Category Archives: Politics

Your Health and Big Pharma

I don’t much trust the drug companies (or the medical establishment for that matter) and I take no prescription drugs. I’m especially suspicious of drugs that are advertised on TV.
I eat right, get exercise, and I trust my body to know what it needs and to use it’s built-in mechanisms to stay well. I make occasional exceptions after I’ve exhausted all other approaches and I’ve done my research. The last one was 4 years ago when I took antibiotics and anti fungal meds to deal with a severe digestion problem.

Everyone ought to read the new book, Do You Really Need That Pill?: How to Avoid Side Effects, Interactions, and Other Dangers of Overmedication by Jennifer Jacobs, MD. I happen to know her personally, as she is one of my bridge friends.

And watch this 60 Minutes expose on how drug companies and their minions in government put profits ahead of the public’s health and welfare: Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress.

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Europe moves to protect your data… or does it?

The European Union has recently passed something called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The full implications of this are still unclear. Will it protect people from spam and abusive treatment by corporate behemoths, or will it impede the free flow of peer-to-peer communications?

The cynic in me is inclined to suspect that the regulation may be intentionally designed to destroy the greatest threat to centralized control, our ability to communicate with, and inform, one another without being driven through the filters of the propaganda machine that is so ably served by the mainstream media.

Here below is the English translation of a message I received from a correspondent in Germany, which illustrates the chilling effect the GDPR will have on peer-to-peer communications.

This is my last newsletter.
The new EU General Data Protection Regulation will apply from 25.5. and forbids me to email you my newsletter as usual in the future.
The European Parliament wants to protect us – against data abuse, against loss of privacy. A well-intentioned bureaucratic attempt to save the freedom of European citizens. The opposite of “good” is mostly “well meant”.
With the threat of absurdly high fines I face an opaque jungle of prohibitions and regulations. The lifetime is too precious to me to deal intensively with the question: May I and if so, how legal it would be to send a newsletter to 3,000 customers, friends and cooperation partners?
If there were not so many state interventions in our most intimate private lives at the same time – surveillance cameras in every public area, data collections and evaluations, small and large eavesdropping attacks – I would be happy to receive so much political care. In context, I feel this law as a bumbling, hypocritical harassment. An attack on the biggest capital of individual entrepreneurs and artists: Our network of relationships.
I’m tired of being a one-person entrepreneur by the legislature constantly equal to a group – and thus discriminated against – I’m fed up with unnecessary, bureaucratic stupidities, I’m sick of wasting my valuable, limited life with pointless administrative clutter. I prefer to focus on my clients, work, family, friends and art.
Relevant information you will find in the future on my two homepages, please take care of it yourself.

[Signature and personal information omitted]

Happy about old-fashioned calls, paper letters, e-mails, meetings at the Heuriger and in the coffee house.

See you soon in the woods!

 

Why America isn’t the greatest country in the world anymore.

This opening scene of HBO’s “The Newsroom” is more than plain entertainment. It’s time we faced up to the facts, put aside petty politics, and started to work together to make America great again

What’s wrong with the American health care system?

This video, Why Are American Health Care Costs So High? goes a long way toward answering that question.

Alec Baldwin is brilliant in this SNL sketch

911-Need we look again?

This video by David Hooper is the best document I have seen about the events that resulted in the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York on 9-11-2001.

Methodically raising the obvious questions, presenting numerous testimonies, and examining plausible explanations, this video will keep you riveted as much as the best mystery thrillers, and probably lead you, as it did me, to consider the unthinkable about what really happened on that fateful day.

ANATOMY OF A GREAT DECEPTION (New and Updated Sept 2014).

Jon Stewart’s bodacios commentary on US policy on ISIL and the Middle East

Jon Stewart is always good for a few laughs. Like court jesters of old, he has a delightful way of critiquing the actions of the power structure. Watch this: