Category Archives: Healthcare

Deaths from Despair

Frequently in this space, a graph is more eloquent than anything I might have to say. Here is the graph from the most recent Deaton-Case study on the death rates, by age cohort, of white with only a high-school education … Continue reading

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The Emptiness of the ‘Trump Is Not a Fascist’ Boast

This blog has already pointed out the narcissistic assurance of liberal commentators claiming to know in advance what’s going to happen, right after having the roof fall in, last November 8th. Before us we have yet another example, one Kenneth … Continue reading

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The Loss of Hope

The occasion for this report is the news today that the rise in death rates, or the lowering of life expectancy — two ways of looking at essentially the same thing — has now extended from males in the United … Continue reading

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A Bitter Disappointment

Recently, on a website devoted to animal rights, appeared this evaluation of the recent election: Jill Stein’s positions were nearly identical to those of Bernie Sanders, yet progressives who supported Bernie overwhelmingly rejected the Greens. It is difficult to envisage … Continue reading

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Dropping the Pilots

My title today is a reference to a famous political cartoon of the 1890s, showing the new German Emperor, Wilhelm II, getting rid of the famed chancellor who had fashioned, politically and militarily, the creation of the very Empire which … Continue reading

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We Were Never Data-driven

  I’m retired, after more than twenty years full-time teaching in high school, in Portland Public Schools.  During that time, and with greater and greater urgency toward the end of my tenure, we were continually beseeched, as teachers, to do … Continue reading

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David Lee Fry and Me

  I was incarcerated for about a month in Multnomah County Jail this summer, awaiting trial for trespassing against Fred Meyer.  While there I met David Fry, one of those armed occupiers of the Malheur federal bird sanctuary.  The last … Continue reading

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