The money spent on pharmaceutical company advertising is paid to the media outlets that put out their ads. This puts an enormous amount of pressure on medical journals, television stations, and magazines who print drug company ads to keep a valuable source of revenue happy. How could they print an article about the possible benefits of eating apples for acid reflux next to a full-page ad for Prilosec? From a business perspective, this does not make sense. The media has to find a medium between the wants and needs of their advertisers, and the wants and needs of the public.
Aside from the financial impact and subsequent pharmaceutical company influence on the media, there is the issue of interlocking directorate. This is a normal business practice in which a board member of one company also sits on the board of directors of another company, therefore, interlocking the interests of the two companies. According to an article written by Kate Murphy of FAIR (August 2009), “Single-Payer and Interlocking Directorates: The Corporate Ties Between Insurers and Media Companies,” of the nine major media companies, six share a member on their board of directors with at least one pharmaceutical company board.
Last week, we wrote about the fact that the U.S. government doesn’t track how many people are killed by the police. The FBI tracks “justifiable” police homicides, which it reports to be about 400 p…
ENERGY53: IT’S MUCH WORSE THAN WHAT IS BEING OFFICIALLY REPORTED. JUST ANOTHER CASE WHERE THE FBI’S FACTS AREN’T THE REAL FACTS.
Libertarianism is a philosophy of might makes right. The natural philosophy for the age of neoliberalism, as well demonstrated by the Koch brothers, but also, it would appear, a justification for the ugliest elements of United States history.
When libertarian leaders talk about “freedom,” what is really meant is freedom for the holders of capital to pursue profit maximization without limits. The cult of the market is a logical expression of the extreme individualism embodied in libertarianism.
One of the most influential articulators of that was Friedrich Hayek. The Austrian School economist asserted that solidarity, benevolence and a desire to work for the betterment of one’s community are “primitive instincts” and that human civilization consists of a long struggle against those ideals. “The discipline of the market” is the provider of civilization and progress, he wrote.
Thus, unregulated capitalism is “civilization” and anything else is a product of “primitive” group instincts that have survived from our prehistoric hunter/gatherer ancestors in the Hayekian worldview.
From these ideas, it is a small step to the concepts of “money equals speech” and “corporations are people” promulgated by the U.S. Supreme Court. This is an extension of “shareholder rights” to the political sphere — the more you own, the more say you have. A form of conquest and domination for the age of financialization.
If there is no community, no common interest, then why can’t someone, anyone, take whatever they want from the less strong? Give Ayn Rand credit for one thing: She stripped away all the accretions of individualist verbiage, all the rarefied theory of orthodox economics, and enunciated with unusual clarity what lies at the core of capitalist triumphalism. It hasn’t served the world very well.
can this be shown like at the beginning and ending of commercial breaks or something? just, often and endlessly repeated.
I can’t stress how important this is and how religions or ideas should not justify taking away basic human rights
Farmers reap the benefits of ‘pee-cycling’
In Vermont, 170 volunteers are donating their urine to a pilot program that replaces synthetic fertilizers with human waste.I’m a big proponent of using pee in my organic garden. This is one of those times where I really wish I had a penis. It’s a pain for ladies to collect the goods. Too many accidents. The Hubs was not too thrilled about the idea. The part about about me getting a penis, so he happily contributes his share instead. #tmi? #sorrynotsorry
I am thinking an outdoor toilet is a good solution in the short term, but it would be interesting to see some technological solutions for doing this on a large scale.
Urine is almost sterile, until it comes into contact with the urethra, so if you are worried about human pathogens / contamination, it can be added to thermal compost (complete pathogen destruction is guaranteed by arriving at a temperature of 62 °C (144 °F) for one hour, 50 °C (122 °F) for one day, 46 °C (115 °F) for one week or 43 °C (109 °F) for one month). Otherwise, you can use a diluted solution (5 parts water or more to one part urine) on trees, shrubs, or non-edible crops. The only caveat is that I wouldn’t recommend this method for anyone taking prescriptions/hormones, as many of those are bioaccumulative.
Urine has a 15-1-2 NPK ratio, and is thus a superior source of nitrogen and a good source of the oft-overlooked phosphorous: phosphorous depletion in agricultural soils is a huge problem, and phosphorous is vital because it helps with the development of healthy roots and shoots!