pharmaceuticals


Panera’s Extreme Menu

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Until they killed (allegedly) a couple people with their ultra-caffeinated lemonade, I had no idea Panera was in the extreme food business usually associated with Doritos, Mountain Dew, or that Paqui One Chip Challenge that also killed some folks. I just associated it with a place to mooch wifi while on roadtrips and indulge in a 1000 calorie sandwich if there’s absolutely nothing else in that strip mall.

This lemonade’s no joke either. It has way more caffeine than your usual energy drink, or even the pills you can find at a truck stop. There’s apparently enough of a fandom for these “charged” drinks, that’s there’s a subscription “Sip Club” for it.

I know I’m not the target demo for this. I’m middle-aged, have one (1) coffee in the morning, water all day, and a few beers on the weekend if I feel like enjoying an overpriced beverage that’s not good for me.

As for weight loss drugs like Ozempic, they are certainly having a moment. Maybe it’ll stick around like Botox, or go the way of the one drug that claimed to make your eyelashes longer. Oh, that’s still around too. Guess I didn’t know because they don’t advertise during hockey games.

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Holiday Recipes

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The holidays snuck up on me, and judging by the Halloween decorations that were up in my neighborhood until this week, the same happened to a lot of people. We finally got our tree up and I’m sure it will be providing living room cheer through most of January.

I can’t say I’ve tested any of these recipes except for Grandma’s Edibles. And now that every formerly vacant storefront in Massachusetts is a dispensary that’s oversaturated the market with affordable edibles, I don’t think I will ever again.

Mike Johnson’s still Speaker and doing evil things quietly enough to avoid much mainstream media scrutiny. The guy’s a coup true believer and Democrats better come up with a better nickname than “MAGA Mike” before it’s too late.

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Dr. Trump’s Pandemic Prescription

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The coronavirus and its subsequent freakout has spread further since I drew this comic. Having a functional government as it spreads would certainly help ease some of the anxiety.

The best advice I can give is to wash your hands, cough/sneeze into your elbow, and don’t be a racist. Chinatowns across the country have been suffering since the first reports came out. I’m selfishly enjoying the lack of crowds at dim-sum, but I can’t support those restaurants all on my own.

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Tainted Halloween Treats

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The annual “Marijuana Candy” panic has already started on our garbage local news. Having waited in line forever at the Brookline recreational place, I’m not inclined to give that stuff to friends, let alone random kids.

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Free Market Pharmacy

Free Market PharmacyEveryone had a good week hating on Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund bro who became a pharmaceutical patent troll. His loathsome and tone-deaf response to the outrage makes him very easy to hate. But he’s just a symptom of the entire pharmaceutical industry, which holds people’s health┬áhostage in order to extort the highest possible prices out of the public.

This could be the last time I’ve drawn John Boehner. His resignation comes at a perfect time, because I was just about to run out of orange pixels.

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