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In Support of e-Cigarettes

                               In Support of e-Cigarettes as a Substitute for                                     Tar-Containing Tobacco Cigarettes As a recent convert to e-cigarettes I made a simple test to satisfy what I had known since I was a teenager.  If you inhale on a tobacco … Continue reading

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Crack Cocaine and Rational Thinking

When I first saw this article in the NY Times I was intrigued. Although not stated it draws a line between the opiate class of drug addiction and the non-opiates like cocaine and amphetamines.  In my limited experience, addiction to … Continue reading

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Creating New Memories Artificially

This article raises some interesting possibilities.  Can false memories be inserted into a normal brain?  If new memories can be created, can real memories be deleted?  Can a prefrontal lobotomy be achieved with greater precision?  If memories can be created, … Continue reading

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Recent Research on Toxoplasmosis and Cats

I like cats.  Not as much as I like dogs, but then I don’t have to walk my cat.  Besides, community regulations frown on any dog bigger than a cat.  You’ve got to go along to get along.  Nevertheless, I’m … Continue reading

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Federal Security Clearance Madness: Overkill or prudence?

Many years ago I was a contract technical writer/editor at CalTech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  I contributed to Space Program Summaries and Technical Reports.  I new how to write about technical things, edit reports, and put together reports.  In those days … Continue reading

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Fresh water becoming more expensive than oil

 It passes under the radar but it is more important than the end of oil reserves and more important.  Water is being used to “frack” shale to recover natural  gas and oil.  Agricultural riparian rights have made the delta of … Continue reading

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Incest: Why is it so Disgusting – and Popular

For reasons yet unknown to me an informal survey of pornography sites shows an interest in incest-related categories.  I don’t have the background to comment on this except to note that society’s most heinous crimes appear to have a large following … Continue reading

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U.S Intelligence: Looming Water Wars Will Add to Global Insecurity

  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owens_Lake  This once bountiful lake dating to 12,000 years ago is the “sacrificial lamb” that, since 1913, has been diverted to feed the needs of Los Angeles, an otherwise desert community.  It is, in microcosm, a vision of our … Continue reading

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Terra Preta, “The Lost City of Z,” Amazon Mystery

For background do click on the NYT article.  To those who think that there may be some validity to the notion that early explorers were right in their reports of a large population density in the Amazon backcountry where soil quality would indicate … Continue reading

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Flying Robot Seabee Corps Builds Tower!

This is impressive!  Flying robots assemble a tower reminiscent of Gaudi.  Questions in my mind were how they continued to stack and keep the sides straight (in plumb).  There are orange lights in the ceiling, which seem to take care … Continue reading

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