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Third Marlboro Man Icon Dies A Smoking Related Death

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As a boy growing up and through my early adulthood, there were billboards galore that expounded the manliness of smoking. During later years, TV advertisements for cigarettes ultimately were banned, but the iconic images and slogans related to the smoking industry stayed with me. There was the Lucky Strike anagram on the bottom of each pack: LSMFT (Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco). And in trying to reach a female demographic, there was Virginia Slims campaign, "You've Come a Long Way, Baby."

When it came to cigarette slogans, the airwaves were filled with ads for Winston Cigarettes: "Winston tastes good like a cigarette should;" Camel Cigarettes:  "I'd walk a mile for a Camel;" or L&M: "Just what the doctor ordered."

But none of them were as iconic or enticing to men AND women as the lure of becoming or being or being made love to by the Marlboro Man. He was macho personified. Their commercials, their billboards, their slogan appealed to all: "Come to where the flavor is. Come to Marlboro country." It was the benchmark by which smoking itself was measured.

Over the years there have been a number of "cowboys" chosen to be the iconic face of this brand. During the 1970's it was Eric Lawson. He appeared in print and TV ads as “The Malboro Man.” In case you are too young or can't put his name to his face, here's one of his memorable commercials:

Eric Lawson, died yesterday from respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), at the age of 72. In case you weren't aware, that's a most common smoking related cause of death, often reported as lung cancer. You might say his passing from smoking, which his wife claims he did heavily until his death, was coincidental.

I call it ironic. Especially when you factor in that two other Marlboro Men, Wayne McLaren, who appeared in Marlboro print ads, died of lung cancer in 1992, and David McLean, who appeared in print and television spots, died of lung cancer in 1995.

Make no mistake about it. cigarettes kill. Yet to draw an analogy from the NRA who claim guns don't kill, people do, we might be able to make the same argument that cigarettes don't kill, people do. But that's wrong. And even if you buy that, doesn't it make you wonder why cigarettes are so heavily regulated while guns aren't?

Come on. It does make you think, doesn't it?

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The Wait Can Be Worth It, Certainly The Donation Can Be Life-Saving

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Two years ago wasn't such a good year for me.The show I was writing and producing got cancelled, my oldest child got a wonderful job and moved out and oh, one other thing -- I was told that I had fatty liver disease (called nonalcoholic steatohepatisis). The projected outcome was death. So I was put on a liver transplant list while being sized for a proper fitting toe-tag. But being the newest addition to the list, and with a chance to last a year at the most, my call number was way down --or as they say, you can't even hear the band from back here. A population of donors the size of Phoenix would have to all die and donate their healthy organs for me to survive. Even with John McCain and Sheriff Joe Arpaio running things in that area, there wasn't much chance of that.

In the meantime, my doctors didn't give up. I was submitted for and got accepted into a test group, half of us given a placebo and the other half given an experimental medication. We didn't know who was in which group, but there was some guarded hope. But the waiting was "killing" us... in at least half the cases, literally.

But somehow I adjusted -- I say adjusted guardedly because I didn't tell my family so I was kind of living a lie. I didn't want to worry them but they eventually found out as my health deteriorated and I was hospitalized. The ingrown toenail excuse could only run so long.

I waited and awaited, and at best I seemed to stay the same, then I would check the donation list and still find my name inching up the list, but I was still at least a Hollywood sized population away.

Fortunately for me, last year was a great year. I wasn't on the placebo list -- but on the actual experimental medication list -- and the concoction reversed much of my liver issues. I ultimately improved to the point I was no longer on the list but on the mend. Today I feel great.

But I was one of the lucky ones. And not everyone is so fortunate. One of the first things I did was fill out an organ donor card. Hell, if I was saved from this sod box ending, why shouldn't I give the life of sight, or hearing, or a heart, or kidneys or something else to those who're going through what I went through? If you think waiting for your drive-through window food order is stressful, try waiting to live.

If it's against your religion to make an organ donation, I understand. But if you're just lazy, not so much. Take the two seconds to check off the organ donation box on your next driver's license application. AND MAKE SURE YOU LET YOUR FAMILY KNOW. You can't imagine the miracle gift you can provide for those you leave behind. You have  no idea what that waiting is like and hopefully never will.

Here's a little video to put into pictures what those who are waiting go through. You won't feel a thing, but you'll know you've done something great. And it won't cost you anything you're going to have any use for, anyway.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Does Being Cold Make You Sick?

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If so, I may be mortally ill. Via.

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McDonald's advises their employees to not eat at McDonald's

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Memo to businesses, specifically McDonald's: Profiting off of unhealthy products is not the best way to boost your image or inspire confidence, nor is it good for your customers. However, if you insist on doing so, please note that advising your own employees against ingesting the very product that they are selling is confusing, idiotic, contradictory, laughable, and not good for their morale... or your bottom line.

Oh, and one really awesome way to keep your employees healthy and well-fed is to pay them decent wages.

Via Yahoo:

A McDonalds website providing resources to its employees advises against eating hamburgers, fries and sodas. CNBC first noticed the latest in a series of strange pieces of advice provided by the fast food company to its employees. "While convenient and economical for a busy lifestyle," McDonalds says of its primary product, "fast foods are typically high in calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, and salt and may put people at risk for becoming overweight."

It goes on: "In general, people with high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease must be very careful about choosing fast food because of its high fat, salt, and sugar levels."

Oops. Excellent advice, but... oops.

As you can see from the graphic above, A.D.A.M., Inc. is providing this oh, so wise guidance. Who the heck is this A.D.A.M. we speak of?

A.D.A.M., Inc. is accredited by URAC, also known as the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (www.urac.org). URAC's accreditation program is an independent audit to verify that A.D.A.M. follows rigorous standards of quality and accountability. A.D.A.M. is among the first to achieve this important distinction for online health information and services. Learn more about A.D.A.M.'s editorial policy, editorial process and privacy policy. A.D.A.M. is also a founding member of Hi-Ethics and subscribes to the principles of the Health on the Net Foundation (www.hon.ch).

As the Yahoo piece notes, A.D.A.M. isn't saying that healthy food is non-existent in restaurants like McDonald's, but it is presenting a "challenge" to them. And then the piece goes on to make an excellent point:

[T]he bigger question seems to be how McDonald's employees would be able to afford healthier food on the wages they earn slinging burgers.

ding ding dingPlease link over to read the last paragraph, because it is a splendid reminder of how Mickey D treats its employees.

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Republicans Are Destroying Our Future - Carl Sagan Predicts in 1996

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Just over 17 years ago, one of the most respected pillars of the science world, Carl Sagan gave an interview to newsman Charlie Rose. Sagan was best known to the public for his very popular television series, Cosmos, where he explored the mysteries and science relating to the universe around us. It covered a wide range of scientific subjects, including the origins of life and a perspective of our place in the galaxies.

Sagan's show made us think, to probe the questions plaguing us and to look at the future through science. Cosmos was then and still is today, the most widely watched TV series ever on PBS, viewed collectively by over 500 million people in over 60 countries.

Even today, his name has quite a bit of cache as so much of what he projected for the future and spoke about has come true. Below is that very poignant and timely (today) caution about heeding science and education or becoming a victim of it. He's both optimistic and skeptical. In under two decades since his passing, less than a year after this interview, you can see how right on the mark he was with his projections that the Republican doctines would be harmful to our future growth and understanding of how to achieve a viable future.

Think about drones, the NSA spying, the EPA, global warming, education funding and most of all, the uprising of the clueless masses (today known as the Tea Party). Though these didn't exist when Sagan spoke out about them, the dangers they present are foreshadowed accurately -- and look at us now. Maybe it's better late than never that we consider his sage words.

What we're dealing with is, as the title of Sagan's most famous book foreshadows, Billions and Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium. The new millennium is here. And what Sagan projected then is so real today. It's scary and hopeful at the same time.

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Rep. Steve King Is Trying To Kill Us

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Eat diseased food, you'll get sick or even worse, you'll die.

That's why we have Federal food inspectors who keep the chances of disease ridden food from making it to our shelves. As least we have it now, but if Republican Steve King has his way, that won't be the case much longer. And if you're like me, you become suspicious when a committee's findings are are being kept hush-hush. Fruther that suspicion when a silent amendment is being sought. You start wondering what it is that the Tea Party extremist Steve King is afraid we'll all find out? Could it be he favors animal cruelty, substandard food quality, sick and diseased animal bi-products being used, tainted ingredients, unregulated chemical content, unsafe food handling -- or all of the above?

HuffPo:

A group of law professors have written to the House and Senate blasting a controversial amendment to the farm bill currently undergoing negotiations.

In it, they reportedly criticize the Protect Interstate Commerce Act introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), an Amendment that seeks to limit states’ power to supervise their own farming standards. If passed, the amendment would ban states from requiring agricultural and livestock conditions that are stricter than those in other states, so long as the products are intended for out-of-state sale.

The experts allege that the amendment is a food safety risk, writing that there is “a significant likelihood that many state agricultural laws across the country will be nullified, that public health and safety will be threatened, and that the amendment could ultimately be deemed unconstitutional.”

Fortunately, there are hundreds of protesters to this bill. And coming out against this heinous lack of restrictions are a bi-partisan group on Capitol Hill: 23 Senators and 169 Congresspeople. But it's not just shaking the foundations in Washington. This absurd, dangerous self serving bill by Steve King is being fought by hundreds of other organizations. I highly recommend you look over this list to find out who is supporting us by bashing Steve King and his Republican cohorts as they wish to flood the market with tainted food. Click here for the list.

Keep your eyes open. If King and his Tea Party people have their way, they'll literally kill you.

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Cancer Strikes ACA Critic Day After Publicly Denouncing Pre-Existing Conditions Mandate

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Ralph Hudgens

Ignorance isn't covered under the Affordable Care Act as a pre-existing condition. Perhaps it should have been. You're about to see why.

In Georgia, the Peach State, they have a Republican State Insurance commissioner named Ralph Hudgens. One could make a pretty good argument that he would have a working knowledge of insurance, what it is and how it works. Now that's an assumption but I think we can grant that much. We're not edging out too far on a limb.

So when he tackles an insurance issue in his state, there's reason for the people of his state to listen. Or so you'd think. Back in August, he told people in his state that he would do everything in his power to be an obstructionist to the upcoming Affordable Care Act.

Earlier this week Commissioner Hudges took to the dais and told the audience that he was firmly against Obamacare. His main target was pre-existing conditions and why he felt that forcing insurance companies to provide coverage to those so afflicted was wrong. In his analogy, it's like calling a car insurance company the day after you've been in a car accident that WAS YOUR FAULT and asking for collision coverage. A purchase after the fact. So in essence, he's equating a pre-existing condition to being your fault.

Hopefully Karma is covered under his current plan. This week, after speaking out against Obamacare and it's pre-existing coverage, he was diagnosed as having prostate cancer. I'm not wallowing in that, by any means. It's terrible and I hope he can be treated and live a long life, though politically, I'm hoping he's not as lucky. Maybe he should consider this. Without the ACA going into effect January 1, 2014, his coverage would very likely be dropped and no other company would pick him up -- because of a pre-existing condition.

HuffPo:

Hudgens was forced to swallow his words Wednesday after the Georgia Democratic Party circulated footage of him comparing pre-existing conditions to at-fault car wrecks. Making the case against Obamacare's requirement that insurers accept those with pre-existing conditions, Hudgens suggested that such conditions were the fault of those who have them, in the way a car accident is the driver's fault.

Now prostate cancer, to the best of my knowledge isn't the victim's fault unlike his car accident analogy. Now perhaps he'll temper his public displeasure with the healthcare law, maybe even come to embrace it, because Obamacare could be all that separates him from financial devastation.

This is the problem with the Republican unified opposition to the ACA. They just don't know what they're talking about. It's trying to fight a law that helps, not hurts so many. Illness or discovery of a condition can come at any time, at any place and at any age, to anyone.

Republicans are currently targeting young people, "the invincibles" as they are called, and telling them they don't need insurance. They're being encouraged to break the law and not sign up. That's wrong. Tragedy doesn't have a calendar or timeline. It doesn't have a calendar you can look at in advance. So, you carry insurance, just in case your number gets called, like Ralph Hudgens.

Just watch Commissioner Hudgens the day before he got his health news -- he's laughing and making fun with a horrible analogy between a car accident and Obamacare. I bet he's not laughing so hard now.

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