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Posted by Alameda in Political Videos
Thu Nov 17th 2011, 08:49 PM

 
What is power is the ability to manipulate power. That can be done via trade in services or goods. Money is just a symbol for things traded.
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Posted by Alameda in General Discussion
Mon Sep 19th 2011, 07:33 PM
it only really covers "big box" medicine. IOW, if I want homeopathic, herbal, acupuncuture, I have to pay myself. I'm not really happy with that. I pay almost $100 for Medicare, but still spend $100 for Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes acupuncture, diet, exercise and herbs. I have had better results with TCM than Big Box, but it comes out of my pocket.
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Posted by Alameda in General Discussion
Wed Aug 31st 2011, 07:40 PM
my grandfather worked on the Golden Gate. He worked on many such projects, which allowed them to buy a homes and have a middle class lives. That is not possible now. You don't want to hear my father's opinion about it.
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Posted by Alameda in General Discussion
Wed Aug 31st 2011, 06:40 PM
.....and it's not just artists, anything that CAN be outsourced is being outsourced....so it seems.

edited to put quotes around "what"
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Posted by Alameda in General Discussion
Wed Aug 31st 2011, 02:13 PM
Who decided to get the parts for the new San Francisco Bay Bridge made in China? I was having a talk with a Republican yesterday and he told me it saves money. How can it save money when we have millions of unemployed people to outsource jobs? What other government projects/jobs have been outsourced? I can't keep up with it. BTW having the MLK statue made in China by a Chinese sculptor with Chinese materials seems like treason to me. Don't we have US sculptors? I know we do, so what is it?
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Posted by Alameda in General Discussion
Tue Jul 12th 2011, 03:11 PM
after August the third? WTF....I depend on my check. Worked over 50 years to get it, all the time paying in to it. Am I upset.....YES!!!
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Posted by Alameda in General Discussion
Tue Jun 21st 2011, 04:57 PM
I know this appears to have been discussed before, but I missed it as it didn't make it to the greatest or latest page. There is so much here I can't read everything....sigh....Anyway, I just got a notification that I will sometime in the near future get a EDD Debit Card from Bank of America!!!!???????????????

How the Hell did they get that contract? I'm really upset about that. I hate BOA seeing as they closed my account and took all the money some time ago. I had not used the account for years, I moved to NYC and was not around to go to the bank...no problem...they did it for me. I do not trust them. It wasn't a LOT of money, but hey a lot of those small accounts add up. Now with the fees and all they will charge, and from what I've heard some didn't get the cards and they charge for a "new" one.

I'm really livid about this.

http://www.edd.ca.gov/About_EDD/The_EDD_De...

They are doing this with, it gives they waaaay too much power IMHO....
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Posted by Alameda in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Jun 28th 2010, 12:45 PM
It is state sanctioned slave labor....and who are we, the US Workers competing against....(slave labor in China)Could people with nice desirable, marketable skill sets be rounded up and locked up? Wake up!
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Posted by Alameda in General Discussion: Presidency
Sat Jun 05th 2010, 09:23 PM
"... Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs. What is going on in Palestine today cannot be justified by any moral code of conduct. The mandates have no sanction but that of the last war. Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home.

The nobler course would be to insist on a just treatment of the Jews wherever they are born and bred. The Jews born in France are French in precisely the same sense that Christians born in France are French. If the Jews have no home but Palestine, will they relish the idea of being forced to leave the other parts of the world in which they are settled? Or do they want a double home where they can remain at will? This cry for the national home affords a colorable justification for the German expulsion of the Jews ..."

http://www.riazhaq.com/2009/01/gandhi-oppo...
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Posted by Alameda in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Nov 30th 2009, 03:49 PM
lately. More than I ever wanted to spend. They are truly horror chambers. They are understaffed and underfunded..........so what do you expect to happen? I wish everyone would visit a nursing home with the mental state that they are the one in the bed. I have noticed the ones who get the best treatment are the ones with the best visitors....the ones who are polite and compliment the nurses and other workers.

A friend of mine was murdered in a nursing home recently. He was an Gay WWII Vet. He was incredibly noble person who I will miss a great deal. I wish his last days had been more dignified and pleasant. My elegant friend was reduced to rags. He looked like a homeless man. If you gave him anything it put him at risk from theft. He ended up in the home because he had a stroke and there was nobody to look after him, even though he had a companion who cared for him. He was a fall risk, so could not be left alone. He was just starting to walk when another patient in the facility he was in knocked him to the floor. He hit his head, sustained a pelvis and femur fracture. He went into a comma and never awoke.

I visited him from time to time, but I must say it was one of the most difficult things I've done in my life. The smell, the sounds...........I heard a woman screaming and screaming and realized I had become so hardened to the sounds I was blocking them out. I decided to see what was going on and discovered a woman who was in a broken bed. She was screaming for help to fix the bed.

I could go on and on about this issue......I've seen way too much as of late. If you need to put a loved one in a home, please take care to check on them once a day, and try to do it at different times a day.........and most of all.....be nice to the workers in the home......they have a very difficult job.

If you don't have anyone you know in a nursing home, visit anyway so you are aware of the issue.........sooner or later you may just end up there yourself.
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Posted by Alameda in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Nov 04th 2009, 07:44 PM
"Dennis,

How about alternative care? Are we just giving a big bonus to big Pharma? I prefer Acupuncture, Homeopathy, chiropractic, Herbs. I don't want my medical treatment to be soley determined by an Allopathic practitioner.

I recently had Kaiser Permanente, but dropped them because all they could offer me were some type of steroid. No options, no dietary instructions, no alternative. Now I have to spend my own money to get the type of treatment I want and believe in."

Yeah....spelling errors and all.....



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Posted by Alameda in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Oct 21st 2009, 05:10 PM
Something that really bothers me about any so called Adult, Senior, or whatever living facility is the fact that they are another way to segregate people. We seem to be going back. I'm a senior and I much prefer living in an integrated community. I feel they are more healthy.
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Posted by Alameda in Latest Breaking News
Tue Oct 20th 2009, 05:19 PM
He replied to my email. Here is what he said:

Hi XXX -- Thanks for your note. Things have changed dramatically since Friday’s story about Bessie Mae Berger and her sons was published. It prompted responses by agencies from the city, the county and the state that are now looking for long-term solutions to their situation. For the short-term, a privately funded nonprofit organization has found temporary housing for the three in an assisted-living facility. No fund has been established to benefit them, although operators of a Venice center have set up a mailing address for those interested in directly contacting Bessie and her sons. It is: Larry Wilkerson, % Westside Center for Independent Living, 12901 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca. 90066. We will publish a follow-up story in The Times. Thanks again for reading the Los Angeles Times – Bob


Here was my response:

Thank you for the update Bob...

They should not need extra financial assistance. They get Social Security, or SSI. She has Medicare. Both her sons qualify for Medicaid. If you add up their finances, they get around $1012 per month, and they use her other son's $300 a month food stamp allowance. They all should be eligible for food stamps.

I know people who live in Government assisted housing pay only 1/3 their income for the housing. One friend of mine, who is 81 years old, only gets about $500 a month Social Security, and she does quite well on it. She (my friend) is in good health, and active both physically and mentally. All this is to say, the problem is not their income, the problem is with their knowing how to navigate and manage the system. Having connections helps.

Most the time people in these situations are so beat down and not capable to jump through the hoops they need to get help. It should not be so difficult to get help.

Thankfully for them, your story in the LA Times highlighted their situation...sort of like turning the lights on in the kitchen and catching the cockroaches. Of course they got help. How long will that help persist is the question, and how many others are out there like them?
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Posted by Alameda in Latest Breaking News
Tue Oct 20th 2009, 04:01 PM
Source: Los Angeles Times

A 97-year-old homeless woman living with her two sons in a battered 1973 Chevrolet Suburban in Venice has received a temporary home, compliments of a nonprofit Los Angeles housing group.

Bessie Mae Berger and sons Larry Wilkerson, 60, and Charlie Wilkerson, 62, had parked nightly on Venice Boulevard after losing their home in Palm Springs and failing to find a place to stay in Northern California.

But a Times story on Friday that detailed their plight prompted authorities from the city, L.A. County and the state to step up efforts to assist the trio and led a year-old group, the Integrated Recovery Network, to offer them immediate shelter.


By Bob Pool

October 20, 2009

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-be...
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