March 12, 2005


Wesley J. Smith writes:

...Yesterday, I linked an article written by Michael Fumento, which noted that a potential cure for juvenile diabetes using adult stem cells is not being funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, even though the technique cured mice with late stage disease.

Fumento wanted to follow up with a
"Part 2" commentary. But, it appears that somebody doesn't want this truth widely disseminated. According to Fumento, his syndicate, Scripps Howard refused to publish the article, based on it allegedly being a "diatribe." What? Fumento's tone is utterly reasonable. The facts about which he opines are indisputable. Indeed, SCIENCE DID publish the study demonstrating that adult spleen stem cells completely cured mice with late stage juv. diabetes. Despite this amazing success, the JDRF DID refuse to fund human trials. Finally, the JDRF DID fund Proposition 71, which created a right to therapeutic cloning, to the tune of about $2 million. Yet, even IF that technology EVER becomes an effective treatment for juv. diabetes, it is at least a decade or more away...(Thanks to Orrin Judd)

I don't have time to dig into this right now, but the pattern seems familiar. Or rather, patterns. Footprints left by invisible men. I've read a number of instances of promising adult stem-cell research (even cures) getting no publicity, sometimes no funding, because fetal stem cells are all the rage among the fashionable.

And of course we've seen many instances of stories being ignored by the Gasping Media. I'd guess a calm factual debunking of John Kerry's Vietnam service would also be a "diatribe" to the Scripps-Howard syndicate.

And we've seen the pattern of large non-profit or public-service organizations moving leftward, and having more interest in pushing a certain agenda than in solving their particular problem or cause.

And the footprints of what you might call "crony socialism," [Wrong word. I need something like "crony trendy-leftism"] which I suspect is far more common than "crony capitalism." What are the chances that the board or management of Scripps-Howard intersects socially with the board or management of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation? Pretty high, I'd guess. Charlene and I don't belong to the social circles that are asked to sit on the boards of foundations and charities and schools. But we sometimes encounter them here in SF. Being fashionable has a lot to do with what goes on these days. Around here being, say, black or Jewish doesn't keep you out of the best social circles. But I suspect that being "pro-life" or being a "Reagan Republican" would...

Posted by John Weidner at March 12, 2005 10:16 AM
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