Even today, most medicine and medical practices come from anecdotal learning. Treatment springs from opinion. Evidence-based medicine remains more myth than practice.
When trying to solve a problem involving patterns, people think of adding but not subtracting – a bias with wide-ranging implications.
2020 will mostly be remembered as the year of the covid-19 pandemic, but so much more served as a harbinger of the doom which lies ahead.
Dogs serve as an adjunct to policing, their employment reflecting the morals of their masters.
The heat waves happening across the world this year are just a warming up of what’s to come. The most profound aspect of events is how nothing is being done to adapt.
People are disposable in capitalist societies, the elderly especially so – a point which the covid-19 pandemic has highlighted.
Human mental arithmetic simplicity limits popular support for dealing with pandemics and industrialized self-extinction.
Since antiquity man has sought to conquer Nature rather than peaceful coexistence. Covid-19 is simply a reminder by Nature that it cannot be overcome. How humanity has responded to covid-19 has hastened its demise later this century.
Recent widespread police brutality against those protesting police brutality vividly illustrates that self-preservation is the state’s predominant priority, with justice an anachronism.
Covid-19 punched global capitalism a knock-down blow. At taxpayer expense, the US government decided that people are expendable but big business is too big to fail.
The lockdowns that shut down economies have exposed most poignantly societal safety nets for those in need. Among developed nations, China’s is among the stingiest.
Societal trust had much to do with how governments responded to covid-19, and how citizens reacted.
A constitution can only be as good as the rulers who preside under it. That withstanding, a constitution can inspire the better or worse of men.
In exposing inept governance, the virus which causes covid-19 proved itself a political muckraker – as the American response amply illustrated.
Covid-19 has infected the world’s peoples, showing most poignantly humanity’s interconnectedness. To demonstrate their ineptness, most governments chose self-defeating shutdown as a response.
In a world beset with global problems, nations are acting selfishly, thereby accelerating humanity’s demise. Immigration illustrates.
The Senate impeachment trial presents Republicans a unique opportunity that party leaders have not appreciated, preferring instead short-sighted stupidity.
Historically, US courts have vacillated between relative political balance and extreme partisanship. In the 21st century, despite the interlude of Democratic President Obama, the federal appeals courts are thoroughly Republican.
American police are little more than uniformed gangs of thieving savages. Every year they illicitly steal well over a billion dollars of innocent peoples’ property. Because they are law enforcement, they get to keep the loot.
Industrialization has furnished a wondrous plethora of consumer products. The materials for these conveniences have come from gouging the earth for its metals and minerals. The costs of this environmental desecration include pollution that maims and kills life for miles around. China exemplifies the Faustian bargain of consumerism.
In 2014, US President Barack Obama dismissed Russia as a “regional power.” Yet Russia under Vladimir Putin is politically punching far above its weight.
Russia is serious about climate change. Alas, it’s the wrong kind of seriousness.
Farming has long had outsized political pull, owing to the disproportionate electoral power of rural areas over cities in ostensible democracies. Farm subsidies and tariffs on agricultural imports are common throughout the world; highlighting the hypocrisy of capitalists, who proclaim free trade as a cardinal virtue.
The only chance humanity has to save itself from self-extinction this century is to become more humane and better organized. It doesn’t look good.
European Union fishing quotas illustrate the exploitative urge that assures self-extinction.