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  1. Medical Improvements

    by , 09-28-2016 at 06:27 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Good Old Garlic

    There are folk medicines that do no good, and there are others that are very effective. Garlic is one of the latter, and there have been clinical studies to prove its effectiveness. The antibiotic in garlic, allicin is produced from alliin when allinase acts on it, which occurs when a garlic clove is crushed or diced. Allicinís purpose is to protect the garlic cloves from bacteria, fungi, and molds, and we take advantage of its effect.

    I wonít flog ...

    Updated 09-29-2016 at 06:55 PM by PeterL

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  2. Role of the Reader

    by , 09-22-2016 at 02:21 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Recently, I self-published a book of fourteen short stories (link below), and I have mentioned that to a number of people since then. I have noticed that some people seem to want a summary of the themes and plots before they read the stories, and I was surprised to find that I think that they should read them and make their own judgments regarding the various aspects of the stories, even though I know what they mean and how people should understand them. But I have also read a lot about semiotics ...

    Updated 10-01-2016 at 09:11 AM by PeterL

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  3. Treating the Most Vulnerable

    by , 09-16-2016 at 04:07 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    For the last few decades the mentally ill have been treated mostly on an outpatient basis, if at all. And, as I pointed out in my post on homelessness, most homeless people in the U.S.A. have some sort of mental illness. Some mornings a guy who believes a number of conspiracy theories sits near me in Starbucks and treats me to his theories (he thinks heís doing me a favor to talk to me). Yesterday he admitted that he hears voices, also. This morning a quiet, pleasant guy I am acquainted with was ...

    Updated 09-16-2016 at 04:13 PM by PeterL

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  4. what I'm reading

    Taking "Old Goriot" by Balzac with me on vacation.
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  5. Effective punishment

    by , 09-10-2016 at 10:37 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    The purpose of jail is twofold: to try to convince people to not commit crime again and to keep the guilty away from society for a time. Jail certainly does sequester people, but for jail to be an effective training device, the recipient of the training has to understand and remember it afterward, and for some of the people jail is not training in the sense that I mean; although inmates may learn more criminal techniques, and they barely remember it afterwards. Jail time should be effective aversive ...