Success or failure for a political lobbyist often comes down to access; without easy access to legislators, it is naturally much harder to apply the pressure to drive legislation in the desired direction. But lobbyists in Austin, Texas, may soon begin applying a variation on Chairman Mao’s saying, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun” — albeit not in the way the Marxist dictator had in mind.

“And even if there were only one Communist in the State Department, that would still be one Communist too many.”
— Senator Joseph McCarthy, at the 1952 Republican National Convention

Researchers in Sri Lanka have found what they say is a link between abortion and breast cancer. According to the study conducted by scientists at the University of Colombo, having an abortion can triple a woman’s risk of the disease, and, in fact, abortion is the greatest reported risk factor associated with breast cancer. The latest study is the fourth in the last 14 months to show such a link, following similar findings by researchers in China, Turkey, and the United States.

Part I of this series opened with a recent study on schizophrenia that has sparked renewed controversy on the legitimacy of pre-screening for and treating psychological afflictions, most of which (in the generic sense) can be defined as "thought disorders." It focused on the University of North Carolina's Schizophrenia Research Center under Dr. John H. Gilmore, whose team claimed to have located an anomaly in the MRIs of "at-risk," male babies: larger brains and larger lateral ventricles.

Organized labor has increasingly moved away from its original stated goal: representing industrial workers against the “ogres” of big business.

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