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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

TV ads

The American Medical Association has asked Congress to ban medical advertising on TV. Lots of luck with that given the strong opposition of the drug\companies and broadcast industry. In my opinion, these ads make little sense anyway. If you have to ask your doctor about an effective drug, why are you going to a doctor who doesn't already know about it? Doctors are supposed to keep current on best treatments, and drug companies are very aggressive in informing doctors about their products.

On TV ads generally, there is one set that is particularly annoying. They encourage talking to your kids about underage drinking, a good cause. But the theme is the postponing the conversation and then a scene mourning the child's death. Very poor taste.

On the other hand, there are some excellent ads. The Geico ones, of course. And Land Rover has a couple of good ones. They each feature a damsel in a bit of distress and a man in a Land Rover coming to help.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Flint

The Federal and State governments rightly are responding to the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, MI and will provide financial help for the costly corrective measures. There must be criminal proceeding against those who caused the introduction of lead poisoned water, failed or refused to fix the problem, failed to detect the lead, or misled on the facts present. Aside from any jail time, they should pay fines that are high enough defray a good part of the cost of relief efforts.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

new year

(for Monday, Feb 8)

Happy New Year!  The Year of the Monkey is here.

“恭喜發財,” or “Happiness and prosperity!”—

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Jeb Bush

"New ad exploits the Terri Schiavo tragedy"

A Jeb Bush ad, released by super pac Right to Rise USA,  argues the former Florida governor is a “man of deep faith who fought time and again for the right to life.”

It's hard to believe that anyone thinks that his actions in this ugly episode  reflects well on Mr. Bush

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Trump

"Sheriff Joe Arpaio endorses Trump for president"
"Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. endorses Trump"

In a rational world, these would be the kiss of death. Now, not so much.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Third Party

"If you nominate Bernie Sanders, you’ll get president Donald Trump. That is, if Michael Bloomberg does run as an independent."
Agree. We need Hillary and no Bloomberg candidacy.

colonizing planets

"Stephen Hawking-humanity-will-only-survive... by colonizing other planets .."

The big question is:  Will the cockroaches come with us?

Sunday, January 10, 2016

El Chapo

"U.S. indicates Washington wants 'El Chapo' extradited"
Yes, take in this highly dangerous drug lord, but not captured  soldiers being held in Guantanamo.