July 10th, 2007

moon

We've Been Neo-Conned! --writings by Ron Paul

Check this 2003 writing out, it's good:
http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul110.html

Here's his general summary of what neocons believe:

They agree with Trotsky on permanent revolution, violent as well as intellectual.

They are for redrawing the map of the Middle East and are willing to use force to do so.

They believe in preemptive war to achieve desired ends.

They accept the notion that the ends justify the means – that hard-ball politics is a moral necessity.

They express no opposition to the welfare state.

They are not bashful about an American empire; instead they strongly endorse it.

They believe lying is necessary for the state to survive.

They believe a powerful federal government is a benefit.

They believe pertinent facts about how a society should be run should be held by the elite and withheld from those who do not have the courage to deal with it.

They believe neutrality in foreign affairs is ill-advised.

They hold Leo Strauss in high esteem.

They believe imperialism, if progressive in nature, is appropriate. Using American might to force American ideals on others is acceptable. Force should
not be limited to the defense of our country.

9-11 resulted from the lack of foreign entanglements, not from too many.

They dislike and despise libertarians (therefore, the same applies to all strict constitutionalists.)

They endorse attacks on civil liberties, such as those found in the Patriot Act, as being necessary.

They unconditionally support Israel and have a close alliance with the Likud Party.
monkey NO

Doctor's Mistakes / Doctor's Evil

I'm still reading How Doctors Think and it continues to increase my awareness of all the ways and reasons that a doctor can arrive at an incorrect diagnosis. I suppose a jury could come to an incorrect verdict in many of the same ways...

This link tells of six medics who face the death penalty because they gave HIV tainted blood to children. The story is painfully incomplete. Did the medics know that this blood was tainted? Is this terrible effort to punish them simply an attempt by the bereaved to gain justice in the "eye for an eye" sense?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6290112.stm

It is hard for me to imagine any doctor intentionally infecting children with the HIV virus. And so much less likely that six of them would do it....knowingly.