We did not develop this medicine for Indians. We developed it for western patients who can afford it.
—  Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers • Explaining, rather bluntly, why he feels that India’s efforts to genericize the company’s uber-expensive cancer drug Nexavar is wrong. Now where that falls on the scale of wrong that leads the CEO of a multibillion-dollar company to say that giving cancer drugs to people who are not rich is wrong, I’m not sure. But either way, let’s call this guy a prick, especially since said drugs would cost a person who lives in India $65,000 per year.

This statement by Bayer CEO sums up everything that is wrong with the multinational pharmaceutical industry. Pharmaceutical companies are singularly focused on profit and so aggressively push for patents and high drug prices. Diseases that don’t promise a profit are neglected, and patients who can’t afford to pay are cut out of the picture. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Read our response:

Breaking news: A terrifying new study has found that the exact same pesticides causing the massive global bee die-off are now killing birds as well.

The global bee die-off has been happening so fast that scientists are still scrambling to detect all the impacts. And now, this new study also finds that neonic pesticides are killing warblers, swallows, starlings and thrushes nearly as fast as the bees – at current rates, 35 percent of the bird population will disappear in just 10 years in the areas studied.

In Europe, there’s a moratorium on bee and bird-killing neonics. Ontario, Canada’s biggest province, is close to becoming the first major territory in North America to ban them as well.

But Bayer – one of the biggest producers of these toxic pesticides – has an army of lawyers suing to overturn Europe’s ban, and their million-dollar lobbyists are fighting to kill Ontario’s bee protection bill. The only way we can win is if we all fight back together. 

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Beginner’s Guide to German Football

Disclaimer: This is not funny, because I have no humour. This is an honest guide to the German competitions for all new fans of the sport in Germany.

I ALSO NOTICED A MISTAKE WHEN I SAW THAT JUST NOW: The third lowest ranked Bundesliga team plays the third highest ranked team in second league for the relegation I was also made aware of the fact that I claim Freiburg got 5th - they didn’t, Wolfsburg did

German company Bayer just acquired American company Monsanto for $66 billion.

Cash. That makes it the biggest deal ever in the history of blah blah blah, who gives a shit, are we right?

If you’re anything like us, your brain turns off when you hear numbers that big being transferred from one giant group of white guys to another. And traditionally, that’s exactly the way giant groups of white guys want it. Especially this one. See, there’s reason to believe this particular group of rich white guys shouldn’t be trusted with the awesome power they’d have after combining.

Bayer Purchased Monsanto (And We Are All Screwed)