Health Care. Schmelth Care.

Watching the health care debate play out both on the floor of congress and amongst the left and the right is a bit like watching a group of toddlers attempt to build a bridge (minus the cute factor).  They think they know what they're doing, but in reality, they don't. 

Congress of course is going to remain on their course of human health destruction with their unwaivering support for corporate insurance companies.  Gotta keep capitalism alive and well.  Gotta keep those lobbying dollars flowing into their greedy little pockets by the insurance companies.  There's really nothing more to add to the behavior of these folks as none is (nor should be) surprising.  Same goes for the current administration.

Those on the left, the well-meaning folks that they are, are continuing their pansy-ass type behavior.  They pushed and pushed for a single payer option, wanting the insurance companies out of the health care industry altogether (which is the most common sense, fair, just, ethical and moral thing TO do) and yet, when Obama and the Democratic Congress refused to stand by their "supposed" support of including a single payer option, there was no public outcry.  Last I heard, Michael Moore was still holding onto his delusional little "CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN" ballon while chanting the "Please Mr. Obama, don't tell me you are drinking the same kool-aid as your predecessor."  Oh well.  At least those radical righties, albeit a scary bunch of folks in some ways, know how to make a point and aren't afraid to show their rage. 

Those on the right wish to keep capitalism alive and well and want nothing to do with single payer.  Keep government out of their health care choices.  (Medicare, anybody?)  These folks don't understand the idea of freedom of choice.  What's so scary about allowing those who want a single payer option that freedom to do so?  All these folks seem to care about is ending welfare and social programs (while screaming "DO NOT TOUCH MY SOCIAL SECURITY/MEDICARE!") and while turning a blind eye to the realities of unnecessary suffering around them.  I especially love those who chant the tune of Jesus Christ while showing such disdain towards the needy. 

That being said however, I will give these righties one more bonus point.  While they may not understand freedom of choice nor do they see their own hypocrisy, they do indeed understand the Constitution and are justifiably upset over the idea of mandated insurance, which is clearly unconstitutional and, as of today, 19 attorney general's are challenging this mandate.  (Why this same outcry and challenge isn't happening over mandated auto and homeowner insurance is perplexing.) 

I will end this little missive with my own thoughts on health care.

1) Health insurance companies have no business nor reason (aside from making people rich off of people's suffering) to be involved at all when it comes to health care.  Health Care needs to involve the doctor and the patient only.  Period.  All other intrusion ends right there.

2) Government is only to be involved to provide proper regulatory measures to ensure the safety of the patients and to provide the financial means for those who cannot afford to provide for health care practices on their own. 

3) Doctors need to provide sliding scale fees.  The more you make, the more you pay and vice versa. 

4) The area of malpractice suits and insurance is a bit foreign to me.  However, I was recently told that it is common practice amongst malpractice attorney's to only take cases whereby the outcome is $100,000 or greater in potential winnings.  I believe if such attorney's were less "greedy" in terms of their hourly rate and/or the chunk they receive in the end if they win (anything more than 20-25% is indeed, overall, greedy and unnecessary), perhaps this could help put an end to the more extreme cases.  And, on the flip side, if doctor's were much better (i.e. properly) trained in such areas as patient communication, compassion, empathy and in the area of pharmaceutical medications and alternative health care practices (and had schedules that were more suitable to their own physical needs), there would be fewer lawsuits.  Certainly if the health insurance companies were removed from the scene, doctors would deal with far fewer hassles, paperwork and pressure.  In short - they could be themselves - the doctor's they were trained to be instead of some corporate pinhead's puppet (said puppet having received no medical training). 

Nano Technology: It's Everywhere. And We Don't Know It.

It's been shown to damage dna, contributing to such diseases as cancer and heart disease. 

(March 24) -- "For almost two years, molecular biologist Bénédicte Trouiller doused the drinking water of scores of lab mice with nano-titanium dioxide, the most common nanomaterial used in consumer products today.  She knew that earlier studies conducted in test tubes and petri dishes had shown the same particle could cause disease. But her tests at a lab at UCLA's School of Public Health were in vivo -- conducted in living organisms -- and thus regarded by some scientists as more relevant in assessing potential human harm. Halfway through, Trouiller became alarmed: Consuming the nano-titanium dioxide was damaging or destroying the animals' DNA and chromosomes. The biological havoc continued as she repeated the studies again and again. It was a significant finding: The degrees of DNA damage and genetic instability that the 32-year-old investigator documented can be "linked to all the big killers of man, namely cancer, heart disease, neurological disease and aging," says Professor Robert Schiestl, a genetic toxicologist who ran the lab at UCLA's School of Public Health where Trouiller did her research."

And where is this ugly technology to be found? 

"It's 'in everything from medicine capsules and nutritional supplements, to food icing and additives, to skin creams, oils and toothpaste,' Schiestl says. He adds that at least 2 million pounds of nanosized titanium dioxide are produced and used in the U.S. each year."

And do manufacturers have to tell the consumer their products contain nano technology?
"Consumers have virtually no way of knowing whether the products they purchase contain nanomaterials, as under current U.S. laws it is completely up to manufacturers what to put on their labels."
And is there any movement from Uncle Sam to change this insanity?
"...most federal agencies are doing little to nothing to ensure public safety."



Today while out and about, I saw a car with two bumper stickers:  One saying "end this war" and the other saying "Obama/Biden".  How's that Obama-Biden team workin' for them, I wonder? 


Man Videotapes UFO Over Lake Erie

For the past 12 nights, these lights have been captured on video over the skies of Lake Erie between the hours of 7 and 8pm, typically lasting for 2-3 hours.


The Logical Song: 30 Years Later and Nothing's Changed

I've been spending this afternoon listening to some of my old albums (which, like my cassette tapes and 8-tracks, after 30 years are still intact, still sound awesome, unlike today's "modern technological advances" of CD's and DVD's which begin breaking down after a year or two).  At the moment, I'm listening to "Supertramp: Breakfast in America" - a very intuitive, rockin' and socially/politically aware album.  One of my favorite songs on the album always has been and still is "The Logical Song".  I was just entering my teenage years when this song was popular.  At the time, in spite of my tender young age, a lot of my innocence had already been shattered apart for a variety of reasons, some too graphic to depict on this blog, not the least of which was an on-going pressure from adults/the church/the system/teachers/family/neighbors around me to "SHUT UP" with my "radical/naive/unrealistic" etc. etc. etc. opinions.  At the time it was one thing when you spoke up and you were male (and straight).  When you happened to have breasts and a vagina (or had the penis and liked other humans with penises), the venom shot back at you packed an extra punch of contempt. 

Usually.  But not always. 

When listening to this song way back when, while my brain was still trying to understand some of the concepts, assumptions and words, somewhere within I knew the truth:  When You See Things As They Are And Could Be And Aren't Silent About Such Things, You're Gonna Face Attempts Of Silence For The Remainder Of Your Life.

30 years ago and this message was every bit as prevalent as it is today.  I think each generation tends to forget this and holds the impression (illusion) that theirs is the only one who has experienced such silencing. 
Political and social opinions may change a bit over the generations, but one thing has remained the same and that is the above stated truth in bold. 

In honor of the vocal truth seekers, I present you with the words from that wonderful song, "The Logical Song".  Keep on speakin' out.  Keep on rockin'. 

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,
a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they'd be singing so happily,
joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they sent me away to teach me how to be sensible,
logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
clinical, intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the world's asleep,
the questions run too deep
for such a simple man.
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
I know it sounds absurd
but please tell me who I am.

Not watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical,
liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Won't you sign up your name, we'd like to feel you're
acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable!

At night, when all the world's asleep,
the questions run so deep
for such a simple man.
Won't you please, please tell me what we've learned
I know it sounds absurd
but please tell me who I am.
Who I am.
Who I am.


Consumer Alert: Aspartame About To Change Its Name To AminoSweet

Sneaky bastards

"Aspartame producer Ajinomoto is launching a new initiative that will rebrand the sweetener as “AminoSweet”.  Aspartame is used in many foods and beverages marketed as low calorie or sugar-free. However, its reputation has been clouded somewhat by studies that have investigated reports of ill effects.  Just to remind you, the side effects of aspartame can include:

Change in vision
Convulsions and seizures
Nausea and vomiting
Joint pain

It can cause many, many other problems as well...Aspartame is the most controversial food additive in history, and its approval for use in food was the most contested in FDA history. In the end, the artificial sweetener was approved, not on scientific grounds, but rather because of strong political and financial pressure. After all, aspartame was previously listed by the Pentagon as a biochemical warfare agent!   It’s hard to believe such a chemical would be allowed into the food supply, but it was, and it has been wreaking silent havoc with people’s health for the past 30 years.  The truth is, it should never have been released onto the market, and allowing it to remain in the food chain is seriously hurting people – no matter how many times you rebrand it under fancy new names."

Back in the early 90's, my sister-in-law was consuming beverages sweetened with Aspartame.  In time, she began suffering debilitating headaches and blurred vision.  On an intuitive whim, she decided to go off the crap.  Within weeks, her headaches and vision problems disappeared.  My spouse used to use this crap as well.  For over 20 years, he used it to sweeten his coffee.  Coincidentally enough, he developed joint and muscle pain, which to this day have yet to disappear despite his many attempts, both medically and holistically.  While some of the issue is likely due to trauma and injury, the possibility certainly exists that, given the amount of time he consumed this crap, it built up in his body. 

Of course, Aspartame is just one of numerous substances/chemicals found in our food and water supply and the air that we breath that is creating a host of unnecessary suffering and illness in the people.  Makes one long to live on another planet altogether...