Tag: #politics

The people who will confuse you

When I worked at that rural hospital in what I affectionately call Pennsyltucky, I met a young nurse who worked in one of the wards there. She was very pretty and very smart. I liked having conversations with her, and -- once or twice -- I got caught talking to her on the phone while ...

What the heck happened to you?

First, a warning. Some of the videos below, and my transcriptions of what is said in those videos, contain racist, ignorant, and insensitive comments. Best to leave the videos for some time when you're wearing your headphones or at home away from children. Don't judge me, but I was playing on the XBox the other ...

What we should have been doing all along: Translational Epidemiology

When I was applying to get into the DrPH program, the interviewer -- who would later become my academic advisor -- asked me for my thoughts on Translational Epidemiology. Translational Epidemiology (TE) is the use of epidemiology in different stages between identifying a population-level problem to identifying a solution for it, to evaluating what that ...

Why We Need “Essential Health Benefits” on Every Health Insurance Plan

My wife and I were in San Francisco last week, and we caught a Lyft ride to have dinner with friends. As we rode, the driver started chatting with us. He asked us what we were doing there, and we told him we were there for a conference on mental health counseling. He then told ...

Religious Intellectual Dishonesty

The story goes that I got in trouble with the priest when I was a kid because I asked too many questions. My inquiring mind wanted to know the context of biblical sayings, not just the quotes themselves. That carried on into my teenage years, when I sat in the back of the church and ...

Is this REALLY the hill you want to die on?

When I was in high school, there was this tough ex-military type who taught us world history. He was a really cool teacher because he seemed very interested in the subject matter. When the intervention in Somalia started, he and I had a very good discussion on why Somalia was not so much about humanitarian ...

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.

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 ...

The Government Is You

I must have been four or five years old when I attended my first political rally. Dad worked for the state-owned mining company in charge of mining uranium. (Uranium which would be shipped to the United States for nuclear energy and atomic research and bombs.) He was a field worker, going out into different parts ...

Whaddaya know? My head didn’t explode.

Horror. Anger. Despair. My world was ending... All of those were feelings I felt when Netherlands eliminated Mexico in the last World Cup competition. Every four years for the longest time, I get my hopes up (way up) and follow Mexico's qualification toward the World Cup. Every four years I think to myself that this ...