Tuesday, March 23, 2010

March 23 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished - Republican Obstructionism... From Civil Rights To Health Reform

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Cabale News ServiceMarch 23 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished - Republican Obstructionism... From Civil Rights In The Sixties To Heath Reform Today

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Due to time constraints there will be no text news synopsis this morning...

However, there are a couple of news items to note:

First, a notable quote from 'and yes, I take it personally:
"The election of Barack Obama was yet another triumph of propaganda over substance and a skillful manipulation and betrayal of the public by the mass media.

We mistook style and ethnicity – an advertising tactic pioneered by the United Colors of Benetton and Calvin Klein – for progressive politics and genuine change. We confused how we were made to feel with knowledge. But the goal, as with all brands, was to make passive consumers mistake a brand for an experience.

Obama, now a global celebrity, is a brand. He had almost no experience besides two years in the senate, lacked any moral core and was sold as all things to all people. The Obama campaign was named Advertising Age’s marketer of the year for 2008 and edged out runners-up Apple and Zappos.com.

Take it from the professionals. Brand Obama is a marketer’s dream."
In Full @ And Yes I Take It Personally

Follwing up on what passes for the (now-forgotten by the Western media) Iraqi federal elections:
Iraq's PM demands recount
March 22, 2010

AFP - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, locked in a tight battle with his main rival to form Iraq's next government, has called for a manual recount of votes cast in the country's March 7 polls.

The demand has been rejected by the country's election commission and slammed as a "clear threat" by the Iraqiya bloc that is neck-and-neck with the incumbent's State of Law Alliance in the race to be the biggest grouping in parliament.

Results from the election, the second since Saddam Hussein was ousted in 2003, come less than six months before the US is due to withdraw from Iraq... In Full

Backpackers, hide your stash! You ARE being watched...
Garden of SurveillanceUS Forest Service admits putting surveillance cameras on public lands
The Gates of Hell

How many hidden cameras are they using, and for what purposes? Is this surveillance in the forest an effective law enforcement tool? And what are our expectations of privacy when we camp on public land?

Officials with the Forest Service were hardly forthcoming with answers to these and other questions about their surveillance cameras. When contacted about the incident, Heitzman said "no comment," and referred other questions to Forest Service’s public affairs, who he said, "won’t know anything about it."

Heather Frebe, public affairs officer with the Forest Service in Atlanta, said the camera was part of a law enforcement investigation, but she declined to provide details.

Asked how cameras are used in general, how many are routinely deployed throughout the Forest and about the agency’s policies, Frebe also declined to discuss specifics. She said that surveillance cameras have been used for "numerous years" More

Just in case you actually believe the US federal government has done anything arguably worthwhile with the much vaunted passage of the Health Reform Bill.. A follow up from a few Alt-Sources.

Here's what has happened over the last 20 years despite throwing money at allopathic (Western) maternal medicine and the US health 'insurance' industry that serves, and will continue to serve, an almost exclusively middle-class 'cohort:
African-American women are nearly four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women. These rates and disparities have not improved in more than 20 years.
But that's not all! Health Care Reform is liable to make it worse!

Health Care Bill Throws Women Under the Bus on Reproductive Rights

Despite the many good elements in the health care bill, it deals a heavy blow to the pro-choice movement.

By Liliana Segura
March 22, 2010

Less than 24 hours after the House passed its historic health care reform bill, the mixed reaction from feminists and women's groups provides a taste of the bitter pill it forces them to swallow, even as political allies celebrate a momentous legislative victory.

Despite the many good elements in the health care bill, it deals a heavy blow to those who hoped that healthcare reform might pass without throwing women -- particularly poor women -- under the bus when it came to reproductive rights. In Full
Also See this study done for the CDC: "The Topography of Poverty in the United States: A Spatial Analysis Using County-Level Data From the Community Health Status Indicators Project", for more on the status of health care for the non-affluent in American society. It's could be called the public health effects of "Topocide". Keep hoping for change. They're depending on it. The more you hope, the less you do
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Rising Deaths in Childbirth
By William Fisher (The World According To Bill Fisher)

Despite the U.S. spending more on maternal health than any other country in the world, deaths in childbirth among American women are on the rise and already surpass the morbidity rates in most developed countries.

That’s the principal conclusion reached in a new study by Amnesty International and data from the Organization for Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO).

The Amnesty study, entitled “Deadly Delivery,” reports that deaths from pregnancy and childbirth in the United States have doubled in the past 20 years -- from 6.6 per 100,000 live births in 1987 to 13.3 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2006.

That would mean that, of the four million women who give birth each year, two to three women die each day in the U.S. from complications related to pregnancy.

While better reporting may account for some of the increase, the study speculates that it’s more likely that the figures may actually understate the problem because there are no federal requirements to report maternal deaths... In Full
Here's more information about the back door deals made with the pharmaceutical industrial complex and the insurance industry.
March 22, 2010

The Health Care Hindenburg Has Landed

By Chris Hedges

Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s decision to vote “yes” in Sunday’s House action on the health care bill, although he had sworn to oppose the legislation unless there was a public option, is a perfect example of why I would never be a politician. I respect Kucinich. As politicians go, he is about as good as they get, but he is still a politician. He has to run for office. He has to raise money. He has to placate the Democratic machine or risk retaliation and defeat. And so he signed on to a bill that will do nothing to ameliorate the suffering of many Americans, will force tens of millions of people to fork over a lot of money for a defective product and, in the end, will add to the ranks of our uninsured.

The claims made by the proponents of the bill are the usual deceptive corporate advertising. The bill will not expand coverage to 30 million uninsured, especially since government subsidies will not take effect until 2014. Families who cannot pay the high premiums, deductibles and co-payments, estimated to be between 15 and 18 percent of most family incomes, will have to default, increasing the number of uninsured. Insurance companies can unilaterally raise prices without ceilings or caps and monopolize local markets to shut out competitors. The $1.055 trillion spent over the next decade will add new layers of bureaucratic red tape to what is an unmanageable and ultimately unsustainable system.

The mendacity of the Democratic leadership in the face of this reality is staggering. Howard Dean, who is a doctor, said recently: “This is a vote about one thing: Are you for the insurance companies or are you for the American people?” Here is a man who once championed the public option and now has sold his soul. What is the point in supporting him or any of the other Democrats? How much more craven can they get? In Full
...and an article about what Americans WON'T get.. a choice of how they care to be treated when ill:
Health care reform bill dooms America to Pharma-dominated sickness and suffering

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

NaturalNews Editor

NaturalNews.com March 22 2010

(NaturalNews) Today the medical mafia struck another devastating blow to the health and freedom of all Americans. With the support of an inarguably corrupt Congress that has simply abandoned the real needs of the American people, the sick-care industry has locked in a high-profit scheme of disease and monopoly-priced pharmaceuticals in a nation that can ill afford either one.

And this Pharma-funded betrayal, it turns out, was led by the Democrats. Passed on a 219-212 vote that was only accomplished thanks to closed-door, last-minute secret meetings among the last holdouts, this new legislation puts America under the stranglehold of the medical mafia while doing absolutely nothing to address real health care reform. There is no mention in the bill, for example, of vitamin D for preventing cancer, or orthomolecular medicine for preventing degenerative disease. There's not even a word about protecting health freedom or ending the century of oppression that has been waged against naturopathic practitioners by the AMA, FDA and FTC.

The new legislation does, however, lock in billions of dollars in monopoly profits for the pharmaceutical companies - the same companies who spent millions of dollars pushing for its passage and who depend on the continuation of sickness and disease for their future profits.

There's only one problem with this health care reform bill: It doesn't reform health care. It has almost nothing to do with health care at all, in fact: It's really more of an effort to expand a broken sick-care system. When faced with the problem that our sick-care system doesn't work, Congress somehow decided that fixing the problem merely involved expanding the failures to include everyone! In Full

..and finally, in the "Disgruntled and doing something about it department... You've heard of TV-B-Gone... New... Improved.. Car-B-Gone!
Disgruntled hacker remotely disables 100 cars

In the college town of Austin, Texas, a disgruntled hacker apparently managed to override a remote vehicle-immobilization system called Webtech Plus, effectively shutting down dozens of cars and setting off alarms on dozens more. According to Wired News, the alleged hacker is Omar Ramos-Lopez, a 20-year-old Texas resident.

In February, Mr. Ramos-Lopez was laid off from his job at Texas Auto Center, a used car dealership. Within a week, the troubles began... In Full


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