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John R. Moffett PhD is a research neuroscientist in the Washington, DC area. Dr. Moffett's main area of research focuses on the brain metabolite N-acetylaspartate, and an associated genetic disorder known as Canavan disease.
"We have set the world ablaze, and we are the only firemen"
The neocons and their neoliberal allies in United States spend a lot of time and energy meddling in world affairs, and then using the dire blowback as an unassailable reason for much more meddling. In every case it appears as though some of the volunteer firemen are themselves pyromaniacs, intent on immolating easy targets and then presenting themselves as the only solution to the inferno.
Cloud services now remove your fourth amendment rights to your data
A ruling by NY District Court Judge William H. Pauley III has effectively resulted in revoking your ownership of your data if you use cloud data backup services in the US. Citing concerns about terrorists Judge Pauley ruled that if you turn your data over to third parties, then you no longer are protected by the fourth amendment.
Terrorism is just so darn sensational, who can resist?
The New York Times this morning had at least 8 top stories on the bombings and manhunt in Boston, and just one on the Texas fertilizer plant explosion disaster. And this is while the disaster in Texas was still unfolding with funerals and a continued search for the missing. It wasn't as interesting that people are still missing in the Texas explosion because it wasn't a terrorist event.
Friday, April 5, 2013(14 comments)
Definitely Not a Wolf in Dog's Clothing; New Evidence on how Dogs are Different from Wolves
Are dogs just funny looking wolves? Substantial scientific evidence indicates that modern domestic dogs were originally derived from wild wolf populations over 30,000 years ago, probably somewhere in Eurasia. Dogs can interbreed with wolves to produce "wolfdogs", indicating that they have not changed sufficiently to have lost the capacity to produce hybrids. Dogs share many similarities with wolves...
Monday, April 1, 2013(3 comments)
The initial IPO for the stock (ticker ARMY) is set for later today, and is expected to shatter records for all previous IPOs combined.
War Nation: Military Keynesianism's Iron Grip on Washington
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 there was discussion of a peace dividend, meaning a shift away from a wartime economy to a peacetime economy. This would entail "economic conversion" of a substantial portion of the industrial base of the US economy from "guns to butter" as they saying goes. We never did see a peace dividend, and military spending has more than doubled in the ensuing two decades.
Friday, April 1, 2011(5 comments)
GE to Acquire US Government
Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of GE and the White House Business Czar was said to be in talks with US CEO Barak Obama on the details of the acquisition.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010(70 comments)
Many Progressives will Sit this Election Out
The progressive movement that propelled Barack Obama to the Presidency has very little reason to come out to vote for the Democrats this fall. If Republicans make gains in the House and Senate, it is not because they offer a better plan for America, it is because the progressive Democratic electorate have been demoralized by the decidedly un-progressive agenda of the Democratically led Congress and White House.
Is Your Drinking Water Safe, and what can you do about it?
The NY Times reported today that over 49 million homes in the US receive municipal water that is contaminated with pollutants at levels that far exceed Safe Drinking Water Act standards. The pollutants range from arsenic to radium to dry cleaning solvent. Some water systems were found to contain high levels of dangerous bacteria from human sewage.
Saturday, May 2, 2009(8 comments)
The Real Swine Flu Conspiracy
Both the political left and the political right have their favorite swine flu conspiracy theories concerning the origins of the H1N1 strain of influenza that has caused unnecessary panic around the world.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009(9 comments)
Dinosaur Murder Plot Thickens
Most non-scientists have an unrealistic view of science as some edifice of knowledge that inexorably grows larger and more precise with time and effort. In reality, science is a messy business whose practitioners are often forced to toss out long held dogma after it has become part of the public consciousness. So it is with one of the most popular beliefs about earth's history, and the fate of the dinosaurs...
Tuesday, April 28, 2009(14 comments)
Senator Arlen Specter to Switch to Democratic Party
In the Republicans worst nightmare, the powerful Republican Senator from Pennsylvania, Arlen Specter, is said to be contemplating switching to the Democratic party, or running for re-election as a Democrat in 2010.
Is Your Computer Ready for the Confiker Virus on April 1st?
It will probably turn out to be as non-eventful for most computer users as Y2K was back on Jan 1st 2000, but there is reason to make sure your computer is updated before April Fool's Day tomorrow. April Fool's Day is a notorious day for hackers to unleash their work, and this year is no different.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009(5 comments)
A Toast to Charles Darwin on his 200th Birthday.
One hundred and fifty years ago the Universe was a perfect clockwork mechanism, with humankind as the mainspring around which the intricate machine was built. The heavenly bodies moved according to The Creator's plan, and all the Earth and the myriad web of life upon it were put here for our benefit. The Universe had design, it had purpose, it had a center.
Monday, December 1, 2008(8 comments)
Posse Comitatus, RIP
The Posse Comitatus Act was passed in 1878 in response to the Union Army's occupation of the Confederate states following the Civil War, and prohibited the deployment of US troops within the borders of the United States. Having never met a law or constitutional stipulation that he liked, George Bush is working hard to deploy up to 20,000 US troops within the United States borders.
Is McCain the Republican's Mondale?
Current common wisdom suggests that John McCain will be the next president of the United States, in part because he is supposedly experienced, and in part because he has "earned" the privilege through his years in the Senate. However, the parallels to the Mondale campaign of 1984 seem inevitable, and do not bode well for Mr. McCain and his vice presidential pick, Sarah Palin.
Friday, July 25, 2008(39 comments)
Impeachment hearings underway now.
John Conyers is conducting impeachment inquiries right now on CSPAN1. The Republicans are calling it a political stunt.
Please consider FAXing Congressman Conyers to thank him for holding hearings at 202-225-0072.
Conservatives with a Conscience?
Scott McClellan, ex-White House spokesperson, has written a book about his experience as resident Bush administration propagandist. His main conclusion is that the Bush administration is in permanent campaign mode, and will lie, distort and manipulate to get its political way, even when going to war against a nation that did not attack the US.
Monday, May 26, 2008(28 comments)
Britain Releases UFO Files
The day that UFO proponents have been waiting for has finally arrived. Britain has finally released all of its UFO records for the years 1978 through 2002. The results are shocking.
It turns out that aliens and alien spacecraft are far more common than imagined...
Thursday, May 22, 2008(3 comments)
This article discusses the Catch-22 dilemma facing the Bush administration: how to repair the failing US economy while simultaneously destabilizing the Middle East for geopolitical gain.
Monday, May 19, 2008(31 comments)
Republican desperation pours into OEN
Barack Obama isn't the official candidate of the Democratic party yet, but the Republican attacks are coming rapidly, and with typical Republican venom and innuendo. The perennial "swift boat" defamation of the presumptive candidate is already in full swing.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008(1 comments)
Death Toll Due to Tainted Heparin in US Rises to 81.
Federal officials in the US now say that the death toll due to adverse reactions to contaminated heparin coming from China has risen to 81, whereas Chinese officials dispute that any deaths were caused by the contaminant.
Sunday, April 20, 2008(1 comments)
The NY Times was shocked, shocked! to learn that major news outlets have been spinning the Iraq war for 6 years using "military analysts" with direct financial connections to military contractors who were reaping huge war profits.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008(1 comments)
Obamamaniacs and Clintonistas clash across nation... death toll rises. Martial law declared.
Monday, April 14, 2008(37 comments)
Patrolling for Trolls
As OpEdNews grows and matures there will be inevitable growing pains. As more and more readers come to OpEdNews.com to get information and opinions that they cannot get through the mainstream media, it is inevitable that those powers that be who disagree with our worldview will try to throw a monkey wrench into the works.
Saturday, April 12, 2008(36 comments)
The Coming War with Iran
If the Bush administration, the New York Times, and the Washington Post get their way, the US military will commence with missile and air strikes against Iranian targets before the November elections.
Sunday, March 30, 2008(2 comments)
"Expelled" Exposed for Hypocrisy
Ben Stein, perennial curmudgeon and trickle-down economic warrior, has a new movie out called "Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed" about how "big science and Darwinism" don't let important ideas like intelligent design into our classrooms.
Open Letter to the Washington Post
What Mr. McConnell gave us was more of the same vague fear mongering, without any substantiation that spying on Americans without court order was necessary to prevent terrorist attacks.
Sunday, February 10, 2008(16 comments)
Ron Paul to quit race.
It is not official yet, but the rumors are swirling that Ron Paul will be dropping out of the presidential race. On Friday Ron Paul sent a letter to his supporters saying that he will continue to talk about his message but that he would not be continuing his quest for the presidency.
Saturday, February 2, 2008(21 comments)
The "Let McCain Win" Strategy
In the last couple of weeks, as it became more likely that John McCain would be the Republican nominee, and as Dennis Kucinich and John Edwards were tossed aside by early Democratic primary voters, a bizarre idea kept cropping up in my head. That Americans need to suffer significantly greater hardships before they will finally reject Republican political philosophy.
Friday, February 1, 2008(24 comments)
MoveOn.org Endorses Obama
The progressive group MoveOn.org has just taken a poll of its members, and asked if they had a preference for the Democratic nominee. If the vote was strongly in favor of one candidate over the other, then MoveOn promised to formally endorse the winner.
Dear Ron Paul Fans...
Ron Paul advocates have found a home here at OpEdnews.com, where they can post their ideas and communicate with a larger audience that includes independents, liberals and progressives. My question is, do you really support your fantastic, new source of information and interaction?
Tuesday, December 25, 2007(224 comments)
Response to "Endorsing Ron Paul"
I must admit that I am extremely dismayed at the constant fawning over Ron Paul here on a progressive political discussion site. I have always thought that progressives have great difficulty in prioritizing their efforts, and the fact that we are talking about who is the best Republican candidate seems to prove that point.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007(22 comments)
Dear New Hampshire, Please Draft Al Gore
A small but well organized campaign staffed by volunteers is working hard to draft Al Gore in the New Hampshire Democratic primaries by write-in vote. Al Gore has not decided to run, but the Draft Gore campaign is designed to get enough write-in votes in the NH primary to convince Mr. Gore that there is massive grassroots support for him to run for president.
Sunday, December 16, 2007(6 comments)
Why Rational Democrats, Progressives, Independents and Leftists Should Unite Now
Shockingly, progressives actually all seem to agree on something for once. They agree that for the most part, corporate Democrats in Congress are complicit with Bush administration policies ranging from war in Iraq, to torture. They have let us, and the constitution, down. So what is our course of action for the next election?
Friday, October 19, 2007(15 comments)
"Discoverer" of DNA gets Foot in Mouth Disease
Dr. James Watson of the famous Watson and Crick team credited with the discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule is embroiled in controversy after stating in an interview that Blacks were not as intelligent as Whites. Dr. Watson, now 79 and Chancellor of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, was quoted as saying that he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa..."
Tuesday, October 2, 2007(4 comments)
Blackwater CEO Says His People Couldn't get a Fair Trial in Iraq
In a House oversight committee hearing today Erik Prince, CEO of Blackwater, said many interesting things, including that he did not want to disclose how much profit his company had made off of the American taxpayer. But one thing that struck me as particularly interesting was when he said his people couldn't get a fair trial in Iraq...
Sunday, September 30, 2007(71 comments)
Phasers, the World Trade Center, And Discrediting the Left
According to some, the World Trade Center buildings could not have collapsed as fast as they obviously did, and therefore must have been destroyed by directed energy weapons which caused "molecular dissociation" of the building materials.
Sunday, September 23, 2007(10 comments)
It's Sunday Morning, Do You Know Where Your Nukes Are?
My colleagues and I went to the NIH the other day to meet with a doctor who is interested in trying an experimental treatment for a fatal genetic disorder. Our lab has been developing the treatment for several years. The meeting was to coordinate efforts to get rapid FDA approval for testing the treatment on one afflicted baby, who will die without treatment. What does this story have to do with nukes? Bear with me.
Saturday, September 22, 2007(6 comments)
From the beginning, George Bush and friends have insisted that there was only one plan for Iraq... Plan A.
Nobody, not even Condi Rice, wanted to speculate about any Plan B.
So let's go over plan A.
Thursday, September 13, 2007(8 comments)
Petraeus; "America Safer? Never Thought About It"
The turning point in the debate over Iraq will almost certainly turn out to have occurred during General Petraeus' congressional testimony when he was asked if the war in Iraq has made America safer. His answer was a very bitter pill for Republican Senators to swallow.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007(7 comments)
Paranoia Are Us
I have always wondered why so many Americans seem so completely disconnected from the political process, despite the fact that what politicians do can drastically affect their everyday lives. Laws that are passed determine your country's direction, the wars we fight, your taxes, your freedoms and your family's benefits as members of our society...
Saturday, September 1, 2007(3 comments)
The Unnatural History of the Sea
In his new book, "The Unnatural History of the Sea" (Island Press), Callum Roberts describes in great detail the human onslaught directed against all living creatures in the oceans, an exploitation that began in earnest almost 1000 years ago, and continues with renewed effort to this day.
Thursday, August 30, 2007(13 comments)
I have a simple solution that will negate any need for banning words at OpEd News.
Thursday, August 16, 2007(8 comments)
Hey GI Joe, What You Doing With That Gun in Your Hand?
Bush, Cheney and Rove say that the army supports the war in Iraq, and that our soldiers are getting all they need. But one statistic you won't hear out of George Bush, Dick Cheney or Karl Rove's mouth is that the active duty soldier suicide rate has reached a 26 year high.
Monday, August 13, 2007(22 comments)
Bush's Brain to Exit White House
Karl Rove has told the Wall Street Journal that he will step down from his position as White House political adviser on August 31.