Aug 28 2016

Rant of the Week: John Oliver’s Message to Donald trump

The host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” John Oliver has a message for GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump – Drop Out

Aug 28 2016

Social Media?

What is that?

Things like Facebook and Twitter.

(Blank stare)

You post things on it like family newsletters and pictures of your pets. And you chat.

Chat?

Type messages to your friends.

Like a phone call?

Exactly!

What an enormous waste of time.

Why You Should Be Concerned About the DHS Plan to Collect Social Media Info on Travelers
By Sarah Lazare, AlterNet
August 26, 2016

Coming at a time of heightened incitement against Muslims and refugees during the 2016 presidential election cycle, false claims about the social media postings of the San Bernardino attackers intensified pressure on federal authorities to escalate their dragnet surveillance of online activities. Now, at least one government agency, DHS, is moving to aggressively expand its powers to collect and monitor the social media information of people seeking to enter the United States through the visa waiver program. Civil liberties advocates say the plan is a human rights disaster that will come down hardest on Muslims, Arabs and people of color.

DHS announced in late June that it proposes to monitor and collect social media and other online information about millions of people seeking to enter the U.S. through the visa waiver program, which allows some foreign nationals from designated countries (currently numbered at 38) to travel to the country for tourism or business for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. The agency would accomplish this aim by modifying key documents — ESTA and Form I-94W — to include a line that states, “Please enter information associated with your online presence—Provider/Platform—Social media identifier.”

DHS claims that the addition, which would be under the purview of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, will “be an optional data field to request social media identifiers to be used for vetting purposes, as well as applicant contact information.” The agency asserts, “Collecting social media data will enhance the existing investigative process and provide DHS greater clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity and connections by providing an additional tool set which analysts and investigators may use to better analyze and investigate the case.”

Rachel Levinson-Waldman, senior counsel for the liberty and national security program at the Brennan Center for Justice, told AlterNet that the proposed change is alarming and potentially far-reaching. “The concern that stands out the most is the chilling effect that this could have,” she said. “The request is so vague; it asks for information about social media and online presence, but there is no definition of what that means.”

(T)here is reason to believe that, in practice, such a policy would disproportionately expand surveillance of Muslims and Arabs. “The risk of discrimination based on analysis of social media content and connections is great and will fall hardest on Arab and Muslim communities, whose usernames, posts, contacts, and social networks will be exposed to intense scrutiny,” declared the human rights organizations in their joint statement. “Cultural and linguistic barriers increase the risk that social media activity will be misconstrued.”

Such fears are not hypothetical. The visa waiver program already discriminates against people based on national origin by excluding those hailing from countries the U.S. deems at greater risk of “terrorism.”

Levinson-Waldman said it is troubling that baseless narratives in the aftermath of the San Bernardino massacre likely contributed to a proposed change that itself is based on false assumptions. “The notion that you can look at somebody’s online presence and know what their ideology is, what their risk level is, that is so questionable,” she said.

Aug 28 2016

The Breakfast Club (Wild Goose Chase)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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AP’s Today in History for August 28th

Martin Luther King, Jr. gives ‘I Have a Dream’ speech; Clashes mar 1968 Democratic National Convention; Black teen Emmett Till abducted, killed in Mississippi; Britain’s Prince Charles, Princess Diana granted a divorce.

 

Breakfast Tune The Wildgoose Chase by Roger Sprung on 1963-64 Folkways LP.

Personal on the record: Banjo – “Roger Sprung”, Lead Guitar – “Doc Watson”, Rhythm Guitar – “Joe Locker”, Mandolin – “Willie Locker”, Bass – “Ollie Phillips”, Drums – “Bob Thomas”

 

Something to Think about, Breakfast News & Blogs Below

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Woman Who Unleashed Crickets On NYC Train Says It Was All A ‘Prank’
Hilary Hanson

A woman who caused chaos aboard a subway train by releasing a container of crickets and worms says it was all a prank.

Zaida Pugh tells the New York Post she had the episode videotaped “to show what homeless people go through.”

The NYPD says it’s still looking into whether Wednesday’s incident was staged and whether Pugh and the woman on the train are the same person. If so, she could face charges.

Pugh told the Post on Friday that a friend intentionally flipped the container over. She says the passengers attacking her also were part of the stunt.

Startled passengers had crickets on their arms and worms wriggled on the floor.

Someone pulled the emergency brake, halting the train for 30 minutes. Pugh says that wasn’t planned.

Aug 28 2016

Formula One 2016: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

And we’re back from our August vacation from Formula One and there are basically 4 stories cooking.

The one getting the most ink and commentary is the drive train penalties. Now most commentators are casting this as a Hamilton (Mercedes) problem. but the truth is that Alonso (Honda) and Ericsson (Ferrari) are effected also. The rule is that for the 21 race season you are given 5 complete drive trains and are pretty much free to mix and match components (there are about 6 of them) in order to put a car on track. Blown gearbox? Replace it out of your stash. KERS likewise. Should you run out of KERS or gearboxes you can replace them on an ad hoc basis at the cost of a Starting Grid penalty which varies based on the component. Penalties are cumulative but not transferable, replacing an entire drive train is a 25 Grid penalty but there are only 22 cars in the field. You don’t take the other 4 places and apply them in the next race, you just start last in this one. But a failed component is not usually a discrete unit, it is likely to cause cascading failures and render much of the system a pile of (very expensive) junk.

It’s been clear since a series of engine failures early in the season that at some point Hamilton would have to restock engines and accept the penalties. Mercedes has elected to do so all in a lump, providing him with 3 complete new drive trains and incurring a whopping 55 Grid penalty.

Wait, are they allowed to do that?

I’ve just picked up a fault in the AE35 unit. It’s going to go 100% failure in 72 hours.

Sure you have HAL. I guess we better replace it.

Well HAL, I’m damned if I can find anything wrong with it.

Yes, it’s puzzling. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like this before. I would recommend that we put the unit back in operation and let it fail. It should then be a simple matter to track down the cause.

Must be human error.

Of course they are and as punishment Hamilton will start behind Alonso (just the one for 35 Grids) who will start behind Ericsson (just the turbocharger for 10 Grids).

But if you’re going to take a hit like that Spa-Francorchamps is the perfect place to do it. The track is very fast and totally suited to show the advantage of Mercedes power. Also there are a myriad of places to pass for position.

Speaking of position, Hamilton could hardly be in a better one. He leads his team mate Rosberg by 19 points in the Driver’s Championship and need only finish 7th to be dead even. At worst he will be 6 down headed into Monza. He has a brand new drive train and saved all his rubber for the race by not contesting Qualifying (really, what’s the point?) and will be able to push the car very hard.

Does he pay any real penalty at all? Well, the engine builders keep making marginal improvements and if you’ve used all your allotment you can’t implement them without further penalties. Still, there’s a lot to be said for ‘new’ even if it’s not the latest and greatest. Soon enough development of this year’s car will cease entirely as teams concentrate on 2017 which has a lot of rule changes, almost all of them mistakes.

The second On Track story concerns the tires. Contrary to precedent it seems we will have a hot and dry race this year. This makes Pirelli’s choice of Mediums, Softs, and SuperSofts a ludicrous error. The SuperSofts are practically useless, they don’t even have a full lap in them. This is likely to make hometown favorite (he is Belgian/Dutch) Max Verstappen’s admirable Front Row start (Rosberg won the Pole naturally) a cruel joke as he will be on a used set and have to pit within a lap or two.

This poor selection is compounded (it’s a tired pun, but the most important thing is that I amuse me) by Pirelli mandating over pressuring the tires to 23 psi instead of the usual 18 psi. This is to prevent side wall stress and blow outs. The practical effect is to chew them up at an alarming rate. There will be a lot of pit stops.

Off track the silly season has begun. Phillipe Massa is almost certain to retire from Williams (not quite a top 3 contender but much improved since its recent bad streak) so the game of musical chairs has begun. World Champion) and his contract with Honda/McLaren is up this year. Moving to Mercedes/Williams would be a decided step up for him but Williams also want’s to nail down their drivers as soon as possible.

The other contender is Perez of Force India, also in a contract year. He brings the sponsorship of Carlos Slim with him, Button costs $12 Million a year. Depending which one gets the seat a range of possibilities open up, too many to keep track of and all highly speculative.

Finally, follow the money. John Malone and Liberty Media are the top contenders at the moment to buy out CVC’s stake in Formula One. They are part owners of Live Nation Entertainment, a concert promoter, the Atlanta Braves, Liberty Global, Virgin Media, and Discovery Communications. Other potential bidders are Sky Communications (Murdoch), the Qatari owners of football club Paris Saint-Germain, and Apple.

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is roughly triangle shaped and the longest track in Formula One. It’s also one of the fastest with many sweeping corners and a lot of elevation changes that don’t show up well on TV.

Pre-race at 7 am. Half hour of hype 7:30 am. Lights at 8 am. All on NBC Sports.

Aug 28 2016

Pondering the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition

Pondering the Punditsis an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

On Sunday mornings we present a preview of the guests on the morning talk shows so you can choose which ones to watch or some do something more worth your time on a Sunday morning.

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The Sunday Talking Heads:

This Week with George Stephanopolis: The guests on Sunday’s “This Week” are: Trump Transition Team Chair Gov. Chris Christie; and DNC chair Donna Brazile.

The roundtable guests are: GOP strategist Alex Castellanos; Democratic strategist Stephanie Cutter; Republican strategist Ana Navarro; and former Bernie Sanders campaign national press secretary Symone Sanders.

Face the Nation: Host John Dickerson’s guests are: Trump’s new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway; DNC chair Donna Brazile; former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson; and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT).

His panel guests are: Leslie Sanchez, a Republican strategist; New York Times Magazine’s Mark Leibovich; The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg; and The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe.

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd: The guests on this week’s “MTP” are: RNC chairman Reince Priebus; and Pres. Obama’s 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe

The panel guests are: Right Wing talk show host Hugh Hewitt; NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell; MSNBC host JoyAnn Reid; Washington Post national political reporter, Robert Costas.

State of the Union with Jake Tapper: Mr. Tapper’s guest is GOP Vice Presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN).

Aug 27 2016

The Catfood Consensus

Debt/Defict Hawkery is bad economics. What matters is not the absolute size, it is the payments. If you’ve ever bought a house or a car you know it’s highly unlikely that you showed up at closing with a wheelbarrow full of cash, dumped it on the desk and said, “Here.”

If you had a check it was probably one issued against a special account set up for you by your Lendor for the specific purpose of making the purchase. In any event you signed some papers obligating you to make specific payments for a period of time to repay the money you borrowed (principle) and a fee to the lender (interest).

Unless you are fabulously wealthy and exceptionally frugal the total amount is almost surely not only more than you have on hand just sitting around but more than you make in a year. This is not a problem, it is called credit.

Likewise for a Government expenditures on this or that item or for all of them put together can easily exceed annual revenue (taxes) provided that the amount of the payments do not (there are actually many, many flaws in this analysis, but it’s the one the Hawks use).

Well, guess what Hawks? Everyone in the world is so anxious to lend money to the United States that they are fighting to do it at a loss.

In the more conventional Econospeak we use when talking about Governments, demand for our Bonds is so high that the market is begging us to sell more of them despite the fact that the yield is below the expected rate of inflation. The future money we will pay when the Bonds come due is going to be worth less than the money they’re lending us today.

Now you’d think that would put Debt/Defict Hawks in a bit of a pickle regarding their predictions of doom and dire consequences unless you realize that they want to put Sick and Old People out on an ice flow to starve to death not because it serves any Economic purpose, but just because they think Sick and Old people should die.

Economics in not a reason, it’s an excuse.

Interest Payments on the Debt Have Fallen to 0.8 Percent of GDP, So WaPo Wants to Cut Social Security and Medicare
by Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Published: 27 August 2016

Both parts of that headline are true, although the Post did not connect them in exactly this way. It’s editorial instead highlighted the debt-to-GDP ratio, trying to hide from readers the fact that the real burden of the debt is near a post-World War II low.

This is a classic case of the ends justifying the means. The end here is to cut the Social Security and Medicare benefits of middle income retirees. The Post sees this as the obvious policy option to pursue in a context where there has been a massive upward redistribution of income over the last four decades. And if they have to use a bit of deception to get there, well that’s okay.

The piece begins by telling us the horror story that the Congressional Budget Office projects that the deficit will rise this fiscal year from its 2015 level, the paragraph ending:

“The bigger deficit will push the national debt to 77 percent of gross domestic product, the highest level since 1950, this year.”

Of course if we didn’t have hysterical editorials from the Post and the professional deficit hawks we would never have any clue of the fact that we are seeing the highest debt to GDP level since 1950. A large debt can have negative effects in two ways.

First, it can mean a high interest burden. This means that we would be diverted a substantial portion of GDP from other purposes to pay interest to the owners of government bonds. This issue is assessed not by looking at the size of the debt, but rather the size of the interest rate payments. Currently interest payments measured as a share of GDP are a bit less than 0.8 percent, after subtracting the interest payments that are refunded by the Federal Reserve Board to the Treasury. By comparison, the interest burden was over 3.0 percent of GDP in the early and mid-1990s. In other words, that one doesn’t come close to passing the laugh test. (This information is available in the same CBO report cited by the Post.)

The other way that the debt/deficit can pose a problem is by creating too much demand in the economy. This leads to higher interest rates and/or higher inflation. The effect of higher interest rates would be to crowd out investment and thereby slow the rate of productivity growth, making the economy poorer in the future than it otherwise would be. Higher inflation will eventually require the Fed to raise rates to prevent it from accelerating out of control.

This story clearly does not describe the U.S. economy over the last eight years. In fact, the vast majority of economists would agree that the economy’s main problem over this period has been a lack of demand. In addition to massive unemployment, weak demand has also resulted in a reduction in investment. This falloff in investment, coupled with the drop in the size of the employable labor force, has led CBO to drop its estimate of potential GDP for 2016 by almost $2 trillion (in 2016 dollars) from its pre-recession estimate of 2016 GDP.

It is unbelievably hypocritical of the Post and other deficit hawks to claim that they are concerned about the threat that deficits post to our children’s future when they completely ignore the extent to which the policies they have demanded (lower deficits) actually impose a far higher cost. It is quite clear that the agenda of the Post and their fellow deficit hawks is redistributing income upward. Their guiding philosophy is that a dollar that is in the pocket of a poor or middle income person is a dollar that could be in the pockets of a rich person.

Aug 27 2016

Health and Fitness News

Welcome to the Stars Hollow Gazette‘s Health and Fitness News weekly diary. It will publish on Saturday afternoon and be open for discussion about health related issues including diet, exercise, health and health care issues, as well as, tips on what you can do when there is a medical emergency. Also an opportunity to share and exchange your favorite healthy recipes.

Questions are encouraged and I will answer to the best of my ability. If I can’t, I will try to steer you in the right direction. Naturally, I cannot give individual medical advice for personal health issues. I can give you information about medical conditions and the current treatments available.

You can now find past Health and Fitness News diaries here.

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Recipes for a Last Taste of Summer
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In case you haven’t heard, summer is winding down, and we feel your pain. That’s why this weekend’s gameplan is all about sweet, salty, and carb-loaded goodness.

~ Tommy Werner, epicurious ~

Crispy Chicken Cutlets with Cherry Tomato Panzanella

This simple panzanella (aka bread salad) dinner takes what seems like kitchen odds and ends (like a quarter of an onion and part of a loaf of bread) and turns them into a refreshing summer dinner.

Scallops with Hazelnuts and Warm Sun Gold Tomatoes

The acidic juices of the cherry tomatoes cut right through the richness of the scallops—be sure to fit both on a forkful. Serve with polenta or a long pasta to carb it out.

Chile-Cumin Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt and Cucumber

This dish really takes off when you add the chili sauce and some cooling cucumber slices. Serve with pita, because when was bread ever a bad idea?

Dark Chocolate Waffles

Every pocket of the waffle gets that deep richness, and it only gets better with some butter and syrup.


Health and Fitness News

Federal judge denies injunction against California vaccination law for schoolchildren

All Donated Blood in U.S. Should Be Tested for Zika, F.D.A. Says

Men can spread Zika virus sexually even if they have no symptoms, study finds

Flint’s tainted water may have led to rashes and hair loss, investigation finds

Texas maternal mortality rates on the rise

Baby dolls aren’t birth control: School-issued fake babies aren’t stopping teen pregnancy

Your coffee habit may be genetic

Aug 27 2016

Alone In The Kitchen With An Old Frenchman

Recently French chef Jacques Pépin turned 80 and retired. Over the years, he educated viewers of Public Television on how to cook and, something that no other cooking show host has done, techniques in the kitchen with wisdom, humor and a smattering of French lessons. As Gilad Edelman wrote in a Slate article, this man will teach you how to cook


Spice Up Your Life

When Claudine comes to visit, Jacques wants to be able to spend the day with his daughter and granddaughter, so he turns to his pressure cooker to prepare a speedy Lamb Curry and serves it over Rice with Raisins. To begin the meal, Jacques manages to stretch four ounces of sea scallops into a dish for four in the form of Scallop Pancakes on Boston Salad; the aroma of the cooking pancakes makes it impossible to resist tasting the first ones hot out of the pan. For the finale, Jacques transforms a tortilla and a can of apricots into a beautiful and delicious Crisp Apricot Galette.

Scallop Pancakes on Boston Lettuce Salad (pdf)

Minute Recipe: Radish Toast(pdf)

The conventional way to eat radishes in France is to split them partially open and insert a small piece of butter in the opening, then to dip the top of the radish lightly in coarse salt and enjoy it with a piece of crunchy baguette. I sometimes prepare a variation of this French recipe.

Cut a baguette into thin slices about 3/8 inch thick. Cover each slice lavishly with unsalted butter. Thinly slice several radishes horizontally (a vegetable peeler is good for this) and cover the butter with overlapping slices of radish. Sprinkle a little fleur de sel on top and enjoy with drinks.

Aug 27 2016

The Breakfast Club (Emancipation)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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This Day in History

Krakatoa erupts in South Pacific; President Lyndon Johnson and Mother Teresa born; America’s first successful oil well; Britain’s Lord Louis Mountbatten killed; Beatles manager Brian Epstein dies.


Breakfast Tunes


Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men’s skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.

Lyndon B. Johnson

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Aug 26 2016

Monopolies Kill People

I get to write about this one because TMC doesn’t think the headline is strong enough. While we are not prudes here, her proposal would make a sailor blush and I’m not sure how to transcribe the scream of rage that punctuates the end.

Also I have EpiPens, at her suggestion. I have pretty serious allergy to Bell Peppers, Red, Yellow, Green, and otherwise. I happened to tell her the story of how I was DJing at one of my club’s social functions and they served Potatoes O’Brien. What makes them O’Brien and not just greasy chunks of crunchy fried potato is that they add some diced Red and Green Bell Peppers. The entree was 2 paper thin slices of Roast Beef smothered in gravy to disguise the fact that it was mostly gristle and fat and the sides were an over boiled Broccoli/Cauliflower medly and the aforementioned Potatoes O’Brien.

I worked through lunch (I had other duties you know) and I was starving. Even though I knew it was probably a bad idea I scraped off the Peppers and ate the potatoes.

Soon enough I had a raging headache and my partner said, “ek, you don’t look so good. Your face is as red as a radish. You’d better lie down for a while.” So I did. I passed out for about 3 hours and when I woke up I didn’t feel great but I could function. My poor friend had been single handing it the whole time which is not as easy as it sounds so I helped him finish up and break down the system.

Well, in retrospect, to me it seemed funny which is why I tell the story but TMC had an entirely different reaction. She asked, “Were you wheezing?” A little I guess. “Next time you see your Doctor get a prescription for an EpiPen. You were in anaphalactic shock and you’re lucky to be alive.”

So I did. Since then, though I am very careful, she’s had the opportunity to see me burst into hives just from getting near the stuff and never misses the chance to give me that, “I told you so” look though she’s far too polite to say it. Instead she says, “Do you have your Benadryl? Take two.”

I’m happy that I’ve never had to use the Pens because they’re very, very expensive even though I got mine before the latest round of price increases (I think it was around $250 or so).

Well, just what makes them so expensive? The research was entirely subsidized by the National Institutes of Health which is a branch of the U.S. government. They own the Patents on the delivery system (the Pen part which is also used for other drugs like Insulin and was purchased by the DoD to administer an antidote for Nerve Gas) except for the safety cap on the needle. It costs (generously) $2 to produce. Epinephrine itself has been synthesized for over 100 years, has no remaining Patent protection and costs $1 a dose.

Monopoly power.

In 2012 Mylan was forced to accept a consent decree allowing for a generic alternative to be marketed because of their 98% market share. Pharmaceutical companies, when faced with the imminent arrival of generic competition, frequently raise prices to milk the last few bucks out of their monopoly.

So what happened to the generic alternative? Teva, from an Israeli company, was unexpectedly rejected by the Food and Drug Administration. Why? Probably because they couldn’t afford the independent (but entirely redundant) testing required for their product. Auvi-Q, a competitor from Sanofi, was pulled from the market last year because of dosing problems.

Now there are other sordid aspects to this story. The CEO of Mylan, Heather Bresch, is the daughter of Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia. She successfully lobbied for the 2003 Medicare prescription drug bill, which barred the federal government from bargaining with drug companies over prices. In 2012 she lobbied for the Generic Drug User Fee Act which made it more difficult for foreign drugmakers to sell their products in the United States. Then in 2013 she was able to prioritize grant money for schools to stock EpiPens under a restrictive contract that did not allow competing products to be used. In her home State of West Virginia EpiPens are mandated in every school, no doubt helped by the fact that her Mother, Gayle Manchin, was head of the State Board of Education.

Also among her proud accomplishments (besides raising the price of EpiPens 450%) is raising her own salary by $16 Million to $19 Million annually AND guiding Mylan through a corporate inversion to avoid paying its fair share of United States taxes.

What an amazingly accomplished businesswoman, except of course, she’s not.

She’s lowered shareholder value by $3 Billion (12.4%).

She freely admits she only got the the job because of her Father. She didn’t even know what the company did. She claims to have an MBA from West Virginia University but only finished 22 of 48 hours of required course work. In 1999 she was given a degree (later rescinded) after being given passing grades in two courses that were “incomplete” and having the University give her credit for 6 classes she never attended. This bit of academic legerdemain was signed off on by R. Stephen Sears, the Dean of West Virginia University’s Milan Puskar Business School, on October 22, 2007. Milan Puskar was Heather Bresch’s boss at Mylan and West Virginia University’s biggest donor including a $20 million endowment in 2003. As a result of the “situation” (as she calls it) the School President and 2 other officials were forced to resign.

In Ms. Bresch’s defense she herself says, “Everybody does it. It’s standard practice. At least we ‘increased anaphylaxis awareness’.”

And they’ve lowered prices- not. Co-pay discount cards are a well known ‘Pharma Bro’ scam. They only cover co-pays, not the overall price of the drug. Insurance Companies, Institutions (Schools for instance) and the Government (if you happen to be on Medicare or Medicaid) get gouged the full price. Likewise those with high deductibles if they haven’t already reached their threshold.

At least 3 Senators are calling for Bresch to face a Congressional Hearing and frankly I think Joe Manchin should face a full fledged corruption and bribery investigation because if this is not quid pro quo then such an animal is as imaginary as a Jackalope.

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