Equality, a True Soul Food

Inequality isn’t just about being transsexual or transgender the way so many of Transgender Inc seem to view it.  Many in Transgender Inc seem blinded by class and racial privilege as well as residual expectations that are the result of having been raised with male privilege.  Privilege often prevents our seeing our own levels of privilege.

Or thinks equality means solving just one particular aspect of lack of privilege.

From The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/02/opinion/02kristof.html?src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB
Published: January 1, 2011

John Steinbeck observed that “a sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.”

That insight, now confirmed by epidemiological studies, is worth bearing in mind at a time of such polarizing inequality that the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess a greater collective net worth than the bottom 90 percent.

There’s growing evidence that the toll of our stunning inequality is not just economic but also is a melancholy of the soul. The upshot appears to be high rates of violent crime, high narcotics use, high teenage birthrates and even high rates of heart disease.

That’s the argument of an important book by two distinguished British epidemiologists, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. They argue that gross inequality tears at the human psyche, creating anxiety, distrust and an array of mental and physical ailments — and they cite mountains of data to support their argument.

“If you fail to avoid high inequality, you will need more prisons and more police,” they assert. “You will have to deal with higher rates of mental illness, drug abuse and every other kind of problem.” They explore these issues in their book, “The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger.”

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File Under: Permanent War for Permanent Peace

“We have always been at war with Eastasia.”  Orwell 1984

Here’s a great deficit reduction idea.  Bring the troops home and close the overseas bases then cut the war budget by 25%.  Even cutting the war budget by 25% would leave the US spending more on war machinery than the entire rest of the world.

But I guess the allegedly gay Lindsey is trying to act macho so the Tea Baggers won’t treat him the way they treat other LGBT/TQ people.
Lindsey Graham: Permanent U.S. Presence In Afghanistan Would Be ‘Enormously Beneficial’

From Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/02/lindsey-graham-afghanistan-permanent-presence_n_803318.html

Sam Stein

Jan/ 2/2011

NEW HAVEN — There was, with really no notable exception, an absence of discussion of the Afghanistan war during the course of the 2010 campaign. But that may have been more a product of the electoral landscape (congressional races often don’t lend themselves to foreign policy debates) and strategic timelines (the start date for withdrawal begins in July 2011) than anything else.

And, indeed, during an interview Sunday morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) provided some indication that Republicans would push U.S. permanency in Afghanistan in the years ahead, insisting that it would be “enormously beneficial” to show that type of force “in perpetuity.”

“I think it would be enormously beneficial to the region as well as Afghanistan,” Graham said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “We have had air bases all over the world and a couple of air bases in Afghanistan would allow the Afghan security forces an edge against the Taliban in perpetuity. It would be a signal to Pakistan that the Taliban are never going to come back. In Afghanistan they could change their behavior. It would be a signal to the whole region that Afghanistan is going to be a different place.

“And if the Afghan people want this relationship, they are going to have to earn it.”

Continue reading at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/02/lindsey-graham-afghanistan-permanent-presence_n_803318.html

I don’t know about macho creds but Lindsey has sure pumped up his stupidly arrogant creds.

Afghanistan is a narco-state run by Islamo-fascist war lords.  For over 2000 years it has been a place where Empires go to die, mired down in a never ending war against people who have never been actually conquered.

Why does Lindsey Graham hate America?

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Kucinich: GOP’s anti-health reform push may fuel Medicare-for-all drive

I so wish Dennis Kucinich was President instead of  Barry,  the neo-liberal Reagan loving wimp.

What happened to the party of FDR.  Why can’t we have a real choice instead of two Corporate shills one ultra right and one merely right wing?

From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/kucinich-gops-anti-health-reform-push-may-fuel-medicare-for-all-drive/

By Nathan Diebenow
Saturday, January 1st, 2011 — 5:56 pm

Should Republicans push for the repeal of President Obama’s health care reform package in the next session of Congress, a Medicare-for-all plan would be politically easier to implement, a liberal congressman recently predicted.

“So, my Republican friends who are working very hard to demolish the bill, may, in fact, inadvertently, paradoxically be creating the opening to push single-payer forward again,” Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) told FoxNews Friday.

Kucinich, however, faces a fight to stick around Washington and push for a nationwide non-profit health care finance system because of congressional redistricting moves spearheaded by an Ohio General Assembly dominated by Republicans.

The US Census Bureau recently announced that the state of Ohio will lose two of its 18 congressional districts. This announcement fueled speculation that Kucinich, a seven-term congressman, could lose his seat because his Cleveland-area district has lost population, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

“I don’t have any control over this process, so I’m not going to worry about it,” Kucinich, a fierce co-sponsor of HR 676, which would extend Medicare to every American, told the Plain Dealer in December.

Continue reading at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/kucinich-gops-anti-health-reform-push-may-fuel-medicare-for-all-drive/

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