A good business idea is finding a solution for an (everyday) problem and monetize it. But what does an industry do when there’s actually a lack of problems but it still wants to rake in billions? Well, easy. You make up a problem and make up a solution. That’s what the drug industry for psychiatric disorders seems to be doing. Seems… I would say is doing.
Every heard of the disease Bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a condition in which a person has periods of depression and periods of being extremely happy or being cross or irritable.
Based on this definition, who doesn’t have a bipolar disorder? It’s called human emotions in my opinion and it’s part of life, no cure required in the form of chemicals.
If I would have been born 20 years later, I bet you I would have been diagnosed ADHD and would have been put on medication. But I’m not ill and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t ill, just a tad more active than the average person.
So the pharmaceutical industry is making drugs to cure diseases that actually don’t exist. Huh? Well, so far there’s absolutely no scientific proof that any mental disorder is actually a disease. Sure, experts on the payroll of the pharmaceutical industry talk about “imbalances in the brain” but bottom line, that’s speculation. The cures they fabricate are raking in billions but seem to do more harm than good. Just to be clear, I’m not saying all medicines for mental disorders are fake. But, you gotta wonder, where did all these “disorders” all of a sudden come from? And why is it that 50% of the people committing suicide in the US is using a drug for a mental disorder?
If the crash of the Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco wasn’t such a tragedy, if people didn’t die and got severely burned this could have been funny. Unfortunately people did die and people di get burned and scarred for life. Just an EPIC FAIL from the category Ho Lee Fuk! Apparently KTVU did check the names with the NTSB, who are investigating the crash. Allegedly an intern at NTSB confirmed that the names were all correct. But did no one at KTVU had the common sense of reading the names out loud to then come to the conclusion “Sum Ting Wong”?
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January 2013, after 5 years Jakarta is again struck by serious floods. Driving in the streets this morning I got a bit of an impression on how severe it is but some of these pictures show the worst hit areas in Jakarta where levels rise to 1.5 meter and above. Some people have died and thousands had to flee their home.
The floods are caused by a heavy rainfall in Jakarta and upstream Bogor combined with a pretty bad infrastructure in which drainage is clogged with trash and pumps are failing. At the moment it finally stopped raining in Jakarta but the predictions are not yet favorable. The government has issued a 10 day state of emergency for Jakarta and we’re hoping the floods will be gone soon.
For my family and friends back in Europe, no worries, I’m living on higher grounds in Jakarta.
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Ding dong! Newsflash from our reporter in Jakarta. November 20th (20-11-2011), exactly 26 years after the birth of Windows 1.0, now going into the history books as the big day for the most likable guy with the highest “cuddle” factor in the scene. Today the big guy from Dailysocial Rama and his lovely wife Puspa celebrated their love and eternal union and obviously Sangat Pedas was there.
Both the bride and the groom looked ravishing and an anonymous source within Dailysocial told me he was so happy to finally see “Mr. Hoody” as a real CEO. This despite his new haircut which has already become trending. Yep, everyone was present on this sunday morning red carpet event. Hell, it’s safe to say that every self respecting startup was witnessing the mariage of the “Michael Arrington” of Indonesia.
And of course the press and bloggers were present. The Jakarta Post Globe chatting with Aria who’s not amused with the paparazzi. Firman “Dailysocial wrecker” Nugraha from Teknojurnal managed to sneak in as well. The hardest working blogger at DS was busy declaring his love to not one but two Nokia N9′s.
We wanna wish Puspa and Rama a long and happy life together and keep having fun!
If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late. That’s what the Chinese builders in Lanzhou must have thought. Press, bubbles, the jetset, everybody was present for the “prestigious” launch of this $2.6mln boat. Unfortunately things didn’t quite work out, something with unexpected “water levels”. After days trying to get the boat out engineers are now fixing the “unexpected waterlevels”. Source 新浪视频
Wikileaks, probably state enemy #1 of many countries, but in the past I defended their cause and methods up to a certain point. I believe that it’s good that certain crimes like the collateral murder in Iraq are exposed. But Wikileaks has a different approach, instead of focussing on specific incidents that need to be exposed they prefer to publish documents as is. Consequence is that some of the published documents serve a cause but most don’t expose something that needs to be exposed, they just provide info. Info that serves no cause but often is just a pain in the ass for governments.
Well, we’ve reached a new chapter with Cablegate 2 in which Wikileaks is no longer a whistle blower and Julian Assange days are counted. Julian Assange has always been smart enough to keep some information behind as life insurance, well it seems his life insurance has expired the moment it got published on cryptom.org, (more info here)
Yesterday, on Indonesias Independence Ken, the CEO of Kaskus, and his long time love finally got married. I was honored to be able to attend the ceremony which was intimate and and lovely followed by a huge super party in the big Mulia Ballroom. On behalf of the whole Tokobagus team I want to congratulate you guys and wish you a long and happy marriage! PHOTO!
Two friends, Dian and Randy, were in for a surprise when on Nov. 24 at City Walk mall in Central Jakarta they tried to sell two iPads which they previously purchased in Singapore. According to Dian and Randy they regretted their purchase after returning to Indonesia and posted the two iPads on an Indonesian online classified site. After they were contacted they met with the potential buyers who then appeared to be undercover police agents.
According to the Jakarta Post “A House legislator urged the National Police on Saturday to explain how two friends were arrested for selling two iPads they regretted buying on vacation in Singapore.” It seems to be pretty bad PR for the police to arrest two ordinary guys that maybe want to monetize a little on their trip to Singapore.
Now it is allowed according to the Indonesian law to import a gadget within certain limits from a foreign country and as far as I understand it’s not illegal to later sell the item. No, the reason they are still in prison is that they sold a gadget without an Indonesian manual. Yes siree, you’re reading this well, and here it comes, selling a gadget without an Indonesian manual can get you a maximum sentence of 5 YEARS IN PRISON.