Archive for November, 2009

4 O’Clock Rain

November 25, 2009

I notice how it rains at 0400  —  if it rains at all.  We have had little rain this year.  Wonder where our water is coming from?  What new aquifer is feeding our city’s demand?

I call it 4 o’clock rain because there appears a strategic purpose to it.  They make it rain just before the stars turn down their lights like dimmer-switches and fly away.  Like faint silhouettes they glide across the sky, trying to hide from telephoto lenses.

During this departure phase, the sky is always “treated” with puffy clouds, fogs, mists and more rarely, with 4 o’clock rain.  The “flying bowling balls” need an opacity screen for the spectacle of their departures into a military no-no land.  This I infer due to their sometimes military escort the size and shape of fighter planes. I suspect that they descend into a subterranean, secret place.  Kind of like an under-ground AIMD for nuclear drones.

I say nuclear because the light that they emit when they turn up their dimmer-switches exceeds any brightness heretofore displayed by other means.  And the speeds at which they fly exceed any conventional propulsion mechanism in our world.  Their small size does not leave room for storage of conventional fuels.  So their energy must come from a tiny, high-energy device.  It ain’ no AA battery, I can tell you that.

These observations and digestions, I am aware, make me a candidate for traffic and other accidents.  Vexingly, my mental focus is not where most citizens have theirs, after all — on  the tail lights ahead of them, driving to and from a daily job.

But I watch the road ahead of me.  Daddy used to say while we were flying, “always think a mile ahead of the craft.”

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Needle-Free Injection

November 11, 2009

            On August 13, I spoke with Scott Fleming of MicroDose Therapeutx about a new drug delivery system that is being touted on the company’s web site (http://mdtx.com/).  Mr. Fleming, Senior Vice President of MicroDose Sales and Marketing, said that their needle-free system was presently in development. 

            This new delivery system would enable medical staff to inject a drug or vaccine via rapid pulses from an electronic piezo transducer.  The focal point of the injector, the web site says, is large molecular delivery that has heretofore been limited to needles.  MicroDose promises a needle-free injection that will remove safety hazards from valued medical personnel.

            The MicroDose website states, “…a needle is still the only established route of administration for large molecules, but injections are disliked by patients and can be a safety hazard for healthcare professionals.”  Let’s get it straight.  When I was in the Navy I felt the slam of a needle-free injection system called an “air-gun.”  The pain was so intense, I nearly fainted.  There were some sailors in the vaccine line ahead of me who did.  We scrambled for needles when we could.  There is no contest between which injection method hurts less.

            What is written by MicroDose about patients disliking injections is a given, but their verbiage is misleading by implying that their needle-free system would be any less painful than a needle.  What they list as a “transdermal delivery” is simply another way of saying “injection.”  It hails from the same land of false advertizing one encounters on today’s food ingredient listings.  They call sugar “evaporated cane juice.”  It’s still sugar.  And this is still an injection.

            Electronic transducer-driven injection would be a muscle-ripping invasion of high-velocity pressure with a dose of something behind it.  The way a transducer of this type would work is by transferring an electric current into an injecting force.  How’s that for plain English?  What this will do to tissue is not hard to imagine.

            The MicroDose Needlefree System has disturbing potential.  In a forced vaccination campaign, or rather “compulsory vaccination,” as the medical industry calls it, the advantage here is obvious.  Regardless of how much a person struggles against an injection from this device,  it will not result in injury to the medical staff.  With a needle there is risk of accidentally injecting the wrong person during patient resistance or getting blood on personnel.  It seems that this device was designed with the safety of medical personnel, speed, and large-scale delivery in mind.    

            Emblazoned on the first page of the MicroDose web site is their maxim, “Changing the Way the World Takes its Medicine.”  Based on their partnerships with pharmaceutical titans Merck and Novartis, along with other irons that these people have in the fire, MicroDose Therapeutx bears considerable watching.