GWJ RL #9: A modern miracle, pigs — the original 401k plan, & 2 careers are better than 1

Jordan Thibodeau
Jul 23, 2017 · 4 min read

Hey Tribe,

I hope y’all had a great week.

Every time I read or watch the news, all I hear about is our nation’s current political drama. The more you listen to it, you think the entire world is collapsing. However, this drama is burying a story that should be front page news.

FDA just approved a new miracle immunotherapy drug to treat leukemia. Children that were unresponsive to standard chemo treatments are eligible for the drug. Of those who used it, 83% of them went into remission.

I first came across the power of immunotherapy when my father was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. The doctor said he only had a few weeks to live. But luckily he was a candidate for a new immunotherapy drug. After using the drug, he’s now in remission and has been healthy for a year and a half.

We lose 7.6 million people a year to cancer. We all know someone living with cancer and we saw the ravaging effects it had on them and those they love. Now, we are on the cusp of wiping out this disease. It’s truly a great time to be alive.

After seeing first hand the power immunotherapy has to save lives, I’m incredibly optimistic about our future. Over the next few years, cancer will go from a death sentence to a curable disease.

Most of our political discourse focuses on inequality in terms of wealth, but with so many breakthroughs happening each day, inequality of wealth pales in comparison to the inequality of time. For those of us lucky enough to be born during this golden age of tech, we are blessed to share in the fruits of societies technological breakthroughs. As crazy as it sounds, my dad was lucky to be diagnosed with cancer last year, but what about all of those who were diagnosed with cancer before him? What if my mother was diagnosed with cancer 15 years later in life? Would she still be here today?

We must focus our political debate on how we can make it easier and faster for these life-saving breakthroughs to make it to market so that we can level the inequality of time gap.

Always focus on the good stuff that’s going on this world, ignore the negative news cycle. As the song goes, “The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades.”

Always Be Learning,



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Why You Should Have (at Least) Two Careers (Reading Time: 7 Minutes)

“My corporate job paycheck subsidizes my record producing career. With no track record as a producer, nobody was going to pay me to produce his or her music, and it wasn’t money that motivated me to become a producer in the first place — it was my passion for jazz and classical music. Therefore, I volunteered so that I could gain experience in this new industry. “

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FDA Advisers Endorse Genetically Engineered Immunotherapy For Cancer : Shots — Health News : NPR (Reading Time: 5 Minutes)

“In the main study that the company submitted as evidence in seeking FDA approval, doctors at 25 sites in 11 countries administered the treatment to 88 patients. The patients, ages 3 to 23, had failed standard treatment or experienced relapses and failed to respond to follow-up standard treatment. CTL019 produced remissions in 83 percent of patients, the company told the committee.”

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Thousands of pigs roamed the streets of New York City in the 1800s, until gentrification drove them away. — Quartz (Reading Time: 12 Minutes)

“For their owners, pigs offered economic security, but there were plenty of reasons to oppose the free-running pig custom. Wandering hogs spooked horses, caused carriage accidents, tripped pedestrians, and blocked traffic. Constant rooting destroyed street pavement. In a major anti-hog court case of the time, the prosecution charged pigs with attacking children, defecating on people, and “compelling” ladies “to view swine copulating in public view.” Pigs made the streets seem dirty, of course, but also diseased, catching the blame for the city’s frequent and lethal spates of cholera (mostly unfairly, it turned out). More banal maladies like headaches were pinned on pigs too.

For decades, pigs stained New York’s image. Many visitors besides Dickens ridiculed New York’s porkers. Tour guide books of the time offered tips to would-be visitors of where to avoid the pigs. Even other Americans looked down on New York since, thanks to tougher enforcement, cleaner streets, and dramatically smaller and slower-growing populations, other American cities were pretty pig-free (with the notable exception of Pittsburgh).”

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