Medical Imaging Radiation as a Factor of Epidemic of Cancer


      There is an epidemic of cancer today. One in three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer … We continue to invest 97 percent of our cancer research funds in better treatments and early detection. Only 3 percent is invested in tackling causes…
      By Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, NY Times


      They want to know if radiation from … computed tomography (CT) scans … will increase their risk of developing cancer…  In 2006, about 62 million CT scans were performed in the United States, compared with just three million in 1980…Most of what we know about the risks of ionizing radiation comes from long-term studies of people who survived the 1945 atomic bomb blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These studies show a slightly but significantly increased risk of cancer in those exposed to the blasts, including a group of 25,000 Hiroshima survivors who received less than 50 mSv of radiation — an amount you might get from two or three CT scans.
      Radiation risk from medical imaging By Celeste Robb-Nicholson, M.D. Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical Schools.  October 1, 2010


        The proportion of total radiation exposure that comes from medical sources has grown from 15% in the early 1980s to 50% today. CT alone accounts for 24% of all radiation exposure in the United States, according to a report issued in March 2009 by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements… A chest x-ray, for example, delivers 0.1 mSv, while a chest CT delivers 7 mSv (see the table) — 70 times as much. And that’s not counting the very common follow-up CT scans. –Celeste Robb-Nicholson, M.D.


Is Europe Going Back in the Thirties?

… anti-Semitism didn’t originate with Europe’s Muslims, nor are they its only proponents today. The traditional anti-Semitism of Europe’s far right persists. So, too, does that of the far left, … There’s also an anti-Semitism of the center… in Berlin in July, “Jews to the gas!” …
~ What’s Behind Germany’s New Anti-Semitism by Jochen Bittner, New York Times.

See also: Anti-Semitic riots in Europe ‘took us back to 1938′ by By Terrence McCoy, Washington Post.

Market was Built on the Skeletons of Pioneers

By the same way the IBM & Microsoft built their PC MS DOS market on the skeleton of Digital Research, Inc., …, etc.

Aging of America: The Increasing Dominance of Older Firms

– nearly four-in-five American workers are currently employed by organizations born prior to 1995


-the rate of new firm formations fell significantly during this period—occurring because the number of new firms being formed each year (numerator) didn’t keep pace with the growth in the stock of total firms in the economy (denominator). The same was not true of firm exits, which did keep pace with the growth in total firms—allowing the firm failure rate to hold mostly steady before rising in the second half of the last decade.


~ The Other Aging of America: The Increasing Dominance of Older Firms by Ian Hathaway, Ennsyte Economics*, Robert Litan, The Brookings Institutio

Nation’s Top Colleges are Turning Our Kids into Zombies

William Deresiewicz, … whose résumé includes two degrees from Columbia University and ten years of teaching at Yale, published an essay last week in The New Republic called “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League.” Subtitle: “The nation’s top colleges are turning our kids into zombies.” Read more:

Super People,” the writer James Atlas has called them—the stereotypical ultra-high-achieving elite college students of today. A double major, a sport, a musical instrument, a couple of foreign languages, service work in distant corners of the globe, a few hobbies thrown in for good measure: They have mastered them all, and with a serene self-assurance that leaves adults and peers alike in awe. Read more:

See also:
~ An Incubator for An American Ruling Elite
~ Universities Ranked By Billionaire Alumni
~ Harvard Billionaire Machine

Leftist Billionaire Syndrome

Why are names like Soros, Gates and Rockefeller associated with ultraliberal causes? … What makes so many smart billionaires gravitate to primitive liberal positions one would normally associate with…?
Read More:

    Memo: From Nick Hanauer. To: My Fellow Zillionaires
    … like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries … Then I founded … And what do I see in our future now? … Revolutions, like bankruptcies, come gradually, and then suddenly. One day, somebody sets himself on fire, then thousands of people are in the streets, and before you know it, the country is burning. And then there’s no time for us to get to the airport and jump on our Gulfstream Vs and fly to New Zealand…
    Read more:

See also: Taking a look inside the secret leftist billionaires club By Tori Richards

From Global Smoking to Global Warming: Strong Alliance of Hollywood & Science

In the Beginning it was a Consensus Statement of the Medical Doctors of America:

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… and Hollywood Stars were completely agree with them:



See also: Hollywood cut secret deals to promote smokingReport: Tobacco companies paid Hollywood stars to promote smoking


Now there is the same “scientific consensus” on climate change

The “consensus” was built around the mystical graph that was called a  “global warming hockey stick“:


It does not matter that independent scientists “have uncovered a fundamental mathematical flaw in the computer program that was used to produce the hockey stick“, because the Hollywood produced an impressive movie about this theory. It was called “An Inconvenient Truth” and promoted the “stick” as a truthful theory:



Former vice president Al Gore, as a screenplay of this movie, nabbed an Academy Award for best (see above) documentary. Although the Oscar actually went to director Davis Guggenheim, Gore gave an acceptance speech:

Secretary of State John Kerry declared, that according to his estimations “at Least 98, 99% of All Scientists in Our Country’ Believe in Climate Change“, and President of the United State concluded: “The debate is settled. Climate change is a fact“.

Student Loan Debt: Scale of Problem and its Main Sources

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Economic Scale of the U.S. Student Loan Debt Problem
types of debt

Sources of Student Loan Debt:





Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. By Catherine Hill, Ph.D. Christianne Corbett Andresse St. Rose, Ed.D. “Just not interested”. Many girls and women report that they are not interested in science and engineering. In a 2009 poll of young people ages 8–17 by the American Society for Quality, 24 percent of boys but only 5 percent of girls said they were interested in an engineering career. Another recent poll found that 74 percent of college-bound boys ages 13–17 said that computer science or computing would be a good college major for them compared with 32 percent of their female peers (WGBH Education Foundation & Association for Computing Machinery, 2009). From early adolescence, girls express less interest in math or science careers than boys do (Lapan et al., 2000; Turner et al., 2008). Even girls and women who excel in mathematics often do not pursue STEM fields. In studies of high mathematics achievers, for example, women are more likely to secure degrees in the humanities, life sciences, and social sciences than in math, computer science, engineering, or the physical sciences; the reverse is true for men (Lubinski & Benbow, 2006)… Among first-year college students, women are much less likely than men to say that they intend to major in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). By graduation, men outnumber women in nearly every science and engineering field, and in some, such as physics, engineering, and computer science, the difference is dramatic, with women earning only 20 percent of bachelor’s degrees. Women’s representation in science and engineering declines further.

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Educational Attainment in the United States: 2015 Population Characteristics By Camille L. Ryan and Kurt Bauman Current Population Reports. P20-578 March 2016:

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See also: College Majors Ranked by Lifetime Earnings

Scientists Discovered the Social Reasons to Build Pyramids of Egypt …

… and some of them now propose the same approach to resolve the future global problems. For instance, Lawrence Summers, Former Treasury Secretary says that the future global scale problem will not be producing enough. It will be providing enough work because a generation from now a quarter of middle-aged men will be out of work at any given moment.

It had taken centuries for many thousands of people to build Egypt’s pyramids. What was the social objective of constructing Egyptian pyramids? The main goal was to keep social stability and comprehensive employment with a high spiritual objective that would more than compensate for the absence of any direct obvious materialistic kind of objectives; in other words, inspired labor as an objective unto itself.

There seems to be a basic principle that works on all social and perhaps biological levels: if you cannot put earlier created processes and resources to rational use, then you conserve the system at least in a neutral “engaged condition”.

In each such case taken separately the question is the cost of such conservation, or the amount of social energy. We are talking about the cost that a society is prepared to pay for such stabilization, for tying up this social energy in a “reserve” with an eye towards using it more intelligently in the future.
PS. We can’t know exactly what Former Treasury Secretary had in mind when warning of the above-quoted future global problem, but it seems that the scientists have finally discovered the social reasons to build pyramids of Egypt and are now gaining a better understanding of the main global problem in the nearest future.

What is the Basic Difference Between Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter?

  • Typical social networks have been built around ideas like who you already know (Facebook) and where you’ve worked (LinkedIn).

  • We’ve made Twitter into a tool that allows us to connect with and interact with people based on the kinds of stuff we share.

    ~A new kind of network, by David Aron Levine

David Aron Levine further wrote: “However, it wasn’t built around this concept exactly. It was really built around the idea of making it easy to share quick updates with people we know. (Remember: the concept of a “re-tweet”, an @ reply, and “hashtags” came from the community). The fact that we’ve collectively hacked it for the purpose of sharing and connecting with a new group of people might say more about our demands than it does about the service itself.”

Yes, there was a demand, but the main question still exists: how did it happen? The answer is … characters’ limitation.

We can’t express ourselves by more than 140 per twit. As Charles IX wrote in this context about half thousand years ago, “horses and poets should be fed not fattened“.

In other words, the Twitter’s basic feature – that David Aron Levine is discussing – appeared as one of the side effects of the above meant technical limitation.

Fostering Creativity: Hard and Soft Thinking

‘Hard’ and ‘soft’ thinking are terms often associated with creativity and they reflect the neurological processes associated with different hemispheres of the brain. Research suggests that the right side of the brain is visual and processes information in an intuitive and simultaneous way, looking first at the whole picture then the details (soft thinking). The other hemisphere – the left brain – is verbal and processes information in an analytical and sequential way, looking first at the pieces then putting them together to get the whole (hard thinking) …The distinction between hard and soft thinking can be illustrated in the following way. 

Hard thinking Soft thinking


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one right answer




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differences and categories






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many right answers




many shades of grey



similarities and connections





Roger Von Oech (1990) believes that creative thinking must be recognised as a process that involves both hard and soft thinking and that it is important to know when each is appropriate. He argues that every person has a ‘judge’ and an ‘artist’ within, and both are required in order to be creative. Even those who are very inventive, and thrive on spontaneity and uncertainty, also need to seek order and be analytical if they are to be successful.  It is now believed that the most powerful creative thinking occurs when the left and right hemispheres of the brain combine to apply both generative and evaluative processes.  Read more:

“Data & analysis don’t matter — we KNOW the truth”


      Every one knew how laborious the usual method is of attaining to arts and sciences; whereas, by his contrivance, the most ignorant person at a reasonable charge, and with a little bodily labour, may write books in philosophy, poetry, politics, law, mathematics, and theology, without the least assistance from genius or study

GULLIVER’S TRAVELS. CHAPTER V: The Author permitted to see the Grand Academy of Lagado.
By Jonathan Swift, 1726.

      Step 1: Decide on ideological argument and proposed policy remedies;
      Step 2: Manipulate data as needed to justify;
      Step 3: Publish book…
      Step 4: Ideological allies receive book rapturously, say it cannot be challenged due to quantitative rigor of underlying data analysis…
      Step 5: Data analysis carved up by outside analysts;
      Step 6: Response from allies = “Data & analysis don’t matter — we KNOW the truth.”

– The overwhelming initial reception of the book was, “See? Rigorous proof of what we have always believed and said!
By Marc Andreessen, 2014.

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The first professor … said perhaps I might wonder to see him employed in a project for improving speculative knowledge by practical and mechanical operations. But the world would soon be sensible of its usefulness, and he flattered himself that a more noble exalted thought never sprang in any other man’s head. JONATHAN SWIFT, 1726

      After all, the “logic is neither an art nor a science but a dodge” ~Stendhal

Reasons Behind the Last 20 years Decline of Violent Crime


Compared with 1993, the peak of U.S. gun homicides, the firearm homicide rate was 49% lower in 2010, and there were fewer deaths, even though the nation’s population grew. The victimization rate for other violent crimes with a firearm—assaults, robberies and sex crimes—was 75% lower in 2011 than in 1993.


~Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware … Pew Research Center, May 7, 2013

U.S. firearm homicides peaked in 1993 at 7.0 deaths per 100,000 people. But by 2010, the rate was 49% lower [3.6], and [generally speaking] firearm-related violence — assaults, robberies, sex crimes — was 75% lower in 2011 than in 1993, the study found. Those drops parallel an overall decline in violent non-fatal crime, with or without a gun, the study said. In fact, gun-related homicide rates in the late 2000s were “equal to those not seen since the early 1960s,” the study found.

~ Study: Gun homicides, violence down sharply in past 20 years. By CNN Staff, May 9, 2013

What is Behind the Violent Crime Decline?


At the Root of these efforts are states’ legislators:



See also the above trend in some more details (1986-2013):

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Meanwhile, the media does a great job to hide this inconvenient truth:


Source: Pew Research Center, May 7, 2013

Long story short:


Amount Given to Religious Charities Represents a Fall From 53% in 1987 to 31% in 2013 of the Total

AMERICANS are giving more to charity than ever before—but a smaller proportion of this money is going to religious organisations. Though the amount given to religious charities has risen from an inflation-adjusted $89 billion in 1987 to $105.5 billion in 2013, that represents a fall from 53% to 31% of the total, according to research released by Giving USA, a non-profit that researches philanthropy in America, and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
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Two key factors that makes Silicon Valley such fertile ground for startups.

The most important legal factor is the California State ban on Non Compete Law:

    … a very special law was enacted in California in 1872. The law in question declared null and void any contract between a business owner and employee if said contract in any way restricted the employee’s freedom to change employers, even if that meant joining the former employer’s competition.

    In other words, any previously signed agreements—for example, an employee contract signed upon hiring—that could in any way limit the employee’s right to freely choose his or her place of work were deemed unenforceable in this 1872 law. More specifically, those clauses that were in conflict with this law were deemed unenforceable.

    This law was initially ratified in 1872 as part of California’s Civil Code. It is now listed under California Code – Section 16600, also known as CAL. BPC. CODE § 16600, and reads:

      Except as provided in this chapter, every contract by which anyone is restrained from engaging in a lawful profession, trade, or business of any kind is to that extent void.

    As a result of this cascade of direct and indirect consequences from the application of this law in Silicon Valley, today a number of generally operating U.S. legal standards, including some of the most important, are practically blocked (“de facto” canceled). Read more: From the Gold Mines of El Dorado to the “Golden” Startups of Silicon Valley

    The above California law was recently tested during the Hewlett-Packard special experimental research: NDA Experiment Set up by Mark Hurd.

The most important among Silicon Valley startups motivation factors is the “not afraid to fail” attitude:

    Perhaps one of the first practical application of this attitude was formulated about 22 centuries ago.

      “A mistake in choosing the right way of actions should be punished less than omission”
      ~ Roman army, 200 BC


    Two thousands years later people still continue to look for some of the alternative approaches that can bring the positive results as well:

    See also, a bit more detailed description of the same phenomenon:

      “Our results indicated that the frequency of omission increases when punishment is possible. We conclude that people choose omissions to avoid condemnation and that the omission effect is best understood not as a bias, but as a strategy”.
      ~ The Omission Strategy. Peter DeScioli, Brandeis University, Departments of Psychology and Economics

Open Path from Iraq to the New York

The Islamist extremist [Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, ISIS Leader] some are now calling the most dangerous man in the world … said, ‘I’ll see you guys in New York,’” … Rad more:

[ ISIS] Islamic State of Iraq and Syria just got got extremely rich. As insurgents rolled past the largest city in northern Iraq, an oil hub at the vital intersection of Syria, Iraq and Turkey, and into Tikrit, several gunmen stopped at Mosul’s central bank. An incredible amount of cash was reportedly on hand, and the group made off with 500 billion Iraqi dinars — $425 million. The provincial governor of Nineveh, Atheel al-Nujaifi, said that the radical Islamists had lifted additional millions from numerous banks across Mosul, as well as a “large quantity of gold bullion,” according to the International Business Times, which called ISIS the “World’s Richest Terror Force.” Read more:

[For comparison]: Al-Qaeda spent $500,000 on the [911] event, while America, in the incident and its aftermath, lost — according to the lowest estimate — more than $500 billion, meaning that every dollar of al-Qaeda defeated a million dollars.” Read more:

[President] Obama: I’m Concerned About a Nuke Being Detonated in Manhattan

Howard Buffett and Nina Munk about “discouraging results” the U.S. efforts to help African villages.

Howard Buffett—son of billionaire investor Warren—is a fascinating character. He is the hands-on owner and operator of a large-scale industrial corn farm in the Midwest and has been nominated by his father to take over chairmanship of insurance giant Berkshire Hathaway upon the aging magnate’s eventual retirement. He has also emerged as a leading philanthropist on the topic of agriculture in the Global South….

Howard Buffett delivered a blunt critique of Gates’ high-tech approach to improving food security in the Global South. He said that the Gates Foundation was essentially trying to recreate US-style industrial agriculture in Africa, an approach that he himself had tried early in his philanthropic career. “I don’t think it worked,” he said. “We need to quit thinking about trying to do it like we do it in America,” Buffett added.

Earlier in the segment, he championed low-tech, inexpensive methods for increasing farm productivity—a stark contrast to the high-tech seeds and pricey synthetic fertilizers favored by Gates. Buffett emphasizes that Gates’ efforts in African ag aren’t “all wrong” and adds that Gates is the “smartest guy in the world, next to my dad.”
~ Warren Buffett’s Son Schools Bill Gates on African Ag By Tom Philpott

Nina Munk, journalist and author of The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about her book. Munk spent six years following Jeffrey Sachs and the evolution of the Millennium Villages Project–an attempt to jumpstart a set of African villages in hopes of discovering a new template for development. Munk details the great optimism at the beginning of the project and the discouraging results after six years of high levels of aid. Sach’s story is one of the great lessons in unintended consequences and the complexity of the development process.
~ Nina Munk on Poverty, Development, and the Idealist

Jim Clark, Bill Gates, Tim Cook, Eric Schmidt and … Steve Jobs




What are these two images clarify? Any Bill Gates – as well as Eric Schmidt – will finally win a competition with any Jim Clark or even Tim Cook. This is a matter of time only. As people sometimes say in UK, association “football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win”.

For these reason Steve Jobs had to – and would be able – create a new niche every 3-5 years, and this is a main challenge for Tim Cook now…

“Three Modes of Cognition”

There are, … three modes of cognition: analytical, intuitive, and the mode that was known to the Biblical prophets, revelation. What distinguishes poetry from other forms of literature is that it uses all three of them at once (gravitating primarily toward the second and the third). For all three of them are given in the language; and there are times when, by means of a single word, a single rhyme, the writer of a poem manages to find himself where no one has ever been before him, further, perhaps, than he himself would have wished for. The one who writes a poem writes it above all because verse writing is an extraordinary accelerator of conscience, of thinking, of comprehending the universe. Having experienced this acceleration once, one is no longer capable of abandoning the chance to repeat this experience; one falls into dependency on this process, the way others fall into dependency on drugs or on alcohol. One who finds himself in this sort of dependency on language is, I guess, what they call a poet.

~ Joseph Brodsky, Nobel Lecture December 8, 1987.

U.S. Jobs Market: What’s Going On …

An Optimistic View:

A Bit More Realistic Data:

What is Really Going On:
Source: Federal Reserve Economic Research – FRED.

  • The labor force participation rate, which is the percentage of the civilian non-institutional population who participated in the labor force by either having a job during the month or actively seeking one, hit a record low in April 2014. In other words, U.S. Jobs market is in the worst situation since last 30 years.
  • In the United States, the civilian non-institutional population refers to people 16 years of age and older residing in the 50 States and the District of Columbia who are not inmates of institutions (penal, mental facilities, homes for the aged), and who are not on active duty in the Armed Forces.
  • To Those Who are Concerned About the “Global Warming”

      According to astrophysicist Joseph Shklovski (lectures, 1981) the total level of energy produced by human civilization during the last 300 years of industrial revolutions, is still about one hundredth of a percent of the total energy flow that reaches the surface of the earth from the sun. Meanwhile in recent decades of info-tech revolution, the total level of energy that earth irradiates to space comes to a million times more than it would have done naturally as the planet heated to 300 K. From this point, for the last couple of decades, Earth outran planet-giants Jupiter and Saturn and became comparable to Sun. So, for a radio-telescope’s observer from outer space, the earth’s info-tech revolution looks like the birth of a new bright star on the cold Earth-planet. Source: National Information Resources‘, by Gregory GromovNauka, 1984, p.15

    On top of radio transmissions discussed in 1981, there are now 6 billion active cellphones worldwide…

    In spite of all of the above, there are still so many people who generously and selflessly donate their time, energy and money to so-called “Global Warming” initiatives and … nobody cares about the real issues like “self-destruction as a result of a thermonuclear catastrophe or some other discovery which may have unpredictable and uncontrollable consequences“.
    See also: Al Gore’s Pileup on the Information Superhighway