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Doctors Have Sold Us Out

September 30th, 2006

If you’ve heard my views on our current healthcare situation, or you’re a previous supervisor of mine who now works as a drug rep, you’ll know that I believe this: Doctors Have Sold Us Out. Glenn Beck reinforced my belief last week when he did a segment with Dr. Peter Rost about how drug companies are more concerned with stuffing their pockets with cash than helping the average consumer remain healthy or pain-free.

I don’t have time to go into all the details of corruption, but let’s just look at a couple of facts:

  • In 2002, the 10 drug companies on the Forbes 500 list combined for 35.9 billion in profit. The other 490 companies made a combined 33.7 billion.
  • In the 2000 elections, drug companies spent more on lobbying Congress than any other industry.

OK, so have the doctors or the pharma companies sold us out? Both. Pharma companies continue to jack up prices, as the fact above should indicate clearly. They could care less that drug prices are rising at five times the rate of inflation. In fact, they could care less about your physical well-being. They just want you addicted to their drug, and constantly asking your doctor for a refill on that prescription. So they find the sexiest and most attractive women to work as reps to constantly entice doctors to write for their product. Here’s where the doctors come in. I’m sure there are exceptions, but the majority of doctors will do the natural thing…help those who help them. Hook me up with a nice golf package? “Sure, I’ll write for your drugs, no problem!” And the evil cycle of sky-rocketing prices and doctor-bribing shows no signs of repentance.

Talking heads like Bill O’reilly have been all over the energy companies for supposed price-gouging. To me, the issue of healthcare corruption is much more troubling. Anyone think we’re not getting hosed?

Tyson Politics

Help Me Raise Money for 89.7 PowerFM

September 23rd, 2006

For those of you outside of the DFW area, let me introduce you to 89.7 PowerFM. Commercial-free Christian alternative music around the clock, playing bands like Kutless, Pillar, Kids in the Way, Skillet and others. Thanks to PowerFM, I can stand driving a car with a missing CD player (and forgive the one that stole it).

A co-worker and I have signed up to play in the first ever PowerFM Golf-A-Thon. We’re going to play 50 holes in one day! I’m trying to raise a minumum of $1,500, so I’m appealing to you for help. If you can spare a few bucks and would like to pledge a per-hole donation to help this financially-struggling radio station, please click here. To encourage sponsorship (and so you don’t feel like you’re paying for my day of fun), I’m matching $0.25 for every dollar donated. Every amount is appreciated, even if you can only donate $0.50 a hole.

Tyson Music, Theology

Miserable Failure No More!

September 20th, 2006

News about Search and Politics together today! Until recently, a google for the term ‘miserable failure’ presented the bio page of our favorite president. Well, looks like the friendly Whitehouse staff is finally trying to do something about that. The page that used to rank (http://www.whitehouse.gov/president/gwbbio.html) is now redirecting to the general president category (http://www.whitehouse.gov/president).

I already posted over at Zunch about how this may not be as strategic as it at first looks.

BTW, John Kerry still ranks for ‘waffles‘.

Tyson Politics, Search

Schwarzenegger to Make Handheld Phones a No-No for Drivers

September 15th, 2006

Arnold Schwarzenegger is preparing to sign a bill in California that would make it illegal to drive while talking on a handheld cell phone, forcing motorists to hang up or use a hands-free device when talking. California will be the fourth state to inact such legislation on an issue that in my opinion is taking way too long to advance.

With that being said, I know the issue is tough, and I confess to being hypocritacal with this one. I talk on the phone while driving on occassion, though I try to keep the conversation short and to the point. And I’m guessing that most people fall in line with my thinking, which says “I’m the only one who can talk on the phone and drive well”. In honesty, I’m sure I’ve swerved the wheel while on the phone, and the drivers behind me were yelling the same thing I always yell.

To the facts…study after study has found that carrying on a conversation with a cell phone while driving dramatically decreases awareness at the wheel. The last study I read concluded that driving while talking on a cell phone is four times as dangerous as driving at while legally intoxicated. It’s also interesting to note that these studies have determined that a hands-free unit does not help, a factor which the bright folks in the California legistalture are ignoring. (I’m guessing they felt they couldn’t vote for all cell activity to be banned because their bluetooth headseats have been permanently attached by a plastic surgeon.) The issue is not driving with one hand, it’s a mental distraction issue. Folks with clutches and shift knobs have been driving with one hand for decades with no problems.

While I think the legislation is almost as bad as it could be, it’s still better than nothing. If nothing else, the potential $20 fine (ooo…scary) presents another reason for a driver to pull over to call, or wait a few minutes.

(This post was written with my Treo handheld while driving home from work…j/k ;-)

Tyson Politics, Technology

CrazyEgg is CrazyAwesome!

September 15th, 2006

If you have a website or blog, please checkout CrazyEgg. I work with traditional web analytics all day long, so it takes a lot to excite me, but this thing is cool. It uses the power and flexibility of AJAX to determine exactly where your visitors are clicking, so you can better optimize your page and funnel traffic appropriately. Check out TechCrunch for a review and some screenshots, then go give it a try!

Tyson Technology

The Horses Finally Get Their Day

September 8th, 2006

Sure, our border security is a joke, but at least we’re saving the horses. The Worse-Than-Do-Nothing House has once again wondered into no-man’s land. Here’s are some quotes from the Washington Horse-Whisperers:

“[Horses] are as close to humans as any animal can get.” – Rep. John Spratt (D-S.C.). (I thought that was the chimp?)

“These horses are eating our cellulose and costing us ethanol.” – Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)

“I can’t believe that we are here today using the very limited time left to this Congress to deal with horsemeat.” – Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)

“[Horses] are probably the most beloved animals native to the United States.” – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.)

“It’s a triumph of emotion over common sense. We have before us a solution, a poor one, to a nonexistent problem.” – John Dingell (D-Mich.)

Tyson Politics