Archive for October 2009

THE TIGER HAS GONE DEEP AND IS RIGGED FOR SILENT RUNNING

October 31, 2009

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I’M STUMPED

October 28, 2009

I hate to not have an answer to a problem or a question and generally can come up with some kind of answer.  This time I have no answer as to why certain things in the Health Care doings of the country today defies logic.

I got a phone call today from my fishing partner (who when we worked together for the Bureau ) had a reputation of being the ones to call on health care carrier selection.  Mind you , this is in the day when us government employees had up to 300 choices of carriers and it was tough to choose.  Today PPO’s and HMO’s added together there are only 11.  I can hear you now screaming lucky bastards what are you crying about.

Here’s the problem.  The call from another ole time operator saying that he had been with Blue Cross for a lot of years and now his long time doctor will no longer take Blue Cross.  A couple of years back my carrier took one of our two hospitals off their PPO list because the hospital wouldn’t accept their low ball payments for care.  I called the hospital and the Chief negotiator herself told me what had happened.  GEHA made an initial low ball offer and the hospital replied with a counter and suggested a negotiation, the company just never replied and took them off the PPO list.

Recently when we were searching for a new GP we were turned down several times because the doctor did not take Medicare.  The other night I found out there are 17 states where nobody takes Medicare.  The reason for turn down is they say the compensation is too low.

So the question is:  IF THE GOVERNMENT RUN MEDICARE (LET’S NOT EVEN TALK ABOUT MEDICAID) SYSTEM PAYS SO LITTLE THAT DOCTORS NATION WIDE ARE STARTING TO TURN IT DOWN AND AT THE SAME TIME INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE CONTINUE TO LOWER PAYMENTS TO THE POINT DOCTORS WON’T TAKE THEM WHAT ARE WE THE PATIENTS TO DO?

I use myself as a perfect example.  I have Medicare A and B, GEHA a FEHB employer sponsored plan, and also I am covered by Tri Care for Life provided by my Navy retirement.  Big deal, not really, the way things are going since Medicare is always the Primary Provider that shoots down a lot of doctors,  so having all the other policies does me no good.   So if I with all my coverage still cannot not get service what in the hell do people who only have Medicare do?? or for that matter if you only have Blue Cross and know you cannot get taken on by any other company because of a pre-existing condition, you go on a desperate search to find  doc that will take your insurance, wanna bet how good they are?

The obvious answer to the problem is that Free Market economics does not work to provide proper service to us the only remaining answer is to get them out-of-the-way (out of business) and go to a system every other industrial country has.  Socialism , you bet your butt it is, but would I care what you call it if I can get care. You know the answer to that one.  Hell no I don’t care what you call just get out of the door.

HOT HER UP

October 28, 2009

You have read it here before that the most important aspect of survival during the fall from Peak Oil will be an electric grid that stays hot.  Especially for all us rural folks who pump well water from as far down as 400 feet. It takes at least a 10kw power plant to do that task and without oil or gas that becomes impossible.  Solar you say, with today’s best equipment if you can pump 1 gallon a minute you’re doing good.  So a hot grid is the most important tool we will have for survival.  Obama has taken the first step by passing legislation that has up to 14 billion in funds to upgrade the grid.  I am a little disturbed that some of the money is going to so-called smart meter installations that are supposed to do a lot for minimizing electrical use.  They haven’t said so but I’m sure that means you’ll pay more for cooking your steak at dinner time, or doing your laundry at 6 pm.  Of course they are going to charge more during peak use hours and that most places includes dinner time.  I’d rather see the bucks spent on beefing up transmission and running new lines to places with solar and wind fields and of course my favourite new nuclear plant sites.  (yes your going to have them unless you like the dark)

A grid with diminishing oil, natural gas has literally no where else to turn to for grid stability.  Yeah you can do some wind (if it’s blows) and you can do solar(gets a little hard in Alaska) and doesn’t provide the answer on how to do industrial loads.(and were going to need industrial power supplies ) when we restart our manufacturing base when it’s too expensive to ship in from the rest of the world.  Yeah , I know about waste disposal , solving that problem is a hell of a lot easier than eating rotten meat (no refrigeration) no warming heat (you east coaster are in deep shits) on that one. You know the rest.  Without a grid we are dead meat, this many people cannot not survive without electricity.  Period.

We are going to need transportation.  Some say electricity won’t do the job, I don’t agree with that at all.  We will have to change the way we do things, but that will happen anyway.  The electric car can be both a user and a provider of grid power by charging at night at home and pumping to the grid during peak hours.  Without a couple hundred new nuke plants this will not be possible.  Check out the other named sources before you jump my bones on nukes.  You will get destroyed trying to argue alternate energy sources, they won’t do the job by themselves.  They will be needed but as additions to not the major source for the new grid.

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NEVER AGAIN MY ASS!

October 27, 2009

So far this year the Israel’s have threatened 26.5 million people with nuclear annihilation.  First Iran with 25 million people and now Gaza with about 1.5 million people.  In the latter case they are armed with pea shooters so of course Israel jumps  to the end use weapon.  If there ever was a clue that some nations should not have nukes here’s the perfect example.  You can only ride the loss of 6 million of your religion so far and this in my opinion is way over the top.

In their haste to nuke their foes they full well know that they will start WWIII and they don’t care obviously. It’s like playing Russian roulette with six rounds in the gun, you only get to pull the trigger once and then your  ass is dead, and in this case maybe a lot of the rest of us with them.  It’s for damn sure Israel would not exist soon after unleashing the firey hell.

I don’t care how many nukes they have nor do I care how many subs they have at sea with at least two nukes aimed at the capitals of their enemies they will cease to exist after the holocaust .  This time a holocaust they will have started.  It’s time to rein in these crazy bastards , pull all the funds, , and throw the ace on the table , we will not come to their defense.  Make this bed and you lay in it alone.

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THE FEAR OF UNCERTAINITY

October 27, 2009

According to the Wall Street Journal the reason job growth is stalled for small business is the fear of uncertainty of their future costs of things like health care, tax cuts, climate change, regulations .  Basically all the things they have been screwing us out of for the past 30 years.

They reluctantly admit that the recession that started 22 months ago might have something to do with the lack of job growth.  I would suppose then it has nothing to do with the high rate of small business failures happening right now, it has nothing to do with the banks sitting on huge piles of money they aren’t lending , (the pile they are saving to cover their asses for the junk that is on their books) , it doesn’t have anything to do with retail sales being in the tank, or nothing to do with us consumers being tapped out, or with credit lines being dumped, or cards being at their limits, and absolutely nothing to do with a 22% jobless rate, the median wage being less than 50K and falling, it has nothing to do healthcare costs going thru the roof.

Wanna experience a little uncertainty , trying working for wages about now.  Your  concerns are focused on, will I have  job tomorrow, will they cancel my health care tomorrow, will they raise the health care premiums so I can’t afford care for my family, will I have a roof over my head tomorrow, will I have food to eat tomorrow, will the bastards steal my retirement tomorrow, will they ship my job overseas tomorrow, will the bank raise my interest rates tomorrow, will they cancel my credit card tomorrow, will my bank exist tomorrow?  You know all the crap that counts.

The Wall Street Journal has sunk to the level of every other source Murdock runs.  A propaganda machine for the right wing business interests of the world.  Have fun now Rupert, I think your day in the sun is about to end . POWER TO THE PEOPLE.

ONCE A LIAR, ALWAYS A LIAR

October 27, 2009

Colin Powell lied about Mei Lai during the Vietnam war and covered up a huge massacre done by our troops. The way things work in the military that lie is probably what kicked started him up stairs to 4 star rank.  As Secretary of State he lied before the UN about Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq and knew he lied.

Now somebody is actually paying this lying sack of you know what to speak before them.  Only the right wing would believe a word he said.  How soon we all forget.

PULL THE PLUG ON YOUR CLOTHES DRYER

October 27, 2009

Now here’s the answer to an environmental problem , an economic problem and a health problem with one simple act.  (beware all of you who are responsible for the family laundry are going to hate me).  Pull the plug on your dryer, put up a clothes line and hand them clothes out to dry.  They not only smell better, they last longer.  Now for the health problem, since your kids are short on vitamin D , have them hang the clothes up, they will get a good dose of sunshine, and a chore  to keep them from in front of the computer.  Now you can’t beat that!

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