More than a third of US adults prescribed opioids in 2015

I don’t see 1/3 of the adult population wandering around in a opium haze, so there is some hope in that, I suppose. Even still 1/3 were prescribed opiates in 2015. That’s a lot of pretty hard drugs.

People need to be able to manage pain. And people who have become addicted need to be treated compassionately. But something is misfiring here (it appears to us) and we need to examine it.

We should look very closely at the connection between Big Pharma and the medical establishment (government,

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Trump Bumping and end of Obama era relief: U.S. Companies Post Profit Growth Not Seen in Six Years

Trump bump? To a large degree yes.

Obviously Trump has his issues – to say the least – but the uptick in the ersatz economy (the one that most of us live in until reality inevitably hits and overwhelms the fakery) is about American optimism inspired to some degree by Trump, but as much as anything by relief that Obama is adios. The people who make things, who grow the economy had little confidence in Obama. The media had confidence,

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‘Long Strange Trip’ Film Shows the Grateful Dead’s Anti-Authoritarian Streak – “A musical Statue of Liberty”

I post this because I am a Deadhead, it’s Friday, and because it’s a Reason video. (Which are always excellent.)

A few years ago I wrote an essay about why a Grateful Dead show parking lot was the freest, freest market place one was ever likely to witness. Indeed it was in those parking lots that at least some of my economic vision started to come into focus. I saw Hayek’s spontaneous order in the tie dies,

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