Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Beam Me Up, Scotty

Is it just me, or is it almost impossible to keep up with the news these days?  I just stumbled upon this article, and I thought my head would explode.  Remember the World Health Organization?  Guess what they've been up to:

The World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations' public health arm, is moving full speed ahead with a controversial plan to impose global consumer taxes on such things as Internet activity and everyday financial transactions like paying bills online — while its spending soars and its own financial house is in disarray.
The aim of its taxing plans is to raise "tens of billions" of dollars for WHO that would be used to radically reorganize the research, development, production and distribution of medicines around the world, with greater emphasis on drugs for communicable diseases in poor countries.

Tens of billions?  WHAT?  Oh wait, there's more...

In effect, the plan amounts to a pharmaceutical version of the U.N.-sponsored climate-change deal that failed to win global approval at Copenhagen last December. If implemented as the experts suggest, it could easily involve the same kind of wealth transfers as the failed Copenhagen summit, which will send $30 billion a year to poor nations, starting this year.
The WHO strategy involves a wide variety of actions to transfer "pharmaceutical-related technology," and its production, along with intellectual property rights, to developing countries, according to a condensed "global strategy and plan of action" also being presented to the World Health Assembly.

Really?  Are you freakin' kidding me?   No, no, a thousand times NO.  Read the whole thing, but pour yourself a strong adult beverage first.  You'll need it.


  1. Damn, that grown-up beverage looks yummy! ;D

  2. Hmmm, the bottle looks green. Scotch? Bleh.

    I prefer my whiskey to be distilled in Kentucky or Tennessee. :)

  3. "I prefer my whiskey to be distilled in Kentucky or Tennessee. :)"

    Lady Red, I have a bottle of Jack here. Why doncha come over for a sip? Fay has her bottle of scotch. What is Noah's preference?

  4. Noah prefers Beam, but enjoys Jack as well. We'll be over in ten minutes! ;)

    (I wish...)