GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The FDA kills people with its costs and delays

http://www.downsizedcfoundation.org/fda.html

How the FDA helped kill my Dad
A case study in government harm
by Jim Babka

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a noble purpose — to protect you from dubious drug claims and toxicity. Most government programs are created for high-minded or compassionate reasons.

But the FDA probably kills more people than it saves.

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I wouldn’t say “probably”.

I wonder personally how, if the FDA had it’s head out of its collective <synonym for donkey>, then perhaps a drug or treatment might have been available to save her.

I have no details. No specifics. But, just a lingering nagging doubt that if the politicians and bureaucrats were not “helping” or “protecting” me and mine.

Just imagine all the good that could be done if all the expense of unnecessary overhead was wrung out of the process and put to better use.

Imagine “Consumers’ Reports” for medicine?

I’d subscribe!

And, what about all these “charities” that seek to cure stuff but never go out of business. The March of Dimes cured polio and then shifted on to “birth defects”. And United Way pays their CEO millions; how much does the Salvation Army pay its troops?

Sorry, but we could be better served by “simplifying” the Gooferment out of all these processes.

imho

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MONEY: Gold standard; can’t get there until after the crash!

http://dumpdc.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/dreams-of-the-gold-standard/

Dreams of the Gold Standard by Linda Brady Traynham

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Chances are we’ll do better solving that problem than wriggling out of the financial messes caused by corruption, vote-buying, deliberate waste, and pretty fairy tales that everyone can lead a nice, safe middle class life like the Cunninghams on “Happy Days.”

What we really want is a stable currency along with a stable interest rate, traditionally 4%. What are developing are panics, lengthy recessions, stagflation, and growing fright and anger. I pledged to think of something “nice” that could happen, and I can only think of two. First, I could be wrong. Who am I to think I know better than the self-proclaimed “best and brightest?” Well…to be brutally blunt, I think I’m a very nice lady who has had a long, pretty priveleged life who is concerned about the future and usually calls a pig a pig, although I do know how to concoct sentences such as, “As always, it is not the case that stochastic analysis can compensate for human variability.” Meaning that in a world of random chance and individuals anything could happen.

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Interesting?

How does one get back to a “gold standard”?

First, if you’re going to save, you have to save in metals; not dollars.

Second, you’re going to change your thinking. Buying stocks and bonds; price it in gold. IRA or 401k, evaluate it in ounces of something.

Third, you’re going to have to go back to basics. No debt. Pay “cash”. Stock up what you need for the hyper-inflation.

Fourth, think like our depression era forefathers, the Amaish, or the Mormans. Batten down the hatches, we’re in for a rough ride.

Fifth, try your hand at barter, your own business, or anything that you can think to earn wealth.

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HARDWARE: Free up tour guides to do other wealth building activities?

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-hopes-ipod-can-bring-silence-to-romes-churches

Vatican hopes iPod can bring silence to Rome’s churches

By David Kerr

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Rome, Italy, Jun 24, 2011 / 06:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has introduced a new way of keeping silence in their churches while also informing tourists – the iPod.

Today is the first full day of a trial which sees pilgrims to the basilica of St. John Lateran given the audio-guide with a special app explaining the 1,700-year history of the church, which serves as the Pope’s cathedral.

“I can easily say that in Italy there are no examples of experiences like this in religious contexts, probably not even those in museums,” Jelena Jovanovic said to CNA. Her company, Antenna International, created the handheld device.

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Think about the poor guides out of work.

Technology marches on.

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SERVICE: Text message delayed as needed

http://ohdontforget.com

schedule text messages

Text messages queued up with Ohdontforget.com will be delivered at the date & time specified, unless you specify “now”, which will send the message instantly.

creative uses

Remind anyone about an event at a specific day & time queue up birthday reminders for the next several months have your to–do items sent to you throughout the day.

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TECHNOLOGY: “Driverless” in compared to the Gooferment’s “High Speed Rail”

http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/driverless-nevada

Driverless Nevada
Posted by Randal O’Toole

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The introduction of true driverless cars will significantly expand personal mobility because anyone—not just people over 16 who can pass a driver’s test—will be able to use them. Driverless cars will reduce congestion and improve safety. The new mobility will significantly change the way we live. And the cars will render obsolete any and all rail transit and moderate-speed rail lines now being planned or under construction long before taxpayers finish paying the heavy debts incurred to build such lines.

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Having just driven recently for 8 hours from NJ to NH and a week later the reverse, I’d love to have had one!

Perhaps, if the car execs didn’t have their heads so far up the Gooferment’s <synonym for donkey>, then yhey could see that they are not in the “car biz”. They are in “satisfying people’s need to move” biz!

Argh!

I haven’t gotten around to a Segway yet. Looked on the website and you can’t even tell how much they cost.

Do people really try and do anything to make stuff easy for commerce?

Argh!

You’d think these people would be falling over people to sell ANYTHING that a buyer wants.

Sigh! If marketing is a conversation, then these folk have their listening ears closed.

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JOBSEARCH: Fake jobs from supposedly “reputable” firms

There is a new comment on the post “The Skinny on Fake Job Postings”.

http://www.jibberjobber.com/blog/2010/01/08/the-skinny-on-fake-job-postings/

Author: American Express fake jobs

Comment:

American Express is repeatedly posting the same positions month after month. It then says they choose not to fill the position via email.  

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Just about the worst press possible for an employer. Certainly ignore anything from them. Their loss; my time.

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MONEY: Were financial markets EVER “fair”?

http://www.smartmoney.com/invest/stocks/are-financial-markets-still-fair-1307902907446/?cid=djem_sm_dailyviews_t

STOCKS

Are Financial Markets Still Fair?

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As exchanges let high-speed traders move in, what it means to the little guy.

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What makes anyone think that they have been getting a “fair shake”?

Front running, commissions, fees, hidden incentives to anyone in the money stream, and out and out fraud.

Bullion coins make sense if the “casino” is rigged!

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