Saturday, October 17, 2009

Update on the Rude Interview

I decided, after much thinking, to not continue through with the interview process with the place that had the rude interviewer. Something about that place had been changed for me, and I decided to not continue interviewing there. Once that decision was made, it was like a huge weight off my shoulders.

For a project coordinator position, is it really necessary to take a personality test, and then interview with the CEO, the COO and an account salesperson? And at this point, there was still another interview to do. It was getting to be too much. That clearly was not the place for me. After the last two interviews and still no decision, this place was looking pretty wishy washy.

Irena Sendler and Life in a Jar

Today's posting comes from an email I received from my husband's aunt. Given the announcement recently that President Obama received the Noble Peace Prize, I thought this was pretty timely. "Obama got much attention for his speech from Cairo reaching out a U.S. hand to the world's Muslims. His remarks at the U.N. General Assembly last month set down internationally welcome new markers for the way the U.S. works with the world." The story of Irene Sadler makes Obama's winning seem unworthy. The email I received is as follows with a few notes from me:

"There recently [on May 18, 2008] was a death of a 98 year-old lady named Irena Sendler. During WWII, Irena got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an 'ulterior motive' ... She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews, (being German.) Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger kids..) She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

"During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

"Last year [actually, this was in 2007] Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize...She was not selected. Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming."

We learn about Anne Frank in school, as well as the holocaust. Why do we not learn about women like Irena Sendler? What Irena did is far greater than anything Obama has done thus far, and Gore's award could have waited a year. Irena fought singlehandedly to put families back together in the face of the horrors of war. Name a better way to personify peace.

"The Nobel Peace Prize is an award presented to either an individual or an organization in accordance with Alfred Nobel’s living will. Alfred Nobel, creator of the five Nobel Prizes, was a Swedish inventor and industrialist. He disposed the Nobel Peace Prize in his will to be awarded to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." The Nobel Peace Prize differs from the Nobel Prizes in literature, physics, chemistry, and medicine or physiology in that it may be presented not only to individuals, but also to organizations that are actively engaged in a process or effort that intends to promote world peace. The prize can be awarded for current efforts, rather than for having accomplished a goal or resolved an issue." I guess this last part works for Obama, but more even though this is the way Alfred Nobel created it, it should be revisited. Can we really guess as to someone's future greatness?

From Irena's Wiki entry: "In 2007 considerable publicity accompanied Sendler's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. While failed nominations for the award have not been officially announced by the Nobel organization for 50 years, the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo, reported in 2007 that Irena Sendler's nominator had made the nomination public. Regardless of its legitimacy, talk of the nomination focused a spotlight on Sendler and her wartime achievements. The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and former Vice President of the United States Al Gore."

"Sendler's story was brought to light in the United States when students in Kansas found it described in a magazine and popularized it through their original play Life in a Jar. On April 19, 2009, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, a Hallmark Hall of Fame production written and directed by John Kent Harrison and starring Anna Paquin in the title role, was broadcast by CBS." I personally don't remember hearing about this movie, but it sounds like something that should be considered as part of the curriculum when it comes to teaching about WWII.

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."--George Santayana

Given the way the world is today, I don't think we are too far off from having another holocaust happening in our lifetime. It could happen anywhere and if it does, I think it'll be somewhere in the Middle East. Ethnic cleansing, unfortunately, is an idea that might be revisited by those who feel their way is the only way. It's a new take on modern terrorism.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Soldier dies after receiving smoker's lungs in transplant

I'm actually outraged by this: "A leading UK hospital has defended its practice of using organs donated by smokers after the death of a soldier who received the cancerous lungs of a heavy smoker."

"Corporal Matthew Millington, 31, died at his home in 2008, less than a year after receiving a transplant that was supposed to save his life at Papworth Hospital -- the UK's largest specialist cardiothoracic hospital, in Cambridgeshire, east England."

"Papworth Hospital released a statement saying using donor lungs from smokers was not "unusual.""

"The statement added that the hospital had no option but to use lungs from smokers as "the number of lung transplants carried out would have been significantly lower," if they didn't."

WTF??? How was a double lung transplant from a smoker supposed to save this man's life? He served his country so that he could die like that? If hospitals are going to pull shit like that in the UK, because of a lack of organs (healthy organs, mind you), then maybe they shouldn't be transplanting organs from known UNHEALTHY people.

I suppose there is always the chance the organs from an unhealthy person, with the right medications, would transplant correctly. However, that is too much of a risk. Was Corporal Millington and his family told about the donor, that he/she was a smoker? If so, then maybe the chance at life, because he wasn't able to breathe on his own, was worth the risk of someone else's unhealthy lungs. What if he were told the other lungs were healthier than his? Was he lied to or did it even matter to him? Was the lure of life too great?

This seems to fly right in the face of the Hippocratic Oath. "The phrase "first, do no harm" is often, incorrectly, attributed to the oath. Although mostly of historical and traditional value, the oath is considered a rite of passage for practitioners of medicine, although nowadays the modernized version of the text varies among the countries."

"I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone."

And did you catch the part about Corporal Millington passing away in 2008, and this is just NOW making news in the United States? Was it being kept quiet over there for some reason?

The article doesn't mention it, but I found myself wondering about his family. Can they sue? Can they find a way to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else? If ever legislation needed to be enacted, shortage of organs be damned, it should be for the memory of Corporal Millington. How many other patients in the UK risk an affliction/sickness greater than what they already have, through an organ transplant?

Questions about an interview

So my computer pooped out on me for a few days, but thanks to my husband, I'm back up and running.

My thought for the day is this: if you go to an interview for a fairly decent sounding job and the person interviewing you is outright rude, what should you do?

I'm being asked questions and then not being given enough time to answer, either because the questions are being changed or I'm being interrupted. I finished the interview, but I find myself wondering if I want to do the next round of interviews, because this person runs the whole show. All staff there reports to that person. It kind of left a bad taste in my mouth.

And I'm wondering, if I'm actually offered a job there, should I take it? I'm not feeling it so much anymore for that job.