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Medical Costs

Posted in Talking Trash with tags on July 29, 2009 by ditelhead

Medical costs have been rising out of control ever since the government decided to encourage employers to provide health insurance by tax subsidizing health insurance. That is the government exempted employer health insurance form taxes. Effectively this was handing the medical mafia a blank check and no one should be surprised that the medical mafia continued to write larger and larger checks. 

You can’t cure a diabetic with more sugar. You can’t cure a heroin addict with more heroin. The influx of money has not made our medical mafia innovative and competitive. Our medical mafia is the sickest patient of all. Many think a government takeover of medicine might help but experience has proved that such a government takeover would be a nightmare. Tort reform is often mentioned; but, what kind of tort reform? The fact is the very people who are suing us into poverty (Doctors and Lawyers) are seeking protection for themselves. What kind of tort reform is that? We often think of Doctors and Lawyers as dim bulbs; yet, one subject they are very qualified to deal with is tort reform. That is why it will never happen. The fox is guarding the chicken coup, and both “evil corporations” and individuals will be threatened with law suits for ever. Don’t kid yourself, Doctors are every bit as much a part of this as Lawyers. Physician Heal thy self! The same doctor that is helping a Lawyer to take your last penny will be himself protected from lawsuits, is that fair? We need tort reform that protects individuals, small businesses and the few remaining “evil corporations” that still exist. 

The cost of anything labeled medical is multiplied by ten. Doctors are easy targets but medical greed is endemic to the system. From schools to gloves everything is over priced and everybody looses in the end. The medical Mafia is exempted from the competitive struggles that every other business in the world under goes to survive! When you take an animal from the wild and feed it every day at 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM you get a fat, lazy and unhealthy animal that will loose its ability to survive and die before its time. In precisely the same way the medical mafia with its feeling of entitlement seems unable to cut costs or make a profit. Worse yet their ability to innovate is null. 

Even tried and true technology that everybody else adopted long ago seems to baffle them. For instance the Obama zombies want to give these fat and lazy animals millions of tax dollars to develop a national patient data base. What? Please I have a $10/month web site with access to a SQL server. SQL has a strange command language; but, nothing a reasonably intelligent person couldn’t master in a few days. Not only should no taxpayer money be used to develop this system; but, the Doctors should be forbidden by law from hiring webmasters and forced to learn SQL

Much noise has been made about using “embryonic stem cells”. This is the practice of putting a human embryo in a blender in the hopes some of the liberated cells will do what you want. This is not science. Even if it works you have learned nothing. We would only get a limited benefit while opening the door to cloning people for parts! We have to learn how to activate pre-existing templates at the molecular biophysical level. In English, we need to study hen’s teeth. Hens retain the genetic information for making teeth; but, the template is turned off. Recently people have found out how to turn that template back on. 

As the medical mafia has consumed more and more of the nations economy, obesity has become more and more prevalent. The middle class is under assault, the economic ramifications of the medical mafia make it difficult to afford “fun”. As the middle class becomes an endangered species, obesity increases because the only thing poor people can afford is food. Economic problems (including health) caused by the greed of the medical mafia are doing more harm than their medicine can do good. Now our government is planning to force us to pay the medical mafia! Within your lifetime you will see 100% of your paycheck taken by the government and the medical mafia. People will be forced into abject poverty; which is a notoriously unhealthy situation. We will be living just to live.

Only by cutting the money off can these people be forced to behave like responsible business people rather than the mafia. It was government interference in the first place that created the monster. Government needs to stay out of health care and other private sections of the economy. People need to just say no to doctors. Then modern medicine would have to compete like everybody else. The incompetence and greed that has been the hallmark of medicine would disappear.

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Iran

Posted in Talking Trash with tags , , on July 3, 2009 by ditelhead

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And so beat the drums of war. The very same propaganda we were spoon fed in the months before our glorious war in Iraq. Day after day the news media plays the song about Iran’s brutal crackdown on democracy. I have no love for the religious extremists in Iran or those in the US.; but, Iran was not that democratic when US proxies ran Iran. The US. proxies in Egypt aren’t very democratic either. Our policies in Gaza constitute a brutal crackdown on democracy.

Starting with the election in 2006 when Hamas won an overwhelming victory over Fatah in Palestine; the US imposed sanctions against the Palestinians. During the British Mandate after WWI the British and Americans conspired to force the Palestinians off the green coastal plains of Palestine. We have imposed a policy that gives Jews with no legitimate claim to Palestine all the arable land, all the water and most of the coast line. Palestinians get most of the rocks and all the misery on a couple strips of land destined to be a permanent welfare state. Now the welfare was gone and Fatah was conspiring with Israel and the US to remain in power in spite of the election. Hamas was forced onto the Gaza strip where Hamas “took control” even though they had won the election.

Israel, the US and our proxies in Egypt responded with the Gaza Blockade and the murder of many Hamas officials. Hamas retaliated with glorified bottle rockets. From the beginning this was the mighty super powers of the world against peaceful, pastoral villagers. There is no equivalence here. Palestinians did not invade New York City; Jews from New York City invaded Palestine with the help of Britain and the USA.

Israeli Air Strikes on Gaza (Dec 27, 2008- Jan 18, 2009): At least 1310 Palestinians killed and 5600 wounded. WebGaza.net

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On December 27, 2008, after trying to strangle democracy and trying to murder democracy; the United States of America and the Jews of New York City decided to obliterate democracy in the Middle East.

“To a large extent, Israel’s military offensive in Gaza was carried out with weapons, munitions and military equipment supplied by the U.S.A. and paid for with U.S. taxpayers’ money,” Malcolm Smart, Amnesty’s Middle East director, said in the report. CNN 1

Israel’s sadistic war against democracy lasted 22 days. During this war Israel’s indiscriminant violence caused the death of over 300 children.

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Among other conclusions, Amnesty said it found no evidence to support Israeli claims that Gaza guerrillas deliberately used civilians as “human shields,” but it did, however, cite evidence that Israeli troops put children and other civilians in harm’s way by forcing them to remain in homes taken over by soldiers. Yahoo News

Particularly disturbing to anyone with a conscience was Israel’s use of “white phosphorus”. Not only does this continue to burn inside people but the burning of elemental phosphorus produces phosphoric acid, seriously sick shit people!

“Yesterday, we saw streets and alleyways littered with evidence of the use of white phosphorus, including still burning wedges and the remnants of the shells and canisters fired by the Israeli army,” said Christopher Cobb-Smith, a weapons expert who is in Gaza as part of the four-person Amnesty International team. Amnesty International

That is a brutal crackdown on democracy. So how can we point to Iran and accuse them of a brutal crackdown?