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"They Thought They Were Free"

Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, ‘regretted,’ that unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these ‘little measures’. . . must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. . . . Each act. . . is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join you in resisting somehow. —Milton Mayer, - “They Thought They Were Free.“ The Germans: 1938-1945. The Americans: 2000-present.

"Resistance Is Not Futile©"

Thursday, August 28, 2014

It Takes a Village of Idiots to Confine Children

It Takes a Village of Idiots

It never occurred to me that my childhood was a Dickensian horror of child labor, neglect, and endangerment, at least not until recently. Growing up in suburban Los Angeles in the 1970s, when crime exploded and societal unrest spread, my parents would often allow me to travel to the park on my own. I rode my bike to school, from at least the age of 10 or so, and probably younger than that. My folks would send me to the grocery store to pick up a few items occasionally, trusting that I would do it without a detour.

Read more: It Takes a Village of Idiots

Monday, August 4, 2014

How to Make Doctors Irrelevant

When Dr. Terry Wahls accepted her new job as Chief of Primary Care at the Iowa VA Medical Center, she never could have guessed that her Multiple Sclerosis (MS) would be so bad within a few years that she would be spending most of her time in a tilt-recline wheelchair. And as a conventional physician, she also never would’ve guessed that optimal nutrition—not medicines— would be the key to getting up from that chair and getting her life back.

Dr. Wahl’s experience, which she recounts in her new book, The Wahls’ Protocol is a story of grit and determination worthy of a major motion picture deal—one that also happens to instruct us on why our health care system is failing so many patients.

As we expand our current system, policy makers seem to have taken it as an article of faith that American health care—when you can get it—is the best in the world. That may be true for surgery or emergency care. But with a focus on managing—not curing—chronic disease, many thoughtful physicians know that chronically ill patients don’t get better—they get medicated.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

American Christians Should Be Proud

Hobby Lobby: The New Face Of America's Christianity?
When a very pregnant Felicia Allen applied for medical leave from her job at Hobby Lobby three years ago, one might think that the company best known for denying its employees insurance coverage of certain contraceptives—on the false grounds that they cause abortions—would show equal concern for helping one of  its employees when she learned she was pregnant.
Christianity according to Hobby Lobby?  Christianity is great as long as it does not effect my pocketbook!
American's are you really a Christian if you adhere to the belief that
CHRISTIAN: n. (1) One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor.
(2) One who follows the teachings of Christ in so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.
Be Proud Of Yourselves all you wannabe  American Christians who support Hobby Lobby?