According to the website, the nutraceutical Amelior can help mood, joint pain, and complexion. But there’s just one problem: it doesn’t do anything to achieve those results. It’s an inert placebo described in the latest spiritual fiction from Code Publishing, “Now and at the Hour of Our Death.”
“In the book,” author JSB Morse explains, “one of the characters takes what he thinks is a psychoactive pharmaceutical—a miracle pill—that gives him superhuman mental powers. But the pill is really just a placebo and everything he thought it was doing was really just his own belief system.”
Code Publishing worked with Amelior Institute to develop the FDA-approved pill, which is composed of only inert filler ingredients. They also posted several peer-reviewed studies that show the placebo is as or more effective than expensive pharmaceuticals with dangerous side effects.
When asked of the ethics of selling an inert pill with claims of medical benefits, Morse says that there is no ethical problem. “Studies show that people taking placebo really improve their condition, but they must believe that they will for it to work. The companies that push dangerous pharmaceuticals that are less effective than placebo are the ones who should be ethically questioned.”
An Indianapolis man got more than he bargained for after he reportedly stole an iPad on Thursday. Without a tracking app on the iPad, the victim was helpless to find the device.
That was until the thief did something really stupid: he contacted the victim’s daughter via an iPad application called FaceTime, which allows users to video chat.
The daughter (my friend) took a screenshot of the man during the chat and posted it to Facebook with the caption: “This idiot either stole or purchased my dad’s stolen iPad and had the nerve to FaceTime my brother & I. If you see him please report him to the IMPD non-emergency line at 317-327-3811. Help me make this punks mug go viral!!! Share & share & share!!! #Thief #idiot #ipad #viral #likeandshare #share #ipadThief #YouStoleFromAPreacher #Indy #Nap #Indianapolis #iCantStandThieves”:
Within hours, the image had been shared 60 times and my friend had received several emails with the suspect’s name, workplace, and shift.
She said, “Dad called the police who said they would only escort him if he saw the guy. He went inside the Shell and immediately saw the guy.” The police accompanied the victim into the gas station and asked him to return the device, which he did.
This is how to use technology and social networks to fight crime! Maybe the NSA could learn a thing or two from this.
In 2008, Al Gore predicted that the entire North Pole Ice cap would be completely gone in five years.
Well, five years have passed and there was still an ice cap at the warmest point of the year. What’s more is that the polar ice cap grew 29 percent over last year.
It make you wonder if there is any accountability with these crazed global warming alarmists. Their scare tactics are freaking people out into a statist solution but according to the data, there is no threat. Yes, global temperatures have risen since the 1980s. But weather models based on the anthropogenic global warming theories have failed to account for stable temps in the past ten years or the dramatic cooling we’ve seen in 2013.
I personally think that global cooling is a more frightening prospect and the alarmists should use that tactic to scare people, but regardless, it’s disconcerting to see such a wide agreement in the scientific community about something that is clearly not valid. It’s confusing too, until you understand that most of the climate-change propagandists get their grant money from governments that stand to benefit from climate-change regulation, what’s called the global warming gravy-train.
Healthcare.gov is an unmitigated disaster. It’s slow, kicks people off, and doesn’t really give the use what he or she wants. Its disastrous failure was no doubt why only six (6) people signed up in the first 24 hours. Oh yeah and it cost the fine taxpayers $634 million dollars to produce. That doesn’t even include the costs for rebuilding it to actually do something worthwhile. Government: 0.
Enter three 20-year-olds with programming skill and a desire to do some good. They took three days to develop theHealthSherpa.com, which basically does exactly what Healthcare.gov should be doing, but for any number of reason is not. And, I almost forgot, they did it with a budget of $0. Free Enterprise: 1.
This is a hilarious example of just how sickeningly inefficient government is compared to the free market. Giving Obama and his cronies the benefit of the doubt by not assuming they want to destroy this country and its health care, Healthcare.gov is a clear example of how worthless government is. theHealthSherpa.com represents the efficiency and effectiveness of a free people in creating helpful products. Free enterprise can do everything that government can do (except for legally harm people), and as we’ve seen here, it can do it exponentially better.
As Jeffrey Tucker said, “The government wants us to live like peasants while the market wants us to live like kings.”
How Does a White Republican Win an Election in a Heavily Black Democrat District? He portrays himself as a black Democrat.
Here’s the story:
It may be a little dodgy to portray one’s self as something one is not but it highlights a serious problem in the democratic system: people vote for people based an any number of ridiculous reasons, not the least of which is skin color. Why would it be wrong for Wilson to portray himself as black if it’s okay to vote for someone just because he’s black?
The system is broken. Kudos to this guy for revealing an aspect of that brokenness.
From the initial premise that forces people to buy something whether they want it or not, to the bizarre defense of that mandate as a tax by the Supreme Court, to the coercion in the HHS mandate that forces employers to buy something against their conscience, to the gutless acquiescence of House Republicans to give in to the hostage threats of the administration, to the repeated lies that Barack Obama told constituents (“If you like your plan you can keep it. Period.”), to the sickening rationalization of those lies by crazed supporters, to the fact that big corporations get exemptions from it but individuals do not, just about everything in the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) makes me sick.
We need to end it before it ends us.
This guy was shocked when he found out that if you give a bunch of people authority to harm people that they actually tend to abuse that authority:
“Our government feels more accountable to those who bankroll their elections than the people they were elected to represent”? Newsflash: that is not a newsflash. It’s nothing new. Wherever there is power, there will be people trying to peddle that power. Our government is corrupt? No kidding. Power corrupts and as we’re seeing more and more, absolute power corrupts absolutely (Acton).
You want to stop corruption? Reign in the authority of government so that wealthy capitalists can’t buy off that power.
Government has one legitimate purpose: to protect the inalienable rights of its citizens. Anything beyond that is contradictory, immoral, and invites the type of crony-capitalism and corruption that this liberal is fighting against. Return government to its only legitimate roll and you won’t have a corruption problem.
Everyone has the right to his life unless he is an immediate threat to the lives of others and no one deserves to be killed as the TSA agent at the LAX shooting.
That being said, it’s a sad state of affairs when a majority of the population identifies with a crazy shooter than the victim. Nearly everyone who travels has been subjected to the incompetent power-tripping morons in blue known as the TSA. Their sickening adherence to dehumanizing policies have garnered plenty of well-deserved ridicule and protestation from the time of their unconstitutional initiation to now.
TSA agents don’t deserve to die, but we need to address what kind of sociopathic institutions could drive people crazy enough to make that happen.
I try to avoid flying as much as possible nowadays and opt for the pervy pat-downs instead of the inhumane microwave full-body scans. But I still can’t avoid the incompetent morons in blue. On my latest flight I witnessed several cases of TSA-idiocy:
- Inefficiency: Several agents stood idly by while there was a lack of plastic buckets to put items in for X-ray screening.
- Inconsistency: I overheard an exchange between a passenger who was “pre-screened” to keep his shoes on. One TSA agent approved the pre-screen and then disappeared. Another one came along and said that wasn’t acceptable and made the passengers take off their shoes.
- Corruption: When passengers were complaining about the long line, one of the TSA agents said she would be in the very same line the next day. Then she said, hopefully she knew someone in line who could get her through the line quicker.
- Complete Idiocy: I brought back two bottles of banana ketchup (not liquid or gel mind you) in my carry-on. Since we had to go through security again after customs I didn’t think about the bottles. One TSA “agent” said I couldn’t take the banana ketchup onboard but that I was welcome to go through the security line again after checking the carry-on as if I enjoyed feeling like a masochistic monkey more than once a day.
I’ve often thought that the TSA is nothing more than a jobs program for incompetent Obama-voters. Other times, it seems that they are the new Sturmabteilung brown-shirts, poised to follow in a fascist take-over of the country. Either way the institution is evil and its participants are mindless lackeys.
I’ve been known to make some very pro-life arguments (with regard to the death penalty and abortion) but this is probably the most pro-life position I’ve taken: even those despicable people dressed up in clownish blue uniforms are still people. They have the right to life just like everyone else.
We need to respect human life, even that of the most vile human beings on earth, TSA agents.