Brazil Stands up to Murkan Pharma: a short play

Enter ABBOTT, an American pharmaceutical company, talking on a cellular phone

And so I said, “If God didn’t want me to take advantage of quadriplegics He would have given them legs to walk to my competitors.” Anyway, I’ve gotta go. I’m meeting with Bolivia or something.


Hello, ABBOTT. Do you have those AIDS drugs we discussed?
Sure, we got plenty of Keletra, right here.
Good. Now, how about the price. Did you drop it like we agreed?
Sure thing! We dropped it down from $1.60 to $1.17 per unit, just like you asked.
No, we wanted you to drop it down to $0.48.
But that’s just stupid. There’s no way we can get it that low. We’d go bankrupt.

BRAZIL arches an eyebrow

Okay, well, we wouldn’t go bankrupt. But do you know how much it costs to develop this stuff? Hundreds of millions of dollars. American dollars, not pesos.
Keletra made you 897 million dollars in sales last year.
Yeah, but we’ve got overheads and stuff.
We’ve projected over two hundred thousand people needing these drugs in 2008. We’re talking about giving you 175 million dollars per year. You can afford to drop your prices.
You can’t cheap out on me like this. You’ve got two hundred thousand Bolivians who need our product. You are putting your desire to cut healthcare spending ahead of patients’ needs for new and better treatments.
Well, I’m not going to beg. I’ll just hire some chemists and make my own.
You can’t do that! Keletra’s patented. I’ll fucking sue you into the ground.
Really? What’s the patent number?
We’ve got US patent 5,846,987, and US patent 5,886,036, and…
No, what’s your Brazilian patent number?
That’s right, bitch.
But that’s not fair! I’m a Murkan, dammit!
Yeah, I’ve dealt with your kind before. You have ten days to drop your price to 48 cents or we’re going to make our own generic Keletra. Now get off my property.

CD Baby’s Fun Shipping Confirmation

I just bought a couple of CDs from CD Baby and got this awesome shipping confirmation:

Qty    Description                                    Price    Total
===    ===========                                    =====    =====
  1    JONATHAN COULTON: where tradition meets tomo   $7.00    $7.00
  1    JONATHAN COULTON: smoking monkey              $10.00   $10.00

                                                  Sub Total   $17.00
                                                  Shipping     $3.50
                                                Grand Total   $20.50

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A Great Fafquote

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Yesterday the New York Times revealed that a former lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute and current chief of staff for the White House Council on Environmental Quality had made substantial edits to a series of reports on climate change in order to play down links between greenhouse gases and global warming. The usual leftist quarters are fired up again, calling for America to join a veritable science jihad, worshiping at the altar of fact when we’ve yet to hear what fiction has to say about the situation.

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Still busy

I’m still busily at work on I’m making some good progress on the techwatch section, although it will take quite a bit of time to implement all the features I want to.

The music section is less complicated, but I need to finish off my auto-podcasting script. This will be pretty cool: a page to upload a podcast and create a blog entry at the same time. Basically I’m just going to modify the existing WP page (the very one I’m using to type this entry!) to add fields and stuff. I’ve already written a script to pull podcast information from the database and display it in an rss feed — the results can be seen here [source].

Geeky Yarmulke

There was a post on BoingBoing today about a geek who designed himself a yarmulke bearing such images as the Bluetooth logo, a PSP, an iPod, a cellphone, and so on. Kinda interesting. But this quote from the original article caught my eye:

My wife Leah spent three months crocheting the gadget yarmulka based on a design I created for her. She is not pleased with the idea that I’m going to want a new one with different gadgets – maybe a WiMAX logo? Nokia 8801? Motorola PEBL? – in a few months.

Sounds like the rest of the statement is “… but she will anyway, because I want her to.” Hey, what kind of geek is Avi if he doesn’t even want to DIY? Better to have his wife spend three months crocheting the bloody thing?