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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Fighting terrorism

John Bolton at the American Enterprise Institute is talking about a new level of warfare after the Paris attacks. We all have a tendency to think in those ways. When we are attacked our first response is instinctual and aimed at surviving, and that usually means fighting back. But this instinct is played out in […]

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An alternative to “Don’t feed the animals.”

I just finished reading Lee Kuan Yew’s book, One Man’s View of the World. I read it because I knew a bit about how Lee had been instrumental in building Singapore into one of the best societies in today’s world. Lee, who died earlier this year, was a conservative. I consider myself a liberal in […]

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Fear and the War on Drugs

Last year the Organization of the American States (OAS) had a conference that dealt largely with our drug problems and the violence associated with them. It was easy for the conferees to see that the root of the problem was all of the money pumped into this system by purchasers in the U.S.  It was […]

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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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