|To the Editor and the Moderator of SOLO HQ:|
I began the article, to which this thread of comments pertains, by denouncing President Bush's plan to spend $ 19,000,000., in money taken at gunpoint from American taxpayers, on defective and useless obsolete embryonic cell lines. It is a plan to spend $ 19,000,000., in money taken at gunpoint, on an exercise that has no possible scientific or medical benefit, for the sole purpose of manufacturing an excuse for President Bush's Christianist agenda. My only comment, regarding the use of money taken at gunpoint for genuine research into human health, was that using money taken at gunpoint for the benefit of Bush's Christianist agenda is very much worse.
In his comments on my essay, a certain "citizen rat" began to twist what I had written into its opposite. By post 4 "citizen rat" was claiming that my objective was not opposing this expenditure, but rather "advancing the left's social agenda." By post 10, he was claiming that my denounciation of Bush's plan amounted to advocating government programs similar to PBS, Medicaid, and Head Start.
The central paragraph of my essay described the mechanism by which Bush indirectly terminated, and effectively prohibited, private investment in embryonic stem cell research. Bush's FDA did this by prohibiting over-the-counter sale of Plan B, against unambiguous and overwhelming scientific evidence of that product's safety and effectiveness. Bush's FDA sent a clear signal to investors and industry: if you develop a therapy that the Christianists disapprove of, no matter how safe and beneficial that therapy is proven to be - you will not be permitted to reap the fruit of that investment.
In post 3, "citizen rat" flat-out denied that this indirect prohibition by the FDA had ever taken place. By post 15, he was claiming that I had NOT denounced the FDA in the original article, and only brought it up later because "you're trying to dig out of the hole you dug for yourself. Now you wouldn't be doing that unless you recognized the merit of my argument...."
A Scandinavian children's tale features the character of a "troll", an ogre who spends his time denying passage over a bridge to those who would use that bridge for its intended purpose. On the Internet, a "troll" is a character whose posts in a forum are meant to sabotage the intended purpose of that forum. "Citizen rat" has demonstrated that he is functioning here as a troll. I urge you to act accordingly.
(Edited by Adam Reed on 8/09, 1:57pm)