Monopoly: it’s not just a game; it’s a business plan.

Title:  EpiPen Demonstration:  Man holding Epipen:  The EpiPen is a safe method of stopping Anaphylactic shock.  Anaphylactic shock can be induced by a number of causes.   For example, suppose you just read that the cost of the EpiPen just increased by 600% and the Big Pharma CEO producing it got a $17 million raise. (Man stabs himself with EpiPen).

Addendum, Later that Same Day:

At The Guardian, Liz Richardson Voyles writes of living with her daughter’s food allergies, which necessitates having EpiPens in the ready. A snippet:

American policymakers just woke up to a reality many American families have been living for years: the US medical system is tilted so far in favor of drug companies, that those reliant on life-saving medications are at the mercy of pharmaceutical manufacturers’ nearly limitless desire to line their pockets. I am a mother in one of those families.

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18 August 2016 · Comments Off on In No Way Related . . . . · Categories: Health Care, Mammon, Masters of the Universe

AETNA spokesperson to rural man:  As a rural person, I'm sure you can understand our decision to pull out . . . . (man clutches chest) We were losing money in your county.  (Man is in hosptal bed)  It had nothing to do with the Feds blocking our merger with Humana.  (Man in cemetery plote)  Oh, I see you've already found another provider.


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17 August 2016 · Comments Off on “My Way or the Highway” · Categories: Mammon, Masters of the Universe, Too Venal for Words

CEO’s have temper tantrums too.

Via Mother Jones.

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07 August 2016 · Comments Off on The Expendables · Categories: Mammon, Masters of the Universe

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04 August 2016 · Comments Off on Career Paths · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Danae:  Daddy, can you explain to Lucy why there aren't any monsters under the bed.  Father:  Yeah.  They all crawled out years ago and went into banking.  Now go to sleep.  Lucy:  I can never tell when he's joking.  Danae:  Adults like it that way.


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26 June 2016 · Comments Off on The World Is Their Oyster (and Their Oyster Knives Are in Hock) · Categories: Mammon, Masters of the Universe

Graduating students taking selfie see large bags of

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I was lucky. My parents paid for my college education. Back in the olden days, when I was a young ‘un, that was indeed possible for middle class families. Hell, when I was a young ‘un, there was still a “middle class.”

That was before college tuition became incredibly expensive and student loans became an instrument for perpetuating penury and paying for banksters’ country-club memberships.

Aside:

I got a letter today asking me to contribute to some memorial for Ronald Reagan. I shall answer it with an envelope full of subscription cards for The Nation, hoping that the senders will read it and learn something.

But they won’t.

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21 June 2016 · Comments Off on Paper Mills · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Thoreau.

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08 June 2016 · Comments Off on Chemical Dependency · Categories: Mammon, Masters of the Universe

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23 May 2016 · Comments Off on David Dayen on Wall Street’s Foreclosure Three-Card Monte · Categories: Masters of the Universe

Part One:

Part Two:

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23 May 2016 · Comments Off on The Confluence of Influence · Categories: Mammon, Masters of the Universe

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15 May 2016 · Comments Off on Three-Card Monetary Monte · Categories: Masters of the Universe

We get a lot of mail inviting us the “free meals” to learn about “exciting investment opportunities” to provide “financial security.”

So does Tony Brown.

We always chuck the mail directly into the round file, but Brown decided to accept some of the invitations. He writes of them at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Here’s a snippet (emphasis added):

I get all these lovely invitations because a) I’m over the age of 60, b) I’m breathing, and c) people attending these dinners often hand over lots of money to their hosts before they get to their seasonal dessert. These alleged “financial planning” events are examples of the ways that billions of dollars from the nation’s precious retirement nest eggs are being diverted into the pockets of these very nice financial-planner people.

This issue — the financial-services business’s habit of exploiting rather then helping people who are preparing for retirement — is why the Obama administration in April enacted so-called “fiduciary” regulations for financial planners and advisers.

These rules will require the financial-services industry — for the first time — to conduct business “in the best interests of their clients.”

You thought that already was the obligation. It is not.

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09 May 2016 · Comments Off on Goldman’s Sacks · Categories: Mammon, Masters of the Universe

Jim Hightower.

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07 May 2016 · Comments Off on The Entitlement Society · Categories: Mammon, Masters of the Universe

The sucklers at the public teat aren’t who you think they are.

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29 April 2016 · Comments Off on Responsible Fiscals · Categories: Mammon, Masters of the Universe

You can’t make this stuff up. (Actually, these days, you could, but you don’t have to.)

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