Drug Manufacturers Raise Prices On 204 Additional Brand Drugs Since January 2nd

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FAYETTEVILLE, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, January 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The pharmaceutical industry continues to increase the price of brand name drugs in January. After raising prices on 381 brands January 1st, with an average price increase of 4.5%, manufacturers have raised the price on 204 additional brand drugs through January 21st averaging 4.9%.

After January 1st, most price increases occurred on January 15th raising prices on 65 brands with an average increase of 4.9%. Price increases included 1.5% for Bavencio and Cerezume, which are used for cancer treatment and Type I Gaucher disease, respectively. The highest price increase was 9.0% for both Tecturna and Tecturna HCT, which are used to control high blood pressure. The third busiest day thus far for price increases was January 6th where 32 brands took price increases averaging 6.0%.

Other notable drugs taking price increases include Invokana, an oral diabetes medicine, at 4.8%, Rexulti, an antipsychotic medication, at 7.0%, and Xarelto, used to treat blood clots, up 4.8%. These three drugs took price increases on January 15th.

It is not out of the ordinary for manufacturers to continue to delay raising prices until later in January. DMD America will provide updates weekly through the end of the month. For more information on drug price increases, you can find our press releases on EIN Presswire Newsroom here: https://bit.ly/2Nkr0N7.

It is important to note we used, for this analysis, the Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC), a list price, that is set by the drug manufacturer without taking into account rebates, insurance, and other discounts that may be available.

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Wisconsin Board Rejects Effort to Open Up 2021 Wolf Hunting Season

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Today, Animal Wellness Action issued a statement in response to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Board rejecting a reckless February trophy hunt.

Wolves have dodged a bullet today, but the battle to retain essential protections for wolves is far from over.”

— Scott Edwards

MADISON, WISCONSIN, UNITED STATES, January 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Today, Scott Edwards, general counsel of Animal Wellness Action, issued the following statement in response to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Board narrowly rejecting an unprecedented and reckless February trophy hunt and commercial trapping season for wolves. The effort was mounted by Republican state lawmakers in response to a November 3rd Trump Administration action removing wolves from the list of threatened and endangered species.

AWA and a raft of other organizations have promised to challenge the premature and unwarranted removal in federal court. AWA and other groups and citizens also filed objections with the Board prior to the hearing.

Below is the statement from Mr. Edwards:

“This maneuver by legislators to open a trophy hunting season in February is one more reason why the federal courts have been right to reject delisting of endangered wolves on multiple occasions. The state has been reckless in buckling to pressure and allowing the mass killing of wolves, often by particularly inhumane means. Wolves have dodged a bullet today, but the battle to retain essential protections for wolves is far from over.”

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Post Covid-19 Workforce Development Strategies: Implications for local economic recovery

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We must invest in local nonprofit organizations focused on providing youth with the necessary training to be competitive in the tight workforce marketplace.

BRONX, NY, UNITED STATES, January 22, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Think Tank at The Thinkubator under the leadership of Dr. Lessie Branch released a policy brief on post Covid-19 workforce development strategies. The report explores the devastating impact Covid-19 has on unemployment and explores strategies that will aid in the economic recovery of communities like the Bronx. The report explores work-based learning programs and innovations crafted by HERE To HERE and The Thinkubator local nonprofit organizations that connect youth to training and employment.

Post Covid-19 will require government intervention that invest in communities and support training programs that directly connect youth to employment and/or educational opportunities. We must invest in local nonprofit organizations focused on providing youth with the necessary training to be competitive in the workforce marketplace. “Our recovery will be predicated on our ability to garner financial resources to invest in workforce training and retooling programs that directly connect program participants to employers and employment” says Dr. Edward Summers, President and CEO, The Thinkubator. Workforce development organizations such as CareerWise New York and The Thinkubator work-based learning programs are critical to skills development and the connection to employment.

The Think Tank at The Thinkubator puts forth five policy prescriptions that must be examined: 1) Increase resource capacity of Bronx nonprofits; 2) Targeted Universalism: Consider Race and Gender Vulnerabilities in the Policy Response; 3) Modify Public Works Projects for the Bronx Community; 4) Broadband for All; and 5) Align Direct Partnership between Nonprofits and Sector’s Rehiring. Dr. Lessie Branch, Director of The Think Tank states “"Universal policy solutions do not go far enough to the margins to provide benefits for individuals at the margins. Targeted universalism is a justice oriented policy framework that acknowledges rather than ignores our connection to one another and that we are not all similarly situated."

More about The Think Tank at The Thinkubator:

The Think Tank at The Thinkubator, launched by Dr. Lessie Branch, Associate Professor of Business at Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY), serves as a hub for rigorous academic, scholarly, and professional research that supports the documentation and evaluation of The Thinkubator activities, seeks to understand The Bronx as a contested, complex urban form, and addresses narratives of marginalized – Black, Brown, Female, and low-income communities. The Think Tank conducts research and analysis, provides youth with a platform to conduct and produce research, and produces policy briefs and reports for public discourse.

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The Thinkubator exists to train, educate, and connect Bronx youth to work-based learning experiences, employment, and educational opportunities. Youth are connected to businesses, nonprofits, elected officials, and government to partake in our US democracy and impact change. We seek to prepare diverse, low-income youth from the Bronx to succeed in the workplace and the world. The Thinkubator aspires to a world where young people from the Bronx are trained, educated, and powered to bring their voice to business, organizational, societal, and world challenges.

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New book explores systemic, non-partisan and largely unchecked origins of Trumpism

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TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, January 21, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — With the inauguration of President Biden, Trump’s presidency is over. But according to journalist and author William Boardman, the United States still faces the harsh realities of American exceptionalism that made Trump’s rise possible and culminated with a twice-impeached president and a Capitol overrun by storm Trumpers.

William Boardman, author of EXCEPTIONAL: American Exceptionalism Takes Its Toll, says, “the problems of American exceptionalism are systemic, not partisan, and they continue largely unchecked.”

His latest book, available directly from Yorkland Publishing, addresses America’s self-justified assaults on voting rights, immigrants, black lives, other nations, and even the country’s own Constitution.

EXCEPTIONAL, a selected anthology of Boardman’s essays, explores the deep popular denial that allowed Trump to take power by exploiting fissures in American culture. As Boardman says, “Trump may be gone, but the fissures remain, as robust and as dangerous as ever.“
The essays, along with accompanying updates, appear chronologically in each of the book’s seven sections:

• Voting vs. Elections. This is fundamental to everything else. There is an innate tension in our electoral system. There are those who believe in letting everyone vote. And there are those who prefer to game the system by legalizing gerrymandering (for example) to get the right election results.

• America Loses Altitude. America has been losing altitude for a long, long time. Boardman describes this decline as bi-partisan, but driven by the long march of right-wing ideologues since Goldwater/Nixon. The state of the nation is illustrated by the rise of the American police state and the reduction of the Supreme Court to little more than an integrity-free committee to defend the interests of the rich and powerful.

• Coming to America. This chronicles some of the ways a “nation of immigrants” has come to act as if it hates itself. It begins with maltreatment of Dreamers and children at the border in 2013-14. It covers the police-state terrorism of ICE. The section ends with Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, an articulate Democrat who should be celebrated as one of the first Muslim women in Congress, but who is instead subjected to bi-partisan calumny and death threats to which her party responds timorously.

• Black in America. It’s not easy. Some examples.

• America Saves the World. From Afghanistan around the world to Afghanistan still, American salvation comes at a steep price. The examples are Orwellian, “like a boot stomping on a human face – forever.” Yemen is the worst, perhaps.

• Radiation and Fossil Fools. The nuclear world is inherently dangerous, expensive and profitable (for a few). So is the carbon world. Will enough leaders figure out how to exploit the future in time to preserve it in livable form?

• Impeachment is Easy, Removal is Hard. This is the Trump-centric section.

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Governor Cuomo Tweaking Mobile Sports Betting Legalization in New York

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New York Mobile Betting Legalization

Governor Cuomo wants to bring mobile sports betting to the state of New York in the near future.

Mobile sports betting in New York if done a certain way provides hope for the horse racing industry, who certainly could use help too.”

— Senator Addabbo

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, January 21, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Governor Cuomo’s stance on the state of legal New York sports betting has been constantly evolving. Governor Cuomo wants to bring mobile sports betting to the state of New York in the near future.

New York’s economy was devastated during the COVID pandemic, so sports betting wasn’t on Cuomo’s mind for an extensive period of time. However, Governor Cuomo has begun discussing legal sports betting legislation once again and opened several online sports betting sites which is a positive sign for bettors in the state.

New York Sports Betting Update

Retail sports betting was legalized in New York in 2019. However, this isn’t a widespread industry, so retail books aren’t accessible to all bettors in New York. Following the legalization of New York retail sports betting, Governor Cuomo intended to legalize mobile sports wagering. Tax revenue from mobile sports betting would go towards the New York educational system.

Prior to the COVID pandemic, Governor Cuomo announced that New York mobile sports betting was a priority. Although, it was going to be a very limited system. Mobile sports betting would be run through the New York state lottery.

Legislators didn’t like the idea that the New York state lottery would be the state’s sole sports betting provider. Legislators thought that this plan was going to hurt the state’s chances of generating a substantial amount of tax revenue.

The next proposed plan was for a single outside operator to have a sports betting monopoly in the state. An example of a state that uses this approach is New Hampshire. DraftKings is the only legal sports betting platform that is available in the state.

The New York State Gaming Commission would’ve been the governing body over the single operator under this proposal. Industry experts believed that this was going to be the fate of New York sports betting. Nevertheless, Governor Cuomo has changed his position on the issue once again.

Mobile Sports Betting NY

Governor Cuomo gave his final State of the State Address for 2020 in early January 2021. In this speech, he discussed his proposed New York sports betting bill. He didn’t talk about the bill in great detail, but the post address press release had industry experts predicting what New York sports betting could look like in the relatively near future.

The press release stated that “Under Governor Cuomo’s proposal, the New York State Gaming Commission will issue a request for proposals to select one or more providers to offer mobile sports wagering in New York. This platform must have a partnership with at least one of the existing licensed commercial casinos. The Commission will also require any entity operating mobile wagering apps include safeguards against abuses and addiction.” The key phrase to look at in this paragraph is, “one or more providers.”

The last time the form of gambling was discussed, mobile sports betting was going to be limited to one provider. This press release shows that New York could welcome multiple providers into the state. This has bettors in New York very excited about the future. New York is the fourth largest state in the country, so the sports betting market has the potential to be immense.

When Will Mobile Sports Betting be Legal in New York?

It’s a positive sign that Governor Cuomo wants to allow multiple online sports betting sites access to the New York market. This is what most legislators in the state have been pushing for since retail sports betting was legalized. Governor Cuomo’s new proposal shows that he is willing to listen to the state legislators in both chambers.

This could still be a very long legislative process. It has been well over a year since New York legalized retail sports betting. This was a contested development so I wouldn’t expect anything different when online skins are discussed in the state government.

Online legislators acted quickly once the news broke from Governor Cuomo’s office. There was an identical bill that was proposed in the House of Representatives and Senate following the press release. Both these bills would allow up to 14 online skins in New York. The goal is to create as much tax revenue as possible. 14 skins would help the state’s education system and rejuvenate the economy following the COVID pandemic.

J. Gary Pretlow was responsible for the House bill and Joseph Addabbo Jr. introduced the new legislation in the Senate. There are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the proposed bills. The horse racing industry wasn’t mentioned by Governor Cuomo, but this form of gambling will need to be included to create a betting system that works for all parties. Senator Addabbo said this about the bill, in support of horse racing: “Mobile sports betting in New York if done a certain way provides hope for the horse racing industry, who certainly could use help too.”

More information should be unveiled as the 2021 legislative session progresses. The New York State Legislature convened on January 6th and will adjourn on June 18th. This gives legislators plenty of time to pass a mobile sports betting bill.

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MERIDIAN BARRIERS PLAY VITAL SECURITY ROLE AT INAUGURATION

Meridian barriers deployed at U.S. Secret Service points for 2021 Presidential Inauguration.

Archer 1200 barriers arrive for deployment at the inauguration.

MOBILE VEHICLE BARRIERS INTEGRATED AT CRITICAL POINTS IN WASHINGTON DC SECURITY ZONE

It was a tremendous partnership that we created to secure such an important event as this year's inauguration.”

— Meridian CEO Peter Whitford

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, January 21, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — When tens of thousands of troops secured the streets of Washington, D.C., Meridian Rapid Defense Group was chosen to be part of the operation to ensure the security of an inauguration like no other.

Meridian’s mobile Archer 1200 barriers, with full ballistic capability, played a unique role in an operation that turned the streets around the Capitol into a near fortress. Meridian worked alongside global security firm Checkmate Global which specializes in hard perimeter security assets.

Peter Whitford, CEO of Meridian Rapid Defense Group said, “We are partnering with Checkmate to ensure that our deployments are done to the strict standards of the Department of Homeland Security and the SAFETY Act.”

The barricades varied throughout the city and along the Mall, ranging from the smaller Archer metal barriers to tall metal fencing reinforced with heavy concrete blocks.

Checkmate was looking for a solution that was mobile and didn’t require heavy equipment to move, and one that was SAFETY Act certified. The Archer barriers allowed them the flexibility to get people and vehicles in and out without disruption.

“Every security product has its own use. Our barriers were used to allow for pedestrian traffic and at the same time close down and open roads when needed at the different access points,” said Mr. Whitford.

In a video statement, Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said, “Every level of law enforcement and the National Guard worked around the clock to provide the highest level of safety and security on Inauguration Day.”

A raging pandemic forced most inaugural events online, and the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, which left five people dead, prompted the heightened security.

The U.S. Secret Service was in charge of what the government calls a National Special Security Event, a designation for high-risk gatherings like the major sports events after 9/11 and political conventions that may be the target of domestic or international terrorism. These events receive Special Event Assessment Ratings (SEAR) and are characterized by a coordinated security collaboration between the USSS, Department of Homeland Security, and FBI.

“While we work hard every day to ensure safety at events ranging from farmer's markets to COVID vaccination sites,” said Mr. Whitford, "participation in SEAR-I events like the Super Bowl and Tournament of Roses Parade have enabled us to demonstrate our vehicle mitigation expertise."

“It was a tremendous partnership that we created to secure such an important event as this year's inauguration,” he said

Meridian Archer 1200 Barriers are “SAFETY Act Certified” by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) providing the ultimate standard in keeping people, communities, and places safer.

For more information about Meridian Rapid Defense Group and the Archer 1200 Vehicle Barrier visit https://www.meridian-barrier.com/

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NASA might be welcoming the first female leader since its development

NASA might be welcoming the first female leader since its development

NASA might be welcoming the first female leader since its development”

— Karol Donimirsky

CONGO, January 21, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — NASA will be changing leadership after a long streak of male leadership. This move comes after the agency decided to break the inclusivity barrier by procuring a female leader. President-Elect Joe Biden and his vice Kamala Harris may be the new administration administering this change. Jack Burns, the Astrophysics and Planetary Science professor of the University of Colorado hinted at this move. He further said that the new administration is likely to encounter rumors that they would have to clarify. He spoke this in the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) held through a webinar in the coronavirus pandemic season.

Burns reiterated that his thoughts about the next NASA administrator are that it would be a woman. This move would mark a milestone in the leadership of the agency. Moreover, the names of candidates vying for this position have been forwarded, and they are a perfect match for this job. This leaves the leaders at the determining end of the recruitment process. Nevertheless, Burns’s comments have a huge impact since he has served in numerous capacities on the NASA recruitment panel, being a member of the team that facilitated NASA’s choice of the incumbent administrator. Also, Joe Biden has made historic changes in his other selections. Some of the notable nominations have encouraged Avril Haines, the first female Director of National Intelligence, and Pete Buttigieg, a member of the LGBTQ community holding Secretary of Transportation’s position.

However, Burns hid the details of the possible candidates with a high probability of selection. The media quickly translated this information to mean that they may select one of the female candidates. Notable selections include Ellen Stofan and Pam Melroy, who will be part of the Biden administration once it comes into action.

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Biobased-Diesel.com Editor Ron Kotrba Partners with National Biodiesel Board on Commemorative Book

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In partnership with NBB, Kotrba is documenting the stories of early figures who helped shape the multibillion-gallon U.S. biodiesel industry

The work committed up front, from the R&D, vehicle testing and fuel specifications to the boots-on-the-ground state and federal policy efforts, laid the foundation for the industry today.”

— Ron Kotrba, Editor, Biobased Diesel Daily

WARREN, MN, UNITED STATES, January 21, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ron Kotrba, editor and publisher of Biobased Diesel Daily, is partnering with the National Biodiesel Board to write a book celebrating the organization’s 30th anniversary in 2022. To commemorate NBB’s 1992 founding, the organization plans to document stories of individuals and associations instrumental in its development and growth. A coffee table-style book will unfold the story behind the industry’s greatest successes and share narratives of industry influencers.

A small investment in “soy diesel” research by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council in 1991 is widely viewed as the foundational roots for the U.S. biodiesel industry. Today, the U.S. biodiesel industry employs tens of thousands of people, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves air quality, adds to U.S. energy security and independence, provides significant value to farmers, and lowers the cost of animal feed for livestock producers.

“We wouldn’t be on the trajectory for six billion gallons by 2030 if it weren’t for the blood, sweat, and tears put in over the years from our founders,” said NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen. “The stories will help bring to life how a novel idea grew into a carbon-reducing solution for our country. Biodiesel is making a difference now because of what has been accomplished over the last 30 years.”

Kotrba, the former editor in chief of Biodiesel Magazine and longtime biofuels writer and editor, is documenting those stories through interviews with key individuals in the sector.

“When I began covering the biodiesel industry in early 2005, national production was maybe the total of one or two large biodiesel plants today,” Kotrba said. “The work committed up front, from the R&D, vehicle testing and fuel specifications to the boots-on-the-ground state and federal policy efforts, laid the foundation for what the industry looks like today.”

In August 2020, Kotrba founded RonKo Media Productions LLC, which provides professional writing services and is the publishing company for Biobased Diesel Daily, the next-generation source for news, information and perspective on biodiesel, renewable diesel, and sustainable aviation fuel.

Kotrba’s Biobased Diesel™ suite of products includes Biobased Diesel Weekly, an e-newsletter sent every Tuesday free of charge to subscribers' inboxes, and Biobased Diesel Biannual, a free print magazine. Subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter and print magazine for free by filling out a short form in the website footer at biobased-diesel.com.

NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the entire biodiesel and renewable diesel value chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and fuel distributors. Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel and renewable diesel are better, cleaner fuels that are available now for use in existing diesel engines without modification.

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HIP Video Promo presents: Marvin Etzioni releases an influential new music clip "Love Letter To Democracy" on Music News

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Sometimes the right song comes along at the right time. On the day and season of the inauguration, we celebrate the new administration.

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, January 21, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Watch "Love Letter To Democracy" by Marvin Etzioni on Music News

Grammy-winning record producer, Grammy-nominated songwriter Marvin Etzioni recently signed a digital distribution deal with Six Degrees for his label Regional Records. Etzioni has just released a stand-alone single “Love Letter to Democracy” as a follow up to his critically acclaimed album "What's the Mood of the Country Now?" which features soul songstress Sy Smith.

Etzioni is also part of the Los Angeles-based power duo with Willie Aron known as Thee Holy Brothers. They have just released “Lift You Up” as a stand-alone single and video directed by award-winning filmmaker Fr3deR1cK of Tomorrow Pictures. The recording features Stephon Ferguson as the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Etzioni was a founding member of Lone Justice, toured with U2 and Tom Petty, and produced Counting Crows, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Stephen Stills/Judy Collins and others.

Etzioni's most covered song "Can't Cry Hard Enough" is in the Library Of Congress. His songs have been placed in numerous TV shows including "Orange Is the New Black," "Banshee" and "Sneaky Pete." KCSN called Etzioni "Master of Song" in their radio tribute. His songs are represented by peermusic, home of Jimmy Rogers and Donovan.

Sometimes the right song comes along at the right time. On the day and season of the inauguration, we celebrate the new administration. Sean Magee, the Grammy-winning engineer for re-mastering The Beatles, mastered the single and compared the song to John Lennon.

Directed by Etzioni, we see the artist at the piano, shot from above, through glass that partially hides him. The video's focus is a model of the Statue of Liberty, against a harsh gray background, with torch aflame. The sun begins to rise as the song concludes, “She is standing tall, mighty tall, for democracy."

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Turbulence in the U.S. left and right. Can anything calm this down? Yes, in fact.

With such divisions in our society, what can help us make sense of it and bring us together?

One is treated pretty much the way he treats others: one actually sets an example of how he should be treated.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, January 21, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Recently, the conflict between persons of differing political and social views erupted in Washington, DC, from social demonstration into violence, criminal conduct, and even death.

No one who believes in the U.S. Constitution would deny citizens the right to express their views and to demonstrate publicly in support of them.

But when passions are inflamed by false statements from the right, the left, or just from persons of ill will who rejoice in conflict and destruction, then the urge to state one’s views can be twisted into actions to violate the law, to hurt others, even those whose job it is to protect the peace and the government.

When persons of ill will take these steps, it reflects badly upon those who only wanted to express a view, a belief. The broad public and persons hearing about this, condemn criminal actions that destabilize government and social institutions.

But it is time to reflect. It is time to consider what might reduce the temperature of the conflict, bring persons who are speaking with hate to start perhaps listening to the other side, to consider altering one’s own viewpoint and actions before attacking others for theirs.

Easier said than done, history shows. On the other hand, there are social tools and actions that have factually demonstrated they can cool the violent temper, smooth out the turbulent tempest. Really? Yes, really.

Colombia, for example, some years ago, was suffering widespread violence and warring acts by guerrilla bands, all of which destabilized the government and civil institutions. Worse, it produced a welcome climate for the drug cartels to expand. Then their wars between themselves further destabilized the government. Fighting violence with violence simply escalated the conflict and worsened the problem.

Then persons of goodwill introduced the use of a powerful but simple booklet containing maxims of conduct and thought that can lead toward a more ethical, peaceful, happier life. It was The Way to Happiness, by author and humanitarian, L. Ron Hubbard. The small book contains 21 precepts* that a person can follow themselves or, equally importantly, suggest to others to follow. Educating willing and interested persons in the military, the police, and the government, they saw that this could help their staff and persons affected by their staff – the people at large. Through voluntary donations, hundreds of thousands of The Way to Happiness booklets were distributed and lectures and seminars broadly disseminated, eventually, to a remarkable 3 million citizens. This social campaign contributed to other ongoing national and international actions to broker peace and calm tensions.

How could this work? How could it be applied in Washington, DC, or across the United States today? Firstly, the booklet itself is now available online. Persons interested can download the e-book without charge.

What, one may ask, is said inside this little book that might apply to persons screaming at one another across streets, or across the internet? Here are just a few relevant quotes, not just for now, but for any time:

Precept 20 is “Try to treat others as you would want them to treat you.” This is a rewording of the Golden Rule. This is something you can do. It is active, not passive. Meaningfully, the chapter goes on to talk about how. For example, “One is treated pretty much the way he treats others: one actually sets an example of how he should be treated.” In other words, if you want the other side to stop hollering and listen to you, stop hollering yourself and start listening to others.

A slightly more extensive quote from Precept 20 is: “The human virtues have little to do with gloominess. They are the bright face of life itself. Now what do you suppose would happen if one were to try to treat those around him with justness, loyalty, good sportsmanship, fairness, honesty, kindness, consideration, compassion, self-control, tolerance, forgivingness, benevolence, belief, respect, politeness, dignity, admiration, friendliness, love, and did it with integrity?”

Yes, that’s saying a lot. But, honestly, reader, if you or any of us practiced any one of those human virtues, or one a day, would the world around us not change? Try it and find out. What could you lose? More to the point, what might be there to gain?

For more information about The Way to Happiness go to www.thewaytohappiness.org.

* Precepts: Rules or statements advising or laying down a principle or principles or a course of action regarding conduct; directions meant as a rule or rules for conduct.

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