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Dr. Jeff Schweitzer is a marine biologist, consultant and internationally recognized authority in ethics, conservation and development. He is the author of five books including Calorie Wars: Fat, Fact and Fiction (July 2011), and A New Moral Code (2010),

Dr. Schweitzer served at the White House during the Clinton Administration as Assistant Director for International Affairs in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Schweitzer was responsible for providing scientific and technological policy advice and analysis for Al Gore, President Clinton, and President Clinton's Science Advisor, and to coordinate the U.S. government's international science and technology cooperation.

Dr. Schweitzer’s work is based on his desire to introduce a stronger set of ethics into American efforts to improve the human condition worldwide. He has been instrumental in designing programs that demonstrate how third world development and protecting our resources are compatible goals. His vision is to inspire a framework that ensures that humans can grow and prosper indefinitely in a healthy environment.

To learn more about Dr Schweitzer, visit his website at

Entries by Jeff Schweitzer

Selective Outrage: Hypocrisy at Its Worst

(489) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 3:45 PM

As a front-runner for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, Hillary Clinton is a legitimate target for close scrutiny. Clinton has a long history ripe for criticism as First Lady, senator, and Secretary of State. What is so striking therefore in the attacks from the right wing is the paucity...

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Earth 2.0: Bad News for God

(5741) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 10:36 PM

The discovery of Kepler-452b is not likely to see the public swoon with a collective rendition of Kumbaya. But this Earth 2.0 is a huge if under-appreciated discovery, not because Kepler-452b is unique but for just the opposite reason; there are likely thousands or millions or even billions...

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Confederate Flags: A Day Late, a Dollar Short

(55) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 1:55 PM

"I told you so," just seems so inadequate. We needed a hideous hate crime for the nation to see the obvious; that any flag of the confederacy is a symbol of hate, bigotry and treason. I've been agitating to take down those flags for the past 15 years....

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Captain Pope on the Titanic

(34) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 7:03 PM

The Pope now recognizes the obvious: our climate is changing as a consequence of human activity. But still, not everyone agrees. James Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said the following: "We should be good stewards of the earth God gave us"...

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Catching Dick: Not Why We Care About Weight

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 6:14 PM

Amy Schumer said in her humorous acceptance speech at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards: "I'm like 160 pounds right now, and I can catch a dick whenever I want, and that's the truth."

The line, like many in her speech, is obviously very funny. But...

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Inflammatory Claims About Inflammation

(37) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 11:17 PM

We all appreciate the elegance of simple solutions to complex problems. But we know too that simplicity can often masquerade as truth, hiding a more nuanced reality. Such is the case with inflammation, where pseudoscience, exaggerated claims, false promises, and dangerous oversimplification have dominated for too long. Here is a...

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A Troubling Response to Brutality

(3) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 10:06 AM

The news on both left and right has been awash with stories of police troubles, each of course with a different angle. On the left we have exposés of police abuse, brutality, corruption and the deaths of suspects in custody or being arrested; on the right the focus is on...

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Confederate History Month: An Embarrassing Abomination

(438) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 2:58 PM

Many of us think of April as the heart of spring, when life renews with a comforting exuberance and riot of color. Some think of Earth Day, a celebration to protect the little blue dot we call home. But others have a different, more sinister celebration in mind.


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How "Legal to Discriminate" Became "Freedom and Liberty"

(75) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 6:44 PM

Enough press attention has been given to the "religious freedom" laws in Indiana and Arkansas that there was initially little incentive to write more. That is, until conservatives reacted to opposition to the laws with an excess that is astonishing even for Fox News. The wing-nuts have come loose, to...

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We Are All Atheists

(75) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 8:32 PM

So a Rabbi and an Atheist walk into a bar. What is funny about this joke entree is that the encounter made real news, in the form of a nice talk about good and evil, with the implication that an atheist cannot tell the difference. In another bulletin,...

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Founding Fathers: We Are Not a Christian Nation

(516) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 11:49 AM

"The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."
--John Adams

As we witness yet again the brutal and bloody consequences of religious intolerance in the form of ISIS, we have a majority of Republicans pining for a Christian America....

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The Conditional Sanctity of the Office of the President

(54) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 4:50 PM

Hypocrisy is nothing new to either side of the aisle. Short memories and expediency allow for feigned outrage against the latest policy that was, just a short time ago, righteously and patriotically advanced as vital to America's future, depending on who is in and out of power. Such blind partisanship...

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Pareidolia in Politics: The Face of Faith's Corrupting Influence

(28) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 2:13 PM

We gaze at the night sky and see the comforting order of constellations in the random distribution of stars. We look up and discern shapes of animals in the wispy condensation of clouds. We breathlessly share on social media images of Jesus on burnt toast or the Virgin...

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Obama to Blame for Hurricanes, Disease -- and Everything Else

(11) Comments | Posted December 21, 2014 | 10:29 PM

Rudy Giuliani is blaming President Obama for the murder of two NYPD officers. Says Rudy, "We've had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police. I don't care how you want to describe it -- that's what those protests are all about."

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Soul Search: Why Pope Francis Is Barking Up the Wrong Tree

(154) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 6:54 PM

Pope Francis has opened the Pearly Gates to Blue Heelers. The Pope said that "all creatures...will be vested with the joy and love of God, without limits." He quoted Pope Paul VI saying that "Paradise is open to all creatures." However, little Rover should not yet get too...

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The Tortured Logic of Bush and Cheney

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 4:54 PM

After much anticipation, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a long-awaited report on the CIA's torture program following the terrorist attacks of September 11. Now we know unambiguously that by our own definitions and historic actions, George Bush and Dick Cheney should be tried as war criminals. There is not much...

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A War on Reason, Not on Christmas

(273) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 9:29 PM

With the same predictability and inevitability of a House vote to abolish Obamacare, Bill O'Reilly yet again has declared his false war on the faux war on Christmas. He has little new to add to his odd diatribe. Even his graphics are tired; the same old poorly drawn...

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The Price of Failure and Rise of Extremism: How Democrats Blew It

(309) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 8:34 AM

Politicians of all stripes since the dawn of time have perfected the art of feigned regret and false outrage in the face of opposition, while embracing blind indifference to their own failures. Standard fare for the left and right. But the depth, intensity, and institutionalized hypocrisy of the political right...

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Vaccinations: An Epidemic of Misinformation

(70) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Would you have your plumber perform brain surgery on your wife? Or have an accomplished Shakespearean actor with no flight training pilot the Boeing 747 you are taking across the Pacific? How about hiring a shark biologist to design and build your house? These suggestions are absurd because we all...

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Ignorance Kills

(6) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 1:54 PM

We learned recently that eight health care workers combating the Ebola epidemic were killed by an angry mob who believed the doctors and nurses were infecting people with the virus. The population most in need of help murdered the only people who could provide assistance. In that tragedy...

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