This week, we saw New York governor Andrew Cuomo resign after the Attorney General’s report on a number of sexual harassment and assault cases he’d committed. Also in that report were descriptions of what can be charitably called a toxic workplace environment. Most of us didn’t have a high opinion of him in the first place (“asshole” was a common descriptor), but the harassment reports were the final straw for Democrats in the state, and the only question was whether he’d resign or be removed through impeachment. While I’m angry at him for this, what has also infuriated me has been the Republican responses.Continue reading
Note: I wrote this a couple of years ago, and it’s more germane today
There’s an old saw that says the first step in solving a problem is to identify the problem. That’s wrong. The first step is to admit there is a problem. Over the years, I’ve known or had to work with a number of alcoholics and drug addicts. What they all had in common? None of them would admit that they had a problem with alcohol or drugs. They’d tell you how they could quit any time, they were just being “sociable” or it was just “recreational,” and it wasn’t a problem, objective evidence to the contrary. It wasn’t until they admitted it was a problem, that you could get them to start doing something about it. What does that have to do with the title of this post?
In my last post, I talked the current pandemic in that it was predictable, that it was going to be at least a year (and likely longer) before we’d see a vaccine, and that various treatments would be tried and many would fail. In this one, I’m going to talk about what I think will happen over the next year. Continue reading
Like everyone else, I’ve been following the news about the COVID-19 pandemic, and the reactions in this country and others to it. Some are great, and some are really disturbing. There are areas struggling to deal with this, and others that seem to think they’re immune to it. I spent the first 20 years of my working life in medical research, and along the way, I’ve met many experts. Accordingly, I have some thoughts about this pandemic.