Saturday, 29 May 2010

Memorial Day Weekend



By all the glories of the day
And the cool evening's benison,
By that last sunset touch that lay
Upon the hills where day was done,
By beauty lavisghly outpoured
And blessings carelessly received,
By all the days that I have lived
Make me a solider, Lord.
By all of man's hopes and fears,
And all the wonders poets sing,
The laughter of unclouded years,
And every sad and lovely thing;
By the romantic ages stored
With high endeavor that was his,
By all his mad catastrophes
Make me a man, O Lord.
I, that on my familiar hill
Saw with uncomprehending eyes
A hundred of Thy sunsets spill
Their fresh and sanguine sacrifice,
Ere the sun swings his noonday sword
Must say goodbye to all of this;--
By all delights that I shall miss,
Help me to die, O Lord.

The Insulin Game in Greece

I blog a good bit on Greece and its financial woes. This week....quietly and not mentioned much in the US press....the Greek government went to the next step of making Greece a banana republic.

The Greeks ordered all drug companies to mandate a 25 percent cut on prices...even the imported drugs went into this category.

Well....amongst the group of affected companies....was Novo Nordisk from Denmark who makes one of the most reliable insulin medications. They basically said that they'd just skip Greek sales then.

Fifty thousand Greeks use Nordisks's product....a simple item marketed in the form of a pen-like syringe.

It’s an interesting episode. You fix your economy....by ordering price cuts. Importers react...and say adios to selling on the economy. So, there are fifty thousand Greeks who use this insulin from the company in question. Where do they turn, for safe reliable insulin?

You will have to buy it....via another country and I’m guessing you will pay twenty-percent mark-up to make this work, and an import tax (which Greece is famous for) will be involved.

So guess what...black market insulin will become popular...as fishermen run up to Italy...pick up a pallet of this stuff on ice...and come back to sell off the pier.

Imagine a modern day country....operating in such a fashion.

The Scholarship

It's an odd story.

There's this state community college in California...that came up with a scholarship deal for immigrant students...and the wording of the application...allows illegal immigrants to also apply. It's a $2,500 scholarship.

There are some requirements attached to this....grade point of 3.0 or higher....financial need, and you desire to become an American (eventually).

The community college involved? Santa Ana College.

As this came out in the open this week...a number of folks started calling up the community college and commenting over the unfairness of a state-run and state-paid college...helping out illegals.

The college administrators are reviewing comments and how this started in the first place.

I sat and pondered over this. Most folks who run colleges of any type for the state....never envision themselves as employees of the state. They have the same status and same character as state employees running the state agriculture commission, the state forest agency, and the state parks commission.

I'm guessing there is no state law to forbid them from doing this.....but the idea that you've got a out-of-country person in front of you with the $2,500 scholarship.....ought to make you think about the real rate to charge them for "services", and its way more than what you'd pay for in-state or local kids. My guess is that they kinda overlooked that fact, and were going to charge local rates....pretending these kids were local. Illegal in fifty-odd states....if you think about that.

There'll be a quiet meeting held over this....and someone is likely going to rewrite this deal. They probably won't say much....and this will fade into the sunset within two months.

A Shadow Over Joe

After Joe Sestak's briefing at the steps of the capital late yesterday....I muted the TV for ten minutes. Joe looked believable. The only problem is that some portions of what he said....didn't fit with what he said before. And the job? Well....there's no pay attached to it....so what idiot would stand up and take a job like this?

Then the Denver Post article came up.....a second job offer for a guy running for Senator last year....and did Bill Clinton offer a job position in that case too?

No....this whole mess is a joke. Joe is finished in this election business. He's just not believable.