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Other countries provide better health care for less

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009   9:58 am | Author: Kay | Health/Medical, Politics/Government | Add Comment
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The Christian Science Monitor site has a great review of why countries who provide universal health care are doing it for less then the US and providing better care.


The article is based on T.R. Reid’s new book: “The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care.”


He points out that “What I saw in all the other developed countries, is that they decided that a rich society has an obligation to see to it that anybody who’s sick can see a doctor. All of the rich countries have agreed on this except one. The United States has never made that basic moral commitment.”


Medicare and Medicaid cost about 8% of our national income, the same as European countries that offer universal health care, Reid says. The difference is that they offer it to all citizens while our coverage is only for the elderly and disabled. And their ..continue reading

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Cow energy

Friday, July 31st, 2009   2:44 pm | Author: Kay | Environment, Services/Products, Technology | Add Comment
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A friend emailed a copy of an article to me about a farmer, Shaun Saylor, in Pennsylvania who is converting cow manure from his 600 cows into electricity. He estimates that the savings are approximately $200,000 per year and he heats and provides hot water for his farm and for about a dozen neighbors. 


The equipment to convert the manure to energy cost approximately $1 million and will be paid for within 5 years. He received a $600,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.


We live in Vermont and the utlility here, CVPS, has also implemented a program called Cow Power similarly converting cow manure to energy. Which I thought was a great idea but they are charging 4 cents extra for each kilowatt hour used. I find this annoying. If the Country’s focus is to get off non-renewable energy sources and to become less dependent on foreign forms of energy wouldn’t ..continue reading

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Romanian mayor wears Nazi uniform

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009   1:35 pm | Author: Kay | Life | 4 Comments
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Romanian mayor, Radu Mazare and his 15 year old son took part in a fashion show over the weekend and “entered the stage marching the clearly identifiable Nazi ‘goose step” according to the Center for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism in Romania. Mazare wore a Nazi uniform.


Mazare claims that he did not see the swastikas on the uniform although he admitted that he bought it in a custom shop in Germany because he liked how it looked on Tom Cruise in the movie Valkyrie.


Various Jewish organizations have called for Mazare to apologize and resign. He is not expected to do so.


I have several Jewish friends whose parents lived in Europe before the war and some were in concentration camps and barely survived. Many of these families lost relatives in the camps. I had the opportunity to speak with the father of one of my friends many years ago and he described to ..continue reading

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The government rolls along at a snails pace

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009   5:06 am | Author: Kay | Food, Politics/Government | 1 Comment
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Food safety regulations should be a top priority for the U.S. government. Whether you are for more or less government I would think this is an area that most will agree requires standards and regulations.


During Reagan’s administration researchers found that contaminated eggs sickened thousands of people yet nothing has been done on a federal level to regulate the production of eggs in over 20 years.


In 1992 Pennsylvania developed a pilot program and discovered that contaminated chicken feed and infected breeder hens caused the majority of the problems. They were able to reduce the egg contamination rate from 39% to 7%. Over the years many other States copied Pennsylvania’s inspections and regulations. However nothing was done on a Federal level until the Obama administration released a rule yesterday to address this problem as well as problems with other food contamination in spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, chicken and beef. But most of the ..continue reading

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Don’t touch that food it is full of corn

Thursday, June 25th, 2009   3:51 pm | Author: Kay | Food, Politics/Government | Add Comment
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I had a doctor’s appointment yesterday and he told me to cut down foods with corn. I said I didn’t eat much corn and he said that I would be amazed to find out what food contain corn.


So I did some research and was shocked and extremely annoyed that stricter regulations are not in place to limit what food producers put in our food.


Although there are conflicting results from studies many experts agree the High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) leads to obesity. HFCS is widely used in soda and many other foods. In addition corn is found in most foods served at fast foods restaurants.


Analysis had shown that nearly every cow and chicken used in fast food is fed a corn diet. Cows do not normally subsist on a corn only diet. The corn diet enhances the possibility of e. coli in the intestines a common cause of food poisoning. 


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