it's all good
What can I say, P.L.A. is on a roll, debunking the notion that corporate profits are "double taxed" , noting that--far from "liberally biased"--some of the media is a "wholly owned subsidiary" of the Right, and calls out the Administration on its request to seal court documents exploring a possible connection between the vaccine preservative and autism. There's a discussion on the latter subject going on in regards to a related post over at Ipse Dixit, but as Dwight Meredith points out, it isn't about lawsuits, it's about sound science and finding a cure:
The documents that the administration wants to seal will either strengthen or weaken the link between thimerosal in vaccines and autism. If the documents weaken that link, then scientists will be more inclined to devote scarce resources to other lines of inquiry. In that event, the release of the documents is likely to speed the process of finding a cause and a cure.
If the documents strengthen the link between thimerosal and autism, then scientists may study the mechanism of that link in an effort to find a cure. In either case, release of the documents only furthers the scientific investigation.
Of course, when it comes to legal action against a company that may have done seriosu harm to many children, Meredith points out the Administration's decision is anything but fair:
The “advantage” that the government seeks to prevent is for parents of autistic kids to have the very same information that the defendants already have. Making the information public will level the playing field not tilt it. Keeping the information secret will only serve to prevent scientists who are looking for a cause and a cure from learning more.
Of course, the administration policy has nothing to do with level playing fields. It has nothing to do with finding a cure for autism. It has everything to do with the fact that the big drug companies are large campaign contributors to Mr. Bush and the Republican Party.
Update: That comment thread over the Ipse Dixit post is getting long...