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About Norbrook

I'm a pragmatic liberal, registered Democrat, with a science and technology background. I also have a warped sense of humor, and do not tolerate fools gladly.

COVID-19 And The Future

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


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Thoughts on COVID-19

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.

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The Real Republican Platform in One Sentence

Over the years of being politically involved, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to read through various party platforms.  Being in my 60’s, I’ve also been able to see what happens when those parties get the opportunity to implement their platforms.  Because of that, I can see that no matter what the Republican Party says are their core principles in their platform, what they actually do when in power is often the opposite.

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What I’ve Learned About Trump Supporters

I haven’t blogged in a few months, mostly because of the crush of work.   That’s eased up, and while my urge to write is still coming back, I do have some things I want to say.  Over the past several months, I’ve had to listen to a lot of people who are rabid Trump supporters, both in casual conversations and in having to work with a few.  As a result, I’ve learned a lot about them, some of it more than disappointing when it comes to people I’ve known for a while.  Like what?

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Take It For Granted? You Lose.

I recently had a series of conversations with one of the younger generation about health insurance.  He and his family have a good insurance plan, which in addition to covering the usual things a young family has, also covers his diabetes medication.  He got it through the insurance exchange, and it’s affordable for him.  The reason I mention this, is that he assumed this was “normal,” and he takes it for granted.  Which I pointed out to him was anything but.

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