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The Three Things We Should Do Now to Create Peace in America

November 18, 2020 9:03 pm Published by Comments Off on The Three Things We Should Do Now to Create Peace in America

We have choices to make about the future of our country. We also have choices to make about the future of our communities and our families. If we make the wrong decisions, we could be headed for a future of anger, division, and serious damage for ourselves, our families, and for the futures of our children and our grandchildren. We could and probably will doom...

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We Will Be in Big Trouble in December if We Don’t Get This Right at the Level of Our Most Dangerous Primal Instinctive Behaviors and Thoughts

October 21, 2020 7:36 pm Published by Comments Off on We Will Be in Big Trouble in December if We Don’t Get This Right at the Level of Our Most Dangerous Primal Instinctive Behaviors and Thoughts

We could be headed for the most dangerous months in the history of our country. We could damage ourselves in permanent ways and we could find ourselves in very ugly and even evil places if we do not react in positive ways in the days, weeks, and months ahead. We are all creatures of Instincts. We have very powerful instincts to divide the world into...

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We Need Books for 80 Percent of Low-Income Kids — and We Need 80 Percent of Kids Ready to Learn by Kindergarten

July 21, 2020 5:57 am Published by Comments Off on We Need Books for 80 Percent of Low-Income Kids — and We Need 80 Percent of Kids Ready to Learn by Kindergarten

We need to eliminate the learning gaps in our schools that are damaging so many children. The learning gaps have been getting worse — and that is happening because the basic realities of brain development science tells us that the things we need to do to close those gaps must be done for each child when the children are 15 months old — and there...

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The Huge Advantage and Real Value of Medicare for All (The 20 Percent Solution)

May 1, 2020 10:18 pm Published by Comments Off on The Huge Advantage and Real Value of Medicare for All (The 20 Percent Solution)

We need a mechanism to get money to care sites that have been damaged by the things they have needed to do to respond to COVID-19. We also need to figure out how we will provide health care coverage and care to our people going forward as a nation. COVID-19 has done significant financial damage to sites of care in this country, and we need...

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This Should Never Happen Again!

April 3, 2020 10:16 pm Published by Comments Off on This Should Never Happen Again!

Our country and the world should never again suffer this kind of damage and disruption from a new disease. We know enough science and we have more than enough computer capability and data sharing capacity to identify any similar risks to us in the future as soon as they arise and to do exactly what we need to do relatively quickly to turn each new...

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Racism Increases Premature Births and Infant Deaths in America — the Data Is Now in to Prove that Point (Updated January 31, 2020)

January 31, 2020 10:07 am Published by Comments Off on Racism Increases Premature Births and Infant Deaths in America — the Data Is Now in to Prove that Point (Updated January 31, 2020)

We have important new information about the impact of racism on the preterm birth rates in our country. We now know that African American mothers who feel stress about the impact of racism on their children are more than twice as likely to give birth prematurely. We also now know that the negative impact of the stress actually increases as both education levels and income...

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Alpha, Beta, and Theta Instincts All Have Huge Impacts on Our Behavior and Our Lives

October 23, 2019 5:40 am Published by Comments Off on Alpha, Beta, and Theta Instincts All Have Huge Impacts on Our Behavior and Our Lives

Many people have an appreciation of the huge impact that Alpha instincts have on our communities and our lives. The InterGroup books describe those instincts in several places. People who have their Alpha instincts activated tend to act in Alpha ways — tending to be territorial, antagonistic toward other alphas and other groups, and to have expectations about how they are personally treated in their...

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Six Triggers Bring People Together In Almost Any Setting

September 25, 2019 1:52 am Published by Comments Off on Six Triggers Bring People Together In Almost Any Setting

There are times when it is extremely useful to be able to bring people together to create a sense of alignment and shared purpose and to have a sense of being Us rather than Them. Bringing people together in various settings to create a sense of group identity and shared purpose can sometimes be an extremely useful and important thing to do, and that is...

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We Need to Save America by Helping Every Child in the First Years of Life

June 19, 2019 9:25 am Published by Comments Off on We Need to Save America by Helping Every Child in the First Years of Life

We are headed for major pain and failure as a country, because we have not closed the learning gaps in our schools for more than 30 years, and we now have a majority of children who are being born into the low end of the gaps. We have failed in closing all of the gaps in all of our schools because basic human biology dictates...

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We Need to Fix This Now

May 6, 2019 6:55 pm Published by Comments Off on We Need to Fix This Now

The situation we face as a country is extremely serious. If we do not intervene now in intentional and effective ways to help every child being born to every group in our country get the right support in the first months and first years of life, we will damage ourselves badly as a country. We have massive learning gaps in our schools, and those gaps...

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