May 2012




How climate science deniers can sound reasonable – even when their position has no merit.

May 30, 2012

When the vast majority of the scientific community disagrees with your interpretation of the facts what do you do? You can lie or you can tell the truth in such a way as to obscure its meaning. What do I mean? Let me give you an example. In columnist Marita Noon crows that climate […]

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Really? – 5/26/12 – Guns, Gas and Romney

May 27, 2012

IT IS A POOR STRATEGY TO FIGHT TERRORISM BY SELLING TERRORISTS GUNS. We are fighting international terrorism. It would behoove us to restrict their ability to buy guns. But right now there are no international treaties or laws addressing conventional weapons. That may change. In July the global community is gathering in NYC to hammer out […]

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Election 2012 – 5/24/12 – Romney and the Presidency; The Democratic Primaries; Can you learn anything from Fox News or MSNBC?

May 24, 2012

ROMNEY, BAIN AND THE PRESIDENCY Romney touts his business experience as an asset in creating jobs and bringing the country out of its economic doldrums and increase employment. The President is making the couter-claim that Romney is good at making money, but is indifferent to creating jobs. But both miss the bigger point. In Washington […]

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Obese America – is there a solution, or fat chance

May 22, 2012

  Obesity costs America over $190 billion a year – a full 21% of total health-care. A third of Americans are obese. The number of children with type-2 diabetes is increasing every year. But we have no plan to deal with it. All is not lost: We have addressed other public health issues with some […]

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The Christian case for eating better.

May 19, 2012

Genesis says that God gave man dominion over the earth and its inhabitants. Some Christians take this to mean that we can do whatever we want – good or bad. People who believe this are also frequently adherents of the ‘prosperity gospel’ – grab as much money as you can because wealth is a sign […]

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Really? – 5/17/12 – Religion

May 18, 2012

PRIESTS GONE WILD (AGAIN) Churches spend much of their time telling other people how to live – it would be nice if they started at home. The latest – but guaranteed not the last – religious scandal, involves yet another Catholic group, the “Legion of Christ”. Its public face, Rev Thomas Williams – who wrote a […]

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Presidents, Prime Ministers and their spouses, partners and other relationships.

May 15, 2012

The French have just sworn in a new President, Francois Hollande. He enters office with a First Lady who since 2007 has been his partner, but not his wife. Hollande is no fan of marriage. He previously had a 30-year relationship with Segolene Royal, which produced 4 children, but no nuptials. That’s France for you. How […]

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Dimon admits to being sloppy, stupid and making mistakes in losing $2+ billion but he doesn’t want regulation.

May 14, 2012

Jamie Dimon, CEO of Chase Bank, has been contrite – calling the actions that led to the bank’s $2 billion loss “sloppy” and “stupid” and adding that “You always make mistakes”. And therein lies the rub. When a badly managed company makes mistakes it goes out of business, the shareholders lose their equity, the bond […]

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