Librarian Jenica Rogers wrote an interesting post on how her library decided to cancel their ACS subscription. Walking away from the American Chemical Society
where she talks about money issues all too familiar to librarians but maybe not well known in the general public. Her post was picked up by The Chronicle Of Higher Ed
The ACS only said "We find little constructive dialogue can be had on blogs and other listservs where logic, balance and common courtesy are not practiced and observed..."
Things took a turn
on a discussion list, where The Director of Office of Public Affairs for the ACS said "But I think you would agree that vulgarity and profanity postings do not lend themselves to meaningful, productive and civil discourse, thus our decision not to engage any further with her on this topic." Many other bloggers have taken up the torch including Walt Crawford
, Jonathan Eisen
, Iris Jastram
, Chris Zammarelli
and Steve Lawson
, Any Woodworth
, John Dupuis
and one on ChemBark
New York's HIV Experiment.
Need test subjects for your highly experimental, possibly lethal drugs but don't want to deal with consent issues? Don't worry, New York City's Association for Children's Services
has got you covered! Just ask GlaxoSmithKline
about its continuing antiretroviral drug trials. Not only does the ACS provide it and other pharmaceutical companies with high-quality HIV-positive orphans and foster children, but it administers the drugs to them as well! Kids not willing to take the pills? The ACS will stick peg-tubes in their stomachs.
Foster parents refusing to give kids the drugs? The ACS will charge them with abuse and put the kids somewhere else.
Wondering about Tuskegee comparisons
or how the combination of side-effects like diarrhea and swollen joints with no evidence of benefits
fits into a cost-benefit analysis?
Why? This is the ACS! They can do whatever they want.