The present condition of life of theDSC_5385 poor and the rich in the US has proven that democracy and capitalism do not work. On the other hand, capitalism and apartheid work very well.

Democracy – government by the people, direct or representative – America does not have this.Options-Decisions-Choices

Capitalism – private wealth and profit-making, super-rich, 1%, oppression and exploitation – America has this.

Apartheid – racial segregation, white oppression and exploitation – America has this.

IMG_1234Whatever the founding fathers of America meant or hoped for in 1776 is not what we have in 2015.

Our schools, health care, prisons, infrastructure, institutions are private and managed by the for-profit capitalist system.

IMG_2682Our manufacturing jobs are sent overseas to increase profits for capitalists.

Our country is divided along racial colour lines.

White rules. All others get out or beg.

Our intellectuals are disillusioned and our universities are silent.

H13-22 NecrosisOur media is a propaganda machine and owned by the 1%.

Our military is not here to protect our homeland, our borders, but to conquer the world while we live in fear and beg for food and medicine.

Our most important industry is selling guns and drones to anyone in America or globally who has a $.

Crossman co2 air pistolOur democratically elected men and women in congress, state and city are poor on election day but rich the next day.

Our rich white 1% for-profit capitalist oppressors and exploiters choose the candidates and pay for them to be elected.DSCN7910

If this is democracy, what is apartheid?

 

 

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For Muslims, Ramadan is the holiestIMG_0135-1 month on their (lunar) calendar. It is a time when they give up “worldly” pleasures and devote their lives to God.

Our friends and colleagues are curious about what we do for thirty (30) days. There is no mystery. Here are some of our practices during the Ramadan:

Fasting (Saum): Fasting begins one hour and half before Sunrise and ends at sunset. We follow the lunar calendar and this year the times are approx. from 4:00 A.M. to 8:30 P.M. Yes, it’s a long day (16 & 1/2 hours) without food or water. However, it is not food, but Faith in God that gives strength to the Fasting person.

Prayer (Salaat): We pray five times per day –before sunrise, midday, late God-skyafternoon, sunset, and evening. Men go to mosque, women pray at home, or mosque.

Quran: Read the Quran, learn the Quran, use it as guidance in our daily lives.

Charity (Zakaat): We give at least 2 & 1/2% of our income/wealth to the poor. From 2013-01-04 22.53.21a socio-economic point of view, giving Zakaat helps maintain a financial balance in society. Those who are able (and willing) give to the less fortunate, the orphans and the widows. However, Zakaat is not only giving money. Any act of kindness, e.g. teaching a child to read, helping someone cross the street, giving someone a meal, helping a sick person, a smile, a kind word, are all considered acts of charity.

Muslims pray for their own souls, but they Fast for God. One can fake prayers (to show off)2013-01-04 22.53.31 but one can not fake Fasting. In addition, in Ramadan one prays to God for Mercy, Forgiveness and to be Spared the Fire of Hell. One also prays for their parents, children and siblings.

It is written that in the Month of Ramadan, God would not deny a Fasting person that which he asks for.

The Holy Month of Ramadan is the best of times for practicing Muslims. Yes, there is work, and chores, and the days are long, but it is a time when we talk to God, ask him for stuff, thank him mosquefor stuff, and we are at peace with ourselves.

God wants us to love him best, even more than ourselves; and our Prophet even better than ourselves. And in Ramadan we certainly do love them more.

Kind words and forgiving faults are better than giving charity. Quran 2:263.

 

 

See the PA first, if she thinks anything is wrong you’ll get to see the doctor. Oh! She’ll give you a prescription for pain killers, even if you don’t need it.Antique pharmacy

Has American health care and the medical profession plummeted to a new low? The first time this happened, I was left with a crippled hand. The second time I was given a month’s supply of pain killers that addicts kill for. This is the third time and I have some questions.

A Physician’s Assistant is called a PA.

First PA: A year ago I broke my hand. The orthopedic surgeon fixed up the bones and told the PA to put the cast on my hand. The caste was on too tight. They saw me weekly but did nothing. After six weeks of suffering with blue and swollen fingers I now have a crippled hand.

Second PA: Some weeks ago, I woke up with back pain and unable to move my legs. Could not get out DSC_5385of bed or walk. The ambulance took me to the ER. A few days later my doctor sent me to a spine specialist for an evaluation. At the appointment I did not see the specialist, but the PA interviewed me. She sent a prescription (signed by my unknown doctor) to a pharmacy in another state that sent me a month’s supply of pain killers which arrived at my home via UPS. Each pill contained 825 ml of Iboprofen and 26 ml of something else. I threw them out.

[Why didn’t they give me the prescription to change at my local pharmacy?] Yikes!

Third PA: Forty-one years ago I broke my knee in a car accident. It was operated on, healed well and never gave me a problem. This past winter it has been painful to the point of sleepless nights and limping days. I went to the doctor. He ordered an orthopedic evaluation and told me to go to the same group of swindlers as above (second PA).

I called for an appointment and was told that the first visit was with a PA and then I will see the doctor on a follow-up visit. Ihelp called my doctor and asked him to recommend another specialist. He did. I called the second specialist he recommended and was told that they only accept “New Injuries”. Upon enquiries, I found out that “new injuries” and billing the insurance companies are profitable, whereas 41 year old injuries were not “treated” at their office.

The question is: How does one get to see a specialist or any doctor without going to or through the PA? This is a new experience for me. Is this the new trend in medicine? Trying to see a spine or knee doctor is like trying to get an appointment with the President or the Queen of England.DSC_5394

Who are these doctors anyway? And what is the function of the PA? I never realized that PAs can diagnose spinal problems or determine how to fix a knee gone old and arthritic.

In England GPs still make house calls.

In America, the PAs interview the patients, the doctors sign prescriptions not knowing what’s wrong with the patient, the prescriptions go to another part of the country to be filled and 2013-01-28_09-16-34_256then delivered by post. The insurance gets billed and the patient continues to suffer not knowing what’s wrong with her spine or knee, but has tons of pain killers to put her to sleep.

Someone out there please help me. I need to know how the new doctor / patient / American medicine relationship work.

 

 

(Sorry it took so long to complete this story.)

abingon-thames-side-2 In order to understand how Panamanian policies oppress its black citizens one must go back in history.

In 1903 when the Americans began building the Panama Canal they needed cheap, strong labourers who could endure long hours and produce upon demand. The Americans went to Barbados and recruited 23,000 black men. These “slaves” were paid 10 cents per hour for a 10 hour day. A day’s wages were $1.00 per day and $6.00 per week for a six-day week.

When the Canal was completed in 1914 some of these workers stayed in Panama, some died, and some returned to Barbados.DSC03525-B

Those that remained in Panama settled in Colon.

Fast forward to 2015. Today, descendants of those black people who built the Panama Canal live in a slum called Colon. The Panama Canal brings in an annual income of $4 billion per year. The money is used to build a wealthy, healthy Panama for its chosen citizens. The black men who built the Panama Canal with blood, sweat, tears, and death, are forgotten.DSC02822

The reason this Colon Slum exists is because this is prime real estate on the Atlantic coast and developers want this land for more sky-scrapers, shopping malls, luxury condos, and tourist money.

The government policy is to slowly push the black people out. If nothing is done to improve their quality of life they might just leave. Except they have nowhere to go. No water, electric, health care, education for the kids, no jobs for the adults and they die or leave.IMG_2682

The government placates them with free water and electric because the government does not want an uprising or a riot on its hand.

These black souls built the Panama Canal that brings in $4 billion annually but they are not allowed to enjoy the wealth.

How about the Americans who enslaved them and made money on the Panama Canal for 100 years? Don’t they have a responsibility to them? We Americans spread oppression and exploitation and shun our responsibilities. We love to use and abuse.2013-01-28_09-16-34_256

Somebody, Americans and Panamanians, owes the black people of Panama a lot of respect, and especially a lot of money. It’s time to pay up. Black lives matter – in Panama too.

Incidentally, the Barbadian Prime Minister –Mr. Freundel Stuart – was in Panama on May 5, 2015 to “strengthen cultural ties” with Panama. The slums of Colon and the dilemma of the Barbadian slaves who built the Canal were not discussed.

 

 

 

 

 

A Prayer For The New Year

December 31, 2014

We Pray and ask God to make the Year 2015 a year of peace for humankind.happy-flowers

We Pray that poverty and suffering of all people will decrease.

We Pray that the hungry will be given food, the homeless will find homes, and the sick will get medicine and good health, God Willing.balloon-boy

We Pray that all the orphans of war and in the world, with God’s help, will find good “parents” and warm homes.

Almighty God, only you can fulfill the needs of the poor and the orphans. Please bless them with food, homes and good health in the New Year.God-sky

Please God make hate and racism go away.

The children of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Yemen, the African Continent, the Ebola victims, the victims of war, they all need your help.DSCF4284

Please Almighty God, help the poor and the needy of our world. Thank you.

Happy New year to all especially the poor and needy.

 

 

Doctors: The New Drug Dealers

December 22, 2014

 

 

 

Greedy doctors, working for drug companies, are destroying people’s lives.DSC_5394

American doctors and the medical profession have hit a new low in the US. Doctors now work for drug companies instead of curing sick people.

Walk into a doctor’s office and one is guaranteed to leave with several prescriptions, a few for unrelated illnesses.

A friend went to the doctor for her annual check-up. He told her everything “looked” okay, and would call her when the blood, urine and other test results were in. She is in good health. She takes no pills. However, he gave her a prescription for vitamins – B12 and D.IMG_0318

Doctors killed one person of my family with pills. At one point she was taking 24 – 30 pills per day. We changed doctors, who reduced her intake, but it was too late. She was taking pills for diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and depression, but had none of these diseases. She was also taking prescription vitamins – B12 and calcium.f2-DSCN2702

A second member of my family sees his doctor once every week and leaves with pain killers, depression pills, etc. He swears by his doctors. He refuses to believe that he is not sick. His doctor told him he is sick and needs drugs to live and doctor’s words are gospel.

His doctor told him he has a bad back and should not walk. How could this be?

There are more doctors’ stories, but I’m sure everyone has his own tale to tell.DSCN7910

American doctors stink. They are greedy, self serving and serve the drug companies instead of the people they swore to care for.

They are destroying people’s quality of life. They are turning healthy people into vegetables dependant on pills – drugs. No wonder they are against social medicine in this country.DSC02722

If only people – as my family member – would wake up and see what charlatans doctors truly are, maybe American medicine will change for the better. In the meantime, we are becoming a country of drug addicts.

The fact is that the Pilgrims and the Natives were starving and got together to share food and give ttronslien-8953thanks after a particularly difficult year of food shortage and living conditions. Except the fact is the Pilgrims and Puritans were savage killers who were killing the Natives.

The fact is that President Lincoln declared a day to give thanks at the end of the Civil War. Except, this fact is not recorded in history.

END OF TWO FACTS!

In the evolution of this American Holy-day how these myths got started is anyone’s guess.IMG_7839

Over time – hundreds of years – Thanksgiving became a true American Holy-day. Families of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds celebrate and give thanks for their blessings. Immigrant families languagemore so, because they were the new Settlers (without the savage killer instincts) and had a lot to be grateful for.

In the last 50 years, and especially in the last 20 years, Thanksgiving has evolved into a day with very little meaning. Like all American Holy-days, Thanksgiving has evolved into a great sale day, with black Friday as the deity of cheap worship.

President Day sale – who cares which president, etc.

Easter sale – the holiest days in the Christian calendar.

Memorial Day sale – who remembers and honour the war dead?

Independence Day sale – Labour Day sale – Veterans Day sale.

Christmas sale – absolutely no religious significance.

New Years sale – the sales to end all sales!

So here we are. Sale before and after sale every holy day. None of these holy-days has any meaning but that capitalism is healthy, alive and producing profits.DSC_5394

And on every one of these holy days the TV has a constant feed of ball games. Families – those at home and not shopping – eat in front of the TV or eat between games.

A family sitting around the dining table is more than eating. It is talking, sharing family news, mourning, celebrating, laughing, holding hands, praying, thanking, and so much more.

American life has evolved into mid-night sales and door busters as the main events to celebrate.church

Perhaps it is just as well that Thanksgiving has no meaning, after all it is a mythical holy day!

AMERICA HAS NO CULTURE, BUT CELEBRATES A LACK OF CULTURE!!!

Happy shopping!!!

 

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