Proposition 61 part 2

California Proposition 61, Drug Price Standards Initiative lost in the recent election by a margin of 54 to 46%. Recently I asked a California doctor friend about why the proposition had failed. As a doctor, he is of course very bright, but he is not politically well-informed. I think that he voted for Trump. He told me that he could not understand the proposition; I think that was a cop-out. The proposition was a small, opening attempt to regulate a few drug prices on the margin. It is my understanding that big pharma spent $100 million plus to defeat the proposed law.

It’s the lead

Why do some people support Donald Trump against all reason? It’s the lead in the water, reducing IQ.

Part of the reason for the fall of the Roman Empire was that women at that time used lead in their cosmetics.

We formerly used lead in our paints and in our gasolines. Although lead has been phased out of those products, older neighborhoods still retain some lead in the environment. Lead is still found in the pipes that distribute drinking water in many cities. It’s the lead that is affecting the thinking of some Trump supporters.

Zika virus

The Zika virus is an early manifestation of climate change. As the oceans rise along with global average temperatures, tropical diseases will move north from the equator in the northern hemisphere. Droughts and floods will occur. Republicans will continue to deny climate change and its attendant consequences, but will seek Federal assistance for natural calamities if they occur in their district.