Cross-posted from Article of Faith:
“An influential federal panel of medical advisers has recommended that the government loosen regulations that severely limit the testing of pharmaceuticals on prison inmates.
“Supporters of such programs cite the possibility of benefit to prison populations, and the potential for contributing to the greater good.”
LOL. Supporters like big pharmaceutical companies, staffed by their ghoulish geneticists, biologists, dermatologists and other so-called “real” scientists.
As a social scientist, let me offer some perspective. This won’t work because, as one guy is quoted as saying, “What starts as scientific research becomes pure business, and no amount of regulations can prevent that from happening again.” The greed and avarice of these “scientists” who work for big pharm inevitably leads down the eugenics path of skin lesions, syphilis, sterilization and other madness, all in the name of “science”.
In fact, this kind of research is nothing more than pseudo-science because it suffers from methodological fallacies, the most glaring of which is population and sampling. The populations these ghouls zero in on (prisoners) for such testing aren’t representative of the larger population the drugs are supposedly being researched and designed for.
And the fact that the loosening of these regulations is being pushed by “doctors” who were involved in the infamous Holmesburg prison, where inmates were “paid hundreds of dollars a month to test items as varied as dandruff treatments and dioxin, and where they were exposed to radioactive, hallucinogenic and carcinogenic chemicals,” is even more sickening.
Dr. Albert M. Kligman, who directed the experiments at Holmesburg, said “My view is that shutting the prison experiments down was a big mistake.” Then go take a look at the picture of the guy in the article. The dude looks like he just stepped out of central casting for “Triumph of the Will”.
What makes this testing so insidious is that it’s always the lowest of the lows in society (the poor, minorities, uneducated, etc.) that are targeted, and being that they’re “criminals” already doing time in prison, most people figure “why not?”, right? They’re just “scum” or “predators” or “vermin”, so who cares?
Tell ya what: I’ll support the lifting of these regulations and start up the experiments on prisoners again if we can also do similar testing on, say, people who live in gated communities. And Fortune 500 CEO’s. And politicians. And people who hold MD’s. And pharmaceutical company employees and their stockholders. SUV drivers. College students. Soccer moms. Young Republicans. Children in daycare. And…
You get the point?