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Big Pharma Sucks 💊
Work Rules 🧑💼
Big Weekend 🏈
Spend any time in front of the television and you’ll see ads touting the latest drugs that you shouldn’t take if you’re allergic to and that you most definitely need to ask your doctor about. Now comes a study showing that the people behind those ads give fewer shits about your health than what will be caused by the anal leakage side effect of their drugs.
The study appeared in JAMA this week and concludes that Big Pharma — one of the singular greatest evils in modern-day Muricah — spent far more money advertising drugs that provide fewer and lower benefits for patients.
Shockingly, these drug companies are pushing products that don’t fix anything worthwhile yet they portray them as life-changing. The result? Nearly two-thirds of the country’s top-selling prescription drugs were rated as offering patients low added benefit by health agencies outside of our bought-and-paid-for gubment. Again, shockingly, the Muricahn gubmet doesn’t have an agency that compares prescription drugs for actual effectiveness. Why do that, right?
For. The. Love.
What my journey through the Muricahn healthcare system with Longhaul COVID showed me is that it isn’t really interested in curing you of anything. It is, however, tremendously interested in treating you with expensive stuff that doesn’t actually fix the problem and, more often than not, creates new ones that then need other expensive things it sells to manage.
To find actual cures, you often have to leave what we call “traditional medicine” (Read: What’s covered by health insurance) and go to those whacky alternative things that actually fix the problems you have or — and here’s something revolutionary — prevent them from happening in the first place!
The state and federal lobbying efforts of Big Pharma lead the list of money spent buying votes by far. The pharmaceutical and health products industry spent about $283.9 million buying legislators, err, lobbying in 2022. That beats the next highest lobbying total — the electronics manufacturing industry — by more than $119 million! Thus, all those involved in setting policy to treat what ails ya have no desire to make you better but rather to keep you sick and buying drugs.
Perhaps Big Pharma has demonstrate it isn’t responsible enough to be allowed to buy advertising to promote its crap.
Today, I sit at my desk at work comfortably wearing jeans because the powers that be have declared this is allowable to recognize the Chiefs participating in Sunday’s Super Bowl. An alien visiting this planet would read that sentence and go, “Huh?” But yes, grown adults can tell other grown adults they can wear what they’d wear if they could wear what they want to wear because of a football game.
This led to a conversation with Wifey Poo this morning about how I’d run a business.
There would be so many fewer rules. So much that leads to workplace rules come because the average manager sucks at hiring. Thus, they hire people who need to be managed … who need to be told what they can and can’t wear and when the can and can’t take days off.
My contention is that these things aren’t a problem if you hire the right people and communicate with them regularly and openly. Ask the right questions in an interview and you don’t get the person showing up to work looking like an utter slob and then pushing his or her right to do so. Hire the right people and you don’t have to worry about managing anyone’s PTO.
Bottom line? Do things my way and HR departments are functionally unnecessary (which has been my belief for decades now). That would be a big cost-savings for most businesses and make the world a better place for all.
Wifey Poo thinks I’m crazy and that problems would emerge. She’s probably right on both fronts. But then the problems that emerge can be compared to what the people said in their interviews and those problem-causers can be fired for being untruthful. My company would have employees whom I trust implicitly, and if you lie in your interview, you can’t be trusted, right?
Whatever the case, I seem to have a bee in my bonnet these days over all these dumb workplace rules I’ve encountered everywhere I’ve gone. I play nice because I don’t really care in the end and if you think I’m more creative wearing khakis than jeans, have at it.
But if I had my way ….
When my classmate Sarah died late last year, I realized just how much she was a part of the fabric of my childhood. And that was interesting to me. I mean, were my life a movie, Sarah wouldn’t be anything close to the lead actress. She would probably be considered an extra in many ways,…Keep reading
I have a busy weekend coming up. Today after work, Boy The Younger has a basketball tournament. His first game actually starts at 2, but because I’m evidently obligated to be at my desk during certain hours and productivity in the Muricahn workplace is measured in timed served and not work quality, I’ll miss that one. (Told you I had a bee in my bonnet.) Game 2 is at 6.
Boy The Elder is home for the weekend. Tomorrow, I’ll be sawing through a basketball pole to remove it from the edge of our driveway. Then, I have the second of my two tattoos. In the evening, Wifey Poo and I are going to see the live showing of the Small Town Murder podcast.
Sunday, I have my first-ever improv class and am extremely nervous about that. I’m always nervous before new experiences, and this one is most definitely far out of my comfort zone. After that, BTY has a fundraiser for his baseball team at a local bar/arcade. I love that it’s at a classic old-school arcade. $1 from every beer sold goes to his team. Nothing like linking mass alcohol consumption and youth sports! Anyway, after that we’re having 4,591 people over for The Super Bowl. BTE and his friend are making wings. We’re getting doughnuts because that’s what we did the time the Chiefs actually one the Big Game. There will be a wide array of other foods and I’m sure some adult beverages.
Maybe I’ll take Monday off to unwind! Gotta ask permission, though. (OK. I’m done. For realz.)
Today’s Reasons to Keep Living
- Tattoo Day!
- Improv Day!
- Super Bowl Day!
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🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Muricah The Evil 🦅You Buy You 💰Big-Ass Van 🚚 I find it rather humorous that Muricah warned China not to send arms to one side of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine … and that we issued this warning with a straight face. I’m quite sure most Muricahns believe their country…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Salve 🩹Car Wash 🚗💧Light Removal 🎄 I try not to venture too often into a Wal-Mart, especially on the weekend. I cling to slim hope for this nation as it is, and I find Wal-Mart trips do not help my grip. Alas, this weekend, Boy The Younger was under the weather…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩CC, BCC, FU 📧Basketball Poll 🏀Andy Rooney 🎙️ This week has largely been a Shit Week marred by Shit People. What are Shit People? They aren’t exactly easy to define, but one hallmark of a Shit Person is his rampant use of the CC function at work to passive-aggressively play power…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Chill Day 🛋️Busy Weekend ⚾Halftime 🏈 I’m not working today. Not only am I not working at my day job, I’m not doing any work for my side gig today. I’m not planning on doing much of anything, actually. And I don’t feel guilty about that. This weekend was insanely busy.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Top 5 🎈Symphony 🎻Living Eulogies 💗 Top 5 things overheard in Missourah last week as a purported Chinese spy balloon made its way over the state en route to its rendezvous with an F22’s missile: Despite my high-brow upbringing in Suburbia, New York, I’m not what anyone would call A Symphony…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Space Walk 🧑🚀Bye-Bye Brady 🏈Failure Rate 🐿️ When Boy The Elder was just Boy and devoid of a younger brother, we had a nickname for him: Pokey Joe. BTE didn’t do anything fast, but more than anything, what he did incredibly slow was get out of a car. That would suck…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Raccoons 🦝February 💘Man Nips 🕺 Today I bring you the story of a raccoon who got his balls stuck to railroad tracks. But the reason you think I’m bringing you this story is not the reason I’m bringing you this story. You think I’m bringing the story of the raccoon Neil…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Tyre Nichols 😔Tattoo Day ✒️Nephew Hoops🏀 I was a white kid in suburbia, New York, in 1988 when the gangsta rap group N.W.A. came out with its album Straight Outta Compton, featuring the song Fuck Tha Police. It was scandalous, at the time, to suggest that the police would be anything…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Car Concert 🎵Sick Wife🤒People Suck 🖕 Within the 24 hours in the run-up to Snowpocalypse 2023, the estimates on the Weather Channel app for our snowfall total ranged from 1 to 10 inches. That’s like going to the doctor and being told you have anything from a splinter to terminal cancer.…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Mission: Failed 👎Ho 🤣Handy Family 👍 It has to suck to work at the Missouri Department of Transportation. Why? It took exactly 75 minutes for all of 2023 to be a failure. Let me explain. Those of you unfortunate enough to have been involved in any sort of corporate planning process…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Houston 🖊️Sad clown 🤡Taco Seasoning 🌮 Houston, Missourah, is not unlike a lot of other rural Missourah towns through which I’ve driven and bears a resemblance to the Small Town USA in which Boy The Elder did a lot of his early growing up and to which Boy The Younger came…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Definitions 📖Missing Bourbon 🥃Mysterious Knocks 😵 I generally abhor any writing that starts with, “Webster’s dictionary defines …” Webster’s dictionary defines “ceiling” as a noun meaning “the overhead inside lining of a room.” The implication is that it’s a limitation, a max, a point of demarcation between what’s out there and…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Sadness 😥Annoyance 😠Disappointment 😞 When Boy The Elder was Boy The Only in our home, he watched one of the Air Bud movies featuring a basketball-playing dog. Or maybe it was football. Or soccer. By the time that series was over, that dog had played them all. Anyway, whichever Air Bud…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Thor’s Blurry Hammer 🍆Pigeon Delivery 🕊️Idiot List 🤪 Thor is really, really good with his hammer. And by that, I mean that Thor the walrus in Scarborough, England, is really good at masturbating and ruining New Years Eve. If you haven’t heard about this story, stop reading stupid news like politics…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Bruising Basketball 🏀Poke ☝️Six?!? 🔫 I grew up in the NBA era of the Bad Boys Detroit Pistons while loving a New York Knicks team that was, to put it mildly, quite physical. Guys like Steph Curry and LeBron James can makes basketball seem like artistry these days, but give me…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩What There is Like! ⛅’Modern Policing’ 🚨Xylophone Time! 🎵 When you decide to talk about a time in which you truly believe you more-or-less died and saw what comes after this life, you have to be comfortable with the fact that people might think you’re nuts. Hell, talking about it on…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Grace Ashford! 📰Idaholy Shit! 🥔Story of the Year! 🍆 The three most influential people in my life as a journalist are, sadly, all part of the Great Newsroom in the Sky now. Professors Michael Perkins and Bob Woodward (AKA Bob Woodward-Not-That-Bob-Woodward) helped educate me at Drake University, and Lisa Warren was…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Poor Puppy 🐶Romeo and Juliet 🤴👸Meta Mistake 🙊 Disturbing news out of Washington, D.C., today as Republican Congressman-elect George Santos (if that’s his real name) brought a 6-month-old puppy to the house floor and screamed “Hey, look at me!” before slitting its throat and lapping up its squirting blood like a…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩A Pretty Good Rant 😠Tesla Plunge 🚗Missed Lasts 😥 Those of you who regularly read my drivel (I see you, DirtySciFiBuddah) might have become aware of the fact over the past year or so that I am not a huge fan of our world’s modern institutions. All of them might, in…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Incomplete 🕮Frustration 😠Bowl Bust 🏈 To say that I know how to write is like saying I know how to breathe. No one considers that they know how to breathe. They just … breathe. No one is particularly good at breathing or bad at breathing. Again, they just … breathe. I’ve…Keep reading
Welcome to Issue No. 15 of Listicles, the feature that presents the Top 10, Top 5, Top 3, Top 100 or Top 1,000,000 of whatever it is you want to know about. Email your Listicle suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. So last year, I had a list of 100 intentions for 2022, and I did fairly well,…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩2023 📅Helping 🧠The Universe 🔭 I’m not much for long-term plans and goals. This isn’t to suggest I don’t think they’re important. I just think that spending a lot of time on them is futile. What’s the saying? Man plans, God laughs. Something like that. Anyway, I’ve learned through experience that…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Chain Links 🔗”Work” 🧑💼Popular Toys 🧸 After my first son died in December 2000, I spent a lot of time wondering why. Why me? Why Wifey Poo? Why Jacob? Why this level of suffering in a world supposedly created and run by an all-loving, all-knowing, all-powerful God? So I did what…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Chiefs! 🏈Indy Tickets 🏎️Bank Visit 💰 When I bought the tickets to the Christmas Eve contest between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks as a gift for Boys The Elder & Younger, it was sometime in September and temps hovered around 90 degrees. The thought that the game might…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Timelines 👶Extinctions 🌋Sin City 👌 As I fall deeper down the rabbit hole learning more about theories on space and time, the concept of alternative timelines comes up again and again and again. Whether it’s the stuff of science fiction or one day will be proven to be the stuff of…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩’Cousin’ Laughs🎤Improv!?!? 🎭Drake Hoops 🏀 Back when I was a boy, I had a favorite Cousin-Who-Wasn’t-A-Cousin. His name was Joey DeVito, and he was in no way a blood relation to me, though I called his father Uncle Frankie and his mother Aunt Celia. I’m pretty sure this is an East…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Glazed 🍩Bingo! 🖥️Disappearing Christians ⛪ I didn’t intend to bring doughnuts for my co-workers yesterday morning. It just sorta happened. How it happened and how it played out is a window into my weird mind. First, an explanation: I have a card purchased from Boy The Younger that entitles me to…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩STL’s Homeless 😥Snake Hoo-Hoos 🐍That Was Epoch 👴 I found James huddled underneath a blanket as he sat, knees to his chest, head bowed, just outside the doorway of a CVS in the Delmar Loop section of St. Louis. If you’re not familiar with the area, it’s a fun place filled…Keep reading
🧩 Today’s Puzzle Pieces 🧩Knicks Memory 🏀JBM LLC 🧑🏼💼Brain Drain 🧠 My most memorable interaction with Paul Silas occurred when I was a 17-year-old kid with big dreams of being a sports reporter. I’d talked with Paul before — his wife and Mother Dearest were active in the local Make A Wish Foundation chapter and…Keep reading