Greek Fraternities & Student Organizations Infiltrated

Ninety-six students were arrested by police at San Diego State University when undercover agents infiltrated and discovered evidence of widespread dealing of marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy.

The operation called Operation Sudden Fall, was launched following an overdose by a female student. One hundred and thirty purchases were noted. Upon being contacted by San Diego State University the DEA and federal government got involved.

Perhaps this is a coming trend in law enforcement, as campus security and police are failing to effectively fight the party scene on University campuses. Often security guards and campus police are very tolerant of University fraternal organizations activities and goings on at many colleges across the country.

This recent infiltration and bust of student organizations may soon become a common trend adding some spice to DEA agents life. Although the university president at San Diego State is taking some heat for allowing the undercover cops on campus, he has dealt with the grief rather well while rightfully defending his decision.

Undercover tactics don’t make Greek organizations feel comfortable, but if they don’t abide by the law, then again why should they? Many Greek organizations are actively pursuing cleaning up their image and bring in drug prevention speakers to deal with the matter.

As a son of a mom who was an alcoholic and drug addict, I am often asked by Greek organizations and Universities to come in and speak about the dangers of substance abuse and encourage responsible behavior.

That being said, we should not fault all Greek organizations, neither the national charters to which these problematic few belonged. Each Greek organization has its own leadership at its particular campus, which must answer to their national charter.

I think the drug bust was a good thing for both America’s college campus and Greek organizations across our universities.

Paul F. Davis is a collegiate speaker dealing with drug prevention, breaking addictions, and overcoming substance abuse. Paul teaches students how to live purposefully and behave responsibly.

Get the War on Drugs Right? Michael Massing’s The Fix

The dust jacket of Michael Massing’s The Fix summarizes his thesis in bold red letters: “Under the Nixon Administration, America Had an Effective Drug Policy. WE SHOULD RESTORE IT. (Nixon Was Right).” That is a pretty extraordinary claim to make regarding an administration that gained office in large part through the “Southern Strategy” that had at its heart Nixon’s declaration of a “War on Drugs” and whose policies created the cocaine epidemic that caused so many new concerns a decade later. At most, I would agree that the Nixon administration’s pursuit of a fundamentally bad policy included some worthwhile efforts that have been devalued by every subsequent administration. This was not because Nixon or his closest advisers were right about drug policy but because Nixon was more interested in foreign policy issues and his benign neglect of domestic policy allowed a number of positive developments to blossom in the midst of the mire of incompetence and corruption that characterized his presidency.

Perceptively concluding that “policies being formulated in Washington today bear little relation to what is taking place on the street,” Massing attempts to depict the real effects of drug policy at the street level. Unfortunately, he doesn’t rely on the epidemiologic evidence or read the careful analyses conducted by researchers like myself who have systematically examined what is truly taking place on the street. Instead he relies on the journalist’s usual — and usually misleading — tool of dramatic anecdotes.

Massing’s anecdotal case is presented through the stories of Raphael Flores and Yvonne Hamilton. Flores runs Hot Line Cares, a drop-in center for addicts in Spanish Harlem. Hot Line Cares, which Flores founded in 1970, is essentially just a cramped office in of an otherwise abandoned tenement where Flores and his staff advise and assist addicts who want to get into treatment. Given the fragmented state of drug abuse treatment in New York City, and in most other American communities, it is no easy task to connect addicts with appropriate care and even harder to connect them with adequate aftercare. Massing writes, “If a Holiday Inn is full, it will at least call the Ramada down the street to see if it has a vacancy. Not so two treatment programs”

Yvonne Hamilton is a crack addict trying to get her life together. Massing describes her trials and tribulations as she copes with her illness and makes her way through New York City’s treatment non-system. It is an affecting story and well told. The author presents it as an argument for treatment and perversely as an argument against decriminalization or legalization. But she is one of the many examples that show that prohibition does not prevent addiction. And improvements in her drug problem seem to have less to do with the treatment she did receive than with changes in her life situation.

These two lives provide a touchstone to which his narrative will later return. The middle third of the book shifts dramatically in tone as Massing chronicles the evolution of the war on drugs in Washington. During Nixon’s tenure, the government spent more money on treatment (the “demand” side) than on stopping drug trafficking (the “supply” side), which he argues led to declines in both drug overdoses and crime rates. As successive presidents felt pressure to emphasize the “war” rather than treatment, he asserts that the number of chronic addicts skyrocketed. In the third and last section Massing returns to Spanish Harlem, where Hamilton continues a difficult struggle to remain drug-free and Flores struggles to keep his center afloat and to keep from falling into addiction himself.

It is the second part of the book that is the heart of Massing’s thesis. It is a tale that is familiar to those of us who are active in the field of drug policy and, in addition to scholars, other journalists have told it before — Dan Baum (1996) and Mike Gray (1998) doing so particularly well — but I will summarize (with some details Massing missed or left out) the history of drug policy under Nixon for the reader who is not familiar with the story.

In 1968, as Richard Nixon was making his comeback run for the presidency, he adopted the “Southern Strategy” that has been the key to Republican victories in presidential races ever since. Since the end of Reconstruction every Democratic presidential candidate had been able to rely on the votes of the “solid South” but the Northern Democrats’ support for civil rights had been the cause of increasing disaffection in the South, as epitomized by Strom Thurmond’s independent run for President against Truman in 1948. Then, in 1964, Alabama Governor George Wallace’s bid for the Democratic nomination for President showed that racism won votes in the North as well as the South. Nixon wanted to win the South, as well as racists’ votes in the North, without offending more traditional Republican voters by an openly racist campaign. The answer Nixon and his advisers found was to campaign against crime, which most Americans quite falsely equated with minorities. So what if the crime rate was actually declining, Americans seem to always believe that crime is increasing just as they seem to always blame it on cultural or racial outsiders.

Even better than campaigning against crime, the Nixon team soon realized, was campaigning against drugs. Most Americans, again falsely, equated drug users with violent criminals. Better still, for that great “silent majority” whose votes they sought a campaign against drugs symbolized a campaign against both Blacks and much hated hippies and anti-war protestors. When Nixon declared “war on drugs” he was appealing to the basest elements of the American electorate and it worked, just as it has worked for other candidates since.

National Economic Reform’s: Universal Healthcare

To paint an accurate picture of the state of the union today we have to come to terms that the United States is far cry from being fiscally and economically stable.That being said, America is and has been in a free fall of instability for too long. Our core values have shifted over the past 35 years in that they have completely undermined this nations ability as a whole to prosper. Backward mobility for millions continue to prevent the United States from achieving the success that America had economically following World War II. To actually achieve economic stability, long term financial prosperity, and to ensure our national security it is imperative that the United States pass and implement Universal Health Care for all it’s citizens.

How this is accomplished is by no means an easy task. Our elected officials at every level of government must break away from the special interest groups, the lobbyists, the insurance industry, and their own self absorption by succumbing to the financial pressures for their elections and re-elections. We have to remind ourselves that an educated, informed, and participating public is the only way for democracy as put forth by our founding father’s when they penned the constitution to continue and to flourish. To rid ourselves of the quandary that our elected officials have been allowed to create in our society today We the people must take an active part by educating themselves on the long term consequences this country faces without Universal Health Care.

Projected by the year 2016 the number of Americans without health care will still increase even though the Affordable Health Care Act is in place. Today, there are about 60 million adult that can’t afford any type of health insurance. When it comes to our youth and children the rate of those without adequate health care will also have increased by over 27%. The long term prognosis is that these numbers will continue to grow every year. To continue as we are is catastrophic for the future of the United States. Back in 1988 Senator Edward Kennedy introduced a Universal Health Care proposal based on the English and Canadian systems. A single payer plan similar yet different form the European plans. This plan was a serious step in trying to get every American Health Care coverage. No longer would the United States be held hostage by the bureaucratic way that Medicaid and Medicare are not providing all that is needed to take care of all Americans. If this bill had passed back then this country would not be in such economic peril.

Today, the best way to actually achieve prudent fiscal policies, lasting economic growth, ensuring our own national security, guaranteeing health care for all, restoring Social Security, and bring prosperity to all Americans is to adopt National Economic Reform of which Universal Health Care is a major component. National Economic Reform’s ten Articles of confederation with each one contingent on the others for their success is the direction this country needs to follow now. The magnitude and scope of National Economic Reform is the modern day version of the New Deal and the WPA of the 1930’s. Universal Health Care of National Economic Reform will be the major reason the United States prospers for generations to come.

With more than 300 Billion of Americans tax dollars wasted on our existing health care systems, the growing number of citizens being without health care and now with the increasing rates of insurers to provide employers health coverage for their employees it is time for this country to rid ourselves of the financial disaster that is plaguing the United States. When Congress passed legislation on health care they did so without without Universal Coverage. As it stands this country will never regain the economic security that once enable the United States to be the biggest and most robust economy in the world. Instead with the provisions that are now this Affordable Health Care Act have only only kept employers from expanding and and thus created more underemployment and unemployment in the process. Only through total coverage with a single payer plan will the United State avoid any further decline in the economy, and in fact Universal Health Care will propel this country to economic prosperity for all Americans. The Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 didn’t do any of this. It only exasperated the ongoing problem of no insurance for millions of Americans.

Here are 8 reasons why Universal Health Care is so essential for the future of the United States.

1) The elimination of Medicaid and Medicare will greatly aid in the efficiency of Universal Health Care. Medicaid and Medicare have become so blotted and cost ineffective that these programs have long become so ineffective where Universal Health Care will cover every American with total health care.

2) Funding for Universal Health Care will come from the elimination of Medicare and Medicaid with their budget allotments shifted toward Universal Health Care (the deductions in payrolls that were for Medicare and Medicaid will now be one deduction with about a 10% reduction while the remaining portion of what was originally taken out will now be added to employees gross income).

Medical Marijuana will be taxed at 5%. Just like the Canadians an additional $.05 tax on all alcohol and tobacco will aid in additional funding. A $.02 tax on all non consumable items will be shifted to Universal Health Care. Reforming the nations tax code to a 10% flat tax and put 1% toward Universal Health Care. Establishing a massive public works programs so that the nation unemployment rare reaches under 4% will be a critical link in funding for Universal Health Care. ( Not only with the unemployment rate reduced funding Universal Health Care will increase with each person employed and the nation’s infrastructure will be restored because of the projects that are now being addressed by the government sponsored programs will put more people to work.

3) The elimination of the capital gains tax will spur more economic growth and create more employment in the process.

4) Imposing a cap on all malpractice claims will greatly aid in keeping the funds for Universal Heal Care available with-out liquidating funds to cover malpractice claims.

5) Will provide additional tax revenue to all cities and states whose budgets are failing to provide all the services that are now mandated by law. Which will spur more employment and thus create more revenue for Universal Health Care.

6) The restructuring of our trade agreements so that jobs that were eliminated because of cost constraints will now be reconsidered to hire more Americans and keep our jobs secure. When it is more cost prohibitive to employ people here than it is to import products that used to be made in the United States then we have an obligation to ensure that this situation is rectified.

7) Will help provide more tax revenue to cities and states because of the increase number of those employed. ” The more people with more disposable income to spend and pay down debt is the greatest economic boost any society can have.” This also adds to Universal Health Care funding.

8) In order to provide this nation with more general practitioners student loans will be greatly reduced and in some cases eliminated altogether if individuals practice in areas in the United States that don’t have any or are very under staffed with general doctors. They will serve for two years and after that time they may choose to stay or be free to practice any where in the United States with-out penalty.

With these 8 factors that are all integrated into the success of Universal Health Care the United States can finally achieve the economic stability, ensure the nations health and in doing so will enable every America the opportunity to achieve more prosperity and security. This is why Universal Health Care is so vital for the future of the United States.

With all the debate focused on the repeal of the President’s Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 it is a very good time to focus of the true nature of health care in the United States today. In all actuality our nations health care well, there really isn’t a national program for taking care of the health of all Americas. What there is, are for profit industries that focus solely of the bottom line rather than provide any semblance of continuity of providing effective health care let alone proper preventative health measures. More apply named our healthcare in America today is in reality nothing more than death care. A multi billion dollar racket that fosters unnecessary pain and suffering to millions of Americans all over the country.

It is said that Physicians practice medicine. That is true. Their practicing alright, but very rarely ever get it right. If there was one entity that anyone could invest in today it would be the pharmaceutical industry. This billion dollar industry continues to pump out more so called life saving drugs faster than a speeding bullet. Practically ever TV add is for some drug or another that promises great results. Unfortunately, most of these drugs are more devastating than the disease or aliment that one has to begin with. But that doesn’t matter, the advertisements themselves promote and promise a world of relief. What is actually taking place today are so many individuals continually caught in this drug mill. They are now at the mercy of the pharmaceutical companies bound not by loyalty but by sheer dependence on these drugs like an addict whose sole existence is the replenish himself with more drugs. A nicotine habit, one in which they can’t quit. An industry that cares so little about the health of the individual and instead continues to focus on how much profit can be gained has amounted to what our nations health care has become today.

It is kind of ironic that the pharmaceutical industry supported and endorsed by our own government are always seeking a cure for the latest disease while begging for more even money from those who are caught in the web of addiction spun by the pharmaceutical industry itself. Take the advertisements for certain drugs that are promoted to fight cancer or any other know disease. We have yet to benefit from all that funding that is funneled into the same drug manufactures that promise a cure is just around the corner. For over close to 30 years or more American citizens have continually sacrificed their had earned money that has been donated only to fall victim to what has to be one of the biggest scams in recent memory. An industry which are always seeking a “cure” for the latest disease: seeking but never finding.

Physicians now are brainwashed by the pharmaceutical industry. An industry which now controls practically every medical school in the country. Too many practicing doctors are being bought off by these same drug manufacturers. Today, organized medicine is the third-leading cause of death in America. Drug companies routinely rush new money-making medications to market before they┬┤re fully tested for safety and ignore or worse cover up their harmful side effects. Doctors continually recommend unnecessary (and possibly life-threatening) tests and surgeries. This, just to pad their pockets by over billing Medicaid and Medicare. Hospitals administer the wrong medicine, or the wrong doses, or operate on the wrong patient in too many instances today. It is practically epidemic. Doctors prescribe medicines that conflict with other medicines the patient is taking or that are not recommended for the ailment from which the patient suffers. Pharmacies commit dangerous errors in filling prescriptions. All happening today at alarming and increasing rates.

The whole concept of health care like the Hippocratic oath has turned into the antithesis of what every doctor should do. Healthcare should be called symptomology, as the goal of organized medicine is to treat the symptoms rather than the cause of the disease. Health is achieved through proper diet and exercise. A diet of natural not processed foods, particularly organically grown foods, is the road to good health and a happy life. Eliminate processed foods and foods containing high fructose corn syrup and chemical additives from your diet. Consume primarily fresh preferably raw vegetables, supplement with small amounts of fish, free range chicken and beef, add natural supplements of vitamin D and we have a pretty good diet. These are just of the few things that can lead to a nation whose health is vital for it’s future.

The stability and security of a nation rests in the overall health of it’s population. As we can see by the alarming rates of obesity, diabetes, and cancer just to name a few the United States is in real peril because the health of this nation continues to decline. It is vital that this nation ushers in National Economic Reform which includes a single payer plan of Universal Health Care for all Americans. In this way the United States is able to return this nation’s health and restore it’s stability.

Cancer Drug Treatment – PARP Inhibitors

Very soon an universal drug to treat all type of cancerous tumors may be developed. Scientists have claimed a breakthrough in turning a breast cancer to a medicine that treat all types of cancerous tumors. The focus is on cancer drug therapy based on class of pharmaceuticals called PARP inhibitors. PARP stands for Poly ADP ribose polymerase is a protein molecule which plays an active role in various cellular processes, DNA repair and programmed cell death. PARP inhibitors are particularly effective in treating hereditary breast cancers. PARP inhibitors have the ability to zero in on rouge cells and tumors and kill them selectively without harming the healthy cells. This also means that the side effects that is normally associated with radiotherapy or chemotherapy is very minimal with this type of pharmaceuticals.

In those prone to or with hereditary form of breast cancer there is mutation or flaw in the genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2. BRCA1 is a gene that produces a type of proteins called breast cancer type 1 susceptibility protein. They are normally expressed in the cells of breast and some other organs. Whenever there is a damage to DNA of the cells in these organs BRCA1 immediately repairs this DNA damage or if it cannot be repaired it kills the cells. Thus cancerous tumors are killed at the very early stage itself. The function of BRCA2 gene too is more or less similar though the molecular structure is different. BRCA2 stands for Breast Cancer 2 susceptibility protein. It’s main function is to repair the chromosomal damage and fix the breaks in the DNA structure. Thus it can be seen that proper functioning of these two genes are very important to protect us against breast cancer. Whenever there is a flaw in these two genes which is mainly due to hereditary reasons the person is at a huge risk of contracting breast cancer.

In breast cancer tumors with BRCA mutation drugs that inhibit Poly ADP ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors cause double strand break in the cells. Because of BRCA deficiency these cannot be repaired. This leads to the death of cancerous cells. Normal cells do not replicate the way cancer cells do so the normal cells are not affected by PARP inhibitors.

The same principle is applied by scientists to use PARP inhibitors to treat tumors which do not have this genetic flaw but by artificially inducing such a genetic flaw. CDK1 or Cyclin dependent kinase 1 is a protein that is very vital in maintaining normal cell cycle process. It repairs any damage to the DNA of the cells. By blocking the CDK1 molecule the tumors are deprived of the DNA repair mechanism. When the subject is given PARP inhibitors the cancerous tumor was successfully shrunk. Scientists have effectively treated lung cancer in rats using this method.

Another Horror Linked to Psychiatric Drugs

It doesn’t get any better does it? In the same week that Nidal Malik Hasan was slaughtering his fellow soldiers in Texas, Jason Rodriguez (neither a soldier nor a Muslim) went on the rampage in an Orlando, Florida office building, shooting dead one victim and wounding five others.

Rodriguez is confirmed to have been on psychiatric medications when he went on his shooting spree: in a televised interview with Fox News, his former mother-in-law said, “He was under medication…for control of the brain.” and went on to explain that mind-altering medications made her former son-in-law “paranoid.” Such paranoia and the dramatization of violent impulses against others are well documented and known side effects of psychiatric drugs.

Indeed, these powerful, mind-altering drugs have been linked to virtually every major shooting that has taken place in the United States and elsewhere over the last several decades, for example the Columbine school shooting, the Virginia Tech shooting, the Stephen Kazmierczak Illinois shooting, the Omaha mall shooting and so on. And on. And on……

Psychiatric drugs are the culprit behind more than just these violent rampages. As psychiatric drugging of the people increases, so do violence and crime of all kinds surge, so does mental illness and so does suicide and drug addiction. For example, according to Medwatch, a staggering 63,000 people in the U.S. alone have committed suicide while on antidepressant drugs and that incidentally is more than ten times the number who have died from swine flu. Yet the fuss is made about Swine Flu, not that which has killed ten times as many Americans.

This psycho-pharmacy instigated and propelled onslaught is fast becoming history’s first truly global social catastrophe. It is not something that “just sort of happens.” It is created and caused, precipitated, perpetuated and nurtured by certain pharmaceutical corporations and their psychiatric pushers.

The connection between these social catastrophes and this psychiatric onslaught is so glaringly obvious and easily proven that even a politician or a journalist ought to be able to see it. Yet somehow they contrive not to.

Get this: we are talking about the deaths of THOUSANDS of people every year and the creation of universal drug dependency so that a few private profit corporations can get very, very rich. While this is going on – indeed rapidly escalating, right in front of its eyes, your government does nothing. It acts collectively and to all intents and purposes as if it does not care. If it cared, it would do something about it wouldn’t it?

Yet drugs manufacturers go on concocting and marketing their dangerous, mind-altering drugs and psychiatrists go on legitimizing and pushing them and those who should be protecting the public from such mayhem, far from doing their duty, actually aid and abet the perpetrators. Meanwhile the citizenry continues to be lied to, duped, drugged, debilitated and killed. This is not going to stop. The rampages, murders, violence, suicides and depression will continue to escalate, inside the military as well as outside it, until their CAUSE is removed.

Electing slick politicians will not resolve it, doing nothing will not resolve it, blaming religion, television, atheism, parents, teachers or even Satan will not resolve it. It will just get worse until the day comes when we find ourselves with an honest government that will truly act in the interests of all the people and derail this rogue psycho-pharmaceutical gravy train. Hopefully that day will come soon before many more people have to die and while we still have some civilization left in which to operate.