From the monthly archives:

August 2009

The time has come for the Democratic majority to act in unison to implement universal single-payer medical care in the US. The US corporatocracy, the profit taking machine that dominates every facet of our lives, must stand aside. No sly winks and nudges. No fear mongering. No lobbying, vote buying, or bullying.

Here is how it works in Canada. My thanks to Jon Husband for the link.

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Slouching Toward Medicare

August 20, 2009

For me the odometer rolls over in December. I’ll turn 65 then. I’ve been fortunate all my life where health care is concerned. As a kid, in my parents’ home, I was unconscious of how the medical bills got paid. Those were simpler times, before the corporations ran rough-shod over public and private life, before our national leaders had devolved to a gang of thugs in the pay of corporate masters, before a privileged upper middle-class dominated policy development at the behest of these same corporations. When I was a child the perpetual proletariat of today, informed by propagandists aping the exercise of free speech, had not yet come to dominate political discussion, to drown out informed debate. When I was a child the vicious forces of rapacious greed were hidden in an emerging consumer society, their presence only hinted at by the chimera of a communist menace invoked by heroes and fools alike. [click to continue…]

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August 20 is Elders for Health Care Reform Day

August 19, 2009

A week or so ago, Ronni Bennett (Time Goes By) called for our reflections on health care reform. She proposed: That next week, on Thursday 20 August, elderbloggers rise up on their blogs in support of health care reform including a public option That we denounce the say-no-to-everything Republicans and their handmaidens, the Blue Dog [...]

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In Support of a Public Health Insurance Option

August 18, 2009

“A public option is a fundamental part of ensuring health care reform brings about real change. Opposing the public plan is an endorsement of the status quo in this country that has left tens of millions of Americans uninsured or underinsured and put massive burdens on employers. I have heard too many horror stories from [...]

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Eat Beef!

August 9, 2009

In the interest of equal time for carnivores and in response to the recent “Eat Less Meat” graphic in the sidebar, I share with you a marketing message I received today from an organic grass fed beef operation up near Douglas City in Trinity County… As for me, I’m doing my part for the locavore [...]

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If a tweet falls in the forest…

August 6, 2009

Is twitter down, or is it just me? Thank you “is-it-down-for-everyone” guys! I was about to do the whole bad connection dance. (…and *snap* -just like that- twitter is back up and pumping tweets-

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National Poetry Slam #NPS2009

August 4, 2009

The twentieth National Poetry Slam, the Super Bowl of the Spoken Word, gets under way tonight at seven pm in West Palm Beach, Florida. In a sort of bus man’s holiday, the Orlando Sentinel’s Tod Caviness will blog the event live from West Palm. Of local interest: el guante will be slamming for the St. [...]

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