Tuesday, April 19, 2016

P is for Pharma

Hallo everyone! Hart here. If you've been following along this month, you may recall that on the D-day (D is for Deceit), I promised to tell WHO was doing the DECEIVING in The Seventeen... Even if you HAVEN'T been, you probably have the gist now...
See!  They OOZE Evil!!!

At the risk of getting political, Pharma is a FAVORITE villain of mine... I tend to find the industry borders on evil even without the suspension of disbelief called forth in fiction (profits before people annallat), but add in just a small twist and BUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! True rottenness. I've used Pharma as the primary villain before—in A Shot in the Light—but in that case it was a few people within who were the bad actors. In the case of The Seventeen, it is more a structural or institutional reality—the lack of rules is what enables a greedy industry to run rough-shod over people. What about you? Do you have a pet industry or group you like to think of as “the great evil”? Any pharma defenders out there? Any plans to raid your local pharmacy in the event of an apocalypse? (seems to be the thing to do, eh?--anti-biotics most commonly)

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. https://mhsusannematthews.wordpress.com/

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  2. I just don't get that we allow the profit making on the misery of others! But our biggest industries are medical, pharmaceutical, and insurance. Amazing!

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  3. Anytime you appoint a LARGE group to look out for the interests of others, they usually end up looking out for the interests of themselves. Unfortunateley, it's human nature.

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  4. Profits before cures and prevention!

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  5. The story was intriguing, Hart. Thanks for sharing this. That is one scary poster.

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  6. This is what scares me about end-of-world scenarios. My daughter wouldn't get the medicine she needs for her arthritis. The worst part wouldn't be swollen joints or lack of mobility. It would be the inflammation in her eyes leading to blindness. So am I a defender? Not sure I would claim that title. I've studies the vaccine controversy quite a bit and the story behind some of these, like Gardasil, is not pretty.

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  7. This is what scares me about end-of-world scenarios. My daughter wouldn't get the medicine she needs for her arthritis. The worst part wouldn't be swollen joints or lack of mobility. It would be the inflammation in her eyes leading to blindness. So am I a defender? Not sure I would claim that title. I've studies the vaccine controversy quite a bit and the story behind some of these, like Gardasil, is not pretty.

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  8. Ah, that's right. Pharma featured in A Shot In The Light.
    Frightening poster!
    Writer In Transit

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