What has two thumbs and is the world's biggest jerk? This guy, who used to run a hedge fund and who just bought the rights to the 62-year-old drug Daraprim, which treats toxoplasmosis, and who promptly raised the price of Daraprim from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill. Hedge fund managers sure do a lot for civilization! Mr. Shkreli, who has already left quite the trail of slime in his 32 years, says he'll use the profits from the inflated price to develop better drugs for toxoplasmosis, though at least one scientist says there's no need for that and, hey, maybe there are better ways to raise money toward that end than gouging AIDS patients?
Nurses at a Swedish retirement home go from an 8-hour workday to a 6-hour workday -- and their work gets better, they like their jobs more, and turnover goes down. The employer had to hire more people (and I wonder if their employers classify them as "full-time" anymore, though that might be a bigger deal in America), but, hey, aren't we trying to figure out how to create jobs? Walter Einekel's entire last paragraph is worth reading, and savoring.
Surprise, surprise, a Hewlett-Packard subsidiary apparently violated the economic sanctions in Iran while Republican Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was HP CEO. And Ms. Fiorina wants you to think she just didn't know it was going on! But "vote for me because I can competently run a business" can't magically transform into "well, how do you expect me to know everything that goes on in a big business?" (And yes, I noticed that Ms. Fiorina didn't actually say she didn't know about it, but that the SEC concluded she didn't know about it. There's a difference, and I'm sure Chris Wallace noticed it, too.)
I hate to bring this guy up, but Ben Carson has been doing well enough in Republican Presidential polling that I have to deal with him. Mr. Carson says Muslims shouldn't be President, even calling the idea of a Muslim President "unconstitutional." Like those who thought John F. Kennedy would literally call the Pope before making big decisions, Mr. Carson conflates private faith with public service. I wonder why he can't tell the difference. (Stay until the next-to-last paragraph, though, and you'll see how Rand Paul can make anything worse. When is his dad going to take him out to the woodshed?)
Chris Christie, after being reminded that the Secret Service name he chose during that 26-hour-long debate last week is also the name of a Care Bear, declares that he'll be President if people find him "huggable." I think Mr. Christie actually performed a bit of sorcery there (not that newspaper headlines will tell you that), but still, he's got to be kicking himself for not running in 2012. He was the only Republican who could have beaten Barack Obama, but now he watches Donald Trump swing his attitude in our faces and says, "that was supposed to be me, except I can govern!"
Finally, Lebanon, New Hampshire citizens fight Department of Homeland (sic) Security (sic) efforts to kill their Tor relay, and win. Tor, as you may know, allows citizens to surf the internet anonymously, which helps (among other folks) survivors of domestic violence abuse and journalists who report honestly on oppressive governments. But no, getting good intelligence and then getting warrants isn't good enough for DHS -- they need to be able to interfere with everyone's privacy. (Personal to those who say don't complain about privacy in a public place ha ha snort: you're perfectly fine with people looking over your shoulder? And can everyone afford broadband at home?)