USA Gymnast Simone Biles. Wikipedia image.

For sports injuries, we’ve known about broken bones, sprains, and the like for a long time. Brain injury has only recently entered our field of view and many people may not be fully on board yet with the idea, though the concussion protocols in…


Okay, we did batteries last time and you all did very well indeed.

As I’ve noted before this newsletter is about the how of solving climate change. We can talk all we want about limiting emissions but we also have to have ways to replace the polluting technology with something better.

Here’s something better.

Time to think about baseload power. Baseload is the minimum we need to keep the lights on, literally. You’ve already heard of peakload which you might associate with the maximum demand in the afternoon on a hot summer day when you really don’t want to contemplate…


The populat host of “The Reidout,” Joy Reid. Source MSNBC.

I love Joy Reid. I love her show on MSNBC, “The Reidout”. I love the way she focuses on long neglected stories like those dealing with white supremacy and other topics the majoritarian press covers from arm’s length. But her approach to the rising heat of the culture wars stoked by the GOP is, I fear, a losing strategy.

It’s not that she’s wrong when she notes the dire condition of our Democracy with so many state legislatures passing anti-voting laws or the US Senate refusing to come up with the votes to make the Senate democratic — yes, I…


The number of justices on the Supreme Court was fixed in 1869, not as a constituional amendment, but by a simple law. So it could be changed relatively easily though few politicians on either side of the aisle want to make the effort. So why should the administration go about the effort? Perhaps there’s more at work than we can see.

From 1937, the last time a president wanted to add justices to the Supreme Court.


Two covid vaccines share a common thread that might account for blood clotting in rare cases.

Note: I am not a doctor and am not advising anyone on a particular course of action. This piece is intended to inform the general reader.

Arrows point to small purple dots on micrcoscopic exam. These are platelets.

The common thread between the Oxford-AstraZeneca covid vaccine and a similar vaccine from Johnson and Johnson, is the way that instructions for making virus spike proteins are delivered to human cells. Both vaccines use an adenovirus to do the work. …


It’s been playing a shell game for decades. Although we don’t have definitive proof, running a few numbers and observing what real nuclear powers had to do to get nukes makes us suspicious. The world’s last feudal nation doesn’t have the brainpower or the cash that other members of the nuclear club had so we’re skeptical that NK really has the goods.

North Korea says it can launch nukes. Can it?

North Korea, the Hermit Kingdom, the most reclusive and suppressive country on earth has kept the world hostage for decades by threatening attacks against its neighbors, notably South Korea if any nation attempts to interfere with it. …


Corporate social responsibility means more than being profitable for shareholders.

These duties reveal a social contract, an agreement that’s implied by life in…


It’s not that all good things must pass away, it’s that the conditions that made them good very often evolve obviating their need or possibly turning their results against their initial benefits. Take the Communications Decency Act as an example and specifically Section 230. Passed in 1996, the Act was seen as a way of encouraging Internet use by telling platform providers like message boards that they were not responsible for the postings of their members.

The Declaration of Independence is a great example of Enlightenment thinking.

The act was eminently sensible back then but the nature of communications, exemplified by the rise of social media, has changed so drastically that…


There’s a worthwhile story in the New York Times about the invention of collage, that art form many of us experience in grade school that involves safety scissors that don’t really cut and glue that seems to get everywhere but on the object in question. Ah! Happy days!

What’s cool about Collage is not that it was invented over 100 years ago by the Cubist innovators Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso but what it has to say about the times we live in. These days, when serious people, or at least people with serious jobs, hold forth on space-based lasers…


Oooh!

Logical fallacies are a part of communicating and we all use them from time to time. They’ve been around so long some have Latin names like, Tu quoque which translates as…

Denis Pombriant

Researcher, author of multiple books including “The Age of Sustainability” about solutions for climate change. Technology, business, economics.

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