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There’s No Money In A Cure

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Different individuals relate to different causes, especially in terms of diseases and the like. Sure, nobody wants everyone to get sick, but people who’ve had a relative die from breast cancer may donate more money to finding a cure for breast cancer than they would, say, a cure for heart disease. One article I read (dated 2011) states that between grants and donations, breast cancer alone receives more than $6 billion dollars annually. That’s a whole lot of money.

You may be expecting me to follow up that little tidbit with the question of, “Where does the money go?” Well, that’s not what I’m asking. What I am asking is, “Why haven’t we found a cure yet?”

That’s easy. You don’t make money from a cure. You make money from treatments.

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Friends of Coal, Part 2

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I was going to reply to Jerry’s post about coal, but decided that my response was too detailed, so I’m going to write my own (and I’m stealing Jerry’s title).

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Friends of Coal?

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Clyde and I grew up in Coal country. Both our fathers were coal miners. I’m not sure about Clyde’s extended family, but my entire family – from my grandfathers to most of my uncles – were coal miners. We grew up in one of the most poverty stricken areas in the country, and a generation ago, coal was really the most viable way an uneducated man in our area could make a living wage. Read the rest of this entry

Why I think Dennis Rodman is a Piece of Crap

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Before I start this rant, I want to take a moment to clearly state my opinion on negotiations with our enemies…

I actually have the rather unpopular opinion that we absolutely should negotiate with our enemies. I think our leaders should meet with and talk to the leaders of North Korea, Iraq, and yes, even Al Qaeda. Read the rest of this entry

This Makes Me Smile

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I won’t rewrite the article – I’ll simply link to the original.

Boss selling restaurant to save employee with brain tumor

The Evolution Of Language

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We all know how language evolves, and how words and phrases grow to have multiple or completely different meanings over time. “The Gay 20s” were a roaring good time. Michael Jackson had a hit song with “Bad”. Nowadays, a well-executed stunt on a skateboard is “sick”.

When words are adopted into everyday slang and their meaning changes, we, as communicators, have to roll with it. We can hold out and refuse to use those words, but we’re only seen as archaic and silly.

So let’s talk about the word “terror”.

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Mr. Obama, Time’s Up

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We have now been fighting in Afghanistan longer than the Civil War, World War I and World War II combined.

It’s time to come home.

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