End Stage Capitalism In Action

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you end stage capitalism in its full, unfettered glory.

You can't really blame people for wanting to take drugs to escape the dystopian reality created and maintained by the greedy bastards. Especially when there's literally no recourse for fighting back because you can't get the proles to agree on anything in this country.

For instance, we have a faction of far-right reactionaries who think that getting rid of the government and letting the market rule will magically solve everything. The problem is, these asshole Libertarians already have exactly what they want, effectively speaking. The government has already been rendered inert by the very people and front businesses these morons so vehemently defend. But to them, that doesn't matter. They have to drown the government in the bath tub, no matter the cost.

The so-called centrists are no better. After all, they'd rather let the far-right assholes mentioned above run rough-shod over us plebs than allow any real discussion or any meaningful legislation on any issue to be passed. Dipshit Trump signed an executive order that simply speeds up the implosion of Obamacare:

And of course, the centrist cowards are whining about this. Why not let this shit die anyway? It's not like anyone who has insurance under this shit law drummed up by right-wing think tanks can actually use it anyway.

Actually, I have a better idea: Maybe we should take capitalism off life support and just let it fuckin' die. As Martin Luther King Jr. said before he was assassinated and his message usurped and whitewashed by the capitalists, capitalism has far outlived its usefulness. As it stands right now though, too many are too crippled by learned helplessness to allow for that to happen.

Edit 1:30 PM eastern: I just wanted to add this little tidbit.

It seems a good chunk of congress is having alzheimer's meds filled at a local DC pharmacy.

Nearly every day for at least two decades pharmaceutical drugs have been brought by the carload to the Capitol — an arrangement so under the radar that even pharmacy lobbyists who regularly pitch Congress on their industry aren’t aware of it.

The deliveries arrive at the secretive Office of the Attending Physician, an elaborate medical clinic where Navy doctors triage medical emergencies and provide basic health care for lawmakers who pay an annual fee of just over $600. Every one comes from Washington’s oldest community pharmacy, Grubb’s.

Mike Kim, the reserved pharmacist-turned-owner of the pharmacy, said he has gotten used to knowing the most sensitive details about some of the most famous people in Washington.

“At first it’s cool, and then you realize, I’m filling some drugs that are for some pretty serious health problems as well. And these are the people that are running the country,” Kim said, listing treatments for conditions like diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

“It makes you kind of sit back and say, ‘Wow, they’re making the highest laws of the land and they might not even remember what happened yesterday.'”

And they never have to pay the out of pocket costs we plebs do.

See ya around,

Aspie

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divineorder's picture

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A truth of the nuclear age/climate change: we can no longer have endless war and survive on this planet. Oh sh*t.

Citizen Of Earth's picture

@divineorder

Dems are totally bought out, just like the Repubs. You'd think by now people would have figured that out. Yet 50 million schmucks voted for Hellery.
It's really hopeless at this point. It won't end until there is Nothing Left To Loot.

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Donnie The #ShitHole Douchebag. Fake Friend to the Working Class. Real Asshole.

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only because he got caught red handed and for some inexplicable reason 60 Minutes and WaPo awoke from their slumber long enough to run the story.

Meanwhile...
- the asswipe, Scott Pruitt, that Doomkoff installed at the EPA, the former OilCo/GasCo whore is dismantling the EPA.
- that Education Secretary (Betsy DeVos) is privatizing the nations skools -- education for profit.
- The FCC chief, Ajit Pai, former Verizon lawyer, is selling us out to Comcast and the other Telcos.

It is truly fucking hopeless at this point.

And the asses who voted for Trump still think he's on their side. If I couldn't laugh I would cry.

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Donnie The #ShitHole Douchebag. Fake Friend to the Working Class. Real Asshole.

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@Citizen Of Earth

And the asses who voted for Trump still think he's on their side. If I couldn't laugh I would cry.

You know, so long as people of color and women get shit on.

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Modern education is little more than toeing the line for the capitalist pigs.

Guerrilla Liberalism won't liberate the US or the world from the iron fist of capital.

@The Aspie Corner many who also seem to believe wholeheartedly that Her Heinous can save us from the Rump. Yes, we are doomed.

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Only a fool lets someone else tell him who his enemy is. Assata Shakur

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@lizzyh7 One has to wonder what it will take to snap them out of it.

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Modern education is little more than toeing the line for the capitalist pigs.

Guerrilla Liberalism won't liberate the US or the world from the iron fist of capital.

mhagle's picture

Good information. Stuff I didn't know about. Thanks!

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Marilyn

"Make dirt, not war." eyo

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our awareness it is opening a window for us to view other capitalist activities.
Illegal activity in traditional opioids supply chain for oxycodone and hydrocodone should be easy to spot. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is in total control of information on supply and distribution of schedule II opioids, except patient name. DEA sets the quota for production. Every stage of transition from one location to another or ownership change, such as manufacture to repackager, manufacturer to wholesale, wholesale to pharmacy requires notification with numerical quantities to the DEA. Any discrepancy can be discovered with a simple math formula.

States started monitoring patients usage of controlled drugs in response to the opioid crisis several years ago using prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP).

According to the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL), a PDMP is a statewide electronic database which collects designated data on substances dispensed in the state. The PDMP is housed by a specified statewide regulatory, administrative or law enforcement agency. The housing agency distributes data from the database to individuals who are authorized under state law to receive the information for purposes of their profession.

Seemingly unrelated George Webb, investigating the Anwan story, has looped back to opium crops and illegal opioid manufacturing to slip products into our medical and veterinary supply lines. First 45 sec hint of connection, then various CT (conspiracy theories) George Webb is following and at 6:10 tying them into illegal opioid trade.

edited for spelling

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Still yourself, deep water can absorb many disturbances with minimal reaction.
--When the opening appears release yourself.

@studentofearth for treatment to help addicts in the $ released to states. Somehow law enforcement seems to be getting the lions share, and there's talk of charging people who OD with jail time.

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@Snode They'll just change the laws so you go to jail for sniffing weed and call it treatment.

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Modern education is little more than toeing the line for the capitalist pigs.

Guerrilla Liberalism won't liberate the US or the world from the iron fist of capital.

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1. The word "opioids" has two "i"s in it. Smile

2. The real problem isn't opioid addiction; it's the underlying disease of despair which drives the addiction, as my sig line states.

3. The DEA does nothing useful for society. The DEA's anti-opioid activities mostly serve to keep these medications out of the hands of pain patients who need them, not addicts who, worst come to worst, will just go back on heroin. One evidence of this is that heroin is now cheaper, easier to obtain, and of better quality now than at almost any other time since heroin was first banned.

4. The DEA needs to be dismantled and abolished, and its functions abandoned.

Thank you for reading!

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"I say enough! If Israel wants to be the only superpower in the Middle East then they can put their own asses on the line and do it themselves. I want to continue to eat."
-- snoopydawg

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@thanatokephaloides
1.) Thanks, corrected for archive purposes. Someday I may learn to compose and spell simultaneously, for now I occasionally need assistance.

2.) Despair is a factor, but for some physical addiction or dependence is a major issue. Not everyone gets GI bleeds from aspirin. My opinion, dependence is multi-factored and include: a) changes in the immune system and b) inability or slow response of the body feedback loop to start producing adequate supply of its own natural opioid system.

3.) DEA is a useful tool to consolidate power, make fortunes and expand the federal police state to override individual states and local communities. It has never had a function in patient care, only to control distribution and supply. (hmm - supply and demand effects profit - Controlled Substance Act signed by Nixon 1970 & DEA created by Nixon 1973)

4.) Agree 10-fold

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Still yourself, deep water can absorb many disturbances with minimal reaction.
--When the opening appears release yourself.

Alzheimer’s certainly might explain a lot...

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.