Is 20 billion bucks for medical research going to cure my major disease — cynicism?
I repeat: Is 20 billion bucks for medical research going to cure my major disease — cynicism?
As Joe splashes on a new medical research fund "larger than anything seen before under the sun on this planet", and the CSIRO funding is being slashed, I can only worry that the money won't cure me from the curse of my life — cynicism... I manage it quite well at most time, by turning it into benign satire.But under this new budget with so many broken promises exploding like window-panes under a fly-by by a rogue sound-barrier-breaking F-35, I fear for my poor feet as if they were walking on broken glass with no shoes on... No socks either.
So, what does this new medical research fund mean? I should rejoice at the size of the package. Yet I feel a tingling that this could only be a front to siphon LOTS of moneys from the taxpayers into Joe's favourite charities... See Joe is a charitable man, who was or is the patron of a few, especially on the North Shore. As well, may I ask if this money is going to be use for PRIVATE research, say finance some department's booze cabinet in some big pharma organisations, like Roche and Pfizer that will collect the cash from patents OR ... is it going to a newly formed public body, where the result of the research be patented by the government for the government's coffers? Or a bit of all?
Sorry if I ask this stupid question of which I think I know the answer 99 per cent for sure. My worry has grown ballistic mainly because Joe is slashing the CSIRO. See, the CSIRO is public research into long timeframes with some success and some failures. That is the way research cookies crumble. Some big pharma will try several thousands ingredients for one possible cure. Money for research is competitive, especially in universities where the "public" research bodies have to show that the worth of their projects is far more than next door's. Is some of Joe's cash going to universities doing some medical research?
The CSIRO has had great success in adapting some crops to Australian conditions by natural selection and without going to the next step of cross-genetic modification. The CSIRO invented wi-fi, a great patented money spinner that has taken over the world like wild-fire.So why try to mortally wound this organisation? Well, the CSIRO is "public" research and the guys working there would appear to Joe like a bunch of commies. This is what worries me about the new set-up for Joe's medical research. It's probably designed for cash to go into private hands, which the liberals (CONservatives) always think can do better than public research instruments. As well, most of the guys in charge of private research be "charities" or big "pharma" are their mates or still have musical chair CEO positions for retiring pollies (as long as they are right-wing). Here I go again, my cynicism is giving me heaps of hives...
Actually, should the government throw me a couple of mils (why not 10 millions for good measure?) I could reveal the formula of my granny's miracle cream that cures all kind of sores on the skin. It's a family secret like that of Coca Cola... When she died aged 97 from a blow to the head, her skin was like that of a young baby — elastic, youthful, unwrinkled. I am sure someone out there, including Doctor Joe, would be impressed. I can also reveal the cure for warts and all. No, no kidding...
In Europe, a few people in the know, know the special herbs to cure of lot of things and if you think that the "Mediterranean diet" is the panacea to a long life, you should know about some medicinal plants... One of the main problem is A) these cannot be patented and B) the "active ingredients" are only active when the plant is alive — that is to say, the plants cannot be boiled, dried nor the active ingredients extracted. See some potent bio-chemicals only exist in live condition. Should the plant die, the chemicals deteriorate more or less instantly and/or break-down into useless forms... No way to cash in on the blithers.
Thus the importance of growing your own medicinal plant for instant satisfying results... These plants leave the Chinese dried stuff, including rhino horn powder, for dead. Some of these plants are rare and difficult to grow but far more effective than a kick up the arse which can have a placebo effect nonetheless...
Meanwhile, Joe is happy with himself, walking tall on the boulevards of broken dreams full of broken promises and some painful pies in the sky...
May the cigar smoke don't give you lung cancer, Joe.
Your Local Herbalist.