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Local preachers ran him and his Eye Opener newspapers out of Wetaskiwin and, in turn, Strathcona and High River for "expressing contrary opinions, drinking and hootin' and yellin'and generally disturbing' the Gospel". He arrived in Calgary and the paper became The Calgary Eye Opener in 1904 Wednesday, June 06, 2012 ---
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Is global warming caused by human-made CO2?

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Is Global Warming caused by Humans? Let's debate the facts!!!.

Back in 1877, Crowfoot was the leader of the Blackfoot --- the most feared native tribe in western North America. Tuesday, November 01, 2011 ---
"If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress."
Barack Obama

Obama's Hail Mary Health Care Victory
Paddy Nolan --- An Irish lawyer and speechifier and stretcher extraordinaire --- the best orator in North America

13-Aug-09

U.S. health care, in fact, is not nearly as important as the media and CanadaProp say it is. Millions of Americans are uninsured say the media and the CanadaInferiorityBusters. Yes millions are ... 45.7 million Americans are uninsured according to Wikipedia --- but that is but 15.3% of the U.S. population and more than 1/3 of the uninsured don't want to be insured - they earn more than $49,000 per year. That leaves 9.5% who want to be insured but aren't. And Wikipedia admits that, of that 9.5%, 2.5% were actually covered by U.S. Medicaid. Which leaves but 7% actually deprived of coverage.

The U.S. states, not the U.S. Federal government, are primarily responsible for U.S. health care. Massachusetts and Minnesota have virtual universal health care coverage. Many more will follow.

True, private health bureaucrats have misbehaved and misbehaved badly ---- stolen huge sums of money out of the system for their own compensation ---- acted with total incompetence. Thievery and incompetence seem to be prequisites for a "successful career in North American health care", private or public. Canadian public health bureaucrats steal and bungle as badly as Americans of the private persuasion. Harold Waldner, the Chairman of the Vancouver Island Health Authority, trained basically as a clerk, is paid over $400,000 per year but consistently allows privatized cleaning companies who contribute to the B.C. "Liberal (aka B.C. Tory) Party" to spread deadly infections throughout his hospitals. Waldner pays surgeons, who slave through 12 years of tough education and must have brains and dexterity, only $255,000. The U.S. health care record is the worst in the developed world but second worst is Canada's and Canada's wait times are longer than the U. S.'s.

Soon Uncle Sam will spend 30% of his budget on health care. In the U.S. and Canada Big Pharma has always comported itself like a gang of Barbary Pirates -- it should have been nationalized decades ago. And, of course, the medical profession, have exercised absolutely no leadership. Why is not every Canadian, and every American, possessed of have an easy-to-get-at electronic health care record. Every item of merchandise sold in a WalMart store is possessed of such a record. Could there be a better example of medical milquetoastism? If the doctors would step in and lobby for universal electronic health care records half as vigorously as they have lobbied against universal health care coverage, billions, if not trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands if not millions of lives would be saved. But, then, Big Pharma is against electronic records and Big Pharma makes life comfortable for Milquetoast Medicine.

All this does not a great cause make. Slavery, war, dictatorship are not at issue here. What this is is an issue obsessed upon ineptly by Hilary Clinton in 1993 and ineptly lost. It has rankled the left ever since --- but it is no reason to lose the great flood of goodwill and reform brought in by a new, new-thinking president --- the first black president in U.S. history. To stay alive, the Republicans need to defeat and humiliate Obama on health-care reform in public. Obama needs only to be seen not to be defeated.

The Republicans, faithful ever to their paymasters, have chosen, as their target, government run health care insurance. Before filling up on campaign contributions and other perks they bow their heads and swear on the Holy Bible that no government run health insurer shall ever be allowed to compete with their patrons, the health insurance companies. In the public mind, much agitated by insurance company lobbyists and Tory drummers, government run anything smacks of socialism, even communism - "socialism bad, 'freedom' (aka capitalism) good". The Senate Budget Committee, chaired by North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad, three Democrats and three Republicans, spurred on by Obama, have rigged up a plan that shuts government health insurance out but, through the back door, lets health care "cooperatives" in. In the public mind, cooperatives are good guys ---- they've provided too many good things for too many ordinary Americans ---- to accuse cooperatives of being tainted with communism is to accuse Dad, who may have been the chair of the local co-op, or Aunty Jane, who may have been the secretary, of spreading a communicable disease. The cooperatives (Alberta's MSI was a co-op before national medicare) will do exactly what government run insurance would have done --- engage Big Insurance in real competition. The Republicans have already fired their rockets. Obama has simply moved the target --- from government health care to cooperative health care.The insurance industry has been outflanked. The Conrad Committee's version of health care reform bill will pass. Obama will survive --- in fact he has won another victory.


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Democrats didn't lose the battle of 2010. They won it. - Slate

John Boehner - King of the campaign contributions - Robert Fulford

The filibuster should be reigned up - Hendrik Hertzberg

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Walk-in clinics must provide full care to three-time patients - Robert Shepherd

A Lincoln without a Gettysburg: Obama speaks at Tucson - Clifford Orwin
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Look at the developing world to cut health costs - Peter Singer
Rather than always throwing money at our unsustainable health care system --- let's look at how developing countries have solved problems --- cataract surgery costing only 1% of our cost psoriasis treatment reduced from $20,000 to $100

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