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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…)..

    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..

    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..

    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..

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