Hot on the heels of yesterday's Viagra slam -- sure it's not scientific to say what I said, but you try getting a male to admit his relationship is in the crapper with anything short of a six-pack intervention -- I discovered the provocatively-titled "Protecting Bones from Drugs that Protect Bones" at the counterpunch site, and what a racket it describes. It begins: "Like gastro-esophageal reflux and bipolar disease, osteopenia began to inflict millions when a drug to treat it came on patent." Then it tells a tale of bad science in the service of greed, and notes that the FDA -- that's right, Tha Bush Mobb FDA -- has finally alerted physicians that the side effects of purportedly osteopenia-treating drugs are really, really terrible, just as said drugs' original patents are running out. As Steve Martin used to say, it's all about timing.
Meanwhile, Rock Port, Montana goes wind-power! Four turbines providing electricity for 1,300 residents! Possibly it works better in parts of the country with lots of wind, but storage problems are far from insurmountable. Plus, wind turbines could bring in property tax revenue unheard of in rural areas -- unless some idiot politician decides to waive said property taxes as an "incentive" to build wind power in his district. Such incentives, according to Paul O'Neill, never enter into a corporation's decision to move to a new town. Maybe the idiot politician sees a kickback from the tax savings. Yes, that would still make him an idiot.