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|The US, getting its priorities right?
Now that John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio and a host of other political leaders are beating the drum to return the US war machine to Iraq, I think it is worthwhile pointing out one little ...
|Keep the masses occupied
Give 'em their iPhones, iPads, Facebooks, Snapchats, even their Daily Kos' s, and the proletariat (the masses) will become so enamored, obsessed and addicted, they won't realize how miserable their ...
|Why won't Democrats play the game?
IMO, Republicans are partially correct. Why won't the Democrats offer an alternative to the Republicans? At least make an attempt to look interested. Republicans want to open some departments in ...
|The epitome of perverseness! What we call the US health care system
Instead of incentivising better outcomes for patients the US health care does just the opposite. In the US, hospitals [and doctors] are rewarded when complications arise from surgery. So tell me, ...
|The cancer we call the US health care system
For all the skeptics who were so sure doctors don't get kickbacks, and commented to that fact on my previous post , you might do well to pay close attention to the following headline. Newark, NJ - ...
|US Health Care Unmasked: A true story
A friend is admitted to the hospital. He was experiencing shortness of breath and chest pains extending down his arms. Obviously the signs of a heart attack or an impending one. Doctors do a ...
|Social Media IS the problem
To borrow a little something from Ronald Reagan, Social Media isn't the solution to our problems, Social Media is the problem! I know this may sound eerily similar to my previous post , but because ...
|The Internet IS the problem
To borrow a little something from Ronald Reagan, the Internet isn't the solution to our problems, the Internet is the problem! I've believed this for quite awhile, and it is the principle reason I ...
|Ok, it's official. Now I'm depressed
For the past 10+ years I have lived with the understanding Mantle Cell Lymphoma would be the likely cause of my demise. It became even more evident two years ago, when I decided to retire, due to ...
|I just don't give a rats ass any more!
Democrats, AKA Progressives, are just too lame to win this election. They let the Republicans deflect every criticism they have on them, and refuse to respond. For example, when was the last time ...
|It looks like the Republicans are correct
The Association of American Medical Colleges reports, the ACA will worsen doctor shortages , and the US health care system will suffer providing lower quality and lesser health care. It's obvious ...
|Thank you Verizon
I was going to upgrade my smart phone to the new Samsung Galaxy S3, but when you came up with your new Share Everything Plan , I decided against it. I know I can keep my unlimited data plan, for now,
|Let them go bankrupt
A congressional agency on Friday recommended medicare beneficiaries should face higher upfront costs to give them a financial incentive to avoid costly and unnecessary treatments . I only have one ...
|When is enough, enough?
Today I learned, Lance Armstrong, the most drug tested athlete in the history of sport, is being accused of doping, again . This time by the US Anti Doping Agency (USADA), who claim they have ...
|US health care: The finest in the world
Well, that may be true if you don't know any better, and you're not one of the 27% of adults defined as those who said they had a serious illness, medical condition, injury, or disability requiring ...
|A headline for the ages
CANCELLED SURGERIES COSTING HOSPITALS MILLIONS From Anesthesiology News : Between patient no-shows and cancellations on the day of surgery, hospitals are losing millions in revenue each year, ...
|Legitimate, opportunistic or ?????
Glenn Sabin , reported to be a Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) survivor, who after having had a splenectomy, soon after diagnosis, has been purported to have survived over 21 years without ...
|Through the "Donut Hole"
So my wife's free lights are continuing their upward trend, and her doctor has recommended adding Vorinostat (Zolinza) to the mix (4 - 100 mg tablets per day for two weeks, then off a week). A ...
|You can't legislate morality
You'd think yesterday's death of a police chief, 8 days from retirement in New Hampshire , would finally shock everyone to that reality [although I doubt it], and realize what a colossal waste of ...
|Comparing broccoli to health insurance
I would think with all the [supposedly] brilliant minds arguing the case for the mandate to SCOTUS, they would have been a little smarter when it comes to responding to Antonin Scalia's comment that ...
|The law of supply and demand
For anyone who is of the misguided belief the US government has any more control over gasoline and oil prices than they have over other commodities, allow me to introduce you to the little known ...
|Ethics and compassion
Albert Schweitzer said: A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in ...
|Bowling: A metaphor on life [sorta]
Over the past 15+ years there have been dramatic changes to the game of bowling. Not only has the equipment changed, making it easier for bowlers of all ages and physical conditions to participate, ...
|Freedom of religion means freedom from religion
Why are Democrats so timid? Why can't [won't] they defend the policies they support? Why do Democrats always let Republicans distort their positions, and never respond in kind? It's always the same, ...
|Superstars don't make good coaches
That's why you don't see many (Larry Byrd, arguably being the only one that comes to mind). The reason being, everything comes easy to superstars, and they expect everyone to perform at the level ...
|Rating US health care providers
I'd bet if you took a survey in the US, you'd find most people are pretty happy with their current health care provider(s). Let's face it, most people aren't sick, and even when they do get sick, ...
|When is enough, enough?
Is it not enough my wife and I are both dying of incurable diseases? Is it not enough everyone in this country is vilifying everyone else? Is it not enough weather extremes (whatever the cause) are ...
|The Downside to Canadian Health Care
Can it really be called a downside? According to Joseph M. Connors, MD, Clinical Professor and Director of the BC Cancer Agency’s Centre for Lymphoid Cancer, Vancouver, British Columbia, in an ...
|Repeal the EMTALA?
I want to know why the Republican candidates for President, and Republicans in Congress aren't addressing ...
|To smartphone or not to smartphone
Two years ago, when I got my DroidX, I was all excited. The thought of being able to log on to the internet where ever I was, having access to GPS, my Kindle books, a camera etc. all in one ...
|That's not investing
I just hate it when people talk about their investments in the stock market, and believe they are somehow entitled to a return on that investment. As if the money they've used to purchase shares of ...
|What does reforming Wall Street have to do with "conflict minerals"?
Why in the world is an act which is supposed to be curbing the excesses on Wall Street trying to curb the violence and exploitation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighboring ...
|We've all been brainwashed
Admittedly it's taken me 63+ years, and reading of ...
|The making of a 3rd world country
I originally posted this to another blog of mine back in August '09, but after enduring the drama of the debt ceiling increase, made possible by the strong arm tactics of the right, and the weak-...
|More on wealth and power
I am amazed at the level of stupidity that has been attained in this country just over the past 50 years. Yesterday, I ...
|On wealth and power
Teddy Roosevelt said, Every man of power, by the very fact of that power, is capable of doing damage to his neighbors; but we cannot afford to discourage the development of such men ...
|Paul Ryan doesn't care
And why should he?
|Truth or fiction?
Mark Twain said: Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't. While many may label the following Monty Python ...
|It's not enough, Part deux
As a result of several comments (received via direct email) regarding ...
|US health care, an attack on our freedom
The other day I was talking with a friend about my retirement, and he asked what I was going to do about health insurance. COBRA is so expensive. Fortunately for me, I go to the VA, so cost isn't an ...
|It's not enough!
Why does it take a disaster or the diagnosis of a deadly disease to make people spring into action? And why are the efforts of these individuals only directed towards their particular diseases?
|How stupid is the Tea Party
Tea Party activists are soooo stupid......... (more below the fold as they say)
|Enough is enough
I'm tired! I'm tired of a lot of things, but mostly I'm tired of dealing with my MCL. I'm tired of the endless blood tests, and visits to the oncologist. I'm tired of people asking me how I feel, ...
|Cancer drug shortage approaching crisis point
Sort of sounds a little like the CA energy crisis of 2000/2001 all over ...
|Don't cave Mr. President
Don't give in on your principles. Don't give in to Republican and Tea Bagger demagoguery. Don't succumb to their smugness and arrogance. You still hold all the power, and alone can effect beneficial ...
|The internet: Is it really such a good thing?
I've come to the realization I spend way to much time sitting in front of my computer. I've actually known this for a long time, but I just don't seem to be able to do much about it. Some of it is ...
|Until you've walked in someone elses shoes
I haven't been philosophical for a quite awhile, heck, I haven't even posted since April 21st, but a recent conversation with one of my wine drinking buddies has compelled me to do so now. We were ...
|It's always something
As Roseanne Roseannadanna would always say "It just goes to show ya...it's always something! If it's not one thing, ...
|It happened again :(
I know I said I was done , but I can't help it. This morning, I received an email from someone I thought knew ...
|Who are the true Nazis in America?
I posted to my personal blog on Saturday, about how fortunate I was to have lasted 8 years, ...
|I am so jaded
It doesn't happen all that often, but it happens often enough, when someone comes to my door that I don't know, I assume they're trying to sell me something, and immediately turn them away.
|The lunacy we call the US health care system
Here's one that will go down in the annals of US health care history, and is one, if you know how much contempt I have for our current system, and despite my [unsuccessful] ...
|Vitamins and supplements: Do "actual harm"
Still believe in the benefits of vitamins and supplements? Still have trouble grasping the idea that vitamins and supplements are a well devised scheme by the pharmaceutical and supplement ...
Well almost none. I've done a lot of things in my life, and been to a lot of places, but I really haven't had too many regrets. Sure I've made mistakes [lots of them], and done some stupid things, ...
When I first started posting here, I actually intended this to be an outlet for my political beliefs, which I think I've held pretty true to. The problem is the more I went down that path, the ...
I know I haven't been posting here very long (but I have been posting to my personal blog for over 4 years), and I doubt seriously anyone will miss my ...
|Financial innovation, what is it good for?
I know this is a little off my usual topic of health care and related stuff, but after last nights State of the Union address, and Obama's call for new taxes on big banks, I got to thinking. What ...
|Just one more reason not to be taking supplements
Shortly after my diagnosis with MCL, I came to the conclusion vitamins, supplements, immune system boosters, what every you want to call them, are bad for you. They're nothing more than a scam ...
I will admit, I am not a fan of alternative treatments, or supplements of any kind for that matter. Few if any None have shown to be effective by ...
|Do people in the US really understand our health care system?
I couldn't go for a bike ride this AM. It's raining outside, and as you might expect (assuming you know me that is), I'm bored [big time]. So I thought I would give you a little taste of some of ...
I haven't been a reader of WHEE posts for very long, and I tend to skim more then read, so if I'm misinformed please let me know, but I haven't noticed much in all the discussions about weight loss ...
|Alternative treatments: Setting the record straight
It seems my last post on the anecdotal evidence of the efficacy of green tea, experienced by myself, has left some mistaken impressions in the minds of a few [at least one] of the commenters.
|Are the antioxidants in green tea effective in fighting cancer?
Away from the health care debate, and on to just plain health! There is all sorts of information in various print media and on the internet about the positive effects of the antioxidants, ...
|Purchasing health insurance: Why is it so complicated?
Why does obtaining health care, and buying health insurance [even Medicare] have to be such a daunting task in this country? Why are there so many different choices of health insurance? Why can't ...
If you're not in fear of what could become of this country after watching this story on the Rachel Maddow show, you ...
|Rollerball, a vision of the future?
I posted this on my personal blog back in May '06, during the height of immigration debate. I was a different person then [I've become a lot more cynical now], and my reasons for the posting and my ...
|Is it a manifestation (sign) or a symptom? Do you know the difference?
At first glance this may appear to be a far cry from my usual postings here on the Daily Kos, but after some discussion on some of the patient news groups I participate in, I thought it was ...
|At the heart of the issue
The following is a post from one of the many listserves I participate in. The names have been withheld to protect the innocent. If you don't have any compassion for this person, then you have no ...
|Abdominal CT scans overused: study
52.2 percent of patients were found to have had CT scans that were unnecessary.
|Health care or homeland security? (Part deux)
In my previous post, I recognized that my poll results could easily be skewed based on a person's health condition, so I have devised a new poll, which I hope is an improvement.
|Health care or security?
Why is it the deficit hawks are so quick to cry foul when we talk about expanding health care coverage to everyone in this country, yet when it comes to increasing military expenditures, they fall ...
|The fall of the US?
Maybe a lesson in history would be of benefit now. Why did Rome Fall? There are adherents to single ...
|What health care reform
When are we going to come to the realization that none of the health care proposals before congress right now are reform. For once maybe the republicans have it right. Not that the republicans ...
|What's the debate all about?
AKA, the public option: What is it good for? In case my last post didn't convey enough reasons for being depressed, I've got more. Read on...........
|And so I lied
This isn't the country I remember growing up in. Yeah, maybe with the internet and everything else, we have become more attuned to the divisions in this country and in the world, but I believe it ...
|A poll for the day
Is it better to pay more in taxes, and have access to all the health care you need, or keep a greater portion of your wages, and have to worry about losing all of it should you get sick?
|A supposed fix for our health care system
Eventually our health care system will implode. The only question is how much pain and suffering are the people in this country willing to endure before we reach that conclusion, and are willing to ...
|Why Republicans have been so effective
Because when confronted with the truth, and the lack of an adequate response, Republicans have an uncanny ability to shift the subject in a completely different direction, and the Democrats have the ...
|Why are some people so ill informed?
Why is it those in favor of health care reform aren't as zealous in pointing out the truth about the US health care system, as much as those opposed to health care reform are in spreading lies, and ...
|Why should I care
My point is to try and awaken some of you, the choir so to speak, to start getting more involved, because while I don't like the direction our country is headed, I'm not going to be greatly affected ...
|The Nazification of America
It may not look anything like Hitler’s Germany, and no one is calling for the annihilation of a single race, but there is no doubt the direction the right wing neocons would like to see this ...
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