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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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Only Pat Robertson -- and his Flock -- Would Denigrate Robin Williams

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This is so far past Ick that new adjectives need forming and disseminating.

But then again, Pat Robertson's middle name is Ick.

Robertson brings it back to liberal sin and excess every time, but targeting the revered and only recently passed Robin Williams was a Christian Slime move of the first water.

Don't you just want to move next-door to that?

Here are a couple of Robertson doozies:

'There is no such thing as separation of church and state in the Constitution. It is a lie of the Left and we are not going to take it anymore.'

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'The flooding of New Orleans is a sign that God is tired of seeing his creation mocked by the Mardi Gras and its perverted display of debauchery and exposed breasts.'

Robertson has a catalogue of incidents (or perhaps a roomful of binders) that should have had him certified years and years and years and years and years ago. He's stuck somewhere between 1776 and 1945.

Sad, really … until you think about how many millions (perhaps billions) Robertson and his ilk of Ick have put the tithing squeeze on their subscribers/bank-roll/churchgoers to attain.

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Joan Rivers in stable condition, stops breathing during throat procedure

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UPDATE: On a personal note, I am appalled at the tweets I'm getting mocking Joan Rivers' condition and wishing her dead because they were offended by her humor re: Gaza. Or because of her serial cosmetic surgery.

If you disagree with someone, no problem. Hate them even. But to respond to her health crisis with tasteless jokes and vicious comments? Grow up and show some respect and common decency. She's a human being who is suffering right now. Her family is going through a real scare.

I'm being called an "apologist" for feeling this way. Show me where I apologized for anything or anyone. I am calling for civility, not agreement. That's pretty obvious to anyone with the ability to read my words and process them.

Nothing justifies responding to a comedian's jokes, even tasteless ones-- or her physical appearance-- with insensitive, nasty, infantile bile that celebrate her pain and even possible demise. Nothing.

UPDATE: MSNBC calls her condition "stable but critical," mainly due to her age. They're still calling her "stable," and sound very optimistic.

Joan Rivers, 81, was reported to be in critical condition.But now HollywoodLife.com is updating:

UPDATE: E!’s Ken Baker announced on Live From E! that Joan is in stable condition.

Via People:

Joan Rivers has been rushed to the hospital after she stopped breathing during surgery on Thursday.

Rivers, 81, was at a New York City clinic for a throat procedure on her vocal cords when the complications occurred, reports TMZ.

NBC adds more, including an overview of her amazing career. She works constantly, including a reality show and regular stints on the Emmys and QVC.

In interviews throughout the last decade, Rivers said she had no intention of slowing down. 

"I'll only stop the day I die," she told the Las Vegas Sun in 2007

Not yet, please. Thinking all good thoughts.

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Pastor Huckabee Goes Medieval on Obama and his minions.

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The good preacher, Mike Huckabee, is such a disappointment.

He was practicing for the next big opportunity.

So here it is, the week Fvx Nation went Biblical. August 24, 2014. Waders on, folks. Might even need a slicker.

Or the Super Squirrel.

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Off to the swamp.

"Feral", said Huckabee of his targets, " "It's a cancer." … "an Existential crisis" [Is it just me to be wowed that he knew what an Existential Crisis was, never mind how to use it in the rant and rave … This GOP.Tea is even weirding itself out.

Just two days ago Huckabee was bloviating on Ferguson and other incidences of inanity going on out there.

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Fvx Nation's Pastor, the goodly (SO not), former Governor of Arkansas expounded on the bucket loader of sins of President Obama. Dude can do more than play the guitar and eat fried squirrel.

Missed his calling as a P.R. guy. Mad Men Era.

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