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Siegfried Othmer is a physicist who over the last 28 years has been engaged with neurofeedback as a technique for the rehabilitation and enhancement of brain function. He is Chief Scientist at the EEG Institute in Los Angeles.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018     

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On Range Anxiety This article discusses the merits of providing a guaranteed minimum income as a way of restoring balance to our economy, rescuing lives that are presently headed toward progressive distress and dysfunction, and restoring some vitality to our democratic aspirations through the assumption of shared obligations.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 (1 comments)     

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"Crooked Donald! Lock him up!" There are many reasons to question the legitimacy of the election of Donald Trump. Nevertheless, there appears to be a reluctance on the part of the Democratic Party to represent that position, even though surely that conviction is widely held within the party. This article discusses the issue in its particulars.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 (4 comments)     

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"Crooked Donald! Lock him up!" There are many reasons to question the legitimacy of the election of Donald Trump. Nevertheless, there appears to be a reluctance on the part of the Democratic Party to represent that position, even though surely that conviction is widely held within the party. This article discusses the issue in its particulars.

Image created from image crediting Saturday, April 14, 2018 (12 comments)     

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Russian monument in memory of 9/11 This is a good time to reflect on the beautiful monument that was built on the shores of New Jersey in commemoration of the events of 9/11. One large teardrop, appearing to form slowly, occupying a hideous crack where none should be in a human edifice.

Thursday, April 5, 2018     

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On Suffering One of the concerns of Medicine is the relief of suffering. The opiate crisis is evidence that we are not doing very well. That should not have come as a surprise.

Reagan-Gorbachev shaking hands 1987 Sunday, January 14, 2018 (27 comments)     

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Re fitness to serve, we have things backwards Presently we appear to be in a situation in which the unsuitability of the President to serve is fully evident to his own staff, and yet the staff is engaged in a project to preserve the Presidency of Donald Trump--almost irrespective of what that might entail in terms of the fortunes of the country.

Confederate Flag, Tuesday, January 2, 2018 (9 comments)     

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Stranger in the South We need to dispose of the notion that the Civil War was a good war. Rather, it foisted a pathology upon our land that is still reverberating. The spasm of lynchings in the South was a reaction to Reconstruction. It was the vengeance of the disempowered, the losers in war and in the subsequent imposed peace, unleashed upon the defenseless. This scourge restored the most reactionary elements to power in the South.

John Anderson & Ronald Reagan Debate from September 21, 1980 In 1980, the League of Women Voters invit Tuesday, December 5, 2017     

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On John Anderson -- A Brief Essay As Los Angeles was once again being buffeted by high winds, with early morning sunlight giving an overcast sky of smoke and haze an eerie, ominous gray-orange glow, I found myself thinking back upon John Anderson and the path not taken back in 1980. Later that morning, I peeled back the pages of the newspaper and found John Anderson's obituary.

nuclear mushroom cloud Saturday, July 23, 2016 (5 comments)     

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The Nuclear Arsenal and Global Warming our trillion dollar program to refurbish our nuclear weapons arsenalis going forward with very little controversy, debate, or even broad awareness. We know, however, that everyone involved in the decision chain remains persuaded that these strategic weapons are intended as a deterrent. The moment these weapons are actually unleashed, all predictions are off on what might happen once the smoke of battle clears.

Bernie Sanders FULL SPEECH at Liberty University (C-SPAN) Senator Bernie Sanders ( Sunday, January 10, 2016 (6 comments)     

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The Populist Path Out of Partisan Stasis-- Light At the End of the Tunnel The Republican Party, in attempting to delegitimize the democratic party and its President has delegitimized itself. There's a populist solution that could help disgusted, disenfranchised voters on both sides, and his name is Bernie Sanders.

Hurricane Katrina Radar Image Monday, January 4, 2016 (25 comments)     

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Climate Change: Doubt is not Enough Global warming deniers have used the strategy of raising doubt about the facts, following the very successful reliance on such strategy by the tobacco companies. Those who saw the danger have engaged the critics in an ongoing contest of competing claims. This has it entirely backwards. It is not what is known that should frighten us. Rather, it is what is not known.

Silver Argiope & Mydas Fly: predator and prey Tuesday, December 22, 2015 (10 comments)     

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The Predator-Prey Society we have bifurcated into three species--predator, prey, and parasite... How does this wretched system sustain itself? The powers that be are doing a good job persuading the hoi polloi that the threat to their well being comes from the bottom rather than the top--from the immigrants; from the needy; from the undeserving underclass

Obama and Netanyahu Monday, November 30, 2015 (3 comments)     

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Caging the Nuclear Genie Any large-scale attack on Iran by Israeli forces would likely come at the price of the destruction of Israeli society as we know it. A significant risk is that the major cities will be made uninhabitable, and that would be the end of the society that Israelis have constructed.

Torture - America's Shame Sunday, December 14, 2014     

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Our Moral Burden After the Torture Revelations Coming to the US in 1951 as an 11 year old from Germany, I was seen as an emissary from the nation that was seen as categorically evil. I thoroughly absorbed and accepted the judgment of collective guilt that my new country had imposed. And now that same principle demands that I must also accept responsibility for the torture that was committed in our name.

//www.flickr.com/photos/54526467@N00/8475569087/: Meteor trace Saturday, January 4, 2014 (4 comments)     

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We Have Black Swans A lack of future-orientation seems to characterize our society and our politics these days. This is happening even while our ability to shape future events is increasing substantially. Even the close call at Chelyabinsk last year did not have major policy repercussions. By contrast, Native Americans had an ethic of preserving the integrity of the environment unto the seventh generation, even while they had only limited means

Saturday, September 18, 2010 (1 comments)     

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A Lesson in Potholes Our near-term economic performance depends on our attention to infrastructure concerns and to our societal needs. This is primarily a government burden, which requires more taxation.

Friday, September 10, 2010 (3 comments)     

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Ruminations on the San Bruno Fire Fire hazard after earthquakes is one of a number of societal concerns that could lead to economic recovery via a focus on infrastructure improvements.

Monday, September 6, 2010 (3 comments)     

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The State of Labor The check-mating of Democratic initiatives in Congress increasingly means that progressive causes must be served by private initiative to the greatest degree possible. The cause of labor is the most obvious case in point.

Sunday, April 4, 2010     

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Worrying a Fragile Social Cohesion Religious belief may be the key animating impulse behind a fragmenting social cohesion in the US. If so, a frustrated progressivism must choose its causes wisely.

Saturday, January 23, 2010 (5 comments)     

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The Art of the Possible in Universal Health Insurance A non-compulsory approach to achieving near universal health care coverage with a robust public option

Monday, January 11, 2010 (4 comments)     

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On Negro dialect If Senator Reid cannot speak the truth about race without it being considered a gaffe, then perhaps others among us need to carry the discourse forward.

Thursday, December 31, 2009 (1 comments)     

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The Path Not Taken President Carter's views on the state of the country in 1979 are even more relevant today. A historical perspective on how we got here helps to clarify our current challenges---political, economic, and technical.

Monday, December 28, 2009 (4 comments)     

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Voluntary taxation The article considers the desirability and means of allowing individuals to either opt in or out with regard to public support of abortion, capital punishment, and undeclared wars.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 (1 comments)     

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Rumination on Taxation Options for restoring tax equity are discussed, with the dual objectives of restoring fiscal credibility to Washington and of righting the economic ship of state.

Monday, November 23, 2009 (1 comments)     

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Thoughts on Afghanistan Discusses risks of military escalation and introduces policy alternatives

Sunday, October 25, 2009 (9 comments)     

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On Torture: The Issue of Collective Guilt After Hitler, Germany had to deal with collective guilt. Now that the USA has its own issue of the violation of the Geneva Convention regarding torture, the question of collective guilt needs once again to be raised. As far as I can tell, there has been essentially no discussion of our common, shared responsibility for what we have allowed to happen.

Friday, September 26, 2008 (2 comments)     

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Toward a New Economy The proposed bailout is a rescue effort for an economy that has not served the nation well. But the alternatives are not up for debate. As the bailout is unlikely to be effective in the long run, it is best to explore alternative economies now.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008     

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A Revitalized Liberal Agenda A reflection on a liberal resurgence on the basis of foreseeable technological developments that imply a moral mandate for our society.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 (2 comments)     

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Musings on the Fed The center of power in our country has already gravitated from Washington to Wall Street. Its incestuous marriage to the Fed completes the hegemony of capital over our political institutions. On the one hand, capital claims the freedoms accorded all private ventures. And on the other hand the Fed has been deliberately insulated from public pressures.The people hardly matter anymore. This is the essence of fascism.

Monday, March 24, 2008 (1 comments)     

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Assuring a Progressive Future The opposition has no intention of playing fair. Too bad the press is otherwise engaged. It is not our press anymore, simple as that. It has become the mouthpiece for interests not our own. In this fragile state of our democracy, it is not enough for us to shove Barack out front as our gladiator against the forces of evil. It is not enough to mobilize for the election and then retire to the sidelines.

Monday, July 17, 2006     

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Tantrum Politics A couple of years ago our California ballot offered voters the opportunity to support stem cell research in the form of a $3B state funding commitment to a targeted research program. I recall only the vaguest details of what I voted for, and I certainly had misgivings about many aspects of this initiative. This is not the kind of issue where direct democracy should be exercised.

Friday, September 23, 2005     

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A Reflection on our Times