Quote(s) Of The Week - 12/31/18

"AI is currently very, very stupid. It is really good at doing certain things which our brains can't handle, but it's not something we could press to do general-purpose reasoning involving things like analogies or creative thinking or jumping outside the box."

Andrew Moore, Google vice president – in comments on whether or not AI will replace humans anytime soon

 “The ethics of the experimenter can charitably be described as substandard: the experiment was wildly premature, focused on a medical condition which already has both treatment and prevention methods; was done in secret, and without either peer review or adequate consent; and was done without any credible plan to protect the resulting children (and their children, and their children’s children) from harm.” 

George Annas, MD, Director of the Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights at the Boston University School of Public Health on the announcement of secret research by a Chinese scientist using CRISPR technology to splice the genes of twins.

“Our societal silence over the last several years has been deafening.  As we enter the holiday season and a time of reflection, it seems to me that now is the time for a cacophony of compassion to rise up and overwhelm the people of our nation with the spirit of our founding mothers and fathers.                               

Kevin Fickenscher, MD – in a moment of reflection on his own forefathers and foremothers who came by many routes “yearning to breathe free…”

Quote(s) of the Week - 11/12/18

"Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves, as he best can, the same cause -- honor to him, only less than to him, who braves, for the common good, the storms of heaven and the storms of battle."

President Abraham Lincoln, December 2, 1863 in a letter to George Opdyke (an entrepreneur, anti-slavery advocate and 76th Mayor of New York City) and others

"As we mark the centennial of the Armistice, we remember the countless sacrifices that our country’s heroic veterans have made throughout our history to preserve our liberty and prosperity.  Our veterans embody the values and ideals of America and the timeless virtue of serving a greater cause."             

President Donald Trump, November 9, 2018 – in a proclamation released by The White House as the President travels to Europe to honor the fallen on Armistice Day

"Veterans Day often follows a hard-fought political campaign -- an exercise in the free speech and self-government that you fought for.  It often lays bare disagreements across our nation.  But the American instinct has never been to find isolation in opposite corners.  It is to find strength in our common creed, to forge unity from our great diversity, to sustain that strength and unity even when it is hard.  And when the election is over, as we search for ways to come together -- to reconnect with one another and with the principles that are more enduring than transitory politics -- some of our best examples are the men and women we salute on Veterans Day."

President Barack Obama, on November 11, 2016 – in prescient remarks on the importance of remembering who and why we are as a nation.

Quote(s) Of The Week - 11/5/18

"If we had the votes to completely start over, we'd do it.  We're not satisfied with the way Obamacare is working."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in comments this past week on his continuing interest in giving ACA repeal another go…

"If you're in a tight election with a record of promoting something unpopular, you can admit it and say it's the right thing to do, you can confess error and say you'll never do it again, or you can lie.  Republicans are taking the third option."

Norman Ornstein, a congressional scholar at the American Enterprise Institute – a non-partisan think tank based in Washington, DC

Quote(s) Of The Week - 10/11/18

“Democracy happens, with or without you.”

Michelle Obama, First Lady of the Obama Administration – in her call to constituents that they need to vote to make a difference

"I think people should interpret the fact that I and others have made such a dramatic shift from our prior position with respect to these products as representing the fact that we have seen information that is deeply disturbing and startling in terms of the rapid rise of youth use over a short period of time."

Scott Gottleib, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner in his awakening on the potential hazards of vaping when the FDA raided Juul, a $15 billion e-cigarette company to gain access to its data…

Quote(s) of the Week - 9/14/18

“Personally, I feel to ignore the intersection between health care and social media is to potentially ignore our own relevance as a health care practitioner during the next decade.”

 Howard Luks, MD – Orthopedic Surgeon, Digital Medicine Specialist

“…It's on all of us to vote this fall if we want leaders who reflect the civility, character, dignity, and goodness of the American people. The stakes couldn't be higher, but Americans always rise to the occasion.”

Joe Biden, Former Vice President, United States of America – in reference to the upcoming US mid-term elections

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