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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.
Are Dogs Carnivores?
The dog food industry would like you to believe that dogs can eat just about anything, including lots of corn mixed with low-grade meat meal, and they will do just fine. A growing number of pet advocates, veterinarians and websites have come out in recent years saying that dogs are carnivores and therefore should only be fed a diet of raw meat. So who is right?
Neither, of course.
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.
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.
Thursday, February 23, 2012(7 comments)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Why should independents vote for Democrats this election?
The Republicans have gone ultra-negative on their ads this election for one simple reason. They know that negative ads turn off voters and keep them from turning out at the polls. The only hope that the Republicans have this time is a massive suppression of voter turnout.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007(5 comments)
Is China Slowly Poisoning the World?
It is virtually impossible to reconcile the number of animals made sick or killed by the pet food contamination originating in China with the fact that the major "contaminant" does not cause kidney failure, or death. So what is sickening pets, and what about the fact that farm animal feed has also been found to be contaminated?
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.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007(15 comments)
Lies, Damn Lies, and False Rape Statistics
A rather angry and somewhat incoherent rant about rampant "misandry" on college campuses spurred both editorial concern and heated "discussion" at OpEd News yesterday.
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.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014(9 comments)
"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.
Saturday, April 20, 2013(9 comments)
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.
Sunday, May 6, 2007(23 comments)
China IS poisoning the World... Literally
In a masterful piece of investigative reporting, the New York Times describes today how unregulated Chinese chemical companies have shipped tons of deadly diethylene glycol (anti-freeze) around the world mislabeled as food/pharmaceutical grade glycerin, killing thousands of people in at least seven countries.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
The New US Isolationism
For most of American history, the United States has been an isolationist nation which shunned foreign entanglements. Even during the Revolutionary war there was much argument over whether or not to enlist the help of the French to defeat the British. Isolationism, and non-interventionism were championed by our founding fathers.
Monday, May 21, 2007
XM Satellite Down?
XM users around the country are reporting service outage. No word from XM yet as to the problem.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009(5 comments)
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.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007(17 comments)
Why Liberals are More Dangerous than Terrorists
Think about it. Terrorists are an absolute necessity for furthering the Bush regime's plans. Without terrorists, they could not justify Afghanistan, Iraq, torture, illegal spying, stripping away habeus corpus rights, Guantanamo, outing Valerie Plame, or any of the other debacles they have foisted upon America and the world.
There is only one thing standing it their way...
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...
Tuesday, September 2, 2008(2 comments)
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.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007(39 comments)
The Third Pearl Harbor
There has been quite a bit of discussion lately about Bush and Cheney declaring martial law and canceling the 2008 election. I personally don't think they could pull it off, but the bits and pieces of information that have come out certainly makes the suggestion seem to have some merit. Many of these have been outlined is a recent article by Harvey Wasserman & Bob Fitrakis.
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.
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...
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.
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, April 23, 2007
You Are What You Eat: The Politics of Pet Food
If you are a pet owner you probably know about the pet food recall associated with numerous pet illnesses and deaths recently. But you may not know much about the details, or the politics and economics behind the pet food debacle, or how these relate to your family's food. If you thought the food safety problem was limited to pet foods, think again. The Bush administration has gutted the FDA, and all foods are now less safe.
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.
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...
Thursday, May 31, 2007(77 comments)
God One, Darwin Zero
The latest chapter in this struggle pits God against Darwin in the newly opened and lavishly adorned "Creation Museum" in Petersburg Kentucky. The museum shows how people and dinosaurs frolicked together when the earth was young and everyone was a vegetarian, about 6000 years ago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, April 9, 2007(14 comments)
Why CNN Can't Tell You the Truth
Progressives have long wondered why CNN and other TV news media have been so incapable of focusing on real issues and coming to conclusions based on reported facts. Why do they bash Democrats and puff-piece Republicans? The answer is simple. The TV news media are gaming the system for their own profit.
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.
Name Change Time: From Defense to Offense Department
It is time to end the charade. If our country attacks foreign nations preemptively, then our Defense Department becomes an Offense Department, and defense spending becomes offense spending. The concept of offense spending has many disturbing connotations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, June 16, 2007(2 comments)
More US Personnel Killed in Iraq than Reported
"The U.S. military has never released complete statistics on contractor casualties or the number of attacks on privately guarded convoys. The military deleted casualty figures from reports..."...the military wanted to hide information showing that private guards were fighting and dying in large numbers because it would be perceived as bad news."
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, 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.
Friday, July 14, 2006
Where are the Conservatives with Conscience?
As Israeli bombs fall on southern Lebanon, and North Korea test launches missiles, and Iran starts up its nuclear program again, and as Iraq spirals into civil war, John Dean's new book comes out to give us a glimpse into how conservatives have gotten us in to such a mess.
Friday, June 16, 2006
The Silent Wheel Gets the Shaft
Entire books have now been written on how the mainstream news media have been soft on President Bush as compared to their treatment of President Clinton. Many people, including author Eric Boehlert, have commented on the fact that the mainstream media went from attack dogs to lap dogs coincidentally with the turn of administrations.
No, I'm not talking about those rhetorical bombs lobbed by chicken-hawk Republicans at the Democrats who want to bring the troops home, I'm talking about the progressives, liberals and democrats that have already thrown up their arms in disgust, and given up after the passage of the supplementary Iraq funding bill.
Thursday, August 30, 2007(13 comments)
I have a simple solution that will negate any need for banning words at OpEd News.
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.
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?
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.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007(19 comments)
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?
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.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Don't Turn Off Your TV, Do Something!!
Rob Kall has a great article about the pitiful state of network TV news, and their sensationalist disregard for the necessity of informing citizens in a democracy. Many comments on the article suggested that all we need to do is turn off the TV. I don't watch TV news anymore, but that just isn't enough to turn this country around and get it back on track.
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.
Are the Republicans Ready to Rejoin the United States of America?
Remember when the Republicans used to be part of the United States? Where they would actually participate in honest debates in the Senate, and worked with Democrats to pass meaningful legislation? Remember when Republicans acted like statesmen, and didn't spend all day bashing Democrats as being worse than terrorists on TV? Those were the days. It seemed like we actually had a functioning country.
Thursday, June 7, 2007(5 comments)
Bye Bye Birdies
New study shows how global warming and habitat destruction vie for the honor of being the greatest killer of world's bird species.
Friday, June 9, 2006
Bushs Way of Earning Political Capital
Two days after the 2004 election, George Bush held a news conference and declared, I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it. It is my style. That's what happened in the -- after the 2000 election, I earned some capital. I've earned capital in this election -- and I'm going to spend it.
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.
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.
Monday, June 5, 2006
When the Republican Bubble Bursts
Why are rich, Republican bigwigs still so happy with the George Bush presidency when most of the rest of us have decided that we have had more than enough of it? Simple, George Bush helped make them much richer than they ever could have possibly become under an independent and responsible administration.
Friday, June 23, 2006
Chicken Hawk Talk Chicken Hawk Walk
Iraqs National Security Adviser, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, has called for a withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. He says he believes that the Iraqi army can have the security situation well in hand by 2008, and most US troops should be able to withdraw by the end of 2007. A recent poll in Iraq showed that approximately 80% of the Iraqi people would like US troops to leave in the near term.
When Comity Turns to Tragic Comedy
Definition: Comity \KOM-uh-tee\, noun:
1. A state of mutual harmony, friendship, and respect, especially between or among nations or people; civility.
The Democrats in Congress have a lower approval rating than George Bush despite the fact that the Democrats have not broken any laws, tortured any prisoners, or stripped away the rights of any citizens. The reason is not too surprising -
Sunday, July 15, 2007(13 comments)
Welcome to the New Gilded Age
The New York Times has a must-read article on its front page today for all of you working folk who have been patiently waiting for manna from heaven. The article describes how we have entered a new Gilded Age where government becomes irrelevant, and the philanthropy of the super-rich will take care of the teeming masses.
Thursday, August 2, 2007(20 comments)
Misplaced Republican Spending Priorities Part II
As I was getting ready to write about how the Republicans have let the country's infrastructure collapse, just like the 8-lane Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed yesterday at rush hour, I saw Stephen Crocket's article on misplaced Republican spending. This got me all riled up about wasted lives and wasted money again.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008(5 comments)
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, December 25, 2006(4 comments)
When Kings Go Mad
King George was going mad, and his council did not know what to do with him...
Thursday, July 12, 2007(2 comments)
Bake Sale Military
When Donald Rumsfeld set about to "modernize" and reduce the size of the US military, he was actually working to more fully privatize and monetize the US military. As taxpayers, what we get is less bang for the buck, literally.
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.
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, March 11, 2007(5 comments)
How They Put the 'Con' in Neo-Con
It is no coincidence that the Republicans give lip service to so many causes while actually ignoring them, or worse, working to undermine them. It is their modus operandi. This is how con-men work.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008(1 comments)
Obamamaniacs and Clintonistas clash across nation... death toll rises. Martial law declared.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007(5 comments)
Fox News Controls the Political Agenda?
Yesterday's important article by David Swanson on John Conyers' hesitance to bring charges of impeachment before the House highlights a critical problem for progressives. Republicans spent the better part of 3 decades building a power structure that spanned local and state legislatures, TV, radio, newspapers, K Street lobbying firms, think tanks, corporations, and even the companies that manufacture our voting machines.
Friday, January 12, 2007
The No-Legged Stool
The fact of the matter is that a functional stool must have three sturdy legs. A no-legged stool ensures you will fall flat on your ass. Personally, I doubt President Bush's Iraq plan would work even if all three parts were realized, but I think just about everybody would agree that it will be a miracle if all three legs of the plan can be successfully implemented.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Dawn of the Super Citizen
Against the backdrop of Republican-orchestrated voter suppression in Ohio and other swing states, and the Jack Abramoff and Duke Cunningham scandals, the Supreme Court has ruled again that putting limits on campaign spending is unconstitutional. In their infinite wisdom they have stated that putting limits on campaign financing violates the First Amendment rights of candidates and parties (precedent: Buckley v. Valeo, 1976).
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
The Goose That Laid the Rotten Eggs
I personally am a strong proponent of impeachment, because no one should be above the law, including the president. However, there is something to be said for the counter-argument that impeachment of Bush and Cheney would be like killing the goose that laid the rotten eggs in the Republican's lap.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Stay the Failure
George W. Bush finally made it to Vietnam, about 37 years too late to help those of his generation who fought and died there.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
What had been the Republicans big selling point in the last two elections, the fact that we were supposedly at war, is now becoming a liability. As the midterm elections approach Republicans are becoming more and more nervous that four years of war have reaped only death, destruction, and a massive military credit card bill that still remains to be paid.
Friday, January 5, 2007
A "New" Way Forward
President Bush's "new way forward" in Iraq is the same as his old way, which is, of course, "stay the course", with more overextended troops being put in harms way.