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A New Strategy for the 2016 Presidential Election

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Now that the quadrennial dog and pony show is behind us, I have been reflecting on the failure of every attempt to revive the voice of the citizens in post Citizens United America. The dismal turnout numbers that “More Money = More Free Speech” helps facilitate is purely understandable. I can no longer argue with people who refuse to participate in a rigged system. Yet the potential of this group of non-voters is undeniable. Non-voters have been the Holy Grail of progressives throughout our Republic’s history. The 13th, 14th, 15th, 19th & 26th Amendments were all purposed toward adding more voters and thus strengthening the Power of the People. Read below the fold...

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How the ‘For Profit’ Health Care System Ignores the Hippocratic Oath.

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[I'm leaving this sticky because I wish more people would write up their experiences like this! --lambert]

A majority of medical schools recite the Modern Hippocratic Oath either at entrance to, or graduation from medical school. Although this oath is in no way binding, those of us who use physician’s services trust them to adhere to the principals that they once professed to embrace.

I could analyze each part of the Oath, but I would like to focus on this paragraph:

“I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.”

This paragraph has no basis in the real world of the “For Profit” medical system in the U.S. Here is a quick story to illustrate. Read below the fold...

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Mental Health and the Gun Violence Debate

Putting patients on a target list will have the opposite effect of reducing mental health related gun violence. Read below the fold...

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Obama Admin. Goes “Ocean’s ’13″ on Senate Intelligence Committee

Did anyone else notice the beautiful play the Obama Admin. pulled on the Senate Intelligence Committee? It was one of the most beautiful political cons I can remember ever witnessing. Releasing the OLC determinations to the Committee just prior to the Brennan hearing completely neutered the Committee’s ability ask any substantive questions. Here’s how the con went down… Read below the fold...

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