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Supreme Court Disqualifies TX Voters 

Indian Schools Decaying

Nepal Death Toll: 38

Ebola Update

KS Hijacks Medicare

Supreme Court Disqualifies TX Voters 

Hundreds of thousands of Texas voters may be disenfranchised during the mid-term election. The Supreme Court agreed with a law that says a voter must carry one of the following ID’s: driver’s license, passport, a gun license or a military ID card. All of these ID’s cost money, especially the passport. A college degree will not court.

Half A Million Votes Lost Photo Credit: Courtesy Of  KUT News

Half A Million Votes Lost
Photo Credit: Courtesy Of KUT News

Three justices disagreed with the majority: Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg who wrote the 6-page dissent. She said,

“The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters.”

INDIAN SCHOOLS DECAYING

The schools are remote, students live in extreme poverty and there is not enough money for building maintenance. They are filled with “asbestos, radon, mice and mold.” So is it any surprise that they are the worst performing schools? The principal of Little Singer Community School’s principal Etta Shirley says,

2 Little Navajo Girls At Marble Canyon  Photo Credit: Courtesy Of Muench, Josef Call numberNAU.PH.2003.11.10.1.6895 Repository: Northern Arizona University. Cline Library.

2 Little Navajo Girls At Marble Canyon
Photo Credit: Courtesy Of Muench, Josef
Call number NAU.PH.2003.11.10.1.6895
Repository: Northern Arizona University. Cline Library.

“We need to get the kids out of the environment. That’s what’s really driving this. I lose sleep over it, just thinking about it.”

Events outside of the schools also impact the school kids: domestic violence, alcoholism, no running water. Even the teachers are handicapped. They have no on-site housing. Instead they drive an hour and a half each way over what passes for dirt roads.

NEPAL DEATH TOLL: 38 

Nepal Yaks And Porters Photo Credit: Courtesey: Krish Dulal CC creative commons.

Nepal Yaks And Porters
Photo Credit: Courtesey: Krish Dulal CC creative commons.

Nepal’s snowstorms and avalanches have created the worst hiking accident ever in this mountainous country. The hikers were in such rugged terrain a helicopter cannot land. It did rescue three survivors at another location. Authorities suspect that the majority of the dead are porters, because this is such a popular place for tourists. Other dead are Poles, Inndians, Israelis, Canadians and Slovaks. People were caught unaware when the weather changed very quickly.

Villagers were also caught in the storm. Nepal’s government administrator Yama Bahadur Chokhyal said that more than 300 people were rescued and many are taking shelter in “isolated mountain huts.”

EBOLA UPDATE

In retrospect we know why Ebola has become the problem it is. The “wong people thinking small when they needed to think big” waited too long and spent too little – both here and in western Africa.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Of Ted Eytan Fighting Ebola Workshop w White House OSTP at Center for Total Health 48137

Photo Credit: Courtesy Of Ted Eytan
Fighting Ebola Workshop w White House OSTP at Center for Total Health 48137

General McCaffrey who works for MSNBC commented on the situation,

“We need a Surgeon General that we don’t have and a need for a Department of Health and Human Services, people with some muscle. This effort has been anemic.”

The entire problem likely would be prevented if we had a Surgeon General and did not squeeze the NIH (National Institutes Of Health) and CDC (Center For Disease Control And Prevention) budgets so badly. This is an excellent example of why a smaller government does not work.

KS HIJACKS MEDICARE

Kansas wants all the money from its Medicare recipients. Given the poor, degraded state of its finances and the vague description of how benefits would be managed a county magazine, The Best Times stated, Nurse_holding_red_white_and_blue_sign_-_Hands_Off_Social_Security_and_Medicare

“Concern stems from the fact that the bill would give the state total management control of the Medicare program for Kansas seniors. All federal Medicare and Medicaid health care dollars would come to Kansas in a lump sum. These funds would be spent for health care services per whatever coverage plan(s) the state sets up.”

Brownback signed on along with nine other states. Given the failure of his grand experiment, anything he wants cannot be good for Kansans.

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