Recent Science Commentaries

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That Other Epidemic
Speaking with a good friend recently, the subject turned to the coronavirus that continues to spread, now infecting 6.5 million and closing in on 200,000 deaths. “Jim, you need to check out a website a friend of mine sent. It explains about some of the many fallacies about the virus. It also talks about how Dr. Fauci is making money...
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September 14, 2020
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It’s Getting Better
Continuing to share local individuals’ experiences with the Covid-19 virus, and the quarantine orders issued by California state governor Gavin Newsom, Maureen (Mo) Masson worked as a private duty nurse in Los Angeles before joining the Air National Guard to help treat burn patients returning from Vietnam. Her last military assignment was in Desert Shield before retiring in 1992 as...
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May 6, 2020
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Elephant in the Room
“The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant.” – Donald J. Trump March 9, 2020 The day before that tweet, the CDC confirmed 537 cases of coronavirus and 21 deaths. Five days later, there...
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April 3, 2020
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Have You No Sense of Decency?
Under a cloud of simmering fear, Senator Joseph McCarthy, absent any real evidence, announced to the American public that communists were working inside the federal government. During 1954’s Senate hearings investigating the Wisconsin Senator’s blatant character assassinations, one exchange was particularly noteworthy. Following McCarthy’s accusation that counsel for the committee, Joseph Welch, placed a member and communist from his own...
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March 2, 2020
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One Leader Who Should Not Be Ignored
“When you are a leader and every week you have young people demonstrating with such a message, you cannot remain neutral… They helped me change.” – Emmanuel Macron, president of France At 16, climate activist Greta Thunberg is the youngest to ever have been selected as TIME magazine’s “Person of the Year.” “We cannot just continue living as if there...
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December 16, 2019
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Clear and Present Danger
Over the last few months, I have deliberately scaled back commentaries about our current president: his narcissism; his ego; his blatant dishonesty; his more than 2,000 conflicts of interest; his insistence that he knows more than anyone else; his obsessively cozy relationship with Russia’s Vladimir Putin; his “love” letters from North Korea’s Kim Jung- un; his “firings” of administration officials...
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September 11, 2019
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“Has Anyone Seen a Hasselblad Floating by?”
Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary that two men landed on the surface of the moon. It’s impossible to overemphasize the extraordinary achievement that took place 50 years ago this week. Technical skills aside, the courage that three men took was beyond anything that had ever been attempted. And yet, the men, inside their Columbia space craft, found the time to...
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July 19, 2019
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July 16, 1969, 6:32 a.m.
In my mind, only a handful of moments in the last 50 years are iconic. The launch of Apollo 11 and subsequent landing of the first men on an extraterrestrial surface certainly remains one of the few for several reasons: excellence in planning, mathematics, physics, physical training, creativity, engineering and the courage it took for the three explorer-astronauts. On an...
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July 16, 2019
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This is What Genius Looks Like
Global warming, according to a majority of climate scientists, is a global threat. And an 81-year-old man thinks knows he’s found an answer. This is the face of genius. In a story from the CBS program 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl interviewed a man with no science background or degrees. Walking around Thoreau’s idyllic Walden Pond, not far from his home,...
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June 28, 2019
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Mike Pence: Sage of Science
Here I am relaxing on a Sunday morning with my double-espresso watching CNN’s Jake Tapper spend nearly thirty minutes interviewing Vice-President Mike Pence on a variety of issues when it happened… “I want to ask you a question about climate change,” Tapper begins. “The director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, said in a January report on worldwide threats that the...
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June 26, 2019