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SF Chronicle Turns Against CA Stem Cell Agency

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In 2004, California voters passed Proposition 71 under an avalanche of mendacious CURES! CURES! CURES! hype: Children would get out of wheelchairs! Diabetes would be conquered! Mendacity, mendacity, all was mendacity. Ten years later and the spin has spun. Now, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine will need voters to renew its borrow-and-spend mandate. That […]

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We Can’t Let CIRM History be Rewritten

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Proposition 71, which brought the misbegotten California Institute for Regenerative Medicine into being, was sold to voters in a blatantly mendacious campaign based on embryonic stem cell hype of CURES! CURES! CURES! and outright lies about the then state of regenerative medical science. Its administration has been marked by arrogance, conflict of interest, cronyism. And […]

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Cloning Science’s War Against Poor Women

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Back when California’s Proposition 71 was being pitched — which created the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) — opponents warned that making human cloning a state constitutional right would result in the exploitation of poor women for their eggs — needed in every attempt at SCNT cloning. Responding, supporters promised to prohibit egg buying […]

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Teaching Stem Cell Scientists How to Hype

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Never has so much hype been shoveled than the CURES! CURES! CURES! propaganda that sold embryonic stem cell research to the American public. That hasn’t worked out so well in actual practice, but the white elephant that is the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) — with a renewal election coming up next year — […]

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The California Stem Cell Fix is In

This is soooo unsurprising: Wathdog David Jensen, author of the stellar California Stem Cell Report blog, discloses that California Institute of Regenerative Medicine has doled over a billion of Californians’ borrowed money to recipients affiated with its directors. From, “Stem Cell Cash Mostly Aids Directors’ Interests:” With its latest round of awards earlier this month, […]

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First CA Instit for Regenerative Med FDA Approved Trial Adult Stem Cells!

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) was sold to a gullible public on the promise of developing embryonic stem cell and therapeutic cloning CURES! CURES! CURES! that the eeeevilll Bush was thwarting. But, when that didn’t work out — and desperate to show some progress for all the money CIRM has sucked up on […]

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Failure of Cigarette Tax Bad Sign for California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Proposition 29 was strikingly similar in concept to Proposition 71, which created the benighted California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in 2004. Proposition 29 would tax cigarettes. Proposition 71 borrowed money. Both were designed to use the money thereby obtained to establish a quasi state agency to fund special research projects, 29 against cancer and 71 […]

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The California Institute for Regenerative Mendacity

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Here’s how the pro embryonic stem cell/human cloning advocacy game is played. First, the public faces of patients and their loved ones promise CURES! CURES! CURES! Then, when you call the campaign on the mendacity, they claim, “The scientists have never said that in the […]

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Cry Me a River California Institute for Regenerative Medicine!

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The sense of entitlement of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and its supporters would choke a cow. California is about to run out of cash! — and its supporters worry that it might lose the ability to borrow even more money to bury my […]

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Don’t Nobody Bring Me No Bad Stem Cell News!

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Hype over embryonic stem cell research has been maddening. The media bias, extreme. And many in elected office, intent on using the sector as a special interest source of campaign funds — and believing the cures meme — have been decidedly uninterested in hearing any […]

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California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Borrows and Spends BIG as State Flounders

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC When I think about the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, what words come to mind? Well, there’s “arrogance.” “Hubris” also works. “Mismanagement” is on all fours, as we say in the law. “Spendthrift.” “Hype.” “Unaccountable.” I could go on and on. But let’s get back […]

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Stem Cell Fountain of Youth Story Intended to Boost CIRM Re-Up Drive?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC As I have written here previously, the arrogantly managed and wildly expensive California Institute For Regenerative Medicine will be up for renewal in 2014. Its leaders want the suckers voters in California — already hopelessly behind the deficit 8-ball and drowning in bond debt — […]

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Sacramento Bee Notices CIRM Management Flaws

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The Sacramento Bee is like all major California newspaper editorial boards — liberal and in the tank for Big Biotech. (I still don’t understand this love for BB, and the concomitant loathing of Big Pharma amongst the liberal chattering class. Both have the same agendas.) […]

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CIRM Celebrates Funding Luxury Stem Cell Buildings As California Disintegrates

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Front page story in the S. F. Chronicle on the great research building opening at UCSF for all kinds of stem cell research. Much was privately funded, which is great. But tens of millions for the fancy-dancy buildings was paid for by the California Institute […]

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Why The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Should Be Defunded

The following piece, by CBC Special Consultant Wesley J. Smith, appeared in today’s San Francisco Chronicle. It is just one example of the many ways in which your gifts enable the CBC to engage bioethics issues around the country. Why The California Institute for RegenerativeMedicine Should Be Defunded By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant […]

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CIRM to Try and Sucker Californians Into Letting It Borrow Even More Money

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC When proponents of Proposition 71 shouted CURES! CURES! CURES in 2004, perhaps the people of California could be forgiven for believing them — what with all the hype going on at the time — and borrowing $3 billion to pay for research grants (which will […]

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How to Offend 101: CIRM Awards Prize to Poem Equating ESCR With Words of Jesus at the Last Supper

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Hubris and arrogance have no limits for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine — as I have often shown. But utter cluelessness? Anyway, here’s the story: To promote stem cell awareness, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine held a poetry contest. One of the two […]

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CIRM to Californians: Mind Your Own Business About How We Spend Your Borrowed Money

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The arrogance and hubris of the California Institute of California Medicine has grown — one would not have thought it possible — even more pronounced. We Californians, who are borrowing to pay for their high salaries and other fat cat ways, even though California has […]

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