We’re Told Vlad the Impaler Tried This

Mitchell and Webb are the source of the fantastic “Are we the baddies?” sketch. But this one seems a bit more appropriate for the pandemic billionaire era.


  1. says

    Who needs comedy when “news” sites say it openly? From CNBC, 2018:

    Goldman Sachs asks in biotech research report: ‘Is curing patients a sustainable business model?’

    Goldman Sachs analysts attempted to address a touchy subject for biotech companies, especially those involved in the pioneering “gene therapy” treatment: cures could be bad for business in the long run.

    “Is curing patients a sustainable business model?” analysts ask in an April 10 report entitled “The Genome Revolution.”

    “The potential to deliver ‘one shot cures’ is one of the most attractive aspects of gene therapy, genetically-engineered cell therapy and gene editing. However, such treatments offer a very different outlook with regard to recurring revenue versus chronic therapies,” analyst Salveen Richter wrote in the note to clients Tuesday. “While this proposition carries tremendous value for patients and society, it could represent a challenge for genome medicine developers looking for sustained cash flow.”

  2. Reginald Selkirk says

    Do you do it once, or is it a standing policy? Because if you kill the poorest people, those who manufacture and sell goods and services to them might lose their jobs and become poor. It could be a never-ending cycle.

  3. says

    Reginald Selkirk@#4:
    Do you do it once, or is it a standing policy?

    It’s also probably not cost/effective – it teaches the military that civilians are easy and fun to kill, and then the rich have to come up with a better way of separating themselves from the lower classes, ‘cuz it’s hard to flex your bank balance when a sword’s at your throat. This is probably why the rich are so concerned about extreme taxation.

  4. Pierce R. Butler says

    Vlad Drakulya led an interesting life, in an era where aristocrats had much more to do than cutting ribbons and hushing up pedophilia scandals.

    For some reason the detail that sticks out for me (from a bio read a quarter-century ago) involves V’s escape from an enemy’s dungeon and descent by rope down a cliff to where allies awaited with horses. (Reportedly, no one participating thought for a second about what a great movie scene this episode would make.) The rescuers had planned ahead and had those horses’ shoes nailed on backwards, in hopes of delaying pursuit for a few minutes by sending trackers off in the wrong direction.

    Since modern “nobility” exercise primarily an entertainment function, why don’t we require them to undertake similar adventures & ingenuity on a regular basis?

  5. jrkrideau says

    Biden: Russian invasion rescheduled for Feb 31. Apparently the weather was bad on the 20th.

    Maria Zakharova has jokingly asked American and British media outlets to release a schedule of Russia’s “upcoming invasions” of Ukraine for the current year. … . I’d like to plan my vacation.

  6. kurt1 says

    Not fair, my “Eat the Rich” model predicted drastic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. But no politician ever wants to see that for some reason. They only listen to the draculas at the Cull the Meek Institute for Progress through Prosperity.

  7. M'thew says

    I first thought (hoped) that was an Onion article. Then I wondered if CNBC had been bought over by The Onion. Then I hoped it was an April Fools joke.
    Boy, was I wrong.

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