Today, I can’t think of one person I know that does NOT know someone suffering at some degree from this disease. Something’s changed folks...
I’m in a mood, and it’s not terribly pleasant. This morning I got a phone call, that I figured was coming one day, but I still didn’t want to hear it. A dear friend of mine lost his wife today to cancer. (Prayers to you buddy.
I hate that disease. It has taken too many of the very people I love. My wife owns a company in the Home Health industry, and we see it all too often. Yes there’s the people suffering from diabetes and ALS, and a myriad of other malfunctions. But by far it’s that damned cancer that physically takes people from us.
However, there’s a real runner up that has been stealing people in ever increasing numbers, and that’s dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease aren’t the same. Dementia is an overall term used to describe symptoms that impact memory, performance of daily activities, and communication abilities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease gets worse with time and affects memory, language, and thought.
As I said, the wife is in Home Healthcare. I have been stunned at the amount of elderly that are suffering really truly serious dementia. And it’s been getting worse over the years. The incidence of these diseases has been on a steady increase for many decades, and it begs the question; why?
When I go to the wife’s office and the phone rings, a typical conversation will go sort of like this; there’s either one spouse calling because their wife/husband is physically compromised, OR one of them is suffering dementia of some degree and they need help. Then of course there’s the “kids” that call us because they live in Wisconsin or Kentucky or Michigan, however their parents moved to Florida 25 years ago, and now both of them “shouldn’t be left alone.” Memory issues, wandering issues, etc.
When we first acquired the business, I thought there must be some mistake, it seemed to me that darned near all our clients had some degree of this problem. Well that was an exaggeration, but the bottom line was/is that it is crazy common.
Again, one has to ask; why? The first thing one generally thinks of is pollution of our environment and especially our food. While I have no argument against that, because I do believe our fastfood/processed junk with too many chemicals is indeed a contributing factor. But I suspect, and have some proof that it’s more than just chemicals and food...
...if it's a question of optics, there's no doubt that China's checkbook diplomacy is earning it more friends in Africa than Uncle Sam's gun-barrel diplomacy.
...this negotiation with the Taliban is born of desperation, not principle, and the US Empire has painted itself into a corner in Afghanistan that no amount of dollar bills is going to get them out of.
Our good friends at the CIA wrote a lengthy defense of the PAM project and prediction markets in general in 2007, so you can bet that it went ahead under a blanket of classification secrecy at some point.
Since installed as UN chief, he’s been silent about US/NATO/Israeli terror-bombing – massacring countless thousands of defenseless civilians, the highest of high crimes ongoing almost daily in multiple theaters.
Either Trump is every bit the uneducated, uncouth, ill-prepared, bumbling idiot that the left suggests, OR, he’s playing a sophisticated game here.
I feel horrible that I’m saying this stuff in my own country. I think you should be able to wear or support just about anyone or anything (that’s legal) that you like.
A few years ago, even a few months ago, such a plan would have been unthinkable. Today, it is merely fanciful. And tomorrow . . . ?
Indeed, all the conditions for the same Smoot-Hawley pattern of protectionist tariffs, global trade war, economic collapse and, eventually, all-out war, are now in place.
Each day that goes by brings us one day closer to the “end game.” One would have to be genuinely silly to try and put a date on that event, but you all know it’s coming. The US dollar’s days as the world reserve is going to come to an end.
...now that we are living in an era where India and China are being positioned as "rivals" of the American hegemon, it certainly makes sense that we will see the key tenets of Pax Americana challenged.
If you can’t say anything else, the last year and a half has been entertaining, hasn’t it! I can’t wait for the results of the investigations, not to mention the mid terms. This ought to be a lot of fun.
...it's that time of year when confabulators are conferring and conclaves are conspiring. Keep your wits about you and stay tuned to for more information on all of these events when, if, and as they transpire.
Logic says this had to end. History says it’s got to end. And yet they keep finding rabbits. I’ll be the first to admit, that I NEVER thought they could kick the cans down the road as far as they have. Yet, here we are.
...it seems that there is an alternate inscription that could be written above the gates of the Iranian sanction regime. Not "Abandon all hope ye who enter here" but "Where there's a will, there's a way."