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June 13 2017

How to resist Trump's Shock Doctrine

Video from Naomi Klien

June 05 2017

Article: The Guardian view on Theresa May’s plans on terror: they are wrong

The Guardian view on Theresa May’s plans on terror: they are wrong

Article: Theresa May is 'responsible' for London terror attack and must resign says top David Cameron aide

Theresa May is ‘responsible’ for London terror attack and must resign says top David Cameron aide

May 12 2017

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Alto Adjuda, Lisbon  

photo by tsparks

May 10 2017

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A beleza dos jacarandás no Rossio.

The jacarandas are in bloom all over town

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On going Nuclear emergency in Washington State

May 08 2017

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An imagining of Idris visiting Heaven and Hell from an illuminated manuscript version of Stories of the Prophets.

Research links (1), (2)

May 07 2017

How a pharma company made billions off mass murder by faking the science on Oxycontin #1yrago


When Purdue Pharma’s patent on the MS Contin was close to expiry, the Sackler family who owned the company spent millions trying to find a product that could replace the profits they’d lose from generic competition on MS Contin: the result was Oxycontin, a drug that went on to kill Americans at epidemic scale.

Oxycontin is the result of applying Purdue’s tried-and-true time-release technique to another out-of-patent drug, oxycodone (AKA percoset, roxicodone, etc). The plan was to produce an effective painkiller that lasted 12 hours at a time, overcoming the major deficit of drugs like MS Contin in that they had to be taken regularly to be effective. With a 12 hour formulation, the market for MS Contin – mostly people with terminal cancer – could be expanded to a wider world of chronic pain sufferers.

But from the earliest clinical trials, it was clear that Oxycontin didn’t work for 12 hours in most patients. Purdue massaged the numbers, lobbied the FCC, and got its drug approved as a 12-hour dose of effective pain relief. This led to hundreds of millions in advertising and direct marketing by pharma reps to doctors to prescribed Oxycontin for all manner of long-term pain relief. Billions in revenue followed.

When doctors told their reps that their patients’ pain returned in much less than 12 hours, the reps – and the company’s chief doctor – urged them to increase the dose of Oxycontin (and thus the company’s profits), rather than calling for an increased frequency (or another drug). The result was that pain patients took ever-greater doses of a highly addictive drug, but at long intervals that guaranteed excruciating withdrawal symptoms for hours before they were supposed to take another pill. Their doctors then upped their dosage further, leading to even higher highs and lower lows, and more addiction, a black market, and an epidemic of fatal overdoses that continues to resonate through America’s poorest communities today.

The Sackler family is richer than ever. Forbes estimates their net worth at $14 billion – richer than the Rockefellers.

This is truely criminal

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Vila Vicosa

photo by tsparks

May 06 2017

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Flora visits the Cromeleque dos Almendres, Alentejo, Pt

photos by tsparks

April 26 2017

April 25 2017

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Manuel Alvarez Bravo ( Mexican 1902 - 2002) El Sonador (The Dreamer) 1931

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Romare Bearden, from the show at DC Moore Gallery

April 24 2017

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me on right

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photo by tsparks (more at candidstreet)

April 20 2017

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photo by tsparks

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Where the money is in the USA.

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