Teenager gets vaccinated

Can the provaxers change their minds?

By Justin Katz | December 30, 2022 |

A skeptical reader can find many things worthy of comment in David McRaney’s How Minds Change even beyond the author’s central objective of training people how to manipulate others psychologically to implement radical policies.  Not wanting to write a book in response, I’ll probably just bring them up as they become relevant. One side point…

A dark cloud and a dark wave

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Dark Clouds Coming

By Justin Katz | November 28, 2022 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz take stock of Rhode Island in the aftermath of the election.

A water drop and ripples

Don’t miss the significance of the amoxicillin shortage.

By Justin Katz | November 22, 2022 |

Such efforts are easy to dismiss as blame-laying, but it’s important for us to take careful stock of recent decisions, and the more gargantuan the effect, the more attention we should pay.  So, put this on the list: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently reported a shortage of liquid amoxicillin, which is typically prescribed…

A nurse sitting in a doorway

RI must take the lesson of emergency room woes.

By Justin Katz | November 21, 2022 |

The timing could be better, with Rhode Islanders having no opportunity to change direction via the ballot box for two years, but we really need to learn the lesson of overcrowding in our emergency rooms. Namely, among all the various causes, the most significant is socialized medicine: “We are seeing long visit waits at the…

American flag in a field at sunset

Sunlight for Energy, Cancer, and Mail Ballots

By John Loughlin | November 19, 2022 |

John Loughlin talks with Michael Chaves of Love Solar, Dr. Shafman on pancreatic cancer, and Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation on mail ballots.

Soldier holding rations

Medicine, Military, and Meals

By John Loughlin | October 29, 2022 |

John Loughlin interviews Dr. Shafman, Colonel Ray Deniswich of VFW Post 272, and Executive Director Meghan Grady of Meals on Wheels.

An elephant leans beside a ditch

Republicans and Other Independent Candidates and Health Professionals

By John Loughlin | October 15, 2022 |

John Loughlin interviews Republican and Independent candidates and professionals in the healthcare industry.

A scale

COVID propaganda could be a great communications lesson (but probably won’t be at URI).

By Justin Katz | October 13, 2022 |

Professor Renee Hobbs specializes in media literacy education for the University of Rhode Island Harrington School of Communication and Media.  This tweet of hers therefore struck me as indicative of misplaced focus: An important note of specificity is needed:  Paxlovid skepticism is only a communication failure for those who wish to promote it (for profit,…

A water drop and ripples

Monkeypox may prove the cost of woke restrictions on acceptable observations.

By Justin Katz | August 4, 2022 |

As local media sources have started to track instances of monkeypox in our area, I’ve wondered how many Rhode Islanders know that it is mostly (although not entirely) a venereal disease spreading mostly among gay men.  Except, as Rod Dreher points out, that’s not a fact to which we’re permitted to react: Scott Gottlieb, former…

The sun rising or setting

Technology, Building, and Weather

By John Loughlin | July 24, 2022 |

John Loughlin talks with Dr. Shafman about bladder cancer, Tim Taylor of the Lost 52 Project, Lori Garver, former Deputy Director of NASA, Tom Lopatosky, owner of LOPCO Contracting, and Joe Bastardi of WeatherBell Analytics.