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Lieberman is the name and double cross is the game, but this should be no surprise to anyone who has, for the last eight years, watched this whiney little rat bastich stand up for the corporate government while disguised as a Democrat. That he is still in office, tells me that the corporate government still rules and that Obama, like any other POTUS, is the leader of this country in name only.

Holy Joe wouldn’t give up his government health care for any thing, with the exception of maybe the excellent health care system of Israel, for which he qualifies.

Israel, in fact, has a superior health plan to the US. So here we are suffering the Health Care Lies of Lieberman while Israel is still collecting billions of dollars in aid. It was all put in place before Barack, (a good friend to Israel) Obama was officially in office.

U.S. official: Obama won’t cut military aid to Israel

By DPA 11/03/2009

U.S. President Barack Obama will not cut the billions of dollars in military aid promised to Israel, a senior U.S. administration official said Wednesday.

The $30 billion in aid promised to Israel over the next decade will not be harmed by the world financial crisis, the official told Israel Radio. He spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Obama Administration however expects the next government of Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu to continue peace negotiations with the Palestinians, he said.

Public Health in Israel

Increasing life expectancy

Israel has been a pioneer in the contemporary concept and practice of Public Health and as a result has one of the world’s healthiest populations. The country’s success in pursuing effective Public Health policies is reflected in the fact that a nation of immigrants, who have arrived during the past 54 years principally from North Africa, the former Soviet Union and Central Europe, has one of the highest average life expectancies in the world.

This has been accomplished despite the fact that Israel has absorbed Holocaust survivors and a large proportion of immigrants suffering from tuberculosis, malnutrition, heart disease and every type of cancer. At present, 25% of all cancer patients in Israel are newcomers from the former Soviet Union including tens of thousands from parts of the Ukraine and Belorussia who were exposed to radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear plant melt-down in 1987.

According to the Ministry of Health yearbook for 2001, the life expectancy for males (76.6) years) was topped only in Japan. Israeli women live longer than men, but do not fare as well in international statistical comparisons

What is public health?

Whereas medicine treats the health needs of an individual, public health (a discipline also known as public medicine or social medicine) deals with the health requirements of society as a whole. In fact, public health was a more popular concept in the 19th century when physicians realized that matters such as sewage amenities, cleanliness and a balanced diet would improve the health of the population . But as sanitary and dietary conditions improved and with such medical. discoveries as penicillin in the 20th century, much less emphaisis was placed on public health.

International community acknowledges importance of public health

Public health returned to the global agenda in 1975 at the WHO meeting in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan, in the former Soviet Union. Leading health officials from every country in the world signed a covenant proclaiming that the health of the people and the provision of medical services must be the responsibility of national governments. Only the United States refused to sign the covenant, insisting that individuals rather than their governments must be responsible for the provision of health services for themselves and their families.

Of course most nations simply do not have the necessary resources to offer their citizens adequate health services. Even in developed and relatively affluent countries like Israel, the essential challenge facing public health policy is effective distribution of limited resources.

Israel emphasizes public health

The Zionist Movement in pre-state Israel, which combined the traditional Jewish concern for all people with an emphasis on societal needs, regarded public health as a top social, political and economic priority. By the time Israel declared its independence in 1948, a national health infrastructure was already in place. Mother-and-child care centers (Tipot Halav) administered the necessary vaccinations to new-born babies and advised parents on proper care of infants. Health insurance funds (Kupot Holim) offered day-to-day consultations with doctors and specialists, and insured members for hospitalization.

The National Health Insurance Law

Despite Israel’s commitment to providing health services for all of its citizens, by the early 90’s some six percent of Israelis were not insured through one of the four existing health funds – Kupat Holim Clalit, Maccabi, Me’uhedet and Le’umit. In 1994, the National Health Insurance Law was enacted and it was implemented the following year, rectifying this situation. Since then, all citizens have their health insurance paid by a tax on income (up to 4.8%) while their employer’s portion is collected by the National Insurance Institute, and passed on to the health insurance fund of the individual’s choice.
National expenditure

Israel’s national expenditure on health is typical for a western country. In 1999, the country spent 8.3% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on health, down from a peak of 8.8% in 1994; the United States spent13.6% of its GDP on health care, Canada 9.5%, Japan 6.9% and the UK 7.6%. Of the Israeli expenditure, 41% was for hospitals and research, 39% for public clinics and preventive medicine and 9% for dental care. Israel spent $1,555 per capita on medicine.

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I voted for Obama because he represented the people, and called for change and transparency in government, but most of all because he admitted that he inhaled. Little did I think that he would be cowed by the shadow government. Little did I think that he would allow the continuation of corporate government as usual. Little did I think that his presentations to the public would be photo-ops, but here is one of them, that are as big as life and twice as ugly.

Counterpunch

April 10 / 12, 2009

Fakes Left, Goes Right

Obama’s Crossover Dribble on Marijuana Policy

By FRED GARDNER

Executive summary: Obama fakes left, goes right. Passes to Holder at the head of the key. Holder holds the ball, looking for a cutter. Looks in to Brown posting up, then swings it over to Russoniello on the wing. The Warriors veteran finds Obama behind a screen from Holder. Obama launches from beyond the arc… Off back iron. Rebound, Sibelius.

It has been business as usual for the Drug Enforcement Administration since Barack Obama took office. Attorney General Eric Holder has decreed a “policy change,” and some PC (as in Pro-Cannabis) lobbyists and lawyers have hailed that “policy change” as a major victory. But try explaining it to workers at any of the six dispensaries that have been raided by the Obama-era DEA.

“I would have let them in if they would have showed me something,” said John W., 35, who came to the front door of Emmalyn’s on Howard St. in San Francisco on the afternoon of March 25. “They were dressed kind of like me,” according to John, who was garbed in a football jersey. “Once they actually got in I could see that they had bulletproof vests that said DEA on the back. But I couldn’t see that from the door. The only thing I could see was a person with a gun. I asked for a search warrant or a badge but they didn’t show me either one, they just battered down the gate.

“They rushed in and pushed us down -me, two or three patients, a lady who doesn’t work here anymore, and Rose [a beautiful woman of 30 who was behind the counter when your correspondent visited Emmalyn’s a week after the raid]. There were between 15 and 20, all DEA. The man lying next to me didn’t put up any kind of struggle but he kept saying, ‘I’m a patient.’ And ‘Why are you doing this?'”

“They never asked me no questions. They just went through the whole place and took the medicine we had and the little bit of money.” Some heavy machinery was deployed to rip out a safe that had been bolted to the floor. The agents hauled it off, past a passionate group of protesters on the sidwalk chanting, “This medicine is marijuana. Listen to Obama.” Did they know that Obama has said no such thing?

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by Geezer Power


One significant addition to WhiteHouse.gov reflects a campaign promise from the President:
we will publish all non-emergency legislation to the website for five days
, and allow the public to review and comment before the President signs it.

Another significant change will be in Duhbya’s weekly radio address, which IMHO has been done for all these years with a text to speech program. Obama will, instead, post his weekly video address on Youtube.

How Obama will use web technology

Washington Post

Guest Author
TechCrunch.com
Saturday, January 24, 2009; 2:54 AM

Editor’s Note: The following guest post was written by Kevin Merritt, the CEO and founder of blist, a Web-based list manager and spreadsheet that was used on Change.gov, the Obama Administration’s transition Website.

President Barack Obama was sworn into office this week as our nation?s 44th president. Despite running into a few technical challenges in the first few days at the White House, the Obama Administration will embrace technology in unprecedented ways. Led by forward thinking, web savvy technologists, President Obama?s new media team looks poised and ready to fulfill President Obama?s vision of open-source democracy.

Coincident with Mr. Obama being sworn in, the Obama Administration?s new media team assumed control of WhiteHouse.gov at 12:01 PM EST on Tuesday. This is the official website of the sitting administration. The new media team has identified three top priorities of the new administration ? communication, transparency and participation. Let?s examine how the new administration has been leveraging web technologies to meet these priorities.

Communication. This administration?s use of Google?s YouTube during both the campaign and after winning the election leverages Internet video to reach a generation of Americans and global citizens who no longer tune in to AM radio on a regular basis. President Obama has vowed to continue video recording his fireside chats and publishing them via YouTube and other video sites. With the transition of WhiteHouse.gov to the new administration, for the first time ever an official White House blog came online. You can sign up for email updates from the president. Through the blog, Mr. Obama is the first U.S. president to have an RSS feed!

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The Boston Globe has assembled a stunning array of photos from Inauguration Day. Images from Washington, D.C., and from viewing parties around the world capture the excitement and wonder of that historic day. The subjects include Kenyans in Obama’s father’s home town, former Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos embracing, and crowds at the capital’s Mall as photographed from a satellite.

Click here to see the gallery.

(h/t Ryan Block of gadget blogging fame)

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Your Inaugural Guide

Sun Jan 18, 2009 at 08:00:04 AM PST

With his “whistle stop” train journey from Philadelphia complete, today is the start of three days of celebration in Washington D.C., leading up to the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama this Tuesday. And whether you will be there in person, or watching from home or at work, here’s a guide on what’s happening, and how you can participate wherever you are, along with some handy information for those who will be braving the crowds and the cold.

Sunday, January 18th

In less than three hours, the We Are One celebration kicks off at the Lincoln Memorial, with President-Elect Obama and Vice President-Elect Biden in attendance. Beginning at 2:30 (EST), there will be readings from Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah and Denzel Washington, and musical performances by Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, Herbie Hancock, and Stevie Wonder, among others.

  • While HBO owns the exlusive rights, they’ve made it available for free to television service providers across the country, so check your local listings, or watch it at HBO.com.
  • If you’d like to attend, the event is free and open to the public, with entrances at: Constitution Avenue at 19th Street, Constitution Avenue at Virginia Avenue, 17th Street at North Elm Walk, 17th Street at South Elm Walk, Independence Avenue at the DC War Memorial. Space will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Reflecting Pool area, JFK Hockey Fields and Constitution Gardens.

Also, beginning today and running throughout the next three days, the Presidential Inaugural Committee and The Trust for the National Mall, will run a public service announcement that “raises awareness about the current disrepair of the National Mall and urges Americans to help contribute to the restoration of this national treasure.”

“President-elect Obama believes that the National Mall belongs to every American, and that each of us can play a role in helping restore and preserve it for future generations … we are proud to broadcast the Trust for the National Mall’s PSA to help raise awareness of the needs of this iconic park.” said Josh Earnest, PIC Communications Director.

You can watch the video here.

Monday, January 19th

Monday marks the Renew America Together: National Day of Service, where the Obama and Biden families will participate in volunteer service, while asking you take part in events in your own community. There are already more than 10,000 service events scheduled across the country, and you can visit USAservice.org to find one in your area.

On Monday night, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden will host the “Kids’ Inaugural: We Are The Future,” concert to honor military families. The event will be broadcast on the Disney Channel, simulcast on Radio Disney and streamed on Disney.com, beginning at 8:00 (EST). Performing will be the Jonas Brothers, and Miley Cyrus, among others.

Tuesday, January 20th

The day we’ve all been waiting for. Beginning at 11:30 (EST), the official inauguration ceremony will begin on the West front of the U.S. Capitol, with music, speakers, and the swearing in of Vice President-Elect Joseph Biden. And at 12:00, President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama will take the oath of office:

I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

He will be sworn in by Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts, Jr., using the same bible Abraham Lincoln used at his own inauguration in 1861.

President Obama will then deliver his inaugural address, after which he will escort George W. Bush to a departure ceremony (and a dark cloud will lift and slowly drift towards Texas).

Beginning at approximately 2:30 (EST), the 56th Inaugural Parade will begin from the Capitol, making its way down Pennsylvania Avenue before ending at the White House.

If you plan to attend the ceremony and/or parade, maps, locations of food and restrooms, and a list of prohibited items can be found here.

“The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration”

On Tuesday night, beginning at 8:00 (EST), and airing exclusively on ABC, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will attend the first of their 10 inaugural balls, and this is one that you can take part in, no matter where you are:

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced interactive features using Internet and text technology to bring neighborhoods from across the country together in celebration during the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball …

… There will also be live blogging from the Convention Center, so people can follow along online and get behind the scenes scoop.  Finally, neighborhood parties across America will be able to participate in the main event via both text message and online video.  People will be able to text in photos of their events and send video – both of which could appear in the television program.

Wednesday, January 21st

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. (EST), at the National Cathedral:

The newly-inaugurated President and Vice President of the United States will join with dignitaries and Americans of diverse faiths to celebrate the previous day’s events through prayer, readings, and musical performances. Reverend Dr. Sharon Watkins will be the first woman to deliver the sermon at this traditional Inaugural event. This event is by invitation only.

Helpful links for those attending inaugural events

  • Here’s all you’ll need to use Washington D.C.’s outstanding public transportation, the Metro: A map of the stations and lines, a schedule, and an easy how-to-use guide.
  • On Inauguration Day:

    Metrorail will operate rush hour service for 17 consecutive hours (4 a.m. to 9 p.m.), will stay open for two extra hours (until 2 a.m.), charge $4 for parking at its facilities…

    The U.S. Secret Service has deemed the Inauguration a special national security event and due to security measures, the Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter station on Metro’s Green/Yellow Lines and the Smithsonian station on the Blue/Orange Lines, will be closed on Inauguration Day, Tuesday, January 20. They will open after the parade, approximately at 6:30 p.m. Judiciary Square station on the Red Line will close at 4 p.m. and Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center station on the Green/Yellow Lines will close at 7:30 a.m. due to their proximity to locations hosting Inaugural Balls. Both stations are scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, January 21.

  • You can count on doing a lot of walking, and you can find printable maps with road closures and walking routes here.
  • The Presidential Inaugural Committee will be providing mobile updates for all events.
  • Courtesy of the District of Columbia, you can sign up for text alerts to receive information on traffic problems, scheduling delays or any emergency that may arise.
  • The Washington Post is offering “Survival Alerts,” to keep you up-to-date on the best routes out of the Mall and the city.
  • Twitter is offering its users live traffic alerts.
  • And it’s going to be a long day with limited food being available, so here’s a dining guide to the various city neighborhoods.

Odds and Ends

  • If you don’t have a T.V., you can watch the Inauguration ceremony here:

    >>>WATCH HERE<<<

      The countdown clock is just an added bonus.
  • If you want to check in now and then to see how the crowds are looking, check out this webcam for a cool view of the National Mall.
  • If you happen to take a great picture during the various events, submit it to the Presidential Inaugural Committee and your photo might make it into the Official Inaugural Book.
  • And what about the weather? Well, the bone-chilling cold of the past couple of days is over, but you’re still going to need to bundle up: Sunday, 39/27 with a chance of snow or rain showers; Monday, 31/21 and partly cloudy; and on Tuesday, 31/19 and mostly cloudy.

And finally, the bathroom situation. There will be somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 port-a-potties located throughout the Mall area, making this:

… the largest temporary restroom event in the history of the United States.

And you thought that watching Barack Obama being sworn in as President of the United States was going to be the historic event you witnessed.

[Note: Unless otherwise sourced, all information provided is from transition team press releases or found at Change.gov]

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Obama Express Whistle-Stop Tour Under Way

JENNIFER LOVEN and NANCY BENAC | January 17, 2009 06:30 PM EST | AP

WASHINGTON — Invoking hope and history, President-elect Barack Obama rolled into the capital city Saturday night pledging to help bring the nation “a new Declaration of Independence” and promising to rise to the stern challenges of the times. He kicked off a four-day inaugural celebration with a daylong rail trip, retracing the path Abraham Lincoln took in 1861.

Obama began his day in Philadelphia, where he said the young nation had faced its “first true test” as a fragile democracy. He ended it in Washington, where his own tests await after his inauguration on Tuesday.

The president-in-waiting drew on a grand heritage of American giants as he appealed “not to our easy instincts but to our better angels,” an echo of Lincoln’s first inaugural address. He took note of the enormous challenges that lie ahead and promised to act with “fierce urgency,” a phrase often used by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Riding a vintage railcar on his whistle-stop trip to Washington, Obama carried with him the hopes of a nation weary of war, frightened of economic chaos and searching for better days. Vice President-elect Joe Biden joined the journey en route, from his home in Delaware, and spoke for many when he said he was excited and ready for Tuesday.

Then, sobered by the challenges of governing, Biden added: “I think it’s Wednesday we need to be ready.”

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News Outlets Hope to Capitalize on Inauguration

Published: January 13, 2009

The communal experience of next week’s presidential inauguration will extend beyond the Mall in Washington to include movie theaters and even coffee shops across the country.

The inauguration coverage by the cable news channel MSNBC will be projected onto movie theater screens in 21 cities next Tuesday. The channel is also planning to announce a partnership with Starbucks to simulcast its coverage in 650 of the company’s stores.

MSNBC and other news outlets are looking to capitalize on the heightened interest in the inauguration of Barack Obama, as watch parties are being planned in cities across the nation.

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