April 8th, 2008

Chris Keeley

'How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked th

How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs'

 
Melody Petersen
Author
Tuesday, April 8, 2008; 3:00 PM

 

"Once upon a time there was an industry called pharma that was interested in doing well and doing good. Run by doctors and chemists, drug companies employed battalions of researchers whose scientific efforts resulted by mid-century in a flood of life-saving drugs, including antibiotics, vaccines, tranquilizers, antihistamines and steroids. As George Merck, president of the company founded by his father, put it in 1950, 'We try never to forget that medicine is for the people. It is not for the profits. The profits follow. . . .' And how. Today, of course, drug companies are hugely profitable enterprises and the darlings of both Wall Street and K Street, having spent more on lobbying than any other industry between 1998 and 2004."

Melody Petersen, author and former New York Times reporter

Chris Keeley

Camera glasses on sale -- goodbye, photography bans

Camera glasses on sale -- goodbye, photography bans

ThinkGeek has started carrying $100 remote-control cam-glasses with a discreet, 1.3 megapixel camera built into the temple. This is the beginning of the end for photography bans. Once these things become easy to install -- undetectably -- in a pair of ordinary glasses, the idea of stopping people from snapping photos in museums, clubs, stores and airport checkpoints is dead. Link (via Redferret)