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January 04, 2005

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About an hour and a half after Linda, Adriane and I all came down with the flu, an announcement was made saying, basically, the vaccine shortage has been dealt with and we've got so much of this stuff we're probably going to have to dump some of it.

Great. Thanks, assholes.

Letís start a panic, overreact to its solution, make certain the people who need the services donít get it, and then stick the taxpayers with the tab. You know, Iím beginning to think those lawyer commercials (ďif youíve got this disease or have already died from it, call now!Ē) arenít so obnoxious after all.

Except for the goony guy who looks like his mother was an owl. Sorry, dude, but you should be suing somebody.

Posted by Mike Gold at January 4, 2005 02:43 PM

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What makes you think the flu you had was the strain the vaccine would have worked on? IMHO, flu vaccines are a crapshoot to begin with, and I'm really not all that eager to let the medical establishment muck around with my immune system when it's not really necessary. I'm glad my kids had chicken pox before the advent of the half-assed chicken pox vaccine.

Posted by: Rick Oliver at January 4, 2005 03:25 PM

Of course I don't know. But right now I'd suck Tarzan's momma's hind teat if I thought it would cure what I've got.

Had chicken pox back in 1998, at the ripe old age of 47 1/2. Probably would have take the half-assed vaccine beforehand, had I had the thought.

As the DuPont's used to say, better living through chemistry. And we all know how well that did for the DuPonts. I'm just a happy product of my g-g-g-generation.

Posted by: Mike Gold at January 4, 2005 03:33 PM

Nice note on the vaccine crisis; I like your words, and I'm adding you to my BlogRoll.

Posted by: Isaac at January 4, 2005 04:19 PM

Mike: Would you go down on Tarzan's momma if the doctor said: "This shot may or may not help you...and it may or may not also compromise your immune system."

Medical science ain't all that exact a science, and I think a healthy dose of "cavaet emptor" should be a part of every prescription.

Besides, didn't our fearless leader tell us we would solve the vaccine shortage by importing vaccine from Canada...in the same debate where he warned us of the dangers of unsafe drugs imported from Canada?

Posted by: Rick Oliver at January 4, 2005 04:38 PM

Well, since you got me started, yes, Bush warned us about importing drugs from Canada -- as we all know, medicine in Canada is so horrible that a walk down Toronto's Youge Street is akin to a stroll down a Sri Lankan shore. And yes, Bush said we'd get our flu shots from Canada. And, effective or not, we didn't get them in time. And we've been prepared for the possibility of having to dump the stuff, at the taxpayer's expense.

Medical science isn't an exact science at all. It's more of an art form. What can help one person might very well kill the next. And I should point out that Rick has the street cred to point this out, having worked in the industry.

But, for the record, I didn't offer to go down on Tarzan's momma. I barely knew her. I offered to suck hind teat. Assuming she even had a "hind" teat.

Cavaet emptor, indeed.

Posted by: Mike Gold at January 4, 2005 04:47 PM

Hey, look on the bright side. Maybe you got some other strain of the flu, and the vaccine will still work for you! It's worth a shot! Or is it?

Posted by: Rick Oliver at January 4, 2005 04:59 PM

Mike, you don't really believe that importing drugs from Canada is a viable, long-term solution to anything, do you? Not for any "danger" reasons, but that eventually the prices would rise due to US demand, and we'd be right back where we started?

Get well soon to you, Linda & Adriane.

Posted by: Londo at January 5, 2005 05:36 PM

I hope importing drugs from Canada won't be needed in the long-term, and I don't want to get into a debate about free market economics as there's way too much government intervention going on to make it worth while. So let me say this.

My mother and father are 89 and 88 years old, respectively, and they can't afford their meds. A quick check indicates they will save five figures a year getting their drugs from Canada. So, yeah, I hope it IS a viable short-term solution to my parents' needs.

As for the long term, speaking on behalf of other self-employed, I think the most viable solution is to start up raiding parties on pharmaceutical labs.

Posted by: Mike Gold at January 5, 2005 08:18 PM

Oh heck, Mike, I agree with that! If you can get cheaper meds from Vito from Brooklyn, and they are just as good & safe, I think that's a fine idea. Knowing that Canada is a least sort of a country, and has slightly more protections against fraud and harm than Vito does, then not only is buying from Canada a good idea, in nearly all cases, it's the right idea!

I guess what I was saying is that it's pretty clear that isn't a sustainable solution, and one that is likely to dry up within 10 years. If we doin't do something in the US before that happens, then we'll really be stuck, as the Canada option wont be available any more *and* we'll still have high drug prices.

As another self-employed, I think the most viable option is setting up a chem set in your basement.

Posted by: Londo at January 6, 2005 09:37 AM

Home cures aren't limited to meds. And it's really interesting to watch leeches fuck.

Posted by: Mike Gold at January 6, 2005 11:31 AM

Nah, the commecial goes:

"Have you been in an accident ot traumatized by seeing one? Has some one told you about an accident and it traumatized you? Many mistakenly beleive you need to actually have been present to claim damages..."

Old SNL bit I think.

My whole family got the flu too... it sucked. But I never get flu shots anyways...

Posted by: JR Judt at January 6, 2005 04:20 PM

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