Monthly Archives: March 2006

Bleg: book title

Anyone recall the name of that book that was written by a (former?) pharmacutical sales rep about his job? It was sort of an “insiders” view of Rx reps?

(Just looking for the title–I can’t recall it)

Update: I think the book may have been called Hard Sell ; but I’m not sure if this was it or not. Was there another book like it published that anyone remembers?

Unholy junk science

Drudge has this story up…which I don’t think it’s worth making much out of: Study fails to show healing power of prayer…

There are so many variables that could be in play when it comes to a patient’s recovery–such as their previous health history (incl. their genetics to some extent) that it’s not really possible to say that prayer works for some but not others. I think that this study is just another volley fired in this silly junk science debate.

50 worst new yorkers

This week’s NY Press is out wiht it’s list of the “50 worst New Yorkers”

It’s an interesting list (which is to be expected)–and it scores bonus points for listing both Sen Schumer and his wife (who apparently heads the City DoT)

However, I was suprised by the absence of some of last year’s awardees–like Bill O’reilly or Ann Coulter both of whom I’d expect to see listed (along with Maureen Dowd for that matter)

Quick border thoughts

Quick thoughts on the border side of the immigration debate (ignoring the immigration part):

–Our country needs to secure it’s borders–the northern and southern land ones especially

–We also need to secure our port based borders–airports and seaports

–ICE and the State Dept. need to get their act together when it comes to visas and background screening and entry into the nation.

–Why aren’t we already enforcing the current visa laws on the book?

–What probably needs done is a shakeup of ICE (and some other related members of the alphabet soup in the DHS)—government, shake-up and efficiency, –alas…wishful thinking..

An office BSOD

No, we didn’t have a real BSOD (that would’ve been funny though)

Rather, the copy machine broke this afternoon–beyond the point to which it could be fixed in house. Talk about paralyzing the office!

On Kadima’s Victory

As predicted, Kadima won in the Israeli elections–but with a suprisingly (dissapointing) number of seats–reflecting a poor performance in what was a record low turnout for an Israeli vote.

In a somewhat ironic twist of fate, last election the Likud party held 40 seats to Labors (record low) 20. This time around, Likud–torn apart by the formation of Kadima (Sharon had previously been w/ the Likud) and the fact that Natanyahu was the head of the party’s ticket.

The latter fact is what’s probably important, as in the last government Natanyahu served as Finance Ministed, and tried to introduce some more free-market reforms to the Israeli economy. See this insightful post at Kesher Talk for more on that.

It’s worth keeping in mind, that the original zionists (the pre-statehood ones) envisioned Israel as being a (utopian) socialist state. Even Altneuland reflects upon some of this. Case in point–the original Kibbutz system.

National Sleep Week

Rarely do I blog about the industry in which I work, however, there are occasional exceptions…and this is one fo those times:

This week is National Sleep Awareness Week brought to you by the National Sleep Foundation

Sleep is a lot more scientifically complex and important to one’s health than many realize. A good night’s sleep goes along way in helping one’s health.

If you’ve got any questions about sleep–ask away in the comments section–I’ll try to answer them to the best of my ability (I did a lot of research into sleep as an undergrad. plus my current experiences).

For those in NYC (and the surrounding area) interested in seeing a specialist in sleep medicine for your health–leave a note in the comments–and I can give you the name of a great facility.

National Sleep Week

Rarely do I blog about the industry in which I work, however, there are occasional exceptions…and this is one fo those times:

This week is National Sleep Awareness Week brought to you by the National Sleep Foundation

Sleep is a lot more scientifically complex and important to one’s health than many realize. A good night’s sleep goes along way in helping one’s health.

If you’ve got any questions about sleep–ask away in the comments section–I’ll try to answer them to the best of my ability (I did a lot of research into sleep as an undergrad. plus my current experiences).

For those in NYC (and the surrounding area) interested in seeing a specialist in sleep medicine for your health–leave a note in the comments–and I can give you the name of a great facility.

Quick thoughts on immigration and the debate

A scattering* of thoughts on the topic of the day: “Immigration and Immigration reform”
(I’m too tired to string my thoughts together for coherent paragraphs).

Legal Immigrants = good for America. Legal immigrants should we fully welcomed here–as after all, using history as a guide, look at all that legal immigrants have contributed to our society.

Illegal immigrants are just what their name implies–people here illegally. These individuals do not deserve any any special privleges that American citizens and legal resident aliens are entitled to (e.g. taxpayer services like schools).

Why not start this whole thing by actually enforcing the laws we’ve currently got on the books? Doesn’t sound like that difficult an idea?

Perhasp it may require giving ICE a smack upside the head?

About those who are currently here illegally–giving them a fast-track to citizenship or resident alien status would be an insult to all those people who actually abided by the laws of this country to come here legally. SHould those here illegally want to stay here, they should have to follow the rules–and apply like everyone else–but their application should go directly to the bottom of the pile.

All the marches and stuff, primarilly taking place on the West Coast–are likely only fueling anti-illegal immigrant sentiment.

Tomorrow: thoughts on the borders

Being Proud to Be An American

An well written opinion piece from last week’s issue of the Brandeis Justice:

Add some red to the Brandeis White and Blue”we should not forget our privilege of being citizens of a country with extremely high democratic values when we criticize America.”

This piece also brings back some personal memories from back in 2003 when there were a bunch of students who felt like there was a lack of simple pro-Americanism on campus…and well, the rest is history. (Or scroll through my Feb/March ’03 archives).