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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Tobacco

- This episode is destined to be a classic!

Wile E. Coyote, Supergenius

- This is like those stories of winning the lottery and then the person having their life implode right after. Except in this case they find Jayzus and it's everybody else that suffers......

Are Your Medications Safe?

Are Your Medications Safe?
The FDA buries evidence of fraud in medical trials. My students and I dug it up.

By Charles Seife

Agents of the Food and Drug Administration know better than anyone else just how bad scientific misbehavior can get. Reading the FDA’s inspection files feels almost like watching a highlights reel from a Scientists Gone Wild video. It’s a seemingly endless stream of lurid vignettes—each of which catches a medical researcher in an unguarded moment, succumbing to the temptation to do things he knows he really shouldn’t be doing. Faked X-ray reports. Forged retinal scans. Phony lab tests. Secretly amputated limbs. All done in the name of science when researchers thought that nobody was watching.

That misconduct happens isn’t shocking. What is: When the FDA finds scientific fraud or misconduct, the agency doesn’t notify the public, the medical establishment, or even the scientific community that the results of a medical experiment are not to be trusted. On the contrary. For more than a decade, the FDA has shown a pattern of burying the details of misconduct. As a result, nobody ever finds out which data is bogus, which experiments are tainted, and which drugs might be on the market under false pretenses.

The FDA has repeatedly hidden evidence of scientific fraud not just from the public, but also from its most trusted scientific advisers, even as they were deciding whether or not a new drug should be allowed on the market. Even a congressional panel investigating a case of fraud regarding a dangerous drug couldn't get forthright answers. For an agency devoted to protecting the public from bogus medical science, the FDA seems to be spending an awful lot of effort protecting the perpetrators of bogus science from the public.

Much of my research has to do with follies, foibles, and fraud in science, and I knew that the FDA wasn’t exactly bending over backward to correct the scientific record when its inspectors found problems during clinical trials. So as part of my investigative reporting class at New York University, my students and I set out to find out just how bad the problem was—and how much important information the FDA was keeping under wraps.


Thanks to my Anonymous Heart Donor(s)

- From the bottom of mine!

Kerry: US may lift Russia sanctions if Minsk agreements enacted

- Great news. A ''ceasefire.'' Nothing pisses weapons manufacturers and the morally-deficient bankers who fund them, more than that single word. Meanwhile, ''our allies'' in the Ukrainian parliament are in need of a peace plan themselves.

Or at least a referee......


Thom Hartmann- Q: ''What's More Dangerous Than Fukushima?''

DeSwiss- A: ''Congress''

Min. Katrougalos: ''Greece was negotiating as 'debt colony’ until now, we don’t want a new loan''

Finally, someone whose mind is straight. It's the physical attributes, the resources, the skills, the technology that has the value. Not the money. The money is like inches, a way of measuring something.

- Only we have a set of people (1%ers) who have screwed with the tape. And their inches are longer than anyone else's inches. Way longer.


Russia to build Egypt’s first nuclear plant, help in ‘whole new industry’

- You've heard of Gunboat Diplomacy? Well, this is Nuclear Reactor Diplomacy. Same school of thought, different class altogether.

With Nuclear Reactor Diplomacy peace is achieved, but everyone dies anyway.......

The Daily Show - An Egyptian Satirist in America

- And of course there's the formal black and white collar for state occasions and official ceremonies.....

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Marketing to Doctors (HBO)

- The ''Your Doctor's On Pharma Dollars'' ad should be required to play on all media devices in every doctor's office, clinic and hospital throughout the country.

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