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Maple-Flavoured Politics: Taxes = Healthcare

I’m on vacation in Copenhagen and I will also be spending some time in Stockholm before returning home, which explains the dearth of posts here. When attempting to cross a street in Copenhagen, I was stopped at the intersection by a long parade of bicycles that filled half the street fairly densely. With the aid … Continue Reading

Melissa Fong: Xenophobics out to get Chinese-language Acupuncturists AKA Idiots volunteering to be discriminatory, racist idiots

  Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that Canadians have the PRIVILEGE of using as an alternative medicine. But some idiots who VOLUNTEER to see an acupuncturist wants to enforce […]

ParliamANT Hill: Baby born into mom’s pAnt leg during roadside delivery

Inspired by these headlines: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/baby-born-into-mom-s-pant-leg-during-roadside-delivery-1.2465900   and  http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/chip-wilson-lululemon-founder-steps-down-1.2457958

LeDaro: Senator Ted Cruz gone crazy

He is one of those tea-baggers. He spoke for 23 hours in the U.S senate to block Obamacare. Amongst developed world U.S has about the worst healthcare system. The Obamacare gives some hope although it failed to legislate public healthcare. But this Crazy Cruz wants no changes. Even his own Republican colleagues are opposed to his craziness. What a jackass!!

LeDaro: American Healthcare and inequality

If you’re employed and especially if you’re rich then you can get all kinds of healthcare services. If an employed and rich person’s kidney, lungs or heart fail, a new organ will be available so that you can live on and maybe live a long life. However, if you’re unemployed and poor and you have similar health problems then RIP and may you enter heaven if there is one. It is a very troubling situation in America – the world’s most powerful nation according to Americans. Chris Hayes of MSNBC points out such an inequality quite well.

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The Sixth Estate: Why Bacteria Are Smarter Than Drug Companies, Part 2

This post is part 2 of a series on science, politics, and the future. You can also check out Part 1: “Science Denialism and the Future of Humanity.”

More or less on a weekly basis, every serious news outlet delivers a new report about antibiotic resistance. This week’s pertains to a hospital in Windsor. Within my lifetime, there is a fairly decent chance of reaching a point at which universal resistance is so common that antibiotics are basically passé, and at that point, large portions of the Western healthcare system will basically need to be shut down.

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Dead Wild Roses: Memo to US christian Colleges and Business – Stop Trying to Break the Law

The christian majority continues to whinge about being oppressed. Tough beans theocrats – the law, for once, has women’s back on this issue. So when you see the christian whinge starting as illustrated below, you also have the answer to their false claim of being persecuted.

Whinge: How does forcing employers to give out abortifacients and not giving them a choice mean these people are being Pro-Choice and giving them a choice? Also these people claim to want to keep the government out of people’s bedrooms despite forcing businesses to give out items like birth control pills

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The Sixth Estate: Mike Duffy’s Supposed New Reason for Residence Fraud: Healthcare Freeloading

Jane Taber of the Globe & Mail has acquired from an anonymous sourcea new explanation for why Senator Mike Duffy has an Ontario health card and doesn’t pay resident taxes in PEI, even though he claims that his primary residence is in Cavendish and he is compensated to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars by the taxpayer for having said residence while working as a senator in Ottawa:

Mr. Duffy, at the time of his appointment in 2009, was concerned that if he began paying taxes in PEI and using its health-insurance program, he would be forced to

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The Sixth Estate: Why I Want to “Reopen the Abortion Debate”: Sixth Estate Responds to Critics

Since I’ve received several complaints via email and ended up tussling in the comments section with none other than one of Canada’s foremost feminist bloggers, I thought it might be useful to respond in detail to the complaints from a number of people who’ve suggested that Friday’s rant saying it was “time to reopen the abortion debate” was at the very least counterproductive, and also insulting in that women’s rights are not negotiable and I wouldn’t say that about other human rights.

First of all, in case it needs to be said (and apparently it does), on this issue I

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The Sixth Estate: It’s Time to “Reopen” the Abortion Debate

The recent request by several Conservative MPs, tireless anti-abortion crusader Maurice Vellacott among them, that the RCMP open murder investigations against physicians who have performed late-term abortions because the mother’s life was at stake has resulted in a predictable body of responses from across Canada. First, the leader of the Conservative Party, Stephen Harper, announced that his party would not “reopen the abortion debate.” (It will, however, continue to produce a stream of private members’ bills and public declarations that abortion is murder.) And then feminists responded by condemning what they see as an effort to reopen

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The Sixth Estate: Homeopathy Versus “Real” Science in the National Post

The National Post has given considerable space to a vicious attack on homeopathy which, in turn, gave rise to the publication of a spiel by a defender of homeopathy. I have to say, I’m disappointed. But the latter advocate makes her case just about as well as it can be made. Karen Wehrstein even has a high-powered medical research journal to back up her side: the impressive-sounding “International Journal of High Dilution Research.”

This particular little tempest was provoked by the printing of an article by University of Alberta professor Timothy Caulfield which, at least in its online version, appeared to label practitioners of homeopathy as “witch doctors.” This is of course quite wrong. Homeopathy is not an indigenous traditional medicine suddenly exposed to the harsh racist light of Western medicine. Homeopathy is a theory for medical treatment which has solid roots in the history of science. Just like phlogiston. . . . → Read More: The Sixth Estate: Homeopathy Versus “Real” Science in the National Post

The Disaffected Lib: An American Makes the Case for Public Healthcare

Public healthcare works.   Ask any American senior citizen.   The Washington Post’s Harold Meyerson explains:

…a funny thing happens to Americans’ life expectancy when they age. The U.S. mortality rate is the highest of the 17 nations until Americans hit 50 and the second-highest until they hit 70. Then our mortality ranking precipitously shifts: By the time American seniors hit 80, they have some of the longest life expectancies in the world.

What gives? Have seniors discovered the Fountain of Youth? Do U.S. geriatricians outpace all our other physicians?

Part of the answer is Darwinian: Those Americans

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The Ranting Canadian: Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister, close personal…

Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister, close personal friend of murderous dictator Augusto Pinochet, and idol of capitalist extremists everywhere, was in hospital just before Christmas to have a growth removed from her bladder. Unfortunately her spokeswoman said she is doing “absolutely fine”, despite experiencing serious health problems in recent years.

Meanwhile, many of her fellow citizens — and citizens of other countries who have adopted her vicious agenda of slashing and privatizing healthcare — can’t access the treatments they need in an uncomplicated and timely manner.

Give it up, evil Baroness Thatcher. You’re almost 88 years old, you’re

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Dead Wild Roses: On Reducing Abortion Rate – Women Focus Reproductive Care

Brain Trauma inducing thought of the day: By trusting women and giving them control of their reproductive future, less unplanned pregnancies and less abortions will occur. [tick tick tick....head asplodes....]

I know, how crazy is that? Women…you know the ones that have children…are in the best position to decide whether the conditions are right to have a child. (whoops, that’s two brain frying statements in the same post – apologies).

Offering women affordable healthcare (really, it should be universal and free; come join the rest of the civilized world America) makes for a more egalitarian,

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Canadian Progressive: Harper Conservatives “Designated Countries of Origin” list equals more serious health risks for refugees

By Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care:

With the federal government announcing that it will be revealing its Designated Countries of Origin list to inform its handling of refugees on December 15th, Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care is warning provincial governments, medical professionals and health institutions to brace for more chaos and cases of individuals not being eligible for care.

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cmkl: Cast off

Mallory had her cast off at CHEO this morning. Her arm feels a bit tentative and as anyone who’s ever had a cast remembers, the skin on her arm was pretty gross. But she’s happy to be free of the thing. As am I. . . . → Read More: cmkl: Cast off

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: In Canada, more vulnerable refugees being denied access to health care

by Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care One month after Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care released a number of examples of patients being denied access to necessary health services due to the cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) and its resulting confusion, the group is releasing another round of troubling cases. Canadian Doctors for [...]

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canadians to Conservative MP Kelly Block: We Disagree With Racism

by Obert Madondo (@Obiemad) In Canada we hardly confront racism by political figures. As a consequence, Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s government and Conservative MPs are having a field day practicing racism and creating resentment towards minority groups dominated by persons of color. Earlier this year, Harper’s immigrant-bashing minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, introduced draconian cuts to [...]

DeSmogBlog: US Chamber Rejoices As Courts Rule For Polluters

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Earlier this week, an appellate court in Washington, D.C. ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had overstepped their authority with their Transport Rule that was put in place to reduce the amount of air pollution being spewed from coal burning plants. The rule would have put stringent limits on the amount of pollution that was being emitted and carried across state lines by weather.

The Courier-Journal has more:

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found in a 2-1 ruling that the EPA

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Eclectic Lip: How Libertarians brought America Big Religion and Bigger Lawsuits…

(originally written Nov 2010; uploaded Aug 21, 2012 as part of my Great Upload of Musings… for balance, I’ll soon post the follow-up which praises some portions of libertarian philosophy which are very dear to my progressive heart. Politics makes for strange bedfellows, and I’m not above shacking up with occasional allies. )

It looks like the Democrats are going to get clobbered in the [2010 midterm] US elections. Economic malaise tends to do this to governing parties, which is one reason currency devaluation is the policy-du-jour: if country A can make its currency cheaper, it

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Dead Wild Roses: Health Care in the US – Retaking Political Discourse – George Lakoff

Why does the progressive movement keep on suffering set backs when they are quantifably right on the issues. George Lakoff suggests it has much to do with framing and how human cognition works. A great lecture, well worth the 60 minutes of your time.

Filed under: Politics, Science Tagged: Cognitivie Science, George Lakoff, Healthcare, Obamacare, Politics, Science, Why Conservatives win

Canadian Progressive World: What We Missed: OWS Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011, with minor updates made on October 1, 2011. It is the first official, collective statement of the protesters in Zuccotti Park.

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its

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The Sixth Estate: Universal Healthcare Wins a Rare (And Possibly Short-Term) Victory in British Columbia

Canadian nationalists can allow themselves a brief moment of unabashed exhilaration at the news that the British Columbia government is, finally, after many long and patient years, going after private surgeon Brian Day’s Cambie Surgery operation in Vancouver, B.C., for illegal billing of patients. It’s about damned time. The victory is not complete. The Medical Services Commission apparently will not be attempting to secure refunds for all the patients who paid illegally (which they presumably won’t mind too much), nor it will be attempting to fine Cambie Surgery to recoup the funding lost. But at least, apparently,

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Progressive Proselytizing: Roberts’ Obamacare decision was not about legitimacy

With the US Supreme Court’s historic decision to let the Affordable Care Act stand has come much speculation on the motives and rationale behind Chief Justice Roberts’ decision to side with the four liberals on the court and uphold the law. Much of that speculation seems to be outright bad, and a simpler explanation seems to fit.

The first point that is agreed on by most (including myself) is that the court is deeply political. Most of the really big decisions in the last twenty years have been decided 5-4 or 6-3, and are divided along strict ideological lines. Citizens

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The Sixth Estate: Calgary Company Claims Homeopathy Works on Mosquitoes

This uncritical promotional article in the Calgary Herald seems oddly representative of the decline of Canadian civilization:

Mozi-Q is a natural mosquito repellent created by Calgary-based Xerion Dispensary. The product, made from a plant-derived substance called staphysagria, is taken orally and is advertised not only as a bug repellent, but as a product that will also lessen the stinging and itching associated with insect bites.

Xerion claims that Mozi-Q is a homeopathic mosquito repellent. You take the pill at least 30 minutes before going outside, and for the next 3-5 hours, it will magically reduce the number of mosquito bites

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