Hospitals & Asylums    


September 2008


The bus trip to California took two days and five hours.  More than a quarter of the trip was through Texas.  We couldn’t see any of the damage caused by Hurricane Ike.  I talked to one nice man who fled a methamphetamine dealing Sheriff in Oklahoma only to have his house shot at by gang drive bys, after his step-son beat up one of their members.  The detective told him to get a gun, he did, and after shooting at the drive by car twice, succeeded in keeping them away.  He was pretty skeptical of Texas justice and formerly didn’t allow guns in the house, but in Texas guns are more common and effective than cars, he was riding the bus to save money on his commute to work.  Three women who boarded in Texas seized the bus when we entered California.  My Cincinnati Bell telephone broke when I tried to use it in California, then, before the next stop, the three Texas women accused the bus driver of falling asleep and called the California Highway Patrol to pull the bus over.  Everyone with a heart condition started complaining.  The women got off the bus at the next stop, but they must have dropped a Statin bomb.  I’m pretty much better but still have to watch what I eat and bicycling seems to cause me discomfort.  This October, National Pharmacy Month, I hope to clean up the oral chelation study and begin researching education.  My long term plans are to stay in Southern California for a little while longer, write a Chapter on Education, go to Portland, Oregon to see the first baby of the next generation in our family be born, and then move to a place on the beach in Baja California, where paradise can be afforded on a fixed income.


I have been staying in Marina del Rey about a two mile bike ride from the beach.  Don and I have been doing a lot of biking up and down the coast from Venice Beach to Malibu Beach.  We also went for a hike in the hills, where MASH must have been filmed.  Don has been studying Kabballah, although he is not Jewish, and we went to the Rosh Hashannah services at the local Chabad.  We went to a screening of A Single Woman, about the life of Jeanette Rankin, the first US Congresswoman, and staunch peace advocate, throughout the 20th century.  The producers are giving another screening for Congress in the capitol building in Washington DC on October 30.  I referred them to the United States Institute of Peace grant whose deadline is October 1.  The red tape was too much for me, but the film seems to be exactly what was solicited for, and they need the money to pay their debts.  I hope they get the grant, they deserve it.  I billed Hollywood myself to fix their law, but need to follow up by telephone, like Don is doing calling Congress in regards to the film screening.  Most recently we went to a Ralph Nader speech at the University of Southern California.  That was really interesting.  Nader drove home the fact that if we want to change the corruption in Washington we are going to need to institute a real parliamentary system by electing third party candidates to office.  If I vote for President this year, it will be for Ralph Nader.  I had hoped to balance the budget for FY2009 but the inconclusive idiocy of the $700 billion Wall St. bailout is slowing down the process.    


Nader-Gonzalez ’08 HA-26-08


On Friday, September 26, 2008 Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez spoke from 2:00-4:00 pm at the University of Southern California (USC).  Ralph Nader is an attorney, author, lecturer and political advocate who ran for President in 2000 for the Green Party, garnering 97,421 votes.  He ran again as an Independent in 2004 receiving 463,653 votes.  This 2008 he is running as an Independent again.   Let us hope that the third time is a charm.  When are we going to break the corporate grip on the two parties and elect a third party candidate?  No Democrat would be elected if they cut the defense budget.  Democrats in 2006 seized the House and Senate claiming to stop the criminals but the first thing Pelosi did was take impeachment off the table”.  Congress now enjoys a 91% disapproval rating.  How can either Democrats or Republicans fix the problem of corruption in Washington, they are the problem?  Third parties face many obstacles.  Nationally, ballot access laws are the major challenge to third party candidacies.   Ralph Nader will qualify for ballot status in 45 states.  Meeting the 5% support threshold Independent Ross Perot was included in all three of the debates with Republican George H. W. Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992. His participation in these debates helped Perot climb from 7% before the debates to 19% on Election Day, but no electoral votes.  Perot was excluded from the 1996 debates, despite his strong showing four years prior, he won only 8% of the popular vote.  In 2000 revised debate access rules made it even harder for third party candidates to gain access by stipulating that, besides being on enough state ballots to win an Electoral College majority, debate participants must clear 15% in pre-debate opinion polls.  Ralph Nader explains, “What we are seeing is a blackout of dissenting voices.  We are going to have a parallel interview rather than a debate.  Both candidates are increasing military spending.  People want a third party candidate in the debates”.  On the bailout he says, “FDR warned about corporate power during the Depression, he said, ‘when government is controlled by private economic power that is fascism.  The $700 billion blank check is a power grab by the most corrupt.  What it amounts to is lying, cheating and stealing.  The politicians are more afraid of you than corporations.  This bailout amounts to the corporate destruction of capitalism, socialism supreme”. 


Motion Picture Copyright Transfer Act HA-25-9-08


The Screen Actor’s Guild, Writer’s Guild of America (WGA), Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), and the American Federal of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) are challenged to stand up for their copyrights with an Act of Congress.  Congress made an error in the codification of section 406 of the WIPO Copyright and Performances and Phonograms Treaties Implementation Act of 1998 Pub. L. No. 105-304, 112 Stat. 2860 misplacing, the otherwise acceptable, Assumption of contractual obligations related to transfers of rights in motion pictures, at 28USC(180)§4001, that must be transferred to a new Chapter 14 of Title 17 Copyright at 17USC§1401.  Congress is responsible for creating a legal environment whereby the motion picture and television industry are secure in their liberty and property so that harmonious labor relations will enable the industry to entertain and educate society free of coercion, incitement to violence or propaganda.  While this law cannot be blamed for all the disunity between AMPTP and their labor unions, the strike in 1988 lasted 153 days, the statute clearly promotes unnecessary argument and industrial disharmony. The recent WGA strike against AMPTP November 5, 2007 to February 12, 2008 cost the economy more than a billion dollars and the federal government more than $250 million in lost tax revenues.  The American people were subjected to boring reruns for 100 days.  SAG has rejected the June 30th offer of AMPTP by the vote of 87.3% of their membership.  An agreement is not in sight, nor is a strike on the table.  To unite the labor and trade unions under copyright law this Act has been drafted for the ratification of the unions and sponsorship of a Congressperson.  This Act is also a Bill for $150,000 pursuant to the Hospitals & Asylums’ script that broke the Writer’s Strike with the assistance of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Conference on Piracy and Counterfeiting that can be cited as the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers v. Writers Guild of America HA-30-11-07.  For this fee the merits of the SAG negotiations will also be analyzed.


Rev. Jesse Jackson Speaks on Justice for Janitors SEIU HA-11-9-08


Rev. Jesse Jackson gave a short speech through a megaphone to the SEIU, Justice for Janitors, who had gathered for the occasion, at 1235 Vine St. between 2:30 and 3:00 pm on September 11, 2008.  The Reverand arrived late and fiddled with the megaphone for a minute before it amplified his voice.  He began, Hello friends.  It is a joy to be with you today.  We are here with the National Baptist Convention.  We are organizing people to determine the course of our country.  Expanding war zones, expanding poverty.  In this state of Ohio 13% are in poverty.  Half of children are dependent on WIC and school lunch subsidies.  The issue today is poverty.  We have the working poor, the unemployed poor and the people on fixed incomes without fixed costs.  If can’t eat well, see well, hear well, you don’t do well.  We need change Here we can find common ground.  Working poor people in Appalachia deserve job security and mine security.  A coal miners dies every forty five minutes from black lung disease.  It is time to end the wars and poverty, reclaim our houses.  Register to vote.  This campaign is not about a new style it is about a new direction.  Change for the better.  If you haven’t registered to vote please do so.  We need you going door to door.  High school students turning eighteen can register.  Red, black, brown, and white.  A new America.  Tear down the walls.  Build bridges.  Move to higher ground.   The racial battleground.  We bow our heads in prayer for the people who died in 9-11.  We must stop terror around the world.  Release our nation, bless our world.  Be with the people who fight for justice.  Protect me.  Don’t neglect me.  Reach higher ground. 


CHAPTER 5 International Development (ID)


To amend Chapter 5 Columbia Institution for the Deaf §231-250 and set down the General of the United Nations (GUN) and elect a Secretary of the United Nations (SUN) and Parliament of the United Nations (PUN).  US Ambassadors to the UN must make accounting for ODA their top priority and should devote at least 50% of their time to the cause.  In 2006 the US is credited with contributing $20 billion, 0.18% of the GNI.  In 2007 the US promises to dramatically increase foreign assistance to $35 billion, 0.3% of the GNI.  Private donors who need to register for private bills contribute another $33 billion annually making this figure closer to 0.6% of the GNI on track to achieving the goal of 0.7% by 2010.   The bad news is that international aid dropped 5.1 per cent from $106.8 billion in 2005 - a record high - to $103.9 billion in 2006.  The good news is some 400 million people have escaped poverty in the last 20 years and the $1 trillion decade goal remains possible if the US would account for private contributions.  In 2007 world population is between 6.56 and 6.8 billion.  The gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated at $63.5 trillion.  The average per capita GDP is $9,600.  The average life expectancy is estimated at 67.86 years.  The average rate of incarceration per 100,000 was 162 a with a high of 737 in the USA.  Global government budget revenues are estimated at $14 trillion and expenditures at $15 trillion.  International trade is estimated at $12 trillion.  Official development assistance (ODA) is forecast to levy $120.5 billion and disburse $112 billion - $125 billion is a good goal for contributions 2007.  The World Development Report recommends a minimum of USD12.00 per capita in health insurance.


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