Sex And No Common Sense

We created a national crisis by not investing in birth control and family planning. We often do things that totally defy common sense, and when it comes to sex we’re often outright stupid. Where does this stupidity come from? The sources are many: our discomfort with the subject of sex, our failure to talk openly with our children, and pediatricians failing to...

Managing My Mind: A New Years Resolution

My mind is usually unmanaged. Within the boundaries of my memory and consciousness, thoughts arise, and memories flow. I worry about what I’m going to say to someone tomorrow, whether I left a document in my hotel room or the plane will arrive on time for me to make my connection. My mind acts as if it were it’s own master.   Other times,  I catch the...

Let’s Not Talk About Sex

In a recent New York Times editorial, Paul A. Offit Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia explored the reasons behind the incredible slow and limited use of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which prevents several types of cancer.     Offit...

Depriving pregnant women of liberty and justice

As we are seeing more states legalizing marijuana and same sex marriage, one may be led to believe our nation has discovered a progressive bent. Yet, gridlock has not prevented a state level war on abortion rights and the advance of the “personhood” rights for fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses.   In an outstanding New York Times Op-Ed story entitled...

Many, many thanks!

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. The only gift that’s required – is the giving of thanks. We can never have to many opportunities to reflect on how much we have to be thankful for. In a world where environmental destruction, violence, inequality, and fear make daily and now, minute-by-minute headlines, it’s easy to forget how blessed...

And the rich keep getting richer!

It’s true. A picture is often worth a thousand words.   In Neil Irwin’s New York Times story he cites two charts from Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century that bring home the outrageous nature of our increasing unequal society. In the 1940s, 50s and 60s, most of the income gains accrued to the majority of people and the bottom...

Birth control pill turns male fish into females and led to near extinction of fish in lake

Reported by Aly Thomson in The Regina Leader-Post, the study, being published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, found that introducing small amounts of estrogen into a lake led to the near extinction of the fathead minnow because it interfered with the fish’s ability to reproduce.   Lead researcher Karen Kidd of the University of...

Fairer Trade: Rubber Giant to Hear Villagers’ Complaints

More than 15 months after a Global Witness report revealed that Vietnam’s state-owned rubber giant, the Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) had illegally cleared land and displaced communities in Cambodia, The Cambodia Daily recently reported that the company has announced that it will accept and respond to complaints from those whose lives it has...

Making Shit Up

We live in confusing times. Desperate to believe that what we think we know to be true, is in fact, the truth. The alternative is much too scary – but essential. Life is a journey, what is true today may no longer be true tomorrow. We will never know the “whole” truth.   Nathaniel Philbrick, the author of “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A...

Are we still the greatest?

Maureen Dowd, one of the best Op-Ed writers to ever grace the pages of the New York Times, often strikes at the heart of the American dilemma capturing our current confusion with the precision of a surgeon. On this Fourth of July, in her column, “Who Do We Think We Are?” Dowd tapped into the dilemma of our psyche. “From Katrina to Fallujah, we’re...