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The worst-kept secret in Hollywood

Hollywood was shaken up with allegations of the sexual harassment of Harvey Weinstein. Well, they knew about it, for years, so it doesn’t seem like it was shaken all that much. Stirred, perhaps. Maybe he could have learned something from Mike Pence.

The UK medical system had a crisis of care this summer, but it’s a crisis that it usually sees in winter. If they are this bad off already this year, will they be able to survive the winter? And yet, it’s a crisis coming to a country near you (i.e. the USA) if we don’t get out from under our attempt at socialized medicine.

Mentioned links:

Harvey Weinstein’s Fall Opens the Floodgates in Hollywood

How Did NBC Miss Out on a Harvey Weinstein Exposé?

NHS ‘sleepwalking into winter crisis’ as waiting times soar to nine-year high

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Is this the way to protest?

The right of Americans to have free speech has been debated recently. Some have been arguing that this right is inviolate and has no boundaries. But even in places where it can be exercised, are there times and places and even methods of speech that are inappropriate? Can expressing yourself wind up being counter-productive to your reason for speaking?

Somehow, someway, I take on this subject by bringing up the Westboro Baptist Church, HGTV almost-hosts Jason and David Benham, Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, and football. Yes, they all have something in common; the First Amendment.

Mentioned links:

Westboro Baptist Church [Wikipedia]

Snyder v. Phelps [Wikipedia]

Episode 76: Brendan and the Benhams; The Intolerant “Tolerance Police” Claim Their Next Victim

2 Killed, 29 Wounded In Chicago Weekend Shootings

Oh, and I dare you to try not to stand for this:

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Are Democrats aware of this?

I have yet another example (well, 2, actually) of Democrats trying to apply a religious test to someone trying to work in government. More and more Democrats are getting comfortable with this.

Bernie Sanders has decided to introduce a bill to create Medicaid for all. Because a system that is losing money hand over fist, pays  out less than private insurance, and is losing doctors all the time is just what we need to “fix” the health care system.

Or not.

And you can still donate to The Salvation Army for hurricane Harvey and Irma relief. Details here.

Mentioned links:

No Religious Test Clause [Wikipedia]

Episode 181: Cuts to Sex-Ed in Schools, and A New Religious Test for Government Work [previous episode of “Consider This!”]

Did Durbin and Feinstein Impose a Religious Test for Office?

Feinstein w/Barrett; 9-7-2017 [Video of questioning]

Dick Durbin Appears to Illegally Grill Trump Judicial Nominee Over Her Religion [Video of questioning]

Sanders Wants ‘Medicare For All.’ Here Are 8 Reasons That’s Dumb.

Medicare for All is becoming the new litmus test for Democratic presidential hopefuls.

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Has someone taken Pat’s place?

Pat Robertson has suggested that some natural disasters are God’s wrath for various sins. Well, with the arrival of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, he’s making those pronouncements again.

Or is he? Listen and see if you recognize who it is.

James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton of any prosecution over her private email server.  But was the fix in months before the press conference when he officially announced that? Yup.

To donate to hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief, click here to find out how to donate to the Salvation Army disaster services, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Mentioned links:

Jennifer Lawrence: ‘Mother Nature’s Rage’ Directed at U.S. Because of Trump

Comey Decided He Wasn’t Going to Refer Hillary For Prosecution Long Before FBI Investigation Was Over

It Wasn’t Comey’s Decision to Exonerate Hillary – It Was Obama’s

Episode 147: The Law Is Dead. Long Live The King.

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The economics of FirstNet

While I highlight your feedback to me on this show, this time I’m highlighting my feedback to another podcast.

This is my feedback to an episode of Congressional Dish, hosted by Jennifer Briney. Jennifer does the work of finding out what bills are going through Congress and brings you the “in a nutshell” versions of them to you, so you can find out what they’re doing for you, or to you. Her recent episode was about a project called FirstNet, a program designed to create a new nationwide wireless network just for first responders, so they aren’t blocked during emergencies because of everyone using their phones to find out if loved ones are OK.

This project was started in the wake of 9/11, and may come to fruition soon. She was glad to hear this was happening, but was concerned over the corruption that was part of the beginning of this process, and that the for-profit corporation AT&T was getting the contract, because, as she put it, AT&T puts profit first, and customers (in this case first responders) down on the list.

This is my response, mostly to the economic aspects of her concern, and how the free market has not been allowed to work properly, and the result is that we’re in monopolistic mess. I greatly encourage you to listen to her episode for the context of this feedback, and subscribe to her podcast.

(Jennifer never guarantees that she’ll use feedback that she gets in her show, and this bit of audio is 7 minutes 38 seconds, quite an imposition to her and her audience. So if she doesn’t use it, I’d absolutely understand.

Also, below is an extended transcript, more than what I said in my audio feedback. I got on a roll and couldn’t stop writing. I pared it back for the audio feedback, but this is everything I wanted to say.)

Mentioned links:

Congressional Dish, episode 155: FirstNet Empowers AT&T

Why Can’t The Market for Medical Care Work Like Cosmetic Surgery?

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Uninvited, deplatformed, and shunned

Berkeley, the home of the Free Speech movement in the 1960s, has been censoring conservative voices of late. But their latest “deplatforming” is someone who you’d never think in a million years would be the target of their ire.

Richard Dawkins. Yes, that Richard Dawkins.

But the thing is, while they might agree with him on that vast majority of the positions he takes — both spiritually and politically — there’s one particular position that was apparently a bridge too far.

What that position is, and how it exposes their other hypocrisies, is in this episode.

Mentioned links:

Anti-Free Speech Left Cancels Another Speaker at Berkeley…But This One May Surprise You

Bernie Sanders Makes Rare Appeal to Evangelicals at Liberty University

Atheist Richard Dawkins’ ‘abusive’ Islam statements lead Berkeley radio station to cancel his event

Uproar over Trump-themed ‘Julius Caesar,’ but none for Obama version at Guthrie 5 years ago

The Many Differences Between ‘Obama-Caesar’ and ‘Trump-Caesar’

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Red state, blue state, solvent state, broke state

George Clooney called Donald Trump a xenophobic fascist, and said his immigration policies were idiotic and intolerant. But when George, who wants to bring in as many unvetted immigrants as possible, gets a wake-up call as terrorism rings throughout the UK, where does he take refuge? Yeah, you guessed it.

And I’ll take about a surprising trend in state solvency. Which states, run by which political parties, are better off financially? Well, if you’re a regular listener to this podcast, you won’t be so surprised.

Mentioned links:

George Clooney interview: ‘Donald Trump is a xenophobic fascist’

How Ironic: George Clooney Moving Family Out of England For ‘Security Reasons’

George Clooney Plans to Move Amal and Twins Back to LA for Security Reason

Best-Run States Are Low-Tax Republican, Worst-Run Are High-Tax Democratic, Study Finds

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Charlie Gard gets the death penalty

If you’ve heard about the situation in the UK regarding Charlie Gard, you may be one of a minority in the US. Seems there are bigger stories here, like the dissecting of the handshake Trump and Putin had at the recent G20 meeting. (Gotta’ have your priorities.)

Just a few months old, Charlie Gard has a very rare medical condition that there is no known cure for, so doctors in the UK have said that Charlie must die. They’ve even prevented the parents from taking Charlie to the US for an experimental treatment at their own expense. Socialized medicine often decides who lives or dies based on the cost to taxpayers, but clearly money is not the issue here. It’s all about control.

This episode has my thoughts on the matter. Things have gone upside down.

Mentioned links:

MP GRAPHICS blog

MP Graphics Facebook page

Timeline: Parents battle to save Charlie Gard

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This is poised to take a downturn. Why?

The New York Times had an article noting that life expectancy in the US started declining in the 2014/2015 time frame, and no one seems to know why. What could have happened around that time that might account for this? Hmmm…

But the government’s solution for that was based on a system that is killing its “beneficiaries”. Is the cure worse than the disease?

The 2017 Podcast Award nominations are going on all month!  Please click here and nominate “Consider This” in the News and Politics category. Thanks so much.

Mentioned links:

Life Expectancy in U.S. Declines Slightly, and Researchers Are Puzzled

Disgrace: Almost 100 Veterans Died Waiting For Health Care At Los Angeles VA Hospital

Obamacare Death Spiral: First 2018 Coverage Map Reveals At Least 47 Counties With No Coverage

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For some, not exactly a raise

This time out, I’m reconsidering 3 topics I’ve covered in the past with some new information.

Stevie Wonder: He said something that I’ve said about Black Lives Matter in the past. Will it carry more weight?

San Bernardino: Five years ago, I talked about how this California city went bankrupt. They’re finally coming out of it. Now what?

Seattle: So how’s that minimum wage hike working out for them? Exactly as predicted. (Predicted by conservatives; not by the liberals that passed it.)

Mentioned links:

Previous episodes of “Consider This!”

Episode 7: Voter ID, Canadian Health Care, and Bankrupt Cities

Episode 137: Do Political Parties Matter for Local Issues?

Episode 154: #AllBlackLivesMatter

After five long years, San Bernardino is officially out of bankruptcy. What’s next?

What are the political party affiliations of the City of San Bernardino Mayor and Common Council?

Stevie Wonder: ‘You Cannot Say Black Lives Matter and Then Kill Yourselves’

New study suggests that Seattle’s $13 minimum wage is hurting workers

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