Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Regressive Progressives"


photo by Wendy A.
Did you March Against Monsanto this past weekend? We did--and got caught in a rainstorm--but we made our voices heard nonetheless. Our planet can't take much more poisoning at the hands of agri-chemical conglomerates. Recent studies have shown Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller  in our municipal water supplies as well as our very rainwater. Yes, even something as natural as rainwater has been corrupted and poisoned by cancer-causing chemicals such as Roundup (glyphosate). Our honey bees are dying off as well, insects who help pollinate the vast majority of our crops, because of the use of neonics (bee-killing insecticides). And of course, climate change is in the news yet again as we hit another all-time high temperature month. We're running out of time--we need to speak out and show solidarity with the Earth. Yet some in elected office act like they're too busy with "more important" issues than the safety and quality of our food, air and water. Who are these unenlightened individuals? Read on and see.


"Regressive Progressives" 
If you don't what quantitative easing is (meme above) and how it's affected our world economy for the worse, watch the movie The Big Short. The "too big to fail" banks are back in business, bigger and badder than before. The next mortgage crisis could be right behind the corner many economists say, only we might call it the student loan crisis instead.

Since it's difficult for me to explain economic theory, watch this video.(Warning: Adult Language used occasionally.)


https://youtu.be/Sgb8-i9COHU

If you're wondering why I posted the top meme showing former President Obama and quantitative easing, consider this: Obama recently received $3.2 million for a one hour speech in Milan, Italy. This, of course, was a couple of weeks after he accepted $400,000 for speech given on Wall Street. Do these sound like the actions of "progressive" individual who understands what it's like to be a struggling, working American? Or does it sound like a retired corporate politician who's cashing in on his lobbyist friends' promises of more money to come?

Here's another video explaining what progressives are not:

https://youtu.be/XvxY46nzKFY

Jimmy Dore is a comedian with a razor sharp wit that can cut through the bull in the headlines and get to the bottom of things. You can't pull something over on someone like Jimmy and trick him into thinking you're something you're not. He sees through your mask, and he calls you out on your blatant lying.

What has Jimmy's razor sharp wit got to do with our topic of "regressive progressives"? If you haven't watch the above videos, do so now and you'll see. Jimmy and many others refuse to play games with corporate Democrats who think they've fooled the voters into thinking they're "progressive" when they're not. Uh-uh. If you're on the corporate payroll and rather whine about "Russia, Russia, Russia!" instead of focusing your energies on passing the Medicare for All bills and protecting Medicaid from being dismantled or sponsoring the New Glass-Steagall Act that would protect ordinary Americans' savings and home mortgages, then you're not a true progressive.

Simply put, if you want to keep the status-quo of only two factions in power and you're okay with the Citizen United ruling, stating "money is speech," and you can't wait for your next Big Pharma or Big Oil lobbyist paycheck, then you're not a progressive. To progress means to go forward--not to go backward to the 19th century. The International Monetary Fund has said neoliberal policies (policies sponsored by both the Democratic and Republican Parties) since the Reagan era have made our economy into one where today there is worse income inequality than in Victorian times. 

Let that sink in for a moment. The IMF sees the American worker and our economy as worse off than it was in good ol' Victorian times, when children worked in factories instead of going to public schools and African-Americans were kept as slaves on Southern plantations. Air darkened by coal smoke and rivers filled with human wastes and no universal health care were all familiar things in the 19th century. It wasn't just pretty hoop skirts and gentlemen in top hats. Sorry to say, but PBS Masterpiece dramas leave out a lot of the horrible stench, death, decay and epidemics rampant in the 1800s when life expectancy was very low.

In other words, the "good ol' days" weren't all that good--and they particularly weren't that good for the majority of the world's population. Why should we regress to those times when only the immensely wealthy had half a chance of living long enough to enjoy a leisurely retirement? Why aren't we--and our elected representatives--working for a better world where all human beings are guaranteed  health care, education, and adequate food and shelter? 

Could it be because everyone is being distracted by the "Oo-shiny!" tactics created by the neoliberals or "regressive progressives"? While our backs are turned, Billionaires Lay Siege to Our State Government. These billionaires get away with it because we're easily distracted by the manufactured news items put out by the mainstream media while ignoring the important stories happening around the world. Amazing how Americans still place their trust in the mainstream media, which is owned by  a handful of corporations and financed by the likes of the Koch Brothers. (You say you didn't know billionaires were telling you what to think and believe all this time via the mainstream media outlets? I have only one thing to say to you: "Ooo-shiny!")

Who has the most to gain by manipulating the public's attention by focusing on only on smokescreen issues instead of passing progressive legislation--could it be the failing DNC? They've certainly done all they can to quash any mention in the mainstream media of their mistakes, including the story of DNC staffer/potential Wikileaks DNC email leaker Seth Rich's murder. They've certainly done all they can to stop any mention about the ongoing class action lawsuit by Bernie Sanders supporters against the DNC, in which the DNC has openly admitted in court they aren't legally obligated to hold honest, non-rigged primaries.

Political factions that act more concerned about keeping their positions of power and cashing in those lucrative lobbyist checks than in taking care of ordinary Americans' needs are not "progressive" by any stretch of the imagination. They don't deserve our attention to their smokescreen tactics that hide their laziness and selfishness. They definitely don't merit our votes. Let your elected representatives know you're not a toddler distracted by the "Oo-shiny!" stunts to deflect attention away from their flaws. Let them know you expect to be heard and your needs attended to, or else they can progress to the nearest exit and head home after the next election.

We the People are progressing forward. The status-quo-loving fat cats will be left behind. For good.


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For those who wonder why we at Our Revolution Continues have not worked ourselves into a tizzy about "Russia, Russia, Russia!" the following pretty much explains our position on this "Oo-shiny!" smokescreen topic.

From Jill Stein and the Green Party--
Corporate media’s Neo-McCarthyism: Don’t believe the hysteria


NBC recently reported that I had been at an event in Russia along with Vladimir Putin in 2015. Notice that whenever you see this story in the corporate media, it consists of nothing more than a photo, because if they reported any of the facts behind the photo it would undermine the story they are trying to invent.

In reality, the NBC report didn’t say anything that wasn’t in my campaign’s press release about the Moscow event in December 2015. My trip to Russia, like my visit to the COP21 climate conference in Paris as part of the same trip, was about promoting diplomacy, peace, and international cooperation on pressing global issues. I criticized the militaristic policies of both the Russian and US governments, and proposed an alternative vision: working together on a “Peace Offensive” to de-escalate conflict in the Middle East and around the world.

I was one of a number of American advocates for a more peaceful and just foreign policy in Moscow, including Thom Hartmann, Rocky Anderson, Ray McGovern, Max Blumenthal, and Jesse Ventura.

The Moscow conference featured public figures, politicians and academics from across Europe and North America, as well as journalists and major media leadership from India, China, Russia, Europe and the US. It was an honor to be able to address the international community, and show them we Greens are fighting for a foreign policy based on international law. human rights and diplomacy, not on economic and military domination.

It is not only justifiable to attempt to communicate with other nations, it’s essential to do so if we are to have any hope of solving the gravest threats to human survival: endless war, climate meltdown and the threat of nuclear conflict. The Greens are the only political party with a plan to address all these issues. No wonder we are under attack by both Democrats and Republicans, and their surrogates in the corporate media, even outside the election cycle.

NBC and other corporate media outlets have tried to create the impression that I refuse to answer questions about my Russia trip. Actually, I have answered these questions so many times I’ve lost count, but when the corporate media realize that the answers don’t support their pre-conceived smear narrative, they refuse to print the facts. No, I did not speak with Vladimir Putin. Nor did I receive any payment from Russia. Why has one reporter after another, after hearing these facts, decided not to publish them? Why do they choose instead to encourage sensational conspiracy thinking based on a photo?

This transparent campaign of neo-McCarthyism perfectly demonstrates why Americans’ trust in mass media has plummeted to an all-time low.This is just the latest in a long line of smear campaigns from the corporate media. For a look at the many desperate attempts to discredit our grassroots movement, check out our “Haters Gonna Hate” page debunking the smears.

It’s time to withdraw our trust and support from these masters of

misinformation, and put our resources towards building independent, non-corporate people’s media to provide the truthful information we need to create the future we deserve.

Meanwhile, the fact that Democratic apologists are attacking us outside of an electoral campaign is a great sign. We have become a force to contend with and they are rightly worried. The American people are clamoring for a new way forward and together, we're creating a future whose time has come, that puts people, planet and peace over profit.

It’s in our hands!

Jill Stein

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Here are some progressive groups that are staying on task. Our planet can't wait for the media circus to die down. We need to work on climate change now. 

From Climate Hawks Vote:

While Donald Trump is firing FBI directors and slipping state secrets to Russia, global warming isn’t going away.

Here are some important stories you may not have heard this week, about the reality of the threat we face — and of our ability to take action.

    An arctic refuge for the world’s most important seeds, built to last forever, flooded after permafrost melted. Designed as a deep freezer for the world's most previous seeds, the buried vault was nearly breached by meltwater due to extraordinarily hot Arctic temperatures.

    Fueled by carbon pollution, severe storms and tornadoes in the Midwest killed three people and injured dozens more. On Tuesday alone there were 26 reported tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

    Early last Saturday afternoon, California’s grid hit a new record for renewable energy usage. Renewable sources produced a record-breaking 67.2% of electricity for California's largest power grid.

Fossil-fueled climate change remains the defining crisis of our time. Even when the real world doesn’t receive Trump-level coverage on television, we need to continue building our movement for action.

Resisting Trump isn’t just about stopping his day-to-day recklessness. It’s about getting our nation back to work on addressing reality.

If we work together we can keep fossil fuels in the ground, win 100% renewable energy for 100% of people, and bring climate deniers to justice.

That’s our end goal. Let’s keep growing this movement together.

Your fellow climate hawk,
Brad

California grid sets record, with 67% of power from renewables, SFGate


And from March for Science:
March for Science


At a confirmation hearing late last week, the nominee for Deputy Secretary of Interior, David Bernhardt, told a Senate panel that the President’s political positions could be prioritized over science when deciding agency policy.
In fact, the last time Bernhardt served in the Department of Interior, he was one of several officials accused of ignoring scientific data. 

This is part of a troubling trend of nominees to senior science-related positions that have either no background in science or have a record of ignoring or minimizing science in policy-making.
If you believe that putting politics ahead of science is wrong, please add your name to oppose nominees who don’t respect science.

Perhaps even more troubling is that dozens of key science and technology positions remain unfilled, including the heads of NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and more.

The names that have been floated to fill some of these key roles are either scientists whose views are entirely outside of the consensus on key issues like climate change or have no scientific background at all, as is the case with the likely nominee for Chief Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

It is vitally important to fill these critical science positions at Federal agencies and to voice opposition to the appointment of nominees who ignore science in policy-making.

Speak up right now -- add your name and oppose ignoring science in the Federal government.

-The March for Science Team

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaires"


"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires..." --John Steinbeck

This is one of my favorite quotes because it explains what's wrong in our world. It says We the People, a.k.a. the American workers or the proletariat, don't help ourselves out of our bad straits because we've fallen for the lie of the system--a system that tells us the two major political parties are our only choices. Somehow, they are "different" from each other and one or the other of them will help us. If you suffer from unemployment or underemployment and have few health care benefits (if you're lucky enough to have any through a job or parent), why do you continue to respect and support these two factions and the system which upholds them and does nothing for you? Expecting a different result from the same system which screws workers over time and time again is a good definition of insanity, don' t you think?
That's our theme this week, one I've been pondering for some time. Some of my fellow bloggers wrote along similar lines recently, so I recommend you check out their great pieces on the subject (links below). You will learn a lot from their insights. (I did.) Read and share the information with others who continually beat themselves up because they play by the system's "rules" and yet they always seem to be penalized in the "game" and can't figure out what went wrong. Well, nothing went wrong--it's how the system works.  To quote the late great George Carlin: "It's a big club--and you ain't in it." But we can change it through political revolution and staying awake and aware of how the system manipulates us.

From John Laurits's blog -- Children of the Great Recession: Will Millennials Ignite the Class War America Needs? https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/children-great-recession-millennials-class-struggle/

The Price of Hellfire Missiles: Everything Americans Could Buy at the Cost of Drone Strikes & “Freedom”  https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/hellfire-missiles-drones-defense-spending-price/


From Dirk Droll's Beanstock's World-- We Better Don’t Overlook the Fundamental Enemy of Democracy and Justice https://beanstocksworld.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/we-better-dont-overlook-the-fundamental-enemy-of-democracy-and-justice/

Another good article: Trying to Explain the Disdain for Poor Americans https://www.nationofchange.org/2017/05/15/trying-explain-disdain-poor-americans/

Requiem for the American Dream by Noam Chomsky
http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/43587-requiem-for-the-american-dream


And now in the spirit of "equal time" (because, after all, alternative journalists believe in giving both sides of the story and not just snippets of propaganda for the ruling elite), here's something for the "hard working" one-percenters out there having trouble getting us "lazy" ninety-nine percenters to do as we're told.

How to Build a Better Slave, er, Worker


By following this simple three step process, you'll be well on your way to making record profits in no time and purchasing your twentieth yacht and fiftieth mansion or private island resort you've had your eye on. Happy endless profiteering!


First Step -- Education

Educate your slaves as little as possible. Make higher education expensive and milk them with high rates of interest on their student loans--preferably by appointing a billionaire housewife to head the Department of Education whose family has a stake in the student loan business. Encourage slaves to only learn skills you feel appropriate or necessary to increase profits and nothing more by short changing public schools of federal funding, especially in poorer areas


Discourage the teaching of critical thinking skills or how to "think outside the box." This can be easily accomplished by ruthlessly slashing the funding for the arts, such as classes for painting, literature and music, and the sciences (except for teaching technical skills needed in your plants), since these liberal arts types of courses encourage the development of critical thinking skills. Ridicule and belittle creative thinkers, and encourage your other slaves to do as well. Squash all enthusiasm to better one's lot and help create a better world. (What "better world"? They won't be able to obtain water without paying the Nestle Corporation outrageous prices for a tiny bottle before long.)


Second Step -- Instill Apathy/Discourage Empathy

Instill apathy in your slave toward his/her own lot in life and discourage all empathy for fellow slaves. You want to create slaves who don't care about improving their own prospects and who couldn't care less about the suffering of others. These ideal workers can be treated poorly over and over again and will not speak out or protest the abuse. Added bonus: Over time, abuse hardens the slave's heart and makes him/her deaf to the cries of their fellow slaves. They simply won't revolt or rise up because they simply don't want to disturb their dystopic status quo. Their apathetic mindset tells them it's better to stick with the horrible world they're familiar with than to strive for an unfamiliar world, which may or may not be happier for them.

If slaves should start to express anger about the depressive "dog eat dog" atmosphere you've created to motivate them, don't let up. Don't allow them to think they're "special" or entitled to "unalienable rights" and can organize to overthrow their masters. Remind them constantly you can replace them with cheaper overseas workers or, better yet, robotic ones. Nothing assures cooperation more than a threatened shut-down of a factory or store or educational institution (a.k.a. "learning factory for making profits"). Always, your bottom line is paramount, so go ahead and move your interests offshore or install the robots as you've planned on doing all along--just don't let the slaves know your plans beforehand.


If slaves begin to act out their frustrations against the system, start rumors about how one sub-section of slaves are "stealing" jobs, food, benefits, etc., from the others. Try using long held prejudices  to divide slaves into antagonistic groups against people of color, women and gays--these tactics work great. Differing religious preferences work well, too, since you can use the "God excuse" to get them kill each other in His name, saving you the trouble of doing so. Allow the slaves' pent up hatred and frustrations to escalate into violence between slave groups, and you will have ample justification in sending in militarized police to quell dissent. It's a tactic called "divide and conquer," and slaves without critical thinking skills will walk right into the trap, providing centuries of controlling conflict to keep the ruling classes on top (where we all know they truly belong).


Third Step -- Bread and Circuses

This is perhaps the best method to keep slaves distracted and silent about their futile existence. Feed them just enough physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually but not an ounce more. On a starvation diet of literal and figurative junk food, the stamina and ability to think creatively and question the morality of the system starves, which is what you want. You certainly don't want slaves who think God loves them other than as exploited workers for their "righteous" masters, the one percent.

Throw in mindless entertainments emphasizing competition, non-cooperation and senseless violence, and you've got your slave class just where you want them--constantly bickering over "my team/sport is better than yours!" while you take away their freedoms of free speech and net neutrality. "Reality TV" showing buffoonery of other social classes make the slaves feel better about their lot, so never let on that it's all manufactured and scripted and is about as real as saying, "All men are created equal." (We know they're not.)

Video games will take away valuable thinking time and keep slaves physically and emotionally separated from their fellow slaves, crushing any budding union-building ideas or the gathering of forces to start a political revolution in their favor. Added bonus: Video games will increase hand/eye coordination in some and make them into better drone pilots and "boots on the ground" in the Military-Industrial Complex's endless war for oil and increasing profits.

Sure, you will lose some slaves in military conflict, but they're plenty more where they come from. You will have removed their right to choose and stop providing any access to affordable birth control by this point. Breed your slaves like cattle, and you'll have an endless supply of "meat" for your purposes, even if all you want to do with them is to hunt them down like the soon-to-be-extinct white rhinoceros. The Nazis made lampshades out of human hides, so why can't you?

I hope as a member of the one percent you take these steps to heart and practice implementing them while denying them with a smile on your face. This is especially useful is you plan to run for public office, but why put yourself through that charade? It's just as easy to buy a slave/puppet to do your bidding in government. Call up your lobbyist slaves and have them get to work on it for you. Threaten to cancel their favorite Reality TV show or move their favorite professional sports team to another city if they don't deliver the goods. (You were going to do those two things anyway, weren't you?)


George Carlin gives We the People the low down. (Warning: Adult Language)


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March for Science
From the March for Science:

We’ve spent the last couple of weeks crunching the numbers and using crowd science techniques to make an official estimate of the total number of participants in the March for Science around the world.

We’re excited to announce that the March for Science events around the world amassed an unprecedented total of more than 1,000,000 marchers -- making the March for Science the largest global science event in history.
The March for Science also included:

  • Approximately 10,000 volunteers and organizers
  • 740,000+ views of the March for Science livestream
  • More than 600 marches in…
    • All 7 continents
    • 66 countries
    • All 50 states
  • And 5 penguin marchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
You can check out the crowd science behind our estimates here.
It’s up to ALL OF US to keep this incredible momentum going. Learn how to continue your advocacy by checking out a couple of these resources from our March for Science partners:

Thank you to everyone who has supported the March for Science so far. Let’s #KeepMarching!
-- The March for Science Team

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Life: A Pre-Existing Condition



Life: A Pre-Existing Condition
If you have a pulse, you may be disqualified. If you're breathing and believe you have a chance of ever becoming ill or suffering an injury due to an accident at any point in your existence, you're definitely at risk. Welcome to the very scary world of Trumpcare 2.0 where cutting money from Medicaid supposedly saves lives.

Those who feel immune to the possibility of having their private health insurance canceled should think again. With the repeal of the current Affordable Care Act (A.C.A.), which prohibited insurance companies from cancelling policies for pre-existing conditions, you could now be denied health insurance coverage for:

AIDS/HIV, lupus, alcohol abuse/drug abuse with recent treatment, severe mental disorders such as bipolar disorder or an eating disorder, Alzheimer’s/dementia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other inflammatory joint disease, muscular dystrophy, cancer, severe obesity, cerebral palsy, organ transplant, congestive heart failure, paraplegia, coronary artery/heart disease, bypass surgery, paralysis, Crohn’s disease/ ulcerative colitis, Parkinson’s disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease /emphysema, pending surgery or hospitalization, diabetes mellitus, pneumocystic pneumonia, epilepsy, pregnancy or expectant parent, hemophilia, sleep apnea, hepatitis C, stroke, kidney disease, renal failure, transsexualism.  

Other conditions that could make it harder to purchase a health insurance plan include: Acne, allergies, anxiety, asthma, basal cell skin cancer (a type of skin cancer that doesn't tend to spread), depression, ear infections, fractures, high cholesterol, hypertension, incontinence, joint injuries, kidney stones, menstrual irregularities, migraine headaches, overweight, restless leg syndrome, tonsillitis, urinary tract infections, varicose veins, and vertigo. (http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/from-acne-to-pregnancy-heres-every-preexisting-condition-that-could-get-you-denied-insurance-under-trumps-new-healthcare-bill/)

It that's not enough, you can also be denied coverage in some states for injuries and illness caused by rape and domestic violence, since they're seen as pre-existing conditions. Moral of the story: Don't get raped and don't become involved with a partner who will beat you up and/or give you a sexually transmitted disease. After all, it's all your fault if you're denied health insurance coverage because you hang around with losers or are unexpectedly attacked, right?

I hope you can see why all Americans are going to hurt--and hurt badly--if the A.C.A. is repealed for good and the void called Trumpcare 2.0 is passed by the Senate. Sure, some will benefit from the demise of "Obamacare," the derogatory name give to the Affordable Care Act by its detractors, but who benefits the most from its death? Does your income fall in the top 10% of all Americans? You make over a million bucks a year? No? Then you won't benefit from its repeal. Too bad.

Trumpcare 2.0 penalizes the bottom 90% of American earners with the ending of a program which has insured over 40 million Americans--the Medicaid Expansion. Those currently with employer or private health insurance aren't safe, either. They will pay rising premium costs since there will be less insured people over all. Where did all the people go? Well, those with pre-existing conditions will be thrown out of the private insurance pool. A smaller pool of people who can qualify for private health insurance equals bigger premiums for the rest. It's how the free market works when you consider health care as a commodity like pork belly or corn futures.

And ladies remember--pregnancy is a pre-existing condition and insurers won't be required to cover any form of birth control or preventative screenings, such as for breast or cervical cancers. Why worry? Cancer is a pre-existing condition, so what you don't know can't hurt you, right? But be on the safe side, don't ever have sex and don't ever cause yourself to become sexually assaulted. Invest in one of those long flowing black outfits Saudi women wear so you don't entice males to lustful behaviors. (However, be extra-careful you aren't deported or harassed on the street because you don't dress "American.")

What can we do to reverse this tragic situation of Trumpcare 2.0? Contrary to popular belief, our elected representatives work for us and not the health insurance industry. It's up to us to apply pressure and to make them do as We the People tell them to do and not what the sound of unfolding greenbacks in a lobbyist's hand tells them to do. 

That was the advice given at a recent Ohio Single Payer Action Network (SPANOHIO.org) meeting. We were informed that we can't let up on the phone calls, emails, tweets, letters, post cards and visits to the offices of our federal as well as our state representatives, since we might have to pass single payer health care at a state level before a national plan comes about. 

Multiple surveys have shown Americans want a single payer health care system like they've seen/experienced in other countries. We are tired of the complexity, the high  costs and the unfair treatment we receive in the current for-profit health insurance system. The Medicare for All Act (H.R. 676) is gaining favor, and Senator Bernie Sanders will introduce a similar bill into the Senate any day. Our job now is to make our elected officials understand we support these bills and expect them to support them as well.

We the People don't have endless stacks of cash like Big Pharma and the Healthcare insurance industry lobbyists have, but we do have one thing they don't: A moral imperative. We must continually emphasize the truth that lives are at risk--ordinary Americans' lives--and we see health care as a human right, not a privilege. 

Fortunately there are many statistics to back up our position. We don't have to be "experts" on the issue--we just have to be able to say we expect our representatives to listen to the experts and to keep in mind human lives matter more than the mega-wealthy receiving tax breaks. Quote the following article to give them something to think about:

http://www.nationofchange.org/2017/05/07/many-people-will-die-rich-americans-trumpcare-tax-cut/


"Working from Medicaid data, Professors David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler estimated that this bill (Trumpcare 2.0) would result in the deaths of 43,956 people every year.

Dividing that ten-year tax cut by the ten-year estimated death toll, we estimate each death provides $787,151 in tax breaks for the wealthy. …The 400 highest earners will each receive an average annual tax cut of $7 million. That comes to nearly ten dead people every year for each of these ultra-rich individuals – just so they can become even richer.

Trump and the other Republicans who support this bill share something in common: their personal tastes may be expensive but, for them, the lives of most Americans are insignificant and cheap."
Here's another article to quote to your representative if he/she continues to ignore the will of the people:
"The American myth that all government enterprises are inefficient and monopolistic ignores the fact that most large corporations in the US are de facto monopolies and are not particularly efficient.
The one percent who profit from health insurance will also try to tell you that government health care takes forever to see you. America’s privatized system also can take a long time to see you. Anyway, nationalizing health insurance would not stop people from going to a private hospital and paying out of pocket if they wanted to.

Here are the countries with a single payer system:
Norway 1912 Single Payer
Japan 1938 Single Payer
United Kingdom 1948 Single Payer
Kuwait 1950 Single Payer
Sweden 1955 Single Payer
Bahrain 1957 Single Payer
Brunei 1958 Single Payer
Canada 1966 Single Payer
United Arab Emirates 1971 Single Payer
Finland 1972 Single Payer
Slovenia 1972 Single Payer
Luxembourg 1973 Insurance Mandate
Italy 1978 Single Payer
Portugal 1979 Single Payer
Cyprus 1980 Single Payer
Spain 1986 Single Payer
Iceland 1990 Single Payer
None of these countries is bankrupt. In fact, health care costs in these states are lower than in the United States and in many of them health statistics are superior to those of the US. Spain, Iceland, the UK, Portugal and Italy all have a life expectancy higher than the US.
The US is the only advanced economy where millions are left without health insurance and are one illness away from bankruptcy and one paycheck away from dying or seeing their children die."
 Other web sites with information you can use:

Physicians for a National Health Program: PNHP.org

FAQs on Single Payer Health Care: http://www.pnhp.org/facts/single-payer-faq 
 
National Nurses United: nationalnursesunited.org

Healthcare Now: www.healthcare-now.org


Simply mentioning these truths to your US Senator (and/or staff members) this week over the phone and/or in a Tweet and/or in person can make a difference--especially if you and several million others do it repeatedly without let up. We have to make a nuisance of ourselves and bug these politicians on a daily basis until we receive results. This advice comes from a professional health care advocate: We must annoy the hell out of our elected officials until we get the results we deserve--universal health care. She says she tweets daily to Paul Ryan @SpeakerRyan and asks him why not #medicareforall?

Being an ordinary American shouldn't be a crime or a reason for not having access to health care. As Bernie Sanders frequently states, "America is the richest nation on the face of the earth today." If we're so rich we can afford to drop thousands of bombs on other countries and give unnecessary tax cuts to the wealthiest of the wealthy, surely we can afford to provide health care for all our citizens? Surely we feel human life is more important than private health insurance company profits? Life itself shouldn't be "pre-existing condition."

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Physician and Single Payer Action Network (SPAN) activist, Dr. John Ross had this to say about Thursday's House vote:

    "The vote on the AHCA was one of the most cowardly, shameful, cruel, and ignorant votes by these 217 members of Congress that any of us have witnessed in our lifetimes.They did not have time to read the bill before they voted. They did not allow time for testimony or debate. They did not wait for the CBO to tell them what the economic impact would be  or the effect on human lives and well being.

    Now,  the bill goes to the Senate, and it is up to us to make sure that it does not go to the President’s desk in anything like its current form.

    What would happen if the Obamacare protections were to disappear without effective replacement?

    240,000 Ohioans, most of whom live below 200 percent of poverty, would  lose marketplace coverage and 660,000 would lose Medicaid coverage.

    We know that for every 1000 people who are uninsured one will die due lack of seeking timely care. This means that we would see 900 extra deaths in Ohio every year -more deaths every year in Ohio alone than will occur among our combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Being uninsured is a greater risk to us than terrorism or being a soldier in combat zones.

    Lifetime limits on health care bills that protect all of us would be lost when the number one cause of personal bankruptcy in the US is health care debt even with the Obamacare limits in place.

    Mental health and substance abuse coverage would be lost at the peak of an opioid epidemic.

    We need to hold every one of those who voted yes on this bill accountable. We need to confront them with their ignorance, cruelty, and dereliction of duty whenever they meet with us, their constituents.

    But first we need to flood the mailboxes of our Senators who are now standing between us and the catastrophe that is threatened by the action of the House of Representatives.

    We already know what the best health care solution is. It is called Medicare and it could be improved and expanded for all of us, even the 217 cruel, ignorant, shameful, cowardly members of the House who voted yesterday."


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Watch and share Baby Amelia's story: 
https://youtu.be/GHmB32b9geE
It's an example of what can happen when health care is "for profit" and not "for people." Have a box of tissues nearby if you cry easily.

Another good video to watch and share with others that explains the current crisis in the American system of health care: Fix It--Healthcare at the Tipping Pointhttp://www.fixithealthcare.com

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Are You a Twitter Expert? Would You Like to Start a Trend?

After learning how effective Twitter can be to reach our public officials this past week, I thought I'd try an experiment. I'd like to see if we can get the hashtag #TrumpCareKills trending on Twitter alongside #MedicareForAll.

Post a comment such as, "Millions of Americans will lose their health care. #TrumpCareKills #MedicareForAll" and then be sure to mention your elected officials and any other politicians you know who need a little reminder before the bill goes to the Senate. Ohio Senator Rob Portman (@senrobportman) is one such "moderate Republican" who many think will not vote to get rid of the A.C.A. if we can persuade him we're serious about it and we're in the majority.

So, start tweeting with the hashtags #TrumpCareKills and #MedicareForAll and tell us how it goes. The life you save may very well be your own.

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From the Rainforest Action Network:

We want to keep fighting for people and planet, but to do that we need a free and open internet. Rainforest Action Network frequently depends on our online community to help drive collective action that challenges corporate power to protect our forests, our climate, and our communities.

Tell the FCC to save the internet.
Tell the FCC: Don't Break The Internet!
Now, powerful corporations want to rig the internet to serve their interests. We won strong, enforceable Net Neutrality rules in 2015 that prevented corporations from demanding special treatment for branded websites, or from silencing critics by slowing down traffic to opposing websites.

Fight for the open internet rules now under threat from Trump’s FCC Chairman.

Donald Trump selected former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai as the new chairman of the FCC. Pai’s first priority at the FCC is to overturn Net Neutrality rules. If he is successful, Verizon, Comcast and other giant Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will be able to start interfering with our ability as Internet users to control where we go and what we do online. This is the same pattern we are seeing across the Trump administration —  from the EPA to the Department of Energy to the State Department — where corporate profits are being placed above people and planet at every opportunity.

Stop the FCC from destroying the open internet.

This isn’t your usual petition. We are partnering with a large and broad coalition of organizations, from Presente.org to the Progressive Congress Action Fund to submit actual public comments to the FCC. We need to show how broad the opposition is to extending corporate dominance of the Internet.

Can you join us? In order to continue our work to protect the planet and fight for human rights RAN, like many other organizations, needs an open and fair internet.

HerreraHeadshot_100px.jpgChristopher Herrera
Communications Director
Rainforest Action Network
http://www.ran.org/

 
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 From the Women's March:


SIGN THE PLEDGE OF LIBERATION

The final action in our 10 Actions / 100 Days Campaign, Pledge of Liberation, centers on our firm belief that none of us are free until all of us are free. 

Today, six months since Election Day, we call for a nationwide day of action to reaffirm our commitment to each other and our collective liberation in response to this administration's constant stream of dangerous and discriminatory Executive Orders, and to Congress’ repeated attacks on our health care, our identities, and our lives. We cannot pledge allegiance to an administration that oppresses and harms us. Instead, we pledge allegiance to the liberation of all people. We pledge allegiance to each other.


FOUR WAYS YOU CAN PARTICIPATE
  1. SIGN the Pledge of Liberation.
  2. ATTEND a demonstration. There are more than 60 actions planned in 20+ states. Find one near you.
  3. TWEET your #PledgeOfLiberation.
  4. WRITE MESSAGES IN CHALK on streets and sidewalks that you would like your community and elected officials to hear. Share photos of your messages on social media. Use these graphics as inspiration. Put them up in your windows or bring them to a demonstration you're attending! Together, we will send a clear message that we are united in our commitment to collective liberation.