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The Commodores - Lady(You Bring Me Up)

The Alan Parsons Project - Sirius/Eye In The Sky

Blackalicious - Swan Lake

The Police - Wrapped Around Your Finger

Kajagoogoo - Too Shy(Instrumental)

My 💓 felt thanks for the Amazing ❤️s as well!

I recall that somewhere between Old French and Middle English they came up with the word Courage. Based on what little grasp of it's etymology I have, I think courage most literally means the quality of "having heart".

Trough the fog of anonymity I consider DUers of all stripes my friends, and for those regular posters, there is not one whom I do not adore and esteem and I am truly thankful to get to share in your experiences.

But through my own experiences, whether mundane or amazing, I find that this community encourages me to grow, gives me heart, and I cannot thank you all enough for that.

Oh, and those who gave me hearts, thank you so so much! It feels so good!

Bobby Darin - Mack the Knife

Korn - Freak On A Leash

I need to get some links off my chest and offer it up.

I am so angry I cannot breath!




Democrats should take up Claire McCaskill's efforts to end subsidies for Big Pharma commercials


America's taxpayers subsidize pharmaceutical companies' advertising by about $6 billion a year, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill said this week and she's introduced a bill in Congress to end the subsidy.

Federal law allows companies that advertise to deduct some of those costs as an expense, reducing their tax liabilities.

That's where the subsidies occur, McCaskill said, telling reporters during a Thursday morning telephone conference call that her bill targets only the pharmaceutical industry not every business that claims the deduction.

"Other than New Zealand, we are the only country that allows direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs," she said. "We thought, rather than taking the step of outlawing prescription drug advertising, it would be better, at a minimum, just to take the step of not having taxpayers subsidize it."

Her bill is an outgrowth of ongoing studies she and other senators have been making of the pharmaceutical industry.

"One thing that has stuck out" in that research, McCaskill said, is "the world's 10 largest pharmaceutical firms for the last year that we have complete data were spending, in some instances, twice as much on sales and marketing as they were spending on research and development."

All but one of the top 10 companies "spent more on sales and marketing than they spent on research and development," she added, noting one company was about even, spending "$9 billion on sales and marketing, and $9.3 on R&D."

McCaskill said it's no secret to anyone watching commercial TV that "television advertising of prescription drugs has increased over the last decade and particularly over the last two or three years."

She added: "I think the thing that's most insulting about this is, it would be one thing if they were driving demand so they could bring down costs, because the more people you have taking a drug, then the less you need to make on every unit of that drug in order to maintain or even increase profit."

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