Ideas

As a Floridian who’s weathered his share of hurricanes, I can more than sympathize with my northeastern countrymen as they begin the lousy task of cleaning up after Sandy. But there’s one commonality that stands out for me as a parent. Just as “Frankenstorm” struck days before Halloween, so did Hurricane Wilma wreck South Florida seven years ago this week. My kids were tweens then (remember Harry Potter costumes?) and I have a piece of advice now for the parents of trick-or-treaters from Virginia to Maine: Don’t cancel Halloween, as I’m seeing so many towns up there announcing they’ll do. Postpone it. Delay it. But as soon as you can, have it.

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That might sound like fairly trivial counsel given the deadly havoc the Northeast is dealing with at this moment. But that grim situation — and the impact I’ve personally…

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Ideas

The recent media swarm around an anguished report of rape at Amherst College, in Massachusetts, is understandable, especially when every day seems to bring another grotesque proclamation from a political figure appearing to minimize, or even justify, rape. But the gravity of sexual assault shouldn’t be an excuse to draw black-and-white conclusions about the problem of rape on college campuses.

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Most rapes are hard to prosecute, in part because they rarely have witnesses, but college rapes on college campuses are an even bigger challenge because at least 90% of alleged rapes are between people who know each other (often boyfriends, ex-boyfriends, or current friends and acquaintances). College rapes also typically involve less physical evidence (like signs of physical struggle), and one or both parties are more likely to be intoxicated by…

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mHealth Insight

“In order to avoid future contacts from patients, GPs may have to change mobile numbers or email addresses and activate privacy settings on social networks, the MDU said… …MDU tips on dealing with amorous patients:

> Inform the patient politely but firmly that it is impossible for anything other than a purely professional relationship to exist between you and that their actions have overstepped the acceptable boundaries of the doctor/patient relationship.
> Consider transferring the patient’s care to a colleague.
> Keep a log of all calls and contacts.
> Exercise caution before accepting gifts, as acceptance can be misconstrued.
> Use privacy settings on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter
> Consider withholding your mobile number if you use it to contact patients.
> Don’t reply to Facebook messages from patients.
> Contact the MDU for advice as soon as you become aware of any potential difficulties…

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2012 The Awakening

 

Nikola Tesla at age 77

By Bill Crawford

One evening during the last summer of the 19th century, an eccentric Serbian inventor steps outside his electrical laboratory. Dressed in a Prince Albert coat and black derby, he looks up at the 200-foot tower

he’s built in the shadow of Pike’s Peak.

“Now! Close the switch!” he shouts to his assistant. Inside the lab, the assistant slams home the switch on a mammoth “magnifying transmitter.” Current surges through the giant electrical coil; the earth vibrates. An eerie blue light fills the lab. Lightning bolts shoot into the Colorado sky. Thunder splits the evening air, turning the heads of ranchers 15 miles away. Townspeople panic as the 12-million-volt surge knocks out the Colorado Springs power station and sets it ablaze. Inventor Nikola Tesla smiles: His newborn electrical forces are nothing compared with the electrical impulses in his own mind.

Tesla was…

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