And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Linkee-poo, let it rock, let it roll, let the bible belt come and save my soul

I'll have a lot to say about the pharmaceutical business in a little bit, but "At some hospitals, posters on the wall in the emergency department list the drugs that are in short supply or unavailable, along with recommended alternatives." One of those drugs? Saline solution. Salt water. Sure, it has to be sterile, but damn, saline solution. If you think it's a joke about how much bottled water costs compared to gasoline, yeah, you don't want to know how much saline costs. If I would stop all this other stuff and go into business it would be to make sterile saline. "Changing the economics of these drugs could help, said George Washington's Pines, noting that profit margins are thin and there's not a lot of extra capacity in the system if one manufacturer stops producing a drug." He's right about the second part, but I call bullshit on the thin profit margins line. This is just big pharma colluding to drive up prices.

Time lists their fifty most influential gadgets (majority digital incarnations, but oddly they don't include micro-transistors). (Grokked from Dan)

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US. Unfortunately we really don't track those things.

Water has memory. Okay. The world is stranger than you think. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)

"A biotech company in the US has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who have been declared clinically dead from a traumatic brain injury, to test whether parts of their central nervous system can be brought back to life." What could possibly go wrong? (Grokked from Dan)

The George W Bush initiative to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa was actually quite successful. Except for the third of the billions we spent that was earmarked for abstinence only education. That part pretty much tanked. Just like it did in the US.

And then there was one. We're living in an Agatha Christie world. Or the GOP race was just the most open form of Highlander competition.

Well, the Trumpster saying things doesn't make the world more dangerous… except brownshirts always make the world more dangerous. Oh, and dear police officer who said the woman was within her 1st Amendment Rights with what she said, let me call bullshit on you. Hate speech is not protected speech.

In other Trumpster news, conservatives figure out Fox News isn't really a news site after all.

What I really love is all the talk about "real conservatives." Dear GOP, Donald Trump is appealing to all those who for the last 4 elections have been screaming for "a real conservative who will fight for our values." It's just you thought you knew what those values were, but they weren't those of your base.

Tweet of my heart: @TheWeirdWorld Depression is like when your mind and heart stop loving each other but still eat at the same dinner table together.

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