The Calculus of Sexual Experimentation | Janice Shaw Crouse | August 9, 2007

chart.gifA former university academic dean, I know of hard-nosed Calculus professors who started off their introductory class by saying to the students, “Look at the person to the right of you and the one to left of you.” Then they continued, “One of you is going to fail this class.” Then to add hard evidence, the professors asked for a show of hands of those who were taking Calculus for the first time, next they would ask how many were taking it for the second time, and finally how many were taking it for the third time.

By this point most of the students were beginning to get the message that Calculus is a really tough subject and the odds of flunking are high if you fool around and don’t develop the discipline to study hard. Students got the message; it’s a costly proposition to fail Calculus, a gateway subject, if your ambition lies in the more lucrative disciplines of the hard sciences. Chances are, if you can pass Calculus, you won’t earn your living asking, “Would you like fries with that?”

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Publix Supermarkets Offering Free Prescriptions

Ed. (Banescu) Capitalism and competition are helping reduce medical costs.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Jacob Langston | Aug. 6, 2007

CAPE CORAL – Publix supermarket chain said today it will make seven common prescription antibiotics available for free, joining other major retailers in trying to lure customers to their stores with cheap medications.

The oral antibiotics, representing the most commonly filled at the chain’s pharmacies, will be available at no cost to anyone with a prescription as often as they need them, Publix CEO Charlie Jenkins Jr. said. Fourteen-day supplies of the seven drugs will be available at all 684 of the chain’s pharmacies in five Southern states.

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Unprotected David Forsmark March 8, 2007

At the beginning of the film Analyze This, the psychologist played by Billy Crystal incredulously asks his gangster patient (Robert DeNiro), “What is my goal here, to make you a happy, well-adjusted gangster?” The Sopranos on HBO has a similar but more serious running theme about the therapy culture’s inadequacy when it comes to matters of right and wrong.

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