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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Kathy and I are definitely thankful for all of the support that you have shown our family this year. With your help I am confident that we can find a way out of the hole we are in.

Kathy is doing better after a rough few weeks following her recent procedures. She has applied to be part of a clinical trial at Duke University this December so it will be an interesting Christmas for us.

In other news, my car finally died and needed to be replaced. I found a cheap VW Passat, which is nice but now we have a car payment. Ugh.

I am still researching the most effective way to spend the money that you have donated to our cause. I had a good talk with UNC Hospitals today but need to do a bit more legwork before deciding what to do.

Thanks again!
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"The USSR offered to pay Pepsi with a fleet of diesel ships. Pepsi accepted the deal because they knew that it was the only way to continue to sell Pepsi in the USSR. The agreement included 17 submarines, a cruiser, a frigate and a destroyer, which were sold to a Swedish company for scrap recycling. Those 17 submarines made Pepsi become, for a few days, the 6th largest military power in the world by number of diesel submarines. The president of Pepsi, Donald Kendall, told the National Security Adviser of USA: "We are disarming the USSR faster than you"."

You didn't REALLY believe they scrapped all those submarines, did you?
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As many of you know, my wife Kathy is fighting neuroendocrine cancer. Today we are launching a YouCaring fundraiser to help cope with the ever mounting medical debt. You can read the details at the YouCaring page, but just know that even if all you can do is share this post on your social media then we will be deeply in your debt. Thanks!

https://www.youcaring.com/kathypaull-1002958

We chose this day to launch the campaign because it is #netcancerday and #familycaregiversmonth. Check out their websites for lots of good info, but here are the main takeaways:

#netcancer is very often not detected until it is fairly advanced, which makes treatment more difficult. As they say, "If you don't suspect it, you can't detect it."

http://netcancerday.org/

Family Caregivers Month raises awareness of the heavy burden placed on families and other people who care for seriously ill family members. It is a 24/7 responsibility that puts pressure on all aspects of a person's life.

http://caregiveraction.org/national-family-caregivers-month-theme
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This is kind of lovely. (It's inobvious, but hit right arrow to get started)
Short Trip
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alexanderperrin.com.au
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I was just reading a WP article about the Wisconsin legal challenge to partisan gerrymandering. Here is my simple and self-correcting solution to the problem - let the minority party do the redistricting.

The minority party would gerrymander until it wins a majority, and then the redistricting power would switch to the new minority. This would constantly drive district composition to the center and prevent one party from digging in its dominant position. I think this would give voters more confidence in the system, and give something to the minority party that gives them hope for the future - and thus might make them less intractable.
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My new catch phrase?
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So. It appears I was wrong about Alex taking 2nd place in the 400m race at the Raleigh end of season track meet. He took FIRST in his age group. The kid that squeaked past him was in an older age bracket. :D He also took 2nd place in the long jump for his age group. Congratulations Son!!!

#RaleighRockets
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Congratulations to my son, Alex, for taking silver in the 400m race during the final city wide Raleigh track meet! I don't know yet how he placed on the standing long jump, but it was a personal best there also. :)

#RaleighRockets
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This pretty much sums up my thinking regarding the current political situation in the US and abroad. I also pair this with my observation that when a crisis occurs people do the polar opposite of what would actually help resolve the crisis. I don't know why that is true, but it sure seems that way to me.
Short version: The working class stop supporting social democracy when the politicians under its banner are actually just neoliberals in the sway of big money.
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It says something about my expectations of the incoming president that when a reporter said something about the "people in the area up front" I heard "people in the Aryan Front" and found it plausible. Maybe I ended my news fast too early?
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