Over the past few months, many of us have heard of the abuses surrounding Martin Shkreli (who is in the news again after a judge set a 2017 trial date for his securities fraud case) and separately, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, which was recently under fire for drug price increases. What we haven’t heard is that these sensationalized cases are truly insignificant when compared with the enormity of the problem facing America. Only a few years ago, specialty drugs composed a reasonable-sounding 10% of our overall drug spending. Last year, it bloated to 38%, and by 2018 it will be an astounding 50%, which is an increase of $70 million … a day.
The reason we pay many multiples more than other countries for the same drug is because we have a rigged system in which America is the only globally unregulated market. Worse, we have actually created laws to protect large healthcare monopolies.
So, we as Americans have the worst of all worlds: neither a single payer system with explicit price controls nor a free and fair market.Consider the hepatitis C drug Harvoni, which sells for about $95,000 in the U.S. for the required 12-week course. The same therapy costs less than $1,000 in India, for products that are officially licensed by Gilead, the manufacturer of Harvoni.
“The extortion model is here to stay,” Kaspersky says in its report. “Mobile ransomware emerged as a follow-up to PC ransomware, and it is likely that it will be followed up with malware targeting devices that are very different from a PC or a smartphone. These could be connected devices: like smart watches, smart TVs, and other smart products including home and in-car entertainment systems. There are a few proof-of-concepts for some of these devices, and the appearance of actual malware targeting smart devices is only a question of time.”
By Steve Beckow, Golden Age of Gaia
Just as I was buttering my toast about an hour ago, a vasana (core issue) went off.
I don’t remember what I was thinking, but the thought came to me: “Nobody cares about me.” I was dramatizing at the moment, “hamming” it up the way my Mother and I used to enjoy doing.
But another part of me, more alert than my everyday consciousness, caught that thought and held it.
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By Alexa Erickson, Collective Evolution
While Republicans have long known who their presidential candidate will be, Democrats have been holding their breath for some time now.
Media outlets have been touting Hillary Clinton as the clear winner over opponent Bernie Sanders for quite some time, yet Sanders seemed to hold on tooth and nail, perhaps because of Clinton’s ongoing criminal investigation.
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My beautiful light…I know there have been many, many times where you wanted to sit down, head in hand, and say “I can’t do this anymore”. The amount of strength it took to drag yourself back to an upright position could have impressed a world class weight lifter. In those moments, it is My wish that you remember that it will not continue forever, there is always help (even if you have to ask for it) and you are always loved beyond measure! I have faith in you! All I ask is that you have faith in yourself. ~ Creator
According to Stacey Lawson, CEO of Ygrene Energy, the property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing program is poised for takeoff, and Ygrene is positioned to serve a large part of that market.The YgreneWorks PACE program allows residents to finance energy efficiency upgrades, solar systems and other renewable energy installations, and water conservation measures through their property tax bill.
Bill Clinton was a low-level CIA operative in the 1960s and Hillary Rodham a supporter of Barry Goldwater. During an NPR interview in 1996, Clinton told Scott Simon her political beliefs were “rooted in the conservatism that I was raised with” and added that she is “very proud that I was a Goldwater girl.” Clinton worked for the Goldwater campaign the same year the Civil Rights Act was passed. Goldwater opposed Section II of the Cvil Rights Act on public accommodations and Section VII on equal employment opportunity and was one of six Republicans in the Senate who voted against the legislation.
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– “…The tactics also echo those of the original scramble for Africa, with the U.K. government backing profit-hunting firms to the hilt…Historian and development expert Mark Curtis…argues that “British companies now control Africa’s key mineral resources, notably gold, platinum, diamonds, copper, oil, gas and coal.”
(Six Countries that Grew Filthy Rich from Enslaving Black People*)
Slavery transformed America and European nations into an economic superpowers. American alone stole over $100 trillion worth of forced labour. Here are 6 nations that got where they are today because of the work done by enslaved Africans.
New Colonial Carve-up of Africa? British firms vying for £1trn Natural Resources*
British government-supported firms are engaged in a piratical contest for African natural resources as part of a new colonialist “scramble for Africa,” a major new report claims.
Development NGO War On Want published its latest cutting report, titled ‘The New…
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