April 5th, 2008

Mr. Twister

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"If members of our society were empowered to make their own decisions about the entire of range of products which the FDA has responsibility ... then the whole rationale for the agency would cease to exist. ... To argue that people ought to be able to choose their own risks, that government should not interfere ... is to impose an unrealistic burden on people when they are most vulnerable to manufacturers' assertions. ... Those are precisely the situations in which the legal and ethical justifications for the FDA's existence is greatest."

--David A. Kessler, M.D., FDA Commissioner.

via http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/020384.html
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Mr. Twister

Борьба с исламским терроризмом

guardian.co.uk/commentisfree -- Last month the Swiss foreign minister visited Iran and, together with President Ahmadinejad, attended the signing of a multi-billion euro contract for Iran to supply Switzerland with large amounts of natural gas over the next 25 years.

The US State Department immediately condemned the deal and said it would be investigating whether it breached the Iran Sanctions Act. Israel complained too, describing the Swiss minister's visit to Tehran as an "act unfriendly to Israel". Various Jewish groups also joined in the protests, including the World Jewish Congress.

This righteous indignation was entirely predictable but more than a little odd nevertheless. On March 30, the Swiss newspaper Sonntag retaliated with the revelation that Israel, supposedly observing an ironclad boycott of all things Iranian, has been buying Iranian oil for years.
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