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Miscellaneous

Why You Shouldn’t Believe Information Reported in the Media

by Stephen Mills December 10, 2012

This article is not a 20 second read and that is the point.  You can’t explain something complex without spending some time on it.  A couple of weeks ago I was moving around in the house in the morning with the TV tuned to the Today show.  I heard them introduce a story with something […]

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Lessons From the Shoeless and the Homeless

by Stephen Mills December 3, 2012

I would rather give $5 to an organization that actually has some qualifications and experience in how to help people. Organizations that give them something like a hot meal or a place to stay. Your $5 bill handed to someone begging for it may not go to food, it may go to alcohol, drugs, a quickie in the alley, or something else not likely to go viral if recorded by a tourist’s camera. Driving by a corner or seeing someone sitting on the sidewalk, we’re in no position to make the kind of judgments necessary to do the right thing. If you feel the need to help, think about it first. Maybe you would be better off donating to an agency in a better position than you to decide what and for whom something needs to be done.

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What Doesn’t Kill You – and What Does

by Stephen Mills June 26, 2012

Friedrich Nietzsche said what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but I’m convinced what doesn’t kill you makes you afraid. This article is about what doesn’t kill you. I get so tired of the media inspired hysteria and hype. We worry about these non-threats due to the availability heuristic of the human brain that comes from dramatic images and stories we see in the media. We can easily bring to mind examples and it makes our brains think they are common occurrences.

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What the Trayvon Martin Case Says About Public Debate

by Stephen Mills April 3, 2012

I have to let the police handle this. We may not like it, but it’s the only choice we have. That’s called the rule of law and something we should hold dear. They may be biased and have an agenda but so does everyone else. What are we supposed to do, let the mobs in the streets make the decision? Do the people protesting in the street really want to go back to that? I don’t like street justice of either George Zimmerman’s kind or the kind that some people are now calling for. Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson need to go home. I don’t want street protests to decide this case. Everyone else needs to stop shouting and calling each other nasty names because they happen to be on the other side of some political or cultural divide. That not only gets us nowhere, it makes the problems worse.

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Loose Screws

by Stephen Mills December 30, 2011

This article is just a random rant. It’s like a train wreck that you can’t look away from.  Usually I go to Google news to scan the science section for interesting tidbits.  I don’t read the other trash.  However, today as I was scrolling down I saw a headline that I just had to read, […]

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Ovarian Cancer Research

by Stephen Mills October 29, 2011

If you would like to help with ovarian cancer research you can do so at the MD Anderson Ovarian Cancer Quilt Project. My wife contributed the following quilts to the auction: #116 Windows to My Garden #88 Promises, Promises #76 Francie’s Block #73 Sweetheart #24 Crisscross Gardens #20 Flowers for Granny #53 Joyce’s Garden #16 […]

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Japan: A Dissenting Opinion

by Stephen Mills March 21, 2011

This will probably make some people mad, but I think this “world crisis” mania is getting out of control.  First of all I am not a callous person and it pains me to see anyone suffering for any reason.  Secondly, what happened in Japan with the tsunami and its aftermath is undoubtedly a tragedy for […]

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World Population Growth is Declining

by Stephen Mills December 30, 2010

I know this is pretty much irrelevant to the topic of this blog, but I thought many of you would be interested anyway.  I find this information is little known and that is probably because it doesn’t fit the political objectives of many people and it isn’t splashy news material.  This is the latest best […]

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