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The Prescription Drug Landscape, Explored

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  • A look at retail pharmaceutical spending from 2012 to 2016
  • Where Do Prescription Drug Dollars Go?

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https://www.pewtrusts.org/-/media/files/digital_logo_v3.png / March 8, 2019 | Americans spend more on prescription medications each year than the citizens of any other country. Measuring drug spending remains a challenge, however, because of limited public data on how much the various payers and supply chain intermediaries pay for prescription drugs.



While the total cost of (retail prescription drug coverage) coverage has increased, patient out-of-pocket spending has remained stable in recent years, due in part to increased insurance coverage and manufacturer assistance, such as the Part D coverage gap discount and copay coupons.



Americans spend more on prescription medications each year than do the residents of any other country. Key findings, charts, and graphics break down the impact along the drug supply chain.

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How corporate America invented ‘Christian America’ to fight the New Deal

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/ President Richard Nixon and the evangelist Billy Graham, 1970. (Photo: Bettmann / Corbis)

Ministers cooperated with big business to formulate an ideology that the New Deal was a threat to traditional American Christian values of free enterprise and individualism while promoting the false pagan deity of statism.

Ron Briley, History News Network / Church and State

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http://churchandstate.org.uk/wordpressRM/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/in-god-we-trust.jpg 23 March 2016 | The 2016 annual meeting for the Organization of American Historians (OAH) will feature a session focusing upon the provocative book One Nation Under God by Princeton history professor Keven M. Kruse. In One Nation Under God, Kruse argues that the idea of the United States as a Christian nation does not find its origins with the founding of the United States or the writing of the Constitution. Rather, the notion of America as specifically consecrated by God to be a beacon for liberty was the work of corporate and religious figures opposed to New Deal statism and interference with free enterprise. The political conflict found in this concept of Christian libertarianism was modified by President Dwight Eisenhower who advocated a more civic religion of “one nation under God” to which both liberals and conservatives might subscribe.

Kruse concludes that with the polarization of America in the 1960s over such issues such as school prayer and the war in Vietnam, politicians such as Richard Nixon abandoned the more inclusive civic religion of the Eisenhower era. Kruse writes that by the 1970s “the rhetoric of ‘one nation under God’ no longer brought Americans together; it only reminded them how divided they had become” (274). Arguing that public religion is a modern invention that has little to do with America’s origins, Kruse maintains that contemporary political discourse needs to better recognize the political ideology being perpetuated by the advocates of America as a Christian nation. Needless to say, Kruse’s arguments will antagonize many on the Christian right, as well as many on the left who have employed Christianity as the means through which to implement principles of equality and opportunity as extolled by Jesus of Nazareth, the working-class carpenter.

Ron Briley is a film historian who retired from teaching history after 37 years at Sandia Prep School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also taught history for 20 years as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico Valencia campus.

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FDA Found Glyphosate in Nearly All Foods Tested and Hid the Results


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  • In an alarming revelation, it has come to light that government scientists at U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have found the weed killer ingredient glyphosate in many popular processed foods.
  • Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: a Realist’s Perspective on the Environmental Crisis

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06/23/2018 | Glyphosate is perhaps best known as the main ingredient in the Roundup weed killer brand from the Monsanto company. And, the FDA has been testing foods for the presence of herbicides and pesticides including this highly toxic substance glyphosate for two years – but had not released results. (Gee, I wonder why).

Glyphosate has been used in weed killer for the past 40 years.

The leaked information shows that the organization has had trouble finding foods that do NOT contain traces of this harmful chemical. Corn meal, crackers, cereals and many other processed foods all show traces of glyphosate.

Jonathan Landsman is the managing director of NaturalHealth365.com and host of the NaturalNews Talk Hour – a weekly health show.

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Dying of Consumption While Guzzling Snake Oil: a Realist’s Perspective on the Environmental Crisis, Kristine Mattis, Greanville Post

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  • We’re an egotistical, delusional lot, us humans. We’re the only species on the planet who despoils its own life support system and who does not live within biological limits. Does that make us the most intelligent or least intelligent species?
  • Related: The Plastic Bag: An American History

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Trump has sold out the farmers that voted for him — and now they’re racing toward calamity.

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As a farmer told me, “You can still make a small fortune in agriculture, but the problem is you have to start with a large fortune.” Farmers tend to be…

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March 20, 2019 | As a farmer told me, “You can still make a small fortune in agriculture, but the problem is you have to start with a large fortune.”

Farmers tend to be optimistic pessimists. They know the odds are against them — the bankers, bugs, monopolists, violent weather and sorry politicians. Yet, they keep at it as long as they can; working long and hard hours, enduring arduous conditions and tremendous stress to nurture the seeds that bring us an abundance of foods. But sometimes, the odds bunch up. Coping with natural disasters is to be expected. It’s the unnatural disasters of rigged economic policies, Wall Street greed and unrestrained corporate profiteering that slam the door on good, efficient family farmers, making it impossible for them to keep producing.

Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s alsoeditor of the populist newsletter, the Hightower Lowdown.

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Series | Part 2: The Secret to Funding a Green New Deal

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A network of public banks, including a central bank operated as a public utility, could similarly fund a U.S. Green New Deal—without raising taxes, driving up the federal debt or inflating prices.

Ellen Brown, Truthdig

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March 19, 2019 | As alarm bells sound over the advancing destruction of the environment, a variety of Green New Deal proposals have appeared in the U.S. and Europe, along with some interesting academic debates about how to fund them. Monetary policy, normally relegated to obscure academic tomes and bureaucratic meetings behind closed doors, has suddenly taken center stage.

The 14-page proposal for a Green New Deal submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., does not actually mention Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), but that is the approach currently capturing the attention of the media—and taking most of the heat. The concept is good: Abundance can be ours without worrying about taxes or debt, at least until we hit full productive capacity. But, as with most theories, the devil is in the details.

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Series | Part 1: This Radical Plan to Fund the ‘Green New Deal’ Just Might Work. Ellen Brown, Truthdig

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  • The Public Bank Option: The Precedent of Roosevelt’s New Deal
  • Related: What’s the ‘Green New Deal’? The surprising origins behind a progressive rallying cry.
     

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Series | Part 1: This Radical Plan to Fund the ‘Green New Deal’ Just Might Work

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  • The Public Bank Option: The Precedent of Roosevelt’s New Deal
  • Related: What’s the ‘Green New Deal’? The surprising origins behind a progressive rallying cry.

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December 16, 2018 | With what author and activist Naomi Klein calls “galloping momentum,” the “Green New Deal” promoted by Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., appears to be forging a political pathway for solving all of the ills of society and the planet in one fell swoop. Her plan would give a House select committee “a mandate that connects the dots” between energy, transportation, housing, health care, living wages, a jobs guarantee and more. But even to critics on the left, it is merely political theater, because “everyone knows” a program of that scope cannot be funded without a massive redistribution of wealth and slashing of other programs (notably the military), which is not politically feasible.

That may be the case, but Ocasio-Cortez and the 22 representatives joining her in calling for a select committee also are proposing a novel way to fund the program, one that could actually work. The resolution says funding will come primarily from the federal government, “using a combination of the Federal Reserve, a new public bank or system of regional and specialized public banks, public venture funds and such other vehicles or structures that the select committee deems appropriate, in order to ensure that interest and other investment returns generated from public investments made in connection with the Plan will be returned to the treasury, reduce taxpayer burden and allow for more investment.”
 

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What’s the ‘Green New Deal’? The surprising origins behind a progressive rallying cry. Alexander C. Kaufman, Grist

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  • “The Green New Deal we are proposing will be similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II or the Marshall Plan,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Socialists of America US representative of a working-class Bronx and Queens district in New York City said by email. “It will require the investment of trillions of dollars and the creation of millions of high-wage jobs. We must again invest in the development, manufacturing, deployment, and distribution of energy but this time green energy.”
     

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How America Can Free Itself From Wall Street

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  • Wall Street owns the country.
  • Related: Central Banks Have Gone Rogue; The Contagion Has Spread To Democracy Itself.

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Wall Street owns the country. That was the opening line of a fiery speech that populist leader Mary Ellen Lease delivered around 1890. Franklin Roosevelt said it again in a letter to Colonel House in 1933, and Sen. Dick Durbin was still saying it in 2009. “The banks—hard to believe in a time when we’re facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created—are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill,” Durbin said in an interview. “And they frankly own the place.”

Wall Street banks triggered a credit crisis in 2008-09 that wiped out over $19 trillion in household wealth, turned some 10 million families out of their homes and cost almost 9 million jobs in the U.S. alone. Yet the banks were bailed out without penalty, while defrauded home buyers were left without recourse or compensation. The banks made a killing on interest rate swaps with citiesandstates across the country, after a compliant and accommodating Federal Reserve dropped interest rates nearly to zero. Attempts to renegotiate these deals have failed.

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Central Banks Have Gone Rogue; The Contagion Has Spread To Democracy Itself. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • https://www.federalreserve.gov/aboutthefed/aroundtheboard/eccles-building.jpgPart 1: Ten Years After The Financial Crisis, The Contagion Has Spread To Democracy Itself.
  • Tim Geithner, BenBernankeand Hank Paulson dealt a catastrophic blow to public faith in American institutions.
  • Part 2: Central Banks Have Gone Rogue, Putting Us All at Risk.
  • It is time to curb central bank independence. Iftheirpowerful tools are going to be put to work, it should be in the service of the public and the economy.

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Neoliberalism And The Rationalization Of Corporate Tyranny


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  • The lesson is that if we want to make things better, we need to spread compassion and generosity throughout our daily lives. Even more important is the creation of a mass movement that seeks to overthrow corporate capitalism, and then create a society which protects the planet while ensuring that every person has a safe and comfortable life.
  • Related: Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems

Rainer Shea‬, Medium

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Dec 26, 2018 | In his critique of Barack Obama, the author Chris Wright writes that “As a Marxist, I’m not very interested in the psychology of the powerful. I don’t think it matters much, and it tends to be pretty uniform and predictable anyway: self-overestimation, self-justification, moral rationalizations for every horrendous decision made, brutal callousness to human suffering beneath (at best) a veneer of concern, energies directed to machinations for increased power, cowardly accommodation to the path of least political resistance, a collective insularity of the golden-boy culture gilded with sycophants, etc.”

This is why to understand the pathologies behind our paradigm of militarism, institutional racism, and extreme inequality, we should focus not so much on the attitudes of the elites but on the ideology that they use to advance their agenda.

‪‬‪Rainer Shea‬: I’m using this platform to deconstruct establishment propaganda and to promote meaningful action.

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Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems, George Monbiot, Guardian

Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative?


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