Tuesday, August 18, 2009

When Philosophy Meets Politics

This will help unravel the health care confusion created by politically motivated individuals.
clipped from factcheck.org

Part of the way that ethicists attempt to resolve those problems is by engaging in thought experiments. These are just what they sound like: We make up some scenario (often a pretty unlikely one) and then use that scenario as a way of getting clear on abstract ideas. In my own introductory courses, for example, I would ask students to suppose that they lost a limb to a drunk driver and then ask them how much money they would want as compensation. I would then ask students whether they would take the same sum to let me cut off that same limb.

Now the point here isn’t that I have a particular desire to cut off people’s limbs, nor is it that I think students ought to take my deal. I don’t, and they probably don’t either. Rather, the point was to help students think seriously about whether there can be trade-offs between pain and money.
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Reality Check on Health Care Reform from the Whitehouse

clipped from www.whitehouse.gov

Today the White House is rolling out a new website that focuses on what reform really means for you and your family, debunks some common myths along the way and provides you with online tools and content to share the facts with friends, family and anyone else in your social network.
The first set of videos addresses a wide scope of topics and debunks some of those common myths:
  • Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes tackles a nasty rumor about euthanasia and clearly describes how reform helps families.
  • Kavita Patel, M.D., a doctor serving in the White House's Office of Public Engagement, explains that health care rationing is happening right now and how reform gives control back to patients and doctors.
  • Robert Kocher, M.D., a doctor serving on the National Economic Council, debunks the myth that health insurance reform will be financed by cutting Medicare benefits.
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    Are These Facts About American Health Care True?

    -- The United States is
    the only industrialized nation in the world in which a citizen can get sick and
    lose everything they've worked for their entire life. More than half of all bankruptcies list health care bills as a cause.

    -- The United States is
    the only industrialized nation in the world in which people die because they
    can't afford a doctor.

    -- The United States is
    the only industrialized nation in the world in which those most
    likely to need medical care are currently actually forbidden pay into it. People who actually need health care are actually refused coverage.

    -- The United States is the only country in the world in which a private, for-profit insurance company can overrule a doctor-patient treatment decision, and leave both doctor and patient with no recourse.

    -- The United States
    pays far more per capita for health care than any other country in the world,
    even though nearly a quarter of the population is not covered at any given
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    Are Christian Republicans More Vile Then Pagans Of Ancient Israel?

    clipped from robertcoss.com

    Isaiah 1:23 Your rulers are rebels and companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe and chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, nor does the widow’s plea come before them. NASU

    This statement by Isaiah was directed to Israel.  Israel at this time had become apostate.  The pagans customarily held higher values than Israel did during her dark days as alluded to by this brief commentary on Isaiah’s pronouncement.

    If a 747 passenger jet loaded with people crashed every single day Americans would demand reform, yet when it comes to health care (where this many people die everyday from mistakes) some among us are going to make sure we don’t get it.  What can Republicans do but insure that big business continues to profit from the most vulnerable by creating hype, fear, and distortion.  Why won’t they dialogue and help produce needed improvements to this system?
    Can any Republican list the pros and cons of Obama’s plan?
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    Friday, August 14, 2009

    Her Daughter Crying, "Mommy! Mommy!"

    Spirit of Tyranny is in the air.
    When you see it, you have to put up your Legal Shield or you will get hurt. Don't have one? Get one here http://tinyurl.com/cueedp
    clipped from www.syracuse.com

    In January, an Onondaga County sheriff's deputy pulled over Audra Harmon, who had two of her kids with her in her minivan. A routine traffic stop escalated quickly.

    The deputy, Sean Andrews, accused her of talking on her cell phone. She said she could prove him wrong.

    He said she was speeding. She denied it and got out of the van. He told her to get back in. She did, then he ordered her back out.

    He yanked her out by the arm, knocked her down with two Taser shots and charged her with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. His rationale on the disorderly conduct charge: She obstructed traffic when she got out of the van. The speeding accusation: going 50 mph in a 45-mph zone.

    The scene along Hopkins Road in Salina on the afternoon of Jan. 31 was captured by a camera on the dashboard of Andrews' patrol car. Harmon, 38, says the video is proof of police brutality.

    Here's Harmon's description of that day:
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    Saturday, August 8, 2009

    Is It a Crime to Use Secrecy to Cover-up Murder?


    Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds dropped a bombshell on the Mike Malloy radio show, guest-hosted by Brad Friedman (audio, partial transcript).

    In the interview, Sibel says that the US maintained ‘intimate relations’ with Bin Laden, and the Taliban, “all the way until that day of September 11.”

    The goals of the American ’statesmen’ directing these activities included control of Central Asia’s vast energy supplies and new markets for military products.

    illegal, covert operation in Central Asia by a small group in the US intent on furthering the oil industry and the Military Industrial Complex

    It is important to understand why: the US outsourced terror operations to al Qaeda and the Taliban for many years, promoting the Islamization of Central Asia in an attempt to personally profit off military sales as well as oil and gas concessions.

    it is a crime in the US to use classification and secrecy to cover up crimes.
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