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Steve Ballmer’s Comments at Democratic Caucus Retreat

Posted on February 8th, 2009 at 22:00 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

Wanna read a really good speech by Steve Ballmer for a change? Here you go.

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MMR doctor Andrew Wakefield fixed data on autism

Posted on February 8th, 2009 at 10:29 by John Sinteur in category: News


The doctor who sparked the scare over the safety of the MMR vaccine for children changed and misreported results in his research, creating the appearance of a possible link with autism, a Sunday Times investigation has found.

Confidential medical documents and interviews with witnesses have established that Andrew Wakefield manipulated patients’ data, which triggered fears that the MMR triple vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella was linked to the condition.

The research was published in February 1998 in an article in The Lancet medical journal. It claimed that the families of eight out of 12 children attending a routine clinic at the hospital had blamed MMR for their autism, and said that problems came on within days of the jab. The team also claimed to have discovered a new inflammatory bowel disease underlying the children’s conditions.

However, our investigation, confirmed by evidence presented to the General Medical Council (GMC), reveals that: In most of the 12 cases, the children’s ailments as described in The Lancet were different from their hospital and GP records. Although the research paper claimed that problems came on within days of the jab, in only one case did medical records suggest this was true, and in many of the cases medical concerns had been raised before the children were vaccinated. Hospital pathologists, looking for inflammatory bowel disease, reported in the majority of cases that the gut was normal. This was then reviewed and the Lancet paper showed them as abnormal.

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  1. I’ve done another round-up post — who is saying what about the Deer articles on Wakefield in the London Times. I’ve included this post.

    11 years on, Wakefield Manufactured Data showing MMR-Autism Link?

  2. Wakefield was not given time to reply by Deer and the Sunday Times, contacted only on Friday. His response is now published in this blog:


  3. Dr. Wakefield’s formal complaint to the UK Press Complaint’s Commission against journalist Brian Deer.


US threats mean evidence of British resident’s Guantánamo torture must stay secret, judges rule

Posted on February 8th, 2009 at 10:27 by John Sinteur in category: News


Evidence of how a British resident held in the Guantánamo Bay detention camp was tortured, and what MI5 knew about it, must remain secret because of serious threats the US has made against the UK, the high court ruled today.

The judges made clear they were deeply unhappy with their decision, but said they had no alternative as a result of a statement by David Miliband, the foreign secretary, that if the evidence was disclosed the US would stop sharing intelligence with Britain. That would directly threaten the UK’s national security, Miliband had told the court.

This afternoon David Davis, the Conservative MP and former shadow home secretary, said ministers must urgently respond to the allegations that Britain was complicit in torture. He demanded a Commons statement from the government on the ruling, calling it “a matter of utmost national importance”.

Davis said: “The ruling implies that torture has taken place in the [Binyam] Mohamed case, that British agencies may have been complicit, and further, that the United States government has threatened our high court that if it releases this information the US government will withdraw its intelligence cooperation with the United Kingdom.

“The judge rules that there is a strong public interest that this information is put in the public domain even though it is politically embarrassing.”

He told the BBC: “The government is going to have to do some pretty careful explaining about what’s going on.”

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  1. If intelligence cooperation means torturing British nationals then I would think the British would say “good riddance”. The threat is most likely bogus anyway – the US has few enough allies that they’d want to drop any of them. Somebody’s just covering their a$%. The truth about Guantanamo will come out soon enough.

  2. When will the UK be able to ditch the US and share intelligence with the EU instead? Threats like that need to be made empty or the US won’t agree to be bound by international law.