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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
6/5/2016 12:13:58 PM
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Re: 'tever
@vnewman: Zuck's just paying for it.  He's not going to medical school and doing the research himself or administering the vaccines or treatment himself.

I sincerely doubt Zuck (or anyone, for that matter) is "the one person" who can or will eradicate the world of disease.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
6/5/2016 12:12:23 PM
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@mhh: Most charities don't really need to exist, I daresay (esp. considering the percentage of the money they take in that actually goes to helping those in need).  Meanwhile, other important charities don't get so much press or publicity.  :/

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dlr5288
dlr5288
5/24/2016 3:49:10 PM
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Re: Facebook Exec Leaves
Thank you for the links! Very interesting. I too applaud her for finally taking the plunge and leaving to do what she believes is best for her. I also admire her for doing something, not based off of money, but because she feels it's the right thing to do.

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freehe
freehe
5/22/2016 7:54:24 PM
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Facebook Exec Leaves
This is great. If only all executives decided make the world better. I read an article that says she has been pondering this for the past decade. Great that she finally was able to accomplish her true passion. If everyone in the world performed this passion the world would be a better place. Kudos to her!

She is the CEO of the Anita Borg Insitute anitaborg.org

Here is a Ted talk she did on brain studies.

http://www.ted.com/talks /mary_lou_jepsen_could_future_devices_read_images_from_our_brains

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dlr5288
dlr5288
5/22/2016 6:09:28 PM
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Re: Life isn't All About Money
Ah I loved everything about this post! Great points and so true. I think sometimes people get so wrapped up in money and income that they don't realize the other important factors in life. It's important to be proud and happy with what you do and be good to others, regardless of the pay.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
5/19/2016 8:20:53 AM
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Life isn't All About Money
I think this is great, I wish she had received similar support from Facebook. Life isn't all about money, success isn't measured in dollars. You have to feel good about what you do, what you contribute. I made decent money as an operator of a Sonic Drive-In. But at the end of the day, I felt like I was just contributing to the obesity rates of this country. So I had to leave. Now, my "day job" (which is a night job) is to take care of at-risk teenagers. The pay is about half, but when I go home, I know that I'm making a difference. I feel better with myself, who I am, and the decisions I'm making in this life. That is far more important than money. Mary Lou is doing the same thing. I wish everyone would go that route. 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
5/12/2016 7:39:24 AM
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Re: 'tever
mhf1ve,

It's a long, complicated story. Back when doctors had fewer than 20 drugs that worked and most of what they knew how to do had been known since ancient times (i.e. down till almost 1900), being a medical doctor in the US was a trade more than a profession, with apprenticeships the norm. Medical-school trained doctors were felt to be superior but they were rare, and most of the "new tech" between the Civil War and WW1 was freely available to everyone, MD or not, and understandable (germ theory and its implications about scrubbing before surgery and debriding wounds, for example).

A series of scandals and uproars, many pretty horrible, propelled state medical societies into a situation where they could write rules -- which they did in a fashion that could best be described as "what every union dreams of." And for lucrative (and otherwise rewarding) professions, the first step is to make it harder to get into the club.

One of many reasons I support single-payer government insurance with the gloves off for negotiation.  Want a medical license? Go to a medical school that takes all qualified applicants, definition of qualified to be set by a board with a citizen majority. There's a psychological/religious component to medicine, and people will probably always insist on a higher level of qualification than is really needed, but realistically they should be compensated about like engineers or CPAs -- comfortable enough, but it should not be a license to print money, and there should be enough competition to force some of the profession to serve the economic margin.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
5/11/2016 3:57:48 PM
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Re: 'tever
I know @Joe...but you know it is the "teacher" in me I guess.

:)) 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
5/11/2016 2:59:02 PM
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Re: Meh.
> " let's send these kids some laptops!"

The OLPC project didn't even really need to exist, did it? We now have some laptops that cost less than $100 without any charity. It reminds me of the X Prize that challenged scientists to sequence genomes for less than $100... and then had to be canceled because technology had already brought the price down well below that. 

The OLPC devices were pretty "stripped down" devices, too. And now you can get a pretty decent tablet for $100 or less. I think India tried to produce a tablet for just a few dollars....

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vnewman
vnewman
5/11/2016 2:33:37 PM
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Re: 'tever
@Joe - it took me a minute to figure it out I must admit

But I digress - isn't it strange that she is leaving FB in order to do this when Zuck just dedicated billions to curing ALL diseases by the end of century?  I mean, doesn't it make sense to stay under the auspiciousness that is Zuckerberg who is the one person who could maybe single-handedly make it happen???  

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