Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
The answer: because that's what the pharmaceutical industry wants. For decades New Zealand has kept drug prices far below the exorbitant levels that Americans are used to paying. Pharmac, the New Zealand drug-buying agency, decides which drugs it will cover and negotiates with pharmaceutical companies for a reasonable price. But a group of 26 US Senators has decided that this must change, and has written a letter to this effect to President Obama. As Radio New Zealand reports, the Senators have "received $6.5 million in donations from the pharmaceutical industry over the past five years."
"We would not tell the United States how to run Disneyland," the Marlborough Express points out. So why is the United States telling New Zealand how to run its healthcare system?
Read the full story at Placebo Effect, by Jim Edwards.
Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference
September 29-30, 2011; Kalamazoo, Michigan
Proposals are due by July 15, 2011.
More information here.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
"The Obama DOJ's effort to force New York Times investigative journalist Jim Risen to testify in a whistleblower prosecution and reveal his source is really remarkable and revealing in several ways; it should be receiving much more attention than it is. On its own, the whistleblower prosecution and accompanying targeting of Risen are pernicious, but more importantly, it underscores the menacing attempt by the Obama administration -- as Risen yesterday pointed out -- to threaten and intimidate whistleblowers, journalists and activists who meaningfully challenge what the government does in secret."
Read it here.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Read about it here.
Read the rest of the story here.
The theme this year is:
‘No Country for Old Men (or Women): Bioethical issues relating to increasing pressures on the health care system.
Topics include: Diseases of lifestyle (e.g. obesity)
An ageing population
Equity and distributive justice
New technologies (e.g. ART, stem cells)
Papers on other topics will be considered.
Details of the Call for Papers (by 14 October 2011) are available on the Conference Website.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Fair enough. But why pick Humphrey? He already has a sports stadium, an airport terminal and a school of public affairs. And why pick on South Carolina, which has already taken such a (self-inflicted) beating in the press? Much better simply to name the lake after another great South Carolinian. We recommend James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, the hardest working man in show business, and a native of Barnwell, South Carolina. Make it funky.
Read how drug companies hide the price of new drugs in the NY Times.
Monday, June 13, 2011
University of Alberta medical students outed Baker when they found the speech online. In a statement on behalf of the students, class president Brittany Barber wrote, "People should know that we will not stand for this academic dishonesty, and our deepest wish is that this incident does not reflect poorly on the integrity of our class, the medical school and, ultimately, the university."
Read about it at CBC News.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
HUMAN RESOURCES Good morning, and thank you for participating in this fully confidential exit interview. Just to begin, how many years have you been with the company?
RONALD MCDONALD (stares blankly at the wall, not seeming to hear)
H.R. Er ... Mr. McDonald?
RONALD ( singing the Big Mac song softly, like a hymn) ... two all-beef patties ... special sauce, lettuce, cheese ... (Distraught, he retrieves three single-serving packets of ketchup from his jumpsuit and squeezes them directly into his mouth.)
H.R. I realize this must be difficult for you. It’s quite normal for employees in your position to experience a period of grief.
RONALD Forty-eight years ... forty-eight years... (kneading his forehead) How could I have been so stupid! Why didn’t I put away more? Or even a little! I don’t even have a résumé! (suddenly engaged) Hey, maybe there’s something else I could do! Maybe in payroll or Web-development — even something on the political side? I know politicians! I once went on a golf trip with Steny Hoyer. (pulls out cellphone) Hold on, I think he’s still in my contacts —
Read the rest of the exit interview in the Times.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Read the Daily story here.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The following job ad was posted by Matt Doig of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (at least according to Mother Jones, which reprinted it here.
We want to add some talent to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune investigative team. Every serious candidate should have a proven track record of conceiving, reporting and writing stellar investigative pieces that provoke change. However, our ideal candidate has also cursed out an editor, had spokespeople hang up on them in anger and threatened to resign at least once because some fool wanted to screw around with their perfect lede.
We do a mix of quick hit investigative work when events call for it and mini-projects that might run for a few days. But every year we like to put together a project way too ambitious for a paper our size because we dream that one day Walt Bogdanich will have to say: “I can’t believe the Sarasota Whatever-Tribune cost me my 20th Pulitzer.” As many of you already know, those kinds of projects can be hellish, soul-sucking, doubt-inducing affairs. But if you’re the type of sicko who likes holing up in a tiny, closed office with reporters of questionable hygiene to build databases from scratch by hand-entering thousands of pages of documents to take on powerful people and institutions that wish you were dead, all for the glorious reward of having readers pick up the paper and glance at your potential prize-winning epic as they flip their way to the Jumble… well, if that sounds like journalism Heaven, then you’re our kind of sicko.
For those unaware of Florida’s reputation, it’s arguably the best news state in the country and not just because of the great public records laws. We have all kinds of corruption, violence and scumbaggery. The 9/11 terrorists trained here. Bush read My Pet Goat here. Our elections are colossal clusterfucks. Our new governor once ran a health care company that got hit with a record fine because of rampant Medicare fraud. We have hurricanes, wildfires, tar balls, bedbugs, diseased citrus trees and an entire town overrun by giant roaches (only one of those things is made up). And we have Disney World and beaches, so bring the whole family.
Send questions, or a resume/cover letter/links to clips to my email address below. If you already have your dream job, please pass this along to someone whose skills you covet. Thanks.Matthew Doig
1741 Main St.
Sarasota FL, 34236
Read about it in Nature.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Read it in The Nation.
"In a small west Texas town called Kermit, two nurses were accused of harassment after they complained to the medical board that a doctor was putting patients in danger. The nurses were fired and then arrested, facing ten years in prison. Reporter Saul Elbein found that a group of powerful men in Kermit went to extreme and sometimes ridiculous lengths to try to bring down these nurses. Saul wrote a version of this story for the Texas Observer."
Listen to it here. Or read it in the Texas Observer.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Read more in the WSJ.