A self-imposed separation beats a forced divorce

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Years ago, every Thursday morning, I would wake up well before dawn to attend a business networking group.

This wasn’t your typical, referral for referral, you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours type group, we dug deep, and shared our experiences.

Members across industries and disciplines freely provided insight into marketing, hiring, training, and other aspects business related.

The tips were great, the presentations were even better.

“Have you thought about dying?”

One group member, an estate planner, loved to open up conversations with new clients in a unique way. “Have you thought about dying”, he would often ask? After an uncomfortable silence, awkward laugh, or an astonished look, he would quickly add: “If you don’t have a plan, I can assure you, the government has one for you.” …


Are your days dragging on or flying by?

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In his famous thought experiment, a 16-year-old Albert Einstein imagined what it would be like to travel as fast as a beam of light. If he rode alongside, traveling at light speed, he wrote, “I should observe such a beam of light as an electromagnetic field at rest.” For the observer, in this case Einstein, time itself would slow down. This, among other thoughts, would lead Einstein to theorize about how time is relative. Time and speed have an inverse relationship — should you find yourself approaching the speed of light, you’ll note that time slows down.

For those of us clocking our days at a human pace on planet Earth, time is constant. Seconds tick by at the same rate for an American as they do for an Australian — or for an accountant in an office building as they do an angler on the ocean. Time slows down only for astronauts in low earth orbit, no one else. …


The standard bearer for traitors may finally find reprieve

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When looking up synonyms for the word, traitor, you will come across the names of two men; Judas and Benedict Arnold.

Two people, in a sea of words describing what it means to betray, defect, or stab someone in the back.

According to all four gospels, Judas betrayed Jesus to the Sanhedrin by kissing him and addressing him as “rabbi”, to reveal his identity to the crowd who had come to arrest him.

For those unfamiliar, Benedict Arnold was an officer in the American Continental Army (1775–1780) during our war for independence, who betrayed his country to join the British forces. …


Failure will set the stage for someone far worse than Trump

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Voters are fed up, a sentiment neither novel nor earth shattering, I know.

Contrary to popular belief however, Trump wasn’t elected by extremists alone; nor was his presidency simply a backlash to our first black president, Barack Obama.

No, it’s far more complicated than that. Most things usually are.

Sure, we can argue for another four years why America elected Trump, suffice it to say, many got exactly what they voted for. Those looking to upend a government, long deemed a failure, were more than happy to burn the house down. …


Your mornings will dictate your days and nights

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Hormones are powerful things. So powerful in fact they can sum up emotions and behavior; “I’m feeling hormonal today” or, “Looks like Roid rage to me”.

Some of the most potent drugs used to treat a variety of conditions, are in fact synthetic hormones. Steroids, insulin injections, or “the pill”, are used for inflammation and infection, diabetes, as well as birth control respectively.

The first hormone therapy was attempted by an eccentric, Franco-American Physiologist named Charles Brown-Séquard. …


And yes, it can always get worse

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A sudden, violent, illegal seizure of power; that’s the textbook definition of a coup, or coup d’etat. The French saying, which translates to English as, “a state stroke” or rebellion, pretty much sums up the attempt to thwart Congress from confirming the election for Joe Biden.

Call it what you will; an attempted coup, insurrection, treason, or terrorism, it certainly bears the hallmarks of all four.

How did it come to this?

Let’s start with the day in question, then back track slightly. Here’s a run down from the events of January 6th, the words and actions which led to subverting the popular will of the American people, in a failed attempt to seize power. …


Lose weight, make money, and find love the easy way

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Many people, and who could blame them, have sworn off making any resolutions this year. We made a few last year, and well, we all know how that turned out.

Before we begin though, I’d like to congratulate you on making it through 2020. Happy new year! It was challenging to say the least, and for that you deserve recognition and well wishes.

Now, let’s make, or break some resolutions already.

New year resolution typically fall into three categories; health, wealth, and love. As a healthcare professional myself, I’m a little biased on the importance of the first, but I can relate to the other two all too well. When it comes to health, we resolve to lose weight, improve our eating habits, or as anyone who’s walked into a gym on January 2nd knows all too well, exercise more. …


Internship, Boston University, and waiting tables

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The conventional narrative would have you believe, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, was an inexperienced, political novice, who mysteriously landed a seat in Congress.

Every major media outlet loves to perpetuate this narrative, referring to her as a bartender, a waitress, or a housekeeper, all of which are jobs she’s held, sure. This simplistic, one sided approach, whether nefarious in nature or done for ratings, is only a small part of the story.

Here are a few historical points the media seems reluctant to share. While in college, Cortez interned for U.S Senator Ted Kennedy, in both immigrant issues and foreign relations. Yes, that Kennedy, brother of President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Bobby Kennedy, lion of the Senate, Massachusetts’ Ted Kennedy. Where was she attending college while interning for Mr. Kennedy you might ask; Boston University. …


Can we make life a little easier for everyone?

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Whether by choice or circumstance, it’s a question posed to everyone; and inevitably, at some point, we will all have to answer for.

Typically debated prior to entering a trade school, or college studies, the question is this: What would you like to do with the rest of your adult life in contribution to society; more simply, what would you like to be when you grow up?

It just might be the most difficult thing any high school student, or young adult has to do. Even though, of late, it’s become much easier to change professions or even have multiple careers. …


Injecting doubt since Smallpox and Polio

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Science saves, plain and simple. Science saves time, science saves energy, and above all, science saves lives. Scientific advancements have led to a vast array of efficiencies, improvements in energy production and usage, travel, as well as countless medical breakthroughs.

One reason for this has to do with clinical trials. Typically, a clinical trial begins with animals. Provided the study shows efficacy and the animals do well, only then will researchers move on to people. Beginning with small groups, researchers increase trial participants until a well representative portion of the population is studied.

Science also requires peer review. In this process, researchers and scientists evaluate each others work, ensuring studies are proper, ethical, and can benefit humanity at large. This dance is typically done in and through a variety of scientific journals and publications, with researchers submitting trials and findings for the broader community to evaluate, study, and in some cases attempt to reproduce or refute. …

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Bashar Salame

Restoring Health — Enhancing Life Elemental * Ascent * Writing CoOp * http://basharsalame.com/ 1 book / 2 screenplays / Beirut →Detroit

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