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Dr. Dial is a psychologist and medical illustrator who for well over a decade has worked as a freelance medical and science writer and editor. She is an editor for OpEdNews, having contributed a number of articles to it about hydraulic fracturing, genetically modified food, and Barack Obama, and has made contributions to encyclopedias of medicine (Magill's Medical Guide, 6th edition), genetics (Genetics and Inherited Disorders, revised edition, Salem Press), and forensic sculpture and handwriting analysis (Salem Encyclopedia of Forensic Science). She has published articles on such subjects as the interaction of cocaine and alcohol, how cancer interacts with its host, and creativity, and written books (most recently "The Rise and Fall of Hydraulic Fracturing" (currently seeking publisher) and "I'll Ride Away--One way to leave those pesky death wishes in the dust").

Her wide-ranging interests unfortunately cannot exclude alarmed observations of current political and environmental calamities.

Her medical writing and illustrating website is MedicaLink.com, and the website at which she expresses her prescriptive grammatical preferences is Write-Minded.com.

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23 Articles, 33 Quick Links, 211 Comments, 0 Diaries, 0 Polls

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Thursday, April 24, 2014     

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Where Have all the Finches Gone?
(3 comments) What happened to the birds who used to greet the dawn along Colorado's Front Range?

Thursday, November 14, 2013     

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How to Frack Your Cake and Eat It Too
The moderator of a 'neutral' university lecture series on fracking pauses to review for us what she's learned thus far. I think what she really learned is how to keep the funding flowing.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013     

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Who Turned Scientific American?
(21 comments) For years, Scientific American was a trusted and objective source of scientific knowledge. Until September, 2013, when suddenly it was no longer so.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013     

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Fracking a Flock of Pandoras
(1 comments) A few years ago you were hearing about "peak oil" and how we're about to reach it or already have. Then you hear about how the US has suddenly been heading headlong into that exalted state of Energy Independence, all on the sinuous shoulders of shale that have been residing quietly, previously undisturbed, beneath us all this time. We are getting much more than we bargained for.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013     

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The Future's So Fracked, We've Got to Wear Masks
Might noxious fumes be unhealthy for you, your children, and your animals? It's not such a straightforward question, you know.

Sunday, May 19, 2013     

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Fracking is EDF's Friend
Is the Environmental Defense Fund in an ill-conceived relationship, or has it simply sold out?

Friday, May 10, 2013     

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Frackonomics
An economist guides us gently through economic facets of fracking fever.

Saturday, April 27, 2013     

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Have Another Hit of Fracked Air
Have another hit, but try not to inhale. You wouldn't want what's out there getting in.

Saturday, April 20, 2013     

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What the Frack Do We Know?
(1 comments) What do we know, what don't we know, and what do we ignore at our peril about fracking and our water?

Saturday, April 6, 2013     

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Frack-Flavored Gas
(2 comments) The next time a spokesperson showers you with platitudes, you might want to 'drill' a little deeper.

Saturday, March 30, 2013     

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Water-Free Fracking--Why Not?
(4 comments) An exploration of this exciting new fracking technology that is water-free.

Saturday, March 23, 2013     

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Who the Frack's Really in Charge?
(2 comments) Hold your nose--In this article we open the can of worms called regulation.

Saturday, March 16, 2013     

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Fracking: Water Issues--Colorado-centric, but applicable to all
(1 comments) The oil and gas industry assures us that fracking uses less than one percent of all water used in this country. At one time that was true. Now it's time to look a little closer at that stat.

Friday, March 8, 2013     

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Fracking but Should Be Afraid to Ask
(2 comments) This is the second article (but the first lecture) in a series held at CU Boulder and it's all about hydrofracking.

Thursday, February 28, 2013     

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The Fracking Lectures: Prelude
(4 comments) This was the first of 11 scheduled talks held at the University of Colorado to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about hydraulic fracturing.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012     

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On Being Fodder for Offenders
(4 comments) There are two kinds of people who use "Democrat" as a descriptor, and the gulf is wide between them. Don't let yourself be used.

Monday, February 20, 2012     

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The Privileges of Power: Is Seduction an Absolute Certainty?
(1 comments) People starting out with the best intentions, once comfortably ensconced in positions of power, experience changes to their perspectives that may be quite invisible to them and even incompatible with earlier views.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012     

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Soothing Those Vexing Psychic Splinters
(3 comments) Time after time sincerely held beliefs and values metamorphize into beliefs and values that contrast immensely with what went before. How does this happen?

Monday, December 12, 2011     

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Seeds of destruction: It's NOT just about food
(10 comments) The subject of genetic modification of food may not be sexy, but there are a few things you should know. One is that Monsanto employees do not want GM food in their cafeterias.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011     

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Why Barack Obama Does Not Disappoint Some Folks
(22 comments) The presidency of Barack Obama is not a disappointment to some. I wanted to understand the reasons for that, and to specify how some may differ.

Monday, April 4, 2011     

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A Primer for Elected Politicians
(5 comments) Corporations may have the money, but thus far we the people still have the vote. We voted you in and now, at least in theory, you are to listen and respond to us. Somehow that hasn't been happening. So here, containing some reminders, is a primer for elected politicians.

Sunday, March 27, 2011     

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Is You Itching for Rescue Again?
(4 comments) The ongoing persecution of Wikileaks focuses the real struggle between what remains of democracy and resurgent despotism. We must resist distraction and false dichotomies and see what is happening around us. We will not be saved by the next election results; we can only save ourselves.

Saturday, July 3, 2010     

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A Response to an Unspoken Sentiment
When Dean Hartwell responded to certain pronouncements from the right, I recalled another maxim that deserves a response.