Quickies: Homelessness, a History of the Golden Girls, and Junk Science in the Courtroom

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Mary Brock is a scientist who works on drugs you've hopefully never heard of. She enjoys cooking to Blue Grass music, messing with her cats, and hosting the Boston Skeptics' Book Club. She was born in the South but loves living in New England (despite the lack of chocolate chip pizza). Mary does not use Twitter and don't even try to follow her, because she is always looking over her shoulder.

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  1. March 9, 2016 at 12:34 pm —

    Interesting history of @. I want to know where a few of the other chars came from, though. Like, I never used \ until the computer age.

  2. March 10, 2016 at 1:08 am —

    Being drunk, addicted, or mentally ill are enormous ‘pushes’ toward poverty. And those with those problems may not be reporting them or perceiving them.

    I’m surviving on $10,912 per year. Eating, staying clothed and sleeping indoors are the limits of my ambitions in the near term. Even cigarette smoking would push me under at this point.

    What poor people need is MONEY. And if they have any, it goes directly into the economy for basic needs. Addicts and drunks need to sleep indoors and receive basic services, just like the ‘deserving’ poor. So yes, the bottom line is poverty. Booze, drugs, and under-treated mental illness DO push people onto the street, by making them poor, or often, just poorer. Exactly the way that medical costs and out-of-control housing costs do.

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