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    Apple Logos Go Red for World AIDS Day Fundraising

Apple Logos Go Red for World AIDS Day Fundraising

Apple’s famous fruit-themed logo got a bit of an update on Monday as signs all over the world lit up red in commemoration of World AIDS Day. In addition to making a rare change to the logo, the tech giant is donating a portion of proceeds from certain apps to charity as part of their two-pronged observation of the day. As one of the world’s largest technology companies, Apple’s support

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    The Politics of AIDS

The Politics of AIDS

World AIDS Day is a day of remembrance and hope for the continued fight against HIV. While it should be primarily a matter of health, HIV has more often been a political cause, at times supported and ignored by activists and politicians. While the disease can be treated more easily today, there are still reasons why progress cannot be slowed or even stopped. There are still people who do not

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    Families Suffer the Casualties of War

Families Suffer the Casualties of War

For Investors in the Military Industrial Complex wars are good business. For the rest of us they are an unwinnable conflict from which comes nothing that is positive. Loved ones are lost or injured; billions of dollars which could be helping our nation’s people are thrown away. As our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters or spouses return home, we realize that the war never left them. Those men and women who

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    Obesity is not a Disease

Obesity is not a Disease

Although the subject has slipped from the front page of the news, the fact that America is the most overweight country in the world continues to be a fact. Discussions on the news shows has become infrequent, and maybe that’s appropriate. The reasons given for our country’s weight gain were varied; few of them accurate. The worst of the all was when one doctor called obesity a disease. It is

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    Mandatory Ebola Quarantines a Bad Decision

Mandatory Ebola Quarantines a Bad Decision

Panic about the Ebola virus is at an all time high as state governments on the East Coast have instituted mandatory quarantines for travelers who have been to affected countries. New York and New Jersey have been in the spotlight for their quarantine measures, which have led to one unaffected person being quarantined despite no symptoms of the disease. Epidemiologist Kaci Hickox was quarantined in New Jersey after working to

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    6 Things More Deadly Than Ebola

6 Things More Deadly Than Ebola

Panic is the order of the day as news outlets all over the world report on the outbreak of Ebola that has claimed more than 4,000 lives. The virus has also hit the United States with confirmed cases in Texas and now New York, increasing fears that a catastrophe like that being seen in some African nations will arrive in the country. While the news media has only helped escalate

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    Marijuana and the NFL

Marijuana and the NFL

The game itself has become greater than anyone could have predicted 50 years ago. It has hundreds of millions of fans, including those in other countries. More money is generated by professional football than any other sport. However, many of the league’s policies are antiquated, including the subject of marijuana and the NFL. There is an unofficial estimate that although marijuana is banned by the league, 50 percent of players

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    Republicans Unhappy With New ‘Ebola Czar’

Republicans Unhappy With New ‘Ebola Czar’

President Obama appointed Ron Klain as the new “Ebola czar” after repeated calls to do so from Republicans who are unhappy with the administration’s response to the disease. Now that the deed is done, however, they are still dissatisfied, calling into question how effective Klain can be without previous public health experience. The fact of the matter is that the GOP are contributing to mass hysteria by disseminating misinformation and

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    Rand Paul: Ebola Not AIDS

Rand Paul: Ebola Not AIDS

Most people seem pretty clear about what Ebola is, except for one Republican senator. According to comments he has made recently, Rand Paul has discovered that Ebola is not AIDS. The possible 206 contender told a group of university students that Ebola can travel up to three feet to infect someone and that the government’s information on the disease was incorrect. In fact, Paul has been talking to many people

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    Ebola: We Want the Truth

Ebola: We Want the Truth

The Ebola crisis in the United States is growing, while the trust of the American people is waning. Does our government, which includes the CDC, believe we can’t handle the truth? When the information we are given every day changes with the wind, we have a right to demand this about Ebola; we want the truth. Before Thomas Duncan arrived in Dallas, and was eventually isolated in Texas Health Presbyterian

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