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  • Is it ever okay to experiment on people if they know the risks and the risks are low?
    on Jan 12, 2011 in Medical Society Science Movies Ethics
    I watched a movie the other day called Extreme Measures.  *movie spoiler alert*  A famous doctor was taking homeless people and performing experiments on them to find a procedure to allow parapalegics to walk again.  The ethical delimn...
  • Bless you! Gesundheit! Salute! Na zdravlje!
    on Jan 5, 2011 in Society
    Someone next to you sneezes.  What do you do?Stare at them.Run for your life.Ignore them.Say "Bless You" or "Gesundheit".The usual answer by people is #4.  I have several family and friends who always, always say "Bless you" (to your health...
  • Preemptive gift returns
    on Dec 29, 2010 in Society Privacy Internet
    Amazon will soon have a new way to return gifts preemptively.  Seriously.Amazon patents incredibly heartless and useful idea (NPR)Amazon has a Wish List where I can put items that I would like to receive.  During Christmas time (and around...
  • It's a man's world
    on Dec 22, 2010 in Society
    It's a man's world.Many women reading this would probably say Duh!  While progress has been made to level the playing field, there are still many areas and instances that show there is still progress to be made.Pay, of course, is a high profile...
  • 'Tis the Season, for Reason, and Peace. Atheists AND Religious groupsIt's Chrismas time.  And God is more prevalent than any other time of the year.  Many homes put up nativity scenes, showing Mary and Joseph around a crib with a baby Jesus, and some have Wise Men and maybe animals to complete the scene.A lo...
  • Give a Gift Card or Money as a present?
    on Dec 8, 2010 in Money Society
    As part of our company holiday party, we were to have a White Elephant Gift Exchange (Wikipedia).  This is where everyone brings a gift up to a certain value, wrapped, and we all take turns opening a gift or stealing from someone else.  One...
  • Do we really need more laws?
    on Dec 2, 2010
    If you live in California or Illinois (6th district) and you don't think we have enough laws, you can contact a state Senator and suggest a new law to them.  They will take the ideas they think are best and submit them to their state Legislature...
  • Cell Phones are a Blessing and a CurseA few years ago, my wife and I were attending her company holiday party.  As we were talking to another couple, the wife realized she had left her cell phone at home.  She said something like "dammit, I hope nothing bad happens at home."&nb...
  • Playing chess in the park? Must bring a child with you.
    on Nov 18, 2010 in Society Government Law Freedoms
    Police have issued summonses to chess players who are 'unaccompanies by minors' in New York public playgrounds.  The playgrounds have signs that say adults must be accompanied or they cannot be in the play area.  Chess players are incensed,...
  • Is that abstract art or a diseased lung?No later than Oct 22, 2012, all cigarette packages must carry a new graphic on their packaging and in advertising.  The graphics will be of such things as a person smoking with smoke coming out of a hole in their throat or a corpse with their ch...
  • High heels are BAD!
    on Nov 3, 2010 in Medical Society
    Let me put this right out front: women's legs look awesome when the woman is wearing high heels.Having said that, I would be happy to never see another pair of awesome legs if all women would wear shoes that are good for their feet.  Or at least...
  • Citizenship Test
    on Oct 26, 2010 in Government Immigration Freedoms Voting
    The link below are questions for becoming a Citizen of the United States.  There are 96 questions.  See how many you can answer correctly.U.S. Citizenship Test (Christian Science Monitor)Most of the questions are good, knowing about the Con...
  • Reality TV? The Biggest Loser? Us.
    on Oct 19, 2010 in Society Media
    The first 'reality tv program' is now considered to be Candid Camera first broadcast in 1948 (although the Original Amateur Hour also debuted in that year).  Allen Funt would play a practical joke on someone and film it.  The next reality t...
  • Free Speech rights at funerals comes to U.S. Supreme CourtFred Phelps, who has a church with about 75 members, mostly his family, protest at funerals.  Really?  Are they protesting the way the funeral is held?  Or the funeral company?  Or an individual?No, they protest because the federa...
  • Executive pay is too high? Maybe.
    on Oct 5, 2010 in Money Society Government Freedoms
    How much money is 'enough' for a corporate executive?  And for purposes of this post, let's leave the 50-person company out and talk only about the Fortune 500 companies.For 2010, the top 4 companies in regards to revenue are Wal-Mart,...
  • Protitutes teaching our children?A New York elementary school art teacher is writing a memoir about her time as a stripper and sex worker in Mexico when she was 19 years old and for about a year (ending in January 2007) she advertised as a hooker on Craigslist.  She was 'outed'...
  • Sages? Wise Ones? JALOs?
    on Sep 26, 2010 in Society Seniors
    My wife and I are both over 50 years old.  We have both embraced the term Senior and proudly show our AARP cards.  I don't recall us needing to discuss a replacement for the term Senior.Which is why I found the following article more t...
  • New U.S. currency? It's about time.
    on Sep 24, 2010 in Money Government
    In some countries around the world, paper currency has long been various sizes or colors or both for the different denominations. Great BritainA number of years ago, I went on a business trip to Malaysia.  I saw their colorful, different-s...
  • No, I don't drink alcohol. Ever.
    on Sep 22, 2010 in Society
    I have never had a drink of alcohol.  Never.  I never 'snuck one' when I was little.  I didn't drink as a teenager.  And I don't drink alcohol now.  The typical reaction when someone finds out is 'You don't drink?  You'v...
  • Smoking? Not on my beach.New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is proposing to ban smoking at New York beaches, parks, outdoor malls, and plazas.  Back in 2002, he has successfully banned smoking in restaurants and bars.Indoor smoking bans are obvious, everyone is trapped...

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