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Initial post: Jul 3, 2011 3:28:51 PM PDT
The Boston Globe July 2, 2011

Harvard doctors punished over pay
3 accused of not disclosing consulting fees

By Liz Kowalczyk, Globe Staff

Concluding a three-year investigation, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School sanctioned renowned child psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Biederman and two colleagues after finding they violated conflict of interest rules.

In a letter to coworkers yesterday, Biederman and Drs. Thomas Spencer and Timothy Wilens said the hospital and medical school "have determined that we violated certain requirements'' of the institutions' policies.

They did not specify the nature of the violations. But in 2008, Senator Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, accused the three doctors of accepting millions of dollars in consulting fees from drug makers from 2000 to 2007, and of failing for years to report much of the income to university officials.

Journal to scrutinize hip fracture study
Inquiry follows allegation of ethical breach
By Kay Lazar, Chelsea Conaboy, and Neena Satija, Globe Staff

A leading medical journal is launching an investigation into the work of a research team led by a Harvard doctor, after federal health regulators accused the scientists of failing to inform elderly nursing home residents of serious health risks discovered during a hip fracture study.

Editors at the Journal of the American Medical Association, which published a 2007 article by the scientists that included research from that hip fracture study, will be reviewing the scientists' work and supporting documents, journal spokeswoman Jann Ingmire said yesterday.

"They want to talk to the study authors,'' Ingmire said.

At the same time, the Harvard-affiliated Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, where Harvard Medical School gerontologist Dr. Douglas P. Kiel presided over the hip study, said it would also investigate.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 6:38:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 19, 2012 6:40:55 PM PDT
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This is the problem. Nobody disputes that Jews were rounded up, had their property confiscated, were put on trains and sent to camps and other locations where they were subjected to forced labor, death in many cases, deprivation, and other war crimes.

But when someone points out that the generally accepted version of the holocaust is a narrative that has been exaggerated - and the blame extrapolated - for political and financial exploitation, you get a bunch of indignant howling, and the kind of half truths, factoids, or irrelevancies that Leoncefalo considers a `mountain of evidence.'

Look at what Leoncefalo offers up as a `mountain of evidence.'

< thousands of people walking around with numbers tattooed on their arms>

Everyone knows that many inmates received tattoos. But thousands of people alive and still walking around - tattooed or otherwise - isn't exactly the best evidence of an extermination program.

<movies taken at the death camps themselves of the mass graves, piles of corpses>

There are six camps that are classified as `death camps,' and they were all in Poland and overrun by the Soviets; Chelmno, Belzec, Sobibbor, Treblinka, Auschwitz, and Majdanek.

The Destruction of the European Jews, 3 Volume Set (Third Edition), Chapter 9, Killing Center Operations

There aren't `movies' from these death camps. There are gruesome newsreels of victims of disease and starvation from the camps that were liberated by the British and Americans on German soil, such as Berger Belsen, and nobody disputes these war's end prisoner deaths.

<the crematoria with pieces of human bones still in the ovens>

It is well known and not disputed that the camps had crematoria to dispose of the dead, and this is true for camps that are not alleged to have been death camps as well.

<the 'showers' where the prisoners were gassed to death with Zyklon B cyanide gas>

Where is this? At Chemlo, Sobibbor, Belzec and Treblinka, the killing instrument is said to have been Carbon Monoxide, not Zyklon B, and no `showers', or any other facilities, are remaining at these camps anyway. At Auschwitz/Birkenau, where Zyklon B is alleged to have been used for human extermination, the main Krema at Birkenau were blown up, so there are no `showers' left as evidence there either. Nor are there any remaining at the gas chamber at the Auschwitz main camp that is shown on the Museum tour, because it isn't really an actual intact gas chamber, but rather a post war reconstruction. The only other place where Zyklon B is alleged to have been used for large scale human extermination is Majdanek, but the generally accepted total there has plummeted to as low as 50,000, and it may even lose its status as a `death camp'

<the invoices and orders for the gas from the I.G.Farben chemical company>

Nobody disputes that the camps bought and used the pesticide Zyklon B, and this also is true for camps that aren't alleged to have been death camps, where it was widely used as a disinfesting fumigant.

<the tens of thousands of IBM computer cards that kept exact track of prisoner, sex, method of execution, valuables confiscated>

Where are these cards -and how many of the `tens of thousands' indicate an execution? Do any of them list the method of execution as `gassed'? These cards have been made an issue because there are a lot of money-grubbing lawyers who would like to sue a huge, well-healed company like IBM

< the unrelenting stream of exact same stories from prisoners in camps hundreds of miles apart>

Does this include the unrelenting stream of stories about vacuum chambers, electrocution plates, human soap factories, steam chambers, and things like pedal driven brain bashing machines?

<the records retained from 'Schindler's List, and the thousand or so Jews he saved from mass murder>

Again, thousands of people that are still alive doesn't make very good evidence of a mass murder.

<the gruesome written accounts of Russian and American officers who wrote detailed accounts when they liberated the remaining prisoners from the death camps>

Again, there were six camps alleged to have been death camps, and they were all in Poland; Chelmno, Belzec, Sobibbor, Treblinka, Auschwitz, and Majdanek. According to Lucy Dawidowitz' book The War Against the Jews: 1933-1945, page 149, the vast majority of the killings occurred in these camps. And none of them were overrun by the Americans, so there are no gruesome accounts of American officers from when they liberated the remaining prisoners from the `death camps.'

So the `mountain of evidence' is the same tired old nonsense that has been drilled into everyone's head, which they accept uncritically, and repeat mindlessly, and with great moral certitude.

The original post here is disingenuous; of course a persecution `happened.' But it's extent and nature should be discussed without all the moral huffing puffing and without all the mindless factoids and myths.
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