Monday, June 26, 2017

Good Reads

The fringes scream — we demand more laws

Domesticated 045

August 1 “Yeah, let’s go there.” This is a provocative post. According to Brenda McCue, “No one wants to talk about it.  No one.  Well maybe a few people. The people that are often considered the fringe. McCune addresses the extremists who display gruesome pictures on street corners, and those who believe that “the government” should fund their birth control ... Read More »

Seek evidence that it helps — first

Domesticated 219

July 31 Evidence instead of lawsuit-avoidance One current focus in medicine is evidence-based treatment. That means that treatments are evaluated for how well they work compared to alternatives – or doing nothing. Some tests hurt our patients and don’t affect the treatment plan. They are primarily designed to repel lawyers. That does no good for our patients or for society. A group ... Read More »

Easy answers are rare

FB Pig

July 20 If the answer is simple it’s wrong A recent blog noted: “A recent meta-analysis by an accomplished international team of researchers, published in a prestigious medical journal, shows that high intake of saturated fat is exactly as bad for health as a high intake of sugar and refined starch. The study also suggests there is something far worse. ... Read More »

Computerized snarking

July 8 Computers snark cheaper and smarter A British columnist warns that astroturfing by big business (which includes big labor unions) and government is a growing effort to automate opinion manipulation. Shades of Orwell’s 1984. Astroturfing1 is alive and well in Costa Mesa – but it’s changing faster and faster. The tone of the remarks for Daily Pilot threads suggests ... Read More »

Fat bellies and good roads

Domesticated 088

July 11 Obesity and infrastructure repair  A review of a research paper abstract in HealthDay News says: “Many commonly held assumptions about drivers of the obesity epidemic are wrong . . . “The researchers found that rising obesity rates coincided with increases in leisure time (not increases in work hours), increases in fruit and vegetable availability (not declines in healthier ... Read More »

Opportunity attacked by trolls and flacks

cat II

July 9  Opportunity is under assault  “Astroturf libertarians are the real threat to internet democracy,” asserted a British newspaper columnist. (Here) I’m talking about the daily attempts to control and influence content in the interests of the state and corporations: attempts in which money talks. The weapon used by both state and corporate players is a technique known as astroturfing. An ... Read More »

Independence Day


July 4 From the WSJ: Reagan on July 4 Americans celebrate a great adventure in human freedom. From President Reagan’s “Message on the Observance of Independence Day, 1981”: Today, all over America, families and friends are reuniting to renew ties, enjoy each other’s company, and celebrate our Nation’s birthday. It is a day when liberty and laughter go hand-in-hand—when we can ... Read More »

Everybody should wear cameras

Detective's Badge and ID

July 2 An essay from a working cop Lt. Glennon posts, “. . . it is true that some police officers misuse their authority and purposely injure citizens while using unnecessary and sometimes illegal force. . . some people in our profession, on occasion . . . misuse their authority and disgrace their office.  .  . There are people in every ... Read More »

Simplified Nature vs. Nurture

Mother and Baby Elephant

June 30 Do they lack intelligence or manners Kendra Cherry wrote an interesting if superficial overview of the Nature Versus Nurture question. (Here ) Is your behavior more influenced by genetics or environmental influences? Is your personality the result of traits you inherited or has it been shaped by your life experiences? The nature versus nurture debate is one of ... Read More »

Lame Duck Democracy


Jun 28 Is it salvageable Thomas Sowell, an economist at Harvard wrote a disquieting message to all. Some of his comments are below, and the full article is here. President Obama has demonstrated, time and again, that he has no respect for the Constitution’s limitations on his power. Despite his oath of office, to see that the laws are faithfully ... Read More »