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Ralph Nader Weighs In on Big Pharma Run Amok

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Here's just #one more way we are  getting  screwed as a consumer.  Or a client - or both.

Big Pharma.

Just last the pizza party for  week, my Part B highway robbers wanted $285 for 30 days of my pancreatic enzymes … so I had the hubs return it pronto.

You have to draw the line somewhere.

 

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Ralph Nader wrote the following, in a blistering rail at the Big Pharma that he's been chasing for decades.

The pharmaceutical industry spends far more on marketing and advertising to physicians and patients than what it spends on research and development. More drug industry funds go to influencing politicians to prevent the implementation of price restraints on its staggering markups.

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We'll never forget Nader's role in 2000, but he is a passionate, progressive voice that can still be informed about and aware -- but you can't fault Nader and his fervor for liberals.

It is remarkable what very profitable drug companies—as they merge into fewer giant multinationals—continue to get away with by way of crony capitalism. Despite frequent exposure of misdeeds, the army of drug company lobbyists in Washington continues to gain political influence and rake in corporate welfare at the expense of taxpayers. The drug industry goes beyond crony capitalism when it then charges Americans the highest drug prices in the world.

 

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Thursday Nosh!

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Given the #WeekendCocktailMoment, figured out a nosh nod we and a lot of stats out there on the importance of diet and nutrients.

Kabobs are always a hit of a party, and this version looks to follow in those footsteps.

Ingredients

3 (8-oz.) blocks mozzarella cheese
1 (8.5-oz.) jar sun-dried tomatoes, drained and halved
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Garnish: flat-leaf parsley sprigs or fresh rosemary stems

 

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Preparation

1. Cut blocks of cheese into 1-inch cubes. Arrange cheese cubes and tomato halves in an 8-inch square baking dish.
2. Whisk together 1/2 cup olive oil, chopped parsley, and next 6 ingredients; pour evenly over cheese cubes. Cover and chill at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours. Transfer mixture to a serving plate. Garnish with fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs, or spear tomato halves and cheese cubes with short rosemary stems, if desired. Drizzle with marinade, if desired.

 

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Crowdpac, the Latest Way to Digitally Match Donor and Politician

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Just in time for the 2014 mid-terms, Crowdpac was invented to help the voter filter and find candidates they are in ideological and practical political harmony.

One of the Crowdpac co-founders was on The Daily Rundown on MSNBC, and had some fascinating insights to the new online resource to share with a soon-departing Chuck Todd.

Seems like a political version of Match dot com. You plug in your beliefs and the specifics of your politics and peccadillos … in the wake of Citizens United and other SCROTUS insults to the American voter.

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What Man in His Right Mind Wants Four More Wives?

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Of course, it's a question best posed for Orthodox Utah.

It's a great article, at Addicting Info, catch it all here, but these excerpts are a little scary. The Church of the Latter Day Saint$ has a whole lotta' growing up to do before they are truly inclusive.

Utah’s attorney general said Wednesday he was considering an appeal of a U.S. federal judge’s ruling that declared part of Utah’s bigamy law unconstitutional and which sided with the star of reality television show “Sister Wives” and his four wives.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes’ office said in a statement that attorneys were reviewing the ruling and could file an appeal in coming weeks.

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Now I followed Big Love rather religiously when it ran through HBO the first time, and as much crazy that went on on that program, truth is always stranger than fiction. Hands down.

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups on Wednesday finalized a December ruling that struck down a section of the law that bars consenting adults from living together in a romantic arrangement and criminalizes their intimate sexual relationships.

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And could you imagine the alimony figures? The Mormons are a 'plainer' people historically, but I think I'd wager that the Roman Catholic Church could go toe to toe for assets.

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