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It is television shows like this that make me feel like a complete failure.

I was watching "Army Wives" which I watch regardless of the fact that is is completely removed from any real life reality. This young child was rushed to the ER because of complications in his medical condition around supper time. His mother sits in the waiting room, wearing the most beautiful color gloss lipstick, make-up so perfect that it was magazine photo ready and her hair was perfect.

I thought of the odds of looking like that when I was younger when I had to suddenly leave the house because of some kind of emergency. I know for a fact that "Art does not imitate life."
Posted by pennylane100 | Wed Apr 3, 2013, 09:45 PM (9 replies)

This is an unbelievable responsse I got from a post in Huffingdon Post.

it is frightening to think there are people out there that think like thisl



“Sorry, the United States of America is not interested in making national heroes of women who go out of their way to do everything possible to put themselves in a situation where they're likely to get raped. She's lucky these boys didn't actually hurt her.

I think she ought to be shot before every teen girl in America thinks they get to become international heroes for drinking until they can't speak and getting naked with high school boys.”

I was almost impressed by the credentials of the new pope

until I read the following taken from The Guardian:

On the Argentinian government's support for a gay marriage bill:

"Let's not be naive: this isn't a simple political fight, it's an attempt to destroy God's plan."

Why do I get the feeling that they are trying really hard to put lipstick on that same old pig.

Is it possible to record a streaming Netflix movie.

We are going on a cruise and would like to take some Netflix movies with us. The last cruise we took gave a very limited choice of stations to watch. Most of them were selling us the cruise experience, which I found very annoying. I would like to record some of the shows I have in my instant queue as a back up.

Also, if anyone knows how to get free wifi, that would certainly be appreciated.

I do not understand what is happening to the Liberal Democrats.

They had a chance to be a relevant player on the political stage when they joined the coalition government. As I understand it, without their support the Tories would not be able to govern. They wasted a great opportunity to make a difference and have ended up alienating their own members

. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/mar/10/lib-dems-quit-over-secret-courts?CMP=twt_fd

They need to get rid of Clegg ASAP so they can gain some semblance of credibility before the next election or their future as a political party will be gone forever.

For those of you that watched Julie Pace of AP question the president this morning.

I loved the way he turned the question back to her. I decided to sent her a tweet about it and you are welcome to use it if you find it mildly interesting:

@jpaceDC Now its Julie's turn to cry, Julie's turn to cry, Julies turn to cry. You would cry to if it happened to you
Posted by pennylane100 | Fri Mar 1, 2013, 07:34 PM (2 replies)

I very much agree with you.

The Wikipedia definition of reform is

"Reform means the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc."

There are so many billions of dollars that could be saved by just cutting out the wasteful spending that just makes big pharma and other providers rich while adding no value to the service that is provided. My mother-in-law, who is quite financially comfortable receives a brand new pair of quite expensive looking shoes every year because she has diabetes.

She said that she did not recall requesting them, but they come every years. I am willing to concede that possibly she did request them and then forgot, but I would love to see the exact contract that this company has signed with medicare and how much they make from it. And I certainly do not begrudge anyone who these shoes if they are needed but they look like top of the line shoes and of what she is saying is true, they are being sent to millions of people each year who may or may not use them. What is wrong with reforming that system.

I also remember reading that the federal government does not negotiate with the drug companies that set the price of medicine. I believe that the medicare pays more for drugs than the price in many other countries. That kind of reform would not be bad.

I read of the billions of dollars that is being stolen from the system by providers who commit large scale fraud to recover costs that they did not incur. While we know it is impossible to catch all incidents of fraud, we should increase the fines and prison terms of those we do catch. We should make it so expensive and the jail terms so long that it would deter others from doing the same thing.

We should also make hospitals present bills in a way that can be verified. A man was recently hospitalized for a few days and received a bill of almost half a million dollars. That works out to roughly $500 per hour. That is insane. While that may have reflected the actual costs incurred, he had know way of knowing because he could not understand the hundreds of pages of documentation. Reforming that would certainly help all of us, on and off of medicare.l

I recently had surgery to remove some breast tissue that had the ability to turn cancerous in the future. It was a one day procedure done in a surgical unit run by the hospital but the patient is not checked it. It was a simple procedure and everyone was very professional and very nice. I was covered by private insurance as although I am retired, my husband still works. When I visited the site run my by insurance company, I noticed a bill for the services of someone I had never med and had no idea why he/she was involved. The fact that my insurance paid it made me believe that it was valid as insurance companies rarely pay bills they do not owe. However, I think that all costs and procedures should be spelled out before the surgery, as they certainly have enough time and energy to explain to the patient in every way possible how they cannot be help responsible for the several hundred things that could go wrong while you are in their care, so take a little more time and tell you how they are spending your/your insurance company/tax payer money. That would help catch any errors before they happen.

I know I have rambled on but I think that we sometimes jump to the wrong conclusions when reform and medicare are used in the same sentence and that is not always the case.

Posted by pennylane100 | Fri Mar 1, 2013, 04:51 PM (0 replies)

A new petition from Progressives United.

I just got this petition today, I am posting it here for anyone who would like to sign it.

http://links.e.progressivesunited.org/ctt?kn=5&ms=NTEyMTgwOQS2&r=MTY4MzI1NDk0ODgS1&b=0&j=MzA4NzI5NDc4S0&mt=1&rt=0

It would be a great idea if we could start funding our own projects.

We have a great group of progressives all in one place and we could start making some serious noise if we decided to vote on and carry out some group projects. We learn every day how we are getting screwed by corporate America and the tea party seems to get attention every time one of them farts. We should really start organizing and funding our own actions.

My pet project would be to fund a few billboards in areas where there are walmart stores and with a customer base of working or middle class voters. The billboards should highlight how much of the tax payers money is going to support the workers of these stores and how much it is adding to every dollar they spend there.

I do not have any firm numbers about how much we pay in tax breaks and worker subsidies but one estimate is around one billion dollars a year. This amount was extrapolated from a study that shown how much it cost Massachusetts. I wonder if these kinds of statistics would make people think about how much they are really spending when they shop there.

I am not very good at organizing but would love to join any group effort if there is enough interest.

I just heard a quote from one of the Koch Brothers.

The discussion was about their long term goal of changing the political debate to one that is favorable to them and one of them was quoted as saying that they were going to continue this course of action until they stop breathing. Hmm, I wonder how many other people thought of the same solution as I did.
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