ACA – A radical restructuring of health care

The various provisions of the ACA are kicking in and I am alarmed at what I see as serious design flaws that in the name of cost cutting will radically change the nature of the practice of medicine. I am posting my observations and some links to the professional journals etc. with examples of recommendations […]

Why March?

©16 January 2014 In coming days marches celebrating the life and legacy of native Atlantan Martin Luther King, Jr. will held in Northeastern Georgia. I wish I had the knees, back and lungs willing to march. Each January I revive my intial memoir of Martin Luther King and the earlier days of the movement. This year I […]

I am Malala – a review

This is an informative book, making almost comprehensible many of the cultural/religious streams of thought that create and influence the politics and movements in the cultures of Pakistan, especially the tribal lands. The ghost writing is evident in the reportorial style of writing but acceptable considering the nature of the book. Malala presents as a […]

Comment on: “Tom Watson’s mean streak maligned his political foes”

This is in response to a Gainesville Times column y Johnny Vardeman that appeared in the October 27, 2013 issue. Mr. Vardeman’s column may be read here: http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/101/article/90744/ Statues of individuals in the environs of governing are put there not just to tell history but to celebrate the individual. “Mean streak indeed!” It is hard to […]

There’s no denying how science describes global warming

Letter to the Editor, The Times of  Gainesville, Georgia October 24, 2013 http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/225/article/90586/ The letter by W.T. Hinds in The Times on Friday cannot be permitted to stand unanswered. His inaccurate and distorted description of this year’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is breathtaking. I have no notion of his intent in describing the IPCC Report […]

The Worship of Violence

I have for some years of watching life be lived come to the belief that, whether the individual or the society, what prevails is what we admire.  Our lives, and those of our progeny,  become the beneficiaries of the values we hold dearest. These comments are prelude to the most recent visitation of mass violence […]

Book Review: What Kinship is and What it is Not.

This is a two part essay by Marshall Sahlins, well regarded anthropologist who recently resigned from the National Academy of Sciences  in protest of the body’s election of Napoleon Chagon to membership.  The NPR account of this caught my eye and I picked up the book. For me this was a difficult read but I […]

It’s The Republicans

It’s The Republicans My response to Brandon Givens’ column today: Republicans’ Definition of Freedom is Contradictory It’s the Republican, what is best described as anarchist, coalition of libertarians and Christian fundamentalists that are nearing success in dismantling our democracy through what must be considered abuse of the poor and near poor. Brandon, you lay the facts out […]

Good Books – Cultures, History and the future.

I just finished two good books, both histories focusing on the U. S. and presented from the anthropological perspective. The first is A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright. It is an extensive review of the literature on rise and fall of civilizations with observations on our’s.  Extremely well footnoted and referenced it however suffers […]