Tuesday, January 31, 2006

A Shot in the Arm

I recently received a flu shot and I was, apparently, one of many who had a bad reaction to it. It's nice to know that we now get most of our vaccine from two sources, Chiron and Aventis, which are the only two major sources of US vaccine production. Chiron is headquartered in the US, but Aventis is a French company.

In the 1993 Omnibus Reconciliation Act, Democrats effectively drove most of the vaccine business out of the US , through the VNC provisions. In that last link, Post reporter David Brown say's this:

No one has accused the vaccine manufacturers of wrongdoing. But they can no longer treat as revenue the money they get when they sell millions of doses of vaccine into the stockpile because the shots are not delivered until the government calls for them during emergencies. Instead, the vials are held in the manufacturers' warehouses, where they officially are considered unsold in the eyes of auditors, investors and Wall Street.
No one except everyone in David's world. What a load of bull feces. At least the Post produces a consistent product. Adding government regulated accounting rules and effective political price caps on top of the situation, only turned a meager 'business as usual' situation, into a 'there is better business elsewhere' situation. High production costs, due to the intensive laborious process of manufacturing vaccines, coupled with high liability insurance and price caps, made domestic vaccine production bad business.

You know that the operating tribute, paid to the swarming fauna, in the greedy leech pond of tort lawyers, was not going away anytime soon. They have good connections in Washington. The John Edwardses of this world, have to finance all of that elitist caviar socialism, at the expense of our public health. They have a nice big raft of patronizing fools to row their boat for them, blaming the companies for this problem, not their own hubris.

Only in the past few years, have legislators realized that lifting the price cap language of VFC is necessary for healthy production. Another one of the forces, pushing for a strong reversal of the shortage problem now, is the fear of a global flu pandemic, with the president pushing for more government 'seed' money. Sigh. Now we will have more government spending, to fix a problem they created in the first place. Why do these people insist on playing the market control game? It never works. They keep twiddling the knobs frantically, telling us not to trust those forces, which have given us the wonderful standard of living we have. Instead, they blame the exact forces that produce those goods, for their absence. We will wind up spending ten times the money for one tenth of the product quality and availability.

It is amusing to see the Democrats trying to make it look like they had nothing to do with the original issue, by attempting to use government to force the supply side, as they did in 2003. Let us never forget, when they screw everything up, it is always for the children. You can count on one thing for sure. The advice they give, is so predictably wrong, that you could use its mathematical reciprocal as a proper plan of corrective action, in any given situation.

Whenever the senior dirigible from MA pulls the hot air relief valve:

Congress may wait for regular ordeals to deal with the pandemic flu, but the flu virus will not wait while we delay.
- Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.)

You know you are in trouble.

Another big player in the game is the use of Thimerisol, a preservative for intivirals. A largely lawyer pumped media hysteria campaign over the substance, which for decades has had traces of ethyl mercury, forced the FDA to ban its use. So now we run a risk of further shortages, and bacterial infection from tainted product. I blame the MSM for pushing the FDA into a predictable posture of self protection. Now the Dems and the media are blasting the FDA.

Here is one fact of science. You can, never, ever, remove all of the risk in a medication or procedure. You must make risk versus gain choices every day in your life. Suppose I told you there is a statistical guarantee, that one thousand elderly people, with heart disease, would die of complications from a specific medication. Suppose I also told you that one hundred thousand people, from that very same population sample would die of heart disease, without that medication. Suppose those latter deaths occur while it is being withdrawn from the market, over statistic number one. I can argue a success rate, saving 99 lives to every life lost. Actual success rates are better than this. People should be allowed to choose those odds for themselves, waiving the risk voluntarily. When it comes to human life though, people cannot see this. Politicians pick the latter, since nature is to blame, not a drug company. The result is a death rate 99 times worse, for political expedience and lawyer's pockets.

Saturday, January 28, 2006


What a ride it has been, and still is.

Your’s truly and a small, dedicated band of friends have spent the last several years developing a data management system for our group within our company. It started, at first, being a hobby style project, to improve our collective ability to analyze engineering test data. The last several weeks have been an all out effort to make this system palatable to the company as a global solution for managing the company’s data. We still have much work to do.

As Dr. Phat Tony duly noted in his remarks, it has been a wonderful, exciting, seething capitalist plot to improve gross margins. I’m sure that somewhat dry financial rhetoric could be metaphorically extended to some sort of buxom, sexual context that would please both Tony and Uber. Have at it, you two.

I am also glad to see that Peakah has a new look again. Josh, although your last blog layout was visually stunning, this one is friendly to my dial-up.

JimmyB, I like that recent reality graphic, courtesy of the NRO, one of my favorite news sources.

Ssssteve expresses his recent view of Bush’s speech on democracy; A view I share, BTW.

FIAR, in his pajamas, is still being the perpetually unblemished, evil conservative propagandist we all know and love.

Please offer your hopes and prayers to Difster’s friends and their two premature babies, now struggling for life.

It looks like GunnNutt has finally staked out victory in all territories, at Walter Reed. She also has a great piece, interposing a soldier’s art with the bigotry of his detractors.

On the Alito subject, I hope Kerry pulls a filibuster. Bullies like that drunken Leprechaun Kennedy gave conservatives an entire pot full of golden audio clip daggers. They positioned that pot perfectly, right at the dead foot of the confirmation committee rainbow. The eyes of conservative pundits will be wide with unbridled glee, at the brimming trunks of ideological booty that a good old-fashioned hour hand spinning filibuster will produce. The only thing more valuable to us, than a drunken, poorly scripted, pompous old senator from the gay state, is two hung-over, sleep deprived, script-exhausted senators from the gay state. It is far more difficult to smear a clean moral person with feces, than cover up a lump of feces with a bright candy shell. Case in point: Ted Kennedy.

As for Hamas, this is also a good thing. I am with the president on this one. Democracy is a two edged sword. They think they are sending an important message to the world. They are right. This is the perfect chance to sever financial support, and walk away. The dogs can fight it out. Any suicide bombings and terror attacks against Israel, can now be argued as acts of war, sanctioned by the population of Palestine. The Hamas leadership is out in the open, admitting their intentions.

We will see what happens.


Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Blogging Holiday

I extend my apologies to my regular readers. I will be blogging very lightly or not at all for the next few weeks. This is due to a heavy workload.



Sorry everybody. I am still here! I appreciate all the concern. I am still swept up in a torrent of engineering duties. I promise to be back soon!

Thanks again.


Monday, January 02, 2006

New Large LCD panels

For those of you who have not yet jumped into the HDTV television market,
Samsung's new LCD panel fab is about to go into production.

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics, the world's largest maker of flat screens, said on Sunday it was set to start up its newest mass production line for liquid crystal display TV panels, three months ahead of schedule.

The announcement came as second-ranked LG.Philips LCD Co. Ltd. (034220.KS: Quote, Profile, Research) said it started mass production at its own "seventh-generation" line for large-sized television panels.Analysts are concerned the LCD industry could face overcapacity in 2006, as heavyweights like Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and LG.Philips, both based in South Korea, ramp up output.
Overcapacity could mean excellent bargains, on existing brands and models.