May 17, 2008

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) have ties to the drug industry

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Psych Working Group Again Rife with Conflicts of Interests

More than half the 28 new members of writers of the next edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) have ties to the drug industry. The conflicts of interests were posted online by the APA last week. They ranged from small to extensive. Leading the pack was William Carpenter, Jr., director of Maryland Psychiatric Research Center at the University of Maryland, who over the past last five years worked as a consultant for 13 drug companies, including Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Wyeth, Merck, Astra Zeneca, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. APA President Carolyn B. Robinowitz claimed that “we have made every effort to ensure that DSM-V will be based on the best and latest scientific research, and to eliminate conflicts of interest in its development.” The fifth DSM, produced in conjunction with the National Institute of Mental Health, will be published in 2012. It is used by mental health professionals to classify mental illnesses.

Informant: Dorothee Krien


April 29, 2008

Foreclosures Still Rising

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Foreclosures Still Rising — Foreclosure filings in the first three months of 2008 rose more than 112% over last year, according to a recently released study. More than 155,000 families have lost their homes to foreclosure this year; one out of every 194 U.S. households received a foreclosure filing.
More Homes Than Ever Vacant — The percentage of vacant homes for sale nationwide reached a record high in the first quarter, according to a government report. The Census Bureau reported that 2.9 percent of U.S. homes — excluding rental properties — were vacant and for sale, compared with 2.8 percent in the fourth quarter of last year. It was the highest quarterly percentage in records going back to 1956.

April 4, 2008

Montana: Temperatures Rise, Rivers Fall, Fish Suffer

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Montana: Temperatures Rise, Rivers Fall, Fish SufferAs the climate in the West gets warmer and drier–even more quickly than in other parts of the country–the Montana fluvial Arctic grayling is shouldering much of the burden. Montana’s most imperiled fish, whose numbers have dropped to between five to 15 per mile, has fallen victim to the war for water as river diversions and agricultural dewatering have altered and drained its last remaining refuge: Montana’s Big Hole River. If the fish is to survive the dangerous water-temperature increases and critically low river levels caused by global warming, its habitat needs to be improved–and the fish must be protected.

After the government refused to protect the grayling under the Endangered Species Act last year, the Center for Biological Diversity filed suit.

Read more about it in the New York Times.

From: Endangered Earth, No. 403


Suit Brewing Over Bush Refusal to Protect California Seabird from Global Warming

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Suit Brewing Over Bush Refusal to Protect California Seabird from Global WarmingThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has missed the first deadline in the process for protecting the ashy storm-petrel, an imperiled California seabird, under the Endangered Species Act. The small, smoke-colored bird–long imperiled by threats from development to commercial fishing–now adds global warming to the list as rising temperatures alter its marine habitat and reduce its prey.

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition to protect the ashy storm-petrel last October, but since the government failed to respond as required by law, on March 31 we submitted a notice of intent to sue to move the protection process forward.

Read our press release.


January 12, 2006

Torturing People’s Children

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Subject: Alito & Issues: * Torturing People’s Children * War Powers * Geneva Conventions

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Questions Not Asked:

* Torturing People’s Children * War Powers * Geneva Conventions

DOUG CASSEL, Cassel is director of Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights. He said today: “At a time when the commander in chief asserts that his war powers give him carte blanche, it is critical that the Supreme Court be composed of individuals committed to the rule of law. Justices must be prepared to tell a president who claims the power to torture in our name, that American laws and values give a very simple answer — and that answer is no.”

On Dec. 1, 2005, Cassel debated John Yoo, who was mentioned by Sen. Biden on Thursday morning and who has been one of the main legal planners of the Bush administration’s torture policies. Here is part of their exchange:

Cassel: “If the president deems that he’s got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person’s child, there is no law that can stop him?” Yoo: “No treaty.” Cassel: “Also no law by Congress — that is what you wrote in the August 2002 memo.” Yoo: “I think it depends on why the president thinks he needs to do that.”

Audio is available at:

Further background on Yoo is available at: .


Senior fellow at The Independent Institute, a non-partisan think tank, Eland commented today: “Alito said that the Constitution has meaning independent of what he or anyone else might like it to say. I couldn’t agree more. The Constitution clearly states that it is up to Congress to decide on war. That may not be fashionable, given that the U.S. hasn’t fought a declared war since World War II, but that is what the Constitution says. All the senators asking him questions are pledged to uphold the Constitution, including Article I, Sec. 8, which gives to Congress its war powers. They should ask Alito what the Constitution says about what branch of government should decide on war. Particularly those members, mostly Republicans, who claim the mantle of original intent of the Constitution, should be upholding the power of the Congress on its war powers. The president is claiming extraordinary war powers when there is no declared war. “Also, the Bush White House’s lawyers have taken the position that the president, in wartime, is allowed to disregard laws passed by Congress. Examples are domestic spying without warrants, which are required by statute, and declaring the option to circumvent an anti-torture statute recently passed by Congress. The president is reading his constitutional authority as commander-in-chief much much wider than the founders had intended. Judge Alito should be asked to delineate his conception of the scope of the executive power under the commander-in-chief provision.” Eland is a director of the Institute’s Center on Peace and Liberty and author of the book “The Empire Has No Clothes.”

FRANCIS BOYLE, Boyle is professor of law at the University of Illinois. Alito stated Wednesday: “I think that the war powers are divided between the executive branch and the Congress.” Boyle said today: “Article I, Sec. 8 of the Constitution says: ‘The Congress shall have power … to declare war…’ The president has nothing to do with it. When Congress declares war, then that declaration triggers the Commander in Chief Clause of the Constitution. Alito is mistakenly attributing War Powers to the president in violation of the War Powers Clause of the U.S. Constitution and in violation of Congress’s War Powers Resolution of 1973, which is ‘the supreme Law of the Land’ according to Article VI of the Constitution. Alito’s argument is a fundamental alteration of one of the most basic principles for both separation of powers and checks and balances set up for our Republic by the Founders in the U.S. Constitution. “But this unconstitutional argument for presidential war powers is part of the standard Federalist Society ideology propounded by its prominent members such as Alito, John Roberts, and John Yoo. It has led to the abuses of Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, pervasive torture, ‘extraordinary renditions,’ criminal NSA spying on U.S. citizens, ‘enemy combatants,’ wholesale violations of the Geneva Conventions, assassinations, massive religious and racial profiling of Muslims/Arabs/Asians, an unconstitutional war against Iraq and the numerous other constitutional atrocities perpetrated by Bush’s hyper-imperial presidency. The Democrats have not asked serious questions about most of these issues.” Boyle is author of the book “Destroying World Order.”

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy: Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167


Alito and the Ken Lay Factor

Filed under: USA — omeganews @ 2:06 pm

The “unitary” theory of presidential power sounds too wonkish for Americans to care about, but the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the US Supreme Court could push this radical notion of almost unlimited Executive authority close to becoming a reality.


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