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I think it's pretty safe to say that we have a mostly male audience.  I want to take a quick moment to run something of a public service announcement below the fold for the site that is especially geared towards our readership. 

I will be away from the site for the next two days because I am off to the funeral of my wonderful aunt Rosie, who lost her battle with cancer this past Wednesday.  Rosie was a wonderfully happy woman with a thick Minnesotan accent and no matter what crazy thing I and my cousins did (and there were many) she was there to comfort/scold/encourage us.

As the proud papa of two lovely young girls, and as the husband and brother of women who have breast cancer in their family tree, I ask all of you to urge the women in your life to get regular breast cancer check-ups.  Tell them to feel their boobies

I also urge you to head on over to the American Cancer Society to find out what you can do to help eliminate this awful disease. 

Also, as a quick semi-political aside, and as some advice from the husband of a hospice nurse, there is no such thing as an Obamacare Death Panel.  No matter what you think about the health care debate, end-of-life care and planning is an essential part of any health care system and I would bet large sums of money that your current health insurance provider allows for this sort of care.  I know mine does.  That's right, Blue Cross/Blue Shield loves grandma-killing death panels. 

One of the great tragedies of our modern health care system is that end-of-life care is needlessly complicated in terms of insurance and coverage.  Our current public system requires that dying patients be admitted to a hospital for three days before Medicare coverage will allow them to transfer to hospice.  As you can imagine, this can cause quite a problem for those diagnosed with terminal cancer.  End-of-life care is something that 100%, absolutely has to be planned for.  No matter how old you are, you should have a living will and a clear idea of how you want to be treated should your health suddenly go in an unexpected direction. 

That is all.  I'll be back later this weekend.