Web Notables (Feb. 19, 2015)

Dangerous medicines, rigged systems, Reagan's winning example, etc.

By The Editors Published on February 19, 2015

“Web Notables” is a daily feature that highlights articles readers may want to see but might have missed. It is compiled by senior editor David Mills.

Are Your Medications Safe?, by Charles Seife on the website Slate. When the FDA discovers false or fraudulent information, it doesn’t tell anyone, reports the journalism professor from New York University. It hides the facts and

as a result, nobody ever finds out which data is bogus, which experiments are tainted, and which drugs might be on the market under false pretenses. The FDA has repeatedly hidden evidence of scientific fraud not just from the public, but also from its most trusted scientific advisers, even as they were deciding whether or not a new drug should be allowed on the market.

Studies the FDA knows are unreliable are then cited in the medical literature without correction, so that “physicians around the world are basing life-and-death medical decisions on a study that the FDA knows is simply not credible.”

Beyond Bribery, by Janine R. Wedel in the journal Foreign Policy. Anti-corruption efforts have focused on personal crimes like bribery and on other countries, not on those “global power brokers who have rigged the system to their advantage in innovative ways,” observes the George Mason University professor. “We need to redefine corruption as violation of the public trust and not just as bribery or illegal behavior.”

To Win In 2016: The Voters Republicans Forgot, by Mark Cunningham in the New York Post. The Republicans need to win the voters who “know they’re losing, not gaining, when Democrats ‘spread the wealth’ — but they need reason to believe a Republican will fight for them.” Cunningham advises acting like Reagan.

Understanding the Catholic Church’s ‘Yes’, an interview with Dawn Eden in National Review. Our culture has “become sated with sex,” says the author of The Thrill of the Chaste. “It has become a drug just like any other drug, giving a temporary high that leaves us lower than we were before. Fulton J. Sheen called this state of disillusioned satedness ‘black grace’ — a kind of “fed-upness” that could open the way for the ‘white grace’ of conversion.”

Disappearing Into the Sunset of Another Brave New World, by Jeremy Walker on the website Reformation 21. Hollywood reveals what secular people really think, observes a Baptist pastor. “The vast majority of films presume upon a painful, dystopian, or even (favourite phrase) post-apocalyptic setting for the action. Despite a succession of happy-ish endings . . . the working assumption is that man is a fairly miserable creature.”

From the archives:

The Human Race: Success Or Failure? by Paul Johnson in the monthly magazine The New Criterion. “Certainly, a secularized world has not been successful in making it a safe world—even apart from the risk of war — or a decent world,” argues the distinguished journalist and historian. “Somehow we have to bring back into our private lives, and into our public life, the spiritual element . . . and, above all, the love of our fellow human beings which is inseparable from the belief that all human life, in some way, is created in the image of divinity.”

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