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Showing posts with label Albert Einstein. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Albert Einstein. Show all posts

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Albert Einstein: America's Race Problem





“There is separation of colored people from white people in the United States. That separation is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. And, I do not intend to be quiet about it.”




Albert Einstein said this in May 1946. He actually said many things, clearly showing his opposition to racism, but during that time, his views about it were not as publicized as his views on other matters. I found this information from excerpts from a little-known 2006 book entitled "Einstein on Race and Racism" by Fred Jerome and Rodger Taylor. I did some further research off the Web and confirmed the information. I put it together, along with a pic I found, also on the Web, in a post for Einstein's birthday on March 13, 2013. It was one of my first posts that started getting picked up and shared. The information became so popular, especially among people who didn't know about Einstein, that even Snopes had to research the information about Einstein and found it valid on June 24, 2013.

The information and the picture is still circulating around the Web, teaching people something new about a cultural icon that we never really knew about. I don't wish to take credit for this - the information was already out there, I, as well as others, just helped it along. I just wanted to point out the the power of a simple post, shared among friends. You may think you are posting about nothing, but, if enough people care, you could be enlightening many others, not only encouraging others to learn more about our history, but also to question it, especially about information that may not have been included in our history books.

In this day and age when some are rewriting or erasing history for their own greed or agenda, the unknown individual can still stand up, speak out, and share. I applaud each and everyone of you who take the time to do this, whether it is one post or, lol. hundreds throughout the day - you know who you are! Thank you for the knowledge, the humor, and, most, importantly the friendship. I love learning, and I love sharing what I have learned. Thank you.
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Medicaid Losers! Doesn't Have To Be You



Does your state governor or state legislature respect your vote?  Do they show any degree of compassion for the elderly and poor who stand to gain from Medicaid Expansion. If you answered "no" to either of the question have a history or inclination to vote GOP, you are showing signs of Albert Einstein's....



You do not have to live as a Medicaid Expansion "loser." 

 

But, the Medicaid Expansion landscape changed over time.

Medicaid Expansion status 2014.....

Status of state Medicaid expansion decisions as of 2014. (Pew Charitable Trusts)

The Center for Budget ad Policy Priorities (CBPP) w/permission

States’ Very Good Deal on Expanding Medicaid Gets Even Better
April 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm


In a little-noticed finding in last week’s Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on health reform, CBO sharply lowered its estimates of how much the Medicaid expansion will cost states. We’ve noted repeatedly that the federal government will cover the large bulk of the expansion’s cost. As our new report explains, these new figures make it even clearer that the expansion is a great deal for states.


  • CBO now estimates that the federal government will, on average, pick up more than 95 percent of the total cost of the Medicaid expansion and other health reform-related costs in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) over the next ten years (2015-2024).
  • States will spend only 1.6 percent more on Medicaid and CHIP due to health reform than they would have spent without health reform (see chart). That’s about one-third less than CBO projected in February.

Moreover, the 1.6 percent figure doesn’t reflect states’ savings in providing health care for the uninsured, many of whom will now have Medicaid coverage. The Urban Institute has estimated that if all states took the Medicaid expansion, states would save between $26 billion and $52 billion from 2014 through 2019 in reduced spending on hospital care and other services provided to the uninsured.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Don Lemon Steps Up Behind O'Reilly (And Claims It!) Part II: Racism, "Black on Black Crime" and White Privilege


As we started this set of screeds with Part I, we stated our primary issues were, Bill O'Reilly's Fox News racist diatribe in response to President Obama's press conference a week ago. A secondary, yet ever more important, reason for Part I was Don Lemon's, CNN News, out of whack judgment in following someone like Bill O'Reilly down any path that leads to contemplation and comment of the African-American community. 

Bill O'Reilly's criticism of black community "Doesn't go far enough. " Don Lemon.


O'Reilly's purpose was clear and concerted.  Lemon's purpose clouded, misguided and very poorly delivered (timing and setting).  As stated in Part I, the Right has turned the words "Black on black crime" into a very audible dog whistle  Every time the discussion of the heinous killings across the nation pop-up, we hear someone the Right yelp about "black on black crime."  I have heard such in the aftermath of the Colorado theater mass killing.  Relevance please? 

O'Reilly mentioned the dog whistle and promptly rampaged into a number of disparaging specious remarks about the black community.

Many of his remarks were groundless and accompanied by obvious visible hatred of President Obama. Lemon via his comments "Did not go far enough" folded his agreement with O'Reilly into his self anointed and shallow rage against some in the Black community. The vast majority of African-Americans also hold 'sagging pants" and use of the "N" word in contempt. Does Lemon believe that his ratings garnering rant will affect change more readily than action oriented efforts by key movers and shakers in the black community?
We offer a series of short videos that truly capture effective and productive dialog regarding the impetus for O'Reilly's rant and Lemon's ill-advised magnetizing to O'Reilly.  

We have taken a few clips from the Tim Wise web site linked above. The links are from a recent segment on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show. While Wise shared the stage with four very notable panelist, we are going to focus on Wise for a couple of reasons. He is white and he is very effective at delivering messages that many people find tough hard to stomach language.

Black on Black crime anyone?

Two minutes of The Ed Show

Now let's drill deeper.

Twenty-three (23) seconds of pure truism from someone not of the black community: Tim Wise.



Tim Wise on Melissa Harris-Perry show July 20, 2013. We provide three excerpts from the segment.  The entire segment can be located on MSNBC.com. or Tim Wise Dot Org.


Full Clip 

Black on Black crime




What follows embodies the reason it was important for the president to speak on the judicial system, speak of recent murders of young black men, and speak about stereotypical reactions from whites and the need to grow beyond such. 



The race problem in the United States is not a problem born from African-Americans.  O'Reilly's deflection is as useless as Lemons efforts to reach into communities he, frankly, cannot reach.  

Others have spoken out against US racism. One very noted activist is a person not commonly associated with US racism and its oppressive impact on the Black Community. As we consider the person,  one can hardly criticize his liberalism one conservatism nor can anyone question his intellect. We offer Albert Einstein.

The Coli Dot Com 
Albert Einstein 
“As for the Negroes this country still has a heavy debt to discharge for all the troubles and disabilities it has laid on the Negro's shoulders; for all that his fellow-citizens have done and to some extent are still doing to him. To the Negro and his wonderful songs and choirs we owe the finest contribution in the realm of art which America has so far given to the world. And this great gift we owe, not to those whose names are engraved on this ‘Wall of Fame’ but to children of the people, blossoming namelessly as the lilies of the field.” [5]


“There is ... a somber point in the social outlook of Americans ... Their sense of equality and human dignity is mainly limited to men of white skins. Even among these there are prejudices of which I as a Jew am dearly conscious; but they are unimportant in comparison with the attitude of ‘Whites’ toward their fellow-citizens of darker complexion, particularly toward Negroes. ... The more I feel an American, the more this situation pains me. I can escape the feeling of complicity in it only by speaking out.” 

Racism is America’s greatest disease” and “Racism is a disease of the white man.” 

Sources:
Jones, Ronald. "The Human Genome, American Societies, “The Clinical Epidemiology of Pathological Antisocial Thinking”, and Albert Einstein" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Atlanta Hilton, Charlotte, NC, . 2009-12-02

Of course, any reference to white America and the "Negro" would fall on O'Reilly's deft ears. 

A reminder for DOn Lemon about Bill O'Reilly. If a mind would take a person to the following how can an intelligent being find any reason to align on any reason. 

We hope that Lemon and anyone of rational mind who would opt for more direct attempts at interventions. It does not take a genius to know that going on national (and international) television with messages (such as Lemon's) might have more impact if spoken directly to perpetrators of their perceived ills within the black community.  Lemon's audience is not predominately black and he and his managers know that as fact.

The questions remain, what was the point? What was the point of connecting with Fox New's Bill O'Reilly? What was the point of Lemon's delivering such a shallow message to an audience that will not share his sentiments with perpetrators of sagging pants? I will wager not one of Lemon's predominately white audience will counsel anyone in the black community on use of the "N" word.

Lemon would have been much better off dealing with false mantra related to "black on black" crime.
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Affordable Care Act Moves Forward!

How many Tea Party repeal ACA votes have Boehner and Cantor held?  (39,40)

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

We thought we would share a White House information email related to the ACA.  You will also find a couple of additional ACA graphics.


The White House, Washington
Hi, everyone --
If you want tangible evidence of the way that the new health care law is already helping ordinary people, it's worth having a conversation with one of the 8.5 million Americans who received rebates from their insurance companies this summer. Just ask the folks who got checks in the mail.

Because of the Affordable Care Act, insurers are required to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on medical care, instead of overhead like salaries or advertising. And if an insurance company doesn't meet that standard, it has to provide a rebate to its customers.

It's a really big deal, and we want to make sure everyone understands how it works.


Check out this graphic about health care rebates.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/health-care-rebate

Thanks!
Tara

Tara McGuinness
Senior Communications Advisor
The White House

Visit WhiteHouse.gov

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Friday, May 17, 2013

House Votes to Repeal Obamacare. Why? The Answer Looks Bad.



John Boehner says, “We. Will. Repeal.”
The White House says, “It’s. The. Law”


Do you want perspective on why the GOP has spent 15% of its time on insane repeal Obamacare votes?  Could the governing fallacy have to do with steady stream of contribution to Hose Representatives? If you chose to not view the charts below  at least view the Open Secrets links.  The ;picture is stark and will slap you in the face.

First, let's visit a quote from a very intelligent person.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Blog Market Watch Dot Com published an interesting piece on the GOP and their insanity regarding the useless Affordable Care Act repeal votes. The John Boehner and White House tweets above are extracted from the piece. 

If you read the TPI piece "The Gallery of Shame" you read about the gun lobbying expenditures and contributions to GOP members of Congress.  The contributions shed light on why each member of the US Senate blocked background check legislation. A few Democrats also voted to block background checks and that link shows they probably voted out of fear as the money did not trickle over to their "open accounts". 

Market Watch used an interesting interactive paragraph to show how the ACA has cut into the earnings (share prices) of top Health care Insurance companies. 

Excerpt

Since there is virtually no chance the Democratic-controlled Senate will pass the legislation — and an even more remote possibility Obama would sign it — the move is more a political ploy.

Excerpt

Since the law was enacted in March 2010, share prices of four of the five major U.S. insurers — Aetna Inc. AET -0.50% , Cigna Corp. CI -1.09% , Humana Inc. HUM -0.19% , and UnitedHealth Group Inc. UNH +0.86% — have nearly doubled in value. The fifth, WellPoint Inc. WLP -1.27% , has gained about 20%. The company has struggled with declining membership enrollment and higher medical costs. Read more on Health Exchange blog.

As is frequently the case, regarding the specific corporations listed, we took the Market Watch paragraph above and sought more insight into money trails and corporate performance under the Affordable Care Act. (ACA) We sought narrative information from Reuters, charts from Yahoo Finance, and political contribution information from Open Secrets.  The Think Progress table below concisely summarizes information  about the Market Watch companies. All sources are link on a per corporation basis.

Despite Market Watch's clear indication that four of the five corporations have suffered "Share Prices" erosion, data from other sources (As delineated above) show stellar revenue performance with an exception for WellPoint. In fact, it may be purely coincidental, but charted indicators below show post Obama Stimulus performance at the level of phenomenal. The Stimulus is not a primary consideration and focus of this piece; the charted data drew attention comparable to an unattended "Benjamin" ($100.00 bill) lying in front of me. 




Aetna Inc.
Open Secrets Dot Org: Link
 PROFITS, REVENUES RISE (Q3 2012)


Aetna said its third-quarter profit had risen to $499.2 million, or $1.47 per share, from $490.4 million, or $1.30 per share, a year earlier.


Excluding tax benefits and other special items, earnings rose to $1.55 per share from $1.40. That was ahead of analysts' average estimate of $1.34, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.


Last week, larger competitor UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH.N) also reported earnings above Wall Street expectations.


Aetna's revenue increased to $8.9 billion from $8.4 billion, in line with expectations. The company attributed the rise to higher insurance premiums in its commercial, Medicare and Medicaid businesses.


Aetna added 149,000 new medical members in the quarter to reach its full-year goal of 18.2 million.
 Chart forAetna Inc. (AET)
 Cigna Corp.
Open Secrets Dot Org: Link 
NET INCOME FALLS May 2013

Cigna's first-quarter net income fell to $57 million, or 20 cents per share, from $371 million, or $1.28 per share, a year earlier.
The results included a previously announced $507 million charge for a February deal with Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N), which will reinsure two of Cigna's closed annuity reinsurance businesses and remove risk from the company's balance sheet.
Excluding that charge and other items, earnings were $497 million, or $1.72 per share, up from $359 million, or $1.24 per share, a year earlier.
On that basis, analysts were expecting $1.43 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
"The beat was driven by stronger-than-expected medical cost management," Oppenheimer & Co analyst Michael Wiederhorn wrote in a research note.
Chart forCigna Corp. (CI)
Humana Inc. 
Open Secrets Dot Org: Link
PROFIT DOUBLES
Humana's first-quarter net income nearly doubled to $473 million, or $2.95 per share, from $248 million, or $1.49 per share, a year earlier.The company said results were 26 cents a share higher than expected because of favorable claims settlements and the delayed cuts to Medicare reimbursement. Excluding those benefits, earnings of $2.69 a share were far higher than the $1.81 that analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S were expecting on that basis.

 Chart forHumana Inc. (HUM)
UnitedHealth Group Inc.
Open Secrets Dot Org: Link 
 ADVERSE INCENTIVE
The company said first-quarter net profit was $1.2 billion, or $1.16 per share, down from $1.4 billion, or $1.31 per share a year earlier.
Analysts on average had been expecting earnings of $1.14 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.


Investors may have been surprised that the company did not beat earnings by more given that some hospital groups have reported low use of services this quarter, which typically benefits insurers, said Chris Rigg, an analyst at Susquehanna Financial Group. Hospital groups HCA Holdings Inc (HCA.N) and Health Management Associates Inc (HMA.N) both warned that admissions were weak in the first quarter.


"The data points we've gotten from the providers would have suggested a larger beat in the quarter," Rigg said.


The company also lowered its 2013 revenue expectation by $2.5 billion to $122 billion because a major public-sector customer had switched out of a full-risk plan to a self-funded insurance plan. In the latter, the customer pays for its employee healthcare and UnitedHealth administers the plan. UnitedHealth, which provides these services to many large companies, receives lower revenue in that fee-based business.


The switch comes as employers and insurance providers brace for the next wave of implementation of the Affordable Care Act.


"There is an adverse incentive in the Affordable Care Act to move from full-risk insurance to a service, self-insurance type model," Jefferies & Co analyst David Windley said. Moving to a self-funded plan can enable employers to avoid the new insurance premium tax next year, he said.
Chart forUnitedHealth Group Incorporated (UNH)
WellPoint Inc.
 Open Secrets Dot Org: Link
WellPoint reported a profit of $885.2 million, or $2.89 per share, up from $856.5 million, or $2.53 per share, a year earlier. It now expects 2013 net income earnings of at least $7.75 per share.
Chart forWellPoint Inc. (WLP)



Think Progress
“Combined profits for UnitedHealth Group Inc., WellPoint Inc., Aetna Inc., Cigna Corp. and Humana Inc., which cover one-third of the U.S. population, surged 13.5% to $3.4 billion in the second quarter,” they found. “If the trend holds, the five companies will take a record $14 billion in profits in 2011.”

If the healthcare industry continues to experience higher profits and increasing numbers of people  signing-up for coverage, I cannot get my brain around GOP efforts to repeal the ACA.  They factually accept money from big healthcare. In fact,  Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) has stated the repeal votes are akin to a terrible "Catch-22" for the GOP.  The GOP (Ryan Budget) includes cost analysis and projections based on existing law. The ACA is existing law!  Does the (fallacy laden) Ryan Budget fall part if the ACA is repealed?  Does the GOP care about the impact on their Budget plan if the ACA is non-existent?  I posit the GOP does not care about impact on their budget because their budget is basically "Smoke and Mirrors' (cracked mirrors) in its entirety.
“House Republicans’ budget hypocrisy knows no bounds,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), the Democrats’ leader on budget issues, told TPM. “This Obamacare repeal vote … exposes the mother of all budget gimmicks — the fact that the Republican claim of balancing the budget depends on the savings and revenues from Obamacare. The minute they vote to repeal the law, their budget is out of balance — they can’t have it both ways.”

Martin Bashir and Chrsi Van Hollen

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John Boehner says, “We. Will. Repeal.” I am possibly being a bit feeble minded, but I see nothing in repeal efforts, but unadulterated politics.  The GOP in the House is clearly working to strip the nation of President Obama's key piece of legislation since taking office in 2009. The following link navigates to a Healthcare Dot Gov webpage.  Specifically, you will be navigated to an ACA Timeline.  As I click though the Timeline, even with my liberal bias, I cannot find any reason conservatives would red the items and take exception. Over the last week a few articles have induced cause to pause as I listen to the GOP.  First, healthcare cost increases have slowed moderately. The less rapid increase in cost may not be due to the ACA, but there is little that indicates the ACA may not have some influence. I am not making declarative statements that the ACA has definite impact on the slowed cost increases. Another article related to well documented reductions in the US deficit. The reports are accompanied by bewilderment from many economist who to the person caution about the future. Well, I find that intriguing.  I am not hearing as much caution from economist who have supported the Administration economic strategies and plans since early 2009. In fact, Paul Krugman was very vocal in early 2009 that the Stimulus was not enough   All the while many of those, now amazed, economist continue their 'all is a world of whoa" in the nations. Yet,  another reason to find fault in administration from the Right.   It appears to date all of the obstruction  and all the resistance has simply slowed progressive towards a better society. How can I, if I was inclined, even think to buy into thought the GOP is on the right (excuse the pun) of the "repeal the ACA" activities, waste and shame?
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