Pure Capitalism, Pure Socialism, and Health Care

I see a lot of people villifying capitalism and socialism, piting them against each other as if one where completely right and the other completely wrong. People taking sides, calling Obama a socialist or saying that capitalism is the mother of all evils. The truth is that, right now, the US nor much of Europe, is living in a pure capitalist society nor in a pure socialist society. The US system has socialist elements within its so-called capitalist economic structure. Its not one thing or the other and socialism in itself is not bad; its more like having the right mixture or combination. For example, most people would not be in favor of getting rid of public education. That’s just one example, of a socialist element within the mostly capitalist US system. These days, some people are arguing that having universal health care or a public option, would be an economic boon to individuals and families that would no longer have to choose between dying and going bankrupt. In my opinion, universal health care or the public option is a policy that would create the right balance in the current public structure. It would not only be the moral thing to do, but economic data has shown that either the public option or universal health care would save the current health care system *BILLIONS* of dollars in burecracy costs (see more information on this in the article that I included below). In other words, providing a public option or universal health care (single-payer health care) would essentially pay for itself. Get more bang, for your buck. Who can argue with that? Its completely illogical for someone to stand in the way of more people getting insured, not dying or getting sick, all while helping the economy same money at the same time. It’s absurd. The only reason why such a status quo continues to exist is because: (1) the health care industry does not want things to change and (2) people are not aware of the truth. Its going to take some smart politicians (hmm) to make people aware of the facts and counteract the myths and lies that have been propagated by sectors that do not want change and will stand completely in the way of it.

http://www.pnhp.org/news/2013/august/study-single-payer-healthcare-system-would-save-billions

Passages: Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Joseph Campbell

7 Saturdays

Prologue: Introducing Passages

I have begun sharing select literary passages on Facebook as of late, where, despite my small list of friends, I have received a substantial amount of positive feedback in the form of likes, shares, and comments. Prompted by this experiment, and spurred by my desire to champion good literature, I will be publishing a series of entries entitled Passages, where I will share my favorite prose and wisdom within a given book.

I’m excited about this. As a writer, I’ll get to transcribe the passages I enjoy most, endearing their texture and syntax evermore deeply to me; and as a reader, this practice will foster more thoughtful, perceptive reading – something I am duly more conscientious of, having just read Mortimer J. Adler’s and Charles Van Doren’s classic literacy manual: How to Read a Book.

As I embark on this journey of transcribing these beautiful…

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Five Good Days: Routine

Five.

There are people who wake up every day feeling grateful and excited, as though every sleep is a reset button, and every morning a new opportunity. There are also people who wake up slow and sadly, rising up on a weary elbow in bed and thinking, “Oh, great. This again.”

Some of us wake up in a kind of gray, the color of snowflakes falling against a cloudy sky. We’re not quite sure what we feel when we open our eyes, or what to expect from another day. Maybe it’s the same as yesterday; maybe it’s completely different. Who knows? Who cares? Let’s just do this thing.

Sometimes I wonder what decides “good” days from “bad.” Is it a mood? Is it an incident or experience, a series of incidents or experiences? How much depends on the people one meets, the sites one sees, the outfit one wears? Sometimes it…

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Infographic: Why Would We Mine the Moon?

Lights in the Dark

The Moon contains rich reserves of rare-Earth metals and helium-3 The Moon contains rich reserves of water, rare-Earth metals, and helium-3

Our Moon is more than just some pretty decoration for the night sky and a place to plant a few flags – it’s also a potential source of valuable raw materials that could someday be used for energy and engineering both on Earth and in space.

If you saw the movie Moon (and if you haven’t I highly recommend it) there was a whole lunar base set up for the extraction of helium-3 from the surface. This isn’t some fantasy “unobtainium” element, it’s a very real isotope that’s rare on our magnetically-shielded Earth but common on the Moon, where it can be easily deposited by the solar wind. Helium-3 alone could make lunar mining ventures economically (or at least environmentally) sensible as it could theoretically power nuclear fusion reactors on Earth with virtually no radioactive waste products. (Read more here and

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So … what to write about?

Since I assume I have no one is following me (right now) I can speak freely and ask myself –> what should I write about? Well, among the topics that I could discuss could be pop culture, science fiction, just simply being alive, etc. Give my opinion on things. That could be another one. I’m a very opinionated person (particularly on things relating to pop culture and art; so there’s that). I guess it could be a mixture of a day in the life thing and also a blog about *opinions* on all things pop culture.

Ok. Good enough.

But I also don’t want to limit myself to that. I’m also interested in business [and learning more about business [and law]]. So writing about that subject matter could also help me learn more about it. I guess I would also like to talk about the absurdity of human beings and how tough it is to make it through the world … but … somehow we do … and that’s the point … there is no other book that makes that point more clearly than the book “The Myth of Sysyphus”. But more on that (and existential/humanist psychologist) later.