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COMMENT: Kuhn, Rob (MC1973) thinks the endnote is pointless, inaccurate, whining


RE: ENDNOTE: Putting the “goof” in Gooferment

Sun, Oct 14, 4:30 AM (1 day ago)

What? Not the responsibility of the engineers who created and manage the database – most likely non-Governmental vendors? How is blaming “the government” different from blaming the Catholic RELIGION for the actions of bad priests? Whether you’re criticizing incompetence or evil, it’s not accurate to characterize an organization as ONE thing unless you can indict — or applaud — every single member. Otherwise it’s pointless – and I repeat, inaccurate – whining.

Kuhn, Rob (MC1973)

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[JR: Three quick points: (1) The Government, with its self-assumed monopoly of force, is corrupt and unable to get out of its own way.  (2) Sure there is an obvious problem in the system design, but the lack of an over-ride or appeal is just as stupid. AND (3) I blame BOTH the politicians and bureaucrats in Gooferment for all its abuses AS WELL AS the entire Church and hierarchy for their crimes and cover ups. Do I have to indict every single participant in order to indict an organization? I think not. Pointless? Possibly but at least I can continue to expose the farce that we are facing! Inaccurate? Not! Whining? Probably since the problem appears to be unfixable. Thanks for the email and reading my rant.]

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JEMAIL: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) on his “endnote”


Endnote looks great John! :) Let’s see if we get any good further thoughts on it from MC folks on your list!

There’s another element to the 60s antiwar movement that we don’t have today: The Draft. Sad to say, but the self-interest element likely had a lot to do with antiwar demonstrations/activisms back then. If my memory is correct of the times, the draft lottery took a LOT of steam out of the movement as about 1/2 of “the boys” were able to pretty much stop worrying about being drafted and could just go back to getting stoned ‘n lazing about with their gals. (Not that there was much “getting stoned” back in those 1970-era MC days: I remember my RA roommate Timothy seeking people who knew what pot smelled like so he could patrol his floor sniffing for pot fumes. LOL! Today they’d probably ignore the pot because “Pot Smoke was created by God and was good for us!” while searching out the Evil Tobacco Smokers because “Tobacco Smoke was created by Satan and will kill all of us!”)

– Michael

McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

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[JR: I’m sure that’s one reason “the Draft” was eliminated.  That and it took the pressure of the politicians and bureaucrats. Charlie Rangel keeps reintroducing it — and while I rarely agree with him — it would be a way of curtailing the “American Empire” and the neocon / Military Industrial Complex from being in “eternal warfare”.  Give DJT45 credit, if peace and be achieve in Korea, then we should bring the troops home from there once and for all time.  That’s what I’d like to see.]

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ENDNOTE: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) on the antiwar movement


What happened to the antiwar movement in America?

This question previously had details. They are now in a comment.

Michael J. McFadden
Michael J. McFadden, Neither a Conservative nor a Liberal: just a Radical.

Answered 4h ago

I think the problem faced by peace advocates in the US today is at least partly due to the complexity of the issues. Most peace proponents are not absolutist. Many would sanction a military action against Adolf Hitler for example. (Note I said “most.” There are a good number of Gandhian / Quaker / Mennonite and other philosophical / religious-based pacifists who hold that taking another’s life in ANY war cannot be sanctioned.)

But most of those who joined the US antiwar movement in the 1960s/70s were coming from a motivation based on stopping an all-out nuclear war and on stopping what was seen as an All Powerful US Military attacking a small group of almost defenseless idealistic peasants on bicycles on the other side of the planet just because, well, maybe there was oil there plus there were Communists plus we liked showing off and practicing with our military toys.

NOTE: I am not saying the above was the reality, but it was the vision and belief that drove a great deal of the US antiwar movement of that period. It seemed clear, and simple, and morally indisputable to most of those involved in the movement at that time.

The issues today are a LOT more complex and confusing: Assad’s a ruthless dictator. ISIS is a mad religious fundamentalist group that will whip and execute people for drinking, or smoking, or having fun between the sheets if you’re not properly heterosexually married… and then head out for some fun and bombing. The Turks have been strong US allies. But they want to kill all the Kurds for what appears to be no good reason (though I’m sure they could argue there are good reasons.) There are two or three other factions all intent on killing each other. And then there’s Russia. ::sigh:: It’s all just too confusing for any good politically based peace-antiwar movement, and the pure nonviolent religiously-flavored idealists who simply oppose ALL war are just not strong enough to make themselves heard.

In any event… that’s my analysis. It’s not a very well-educated analysis: my time has been stolen from the peace movement by the Antismokers and I’m just not enough of a Renaissance Man to really follow everything and still stay competent where I think I’m most needed.

MJM, Peace Studies Graduate, Manhattan College, 1973

McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

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I think the problem is that, other than the religious objection, the “anti-war” movement was an astroturf Democratic assault on Richard Nixon. As soon as he was deposed, and the way cleared for a Democratic landslide, it — the “liberal” leftist socialists — had not further need of it. And, it wanted to pick the targets for war and get all the military industrial complex money. Maybe I’m cynical but there was no authentic anti-war movement.

P.S., Sadam had chemical weapons because the USA sold them to him in the 70’s. But that was just an excuse to funnel more money into the “war machine”.

As the song said: “When will we ever learn”.

I’m an injineer and fighting a war should ABSOLUTELY be the very last resort. Congress ceded the war making power unconstitutionally to the executive. The Dead Old White Guys knew how dangerous a standing army was to liberty; hence their two year limit on the army, but not the navy. Time to go back to their blueprint. Good bye FBI, TSA, BATF, FDA, etc. etc. — which they would have called “standing armies”.

Argh! How stupid are “We, The Sheeple” due to Gooferment Skrules?

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JEMAIL: Kuhn, Rob (MC1973) found a featuring of Jones, Lou [MC1954 RIP]


Hi John …

Please see the attached photo – which I’ve had for a few weeks.

It is part of an exhibit at the New Rochelle Library. The entire exhibit is a set of photographs in the lobby, and I am not certain how long it will be there. If anyone is interested, they could just call the library.

The photo features Lou Jones and cites him as a gold medalist athlete, educator and county official. He would have attended Manhattan in the early 1950s. Later he worked there (until 1974) as dean of student personnel – which would cross my time there, though I don’t recall Mr. Jones personally – unfortunately.

Hope you’re well.Thanks,
Rob Kuhn ’73

2018 02Feb 12 Lou Jones

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Kuhn, Rob (MC1973)

Jones, Lou [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,

I believe that Lou is a member of the Class of 1954,


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Jones, Lou [MC1954 RIP]

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JNEWS: Fenton, Dennis M. [MC1973] BoD Cirius Therapeutics



Cirius Therapeutics Expands Board of Directors with Appointment of Dennis M. Fenton
NEWS PROVIDED BY Cirius Therapeutics 08:00 ET

KALAMAZOO, Mich. and SAN DIEGO, Jan. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Cirius Therapeutics, a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing therapies to treat liver disease, announced today that Dennis Fenton, Ph.D., has been appointed to the company’s board of directors as an independent member.

“Having an industry veteran of Dennis’ caliber join our board adds considerable depth and breadth to our company’s stellar leadership team,” said Bob Baltera, chief executive officer of Cirius. “We expect Dennis’ wealth of industry expertise will be invaluable as we continue to advance our lead product candidate through a Phase 2b trial in NASH and plan for the next phase of growth.”

Dr. Fenton brings more than forty years of experience in biopharmaceutical drug development and commercialization to this position. During a 25-year tenure at Amgen, he served as executive vice president of operations and held numerous additional executive leadership roles in operations, process development, sales, marketing, research, engineering and manufacturing.

Since retiring from Amgen in 2008, Dr. Fenton has served as an independent biotechnology consultant and serves on several public and private company boards including Portola Pharmaceuticals, Pfenex, Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, Omniox, and Modern Meadow. Dr. Fenton previously served on the boards of directors of Kythera, Amira, Hospira, Dendreon Corp., Xenoport and Genzyme Corporation. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Keck Graduate Institute. Dr. Fenton received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Manhattan College and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Rutgers University.

“I look forward to working with the board and management team at Cirius,” said Dr. Fenton. “NASH is a critical disease affecting millions of people and I welcome the opportunity to help make a difference for these individuals.”

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Fenton, Dennis M. [MC1973] 

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JFOUND: Brunelli, Peter [MC1973] Founder Universal Medical Sys



Brunelli, Peter [MC????] 
Founder and President, Universal Medical Systems, Inc.

Peter Brunelli, Founded Universal Medical Systems, Inc., in 1981 and serves as President. Mr. Brunelli holds BS degree in Marketing & Finance from Manhattan College and an MBA from Iona College. He has over 30 years experience in ultrasound sales and service, and incorporated Universal Medical Systems in 1981. 

BS Manhattan College
MBA Iona College

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Dear John,

                      I believe that Peter is member of the class of 1973.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Brunelli, Peter [MC1973]

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JFOUND: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) on colonoscopies



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How do you cope with the terrifying prospect of a long tube being rammed up your butt by a doctor to look for problematic colon polyps or outright cancerous tumors? Is ad hoc aromatherapy or a smartphone movie useful for reducing anxiety?
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Michael J. McFadden, Have studied, analyzed, & written about hundreds of smoking-related medical studies. Answered Mon
You’ll be fast asleep. The last thing you’ll remember is lying on the table, and you’ll blink your eyes and find yourself sitting/reclining in the “recovery” area where a nice nurse will offer you some water and maybe a tasty cracker or two.
MJM, had three of ’em so far! (Colonoscopies, not nice nurses. Had four of them I think…)
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McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)
[JR: I feel strongly about this topic. My maternal Grandmother died and my Mom had a near miss with colon cancer. More qualified folks than I cited it’s the #2 cancer killer. And it’s completely curable when caught early. Parenthetically, I have read that it maybe completely avoidable by a plant based diet.  Because of the family history, I have been “religious” about getting my colonoscopies. My doc called me a “polyp farm” because of the numerous and fast growth of them that I am “blessed” with. Last time, I had to have one surgically removed — I believe that one was the type that was a killer. So, I urge all to not shirk this “easy” form of “preventative maintenance”. Because of family experience with anesthesia, I don’t take sedation. And, quite frankly, it’s more uncomfortable than painful. YMMV but get it done. I don’t like seeing obits.]  
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