Big Pharma & Connecting the Dots

Big Pharma & Connecting the Dots

So, I’m creating a spot here to stash a bunch of items relating to the pharmaceutical industry. It can be handy to have a posting like this to return to when needed. (Similar examples are the postings ‘Measles Resources, the flu shots posting & the posting Vaccines: Miscellany, A - Z .) I return to these fairly frequently to add materials, & of course am hopeful that they may prove useful to others. (‘30 Things You May Not Know About Vaccines’ is another I find I return to as a helpful resource.)

Tell me now: Is there ANYone who actually TRUSTS the pharmaceutical industry?

Surely everyone knows how reprehensible this industry is? If not, I’d have to say folks have not been paying attention.  

Okay. Here is my small (but telling) collection. Know that this undoubtedly represents merely the proverbial tip of the iceberg.

For the sake of ease, I’ll order the items chronologically, with the most recent items placed up top.

Okay. Well so what, you say?

Here’s what.

You’ve just read all those items … right?

You can now see as plain as the nose on your face that Big Pharma is not to be trusted.

 Yet when it comes to vaccines

(which are, of course, made by the self-same industry

i.e., the pharmaceutical industry – those very same companies!)

… most of us seem to have assigned the practice of injecting vaccines into our bodies (especially our children’s bodies) our unquestioning, undying trust.

How can this be so?

We know we cannot trust the pharmaceutical industry.

We (may or may not) know that the U.S. government released the pharmaceutical industry from liability for vaccine injury in 1986.

* * Find more information about this    here   .

** Find more information about this here.

Meaning this: it doesn’t matter how many people are injured or killed by vaccines, the vaccine manufacturers cannot be sued. Whoa. Now that’s quite the get-out-of-jail free card, isn’t it??

& that since that time, over $4 billion has been paid out to vaccine-injured individuals/families.


(Note: see p.s. below for the Canadian scene)

Motherhood & apple pie??

 Do you recall the old phrase

“It’s like motherhood & apple pie?”

Implying that motherhood & apple pie are kind of these sacred things – things we never have to question?

Is it motherhood, apple pie

… & vaccination??

If this is so, I think folks need to ask themselves this question: is vaccination really just a religion then?

If it cannot be questioned…

& yet we have all this evidence that Big Pharma cannot for a moment be trusted.

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I think folks need to rassle with this a bit.

1 + 1 + 1 = 3

We are not making this connection with vaccines.

We are not connecting the dots.

I think it’s time to connect the dots.

(Past time, really.

But hey. Better late than never.)


p.s. you will find lots of great quotations about science, here. There are quite a few that relate to the pharmaceutical industry/medical system/health care.

p.p.s. It’s important to always remember this: Medical error—the third leading cause of death in the US <May 3/16>

p.p.p.s. you might be interested in hearing from dissenting doctors. Doctors who no longer think vaccines are such a hot idea. They already went & connected the dots … hmmm? That posting, btw, also contains a # of links that provide information about VAERS - the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System - such an important thing to understand when it comes to vaccine injury. Note that Canada has no compensation program (except in the province of Quebec), & a very incoherent vaccine injury reporting system. More on the scene in Canada in these 2 important items:

** Finally, here is the full screenshot image used at the top of this posting. I took it at the 1 hour 14 minute point in the ‘Measles for Dumbies’ episode of Highwire found here. If you’re new to the show, just be patient as it opens up. It always takes a moment or two.

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A Few Relevant Quotations

“For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived, and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forbears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – John F. Kennedy

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” – Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark  

“The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.” – Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine.” – Dr. Marcia Angell, a physician and longtime editor-in-chief of the New England Medical Journal (NEMJ). Source.

“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half may simply be untrue. Science has taken a turn toward darkness.” – Richard Horton, Editor in Chief, the Lancet

“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.”– Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard Professor of Medicine and Former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal (My source: this article ‘One Doctor (Out of Many) Explains How Prescription Drugs Are Killing Us’; it’s from a BMJ article here.

Former Pfizer VP: “Universities, health organizations, and everybody is out there begging for money. Nobody has any money. The only ones who do are the big international corporations, and they have lots of money. They give grants for research, pay doctors and researchers thousands of dollars to travel around, speak at conferences and establish educational programs, all in order to make profits for their products. [The safety trials] are supposedly third-party and independent, but the money won’t keep coming unless you support their drug, unless they say what you want them to say. Everybody knows that this is how things work. The drug companies know it, and you know it; only the public doesn’t know it.” Source: Interview with Dr. Peter Rost, in Gardasil documentary, ‘One More Girl,’ posted by Arjun Walia, July 7, 2015. (My source: the book Vaccines – A Reappraisal, Richard Moskowitz, MD, pg. 33)

** more quotations about science here

We the People! (We the Sheep)

I saw this image on Facebook one day recently.

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… & given the issues I’m currently involved in … & the endless learning about what dupes we’ve all been of the folks who really pull the strings here on PE (Planet Earth)

** you can find a few postings on the topic of psychopaths in    the Collections posting   .

** you can find a few postings on the topic of psychopaths in the Collections posting.

It gave me a rather timely chuckle.


Oh, but you’re not a sheep, you say.


I’ve got news for you.

We ALL are.

We all get jerked around all the damn time.

  • By politicians

  • By the media – mainstream, social, & whatever other kind there is

  • By the school system

  • The bureaucracies

  • Religious figures

  • The legal system

  • “Health” care system

  • By corporate forces/advertisers

So powerful, btw, they have us all walking around these daze, looking like this

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It’s a sad & sobering thing … innit??


The issue I work on mainly, now, is vaccines.

I myself was a sheep on this for 63 years!

Just absolutely went along with the crowd – got led around by the nose – for, count ‘em, 63 years.

No curiosity. Just lead me by the nose, please!

🙁 🙁 🙁

**** “A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.” – Bertrand De Jouvenel

Kinda pisses you off when you finally realize you’ve been being duped your entire, bloody life.

I’m pretty pissed, alright! Sometimes I feel as though I have steam coming out my ears!


I’m pissed at the “authorities” that jerk us around by the nose, 24/7/365 – all the live-long day.

I’m pissed at US!
We, the people.

We, the sheep.

We might as well be walking around wearing a sign on our foreheads that says

“Hey! I’m a gullible moron. Lead me around by the nose, willya? Just walk all over me, while you’re at it, okay?”




Well. Okay.

Remember that list I mentioned, of the forces that jerk us around all the darn time?

I plum forgot to mention this important one.

Our very own parents!

They get the whole darn parade off to a very early start … right from the day we’re born!

They don’t mean to do this, of course. But they’ve been being led around by the nose all their lives.

They can’t help it.

None of us can!

We’re all unwitting fodder for the machinations of the culture (for lack of a better term). Of the powerful, mostly.

& the hired guns of the powerful, of course. The advertisers. The propaganda-purveyors.

I recently did a quick, partial re-read of Rogue Primate (by John A. Livingston), that I first read about 20 years ago.

& was reminded that our species has long been “domesticated.” Put simply (& briefly; I do heartily recommend the whole book!), we are wired for compliance. As he puts it,

“Our high degree of domesticated followership, obvious in a St. Peter’s Square or a Nuremberg rally, may also underlie the phenomenon of “trendiness,” whether in residential neighbourhoods, restaurants, television culture, or social criticism. Anyone who has ever endured life in the military knows about committed followership and knee-jerk obedience, as no doubt does anyone who has ever served a political master. In our role as domesticates, both our individual and collective docility and tractability have consuming importance. Lock-step followership is deeply rooted in us, if not to “leaders,” who do after all, come and go, but to doctrines.”[1]

It seems very likely to me (and not just me) that everything has probably always had this kind of awful inevitability to it.

The problems (issues, if you prefer) with our species go back so far that there was likely never anything anyone could have done to “fix” things. Now we are simply living out, I suspect, the inevitable denouement of our species.

((Well. That’s what I believe, anyway. Of course I am just an unfortunate little sheep like the rest of us. So I could be wrong about that. I kind of doubt it, though.))

I think it’s probably fair to say I’ve marched more to my own drummer – been somewhat less susceptible to the herd mentality forces – than most.

But hey. Mostly, I’m just one of the overly compliant human beans, like everybody else.


Things do not seem to be heading in a very good direction on our planet.

With our species. (or, of course, all the others. We’ve kind of trashed the joint, eh?)

Ya think?


Many of us have seen the signs of creeping fascism (maybe a little bit faster than creeping??) gathering for some time now.

Maybe most folks don’t notice it. I really don’t know.

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For sure, I do know I’ve spent 30 or so years now trying to help make the world a “better” place. Ward off the forces of destruction that are hard at work all around us (& in us!).

It’s always felt like worthwhile (& gratifying!) work, I have to say.

Sure haven’t “saved” the world! Heh heh. (Sardonic chuckle.)

But you know?

What I’ve realized pretty recently is not just that the work has always been its own reward (& it has, it has), but also that it’s brought very considerable joy, satisfaction, many awesome friendships … & many, many times, a wonderful feeling of true connection.

It’s all about solidarity.

Anthropologist Gregory Bateson said “Only connect. This is how we make meaning. This is how we learn to think as Nature thinks.” ** some quotations about community/connection


In these strange, unprecedentedly challenging times, I myself do still find truth a useful, bracing thing. (Also sometimes infuriating, sickening, despair-making; yes, those too!)

There are unsettling moments when I feel I’m in danger of spinning out - & that is not a fun feeling.

One has to negotiate day by day, moment by moment, how to cope with these difficult, difficult times.


So I do assert that we’re all sheep.

We’ve led one another/ been led by our various “shepherds” to the very edge of the cliff.

We’re flying right over the cliff!

How shall we behave as we fly toward the bottom of the cliff??

What kind of sheep will we choose to be, now?

  • Awake?

  • Asleep?

  • Paying attention?

  • Oblivious?

  • Kind to one another?

  • or horrid?

Of course, we don’t have to decide that right this moment! In times of uncertainty, I very often use this mantra to help myself get by:

“I don’t have to figure that out right now.”


p.s. I find my own coping methods morphing. Of late, along with walking & writing (well, & reading, singing, drinking beer, hanging with friends, blurbing on Netflix), I find I have to turn off the “news” (on radio; I don’t own a TV) more & more often (especially when I can tell it’s got an agenda, & I ain’t buying what they’re selling) – turn off email & social media – & just listen to the sounds of silence. Or the birds chirping outside my window. Or maybe Chopin! This 2-hour compilation of exquisite music has a way of calming me right down. Alan Watts on YouTube is still also always a boon for my frazzled mind. This one … or any of them, really. Long or short. They’re all balm for a troubled mind (in my little world, at any rate).

p.p.s. I’m also keeping my supply of Rescue Remedy updated! Gonna get in the habit of carrying some around in my knapsack. No real idea how effective it is. But I think it will reassure me just to have it handy!

p.p.p.s. there is a lot more about the really really really serious state of the world in the Collections posting, under the headings Grief & Near-Term Extinction (or NTE).

p.s. #4: &, of course, tons about vaccines, all listed on the main page of this site, under the heading (over on the right) ‘On Vaccines.’ Under the quotations.

p.s. # 5: I found this ancient item I wrote on ‘Brainwashing’ back in 1994. I see I’d clued into quite a bit, by then. & also, that there was still some big stuff I was very much one of the sheep on (of course when you’re still being a sheep in some particular way, you don’t know you’re being a sheep). I sure still had lots to learn. Lots of illusion-busting lay ahead…

A Few Semi-Random Quotations

“Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger. It works the same in any country.” – Hermann Goering, Second in command of the Third Reich

“I would not interfere with any creed of yours or want to appear that I have all the cures. There is so much to know… so many things are true… The way my feet must go may not be best for you. And so I give this spark of what is light to me, to guide you through the dark, but not tell you what to see.” – Author unknown

“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” – Mark Twain, 1898

“You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.” – Robin Williams

 “The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.” – H.L. Mencken

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” – Helen Keller

“Anarchists are people who believe with all their hearts that governments are enemies of their own people.” – character in the Kurt Vonnegut novel Jailbird

“I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things, so that all our thoughts shall be tinged with triviality.” – Thoreau in his essay ‘Life Without Principle,’ quoted in Paul Theroux’s The Last Train to Zona Verde – My Ultimate African Safari [a great read, btw!]

“When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.” – Martin Buber

“The purpose of life is not to be happy – but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.” – Leo Rosten

“A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.” – Bertrand De Jouvenel

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair

Zen Poem:

A man travelling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself over the edge.

The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.

Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other.

How sweet it tasted.

** many more inspiring quotations in Quotation Central!

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“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” George Orwell

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.” – George Orwell

*** I find that, whenever I look at this photograph, I can breathe……

*** I find that, whenever I look at this photograph, I can breathe……

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[1] Rogue Primate – An exploration of human domestication, John A. Livingston, Key Porter Books, 1994. With this comment by Farley Mowat on the paperback edition: “Rogue Primate is one hell of a book, written by one of the most perceptive primates of our species. John Livingston cuts through all the balderdash that surrounds so much of our thinking about man and his place in nature, and tells us the naked truth.” The Toronto Star says (also on the cover) “If you read only one book this decade, let it be Rogue Primate.”

Another p.s. This additional “sheepish” graphic has also just come my way, also in very timely fashion. Sheep appear to be quite the recurring theme! (It gives me quite a chuckle, & laughter, after all in the face of all the idiocy & constant horrific-ness (if you will) on our lovely planet, at this time is really most welcome!) I suppose I might also add that I know too many people … people I once conceived of as intelligent, rational, thoughtful people who are acting just like this sheep is doing. Practicing deliberate, wilful refusal to see what is so clearly right in front of her/his/their face(s). Gobsmacked, I am. I kid you not.

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Measles & Vaccination: One thing we can ALL agree on!

This topic is hot right now!

I want to propose some totally fact-based (i.e., not opinion-based) information that I think everyone can agree is essential in this vaccine discussion.

Vaccine manufacturers provide product “monographs” with their products. These provide very detailed information indeed.

One can have opinions about vaccination. Most of us do!

I think almost everyone would agree that people can only make truly informed choices about vaccination … if & when they are properly informed!

Take opinions right out of this debate, I say!

I suppose what I am advocating for here is this: rather than declaring ourselves “pro” vaccination, or “anti” – let’s just make sure we’re all vaccine-educated!

Let’s just stick to the manufacturers’ information sheets.

I think this ought to satisfy everyone!

People in the health care field will be content that their clientele is basing medical choices on the facts – not on ill-advised gossip or rumours based on sloppy research or shoddy science.

“Patients” and parents will be happy.

After all, it’s all about full disclosure, right?

Merck’s MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) monograph can be found here. (Make sure to read it all the way through.)

GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)’s is here.

(You can find all monographs for vaccines used in Canada here.)


Once we are all informed, everyone will be on a level playing field.

Here’s to full disclosure & a level playing field!

We can all say “Amen!” to that … right??


p.s. lots more about measles here.

& here!

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p.p.s. lots more on the whole vaccine scene! Go to the main page, scroll down under the Quotations, & over on the right you’ll see a heading:‘On Vaccines.’ Many postings listed.

p.p.p.s. find a great brochure on reducing vaccine “hesitancy” here.