Monday, February 07, 2005

First, congrats Patriots! Great game, their third SB victory in fours years, with all three wins oddly by just a field goal. McNabb's three INTs was the likely key factor in such a close game (confusing McNabb was Patriot's decision to switch from their usual 3-4 defense to a 4-3). Belichick (and his coaching staff) deserve top honors. It will be interesting to see if Belichick will be able to replace his exiting coaches (both offensive and defensive coordinator) as adeptly as he's done so with players.

On the business front this morning, the WSJ is reporting prior undisclosed documents show Merck had proof that Vioxx was putting users at risk for certain heart problems after just four months on the drug, and the NY Times reports that Pfizer did not submit studies indicating Celebrex increased the risk of heart problems. With all the attention being placed on Social Security (crisis!!), wouldn't it make sense for some focus to be placed on how we go about regulating and approving drugs in this country? After all, although SS has problems that need addressing, no one ever died from SS-related causes! We're talking about deaths that very well could've been prevented and at the very least doctors and patients should have had fair warning(s) so that they could've made educated choices. Where's the public outrage?

Once again, it's all about the framing of issues. It's not a crisis deserving of attention until certain clowns in DC decide to shoot off the fireworks.

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