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Withdrawing the US from the Paris Agreement is Patriotic

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Conservation | 0 comments

Patriotism: noun meaning national loyalty, devoted love, support and defense of one’s country. President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement (United Nations 2013) is most definitely an act of patriotism. It avoids surrendering the national sovereignty of the United States to a faceless, formless glob of coming “rules, modalities and procedures” (Article 6, Paragraph 7) in pursuit of specific goals determined by a “global stocktake” (Article 14, Section 1). These specific goals are to...

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A Lesson for Ferguson, MO, From the Pages of History

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s amazing how some things just don’t change. Riots like those currently happening in Ferguson, MO, have happened over and over throughout history. I attended Clinton Senior High School in East Tennessee. In 1958, three bombs ripped the high school building apart in protest of court-ordered integration. I wrote a research paper in high school about this bombing and the events leading up to it, which was then published in a local periodical. Clinton High School was the first state-supported public school in the Southeastern United States...

read more

What Does “Out of the Woods” Really Mean in Ebola Cases?

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

According to an article here: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/ebola/14-october-2014/en/, the World Health Organization has concluded that 95% of confirmed Ebola cases have an incubation period in the range of 1 to 21 days, while 98% have an incubation period that falls within the 1 to 42 day interval. So from 21 to 42 days the probability of a quarantined person not having Ebola goes up another 3%. Dallas is only confining potential Ebola-exposed individuals to a 21 day quarantine. This means someone has decided that the additional 3%...

read more

So What Now, Since the First Us Ebola Outbreak Seems to Be Contained?

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Before coming to a specific answer for this question, let’s briefly review the history of this small Ebola outbreak in Dallas, and consider what would have happened had the outbreak continued or been larger. I am going to walk you through my answer to this question, and explain why that is my answer. Ultimately, we will each answer this question for ourselves, and a no-response is itself a response. You may have heard Thomas Eric Duncan occasionally referred to in the news as Patient Zero. This is because, in medical science, the index case...

read more

What Happens to the Property in an Ebola Case

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Real Estate, Uncategorized, Waste Management | 0 comments

Sometimes fear can be dispersed with good, solid information. I’m not a health care professional, but I am an environmental lawyer, so I will focus on the part of the process and law about which I have expertise. This post is a timeline of what happens to a person’s property when that person is diagnosed with Ebola, with details from the local cases as examples. Here’s what will happen, probably mostly the same in every case. 1. A test result indicates someone has tested positive for the Ebola virus. You don’t have to worry about not...

read more

Getting Logical About Ebola: A Practical Initial Response

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So do we keep calm and carry on with no changes to our daily routines, or are there some things we can do, specific actions we can take, to help defend ourselves from Ebola? At the outset I think we should all prepare, emotionally, inconvenience ourselves. We may need to do things we don’t want to do, and we may need to refrain from doing things we want to do. This situation obviously calls for heightened discipline. The facts on the ground today are materially different than yesterday. Let’s just walk through a contamination situation....

read more

Let’s Get Logical About Ebola, Part 1

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So much fear. Driven by unanswered “what if” scenarios. Authorities seemingly more interested in maintaining the appearance of calm than communicating reality. But all this does is make them look self-delusional. BioHazMat crews on TV decontaminating living quarters. Do I need personal protection equipment (PPE)? Is it safe to live or work in Dallas? Let’s get logical about Ebola in the hopes of removing some fear, and maybe rightfully focusing some where it needs to be for our protection. We are practically watching a jury trial where...

read more

Suing Satan; the Devil’s in the Details

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Tall Tales | 0 comments

Back in the ‘70s there was a saying that became popular: “the devil made me do it.” Now that’s what I call going after the source, the real cause of the problem. These days we just go after symptoms–alcohol, tobacco, video game violence, obesity, etc. But back in 1971, Mr. Mayo wasn’t distracted with whatever form Satan may take from time to time. He sued the Devil. And he didn’t pull any punches, either. Mr. Mayo claimed that Satan and Co., on numerous occasions, caused him misery, made unwarranted threats, placed deliberate...

read more

A Whole View at the local Whole Foods

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Tall Tales | 0 comments

Whole Foods supermarket. That trendy, somewhat hippie garden of organic and all that’s “good for you.” One of their stores is in Santa Fe, New Mexico. One day, a male customer visited the store wearing white cycling shorts. Per the design of said shorts, he was going commando. There are many problems with white cycling shorts-they are see–through. Apparently it was the “whole view” at Whole Foods. Now, my wife and I are avid cyclists, and we wear cycling shorts. You would too if you climbed on a seat like those on our bikes. Let me...

read more

Lawyer Watches His Future Nearly Go Up in Smoke

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Tall Tales | 0 comments

Pity the poor Zachary Sanders of Portland, Oregon. Or maybe the residents of the State of New York. Somewhere along the way, Sanders decided to be a lawyer when he grew up. For good or bad, he certainly gave himself enough opportunities to practice his skills of argument as he aged. When he was only 14, he was picked up for violating curfew. He claimed he was stopped because his companion was black, that the stop was all about police racism. Never mind that the police were right about his curfew violation. In high school, he helped teach...

read more

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Withdrawing the US from the Paris Agreement is Patriotic

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Conservation | 0 comments

Patriotism: noun meaning national loyalty, devoted love, support and defense of one’s country. President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement (United Nations 2013) is most definitely an act of patriotism. It avoids surrendering the national sovereignty of the United States to a faceless, formless glob of coming “rules, modalities and procedures” (Article 6, Paragraph 7) in pursuit of specific goals determined by a “global stocktake” (Article 14, Section 1). These specific goals are to...

read more

A Lesson for Ferguson, MO, From the Pages of History

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s amazing how some things just don’t change. Riots like those currently happening in Ferguson, MO, have happened over and over throughout history. I attended Clinton Senior High School in East Tennessee. In 1958, three bombs ripped the high school building apart in protest of court-ordered integration. I wrote a research paper in high school about this bombing and the events leading up to it, which was then published in a local periodical. Clinton High School was the first state-supported public school in the Southeastern United States...

read more

What Does “Out of the Woods” Really Mean in Ebola Cases?

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

According to an article here: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/ebola/14-october-2014/en/, the World Health Organization has concluded that 95% of confirmed Ebola cases have an incubation period in the range of 1 to 21 days, while 98% have an incubation period that falls within the 1 to 42 day interval. So from 21 to 42 days the probability of a quarantined person not having Ebola goes up another 3%. Dallas is only confining potential Ebola-exposed individuals to a 21 day quarantine. This means someone has decided that the additional 3%...

read more

So What Now, Since the First Us Ebola Outbreak Seems to Be Contained?

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Before coming to a specific answer for this question, let’s briefly review the history of this small Ebola outbreak in Dallas, and consider what would have happened had the outbreak continued or been larger. I am going to walk you through my answer to this question, and explain why that is my answer. Ultimately, we will each answer this question for ourselves, and a no-response is itself a response. You may have heard Thomas Eric Duncan occasionally referred to in the news as Patient Zero. This is because, in medical science, the index case...

read more

What Happens to the Property in an Ebola Case

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Real Estate, Uncategorized, Waste Management | 0 comments

Sometimes fear can be dispersed with good, solid information. I’m not a health care professional, but I am an environmental lawyer, so I will focus on the part of the process and law about which I have expertise. This post is a timeline of what happens to a person’s property when that person is diagnosed with Ebola, with details from the local cases as examples. Here’s what will happen, probably mostly the same in every case. 1. A test result indicates someone has tested positive for the Ebola virus. You don’t have to worry about not...

read more

Getting Logical About Ebola: A Practical Initial Response

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So do we keep calm and carry on with no changes to our daily routines, or are there some things we can do, specific actions we can take, to help defend ourselves from Ebola? At the outset I think we should all prepare, emotionally, inconvenience ourselves. We may need to do things we don’t want to do, and we may need to refrain from doing things we want to do. This situation obviously calls for heightened discipline. The facts on the ground today are materially different than yesterday. Let’s just walk through a contamination situation....

read more

Let’s Get Logical About Ebola, Part 1

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So much fear. Driven by unanswered “what if” scenarios. Authorities seemingly more interested in maintaining the appearance of calm than communicating reality. But all this does is make them look self-delusional. BioHazMat crews on TV decontaminating living quarters. Do I need personal protection equipment (PPE)? Is it safe to live or work in Dallas? Let’s get logical about Ebola in the hopes of removing some fear, and maybe rightfully focusing some where it needs to be for our protection. We are practically watching a jury trial where...

read more

Suing Satan; the Devil’s in the Details

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Tall Tales | 0 comments

Back in the ‘70s there was a saying that became popular: “the devil made me do it.” Now that’s what I call going after the source, the real cause of the problem. These days we just go after symptoms–alcohol, tobacco, video game violence, obesity, etc. But back in 1971, Mr. Mayo wasn’t distracted with whatever form Satan may take from time to time. He sued the Devil. And he didn’t pull any punches, either. Mr. Mayo claimed that Satan and Co., on numerous occasions, caused him misery, made unwarranted threats, placed deliberate...

read more

A Whole View at the local Whole Foods

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Tall Tales | 0 comments

Whole Foods supermarket. That trendy, somewhat hippie garden of organic and all that’s “good for you.” One of their stores is in Santa Fe, New Mexico. One day, a male customer visited the store wearing white cycling shorts. Per the design of said shorts, he was going commando. There are many problems with white cycling shorts-they are see–through. Apparently it was the “whole view” at Whole Foods. Now, my wife and I are avid cyclists, and we wear cycling shorts. You would too if you climbed on a seat like those on our bikes. Let me...

read more

Lawyer Watches His Future Nearly Go Up in Smoke

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Tall Tales | 0 comments

Pity the poor Zachary Sanders of Portland, Oregon. Or maybe the residents of the State of New York. Somewhere along the way, Sanders decided to be a lawyer when he grew up. For good or bad, he certainly gave himself enough opportunities to practice his skills of argument as he aged. When he was only 14, he was picked up for violating curfew. He claimed he was stopped because his companion was black, that the stop was all about police racism. Never mind that the police were right about his curfew violation. In high school, he helped teach...

read more

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Withdrawing the US from the Paris Agreement is Patriotic

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Conservation | 0 comments

Patriotism: noun meaning national loyalty, devoted love, support and defense of one’s country. President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement (United Nations 2013) is most definitely an act of patriotism. It avoids surrendering the national sovereignty of the United States to a faceless, formless glob of coming “rules, modalities and procedures” (Article 6, Paragraph 7) in pursuit of specific goals determined by a “global stocktake” (Article 14, Section 1). These specific goals are to...

read more

A Lesson for Ferguson, MO, From the Pages of History

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s amazing how some things just don’t change. Riots like those currently happening in Ferguson, MO, have happened over and over throughout history. I attended Clinton Senior High School in East Tennessee. In 1958, three bombs ripped the high school building apart in protest of court-ordered integration. I wrote a research paper in high school about this bombing and the events leading up to it, which was then published in a local periodical. Clinton High School was the first state-supported public school in the Southeastern United States...

read more

What Does “Out of the Woods” Really Mean in Ebola Cases?

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

According to an article here: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/ebola/14-october-2014/en/, the World Health Organization has concluded that 95% of confirmed Ebola cases have an incubation period in the range of 1 to 21 days, while 98% have an incubation period that falls within the 1 to 42 day interval. So from 21 to 42 days the probability of a quarantined person not having Ebola goes up another 3%. Dallas is only confining potential Ebola-exposed individuals to a 21 day quarantine. This means someone has decided that the additional 3%...

read more

So What Now, Since the First Us Ebola Outbreak Seems to Be Contained?

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Before coming to a specific answer for this question, let’s briefly review the history of this small Ebola outbreak in Dallas, and consider what would have happened had the outbreak continued or been larger. I am going to walk you through my answer to this question, and explain why that is my answer. Ultimately, we will each answer this question for ourselves, and a no-response is itself a response. You may have heard Thomas Eric Duncan occasionally referred to in the news as Patient Zero. This is because, in medical science, the index case...

read more

What Happens to the Property in an Ebola Case

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Real Estate, Uncategorized, Waste Management | 0 comments

Sometimes fear can be dispersed with good, solid information. I’m not a health care professional, but I am an environmental lawyer, so I will focus on the part of the process and law about which I have expertise. This post is a timeline of what happens to a person’s property when that person is diagnosed with Ebola, with details from the local cases as examples. Here’s what will happen, probably mostly the same in every case. 1. A test result indicates someone has tested positive for the Ebola virus. You don’t have to worry about not...

read more

Getting Logical About Ebola: A Practical Initial Response

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So do we keep calm and carry on with no changes to our daily routines, or are there some things we can do, specific actions we can take, to help defend ourselves from Ebola? At the outset I think we should all prepare, emotionally, inconvenience ourselves. We may need to do things we don’t want to do, and we may need to refrain from doing things we want to do. This situation obviously calls for heightened discipline. The facts on the ground today are materially different than yesterday. Let’s just walk through a contamination situation....

read more

Let’s Get Logical About Ebola, Part 1

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So much fear. Driven by unanswered “what if” scenarios. Authorities seemingly more interested in maintaining the appearance of calm than communicating reality. But all this does is make them look self-delusional. BioHazMat crews on TV decontaminating living quarters. Do I need personal protection equipment (PPE)? Is it safe to live or work in Dallas? Let’s get logical about Ebola in the hopes of removing some fear, and maybe rightfully focusing some where it needs to be for our protection. We are practically watching a jury trial where...

read more

Suing Satan; the Devil’s in the Details

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Tall Tales | 0 comments

Back in the ‘70s there was a saying that became popular: “the devil made me do it.” Now that’s what I call going after the source, the real cause of the problem. These days we just go after symptoms–alcohol, tobacco, video game violence, obesity, etc. But back in 1971, Mr. Mayo wasn’t distracted with whatever form Satan may take from time to time. He sued the Devil. And he didn’t pull any punches, either. Mr. Mayo claimed that Satan and Co., on numerous occasions, caused him misery, made unwarranted threats, placed deliberate...

read more

A Whole View at the local Whole Foods

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Tall Tales | 0 comments

Whole Foods supermarket. That trendy, somewhat hippie garden of organic and all that’s “good for you.” One of their stores is in Santa Fe, New Mexico. One day, a male customer visited the store wearing white cycling shorts. Per the design of said shorts, he was going commando. There are many problems with white cycling shorts-they are see–through. Apparently it was the “whole view” at Whole Foods. Now, my wife and I are avid cyclists, and we wear cycling shorts. You would too if you climbed on a seat like those on our bikes. Let me...

read more

Lawyer Watches His Future Nearly Go Up in Smoke

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Tall Tales | 0 comments

Pity the poor Zachary Sanders of Portland, Oregon. Or maybe the residents of the State of New York. Somewhere along the way, Sanders decided to be a lawyer when he grew up. For good or bad, he certainly gave himself enough opportunities to practice his skills of argument as he aged. When he was only 14, he was picked up for violating curfew. He claimed he was stopped because his companion was black, that the stop was all about police racism. Never mind that the police were right about his curfew violation. In high school, he helped teach...

read more

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Withdrawing the US from the Paris Agreement is Patriotic

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Conservation | 0 comments

Patriotism: noun meaning national loyalty, devoted love, support and defense of one’s country. President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement (United Nations 2013) is most definitely an act of patriotism. It avoids surrendering the national sovereignty of the United States to a faceless, formless glob of coming “rules, modalities and procedures” (Article 6, Paragraph 7) in pursuit of specific goals determined by a “global stocktake” (Article 14, Section 1). These specific goals are to...

read more

A Lesson for Ferguson, MO, From the Pages of History

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s amazing how some things just don’t change. Riots like those currently happening in Ferguson, MO, have happened over and over throughout history. I attended Clinton Senior High School in East Tennessee. In 1958, three bombs ripped the high school building apart in protest of court-ordered integration. I wrote a research paper in high school about this bombing and the events leading up to it, which was then published in a local periodical. Clinton High School was the first state-supported public school in the Southeastern United States...

read more

What Does “Out of the Woods” Really Mean in Ebola Cases?

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

According to an article here: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/ebola/14-october-2014/en/, the World Health Organization has concluded that 95% of confirmed Ebola cases have an incubation period in the range of 1 to 21 days, while 98% have an incubation period that falls within the 1 to 42 day interval. So from 21 to 42 days the probability of a quarantined person not having Ebola goes up another 3%. Dallas is only confining potential Ebola-exposed individuals to a 21 day quarantine. This means someone has decided that the additional 3%...

read more

So What Now, Since the First Us Ebola Outbreak Seems to Be Contained?

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Before coming to a specific answer for this question, let’s briefly review the history of this small Ebola outbreak in Dallas, and consider what would have happened had the outbreak continued or been larger. I am going to walk you through my answer to this question, and explain why that is my answer. Ultimately, we will each answer this question for ourselves, and a no-response is itself a response. You may have heard Thomas Eric Duncan occasionally referred to in the news as Patient Zero. This is because, in medical science, the index case...

read more

What Happens to the Property in an Ebola Case

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Real Estate, Uncategorized, Waste Management | 0 comments

Sometimes fear can be dispersed with good, solid information. I’m not a health care professional, but I am an environmental lawyer, so I will focus on the part of the process and law about which I have expertise. This post is a timeline of what happens to a person’s property when that person is diagnosed with Ebola, with details from the local cases as examples. Here’s what will happen, probably mostly the same in every case. 1. A test result indicates someone has tested positive for the Ebola virus. You don’t have to worry about not...

read more

Getting Logical About Ebola: A Practical Initial Response

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So do we keep calm and carry on with no changes to our daily routines, or are there some things we can do, specific actions we can take, to help defend ourselves from Ebola? At the outset I think we should all prepare, emotionally, inconvenience ourselves. We may need to do things we don’t want to do, and we may need to refrain from doing things we want to do. This situation obviously calls for heightened discipline. The facts on the ground today are materially different than yesterday. Let’s just walk through a contamination situation....

read more

Let’s Get Logical About Ebola, Part 1

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So much fear. Driven by unanswered “what if” scenarios. Authorities seemingly more interested in maintaining the appearance of calm than communicating reality. But all this does is make them look self-delusional. BioHazMat crews on TV decontaminating living quarters. Do I need personal protection equipment (PPE)? Is it safe to live or work in Dallas? Let’s get logical about Ebola in the hopes of removing some fear, and maybe rightfully focusing some where it needs to be for our protection. We are practically watching a jury trial where...

read more

Suing Satan; the Devil’s in the Details

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Tall Tales | 0 comments

Back in the ‘70s there was a saying that became popular: “the devil made me do it.” Now that’s what I call going after the source, the real cause of the problem. These days we just go after symptoms–alcohol, tobacco, video game violence, obesity, etc. But back in 1971, Mr. Mayo wasn’t distracted with whatever form Satan may take from time to time. He sued the Devil. And he didn’t pull any punches, either. Mr. Mayo claimed that Satan and Co., on numerous occasions, caused him misery, made unwarranted threats, placed deliberate...

read more

A Whole View at the local Whole Foods

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Tall Tales | 0 comments

Whole Foods supermarket. That trendy, somewhat hippie garden of organic and all that’s “good for you.” One of their stores is in Santa Fe, New Mexico. One day, a male customer visited the store wearing white cycling shorts. Per the design of said shorts, he was going commando. There are many problems with white cycling shorts-they are see–through. Apparently it was the “whole view” at Whole Foods. Now, my wife and I are avid cyclists, and we wear cycling shorts. You would too if you climbed on a seat like those on our bikes. Let me...

read more

Lawyer Watches His Future Nearly Go Up in Smoke

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Tall Tales | 0 comments

Pity the poor Zachary Sanders of Portland, Oregon. Or maybe the residents of the State of New York. Somewhere along the way, Sanders decided to be a lawyer when he grew up. For good or bad, he certainly gave himself enough opportunities to practice his skills of argument as he aged. When he was only 14, he was picked up for violating curfew. He claimed he was stopped because his companion was black, that the stop was all about police racism. Never mind that the police were right about his curfew violation. In high school, he helped teach...

read more

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Withdrawing the US from the Paris Agreement is Patriotic

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Conservation | 0 comments

Patriotism: noun meaning national loyalty, devoted love, support and defense of one’s country. President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement (United Nations 2013) is most definitely an act of patriotism. It avoids surrendering the national sovereignty of the United States to a faceless, formless glob of coming “rules, modalities and procedures” (Article 6, Paragraph 7) in pursuit of specific goals determined by a “global stocktake” (Article 14, Section 1). These specific goals are to...

read more

A Lesson for Ferguson, MO, From the Pages of History

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s amazing how some things just don’t change. Riots like those currently happening in Ferguson, MO, have happened over and over throughout history. I attended Clinton Senior High School in East Tennessee. In 1958, three bombs ripped the high school building apart in protest of court-ordered integration. I wrote a research paper in high school about this bombing and the events leading up to it, which was then published in a local periodical. Clinton High School was the first state-supported public school in the Southeastern United States...

read more

What Does “Out of the Woods” Really Mean in Ebola Cases?

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

According to an article here: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/ebola/14-october-2014/en/, the World Health Organization has concluded that 95% of confirmed Ebola cases have an incubation period in the range of 1 to 21 days, while 98% have an incubation period that falls within the 1 to 42 day interval. So from 21 to 42 days the probability of a quarantined person not having Ebola goes up another 3%. Dallas is only confining potential Ebola-exposed individuals to a 21 day quarantine. This means someone has decided that the additional 3%...

read more

So What Now, Since the First Us Ebola Outbreak Seems to Be Contained?

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Before coming to a specific answer for this question, let’s briefly review the history of this small Ebola outbreak in Dallas, and consider what would have happened had the outbreak continued or been larger. I am going to walk you through my answer to this question, and explain why that is my answer. Ultimately, we will each answer this question for ourselves, and a no-response is itself a response. You may have heard Thomas Eric Duncan occasionally referred to in the news as Patient Zero. This is because, in medical science, the index case...

read more

What Happens to the Property in an Ebola Case

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Real Estate, Uncategorized, Waste Management | 0 comments

Sometimes fear can be dispersed with good, solid information. I’m not a health care professional, but I am an environmental lawyer, so I will focus on the part of the process and law about which I have expertise. This post is a timeline of what happens to a person’s property when that person is diagnosed with Ebola, with details from the local cases as examples. Here’s what will happen, probably mostly the same in every case. 1. A test result indicates someone has tested positive for the Ebola virus. You don’t have to worry about not...

read more

Getting Logical About Ebola: A Practical Initial Response

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So do we keep calm and carry on with no changes to our daily routines, or are there some things we can do, specific actions we can take, to help defend ourselves from Ebola? At the outset I think we should all prepare, emotionally, inconvenience ourselves. We may need to do things we don’t want to do, and we may need to refrain from doing things we want to do. This situation obviously calls for heightened discipline. The facts on the ground today are materially different than yesterday. Let’s just walk through a contamination situation....

read more

Let’s Get Logical About Ebola, Part 1

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So much fear. Driven by unanswered “what if” scenarios. Authorities seemingly more interested in maintaining the appearance of calm than communicating reality. But all this does is make them look self-delusional. BioHazMat crews on TV decontaminating living quarters. Do I need personal protection equipment (PPE)? Is it safe to live or work in Dallas? Let’s get logical about Ebola in the hopes of removing some fear, and maybe rightfully focusing some where it needs to be for our protection. We are practically watching a jury trial where...

read more

Suing Satan; the Devil’s in the Details

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Tall Tales | 0 comments

Back in the ‘70s there was a saying that became popular: “the devil made me do it.” Now that’s what I call going after the source, the real cause of the problem. These days we just go after symptoms–alcohol, tobacco, video game violence, obesity, etc. But back in 1971, Mr. Mayo wasn’t distracted with whatever form Satan may take from time to time. He sued the Devil. And he didn’t pull any punches, either. Mr. Mayo claimed that Satan and Co., on numerous occasions, caused him misery, made unwarranted threats, placed deliberate...

read more

A Whole View at the local Whole Foods

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Tall Tales | 0 comments

Whole Foods supermarket. That trendy, somewhat hippie garden of organic and all that’s “good for you.” One of their stores is in Santa Fe, New Mexico. One day, a male customer visited the store wearing white cycling shorts. Per the design of said shorts, he was going commando. There are many problems with white cycling shorts-they are see–through. Apparently it was the “whole view” at Whole Foods. Now, my wife and I are avid cyclists, and we wear cycling shorts. You would too if you climbed on a seat like those on our bikes. Let me...

read more

Lawyer Watches His Future Nearly Go Up in Smoke

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Tall Tales | 0 comments

Pity the poor Zachary Sanders of Portland, Oregon. Or maybe the residents of the State of New York. Somewhere along the way, Sanders decided to be a lawyer when he grew up. For good or bad, he certainly gave himself enough opportunities to practice his skills of argument as he aged. When he was only 14, he was picked up for violating curfew. He claimed he was stopped because his companion was black, that the stop was all about police racism. Never mind that the police were right about his curfew violation. In high school, he helped teach...

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Withdrawing the US from the Paris Agreement is Patriotic

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Conservation | 0 comments

Patriotism: noun meaning national loyalty, devoted love, support and defense of one’s country. President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement (United Nations 2013) is most definitely an act of patriotism. It avoids surrendering the national sovereignty of the United States to a faceless, formless glob of coming “rules, modalities and procedures” (Article 6, Paragraph 7) in pursuit of specific goals determined by a “global stocktake” (Article 14, Section 1). These specific goals are to...

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A Lesson for Ferguson, MO, From the Pages of History

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s amazing how some things just don’t change. Riots like those currently happening in Ferguson, MO, have happened over and over throughout history. I attended Clinton Senior High School in East Tennessee. In 1958, three bombs ripped the high school building apart in protest of court-ordered integration. I wrote a research paper in high school about this bombing and the events leading up to it, which was then published in a local periodical. Clinton High School was the first state-supported public school in the Southeastern United States...

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What Does “Out of the Woods” Really Mean in Ebola Cases?

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

According to an article here: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/ebola/14-october-2014/en/, the World Health Organization has concluded that 95% of confirmed Ebola cases have an incubation period in the range of 1 to 21 days, while 98% have an incubation period that falls within the 1 to 42 day interval. So from 21 to 42 days the probability of a quarantined person not having Ebola goes up another 3%. Dallas is only confining potential Ebola-exposed individuals to a 21 day quarantine. This means someone has decided that the additional 3%...

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So What Now, Since the First Us Ebola Outbreak Seems to Be Contained?

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Before coming to a specific answer for this question, let’s briefly review the history of this small Ebola outbreak in Dallas, and consider what would have happened had the outbreak continued or been larger. I am going to walk you through my answer to this question, and explain why that is my answer. Ultimately, we will each answer this question for ourselves, and a no-response is itself a response. You may have heard Thomas Eric Duncan occasionally referred to in the news as Patient Zero. This is because, in medical science, the index case...

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What Happens to the Property in an Ebola Case

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Real Estate, Uncategorized, Waste Management | 0 comments

Sometimes fear can be dispersed with good, solid information. I’m not a health care professional, but I am an environmental lawyer, so I will focus on the part of the process and law about which I have expertise. This post is a timeline of what happens to a person’s property when that person is diagnosed with Ebola, with details from the local cases as examples. Here’s what will happen, probably mostly the same in every case. 1. A test result indicates someone has tested positive for the Ebola virus. You don’t have to worry about not...

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Getting Logical About Ebola: A Practical Initial Response

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So do we keep calm and carry on with no changes to our daily routines, or are there some things we can do, specific actions we can take, to help defend ourselves from Ebola? At the outset I think we should all prepare, emotionally, inconvenience ourselves. We may need to do things we don’t want to do, and we may need to refrain from doing things we want to do. This situation obviously calls for heightened discipline. The facts on the ground today are materially different than yesterday. Let’s just walk through a contamination situation....

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Let’s Get Logical About Ebola, Part 1

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So much fear. Driven by unanswered “what if” scenarios. Authorities seemingly more interested in maintaining the appearance of calm than communicating reality. But all this does is make them look self-delusional. BioHazMat crews on TV decontaminating living quarters. Do I need personal protection equipment (PPE)? Is it safe to live or work in Dallas? Let’s get logical about Ebola in the hopes of removing some fear, and maybe rightfully focusing some where it needs to be for our protection. We are practically watching a jury trial where...

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Suing Satan; the Devil’s in the Details

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Tall Tales | 0 comments

Back in the ‘70s there was a saying that became popular: “the devil made me do it.” Now that’s what I call going after the source, the real cause of the problem. These days we just go after symptoms–alcohol, tobacco, video game violence, obesity, etc. But back in 1971, Mr. Mayo wasn’t distracted with whatever form Satan may take from time to time. He sued the Devil. And he didn’t pull any punches, either. Mr. Mayo claimed that Satan and Co., on numerous occasions, caused him misery, made unwarranted threats, placed deliberate...

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A Whole View at the local Whole Foods

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Tall Tales | 0 comments

Whole Foods supermarket. That trendy, somewhat hippie garden of organic and all that’s “good for you.” One of their stores is in Santa Fe, New Mexico. One day, a male customer visited the store wearing white cycling shorts. Per the design of said shorts, he was going commando. There are many problems with white cycling shorts-they are see–through. Apparently it was the “whole view” at Whole Foods. Now, my wife and I are avid cyclists, and we wear cycling shorts. You would too if you climbed on a seat like those on our bikes. Let me...

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Lawyer Watches His Future Nearly Go Up in Smoke

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Tall Tales | 0 comments

Pity the poor Zachary Sanders of Portland, Oregon. Or maybe the residents of the State of New York. Somewhere along the way, Sanders decided to be a lawyer when he grew up. For good or bad, he certainly gave himself enough opportunities to practice his skills of argument as he aged. When he was only 14, he was picked up for violating curfew. He claimed he was stopped because his companion was black, that the stop was all about police racism. Never mind that the police were right about his curfew violation. In high school, he helped teach...

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