Carol Roston

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Carol Roston
Posted 8 months ago
Andrew Solomon: Depression, the secret we share
Thank you. The more people talk about depression, the more options we will have to recover from it. However, I was deeply disturbed by the 6 month trial. What happens to the people that this the protocol is helping after 6 months? To be given hope and then be told that you can't afford what you need? Talk about depressing. We're going to help you but only as long as the trial which helps us as well as you. If it's just you, good luck. Those psych drugs are expensive if you don't have insurance that covers it and the poor usually don't. The other issue is that many people are not helped by medications. I've heard numbers as high as 50% and as low as 27%. Personally, I agree with the Rwandains. Getting exercise, getting outside, making connections with other people, these things help me and I suspect that they help others much more than talking in a small room once a week costing precious resources and a prescription that they can't afford to fill and may not work.
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Carol Roston
Posted 10 months ago
Bill Gates: How state budgets are breaking US schools
Transparency in spending would be wonderful. I don't see it happening because the current system allows special interests to flourish. They aren't going to want to give that up. Most politicians don't want joe voter to object to the way money is being spent which they will if they understand what is happening. If we really want things to change we have to give up the habit of willful blindness. There's a wonderful TED talk on that. Margaret Heffernan does a much better job than I can of explaining it. http://www.ted.com/talks/margaret_heffernan_the_dangers_of_willful_blindness.html
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Carol Roston
Posted 10 months ago
Rodrigo Canales: The deadly genius of drug cartels
I believe Professor Canales is right: we must get rid of the demand. And if success in school is part of the solution then we need to put vocational education back into high school. Our current model assumes that everyone will go to college. This is not accurate. My local school district wants to increase the level of math required to graduate. It means those who do not have an aptitude in math or will not be able to do it until their brains mature (25 years old for full maturity) are doomed to fail. Students should be able to substitute accounting for Geometry and Algebra II at a minimum. So, first get rid of no child left behind then reinstate vocational education, and allow students to choose how they want to be educated and to change that choice. Also they need to be able to extend or shorten their high school years dependent on where they are academically rather than how old they are. Students who are academically ready to graduate early should be able to apply the amount that would be spent on their high school education to college or outside vocational education.
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Carol Roston
Posted 10 months ago
Hans Rosling: Global population growth, box by box
His "ifs" are interesting. I don't think that they will happen. They assume health care. We in the United States do not have health care for our working poor. And while they don't necessarily die, they are under nourished and do poorly in school. It is hard to study when you are hungry or know that you will be come the weekend or you will have to move in a couple of weeks because you can't stay in the same shelter. And world wide, we still have that bottom 2 billion which will continue to have children that they can't support. We have sustainability and air quality issues now. Adding a few billion higher level consumers will increase the problems. We still have the religious folks who have as many kids as they can and their children tend to follow the pattern. The Chinese have an issue because of the imbalance between men and women. So, while I'd like to think that the world population will max out, there are too many "ifs" that I don't think will have satisfactory outcomes and a few gotchas that will help undermine the process. I hope I'm wrong but I doubt it. In the meantime, there is a great TED talk on Willful Blindness.
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Carol Roston
Posted 10 months ago
Steve Howard: Let's go all-in on selling sustainability
I'm well aware of what has been "prove" regarding global population. I just don't agree with them. I wish that I did. Those that believe that they can/should have as many children as they can conceive continue to out produce those that think that we should limit the size of the next generation. Their children, in general, follow them. Eventually, this group will become significant and then controlling. If/when it does, the cap will be off global population growth. So, whereas, I'd like to be wrong, I don't think that I am.
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Carol Roston
Posted 10 months ago
Steve Howard: Let's go all-in on selling sustainability
The problem with sustainability is that it only works if the population stops increasing. I don't see that happening. I know that this isn't IKEA's problem to solve but it is the elephant in the room. Improving children's lives is great but it must be done in a way that doesn't encourage a population boom. The other issue is that people seem to feel a need to remodel when there isn't a need to do so. This is wasteful in the extreme and it is supported by IKEA materials, such as furniture and kitchen cabinets, that don't stand up to use.
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Carol Roston
Posted 11 months ago
Magnus Larsson: Turning dunes into architecture
Having lived in an underground house, I think that building more of them is a great idea. Building them cheaply is fantastic. Building them all in a line is something that might not be so great. What effect will that have on the wild life in the area. You are building a barrier to their traveling north to south. This kind of barrier can cause extinction if the species needs to migrate to survive.
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Carol Roston
Posted 11 months ago
Kamal Meattle: How to grow fresh air
Those plants might work well in India but the palm takes more light than many of us have in our homes. Try this site for more possibilities. The peace lily and Chinese evergreen will grow in most homes and are easy to care for. The snake plant is easy too. I just don't like the way it looks or feels.