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Health Care & Environment
11.20 Dead fish to power cruise ships [using dead fish to ultimately kill more fish, animals and plants but at a slower rate]
11.20 Importing gas to replace domestic supply could push emissions up 20%, AGL says [We have to stop killing everything!!!]
11.20 The arts have a leading role to play in tackling climate change [We have to stop killing everything!!!]
11.20 Indonesia: dead whale had 1,000 pieces of plastic in stomach [We have to stop killing everything!!!]
11.18 Air pollution levels ‘forcing families to move out of cities’ [like from desertification, lack of drinkable water and rising oceans, there will also be pollution-caused immigration until humans fix things]
11.17 Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds [Climate catastrophe is increasingly likely without worldwide organization, funding and commitment to winning THE WAR AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING.]
11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]
11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]
11.15 The long read: The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]
11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]
News Media Matters
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
11.21 With Statement Equal Parts 'Dangerous' and 'Imbecilic,' Trump Smears Khashoggi and Vows to Back Murderous Saudis [Keeping oil prices affordable prolongs its use, its burning and our dying]
11.20 New York City subway and bus services have entered 'death spiral', experts say [death spirals are the end-thing nowadays]
11.19 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 11/18/2018 (HBO) [29:26 video]
11.19 Trump Says He Was 'Fully Briefed' and Also 'Not Briefed Yet' But Either Way Saudi Crown Prince 'Absolutely' Not Involved Because Trump Knows 'Everything That Went On' Without Listening to Tape of Khashoggi Murder
11.19 'We Need New Leaders, Period': Progressive Newcomers Urge Democrats to Embrace Bold Agenda or Face Primary Challenges [Current Democrat leaders are highly compromised by corporate donations]
11.20 'He may not rewrite immigration laws': Trump's asylum ban blocked by federal judge [Has anyone thought about putting razor-wire around the White House?]
11.21 Saudi Arabia Accused of Torturing Jailed Women’s-Rights Activists [Trump's great friends...]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
11.19 Bankrupt Sears wants to give executives $19 million in bonuses [blatantly immoral and sick to richly reward those who led the company into the bankruptcy]
11.18 Big Pharma Bankrolled Pro-Trump Group As Trump Pushed Pharma Tax Cut [Corruption Central!]
International & Futurism
11.20 Trump administration hawks putting US on course for war with Iran, report warns [“Stupid is as stupid does.” –Forrest Gump]
11.18 France demands UK climate pledge in return for Brexit trade deal [Excellent!]
11.17 Thousands gather to block London bridges in climate rebellion [We're losing WWIII because the enemy is invisible while we're like frogs slowly cooking. We aren't informed enough to be alarmed, but must get organized and motivated to fight back. We need a War Plan to ruthlessly pursue the fight of our lives!]
Open Letter to Congressman Bart Stupak
March 5, 2010
Congressman Bart Stupak
Dear Congressman Stupak
I ask that you put the welfare of millions of people ahead of your religious scruples.
Like many Americans who are concerned about the well-being of fellow citizens, I favor the passage of the current healthcare reform legislation. It is unconscionable that so many millions of Americans lack healthcare insurance. It now appears that your stand opposing what you call “abortion language” in the legislation could cause you to vote against the entire bill. Please reconsider this. While I appreciate your principles in this matter (no one is “in favor" of abortion, but there may be exigent circumstances, and hard choices may have to be made, and the person making these choices may have no resources available to allow those choices to be made), I ask that you put the welfare of millions of people ahead of your religious scruples. Even the Roman Catholic Church countenances abortions in certain circumstances, such as with “pregnancy reductions” when a mother is carrying too many fetuses to bring them all to term; the justification for aborting excess fetuses is that it is preferable to have some live births (a minimum of two) than none.
You have a hard choice to make too: if you vote in favor of the bill, millions of individuals will have access to healthcare that they currently lack, and lives will be saved and pain will be eased and diseases will be diagnosed before they become impossible to cure. If you vote against the bill, you will not be “saving” the unborn, because as history has shown, desperate women may do desperate things. Not everyone shares your beliefs, or can afford to abide by them even if they share them.
As a U.S. Representative you have a duty and responsibility to serve all your constituents--and all Americans beyond your district. Your single vote could make all the difference. Please do the right thing and vote yes for the healthcare legislation, whether you get your way or not.
Thank you for your consideration.
The correspondent is editor of the Baltimore Chronicle.
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This story was published on March 5, 2010.