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Cynthia Turnipseed
Pets and animals are my thing
Pets and animals are my thing

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Everyone can use a helping paw now and then

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Let's not FALL in love...
Let's FLY together, fearless...
And with parachutes, just in case.

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Surprise ending there!
By Scott Swain

I suspected this might happen. But initially thought, "Only a small chance." While I rise [not fall] in love fast, I'm not one to get attached. We threw out caution and opened up to each other... quite fast. Super practical, she didn't care to plan futures or make baggage of darkness in the past.

It helped that she responded so positively to my bottomless curiosity... and touch. That she shared a deep value for transparency. But with my knee-jerk reaction to dependency, I'm surprised it got this far. Imagine: Addressing my desires gives her a primal life-serving charge!

Almost never far from reach, if even out of sight, she feeds my need for connection, communication, and ever curious mind. Know this: To become indispensible wasn't a plan to secure her role in my life. The bond just organically grew as I touched her so many ways through the seasons, days, and nights.

And today I had this flash go off in my mind while out and about in the warming Winter sunshine. It happened when I noticed that my hand, had reached yet again to touch her elegant frame for the fifth time in a very short span. She consistently turns on easily, you see. Welcomes my touch with instant response, clear reception, and super bright L.E.D. Am I shackled or set free?

- zoom out -

Not just oracle and path to the net, she is the current best way to long distance connect. Our gateway to millions of other minds. We'll grow organic versions of her children, in time. Then compassion will energistically ride, that telepathic bridge sending bright sparks of love to ignite: trust, choice, generosity, and empathy!

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Today we are facing a health care crisis. Medical costs are too high, and health insurance is out of reach of the poor. The cause of this crisis is never made very clear, but the cure is obvious to nearly everybody: government must step in to solve the problem.

Eighty years ago, Americans were also told that their nation was facing a health care crisis. Then, however, the complaint was that medical costs were too low, and that health insurance was too accessible. But in that era, too, government stepped forward to solve the problem. And boy, did it solve it!

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, one of the primary sources of health care and health insurance for the working poor in Britain, Australia, and the United States was the fraternal society. Fraternal societies (called "friendly societies" in Britain and Australia) were voluntary mutual-aid associations. Their descendants survive among us today in the form of the Shriners, Elks, Masons, and similar organizations, but these no longer play the central role in American life they formerly did. As recently as 1920, over one-quarter of all adult Americans were members of fraternal societies. (The figure was still higher in Britain and Australia.) Fraternal societies were particularly popular among blacks and immigrants. (Indeed, Teddy Roosevelt's famous attack on "hyphenated Americans" was motivated in part by hostility to the immigrants' fraternal societies; he and other Progressives sought to "Americanize" immigrants by making them dependent for support on the democratic state, rather than on their own independent ethnic communities.)

The principle behind the fraternal societies was simple. A group of working-class people would form an association (or join a local branch, or "lodge," of an existing association) and pay monthly fees into the association's treasury; individual members would then be able to draw on the pooled resources in time of need. The fraternal societies thus operated as a form of self-help insurance company.

Turn-of-the-century America offered a dizzying array of fraternal societies to choose from. Some catered to a particular ethnic or religious group; others did not. Many offered entertainment and social life to their members, or engaged in community service. Some "fraternal" societies were run entirely by and for women. The kinds of services from which members could choose often varied as well, though the most commonly offered were life insurance, disability insurance, and "lodge practice."

"Lodge practice" refers to an arrangement, reminiscent of today's HMOs, whereby a particular society or lodge would contract with a doctor to provide medical care to its members. The doctor received a regular salary on a retainer basis, rather than charging per item; members would pay a yearly fee and then call on the doctor's services as needed. If medical services were found unsatisfactory, the doctor would be penalized, and the contract might not be renewed. Lodge members reportedly enjoyed the degree of customer control this system afforded them. And the tendency to overuse the physician's services was kept in check by the fraternal society's own "self-policing"; lodge members who wanted to avoid future increases in premiums were motivated to make sure that their fellow members were not abusing the system.

Most remarkable was the low cost at which these medical services were provided. At the turn of the century, the average cost of "lodge practice" to an individual member was between one and two dollars a year. A day's wage would pay for a year's worth of medical care. By contrast, the average cost of medical service on the regular market was between one and two dollars per visit. Yet licensed physicians, particularly those who did not come from "big name" medical schools, competed vigorously for lodge contracts, perhaps because of the security they offered; and this competition continued to keep costs low.

The response of the medical establishment, both in America and in Britain, was one of outrage; the institution of lodge practice was denounced in harsh language and apocalyptic tones. Such low fees, many doctors charged, were bankrupting the medical profession. Moreover, many saw it as a blow to the dignity of the profession that trained physicians should be eagerly bidding for the chance to serve as the hirelings of lower-class tradesmen. It was particularly detestable that such uneducated and socially inferior people should be permitted to set fees for the physicians' services, or to sit in judgment on professionals to determine whether their services had been satisfactory. The government, they demanded, must do something.

And so it did. In Britain, the state put an end to the "evil" of lodge practice by bringing health care under political control. Physicians' fees would now be determined by panels of trained professionals (i.e., the physicians themselves) rather than by ignorant patients. State-financed medical care edged out lodge practice; those who were being forced to pay taxes for "free" health care whether they wanted it or not had little incentive to pay extra for health care through the fraternal societies, rather than using the government care they had already paid for.

In America, it took longer for the nation's health care system to be socialized, so the medical establishment had to achieve its ends more indirectly; but the essential result was the same. Medical societies like the AMA imposed sanctions on doctors who dared to sign lodge practice contracts. This might have been less effective if such medical societies had not had access to government power; but in fact, thanks to governmental grants of privilege, they controlled the medical licensure procedure, thus ensuring that those in their disfavor would be denied the right to practice medicine.

Such licensure laws also offered the medical establishment a less overt way of combating lodge practice. It was during this period that the AMA made the requirements for medical licensure far more strict than they had previously been. Their reason, they claimed, was to raise the quality of medical care. But the result was that the number of physicians fell, competition dwindled, and medical fees rose; the vast pool of physicians bidding for lodge practice contracts had been abolished. As with any market good, artifical restrictions on supply created higher prices — a particular hardship for the working-class members of fraternal societies.

The final death blow to lodge practice was struck by the fraternal societies themselves. The National Fraternal Congress — attempting, like the AMA, to reap the benefits of cartelization — lobbied for laws decreeing a legal minimum on the rates fraternal societies could charge. Unfortunately for the lobbyists, the lobbying effort was successful; the unintended consequence was that the minimum rates laws made the services of fraternal societies no longer competitive. Thus the National Fraternal Congress' lobbying efforts, rather than creating a formidable mutual-aid cartel, simply destroyed the fraternal societies' market niche — and with it the opportunity for low-cost health care for the working poor.

Why do we have a crisis in health care costs today? Because government "solved" the last one.
#aca #obamacare #healthcare #individualmandate #deductibles #preexistingconditions #taxpenalty #universalhealthcare #singlepayer #socializedmedicine #centralizedcontrol #lifestylechoices

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Jeremy Scahill "First Obama Authorized Drone Strike In Yemen Killed 36 Women & Children!"

"November 04, 2013 MSNBC News"

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President Hillary Clinton on Letterman in the Year 2020
A satirical animated trip into the near future. President Hillary Clinton makes an appearance on the David Letterman Show. David asks the hard questions and Hillary has the answers. Included is her plan to make war on diversity.
Hillary Clinton on Letterman - 2020 #hayek #voluntaryism #anarchy #hillaryclinton #obama #davidletterman #president #america #usa #ndaa #patriotact #god #mars #godofwar #diversity #waronterror #warondiversity #middleeast #barackobama #unitedstates #bush #satire #drone #drones #dronestrikes #animation #animatedcommercial

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he's waiting for someone. but who?

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