All Further Articles for 2012-09-19

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Escobar's $90,000 "Joke"
Things Do Change Dept: The cautionary tale of Yunel Escobar of the Toronto Blue Jays, who during a game against the Red Sox wrote an anti-gay slur in Spanish on his eye black, for which creativity he was suspended three games, with his $90,000-plus salary donated to two gay advocacy groups. The team declared Escobar's taunt "an unacceptable message."
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Not Out of Largesse: Big Pharma's (Very Addictive) Wonder Drug
With the patent on OxyContin expiring soon and almost $3 billion in sales at stake, Motherboard looks at the insidious ways Purdue Pharma got America hooked, from its touting of time-release and trials for kids to a PR blitz encompassing conferences, symposia, coupons, endorsements, a website full of spin and much dubious advertising. Worst, the company dismissed the risks of an addiction now known to "bring addicts to their knees"; the death rate from opioids now tops the combined deaths from cocaine and heroin. Purdue, it's said, had to know "what the deal was."
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Mitt Apologizes to All the Whores, Junkies, Beggars, Bums, Putrid-Smelling Masses and Urine-Soaked Derelicts Who Make Up Nearly Half the Country
You may be tired of all things Mittens by now, but check out his appeal for forgiveness from "the 150 million starving, filthy beggars," “hordes of uneducated, loathsome scum," and “dirt-caked garbage pickers and toothless street urchins” he might have offended with his 47% remarks. The Onion, with a bonus Colbert rendering Mitt's message more "elegant." “In the coming weeks, I look forward to meeting real Americans in their squalid, roach-infested hellholes in every corner of this country...fighting your own family members for moldy crusts of bread as you wallow in your own excrement.”
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