Monthly Archives: December 2015

Why you never hear of cancer prevention

Most people would agree that it would be better to prevent cancer, if we could, than to treat it once it developed. Yet economic incentives encourage researchers to focus on treatment rather than prevention. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/29/upshot/why-preventing-cancer-is-not-the-priority-in-drug-development.html?rref=upshot&module=Ribbon&version=origin&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=The+Upshot&pgtype=Multimedia&smid=tw-upshotnyt&smtyp=cur The way the patent system interacts with the Food and Drug Administration’s drug approval process skews what kinds of cancer […]

The crumbling ideals of western liberalism

In the twenty-five years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the architecture of liberal modernity has looked relatively stable. Not flawless or wonderful or ideal, to be sure; not free of discontents and decadence. But it’s been hard to imagine the basic liberal democratic capitalist order cracking up, let alone envision what might take […]

Testing your genetic tissue without your knowledge

Tissues from millions of Americans are used in research without their knowledge. These “clinical biospecimens” are leftovers from blood tests, biopsies and surgeries. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/30/opinion/your-cells-their-research-your-permission.html?login=email&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region&_r=0  If your identity is removed, scientists don’t have to ask your permission to use them. How people feel about this varies depending on everything from their relationship to their DNA to […]

Yes, the ultra wealthy do write their own tax code

The hedge fund magnates Daniel S. Loeb, Louis Moore Bacon and Steven A. Cohen have managed billions of dollars in capital, earning vast fortunes. They have invested millions in political candidates and each has exploited an esoteric tax loophole that saved them millions in taxes. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/30/business/economy/for-the-wealthiest-private-tax-system-saves-them-billions.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0 The trick? Route the money to Bermuda and back. […]

Chase Bank staff steal from accounts of elderly

The 15 JPMorgan Chase bank accounts that were pilfered by bank staff had a few things in common: They had high balances, there was little activity on them and they belonged to elderly clients — indeed, at least eight were dead. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/29/nyregion/2-bankers-charged-with-creating-atm-cards-to-steal-from-accounts.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news And all 15 of the accounts got regular cash infusions, thanks to direct […]

Obit uncovers how oligarchs control the world

Licio Gelli, a buccaneering Italian financier and self-professed fascist who was implicated in terrorist crimes, scandals and a secret society that, with him as its grandmaster, was accused of plotting a right-wing coup, died on Tuesday at his villa in Arezzo, Italy at the age of 96.  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/20/world/europe/licio-gelli-italian-financier-and-cabal-leader-dies-at-96.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fobituaries&action=click&contentCollection=obituaries&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=3&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0 His death was reported by the nation’s […]

Biden’s son center of shady Ukrainian dealings

When Vice President Joseph R. Biden traveled to Kiev , Ukraine, on Sunday for a series of meetings with the country’s leaders, one of the issues on his agenda was to encourage a more aggressive fight against Ukraine’s rampant corruption and stronger efforts to rein in the power of its oligarchs. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/09/world/europe/corruption-ukraine-joe-biden-son-hunter-biden-ties.html?ref=world But the credibility […]