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Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 06:14 AM PDT

It's official: poverty bad for health

by Ralphdog

Not that this will be any surprise to sentient beings, but a recent quick note from the CDC confirms that poverty is bad for your health.

Follow below the orange pasta if you dare.

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Freedom:

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KosAbility is a community diary series posted at 5 PM ET every Sunday by volunteer diarists. This is a gathering place for people who are living with disabilities, who love someone with a disability, or who want to know more about the issues surrounding this topic. There are two parts to each diary. First, a volunteer diarist will offer their specific knowledge and insight about a topic they know intimately. Then, readers are invited to comment on what they've read and/or ask general questions about disabilities, share something they've learned, tell bad jokes, post photos, or rage about the unfairness of their situation. Our only rule is to be kind; trolls will be spayed or neutered.
I've been trying to come up with something that might be useful to the Kosability community, rather than just a rant or some personal stories. I hope folks find this information helpful.

Disability, and one's response to it, doesn't happen in a vacuum. There are many resources and individuals out there that can make the difference between unnecessary pain and worsening impairment on one hand, and better functional outcome with mitigation of needless suffering on the other. People who have lived it know much of this all too well, but I can give some places to start.

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Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 03:42 AM PST

Andrew Cuomo: Republican Lite.

by Ralphdog

Just in case you had any doubts, Andrew Cuomo is going all-in with his quest to brand himself as the second coming of Ronald Reagan, the faux-Democratic standard-bearer for corporate friendly anti-tax conservatism. Last year he pushed through a budget that hammered education spending and reduced taxes on Wall Street's plutocrats.

So what's he doing this year?

It's worse.

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Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 04:20 AM PST

OMG but John Harwood is a tool.

by Ralphdog

Not much of a diary, but I'm just apoplectic this morning after seeing John Harwood puking up pure Broderism. He was yacking on camera about the bogus fiscal 'cliff' drama, and was asked why it was so difficult for Congress to come to an agreement. His response was pure brain-dead "Villager" horseshit.

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Just a quick hit here; but today's New York Times Magazine has an article that caused me instant uncontrollable nausea and vomiting. The article is all about Terry McAuliffe's latest adventure starting an electric car company, and the favors he's pulling in from Bill Clinton and Haley Barbour to get it off the ground.

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Bill Clinton's Presidency:

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Disability is like the proverbial elephant surrounded by blind folks; what it feels like has a lot to do with where you stand. I'd like to give folks a glimpse at what it looks like from the other side of the exam room desk or hospital gurney. You might be surprised.
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Many here at the Great Orange Satan are upset that America's Catholic Bishops have inserted themselves into the political debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. More specifically, the Bishops are not rejoicing that it extends the availability of health insurance to millions of Americans. No, they are outraged that its provisions require any organization offering health insurance to include coverage of womens' health services, including contraception, without copays. Even though they've been just fine with the same provisions in the health care laws of 28 states.

The Bishops' position on this issue actually stands in direct opposition to traditional Catholic moral teaching. Follow me below the squiggle to see why.

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Catholic Church:

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Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 06:13 AM PDT

How to get Older Americans on board

by Ralphdog

Republican success at gulling middle class Americans into voting for their own economic destruction has baffled me for years. Why, when Republican economic ideas are so ruinous for all but the wealthy, do working class Americans vote for them in such depressing numbers? And most especially why do so many older Americans vote for the party that wants to destroy Social Security and Medicare?

Thomas Frank put his finger on some of the reasons in his funny yet depressing What's the Matter with Kansas. But my ever-brilliant wife this morning pointed out what strikes me as one of those obvious-in-retrospect ideas that may be the key to turning older Americans away from the Dark Side and back toward the light of FDR and progressivism.

Follow me past the squiggly thing.

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Here in NY-26 it's been one corrupt Republican corporate lackey after another, as far back as anyone can remember. The district was re-gerrymander'd after 2000 explicitly to make it even more of a Republican lock than it already was, so the annointed Congresscritter would be free to raise corporate cash for the RNCC full time. No point in wasting any effort actually representing the rubes in Washington.

So it would be hard to exaggerate my excitement today. We actually have a fighting chance to elect a Democrat in this district, for the third time since the 1850s.

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The 2010 election here in New York posed an especially stark choice for voters when it came to the Governorship. In one corner was Andrew Cuomo- thoroughly competent State Attorney General, and son of famously liberal former Governor Mario Cuomo. In the other corner was Carl Paladino, a teabagger who trounced the state Republican party's annointed candidate. It's not like it was a tough choice; Paladino was unhinged, at one point making an apparent death threat against a heckler—on camera!

But now things don't look quite so simple. Cuomo's behavior since his inauguration makes former Republican Governor George Pataki look positively liberal.

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Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 06:05 AM PDT

What keeps Red states Red: diet.

by Ralphdog

I've often wondered exactly why America's red states are so red. I mean, think about it for a minute. What do places like Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi and Kansas have in common? For starters, they're among the most economically devastated and blighted places in America, with the widest income inequality and lowest education acheivement.

So, given that the reddest of the red states are being economically raped by Conservative policies even more than the blue states, why do they keep voting their tormentors back into office?

I think I have the answer. It's the food.

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Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 09:59 AM PDT

Scary new superbugs: coming soon.

by Ralphdog

Antibiotic resistant bacteria are a fact of life for those of us in the medical profession. In my 25 years of practice this has gradually morphed from a very manageable problem to one that is increasingly difficult if not frightning. We are now at the point where previously healthy people can contact a lethal infection that we cannot cure with antibiotics. Many others have to be treated with courses of expensive, inconvenient and even toxic antibiotics because resistance has made much cheaper and safer old standards useless. MRSA has become a household 'brand' in the medical world.

Well, this scary situation is about to get a lot worse. Follow me if you dare.

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Last time I took antibiotics was:

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