The ‘wonders’ of private health care

The for-profit U.S. docters did a buzzsaw job on Lisa Strong.
The for-profit U.S. docters did a buzzsaw job on Lisa Strong.
By Henry McRandall
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The Toronto Star today published on its website the tragic tale of an all-too-typical example of the victims of U.S.-style private, for-profit health care.
It was the story of Lisa Strong, a Florida mother of a couple of young children, who was left four years ago without arms or legs after her local hospital botched the simple treatment of a kidney stone.
Strong had had kidney stones before and she knew this one was bad when she went to the ER.
But the for-profit doctors who treated her ailment screwed up very badly and a horrific infection set in. As the infection rapidly progressed, it became necessary to amputate both her arms and both her legs.
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If Canada had a civilized government …

George W. Bush should be treated like any other war criminal.
George W. Bush should be treated like any other war criminal.
By Henry McRandall
WRISEUP.COM

If Canada had a civilized government, former U.S. president George W. Bush would be sitting in a jail tonight instead of flying home from Toronto with an unconscionable payment of several hundred thousand dollars.
But the sorry Harper-Ignatieff coalition of Conservatives and Liberals does not seem to care about its obligations under international law or about rolling out the red carpet for the world’s worst war criminal of the Twenty-First Century
This is the second time Bush has received a six-figure payoff in Canada for delivering a litany of lies to a crowd of corporate executives still smitten by the most evil president in American history. In fact, his speech in Calgary in March was his first paid performance since leaving the White House.
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Still playing the same tired old game

game-playingBy Henry McRandall
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The shocking revelation this week that the federal deficit has mushroomed out of control and could hit a stunning record $50 billion, has mainstream economists warning of long years of government austerity after the current economic crisis ends.
But neither those mainstream economists nor the spear-carriers of the Harper-Ignatieff coalition is ready even now to admit that the horrendous gap between the rich and everyone else is at the crux of the problem.
Instead of facing up to and dealing with that problem, the politicians and the economists are trying to prepare the middle class and the poor for harsh government spending cuts and/or tax increases for the masses.
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About that $50-billion federal deficit

federal-deficitsBy Henry McRandall
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The sudden soaring of Canada’s federal budget deficit to a record $50 billion reflects not only the rank incompetence of Conservative Finance Minister Jim Flaherty but also the reckless irresponsibility and dereliction of duty of a generation of NeoConservative and NeoLiberal federal governments.
For the past 25 years, successive Conservative and Liberal governments, and finally today’s Conservative-Liberal coalition, have given tax cut after tax cut after tax cut to corporations and the wealthy.
The goal of these tax cuts was not only to further enrich those who already have far more than their fair share but also to deliberately and gradually cripple the fiscal and gubernatorial capacity of governments in general.
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Corporate capitalism gone insane

baby-car-seatBy Henry McRandall
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CBC Newsworld reported today that over the past five years, Transport Canada has conducted hundred of tests on baby car seats but refuses to publish the results on the grounds that doing so could hurt “the private sector.”
“The private sector” here means giant corporations, mostly American-owned, that have been flogging these unsafe products for years and putting the lives of Canada’s children in danger.
The policy of concealing the test results began under the Liberal government of former prime minister Paul Martin and continues, even today, under the corrupt Harper-Ignatieff, Conservative-Liberal coalition.
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The rich are doing just fine, thanks

How heart-warming that the rich are helping each other out.
How heart-warming that the rich are helping each other out.

By Henry McRandall
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CNN may be the least aggressively right-wing of the American cable TV news networks, but it is certainly not above occasionally waving the flag for the socioeconomic elite.
Last night, I made the mistake of watching the CNN show “Money & Main Street,” which purports to deal with the recession-cum-depression from the vantage point of ordinary Americans. It examines how “ordinary” Americans are coping with the financial crisis and offers them advice on coping with it.
But what was this horrid little feature buried in the show?
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Obama’s speech riles the hypocrites

What would Jesus say about the hypocrisy of right-wing so-called "Christians"?By Henry McRandall
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Right-wing American Catholics and other “Christians” have been up in arms over the past few days over the fact that U.S. President Barack Obama has been invited to deliver the commencement speech at Notre Dame University.
They all insist the reason they oppose Obama’s invitation is that his views on abortion do not jibe with those of Roman Catholic liturgy.
And they go on to emphasize that their position merely recognizes the sanctity of all human life.
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I was a dog’s best friend

Hercules brought us not just safety but jopy as well.
Hercules brought us not just safety but joy as well.
By Mike Bodrogkozi
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So now a little from the lighter side, just a reminder to appreciate what you’ve got while you have it, especially if it is man’s best friend.
Mine was a large Rottweiler named Hercules. He was a rescue for us. Received from a relative who lived in a cramped basement and had not given the dog the attention he deserved. So we took him off to our farm where he enjoyed the 50 rolling acres we have and all the love and attention he deserved.
This dog was amazing and left us all with many, many, fine memories.
He was my security, (Quite literally, there were times a strange car would pull up my drive only to throw into reverse and change their mind after seeing this imposing beast!), an amazing companion to my wife and kids. He seemed to have a way-above-average intelligence, as he had an English vocabulary of approximately over 100 words.
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Lyin’ Brian’s lacrimogenous lament

Would you buy a used car from this man?
Would you buy a used car from this man?
By Henry McRandall
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It was a disgusting spectacle. There was former Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney “fighting back” crocodile tears as journalists laughed at his incredible self-serving testimony for the federal inquiry into his dealings with shady German-Canadian businessman Karlheinz Shreiber.
Still as arrogant and pathetic as ever, Mulroney was pleading with the inquiry – and with Canadians – to believe his tale that he – and his family – were all victims rather than he being a perpetrator of any malfeasance.
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Is Canada taking a Great Leap Backward?

The Harper-Ignatieff coalition is no Great Leap Forward.
The Harper-Ignatieff coalition is no Great Leap Forward.
By Henry McRandall
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While almost every country in the civilized world – including the United States – is now seeing fit to abandon the failed policies of the George W. Bush administration – indeed the ever-worsening policies of a generation of NeoLiberal/NeoConservative government – it appears quite likely that Canada will be the exception.
The country that shares the world’s longest undefended border with the U.S. should know better – from observing firsthand – the tragic toll those policies have taken on the poor and the middle class.
But to a NeoLiberal/NeoConservative government wed to the corporate capitalist agenda and the exclusive benefit of the rich and the super-rich who control those corporations, the travails of the masses are now rarely even discussed in “polite” political company. Continue reading “Is Canada taking a Great Leap Backward?”