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About the Author

Arthur R. Kamm, PhD (Dr. Art Kamm) devoted his career to the study of patient populations and the research and development of treatments to alleviate pain, suffering, improve quality of life, and save lives.  He obtained his doctorate in Biochemistry at the Medical College, University of Arizona, in the field of cancer research – his research was accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Art was a twenty year member of the American Academy of Dermatology and a 10 year contributing member of the Dermatology Foundation’s Leaders Society.  He served as Vice President Clinical Development (medical studies of therapeutic agents) at Glaxo, Inc.  He has served as a corporate officer for Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. holding the posts of Sr. Vice President Research and Development and Chief Development Officer.  He was founder and CEO of his own regionally-recognized drug development services company and served as Adjunct Professor Campbell University School of Pharmacy as course director and instructor for Leadership Development (2006-2008).  Art left his corporate pursuits in 2005 to support and devote time to his wife who was stricken with serious illness.  He is currently a student of social and political issues where he applies his skills to writing and speaking.  Art has engaged in humanitarian work including a hunger relief mission to Zambia and Zimbabwe, donating time to foster children in personal leadership practices to improve self-esteem and performance, and was invited to speak at the Duke University/UNC-Chapel Hill Rotary Center for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution.  He is a ‘Friend of the Center’ with the Southern Poverty Law Center through his regular financial contributions. His continuing education has included courses and/or seminars through Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Vital Learning’s Leadership curriculum, The Service Quality Institute’s Customer Service curriculum, and multiple executive training retreats.

About the Blog

Following his wife’s illness Art had the opportunity to engage in extensive reading about issues that are often clouded by special interests and media spin.  This blog is dedicated to his study of many topics including, but not limited to, debt, deficits, economy, leadership, healthcare, climate, politics, hunger, intolerance, etc.  The intent is to disseminate information and open dialogue based upon consideration of information rather than spin.  Some articles will use humor, some will be letters/e-mails submitted to various media, and others will be a condensation of information and opinion.  Some of the e-mail submissions sent to shows have undergone minimal editing for grammatical corrections and better clarification as they were produced quickly, but the communications are in very large part what was sent to the media. It should also be noted that the communications sent to these shows do not represent the views of the shows, their sponsors, affiliates or employees – they are simply the views of the writer.  Fully understanding that Mark Twain’s quote (used as the tag line for the blog) may well apply to his own opinion and information from time to time, the blog is intended to provide a learning experience for all parties and foster a climate of open communication and exchange.

Recent Posts


Gun Violence and Human Rights: Welcome to the Family

With two separate human rights committees declaring this year that rampant gun violence in the United States constitutes a violation of our government’s duty to protect life, gun violence finds itself as being but one member in a family of related disorders in our country. It is beyond coincidence that all disproportionately affect the same victims and that all are fostered by the same hateful and discriminatory ideology held on the political right. Although other members of this family claim far more lives than does gun violence, it is the dramatic and highly publicized nature of major gun violence events that raises public outrage as well as tens of millions of dollars in funding. Our country now has the demography to weaponize human rights in our political process. And gun violence prevention, with its resources and political connections, can accomplish much more than just its own cause, and far more quickly, by simply changing its focus.


Gun Violence Prevention and the Democratic Party: A Tactical Abyss

Is the gun violence prevention movement really taking head-on an issue that is held by as little as 2% of the American public as being the most important factor in voting for Congress? Both Democratic candidates and gun violence prevention advocates ignored the market while failing to energize important segments of their customer base this past election. Until the gun violence prevention movement re-positions its product into one that better resonates with what is driving voters during elections, the issue will continue to be a largely inconsequential one in shaping Congress. But the movement also needs the help of Democratic candidates to light the fires.


Placing Gun Violence into a Human Rights Framework: Our Moral Imperative

Today’s gun violence prevention movement has developed the organizational structures, political connections and deep financial pockets to impact both Congress and public opinion. The use those resources to inject human rights into our political dialog, along with the voices of Congressional allies, becomes a moral imperative for our leaders.

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The Year the GOPs Con Game was Exposed

The GOP’s decision to reinstate tax cut policy in 2001 exposed their hand. It was not about deficit reduction, growing the economy, or job creation. It was about ideology and, no doubt, special interests. It was a backdoor approach where government revenue was cut in an attempt to curtail spending on popular programs they otherwise could not take head-on. This while obstructing the work of Congress, spinning a web of deceit about the benefits of their policy, and weakening our country’s financial standing. It’s time to play hardball during ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations and force them to be specific about what spending cuts they are talking about to offset the tax benefits they wish to preserve for the wealthiest. They wouldn’t have the nerve.