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July 13, 2008

Welcome to the discussion!

Filed under: community — Max @ 3:21 am
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Okay, you’re here, now what? The basic information is in the About This Page article–it’s to your right. Take a quick look and come back.

Now, the next step is to get the discussion going. We want to know what you think about what you’re reading on the Commons. Fire up a post and let us hear your thoughts. We’ll respond as quickly as we can. Better yet, you guys will get some lively discussions going without us. You’re very welcome to do so.

You’ll notice that there aren’t any separate threads for the different groups on the site: the 9/11 Timeline, the Iraq Occupation project, the investigation into the torture of detainees, the Neoliberalism and Globalization group, etc. That’s because we’re in the middle of revamping the taxonomy of the site and the titles may change. Instead of putting ourselves through the hassle of making a bunch of categories and then having to change them, we’re opening up the blog with one big free-for-all discussion. We’ll differentiate when the new taxonomy is in place. Sorry for the initial lack of focus, but it won’t be for long.

Again, welcome aboard, and let us know what you think. Be respectful of one another, but don’t be shy. We’ll be tossing in some conversation starters periodically as well as some more factual content, so check back regularly to see what’s being talked about.


  1. I think you guys at the History Commons are the greatest thing since sliced bread. And it’s not just because I’m married to Max. You guys are making a difference. Because of people like you the whole world is FINALLY getting the facts and a greater understanding of just how greedy, corrupt and morally bankrupt the United States governement, and most governments, really are. People are starting to wake up and demand accountabilty.
    Thank you for all that you do and G-d Bless America!!

    Comment by Mrs. Max — July 14, 2008 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

  2. I just love this woman. đŸ˜€

    Comment by Max — July 14, 2008 @ 2:23 pm | Reply

  3. Resignation of Attorney General Gonzales:

    Contrary to Senator Schumer’s spin, Gonzales resigned over Senator Specter’s disclosure that the Judiciary Committee was going to investigate the OxyContin fiasco. As the physician codefendant in the $5.2B OxyContin suit and the one that compeled US Attorney Brownlee to obtain the $634.5M from Purdue Pharma, I know.

    $500M of the $634.5M that was obtained was to go to a center for pain management and addiction prevention. This was actually requested by members of congress that reviewed this whole fiasco.

    Reno and Ashcroft pushed all the pain management physicians out of their clinics. Then, the DEA/Drug Task Force flooded the streets with OxyContin (supposedly to fight the Asian Heroine market.)

    No one talks about where the money went. Let’s just say that Schumer put Mukasey in and Mike’s son Marc, works for Giuliani. Giuliani is counsel for Purdue Pharma, makers of OxyContin.

    The $500M for the pain management addiction foundation was considered a worthy investment because during the $5.2B OxyContin suit, I developed a new model of addiction. This provided the affirmative defense for Purdue Pharma.

    Prior to this time, we had no scientific defintion of addiction. During the suit, I argued that it was a manifestation of an obsessive compulsive disorder. The importance to the suit was that the intensity of the addiction is propotionate to the intensity of the OCD, not the intensity of the stimulus.

    The importance of this new model is that we can understand, prevent and treat addiction better now. After Judge Jones faied to order the money to go to the foundation, Specter, who had been briefed on this since Dec of 2004, confronted Gonzales. The rest is history as spun by the politicians.


    Comment by Richard Norton MD — July 17, 2008 @ 8:26 am | Reply

  4. For the last post, I should have included the fantastic work that is being done by the linked data people, http://www4.wiwiss.fu-berlin.de/bizer/pub/LinkedDataTutorial/#testing.

    I think the automated analyses, even at a primitive level of strong versus weak emotive words, could be useful to winnow through the massive amounts of information that’s published.
    Dwight Hines

    Comment by dwighthines — July 17, 2008 @ 10:06 am | Reply

  5. Richard, this is something that I have not seen before. Have you attempted to present this to Congress or to investigative journalists who might be able to pursue this?

    Comment by Max — July 17, 2008 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

  6. Future of mankind is with promotion of freehighway of information based on Space Science and nanotechnology. Such web sites will help communities with good governance.

    Comment by M. Shahjahan Bhatti — July 20, 2008 @ 4:09 am | Reply

  7. Shahjahan, you’re absolutely right. I wish I knew more about those subjects.

    Comment by Max — July 20, 2008 @ 10:38 pm | Reply

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