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‘I wasn’t expected to be alive today’: Rush Limbaugh delivers message of gratitude in final show of the year

Conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh delivered an emotional message of gratitude opening his final show of the year on Wednesday, thanking his listeners and family for their support during his ongoing battle with lung cancer.

Limbaugh disclosed that according to the prognosis he received following his Stage IV diagnosis, he “wasn’t expected to be alive today”— and shared what he has learned through the experience.

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The host told his audience that he was “shocked” when he learned his fate in late January, revealing that he went through an initial period of denial but has experienced an overwhelming outpouring of support that has put him in a place of utter gratitude.

He reflected on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump in February, reminding his listeners that around that time he had shared that he gained “a little bit of understanding of something that had perplexed me for a lot of my life, and that was Lou Gehrig,” the legendary professional baseball player whose ALS diagnosis cut short his record-breaking career in the 1930s.

Limbaugh explained:

“On the day that Lou Gehrig announced that he had his disease that was forcing him to retire from Major League Baseball, he said to the sold-out Yankee Stadium, ‘Today I feel like the luckiest man on the face of the earth.’

I didn’t understand that. I mean, here’s a guy who’d just been diagnosed with the most terminal of terminal diseases, and I said, ‘This can’t be real. He can’t really think he’s the luckiest guy in the world. This is just something that he’s saying because it will play well.’ I don’t mean to be insulting Lou Gehrig; don’t misunderstand. I’m just saying, how in the world if you’re being honest can you feel like you’re the luckiest man on the face of the earth?”

The radio giant said that now he understands, telling his listeners, “Well, when I got my diagnosis…I began to receive all of the outpouring of love and affection from everywhere in my life from so many of you in so many ways and from my family.”

He added, “because I have outlived the diagnosis, I’ve been able to receive and hear and process some of the most wonderful, nice things about me that I might not have ever heard had I not gotten sick. Again think, how many people who pass away never hear the eulogies, never hear the thank-yous? I’ve been very lucky, folks, in I can’t tell you how many ways.”

Fox News pointed out that Rush Limbaugh’s program, which began in 1988, is the most listened-to in the United States.

The outlet reported:

He’s a five-time winner of the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award for “Excellence in Syndicated and Network Broadcasting,” a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and a member of the Radio Hall of Fame and National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He also was named one of Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People in 2008 and one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2009.

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‘Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light’: 10 things in 2020 for which I’m most thankful

There’s no doubt about it: 2020 has, hands down, probably been the hardest, most trying year for a likely majority of people around the world. Have there been worse years? Well, probably, sure — but the number doubtless pales in comparison to the worldwide suffering that’s taken place over the last eight or nine months.

As a wise literary character once said, however, “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Now more than ever, it’s important — especially in the most dire of times — to search for perspective and peace amid the chaos.

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Here are 10 things in 2020 for which I’m most thankful:

  1. Rest and relaxation. While the COVID-19 pandemic has taken much from us, it has also given us the opportunity to slow down, take a breath, and enter a place of quietude from which we can focus on things that really matter or help rediscover things that matter most.
  2. Insight on those in my inner circle. It’s a hard lesson to learn sometimes, but sometimes those who we believe are closest to us fall by the wayside in times of trouble. This was that time of trouble, and it was also that hard lesson. But like anything else, we learn, and we move on.
  3. A forced perspective on the present. Many of us — myself included — often take minutes, hours, days, or even years for granted while we look ahead saying, “Better days are sure to come.” While better days are always sure to come one way or another, living amid this pandemic makes you realize that those days are uncertain, and living in the now is one of the greatest gifts of all.
  4. Health and security at home. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to work from home and exercise the option to homeschool my children during the pandemic. While they sometimes get antsy and yearn for a return to normalcy, they are healthy and thriving, and I am, too.
  5. The daily reminder to take nothing for granted. When there’s nothing but anarchy and turmoil surrounding many of the big things in our lives, we can begin to savor and appreciate small things: a quiet walk in the woods, a hot cup of tea, or how warm your dog’s ears are as you pet them.
  6. Human kindness and patience really matter. In a time where many people are stretched to their limits, grace, understanding, and patience are perhaps the most valuable currency.
  7. Shying away from disposable commodities. While at home, many of us have learned new skills or refined necessary ones such as cooking, sewing, being responsible for creating our own arts and entertainment, and more. When the pandemic does come to a conclusion, we’ll emerge stronger, more resilient, and better equipped to face the next era than we ever were before. That means being more self-reliant and avoiding a disposable, single-use way of life.
  8. A vast appreciation for teachers, medical professionals, and first responders. While many of us were able to hunker down, carefully plan out our grocery deliveries, and wait this thing out, many “regular” men and women stepped forward to the front lines to protect us. As we as a culture often idolize celebrities, entertainers, sports figures, and politicians, it was a welcome reality check for many to see who the “essential workers” really are — and they’re not the ones some might think. Teachers, medical professionals, and first responders are the real heroes in all of this.
  9. God’s perfect plan and timing. While it may seem that things are crumbling around us on a daily basis, God’s providence will never fail, and so long as we remain rooted in His word and His promises, nothing is ever really an ending.
  10. This video. Above all else, let us come together and really laugh at each other — and ourselves. Let’s stop taking many things so personally and so seriously. Happy Thanksgiving.

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This article was contributed by Tom Beck of Portfolio Wealth Global. 

I’m going to show you the MOST AMAZING chart I’ve ever seen. Since 1971, the moment when FIAT CURRENCIES were born again, gold and the CRB (which is the basket of commodities) have moved in tandem until 2008, when the 37yr correlation ENDED.

The chart is so clear on this matter. It was when the Great Recession began and the central banks birthed the new monetary reality we all live in that gold and other commodities SEPARATED WIDELY.

Look at the UNBELIEVABLE CHART below, since it points to the greatest opportunity in trading distressed assets the world has ever seen.

The more I look at it, the more THE POTENTIAL of it begins to talk to me:


The disappearance of inflation in EVERYDAY ITEMS, and its concentration within certain asset classes – among them stocks, real estate, and bonds – have left commodities FOR DEAD.

In March, April and May, we’d published two watch lists, containing just over 30 companies that are mostly S&P 500 components, coupled with proposed limit orders. This was THE FIRST, later came THE SECOND. The gains have been DOUBLE-DIGITS with any and all companies that dipped below the limit orders – a RARE ACHIEVEMENT. Between the 60% in SWK, 54% in LEG, and 52.4% with PNR, there have been IMPRESSIVE WINNERS.

With the S&P 500 delivering its BEST 100-DAY rally of all time, the MAIN SECRET was to stay in there and to even CAPITALIZE on the panic.

As you’ll see below, though it seems COUNTERINTUITIVE, the stock market, with very few exceptions, MARCHES UPWARDS after such times, with a 94.4% probability of seeing an average of a 9.4% return.

Those are pretty good odds, I’d say.


There’s a GREAT TRUTH to be learned by what’s happening here; history is a GREAT TEACHER and it is telling you big moves are ACTUALLY CATALYSTS for additional rallies.

With everything that 2020 has handed us, I want to deliver a message to you.

These are very difficult times for so many people. In the western world, there have been VERY FEW HARDSHIPS the scope of Covid-19.

All over the world, there is suffering. We all want to help and contribute; some have the financial means to do it, while others do not.

We all have personalities, though. We all, poor or rich, young or old, male or female, have a personality. It is our BUSINESS CARD, the way we speak to the world. Though one might be poor, financially speaking, a wealthy character can take you anywhere!

Resist the temptations that come with this competitive world and accentuate your generosity, your gratitude, your will to be courteous, your empathy, and your patience towards everyone else, no matter what their belief system may be. Strive to be tolerant and to celebrate the truth, not your own opinions.

We have one planet and we can do SO MUCH BETTER with it.