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Gender: Female
Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: SW Alabama. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
Number of posts: 59,693

About Me

Long time political activist, working to tint my lil "Mayberry" more blue. Collector of strays of various species and minds.

Journal Archives

German politician called Berlin's Holocaust Memorial "a monument of shame." Then this happened..

Artists built a copy of it outside his home.

Germany’s most notorious far-right politician. Bjorn Höcke, questioned the guiding precept of modern Germany — the country’s culpability in World War II and the Holocaust — calling on Germans to make a “180 degree” turn in the way they viewed their history.

Germans were “the only people in the world to plant a monument of shame in the heart of their capital,” he said, referring to the Holocaust memorial in Berlin.

And then, one recent Wednesday morning, Mr. Höcke woke up in his rural home to find the Holocaust memorial outside his bedroom window: 24 rectangular concrete slabs, one section of the original monument, rebuilt to scale on the property immediately neighboring his.

The only difference: The slabs had been rotated 180 degrees.


Washington Bureaucrats Are Quietly Working to Undermine Trumps Agenda

Across the government, career staffers are finding ways to continue old policies, sometimes just by renaming a project.

“The bureaucracy is generally resistant, no matter what the hell you’re trying to do,” Leon Panetta, who guided presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama through transitions, said in an interview. But when a president sets out to be as disruptive as Trump has, Panetta added, getting career staff to implement those policies “is gonna take a hell of a lot longer.”

long read with many example. I found it heartening.

Dallas hospital has a plan which reduces unpaid ER visits

Excellent article, and what they are doing is what used to be done back in 70's before social programs were axed.

High utilizers are not a new problem at 872-bed Parkland Memorial, one of the 10 biggest hospitals in the United States........These days, its emergency room overflows with injuries and illnesses large and small: people with bullet wounds and heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia, and also chronically ill patients with nowhere else to go, for whom Parkland’s emergency room is a refuge from their disordered lives. And then there were patients whose medical emergencies could easily have been prevented with regular medical care, or housing or decent food.

About 85 percent of the patients at Parkland are uninsured or on Medicaid; the hospital spent $871 million on uncompensated care last year, which accounts for over half its budget and more than 2 percent of all the unpaid hospital care provided in the United States. The unpaid bills arise because only two-thirds of Dallas’s adult residents have health insurance of any kind, the lowest coverage rate of any big city in the country.
It also launched an innovative new initiative that would reset the hospital’s ledger by creating a safety net for the city’s most vulnerable citizens.

Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (or PCCI) was a joint effort with community partners such as homeless shelters and food pantries to build a network of what was hoped would eventually be hundreds of community-based social services around Dallas County, with Parkland Memorial at the center of it.
A sophisticated software platform would enable the hospital to easily refer homeless people discharged from its emergency room to shelters and pantries, and to let social workers at those places see what their clients were doing: whether they were filling their prescriptions, or getting healthy food, or had a place to sleep, or money for the bus. It would be so much cheaper to meet those needs outside the medical system than to pay for the consequences inside it. Two years into the program, evidence is mounting that PCCI is working.

These Senators get a real estate tax break from the bill

Trump Administration just shut down White House petition site

Since taking office, 17 petitions on the We The People website have met the threshold for a response from Trump. Including one demanding he release his tax returns.

We the people have our answer. It's fuck you


Amtrack derailment: "a system that slows a train going too fast was not installed".

BBC news footage.

Real curious to find out cause of crash, as I imagine the passengers are also.

Anyone have more current news??

Trump wants letter from Mueller, Mueller says no, now this one shows up.....

Seeing how it is official and all, guess we have to accept it.

Netflix provides the funniest reviews!

Someone who reviewed a tv series, said...

"Amazing cast, and they are there the whole time,"

A Christmas Carol: a heartwarming tale of how rich people must be supernaturally terrorized

into sharing.

(Good line..seen on Twitter)

"Trump is unfit to clean toilets in Obama's presidential library"......USA Today editorial!

USA Today is NOT a liberal newspaper. It does not strain the brain to read and understand it, and yet, has just come out and SLAMMED Trump for his Tweet about Gillibrand.

A president who'd all but call a senator a whore is unfit to clean toilets in Obama's presidential library or to shine George W. Bush's shoes:
With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office. Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low.

This isn’t about the policy differences we have with all presidents or our disappointment in some of their decisions. Obama and Bush both failed in many ways. They broke promises and told untruths, but the basic decency of each man was never in doubt.

Donald Trump, the man, on the other hand, is uniquely awful. His sickening behavior is corrosive to the enterprise of a shared governance based on common values and the consent of the governed.

stick a fork in him...he's so done.
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