8/29/2009: I have decided to install Ubuntu Linux 9.04 onto my old Dell Inspiron 5000e laptop. I am creating this blog entry as the ubuntu .iso file is downloading.
Ubuntu recommended InfraRecorder (a free CD/DVD burning application for windows) to write the .iso file onto a CD. I have downloaded it and will install after posting this blog entry. InfraRecorder directed me to Uberdownloads for the software download. This site has a lot of "free" applications available for download. The files are listed as "Free Open Source". They only up front cost is time, an internet connection and hard drive space. Although I have to say, as a natural skeptic, that "open source" and "free" are a bit scary to me. I'm going on faith that this install will not bring with it a horrible Trojan that compromises my entire network and all of my data. I guess that worries are also "free".
It is interesting that, according to this timeline, major individual discoveries seem to have peaked in the 1940's and 1950's. There are many physicists in the world today and many new theories have been proposed. But where are the new discoveries?
"The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between." - Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
If we can hold to a lie - that abortion is ok - then we are capable of all manner of evil. It is as simple as that.
Any of you need a new truck or assault weapon?? I liked the fact that the car salesman kept his cool with the CNN anchor and he didn't come off looking like a snaggle-toothed, red neck, gun toting hillbilly- as the anchor's questioning implied.
See pages 284-288, SEC. 1151. REDUCING POTENTIALLY PREVENTABLE HOSPITAL READMISSIONS: (ii) EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN READMISSIONS.—For purposes of clause (i), with respect to a hospital, excess readmissions shall not include readmissions for an applicable condition for which there are fewer than a minimum number (as determined by the Secretary) of discharges for such applicable condition for the applicable period and such hospital. and, under “Definitions”: ‘‘(A) APPLICABLE CONDITION.—The term ‘applicable condition’ means, subject to subparagraph (B), a condition or procedure selected by the Secretary . . . and: ‘‘(E) READMISSION.—The term ‘readmission’ means, in the case of an individual who is discharged from an applicable hospital, the admission of the individual to the same or another applicable hospital within a time period specified by the Secretary from the date of such discharge. and: ‘‘(6) LIMITATIONS ON REVIEW.—There shall be no administrative or judicial review under section 1869, section 1878, or otherwise of— . . . ‘‘(C) the measures of readmissions . . .
EVALUATION OF THE PASSAGES:
1. This section amends the Social Security Act 2. The government has the power to determine what constitutes an “applicable [medical] condition.” 3. The government has the power to determine who is allowed readmission into a hospital. 4. This determination will be made by statistics: when enough people have been discharged for the same condition, an individual may be readmitted. 5. This is government rationing, pure, simple, and straight up. 6. There can be no judicial review of decisions made here. The Secretary is above the courts. 7. The plan also allows the government to prohibit hospitals from expanding without federal permission: page 317-318.
The SEIU (Service Employees International Union) is the union involved in the St. Louis town hall arrests. I went to their site to see what they are about. It didn't take long to understand.
This video (actually on their site and hosted on YouTube) is priceless. Towards the end, I was actually expecting to see them clip to SEIU=Jesus / TeaPartyProtestors=Satan. I really haven't seen anything like this before... At least not posted on a representative organization's web site. SEIU members should be ashamed of their leaders for posting this kind of progaganda.
This is what they are saying on their web site: "5:08 PM Eastern - August 7, 2009 Stop the violence at health care town halls By Dr. L. Toni Lewis, MD Things are turning ugly. Town halls, which typically serve as open, safe environments to ask questions of elected officials, have degenerated into violent shouting matches. Last night in St. Louis, Missouri, a reverend and staff member of SEIU was assaulted at a town hall. The incident, along with a town hall in Tampa, Florida, has been all over the radio and cable news shows. GOP operatives are rushing to paint it as SEIU "thug" violence. That couldn't be further from the truth.
Cable news channels are broadcasting images of neighbors turning against one another in chaotic, sometimes frightening town hall meetings. Incited by extremist radio and TV hosts, "teabagger" protesters are yelling and chanting talking points that span from radicalism to racism. Enough is enough.
It is extremely discouraging to see people treating one another like this. And it's a reminder of how GOP scare-tactics ("the government will kill the elderly,!" "the government will choose your doctors!" or "the government will ration care!") use fear to overpower the truth."
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