Tuesday, May 09, 2017

I lived in a time most people have forgotten about

I was born in the late 40's.  Truman was still president.

I remember segregation. I remember buses labeled "negro" or buses that didn't allow black people to sit in the front of the bus (or streetcar). The only black people I ever saw were the "rubbish men" who collected the trash because white men wouldn't do those jobs.


  I remember discrimination. I remember being told that I would not be hired at a bank, after my college graduation, because as the Personnel director put it "why should we train you for a position when you'll only be here a year or two before you get married and quit."

 Actually it wasn't just being married that made you leave. If you were  pregnant you were asked to leave.  (i.e. fired)

 If you were a  married school teacher and became pregnant you were "replaced" as soon as your baby bump showed.  Why?  Because the children would be asking questions about how you got that way and in those days NO SEX EDUCATION was taught so to avoid such questions they just fired the teacher.

 I remember stuff they don't tell you about in history books.

I remember "bankers hours". That was a time when banks opened at 9:00 a.m.and closed at 3:00 p.m..  No evening hours. No weekend hours.  If you had banking business you went to the bank and did it between those hours, even if it meant losing time from your job to do so.

I remember CASH transactions because Master Card had not been invented.  Some department store had "charge plates" specific for that store. You basically bought on credit but it was not "revolving credit". If you charged $300 on your account you were expected to pay off the balance when the bill arrived.   BTW, women did not have charge plates.  Only husbands had them.  Women were not extended  credit.  Why? Because women obviously didn't need it. Their husband provided for them and HE held the job and the purse strings.

I remember "BLUE LAWS" which meant no retail stores could be opened on Sunday.  There was one exception. Drug stores (which really meant pharmacies because they didn't sell much else but medications, prescription or otherwise) were permitted to be opened for "emergency purchases" from 1 to 5 p.m. onSunday afternoon because those hours did not interfere with attendance of church services.

I remember Mail Delivery at Christmas time, two and even three mail deliveries were added to keep up with the bulk of Christmas mail.  (and postage was 3 cents for first class and 1 cent for "second class mail".

I remember doctors who cared. They made house calls.  They didn't charge $160 for an office visit.  I remember the term "hospitalization" which was most commonly Blue Cross and Blue Shield.  You paid out of pocket for almost all of your medical expenses but if you were admitted to the hospital the insurance would cover a large part of the bill, and generally speaking, any doctor's visit while you were in the hospital, but not after care. (which is waht the idiots in congress are turning "health care" back into.)

So many people long for the good old days.

I don't.







Monday, May 08, 2017

job training

So Mr. Trump is bringing back jobs?  So is he going to send the 300 people from the bearing factory in IN to train for new employment?

 Are they being sent to school to learn how to be professionals at lawn care?  Are they being sent to school to learn how to pick tomatoes and onions since the ILLEGALS he's deporting will no longer be doing those jobs.  Are they being sent to school to do the jobs they will no longer be paid a living wage for, but can now do in Mexico for $3 an hour?

Mr. Trump is a liar and a fraud.  He is no friend of the working man, he is no friend of labor and he is no friend of anyone who had the unfortunate notion that they could put their trust in him.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

American Health Care Act aka Trumpcare


Friday, May 05, 2017

what is a death panel?

By my count it's 217 votes in the House of Represenatives.

Why? Because people can die from having no treatment for pre-existing conditions.

To my way of thinking a womb is a pre-existing condition, but a penis is not.

It also looks like The House doesn't consider this bill good enough for themselves or their families, because they have exempted themselves from it.

But what counts as a pre-existing condition? While it depends on the insurer—they have the right to choose what counts as "pre-existing"—these ailments and conditions were universally used to deny people coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit focusing on health care research.
  • AIDS/HIV
  • Alcohol or drug abuse with recent treatment
  • Alzheimer’s/dementia
  • Anorexia
  • Arthritis
  • Bulimia
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery/heart disease, bypass surgery
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemophilia
  • Hepatitis
  • Kidney disease, renal failure
  • Lupus
  • Mental disorders (including Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Schizophrenia)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Obesity
  • Organ transplant
  • Paraplegia
  • Paralysis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Pending surgery or hospitalization
  • Pneumocystic pneumonia
  • Pregnancy or expectant parent (includes men)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke
  • Transsexualism
But Cynthia Cox, Kaiser's associate director, notes that the above list is a conservative sampling of all of the issues and maladies that insurers could count as pre-existing conditions. " There are plenty of other conditions, even acne or high blood pressure, that could have gotten people denied from some insurers but accepted and charged a higher premium by other insurers" says Cox.
Here are some examples of those other conditions that experts have noted could hike premiums:
  • Acid Reflux
  • Acne
  • Asthma
  • C-Section
  • Celiac Disease
  • Heart burn
  • High cholesterol
  • Hysterectomy
  • Kidney Stones
  • Knee surgery
  • Lyme Disease
  • Migraines
  • Narcolepsy
  • Pacemaker
  • Postpartum depression
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Seizures
  • "Sexual deviation or disorder"
  • Ulcers
The left-leaning Center for American Progress notes that high blood pressure, behavioral health disorders, high cholesterol, asthma and chronic lung disease, and osteoarthritis and other joint disorders are the most common types of pre-existing conditions.
Just how expensive are pre-existing conditions? A recent report from the Center for American Progress found that insurers could charge people with metastatic cancer as much as $142,650 more for their coverage, a 3,500% increase.


So , how happy are you with the idiot in the White House and his Republican cronies who will be condemning million to a slow death?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

and so it begins

Health care reform aka the American Health Care Act, is dead.  Obamacare  (the Affordable Care Act) remains the law of the land.  Now we have to make sure that DJT and his ilk continue to FUND it. We have to make sure that the congress "tweaks" it to work instead of tearing it down.

If other countries can give universal health care to their citizens, and we are supposed to be the greatest country on earth, why can't our "I am a smart person" predisent make it work here?  Why? Because corporate interest, not people, come first for Mr. Trump.  If he or his friends can't  make a profit from it it's no good.

Now the real work begins.

Defund the Big Pharm.  Make sure tax reform does not reward those who take away from the poor to supplement the rich.  Continue to lean on congress and the administration to make sure that what is being done is for the good of the people not for the good of the profiteers.



Sunday, March 19, 2017

differences

Michelle Obama had a garden to teach kids how to grow Good Health food and decrease food insecurity.

Mrs. Trump probably hasn't set foot in a garden and doesn't give a damn about how or IF kids eat.

President Obama spent the "majority" of his time in the White House actually working. Mr. Trump spends his time and our money "vacationing." Didn't he know that the job of President is 24/7 for 4 years straight?

President Obama stopped campaigning once he was elected.  Mr. Trump does nothing but hold election type rallies so he can feel as if he's "winning" the hearts of the people.

What he is actually doing is showing those who made the unfortunate choice of voting for him that he doesn't know anything about running this country.


Monday, March 13, 2017

walls

It seems to me we shouldn't be worried about a wall between the USA and Mexico.  We should be more concerned by the walls we are building in the USA.

I am not happy with walls on the sides of highways that cancel traffic "noise ". Why?  Because in most cases the people who bought the houses near the road  knew that the road was there and knew that there would be traffic noise.

 It's like people who complain about airplane noise if they live near an airport.  Generally the airport was there BEFORE the houses were built. So if a person bought a house near the airport they knew that there would be noise from takeoffs and landings.

If you knew the noise would be a part of the neighborhood, be it airport or highway, then why did you buy that house?  I can't see the need to "suddenly" create walls to contain the noise.

I think it's just another clever (or not so clever) ploy to separate and divide us.

Walls keep the "wrong" element away from us.  Walls also limit our exposure to another class of people.  Walls keep undesirables from us.  Walls "prevent" people who can't afford mansions from coming into neighborhoods which have large houses.  Gated homes, guard gates, etc. Walls keep out the people who "might" covet what we own. Walls also iscolate us.

Walls keep us from seeing those who might not have our  material advantages.  That doesn't mean mansions either. It means homes. Single family homes. Homes with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Homes with manicured lawns and backyards where kids can play.

Walls limit your exposure to "others". To other ways of thinking, to other ways of living.  Walls lead to misunderstanding because how can I understand you if I don't see and know you?  Does a wall let me talk to you?  Does a wall explain anything to you?  Does a wall show us how similiar we are or does it exclude us from each other and only point out the differences?

I watch and read dystopic fiction.

The last time I went driving on the FL turnpike I realized that they were constructing more "noise cancelling" walls along the highway.  Walls make the road a lonely long corridor of grey.  No scenery to look at, only a directed and controlled path, government approved, that allows you to only see one path, the4 path laid out by a government agency to take you where you are going.

There is no chance to see anything "different".

It occurs to me this is a subtle form on mind control, which we are coming to accept as just another way of life.

I hope I am wrong, but I fear I am right.

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