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Surprisingly good article about corruption

English: Detail from Corrupt Legislation. Mura...

Detail from Corrupt Legislation. Mural by Elihu Vedder. Lobby to Main Reading Room, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C. Main figure is seated atop a pedestal saying “CORRUPT LEGISLATION”. Artist’s signature is dated 1896. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I tweeted this article today and thought it worthy of another snip.

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Big Pharma fraud – exposing the new “religion” of science

There are two main ways to critique medical science. On the one hand, we can look at the actual science that’s being done. We can analyze the truth claims that many doctors make, using the analytical tools (e.g. sociology, philosophy) that we have at our disposal. The other way, which some may say is related, some may say is not, is to look at the actual, overall practice of medicine.

Science is a human enterprise. It is not something locked up in a test tube, immune to disease and corruption. This is something I have mentioned many times throughout Earthpages. The response usually isn’t that great, mostly, I think, because science for the most part is the new human religion. And people don’t like to have the fraudulent aspects of their religion exposed. It upsets them, inviting them to rethink many taken-for-granted beliefs that they were once comfortable with.

In saying that science is a new religion, I simply mean that it involves a lot of belief and in many cases, blind faith. I am not saying that science is no good, just as I would not say that religion is no good. But I would argue that both could be improved. Neither is perfect.—MC

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What do you value most?

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Don’t get caught without your important receipts and other data

I’ll probably add this app to my “Fabulous Freeware” page. But for the time being, a quick tweet will do.

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Google Translate extends its reach

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Open Call for developers, team members

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Death’s services aren’t for free?

Blog of Natalie Gorna

I just watched a commercial that advertises the current fees and expenses surrounding funerals.  Supposedly, it costs over $10,000 to pay for an average funeral service, the funeral “reception,” etc.  Even cremation is pricey (when one’s body is dissipated into charred ashes)…it’s around $5,000.  WHAT?!

Okay, okay….so, let’s hypothesize.  An average person, whether man or woman, has to start working steadily in order to survive in this world and society we live in, almost from the instant he/she graduates (or drops out) from secondary school.  Then, considering high living costs, any person alive is forced into the endless routine of working until retirement, which isn’t until “ripe old age.”  That would be around one’s mid-sixties.  Then, the possibility of death is very prominent…well, the probability of death is very high.

Didn’t Benjamin Franklin say that death and taxes were the only certain thing in life?  Aside from the fact that…

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