Saturday, July 21, 2018

Why is FDA approval needed for medicine?

Imagine this scenario:

"Hi, I'm a spokesperson for the FDA. We recently approved a drug that could save 1000 lives!." Read that phrase slowly. I think that means that 1000 people died waiting for the FDA to drag it's feet and approve a potentially life saving drug. The FDA might mean well, but like many government agencies I think intentions are not good enough. You need results, and results matter when peoples lives are potentially at stake.

I've been thinking about this since Congress passed the Medical Practice Act, which should be praised by both sides. Does it make patients at risk for potential snake oil salesmen? Not really. Once word gets out that a cure isn't really working, the markets "invisible hand" will take over and in the long run, the snake oil seller will be put out of business or in the worst cases, thrown in jail (as they should be). If you or a loved one is dying, why do you have to wait for the government to tell you if it's okay to take this or that treatment?

Friday, July 20, 2018

Album of the weekend

Motley Crue-Shout at the Devil

Surprisingly this album did not get good reviews when it first came out. Motley Crue doesn't have the shallow lyrical content of Kiss and doesn't have the dark brilliance of Guns and Roses-so people have a hard time classifying them. Like most hair bands Motley Crue is underrated by trendy hipster magazines like Rolling Stone. Motley Crue is without question one of the better hair bands out there.

My favorite song off this album is the title track-which I find to be one of the best hair metal songs of the era. It's loud, cocky and arrogant-just like the era it represents. "Ten Seconds to Love" and "Helter Skelter" (the classic Beatles song) are the other two betters songs. This album is a better than their first release, "Too Fast for Love" and not as good as "Dr. Feelgood" or "Girls, Girls, Girls".

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Big blue wave

The mainstream media said nothing about the red wave that happened in 2014-2016, and that's expected. They aren't sympathetic to republicans in general and the republican victories of that time were totally unexpected. From the moment Trump won though, we've heard nothing but talk about the upcoming "big blue wave" that is supposed to happen in the November elections.

First off, I'm not sure it'll be huge. I expect the democrats to win more seats-that almost always happens in the first mid term election after the party in power has been in power for a few years. That's partially why the republicans won in 2014 and 2016.  It won't be cataclysmic for the GOP and it won't be earth shattering for the democrats. It'll be like any other normal election.

I remember in 2008 when I had a "friend" tell me that the republicans will no longer be in existence after the Obama landslide. Where was he in 2014? Crickets. Politics is largely a tennis game. No side wins for an extremely long period of time.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

WWE NXT on Saturday

Last Saturday I went to a WWE event a few towns over. I am not the biggest WWE fan as an adult though I liked it as a kid. I prefer Impact and the independents, but even those I almost never follow anymore. 

I attended a WWE NXT event, which I was told was like their minor leagues-young wrestlers getting ready for the big time and gaining experience in front of smaller crowds. There were no bad seats, and the total cost was only 40 dollars for about two and a half hours of action. I strongly suggest going if you have the chance-dirt cheap and very entertaining.

I don't watch the WWE tv shows, so all the wrestlers with one exception were new to me. Seeing everyone preform for the first time gave you a new and interesting experience-you couldn't tell who the bad guy or good guy was. (I'm no expert, but I've always been told that the heel, or bad guy, carries the match. If I'm wrong, I apologize.)  

Wrestling tells a story, and if you don't know who the characters are it's up to them to tell you with their actions in the ring. A good wrestler can do that, while a bad wrestler usually can't. I don't know how many of those in the ring on Saturday will be superstars, but many of them did exactly what they were supposed to do.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Papa Johns founder resigns

This guy is obviously a good businessman but doesn't have a clue how the real world works.

Even if he was "just joking" like Roseanne Barr or trying to make some point like....I don't know....he should have known better. First off, if that's how he really thinks of people, he should have been let go years ago. Second, if he isn't a racist then he still should be let go based on sheer stupidity. Using racial slurs might not make you a bigot, but it does make you a fool.

The biggest losers in this are the 99.9% of innocent employees who did nothing wrong but now will be punished by it. I feel sorry for the franchisees. The taint of what this idiot said might destroy the entire chain.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Scripture Sunday Mosiah 4:19

Are we not all beggars? A famous saying is that Christianity is one beggar telling another beggar about a crust of bread and there is of course some truth to that. After all, part of being a Christian of any denomination means accepting that you are a sinner and not perfect, much like a beggar. So in that case, we are all beggars. And yes, another famous Christian quote is "There but for the grace of God go I" so again, it's never a good thing to forget how quickly God can humble you. Of course we should always do what we can for the poor and hungry.

But that doesn't mean you have to empty your bank account for any cause that comes along. You need to learn how to say no. We've all seen news stories where the beggar at the red light drives a better car than you do and only begs because they know they can beat the system. Yes, that's an exception but it still happens. You also have beggars who beg for money to support a drug or alcohol habit. That's not something you want to really contribute to either, given that it can lead to their deaths.

So yes, we are all beggars and there always is a chance we will be in the future-but we need to remember common sense and not be doormats.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Being a Christian blogger/speaker/writer

It must be tough being a Christian blogger, writer or speaker. You can't make a great living off of it-churches usually don't pay great speaking fees-but the bigger issue is that people will pry into your personal life and look for the slightest thing that you did that could be considered "anti-Christian." Gone though a divorce? Then Catholics won't take your phone calls. Like to gamble? Count out the Methodists. Enjoy the occasional beer or cigar? You won't be speaking at BYU.  I get it, all these churches have every right to set their own high standards but my fear is that many good people don't get involved in ministry because they aren't perfect, and they know it.

The bar is set absurdly high for Christians. If you dare to become a pastor but in your previous life you had premarital sex-you better hope and pray that doesn't come out. There is, of course, a huge difference between what you did five -ten years ago and what you do now. My fear is that the standard of behavior for Christian writers/bloggers/speakers/pastors/ministers is so high that we're pushing out good people who have great ideas just because of past mistakes.