"Disclaimed!"

2006
Apr
18

Dr. Peter Rost, former Pfizer executive and male model (say what?) has begun blogging about Medical, Pharmaceutical and anything-else-he-wants issues at The Arianna Post (I still have issues about the cachet Ms. A. got from her formerly-married name), and while I am still far from finished reading the impressive output from his first three weeks, one thing has already made me a fan: his Disclaimer. I guess he realized he had become enough of a lightning rod by being “the first drug company executive to speak out in favor of reimportation of drugs”, that he needed to ground himself properly, but I really love some of the wording in the 13 paragraphs (plus three photos of crossed fingers) of this non-binding legal declaration:

If you are a lawyer and read this you can never use this blog in a court of law, since it does not always contain a full statement of facts, or even facts, but you can use it to entertain your fellow lawyers. And if you are an entertainment lawyer, feel free to call me because I need a gig or a speaking engagement.

You can expect to encounter generalizations, simplifications, hypothecations, exaggerations, inflations, fabrications, but mostly a lot of truths no one ever had the guts to tell you before. (The last part I wrote, my lawyer made me put in those other words.)

This disclaimer may be updated anytime and is presumed to part of any past or future postings. If you didn’t find it it’s your own fault.

A lot of the commentors to his blogging think Dr. Rost is being too defensive or self-important. As a blogger who has always been proudly defensive and self-important, I think he’s entertaining.

I am also rapidly becoming a fan of Steve Young on the same Zsa Zsa Arianna Post site (I can be so-o-o catty!). His issue-based humor is generally superior to mine, somehow good-heartedly poking fun at the evil-hearted, plus he actually gets his one-liners published in that other Los Angeles newspaper (yes, there is one, kinda), and he has self-published an apparently book totally UNironically titled “Great Failures Of The Extremely Successful“, although he definately puts his tongue in his cheek for “Dieting With Failure”.
I am impressed.

I just realized that there are many among my favorite bloggers and other writers (most of whom I’ve enjoyed far longer than the two above) whom I have never acknowledged in this forum. I got a lot of catching up to do.

Wendell’s Disclaimer: I am never gonna get caught up.

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"Disclaimed!"

  1. WendellWit » Blog Archive » Huffington and Puffington and Blow Me Down! Says:

    […] It has been a long-standing tradition for this blogger that whenever somebody elsewhere on the Web quotes me or links me, I don’t notice it until an embarassingly long period of time has passed, and inevitably, most of the new visitors directed by the link do so during a period when I’m not blogging anything, or even worse, the site is Under Costruction. And, indeed, it has happened again. While I was obsessing over adding little graphical bells and whistles, while periodically destroying and rebuilding the quasi-technical CSS formatting of the page you are reading now (assuming it is currently readable), one of the two new voices at the Post-Huffington Trauma dedicated most of a post* to quoting what I wrote down there. […]

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