Saturday, October 25, 2014

If Your Neighbor Had Ebola

….you would beg the US government to nationalize the healthcare industry.  Why wait until it's too late?

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Care.

Why wait till the captains of industry make the same kind of obscene profits from Ebola that they made from the AIDS epidemic? Greed is a disease that can be stopped. Let's make Ebola the cure.


Prevention is the best medicine, but there's no profit in it.  No one can quantify how many fewer people got sick because they were taught the basics of disease transmission or went to a stress reduction class or didn't get pregnant. And it wouldn't matter anyway. In America, the cash register doesn't ring unless someone is sick or afraid of getting sick. 

The best healthcare systems in the world are socialist systems. Our capitalist healthcare system is barely able to distribute flu vaccines—what would happen if we were to be hit by a major epidemic? More forms, more lines, more rationing, even less compassion?

If Your Neighbor Had Ebola

"Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these" Mark 12:32

Now, when a truly excellent healthcare system would be gearing up to prevent the spread of an awful disease, the true leaders of our healthcare system are estimating how much they are going to make off of this little problem and trying to take our mind off the problem. My money says the media's preoccupation with sexual violence is a diversion tactic meant to take our attention off of how very unready we are for an epidemic.

Even those already isolated in their shiny towers and gated communities must breathe air and drink water. In the global age, we all truly belong to the same tribe. Today's epidemic is not transmitted by insects, but what about tomorrows? What guard or fence can stop a mosquito and what horror will the 1% unleash trying to stop it?

If Your Neighbor Had Ebola

Would you want a doctor in a hazmat suit to verify coverage before taking your sick brethren to the hospital, clinic, homeless shelter…or nowhere at all?


Now, before it's too late.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Throw Open the Borders

It is useless to try to hold back the tide of weary, desperate people seeking a better life. Let's get real: no one is going to stop a hungry child from jumping on the top of a train and looking for higher ground. Why not just let them in? All of them ? Yes, all of them.


A Problem Correctly Defined is Half Solved


We don't have an immigration problem, we have a poverty problem. And the problem is not that we as a country don't have enough money to solve poverty. It's that we put our money into the wrong pockets Allowing anyone who wants to enter the country to enter is feasible if it is one several radical changes to how the government regulates economic fundamentals: labor, property and taxes.


Replace the all entitlements with a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) and health care.

Shred Title 26: A New Tax Code for a New Economy. *

Triple Decker Housing Trust Fund

Throw Open the Borders.


You're Going to GIVE Immigrants Money?


After paying taxes for 7 years, everyone residing in the US should be eligible for a BIG of $21,000/year. For most "Born Heres" that means starting with an after-school job while in high school. On the other hand, if you started living off your trust fund at 16, you might never qualify.  Poor baby.


How will you pay for that?


Replacing all entitlements with a basic income guarantee doesn't just mean eliminating programs like unemployment insurance, food stamps, fuel assistance, and Section 8, it means eliminating the bureaucracy that administers those programs. If no one has to apply for "social security"—because you already receive it (after paying taxes for 7 years)—checking eligibility is a piece of cake.  Ditto for hundreds of other government programs that now soak up millions of dollars in administrative expenses. If on top of it you radically streamline Title 26, suddenly the money appears.


Current Immigration Policy


Besides militarizing the entire southern half of the country, protecting our border also prevents employers from hiring the best person for the job and within a capitalist system the best person for the job is the person that will work for the lowest wage. The economy and employers are better off paying Manuel Labor, father of ten who has three other jobs, than they are employing someone who thinks s/he is too good to wash dishes.


The Slacker Problem


The "immigration problem" highlights something that no one, liberal or conservative has adequately addressed: some people won't work.  Ask conservatives about the shortage of "Born Here" dishwashers and they'll start babbling about whatever it is they babble about. Ask liberals about unionized deadwood and they'll claim it's not a problem.  But it is and there is no better description of it than this classic New Yorker article about teachers being paid not to teach:


Liberals don't want to talk about this or the other ways that entitlements make it more sensible to game the system than to look for work. This is because at the heart of liberalism is a kind of paternalism that assumes that poor people don't know how to run their own lives.  A better conclusion is that the government doesn't know how to run peoples lives.


(For the record, this editorialist doesn't believe in laziness. People who don't want to work usually have a good reason for not working, one that no one else can really understand or change.)


 Mom and Pop


Gov: "You spent all your allowance?  Too bad, you'll do better next week."

Gov: "What, spent it again? Talk to your mother."


Replacing all entitlements with a BIG doesn't mean the end of charity, it means cutting out the middleman. No matter what "The Dad" government does or does not do, there will always be people with large soft hearts who will give anyone another chance. G-d bless them.  Everyone needs and deserves a mother.


Increasing the tax break for private charitable donations; eliminating the need for charities to apply for government contracts and having all donations go directly to the charity chosen by the donor will make private charitable organizations more effective.  Let's retire the Nanny state and let Mom do her job.


It's the Economy Stupid


Putting enough money to live on, albeit not well, into the hands of people who then are free to make economic choices is a better way to help people and a better way run an economy than putting it into the pockets of government employees. Since there are no strings or income limitations on the BIG, people can slack when they can't work and make as much money as is humanly possible when they can (corporations are not people and thus not eligible for the BIG). Whether those people are Born Here or Born Somewhere Else is irrelevant to the economy and should be to everyone else.


Throw open the borders. In the age of globalization we are all citizens of the world. It's time to start acting like it.


For the Earth,


Aria Littlhous


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Monday, September 1, 2014

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Occupy Update--MMM--Tomorrow--Electoral Occupy?

Aug. 31, Million Mask Flyer Handout, Boston Common, 1:00pm
This even is a lead up to the Million Mask March in NYC, 11/5

Sept. 9, MA Democratic Gubernatorial Primary, see editorial below.

Sept. 17, OWS Anniversary

Sept. 21, Climate March, NYC:

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after Sept. 1.

Electoral Occupy?

More than most mass movements Occupy was and is riven by the question of whether to participate in electoral politics.  Some of the opponents of voting offer arguments that seem to say that voting is a kind of contagion, as if questions of strategy come down to what makes you feel or not feel dirty. Sounds silly, unless you believe in the Gaia principle, but sticking with standard political reasoning for a minute:

Questions of electoral political strategy are less acute here in Massachusetts, the belly of the health insurance beast (Sorry, Connecticut) where a solid Democratic base makes the specter of spoiler candidates less scary.  This is probably why the Green Party has had some success.  Here are their candidates:

Green party candidates….

Nonetheless, what voting does do is take the attention away from the real problem, which is, as usual, the system itself. It is not voting per se that is the problem rather it is the winner take all electoral system which like for profit healthcare doesn’t belong in a civilized world. We should follow older wiser Europe and institute proportional representation, instant runoff voting and nationalize the health insurance industry.

Short of succeeding from the union and creating bioregion states this is not a problem that can be solved by DIY, disintermediation, or goat farms.  So if you want to change the system volunteer with these folks:

But Who Should I Vote For?

In this the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary season, the get out the vote calls have begun. The state employee labor unions are shilling for the candidate they assume will be their new boss. They get out the vote, he or she guarantees their contracts, the health insurance companies are assured of fat & excellent union health insurance fees. The other candidate has made a simple declaration in favor of single payer healthcare.

Don Berwick: It is time to find a way to get to yes on a single payer system in Massachusetts. 

 The other two are offer:

Martha Coakly: Continue to bring down the cost of healthcare and energy.

Steve Grossman: “If earned sick time is not law by 2015, it will be the first bill I file as governor.

Like the financial sector and the cheat on your taxes industry, the health care industry plays a key role in keeping the 1% in power.  The fact that does so by sucking the life blood out of those it purports to help while making a mockery of Christ the Healer, well, such is life in America.


We could all follow Walter White’s example and when the health insurance companies have us in their death grip, go over to the dark side, create more death, more sickness. But we have pharmaceutical companies for that---wouldn’t it make more sense to nationalize the drug trade and use the profits to fund a healthcare system? If drugs, like cannabis, really are only being used for medicinal purposes (LMAO), don’t they belong under the purview of a nationalized healthcare system? Wouldn’t we all feel a little safer if some entity under at least nominal democratic control were in charge of the drugs, as opposed to Gus, Walt, Mike and Jesse? Or we could just wait until countries like Uruguay have us by our drug addict short hairs.

But I digress. The moment has come.  This editorialist is with brother Malcolm, “By any means necessary.”


The struggle for universal healthcare coverage has been waged incrementally and electorally. Generations of liberals have slowly increased the health insurance companies’ market share by creating a system of fee-based rationing the complexity of which is rivaled only by Title 26, the 17 volume federal tax code. Nobody understands either one and yet participation in both is mandatory.

Stop the Bleeding.

If Don Berwick even hints that he can stop funding the health insurance companies he deserves a chance.

Vote for Don Berwick and the Green party candidates. If you feel kind of sick afterwards, wash your hands. It’s the right thing to do.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Roped Off in Ferguson

The question is not whether the mayhem in Ferguson is being caused by a "small" group of discontents, or whether the other protestors are sincere in their wish for a peaceful solution. The question is why such discontent is no longer staying within the usual boundaries of home, bottle, and pipe. Why are the most desperate among us taking every opportunity to voice their discontent as often and as violently as possible? 


The party is over. The well fed minority that have put this country into the hopper must back away from the trough. Address poverty and racism or bear the consequences; the violence that is endemic among the dispossessed survivors of eat-your-own capitalism will be in all our streets, all our homes, all our neighborhoods. 


The time for halfway solutions is past. To break the cycle of drop out-to-gang-to-convict-to-criminal:


Extend Public Education Through College

End the Reign of the Golden School

Free All Prisoners Convicted of Victimless Crimes.

Nationalize the Healthcare Industry.


And to pay for it? Well, in the past the privileges of the minority came from the sale of human beings (now it comes from privatized prisons, the Judge is extra).


There is a better way:


Replace All Entitlements with a Basic Income Guarantee and Healthcare.


And who is Occupy or anyone to be making that kind of "demand."  To which this editorialist says "There is no power like stating the truth: it's time to share the wealth."


Replace All Entitlements with a Basic Income Guarantee and Healthcare


was one of the 10 Objectives offered by the InterOccupy Strategy Group.


And, for the record the demands of the Black Panthers are below and here:


Michael Brown is dead.  Stopping more such murders means trying a little harder than replacing a police chief. 

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Funding Local Start Ups w/Money for Eyes--BNN Cafe

Imagine going into your local gym, hair salon, bar and the television is turned to a program on the Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN). The ads on the television program are for local businesses. Those businesses are paying for the ad and also agree to air BNN for a set number of hours a day. The sales person who sells the ad, as usual, gets a percentage of the price of the ad, the remainder goes to Social Scene,, etc. This scheme brings funding into local communities by utilizing an underutilized resource, that is BNN and acts in the interests of the smaller communities w/in the Boston metropolitan area. The "eyes" and the good are all local.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Summer Opportunity developing Open Source Hardware

Greg will be spending his Summer at Open Source Ecology working on their Global Village Construction Set - you may have heard me talking about them at some length at some point these past few years. I think they are very cool, and I'm excited for the Summer.

They are still looking for some folks for the Summer (or a portion of it), and I thought this would be right in line with the BCN/co-op ethos. Open source hardware for sustainable development. Please check it out, and forward to anyone who might be interested.

There's a flyer here that has some info (that you can even print and post around your neighborhood if you're feeling ambitious)

And there's more about the summer plans here:

If anyone winds up applying/coming out for the Summer, please let me know/have them be in touch! It would be great to make that connection. I'll be there June 6-20 and July 20-Aug 31st.

Yours in cooperation,

Greg Buckland

Greg Buckland

199 South St, Apt 5
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-3926

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Fwd: [Healthjustice-Announcements] Fwd: 5/22: Invitation to Single-Payer Birddogging Training

I'm writing to invite you to join us as we embark on making single-payer one of the top issues of the current Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign season!

"How?" you might ask -- We plan to attend campaign events between now and the primary election in September and the general election in November to ask each candidate - Republican and Democrats - to commit to implementing a single payer system in Massachusetts if they are elected. We call this birddogging. Several candidates already support single-payer

Why this strategy? Showing up at these events lets the candidates know that people in MA support single-payer. Plus, while they are seeking votes and trying to get elected, they are more likely to make policy commitments than when they are comfortably settled into their State House office. Students used this strategy during the 2008 presidential campaign to secure $50 billion in federal funding for global health and AIDS funding. It's as simple as showing up, asking your question, and taking a picture with the candidate-- as long as we repeat until our goal is reached! 

Is there more to it? There is a little more to it -- so we are inviting you to get trained and to meet other students and single-payer advocates on Thursday, May 22nd, at Harvard Medical School. We will also provide an introduction to what a single-payer system could do for MA, as well as background on the gubernatorial candidates. If you cannot attend the training, but are interested in future birddogging opportunities, please fill out the form below and we will keep you updated about the campaign. 

What: Birddogging training and more on single-payer and the current candidates for Governor

Where: Harvard Medical School, TMEC 109, 260 Longwood Ave

When: 6:30pm on Thursday, May 22nd

RSVP: Use the form below please!

Questions? Email Katrina ( or Danielle (

Hope to see you there! 

HMS American Medical Students Association
BUSM Physicians for a National Health Program 

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Where: Harvard Medical School, 260 Longwood Ave, TMEC 109
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