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GOP can’t get it together when it comes to black people

Posted in It Had To Be Said, Politicking on January 9, 2012 by Nourisha

for the record cnn sucks because they don’t provide an actual video player. if i wanted to see a damn link i would have written a paragraph dumbasses.

http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed&videoId=us/2012/01/09/nr-no-talking-points-0108.cnn

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The GOP wants you to be afraid, very afraid

Posted in It Had To Be Said, Live Your Life, Politicking with tags , , , , on August 13, 2009 by Nourisha

flying flagFear is a powerful emotion. It can motivate you to act or it can render  you completely helpless. It is also a powerful weapon in the hands of the wrong person. Fear combined with lies is downright deadly. Don’t believe me? Turn on your television or listen to talk radio and tell me what you hear.

If you’re black like me, you might be slightly alarmed that the election of a black president has produced outright racism masquerading as political discourse. But when I hear my fellow citizens who happen to be elderly and white tell me they are afraid of where our country is heading because it’s not the country they were born and raised in I have to shake my head and say, huh?

Are you telling me that you want the America that denied women the right to vote? Do you want the America that enslaved millions of people and then treated them like less than human for more than 400 years? Are you telling me that you want the America that drove native people off their lands, killed them and cheated them out of their way of life? Are you telling me that you want the America that rounded up Japanese Americans and locked them in internment camps? I don’t know what glorified history these people have created in their minds, but American history is not pretty. It’s pretty shameful in large respects. But I have to wonder what they are referring to when they say they want the country their forefathers intended.

Let’s see. That would include holding these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. I know the declaration of independence is not a legally binding document. However, it is the document that our founding fathers created to govern themselves until the consitution came along. According to Jefferson, hypocrite that he was, I have just as much right as anyone else to be American and enjoy the privileges of my citizenship. Yet, I don’t feel very welcome in my own country right now.

Call a spade a spade and admit that this climate has nothing to do with health care. No one was shouting down bush when he increased the size of goverment and the deficit during his eight years in office. You cannot convince me that Obama was the last straw. No, he was the black straw. Nothing anyone says or does will convince these racist people that he has the makings of a great president. He will not always make the best choices and he will not always succeed on everything he tries. What president has? But when he is only judged by the color of his skin and not the content of his character I feel what my mother must have felt as a little girl in segregated Kansas City when she heard her white teacher say she wasn’t going to teach any little nigger kids.

America is not one big happy family. She is a large, rampunctious, dysfunctional family that has the ability to do extraordinary good and cause extraordinary harm in the same breath.

I love my country but I will not lie and say I’m always proud of her. I would like to believe we have come a long way since the civil rights movement but the rhetoric of the day lets me know that we have a long way to go. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar.

Official Health Care Bill Summary

Posted in Politicking with tags , , , on August 5, 2009 by Nourisha

I know 1200 pages is a lot of anyone to digest, especially when it’s a boring thing like legislation. For our soundbite-obsessed society, here is the official summary. I have to say I agree with John Stewart that it just shouldn’t be that difficult and require that many pages. Call me crazy. Anyway, I just wanted to help my fellow citizens stay somewhat informed.

Official Summary
7/14/2009–Introduced.
America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 – Sets forth provisions governing health insurance plans and issuers, including:
(1) exempting grandfathered health insurance coverage from requirements of this Act;
(2) prohibiting preexisting condition exclusions;
(3) providing for guaranteed coverage to all individuals and employers and automatic renewal of coverage;
(4) prohibiting premium variances, except for reasons of age, area, or family enrollment; and
(5) prohibiting rescission of health insurance coverage without clear and convincing evidence of fraud. Requires qualified health benefits plans to provide essential benefits. Prohibits an essential benefits package from imposing any annual or lifetime coverage limits. Lists required covered services, including hospitalization, prescription drugs, mental health services, preventive services, maternity care, and children’s dental, vision, and hearing services and equipment. Limits annual out-of-pocket expenses to $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for a family. Establishes the Health Choices Administration as an independent agency to be headed by a Health Choices Commissioner. Establishes the Health Insurance Exchange within the Health Choices Administration in order to provide individuals and employers access to health insurance coverage choices, including a public health insurance option. Requires the Commissioner to:
(1) contract with entities to offer health benefit plans through the Exchange to eligible individuals; and
(2) establish a risk-pooling mechanism for Exchange-participating health plans. Provides for an affordability premium credit and an affordability cost-sharing credit for low-income individuals and families participating in the Exchange. Requires employers to offer health benefits coverage to employees and make specified contributions towards such coverage or make contributions to the Exchange for employees obtaining coverage through the Exchange. Exempts businesses with payrolls below $250,000 from such requirement. Amends the Internal Revenue Code to impose a tax on:
(1) an individual without coverage under a health benefits plan; and
(2) an employer that fails to satisfy health coverage participation requirements for an employee. Imposes a surtax on individual modified adjusted gross income exceeding $350,000. Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to revise provisions relating to payment, coverage, and access, including to:
(1) reduce payments to hospitals to account for excess readmissions;
(2) limit cost-sharing for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries;
(3) reduce the coverage gap under Medicare Part D (Voluntary Prescription Drug Benefit Program);
(4) provide for increased payment for primary health care services; and
(5) prohibit cost-sharing for covered preventive services. Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide for the development of quality measures for the delivery of health care services in the United States. Establishes a Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research within the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, financed by a tax on accident and health insurance policies, to conduct and support health care services effectiveness research. Sets forth provisions to reduce health care fraud. Amends title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act to:
(1) expand Medicaid eligibility for low-income individuals and families;
(2) require coverage of additional preventive services; and
(3) increase payments for primary care services. Sets forth provisions relating to the health workforce, including:
(1) addressing health care workforce needs through loan repayment and training;
(2) establishing the Public Health Workforce Corps;
(3) addressing health care workforce diversity; and
(4) establishing the Advisory Committee on Health Workforce Evaluation and Assessment. Sets forth provisions to:
(1) provide for prevention and wellness activities;
(2) establish the Center for Quality Improvement;
(3) establish the position of the Assistant Secretary for Health Information;
(4) revise the 340B drug discount program (a program limiting the cost of covered outpatient drugs to certain federal grantees);
(5) establish a school-based health care program; and
(6) establish a national medical device registry.

Twitter: start revolutions and feed the masses

Posted in Life Imitating Art, Live Your Life, Politicking with tags , , , , , , on June 22, 2009 by Nourisha

Twitter has been the media darling of social networks for some time now. With it’s ability to quickly report things as they happen to a wide group of people with images and links and even video, it’s no wonder that spart people would see it for it’s possibilities.

I still laugh when people tell me they don’t understand twitter or don’t get the purpose of it. That’s great news to me because I would rather keep it pure. I dread the day it becomes the waterdown mess of myspace or facebook. Sadly, the rash of celebrity tweeters is pusing us in that direction. But for all the signs pointing to its downfall, twitter seems to find new ways to shine. As with the recent Iranian election protests. Not only was twitter used to organize the revolution that would not be televised thanks to the oppresive Iranian govenrment. But it also spawned a US show of solidarity with the green overlay avatars popping up all over the place. I proudly turned my dancing black girl avatar green in support of all the women who struggle for their voice to be heard in a country that prefer women didn’t exist at all from all accounts.

Check out the videos of twitter organization here!

In addition to organizing revolutions, twitter has been used to feed the hungry masses across L.A. I know, it’s not life altering in its importance but for the Kogi company, twitter has turned out to be a godsend. You can check out their video here!

Obama sushi – just plain wrong

Posted in Geekery, Life Imitating Art, Politicking with tags , , , on April 10, 2009 by Nourisha

I had to post these pictures of Obama sushi because, well, somethings you just have to see to believe. For the love of God and coutnry, huh?

Earth Hour: Don’t forget to participate in Earth Hour this Saturday!

Posted in It Had To Be Said, Live Your Life, Politicking with tags , , , on March 27, 2009 by Nourisha

Earth Hour will be observed this Saturday, March 28, at 8:30 in each time zone. Earth Hour is a sort of open-source movement against global warming that everyone can participate in!

Started in Australia two years ago, the event is mushrooming thanks in part to the Internet and social media.

One day before the start of the event in Asia, “Earth Hour” is the top search item on Twitter. A 30-second clip about Earth Hour on You Tube has gotten almost 59,000 views. Facebook groups count hundreds of thousands of members.

The goal for this year is to get 1 billion people to turn their lights off for an hour. In 2007, 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for an hour and in 2008, it went to 50 million.

Do your part. As Captain Planet would say, “the power is yours!”

Non-profit status for struggling newspapers?

Posted in Politicking with tags , , , on March 27, 2009 by Nourisha

newspapersSen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., proposed Tuesday to allow struggling newspapers to operate as nonprofits similar to public radio and television. The AP is reporting that Cardin introduced a bill that would allow newspapers to choose tax-exempt status. They would no longer be able to make political endorsements, but could report on all issues including political campaigns. Advertising and subscription revenue would be tax-exempt, and contributions to support coverage could be tax deductible. Cardin said in a statement that the bill is aimed at preserving local newspapers, not large newspaper conglomerates.

“We are losing our newspaper industry,” said Cardin. “The economy has caused an immediate problem, but the business model for newspapers, based on circulation and advertising revenue, is broken, and that is a real tragedy for communities across the nation and for our democracy.”

I have always felt that as news became more and more profitable it got more and more sensationalized. The mainstream media replaced yellow journalism drags and the result has been a less educated, less informed populous. I’m not sure going nonprofit would work across the board but I am a huge fan of public radio. I get the majority of my news that way during my commutes. And I tune in on the weekend for those special features and reports. But I admit to never supporting public radio. I guess I would still be part of the problem.

Either way, I’m a trained journalist who had enough sense to read the signs when I was in college a decade ago. I started learning web design and my first job out of college was as a webmaster. I mastered the web – design, marketing, writing, graphics, interactivity, etc. – and I have positioned myself to survive the decline of print journalism. That doesn’t make it less sad to see icons go under. The closing of the Seattle P-I was horrible and although it will exist in an online only format, that doesn’t really address the funding problem. If newspapers still have to make a profit, the model has to change. Not sure nonprofit is the way to do it though.