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Martin Shkreli: scumbag or not?

You be the judge.
The New York Times reports:
Specialists in infectious disease are protesting a gigantic overnight increase in the price of a 62-year-old drug that is the standard of care for treating a life-threatening parasitic infection.
The drug, called Daraprim, was acquired in August by Turing Pharmaceuticals, a start-up run by a former hedge fund manager [...]

Scientifically-ignorant legislators on parade

To conclusively disprove the existence of climate change, Republican Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma picked up some snow outside the US Capitol building and threw it on the Senator floor. Seriously.

Inhofe is the chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Seriously. He is one of the growing number of Republicans who deny being [...]

Shepard Smith: again the Voice of Sanity at Fox News

No, Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin: The possibility of Islamic State agents infecting themselves with the Ebola virus and traveling to the US is not a “real and present danger.”
No, Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona: We were not told there would never be a case of Ebola in the United States.
No, Republican Congressman [...]

Lancet editor apologizes in Israel

During a three-day visit to Israel, where he toured medical facilities and met researchers and doctors, Lancet editor Richard Horton seems to have undergone a change of heart about the country, which has been frequently vilified in the pages of the medical journal.
Last month The Telegraph reported:
In August, [The Lancet] published a controversial “open letter [...]

The Lancet strikes again

Do any physicians still take the British medical journal the Lancet seriously as a source of reliable and unbiased information?
In 1998 the Lancet published the infamous paper by Dr. Andrew Wakefield linking autism to the childhood vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella. Twelve years later the journal finally got around to retracting it.
[Wakefield's] assertion, now [...]

A Republican I could vote for

It’s been several decades since I voted for a Republican (a circuit court judge in the 1970s), but if I lived in the small town of Belhaven, North Carolina, I’d have no problem voting to reelect the Republican mayor.
The Republican mayor of the small town of Belhaven, NC began a 273-mile walk to Washington, DC [...]

Obamacare Kentucky watch

The last time I posted about the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare)– in November, when things weren’t looking good and Republicans were gleeful– I advised a laser-like focus on the State of Kentucky.
I chose Kentucky for two reasons:
1. Kentucky is a Republican-leaning “red state” which sent anti-”big government” Rand Paul to the US Senate in [...]

Texas abortion update

Last year, when the Texas legislature was passing a radical anti-abortion law that included stringent new standards for abortion clinics, I observed:
[T]he purpose of these restrictions is not to make abortions safer but to make it as difficult as possible for women to obtain legal abortions– especially low-income women outside of a few urban areas.
And [...]

Creigh Deeds speaks

Gus and Creigh Deeds
Last November I posted about Creigh Deeds, who represents my part of southwest Virginia in the State Senate, being stabbed multiple times by his mentally-disturbed son Gus, who then shot himself to death after a failure of the mental health system.
Deeds, who bears the physical and emotional scars of that tragic encounter, [...]

Obamacare update: watch Kentucky

As I wrote here last July, I’m not a fan of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, which I still think is “much too complex and doesn’t do enough to hold down inflated medical costs.”
And events of the past several weeks– including the infamously malfunctioning website and President Obama’s now-discredited promise that everyone who likes [...]