I just took down my season's greets cards from 2008. Among the gems was this one:
(In Facebook, click on the title to see the pic.)
This is from LIFE EXTENTION magazine. It reports on the drug company WYETH, and how it paid doctors to write "papers" on their drugs... with no research, sometimes just adding their name, without writing anything!
If you want to see a more easily readable version of this, I've posted one here.
Here it is, right from Italy. I was thrilled to get it:
What else could it mean?
Unfortunately, it's not so exotic, though it is inspiring. "Trani" turns out to be a town in Italy. This is the magazine of the Jewish community there, all 18 of 'em.
GET DOWN ON YOUR KNEES AND FEEL THE POWER OF NO GOD RUNNING THROUGH YOUR BODY. AMEN
1. People not in the pharmaceutical industry cannot place catering orders?
2. People in the pharmaceutical industry are especially welcome, because we enjoy using your products?
3. People in the pharmaceutical industry are especially welcome, because the animals we kill and barbecue are full of your products?
4. People in the pharmaceutical industry were formerly not welcome, but we've changed our policy?
Any other ideas?
One of my proudest moments was being called
"The Ed Anger of Punk."
"...even when the smell of death was so sickening it would've made a maggot puke."
I can hear the conservatives protest. This isn't a country of censorship. Look at the internet why you can see all kinds of disgusting things, take www.pornotube.com or www.xvideos.com or www.filth.com. (My how they suffer through research for their opinions, those conservatives.)
No censorship in America? Hmmm, here's something I found from 1990:
In the 1998 senatorial election, Goldman accused his opponent of putting "a bunch of blotches of voodoo crap" on his car, "Santería stuff."Gutman won the election.
In 1998 he was indicted along with his wife by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida on charges of conspiracy to commit Medicare fraud. Charges were related to 1992 events in a home health care company with an office that was used during his senatorial campaign as a headquarter.
Charges against wife were dropped to one misdemeanor count; On 6th day of trial he pleaded guilty to one felony conspiracy count that he benefited from home health care companies that defrauded Medicare. He resigned from the Florida Senate as part of the plea bargain that called for a 2 year prison term.
And my favorite quote from the ad: I would like to see tougher laws on criminals as opposed to tougher laws on legitimate gun owners.
(Look at the expressions on their faces. Talk about Facebook(s)!)
OK, I finally feel imperial. I never thought there would be a royal spot in the world that I might someday occupy... but this is America. I guess this means we can all be kings. (Photo taken in a parking lot in New Jersey.)
So my Metrocard just stopped working. There was still $2.00+ on the card. CARD DAMAGED SEE AGENT came the flashing light on the turnstyle. The agent, of course, was as helpful as a water fountain in a flood. She did give me an official reporting form which I was supposed to send to the MTA. The form asks for, among other things, the number of the machine where the card was bought, the amount left on the card, the credit card used to charge the card, and a ton of other information no one is going to know a week after buying a card.
I filled out as much as I could and mailed the thing in. A month later comes this form letter:
Along with a brand new Metrocard worth a brand new 25¢. Now that's what I call service!
It's hard to believe, but Calvin Klein outdid himself (itself). This billboard is now on Houston Street in Noho. I'm not a fan of corporate America, especially the fascion world... but...
What can I say?
It's hard to imagine another politician... or at least AMERICAN politician having fried chicken stores vie for naming rights. I love it. America is getting fun again... or at least New York.