Health insurance hostages

It’s almost like there was a long-term strategy in Big Pharma to spend the last few decades focusing on preventative medicine, often relying on drugs — because everybody I know has a pre-existing condition. Fifty years ago, you’d discover your heart disease when you died at age 50. Now we take the drugs and get to live. Yay!

So we’ve got to have health insurance. Try buying that stuff out of pocket – forget it! Maybe the Wall Street billionaires can afford that, but we sure can’t.

We live longer than our parents, but there’s a price for it. We’re enslaved by this system, where people’s lives are ruined, where people die, where our government serves their interests, where the entire medical-care infrastructure has been co-opted by profit gollums.

We participate in this system by allowing it to continue.

Meet some illegal immigrants

Some years ago, I tutored students at a local community college, usually non-native speakers of English who needed help with language. There I became acquainted with Sed and Ganet, two young people who’d come to America illegally. In the course of our classwork, I learned a bit about how they came to be here. I’d like to share that with you. Continue reading “Meet some illegal immigrants”

Seeing things clearly: How did this happen?

As the stories come tumbling out now about Russian interference in our election process, we’re all experiencing the simultaneous relief and horror of knowing it was not our imagination. Yes, something truly terrible happened to our country in November 2016.

It can’t be said enough: We need to understand how this came to pass, so we can learn from our mistakes and make sure it can never happen again. We have to untangle this ugly snarl and backtrack this trail of treason to its source, wherever it goes. Many factors worked together to put this dangerous man in the White House; we have to understand each and every one. Continue reading “Seeing things clearly: How did this happen?”

Seeing things clearly

As these nightmarish Trumpian weeks unfold around us, with their daily parade of insults, lies, and abuses piling up around America’s ankles, an ugly picture is emerging.

It’s not just Trump being Trump. The man himself has no ideology or aims. He’s merely the mirror to our own worst impulses, dutifully reflecting America’s basest instincts: greed, lust, a seething bottomless pit of ego devouring itself. Continue reading “Seeing things clearly”

Today is the day to subscribe to a newspaper. Or two.

Today’s banishment of several major news organizations from the White House press conference is yet another step on the ladder of authoritarianism. If you don’t subscribe to a good newspaper, now is the time to do it. Put your money where your mouth is.

In the nightmarish days after 45’s election, one of the first things I did (once I pulled myself together) was to subscribe to the New York Times and the Washington Post. I also subscribed to the Seattle Times. I’d let my subscription to the Times lapse sometime after GW took office, and over the years since then I was content to glean what I could from various websites online. But after the election, I was constantly exhausting my quota of free articles on these websites, so I coughed up the money and became a legit digital subscriber. I can tell you: it’s worth every penny.
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