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HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS – FOUR BASIC MODELS

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graphic: TopPun.com

I have no doubt that the “health care reform” debate currently winding down in Congress has been intentionally muddled by both parties, the corporate media, and the insurance industry lobby’s deep pockets.

What we will end up with is some minor “insurance reform” and the major problems in health care will remain unaddressed, while insurance profits will continue to soar. It’s time to really look at what is possible and to stop bouncing off of labels and being prey to hot buttons.

PBS: Frontline   Health Care Systems: Four Basic Models

An excerpt from correspondent T.R. Reid’s upcoming book The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, to be published by Penguin Press in the summer of 2009.

There are about 200 countries on our planet, and each country devises its own set of arrangements for meeting the three basic goals of a health care system: keeping people healthy, treating the sick, and protecting families against financial ruin from medical bills.

But we don’t have to study 200 different systems to get a picture of how other countries manage health care. For all the local variations, health care systems tend to follow general patterns. There are four basic systems:

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Paramilitary army occupies Hardin Montana

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Amer Police Force logoEvidently a private army group the “American Police Force” has taken over Hardin, MT.   Locals had hopes of housing Gitmo detainees in a nearby unused prison.  

Little info is available about just who APF really is, or why they are in Hardin.
Now they’ve taken to patroling the town a la local police (there are none) and there are many unasked and unanswered questions.

Local reports don’t have much info either.

The US has developed, deployed and come to depend on mercenaries over the last 8+ years, who have no civilian allegiance, oversight or control. Now they are usurpting local authority.

And WHY is Senator Max Baucus allowing a paramilitary army to wander the streets with machine guns in his home state? Too busy spending all those Health Insurance Lobby graft-dollars ??

Update: more info here

The World Seed Conference: Good for farmers?

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melon-seedsHealth Freedom Alliance  

By Robin Willoughby

Last week, in Rome, a little-known agricultural symposium took place – the World Seed Conference. The conference is held under the auspices of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Although the conference does not receive much press, it is perhaps the most important conference to farmers in the developing world. Two themes were clearly depicted among the talks from UN figures, government officials, and industry representatives: technology enhanced seeds, and intellectual property rights on genetic resources in poorer countries.

The event turned out to be more or less a meeting among agricultural big wigs to figure out the best way to take advantage of small farmers in poor regions of the world. The biotech industry, along with big agri, are trying to tighten their grip on the world by extending their monopoly rights towards plants created by natural reproduction that cannot be easily manipulated by technology. The outcome of the conference may have a very negative effect on small-scale farmers in developing countries.

Rather than focusing on a collaborative approach to get the best genuine biodiversity and protecting the rights of farmers, much of the discussion over the week came from the industry leaders trying to exploit economically poor, environmentally rich countries. There were, however, a few examples throughout the week that focused on an alternative agricultural approach to sustainable biodiversity, but unfortunately many laws and regulations have already been put in place that only ensures profit to big agri and the biotech industry with little gain for the small farmer.

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Good-bye No. American Union: the SPP is dead

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No NAUby Murray Dobbin    (from Canada)

“The SPP is dead. Good. That helps reduce dependence on a downbound US. …The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), the formal expression of a corporate lobbying campaign called deep integration, is no more. Its official U.S. government website declared last month: “The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) is no longer an active initiative…”

“…Some on the left are so accustomed to losing that they make the claim the SPP will just re-emerge with another name. While some of the nastier initiatives are still in place, like energy “integration” and common regulations, a zip-locked North America is off the agenda. Now we have a weak version called the PPA — the Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas.

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Top Censored Stories of 2009/2010

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End of the 1st Amendment?

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U.S. CONSTITUTION, AMENDMENT I — FIRST AMENDMENT
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances
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Update:  Military Police Kidnap G20 Protester

Paul Joseph Watson  Prison Planet.com  09/25/09

It’s a shocking scene that wouldn’t have looked out of place on the streets of Nazi Germany or Maoist China in humanity’s darkest historical period – a protester is shoved into an unmarked car by military thugs and driven away to whatever Godforsaken fate awaits him. And yet this is America in 2009, where the First Amendment is now officially a criminal offense and people who dare exercise it are attacked and abducted by military police in broad daylight.

The video shows an unmarked gold Sedan drive up to a side street near Baum Ave & S Millvale Ave. in Pittsburgh. Men in military fatigues wrestle with the protester as other men in cammo exit the vehicle. The protester is shoved forcefully into the car as the military thugs follow him in and the car speeds away.

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NYC Activists Unfurl 35-foot Banner on High Line to Protest Park’s Use of FSC-Certified Amazon Wood

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FSC lies- Amazon wood not sustain

“We think there are well-intentioned designers and architects who have no idea that the FSC certifies wood from ancient primary forests, including the Amazon”….Ipê trees are typically 250 to 1,000 years old and grow an average of one or two trees per acre.

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