Recovery Zone

 Healing Our World

Everywhere we look we see a world in trouble--environmental degradation; war, torture and militarism; corporate greed, poverty and economic injustice;  a negligent media--and all of it intertwined.  Yet there are also people dedicated to solving these problems--working on them from every possible angle.  They are part of a leaderless, bottom up, grass roots social movement manifesting itself in a myriad of ways. Paul Hawken describes this movement as humanity's "immune response"  to the sickness that pervades our world -- "social antibodies attaching themselves to the pathologies of power."  The Recovery Zone gives voice to these healers.  Tune in on the 4th Wednesday of each month, from 11:00 to 11:30 in the morning, or check it out in the KBOO archives.

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Marc Bekoff discusses "Rewilding our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Co-existence"

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Recovery Zone
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Wed, 11/26/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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interview with animal rights activist and expert Marc Bekoff

Human excesses have led to the planet's worst extinction crisis in tens of millions of years. Our consumption patterns force billions of animals, every year, to face suffering and slaughter on factory farms.

Early Warning System in Rainforests Monitors Biodiversity, Climate Change, May Aid Human Survival

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Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Interview w/Jorge Ahumada on TEAM Network at Conservation International

The Recovery Zone continues with a look at the importance of rainforests to human survival, the impacts of climate change, and new methods to track what's happening in them so that we can make smarter decisions. Host Stephanie Potter speaks with Jorge Ahumada, Executive Director of the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network (TEAM) at Conservation International to learn how these efforts are helping to provide real-time data for monitoring long-term trends in biodiversity to help guide conservation actions. Call-in's welcome: 503-231-8187

Conservation without Borders through International Peace Parks

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Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Interview with Todd Walters of Conservation International on peace parks, peace building strategies

What is a peace park? How can a  peace park simultaneously promote biodiversity, job creation, as well as peace and stability in hot spots around the world?

David Haskell: "The Forest Unseen, A Year's Watch in Nature"

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Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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David George Haskell discusses his book "The Forest Unseen, A Year's Watch in Nature"

Almost daily, over the course of a year, biologist David George Haskell visited a small patch of ground in a remnant of old growth Tennessee forest, disturbing as little as possible.  With grace and empathy he recorded his observations in The Forest Unseen, A Year's Watch in Nature.  The book is a series of essays on the complex interconnections of the forest and its inhabitants, spinning a fascinating web of biology, ecology and poetry to explain the science that binds us all into ecosystems that have been cycling for eons. Hosted by Stephanie Potter

Resolve conflict with Resolutions Northwest Mediator

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Recovery Zone
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Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Stuart Watson discusses Resolutions NW Neighborhood Mediation Program -- call in w/your issue!

Upset by an inconsiderate neighbor?  Involved in a landlord tenant conflict? Harassed by a co-worker or family member? Resolutions Northwest Neighborhood Mediation Program deals with these sorts of problems and more. There is no cost to Portland residents, the service is provided by trained volunteer mediators, and satisfaction rates are at 94%.  Find out more from Neighborhood Mediation Program Coordinator Stuart Watson. He'll also share his expertise, so if someone's bugging you be sure to call in!

Divestment & Provestment-A race of two tipping points

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Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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How and why we can and must switch from fossil fuels to renewables

"Plant Intelligence & the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth"

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Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Author Stephen Harrod Buhner discusses "Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm"

"We cannot solve our problems using the same kind of thinking that created them." --Albert Einstein  What could be the ecological functions of bacterial resistance, psychotropic fungi, or invasive species? What about human beings? What are we doing here? How can we comprehend that all life possesses intelligence, language and a sense of I and Not I?

Gayathri Ramprasad on Acceptance, Healing and Cross-Cultural Advocacy for the Mentally Ill

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Wed, 05/28/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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"Shadows in the Sun" author, Gayathri Rampasad, on healing and overcoming stigma of mental illness
As a teen ager Gayathri Rampasad suffered from debilitating panic and depression, but was only told to "get over it." Raised in India, she eventually came to Portland, Oregon, through an arranged marriage, and became a mother. Here her depression became suicidal and she was locked up more than once in a mental hospital. In her memoir Shadows in the Sun, Healing from Depression and finding the Light Within, Gayathri shares her story of understanding and transformation; and tells how she overcame the shame and stigma of mental illness, which plagues over 450 million globally.

How the Principles of Improvisational Theater Can Help Resolve Serious Conflicts

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Recovery Zone
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Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Dr. Barbara Tint tells how the principals of improv theater can be used in conflict resolution
Skills that are developed in improvisational theater can be transferred to conflict resolution according to  Dr. Barbara Tint, Associate Professor at Portland State University.

"The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet"

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Recovery Zone
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Wed, 03/26/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Permaculture Designer Jordan Fink & Kristin Ohlson, "The Soil Will Save Us," on carbon sequestration
Traditional agriculture practices over thousands of years have led to the loss of up to 80% of the carbon from the world's soils. What have we been doing wrong? How can we foster, and benefit from, the ancient partnership between soil micro-organisms and plants?  Could changing our farming and ranching practices actually reduce atmospheric CO2 levels? Tune in to hear from Portland's Kristin Ohlson, author of The Soil Will Save Us, How Scientists, Farmers and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet. She'll be joined by the co-founder of Portland's City Repair Project, Jordan Fink.

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"Plastic Free: How I kicked the Plastic Habit and How You can Too" with author Beth Terry

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Wed, 11/28/2012
Millions of us consider our use of plastic a perfectly normal part of everyday life. We purchase and toss out our plastic products and packaging without giving it a second thought. But Beth Terry began thinking about it in 2007, and when she learned about the toxicity and environmental consequences she was moved to kick her plastic habit. Host Stephanie Potter interviews Beth Terry, blogger of My Plastic Free Life, and author of Plastic Free: How I kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, a book described as "fun, friendly and informative." Terry  is a founding member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition and has been a leader in successful citizen action campaigns. She also gives presentations  on plastic-free living and how and why our personal actions make a real difference.  

Soaring past 7 billion: Population challenges for a crowded world

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Wed, 07/25/2012

Seven billion humans are alive today, up from one billion in 1900, and the environment is taking a beating. What's next? Nine-plus billion by 2050? Eleven billion? But what happens to these numbers if we educate and empower women? If we provide family planning services? What's stopping us? In "Soaring Past 7 Billion: Population Challenges for a Crowded World," John Seager, president of Population Connectionaddresses these issues.  He spoke in Portland last winter for the University of Oregon's Life Long Learning Institute. (Talk edited for time by Stephanie Potter. Music by Kevin MacLeod.)

Population growth stretches natural resources to their limits. Deforestation, food and water shortages, and climate change are all intensified by the addition of nearly 80 million people a year to the world's population. According to the United Nations, the global population could be as high as 11 billion in 2050 or as low as 8 billion, if the right programs are put in place now. At least 200 million women around the world would like to delay or end childbearing but have no access to contraception. Family planning improves maternal and infant health and allows women to be more active in society. The 50 poorest countries on earth are also those with the highest fertility rates. Voluntary family planning improves everyone's quality of life.  --Population Connection 

Population growth, environment: affected by women's empowerment, access to family planning services

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Recovery Zone
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Wed, 07/25/2012

Seven billion humans are alive today, up from one billion in 1900, and the environment is taking a beating. What's next? Nine-plus billion by 2050? Eleven billion? But what happens to these numbers if we educate and empower women? If we provide family planning services? What's stopping us? In "Soaring Past 7 Billion: Population Challenges for a Crowded World," John Seager, president of Population Connectionaddresses these issues.  He spoke in Portland last winter for the University of Oregon's Life Long Learning Institute. (Talk edited for time by Stephanie Potter. Music by Kevin MacLeod.)

Population growth stretches natural resources to their limits. Deforestation, food and water shortages, and climate change are all intensified by the addition of nearly 80 million people a year to the world's population. According to the United Nations, the global population could be as high as 11 billion in 2050 or as low as 8 billion, if the right programs are put in place now. At least 200 million women around the world would like to delay or end childbearing but have no access to contraception. Family planning improves maternal and infant health and allows women to be more active in society. The 50 poorest countries on earth are also those with the highest fertility rates. Voluntary family planning improves everyone's quality of life.  --Population Connection

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Portland's first-ever EcoSex Symposium changes "Earth as Mother" to "Earth as Lover"

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Wed, 06/27/2012

What is EcoSex? How can it help us to heal ourselves? Heal our planet? What happens when the Earth becomes our lover, rather than our mother? EcoSex Symposium Portland 2012, happening June 29-July 1, will be exploring this new form of earth activism in a venue that includes neuroscience, ecology, love, animals, fungi, plants, intimacy, music, and dance. Find out more with host Stephanie Potter who will be talking with Gabriella Cordova, symposium organizer and Tantra teacher and Bob Czimbal, keynote speaker & author.

From the EcoSex Symposium website: "How do our belief systems and attitudes about human sexuality affect the way we treat each other, other life forms and the ecosystem, and what can be done to better steward the planet and our relationships? Ecosexuality looks at the intersection of ecology and sexuality, two prescient topics in modern society, and asks: How do our belief systems and attitudes about human sexuality affect the way we treat each other, other life forms and the ecosystem, and what can be done to better steward the planet and our relationships?

The term EcoSex is newly coined and growing in popularity among sex positive activists and ardent environmentalists who understand that humans aren’t just part of nature; we are nature. It’s time we apply the ideals of sustainability to our intimate lives and behaviors." (Find out more about the Symposium at www.ecosex.org)

Gabriella Cordova is a Tantra teacher, pleasure facilitator, workshop presenter, and an organizer of events related to sacred sexuality, eroticism, relationship, and female empowerment. She also successfully organized ErosFestNW, Sex Positive Meetup, and the Lotus Heart Center an event space.

Bob Czimbal is well known and well loved in Portland, considered a leader and a wise man, he presides over many of the communities rituals and ceremonies. With his partner, Maggie, he's authored Vitamin T - A Guide to Healthy Touch and Kindred Spirits: The Quest for Love and Friendship, and created the seminar Erotic Spiritual Play.

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Susan Pease Banitt on "The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD from the Inside Out"

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Wed, 05/23/2012

Post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) is widely pervasive catastrophe affecting millions of Americans, and in her recently published The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD from the Inside Out, author and therapist Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW, describes PTSD as a whole body tragedy . . with massive repercussions. We cannot patch it up in 12 weeks of counseling or with a pill or with surgery. Left untreated it grows and morphs into a destructive beast that erodes the very fabric of wellness in the human being. It has the unique power to unravel body, mind and spirit. From there the erosion spreads into relationships, families and the very fabric of society itself, affecting whole cultures for generations to come." Banitt explaines how PTSD is not just a mental disorder, but is also a physical injury. Her extensive research covers a multidimensional approach, and her "toolbox" provides an extensive compilation of antidotes and interventions for healing extreme stress and traumatic reactions in body, mind and spirit.

Susan Pease Banitt, herself a healed survivor of abuse, trained as a psychotherapist in the Harvard Medical System, and has also studied yoga therapeutics, shamanism and alternative healing. A resident of Portland, she has had over 30 years in treating trauma. Join her on the Recovery Zone with host Stephanie Potter.

Long-time environmentalists Jeanne and Dick Roy share their "Practice of Hope"

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Wed, 04/25/2012

For the past 19 years Jeanne and Dick Roy have been working tirelessly as full-time volunteers to heal our world,  co-founding the Northwest Earth Institute in 1993 and the Center for Earth Leadership in 2006 . In the face of so much "bad news," what sustains and motivates them? How do they overcome despair and avoid burnout?  With host Stephanie Potter, Jeanne and Dick share their insight and experience in choosing hope over pessimism.  

 They will also be sharing their insights on May 5, in a 3 hour workshop called The Practice of Hope, offered free of charge (with pre-registration). Their intention is to elevate hope among those who seek to create a sustainable future.   They also made a TEDx talk on this topic.  Through the Center for Earth Leadership, the Northwest Earth Institute, and the Oregon Natural Step Network, Dick and Jeanne Roy have inspired thousands to take responsibility and action to care for the earth.  

Worker-owned co-operatives: building a more humane economy

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Wed, 03/28/2012
The United Nations has declared 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives, Congress may be considering the National Cooperative Development Act, and worker-owned co-operatives could play a role in creating an economy that treats people as human beings.  One inspiring example is the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation which began among the Basques of Spain in the 1950's and 2010 generated revenues of roughly $20 billion, with nearly 100,000 worker/owner employees. Here in Portland, City Bikes has been operating as a worker-owned cooperative since 1990. "In a nutshell, this means that the workers own and run the business. We share responsibility and profit equally among the worker-owners." City Bike worker-owner Tim Calvert talks with host Stephanie Potter about his own experiences, how worker-owned co-ops could help build an economy and society that works for all its members, and how and why they should be supported.

The Camino De Santiago -- Finding Your Way

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Wed, 02/22/2012

The Camino de Santiago is an 1100 year old pilgrimage with routes throughout Europe that end at Santiago de Compostela in Northwest Spain.  Thousands of people walk, bicycle or go by horseback every year. Host Stephanie Potter speaks with film maker Lydia Smith, whose first walk on the Camino inspired her to direct her first feature length film, the forthcoming "Camino Documentary;" and with Kathy Kennerly who's recently started the Portland chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino.  Kathy volunteers in pilgrim hostels to help others travel the Camino. 

Just like the Camino itself, Lydia expects her Camino Documentary to create "a sense of global community and spark a dialogue about life’s biggest questions. Amidst a time of considerable social malaise, The Camino Documentary will illuminate what enables us to transcend the perceived boundaries of race, language, social status, age, faith and nationality, and remind us of what is best about being human."

Learn more about this ancient tradition that for many brings new perspectives on how to live; and provides inner growth, a rewarding physical challenge, and an opportunity to connect with others from around the world. (Music by Kevin Mcleod)

Join the Portlandia Chapter of American PIlgrims for a Sunday Stroll, Sunday, February 26, 2012, 2:00 p.m.! The meeting point will be the Eastbank Esplanade sign at Southeast Water Avenue at Hawthorne Boulevard.

Renewable Energy: It's not a pipe dream!

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Wed, 01/25/2012

What would it take to get off fossil fuels entirely, and to power the planet with renewables by 2030? What strides are being made in Oregon? In Portland? What can we do within our own communities? Solar design consultant Jesse Hunter, and Collin Ferguson, of Cascadia Commons are joined by James Rector (by phone) of RC Cubed, to talk about these issues and more. In partnership with RC Cubed, Cascadia Commons is launching the Portland-based Earth Energy Cooperative which will offer the power of group purchasing to reduce the costs of adopting solar energy. 

Jesse Hunter works with Solar City Future, is passionate about renewables, and recommends the work of Oregonians for Renewable Energy Policy. He's obtained certification with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, and is particularly interested in the work of Mark Z. Jacobson, Stanford professor of civil and environmental engineering, who asserts that the technology exists now to shift to renewables within two to four decades. Collin Ferguson is a co-founder of Cascadia Commons, an organization dedicated to advancing social, economic and environmental sustainability by motivating, connecting and empowering people to create more sustainable ways of living. RC Cubed is a financing company for renewable and energy efficiency technologies and projects. Earth Energy Cooperative will be a Cascadia Commons member-owned company and it's set to start up in March. Hosted by Stephanie Potter, music by Kevin McLeod.

 

"Occupy Oregon" for Cougars and Wolves?

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Wed, 12/28/2011

 The recovery of the gray wolf after its eradication from Yellowstone National Park, almost ninety years ago, demonstrates how crucial keystone species are to the long-term sustainability of the ecosystems they inhabit. But there are many who still regard keystone species, such as cougars and wolves, with hostility. Returning guests, Jayne Miller founder of Oregon Cougar Action Team and Rob Klavins of Oregon Wild are working to change those attitudes and help in the recovery of cougar and wolf populations here in Oregon.  Miller hopes to re-introduce a bill in 2013 to the Oregon legislature called "License to Protect," because she feels that what was passed last year was so watered down, it was "unrecognizable.  This month on the Recovery Zone, Miller and Klavins will have 60 minutes with host Stephanie Potter to talk about this bill and to discuss policies they hope to see implemented by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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More about Third Party Options on August 30

 

Fifth Monday Labor Radio

Labor Radio Collective:"Together We Make A Difference" http://laborradiocollective.blogspot.com/8
Monday, August 30th, on Fifth Monday Labor Radio– at 6pm!
http://sites.google.com/site/laborradiogroup/home/fifth-monday-labor-radio
Third Party Representatives will talk with our listeners
about
why their parties matter for working people this election cycle.
Here is the lineup for the August 30, 5th Monday, KBOO Labor Radio Collective show from 6pm to 6:30pm2
Hosts: Tim Flangan and Lane Poncy

The Independent Party of Oregon: Salvador Peralta
1The Oregon Progressive Party: Phillip Kauffman and/or Jason Kafoury
and/or Alaina Melville
The Oregon Working Families Party: Cathy Highet and Steve Hughes
The Pacific Green Party of Oregon: Michael Meo and James Nicita This should be a lively and useful conversation.
Please call in and let us know what you think!   Studio Line (503) 231-8187
More info on Participants

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Lane Poncy & Tim Flanagan Host Fifth Monday Labor Radio:Lane is with the Oregon Alliance for Retired Americans,
CWA Local 7901 - Communications Workers of America Local 7901 in Portland.
and Tim is with
AFT-OregonJobs with Justice Steering Committe, and The Portland Alliance.  

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Cathy Highet is a labor lawyer representing unions and employees in Portland, Oregon. In January 2010 she co-founded the Portland Law Collective, an egalitarian law practice. She is also Treasurer of the Portland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and an enthusiastic supporter of the Oregon Working Families Party. Cathy graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Law in 2003 and from Reed College in 1993. Prior to becoming an attorney, Cathy worked as an organizer for farm worker and janitors’ unions.
Sal Peralta (at right) is the Independent Party Secretary

Steve Hughes shughes@oregonwfp.org, (no picture) is state director of Working Families
Party and will be in the studio along with Cathy Highet,
cathy@portlandlawcollective.com.
" James Nicita (at right below Sal) has been a member of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon since 2001, and prior to that helped organize and gain ballot 6access for the Green Party of Michigan. He is an attorney and environmentalist, particularly on water quality issues. He was elected to the non-partisan City Commission in Oregon City in November 2008. In 2009 he participated in the City's labor contract negotiations with the City's employees represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and the Police Employees Association(OCPEA). His grandfather worked on the assembly line at the Ford River Rouge complex in Dearborn, Michigan for 40 years, and was a charter member of the United Auto Workers' Union (UAW). 7
Michael Meo was cross-nominated by the Oregon Progressive Party and by the Oregon Pirate Party. He isrunning for the Oregon 3rd District U.S. House of Representatives. Michael is alsoexecutive director, Portland Metro Chapter of the Pacific Green Party.He is running for the seatnow held by Congressman Earl Blumenauer."I’ve taught high-school students for almost 30 years, and I’ve had both success and failure as a teacher. A large part of what was successful involved listening carefully to what urban students of many different backgrounds had to tell me, and figuring a way to communicate to them the methods of science, mathematics, and history. Basically, students taught me how to do that. If we listened to what the homeless and the imprisoned in our society are telling us, instead of putting them out of mind, we would have a community safer for all and one with greater economic opportunity. A society which cherishes everyone in it, not just its wealthiest members, is a more successful society for all. We turned around this country in the 1930s, but we didn’t do it by assuring salaries in the millions for ourbankers."
https://sites.google.com/site/laborradiogroup/  
Below... Phillip Kauffman speaking on behalf of Mad as Hell Doctors for nonprofit health care.
Speaking of Health care... This should still be an issue this fall.  The job is not done.


health care, not health "insurance"!

Healthcare Resource
 The watered-down reform we got on March, 21, 2010 is a gift to the insurance industry. 

They still call the shots, set the prices,
 and have retained their exemption from laws which prohibit monopolies. 

 

 

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