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    WHO SHOULD OWN IN-THE-BODY MEDICAL DATA IN THE AGE OF EHEALTH

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    Within the next decade, reactive medical practices will evolve into what has been popularly coined “P4” medicine – predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory – where examinations will take place at home, where devices connected to the body, externally and internally, will send medical data into the cloud, where expert systems will analyze and determine wellness and disease, as well as tweak, in real time, personalized electronic prescriptions for medical treatment and anatomical enhancement. Patients should own this data, and here is why. (more…)..

    REMINDERS OF THE NEXT ROUND

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    It’s past midnight and I have put the pen down to scan the four framed pictures hung over my desk—, two abstract, colorful geometric figures; two portray boxers with an uncertain fate. I wonder why I chose to hang them where I spend most days and nights. (more…)..

    THE MUSIC LESSON

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    My granddaughter sat next to me at the piano waiting to start her first lesson. On the rack in front of us, the music for “Some Enchanted Evening,” stared back, which, but for Amy’s question, “Poppie, when did you learn to play the piano?” would have been unremarkable. When I didn’t respond, she insisted, “Poppie, who . . .?” “My aunt played and she showed me. Now, you know your alphabet, so let’s start there.” Amy wasn’t finished. “Does she still play?” “I don’t think so….” “Why?” “Well, I don’t know.” Sometimes we hide the truth because, as in this case, my student needed to hear the harmoni..

    APPOINTMENT OF THE PLANET’S NEXT POLICY CUSTODIAN

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    Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s selection to run the Environmental Protection Agency by all accounts believes that global warming doesn’t involve human activity, such as coal burning, driving or deforestation. We should admire his skepticism. After all, for centuries scientists have proposed countless theories, widely accepted at the time, but later proven false. Perhaps he knows some newly discovered facts or explanations that would lead to a plausible theory that humankind isn’t the driving factor behind global warming. I look forward to his upcoming congressional confirmation hearings..

    Crossing the Evolutionary Gap

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    "...Someday,  only remnants of the Homo sapiens will remain. Some predict not beyond the twenty-fourth century. By then what was once a life form that tracked its origins back 2.5 million years, will have completely disappeared." (more…)..

    How Trumpism Slipped into Our Political Zeitgeist

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    How did Trump, a man with so little substance, become the prospective leader of the free world. Why did sixty million Americans vote him in, in full view of the man’s expressed biases, prejudices (alt-right wing ideals) and false beliefs about the world (from climate change to ethical norms)? The answer is buried deep in the socio-psychological drivers of a nation’s dominant population, which on some level refuses to fully integrate, ethnically, religiously or racially, and on another level resents how life has turned out, economically at least.  When these two drivers converge, scapegoats app..

    REVISITING THE DIATRIBES OF THIS PAST ELECTION

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    I make it a practice to look back on what I write, especially when what I’d written takes a social or political stance. It helps me reflect on my arguments and emotions, and whether I would have expressed myself differently, had I known how the future unfolded. Today I revisited an open letter I posted seven weeks ago as the nation was in the throes of the presidential election. As one who remains unconvinced that President-elect Trump was this countries best choice, I am prepared to let the next few months play out, and then reconsider his administration’s achievements, for better or worse. I..

    WRITE LIKE IT’S YOUR CLOSING ARGUMENT

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    A recent ABA Journal article called to mind the similarity between writers of fiction, politicians and trial lawyers. Particularly,  our susceptibility to believing in a story, when told by a master narrator, even when we may have witnessed the event giving rise to the plot or when the underlying facts about an incident are abhorrent to our political ideology. This happens in part, because we remain open to alternative accounts.  In the matter of disputes giving rise to a trial, lawyers know that after observing an important event, witnesses will remember it based on its impact, and their actu..

    DÉJÀ VU Dateline: July 27, 2016, Redux

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    Last week I wrote an essay about why the date July 27, rang a bell. It was about why Trump’s nod to the Russian’s to infiltrate U.S. politics was barren of any sense of history or the sacrifices made by Cold War veterans. Then I listened to Khizr Kahn’s assertion that Trump “sacrificed nothing and no one,” and I saw how these two themes converged. This is a long-winded way of saying I decided to restate my case in summary form. For those of you that know me, I am left of center on the subject of the country’s militaristic bravado and Pentagon budget. Yet, I believe all American’s  should contr..

    DÉJÀ VU Dateline: July 27, 2016

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      DÉJÀ VU Dateline: July 27, 2016   For some reason the date yesterday kept bouncing around in my head. Maybe because it was that one year ago I gave a keynote address at a local ceremony, in Las Vegas, New Mexico to honor Korean War veterans, on the 62nd anniversary of the Armistice. I have always had a special place in my heart for these veterans, for lot’s of reasons, first having been an impressionable paperboy during that war, where I read headlines every day about its brutality, or because I served with dozens of G.I.s, who had served in Korea. These guys, mostly my NCOs and Of..

    CHAIN LETTERS: WHETHER TO ANSWER, FORWARD OR DELETE

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    My dear friends, with whom I spent some of the greatest moments in childhood, we have long headed down different politically ideological paths over the last 60-odd years. Yes, 60-odd, since those dozen or so long New England summers and icy winters, before we had no real stake in the world, except one that made growing-up fun, before the war, the Vietnam war, when we scattered to the four compass points, before the neighborhood we loved let our parents sell the homes we grew up in to people that did not look like us, people of non-European ethnicities, of different hues shades and color.  Was..

    DEATH BY INTERNET

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    DEATH BY INTERNET Carvalko takes the reader to the outer edge of technology and ethics in a speculative fiction that evokes the bizarre power of the Internet to reveal if the world is merciful. A fitting topic in light of contemporary America, with its frequent violent episodes and inadequate political responses. Strapped down and dying in a prison cell, Sam Mariani tells the story of how he searched for an objective "good," inviting the public to respond to his blog, but rather than click the familiar “Like” button as on Facebook, they voted to either “Die” or “Live”, depending on whether the..

    DEATH BY INTERNET, A NOVEL

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     DEATH BY INTERNET A NEW NOVEL BY JOSEPH CARVALKO Carvalko takes the reader to the outer edge of technology and ethics in a speculative fiction that evokes the bizarre power of the Internet to reveal if the world is merciful. A fitting topic in light of contemporary America, with its frequent violent episodes and inadequate political responses. Strapped down and dying in a prison cell, Sam Mariani tells the story of how he searched for an objective "good," inviting the public to respond to his blog, but rather than click the familiar “Like” button as on Facebook, they voted to either “Die” or..

    E-COMMERCE: ITS Growth AND Long run PRESPECTIVES

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    E-COMMERCE: ITS Growth AND Long run PRESPECTIVES In the simplest kind, E-commerce refers to the utilization of web with the reason of carrying out internet marketing business transactions of both of those services and products. The sector of E-commerce is very wide and it makes use of many other technologies; like, online transaction processing, inventory management model, supply chain administration model and the web banking to name several. (more…)..

    DEATH BY INTERNET

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    DEATHBYINTERNETPODCAST     DEATH BY INTERNET my new novel is a thriller about a domestic revolutionary and the government’s efforts to silence him. The story plays out in a prison cell, where an old man, half Native American, waits to be executed. He tells about his life, the violent deaths of his parents, his activities as a Indian activist, during the Indian uprisings of the ’70s, and then the years spent underground to avoid prosecution. One day he decides to take one last stand, and make a social statement by connecting himself to the Internet to provoke his audience to vote, whe..

    PHARMACO-ELECTRONICS

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    Future medical prescriptions will take the form of software algorithms and other computer mediated methods that instantiate in-the-body electronic prostheses. To prepare society for the effects of electronic medical prescription delivery, we need to consider improving regulation to insure our security and to engage in a dialogue regarding the apparent ethical implications.  As in-the-body and wearable processors become commonplace within the next decade, reactive medical practices will evolve into predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory medicine,  where devices send physiologic..

    NEW NOVEL COMING-DEATH BY INTERNET-The Line Between Sacrifice and Suicide

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    My new novel is less than 90 days from release. It is a suspense-filled political/social tale about technological nihilism, as narrated by a man strapped down in a prison cell, who tells us how he launched a website that connected him to a contraption that would reveal whether the world was compassionate or callous on the basis of the public’s responses to his blog. He invited subscribers to read a his posts, but rather than click the familiar “Like” button as in Facebook, they would vote either “Live” or “Die.”  As a live Internet broadcast, the world watches, and  depending on the user’s cho..

    Detrás del Acero

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    New York, NY – Musician, Lawyer and Writer, Joseph Carvalko, publishes his intimate poetry collection, Detrás del Acero, through digital publishing platform, Editorial Trance. This e-book expresses a longing to love, while railing against injustice, and paying tribute to those who fought for and built America. It is available for the iBOOK, Kindle, Google Play, and Nook platforms, at their respective outlets. "My grandfather, a union activist, organized bakery workers in NYC at the turn of the 20th century. My father was a union man, organizer, president for 35 years fighting for sweatshop wor..

    BEHIND THE STEEL- ONE LIFE—FIVE EPOCHS

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    Behind the Steel, a book of poetry, takes the reader through a century filled with the experiences of people who toiled in the inner cities, on vast prairies, and who came to know the zones of war, and other conflicts, and offers a perspective that will resonate with anyone who thinks hard about where we came from and for what purpose. Carvalko's work deals with death, loses of the heart, and old age, when the past stands still and time quickens, when the echoes of the past ricochet and scatter into pure energy.  He casts a sharp eye into a search for meaning through action, but discovers that..

    Winter Interrupted

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    My short story about two elderly veterans appears in All Gave Some, (Red Engine Press, 2014, 457 pps) an anthology of fiction and nonfiction military themes. Writers range from well-known historians and novelists to first-time authors. The 2014 edition is produced under the auspices of the Military Writers Society of America. It begins: Today, while giving CPR to a bed of roses that aren’t surviving a sudden heat wave, I kept thinking about Harry, who’d come to Florida to visit me from up north to get away from what turned out to be a punishing winter on a lake, where winds pushed upwards of f..

    Manifest West: Different Roads

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    My poem: “County Road 80” about a New Mexico Sephardic Jew appears in Manifest West: Different Roads (Pub: University Press of Colorado) an anthology that reflects both "the myth and the truth about what we call the 'West." The editors of Different Roads remind us that our "strength lies in differences, not in similarities," what Stanley Baldwin refers to as "the many-sidedness of truth.------------ COUNTY ROAD 80----------- Between Cordova and Truchas, el hombre looks skyward, wizened, blinded by the sun’s flux, in honor of that birth-marked wiry muscled clan clawing desiccated soil from an I..

    THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY GUIDEBOOK FOR LAWYERS

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    My coauthor Cara Morris, Esq. and I are delighted to announce our publishers, ABA Publications, released The Science and Technology Guidebook for Lawyers. We believe it is the first comprehensive text, aimed at legal professionals, to help them understand the important role science and technology play in rationally dealing with global warming, genetic engineering, privacy, intellectual property, criminal justice, and the imminent explosion of electronic medicine. For an excerpt go to: http://shop.americanbar.org/eBus/Default.aspx?TabID=251&productId=214830..

    FLARE: The Flagler Review- Möbius Strip

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    By Joe Carvalko As the centuries turned one into another, we lost the gift of ancients for hearing muted primal screams, for seeing Munch’s faceless shriek— the unmistakable precursors of everything spiraling into darkness. I did not see her wane and wander in the whirligig of despair, until they threw the keys away. They took her to the place where lights bounced-off linoleum worn and polished, behind metal doors with a window— a lock turned, behind which people twirled, laughed, lifted dresses over their heads or sucked their thumbs and bawled. I searched for tapestries of blues, births, dea..

    JURIMETRICS BOOK REVIEW-The Techno-human Shell-A Jump in the Evolutionary Gap

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    jurimetrics journal 2014 mcgee_book_review..

    On Remembering, and Forgetting: One Veteran Speaks

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    By Heather Brandon WNPR News at WNPR.org November 11, 2013 The following is a keynote address delivered by Joe Carvalko at the Milford Veterans' Day parade on Sunday, November 10 on the town green. Carvalko is an American author and lawyer born in Bridgeport. His recent novel is We Were Beautiful Once, Chapters from a Cold War. Carvalko is a veteran of the Air Force (’59-’64), 307th Bomb Wing, Strategic Air Command, and is Adjunct Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University, School of Law. Learn more about him at carvalko.com. Remembering, and ForgettingBy Joe Carvalko Each year, on the eleventh..

    Veterans Reflect on Military Service Through Creative Writing

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    Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the Cold War era gathered at Fairfield University Monday night, November 11, to read from their creative writing. After the readings, the veterans participated in a panel discussion about the therapeutic value of writing. Three of the veterans served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Colin D. Halloran is a U.S. Army combat veteran who served in Afghanistan and is the author of the award-winning memoir-in-verse Shortly Thereafter. He read from the book Monday night. "The only way to determine the pain and suffering experienced in the wars is to ask the peopl..

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