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Racism, Truth, and Politics in 2016

October 18, 2016 - 6:00am

In my abnormal human psychology class a half century ago, we studied Sigmund Freud’s neurotic defense mechanisms. While Freud has been discredited in many ways, his idea of projection seems obviously valid to me—not so much as a sign of a psychiatric illness, but as a political tactic: Accuse your opponent of what you yourself are doing. Maybe that’s a subset of “the best defense is a good offense.”

Zika: Crisis or Sentinel Event?

April 18, 2016 - 11:45am

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Zika is, like Ebola, a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Now the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that it is “clear” that the Zika virus causes a serious birth defect, microcephaly (small head).

Is It Trump Who Got Caught in the Abortion Trap?

April 4, 2016 - 12:15pm

Trump foes are cheering Chris Matthews and MSNBC for setting the trap. They think they got what they most need: evidence that Donald Trump is “anti-woman."

The Zika Virus Disease Outbreak: What Should We Do?

February 9, 2016 - 9:15am

The latest public health panic is over a disease most Americans (even doctors) have never heard of. Zika virus disease (ZVD) is carried by the same mosquito, Aedes aegypti, as other Third World diseases, including dengue and chikungunya.

Who Has Constitutional Rights? Trump Raises the Question

December 15, 2015 - 1:00pm

Donald Trump’s suggestion to exclude Muslims from the U.S. has been called unconstitutional as well as offensive to many.

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