The Nation’s Pulse
The Nation’s Pulse
by | Mar 28, 2020

I am a practicing physician (a dermatologist). I was a medical student when HIV was discovered. As a dermatology resident, I dealt extensively with AIDS patients, because AIDS — as with most infectious diseases — often presents with skin lesions,…

by | Mar 27, 2020

Doubtless most people are familiar with Mike Lindell of MyPillow fame. (And yes, full disclosure, I am happily possessed of two of the famous pillows and the MyPillow Giza Dreams bed sheets!) He is also the author of What Are…

by | Mar 25, 2020

Monday, for the first time, decision-makers, even Gov. Cuomo of New Yawk, began talking about the need to restart the economy. To return to the often-maligned American normal. Perhaps there’s a ray of light at the end of this doleful…

by | Mar 21, 2020

There are great events that test our civilization. In their stress, we see more clearly that in normal times the working limits of those systems we have put in place to fill and master the world. The mathematician and philosopher…

by | Mar 17, 2020

A deadly terror gripped more and more of the world, leaving death and dislocation in its wake. Even so, many in America clung to the hope that, as the days went by, somehow, we would be spared. But we were…

by | Mar 16, 2020

My 19-year-old son’s university canceled on-campus classes for the rest of the semester, so he booked a $49 flight to Florida, where he’s doing his coursework online and babysitting his nephews. My 17-year-old daughter is out of school for at…

by | Mar 15, 2020

Washington Can science lead to dumb panic? It’s a question I’ve been asking as the stock market cannibalized itself in response to the coronavirus outbreak, academia shuttered classrooms, and other interests did their utmost to convince their customers that they…

by | Mar 12, 2020

Tuesday brought news that the coronavirus has officially come to my little corner of the county. It was likely only a matter of time, with an outbreak near Seattle, and I-5 running up through Seattle and much of Whatcom County….

by | Feb 29, 2020

Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor, is a mess. State governments have long gamed the program to maximize the funding they get from federal taxpayers. The Trump Administration has proposed a new regulation, the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability…

by | Feb 19, 2020

Video of Mike Bloomberg belittling farmers surfaced this week. His campaign team, which is spending money furiously trying to purchase a foothold in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, has treated it mostly as a distraction. It may do…

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