The Forthcoming “Gray Tsunami” by Guadamour

by Guadamour
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August 30, 2011

In spite of Mark Twain’s assertion, “There are liars, Damn Liars and then there are Statisticians,” sometimes numbers can tell and paint a very bleak and vivid picture. Current life expectancy for the average 65-year-old is twenty years; In 2008, 35 million Americans  were  over age 65; By  2030 85 million Americans will be over age 65, and The Fastest growing segment of the population is those over 85.  In his monumental, extremely important and timely book,  Alone and Invisible No More (Chelsea Green Publishing 2011), Allan S. Teel, MD, a Maine Family Practice physician with a sub-specialization in geriatrics, uses facts like the above to underly the importance of the message he conveys:  The Baby Boom generation currently reaching retirement age is a “Gray Tsunami” threatening to bankrupt and swamp an already overburdened medical system unless changes are made.

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America In Decline By Noam Chomsky

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By Noam Chomsky
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August 06, 2011

“It is a common theme” that the United States, which “only a few years ago was hailed to stride the world as a colossus with unparalleled power and unmatched appeal is in decline, ominously facing the prospect of its final decay,” Giacomo Chiozza writes in the current Political Science Quarterly.

The theme is indeed widely believed. And with some reason, though a number of qualifications are in order. To start with, the decline has proceeded since the high point of U.S. power after World War II, and the remarkable triumphalism of the post-Gulf War ’90s was mostly self-delusion.

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A Response to David Brooks’ NT Times Column “Death and Budgets” by Michael Lyon

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by Michael Lyon
Guest Writer
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July 17, 2011

A Response to David Brooks’ NT Times Column “Death and Budgets

It’s clear now that business and government want healthcare “reform” to control costs, not provide everyone with comprehensive, affordable healthcare.

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Bernie Sanders: Shared Sacrifice (Full Speech)

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Tax the Rich.  End the War.  Live Love.

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 on Jun 27, 2011

As the debate over deficits ramped up in Washington on Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders laid out the compelling case not to slash programs for working families. Any deficit reduction package must rely on new revenue for at least half the reduction in red ink, he added in a major address in the Senate. Sanders spoke at length about what caused deficits (wars, Wall Street bailouts, tax breaks for the rich) and how to shrink them (more revenue from the wealthiest Americans to match spending cuts). He urged fellow senators not to yield to Republican congressional leaders who “acted like schoolyard bullies” when they walked out of budget negotiations. He summed up the situation in a letter to the president that had been signed by more than 16,000 people by the time he completed his speech.

Sign the letter:
http://sanders.senate.gov/petition/?uid=c1fd7f9b-abd8-4e7a-a370-1867881259d8

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Chris Hedges: We’ve Been Frightened By the State

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with Chris Hedges
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June 17, 2011

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Chris Hedges most insightful and timeless essays on our current political climate, the middle east, and the decline and decay of the American empire.

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God Bless America. And its Bombs. by William Blum

by William Blum
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3 June, 2011

Capitalism Kills

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God Bless America. And its Bombs.

When they bombed Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, El Salvador and Nicaragua I said nothing because I wasn’t a communist.

When they bombed China, Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba, and the Congo I said nothing because I didn’t know about it.

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In Order to Form a More Perfect Union by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
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May 4, 2011

March 26 London Protests
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Key # 1 – End the EmpireWe need to close our (approximately 800) military installations in over 100 different countries, and bring the equipment and personnel home. We need to stop occupying  Iraq & Afghanistan, cease our aerial bombings of Pakistan & Libya, and end covert operations in that whole region… ASAP. {As far as the killing of Osama Bin Laden, he could have been ‘taken out ‘in 2001 at Tora Bora. Continue reading

Ralph Nader Rips Obama for his Sit-Down with Corporate Barons

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On Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, Peace and Justice activist Ralph Nader ripped President Barack Obama for his “anti-union stroll” across Lafayette Park to meet this morning with the “corporate barons” in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. His comments came at sidewalk rally hosted by the National Nurses United/California Nurses Association and “other friends of Labor.” The demonstration was staged just north of Lafayette Park, in Washington, D.C.

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Ralph Nader and Ron Paul on The Federal Reserve, Military Spending, WikiLeaks and Health Care

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Kucinich Kicks off Health Care Debate with Renewed Call for Single-Payer

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by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
Washington, Jan 18, 2011

Speaking today on the House floor, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) opposed efforts to repeal health care reform and also renewed his call for a single-payer health care system.

See video [below]. The full text follows:

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Obama and the DLC by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Featured Writer
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crossposted on Buzzflash.com
December 1, 2010

On the day after the 2010 national elections, Evan Bayh, retiring Senator from Indiana, laid out very clearly the current political and policy program of the dominant power in the Democratic Party, the Democratic Leadership Council. The reasons for the Democratic losses around the country, so Bayh told us (paraphrasing in quotes), were that Obama was “too far left,” that he should have “pushed jobs,” not pushed health care reform so hard, and should have taken it easier on Wall Street and the banks. “Cut taxes, attack the budget, grab the center” was the central headline in the piece. Obama has to “move to the center,” needs to “reach across the aisle,” and “must learn to work with GOP in order to get things done.” Demonstrating all the while just how devoted he is to the future of the Democratic Party, non-candidate Bayh did not mention that he has a $10,000,000 campaign fund of which he apparently did not share a penny with any other politicians. Continue reading

Power and the Tiny Acts of Rebellion by Chris Hedges

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The Obama Health Plan Has Serious Threats to Medicare by Michael Lyon

by Michael Lyon
Guest Writer
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crossposted at SF Gray Panthers Blog
Sept. 29, 2010

Obama’s Health Plan is fatally flawed because it uses insurance companies to deliver healthcare, but the Health Plan also directly threatens Medicare.

People talk about “the healthcare crisis,” but actually there are two healthcare crises.

For us, the healthcare crisis is 51 million uninsured, stripping workers’ health plans, unaffordable health insurance that denies claims and charges high co-pays and deductibles, medical bankruptcies, a tattered safety net, dangerous mistakes in hospitals, and some of the worst health indicators in the industrialized word.

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Follow Da Money… Foolish Ones!! by Philip A. Farruggio

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– September 1, 2010
September 6, 2010

In 1981, when cold warrior Ronald Reagan was president, total military spending ( I refuse to call it ‘ Defense Spending ‘ ) was 158 billion dollars. Each year in office, Reagan coerced the Congress to continually increase it. By 1988, his last year as president, the total was 290 billion. If you recall, by 1988 the Cold War was officially over. The Berlin Wall came down, and Russia and most of the former Soviet Union became our trading partners. Remember? No more threat of Russkie Nukes flying down from the Arctic circle into our towns and cities. Peace! They even talked of a Peace Dividend when Bush 1 came into office. Well, that all changed in 1991 when Iraq went into Kuwait ( after getting the unofficial ‘ Who Cares ‘ by the Bush 1 crew ) . You know the rest. We had Desert Storm and lots and lots of our tax money being spent on War Industries , or as Eisenhower labeled them in his 1961 Farewell Address: The Military Industrial Complex.

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Progressives did have a choice in the 2008 primary election

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A little reminder for those with short attention spans.  ~ DS

Politicstv | August 07, 2007

Reel of Dennis Kucinich’s remarks during the Presidential Forum at the Yearly Kos 2007 Convention in Chicago, IL on August 4, 2007.

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