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Dear "Skeptics," Bash Homeopathy and Bigfoot Less, Mammograms and War More - Scientific American Blog Network
"I’m asking you skeptics to spend less time bashing soft targets like homeopathy and Bigfoot and more time bashing hard targets like multiverses, cancer tests, psychiatric drugs and war, the hardest target of all.

I don’t expect you to agree with my framing of these issues. All I ask is that you examine your own views skeptically. And ask yourself this: Shouldn’t ending war be a moral imperative, like ending slavery or the subjugation of women? How can we not end war?"
science  skeptics  skepticism  health  medicine  mentalHealth  pharmaceuticals  genetics  war  culture  USA  militarism 
may 2016 by petej
Paul Mason’s postcapitalism | Shores of Anarres
"This is where an anarchist analysis of the state, based on first hand experience and roughly 200 years of libertarian thought and struggles, together with a Marxian analysis of the role of the state in the rise of capitalism sounds an alarm bell the size of a Google server hall. Mason goes on to tell us that “It will need the state to create the framework – just as it created the framework for factory labor, sound currencies and free trade in the early 19th century” and that we need “to use governmental power in a radical and disruptive way; and to direct all actions towards the transition – not the defense of random elements of the old system”. There is however no mention how we are supposed to seize the state for these purposes, why we should expect it to already be on our side, or how we stop short of abusing that new power in the way power interests always have tended to abuse it – to protect themselves, the new elite, from enemies real and imaginary, known by a hundred different names."
technology  work  labour  Marx  Kropotkin  Keynes  capitalism  postCapitalism  post-capitalism  MasonPaul  utopianism  TheLeft  anarchism  state  abundance  scarcity  informationTechnology  food  housing  pharmaceuticals  power  control  politics  economics 
november 2015 by petej
Merck to Bristol-Myers Face More Threats on India Drug Patents - Businessweek
Bayer Chief Executive Officer Marijn Dekkers called the compulsory license “essentially theft.”

“We did not develop this medicine for Indians,” Dekkers said Dec. 3. “We developed it for western patients who can afford it.”
India  pharmaceuticals  drugs  legal  health  cancer  medicine  Bayer 
january 2014 by petej

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