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Quotes I Love

Quotes I Love

"They reason theoretically without demonstrating experimentally and errors are the result."  - Michael Faraday "Folks is too old and too sick to take care of themselves and need help, we give it to them.  An able bodied fella may be down on his luck, but he don't want charity, not if he's honest.  All he … Continue reading Quotes I Love

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Opioids, Marijuana, and Psilocybin

Opioids, Marijuana, and Psilocybin

I recently made one of my best purchases.  I've been listening to Dragnet, the old time radio show which ran from 1949 to 1957 and consists of dramatizations of police officers solving crimes.  It later became a TV show, and ran until 1970, all starring Jack Webb.  For about $15 on Amazon, I was able to purchase 60 … Continue reading Opioids, Marijuana, and Psilocybin

The Inflation Tax

The Inflation Tax

The Federal Reserve (Fed) sets interest rates largely based on two metrics: observed inflation rate and unemployment rate.  The basic idea behind the Fed's actions is encapsulated in the Phillips curve (shown below) [1].  This model assumes an inverse monotonic relationship between inflation and unemployment: if inflation rises then unemployment decreases, and vice versa. There … Continue reading The Inflation Tax

An Economic Falsehood by Bill Clinton

Following the death of the economist Alan Krueger, Bill Clinton recently wrote the following statement on twitter.com: https://twitter.com/BillClinton/status/1107753545057492992 Here, Bill Clinton used the death of one he claims to respect to further his own erroneous political viewpoint. A simple thought process shows us the absurdity of the claim that minimum wage doesn't increase unemployment.  Suppose … Continue reading An Economic Falsehood by Bill Clinton

Heart Disease, Cancer, and Dementia

Heart Disease, Cancer, and Dementia

In "A Hierarchy of Diseases", I discussed various classes of diseases and some of the challenges that each class poses as we attempt to develop cures.  In this article, we will look at some data to see where we are in addressing some of these challenges. In the 1950s, heart disease was a major killer … Continue reading Heart Disease, Cancer, and Dementia

Running Into Reality

Running Into Reality

Ariana Grande, 25 year old singer of the recent popular song '7 Rings', wanted to celebrate her success with a permanent trophy: she got a tattoo on her hand which read '7 Rings', or so she thought.  The tattoo, written in kanji, actually means "BBQ Grill".  Grande did not get the writing checked before marking … Continue reading Running Into Reality