My World of “Ought to Be”
by Timothy Wilken, MD

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Wednesday, October 02, 2002

The Scientific Basis for the Golden Rule

Whether you believe Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ foretold in the Old Testament, or just a man, his words bring wisdom to all of humanity. He may have been the first human to embrace synergy. He is credited as the author of The Golden Rule and his words seem to capture the very essence of synergic morality. This morning we examine the Golden Rule from a scientific perspective. (10/02/02)


The Paradox of the Modern World

Tony Blair speaks: We've never been more interdependent in our needs; and we've never been more individualist in our outlook. Globalisation and technology open up vast new opportunities but also cause massive insecurity. The values of progressive politics - solidarity, justice for all - have never been more relevant; and their application never more in need of modernisation. Internationally, we need a new global partnership, that moves beyond a narrow view of national interest. ... Interdependence is obliterating the distinction between foreign and domestic policy. It was the British economy that felt the aftermath of 11 September. Our cities who take in refugees from the 13 million now streaming across the world from famine, disease or conflict. Our young people who die from heroin imported from Afghanistan. It is our climate that is changing. ... Sometimes and in particular dealing with a dictator, the only chance of peace is a readiness for war. But we need coalitions not just to deal with evil by force if necessary, but coalitions for peace, coalitions to tackle poverty, ignorance and disease. A coalition to fight terrorism and a coalition to give Africa hope. A coalition to re-build the nation of Afghanistan as strong as the coalition to defeat the Taliban. A coalition to fight the scourge of AIDS, to protect the planet from climate change every bit as powerful as the coalition for free trade, free markets and free enterprise. (10/02/02)


41 Million Americans have No Health Insurance

CNN HEALTH -- The recession increased unemployment and forced many businesses to scale back benefits, resulting in an additional 1.4 million people without health insurance last year, Census Bureau figures show. Roughly 41.2 million people, or 14.6 percent of U.S. residents, lacked health coverage for all of 2001, compare with 14.2 percent the previous year, according to bureau estimates released Monday. The share of the population covered under private, employment-based plans declined from 64 percent to 63 percent last year. "That was the principal cause of the overall decrease," bureau analyst Robert Mills said. (10/02/02)


Teens go feral in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel -- A mob of nearly 20 kids beat a man brain dead Sunday night after he confronted them for throwing an egg at him and punched one teen in the mouth, police said. Eight suspects, at least one as young as 10, were in custody Tuesday, police said. The victim, Charlie Young Jr., 36, remained on life support. Police said the group chased Young onto the porch of a house at 2021 N. 21st Lane and used bats, shovels and boards to pummel him in an attack that left blood splattered floor to ceiling. At one point, Young forced his way into the lower unit in a desperate bid for safety, the landlord said, but the kids dragged him back outside, where the beating continued until police responded to a neighbor's 911 call. The severity of the attack demonstrated an escalating problem that plagued the area near Johnsons Park all summer, shaken neighbors say: out-of-control teenagers who roam the streets intimidating residents. ... "In this neighborhood we have roaming teenage bands of kids - and we're talking about very young kids - out at that time causing trouble," Johnson said, adding that he does not live in the immediate area. ... "They don't go to school, they don't do anything," he said. "They hang out." Neighbors said Monday that crime in the area is all too common and that they were afraid for their safety to talk on the record about what might have gone on Sunday night. One woman did say about 20 teenage boys had been gathering in the neighborhood since 8 p.m. Sunday and acting "hyped." She said the boys hovered on the corner of 21st Lane and Brown St., already carrying crates, poles and baseball bats. (10/02/02)


HIV Epidemic Could Triple by 2010

CNN HEALTH -- By the end of the decade, the number of people infected with HIV in Russia, India, China, Ethopia, and Nigeria could more than triple, far exceeding the number in central and southern Africa, the current epicenter of the worldwide epidemic, a government intelligence report said Monday. "Looking at AIDS as an African problem will be at odds with the reality of the disease," said David Gordon, former national intelligence officer for economics and global issues with the National Intelligence Council, which carries out mid-term and long-term strategic thinking for the CIA, and which prepared the report. At present, these five countries combined have between 14 million and 23 million HIV-positive residents. "We fear that number could climb to between 50 and 70 million by the end of the decade," Gordon said. (10/02/02)


Possible Fallout from West Coast Ports Closure

The Washington Post -- A prolonged shutdown of West Coast ports could lead to empty store shelves, quiet factories and a global economic crisis, analysts say. "The collateral damage is huge," said Stephen Cohen, a regional planning professor at the University of California at Berkeley. "We've never had anything like this. This affects the entire economy." Millions of dollars in cargo sat idle for a second day at the 29 major Pacific ports. West Coast shipping lines said they will keep the ports closed until the longshoremen agree to extend their expired contract. But the 10,500-member union said it will not budge until the lockout is ended. A stalemate could be disastrous for the U.S. economy, which already is teetering between recovery and recession. The cost has been pegged at $1 billion a day. "It's just massive," said John Martin, president of Martin Associates, a Lancaster, Pa., economic consulting firm. The problems could snowball quickly, according to his study conducted for the Pacific Maritime Association, which represents shipping lines and sea terminal operators. A 10-day shutdown could cost the country $19.4 billion. American manufacturers increasingly rely on imported components and materials, and the dependence of giant retailers, such as Wal-Mart and Target, on imported merchandise has soared. The containers handled by the West Coast ports include toys from China, computers from Taiwan, lamb from Australia and fruit from Chile. (10/02/02)


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