In 1919, in the wake of Prohibition being passed, Life Magazine examined the slippery slope America found itself on. Thankfully the USA did wise up and repeal the prohibition of alcohol, but nearly as soon as it re-legalized booze it banned marijuana. It would ban much more in ensuing years.
The quagmire that is Obamacare (calling it the Affordable Care Act is a joke, it is far from affordable) has only just begun to pull us in. This ill thought out and massive social experiment is set to hike premiums and is already forcing some from full-time to part-time work. No one knows how far the bottom really is or how long the slog will be, but right now it doesn’t look good. But the drug companies are happy so we can take comfort in that.
The Department of Justice and the pharmaceutical industry are not keen on pharmaceutical mail order. According the the DOJ the concern is that people are ordering illegal drugs through the mail from overseas pharmacies. No doubt this is true.
Baltimore has it’s nice parts. The aquarium is great. Camden Yards is a very pleasant place to spend an afternoon watching baseball. I have seen a couple of Army/Navy games at M&T field which is a great facility.
Too big to fail and too big to jail are essentially the same sort of crap, with different smells. In both phenomena recklessness is rewarded and broader society is made to pay in obvious and not so obvious ways.
Can we trust what comes out of the medical journals if 97% of the advertising within these journals is bought by pharmaceutical companies? Considering that these journals determine much of the direction of healthcare research and policy, it’s a question which needs to be asked seriously. Remember Big Pharma wrote a big piece of Obamacare.
Many of us will enjoy alcohol during the holidays—and other days for that matter. It is something millions of adults find pleasure in and enjoy, for the most part, responsibly. But there was a time in this country, a dark time, when having a drink could get one arrested. In fact, the federal government even insisted that solvent makers spike the alcohol they distilled for industrial purposes with poison to reduce it’s use for intoxicating purposes.
The new rules being written for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ( HIPAA) and the Affordable Care Act ( Obamacare), say that your employer can penalize you financially if you don’t participate in recommended “wellness” programs or don’t meet certain standards.