Sunday, August 30, 2009

Wisdom and Wit (of mohandas gandhi)

On the subject of Jesus;
"A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act."
Mohandas Gandhi

On Strength;
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
Mohandas Gandhi

on Poverty;
"There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."
Mohandas Gandhi


On Christians;
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
Mohandas Gandhi

on Truth;
"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it."
Mohandas Gandhi

On Religious Freedom;
"Each one (person)  prays to God according to his own light."
Mohandas Gandhi

On War and Pacifism;
"I believe that a man is the strongest soldier for daring to die unarmed."
Mohandas Gandhi

on Killing;
"I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill."
Mohandas Gandhi

on Hypocrisy;
"I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won't presume to probe into the faults of others."
Mohandas Gandhi

on Life;
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
Mohandas Gandhi

on Personal Beliefs;
"My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him."
Mohandas Gandhi

on Prayer;
"Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart."
Mohandas Gandhi

on Greed;
"There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed."
Mohandas Gandhi

on Personal Responsibility and Ethics;
"To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest."
Mohandas Gandhi

on Respect for one another;
"We may have our private opinions but why should they be a bar to the meeting of (our) hearts?"
Mohandas Gandhi

on the Plight of the Poor;
"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?"
Mohandas Gandhi

and FINALLY...
on Western Civilization;
"What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea."
Mohandas Gandhi

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Why Having Cutting-Edge Medical Technology Doesn't Matter

I would like to introduce you to Remote Area Medical, or RAM. RAM is a medical charity that was started by Wild Kingdom's own Stan Brock, back in 1985.

For 15 years, Stan Brock, worked with the Wapishana Indians, in the Amazon. The idea for RAM came from his experiences there. "He lived with the pain and suffering created by isolation from medical care. He witnessed the near devastation of whole tribes by what would have been simple or minor illnesses to more advanced cultures. When he left South America to co-star in the television series, "Wild Kingdom, " he vowed to find a way to deliver basic medical aid to people in the world's inaccessible regions."

He did it, too.

However, here is where the story gets weird; approximately 64% of RAM's current medical expeditions are IN THE USA!

I was shocked by that fact.( You know, REMOTE Area Medical.) So, I contacted RAM. I wanted to know how they came to be providing free healthcare for residents in Inglewood, CA. Karen Wilson, the Executive Director, answered my email . (Thank you, Karen.) Here is what she said; "Soon after the airing of the Remote Area Medical (RAM) segment on 60 Minutes last year, we were contacted by several people and groups about the need in Los Angeles. A friend of RAM and its founder happened to be a resident there and offered to help organize the event. Since we understand that people can be as economically remote from medical care as geographically, we pursued it."

Please, pay special attention to her last sentence.

Since we understand that people can be as ECONOMICALLY remote from medical care as GEOGRAPHICALLY, we pursued it.

That is why, for MILLIONS of Americans, it doesn't really matter that we have cutting-edge medical technology available, because it isn't available to THEM.

Karen Wilson, Executive Director of Remote Area Medical (RAM)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

You Can't Have Everything; Where Would You Put it?

Get this, folks;

"The top 1 percent incomes (the Super-Rich) captured HALF of all (profit) economic growth over the period 1993-2007," "...while the BOTTOM 99% of incomes (households) grew at a solid pace of 2.7 percent per year from 1993-2000, these incomes grew ONLY 1.3% per year from 2002-2007.

As a result, in the economic expansion of 2002-2007, the TOP 1% captured 2/3 of ALL income growth(PROFIT)."

All that gobbledy gook just says that we made LESS profit and the very rich made many X's MORE.

Doesn't that seem kinda WRONG to you?

Isn't the money (profits) supposed to, you know, TRICKLE DOWN at some point?

There comes a point where Capitalism and Socialism need to learn how to get along. Somewhere in the middle. Yes, it is the American Dream to get rich, marry well, be famous; have the perfect life.But, these days; even working very hard won't make you rich. The deck is already stacked against you.

And let's just say it; monopolies aren't doing We the People any favors.

More and more consolidation of companies and it ends up with little/no choices for the consumer. Not to mention the workers.

That's most ALL of us, folks!

Between the huge conglomerates of Insurance Companies, Banks consolidating, Telecom Companies buying each other out, Stores doing the same thing, (think Wal-Mart running the Mom and Pop stores out of business and you get my drift. )These things carry a lot of clout in our lives.

They fix the prices through buying up the competition.And that clout is not being used for OUR best advantage; you can lay money on that. In fact, you are already laying your money on that.

And the OWNERS of these companies are making outrageous amounts of money.

The President of the United States gets paid $400,000, a year; it makes me wonder why so many CEOs are worth so much more than he is ; the leader of our entire country.

So yeah, it is outrageous to me that when times are tough and the working poor are the first to get laid off or fired while, at the same time, the Owners/CEOs/stockholders are each getting millions of $$ in salary, benefits packages and company profits: it's just obscene!

Moral of this story:


There is NOTHING wrong with people making A LOT of money.

But, they CAN'T be allowed to make (and keep) ALL of the money.

All opinions are completely mine.

Sincerely, Your Loving Descendants and Dependents

Dear Parents, Grandparents, Great-Grandparents,

Listen; I know that some people on your favorite TV and radio stations have been hollering about "Socialized Medicine" that has "Death Panels" that are gonna kill you, if healthcare legislation gets passed.(The only question from any Death Panel is do you want a living will or not, pretty much.) You know; the things that people that can actually afford an actual lawyer asks.

I don't think that the elderly will get the short end of the stick. (I believe that is what worries them most about Medicare for all; that it will take valuable resources from them; a reasonable fear, really.)

But, it is mainly about reorganization of payment, folks.

Think of it this way; instead of seeing a doctor, then worrying about how you will pay for it, (Bankruptcy? Being Sued? Your insurance company denying your claim and/or dropping your policy?) You know, like we see a lot of, currently.

You would go to your doctor and he sends the bill to your not-for-profit healthcare Insurance agency that you would belong to. They pay it. That's it.

Insurance companies shouldn't get bonuses everytime someone has the bad luck as to get sick or old, after years of being faithful high-premium payers. But, they do tend to get a bonus when an employee saves the company money using rescission and denial of claims. (Around $300 million, last year.)

Making a fortune on the financial (and physical) ill-health of your (and my) families is just WRONG.

(In hippie-speak, it is "NOT Cool".)

7% of all of the USA's financial wealth is shared by 80% of the USA's population.( We pretty much ALL share the scraps already, folks.) I don't happen to think that 1% or even 2% tax on the very rich is gonna break them or permanently ruin investing.

We pool our money for our Police, Fire Departments, Social Services, Judges, and many other "public" agencies and we think nothing of it.

You know what? Not EVERYTHING has to make a profit beyond its expenses and salaries and we can STILL be a Capitalist country. It's true.

The law of the land is that if anyone goes into an emergency room, even if they can't pay a cent, gets life-saving treatment. They can't pay, so the federal government pays. Who is the Federal Government? That is US.

We pay out way more in federal money, right now, for healthcare than any "socialized medicine" country has to pay!

These countries have figured out a more efficient way and humane way to treat people. But, we can't seem to do the same and that doesn't speak well for us, in this country.

The actions of our Politicians is/ should be directly affected by citizens' thoughts and opinions You wanted us involved.
We are now involved.

Besides, making OUR insurance "pool" bigger, by adding younger and healthier people(and their money), gives you a BIGGER pool of money, compared to the older, smaller pool of money.

H.R.676/Extended Medicare for All

It (we) will be helping to PAY for your future healthcare too, Respected Elders.

Have some faith in your children and grandchildren's views, folks.

They can be wiser than you think.

They keep up on things.

Besides, they love you.

They will be paying for it for years to come anyway, right?

So, they should get a vote, too.

H.R.676/Extended Medicare for All

Remember it.

Short and simple and based on existing services (Medicare).

No more worrying yourself sick about medical bills.

No more big-money incentives to deny ANYONE'S medical insurance claim...

Sounds nice, doesn't it?


Your Loving Descendants and Dependents

(Please comment and cite sources if you find that I am wrong about any facts on this blog. Thank you.)

Opinions are entirely my own.

Monday, August 17, 2009

5 Things Britains Wish Americans Knew

1) The NHS (National Health Service) is so popular in the UK that virtually ALL politicians, INCLUDING CONSERVATIVES, support it.

2) Investor's Business Daily ran an anti-reform editorial claiming that "scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the UK, where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless." (Unfortunately for them; they were forced to retract that because Dr. Hawking is BRITISH and lives in the UK.) Hawking even wrote an editorial (electronically) singing the praises of the NHS.

3)Two UK women claim they were duped into appearing in anti-health reform ads broadcast in the US. They allege that their words were twisted to make it appear that they were against the NHS. (They happen to LIKE the NHS.) Neither woman was told that their words would be used in US ads.

4)The ads were sponsored by the Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, which is run by Rick Scott. Rick Scott was FORCED TO RESIGN as the HEAD of HEALTH PROVIDER (Insurance Co.) Columbia/HCA because of MASSIVE FRAUD at the company.


Moral; Try really hard not to listen to anti-healthcare reform editorials written by Insurance Company shills. (You won't get the truth. They LIKE the status quo, you see.)

Friday, August 14, 2009

We All Need a Laugh

(Because, sometimes, if you don't laugh; you'll cry.)

What do you get when you divide the circumference of your jack-o-lantern by its diameter?

Pumpkin Pi!

~Tips for Traveling in the South~

--If it can't be fried in bacon grease, it ain't worth eating.

-- If you run your car into a ditch, don't panic. Four men in the cab of a four-wheel-drive truck with a 12-pack of beer and a tow chain will be along shortly. Don't try to help, just stay out of their way -- this is what they live for.

-- Don't be surprised to find boiled peanuts, movie rentals and fishing bait in the same store.

~And cold Coca-Cola in little glass bottles. They taste AMAZING!~

-- Remember: "Y'all" is singular. "All y'all" is plural. "All y'all's" is plural possessive.

-- Don't be worried that you don't understand anyone. They don't understand you either.

(My mom had to translate for me, when I was a child.)

-- If you hear a Southerner exclaim, "Hey, y'all, watch this!" -- stay out of his way. These are likely the last words he will ever say.

-- If you see a turn signal blinking on a car with a southern license plate, you may rest assured that it was on when the car was purchased.

-- Satellite dishes are very popular in the South. They are to be positioned directly in front of one's trailer, since it cost considerably more than the trailer and should, therefore, be displayed.

-- As you are cursing the person driving 15 mph in a 55 mph zone, directly in the middle of the road, remember: many Southerners learned to drive on a John Deere, and this is the proper speed and lane position for that vehicle.

-- You can ask a Southerner for directions, but unless you already know the positions of key hills, trees and rocks, you're better off trying to find it yourself.

~An Easy Ridde~

Q:If a cowboy rides into town on Friday, and three days later, he leaves on Friday, how does he do it?

A: The horse's name is Friday.

~Right of Way~

Q: Who has the right of way any time?

A: The car with a gun rack and a bumper sticker that reads "Guns don't kill people, I do."

~Computer Language~

What is the first programming language you learn when studying computer science?


~Airplane Humor~

An airplane pilot had had a particularly difficult flight and a rough landing. The airline had a policy which required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers exited, smile and give them a ''Thanks for riding Delta Airlines.'' But, in light of his bad landing, the pilot had a hard time looking the passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment. Finally, everyone had gotten off except for this little old lady walking with a cane. She said, ''Sonny, mind if I ask you a question?''
''Why no, Ma'am,'' replied the pilot,'' ''what is it?''
The little old lady said, ''Did we land or were we shot down?'''

Healthcare Providers in Mexico Doing a Booming Business

~IN A NUTSHELL: "The very wealthy can afford whatever they want, the very poor get it through aid, but the working and the middle-class have to struggle to pay insurance," That pretty much covers it.~

"Retired police officer Bob Ritz has health insurance that covers his medical and dental care in the United States.

"I pay $400 a month for my health insurance, and it's still cheaper to come to Mexico," says Ritz, 60, as he stood outside a sun-bleached pharmacy in Naco, a few hours drive southeast of Phoenix."

Bob Ritz{Retired Public Servant, no less.}

"The total number making the trip is unclear. But a recent study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research estimated that nearly 1 million people from California alone seek medical, dental or prescription services in Mexico each year."

"The very wealthy can afford whatever they want, the very poor get it through aid, but the working and the middle-class have to struggle to pay insurance," said Ritz, who worked as a police officer in Chicago for 28 years.

"I'm very lucky to live near enough to Mexico to get good healthcare at a reasonable price," he added.

~There just HAS to be a better way, folks. This is killing us. Insurance companies have priced themselves out of the market.

Daily, I hear about a bank buying out another one. Big Insurance company bought by a bigger Insurance company. Pharmaceutical company bought out by a bigger Pharmaceutical company, Huge cable monopolies, Phone monopolies, Hospitals owned by Doctors, and our options get fewer, AGAIN, while the prices continue to rise. Huge oil companies and Shareholders' Profits....

Are you getting my point?

Whatever we eventually decide about healthcare reform, change; it is coming.

"May You Live in Interesting Times"
Ancient Chinese Curse

Well, they ARE interesting and I understand now why it is a curse...~

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Old Sayings; New Subjects

1)(on Politics)If the grass is always greener under the septic tank; shouldn't Washington, D.C. have the greenest grass on the planet?

2)(on Healthcare Reform) If a man were asking the public to donate money for his hospital bills; why would he be against reforming healthcare?*

3)(on Wall Street)If a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush; why do we have speculators?

4)(on Blue Dogs) You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. (Or get him out of the way so that others can drink.)**

5)(on Politicians) An open foe may prove a curse but a pretended friend is worse. - Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

6)(on Life) As the spokes of a wheel are attached to the hub, so all things are attached to life.- Sanskrit

7)(on the Drug War) Avoid a cure that is worse than the disease. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC)***

8)(on The Party of No) An empty barrel makes the most noise. - Russian Proverb

9)(on H.R. 3200) Froth is not beer. - Dutch (on appearance on reality)

10)(on Marriage) Every pot will find its lid.- Yiddish

11)(on Insurance Company Lobbyists and Politicians) He that pays the piper, calls the tune. -

12)(on Wealth and Poverty) If the rich could hire people to die for them, the poor could make a nice living. - Yiddish

13)(on Justice) Laws catch flies but let hornets go free.- Scottish

14) (on Attitude) Nothing is easy to the unwilling. - Gaelic

15)(on Life and Death) The rain falls on every roof. - African Proverb

16)(on Generosity) The strong should help the weak so that the lives of both shall be made easier. - Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

17)(on Ambition) There is no eel so small but it hopes to become a whale. - German

18)(on Hope) Where there's life, there's hope. - Theocritus (c.270 BC)

19)(on Basic Truths) You can't see the whole sky through a bamboo tube. - Japanese

20)(on Trying Something New) Go for it! - American


Saturday, August 8, 2009

~ Some Laughs for Today ~

Q: Did you hear about the dyslexic, agnostic insomniac?
A: He stayed up all night wondering if there was a dog.

A woman walks into the Post Office to buy stamps for her Christmas cards.
"What denomination?" asks the clerk.
"Oh, good heavens! Have we come to this?" said the woman. "Well, give me 50 Baptist and 50 Catholic and one Methodist."

Q: Who has the right of way any time?
A: The car with a gun rack and a bumper sticker that reads "Guns don't kill people, I do."

Rules of the Southern Lifestyle

All good Southerners already know these, but in fairness to those Yankees who were dumb enough to stay down here:
1. Don't order a steak at a Waffle House. They serve breakfast 24 hrs a day, so let them cook something they know.
2. Don't laugh at people's names. Merleen, Bodie, Luther Ray, Tammy Ann, Mari Beth, and Inez have all been known to whip a man's ass for less than that.
3. Don't order a bottle of pop or a can of soda -- this can lead to a merciless beating. Down South it's called Coke, even if you want a Pepsi.
4. Don't show allegiances to any college football squad that isn't an SEC team. All the others are a bunch of candy asses who get to play Wyoming every week.
5. Don't refer to Southerner's as a bunch of hillbillies. Many of us are/have been more literate than you (e.g. Welty, Williams, Faulkner), better educated, and generally much nicer to boot. We've got plenty of business sense (e.g.Turner Broadcasting, MCI WorldCom, MTV, and Netscape). Naturally, we can have lapses of judgment from time to time (e.g. Clinton, Fordice, Duke). We don't care if you think we're dumb, we know better!
6. We are fully aware that the humidity is high. Quit your bitching, spend your money, and leave.
7. Don't order wheat toast at the Cracker Barrel. If you do this, everyone will know you're from Ohio. Eat the biscuits like God intended and for goodness sake, don't put sugar in your grits.
8. Don't attempt to fake a Southern accent. Nothing will incite a riot faster.
9. Don't go around talking about how much better it is back home. If you don't like it here, take your Yankee ass back home.
10. We don't play lacrosse, hockey or any of those other sissy ass Northern games, so don't ask about the scores. We...simply...don'
11. We know how to speak proper English, we talk this way because we want to and we can. It's like playing jazz, you have to know how to do it right first.
12. Last, but by no means least...DO NOT try to tell us how to Bar-B-Q.
This could lead to permanent expulsion and revocation of your work visa. Consider yourself just damn lucky that we let you come down here in the first place. Don't push your luck!

10 Things That Most Americans Don't Know, but Should.

1) 80% of the USA's population SHARES 7% of its financial wealth(money).

(Think about that a minute and reread number 1.)

2)Tommy Douglas was a Baptist Minister and Keifer Sutherlands's grandfather.
He (Rev. Douglas), the author of Canada's Universal Healthcare System, was voted by Canadian citizens as THE GREATEST CANADIAN OF ALL TIME.

3) -- This "angry mob" (above), which successfully stopped the recount in Miami-Dade County during the 2000 election standoff, was PORTRAYED by the MEDIA as an UPRISING BY FLORIDA VOTERS.(Emphasis is mine.)

1. Tom Pyle, policy analyst, office of House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.).
2. Garry Malphrus, majority chief counsel and staff director, House Judiciary subcommittee on criminal justice.
3. Rory Cooper, political division staff member at the National Republican Congressional Committee.
4. Kevin Smith, former House Republican conference analyst and more recently of
5. Steven Brophy, former aide to Sen. Fred D. Thompson (R-Tenn.), now working at the consulting firm KPMG.
6. Matt Schlapp, former chief of staff for Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), now on the Bush campaign staff in Austin.
7. Roger Morse, aide to Rep. Van Hilleary (R-Tenn.).
8. Duane Gibson, aide to Chairman Don Young (R-Alaska) of the House Resources Committee.
9. Chuck Royal, legislative assistant to Rep. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).
10. Layna McConkey, former legislative assistant to former Rep. Jim Ross Lightfoot (R-Iowa) now at Steelman Health Strategies.)

4)Definition of Astroturf-- Astroturf refers to APPARENTLY grassroots-based citizen groups or coalitions that are primarily conceived, created and/or funded by corporations, industry trade associations, political interests or PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRMS. (Grassroots support is people-wealthy and money-poor. Astroturfing is money-wealthy and people-poor.)

5)The DCI Group, a Lobbying and Public Relations Firm, is behind The Coalition to Protect Patients' Rights (CPPR), an ANTI-healthcare reform group.
The DCI Group also worked for the tobacco industry, setting up fake "smokers' rights" groups to fight public health measures.
(Props must be offered to the DCI Group. They seem to be very good at their jobs. They were very helpful in stopping the 1993 Healthcare Reform.)

Many Americans have died, due to lack of healthcare, since then.

See, also: Astroturf

6)Rep. Mike Pence, a Representative from Indiana, DOESN'T seem to KNOW that Medicare IS Government-run Healthcare.
Rep. Pence made CONTRADICTORY statements about Government-run Healthcare on the SAME DAY.

a) "If you oppose government-run health care, call your congressman." -- Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), 7/28/09

b) "I support Medicare." -- Pence, 7/28/09

Yes, in the same interview, he says both things, in all seriousness.

(Let me provide "Rep." Pence with a clue; Medicare IS a Government-run Healthcare Program.)

7) Canada has BETTER Healthcare outcomes than the USA in ALL of these categories:
(a)Circulatory disease deaths

(b)Child maltreatment deaths

(c)Digestive disease deaths

(d)Infant mortality rate

(e)Intestinal diseases death

(f)Proability of not reaching age 60

(g)Respiratory disease child death

(h)Heart disease deaths

(i)HIV deaths
(You get the point. If this is “socialized medicine,” sign me up. Please and Thank You.)

8) Michelle Bachmann (MN-R) claims that the government can provide cheaper, and better care than the private sector, and that this is something that we should be afraid of. In (her) Republican thought, it is more important to protect the private sector than it is to fix healthcare.

(Can someone explain this to me, because I am just not getting it.)

9) If you take all of the hysteria out of Birther situation you have a bunch of people that don't want to pull up their big-boy and big-girl panties and get to work on anything meaningful...period.(author)

Michael Medved, a leading FAR-RIGHT voice, recently referred to the Birthers as "the worst enemy of the conservative movement." He added, "It makes us look weird. It makes us look crazy. It makes us look demented. It makes us look sick, troubled, and not suitable for civilized company." (I agree completely; scary.)

10) The Canadian system of Healthcare is NOT like H.R. 3200. It IS like H.R. 676.
Without something Single-Payer Healthcare, like H.R. 676 in place, like Medicare, something already proven by use, then they ("Representatives in Washington) are just putting on a political MAGIC show for the voters.
(and are already bought and paid for by Insurance companies and big business.)

See, also; Medicare ; popular (Government Controlled) Healthcare SAFETY NET for American Seniors.

(We are becoming a Third World Nation when it comes to a lot of important things, like lack of access to a doctor, and I am trying to say, in this article and in my own weird and pacifist way, that it is UNACCEPTABLE to let it CONTINUE.)

Exception: See, also; Medicare ; popular (Government Controlled) Healthcare SAFETY NET for American Seniors.

All sources for this article are cited at the bottom.
All opinions are strictly my own.