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Letter: Moral choice

Sych: thanks for explaining. No need for insults though.
This paper gives interesting background on what went in to the decision to nuke 2 cities:

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Decision to Drop the Bomb By Jung Oh

Excerpt from conclusion copied below:
"Given the complexity of the decision, it is no wonder that perhaps no other events
during World War II have generated as much scholarly controversy in recent memory than
the atomic bombing of Japan. In analyzing the various motivations contributing to
Truman’s decision, many factors merit consideration. They are, but not limited to, military
reasons, desire for atomic diplomacy ( “impressing” the Soviets), racism, the need for a
number of scientists to validate their work, fear of Congressional investigation for a two
billion dollar expenditure, and the immeasurable momentum of the Manhattan Project itself
in propelling the administration to use the bomb.
No serious historian today fully believes that the bomb was used primarily as a
means of saving American lives. In considering the counterfactual in which the bomb would
not have been used, historians conclude that the bomb’s impact in achieving military
objectives was quite nebulous. If the bomb was used with the intent of gaining leverage in..."

May 13, 2013 at 11:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Moral choice

It is simplistic to say "there is absolutely nothing at all humanly ethical about warfare" - (self defense?) the Geneva Convention among others outline ethical conduct for ex: prohibit unethical treatment of prisoners including torture. I realize the discussion is about dropping nuclear bombs on heavily populated cities - and the 'ethics' of that which even if you think it was okay- saying you have no problem with that is a little shocking.
And then more problematic ethical issues came out of the atomic bomb including secret human experiments - many of which have not been accounted for as the recent report shows (above). And these were done in the name of the war that followed. What will be uncovered in 60 years that is classified today and found out by accident as is what happened with the recent exposure of horrific human experiments the US gov conducted on the most vulnerable Guatemalans in 46-48?

"CDC Report on Findings from the U.S. Public Health Service Sexually Transmitted
Disease Inoculation Study of 1946–1948, Based on Review of Archived Papers of
John Cutler, MD, at the University of Pittsburgh"

May 12, 2013 at 4:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Moral choice

A related issue: secret nonconsensual radiation experiments reported in Missouri:

"Secret human testing: Victims in St. Louis speak, demand answers"
Copied from site;
"...the Army selected the poor and powerless, and exposed them to potentially harmful chemicals without their knowledge or consent."

"Missouri's two U.S. Senators, Democrat Claire McCaskill, and Republican Roy Blunt, are demanding more information about the secret human testing. But so far, the Army remains silent.
The problem for the government is that survivors remember and for the first time are sharing their stories in hopes someone will listen and perhaps be held accountable."

See also the author's published research:
The Manhattan-Rochester Coalition, research on the health effects of radioactive materials, and tests on vulnerable populations without consent in St. Louis, 1945--1970
by Martino-Taylor, Lisa, Ph.D.

May 12, 2013 at 1:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The making of 'K2': Court records detail origin and boom of synthetic marijuana

I didn"t intend to defend them, just commented on the similarities with unethical research practices of a surprising number of prestigious doctors in the news lately especially since claims that there was no risk and the drugs were good for something is often the same sort of misleading statements researchers have gotten into trouble for. I would hope the doctors also would be held accountable especially since their endorsements for dangerous drugs are what set standards and can result in harm to many, not to mention the trust placed in them and their oath to do no harm. That it is rare when unethical doctors get indicted when these guys get life for similar behavior is wrong, not that what these guys did is defendable. It isn't. And so is selective enforcement. There needs to be a better system of oversight that includes accountability.
The Alliance for Human Research Protection has a good sight news regarding ethical issues in research.

April 15, 2013 at 2:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The making of 'K2': Court records detail origin and boom of synthetic marijuana

Correction to my last post:
Nemeroff was fired from Emory for a different scandal because of unethical behavior (for non disclosure, conflict of interest), not for the scandal at U Penn (fraud, ghostwriting), which apparently he was involved in also. The quote I posted in the beginning of my last post was not related to the scandal that resulted in his termination at Emory.

"How An Ethically Challenged Researcher Found A Home at the University of Miami"

April 14, 2013 at 4:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The making of 'K2': Court records detail origin and boom of synthetic marijuana

Not to excuse their actions or let them off the hook, but just for comparison:

"Marketing of K2 also included claims that the product was safe and posed no risks, and could help cure a variety of ailments"
compare to:
"The published manuscript was biased in its conclusions, made unsubstantiated efficacy claims and downplayed the adverse-event profile.."
The second quote is from:
Called "Paxil study under fire", on scandal of corruption involving the chairman of psychiatry at Emory who as punishment was fired from chair of psychiatry and not permitted to apply for NIH funding for human research for 2 years.
(Now he is "Leonard M. Miller Professor & Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director, Center on Aging" at U Miami.)
see also:

Bitter Pill by Sarah Boseley
"Speaking out about prozac"

U. of Pennsylvania Professor Accuses Colleagues of Slanted Research
By Paul Basken

Dr. Nancy Olivieri

Grassley Probe: Pharma Provides 81% of NAMI Income

"Chair of Obama's Bioethics Commission Ignores Ghostwriting on Her Own Campus"

April 14, 2013 at 3:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

KU professor hopes to 'shake some people up' with novel that tells ancient story

Professor Dobson has written an interesting article called :
Called: Geoslavery
And his involvement in the Bowman Expedition is also interesting:
Geographic Controversy over the Bowman Expeditions / México Indígena

April 13, 2013 at 12:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Watchdogs

Thanks for this timely letter- it dovetails with the press release from the ACLU March 6.
" ACLU affiliates in 23 states filed over 255 public records requests with law enforcement agencies and National Guard offices to determine the extent to which federal funding and support has fueled the militarization of state and local police departments. Stay tuned as this project develops."

"NEW YORK – American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in 23 states today simultaneously filed more than 255 public records requests to determine the extent to which local police departments are using federally subsidized military technology and tactics that are traditionally used overseas."

March 12, 2013 at 9 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence district testing 'blended classroom' model to provide more flexibility, learning opportunities

I just ran across this -I've not seen anything about it in the ljworld:
changes proposed in FERPA regs which weaken privacy and omit consent.
"The Center on Law and Information Policy of the Fordham University School of Law (“CLIP”) is
grateful for the opportunity to comment on the proposed amendments to the regulations of the
Department of Education (the “Department”) implementing the Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act as published at 76 Federal Register 19726 (April 8, 2011)."

Critical Reading Task: How do FERPA Guidelines Affect Student Privacy?

EPIC v. The U.S. Department of Education
Challenging the Department of Education's Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 2011 Regulations

March 11, 2013 at 9:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Riordan thinks doctor's perspective, problem solving skills would be asset to City Commission

Current issue on the topic of vaccine testing, please see:
US Government Plans To Test Anthrax Vaccine on Children
Sunday, 24 February 2013
"Government Fear Mongering: Phony "Pandemics" and Bioterrorist "Threats"  Help stop the US government from injecting children with anthrax vaccine in an experiment whose aim is to justify increased expenditure for BioThrax for civilian stockpile. "

February 27, 2013 at 7:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )