NEOLIBERAL HEALTH CARE: “Pap Attack: Big Pharma has Turned us into Hypochondriacs” / The Ring of Fire / Mike Papantonio ☮

The United States is one of only two countries in the world that allows drug companies to market their products directly to consumers.

For the last 18 years, our TV airwaves have been dominated by commercials telling us that if we feel sad, if we feel sick, if we feel anything at all – then we need to take a magic pill from Big Pharma to make all of our worries melt away. A magic, by the way, pill that has been marked up by as much as twenty thousand percent.

Direct to consumer advertising has been a huge cash cow for the drug industry. Drug companies in the U.S. are now pulling in around $300 billion dollars every year, and this massive haul is all thanks to their marketing. Twenty percent of the country now takes at least five prescription drugs per month.

CORPORATE MEDIA: “Corporate Media Wants You to Be Stupid: Let’s Fight Back” / The Ring of Fire / Mike Papantonio ☮

According to the most recent polling data, 65 percent of the public says that the corporate-controlled media has a negative effect on America, and 60 percent say that they don’t trust the media.

And here’s why – Americans now understand that the media doesn’t have their best interests in mind. They know that programming decisions are based on ad revenues, not about the news. If a story can’t sell ad time – or if it shows an advertiser in a negative light – it will never make it onto the air.