PETER ROST: PHARMA MARKETING EXPERT WITNESS. AWP, MEDICAL DEVICE EXPERT.: Take My Poll: You're In Control!
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PETER ROST: PHARMA MARKETING EXPERT WITNESS. AWP, MEDICAL DEVICE EXPERT.

Peter Rost, M.D., is a former Pfizer Marketing Vice President providing services as a medical device and drug expert witness and pharmaceutical marketing expert. Judge Sanders: "The court agrees with defendants' view that Dr. Rost is a very adept and seasoned expert witness." He is also the author of Emergency Surgery, The Whistleblower and Killer Drug. You can reach him on rostpeter (insert symbol) hotmail.com. Please read the terms of use agreement and privacy policy for this blog carefully.

Take My Poll: You're In Control!

Lots of readers came to this blog from the Huffington Post when I was kicked out. I know I've spent some time to write about what happened, but now it is time to move on.

Move on in a big way or a small way.

I could, for instance, talk to a few investment bankers and journalists and ask if they're interested in a new venture competing with the Huffington Post.

But if I do, I better have a few people who think that's a good idea.

Or I could just keep on blogging. About drugs and other fun stuff.

Tell me what you think! You can only vote once per day, but you can select several options.

And, no one can tell who you are or your IP address or anything. So break the mold! Most people don't vote, but you contribute to the fun if you do. Come on! Just this one time!


Select all the options you agree with!
I like your blog. Just keep doing what you're doing.
I want more. Start the Rost Post and compete with Huff Post!
Get back on topic: Tell me more about drugs and healthcare.
Stay off topic. Have fun. Write about drugs sometimes.
Just go away!
  
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62 Comments:

Anonymous thebronxzoo said...

As unfortunate as it may be, you probably have to do what you're doing in a bigger way to have the most effect. At best you might help HuffPo get honest and at worst they'll just get nervous.

6/30/2006  
Blogger blackdogg said...

Hey Doc..glad to see you are keeping on keeping on. I was one of those people who was with you on day one when huffpost gave you the boot. Just wanted to let you know you inspired me to go back and re-create my own blog which I had abandoned a few years ago due to outrage fatigue. It is really just a blog for my freinds who dont have time to scan all the blogs i do. Somewhere they can come and pick up on like minded stories, although I do intend to write extensivly on a few topics I care about. Check it out if you get time.
Thanks again...and illegitimus non carborundum ect...
screw the puffhost!!

6/30/2006  
Blogger blackdogg said...

oh yeah....its

http://ridofthegrid.blogspot.com/

6/30/2006  
Blogger Peter Rost said...

I saw your blog, blackdog, that is great! Also, I had some technical problems (called spelling error) so I had to republish voting block and lost a few votes in the first three minutes. If your vote didn't count, just put it in again.

6/30/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

Doc,
You must have read my mind!!..I'll write you anyway.
Asking people for their opinion?
WOW.... what a noble idea! I wonder why it didn't accure to anyone else!
You just keep getting better Doc.

6/30/2006  
Anonymous thebronxzoo said...

Bit off topic of the voting, which is a great idea by the by.

Back to the FDA and Big Pharma. Check out his article:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060630/ap_on_he_me/blindness_drug;_ylt=Ag0thwt1xS9boGV_jxhV4fas0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3czJjNGZoBHNlYwM3NTE-

Basically the FDA approved a new treatment for a devastating disease of the elderly that costs $2000 a treatment while one was available already (albeit off label use) for $17 a treatment.

Off label use merely means that the drug company has not applied to the FDA for use of that particular drug in a particular fashion. It has nothing to do with the way the drug is safely and effectively used within the medical community.

6/30/2006  
Anonymous Reaniel said...

Looks like the Rost Post is winning at the moment...

But to be honest, I see the off-topic stuff are just... well... fine.

I mean this IS your personal blog, and people like myself DO enjoy reading even the off-topic items you have.

Just keep it up with the blogging!

-Reaniel

6/30/2006  
Anonymous July17th said...

Doc-

Thats a great idea! I'll be there to read, and , on occasion post MHO.

6/30/2006  
Anonymous Thad said...

Doc --

Every time you make a new post all your old posts get flagged as new and my RSS reader re-downloads them. Any chance you can track down the cause of that?

6/30/2006  
Anonymous July17th said...

For those who are still checking THP comments. I snuck one in under "NY Times And Wall Street Journal In War...":

*I've never seen so many trolz, do you guys pay them to post here?* [posted @ 3:22pm]

Perhaps the censors our getting overconfident now? Cheers.

6/30/2006  
Anonymous July17th said...

Sorry...the article link on THP home page is actually:

"NY Times Publisher Hits Back At WSJ Editorial..."

6/30/2006  
Blogger Peter Rost said...

Some users have asked if we need to keep "Word verification" letters (in reply to prior post). Yeah we do. Unfortunately, without word verfication, which is a royal pain, we get tons of spammers. I tried that in the past. Didn't work. Hey, at least no one requires registration and "bans" replies here . . .

6/30/2006  
Blogger shooter said...

Doc,...."THE ROST POST"...nice ring. I checked the "compete with huffpo" box, but it doesn't precisely express my opinion. While vengeance is a good rallying point, and I like to spit on slimeballs as much as anybody, eventually you run out of saliva.
I think it was Shakespeare who coined the phrase "The Play's the Thing." If you've got a bad story, great actors won't help, and if you've got a good story, bad actors can't ruin it. I think you've got a good story, but unless the idea of your own soapbox gets your heart rate pumping "off the charts" don't go there.
I hope you do go there. After 35 yrs. in the corporate world, as chief negotiator for a very large company, I can tell you this. You can never force feed opinions or positions down peoples' throats. You must frame your position as a dilemma and ask the other party to help you come to a solution. We enjoyed a ten-fold increase in our business during the last decade, and it was easy. Of course we used dirty tricks to accomplesh this like..facts, honesty, empathy, knowledge, and the dirtiest of them all....respect.
I better run or the timer is gonna cut me off and I'll have to do this all over again.

"Balls to the Wall" Doc! I and a whole lot of other good folks will be there to help.

6/30/2006  
Anonymous bebop said...

YES!!! Good idea Doc! :)

6/30/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't vote in your poll. So I'll just write some comments and observations instead. The important question, you must ask yourself is - What do you want to do?

-I think you have an interesting knack for title, photo, and mixed media play that enhances the content of all your postings. This is how you first came to notice.

-I think the substance of your postings in general terms could be much richer. I'd like to see you allow the thought, idea, or concept that spikes you into action to be allowed to ferment and grow a little more, before you blog it. Spending a little more time on research, thinking about it from a few different angles, mulling it, and putting more of what you really think deep down about a subject could reward you, your writing, and your audience.

-I like your eclectic style. I don't think you should mess with it, otherwise you won't be inspired from a writing standpoint. You should write about what interests you, and motivates you to run to the keyboard.

-Certainly, expanding the blog would be far more rewarding in terms of general content for the reader. Adding a variety of viewpoints on various subject matter, would create more of a reason to stay, read and linger.

-If you were to expand, it would naturally require more of your time and attention, in terms of monitoring and general upkeep.

-If you know others who maintain blogs consult them regarding the pros and cons.

I started visiting THP from the time it first got off the ground. I usually scan the headlines, click on a few of the main news items and read them in depth. I then scan the bloggers and click a few to see what they have to say. Some grab me and I read them through. Or they don't, and I just skip on to the next. I rarely, if ever, look at the comments. I think the vast majority add next to nothing in terms of value. There generally is always something much better to read for my time while surfing the net. THP is not one of my favorite sites for content relating to politics. I find much more substance elsewhere at a variety of different places, with a variety of different approaches.

I'll probably continue to visit here, but probably much less often in the future. My interest was heightened out of curiosity over how your relationship with THP would play out. The outflow of all this is that I've been toying with the idea of starting a blog and/or participating on one for some time. You have inspired me to think, I should maybe go for it.

6/30/2006  
Blogger shooter said...

Good points all, anon. But to Dr. Rost's defense, he just started. I've done start-ups, so the foibles you mentioned, I'm pretty sure he's aware of. But he's only one man.....right now. Your point about passion is key. If he goes for the idea, heartache and disappoint, even dread, will be his constant companion. But if it was easy, everybody would be doing it. I know that starting and running a successful anything is a long, long shot. But I also know that starting and trying is better than going to
your next life with the thought, " I wonder, what if.................."

6/30/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The window of opportunity in regards to exposing or altering the actions of the staff at THP has slammed shut. Our best hope was in inciting the guest bloggers to publically comment on the issue, or boycott THP altogether. But to do so required ACTION on our parts, in email queries and demands, as well as informative posts at blogs such as Daily Kos or the Drudge Retort. Instead, what I saw was a primarily slothful pattern of bellyaching, backed up by very little actual action. The Kos thread died an immediate death due to lack of participation, as did the Drudge thread. I saw NO ONE from this blog join the topic at The Washington Note, despite the invitation I offered. Don't get me wrong, a few here applied real and laudable effort, such as the timeline, but these efforts reached a pitifully small audience, and did little to actually expose THP's actions to the blogosphere in general. Indignation is great, but unaccompanied by action, it rarely invokes change. Personally I feel Rost's banishment, and the actions of THP, deserved FAR MORE effort at exposure than the tepid efforts I saw from the majority of bloggers and readers that were following and decrying THP's travesties.

My opinion??? Too little, too late. Its already blown over. And if Rost was to launch a serious opposition or competitive drive against THP, it would require far more ardent support from a following that has shown itself unwilling to expend the effort.

Dr. Rost, just keep keeping on, there are plenty of dragons to slay besides THP, and THAT dragon has just eluded you. This time. Tommorrow is another day.

6/30/2006  
Anonymous Rosethejet said...

IF I was able to talk to people and IF I had the ability to start a ROST POST (Rostingtonpost? heh heh heh I couldn't help myself, sorry) I might be more interested in hooking up with a known progressive name.

I've mentioned Vanity Fair in a few posts in the past. They have the money and SEEM to be much more honest than Arianna's site. BUT they have a tiny site that doesn't seem to know what to do.

THAT is why I mention them. They have the potential, the name, and the money. AND they love a good challenge. I've been subscribing to them for years and years now and consider them to be about the best magazine out there.

Highly intelligent writing.

VERY in depth reporting.

Skeptics galore over there. The editorial staff seems more interested in a good story than in trying to lean it one way or the other, but their progressive/liberal roots are out there for everyone to see and that's the way I like it.

Maybe a tentative outreach to them?

OR your own, but I would love to see a better site than Arianna's now. I just feel a little dirty going there now. I stop in read the headlines, maybe check out a few posts and raraely make my own post now.

The Troll Warz are out of control over there now.

Maybe as well, some "Caught!" type of blogs if you start your own Rost Post with regards to liberal/progressive media because as liberal as I am, and I am very liberal, I hate it when our side stoops to their level.

Ummm maybe a better name as well.

I'll be watching to see what happens, but more importantly go after the slugs in the Pharma industry.

Best Oscar party on Earth.

6/30/2006  
Blogger Michael Brereton said...

anonymous,

I think you are both right and wrong. Will much more become of this issue? Unlikely, but I don't think lack of writing on Washington Post or lack of action from Dr. Rost's supporters has anything to do with it. (Of course I recognize that my opinion is biased - I am one of the group you take to task).
I believe the outcome of this issue depends on who it is important to and there only appears (to me - please correct) to be three parties that do or should take this seriously. First is Dr. Rost himself, obviously - adjectives fail to adequately describe how he was mistreated. Second was us, previous HuffPo readers - the explanations given for his treatment were, put plainly, an insult to our intelligence (made doubly insulting coming from a site that posed as one of higher than average ethics). Third should have been the other bloggers at HuffPo. In fact, I think it is fair to say that these are the people with the most power on this issue. If they had come together to protest the actions taken against Dr. Rost, we would have got a completely different story from Peretti, Ms. Huffington et al.

As you point out the best that we could have done is spread the word as much as possible - but even if we did only the MSM and HuffPo bloggers could have then taken it further to force HuffPo into action. But the MSM is very unlikely to take this up since it does not affect the public at large - only a member of the MSM that had a personal grudge against Ms. Huffington whould have been likely to do that (Ms. Miller perhaps). The other bloggers at HuffPo, alas, seem to largely not care. I have seen the efforts of Dr. Rost's supporters and they are significant. I, personally, have spent hours composing, what I like to think, are rational, truthfull and above all, respectful letters to other HuffPo bloggers - but their response and lack thereof spoke volumes. I'm sure others have met the same result. They are not interested - it is far more in their interest to have such a seemingly prominent platform for their writing than to make a stand that is guaranteed to lose them that platform. For my own personal ethical reasons, I have not sought to contact the MSM directly nor have I sought to contact HuffPo bloggers other than through the channels they publicize at HuffPo. This is a blogsphere problem, and if the blogsphere doesn't care then so be it.

However I don't give up hope just yet - the events are documented on this site and beyond and will remain so. Unlike a lie, the truth and its evidence stay the same over time.

I, personally, can't praise enough the actions of Dr. Rost's supporters. Have you seen anything as close to this kind of action by current HuffPo commentors?

Mike

6/30/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

I guess everyone is voting and not commenting.

6/30/2006  
Blogger Argon said...

It's always better to have more options in where you get your opinions right? Giving more sources to choose from is a good thing since it helps improve the quality of the competition. That's what Penthouse did for Playboy right?

Especially nowadays with so many media market comglomerates consolidating and giving out homogenized views, if you can give out a different perspective than THP that's all the better to side all sides of issues.

I wish you as much success and that you also learn the lessons so you can handle the responsiblilities of that success better than some others have.

6/30/2006  
Blogger shooter said...

Michael, you hit the nail on the head. I had to check the byline to see if I wrote it. The idea that a tiny bunch of unhappy posters could make a dent in the massive corporate support of Huffpo is not just naive but ridiculous. The hyperbole and impatient frustration that we didn't storm the Bastille en-masse, torches in hand, displays an unrealistic and inexperienced position.
While I didn't post to the blog the reader referred to, I did post to at least six of the largest progressive sites around. The result was completely predictable. Just like inter-locking directorships, they were not about to give voice to one of their own, read interlocking links. The same with their key guest bloggers. I wrote many long e-mails, with the same results you got, Michael. The Big blogs and the guest bloggers are exactly like politicians. They got a good thing going and will never swim against the current. If George Bush pronounced that shit could replace store bought food for the elderly, The congressmen and senators would step on their own children to get to a mike to detail the amount of vitamin C, B1, and niacin, not to mention the minerals laying right there on the lawn. Rush Limbaugh would start his next show with " listen folks, I know what you've been thinking, but I've gotta tell you something.................." The phone would ring off the hook with" Hey Rush, you're a great American. Dildo from Kansa here. At first I thought you were kidding, but last night............................"
I said before it would be the hardest thing Dr. Rost ever had to do. That the first little flicker of unhappiness didn't turn into a typhoon immediately is realty. But an illiterate, unread, human failure, and ne-er do well made it to the White House. I think "ROSTPOST" is a winner.

6/30/2006  
Anonymous thebronxzoo said...

Has anyone else scanned the HuffPo comments lately? I did and I don't recognize most of the names of people who are commenting. I did find one 'Clevelandchick' though.

It's all sort of interesting and CYA on their part.

6/30/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

" Hugo Chavez" interviewed by "Greg Palast". truthout.org special.

7/01/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

"Three Nuclear Ironies", a great article at commondreams.org

7/01/2006  
Anonymous Rosethejet said...

I noticed the same thing about huffingpost. I don't recognize most names anymore EXCEPT the trollz.

It seems as though the comments are down to a few people who are fighting with each other and it's all predictable.

What the trollz will say and what the response will be. It all seems very contrived. Almost to the point of scripted.

Such a shame. I would love to see a similar site set up without the contrived comments and censorship of blogs. All responses posted unless they are blantantly offensive.

There was a guy there azim/azem/azom who posted some of the most vile sexual comments and of whom I actually think is a real troll but I don't know anymore what is real over there and what isn't.

Haven't been there but for a short while earlier.

7/01/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

I was just reading an article about the SC ruling yesterday on Glenn Greenwald's blog... and browsed thru the comments .... it was very civil and inteligent... made me think that it is possible to have that kinda conversation. The blog is set up much like Doc's blog and there are only 4 contributors. It's very plain Jane and it appears that they only post one article a day or at least today. Their link however was on The Nation.
I'm just thinking out loud....
Anyway.. the article was very good too.

7/01/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

shooter,
Reading the article about the Supreme Court by Greenwald made me think of your comments on THP above. His reasoning is simillar to yours.

7/01/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doc, in addition to \\\"The Rost Post\\\" (or whatever it will be called), try to do something that will make a difference, instead of \\\"drive-by-reporting\\\" of the news. There\\\'s too much of that, and HuffPo is only part of that, an electronic news bulletin board.

Btw, www.proxyvibe.com is a pretty good anonymizer.

You\\\'re doing great. Keep it up.

7/01/2006  
Blogger insider said...

Count me in!

Have sent you an email, Peter.

7/01/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just going to vote all the right wing comments abusive from now on on FuffHO. I have to push a button!!!

7/01/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I can see how permanently losing elections could be considered mentally abusive.

7/01/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you guys are ready for this!!!

http://www.worldslaves.citymax.com/page/page/195600.htm

7/01/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

anon....,
I went there.... if it was the right site.... didn't see any pages
don't know what you mean.

7/01/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter: I could, for instance, talk to a few investment bankers and journalists and ask if they're interested in a new venture competing with the Huffington Post. But if I do, I better have a few people who think that's a good idea.

-----------------------------------------------

No, a few people won't get any interest from investment bankers.

You'd need a LOT of people.

And right now, your poll results are less than meager.

So here's how you could start the Rost Post on the cheap - and see if there really is a market for competition to Arianna.

First, put up some blogger software that supports multiple bloggers. Then, invite people to blog...and see what happens.

You can do the whole thing for FREE - using WordPress on their site. Has good administration, can control spam comments pretty well, etc.

Go for it. Then, if your numbers grow, you can monetize it.

7/01/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It really is time to do something different with your blog doc. Now that I read this... from this site.

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Evils%20in%20Government/Federal%20Reserve%20Scam/federal_reserve.htm

"Here's one terrific example. John Swinton, the former Chief of Staff for the New York Times, was one of New York's best loved newspapermen. Called by his peers "The Dean of his Profession", John was asked in 1953 to give a toast before the New York Press Club, and in so doing, made a monumentally important and revealing statement. He is quoted as follows:

"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar weekly salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."

Lets not be.

7/01/2006  
Blogger justanotheryblogreader said...

This is a great idea Dr Rost. In fact, I had suggested something to this affect in one of my earlier posts, and I'm glad that I'm not the only one thinking that way.

Two suggestions though if you decide to move in that direction :
1. Don't turn into Arianna. She was a well-meaning lady with lots of great ideas and has done a lot for progressive causes. However the money/fame impeded her morality and ethical standards and it showed with the Clooney and Rost incidents. If you do decide to do this, then perhaps trying to do it without any corporate involvement (in order to be as objective as possible) would be a better way to go.
2. Don't need to go knocking on investment banking doors. I think you have enough fans, who could pool in our (intellectual) resources to build a forum for you. I for one, am willing to work on this endeavor.


Whatever path you decide to tread, I wish you well.... and thank you for providing your insights into the pharmaceutical industry.

7/01/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

Doc,
You see... your fans are proving me right!
anon....and justan.....
I second you both!
DIFFERENT is the keyword.

7/01/2006  
Anonymous Rosethejet said...

Ummm all sound like good ideas. The freebie startup sounds the best for now.

The idea of guest bloggers, etc. might go a long way.

Time will tell, but I'll stick around no matter what.

7/01/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

Rose,
reading your comments..... I see heart and courage and a backbone..
... stick around... is not enough..
how about I'll defend a good idea... or who knows which straw will break the back of.... and I'll do my part... or here is my conribution to the cause.... or how grand it is to be a shoot at the bottom of a grassroots movement... I don't know you from Adam... yet I read your every comment... you are smart and commited to a cause... you make sense.. you matter.... and all you have to say is 'll stick around?

7/01/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to see more High Quality blogs out there. I like huffpo, but what they did to you leaves me cold, so I'll gladly abandon them to follow your site. If you go through with this, I'd like to be considered for cartoon content. I sent a few to HuffPo, but I never heard a word from them, not even a thanks but no thanks.

Give me a sign that you'd take an interest and I'll send the two I made for huffpo, this should give you an idea what I'm about and inspire me to create some fresh stuff.

I'd post my email, but did you see what happened to that Yaco guy ... brutal.

Good luck whatever you choose to do.

7/02/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

anon...
That's the spirit.....

7/02/2006  
Blogger shooter said...

Yo Beeta, my buddy. First of all what's this "Anon and Justin" stuff? What am I, chopped liver? LOL
Now, a quick little lesson in successful negotiations. You heard all those things Rose said and were a little critical that her statement seemed maybe a little half-hearted. What I heard her say was "I'll ........... NO MATTER WHAT." We need everybody who wants to be part of a potentially wonderful thing. My guess is that Dr. Rost is struggling with himself right now to decide what to do. Some of us will do a lot, some a little, some will just be interested passengers. I want them all.

What has struck me so far is, that despite the very few numbers, we have some very, very bright supporters. I won't list them because I'll leave someone out, but the intellect shown is very heartening. It takes three things to have a shot at going from start-up to success: Balls, Brains, and Money...in that order. Dr. Rost, hopefully, will supply the first, we all will supply the second, and a previous writer has correctly stated that that the third can be minimal. Remember our old pal shakespeare, "the plays the thing."

My suggestion for Dr. Rost is to focus, laser like, to the exclusion of everything else, A Business Plan. From what I've seen so far is that there are a lot of excellent, albeit random now, ideas to be considerd and prioritized. He should call together a "council" of dedicated, talented people, who share a common revolutionary vision, to barnstorm and air it out. From the forum, a "Plan" will emerge. If the stars are aligned properly there will be a collective cry of "Eureka" and a beautiful thing will have been created.

It's late right now and I have a million more things to say, but I'll leave you with just this one little anectdote.
I swear this is word for word, exactly how it happened."

A guy bumped into Einstein one day and said " Hey Einstein, aren't you the guy that invented E=Mc squared? Einstein said, I didn't invent shit. It was always right there, hanging from a tree like a fat plum. I just turned my head one day and it hit me right in my freak'n face."......moral, the answer is always right in front of you, if only you have eyes and can see.

7/02/2006  
Blogger Cathy said...

Wow, I just came across your blog while looking around. I'm going to have to spend some time reading here. It all sounds very interesting.

7/02/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

shooter,
You are still my my number one Budd.
Rose... well...she has been there from day one, she has been important, she is the one that got me to pay attention, she is smart and has guts and passion...can't imagine not having her along. You are right though... she did say no matter what.

7/02/2006  
Blogger MsMelody said...

I've read through most of the comments posted here, and just want to put in my 2-cents-worth. Peter--I like your blogging, but like many readers, I think we're looking for an outlet to share discussions with others seeking resolutions for many of the problems facing us today. Your Baby Bird and Cheating Friend, while interesting, didn't stir discussion.

I find your readers offering a wealth of insight and they do not sink to the HuffPo level of name-calling and worse. I enjoy your blog, as it is, but it fulfills only a small "need for news and opinion." Because I liked HuffPo format, I still find myself sneaking in there once a day or more to capture headlines, talking points, and read blogs by a few of my favorite writers. If you could supply one-stop-shopping, I would certainly be in favor of expanding your contributions.

Since the above comments have been so diverse, I thought I would post an e-mail I sent directly to you, addressing the continuing censorship revealed by HuffPo. I know it makes this comment lengthy, but since it addresses several issues, here it is:

Whether you want to continue the discussions regarding HuffPo and censorship, I wanted to relate my latest attempt to “comment.”

Yesterday, there was a blog posted mid-day by Carl Pope, titled “Rescuing Wind From Rummy. The problem, as related in the article, is that wind-energy research is being hampered by a certification program. The Catch-22 described by Mr. Pope is very apropos of the dilemma facing diabetics who cannot survive—or survive, but less well—using rDNA insulin. I posted a comment (which I unfortunately did not copy), but the gist of which is reproduced below. I posted the comment at 4:26 p.m., and it still has not appeared. I surmise from this that censorship, as it pertains to anti-pharmaceutical . . . or anti-Eli Lilly . . . or anti-FDA comments, is alive and well at HuffPo.

This Catch-22 is not actually life-threatening as is the one being employed by the FDA against diabetics. Those who cannot use rDNA insulin are at the mercy of FDA regulations.

When a doctor, investigative journalist, congressperson or activist organization expresses concern (on behalf of a needful diabetic) about the unavailability of animal insulin in the U.S., they are told that there are provisions in place for “personal importation.” These mandate that an applicant obtain as USDA import permit, and a prescription and Letter of Medical Necessity from his/her doctor. Now that Eli Lilly has successfully removed ALL animal insulins from the marketplace within the U.S., animal insulin has become labeled an UNAPPROVED DRUG. How many physicians—with attention being paid to their insurance carrier, their medical association, and their practice—will be willing to write a prescription for an unapproved drug?

Melody
http://www.tooprofitabletocure.com

7/02/2006  
Anonymous Rosethejet said...

Beeta,

Exactly what would you have me do besides support the site?

I am not a blogger, I don't have that much witing style and I certainly can't put any money into this as much as I would love to. Or at least not as much as would be necessary.

I like the Doctor's style and the way he can get inside a subject. So reading, supporting, going to other sites and telling them about this place and being here every day is about all I can do.

So besides support, what else would you have me do but stick around and support the site?

7/02/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

Rose,
Nothing other than what you have been doing. I am a fan of "Chomsky's" way of thinking in bringing about change. He says that there are lots of people in the US who are unhappy with the way things are but they are also unaware of the fact that there are others that very much feel the same way. This is a strengh and a weakness both. It is a strenght bcz no one can put a stop to the forward motion since there isn't a coherent organization or leader that can be corrupted or assassinated etc. and it is a weakness bcz one person can not achieve much alone.
You have been among the people who brought attention to a subject that was bothering a lot of people who didn't know that others were bothered by the same thing. That is big to me. That is why what you do and think matters to me. Now we have a bunch of people who find a cause to gather around and maybe make a difference.
My comments toward you were not meant as criticism of your lack of contribution, as I said you were instrumental in bringing people with simillar passions together. My intent was not to criticize, if my tone came across that way I appologize. I was trying to tell you that you matter to me and maybe give you a shot of excitement in the arm.
Listen, shooter already slapped my hand... and I stand corrected.

7/02/2006  
Anonymous Reaniel said...

MsMelody,

While I do agree with your comments regarding off-topic items (that it's pretty much useless stuff compare to the "important issues"), but then again, it's purely entertainment (sort of)!

I mean come on, wouldn't you rather read about the baby birds as oppose to, I don't know, Arianna's entry about the Ad-conference promting new and harder-to-escape advertisement tactics? Or some guy's smirking about how his Toyota Primus shines during a Hollywood party...?

Personally, I'd pick the baby-bird and cheating friend anyday... but that's me!

7/02/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.defenselink.mil/transformation/articles/2006-06/ta062906b.html

I can't beleive this happened!!! the above link is about a study the Airforce is conducting on blogs, to fight terror!!!

"Dr. Brian E. Ulicny, senior scientist, and Dr. Mieczyslaw M. Kokar, president, Versatile Information Systems Inc., Framingham, Mass., will receive approximately $450,000 in funding for the 3-year project entitled “Automated Ontologically-Based Link Analysis of International Web Logs for the Timely Discovery of Relevant and Credible Information.”

[and then here's the kicker.]

"To some degree blog interpretation, he said, involves understanding a different form of communication.

“Blog entries have a different structure,” Ulicny said. “They are typically short and are about something external to the blog posting itself , such as a news event. It’s not uncommon for a blogger to simply state, ‘I can’t believe this happened,’ and then link to a news story.” "


ummm, I coulda told them that for free.

7/02/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reaniel, I concur, but I think the concern is not so much the Doc being off-topic as it is the opportunity for him to start a blog cite where we are educated about the real things that are shaping our lives. I guess if we've ever come close to having a free press it's now, because of blogging, these new voices ARE creating CHOICES, ( I know that was cheesy but bear with me) and WE have chosen to follow the doc so to speak. However, the reason we have followed is bigger than the Doc, he was the catalyst in our decision to leave the Ho Po, but he's not really the reason we are willing to stay, what it boils down to for us is our ability to trust the media again. (Which we know we can't so we have to start our own source of news, I mean we've been let down before HP) Anyways, Yeah I want hear about the doc and "his personal grudges" but I also want to get my information from people who are not being paid off to promote useless products or create more propaganda about my child’s future drug habits and my family’s dysfunction.

7/02/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

anonymous,
First I hope that Doc decides to do just that, provide an alternative to MSM and sites like THP that proclaim to provide an alternative but are beholden to advertisers who are after all the corporations that elect public officials who then inact laws and regulations that allow only the information that is in their best interest to reach the public. And you are right, there is cry out there for sources that are honest and un-biased and not swayed by corporate greed.
I have proposed something like that to Doc, which I won't go into detail here but in a nutshell would be a non-profit publicly funded and heavily reliant on voulnteers. I am sure that Doc is getting all kinds of ideas thrown at him and he has to decide what he can/wants to do and I am sure in time he will share his thoughts and proposals with us.
Meanwhile I have been surprised and glad to see so many readers show their support for this site and the idea of an honest un-biased news source and offered their various resources which makes me think my idea was not so out of left field or whatever the saying is.

7/02/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

anonymous,
BTW there is an article by Jay Rosen on his blog called "The People formerly known as the Audience" which has a link on THP, anyway it speaks to your claim.
Just google pressthink and it will give it to you.

7/02/2006  
Blogger MsMelody said...

reaniel--

If you took my remarks re: the baby bird and cheating friend as disparaging, they were not so intended.

I'm just feeling a bit overwhelmed with the MANY problems facing our country today. I live a rather isolated life, and sometimes feel alone in my worries and concerns. The readers here (and a few at HuffPo) eloquently speak to the same things that bother me. It is supportive to know that my thoughts are shared by others and are not aberrant. Beeta and anonymous (above) both expressed my sentiments better than I actually can.

I recognize that it's Peter's blog--and he should certainly not be impeded from doing so. I would like to see a RostPost . . . but recognize that creating same involves more time than any individual can manage--at which point the activity stands in peril of becoming 'corporate' in nature.

7/02/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beeta, thanks, I read Rosens blog and I posted a comment similar to the one I posted here about John Swinton, the former Chief of Staff for the New York Times, you know, when he calls journalists "intellectual prostitutes" along with some other shall we say, side notes (yeah I brought up the Doc, can you blame me?) Anyways, I keep checking to see if it will appear on a blog that claims to appease the "people formerly known as the audience."

I shouldn't hold my breath.
Veronukes.

7/02/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

******TOTALLY OFF TOPIC********
I am a big reader, not just news but books, fiction and non-fiction and poetry. specially poetry. Poetry is like a snap shot in words. It gives a thought, a longing, a feeling or a place a mental picture with few words. What makes an author or a poet or a philosopher or a musician.... a legend or classic is their abillity to take a social, moral, political ..... issue of their times and draw a conclusion that applies to generations to come. It seems that good artists have a way of seeing the bigger picture and use the current issues of their time to shed light on the bigger picture. News on the other hand seems to be the opposite of that. It is taking an issue in a very samll slice of time and making it all encompassing reality of the moment...."Headline News" which disappears the next day and is replaced by another "Headline".

So what am I rambling on about? Just this, if you have read on to this point.... I have made my point. There is room for off-topic posts.

7/02/2006  
Anonymous Huffpost_Is_A_Fraud said...

I used to post a lot there. You could tell something was very shady. I used to get automatic posting. I used to post Arianna's stuff a lot. I pleaded to her to pick it up a notch, to not be a gatekeeper. She or Yaco or both banned me when the Clooney thing happened.

So many trolls would not get banned even when posting the most vile filth.E-mails to Huffpost were ignored. I don't think HuffPo needed to astroturf like they did. There were probably enough other paid forces to keep the faithful troll bashers interested. Now I think progressives are out of there. Mission can still be accomplished for those frauds only if they go for the stupid vote. I think their base is gone. The comment pages are now unreadable, and HuffPo is real weak with its stories and blogs. Gatekeeper city is what it has become. Perhaps just ask Molly Ivins, Cindy Sheehan or George Clooney why they don't still post there. Yaco definitely messed up and should have been fired for hounding a fellow employee.

Go for RostPost, just make sure to get the very best, Howard Zinn, Molly Ivins, you know who I mean, Donahue. Get a few, hire honest, decent moderators, think it through, and before you know it, the RostPost could be a social movement. You'd need good tech guys too to keep the place safe. Peace.

7/03/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

hoffpost_is...
Peace to you too.

7/03/2006  
Anonymous trap17mik said...

Hello Doc,
What's with the background spots, some sort of colour blindness test? I find them very distracting and would be delighted if you would get rid of them. One thing HuffPo got right is their website has a nice design.

Sure there is room for some HuffPo/dkos competition, go for it I would say, and you might be just the guy to do a decent job of it too, with your background and investigative skills, plus it seems you might have time on your hands to devote to such a project. Maybe the bottom line is whether your better half lends support ...

7/03/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Sure there is room for some HuffPo/dkos competition"


whaaa?

dkos is wayyyyyyyyyyy too busy. It's one of the worst sites I've "ever" visted in terms of a simple straightforward layout. Everything is the same it seems and by it's sameness it's more difficult to navigate. There's little to no contrast by which to judge the timeliness or importance of an issue.


Huffpo is head and shoulders above dkos in terms of usability, though it's not without it's problems as well.

I mean seriously look at this, and scroll down:

http://www.dailykos.com/

It's a garbled mess.

compare it with this:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

I don't like what she's allowed to happen but I could never say that dkos is even playing in the same presentability, ease of access, and use, ball game with Huffpo.

They're not. Not even close really.

dkos should be used more as an example of how "not" to present a web interface rather than how to.

7/03/2006  
Anonymous trap17mik said...

Anonymous (above post),
I can understand your post except for the "whaaa?" which seems to me to be out of context.
I am not sure you understood my post.
Nevermind.

7/03/2006  
Anonymous Rosethejet said...

I am beginning to just LOVE this place. More honest comments, and actual discussion than just about anytime I can think of at Huffingpost.

Too cool. I'm just dropping in late as we are doing some 4th stuff, but Ahl Be Bahk. Heh heh heh.

DOC!

Ya gottat keep your voting poll up on top for a little while. This is the 4th and people will be all over the place and I think more people would like to vote.

Well that's my buck's worth.

7/04/2006  

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