Disease? Really?

A major effort seems to be under way these days to retype drug addiction as a disease, and to give all those afflicted with this resurgent malady unfettered access to curative measures, no matter, apparently, the cost. These are the same people, I suspect, who gave us obesity as a disease, never mind that the latter malady occurs only where does a surfeit of high fructose corn ...
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Snack Time?

Meaningful work is that which causes us to lose all sense of time. Empty work is that which causes us to frequent the snack machine. www.eddiesinthestream.com
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Lesson 1: Sit in the back of the room and keep your mouth shut

Unlike China, Japan, and most of the rest of the world, America is a profoundly anti-intellectual culture. If you were born with a brain in America, and are profoundly curious, you learn early on not reveal yourself in public, especially in a public school. Far better to acquire a physical skill than a cognitive one, with the exception perhaps of being able to recall esoteric f...
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True Enough?

It would seem to be a primary qualification for high office today that one be woefully lacking in imagination and shamelessly fraught with self-regard.
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Hot Water

Millions of gallons of hot water are daily expelled by nuclear power plants. This water is not radioactive. Why then is it not being used to heat vast complexes of greenhouses, in close proximity to the power plants, dedicated to growing food?
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Is progress an illusion?

For every mountain a valley; for every gain a loss. Most of us are familiar with at least the major benefits (gains) associated with widespread use of the smartphone. What about the losses, though? There are a number of these, are there not, even if they are not quite so obvious? So, are we collectively realizing a net gain in our use of the smartphone, a net loss, or is the im...
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Does it depend?

Given the current situation in each case, would the people of Iraq, Libya, and Egypt be better off today if Saddam Hussein, Muammar Kaddafi, and Hosni Mubarak had remained in power? Larger question: Are all forms of dictatorship less desirable than the alternatives or does it depend?
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Shoe Box, Anyone?

What will happen to all those e-mails and photos stored on our computers and in the ‘cloud?’ Would any particular one of us be able to search through our accumulation of e-mails and photos in any meaningful way? What about all the other stuff accumulating on local drives and remote servers? Will the time come when all that stuff clogs our arteries and brings on a massive heart ...
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