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Fighting Fire With Fire #152.

Fighting Fire With Fire

Sometimes It’s Just Crazy Enough To Work. Other Times You Just End Up With A Bigger Fire.

Fighting Fire with Fire

We use this fire method all the time, from flu shots to hair of the dog. We’ll use what causes the problem, to fix the problem. And just as insane as using dog hair to put in a wound of a dog bite. So are our many other remedies.

The Drinker.

Will use more alcohol in order to avoid the dreaded hangover but in the end will be left with a much worse one.

The Drug Addict.

A different drug to kick the habit of the other. Which often leads to a new addiction. Or worse yet they’ll need the lifesaving benefits of a drug in order to stop the overdose of another drug.

Flu Shot.

Those that worry of getting sick will use a mild dose of the flu in order to try to avoid getting the flu.

The Smoker.

Cigarette smokers might try to quit smoking with the aid of the same addictive substance taht got them hooked in the first place. Nicotine in different forms. Maybe they’ll use water vapor with the same chemicals maybe a patch or gum.


We’ll attempt to pay off debt with more debt.

We’ll try to talk our way out of bad situations our mouth got us into. Which is more often than not the only way out of those situations but hopefully we just don’t start that fire in the first place.

In The Name Of Safety

Recently they passed a law in my home state that requires all construction companies to not release any silica into the air. Because silica is known carcingen. Silica dust is natural and usually fairly abundant everywhere on new construction sites. And in order to clean it up the state requires you to use a sweeping compound to sweep up this dust.

However on these sweeping compounds which are unnatural and carry a large warning label on the box that says this product may cause cancer.

Now those worker get the pleasure of interacting with two known carcinogens. Fire on fire in the name of “safety,” but  probably more accurately in the name of profits.

So Why Is It We Use These Methods?

Well it’s because every so often they actual work. And just like a well fought forest fire, with perfect placement and timing you can stop the encroaching fire and all its impending destruction with more fire. In order to fight fire with fire you need to have a well coordinated plan of attack. You need to know the consequences of that action and you need to use it in the right place at the right time. Just remember a poorly placed uncontrolled fire will only expand your already burning one.

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Not Allowing Performance Enhancing Drugs In Sports #132.

Performance Enhancing Drugs

Make Sports Great Again. With Performance Enhancing Drugs.

All athletes should be able to take performance enhancing drugs. Just require them to disclose which ones they use.

Performance Enhancing Drugs

If you are of the, “purest, that’s cheating in sports” camp. Than I have news for you. There is just about absolutely no original purity left in any sport. Performances are constantly being enhanced in every aspect of the game. Every year, every professional athlete, and every sporting good manufacturer. Are all out there finding new ways to edge out their competitors.

They Work Every Single Angle To Enhance Their Performance.

Better equipment, better training regiments, better technology, better statistics, better supplements, better nutrition. It all adds up. Not to mention everyone’s body chemistry is different. So one player who has more natural testosterone than another maybe able to train harder. One may have a higher IQ. Another better agility and flexibility. Some things in nature are just luck of the draw.

On Top Of That How Much More Advanced Is The Equipment These Players Use Today Than They Did Ten, Twenty, Fifty Years Ago?

Light years differences in some instances. Tennis rackets, bicycles, golf clubs, footwear, gloves, clothing, feedback monitors. The list keeps growing. Football players now use performance enhancing gloves that stick like glue to the football. Where as a player getting tackled, can still catch a ball one handed and with three fingers.

Better footwear for runners, and all sports for that matter. Along with better fabrics with less resistance. Better wicking technology, which leads to better suits for swimmers. Technology has improved in other areas such as lighter rackets for tennis players. And lighter bicycles for riders. Even better training equipment.

We’re constantly enhancing every area. Why punish a player for attempting to enhance their body unnaturally. Sure it’s with unnatural chemicals. But so are current hydration methods. Most popular beverages for athletes are filled with unnatural chemicals.

If We Want To Be Purest.

We should require all players to only drink water, only use cotton clothing, flat shoes, limited padding, maybe go back to leather helmets, or none at all. All sports golf and baseball included can use only solid heavy wood equipment. And we can go back to kicking pig blatters.

The point is everything evolves, including sports. It’s more entertaining to watch apex elite athletes get even better than what the human body is usually capable of. Maybe that’s just me but I believe performance enhancing drugs should be available to all players who are willing to take that risk to improve that much more.

Blowing It Scenario #47-Profits Over People, A Failure Of Compassion Displayed By Martin Shkreli

Martin Shkreli Sentencing For Fraud Is This Week But His Actions In The Pharmaceutical Industry Echo a Far More Troubling Failure. One That Has Yet To Be Fully Corrected.

Profits over people. All to often these actions take place behind closed doors in board rooms and through creative accounting practices. Never to be seen is the actual face of the individuals who make the rules. In what world do you take life saving drugs and increase their pricing 700%? Apparently it’s common practice. It’s probably one of they most disheartening practices known to man. The kind that makes you question for a second your faith in humanity. It’s tremendously ironic to me that an industry that should be 100% rooted in compassion, could be so callous at times. Think of the compassion one must have to want to develop a cure for another’s ailment. You would think that has got to be one of the most compassionate actions known. Then think company or CEO who in turn sends this wondrous drug out in to the world to be a great use at a fair price. One that may be helping or saving the lives of thousands of people. And after it has proven to help those thousands of users the CEO decides to put their very own clients, the users of their products, into crippling debt, just to stay alive. And for what? Just so a few wealthy individuals can turn a larger profit that year for themselves and their share holders.

I’m all for businesses turning a profit but their is an extent. Their is bad profit and good profit. This actions is the lowest form of dumpster driving profit. At the forefront of all this is Martin Shkreli the CEO, drug price fixer. Who unapologetically rose prices of a common drug from $15 to $700. And in doing so  he shed light on this disgusting display that runs rampant through the entire drug industry, with no regulation in sight. Part of me commends him. Not for his actions, those are incredibly despicable and reprehensible. But for the fact that he didn’t hide behind the board room doors or the spreadsheet. He fully owned his actions, albeit terrible ones. He owned them, even once saying, that his only regret, is he didn’t raise the prices higher.

Now Martin is being sentenced for an act of fraud that happened with a different company altogether. He is not facing any punishment for any of the price gouging he inflicted on every day citizens. That somehow is not a punishable offense, even though it’s a form of theft. He’s facing punishment of hurting the moneyed interest, in a business prior to his price gouging. For some reason that is a worse action that you can take against another, then stealing poor and averages people’s money they use for life saving drugs. This does serve as a lesson still. Usually when you act in ill intent, those actions carry through in all that you do. If you find a business man or women who exuded insolence, selfishness and a general lack of sympathy for others. Chances are that has been their mode of operation for most of their actions throughout life and business. Steer clear of these people they will only take you down or better yet the positive change that takes them down. We can’t always keep them accountable but every once in awhile in life, they just might get back what they gave.

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