The VA Needs Saving!

Every American veteran should be concerned in what is happening to the institution that tasked with their care…..

The institution that is there to aid all veterans with their health and entitlements (and yes if one uses the VA then they are using entitlements) and in years past there has been scandal after scandal…..but it soldier on….and then we elected a dude who was always harping about Vets and behind the scenes is screwing them……

“On any veterans issue, the first person the president calls is Ike,” says a former administration official. If the name Ike doesn’t ring a bell, at least in relation to Veterans Affairs, that’s appropriate. A ProPublica expose by Isaac Arnsdorf explains he’s “reclusive” Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter, one third of “a previously unknown triumvirate” that has clandestinely been exerting influence over the VA—never mind that none of them have served in the military or worked in government. Palm Beach doctor Bruce Moskowitz and lawyer Marc Sherman round out the trio, which is referred to within the VA as “the Mar-a-Lago Crowd,” as that location serves as their informal HQ. Arnsdorf ran into some walls on the interviewing front: the men, a VA rep, and a White House spokeswoman declined to answer questions.

His reporting is therefore based on hundreds of documents he got using the Freedom of Information Act and interviews with former administration officials. The story he has pieced together is one of significant power: The men have the president’s ear and influence over personnel, with those who “were at odds with the Mar-A-Lago crowd,” including those in a slew of top positions (secretary, deputy secretary, chief of staff, director of electronic health records modernization), “pushed out or passed over.” Arnsdorf alleges that decisions have to be run by them, officials fly to consult with them on taxpayers’ dime, and initiatives pushed by the men in some cases have benefited their own interests. Read the full piece for much more on an “arrangement … without parallel in modern presidential history.”

This does not surprise me at all……as usual he, Dear Leader, was all talk and action is questionable where the veterans are concerned…….once again someone that is big talk that has never served…there ought to be a law!

Time for veterans to take control of their benefits (watch for a Veterans Day march)…..something on the line of the Bonus Army from the past….(dammit Google it!)

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View From Lenin’s Tomb

Recently I had a hospital stay…..well it was a bit more critical than that…..after many years of smoking I had bad circulation in my right leg and when I got a cut on my foot it went gangrenous and I lost 4 toes and I am still recovering from the surgery…..nurses, doctors, therapists, you name it…if it is medical then I am dealing with it.

Let me explain the title.

Many years ago I was in Moscow and visited Lenin’s tomb.  The hero of the Russian Revolution was put in an air tight glass tomb so the masses could get closer to their hero.

Part of the healing process after the amputation was hyperbaric treatments…..40 to be exact.

In case you missed my announcement……because I was a heavy smoker my circulation was impaired in my right leg so when I cut my foot I got gangrene and had four toes removed because of it….eliminated my wearing beach throngs…..and tap dancing is out of the question.

In case you are not sure what this treatment is…..you are put into a glass chamber and massive amounts of oxygen are pumped into the chamber for 100 minutes per visit.  This is suppose to help amputees heal better……healing is accelerated but anxiety is rampant.

Sounds fairly simple right?

It is not!

Let me stress!

You are stripped naked and placed into a glass tube, very similar to a torpedo tube and you lie there trying to think about anything other than you are trapped for over an hour and a half where you lie perfectly still trying to contemplate the universe…God forbid that you need to pee or take a crap….you are trapped in a glass sarcophagus for all to see your predicament.

Then there is the fact that if you are not claustrophobic when you enter you are by the time you are removed.

To begin with you remove all your clothes, jewelry I was allowed to keep my glasses so that I could see the TV through the tube…..and the TV sucked.

The best thing to do is fall asleep.  That is easier said than done without the help of some sort of aid.

Me?

It was soothing to take a Xanax before I entered the tube of torture….most of the time….but not always.

Need more information?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. Other conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in your blood vessels, and wounds that won’t heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury.

Your body’s tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to function. When tissue is injured, it requires even more oxygen to survive. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry. An increase in blood oxygen temporarily restores normal levels of blood gases and tissue function to promote healing and fight infection.

After 40 treatments you are released to live life without the “Tube”….but after that period you have become use to the routine and are a bit disappointed that you will not be humiliated any longer.

Did the treatment help?

I am saying yes it did….doctor is pleased with the healing of the wound from the removal of four toes…..my better half is pleased that she no longer has to get up at 4 AM to take me for my treatment…..I am pleased that I am “Tube” free and learning to walk with only 6 toes.

I now have a particular knowledge of what Lenin must see in that glass coffin……

Just a snapshot in the life of the Old Professor.

Thanx for visiting……be well…..chuq

The “Dear Leader” Phenom

Closing Thought–26Jul18

For those of us with a full functioning brain have always tried to make sense of the voting habits of our fellow citizens……sometimes it is forefront another times it is more covert.

These days covert that needs explaining.

It amazes me….I said amazes…..for nothing about the Rights fascination with Our Dear Leader surprises me.  You see the GOP in Congress have been a spineless pack for decades…just their true colors finally came through.

Then his supporters…..they can see nothing about the man that irks them…..even when he screws Veterans…..or the farmers with his tariffs….or when he is caught with a hooker and then a tape of his conversation about covering it up with his lawyer….they say it is alleged.  Trump was right when he said he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue on TV and get away with it….at least with the slugs that support his brand of authoritarianism.

Can there be anyway to explain why these people are so enamored with a slug of a person?

Some say neuroscience could explain it……

In the past, some prominent psychologists have explained President Donald Trump’s unwavering support by alluding to a well-established psychological phenomenon known as the “Dunning-Kruger effect.” The effect is a type of cognitive bias, where people with little expertise or ability assume they have superior expertise or ability. This overestimation occurs as a result of the fact that they don’t have enough knowledge to know they don’t have enough knowledge. Or, stated more harshly, they are “too dumb to know they are dumb.” This simple but loopy concept has been demonstrated dozens of times in well-controlled psychology studies and in a variety of contexts. However, until now, the effect had not been studied in one of the most obvious and important realms—political knowledge.

new study published in the journal Political Psychology, carried out by the political scientist Ian Anson at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, not only found that the Dunning-Kruger effect applies to politics, it also appears to be exacerbated when partisan identities are made more salient. In other words, those who score low on political knowledge tend to overestimate their expertise even more when greater emphasis is placed on political affiliation.

https://www.alternet.org/neuroscientist-explains-how-trump-supporters-are-easily-hoodwinked-because-one-psychological-problem

WAIT!  That is science and we know what those mental midgets on the Right think of science……don’t we?

Further Reading:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5171729/Doctor-claims-Donald-Trump-symptoms-predementia.html

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/lev-raphael/is-donald-trump-mentally_b_11296232.html

Is Donald Trump suffering from Pick’s Disease (frontotemporal dementia)?

https://carbsyndrome.com/donald-trump-has-carb-syndrome/

This is the one that I would read if I were you:

https://www.statnews.com/2017/12/07/donald-trump-should-be-tested-for-brain-disease/

After Note:  According to all these experts Dear Leader’s brain should be melted and running out his ears…..let Congress pass a bill that states that all presidents to be tested for mental disorders before they are sworn in….HAhahahaha!  Sorry I just realized the anything like that would take courage and the Congress has shown that courage is in short supply among the spineless we elect.

Thoughts?

Where Is That Health Care?

Enough international stuff now let us turn to the domestic…..

We all are well aware that the GOP has been having a stroke until they could get rind of the ACA (Obamacare for the slow amongst us)……now that they have successfully crapped on the health care how is the new and improved health care doing?

President Donald Trump handed an influential business advocacy group what should have been a historic lobbying victory when he recently rolled out new rules encouraging small businesses to band together to offer health insurance.

Trump, who’s touted the expansion of so-called association health plans as a key plank in his strategy to tear down Obamacare, even announced the rules at the 75th anniversary party of the National Federation of Independent Business last month, claiming the group’s members will save “massive amounts of money” and have better care if they join forces to offer coverage to workers.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/19/trump-health-care-better-cheaper-693362

So he LIED!….but that is some how okay because he can appoint judges…..that is a pathetic way of looking at our nation.

Let’s look at the way that health care can be fixed….well sort of…..

Nobody knew health care could be so complicated,” was Donald Trump’s now famous pronouncement on the issue. The Congressional Republicans were struggling too. Not only did they fail to reach a legislative solution, but, even worse, they were confused about where to even search for a solution. All told, health care begins to look insoluble. But is it really that complicated? Actually, no.

Some progressives claim that they have an easy solution, one that proceeds from their belief that more government it is often the answer: Medicaid or Medicare for all.1 What is the easy solution of classical liberals? There are two sets of reforms: one on the demand side and one on the supply side. On the demand side are a surprisingly simple combination of out-of-pocket payments, a new type of event-based health insurance, traditional care-based health insurance for some, and, perhaps, judicious subsidies. A later article will deal with reforms on the supply side.

https://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2018/HooperHendersoncure.html

That is a lovely article but sadly for them Medicare For All is the easiest answer and the best answer….but if you need it explained yet again…..

Democrats across the country are running on three simple words, recognizable to every American: Medicare for all.

“There’s no more popular brand in American politics than Medicare,” says Adam Green, co-founder of the lefty Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC). “Our hope is that Democrats wrap themselves in the flag of Medicare in 2018.”

In Democratic primaries around the country, Medicare-for-all candidates are winning — from Kara Eastman in Nebraska to Katie Porter in Orange County, California, to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Bronx, the message is resonating.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/7/2/17468448/medicare-for-all-single-payer-health-care-2018-elections

Need more info?

http://www.medicareforall.org/pages/Home

It’s Veterans Again!

Closing Thought–18Jul18

I have said and witnessed just how little our politicians care about our veterans……basically they, veterans, are nothing more than a political prop…the true concern evaporates when the cameras fall silent.

Our Dear Leader has just signed a veterans bill……

Trump’s habit of exploiting our military and veterans is exceeded only by his talent for letting them down, as his recent actions regarding the so-called “VA Mission Act” demonstrate.

Last Wednesday, Trump signed the bill into law during an elaborately staged ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House. But hours after the cameras were shut off and the cast of grateful vets and politicians had dispersed, Trump began working against the law he had just signed.

The night of the bill signing, Trump quietly released a statement objecting to three oversight provisions of the law, saying he would not treat them as mandatory. Several veterans’ groups expressed concern about the statement.

Trump’s White House also circulated a memo to Congress objecting to a Senate plan to pay for the Mission Act, arguing the law ought to be funded by spending cuts to other programs.

“It’s just like Donald Trump to sign a deal, and then not pay for it,” said Will Fischer, Iraq war veteran and director of government relations for VoteVets, in a statement to Shareblue Media. “So, as he’s done many times in his life, Donald Trump has made a big production, but when it comes to paying, he’s going to leave us high and dry.”

Trump’s concern for veterans runs about as deep as last Wednesday’s photo op. When the cameras are off, Trump shows the true colors of a leader who has consistently disrespected our bravest and lets them down at every turn.

(shareblue.com)

The Trump administration demanded that lawmakers fund a popular veterans’ health-care program — which allows former troops to spend public funds on private doctors and hospitals — with cuts to other parts of the budget. Democrats, and some top Senate Republicans, prefer to raise the current caps on discretionary spending instead.

I have called for a new “Bonus Army”……the vets need to come together and show the nation that they deserve all the benefits that have been promised for years that always seem to fall flat in application.

To not fund these programs is a disrespect of the men and women that have done their duty toward their country while the rest of us have done little to nothing.

As a veteran I have watched painfully as veterans get the shaft with every administration and every president that prays on the veterans like a predator……again….time for another Bonus Army (look it up, do something for yourself)

Doctors Without Borders

Or as they are known by most of the world, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)……..that great charity where medical types go around the world helping people that need their help and the rest of the world ignores…..places like Mali, South Sudan, etc.

But first I need to report that my medical procedure was a success…at least for now will know more next week when I go in for a follow-up….as long as I am writing about doctors……

Disturbing news has come to light about this charity……

Aid workers at charity Medecins Sans Frontieres used local prostitutes while working in Africa, whistleblowers have told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

Female former employees said the behaviour was widespread.

One said a senior colleague said it was possible to barter medication in exchange for sex.

The charity said it does not tolerate “abuse, harassment or exploitation”. The use of prostitutes is banned by MSF under its strict code of conduct.

The women spoke anonymously for fear of being blacklisted by foreign aid agencies, among which there can be a large crossover of staff.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-44523086

This is sad news……the UN has been plagued with similar problems……just sad that those there to help eventually take advantage of the people they are there to help.

 

But Wait! There Is Yet Another Diet

Today is Sunday and Fathers Day….I wish all my visiting fathers a good day with your loved ones……..

If your Fathers Day plans calls for a BBQ with all the fixings…… if so I have a post for you…….There is always another diet for your consideration……

If you are watching your weight (after all it is Summer and bathing suit season) then you have seen or read or heard about the numerous diets that will return you to health and make you slim and svelte (now there is a word that is under used these days)……the Mediterranean diet, South Beach, Paleo, and on and on…..since it is the weekend I thought I would help the confusion by throwing yet another diet out there for your consumption ( pun intended)

The new diet is …..wait for it…..the Nordic Diet……

You already know the basics of healthy eating are pretty darn simple: Fill your plate with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein; skip the crap.

You also know that the best diets aren’t really diets, but lifestyle choices that, over time, allow you to become a walking, talking picture of health.

The most famous one out there is the Mediterranean diet, which is mainly composed of plant-based foods as well as some lean proteins like fish and chicken. But another contender is starting to make headlines recently: the Nordic Diet.

https://www.menshealth.com/health/a21050605/nordic-diet-benefits/

Now that I have given you something to think about…I will go to the garden and feast on fruit, nuts, cheese and wine…..enjoy your day…..chuq