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Dan Beauchamp
I moved to Bisbee, AZ in 1996 to explore the gospel of life itself.
Interests: movies, reading, writing, walking, talking, meeting, and all other aspects of life itself. Oh, and I've started teaching at the U. of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, one course at a time. Can't shut up.
Recent Activity
When are we going to face the truth? Donald Trump is ill. Period. He is not just erratic or unpredictable, he is encased in the self-world of the narcissist. We will finally come to terms with Trump when we understand... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at tales of copper city
I have watched Chris Matthews for a long time and winced almost always when he attacks guests, especially those he sees a "liberal." Why invite people on simply to interrupt them or, worse, to attack them? Guests today who attacked... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at tales of copper city
As North Korea, and indeed the Korean peninsula makes the news again, I am recalling the period in my life when I studied the Korean language in Monterey, California, at the Army Language School, now called the Defense Language Institute.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at tales of copper city
The question of lying has come up again and our National Liar deserves a response. Here is the definitive list of the lies President Trump has told during his time as president. The list, compiled by the New York Times,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at tales of copper city
Social Justice: The Mission and Strategy of Public Health A Memoir Dan E. Beauchamp, Ph. D. 1. Alien Ethic in a Strange Land My first publication was an article that captured the emerging paradign of alcohol policy and the resistance from American Public Health 0fficials. 2. The Alcohol Alibi: Alcoholism... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Life Itself
Here's Kevin Drum on the closing circle surrounding Trump, including potential bi-partisan legislation to stop Trump from firing Bob Mueller. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at tales of copper city
What we are seeing in the early months of the GOP as majority party is a mean-spirited, racist, and hateful group of Senators and House members, many from the South that has been the Mother Ship of this other America,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at tales of copper city
With many others, I have spent years considering some form of national health insurance. I say "some form" because I believe there are important variations on the issue of heath care insurance for all: witness Canada, England, France, and Germany.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at tales of copper city
In 1975, I published a brief article in the American Journal of Public Health, titled, “Public Health: Alien Ethic in a Strange Land?” In that article I noted that the prevailing theory for addressing the nation’s alcohol problems would be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at tales of copper city
Each day we hear something new, something more. A few days ago its was Rance Priebus. Yesterday it was Anthony Scaramucchi. Before that it was Sean Spicer...McConnell is thwarted, at least for now. The beat goes on. Each day it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at tales of copper city
I have written a good deal, from time to time, about "life itself." By this I meant something like "Just Life" and nothing more. I have written in the context of a retired person who no longer has to prepare for classes, meet with students, and consider the world of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at Life Itself
Vance in his op-ed cites F. A. Hayek is the Austrian economist who wrote The Road to Serfdom and who predicted that social democracy would lead to slavery. Vance is a thoughtful conservative but he should have noted some basic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at tales of copper city
I am re-reading a sociology classic I read years ago in graduate school., Philip Slater's The Pursuit of Loneliness. The thesis is chilling; what is contributing to the decline of our democratic republic is our endless individualism, the individualism that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at tales of copper city
Like the Albert Brooks movie, Lost in America, I am lost in America, Donald Trump's America. Each day, as we wait for the Mueller report, we get another flash headline, this time about Donald Trump, Jr., and two others take... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at tales of copper city
Trump's mouth, and his politics, are bullshit, are what G. Harry Frankfurt, the philosopher calls, bullshit. In so many, many ways. A man who never darkens a church doorway, sells his trash mouth to the evangelicals, a crowd he calls... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at tales of copper city
My Dad said, back in 1955 or so,"I would rather drink carbolic acid than this beer." He had just taken a swig from a bottle of beer. I had never seen him drink beer before. My memory is vague but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at tales of copper city
Recently, for several reasons I have been depressed. I have had long stretches of illness, and then a serious fall resulting in a cracked hip, resulting in a general malaise. After all, in early September I will be 80, an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at tales of copper city
"You've done enough," Bill Smith told me. He was referring to my mentioning of the need to write another book, as my one dying gasp for acclaim. Bill was our former pastor of the Pilgrim UCC of Durham, NC, the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at tales of copper city
Steven Batchelor's book Buddhism Without Beliefs has this wonderful definition of acceptance: “Awareness is a process of deepening self-acceptance." He goes on to say why this seeing can be so deep and radical…”There is nothng unworthy of acceptance.” Even the... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at tales of copper city
Here is Michael Tomasky on President Trump committing high crimes and misdemeanors. When asking the FBI director if he is under investigation Trump crossed the line. I wonder which conservative will point this out. George Will? Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at tales of copper city
Once again, we are going through a struggle to limit health care spending. Oh, woe is us! What to do? We can't control health care spending for a simple reason; we have a ridiculous health care system. Our fundamental problem... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at tales of copper city
Kevin Drum details the bad slump in Hillary's support after Comey went after her...twice. Can the citizenry not see that a coup has occurred? What a huge shadow now falls upon the United States. This next stretch of right wing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at tales of copper city
I am once again reading Hemingway's "A CleanWell-Lighted Place," the story that is often cited as an example of his style. The style is minimalist and Hemingway often compared it to an iceberg: the sentence is simply what has surfaced... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at tales of copper city
Today is the day you must read Kevin Drum. He is nailing the new Administration to the wall. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at tales of copper city
If you want to read the best critique of Trump, please read Johnathan Alter's indictment of our new President as profoundly un-American, as obvious to FDR's assessment that the presidency is essentially the job of moral leadership. The man who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at tales of copper city