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Grinding Out Profits in a Trust Mill

I walked into an orthopedic doctor’s office the other day. He looked at me and said, “I recommend immediate bilateral knee replacements for you, sir.”   “My knees feel fine,” I said, “I came because my shoulder is hurting.”   “The shoulder can wait,” he snapped, “You need those knees replaced.”   I said, “I don’t think so,” and did Read More


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Dope Houses for Vulnerable Seniors

If someone close to you is in a nursing home, there is a one-in-five chance that he or she is improperly medicated with a dangerous antipsychotic drug. As of November 2017, more than 20% of the 1.4 million residents in U.S. long-term care facilities (LTCFs) receive antipsychotic drugs. However, fewer than 2% of the population have a diagnosis that is Read More


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Emailed Holiday Greetings

Who doesn’t enjoy Aunt Grenadine’s holiday emails? She attaches a four-page narrative laboriously typed out in Wordstar on her trusty IBM XT. This is where you learn that your cousin Maud’s 35-pound Siamese finally succumbed to type 1 diabetes and your second cousin-twice-removed Regan, against all expectation, graduated from middle school. She also fills you in on all the family Read More


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Double Standard

To turn on the news this year has revealed a seemingly endless parade of sexual predators – actors, comedians, producers, directors, politicians and executives. Women and men have come forward to accuse people in positions of power of groping, harassing, threatening and raping them. While some of the predatory behavior has been recent, many victims have waited decades before going Read More