When I read this, I was reminded of a story I was told about an Irish entertainer, named Henry Kelly, who had been booked to do some after dinner speaking. As the story was told to me, he launched into some tedious monologue and after ten minutes, or so, the audience's attention had begun to wane. Fifteen minutes in, and there were evident signs of loss of interest. And after twenty minutes, the audience was openly holding conversations amongst themselves.
Kelly came to an abrupt halt, appalled by this rudeness... "Fuck the lotta yer; fuck the lotta yer," he railed "I bin paid, I got the fuckin' money, so fuck the lotta yer." And with that, he was gone.
And so it is with Merck, by the look of things. Although, obviously, it would take a criminal conviction for it to be true that Merck's conduct is fraudulent, although there seems to be little question that they have pocketed the cash, and provided less than satisfactory consideration, in return, much like Kelly (Kelly, of course, may not have been contracted to be interesting, and even if he had been, unless he knew that he was incapable of being interesting, his conduct wouldn't be fraudulent!). But in the meantime, it's just my opinion that Merck is just another bunch of sleazy, little fraudsters, with no ideas of their own. From another perspective, Merck is an honourable company, run by "winers".
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