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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.
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The news about Trump, Moore, the Senate, sexual harassment, Russia, Assange, Kirshner, Obamacare....is endless. Day in and day out we hear this. Other important news is left aside, and each day the same stuff plus something new which is really... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at tales of copper city
In 1955, I saw a so-so Texas team play Bear Bryant's Texas A&M at Kyle field and win, 21-6. I was dating a twin at the time and her sister dated an Aggie. God that was a great trip from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at tales of copper city
Why Buddhism is True is really a terrific book. The title needs a brief explanation. The author argues that Buddhism, at least one form of Buddhism, offers a way out of our delusions, shared delusions, and helps us to think... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at tales of copper city
Here is Eugene Robinson on "Medicare for All" or America's clear option for a "single-payer" form of universal health insurance. Robinson always makes the most sense of any political commentator in Washington. He doesn't fall into the trap of continuous... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at tales of copper city
"Abandoning Puerto Rico would be an impeachable offense," according to Eugene Robinson, the Washington Post columnist and to my lights the most articulate and insightful among the commentariat, bar none. Robinson is the columnist who best defined Obamacare as the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2017 at tales of copper city
Once again, a mass killing, this time in Las Vegas. Once again, a public outcry for something to be done. And once again, we will be told that politically, this is impossible. Few senior senators or house members will stick... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at tales of copper city
"Mister, do you think you could get the driver to slow down? He's going to get us killed." This from a worried young black man dressed in a suit who had been sitting in the back of the bus. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at tales of copper city
(I never posted this story, from years ago.) A few days ago, as I sat down to lunch, my good friend asked me a question: "When is my sewer bill going to stop going up, year after year?" The same... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at tales of copper city
Please read James Fallow's review of Hillary Clinton's new book, What Happened. Fallow's article is terrific. Clinton pinpoints the role the NYT played in endlessly covering "those damned emails," right up to the end. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at tales of copper city
With the hurricane, there's a lot of attention to the flooding, the explosions, the deaths, and so forth. It's terrible. But what is really terrible is Texas. In Houston, for example, there is no planning and zoning; people build what... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at tales of copper city
Sheldon Kopp once wrote a book on Zen called, If You See the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him. Kopp was warning against false prophets. But another Buddhist tradition warns that we frequently catch glimpses of the Buddha on the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at tales of copper city
In 1976 or so, only a few years after we moved to North Carolina for my first faculty appointment at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I encountered one of the most... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at tales of copper city
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. Trump is also dumb. Plain and simple he is a poorly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 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
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 spent years as a professor and public servant considering some form of national health insurance for the U.S. I say "some form" because I believe there are variations on providing health care for all: witness Canada,... 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