Big Pharma Lobbies To Keep People Hooked On Opioids?

I read sometime in the last year that the pharmaceutical lobby is widely thought to be the most powerful lobby in Washington.

Consider that for a moment. More powerful than oil and gas, more powerful than the lawyers, more powerful than the banks. Pharma is the biggest dog on K Street.

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Stockman: Inequality Led to the Rise of Donald Trump

David Stockman is one on a list of people I watch particularly closely. He gets what’s going on, he’s been on the inside of budgetary Washington and the inside of New York finance, and has emerged from it all as a kind of gadfly dissident. He says what he’s thinking and very often it is dead on.

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Professors Aren’t Feeling the Economy’s Pain

I think there is much truth to what Mr. Kocherlakota has to say. The life of a professor, particularly the kind of professors we are talking about here, is pretty comfortable and insulated. That is one of the reasons they continue to cling to their Keynesian (for the most part) religion. Life is good, the economy is “working” – for them. (Now the adjunct profs are a whole different equation.)

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CEO of Gallup polling explains the quiet economic desperation of many Americans

Some people are mystified by the rise of Trump. Why does this man appeal to so many and indeed appears now to be appealing to many who had previously dismissed him? What is this economic insecurity we hear about? Isn’t the unemployment rate under 5%? That’s good right? Why aren’t people happier?

Because for many people life under Obama has gotten tougher, much tougher. The misguided policies from the Fed in tandem with a massive increase in red tape handed down from the current administration has retarded growth and real progress.

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Obama Blames Conservative Media’s ‘Misinformation’ for Close Presidential Election

What world is Obama living in that he can say this with a straight face? Aside from a few websites, the Wall Street Journal, the odd talk radio show and Fox there is NO conservative media. (And even this media is relatively new.) Everything else is decidedly not “conservative” and has been that way for generations. “Liberals” (really statists) control most of the media including NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, MSNBC, Bloomberg (mostly), CNBC (for the most part), CNN,

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Big Pharma hates pot (And continued marijuana prohibition is hurting millions of people)

It sure does.

I mean why would anyone want a non-physically addictive painkiller, appetite inducer, relaxant, treatment for MS, and arthritis, and Crohn’s Disease, and a myriad of other ailments that costs almost nothing at all? Why on earth would anyone want to be able to wander into one’s garden and pick off a few free buds for effective treatment when one could get prescription for an expensive pill made in a factory somewhere and which in some cases is physically addictive?

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‘The longer central banks interfere, the worse the crash’

“I smell…Central bankers.”

How this obvious truth alludes so many economists is beyond me.

It’s simple. The central banks seek to goose the economy. They lower interest rates below the real market interest rate. As such people, institutions, everyone takes advantage of the relatively cheap credit. But as this cheap credit is taken advantage of malinvestment (that is investment that would not have happened if the market had set rates) begins to build up. It builds and builds and builds until there is so much malinvestment the economy topples on itself.

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Here it comes: The iMplant, RFID chips under the skin going mainstream

Some graffiti in Bryggebroen Denmark.

I love technology. I am fascinated by pushing the technological envelope. I have long lived much of my life in cyberspace and I believe innovation is one of the key creators of real wealth and real human progress. However one should be very cautious when considering whether to implant oneself with an RFID chip.

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A libertarian, free marketeer was just elected mayor of Johannesburg South Africa

Johannesburg is a massive city. One of the great cities of the world.

Unfortunately, though rich in many respects the city also has areas of terrible poverty. The legacy of apartheid and of corrupt ANC (socialist) governments post-apartheid are terribly evident. Crime is rampant as is unemployment.

However there is some new hope for Joburg.

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Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro jokes about hunger in his country, it’s ‘the Maduro diet.” Venezuela doesn’t laugh (VIDEO)

He’s still thick around the middle.

I heave heard that Maduro has a political tin ear, a real problem for a socialist/populist head of state. This is a pretty good example of such a malady.

He should have just told the people to “eat cake.”

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Central Banks May Choose Helicopter Money Over Negative Rates

Here comes the Fed…Hooray.

The definition of “helicopter money” appears to be shifting a bit. Generally it means pouring currency (printed by a central bank) into the economic system by directly depositing it into accounts. What type of accounts appears to be an open question. Whatever the Fed chooses (assuming that it does) it is a bad idea however.

How about we let rates adjust to where they should be naturally? How about we let things clear. How about we get real now,

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