Category Archives: Basic Human Decency

Co-Pays, Elective Treatments, And Insulin

The Best Healthcare System In The World™ (boldface mine): Mallory Lorge, who suffers from Type 1 diabetes, is forced to ration her insulin and look at her possessions to decide what she can sell to pay down her bills because … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal: Enforce All The Laws

This week, in response to the murder of a woman who was killed by a panhandler she was trying to help, a really rich guy wrote an op-ed arguing that police should enforce the panhandling laws: Baltimore City has a … Continue reading

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The Banality Of ICE

If you’re a decent person, you are disgusted by stories like this about how asylum seekers in the custody of ICE are being treated (boldface mine): -Travelled thru Mexico without a problem. They had hosts who would lookout for them. … Continue reading

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Once We Normalized Torture, This Was To Be Expected

Reprisals against civilian populations and the use of torture are crimes in which we are all involved. The fact that such things could take place among us is a humiliation we must henceforth face. Meanwhile, we must at least refuse … Continue reading

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Healing The Sin Sick Soul

In light of the last couple of year’s events, this seems particularly relevant. Also, there’s an excellent essay that puts King in context here. (from here) These excerpts from a speech Martin Luther King gave to striking sanitation workers in … Continue reading

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Heroes In Their Own Minds

Friday, David Roberts had a series of disturbing tweets in which he described how many people do not realize how awful Republican policies are, even when you tell them. They simply don’t believe that anyone could propose such horrible things. … Continue reading

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Why Statehood Matters: Puerto Rico And Senate Representation

As the humanitarian crisis in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico unfolds, the Twitter machine keeps asking why nothing is being done (or some variant thereof). There’s a simple reason: a lack of political power. If Puerto Rico had two … Continue reading

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