Rob Shook: “Every year I prepare a list of things I think folks should do, get done, consider, or proactively decide not to do – not just let fall by the wayside. Here’s this year’s.”

☞ It’s in sections, well worth a look, and begins:

Finances and Identity

1. Get a copy of your credit reports from each of the three credit reporting agencies. You get one for free each year from each of them: know precisely where you stand. Don’t fall for their ploys to get you to subscribe to a (pretty worthless) “credit watch” service … although you may want to purchase a copy of your Fair, Isaac (FICO) score for a nominal fee from one of the agencies. If you opt for one of the “consolidated” reports (which you often must pay for), you’ll have to fight any inaccuracies only in writing. By getting the report directly from each of the agencies, you can dispute and resolve most problems on-line. While you’re at the reporting agency’s site, take time to opt-out from pre-approved credit offers (so a pre-approved application doesn’t land in your mailbox, waiting for someone to steal it … and your identity …).


From the Twin Cities City Pages. Speaks for itself:

Gay community apologizes to Amy Koch for ruining her marriage
By Kevin Hoffman

The gay and lesbian community of Minnesota has issued a letter of apology to recently resigned Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch for ruining the institution of marriage and causing her to stray from her husband and engage in an “inappropriate relationship.”

. . . “We apologize that our selfish requests to marry those we love have cheapened and degraded traditional marriage so much that we caused you to stray from your own holy union for something more cheap and tawdry.”

The letter comes on the heels of Koch’s own apology, released yesterday, in which she expressed her deep regret for “engaging in a relationship with a Senate staffer.” . . .

Koch [and her] fellow Republicans campaigned this year to put a constitutional amendment on next year’s ballot to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman, thus forbidding gay marriage. Sadly, the amendment comes too late to prevent Koch from straying from her own marriage. . . .


Guru: “They hired Rachel Humphrey today as chief medical officer. She came from Bristol Myers, the leading cancer company in the world (based on sales), where she worked on developing through FDA approval their immune therapy for melanoma called Yervoy. Before Bristol, she worked at Bayer on Nexavar, an approved drug for kidney and liver cancer with sales almost $1 billion, a drug with a mechanism that overlaps with MYG’s lead compound. Prior to Bristol, she was at the National Cancer Institute of the NIH. All in all, a very impressive hire. Of note, MYG has been running unblinded trials since last summer in prostate, lung, and gastric cancer. It is likely that Dr. Humphrey saw this data before agreeing to join MYG. I expect the rest of us will see the data later this year.”

☞ This is 30 cents, about where it was when first mentioned last April. It remains very thinly traded, so be sure to use limits if you buy any – and only with money you can truly afford to lose. I dream of a quintuple.


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