Boston area shrinks this month will protest the American Psychological Association’s weak stance against torture.
The APA’s ethics code (see excerpt, below) is giving shrinks a free pass to help U.S. forces commit war crimes at Guantanamo Bay, protester organizers say.
Psychologists have a long history of participating in torture.
The entire “positive psychology” movement, for example, is rooted in sadistic animal experiments by former APA president Martin Seligman, who coached CIA interrogators (unwittingly, Seligman says) on torture techniques.
Seligman decades ago electrically shocked dogs until they stopped trying to save themselves: a state he called “learned helplessness.”
More recently, Seligman explained his theories at a CIA-organized event. At least CIA two psychologists at Guantanamo credit Seligman with inspiring their torture protocols.
Psychologists Won’t Let Go of Torture Debate – World of Psychology
“If the conflict (between a psychologist’s moral duties and a government order) is unresolvable via such means, psychologists may adhere to the requirements of the law, regulations, or other governing legal authority.” It is worth noting that this new option is absolute and unqualified and applies not just to the specific requirements enumerated in the code but more generally to all “ethical responsibilities.”
Journalists “screw up” health story… trust business to fix the problem, says business blogger.
(RFID tags didn’t cause his heart attack. But arphids can make matters worse. Photo: Daubentonia)
Widespread reports this week that RFID signals could kill you in the hospital are false, a technology business blogger is claiming.
The blogger, at the technology website ZNDet, makes this bogus assertion: that hundreds of news outlets are twisting the results of a disturbing Dutch finding (published by the Journal of the American Medical Association): that RFID tags and readers can cause livesaving equipment to switch off.
In fact, Vrije University researchers reported total switch-offs and other severe malfunctions in its tests of pacemakers, dialysis machines and ventilators, operated within about ten feet of RFID tags.
The ZDNet blogger, Dana Blankenhorn, employing a condescending “now let’s set the record straight” voice, ignores the central findings of the Dutch study. Instead, Blankenhorn says that hundreds of news reports, based on the JAMA report, “screw up” those facts.
Blankenhorn says a tweak in RFID standards — a process that could take nearly a decade, as today’s standards did (something he does not note) — is all that is needed to fix the EM interference problem.
But the RFID horse is already out of the gate: The tags are becoming as ubiquitous in hospital wards and operating rooms as they are on the street. (Click here for my Boston Globe report on RFID tags in hospitals.)
Lack of RFID standards leads to media panic | ZDNet Healthcare | ZDNet.com
There is a problem with RFID in hospitals. There is no standard that will tell hospitals what frequencies the tags are using. Thus they can’t tell when the frequencies being used by the tags might interfere with other gear.
This problem is very easy to fix. The industry gets together on an RFID medical standard, which specifies which frequency is to be used. My choice would be the upper range of 802.11, around 5.8 MHz. Medical devices don’t run there.
Mainstream reporters helped spread VeriChip “lies,” Spychips author says
(Katherine Albrecht, the world’s most influential opponent to the use of RFID tags for tracking humans, is driving another nail into VeriChip, and its MSM dupes, for promoting subcutaneous chipping. Photo: Anne Hellmond)
I always tell my journalism students that objectivity should not come at the expense of the truth.
Still, many reporters appear to take the corporate suits at their word, despite compelling evidence from grassroots technology opponents (link, excerpt, below).
A simple denial from VeriChip, for example, seemed enough to balance the scales for reporters at Time Magazine, Business Week, and RFID Journal, after Albrecht told an AP reporter about animal studies strongly suggestive of a chip-cancer link.
Industry and government are fairly adept at damage control. After I wrote a Wired story about Homeland Security human tracking scheme in early 2005, the agency enlisted a computer rag hack in an attempt to discredit my original piece.
VeriChip similarly reached out to Time magazine to soften the blow of the surprising findings of cancer in animals bearing microchip implants, which Albrecht brought to light.
Albrecht believes the VeriChip might be a precursor to the Mark of the Beast described in the Book of Revelation.
Verichip Cancer Report
VeriChip’s media efforts have done little to salvage the company’s public image or its financial performance, both of which plummeted after research linking the implantable microchip to cancer was first widely revealed by the Associated Press in September 2007. The same company that once predicted revenues in the “billions” earned just $3,000 from its microchip implant operations in the first quarter of 2008, as patients shun the device that many are now calling the “cancer chip.”
Investors have also distanced themselves from the failing company, with VeriChip’s stock plummeting from a high of $10.62 last year to just over $2.00 today.
IBM researcher defends Second Life, World of Warcraft, against Parallelnormal blog posts.
High-profile virtual worlders are trying to correct what they see as misrepresentations by Parallelnormal of their recent meetings and events.
One of them, Second Lifer “Dale Innis,” writes a comment blasting my comparison of real and virtual versions of New England, and my description of a conference about the convergence of reality with virtual reality.
“(You) drastically misread your sources about the WoW conference and the Extropia sims, and you seem to do the same thing in many places where Second Life is involved,” Innis writes.
IBM has built inworld stores for big box retailers.
Chess is working to develop autonomic technologies, which are self-aware and can fix themselves.
Chess, speaking for himself, and not IBM, denies that Extropia and the World of Warcraft conference “are in fact about transhumanism.”
Yet the WoW conference was organized by a transhumanist, and one who views the world’s major religions as an obstacle to the advancement of his own beliefs.
And extropians, by their own definition, are transhumanists, real or imagined.
“Police are like vampires,” a Black Panther leader tells the Globe.
Boston’s poor African Americans are rejecting the Boston Police Department’s offer to search their homes for guns, warrant-free.
Startled by the rebuke, the police are scaling back the unconstitutional scheme.
Universal Hub takes the Boston Globe to task for reporting the New Black Panther Party’s opposition to the BPD’s Safe Homes plan, without noting its militant platform. (Images: From the New Black Panther website.)
Boston Police surprised some black people dont like the idea of warrantless searches | Universal Hub
Boston Police surprised some black people dont like the idea of warrantless searches
By adamg – Tue, 03/25/2008 – 7:57am.
So the department has postponed its Safe Homes program again.
Request for the Globe: You mention in the story you interviewed the local leader of the New Black Panther Party twice. Can we hope that this means youll be doing a story on the party for those of us who didnt even know it existed, especially given that part of the partys platform is to organize armed “Black Peoples Militias” and to stop blacks from “snitching” and cooperating with police? See Point 7 in the partys 10-point platform.