Category Archives: General Cynicism

The Disease of denial

“For decades now, Republican politicians and their patrons in the fossil fuel industry have used thinktanks, front groups and public relations operatives to promote faulty science and perpetuate the myth that the climate crisis is a hoax. This campaign of climate deception, which is elegantly documented in books like Merchants of Doubt, has exacted a huge toll on the planet and its people – it has sabotaged domestic and international efforts to combat greenhouse gas pollution and exacerbated a crisis that is acidifying oceans, melting polar ice caps, supercharging storms and making the Earth less hospitable to human and animal life. We have a name for the purveyors of this deceitful campaign: we call them “climate deniers”.”

“Now, it appears, prominent Republican officials and their industry benefactors are using the same bankrupt strategy to sow doubt about the wildlife extinction crisis that threatens the continued existence of as many as one million species across the globe. The Republican elites are not just climate deniers – they are extinction deniers too.”

Medicynical note: Ultimately it’s all about short term monetary gain. Everything.

Deaths in U.S. Concentration Camps– it’s really happening.

No children had died in federal immigration custody for a decade—until the Trump administration.

Medicynical note: What else would you call them…….without using a euphemism?

Trump and Putin pledge to work together in the future

Co-conspirators have a laugh together. A real president would have publicly renounced the Russian attack on our elections and taken steps to prevent this from recurring.

Medicynical note: Trump of course has to tred carefully if he wants Putin’s future support and a hotel deal in Moscow. Business comes first with this president. National security and integrity are really not his primary concerns.

Great Moments in American Medicine: Snake Bite $142,000

Overcharging is the rule in the U.S.

The average list price for CroFab is $3,198 per vial, according to the health care information tech company Connecture. Manufacturing costs, product improvements and research all factor into the drug’s price, said Chris Sampson, spokesman for BTG. ”

“A Mexican version of snake antivenin can cost roughly $200. But it couldn’t be sold in the U.S. (More about that in a moment.)”

And

“In Oakley’s case, St. Vincent Evansville hospital charged $16,989.25 for each unit of CroFab, according to the facility’s bill. That’s more than five times higher than the average list price.”

“WellRithms analyzed Oakley’s bill from St. Vincent Evansville at Kaiser Health News’ request and found providers generally accept $16,159.70 for all four vials of the drug.”

Read the article for more.

Medicynical note: The U.S. overcharging for healthcare services seems to be more the rule rather than the exception, particularly for those in life threatening situations. If the patient is insured they will most often get a significant discount rate that cuts the bill dramatically. Ironically if a person has no insurance, hospitals and other providers bill the full amount…… to the most vulnerable patients

Saudi Fundamentalist Sect Responsible for Sri Lanka Terrorist Attack?

When the Wahhabis came, with their austere ideology and abundant coffers, the town of Kattankudy yielded fertile ground.

“In this part of Sri Lanka, faith was often the sole sustaining force during the civil war that raged for nearly three decades. Wahhabism — a hard-line strain of Islam blamed for breeding militancy  proposed a direct path to God, albeit one that aimed to return the religion to the time of the Prophet Muhammad.”

And:

“But the advent of Wahhabism, with its isolating dogma, has also shaken this multifaith island where minority Muslims have traditionally practiced a more inclusive faith. Birthed in Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism’s stern intolerance denigrates not only those who don’t believe in Islam but other Muslim sects as well.”

“While Saudi Arabia insists the faith does not call for violence, critics have long blamed the kingdom’s mass export of its austere creed for fueling extremism and terrorism abroad. Al Qaeda’s leader, Osama bin Laden, and most of the hijackers in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were from Saudi Arabia, and the Islamic State used Saudi religious textbooks inside its self-styled caliphate in Syria and Iraq.”

Medicynical Note: And somehow this Sunni sect with strong Saudi government ties does not catch the Trump administration’s attention. Saudi Arabia the sponsor of this group receives US military aid, aid to develop nuclear reactors and the personal support of clueless President and his family connections……as well as the Israelis. Something wrong here.

American Justice? Assange vs Mohammed bin Salman

Assange taken from Embassy.

Medicynical note: Interesting contrast. For Assange, an extradition request from the US for the crime of publishing secret material which was probably illegally obtained came immediately after removal from Ecuadorian embassy.

Meanwhile, bin Salman who ordered the assassination of a US resident journalist working for the Washington Post and openly tortures his own citizens for seeking their basic rights is viewed as a friend by Trump and Pence.

I don’t doubt that Assange deserves careful scrutiny for several issues. But I’m absolutely certain that overlooking bin Salman’s murderous actions is a crime

Fiat-Chrysler Games the System

Rather than build fuel efficient cars FiatChrysler decides to cheat.

“Environmental regulations can create strange bedfellows, it seems. The Financial Times has learned that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay Tesla hundreds of millions of euros (specific numbers aren’t available) to pool the EV brand’s cars with its own fleet and avoid fines for violating stricter EU emissions rules in 2020. The move should help FCA meet the EU’s CO2 emissions target of 95g per kilometer by lowering its average from a higher-than-usual 123g. Fiat Chrysler has been relatively slow to adopt electric and hybrid cars — this buys it time to catch up without having to take many (if any) radical steps.”

Medicynical note: Gaming the system. Sad but apparently true, manipulating regulation is one key to success in capitalism. Ask Boeing, or big Pharma (here and here and here).

Meh. So a few people here and there die. As long as revenue grows what’s the big deal.