No, Billionaires Should Not Be Allowed to Own Crucial, Medical Science Breakthroughs

Dr. Jonas Salk; a billionaire

I just read an article about Jeff Bezos investing in Altos Labs, a startup that is experimenting with reverse ageing through the reprogramming of stem cells (Ivanova, 2021). This research, as well as many other research projects being carried out in the area of reverse-ageing, may lead to major medical science discoveries that have the potential to treat one of the human conditions that have been most resistant to medical treatment: ageing. Breakthroughs in the science of reverse-ageing are of paramount importance for all humanity, not just the…


I recently watched the interview with Hillary Clinton in which she states that the U.S. had to fund to the Mujahedin to help them overthrow the pro-Soviet, Afghan government in the 1980s because we were in a “struggle” with the Soviet Union and because this is what ultimately led to its collapse and disintegration. Viewing this interview was painful for me not only because of the half-truths and untruths she tells in it, but also because of the sickeningly slick P.R. job she delivers. It is utterly frightening because she is so good at lying, and because this kind of…


Justice

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as…


The Starship Enterprise; credit: Madelaine Ramey

When I was a child, I used to watch Star Trek regularly with my brothers. How can I ever forget the opening lyrics to the show:

Space, the final frontier
These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise
Its five-year mission
To explore strange new worlds
To seek out new life
And new civilizations
To boldly go where no man has gone before

The theme of space travel and exploration was a dominant theme in the TV series. However, there were other more important themes in the show, especially to an impressionable child who was full of hope for the…


Lady Justice

How dare Trump speak of Law and Order? Trump has nothing to tell the people about law and order, as he clearly know nothing and cares nothing about it. In fact, the most heinous U.S. crimes of the century have been committed by those in the highest positions of power. Two of them are the unconstitutional, Supreme Court, Citizens United ruling and similar rulings which handed our formerly much more free, fair, and democratic elections to the highest bidders: the billionaire oligarchs; and the unconstitutional permissions granted by the U.S. Congress and executive branch to the same billionaire oligarchs to…


We as a society put in place protections for those who are vulnerable to scams run by scam artists who want to steal people’s money. We used to have in place protections against those who are vulnerable to the constant consumption of untruthful and low-quality news and information (DDOPE: distraction, distortion, omission, promotion, and erasure). We used to have in place protections against bad actors who sought to corrupt and steal our democratic elections. Aren’t the news and information people get and the elections people vote in just as important and vital — and sacred — as their money? How…


Our two apparent ‘choices’ for president in 2020: namely, Donald Trump and Joseph Biden. The first exudes greed, corruption, moral degeneracy, ignorance to the point of vulgarity, sexism, and racism; yet still appeals to many because he acts like he cares about the people and says things that imply that he cares. Biden embraces all of the above negative qualities except for the ignorance, but is more secretive and dangerous because he appears — falsely — to be more on the side of the people and more trustworthy. For many, he gives a convincing show, and the mass media back…


I am always leery of extremist stances. Not that I’m always for the middle-of-the-road stances. It would be simplistic and irrational to always opt for the middle-of-the-road approach just because it’s in the middle. Extremist stances can also be simplistic and irrational. Take people who are currently condemning capitalism. That’s overly simplistic and irrational. It’s not capitalism that is evil; it’s unfettered capitalism. Even the most brilliant and hardworking capitalists are obligated, like all working people, to abide by the law. Further, some must be reminded often that they are but a part of a greater society and must work…


On Frederick Douglass’ famous speech “What to a Slave Is the Fourth of July?”

Frederick Douglass

To all of the Americans who are bashing the founders of this country for not turning the U.S. completely upside down: in this long speech — toward the middle of it — Frederick Douglass HEAPS PRAISE ON THE FOUNDERS OF THIS COUNTRY. Specifically, he praises them for their great sacrifices and courage in throwing off the chains of tyranny still being forged and put on the colonials by the British, ultra-wealthy elites of the day – the aristocrats and their bootlickers — and speaks to the…


Mass Protest at U.S. Congress

In a nightmarish, Clockwork Orange kind of world in which the key players know no limits to violating the standards of human decency and morality, the modern-day ultra-rich — the billionaires — have cleverly created venues located in the Caribbean and remote parts of Great Britain where they can hide and launder their ill-gotten and greed-gotten gains — as pirates of yore once buried their plundered treasure on remote, uninhabited islands — often in the Caribbean. This is the sole function of secrecy jurisdictions, or ‘tax havens’: to hide and facilitate the laundering of the ultra-rich’s otherwise taxable and ill-gotten…

Angela Bellacosa

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