Happiness and Health as the Empire Collapses
I'm caught in a revolving door...seeing the completion of the corporate coup in almost every aspect of our lives. Although I rattle the bars, we are captured in a capitalist cage of corruption. Nowhere is it more obvious than our health care system...more concerned with profit than health or care. Last week we focused on the need for individuals and communities to act on their own to create meaningful lives. This week lets look at how we can manage our own health and health care (of course we'll look at news for the week as well). This essay was inspired in part by Bernie's “Medicare for All” bill, but was also heavily influenced by OPOL's essay (hat tip) on diet from earlier this summer.
I’m as liberal as all of you put together. Go to the mystical core of almost every religion and you get this: Help the poor; the suffering. Conduct yourself fairly and graciously.
The People's Convergence had their um, convergence, last weekend. A couple reports follow, one from the Green Party, one from the World Socialist website.
(Link to People's Convergence website - http://convergence2017.org/)
Admiral Michael Mullen (retired) served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2007 to 2011. That means he served under both W and Barack Obama and also oversaw the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Years ago I wrote an essay titled, "I just wrote a check for U.S. Imperialism and War". It was around April 15th of a year during the Neverending War Period, of which we currently reside, when I had to write a check to cover the federal taxes owed the previous year.
The subject of Hillary Clinton's loss has been discussed ad nauseum and by now she should have been relegated to the dead letter box of history, gathering dust in its darkest corners, never to be forced upon the American people once again. But NO! Hillary Clinton refuses to go away quietly, gracefully, or at all.
Twenty-six year-old Derricka Banner became the 20th transgender person murdered this year when she was shot to death in her car early Tuesday morning in Charlotte, NC, as rain and wind from Irma were lashing the city. Montavious Sanchez Berry, 18, was arrested later on Tuesday and charged with the murder.
Banner was originally from New York, but has recently been a resident on Lenoir, NC. Sanchez is a Charlotte resident.
I am on Sharon Tennison's (of the Center for Citizen Initiatives) mailing list. I learned of this group from someone here at c99. Their efforts for global peace and understanding are among the best I have seen. I am posting her last letter here in it's entirety.
Trump is despicable, especially on immigration.
And yet the reality of the situation is almost 180 degrees opposite of how it's being portrayed in the media.
For example, Human Rights Watch released the report titled Trump’s Cruel Deportations.
Ninotska Love is an entering freshman at Wellesley. The 28-year-old native of Ecuador is a transgender woman who would not have been allowed to attend that school last year. Love fled to the U.S. in 2009 after being kidnapped and threatened because of her gender identity.
Here we go again. Bourgeoisie Black Guy telling white people they are the problem:
Condemn white supremacy? Great! But no special credit, white people
Nope. No Gold Stars, No Attaboys. Because:
When I say "criminal behavior" I don't mean "war crimes", although there are plenty of those that need to be addressed.
Instead, I'm talking about "behaving like a criminal" in a law enforcement sort of way.
This morning I took a quick run through my inbox to trash everything I could be sure I would not read or act upon. There I found an e-mail from this sender
email@example.com sayin, among other things:
You sent an automatic payment to Caucus99percent.com Administrator.
A friend of mine who knows that universal healthcare is a high-priority issue for me sent me a link to this article at The Intercept today about the yuge grassroots army supporting Bernie's new MFA bill.
Hillary Clinton is back with a vengeance, and no that is not the big surprise. What did come as a surprise was this nugget from a New Yorker article by a writer Clinton handpicked to tell her story, David Remnick.
Medicare for All is not single payer, so media or politicos using the term single-payer are wrong.
The insurance companies should be jumping at the bit for Medicare for all, a windfall bonanza of new Medigap plans that are profitable; in fact, competition in the Medigap market is fierce and healthy. Imagine 300 million paying the monthly premiums in such a program.
The proposed Medicare for All Act of 2017 is out. I received this email this morning, I'm sure some of you did as well. Interesting that some of the early key co-sponsors are projected candidates for the 2020 election. Another election revolving around the United States of the Free and Brave! health care system.
It only took roughly 18 months, but the Washington Post has decided to allow some facts to get in the way of slandering Bernie supporters.
The excellent article was written by Symone D. Sanders, the former national press secretary for Bernie Sanders.
Hayley Anthony is a transgender woman who helped design a new surgical technique for male to female gender affirmation surgery.
Dr. Jess Ting is director of surgery at the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Mount Sinai in New York City.
The World Socialist Web Site drops a load on the NYTs. I copy and pasted quite a bit, but there is a lot more. Go read it and sign the petition for them while you are there.