Tuesday, July 27, 2021

 

Behavioral Health Problem

With the delta variant of COVID-19 sweeping across the country, health officers are asking everyone to mask up for shopping, due to unvaccinated people not wearing masks as required by law. So, to overcome the behavioral health problem caused by unvaccinated people, the rest of us are being asked to mask up.

97% of those being hospitalized by the highly contagious delta variant are unvaccinated people.


Sunday, July 18, 2021

 

Public Health Psychology

It has been a nice month for camping, reunions and vacations, as well as seeing smiles for the first time in a year. Unfortunately, due to misinformation on the internet, outbreaks of the COVID-19 delta variant are causing steep increases in infections and hospitalizations among the unvaccinated. 


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

 

Mass Mortality

The June heat wave in Washington and British Columbia wiped out large numbers of mollusks exposed by low tide at mid day. Mussels, oysters and clams literally cooked in their shells on the beach.


Thursday, July 01, 2021

 

Personal Fireworks

Personal fireworks are prohibited in some West Coast counties, and after the 2020 wildfire season, all counties should reconsider allowing fireworks stands. After the record-breaking heat wave of late June, public safety officials at the state level need to intervene where counties are reluctant to act.


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

 

Red Diamond

The DeYoung Red Diamond on display at the Smithsonian Museum was purchased by Sydney DeYoung at a flea market as a garnet hat pin, and later discovered to be a rare diamond. After his death, the $5million gem was received by the Smithsonian Institution via regular mail in an uninsured ordinary box.


Sunday, March 28, 2021

 

Consequences of Theft

The 2009-2010 bank bailouts provided venture capital for investment banks to speculate in real estate, causing rents to skyrocket, and generating widespread homelessness nationwide. 40 years of privatization--beginning with the Reagan Administration--has left public housing and public health in tatters, and accelerated the globalization of poverty. This institutional cruelty received bipartisan support.


Sunday, March 14, 2021

 

REGGAY

Toots Hibbert--one of the greatest singers of all time*--passed away from COVID last September. Toots and the Maytals from Jamaica performed some of the finest reggae anywhere for six decades.

*Rolling Stone magazine, 2010


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