By Bill Speros | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: January 11, 2019 at 6:09 pm | UPDATED: January 11, 2019 at 6:10 pm Tom Brady stood at the edge of his metaphorical cliff staring into the abyss of NFL obsolescence … nine years ago this week. Led by Ray Rice and Ray Lewis, the Ravens had just murdered the Patriots in an AFC Wild Card game 33-14 at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 10, 2010. Brady was jeered all afternoon, saying afterward: “I’d have been booing us, too.” Somewhere in outer space, the talk radio chatter and TV sports broadcasts from the ensuing days, weeks and months after that loss are reaching an undiscovered galaxy. Its inhabitants woke up today fully informed that Brady was just another NFL QB who could not succeed in his 30s or after coming off an ACL injury. “Brady is finished,” Zorb said to Og over breakfast this morning. “They should have traded him and kept Matt Cassel.” Or was that “Felger and Mazz” Tuesday … [Read more...] about OBF: Ignore the noise, Tom Brady will let you know when he’s finished
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Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen, Associated Press Updated 10:13 pm PST, Sunday, November 4, 2018 President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Pensacola, Fla. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, in Pensacola, Fla. Photo: Butch Dill, AP Central American migrants, part of the caravan hoping to reach the U.S. border, get a ride on a truck in Donaji, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. The migrants had already made a grueling 40-mile (65-kilometer) trek from Juchitan, Oaxaca, on Thursday, after they failed to get the bus transportation they had hoped for. But hitching rides allowed them to get to Donaji early, and some headed on to a town even further north, Sayula. less Central American migrants, part of the caravan hoping to reach the U.S. border, get a ride on a truck in Donaji, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. The … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s fabrications on Medicare, immigrants
When my mother prayed - when she remembered what prayer was - she asked every saint to please let her die in her sleep. In late 2016, my mom died that way, in her own bed, one week past her 101st birthday. One of my sisters and I were curled around her, asleep ourselves.My mom's death was perfect, and hospice helped. But her dementia made enrolling her and keeping her in hospice nearly impossible. She died during her second stint in hospice.The year she died, I had reached out to a hospice and palliative-care agency because my mom seemed to be heading downhill fast.A gerontologist had diagnosed my mom with late-stage dementia and encouraged us to place her in nursing care. My mom needed help with dressing and using the bathroom. She wasn't bedridden, but bone-crunching osteoarthritis and worsening cognitive issues kept her marooned in a chair. She could feed herself once a plate of food was set in front of her. She spoke, but not a lot, unless she was in full-blown agitation.By then, … [Read more...] about At 100, my mom had dementia and needed hospice care. Getting it was nearly impossible.
A group of cancer doctors focused on bringing down the cost of treatments by testing whether lower - and cheaper - doses are effective thought they had found a prime candidate in a blood cancer drug called Imbruvica that typically costs $148,000 a year.The science behind Imbruvica suggested that it could work at lower doses, and early clinical evidence indicated that patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia might do just as well on one or two pills a day after completing an initial round of treatment at three pills per day.The researchers at the Value in Cancer Care Consortium, a nonprofit focused on cutting treatment costs for some of the most expensive drugs, set out to test whether the lower dose was just as effective - and could save patients money.Then they learned of a new pricing strategy by Janssen and Pharmacyclics, the companies that sell Imbruvica through a partnership. Within the next three months, the companies will stop making the original 140-milligram capsule, a … [Read more...] about Science hinted that cancer patients could take less of a $148,000-a-year drug. Its maker tripled the price of a pill.
It’s been a time-tested Democratic attack line: Republicans are going to take away your Medicare, or maybe your Social Security. We gave a variant of the line our 2011 Lie of the Year.Now the talking point has re-emerged, in a March 29 tweet, from Oregon’s Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee:"#TrumpTax was only the beginning. After giving massive tax giveaways to wealthy & powerful shareholders, Republicans in Congress are plotting to take away Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security."In reality, the notion that congressional Republicans are scheming to "take away" Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security is inaccurate.🚨 #TrumpTax was only the beginning. After giving massive tax giveaways to wealthy & powerful shareholders, Republicans in Congress are plotting to take away Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.https://t.co/9YTuAYnOWw— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) March 29, 2018The Democratic news releaseThe first piece of evidence … [Read more...] about PolitiFact: Do Republicans in Congress want to take away Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid?