Big Pharma and the Rise of Gangster Capitalism”

That’s the title of Charles Hugh Smith’s latest article. Thanks to decades of gangster films, we all know how gangster capitalism works: the cost of “protection” goes up whenever the gangster wants to increase revenues, any competition is snuffed out, and “customer demand” is jacked up by any means available– addiction, for example. This perfectly describes the pharmaceutical industry and every other cartel in America. You might have read about the price increase in Acthar gel, a medication to treat Infantile Spasms. (via J.F., M.D., who alerted me to the repricing of this medication from $40 in 2001 to the current price of $38,892.)

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Jon del Arroz has a new book out

It’s a stand-alone novella in his steampunk series, giving added depth to one of his characters from his first steampunk book, “For Steam and Country“.  The new book is titled “Knight Training“. The blurb reads: Airships, Guns, and Gadgets! The Knights of the Crystal Spire are more than ordinary fantasy knights. Life as an apprentice knight hasn’t been easy on James Gentry. As a commoner and an outsider, he’s been ridiculed, picked on, and shunned by the other boys. But he’s determined to become one of the finest knights Rislandia has ever seen. During his training, James stumbles upon a master knight selling information

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News and views you can use

There have been so many weird and wonderful news reports and blog articles over the past couple of days that I can’t keep up with them all.  I figured I’d post links to some of them here, and let you explore those that interest you.  In no particular order: Clint Smith, of Thunder Ranch (under whom I’ve trained multiple times), talks about ammunition and gunfights.  Money quote:  “I’ve never heard anyone complain about having too much ammunition in a fight.” I had to laugh at the Conservative Treehouse’s glee over President Trump’s most recent burst of activity.  They seem to be enjoying themselves

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That’s how they roll in Siberia

Police were not amused. Police in Siberia have fined a local blogger for cruising the streets ofTyumen inside a bathtub, stirring a social media storm in his support. Online images published this weekend showed the shirtless man washing himself inside a tub fitted with wheels and towed by a van through the city’s streets. A video montage depicted the bather, blogger Eduard Filippov, ordering food at a drive-thru from inside the tub, greeting nearby pedestrians and shooting at cars with a squirt gun. “Do whatever you want, they’re still going to judge you for the rest of your life,” he wrote

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CDR Salamander slams the military procurement process

CDR Salamander excoriates the USAF’s recent light attack experiment, and in the process has some harsh words for the entire military procurement process. When we actually have a no-kidding shooting war on our hands, our Soldiers and Marines die because they don’t have the support they need and have to execute missions with more risk. We expend untold millions of additional monies and airframe time shoe-horning other assets to do a job they are not designed to do, and they do it in a suboptimal manner when they do. . . . Taxpayer money wasted and their sons and daughters die

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A different view of President Trump’s election and the backlash against it

Courtesy of a link at Borepatch’s place, I found four articles analyzing the history of the Trump “insurgent campaign” for the presidency, and why the reaction against it – and him – from the progressive Left has been so overwhelming.  They provide additional details and insight that I haven’t found elsewhere. The author calls the series “The Kek Wars”.  The four parts are: Aristocracy and its Discontents   In the Shadow of the Cathedral   Triumph of the Frog God   What Moves In The Darkness To whet your appetite, here are the final two paragraphs of the last article in the

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Oh, lord, the memories

The anonymous blogger at HMS Defiant made me laugh out loud this morning when he posted this video montage of the “wisdom” of the legendary Chiun, the Master of Sinanju, from the “Destroyer” series of pulp novels.  It’s an excerpt from the only film made from the series, “Remo Williams:  The Adventure Begins“. I remember those books very well.  They, along with other pulp series such as Mack Bolan (“the Executioner”), the Survivalist, and others were staples in almost every military base in which I found myself, along with Westerns by Louis L’Amour, J. T. Edson and sundry other writers.  Copies were circulated in barracks around the nation, many of them so

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