Big Pharma's origin: how the Chicago School and private equity shifted medicine's focus from health to wealth

Between 2010 and 2016, the FDA approved 210 new medicines and every single one was produced at public expense, part of a $1T US government investment project in medical research. Despite this massive public subsidy, the pharma industry has only grown more concentrated and rapacious, raising prices and diverting the profits to their execs and investors, who now pocket 99% of industry profits: the industry made $500B in profits between 2006 and 2015, and during that time, the US government pumped $33b/year into pharma research. Read the rest

After boasting about running his company from prison, Martin Shkreli gets solitary confinement

Martin Shkreli's poor impulse control continues to land him in terrible trouble: his price-gouging on lifesaving drugs didn't land him in prison, but his profligate boasting about it did (to say nothing of the revocation of his bail after he put a bounty on Hillary Clinton's hair follicles). Read the rest

Serial racist: for years, New Yorkers have been videoing their encounters with ranting racist lawyer Aaron Schlossberg

Aaron Schlossberg is the triggered snowflake who became internet famous when he went on an unhinged racist rant against some customers and servers at a restaurant near his law office, who had been speaking Spanish. Read the rest

Trump once thought a bloody man died at Mar-a-Lago and he turned away, upset about the stained floor

It's already known that Trump throws creepy insults at people that include blood (remember his "blood coming out of her wherever" remark about Megyn Kelly, and "bleeding badly from a facelift" comment about MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski?).

Now we've also learned that Trump uses blood as an excuse for his sociopathic behavior. In one of the tidbits we got from the Howard Stern Show archives this week from Bill Frischling at Factbl.og , Trump talks about how an 80-year-old man fell at Mar-a-Lago and started bleeding all over the marble floors. Trump, who thought the man had died, was upset about his marble floors turning red, but expressed no sympathy for the man. He said he forgot to call the man the next day to see how he was doing. "It's just not my thing," he said about the blood.

Here's it is in Trump's words, via The Daily Beast:

“I was at Mar-a-Lago and we had this incredible ball, the Red Cross Ball, in Palm Beach, Florida. And we had the Marines. And the Marines were there, and it was terrible because all these rich people, they’re there to support the Marines, but they’re really there to get their picture in the Palm Beach Post… so you have all these really rich people, and a man, about 80 years old—very wealthy man, a lot of people didn’t like him—he fell off the stage.

“So what happens is, this guy falls off right on his face, hits his head, and I thought he died. Read the rest