Sunday, July 16, 2017

Actions Speak Louder

Fellow Humans,

Artillery and bombing attacks on the large and densely populated city of Mosul had to continue for half a year before all of the families locked in buildings by ISIS could be saved, dead or alive.

Pictures of Mosul from the air, before and after. It's not possible to get everywhere, since buildings are now street-blocking piles of rubble.

War and Cholera destroy the children and families Yemen, the most starved country in the world, so the US helps Saudi Arabia with billions of dollars worth of bombs and advanced weapons systems.

Another "Arkancide"...
According to Miami-Dade’s medical examiner records supervisor, the official cause of death is “gunshot to the head.“ Eberwein’s death has been registered as “suicide” by the government. But not long before his death, he acknowledged that his life was in danger because he was outspoken on the criminal activities of the Clinton Foundation. 
Eberwein was due to appear on Tuesday before the Haitian Senate Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission where he was widely expected to testify that the Clinton Foundation misappropriated Haiti earthquake donations from international donors.

Update on Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, which has really barely begun, anyway. All of this stuff is comparing future promises made last year, but not started yet, replacing them with different future promises, which cannot be agreed upon, and will also not be kept. Increases in Medicaid funding will become decreases in Medicaid funding. There is a lot of smoke and mirrors, pieces still in motion. Ted Cruz is a particularly shifty lizard to watch. He specializes in slow poison that doesn't kill the patients until his friends get their money out of it all. The bottom line is that this rearranges the deck chairs on the sinking Titanic, but it guarantees insurance company profits...

Senator Rand Paul won't vote for it. He figures it doesn't have the votes to pass, and is about the same crap with a different label. 
Now, I don't favor such a mandate. But if I were forced to choose between asking the taxpayer to fork over $200 billion to subsidize Big Insurance or mandating that insurance companies subsidize those with pre-existing conditions, I'd choose taking the money out of their profit, without question.

The Senate is delaying hearing on Republican health insurance remodel while John McCain gets over his most recent craniotomy. 
There was a 2 inch blood clot "above his left eye". "Craniotomy" means cutting open the skull. 
This blood clot was in, or in front of, McCain's left frontal lobe, a critical area for rational thought, but not near any of the speech centers. 
Senator McCain's minders will have to be more careful than usual when he gets back to speaking in public. 
Something made John McCain bleed in or just-in-front-of his brain. Wonder what. 
Could have been a bad faceplant. 
Anyway, he's got great insurance.

California Nurses won't shut up about this single-payer thing that Californians voted for. They just won't shut up. 
They say the legislature has to start working on it this session, and has until mid September. 
It's all Democrats running California. Why won't they get to work on the people's business?
After SB 562 passed the California Senate in early June, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon unilaterally blocked the bill from advancing before a single hearing could be held or a single amendment could be considered.

Where is the America of Sharing? A WW-2 Marine looks back and remembers. Thanks Jada.
"My family of seven lived in a three-decker house with no bathrooms and just one toilet on the first floor that served all three families. We survived because families helped each other. If anyone had a few extra potatoes or apples they were given to the family that had the least..."
"Back in my time as a Marine in World War II we fought for a country and we were guided by principle and concern for each other. As I grow old all the events of those few years spent as a combat Marine crowd my remembrance. I remember boys seeking their fill of life and adventure. I recall their courage and sacrifice. I keep a personal tally of the precious price they paid for their noble dreams of glory. Their sense of duty and willingness to die for beliefs carried the day of yesteryear. Yet, today I feel that we, as a nation, have chosen to disregard the actions of those courageous young boys. We have failed to recognize and honor the benefaction of their victory. The country I live in today is foreign; it is so oblivious of my disappointment."

Former President, Jimmy Carter (about same age as Marine above) gets heat exhaustion and dehydration helping build a house for a poor Canadian family.
A Habitat volunteer told CBC News he saw Carter, 92, collapse after he'd been working in the sun for about an hour, using a handsaw to cut wood for a staircase.
Jimmy Carter was on the Habitat build site for about an hour before he began to feel unwell on Thursday morning.

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