Editorial Note: Think of this as a Bruce Willis set of posts. I’m no BW fan. Nor a fan of the nuclear bomb. Chances are neither were the makers of the movie Armageddon. But someone probably got a thrill out of forcing a bunch of people who hate BW and were members of CND cheering Bruce on when he set off with the atom bomb to destroy the asteroid threatening earth. Ditto with the next few posts. If anyone has suggestions for posts to add to the sequence – please send and perhaps even send a complete post.
The year is 1980. America, the land of the “free” and home of the “brave”, has the first hints of a Biblical plague. Things rapidly get worse. Panic sets in. Time for a God-fearing people to repent of all the things they have been doing wrong – like pricing people out of decent healthcare. Time to support each other.
It never works out this way. Church-going (and mosque and synagogue going etc) people are the first to save themselves first. It was left to the outcasts to band together and push for a rational response to what was happening – one option being to deploy a nuclear bomb if one could be developed.
ACT-UP formed. Over a decade its members held together – not without tension – and cut through bureaucratic red-tape, tons of political correctness and supposed scientific orthodoxy, and got into bed with all sorts of bed-fellows they would previously have not been seen dead with.
The result, partly down to luck, was Triple Therapy. This didn’t happen because of controlled trials or any standard procedures – the benefits of the combination were discovered by patients and doctors juggling meds and seeing people come back to life. It was not a pharmaceutical company discovery.
But once it became clear that Triple Therapy worked, all of sudden normal rules applied and companies worked out how to make a fortune. These patients would pay a fortune to save their life and most of the God-fearing fold would pay a fortune to reduce the risk to themselves.
Things were looking good until the Road-Runner moment when a grinning pharmaceutical industry realised it had run right off the cliff and the next move was going to be down.
There wasn’t just a bunch of wealthy Americans who could be gauged for $15,000 per year – nothing compared with the gauge rate now. There were millions elsewhere, particularly in Africa. It was almost impossible to work out how to gauge everyone. The Africans couldn’t pay and were already dying in droves. The price couldn’t be brought down to a level where they could pay as gauging Americans would no longer be possible.
The US government it seemed was wheelable in and was wheeled in by pharma to say it would sue the governments of other countries – like Brazil – if they infringed patents and made cheap copies of these ground-breaking US drugs.
When it got to the point that the Washington Post could ask whether there was anything more the American pharmaceutical industry could do to damage its reputation – sue Nelson Mandela perhaps – and industry did just this, the Road Runner was in free fall and looking at becoming a splat on the canyon floor.
Until Osama bin Laden swooped in just beneath the falling pharmaceutical industry and whisked it to safety.
Blink at the wrong point in the movie and you’d have missed it.
In the wake of 9/11, there was panic all round. The following month letters containing anthrax spores began circulating. Anthrax can be lethal and is difficult to treat. The best treatment at the time seemed to be Bayer’s Cipro – ciprofloxacin, a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that nobody in their right mind should take unless they have to. But worth a fortune because American doctors were dishing it out like there was no tomorrow. The US government wanted to bulk buy but Bayer were haggling about the price.
Then all of sudden the log-jam broke. Insiders blinked and said what’s the problem – the US government breaks patents the whole time. Word leaked out that the US government had been routinely breaking patents for national security and other reasons since the 1950s and would be doing so for the foreseeable future. Brazil and South Africa could breathe again.
As could India. Bill Haddad the chair of the general pharmaceutical industry association (GPIA) contacted Yusuf Hamied the CEO of Cipla, an Indian pharmaceutical company about the possibilities of making Triple Therapy at an affordable price.
After a lot of brinkmanship, Hamied finally put a dollar a day price on the table. This was still more than many Africans could afford but cheap enough that Bill Clinton and George Bush could not afford to be seen to walk by.
Without Osama bin Laden none of this is likely to have happened.
Mind you taking the same approach to analysing events, he could probably also be held responsible for Project Bioshield and the Global Health Security Agenda which dictate the volume of vaccines Westerners currently get and may be playing some part in rising autistic spectrum and auto-immune disorders. Maybe as a result of all Americans ending up neurodiverse, at some point the soldiers of the Caliphate will be able to march in and occupy the World Trade Center – but that’s stretching things a bit too far surely.
There are much more solid grounds than this to think bin Laden and Hamied contributed to thousands of American deaths and counting…
To be continued.
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Sun 24 Feb 2013
This quietly devastating documentary is directed by a Canadian film-maker resident in India. It records how a remarkable group of dedicated men and women on four continents, including Desmond Tutu and Dr Yusuf Hamied (the enlightened head of the Indian pharmaceutical company Cipla), worked and campaigned together to compel the world’s major pharmaceutical giants to make antiretrovirals (ARVs) available to people with HIV and Aids the world over as generic drugs. This co-operative triumph has saved millions of lives and much suffering. Unfortunately, Big Pharma, with their battalions of lobbyists in Washington, their chilling lack of social responsibility and their dedication to maximising profits, have retrenched. Working through the World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (the Trips agreement), they’re defending their monopolies as strongly as ever. The film is a testament to human decency and a damning indictment of laissez-faire capitalism.
This is a really interesting post/series.
Perhaps there are much more incidents of “Shock Doctrine” pharma disaster capitalism than had been covered by Naomi Klein and of medical (apparent) “freakeconomics”.
Wonder regarding prescription rates for the new “wonder” safe SSRIS etc in the collective shock and “terror “in the US following 9/11 also.
Guardian review regarding how our economic system now depends upon transforming emergency relief, incarceration and the processing of asylum seekers into profits
And of course, like the child refugees on the US Border, all the naturally traumatised and distressed by every increasing mainly socially created disaster we hear of in the news will need dangerous drugs which can cause suicide, violence, disasters etc. and for life (along with the iatrogenically destroyed/dependent millions no one cares to listen to).
Requiring more prescriptions for the prescription consequent major national, regional, local, and family disasters and so on.
Not, in fact, unlike how an atom bomb works…
Nigeria’s deadly codeine cough syrup epidemic – BBC News – BBC.com
30 Apr 2018 – With thousands in Nigeria addicted to codeine cough syrup, BBC Africa goes undercover to investigate.
– the tactic of playing on womens’ fears when children become ill or even only potentially unwell is used so often .There may be a few facilities in parts of UK for people to get help if they’re lucky but impoverished Africans deliberately addicted by the usual culprits, or criminals ,count even less .Even if a few of the vile characters involved are imprisoned they are easily replaced , I wonder if there is any ‘modern’ society free of using citizens as commodities or of a lust for power – (good luck to the people of Hong Kong and elsewhere right now)or do we all have to spend our lives suspending belief that it could be a decent world one day.
The Global Health Security Agenda
The bureaucracy marches forward before your very eyes: almost no one sees it, almost no understands what it means – obviously it was already being formulated with the twin towers, and it crystallised with Obama and the White House in 2014. The meetings were held, the executive orders were made – liberty vanished without a blink: your body was not your own. The WHO declared the “vaccine hesitant” to be threats to world health (January 2019).
Which country will “lead” the GHSA when Italy bows next month after 5 years of political upheaval in that country (thank you Barack). The power grab glides forward subliminally to the gaze of historians – the doubters conveniently categorised as right-wing troublemakers.
The opaque WHO measles data:
Boris Johnson declares war on anti-vaxx movement with campaign to counter vaccine scaremongering
8 hrs ago
Thank you Annie. I noticed the word ‘vacinne hesitancy’ had crept into the propaganda – no doubt psychologists had advised this would not antagonise people as much as the use of ‘anti-vaccinators’. It’s not worked obviously ,Over news broadcasts recently the BBC and others are are doing their bit for the government with simplistic snippets mainly of number of deaths, but no discussion of the reaons people are concerned about vaccinations , messages designed to create fear,
UCL has developed AI to ‘target’ people who miss appointments – how useful…Wonder if people can opt out of receiving their phone calls, texts, e-mails – maybe one day the vaccine police, sorry, concerned health workers, will be knocking at the door at night with a loaded needle.
Meanwhile (no connection of course):
“Special educational needs crisis deepens as councils bust their budgets. Observer investigation reveals 30% rise in overspending against backdrop of a failure to meet demand for services
“The funding crisis in special needs education is deepening, with council overspends on support for children with conditions including autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder rising by 30% in just a year, the Observer can reveal.
“Figures sourced under the Freedom of Information Act from 118 of the 151 local authorities in England show that councils are expecting to overspend their high needs block budgets by £288m in 2019-20 – up from £232m in 2018-19. When money raided from mainstream schools budgets is included, however, these figures rise to £315m in 2018-19 and nearly £410m this year – a rise of almost 30% in the space of 12 months…
“The huge council overspends are despite the government injecting £250m of emergency funding over two years into special needs education last December….
“Anntoinette Bramble of the Local Government Association said: “Councils have seen rapid rises in demand for support following changes in 2014 which extended eligibility to the 16-to-25 age group. [Since then,] councils have overseen an increase of nearly 50% in children and young people with EHC [education, health and care] plans – or, in their previous form, SEN statements…”
See Joe Rogan interview Bernie Sanders, an interesting interview from a pharmaceutical standpoint too. Listen to what Bernie says about pharmaceutical companies and how they ‘scam’ americans, my bet is that Bernie will NOT reach POTUS.
‘Neurodiverse’, yea, we all are, aren’t we?
See George Carlin explain how shellshock became ptsd:
Quote: “minimally exceptional”
Yesterday at 11:59 ·
Är du läkare? Är din partner läkare?
Här finns att läsa om riskerna med SSRI, antidepressiva medel – Peer Reviewed Journal Publications??
Are you a doctor? Is your partner doctors?
Here’s to read about the risks of ssris, antidepressants – peer reviewed journal publications
Yesterday at 11:11 ·
Det finns risker med antidepressiva/SSRI
Stå tyst och låt det ske, eller agera!
There are risks with antidepressants / ssris
Stand quiet and let it happen, or act!
Kicki Olsson De som har medicinen Vill de verkligen veta?………. translation
Kicki Olsson Those who have the medicine do they really want to know?
Think most people take away whatever you say el shows.
Or this is what you’ve heard so many times-I would never make it without!
– have you tried it?
– yes and felt so bad
– of course you did as you feel before is left when you don’t grab why or get help, easier for doctors to print medicine than to give cbt / therapy. + that utsättningssymptomen they can’t handle without help å many don’t even know it’s the medicine / El wants to believe it’s the one who makes them feel shit when they’re going to stop. A lot of people get helped by the but but more people feel more bad. How big is the unreported here in Sweden about ssris and suicide?
Annie, where is the last and translated part written? What site? Do you have a link?
The last part was written as a comment following the notification sent out by whocaresinsweden.com on facebook.
whocaresinsweden.com – Posts | Facebook
You will need a facebook account to follow whocaresinsweden.com and there you can read, and also comment if you wish to..
OK! Well, facebook isn’t my thing, I’m sure you know how a Paxil user can look to outsiders…
I was looking for other swedes with similar background.
Well this is my brief run-down of the NHS “vaccines are safe and important” web-page, full of loose statements and fabulous claims.
Boris, measles, the WHO, Informed Consent and freedom of speech: