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Feels Good November 19, 2008

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Feels good to have a new president, I like Barack (despite the mean article about him I posted a while ago, I think back then I was leaning toward Hillary).

I hear that Italians aren’t doing as well in terms of getting their hope up, since the corruption and the steady state goverment of Berlusconi.

Chileans are looking into re-electing Ricardo Lagos, the supposedly socialist democrat who opened our fronteers to all kinds of commerce, some of which is ruining the micro-bussinesses and the environment. But we like people we know, that’s how Bush got elected.

We don’t know Obama that well, and I truly hope we gets to the endline unharmed.

 

Obama Sounds Like Bush July 24, 2008

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Obama went to Germany to talk to the German people (and the European Union) not as a presidential candidate but as a “fellow citizen of the world.” It’s remarkable, a black guy whose parents were goat shepherds in Kenya comes to Germany to talk about hope and freedom. But then this

“This threat is real and we cannot shrink from our responsibility to combat it”

and

“America can’t do this alone,” he declared. “The Afghan people need our troops and your troops; our support and your support to defeat the Taliban and al Qaeda, to develop their economy, and to help them rebuild their nation. We have too much at stake to turn back now.”

He’s asking these guys for their troops!

I got this from the NYTimes.

 

Debbie April 3, 2008

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Debbie Walmart

Walmart is the country’s largest non-governmental employer (>1.3 million employees). Last year they made over 11 billion dollars in profit. After suing Debbie for 400,000 dollars for medical care she received, they finally came to their senses.

Debbie Shank was a Walmart employee when she had the car accident. Her car crashed into a semi-track causing her brain damage so severe that she can’t feed herself and lost her short-term memory. For some time, she received medical attention from the insurance associated with her job at Walmart. Then, she successfully sued the trucking company, getting some 400,000 dollars to help pay her medical bills. But a clause in Walmart’s contract allowed Walmart to sue Debbie for the fees and expenses paid to her before she got the trust money from the trucking company. And Walmart won! The Shank family appealed but they lost. They took the case to the Supreme Court, but the court decided to not to hear the case. So the funds were frozen, and Debbie’s husband could not use it to pay the sky-rocketing nursing prices.

Jim Shank, Debbie’s husband had to divorce her so that she could receive more money from Medicare.

And then, as if this wasn’t enough, his 18 year old son died in Iraq. Sometimes she remembers. When she asks for him, they have to tell her the story all over again, and she cries again.

Finally Walmart released a statement dropping the suit, so the money for her care can be unfrozen.

Yet another Walmart horror story (though they finally changed their minds). And yet another health insurance horror story.

For more information on this story, listen to the first half of today’s Democracy Now!

 

Hillary and the Health Care Issue January 24, 2008

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Please Hill, we all saw Sicko.

Hillary knows very well that the health care system in the US cannot be solved by “talking to the insurance companies and the pharmaceutical companies so that we can an agreement that will make health insurance affordable to everybody.” She knows this because she was part of the board of directors of Walmart, and at the time I’m sure no one could have talked her into making less money!

On the other hand, she wants everyone to be insured by these companies, which of course works wonders for their shareholders. Note the difference between universal health care system and FREE universal health care system. In the former, you will have insurance coverage (as bad or maybe worse as the one you have now) but if you don’t, you will be forced to get one because the government will make it affordable, i.e. will make the insurance companies even richer by helping you pay them if you are too poor to pay it yourself. No, this is not what I want. If I have an accident, I don’t want to worry about the ambulance bill. I want a god damned socialist free health care system.

 

Terrible News: Benazir Bhutto Assassinated December 27, 2007

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Shocking, but not surprising.

Bhutto’s return to Pakistan after years in self-imposed Exile in London brought a renewed hope to the opposition. It was President Pervez Musharraf himself who allowed for her return under the weak agreement that power would be shared by both leaders.

But Musharraf declared the emergency rule instead, she was put under house arrest, and prevented from attending a previous rally.

Now, after the emergency rule has been lifted, she finally had the opportunity to lead her people in protest against the newborn dictator, but she was put down by a double sting of bullet and bomb.

What now, Mr. Musharraf? And Mr. Bush, are we still in support of the dictator? I suppose not!

Ms. Bhutto will always be remembered as the woman who changed Pakistani (and Muslim) politics and fought for the freedom of her people.

 

We Have a Little Problem, Sir: The World Hates Us December 18, 2007

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Six years ago, at the wake of 9/11, we came to the realization that what we’ve done to the world through our foreign policy is getting back at us — a global political warming of sorts.

During the McCarthy days we fought communist countries that were rather poor and the average revolutionary dude was a working folk. In some cases, the people in these countries did not even realize that their governments were overthrown by puppet dictators controlled by the CIA. So they didn’t fight back.

But we went along getting our nose into more and more countries’ business making far more dangerous enemies along the way, like Russia. The Russians have always scared the living daylights out of US governments, and for that reason we’ve supported Islamic Organizations working against Russia and hired people like Bin Laden to help out with our Intelligence operations. Professor Michel Chossudovsky puts it as follows in this article:

Prime suspect in the New York and Washington terrorists attacks, branded by the FBI as an “international terrorist” for his role in the African US embassy bombings, Saudi born Osama bin Laden was recruited during the Soviet-Afghan war “ironically under the auspices of the CIA, to fight Soviet invaders.”

And you know the rest of the story. Bin Laden bombs us, we bomb Afghanistan and Iraq along the lines of Bush’s War on Terror and we threaten Iran, under the presumption that 1) They may be enriching Uranium (though the latest CIA report claims they stopped their nuclear weapons programs on 2003) and 2) only US and out NATO allies are entitled to have nuclear weapons.

And there goes Russia again, playing the devil’s advocate. They just gave Iran nuclear fuel, clearly unconcerned about what Bush may think of them. For more on this, read this NY Times article. And what did Bush do? Was he outraged?

The Bush administration, for its part, took pains not to publicly criticize the Russian move, and said that the fuel delivery means Iran should suspend its nuclear enrichment program. “If the Iranians accept that uranium for a civilian nuclear power plant, then there’s no need for them to learn how to enrich,” President Bush told reporters on Monday.

Not quite outraged, but rather… pathetic.

The US is the only country that has ever used a nuclear weapon against another country. And we didn’t target the middle of the ocean, as to scary people off. They put the bomb right in the middle of a city populated by civilians. Doesn’t that make us the most dangerous country in the world?

 

NY Times — A Campaign Against China? December 8, 2007

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Throughout the last few months the New York Times has published a series of articles highlighting (usually disastrous) aspects of the uprising Chinese economy. The series is called Chocking on Growth, and it’s so far comprised of seven articles:

I. The Overview — As China Roars, Pollution Reaches Deathly Extremes

II. China’s Water Crisis — Beneath Booming Cities, China’s Future is Drying Up

III. The Activist — In China, a Lake’s Champion Imperils Himself

IV. Three Gorges Dam –Chinese Dam Projects Criticized for Human Costs

V. Energy Rules — Far From Beijing’s Reach, Officials Bend Energy Rules

VI. Wildlife Threatened — China’s Endangered Turtles, Emblems of a Crisis

VII. A Suffocating Cost — Trucks Power China’s Economy, at a Suffocating Cost

What arises my suspicion is the tone of the articles: they sounds like a campaign against China, the country that is the closest competitor of the Unites States in the market economy game. This defamatory campaign is, of course, very convenient to this administration or rather corporatocracy (as John Perkings calls it) and to the corporations they sustain. Take Boing. They already suffered a billionary loss when China bought their new planes from Airbus, which is French.

These articles sound to me like a reaction of a scared sector of the economy to the unforgiving growth of a superpower. And I’d also like to point out: WE HAVE SERIOUS PROBLEMS IN THE US TOO!