David Lynch is for most people, including critics, unclassifiable. A director who follows his own visions (which most auteurs do, anyhow) in this 1977 surrealist horror film Lynch (who also gave us Mulholland Drive and The Lost Highway) breaks most “sacred” rules to build an utterly strange dreamlike world mixing imagery redolent of steampunk and nightmarish biology, all along apparently drawing inspiration from the likes of Kafka and Dali. In sum, weird.
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DEAN BAKER—The pharmaceutical industry and its supporters in Congress try to pretend that we couldn’t possibly develop new drugs without the incentive of patent monopolies. For some reason we are supposed to believe that, even though in all sorts of jobs people work for money, they can only develop drugs with the prospect of getting a patent. I suppose you have to be on the pharmaceutical industry’s payroll to understand this logic.
A wide-ranging and illuminating lecture by Michael Parenti on the foundational myths underlying American “democracy” and its claims to exceptionalism.
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This piece is authored by Chris Morris, writing for CNBC, a sort of WSJ online, and therefore there’s not much editorial room to castigate Big Pharma as it deserves, but even Morris manages to say this at the very outset: “As outrageous as the cost of health care can be in the United States, it’s nothing compared to the markup on some prescription medicines. While companies certainly have to recoup their research and development costs and earn a profit for investors — and the exclusive window before a generic version of a drug goes on sale is the optimal time to do so — those prices can sometimes get out of hand.”
Which, again, is putting it very very mildly.
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This article was first posted on 17 July 2010. Editor’s Note: The…