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Leave Melania out of it

I’ve made no secret of my visceral disgust with Donald Trump and his effort to inaugurate American fascism and I can get behind nearly any non-violent protest of Trump’s policies and behavior … except one. I’m very uncomfortable with complaints about paying for Melania Trump’s decision to stay in New York with her son. I’ve […]

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Fourteen features of fascism

I’m beginning to think Republicans in general, and Trump supporters in particular are intellectually incapable of recognizing Trump’s burgeoning fascism until one of his enablers pistol-whips them. In the hope that it’s not too late yet and at least some Republicans are capable of following an intellectual argument, I offer Italian philosopher and novelist Umberto Eco’s […]

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In Trump we have come face to face with evil; history will judge us by what we do next.

Many people like to imagine how they would have reacted had they lived in cataclysmic times. They tell themselves that they would not have joined the Nazi party, they would not have owned slaves in the pre-Civil War South, they would have behaved like George Washington in the Revolutionary War, not like Benedict Arnold. Those […]

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Trump the Toddler and his Republican enablers

Donald Trump reminds me of someone I used to know. Actually he reminds me of four little someones, my children when they were toddlers. Our president is a big, fat crybaby and the first two weeks of his presidency have been nothing more than an extended temper tantrum. Unfortunately, his Republican enablers like Mitch McConnell […]

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10,000 Medicare patients die within a week of being discharged from ER? Most would have died anyway.

Why is there so much crappy medical research? The latest example, complete with press release, was just published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). It’s entitled Early death after discharge from emergency departments: analysis of national US insurance claims data. The authors found: Among discharged patients, 0.12% (12 375/10 093 678, in the 20% sample […]

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A Scientists’ March on Washington is a chance to speak truth to power

In an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times, a geology professor Robert S. Young decries the planned Scientists’ March on Washington in a display of shocking naïveté: Among scientists, understandably, there is growing fear that fact-based decision making is losing its seat at the policy-making table. There’s also overwhelming frustration with the politicization of […]

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Spinning bad research

There’s an appalling amount of bad research out there and more is added with the publication of new papers every month. How can we tell good research from bad? One way is to look at whether the results hold up to statistical analysis: Are the findings statistically significant? Is the study large enough to have […]

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Guest post: From attachment parenting to the mental hospital

I’m honored to be entrusted with publishing this incredibly powerful post from a mother who wishes to remain anonymous. It took me just under three years to go from bright-eyed and expectant to waking up in a mental hospital in severe withdrawal from benzos (aka anti-anxiety medication). It’s not the whole story – what ever […]

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I despise Milo Yiannopoulos, but Roxane Gay is wrong to try to censor him

I oppose censorship. I guess that’s not surprising since a rival blogger tried to force my blog off the internet because she disagreed with what I wrote. She was initially so successful that I had no choice but to sue her in Federal Court in 2013. The case, Tuteur v. Crosley-Corcoran, was ultimately settled confidentially, […]

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No, cesarean does NOT affect the infant microbiome

In the on going effort to demonize cesareans, the natural childbirth community seized on a tiny study and spun it into the claim that C-sections change the infant microbiome. A new, far larger study, shows that it does not. As the Houston Chronicle explains: In a new study of 160 pregnant mothers and their babies […]

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