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I'm a retired psychologist, author and freelance writer focusing on science, technology and fact-based political and social commentary.

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Balancing covid vaccine risks and benefits, From Uploaded
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 21, 2021
Who doesn't need to get vaccinated? The informed part of informed consent. Informed consent starts with information. This post provides accurate, up-to-date risk-vs.- benefit data that readers can use to decide about covid vaccination for themselves and their children.
Series: Pandemic (12 Articles, 15669 views)
An anti-vax protester and his fearful sign, From Uploaded
(79 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 9, 2021
What are the actual risks of the Pfizer vaccine? This post summarizes the largest controlled peer-reviewed study to date of the actual risks of the Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA vaccine.
County-by-County Covid vaccination vs. hospitalization,, From Uploaded
(94 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 1, 2021
What country do you live in? US-vaccinated or US-unvaccinated? There's a huge difference in Covid cases, hospitalizations and deaths between US counties with high vs. low vaccination rates. This post reports on the results of a nationwide county-by-county study.
Series: Pandemic (12 Articles, 15669 views)
Please follow the sign and get vaccinated!, From Uploaded
(193 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 13, 2021
How rare is rare? Some actual data about breakthrough Covid infections We keep hearing that breakthrough Covid infections are rare or very rare. Here are some actual numbers that nail down what that actually means.
Series: Pandemic (12 Articles, 15669 views)
. . . Delta is for danger . . ., From Uploaded
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 24, 2021
. . . Delta is for Danger . . . Three experts present a Covid-19 update focusing on the surging delta variant and what can and should be done to contain it. .
Series: Pandemic (12 Articles, 15669 views)
Coxcatlan Cave and its location, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 5, 2021
New evidence of humans in the Americas 30,000 years ago New evidence from a cave in Mexico suggests that humans were in the Americas 30,000 years ago, before the last glacial maximum. If further studies of the artefacts confirm that they were made or used by humans, it will re-write the prehistory of the Americas. .
Series: Human evolution (2 Articles, 2941 views)
Which image wins?, From Uploaded
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 18, 2021
Whose Reality Wins? The insurrection at our nation's capitol marked a declaration of war not just between Trump supporters and opponents nor between right and left, but between two incompatable realities. It's time to choose.
Series: Hate speech, hate crimes (2 Articles, 1930 views)
Every face mask worn saves society $3000-$6000, From Uploaded
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 3, 2020
How much is a face mask worth? Try $3000 A team of economists and public health experts at Yale University calculate that every face mask worn during the Covid-19 pandemic saves society at least $3000 because of lives saved. Flip that over and you realize that every person choosing not to wear a mask in public is costing the rest of us that much or more.
Series: Pandemic (12 Articles, 15669 views)
Face masks save lives, From Uploaded
(67 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 24, 2020
Universal mask use in public could save 130,000 lives in the next 4 months New research predicts that if most Americans wear face masks in public, it could save 130,000 lives this fall and winter.
Series: Pandemic (12 Articles, 15669 views)
Trump at CPAC, 2013, From Uploaded
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 18, 2020
From hateful words to hate crimes--new research shows a clear link New research strengthens the link between hate speech--especially on social media--and violent hate crimes.
Series: Hate speech, hate crimes (2 Articles, 1930 views)
Ulysses mythic image, From WikimediaPhotos
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 6, 2020
The coronavirus as a reality check There's a lesson to be learned from the coronavirus. In this postmodern world, where highly politicized narratives trap us and memes are our marching orders, the virus can remind us that there's a bedrock reality that commands our attention.
Series: Pandemic (12 Articles, 15669 views)
Smilodon populator--one of North America's Pliocene saber-toothed cats, From InText
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 1, 2020
Climate--we're turning the clock back 3.3 million years Two new studies add urgency to the climate-change crisis. One shows that there will soon be more CO2 in Earth's atmosphere than at any time in the last 3.3 million years. The second details the human and economic impacts of predicted sea-level rise and coastal flooding.
Series: Climate change (3 Articles, 4303 views)
Just a few tiny droplets . . ., From Uploaded
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 3, 2020
Going Coronaviral--Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to exponential growth We humans are great at dealing with slow, linear change, but terrible at understanding and coping with exponential change. This post presents the two key things we need to know.
Series: Pandemic (12 Articles, 15669 views)
Reconstruction of Neanderthal woman, From Uploaded
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 20, 2020
A 38,000-year-old whodunit: What really happened to our Neanderthal cousins? Who or what did in our Neanderthal cousins 38,000 years ago? New research using a sophisticated supercomputer model fingers the likely culprits.
Series: Human evolution (2 Articles, 2941 views)
People wearing masks (and saving lives), From Uploaded
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 13, 2020
To mask or not to mask, that is the question New research from teams in the US and the UK identify wearing face masks in public as the most effective and least disruptive way to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
Series: Pandemic (12 Articles, 15669 views)
Like Macavity, Trump's not there, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 14, 2020
What didn't he know and when didn't he know it? In trying to understand Trump's dangerous and deadly mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, his torrent of lies and inevitable blame-shifting lead to the question, "What didn't he know and when didn't he know it?"
Series: Pandemic (12 Articles, 15669 views)
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 27, 2020
What if we had a sociopathic narcissist as President in a time of crisis? This brief article explores what might happen if we somehow got a sociopathic narcissist as President of the United States, especially in a time of crisis.
Series: Pandemic (12 Articles, 15669 views)
The Whanganui River on New Zealand's North Island, From Uploaded
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 17, 2019
New Zealand's answer to Citizens United--Grant Personhood to a River New Zealand was the first country to grant personhood rights to nature--in this case the Whanganui River. This bold step may be an important way to bring the law to bear on our present ecological and climatological crisis.
Series: Climate change (3 Articles, 4303 views)
Meandering polar jet stream, From InText
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 6, 2019
Something new to worry about -- Quasi-resonant Amplification People around the world have been experiencing extended periods of extreme weather--heat waves, drenching rains and floods, Arctic deep-freezes. These are caused or made worse by "quasi-resonant amplification"--huge, slow-moving meanders of the jet stream.
Series: Climate change (3 Articles, 4303 views)
Pollutants have a variety of health impacts, From InText
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 5, 2019
Ten percent of us have high concentrations of ten or more toxins in our blood This post reports on the work of epidemiologist Miguel Porta, demonstrating that ten percent of the population have high loads of ten or more toxins in their blood. The health implications are huge.
Series: What are we doing to our kids and ourselves? (2 Articles, 2122 views)

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