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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.

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Tired of being called racist?

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?

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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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