November 2010

The Republican Sole Jobs Initiative – Extend Bush Tax Cuts for the Rich

The stimulus has created or saved 2 million jobs since initiated.

Enjoy Meatless Mondays

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I know that some people abstain from meat on Fridays for religious reasons, but what’s the story behind “Meatless Mondays?”   -- Sasha Burger, Ronkonkoma, NY Meatless Monday—the modern version of it, at least—was born in 2003 with the goal of reducing meat consumption by 15 percent in the U.S. and beyond.

Cuba's Lenin Hospital: 45 Years of a Giant in Health Care

In November 1965, the eastern part of the island had the privilege to have one of the health institutions with most impact on the lives of its inhabitants: the Vladimir Ilich Lenin Hospital.Holguin, a city at the time with less than half of the 300,000 people that live there today, had the privilege of constructing the installation, opening and expanding its medical services.On November 7th, 45 years ago, the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro inaugurated the hospital which offers medical assistance to different people in the region.Pure Aviles, specialist in Cuban medicine and founder of the center recalls Fidel's encounter with the health professionals at the time and population which marked the beginning of a transformation program in integral health attention in that part of the island.Located in one of the residential areas of the city known as the City of Parks, the construction included several blocks and was distinguished from by its height, sobriety and architectural eclectic.There were tough days during the conclusion of the institution which inaugurated 650 beds, 32 medical specialties in 61 services and departments and over 3,000 workers, turning this center into a giant health facility in the eastern region.Lenin Hospital became a potential in scientific research at the time and as an example of this was the surgery in December 27th, 1973 of Siamese twins Maylin and Mayelin Tellez Pupo joint by the abdomen in addition to the first in Latin America.Another of the milestones occurred in 1966 when Dr. Elio Marrero Faz carried out the first cornea transplant in Cuba in addition to the first in using the crioextractor in cataract surgery.The hospital´s prestige increased on the national and international level and turned into a reference point in the advances achieved by Cuba in the health care sector and in which was reaffirmed when a new type of hereditary ataxia was discovered.With the highest birth rate in the country, an average of 25 per day, almost half a million Cubans have been born in the neo-natal ward of the Lenin Hospital, where each year the health professionals work hard to reduce the infant mortality rate.Time has damaged its edification, however today there are encouraging signs of recovery with a broad range of transformations of its surgery wards, façade, laboratories and areas for medical attention and workers in general.Commemorating its 45th anniversary, this group of workers continue their labor to preserve human values, respect, solidarity, equality and equity which Fidel has reiterated as precepts of the Cuban Revolution.

The Fed and the Debased “Imperial Dollar”: Future Inflation, Timid Economic Growth and Higher Interest Rates Ahead

"Under a paper money system, a determined government can always generate higher spending and hence positive inflation."Ben Bernanke, future Fed Chairman (in 2002)“My thesis here is that cooperation between the monetary and fiscal authorities in Japan could help solve the problems that each policymaker faces on its own.

Response to C.J. Atkins “Living in an Era of Change”

This response is to C.J. Atkins' article and also by articles by John Case and commentaries related to these articles.

Dennis Kucinich: "Our Economy is Out of Breath"

Original source: l'HumaniteTranslated Thursday 4 November 2010, by Henry Crapo and reviewed by Derek Hanson.

Democrats Suffer Major Losses, Begin Regrouping in Georgia

Original source: The Atlanta Progressive News(APN) ATLANTA -- The Democratic Party of Georgia suffered major losses in the General Election this year, losing representation among every statewide constitutional office and losing a US Congressional seat.Democrats lost in every statewide race, including for seats previously held by Democrats, including Attorney General (Thurbert Baker, who ran for Governor and lost in the Democratic Primary), Commissioner of Agriculture (Tommy Irvin who retired), and Commissioner of Labor (Michael Thurmond, who won the Democratic nomination for US Senate but lost in the General).

Book Review: Anarchy Evolution

Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without Godby Greg GaffinNew York, It Books, 2010Dr. Greg Graffin is a bit like a secret agent, leading two lives.

What We Can Learn from the Elections

Karl Marx wrote in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte that capitalist revolutions “storm swiftly from success to success” but working class revolutions zig zag, “interrupt themselves continually in their own course…throw down their adversary only that he may drew strength from the earth and rise again,,,,until a situation has been created which makes all turning back impossible….”The struggles of the working class, the class without power, not only to make revolutions but to bring about change in its interest, also like revolutions zig zag, go from seeming victory to seeming defeat to new victories.

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