By Anne Dachel
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Oct 13, 2015, Thom Hartmann: The Union of Concerned Scientists is very concerned about politics
The Union of Concerned Scientists say that they're worried about the political pressure that is undermining scientific research. According to a new report from that group, scientists in all of our governmental agencies feel that political interests get in the way of their research.
One of the study's authors wrote, “Many scientists told us that scientific decisions were being swayed by politics or that political influence inhibited their ability to carry out agency missions.”
That means that agencies like the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have to balance the political ideology of their bosses and colleagues with the need to protect the public from bad food or deadly diseases. . . .
That political pressure has to include the power and influence of the drug industry. There are more pharma lobbyists on Capitol Hill than members of Congress. There is a revolving door between the FDA and the CDC and the companies that they're supposed to be overseeing.
Thom Hartmann needs to be remembered for the coverage he gave to Robert Kennedy, Jr. and his book.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Thimerosal - Let The Science Speak, Part 1
Growing numbers of Americans are refusing to vaccinate their children because they think vaccines are causing autism. But it's not the vaccines that appear to be one cause of neurological disorders, it's something else. Now, a senior CDC vaccine safety scientist has invoked the protection of the Federal Whistleblower Statute, and is claiming that the CDC knew that thimerosal was unsafe, but pressured him to publish studies claiming otherwise.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on Thimerosal - Let The Science Speak, Part 2
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Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which is on sale now from Skyhorse Publishing.