Medicynical Note: Just another couple of days of murder and mayhem in the once civil, once United …… States of America. We are unique and are number 1 in the industrialized world in gun deaths, mass shootings, accidental shootings, school shootings, gun homicides, suicide gun deaths, police shootings, police getting shot, and in the number of guns/capita. We are the world leader.
“Before she went from the U.S. House of Representatives to the U.S. Senate, Sinema was party to an early effort by the banks to undo the provisions of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that was passed in the wake of the 2007-2008 financial crisis.”
She also voted for the Trump loosening of the Dodd-Frank banking regulations in 2018. “After Trump became president, Sinema and a majority of the House Financial Services Committee supported the far more extensive Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act of 2018. Sinema sponsored unrelated accompanying measures protecting children from identity theft and seniors from scammers. The immediate effect was to divert attention from the bill’s ultimate intention, which was to let the banks do whatever they want.”
So after voting for the deregulation of the industry and encouraging bankers to take more risk she’s back. Wondering what happened.
Medicynical Note: We’re watching the slow disintegration of democracy.
A Supreme Court that is supremely unconcerned about voting rights; that appears to support a state religion; that wants to reinstitute the laws of 1776 rather than adjust to the 21st century.
An octogenarian president who, while in my view is an upgrade from the last guy, wants re-election. Someone in their mid 80’s leading the country? Not a good idea.
We also have a House of Representatives led by (third in line for the presidency) a hapless compromised speaker who sold his soul to the most radical conservative faction of his party and who supported the Jan. 6 attempt to overthrow the election.
And now a self proclaimed independent, one of the prime movers to deregulate banking , wonders what caused two banks to fail over the weekend and wants accountability. With such a feckless leadership what could possibly go …………right?
A Turkish city is the new poster child for regulation. In one town thousands died. In the other no-one died. Care to guess which was which?
Medicynical note: Libertarians/most republicans posit that regulation is un-necessary. People and businesses under the pressure of competition will automatically do the right thing. In this case in many places in Turkey, builders and their customers opted to not follow common sense building regulations to maximize profits and in the case of their customers “save” money.
The result was monstrous. In areas where building regulations were NOT followed thousands died…..in the few areas where they were strictly applied few people died.
There is a message here for those who are interested. Most regulation are there for a reason.
It’s bad enough that a minor cable network picked up the moneygrubbing LIV tour without ESPN touting it as a “good” sign. It’s a terrible confirmation what we already knew.
Morality? Right and wrong? Ethics? They’re for suckers. It’s the money stupid.
Medicynical Note: A devil inspired murderousmedievalmisogynist, theocratic monarchy is buying it’s way into the public consciousness. Buying businesses, athletes, sports franchises, properties and souls.
Government censorship to suppress historic fact is reminiscent of the German movement in the 30’s to disenfranchise and later murder an entire categories of people— whether the brutal murderous suppression of the Roma or the Jews the outcome was the same.
We, in the once United States, are having a kind of nervous breakdown moment. It’s a fact that slavery occurred for hundreds of years in our country. It’s a fact that all manner of atrocities occurred under slavery. This was not limited to the south but the bulk of the horror occurred there and indeed a bloody war was fought between states on this issue. And yes formalized legal segregation of the races also occurred. An it’s a fact that racism is still quite evident in our culture today.
So maybe it’s not surprising that the Florida governor, the grandchild of Italian immigrants, is moving, with the support of the Florida Republican Party, to erase the well documented history of slavery and segregation from schools in his state. He doesn’t want it taught there.
Medicynical Note: For hundreds of years in parts of our country, the so-called land of the “free,” blacks were slaves, couldn’t own land, weren’t allowed into certain shops, had to sit in the back of the bus; and were limited to separate and unequal educational opportunity; etc, etc, etc. Hundreds of years without freedom, hundreds of years not being educated and hundreds of years of insecurity and poverty.
Republicans at one time had a proud history of opposing slavery (Lincoln) and supporting the anti-segregation civil rights legislation in the 60’s. That all changed in the late 60’s under the leadership of Nixon. The Repubs jumped ship and using a “southern strategy” suddenly like magic declared, after 300 or so years of racism, segregation and white preference, that any attempt to balance the scales was “discrimination” against whites. How timely and politically opportunist.The south has been solidly republican since that time.
And now, Florida is moving to stop teaching the facts of slavery and racism in our history. The movement sadly is not limited Florida.It’s white America in denial returning to it’s “originalist’s” racism.
George Santos is an incompetent liar. He is literally unemployable. So what does it mean when he is elected to the U.S. Congress, a body in which he is not the only or first lying incompetent? What does it say about our electorate that we elect liars and tolerate their incompetency?
This is not a political appointee who happens to be a simpleton like Chance in the Peter Sellers film Being There. No this is a full blown representative who votes on legislation, who was appointed to committees and who appears to be a full blown if not respected member of a very conservative republican caucus. What does this say about conservative America?
Medicynical Note: Nothing this man says can be accepted as fact without careful confirmation. But maybe that is the state of American politics today. After all we survived, barely, Donald Trump’s 30,000+ lies over 4 years during his tenure in office……and he is running again.
What does it all say about the state of the so-called Union?
Cancer drug pricing started, as I recall, to accelerate in the 90’s with the advent of Taxol (paclitaxel). This drug used mainly for breast cancer was priced at what now seems a “reasonable” $1000 for a dose. Prior to this “advance” the maximum cost for a drug was in the range of a few hundred dollars.
With better understanding of DNA and the genetic basis of cancer “targeted therapies arrived on the scene and prices rapidly spiraled. The first of targeted treatments, i.e. those that block a genetic defect, was Imatinib (Gleevac). A revolutionary advance, it was initially priced at between $26,000-and $40,000 (I recall the latter) for a year of treatment. A very big escalation. Now, FYI, that very same drug is sold at about 5 times the initial high price, $120,000 per year.
What’s amazing is that our so-called healthcare system paid up. Since then costs have spiraled. And todays example is just one of the extreme ultra-high priced medical “advances.”
“Approved by the FDA in January 2022 as the “first and only” treatment for metastatic uveal melanoma, Kimmtrak has kept his tumors stable, according to Davis. His oncologist told him he should stay on the drug “until it stops working.” Its manufacturer markets the drug’s power to deliver “6-month improvement in median overall survival.””
Medicynical Note: In cancer therapy the drug prices only partially reflect the actual cost of development. Companies price medication to maximize profits not to assure affordability or access. They consider the frequency of the disease as well as what any other drug for that disease will cost. When there is no other “effective” drug and the disease is severe and rare, the sky’s the limit.
The question remains who can afford it? How much can we afford to pay for 6 months of survival? Can insurers absorb the costs or is this the proverbial bridge too far?
“PEN America found that 176 titles had already been banned, including at least one Berenstain Bears book; biographies of Henry Aaron, Harriet Tubman, Celia Cruz, Rosa Parks, and Malala; a preponderance of books about non-white children and families; as well as those dealing with sexual themes. Weirdly, many focus on stories centered around ethnic foods: Dim Sum, Dim Sum For Everyone!, Dumpling Soup, and Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story are all verboten in Duval.”
Medicynical Note: Both the Nazis’ and DeSantis’ goal is cultural genocide and marginalization of groups of citizens of different cultural origins, political and religious beliefs. DeSantis is just getting started but we all know all too well where the Nazi efforts led. America is on the cusp and the 2024 election will be very important.
I’m not a golfer and could care less whether LIV golf is successful. But I do think we should understand the motivation of the Saudi government sponsor. In the case of LIV, the Saudis are paying hundreds of millions of dollars to buy, I’m told, top golfers and to sponsor golf tournaments. Yes, the same government involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Turkey is bringing us LIV. (a bit ironic to say the least)
“Saudi officials said the journalist was killed in a “rogue operation” by a team of agents sent to persuade him to return to the kingdom, while Turkish officials said the agents acted on orders from the highest levels of the Saudi government.”
Now, just a few years later the oil-wealthy Saudi’s are attempting to distract the world from it’s past by sponsoring sports events, and golf is not their only target.
“Saudi Arabia has proved to be an alluring hub for sports events over the past few years, having signed a 10-year, $650m deal for a Formula One motor racing event, having invested millions in a Saudi International golf event, and hosted some of the biggest boxing showdowns in recent memory. The kingdom has also hired the Boston Consulting Group to help lobby its interest in hosting a World Cup event in the not-so-distant future.”
Medicynical Note: it’s depressing. Sports icons such as Messi and Ronaldo and the prominent golf pros sell themselves and participate in events sponsored by an amoral and murderous regime. We watch and participate. We think nothing of going to the World Cup in Russia or Qatar. If we have no conscience we might even watch an obscure LIV golf event. We watch as the icons of world sport sell themselvesand while they’re playing, people die.