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What to Do in the Face of Tyranny? 

As I watched the news this summer, I thought — this makes sense. Our cities burned, either from raging wildfires or violent clashes in the streets. Federal troops invaded towns, peaceful protesters were gassed, and every day, tens of thousands of Americans got sick and hundreds more died. It’s a tragic, but entirely fitting, end to our […]

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Food or Faux?

Food or Faux? by Michael Braunstein When Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey pulled a Mitt Romney-style move in creating a faux online identity in order to hector critics of his company, his motives and clarity of thought became suspect. Under pseudonym identity “Rahodeb”,  Mackey left scores of postings in a Yahoo finance chatroom […]

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Sick Buildings

Sick Buildings Take two aspirin and build me in the morning by Michael Braunstein My house was built in 1907. The Titanic had not yet sailed in 1907. In 1907, Thomas Edison was just getting into the swing of things as an inventor and the primary source of lighting was sunlight or gas fixtures. To […]

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Come What? May?

Come What!? May? by Michael Braunstein Ride it. Don’t fight it. So now, in the strangest spring of our lifetimes, just to make it stranger, we are told to remain strangers until at least May. Let us remember that the axiom, “survival of the fittest,” is false. For it is not the fittest that survive. […]