Hospitals & Asylums
Happy New Year!!!
First annual HA lobbying disclosure granting Congress the privilege(s), to: 1. Laugh 2. Ratify the 100-hour agenda, 3. Pay the author a minimum wage from House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers under, 4. Fund a HA Congressional Committee and elect a Secretary from the Senate, 5. Pay $100,000 a year towards the publication of the HA text book manuscript by 2010 when the NGO would get a $1 million bonus from the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, 5. Balance the budget under, 6. Withdraw from Iraq, 7. Reform the government, 8. Buy American goods, 9. Cut the prison population in half, 10. Subscribe to HA, 11. Serve the newsletters of a. Senator Olympia Snowe, b. Minority Leader John Boehner, c. Congressional Budget Office, d. Senator Bernard Sanders, e. other interested Congress Members, and f. the AFRH to HA…149 pgs with summary.
Jay Scelza wrote on Christmas day regarding his trip to the Netherlands, with my sister, and their journey to Spain, Portugal and past the Rocks of Gibraltar to Morocco. Sharon did a field study in Morocco while studying ethno-botany at Kent University in the United Kingdom a few years ago. The photos tell the story of foraging for Christmas on the Iberian Peninsula feasting on the fruits of a relative of madrone (here also called madrona; whick looked like a spiny red grape, and tasted like a pear-peach... gritty, but sweet; and picked some hedgehog ( Dentinum sp very similar to D. umbillicarium) mushrooms that we never fully verified, so didn’t end up eating. The picture of the citrus tree growing up to the balcony of the second floor apartment challenges everyone to climb the tree in pursuit of the ripe tangerines. The Santa Klaus on the railing of the balcony invites travelers to pick the fresh fruit. I am happy to report that I had no trouble publishing the digital photos and look forward to more such email submissions. I hope they and their friends will appreciate recording their story on a website. I hope Jay will continuing emailing the travelogue as they journey around the Mediterranean on their way to Greece where it is promised that room and board are free.
Over-The-Rhine is a community in the Cincinnati river valley that contains the largest collection of 19th century Italianate architecture still standing in the United States. The entire 360 acre district of Over-the-Rhine has been recognized on the National Historic Register since 1983. At one time, nearly 50,000 people lived there, today there are less than 7,500 living in approximately 5,300 housing units. OTR has over 500 empty buildings, 2500 empty units, and 700 vacant lots slated for demolition but available for repopulation with serious renovation. The people are generally poor and uneducated with incomes less than a quarter of the Cincinnati average. Two plans to stimulate community development are introduced. First, setting a timetable whereby all buildings in OTR would be up to code by 2020 giving the City the resolve to begin steadily demolishing condemned buildings and reseeding lots for green space by 2010. Second, mobilizing the wayward people being herded into jail to work for minimum wage, less room and board, rehabilitating OTR and themselves, while establishing a community corrections program that would cut costs of their corrections cost in half until property sales would make community corrections even less than a fifth the price of jail. It is important that a timetable be set so that the community rehabilitation project is completed in our minds for the morale of the residents, development investors and workers and so that the resolve to demolish the most derelict of these abandoned buildings for attractive green space can be focused.
This five year case history of the SSI petition under Title XVI of the Social Security Act is by no means complete although it provides an accurate description of current benefit payments, particular care is taken to make note of the correct mailing address of the Hearing Office of Disability Adjudication and Review that is different than the regular address of the local office and name of the Chief Administrative Law Judge Francis Molenda that is different than that of Kathy Allen who received the Form HA-501-U5 “Request for a Hearing with an Administrative Law Judge”. This first appeal for SSI by this beneficiary, in first person, was begun with the filing of Form SSA-7004 “Request for Earnings and Benefits Statement” that was responded to by Linda S. McMahon, Deputy Commissioner for Operations, on September 27, 2006. The formal petition was filed on October 3, 2006 and denied by Ms. McMahon on October 10, 2006. Form SSA-561 “Request for Reconsideration” was filed October 23, 2006. The petition was denied by Robert M. Mendenhall, Field Office Manager, on October 24, 2006. Form HA-501-U5, “Request for a Rehearing with an Administrative Law Judge” was filed on November 6, 2006 by Kathy Allen pending a 20 day notice to attend a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. Subsequently I have cancelled Medicare Part B as reflected in my December benefit payment of $559.50 and the letter written by Annie White, Associate Commission of the Office of Public Inquiry, on December 5, 2006.
At the urging of Congress, the United States Institute of Peace is facilitating the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, led by co-chairs James A. Baker, III and Lee H. The Iraq Study Group is comprised of 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has worked closely in consultation with the United States and has put forward the following milestones in the key areas of national reconciliation, security and governance. The Iraqi government should accelerate assuming responsibility for Iraqi security by increasing the number and quality of Iraqi Army brigades. While this process is under way, and to facilitate it, the United States should significantly increase the number of U.S. military personnel, including combat troops, imbedded in and supporting Iraqi Army units. As these actions proceed, U.S. combat forces could begin to move out of Iraq. US troops could first begin leaving by April 2007 when Iraq should have control of the Army, by September 2007 Iraq should control the provinces and by December 2007 Iraqi security should be self-reliant. By the first quarter of 2008, subject to unexpected developments in the security situation on the ground, all combat brigades not necessary for force protection could be out of Iraq.
Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Its formal inception dates from 1950, after the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V) inviting all States and interested organizations to adopt 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day. In the 2006 the theme is Fighting Poverty: a matter of obligation, not charity, everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. Wherefore a short treaty was drafted from the Principles and Guidelines for a Human Rights Approach to Poverty Reduction strategies.
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