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08/02/2010 - 6:43pm
Dr. J. chats with Phllip Longman co-author of The Next Progressive Era: A Blueprint for Broad Prosperity, and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. They discuss the need for progressive policies to break up the concentrations of industrial and financial capital, and to support small, local banks and businesses. They also discuss the proposal for all American youth to receive “stakeholder accounts” as proposed by Thomas Paine. Then a short essay by Robert Reich, and a piece from Marcelo Rinesi on “Peak Oil and Climate Change.” Part 1 of 2.
08/02/2010 - 10:16am

Is there a way out of the world debt spiral?

My published debt exit strategy is likely to be the simplest, easiest and most effective you’ll ever find — and thus it is the least likely to be tried since it would sharply reduce the power of the most-mighty....

08/02/2010 - 7:38am

 Today's American Medical News reports on a new study pre-published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.  Family members of intensive care patients are likely to be more optimistic about their loved ones' chances of survival, regardless of how a physician presents a grim prognosis.  

08/01/2010 - 12:42pm

In Oregon, the “whoosh, whoosh, whoosh” of wind turbines is being partly drowned out by another sound: “Hush, hush, hush….”

Here’s the story, by William Yardley, for the New York Times: Turbines Too Loud? Here, Take $5,000....

08/01/2010 - 8:29am
Dr. J. chats with Nigel Cameron, director of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies and Research, founder of several other biopolicy organizations such as the Center on Nanotechnology and Society and the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future, and author of Human Dignity in the Biotech Century, and The New Medicine: Life and Death After Hippocrates. They talk about the political marginalization of bioethics, the history of the enhancement debate, and the importance of engaging the business community and inventors in technopolicy discussions.
07/31/2010 - 4:37pm
Dr. J. chats with Melanie Swan, a futurist and entrepeneur, and principal of MS Futures Group and DIYGenomics. She is involved with Equal Rights Advocates, Lifeboat Foundation and Accelerating Studies Foundation, and the Singularity University. We discuss her recent work on direct-to-consumer genetic testing, electronic patient-driven health tracking, anti-aging research and the future of intelligence.
07/31/2010 - 3:19pm

At the Seattle Children's bioethics conference, Marcia Levetown made a good case for not using the term "non-beneficial treatment."  Many have used this instead of the far more controversial (and misleading) "futile treatment."  But Dr. Levetown suggests using "no longer beneficial treatment."  

07/30/2010 - 8:41pm

Seattle Children's annual pediatric bioethics conference was held last Friday and Saturday.  

Whatever Happened to Baby Doe? The Transformation from Undertreatment to Overtreatment, Norman Fost, MD, MPH...

07/30/2010 - 5:42pm

Last month, I blogged about Canada's new Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care. PCPCC is an ad-hoc Committee of the House of Commons dedicated to promoting awareness of, fostering substantive research and constructive dialogue on palliative and compassionate care in Canada.