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PostSubject: Book: What The Dog Saw   Tue May 08, 2018 10:39 am

A 2009 collection of New Yorker columns by Malcolm Gladwell, on a wide range of topics.

The birth control pill came in a round container that provided three weeks of progestin and one week of placebo pills.  This caused the woman to menstruate every 28 days.  There was no medical reason for the menstuation.  The progestin could have been continuous, and menstruation thus completely avoided.

But the Pill was developed by a Catholic priest.
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PostSubject: Re: Book: What The Dog Saw   Tue May 08, 2018 3:59 pm

Malcolm Gladwell wrote:
By today’s standards, of course, Enron barely meets the threshold for financial scandal — not after the multi trillion-dollar financial meltdown of the past few years.  But I wrote about it twice — here and in “The Talent Myth — because I felt it was really the paradigmatic scandal of the information age.  History has borne this out. Had we taken the lessons of Enron more seriously, would we have had the financial crisis of 2008?
Good question.  

I’ll pose another.  Had we sent Nixon to jail would Dick Cheney have arisen?  If Cheney had been tried and convicted of treason, would we have Donald Trump?
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PostSubject: Re: Book: What The Dog Saw   Tue May 08, 2018 6:06 pm

Malcolm Gladwell wrote:
In the 1980s, homelessness first surfaced as a national issue.
In 1981 Ronald Reagan repealed Jimmy Carter’s 1980 Mental Health Systems Act, defunding hospitals for the mentally ill.

55% of the homeless on the streets are mentally ill.

It costs up to $1m per year per person to treat the mentally ill in uncompensated care in hospital emergency rooms.

Therefore the costs were shifted from the federal government to insurance holders, and escalated up to ten times the cost.
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