17 August 2011

UPDATED: Boiron vs Blogzero...

UPDATE 24 AUG 11: Boiron has written a letter in which they state they will not pursue legal action. The wording is interesting in which they claim to be open to debate but leaving the classic argument that science has not reached the realms of the "infinitely small".


Boiron is a multi-billion dollar manufacturer of homeopathic concoctions. They have subjected an Italian blogger for daring the criticize their product Oscillococcinum. This is promoted as a treatment cure for the flu and cold (although in the United States it bears the FDA required disclaimer that it is "not intended to treat or cure any disease"). ANY company which provides a product to the public is subject to critical review by the public and hence the markets.

If our Blogzero friend is saying something untrue, this site's most popular post is related to the efficacy of Sinupret, then by all means he should retract or correct it. If he is making fundamentally true statements, which I believe he is, then Boiron is engaging in cyber-bullying.

This is a free speech issue. Read for yourself and decide!

Boiron vs Blogzero (English page) :B-log(0)

11 August 2011

A Child's Tribute to his father...

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan Nichols was a Kansas ANG pilot of the downed Chinook CH-47 “EXTORTION 17” which crashed under fire in Afghanistan earlier this month.  His son, 10 year old Braydon, posted his concern that other members of the crew, aside from the USN DEVGRU team, were not recognized.  Officially the names have not been released by DoD, but in the transparent world in which we live – they are all known.  What is most wrenching to me is the haunting picture of Braydon, in a smaller version of his father’s class A uniform next to his beaming dad.  Even at this very young age, he seems to understand the moral imperative under which his father took up service.  He somehow seems to realize that the nature of our nation is, indeed, unique on this planet and that at times we must make sacrifices to sustain that ideal.


No one, least of all members of the military, want war to come to their doorsteps.  Each member of our nation’s armed services wrestles with their conflicting commitments to family and the nation they serve.  Each family must also decide whether to support that member or not.  If they can not, then it is impossible for that military member to fulfill their dual oaths to family and country.  Braydon has demonstrated, at the delicate age of 10, this understanding of his father’s commitment.  Braydon has also fulfilled that oath, even having never taken it himself or being asked to do so.  As each member serves, so too do their immediate families.  As we remember the courage, devotion and loyalty of CW2 Nichols, let us also reflect upon the courage of his son.


Family Matters Blog: Child's Tribute Stirs Emotion
Thu, 11 Aug 2011 14:19:00 -0500

Family Matters Blog: Child's Tribute Stirs Emotion

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2011 - I was on call last weekend when the news broke about the downed helicopter in eastern Afghanistan. As the morning waned, it soon became clear that the nation had suffered a devastating loss. Thirty U.S. service members and eight Afghans lost their lives in the Aug. 6 Chinook crash.  I was deeply saddened by the loss and for the loved ones left behind. But without a personal connection and with a job to do, I began to think of the fallen as a number to report rather than as individuals with faces and names.  For me, it took a child to humanize this terrible loss. A 10-year-old who lost his father in the crash posted a picture of his dad on CNN's iReport on Aug. 9 to ensure he wouldn't be forgotten. His father was the pilot of the Chinook. The picture shows his dad seated next to a four other soldiers. His father, he wrote, was the farthest to the left. This heartfelt tribute since has gone viral, stirring up emotions across the nation. People have reached out to reassure this boy not only that his father wouldn't be forgotten, but also that he'd be remembered as a hero. I studied this picture and felt for this young boy, who would be growing up without a dad. And I thought about the selflessness and call to service that led his father to make the ultimate sacrifice for his nation. I'm grateful for this child who took the time to honor his father in such a bold way. He reminded me that behind each loss, each tragedy of war, is a person with a rich past who is leaving behind a legacy of heroism and sacrifice.



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