The Things That Will Follow You Forever

Oh, the things I've done. I'm incredibly lucky that the internet wasn't around when I was a teenager. Otherwise, I'm sure there would be at least one viral video of me ________ the _______ from the _________ with my __________ as everyone _________ around me. (Redacted for your own peace of mind.) Today, however, the internet ...

So You Want to Work in Professional Public Health?

Excerpt: Just a few pointers on what to do as you get ready to go into work as a professional in public health.

I’m One Mean Hombre

Apparently, I ruffled some feathers with my post to my most conservative friend. Three people have told me how they felt about the post. Two have told me that I -- apparently single-handedly -- have managed to bring down the Democratic Party. First, Hope's comment: "I don’t think you have or want any conservative friends. ...

A Day of Protesting in Baltimore

A group of mostly Latin American immigrants held a protest in Baltimore on Thursday, February 16, 2017, to protest the current executive actions on immigration. I took some pictures.

Take A Better Selfie

Ah, selfies. You either love them or hate them. You either think people are very bane and self-centered for taking them, or you appreciate that someone is document themselves being somewhere. Whatever your side on this, and if you enjoy photography, you know that there are good selfies and there are bad selfies. The typical ...

To My Most Conservative Friend

My glass is not half full. It's half empty because I gave the other half of water to someone who was thirsty, just like Jesus would (the Jesus described in the Bible, not the caricature misquoted up on stages of megachurches-slash-concerts). Your glass is half empty because some monster made up in the imagination of Breitbart of Alex Jones or Jenny McCarthy or Andrew Wakefield or Ted Cruz stole your water. Or because you drank it all so no one else could have it.

Should You Use A Bike Helmet?

Ah, those crazy public health people and their crazy recommendations. "Vaccinate," they say, but you still have outbreaks where vaccinated people are hit with the disease they were supposedly immunized against. "Wash your hands," they argued, but people who wash their hands still get gastrointestinal disease. "Wear your seatbelt," they proposed, but people die from ...

Baltimore’s Cycle of Violence Continues Apace

In the first 30 days of January, there have been 32 homicides in Baltimore City. It's not appropriate to compare these first 30 days to last year's first 30 days, however, because homicide (like other crime) is not directly related to the time of the year. Or, rather, the time of the year has some ...

Navigating the Political Seas

Imagine for a minute that you are a resident of Puerto Rico. If you were born there, then you are a citizen of the United States. However, your vote for President doesn't count since Puerto Rico doesn't have any votes in the Electoral College. Congress makes laws that affect you but you don't have any ...

I Get Fan Mail Sometimes

It should come as no surprise to you that I get fan mail sometimes. After all, I do tend to poke bears with sticks. The bigger the bear, the longer the stick, though. Imagine my surprise the other day when I saw the following message in my inbox on Facebook: "You are truly one stupid, ...