30 Mar 2017

Meet Pharmacy Benefit Managers - ‘The Most Profitable Corporations You’ve Never Heard Of’

By Michael Krieger: When I first started becoming aware of how sleazy, parasitic and corrupt the U.S. economy was, I only had expertise in one industry, financial services. Coming to grips with the blatant criminality of the TBTF Wall Street banks and their enablers at the Federal Reserve and throughout the federal government, I thought this was the main issue that needed to be confronted. What I’ve learned in the years since is pretty much every industry in America is corrupt to the core, more focused on sucking money away from helpless citizens via rent-seeking schemes versus actually producing a product and adding value. Unfortunately, the healthcare industry is no exception.
Today’s post zeros in on a particular slice of that industry. A group of companies known as Pharmacy Benefit Managers, or PBMs. Companies that seem to extract far more from the public than they give back. It’s a convoluted sector that is difficult to get your head around, which is why we should be thankful that David Dayen wrote an excellent piece on the topic recently. What follows are merely excerpts from his lengthy and highly informative piece, The Hidden Monopolies That Raise Drug Prices. I strongly suggest you read the entire thing.

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Man Pleads For Family Court Reform In Suicide Note

By Mike Buchanan: Anyone who has worked for a lengthy time with men denied access to children following family breakdowns will know som who have committed suicide. Our thanks to Ray, himself estranged from his three adult children, for this. Excerpts:

Early on the morning of March 9, Jeramey apparently rigged his truck so that when he drove down an embankment at the end of Page Road in Abbotsford, B.C., his neck would break.
In a scrawled and bloody suicide note found in the truck, he wrote: “FAMILY LAW NEEDS REFORM. I recommend mandated lower costs and less reward for false claims of abuse. Parental Alienation is devastating. I loved my children as much as a husband and father could. I see no light. Recommend; an authority consistent during high conflict separations: It is exploited in family law.
“Sorry Dad and Angie. I’m very sorry.”

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Toxic Tommy Manville

By : It’s been almost fifty years since Tommy Manville departed this mortal coil. You’re probably thinking Tommy who? In his day, he was a celebrity, though not because he was exceptional at anything creative or athletic or political or entrepreneurial. Yet in his own way, he was quite an achiever, and he remains a person of interest in the modern manosphere. So let’s resurrect him, even though he had way more than 15 minutes of fame during his lifetime.
Thomas Franklyn Manville, born in Milwaukee on April 9, 1894, was the grandson of C.B. Manville, founder of the Manville Covering Company, which merged with H.W. Johns Manufacturing in 1901 to form the Johns-Manville Corporation. The company is almost synonymous with asbestos products, so perhaps Tommy Manville’s behavior can be explained away as the result of too much proximity to toxicity. In fact, he was often referred to as the “asbestos heir.”
As the heir to the Johns-Manville fortune, Tommy Manville had an unusual upbringing. Buy age 12, he was thrown out of more schools (eight) than most people attend by that age. He then embarked on a peripatetic life of odd jobs and bumming around.

Peter Beinart Plagiarises Gilad Atzmon

By Gilad Atzmon: In 2007, in an article in Counterpunch entitled From Esther to AIPAC, I exposed the disturbing ideological continuum between the Jewish Queen Esther and the Jewish lobby AIPAC. Today I was amused to discover that, in an article in the Forward, Peter Beinart had, almost word for word, recycled my ideas.
My article delved into the Jewish cultural and religious foundations of Zionist lobby thinking and it argued that infiltration into foreign elites and political administrations are deeply embedded in Jewish teachings and traditions.  I wrote: “The Book of Esther  … tells the story of an attempted Judeocide but it also tells a story in which Jews manage to change their fate. In the book the Jews do manage to rescue themselves and even to mete revenge… It is a story of a palace, conspiracy, an attempted Judeocide and a brave and beautiful Jewish queen (Esther) who manages to save the Jewish people at the very last minute…The moral of the story is rather clear. If Jews want to survive, they better find infiltrates into the corridors of power. With Esther, Mordechai and Purim in mind, AIPAC and the notion of ‘Jewish power’ looks like an embodiment of a deep Biblical and cultural ideology.”

29 Mar 2017

Revisiting The Road To Wigan Pier

By William Collins aka MRA-UK: You can read The Road to Wigan Pier on-line free at Gutenberg-Australia.
Wigan Pier was a coal landing jetty on the Leeds-Liverpool canal where it passed through Wigan. It is an ironic appellation, Wigan’s Pier bearing no more relation to a seaside pier than a lump of coal to a diamond. The Pier does not actually feature in the book at all, for the simple reason that it had been demolished some years before Orwell visited Wigan. You, dear reader, would be luckier if you visited Wigan today for the Pier has been rebuilt – perhaps because the locals got fed up with tourist types asking the way to something which did not exist. I wouldn’t bother making a special trip if I were you.
Whatever Wigan might be like today, it was not beautiful in 1936. But, as a Mancunian, and hence on the Lancastrian side of the Pennines and thus in opposition to Yorkshire by long tradition, I note Orwell’s remark,
Even Wigan is beautiful compared with Sheffield. Sheffield, I suppose, could justly claim to be called the ugliest town in the Old World.”
But enough frivolity…

@missmayim Doesn't Want Women To Be Called "Girls"

6oodfella: After watching Bad Boys, and listening to Boys Of Summer, I was going to watch Boyz N The Hood, but then I decided to respond to Mayim Bialik's video about how men are never referred to as "Boys".

Suella Fernandes MP Introduced A Private Members’ Bill To Radically Overhaul The UK Family Justice System

By Mike Buchanan, J4MB: Regarding this piece in The Times. You’ll need to register but it won’t cost anything, and you’ll get access to two pieces in either The Times or The Sunday Times every week. Paul writes:
Something fairly extraordinary happened in the Commons yesterday evening, which made me do a bit of a double take!
Namely a former barrister (Conservative) called Suella Fernandes [right] brought forward a private members’ bill to radically overhaul the family justice system and give a ‘rebuttal presumption’ of shared parenting for fathers.
She was supported by quite a few Tory backbenchers (Charlie Elfick, Col. Bob Stewart, Cheryl Gillan were among the backers) and it was  completely unopposed at first reading.
She also held it up as a contingency plan if Baroness Deech’s excellent divorce laws reforms fail to gain statute.

Men Commit 90% Of Prison Suicides = Misandric Times Headline: ‘More Women Commit Suicide In Jail’

By Mike Buchanan, J4MB: Four months ago we posted a piece prompted by the fact that around 90% of the ‘people’ who commit suicide in prisons are men. I was appalled by a short piece on prison suicide in yesterday’s Times, by Frances Gibb, Legal Editor. An extract:

In 2015, women had a higher suicide rate than men for the first time since 2007, according to Nigel Newcomen, prisons and probations ombudsman.
I would guess most people reading that line would erroneously conclude that more women than men committed suicide in prison in 2015. At best, it’s sloppy journalism. And note the inference that it’s deemed acceptable when men have a higher suicide rate than women for eight years in succession, but it’s a cause for official concern when the position reverses in one year.
The bottom line? To the state – and possibly wider society – the suicide of one woman in prison is more noteworthy than the suicide of nine men. We get a sense of the size of the empathy gender gap right there.

The Unauthorized Biography Of David Rockefeller

David Rockefeller is dead. But what does it mean? How do we measure the life of someone who has shaped the modern world to such an extent? Corbett examines David Rockefeller's life, his works and the world that he left in his wake.

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