Thursday, March 29, 2007

POLICE STATE, GERMANY -Youth worker' lies about homeschool student


I'm running out of rants. This just keeps getting worse and Germany just doesn't care what the rest of the world thinks.
They are not ashamed to use old Nazi laws to do what they want. They think it's just fine to say things like, "we don't want anyone growing up with ideas independent of the state."
They lie lie lie and are not afraid to be caught. The whole thing is so overwhelming and depressing.
I actually had someone on Digg comment that it was over the top for me to call the German school police Nazis and someone else commented -well these are actual Nazi laws so it wasn't figurative slander,it was just a literal statement. Anyway -story is below
-Tasha


Melissa's seat at the family dinner table is left empty until she returns











A youth services social worker apparently has lied to a German television station about a 15-year-old homeschool student ordered into a psychiatric ward because of her "school phobia," and another employee of the same state division shut down a scheduled 1-hour weekly visit with her family when her father showed her the statement.

According to the International Human Rights Group, who has a representative working with the family of Melissa Busekros in Germany, the incident yesterday was reported by Melissa's parents to Richard Guenther, director of European operations for IHRG, and his wife Ingrid.

Nearly two months ago the 15-year-old was taken by police away from her parents to a psychiatric ward after a social worker and judge determined she had a "school phobia" and was being homeschooled, which is illegal in Germany. She later was moved to foster care, and although her parents still are not allowed to know where she is staying, they have been allowed "semi-private" 1-hour weekly visits.

Yesterday, the Busekros family arrived to see Melissa, thinking they were going to have a "normal" visit, "normal within the confines of the nightmare they find themselves facing," according to the IHRG. "Unfortunately, the social worker who is charged by the youth welfare office with facilitating these visits refused to leave the room during the family's time together."

So, working within the confines of a now-supervised visit, the family continued its meeting. And since Melissa is cut off from the outside world much of the time, her family tries to keep her updated.


Melissa's family in Erlangen, awaiting word in her case

"Hubert [Melissa's father] was using his laptop computer to show Melissa a video report on her situation aired by a German television station. On this video tape, a representative of the youth welfare office told the reporter that Melissa has never asked to be allowed to go home!" Joel Thornton, the IHRG president, told WND. "That's right, the youth welfare office is claiming that Melissa wants to stay in state custody rather than be with her family."


Read the rest here


Friday, March 16, 2007

Top researcher paid by Merrick Agrees; HPV Vaccine is Bullshit












Okay, she actually says, "untested" but she means bullshit.

A researcher who worked on a vaccine for the human papillomavirus is warning that it hasn't been tested on young girls, is "silly" for states to mandate the vaccination, and in a worst-case scenario could even increase cervical cancer rates.

In a report published by the Indiana-based Daily News, researcher Diane M. Harper said giving such a vaccine to 11-year-olds "is a great big public health experiment."

Further, she said, requiring vaccinations now "is simply to Merck's benefit."

Harper is a professor and director at the Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Research Group at Dartmouth, and told the publication that there "is not enough evidence gathered on side effects to know that safety is not an issue."

Harper, who has spent much of the last 20 years studying dozens of strains of HPV, said all of her trials have been with subjects ages 15 to 25, and personally she believes the new vaccine could offer help to women ages 18 and up.

The new vaccine, Gardasil, made by Merck and Co., has been an issue recently because of Merck's aggressive lobbying at the state level to have lawmakers require that all schoolgirls at about age 11 or 12 be vaccinated with its product – at a cost estimated at about $360-$400 per child.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry in February issued an executive order requiring those vaccinations, but the state House of Representatives in Texas has approved by a 6-1 margin a plan to rescind that.

The issue that has rippled across the country as nearly three dozen state legislatures have considered the situation has not been the validity of the vaccine or the goal of reducing cervical cancer, but requiring schoolgirls to be vaccinated against a disease that is transmitted by sexual contact.

Harper said on women 18 and older, a test should be done to test for the presence of HPV, and if it's negative, the series of three shots could be helpful. But if the test is positive?

"Then we don't know squat, because medically we don't know how to respond to that," Harper said.

Her work has been funded through Dartmouth in part by Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, but technically she's a university employee, not a researcher for the drug companies.

Merck's vaccine was approved last year by the Food and Drug Administration and recommended for females ages 9-26. But a doctor at the Centers for Disease Control's advisory committee on immunizations has reported that while the vaccine may be helpful, it should not be mandatory.

Merck has lobbied for its product by contributing financially to Women in Government, an organization for women state lawmakers, and at least partly because of that effort, almost three dozen state legislatures have been given proposals regarding Gardasil.

"This vaccine should not be mandated for 11-year-old girls," Harper said. "It's not been tested in little girls for efficacy. At 11, these girls don't get cervical cancer – they won't know for 25 years if they will get cervical cancer."

More here

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Dying Woman Loses Marijuana Appeal

Can't have a cheap and easy to produce drug that saves lives.

I can't think of a high priced, prescription drug that has been as thoroughly tested and has fewer side effects.

It doesn't cause heart valve defects or strokes or blood clots or blindness.

The real problem with it is that everyone knows how it's produced and that fields of it could be easily grown.

Big pharmaceuticals could never charge $20 a pill for a synthetic version of it. So illegal it is.

Even if it means cancer patients are in pain and starving to death.

-Tasha

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California woman whose doctor says marijuana is the only medicine keeping her alive is not immune from federal prosecution on drug charges, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The case was brought by Angel Raich, an Oakland mother of two who suffers from scoliosis, a brain tumor, chronic nausea and other ailments. On her doctor's advice, she eats or smokes marijuana every couple of hours to ease her pain and bolster a nonexistent appetite as conventional drugs did not work.

More here

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Homeschooling might be a mental illness, authorities say

What can be said about this? It's disgusting, I almost didn't post it because it's just depressing.

I can't believe an entire society could be so devoted to the idea of state allegiance that just the possibility of someone having devotion to family or higher power is cause to steal children and lock up parents. And they (the Nazis)are admitting these tests are not for anything except to determine if the family is too independent minded,they view this as a sickness
-Tasha
A German appeals court has not only affirmed a lower court's decision that ripped a 15-year-old homeschooler from her family and subjected her to a forced stay in a psychiatric hospital because she is homeschooled, but also ordered her parents to be given psychiatric evaluations, an international rights organization says.

Joel Thornton, president of the International Human Rights Group told WND that fears the state will use those court-approved tests to destroy the family of Melissa Busekros are very valid.

"The trouble is this emboldens the state again, only now it's at a higher level, and the courts still are agreeing with them. This could put Melissa back into the psychiatric system where she could disappear from sight entirely," he said.

The family's five other children also are endangered now because of potential court rulings that could be based on any evaluation of the parents, he said.

The appeals court ruling came despite the fact that all three of the lawyers representing Melissa Busekros clearly stated in their request to the court the family had accepted a compromise offered by a lower court for her to return home under government supervision.

"In spite of [that] … the appeals court held that the family refused the court's initial compromise to let Melissa become an outpatient," Thornton said.

For the Busekros family, it's a huge setback.


Melissa Busekros

"[A] fear is that Melissa will be returned to the psychiatric clinic system in Germany and 'disappear.' This would leave the family with no way to know where Melissa is or how she is doing. She could become a ward of the state and completely lost to her family," Thornton said.

Besides the other children in the family, there are further ramifications, too, with the decision raising questions of larger government attacks on homeschoolers in Germany, where that choice of education is illegal because the government wants to stamp out any "parallel" societies utilizing a worldview different from the state's.

More here

Monday, March 12, 2007

Penn & Teller's Bullshit: Gun Control

I haven't posted on my poor sad blog in about a hundred years, but this makes up for it. This might be the best pro gun video ever made. It's also very funny, they made the anti-gun guy look like a complete idiot.
-Tasha