Thursday, February 18, 2016

BigPharma and more deception

I have ranted about BigPharma and the lack of ethical grounding in the direct-to-consumer advertising. That part of the health care industry spends about $5 billion a year on convincing consumers to pester their doctors for the “latest and greatest” drugs, some of which are not only less effective but also less safe than the old and cheaper pharmaceuticals. The negative effect of permitting DTC advertising has finally triggered the American Medical Association’s ire, with a recent statement condemning the practice.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Super Bowl 50 - Was it a real contest?

Oh, yes, I am going to be quite the curmudgeon about the Super Bowl. And not because of the outcome of the game. I didn’t have a horse or cat in that fight. No, my beef is with the entire spectacle and the corporatist bread and circuses nature of the event.

First, I have to ask if this is a real football game because it is played with a different set of rules. The 40-second play clock at the Super Bowl is even more irrelevant than during the normal season. Why?