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Will the Establishment's Neoliberal Model of Drug Profiteering Finally Kill Us All?

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/03/09/will-establishments-neoliberal-model-drug-profiteering-finally-kill-us-all

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Editing Alert - the article link says Juan Cole - John Buell is the article’s author CD - editing error.

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It really is obvious to people everywhere else besides our land of human harvesting. (Do people pay as much for insulin anywhere else?) Charging for pandemic tests is utter madness. If folks are inconvenienced showing up for tests, we should pay them. For God’s sake, we really need to grasp the fundamental self-destructive insanity suffusing us. I hate discussions about popular sci-fi dystopias, but just watch the scaffolding mount. Now I feel trapped in someone’s shoddily-constructed dystopia.

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Hi Aleph_Null:
Didn’t America once pay for measles shots and polio shots for school kids— back in the 1950s? Maybe that was after world war 2, when people still had a sense of community. Maybe the government and the public got along better back then-----because a person can read Ernie Pyle books and get a sense of how different America was during that war. MAYBE—because the whole nation was involved and motivated by the war effort in WW 2----Maybe that made both the People and the Government see each other in a different light,. Maybe that was the last time there was any sense of a real relationship between a People and a government--------if so, how do you get that relationship back?

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FDR’s New Deal was an even greater unifying force than WWII, with that unity being strong until JFK was snuffed and Saint Ron ascending the throne in 1981 accelerating its demise.

The only way we will see “a reinvigorated public sector” is to restore all of FDR’s New Deal programs and regulations that have been dismantled in the name of “privatization” and “deregulation” during the past four plus decades.

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Our conventionally inviolable adoration of the “Greatest Generation” is not something I much subscribe to. In fact, it pains me. We USAmericans were maybe all on the same page, but… An uncle told me his life (as a WWII sailor) was saved by means of frying the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, because that ended the war in the Pacific theater. I never bought it, and I never stopped wondering about an uncle who could think that way.

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A cartoon on the duopoly:

~https://www.truthdig.com/cartoons/merging-demopublicans/

Pray for an outbreak of commons sense

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And that dropping of the two atomic bombs to send a message to Stalin’s USSR was responsible for:

  • The post bomb era of trauma for all generations.

  • The dropping of that iron curtain and nuclear proliferation.

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Hi Aleph_Null:
A lot of people were told that murdering the Japanese civilians would end the war.
Russia ( aka Soviet Union ) was supposed to go in and actually do it by fighting on land to end the war. That was what would have happened if not for the bombs. But—I guess that since the American military had them and they were 2 different bombs—they, along with the bomb builders just wanted to see how those bombs worked. I understand that there were some American soldiers jailed somewhere in Hiroshima, even though it was not a big military town--------but people always seem to like to see things go BOOM-------so along with Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the US people in jails died too.
Your relative was probably correct as those island wars were really vicious—he probably would have had his ship blown up----as the Japanese pilots I have read about , the Kamakazi ( aka Divine Wind) did a lot of deadly damage. That part of the war was where the writer Ernie Pyle died too. In the epilogue of his final book, the publisher had a picture of him lying dead and this was all said to occur when Mr. Pyle raised himself up and said , “Are you o.k. General?” And supposedly his head raised a little bit too high—and whack–a bullet in the head ended his life. If you’ve never read those old books of Ernie Pyle’s , you should, because that’s where you really see what the people of America were like in the 1940s and WW 2. .

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Two conclusions we can draw from this article:

  • Socialism recommends itself.

  • Biden’s proposed administration is a no-go for anyone with active brain cells.

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It’s all a way to get rid of the excess population that won’t be needed once we get all robotic and AI workers plus make one last huge profit. Says someone who now has to pay several hundred dollars for an EpiPen but slips over to Canada using the old rum-runner route. And someone who bought food for a friend so he could get his insulin. Sure hope the CPAC bunch exhibit signs of Covid-19 real soon. And the older members die off(which means Trump kicks the bucket)

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It’s 4 hours later, and the correction still hasn’t been made on the author of this piece, on the front page of CD. Very good article by John Buell.

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What we are seeing is the logical conclusion of the human experiment.
Just like water, oil, gas, corn, or any other commodity, humans are bought and sold every day. Like hapless cattle, we all seem to have a red tag on our ear, awaiting the fateful day when it’s our turn to be marched down the line to the slaughtering pen.
I often remind people of what Gore Vidal once said about the poor. “Everyone thinks that the rich look down upon the poor. Oh no, it’s much worse than that, for they don’t look upon them at all”

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the CDC’s been their own worst enemy for quite a few years now since Obama appointed that rat Frieden in charge of them and he promptly sent the agency scurrying off into the FDAs territory by arguing that damn near every public health/safety campaign is somehow an “epidemic”. The “opiate guidelines”, a fraud perpetrated by a small private group of shrinks called PROP, began the process of making political enemies on what was, ultimately, a political process that violated a handful of federal transparency laws and a ton of internal scientific guidelines at the CDC. And it’s been this way ever since.

The CDC has lost a lot of credibility the last half dozen years as a result. So now people are double-checking the CDCs claims like they never have before since the guidelines turned out to be a fraud.

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I would like to comment on the article’s point that BIG PHARMA is historically getting away with no, or little punishment, for what they commonly do. The drug in question I’ll hold up as an example is/was VIOXX and, was manufactured and marketed as an anti-inflammatory. The dead from that action have never been adaquately quantified, but the range is from 60K to over 100K, with many more ( 300K? ) suffering mild to severe chronic health issues.
In 2004 the settlement was $4.2 Billion dollars; however, AGs across the country settled ( class-action ) and all most folks got were medical bills and no T-shirts. No trip to Disneyland, either.
" I’m from the U.S. Dept. of Justice and your state’s AG Office. And, I’ m here to help myself to your money. Health issues and medical bills? Here’s 50 cents. I suggest you call someone who gives a fxxk. Good luck with that. "
The State interest, in the end, is self-preservation by any means necessary. If you have a problem with that I suggest you get your hands on a " burner " and, call someone that gives a fxxk.
As a VIOXX survivor I’m just sayin.

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Well, it seems to be targeting older folks and older folks with pre-existing health conditions. Maybe it is a culling…seriously, as has been said, public health has always been about protecting the public from disease. It’s ironic that vaccines that are 100% supported and recommended by state, local, and federal governments are juxtaposed to a debate about whether a doctor can prescribe a test to diagnose COVID-19. The public health hazard to the lives of all makes it incumbent upon the government that health care is funded with our TAXES! The workers fund the government (Public Health) through taxes; the government has an obligation to provide tests and treatment when there is a health emergency. Why are we asking? We must demand!

Hi Tom_Larsen:
Thank you for that information. : ) It was amazing how quickly the USA changed into only a fair weather friend to Russia. How much money and time and a better future has been lost because America wanted to be King of the World. In truth America is just sitting on an old cement wall and doesn’t realize that being Humpty Dumpty and heading for a great fall is no great future for this nation. : (

Hi Tom_Larsen:
My reading list is getting ever longer.–but that’s a good thing. Thank you. : )