How Do You Know Better?

“You should have known better,” she said to Carlos (not his real name) after the judge handed down the conviction, as Carlos was being taken away. His mother then told him she loved him, they shared a quick hug, and off he went to federal prison. She then turned to look at the half-empty gallery, […]

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Portugal, That Bastion of Public Health

We humans are really weird when it comes to assessing risk. Although flying is the safest way to travel (if you divide the number of people-hours in flight by the number of deaths from flying), we have this weird and irrational fear of flying. Although there are more deaths from irresponsible use of firearms than […]

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Everyone Was Looking For Answers

My wife and I went to a town hall meeting in Carroll County, Maryland, yesterday. The meeting was about the opiate drug abuse epidemic and what different agencies and people were doing about it. The keynote speaker was an agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). He gave the usual statistics on number of deaths […]

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