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Email from a 5th grade teacher about the girls in her class

I cannot express to you how absolutely wonderful this group of girls has been. I feel like I’m usually sending home e-mails about “girl drama,” but these eight ladies have been just the opposite. They are empathetic and patient and genuine. I always have girls that want and try to be this way; they are very tolerant of others who are different or don’t fit in. These girls are way beyond tolerant. They are accepting. They value everyone and they are leaders that encourage others to do the same. It’s kind of surreal and I am so thankful for all of them. They have read books about all kinds of different disabilities and have used that knowledge to help younger friends in our special education programs. At lunch they found every child that was sitting alone and invited them to eat with our class. This was not just a do-something-nice-feel-good idea. They befriended these children ALL year. One of the girls, who really struggles with social skills, remarked that she had never had a friend before this year. Another said that no one ever talked to her outside of class. I can’t imagine what those girls used to feel, and I don’t think your girls have any idea the lasting mark that they have left on the lives of others. Thank you so much for raising such amazing young ladies.

A favor - as a 15 year DU member I ask you to read this. BIG PHARMA "Pharma Bro" & Chariites

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek.


I was contacted about this story and did not comment. Ben Elgin is a top notch researcher/writer and you should Google his articles - oil, pharma, etc. - if he found me connected to this issue he is really top notch. We had a Facebook message conversation and he sent me a hand written letter. I used to work for one of these charities.

How Big Pharma Uses Charity Programs to Cover for Drug Price Hikes


Bloomberg Businessweek

That’s just a fraction of the total cost. Turing’s new price for an initial six-week course of Daraprim is $60,000 to $90,000. Who pays the difference? For Medicare patients, U.S. taxpayers shoulder the burden. Medicare doesn’t release complete data on what it pays pharmaceutical companies each year, but this much is clear: A million-dollar contribution from a pharmaceutical company to a copay charity can keep hundreds of patients from abandoning a newly pricey drug, enabling the donor to collect many millions from Medicare.


When Turing bought Daraprim and sought to boost its annual revenue from $5 million to more than $200 million, the use of patient-aid funds was considered essential, internal company documents show. Last May, as the company did its due diligence before the purchase, one executive warned in an e-mail that new, high copays would force toxoplasmosis patients to seek alternative drugs.

A year’s supply of Gleevec can be produced for less than $200, according to Andrew Hill, a researcher at the University of Liverpool. When the drug was introduced, in 2001, its U.S. price was $30,000 a year. At that level, it would have recouped its development costs in just two years, according to a letter from 100 cancer specialists, published in the medical journal Blood in 2013. The price is now up to $120,000 a year in the U.S. (It’s priced at drastically different rates around the world: $25,000 a year in South Africa, for example, and $34,000 a year in the U.K.)

In December the inspector general gave a favorable advisory opinion to Caring Voice Coalition, a charity that attracted $131 million in contributions last year. Five former managers and employees say Caring Voice favored drug companies that were donors over those that weren’t. Patients who needed donor companies’ drugs got help quickly, the former staff members say, while patients who had the same disease but used another company’s drug were sometimes steered away or wait-listed. The former employees asked that their names not be used because they signed nondisclosure agreements or they feared backlash from the charity’s executives.

The "Mad Scientist" (SMU Physics major actually) at The Masters - golf

Videos here

DeChambeau is a U.S. Amateur champion – like Jones was once – and the 22-year-old rookie's debut may be the most anticipated since Jordan Spieth's a couple years ago. DeChambeau also won the NCAA title last year, a double accomplished previously by only Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ryan Moore.

What makes his entry more tantalizing still is his unique iron set. Unlike a traditional set, where each club from the 3-iron through the wedges gets shorter and more lofted, all 10 of DeChambeau's irons measure 37 1/2 inches, the length of a typical 6-iron.

DeChambeau became intrigued by the idea of equal-length clubs in 2009, not long after his golf coach, Mike Schy, introduced him to an esoteric swing manual called "The Golfing Machine." The book was written by Homer Kelley, a Seattle aircraft mechanic determined to lay out the engineering specs of the golf swing on a page. It offers students a chance to build their own swings by choosing between 24 different components, each offering between three and 11 variations.

DeChambeau settled on a swing that keeps the club on a single plane from start to finish, and that his interest in physics led him to conclude the easiest way to accomplish that was to use a set of irons all of the same length. That concept was tested and employed by Jones, but it never caught on with golfers or the big equipment companies.


PGA. com

President Obama explains -March 12th 2016- you should read this.

Obama said he was unsurprised by the billionaire businessman and reality TV star’s rise.

“How can you be shocked?” he asked to laughter from the crowd, according to a transcript. “This is the guy, remember, who was sure that I was born in Kenya — who just wouldn’t let it go. And all this same Republican establishment, they weren’t saying nothing. As long as it was directed at me, they were fine with it. They thought it was a hoot, wanted to get his endorsement. And then now, suddenly, we’re shocked that there’s gambling going on in this establishment.”

What is happening in this primary is just a distillation of what’s been happening inside their party for more than a decade. I mean, the reason that many of their voters are responding is because this is what’s been fed through the messages they’ve been sending for a long time — that you just make flat assertions that don’t comport with the facts. That you just deny the evidence of science. That compromise is a betrayal. That the other side isn’t simply wrong, or we just disagree, we want to take a different approach, but the other side is destroying the country, or treasonous. I mean, that’s — look it up. That’s what they’ve been saying.



So they can’t be surprised when somebody suddenly looks and says, you know what, I can do that even better. I can make stuff up better than that. I can be more outrageous than that. I can insult people even better than that. I can be even more uncivil. I mean, conservative outlets have been feeding their base constantly the notion that everything is a disaster, that everybody else is to blame, that Obamacare is destroying the country. And it doesn’t matter whether it’s true or not. It’s not, we disagree with this program, we think we can do it better — it’s, oh, this is a crisis!

So if you don’t care about the facts, or the evidence, or civility, in general in making your arguments, you will end up with candidates who will say just about anything and do just about anything. And when your answer to every proposal that I make, or Democrats make is no, it means that you’ve got to become more and more unreasonable because that’s the only way you can say no to some pretty reasonable stuff. And then you shouldn’t be surprised when your party ultimately has no ideas to offer at all.

Washington Post

Black Friday 2015 rioting: a round-up of the chaos, fighting, pushing & shoving from America's malls

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/11/black_friday_2015_rioting_a_ro.html

Kentucky would appear to have taken the early lead in Black Friday disturbances , as two separate videos from fighting from two different malls began circulating over social media.


In Lexington, Kentucky, two men brawled in the food court of Mall St. Matthews, reports the New York Daily News. As they wrestled on the floor, a woman who was unable to get out of the way was knocked over.

In the second incident, video shows a group of men wildly throwing punches in the walkway of a mall in Florence, Kentucky.

It is unclear what started it, but at this point does that even matter?

What Kentucky offered in fisticuffs, Saginaw, Michigan provided unbridled audacity. Video posted on Youtube shows a crowd lapsing into bedlam over discounted veggie steamers. At one point an unknown woman grabs a veggie steamer cooker right from the arms of a child. This, of course, leads the child's mother and the woman to start fighting

Well DU, it's been nice knowing you

Apparently the world is ending tomorrow.

The Hadron super-collider is making anti-matter in Switzerland
The Pope AND the Chinese leader are both in DC which has something to do with a One Global Currency
There is a Blood moon later this week
Yom Kippur and the autumnal equinox are on the same day
And so forth

I might be missing some parts but that is the gist of what a co-worker felt compelled to stop me in the hall, for a good 10 minutes, this morning to explain.

She is extremely devout (but not Evangelical) but she doesn't necessarily believe it..... but friends of hers have been "reading some websites" "not any that I'd go to but they are Christians sites" and all signs point to the end of days.

So this is goodbye, I guess, DU. it's been fun. I hope we made a difference. I am sure we all have learned a lot and had a good time DUing it.



Details of George W. Bush's re-emergence schedule released

Following what many have called his "triumphant" return to New Orleans to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina the Bush Presidential Library released details of his upcoming appearance schedule.

September - Iraq - walking tour and photo opportunities for the grateful people of Baghdad

October - Wall Street - a highly anticipated return to the center of his economic legacy
October - undisclosed - fund raiser for a Presidential candidate. Specifics to be released later

November - Cleveland - off year? There is no off year for Democracy! Reenactment of the resilency of the Democratic spirit. Reenactors please arrive a 6am - former President Bush will make himself available later that afternoon.

New Event Just added!
November - Utah - Former President Bush will tour the site of the NSA Super Intelligence Collection Computer. Speech by Former Vice President Dick Cheney on national security in this new American century to follow


Southern swing
December - Florida - formerly occupied neighborhood specifics to be released later. Prior residents will be able to enjoy a town hall meeting with the former President to discuss "the good old days".

December - Atlanta - the former President will pay homage to his decision to attend the birthday celebrations for the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Standup political fundraising dinner (choice hot dogs or burgers) in Atlanta and New Orleans HE'S BACK AGAIN! to follow at undisclosed locations.

SURPRISE Northern trip
December -Washington DC - Previous site of Walter Reed Military Hospital which was closed after his time in office. Open forum on improving the current state of health care for active duty and Veterans of our Armed Forces.

December - New York City - The big one! Former President Bush will replicate his historic speech to the firefighters and rescue personnel following the attacks of 9/11. Authentic rubble from the Presidential Library's private collection will be on site and available for the public to view.

You can't "run" through a campground

You have to "ran", because it is past tents

Rural Youth Suicide Incidents Close to Double Urban Rate

http://www.boston.com/health/2015/03/09/rural-youth-suicide-incidents-close-double-urban-rate/xRM1wjb31pLkJON8Fb7LcO/story.html

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents aged 10 to 24 and results in approximately 4,600 lives lost every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate of suicides for youth living in rural areas is almost double the rate for youth living in urban areas. That’s what a new study by researchers at the Wexner Medical Center in Ohio found. The study, titled “Widening Rural-Urban Disparities in Youth Suicides,” was published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association of Pediatrics on March 9.

“What we found was that suicide rates, even though gun use has decreased and hanging has become the more common method of suicide rates for males and females, we found that suicide rates by firearm and hanging are disproportionately higher in rural areas than in urban areas for both sexes,” said Fontanella.

In the study, Fontanella said she and her colleagues speculated why there may be higher suicide rate in rural areas, including barriers, or limited access, to mental health care, social and geographical isolation, socio-economic factors, and a disproportionate stigma associated with mental illness in rural areas. Firearm ownership may be another consideration.

“Prior research has shown that rural areas tend to have higher rates of suicide, but the fact that these disparities are widening over time is a novel finding,” she said.

9/11 - it looks like they are going with 9/11 to counter the torture report

As DU'er spanone detailed at link the RW noise machine was basically silent on Tuesday when the Senate report came out
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=5933435

My Facebook friends who will typically post the most crazed RW talking points/gifs (from Allen West to ijreview to Western Journalism to the more standard Fox News nonsense) have been remarkably silent. Today the first posts are coming out. Pictures of jumpers on 9/11 with "Waterboarding - because we need to stop this from happening" and so forth.


A bit more here (but not much)
http://www.newshounds.us/
http://mediamatters.org
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