augustus 30, 2009
a few days ago I posted some words about the hassle being made about healthcare-reform, and the huge amounts of money spent in the US on ‘defense‘, which seems to be taken for granted.
I’ve done some more surfing the net on the topic, and came to the conclusion that there are some weirdo’s overthere.
First I want to explain this is not about US-bashing, for me and many people in the world the US is the cradle of lots of interesting cultural things, science, literature etc. And lots of nice people. Helas there are some morons with the biggest mouths, as shown in the ‘townhall meetings’.
Maybe ‘culture’ is not the right word, actually America has no culture of its own (besides the natives’) but being a melting pot ‘american culture’ is the zenith of all cultures.
The frightening thing is the huge spendings on military, and the huge consumption, something like 5% of the world population consuming 25% of the recources. Leading to a deficit that seems unsolvable, and the suspicion that this war-machine is there to maintain the obesitas-hummer-lifestyle by obtaining the goods at gunpoint. Irak is about oil, Afghanistan is about gaspipelines that otherwise will go through the Russian hemisphere. Like the Georgia-conflict, same story. Democracy and religion are just the excuses. Other conflicts like in Africa about all kinds of crudes may have no direct military interference, but CIA and all kinds of special services are swarming around (like China’s, Korea’s, Japanees, European etc), with ‘development agents’ etc.
Reading some of the reactions on the healthcare issue, I get the impression of an upcoming civil war not far away. The fanatism and the trigger-happy ‘militias’ reviving after their slumber during 8 years of republican government are some scary ingredients. The hysteria on the ‘townhall meetings’ showing some pre-human evolutionary stadium, be it that a great group of those primates don’t believe in evolution, want to deny science (or leave it classified in army labs), and at the same time pretend to have the highest moral standards.
Like ‘pro life’, the strange mixture of anti-intelectualism, fundamentalism, and ‘love for live’, which some of them brings to taking other people’s lives… Too stupid to acknowledge that their policy of ‘abstinention’ leads to far more abortions than some regulated system. Like regulating drugs instead of the war on drugs, like regulating whatever instead of their ‘freedom’ at the cost of a war on the rest of the world. Crazy enough to start a (civil) war. And I guess a good part of the army will choose the side of the primates, because they are drilled that way.
Saw this vid where the townhall (nearly)riots are attributed to some memo of the ‘right principles’ movement, which should be orchestrated by the insurance-companies.
Later, this was ‘debunked’, by saying the man had no ties to any lobby (he is insurance-agent by coincidence, but not for medical insurances), but not denying they spread the memo, just some parts of it ‘were highlighted out of context’ – is not that what they all do, especially when you encourage people to disturb debate by 5 ‘well prepared questions’, and yell them simultaniously to discourage the other side?
On ‘The Young Turks’ I saw an item with the same subject, so they are also part of this ‘liberal leftist conspiracy’, and from there I stumbled on this one, showing the primates in their natural habitat, obviously afraid of loosing their ‘white supremacy’, and showing their evil: someone with a bad conscience will subscribe their own deeds to the others…
Makes me wonder also, why is it that in the cirkles of people with those ‘moral standards’, christian, muslim, whatever, critisizing others for ‘loose morals’, that in those cirkles you’ll find the most rapes, incest, and all kinds of filth? I think I even don’t wonder, it’s the oppression and constantly pointing at other’s immoral behaviour that creates the perverted minds…
Here an article that shows there still are some non-morons overthere, like this one also.
Here a site which name says enough strange thing is some of the items I agree with, like the internet-control thing (though I doubt it is possible due to the decentralized structure of ‘our’ net) but most of it is about the blessings of the conservative thinking, their obviously not-hated Fox and the fox’s mouth Glenn Beck, and this one is also on the right side, but at least the comments are diverse and there are some interesting between them
Another possibility is the USA just splitting up, States declaring themselves independent. But allthough America has done a lot to split up countries like the all too independent Yugoslavia, I doubt if the federal government will tolerate such behaviour, and then there’ll be also some kind of civil war, be it of an other nature.
Let’s hope non of the possibilities will come that far. Or maybe when it happens the biggest part of the population is busy watching some playoffs or Idols, ignoring what’s happening outside, like most of them now seem to ignore what’s happening abroad…
augustus 25, 2009
|Purpose is to support disabled, and to support nursing personnel.
Here a short vid on it, and here an article.
|Purpose is evident I’d think.|
The last weeks I sometimes try to understand the heated debates about Obama’s intention to reform the US healthcare system(s), and I get quite astonished by some aspects of it.
Like the often heard objection resumed in the oneliner: it is socialism!, the s-word obviously standing for some ultimate doomsday-scenario. In Europe this ‘extreme left’ point of view was common practice till the privatizations became the standard. Nowadays here in Holland inurance for medical care is obligatory, and often it is the insurance company who decides which drugs or treatment are prescribed, and not the doctor. That’s something to worry about, I don’t know the role of the insurance companies in Obama’s view, but it has nothing to do with socialism, it’s plain capitalism.
I understood in America lots of money is spent on healthcare, but a large group (40 million +) is excluded. And that with all the different insurance companies and government agencies, 31% of all the money spent is spent on administration. So I guess there is room for some adjustments.
I can imagine the state-of-the-art-healthcare only in reach of a small group with private insurance or the money to pay it ‘out of pocket’ cannot be made accessible to everyone, or only at very high costs, especially with the babyboomers getting at the age to become dependant of all kinds of care, but I guess there are some basic things that could be covered.
There may be some younger people who complain about paying taxes for a generation that did not pay for it in their time (and came up with the idea ‘to their own benefit’), they will benefit also in their time.
‘Funny’ thing is, in Europe lots of people are afraid they will not profit of all the money they spent on healthcare, pension funds etc., simply because the money will be gone when it is their time, with the aging of the babyboomers and lots of bad investments done by the funds.
When I surfed the facts & figures I stumbled on the staggering amount of taxmoney spent in the US on ‘defense’, which most US citizens do seem to take for granted. Defense in brackets, because I don’t believe you defend yourself bullying the rest of the world. Like ‘spreading democracy’ , another eufemism. I remember the docu ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ about the Bush-backed coup in Venezuela, where the new attorney- general (I believe, anyhow one of the gang) spoke those classic words: “We hereby decree, that a democratic transitional government shall be established in the following manner: we hereby dissolve the National Assembly, we also dissolve the Supreme Court, we dismiss the Attorney General, the head of the Central Bank, the Ombudsman, and the National Electoral Board.” To decree democracy is a whole new definition of the word. The docu may be manipulated by the Chavez-side, those words were not spoken by some actor hired to ridicule the anti-Chavez.
Acting like that you don’t make yourself popular, so you’ll have to buy more weapons to bully more, to make more enemies, to get in need of more arms etc. etc. In the end only good for the military industrial complex, not for the taxpayer.
Lots of idle words in clumsy English, like often an illustration says more than 1000 words, so I thought the ‘exoskeleton’ is a good example. In Japan an exoskelet is developed for medical purposes, in the US for warfare.
Lots of military applications may have their civil spinnoff (after being tested on the battlefield), it may delay developments also, because in the US inventions can be refused patent when they might have some military purpose. Since lots of things may have military purposes nobody knows how many beautiful inventions (energy, transport, medical) are dusting in army-labs, waiting for an opportunity to be tested.
So come on Uncle Sam, roar another battle-drum, we cannot wait for all the beautiful results…