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Don F Moyer PhD [link]
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Patent Agent, Teacher, Retired

We made good progress in human rights with Obama as President. Now with the 115th congress and 45th president there are threats to reverse one hundred years of progress in human rights. So, I must keep my focus on advocating for human rights [link] here and everywhere I can.

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Thursday, 22 Jun 2017 Economics also gives us some myths. Paul Krugeman calls these zombies. I can't resist quoting:


The right’s zombie-in-chief is the insistence that low taxes on the rich are the key to prosperity. This doctrine should have died when Bill Clinton’s tax hike failed to cause the predicted recession and was followed instead by an economic boom. It should have died again when George W. Bush’s tax cuts were followed by lackluster growth, then a crash. And it should have died yet again in the aftermath of the 2013 Obama tax hike — partly expiration of some Bush tax cuts, partly new taxes to pay for Obamacare — when the economy continued jogging along, adding 200,000 jobs a month.

Despite the consistent wrongness of their predictions, however, tax-cut fanatics just kept gaining influence in the G.O.P. — until the disaster in Kansas, where Gov. Sam Brownback promised that deep tax cuts would yield an economic miracle. What the state got instead was weak growth and a fiscal crisis, finally pushing even Republicans to vote for tax hikes, overruling Brownback’s veto [link].

Another zombie is that monopoly is OK and benefits us all. Here is a link to a new piece about this from The Atlantic [link].

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Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017 Here is a third part of the health care series from The Atlantic which I introduced Monday. The series compares what we can learn from economics with the myths of "free choice" and "for profit" [link].

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Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017 NYU social psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies how our current political tribes think about each other. He is not hopeful that any trust among our political tribes is possible in the near term.

This interview with Haidt is important [link].

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Monday, 19 Jun 2017 We spend 3.4 trillion dollars on health care — $3,400,000,000,000 — which is about 18 percent of the country’s total GDP. Europeans spend about half of this percent and live longer healthier lives.

Fifty percent of our 3.4 trillion dollars is spent for just five percent of us. Much of that is spent in our last hours. That fifty percent is spent on those of us having expensive insurance plans willing to spend big even on procedures providing little benefit.

European single payer health systems use economic science to allocate health resources to best benefit the whole population. We call this rationing. We demand free choice. We overlook that our health care has much greater rationing according to our individual wealth.

Here are links to two excellent pieces about this from The Atlantic [link] [link].

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Friday, 16 Jun 2017 One answer to yesterday's question is the idea that public policies favoring profit will also flavor human rights. This idea has been falsified many times, most recently by the horrible fire in London.

Another answer is that there is money to be made by gaming disequity, which is what created the conditions for the London fire as explained in this good piece from The Atlantic [link].

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Thursday, 15 Jun 2017 Why do we think it OK that wealth limits access to basic human rights, health care and education for example?

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Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 Here in Illinois our state constitution requires that the state pay for K-12 education. But, the state does not do this. So, education districts depend on property tax for schools.

Three things follow. First, we have very high property taxes. Second, wealthy communities have good schools while not-wealthy communities have poor schools.

Third, Segregation and disequity are maintained. Which may be the plan.

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Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017 The experiment has been repeated many times. We have extremely trustworthy evidence that the least costly and highest benefit health care is single payer health care.

We have the third worst level of health inequality in the world [link].

Why do we put up with this? Why are we so afraid of acting in concert? Because we want to have free choice to have shorter less healthy lives than europeans?

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Monday, 12 Jun 2017 Monday of last week I posted that we have plenty of trustworthy evidence that our environment is changing because our climate is changing, because our Earth is warming, because we emit far too many greenhouse gases, because we burn fossil fuels.

Here now is a link to a nice Quantifying the effects of climate change piece by the European Space Agency [link]. Be sure to scroll all the way down to see the full story.

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Friday, 09 Jun 2017 Many people's attitudes about black persons stem from fears about differences.

I strongly suspect that many people's attitudes about science also stem from fears about differences (see the 01 June 2017 post below).

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Thursday, 08 Jun 2017 Why would anyone want to cut our safety net, including for example medicaid, [link]?

I believe the reason is that some people want to cut our safety net because it helps black persons, overlooking that our safety net also helps many more.

These cutters also believe that it is their own fault that black persons need our safety net, overlooking centuries of opression, overlooking mountains of federal, state, and local public polices which created segregated cities.

Here is a link to a discussion with Richard Rothstein, author of recently published The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America [link].

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Wednesday, 07 Jun 2017 Our #45's budget which makes huge cuts in science spending (see Thursday 01 Jun below) would also make huge cuts in science education just when we have a serious shortage of skilled technical workers.

Our National Academies of Sciences, our most trustworthy science source, just published an important report on this shortage [link].

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Tuesday, 06 Jun 2017 The evidence that our environment is changing (for example forests moving [link], Ice melting, oceans warming and rising, and much more) because our climate is changing, because our Earth is warming, because we emit far too many greenhouse gases, because we burn fossil fuels, all this evidence is much much more trustworthy than evidence Texas uses to execute persons.

None of this trustworthy evidence will stop the merchants of doubt from making up new fake doubt [link] SAD! SAD! SAD!.

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Monday, 05 Jun 2017 The Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) [link] is one of the greatest achievements of humanity and science.

To withdraw from this worldwide agreement is shameful. The only reason that #45 and too many in #115 have is to try to erase an achievement of a black person. SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!

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Friday, 02 Jun 2017 I can not imagine that our 115th Congress will pass anything like our #45's budget. Too many voters hurt. Too many good jobs killed. Too many employers hurt.

Prosperity follows investments in sciences. Prosperity does not follow tax cuts. The evidence is trustworthy. But, we are in a post-evidence time.

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Thursday, 01 Jun 2017 Also, to reduce government debt, to increase military spending, to reduce taxes on rich people our #45 wants to make giant cuts in health and science spending. You can learn details via this [link].

If we go down that path, then we are giving the future to Europe and China. Not smart. But who expected smart.

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 Returning now to the talk about debt started Monday. How does our government (45th executive, 115th congress) propose reducing public debt?

Our #45 proposes big cuts in programs which will harm children, old persons, persons with disabilities, poor persons. I guess the logic is that we do not need any persons needing those programs.

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 So, our #45 went to Europe and convinced European leaders that the USA is no longer a trustworthy friend. How bad will this get?

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Monday, 29 May 2017 We have many public policies which encourage persons to incur debt for many good purposes. This is good. It works.

But, it is gospel for some that government debt is bad. That reducing government debt is good. This experiment has been done many times. It does not work. It never works.

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Friday, 26 May 2017 The executive branch of our government proposes a budget with huge reductions in spending on health care, huge reduction in medicaid. Let us apply a little basic science to see what will happen.

First, persons denied health care will breed superbugs which will cost much more than the reductions in spending. If we try very hard maybe we can breed superbugs which only hurt rich people.

Second, who gets the medicaid money? The answer is health care workers, owners, investors, and all the vendors they pay, and all the vendors those vendors pay, and . . . Hurting all of those persons is not smart. But, who expected smart?

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