I just added Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by: Patrick Radden Keefe to the Recommended Reading List.
This is a 30,000 foot view of the opioid crisis in America centered around the family most responsible for it. Radden combines the factual accuracy of a Jane Mayer, colorful antidotes and an almost Erik Larson ability to make non-fiction read like a compelling novel.
Combined with Beth Macy’s Dopesick this book will give you sufficient information on the opioid crisis.
When I talk to young people I tell them if by the time they are forty years old when they look in the mirror if they don’t see their best teacher they did something wrong. I’m not going to sell math short and I agree with the emphasis put on STEM but reading is far and away the most important academic skill. Basically, if you can read you can teach yourself almost anything. Continue reading Last Minute Gift? Give Knowledge
There have been a few notable versions of the Two Americas speech in recent political history. Barack Obama’s 2004 keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in Boston arguably enabled his presidency. It is a different “two Americas” that I want to write about today. Let’s explore. Continue reading Posteriors In Prison
Today is April Fools’ Day. It is one of those “holidays” that ranks with Halloween in its silliness in my opinion. The idea is to go around telling tall tales and just when you have someone believing it exclaim, “April fools”. Attorney General Bill Barr and President Trump are attempting to play such a game with the American public except they will never issue the “April fools” disclaimer. Trump is simply betting that enough Americans will fall for it and to date he is winning. Let’s explore. Continue reading Not Your April Fools
I often spend too much time on the title of an article. Today I thought I would be straightforward. This entire article is an incomplete review of and commentary on the central topic of Beth Macy’s book Dopesick. If you haven’t read it I strongly recommend you do. It is the seminal work on the opioid crisis. With disclosures and introductions out of the way, let’s explore. Continue reading Dopesick