Politics: July 2003 Archives

The folks at complacent.org have set up a web site for people organizing against the evil GOP's use of NYC and 9/11 for its own purposes: Counter Convention.

From August 30th through September 4th, the Republicans will be invading New York City to nominate George W. Bush as their candidate for President. Never has a convention been hosted so late in the year and this is the first time a Republican Convention has been in New York City. Why host a convention in September? Why New York? By exploiting our grief and trauma from September 11th, the right wing intends to further their regressive political agenda.

[via Ask Her]


The administration at Texas A&M (a university with 45,000 students) is proposing to close the School of Journalism because they can't afford it.

Now we wouldn't want anyone to learn to be a journalist at Texas A&M University would we? That might send the wrong message at the home of the George Bush Presidential Library -- lovely web page.

The image above is the editorial page of the student paper, The Battalion, protesting the decision.

I first saw the Greg Palast article a few weeks, ago, but after seeing Michael Tomasky refer to Cynthia McKinney as "a discredited anti-Semite", I just can't stay silent.

A strong black woman who dares question the Bush regime or any of its financial supporters can't survive our political system.

Before anyone starts posting "she is an anti-semite!" comments on my weblog, I will warn you that any post that says that without any links to a reputable news source for backup will be deleted.

Some selections from Palast's article:

I was reminded that I hadn't posted anything about this when I saw the article in the NY Times today. The Guardian, a great leftish British newspaper, is considering an American weekly magazine. I would buy several gift subscriptions right away? Not only is their political and world events coverage great, they are one of the smartest voices covering books and the rest of the arts. For an example, see this article on Strauss's opera Die Schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman):

The librettist was Jewish. The composer was head of the Reich Music Chamber. But Stefan Zweig and Richard Strauss still managed to beat the Nazis and get their comedy sea opera on stage.

New York Magazine had an article by Michael Wolff titled En Guardian! on this a couple of weeks ago.

One of the arguments people use to justify our "free market" medical system as opposed to some form of national health insurance is countries with such systems "ration" healthcare. Well, what are we doing with our corporate HMO system? Who elects them?

Via ABC News:

A new study done by the American Medical Association's Institute of Ethics finds that 31 percent of more than 700 doctors surveyed say they sometimes withhold medical information about treatment options from patients when they believe the patient cannot afford them.

Of these doctors, 35 percent were doing so more often than they had in the five years leading up to the 1998 survey. Doctors whose patients were largely poor and unlikely to get appropriate help from their health plans often fall short on disclosing information. The study is published in the latest issue of Health Affairs.


According to the study, doctors are often caught between their obligation to provide information and their fear of being asked to cheat insurance companies so that patients can receive care they are not eligible for — a practice called "gaming the system."

It is also suggested that doctors whose revenue is significantly tied to managed care companies tend to hold back information about non-covered treatments to some patients.

Many doctors contacted by ABCNEWS cited time constraints as the number one difficulty. Dr. John Messmer of Penn State Hershey Medical Center says doctors are now expected to explain complicated medical information to patients while having less and less time to do so. They are caught between their duties to their patients and their lack of resources.

"The ethical issue is that we no longer work for patients since we are no longer paid by them. Practitioners who want to be compensated must follow the insurance company's or government's rules, even if we disagree with them," says Messmer.

... while he's making a speech about slavery.

While "President" Bush was giving his speech about the evils of slavery on Goree Island in Senegal, most of the island's inhabitants were taken out of their homes and kept in a stadium until he left. All for security, of course.

"It's slavery all over again," fumed one father-of-four, who did not want to give his name. "It's humiliating. The island was deserted."

White House officials said the decision to remove the locals was taken by Senegalese authorities. But there was no doubt who the residents blamed.

"We never want to see him come here again," said N'diaye, hiking her loose gown onto her shoulders with a frown.

As the sun rose over Goree before Bush's arrival, the only people to be seen on the main beach were U.S. officials and secret service agents. Frogmen swam through the shallows and hoisted themselves up to peer into brightly painted pirogues.

Normally, the island teems with tourists, Senegal's ubiquitous traders, hawkers of cheap African art, photographers offering to take pictures and all the expected trappings of a tourist hot-spot in one of the world's poorest countries.

On Tuesday, shutters on the yellow and red colonial-style houses remained shut. The cafes were closed and the narrow pier deserted, apart from security agents manning a metal detector, near the sandy beach. A gunship patrolled offshore.

"We understand that you have to have security measures, since September 11, but to dump us in another place...? We had to leave at 6 a.m. I didn't have time to bathe, and the bread did not arrive," the father-of-four said.

"We were shut up like sheep," said 15-year-old Mamadou.

Many residents compared Bush's hour-long visit unfavorably to the island tour by former President Bill Clinton in 1998.

"When Clinton came, he shook hands, people danced," said former Mayor Urbain Alexandre Diagne.

It must be nice to be able to "think" like the people around him and never have any cognitive dissonance.

If anyone spotted this in an American newspaper, please let me know.

[via Body and Soul]

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