Category Archives: North America

Genetic Selection

It seems to me…. “With the advent of genetic engineering, the time required for the evolution of new species may literally collapse.” ~ Dee Hock[1]. Evolutionary change has always been a long slow process extending over millennia but that is … Continue reading

Posted in Amphibians, Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA, Asilomar State Beach, biological evolution, Caudata, China, CRISPR, Cystic Fibrosis, Deoxyribonucleic Acid, Disease, DNA, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Embryo, Epigenetic, Evolution, Evolution, Fertilization, Gene Therapy, Gene Transfer, Genes, Genetic Analysis, Genetic Sequencing, Genetics, Genomes, Genomics, germ, Health, Huntington’s Disease, In Vitro, In-Vitro Fertilization, Intelligence, Italy, IVF, medical, Mexico, newts, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Physiology, Psychology, Religion, Ribonucleic Acid, RNA, Salamanders, Science, Sex, Sex, Sickle-Cell Anemia, snRNA, Somatic, Sperm, Tay-Sachs, Thailand, tRNA | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Positive Economics And International Trade

It seems to me…. “The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.” ~ Thomas … Continue reading

Posted in Automation, Automation, Automation, College, College, Comparative Advantage, Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, Computerization, Consumer Surplus, CPTPP, Disparity, Education, Elections, Employment, Employment, Employment, employment, EU, EU, European Union, European Union, Exports, Globalization, Globalization, High School, Imports, Income, Inequality, Inequality, Japan, Japan, Jobs, Manufacturing, NAFTA, Normative Economics, normative EconomicsN, North American Free Trade Agreement, Off-Shoring, Off-Shoring, Offshoring, Outsourcing, Positive Economics, Producer Surplus, Technology, TPP, Trade, Trade, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trump, University, Wages | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Middle-East Conundrum

It seems to me…. “If we’ve learned anything from 15 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s that local people and nations have to secure their own communities. We can help them, and we should, but we cannot substitute … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda, Aleppo, Arab, Assad, Bagdad, Bahrain, Bashar al-Assad, Bekaa Valley, Bush, Change, Climate, Climate Change, Crops, Daesh, Donald Trump, Drought, Drought, Education, Egypt, Egypt, Europe, Farming, Farms, François Georges-Picot, George W. Bush, Iran, Iraq, ISIS, Islam, Israel, Jihad, Kurds, Lebanon, Levant, Middle-East, Migration, Military, Muslim, Obama, Ottoman Empire, Palestine, Protest, Raqqa, Refugee, Sadam Hussein, Saudi Arabia, Shi’ite, Sir Mark Sykes, Sisi, Suez Canal, Sunni, Sykes, Syria, Taliban, Trump, Wahhabi, Wahhabi Salafism, Weather | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2017 – It Was A Year

It seems to me…. “And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke[1]. Another year – 2017 – has now passed. When young, New Year’s was an excuse to party but … Continue reading

Posted in AI, AI, Alexa, Amazon, Apple, Apple, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous, autonomous vehicles, Bush, Canada, Cassini-Huygens, Change, Clean, Climate, Climate Change, Cortana, Cortana, Crime, Donald Trump, Driverless, Education, Egypt, Energy, England, Environment, Fossil Fuel, France, France, Google, Healthcare, Home, Huygens, Immigration, Inequality, Infrastructure, Iran, ISIS, Istanbul, Las Vegas, Manchester, Mexico, Mexico, Microsoft, Microsoft, Mogadishu, Myanmar, Nevada, North Korea, Opioids, Photovoltaic, Power, Renewable, Rohingya, Russia, Saturn, Sinai, Siri, Siri, Solar, Solar, Somalia, Speech Recognition, Syria, Technology, Terrorism, The Onion, TPP, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trump, Turkey, UNESCO, Vehicle, War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Science Skepticism

It seems to me…. “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge’.” ~ Isaac Asimov[1]. … Continue reading

Posted in Beliefs, Climate Change, Denial, Environment, Facts, Gödel, Incompleteness Theorem, Intellectualism, Kurt Gödel, Lamar Smith, Office of Technology Assessment, OTA, Personal, Religious, Science, Septicism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Effects of Economic Inequality

It seems to me…. “Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay.” ~ Oliver Goldsmith[1]. Every previous civilization has been destroyed by the unequal distribution of wealth and power. The more advanced the … Continue reading

Posted in AI, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Automation, Caucasian, Demagogue, Economics, Economist, Economy, Education, Elections, Employment, Employment, employment, Gini Coefficient, Income, Income, Industrial Revolution, Inequality, Jobs, Jobs, middleclass, Non-Hispanic, Populism, Poverty, Robotics, Technology, Trump, Unemployment, Unemployment, Wages, Wealth | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S.-Iranian Relations

It seems to me…. “Iran rejects weapons of mass destruction based on its belief system, its religious belief system, as well as well as its ethical standpoint.” ~ Hassan Rouhani[1]. The nuclear agreement signed with Iran on 14 July 2015, … Continue reading

Posted in Ambassador, Assembly of Experts, Baha’i, Bloomberg News, Bonyad, China, Christian, CIA, Energy, Envoy, Global Terrorism Database, Iran, Iran, Iraq, Iraq, Islam, Israel, JCPOA, Jewish, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Kenya, Middle-East, Mirza Abolhasan Shirazi, Mohammad Mosaddegh, Nassereddin Shah Qajar, Nuclear Agreement, Parliament, Persia, Petroleum, Prime Minister, Recession, Rial, Rouhani, Russia, Samuel G. W. Benjamin, Sanctions, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia, Shah, Shi’ite, Sunni, Tanzania, Tehran, Tehran Stock Exchange, Turkey, USS Cole, Wahhabi, Wahhabi Salafism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment