They've quietly passed a measure to allow "organic" livestock producers to use non-organic feed and still label their end product "organic." What does this mean to you? It means the difference between the mass-produced product and the more expensive "organic" is going to be nil. You'll be eating the same chemicals and contaminants either way.

" Passed by Congress without debate and signed into law on Feb. 20, the provision overturned organic regulations 10 years in the making."

(And the guy who snuck the line into the spending bill is quick to explain that it's not what it looks like, but he doesn't mention that the company that requested the amendment was a hefty campaign contributor.)

Fortunately, people noticed this ugly little sleight-of-hand almost immediately and Steps. Are. Being. Taken. A movement to repeal this absurdity is underway.

(Read about environmental chemicals here.)

Activism!

Also. Conservation groups are going after the Administration for reportedly having secret talks with the timber industry over weakening protections for forests in the northwest.

And a bunch of states are banding together to fight the Bush Administration's assault on clean air.

The Democrats may not know what to do to stop the Republicans from taking over the country, but the more I follow the news, the more reassured I become that The People are on the job and doing pretty darned well even without the assistance of the organized Democratic Party.

Anyhow.

Posted by annezo at 08:41 AM


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