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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


From Charleston to Newtown to Human Rights, US Failing its Legal Obligations

There’s been a lot of talk recently, by our President and others, about gun violence and race relations. How to simultaneously address both? Have our country live up to its legal obligations under ICERD by putting a National Plan of Action in place.


Exploiting Racial Terror for Gun Control, and How that Hurts the Cause

It is beyond inappropriate to leverage the Charleston church massacre, an act of racial terror, to push for background checks on gun sales when that measure, as reported by major news agencies, did not prevent the crime, nor was it designed to capture those holding hateful beliefs. And doing so weakens the gun violence prevention movement by keeping the attempts to limit gun violence at an initiative-based level rather than a broader issue-based level that both recognizes the complex nature of gun violence and encompasses all segments of our society.


Charleston is Not About Gun Violence. Its About Racial Terrorism

To understand what happened in Charleston it becomes necessary to confront the horrific and enduring history of racial terrorism in this country, terrorism that continues to this day as part of a dangerous global movement uniting white supremacists across the US, Europe and Australia.

Featured Article


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.