Kamala Harris’s Simplistic, Self-Serving Attitude Toward Truancy

(Disclosure:  This post underwent minor revisions on February 1 and February 2, 2019.) At the end of this post, please click the link to Nathan Robinson’s opinion piece on The Guardian’s site. The new Junior Senator from California, Kamala Harris, is one of the early candidates running for the Democratic nomination for President in 2020.  Bear in mind that the next President will appoint a Secretary of Education. Our current Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, is far to the right in her political beliefs and does not believe in the constitutional requirement of Separation of Church and State.  People who wear red … Continue reading Kamala Harris’s Simplistic, Self-Serving Attitude Toward Truancy

It’s Bookshop Day!

(Addendum/Correction:  It’s Bookshop Day in the United Kingdom and Ireland.  I live in the United States, and until now I was unaware that the U.S. is not observing Bookshop Day on this date.  Please accept my apologies.  I should have researched this more carefully because the source is an article which originated on the other side of the Atlantic. Nevertheless, please consider taking a look at the article in The Guardian.  A link appears at the end of this post.) Sadly, it’s unlikely I’ll be participating — that means spending money — in this year’s Bookshop Day, which is today, darn … Continue reading It’s Bookshop Day!

Expecting Healthcare Providers to Inform on Patients

During the 1990s, an anti-immigration ballot initiative in California (United States) included a requirement that hospitals report undocumented immigrant patients to a government agency. Voters passed the initiative, but as far as I know a judge blocked enforcement of the hospital reporting requirement. The damage may have been done, though.  Trust isn’t always easy to restore. Every person should be able to get healthcare without intimidation.  There are exceptions, though.  In California, certain types of illnesses and injuries must be reported, and there are valid debates on whether more harm or less is caused when treatment for a sexually transmitted … Continue reading Expecting Healthcare Providers to Inform on Patients

Bulimia in Men

Please click the link below to read an excellent article by Tom Pollock on The Guardian’s site, in which he identifies himself as someone we rarely hear about: a man with bulimia. Although there’s a legitimate concern about addictive foods, many eating disorders aren’t rooted in food.  Often, some type of personal issue gets the cycle started. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/apr/28/bulimia-hidden-in-men-pig-out-puke-after-gym-diagnosis Continue reading Bulimia in Men

Health and Family Planning

Here are two views on the concept of cleaning up one’s health before conceiving a child.  Both have merit.  If you have time, please click the links and read each post thoroughly. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/apr/16/obese-couples-could-be-risking-health-of-future-children-studies-say?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/headlines-pregnancy-lancet-study-women-pergnant-alcohol-smoking-lifestyle-coffee-a8308676.html Continue reading Health and Family Planning

Don’t Expect Fox News to Report This

Please click the link below to read Jon Swaine’s article, posted today on The Guardian’s site.  It’s a meticulously researched piece which exposes one of the Orwellian strategies of Sinclair Broadcast Group, and catches Sinclair’s chairman in a lie about his own political financial contributions. By the way, the current state of Sinclair Broadcast Group is the reason our government should not have eliminated the Fairness Doctrine in the late 1980s.  It’s also the reason our government did eliminate the Fairness Doctrine. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/apr/10/donald-trump-sinclair-david-smith-white-house-meeting?utm_term=Autofeed&CMP=twt_b-gdnnews Continue reading Don’t Expect Fox News to Report This

What Would Albert Camus Do?

Sometimes, I’ve wondered what — if anything — would happen if I had to check into a hospital anytime in the near future and was asked about my religion. My answer to that question would be NONE.  SECULAR HUMANIST.  If asked whether I’d like to be visited by a clergymember, the answer would be NO, BUT THANKS FOR ASKING. My lack of religion has created awkward situations in other settings.  During a morning commute in 2012, I sat in the back of a taxicab leaving JFK Airport for Manhattan.  Traffic was moving at a snail’s pace, and the driver tried … Continue reading What Would Albert Camus Do?

Ambition and Self-Empowerment, not Justice

Please find the link to Andrew Gumbel’s article on The Guardian’s site at the end of this post. Some conservatives believe disregarding the rights of the accused is an appropriate way to obtain justice.  It is not. There are reasons we have safeguards in criminal law, including the right not to incriminate oneself.  Those protections aren’t just for the guilty.  They’re also a safety net for people who are falsely accused or suspected. Orange County, California is the defendant in an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, alleging the county Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s office have encouraged coerced confessions from suspects.  … Continue reading Ambition and Self-Empowerment, not Justice