How Independants Can Win in 2018: Empower the People

The July/August issue of The Atlantic has an article about Evan McMullin, the Presidential candidate who ran because he saw Trump as an autocrat. To counter this he wants to empower an independent party in 2018. He saw Trump as a threat because in his career in the CIA he worked in many countries ruled […]

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How not to create and stimulate dependence in entitlements.

Entitlements The conservative position that entitlements create dependence and decrease a society’s health by supporting the survival of the unfittest is not without merit, but eliminating them is the wrong solution. As the balloon here indicates they are the largest part of of the federal budget as well as being the fastest growing. Military spending […]

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Drug deaths: Sins of commission or sins of omission?

Drug Deaths Thanks to our president the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is in the news again: “He is very popular over there” [and we need him to support our brand new glorious and magnificent Manila Trump Tower]. His extrajudicial execution of 7000 of his citizens for suspected drug use is a sin of commission. But […]

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The Role of Government

Common Sense Medicine extends to more than health and health care. A significant part of our book – The Boids and the Bees: Guiding Adaptation to Improve our Health, Healthcare, Schools, and Society – is how to guide social change. That means politics. Most political arguments use fear to motivate their respective bases. Reading Daniel […]

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Russia, our elections, and what to do about it.

Russia and the election – What to do and WHY!     A Common Sense Approach Besides determining if Trump and his campaign were in collusion with those interfering, what to do about it to prevent a recurrence is the main problem. There are two issues: the first is the hacking that everyone looks at. […]

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Twitter: bees, bugs, and superbugs

Twitter, as a means of communication, is big in the bug world. Bacteria release chemicals to communicate–it’s called quorum sensing–and when the message gets loud enough the colony shifts direction. Bees use it to choose a new hive–the site with the most bees on its doorstep wins. But in nature twitter is democratic–it’s one bug […]

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Let’s Make America Safe Again

Making America Safe Again does not mean going to martial law or a police state. That’s what Duterte is doing in the Philippines and it has translated into killing anyone suspected of drug dealing. There are better ways to make us safe. An introduction to these ideas is on our Facebook page, America’s Favorite Country […]

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A common sense approach to violence

Common Sense Medicine is not just about health care and medicine. There are other elements in our culture that are also in need of common sense. Violence is one of them. Despite our news and the feelings they prompt violence is decreasing in the US. Violent acts of a criminal nature, however, are being replaced […]

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Immigration—a biological perspective

Should we be humane and let them in, or safe and keep them out? There are pretty clear cut arguments on both sides. So far there does not seem to be any middle ground. A biological perspective may provide that. We, that is our bodies, get invaded all the time; mostly it is by biting […]

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*Insurance is designed to pay for the unexpected crisis. Health insurance started that way in the U.S. but gradually, because the companies we work for were paying for it and getting a better tax break, it morphed into paying for it all. That means we have less interest in getting the ounce of prevention than if we were paying for some of those costs. Children we talk to about the dangers of drugs just say they’ll get a brain transplant if they burn theirs out. That’s why we think that Health Savings Accounts should be promoted by the government more; they put the individual back in a position of responsibility in making more choices in their health care. With Health Savings Accounts an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.


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