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If You Build Them They Will Come
By : Daveparts - Wednesday August 12, 2009
By David Glenn Cox The healthcare debate just keeps spinning out of control, death panels and let’s kill off granny movements bumbling, stumbling with overweight, jackboot wannbes. Watch them pretending outrage while keeping one eye on the director. I was watching the video of the St. Louis town hall scuffle and one man seems to always be on the edge of the camera shot. When he looks at the camera the camera moves forward almost like he was giving instructions. But when you hire (...)
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Video : Obama’s ex-Doctor Knocks Obamacare
By : William Hughes - Friday July 31, 2009
On Thursday, July 30, 2009, advocates for a Single Payer Healthcare system (Medicare Expanded for All) stormed Capitol HIll, in Washington, D.C. This date marks the 44th birthday of the Medicare program. Taxis circled Capitol Hill with “Single Payer” signs hanging from their windows; cup cakes and birthday cards were delivered by activists to each Congressional office; and rousing speech making took place at the Upper Senate Park, just south of the U.S. Capitol. One of the (...)
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Sick America
By : Solve et Coagula - Wednesday July 8, 2009
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by Eric Desrosiers In spite of all the ill spoken about it, the American health care system is even sicker than is generally believed, if only for economic reasons. The mother of all battles began a few weeks ago in Washington over the question of reform of the American health care system. This battle is not the first; in fact, the first proposals for in-depth change go back to the Truman administration years. As everyone knows, one of the important reasons for this desire for change (...)
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Video: Union Station Rally for Single Payer (A Slideshow)
By : William Hughes - Saturday June 27, 2009
http://www.healthcare-now.org and http://singlepayeraction.org and http://md.pnhp.org and http://www.prosperityagenda.us/ and http://freshaircleanpolitics.net and http://www.calnurses.org/ and http://www.pdamerica.org/
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Video: Dr. Margaret Flowers: “Stop this Abusive Health Care Situation!”
By : William Hughes - Sunday May 17, 2009
At a press conference in the House Rayburn Office Building, on May 13, 2009, Dr. Margaret Flowers shared her feelings about her role as a member of “The Baucus Eight,” and its importance to the cause of Single Payer. She said: “It is time to stop this abusive health care situation” in the country! Along with seven other activists, Dr. Flowers was arrested for challenging, on May 5, 2009, the current rigged system in the Senate Dirksen Office Building. On that date, (...)
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Video: Cancer Victim Rips Hypocrites in Congress over Single Payer Issue
By : William Hughes - Sunday May 17, 2009
Adrienne Campbell of Dearborn, MI, was diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 22. Her insurer denied coverage for a highly suspect legal reason. Ms. Campbell went $8,000 in debt to cover the cost of her treatment. At age 26, and uninsured, she developed ovarian cancer. Currently, at age 27, she’s over $10,000 in debt, but, mercifully, cancer free. At a rally on Capitol Hill, on May 13, 2009, in support of a Single Payer Healthcare system, Ms. Campbell said: “I’m angry that (...)
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Video: Rep. Kucinich: “Healthcare is a Civil Right!”
By : William Hughes - Thursday May 14, 2009
At a press conference, on Capitol Hill, on May 13, 2009, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) spoke out strongly for a single payer healthcare system. He said: “Healthcare is a Civil Right!” The event was organized by the California Nurses Assoc/NNOC. In 2008, Rep. Kucinich ran for president in the Democratic Primary. Of all the candidates, he was the strongest in opposing the immoral and illegal Iraq War. For background, see: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/ and (...)
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Video: Actor Mike Farrell at Capitol Hill Rally for Single Payer Healthcare
By : William Hughes - Thursday May 14, 2009
One of the speakers at a Capitol Hill rally, on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, advocating for a Single Payer Healthcare System was actor Mike Farrell. Mr. Farrell is a long time champion of progressive causes and a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). The spirited event was organized by the California Nurses Assoc/NNOC. The healthcare activists are supporting HR 676 and S 703, now pending before the U.S. Congress. For background and any updates, see: http://www.healthcare-now.org and (...)
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Video: Activists Champion Single Payer Cause
By : William Hughes - Thursday May 14, 2009
On Wednesday, May 13, 2009, a rally was held on Capitol Hill advocating for a Single Payer Healthcare System. I talked with activists Dr. Carol E. Ritter, Adrienne Breidenstine, James Crawford, Adam Schneider and Medea Benjamin about the issue. The spirited event was organized by the California Nurses Assoc/NNOC. The healthcare activists are supporting HR 676 and S 703, now pending before the U.S. Congress. For background and any updates, see: http://www.healthcare-now.org and (...)
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Voice: Arrests on Capitol Hill over Single Payer Health Care Issue
By : William Hughes - Tuesday May 5, 2009
On May 5, 2009, eight activists were arrested at a health care hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, in the Dirksen Office Building, Room 106. As soon as the Committee Chair, Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), opened the proceedings, the activists began in turns to stand and to make comments, like: “Why isn’t a single payer at the table?” They were immediately “escorted” out of the room by the Capitol Hill police and placed under arrest. The demonstrators’ press (...)
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Free Education and Free Healthcare are Fundamental Human Rights
By : Zeit-Fragen - Monday December 22, 2008
“Free Education and Free Healthcare are Fundamental Human Rights”- Interview with Juan Antonio Fernández Palacios, Cuban Ambassador in Geneva CC.Since the Cuban Revolution in 1959 the country has often been regarded as an appendix of the Soviet Union. After the collapse of the Soviet Union many people in the West expected an end of the cuban socialism. However, 18 years later, the Cuban system still exists, even more solid than before. After the 1959 revolution the US (...)
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Video: Rep. Cummings: Health Care is a Life and Death Issue!
By : William Hughes - Saturday November 1, 2008
Five Democratic members of the U.S. Congress from the state of Maryland declared their support for “Health Care for America Now!,” (HCAN), on Oct. 31, 2008, at a press conference held at the AFSME headquarters in South Baltimore. Three members of the U.S. Congress, Rep. Elijah Cummings (7th D), Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (2nd D), and Rep. John Sarbanes (3rd D), personally signed onto the statement of principles and also spoke at the event. Rep. Cummings said: (...)
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Video: “47 Million People Can’t Wait!”
By : William Hughes - Tuesday September 9, 2008
On Sept. 8, 2008, a symposium entitled, “The US Healthcare System in Crisis: Achieving Universal Coverage,” was held at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, MD. One of the speakers was attorney Joel Segal. He is the Senior Health Legislative Assistant to the Hon. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI). Rep. Conyers is chair of the House Judiciary Committee and a champion in the U.S. Congress of a universal health care system. See: Mr. Segal said: “The 47 (...)
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Report: 79 Million Have Trouble Paying Medical Bills
By : United States - Monday September 1, 2008
An estimated 79 million adults in the United States are now having problems paying medical bills or are paying off medical debt. This according to a new report by the Commonwealth Fund. Declining insurance coverage and rising healthcare costs are also contributing to the sick skimping on needed care. 45 percent of adults reported that the high costs of healthcare prevented them from getting needed care in 2007. Karen Davis, the president of the Commonwealth Fund said, "These findings (...)
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Video: Derek Cooper: The State of Maryland Says: “I Should Just Die!”
By : William Hughes - Tuesday June 24, 2008
On June 19, 2008, I interviewed Derek Cooper at a protest action in Baltimore City relating to the ongoing health care crisis in this country. Mr. Cooper is 34 years old and suffers from a “chronic disease.” He has no health insurance and his current medical debts exceed $36,000. Maryland’s Health Insurance officials have “refused” to help him. Mr. Cooper says that they figure: “I should just die!” The governor of Maryland is Martin O’Malley. (...)
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Video: Dr. Margaret Flowers Urges Single Payer Health Care System
By : William Hughes - Friday June 20, 2008
On June 19, 2008, a national protest was held in 19 cities across the country with regards to the health care crisis which impacts on millions of Americans’ lives. Activists in Baltimore City participated in the action. They mounted a picket at the corners of Lombard and Charles St. in the downtown area, where Care First: Blue Cross, Blue Shield has an office. One of the activists I interviewed was Dr. Margaret Flowers. She supports a “Single Payer Health Care System.” (...)
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Power lines link to cancer in new alert
By : Nicholas Cecil, - Saturday April 21, 2007
Power lines link to cancer in new alert By Nicholas Cecil, Evening Standard 20.04.07   Homes and schools could be banned from being built near power lines A secret report has raised fresh fears of a link between power lines and cancer. The confidential study, obtained by the Evening Standard, urges ministers to consider banning the building of homes and schools close to overhead high-voltage power cables because of possible health risks. It says a ban is the best way to reduce (...)
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Medicaid cuts could affect students
By : KEVIN FREKING - Sunday February 11, 2007
by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - Democrats have made it clear: They don’t support recommendations from President Bush that would shave an estimated $77 billion from government health programs for seniors and the poor. But Bush doesn’t need lawmakers’ support for some of the changes that he wants to make to Medicare and Medicaid. He could get about $23 billion in savings over the next five years by issuing new federal regulations. Students are among (...)
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Health care reaches tipping point
By : Ron Gettelfinger - Monday September 4, 2006
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Companies can no longer afford insurance; only government can by Ron Gettelfinger This Labor Day, you can find a solution to one of the most difficult problems facing American workers and employers by reading a single magazine article: "The Risk Pool," by Malcolm Gladwell, in the Aug. 28 issue of the New Yorker magazine. Examining the roots of our health care and pension dilemma, Gladwell reports that when General Motors and the United Auto Workers were negotiating in 1950, corporate (...)
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Has Canada Got the Cure?
By : Holly Dressel - Friday September 1, 2006
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by Holly Dressel Publicly funded health care has its problems, as any Canadian or Briton knows. But like democracy, it’s the best answer we’ve come up with so far. Should the United States implement a more inclusive, publicly funded health care system? That’s a big debate throughout the country. But even as it rages, most Americans are unaware that the United States is the only country in the developed world that doesn’t already have a fundamentally (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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