Christopher Saving a Life

(NOTE: this is a repost from March 22, 2013 at 8:30am from widowedvillage.org)

Christopher, my youngest son, was six-years-old when we lost his father to bone marrow transplant complications. He turned 20 in January, and is a sophomore in college.

Last year there was a bone marrow drive at Lehigh University for the National Marrow Donor Program. Chris joined the registry at that time. In December we got a phone call from the registry that he was a potential match. He had further testing and he was a match for a 46-year-old woman.

He donated stem cells last month on February 7. Chris had Neupogen injections for 5 days prior. His blood was taken out of one arm, run through a machine filter which removed stem cells (and apparently a lot of platelets), and then it was returned via his other arm. It took about 5 hours.

By 2 o’clock they had finished the stem cell harvest. A courier arrived who put it in a cooler and took it to be delivered to the recipient. I don’t know the volume of what was taken but it seemed to be a lot to me. It was certainly more than the pint that one might give when one donates blood.

Chris did very well. He felt well enough to go back to campus, and we dropped him off shortly after 5.

Chris is my hero.

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“It’s Cronyism, Stupid…”

Oh, wait that isn’t what James Carville said.

But it is true. Cronyism is at the root of all that is wrong with our society.

It is cronyism that creates an electoral system controlled by unelected bureaucrats. Both the DNC and RNC have produced candidates who, if it weren’t for their powerful crony supporters (whether it be the DNC itself or the Fox “News” political action committee) would not be the choices presented to the American public.

Cronyism results in political and economic tyranny.

Cronyism creates an environment where freedom and  human individuality are frowned upon. Individual rights and liberty are squashed by cronyism.

Cronyism is corrupted capitalism.

Cronyism creates a collectivism that thrives in the form of hyper-nationalism and socialism. It loves to whip the masses into a socialist or nationalistic frenzy to further the goals of elite power.

Cronyism attempts the control the masses using fear. It discourages free thought and self education. While creating the illusion of choice, it controls what those choices are “for the good of society.” The only thing cronyism is interested in is its own power structures remaining intact.

And don’t be deceived – both major parties collude together to maintain their power. Coke or Pepsi?

Three out of five Americans want to see a third-party candidate at the debates. The undecided voter deserves to see all of the options on the debate stage. However, through the manipulation of the polls by minimizing the impact of voters under the age of 35, or restricting valid replies to those who already belong to either major political party, the appearance of lack of interest in third party candidates was created by the bi-partisan (NOT non-partisan) Commission for Presidential Debates.

 

New York’s New Voting System – Privacy is Now History

I went to vote in the primary today, and tried out the new voting system.

Basically how it works is you get a paper ballot, fill in circles (think standardized testing in high school), carry it to a computer, and slide it into a slot, where it is read.

Friends, voting privacy is now history in Suffolk County, New York.

I was sent to a special desk to fill out the form. While there were side barriers, there was nothing on the top – and the public school where I vote has security cameras, as do most libraries and other public places where voting takes place. This was not a voting “booth” at all.

I then carried my ballot to the voting machine in the “privacy sleeve,” a piece of cardboard folded around the paper ballot. I slid it into the machine, and it “misfed.” So it popped back out, so that the election official and the random man standing behind me could see exactly who I voted for. The election official commented that this had occurred regularly throughout the day.

My undergrad degree is in computer science, and I am typically a huge fan of technology – where it makes sense. However, there were never any problems with the New York lever-style voting machines. The system wasn’t broken. Plus this new system is a huge waste of paper. The ballots were on large sheets of paper – legal size or more.

Apparently some government official felt that we weren’t spending enough taxpayer money.

This may be the “Facebook” generation, but I, for one, would prefer that the contents of my vote be protected.

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