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Comment Re:Profits are important to allocate resources (Score 1) 93 93

It isn't that drugs are invented by academics/taxpayers, it is that they carry out the fundamental research that makes possible the "inventions" by the drug companies. The fundamental research is a huge part of the labor and cost and it is being borne by the taxpayer. As the AC below implies, a tremendous amount of the cost incurred by big pharma is in sales, marketing, lobbying and legal, and some with the trials to bring a drug to "market".
So if you would be so kind, address that point as well as the other points regarding drugs being able to be sold by the generics companies for cheaper than the brand namers can even _manufacture_ them. What is wrong with the production process at the brand name companies that they cost so much more to make?

Comment Re:Profits are important to allocate resources (Score 1) 93 93

Once you hit the "patent cliff", then the generics will pounce, and begin producing and selling your product for less than it costs you to make.

So you are saying that generic manufacturers are better at manufacturing than the patent holders? Is that because patent holders don't care about setting up an efficient system like the generics do? Really, the generics can sell (presumably making some profit as they are a business) at less than it costs for the patent holders to manufacture? Or is it because they are seeking unreasonable profits and are unwilling to compete on quality of product alone once a generic comes along that can do things better and cheaper than they can?

You also forgot to mention how in the US much of the early research is borne by the government (read taxpayers) and the pharmaceutical giants come in and take what we paid for, build on it and then sell it to us at extortionate prices.

Comment Re:I'm spending 60% of my monthly income on rent (Score 1) 940 940

But would they have advanced like the USA did? Would they have had the most expensive college educations? Spend more per capita on medical rate? Would they have achieved massive obesity rates? High heart disease rates and diabetes rates? We're number one! We're number one!

Comment Re:Compares well (Score 1) 408 408

There are minimum speeds required on highways which is partly why bikes and pedestrians are often not allowed on them. The idiot doing 5 on the highway might be very at fault on this one with much less on the person driving at a nominal highway speed.

Comment Re:A sane supreme court decision? (Score 1) 409 409

It has been proven in studies that they behave like jack-booted thugs because they look like jack-booted thugs. It isn't the way people react to them, it is the way they are costumed that makes them behave according to their image. Try it for yourself, dress up in a similar style, check if you don't also start to behave like an authoritarian prick.

Comment Re:Drug dogs (Score 2) 409 409

Your client's defense could be that his operation is so fantastic that there is no way at all that any molecules escaped the confining vessel and none were outside of the vessel either because you run a clean operation with well trained packing staff in a clean room environment. You present pictures of your clean room and documentation of your IS0-2000 drug packing process to show that given your level of preparation there was no way the dog would have found anything at all. Therefore the dog signaled on cue and the arrest is invalid.

Comment doesn't sound very low income (Score 2) 540 540

224 houses on 52 acres sounds like sprawling suburbs. Housing density is way too low and the amount of homes won't even make a ding, he should plunk down like 2,500 houses or condos or townhomes so that they price out closer to what a family can afford. What will soon happen is that the house will be sold at closer to their market value of $1 million dollars each and George Lucas will net a tidy profit and decide to become a real estate tycoon.

You may call me by my name, Wirth, or by my value, Worth. - Nicklaus Wirth