Print Books or ebooks?

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I am a voracious reader. My preference has always been hardback books.  I even shy away from paperbacks unless they are poetry books which seem perfectly fitted as paperbacks.  I have never been able to read a novel on an electronic device, though I can read poetry and children’s books on my iPad.  I am curious as to whether anyone regularly reads books electronically or if this ebook thing is mere hype and a fad that will pass.
I think I can envision a more robust reading experience on a big screen TV.  You know, kick back in a recliner and read a book in huge print while sipping a craft beer. Continue reading

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Common Sense 2014 Issue 8: Direct-to-Consumer Advertising

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Do you find it inappropriate that drug companies are allowed to blatantly advertise prescription drugs to the general public on TV, radio, the Internet, etc.? It’s called Direct-to-Consumer advertising.

Prescription drugs are certainly not direct to the consumer products. They are doctor to patient products. That’s why they are PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. Prescription drugs are pushed to the tune of somewhere between $30,000,000,000.00 (that’s billion) and $60 billion annually to both the general public and their physicians. $61,000.00 per year per doctor are spent by drug companies promoting prescription drugs to those doctors.

This is a staggering amount of money just to get someone’s attention in order to sell them some hit and miss pharmaceutical chemicals mass produced in a lab. Chemicals that are toxic to the human body in one form or another. Chemicals that should be used only as a last resort on patients and not the first. In many instances the side effects of these chemicals are way worse than the malady purported as being fixed-when in actuality the malady is not fixed at all. Most drugs fix nothing, they simply treat the symptoms by creating other symptoms that then need another drug to treat those symptoms, ad infinitum. Before you know it, companies like Phizer have you hooked on seven or eight medications just to manage all of the symptoms created by the first medication on the chain.

How’s that for a pyramid scheme to steal your hard earned money to create billions more in advertising? This advertising is then used to create thousands upon thousands more unsuspecting clients. Then more advertising and more patients. CRAZY.

Do you subscribe or should I say prescribe to this? I don’t. I find it appalling and believe it is time to do something about it. It is time to think about banning drug companies from this gross practice of Direct-to-Consumer advertising. I’ve heard more than enough about 4 hour erections, internal bleeding, suicidal thoughts, etc.

I am contemplating starting an online petition to ban these multi-billion dollar corporations from Direct-to-Consumer advertising. Would you sign it?

Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books™