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Fighting Opioid and Painkiller Addiction

Some History In 1980, a letter to the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine by the Boston Collaborative Drug Surveillance Program stated “the risk of addiction was low when opioids such as oxycodone were prescribed for chronic pain.” It was a brief statement by the doctors conducting the study which was cited many […]

Dutch Police React to Knife Attacker

‘A suspect has been shot after a stabbing incident at Amsterdam Central Station,’ Dutch police said on Twitter.” Briefly: – Two people stabbed by an attacker. – Three shots fired by Police. – Two victims stabbed taken to the hospital. – Wounded attacker taken to the hospital. Attacker did not have a bullet-spewing-weapon. No 30 […]

Reskilling America

Conversable Economist Tim Taylor presents a chart representing spending over a life time on Education and Skills in America. “Figure 4 (depicted) is from a report by the White House Council of Economic Advisers, titled “Addressing America’s Reskilling Challenge” (July 2018). The blue area shows public education spending, which is high during K-12 years, but […]

Monopoly Politics

“The national landscape in 2018 tilts in favor of Republicans with Republicans sitting on 208 safe seats, 10 seats away from a majority, and 22 additional and not projected seats leaning Republican(too close to call).” It would take Democrats casting 55% of the votes in a national two-party election to tip the House majority the […]

Cuomo: America ‘was never that great’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo at an event, where he signed anti sex-trafficking bills into law. “We’re not gonna make America great again. It was never that great. We have not reached greatness and we will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged. We will reach greatness when discrimination and stereotyping against women, 51 percent of […]

States Fight non-ObamaCare Health Plans

The Trump administration’s new policy of expanding the sale of “short-term” insurance plans as a cheaper alternative to ObamaCare is quickly running into opposition from state regulators. The Department of Health and Human Services is urging states to cooperate with the federal government, but instead, insurance commissioners are panning the new plans as “junk” insurance […]