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The Truth About the Drug Companies

by Marcia Angell

The Truth About the Drug Companies<br/><br/> by Marcia Angell | the proc group | Scoop.it
Every day Americans are subjected to a barrage of advertising by the pharmaceutical industry. Mixed in with the pitches for a particular drug—usually featuring beautiful people enjoying themselves in the great outdoors—is a more general message. Boiled down to its essentials, it is this: “Yes, prescription drugs are expensive, but that shows how valuable they are. Besides, our research and development costs are enormous, and we need to cover them somehow. As ‘research-based’ companies, we turn out a steady stream of innovative medicines that lengthen life, enhance its quality, and avert more expensive medical care. You are the beneficiaries of this ongoing achievement of the American free enterprise system, so be grateful, quit whining, and pay up.” More prosaically, what the industry is saying is that you get what you pay for.
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Grudge Match – review

Grudge Match – review | the proc group | Scoop.it
Fine to rip off Rocky, but to wilfully recall Raging Bull – and trash it – is just awful. A preposterous, worthless mediocrity, finds Peter Bradshaw
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Why The World Is Awesome in 60 Facts - Geek Week Special - Earth Unplugged - YouTube

Veritasium, Ze Frank, Vsauce2, Wheezy Waiter, SixtySymbols, Periodic videos, Sorted Food and Head Squeeze, join the Earth Unplugged crew to give you 60 epic ...
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A Dark Brown Dog - Stephen Crane

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A Dark Brown Dog is a short story by Stephen Crane featured in American Literature's collection of Twenty Great American Short Stories. On the surface, the story line starts when a little brown dog is met, begrudgingly befriended, and then taken home as a little boy's companion. The story works remarkably well on that level and in the modern era it makes an important statement. But taken in historical context, when it was written in 1893, it is symbolic criticism of the Jim Crow South. An absolutely brilliant and worthwhile story to read and consider in both modern times and in its historical context.
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This is to read for Monday 3rd Feb!

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Piano stairs - TheFunTheory.com - Rolighetsteorin.se

Follow us on http://www.facebook.com/thefuntheory We believe that the easiest way to change people's behaviour for the better is by making it fun to do. We c...
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Another version of, if I remember rightly, experiement 2 on the worksheet.  

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Jim Fadiman on Psychedelics | To the best of our KNOWLEDGE

Jim Fadiman on Psychedelics | To the best of our KNOWLEDGE | the proc group | Scoop.it
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there's a copy of the transcript here too if you didn't get a copy on monday.

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Quiet, Please: Unleashing 'The Power Of Introverts' : NPR

Quiet, Please: Unleashing 'The Power Of Introverts' : NPR | the proc group | Scoop.it
Introvert Susan Cain is here to make the case for people who like to work in peace and quiet. Today's workplaces are designed for extroverts, she says, and put too much emphasis on group work.
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Gone Goodbye - A short film

FIRST PLACE WINNER OF THE FILM RACING GRAND PRIX 2009 http://www.filmracing.com/Films/competitions/grandprix2009.htm BEST DIRECTIONS: Keith Rivers BEST WRITING:…
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Mad Men - The Carousel (Higher Quality)

Arguably the best few minutes of the last season of television, and certainly the best of Mad Men. From the season finale.
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Real Beauty Sketches

YOU are more beautiful than you think! Most of us don’t recognise the beauty others see in us. Women are their own worst beauty critics. Imagine a world where beauty…
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here's the film we watched and talked about on monday.  on wednesday (29th) we'll have a look at the nuclear trains article that i gave out last week, or you can find just below this post.  

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How I swam the length of Britain – video

Sean Conway explains how he braved jellyfish, 3am starts and freezing temperatures – and gives his tips on how to endurance-swim safely and effectively
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Grudge Match, film review: 'Clunky comedy is new nadir for Robert DeNiro'

Grudge Match, film review: 'Clunky comedy is new nadir for Robert DeNiro' | the proc group | Scoop.it
It’s disheartening to see Robert De Niro, the most formidable screen actor of his generation, smirking his way through so many clunky comedies late in his career.
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The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit'

The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit' | the proc group | Scoop.it
Years later, the writer of the iconic Billie Holiday song was tied to another event in U.S. history.
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Movember España

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Movember, the month formerly known as November, is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men's health.
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you didn't think i'd miss an opportunity, did you?  ;)

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Jim Fadiman on Psychedelics | To the best of our KNOWLEDGE

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Bit late getting stuff up here, sorry...

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Watch A Teacher Make Her 3rd-Grade Kids Hate Each Other For The Best Reason Imaginable

Watch A Teacher Make Her 3rd-Grade Kids Hate Each Other For The Best Reason Imaginable | the proc group | Scoop.it
Watch a classroom of kids learn in two days what most of us can't learn in a lifetime.
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I think this was experiment 1 on the worksheet.  (got it wrong, btw, it was eye colour she used, not hair!)

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Miguel Angel Book Club: Current books

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here's a link to the book club for anyone looking for a novel or two to take to the beach, or wherever you're spending the summer...

haven't read all of them myself, but i'd certainly recommend 'the unlikey pilgrimage of harold fry' (though i'm only 2/3 of the way through it!)

 

have lovely summers, and hope to see you all back in october.  if not, good luck with everything!

 

mick

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Christopher Hoogenboom's comment, July 3, 2013 4:35 AM
Just finished Harold Fry's pilgrimage and enjoyed it a lot. Thanks for your recommendation. Have a nice summer
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Come on kids, we're going to Sicily – on the train

Come on kids, we're going to Sicily – on the train | the proc group | Scoop.it
A short break by rail to Sicily, with two overnight trains, allows Amelia Gentleman to show her kids a real volcano, plus the sights of Paris and Rome along the way
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Here's something to read over the weekend for Monday.

Here's something to get you thinking about summer.  Just round the corner, now...  :)

 

(no ear burning today ;) )

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Hector Alejano's comment, June 13, 2013 4:07 AM
It's been a close thing, I was going to write you right now.
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Readings

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This is the story to read for Monday the 10th.  Enjoy!

 

 

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Chuck Klosterman on Nostalgia - Grantland

This week's hmwk.  For Monday 3rd June.  Enjoy the weekend!

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Christopher Hoogenboom's comment, May 29, 2013 12:59 PM
The link doesn't work. Try this one: http://m.espn.go.com/general/grantland/story?storyId=7032359&wjb=&pg=2&lang=ES