Stats about pharmaceutical companies

Have a look at the infographic below for some sobering facts about pharmaceutical companies in the US. Here are a few snippets: The cost of prescription drugs rises 12% every year; they now cost 3x more than 30 years ago. The markup on prescription drugs varies from 5,000% to 225,000%! That's pure profit these companies [...]

Changes in TV viewing habits

The BBC reported recently on how TV viewing is becoming a more social experience. When I read through that article, I said, hang on a minute, I had an idea back in October of 2005 along the same lines... I called it audience-inclusive advertising, but the thoughts I wrote in there can be applied to [...]

Audit Defense may not be worth the price

Just a quick note to let you know the Audit Defense service offered by TurboTax in recent years is probably not worth the price. It's run by a company called TaxResources, Inc., and they say they'll represent you to the IRS in case you should have any problems with your return, for the low price [...]

Not happy with changes to Kinder Surprise

Updated: Since I wrote this post and made the video, I have learned that Kinder Surprise and Kinder Joy are two different products and what had happened is that Kinder Surprise was temporarily taken off the market due to shipping concerns during the warm months. Now both are back on the market and I'm happy [...]

The garden shed

We've recently finished putting together a "severe weather" garden shed in our yard, made by a company called Arrow. We wanted a model that could withstand hurricane-force winds, since we live in South Florida, where hurricanes do occur from time to time. The particular model that we purchased was the Homestead 10' x 8' (HS108). [...]

Undercover Boss was my idea too

A couple of weeks ago, my jaw dropped as I browsed Twitter. SNL had put together a skit lampooning a new show on CBS called "Undercover Boss". I didn't even know the show existed, much less that it had been on SNL. Since the show's launch after the Superbowl, it turned into a nationwide hit, [...]

An interview with Robert Kenner about Food, Inc

David Brancacio from PBS's Now program sat down with Robert Kenner, the director for a documentary about food and the food industry called, appropriately enough, "Food, Inc", to talk about the making of this very interesting film. You can watch the interview here, and the trailer for the documentary here. It comes out on DVD [...]

Republicans move to block net neutrality

The latest push to get the net neutrality bill passed met with resistance from Republicans and Comcast, one of the large American ISPs. Apparently they think the market regulates itself. It would, in a perfect world, but not in one where politicians working hand in hand with ISP lobbyists move to block any measures that [...]

Life Inc – another perspective on today's society

Douglas Rushkoff, an award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker and scholar, has written a book entitled "Life Inc", where he delves into what he calls the "corporate mindset" of today's society, and how to overcome it in order to make our lives and our world better. I'll let him tell you what the book is about in [...]