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Death Rates for Black American Falls Significantly

Perhaps the training programs instituted by a number of Medical Schools to train doctors to combat racial bias is helping. Perhaps also it is the rising number of Doctors who are immigrants and don’t have those biases in the first place.

Just wait until when the Chumph’s boys find this out and pass a law denying health care to black folks…

Oh! They are already doing that with attempting to repeal Obamacare and pass Trumpcare.

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Death Rate Among Black Americans Declines, Especially For Elderly People

For decades, black Americans have been dying at a higher rate than white Americans.

That’s still true overall. But now there’s some good news about this long, disturbing trend: The overall death rate for black Americans fell 25 percent between 1999 and 2015, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The overall death rate dropped for white people as well, but the decrease among black Americans was far greater, narrowing the gap in the death rate between white and black Americans from 33 percent in 1999 to 16 percent in 2015, the report shows.

“This report is definitely good news,” says Joseph Betancourt, who runs the Disparities Solutions Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Ma. “Efforts over the last 15 to 17 years that have focused on addressing and eliminating disparities have definitely provided some significant results.”

Between 1999 and 2015, the death rate among black Americans fell from 1,135.7 to 851.9 per 100,000. For white Americans, the rate fell from 854.6 to 735 per 100,000 in the same time period.

“Prior to this, there was very little progress in the decline in the gap between African-Americans and whites in United States,” says Timothy Cunningham, a CDC epidemiologist who led the report. It was published in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The report did not examine the reason the gap narrowed, but Cunningham says it’s probably due to black people benefiting more from decreases in the number of deaths from a variety of diseases, including AIDS and tobacco-related illnesses.

“The major drivers of this are decreases in many of the leading causes of death, such as heart disease, cancer and stroke,” Cunningham says.

The drop in the death rate was most striking among those 65 and older. In that group, the death rate for black people fell 27 percent, compared to 17 percent for white people. As a result, by 2010 the death rate for black Americans in this age group fell slightly below the rate for white Americans, according to the report.

“We’re talking about African-Americans who were pretty young during in the 1960s and 1970s,” Cunningham says. “And one thing we have to consider is that there have been significant improvements in socioeconomic status that are associated with civil rights policies.”

Cunningham stresses that the overall death rate among black people remains higher than for white people. As a group, black Americans have an overall life expectancy that’s still four years less than white Americans.

And the picture is especially troubling for younger black people, who are still developing, and dying from, major health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke at younger ages than their white counterparts.

“Many younger African-Americans in their 20s, 30s and 40s are living and dying with chronic conditions that we more typically see in the older population,” Cunningham says. “There’s still work to do.”

That finding is consistent with previous reports that indicate some black Americans experience a phenomenon known as “weathering.” That’s when a person develops signs of premature aging and an earlier deterioration in health, the report notes.

Weathering can be caused by a variety of factors, including living in poverty, living in violent neighborhoods and encountering racism on a regular basis, Betancourt says.

“Racism and experiencing racism — thinking about your race every day — contributes to this weathering effect,” he says. “You’re in fight-or-flight mode. That has a real significant biological effect that contributes to premature aging.”

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Them That’s Got… Jobs

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I’ve gotten down to my last pair of shoes
Can’t even win a nickel bet
Because, ah them that’s got are them that gets
And I ain’t got nothin yet

I’m sneakin in and out duckin’ my landlord
All I seem to do is stay in debt
Because, ah them that’s got (yeah) are them that gets
And I tell you all I ain’t got nothin’ yet

That old sayin them that’s got are them that gets
Is somethin I can’t see
If ya gotta have somethin
Before you can get somethin
How do ya get your first is still a mystery to me

I see folk with long cars and fine clothes
That’s why they’re called the smarter set
Because they manage to get
When only them that’s got supposed to get
And I ain’t got nothin yet…

Another one of those things that makes you go….”Huh?” In an Americas with 6.5 million unemployed, and perhaps another 10 million underemployed or “discouraged”… The moron which came up with this one…

Needs to be fired.

Job listings say the unemployed need not apply

Hundreds of job opening listings posted on Monster.com and other jobs sites explicitly state that people who are unemployed would be less attractive applicants, with some telling the long-term unemployed to not even bother with applying.

The New York Times’ Catherine Rampell said she found preferences for the already employed or only recently laid off in listings for “hotel concierges, restaurant managers, teachers, I.T. specialists, business analysts, sales directors, account executives, orthopedics device salesmen, auditors and air-conditioning technicians.” Even the massive University of Phoenix stated that preference, but removed the listings when the Times started asking questions.

The concerted shunning of unemployed Americans by prospective employers was a common theme that cropped up in the thousands of responses that poured in when we asked Yahoo! readers to share their experiences of unemployment for our “Down But Not Out” series.

Reader Susan W. said she was being treated “as if it were my fault I was unemployed, regardless of the fact that I had put out hundreds of resumes and applications.”

Legal experts told the Times that explicitly barring unemployed people from applying does not qualify under the statutory definition of discrimination, since unemployment is not a federally protected status like age or race. But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently set out to establish whether employers were discriminating against certain protected groups because they are overrepresented in the ranks of the unemployed, such as African-American and older workers. (We covered that meeting here.) New Jersey recently passed a law barring employment ads that seek to rule out applications from those who are unemployed.

Even if the practice of weeding out unemployed applicants doesn’t fit the legal definition of discrimination, it sure feels unfair for the more than 6.3 million Americans who have been out of work for more than six months to be told they are automatically disqualified for the few openings that are out there. “I feel like I am being shunned by our entire society,” Kelly Wiedemer, an unemployed information technology specialist, told the Times.

 

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Second Civil War In Virginia – McDonnell Supports Offshore Drilling

Decided to take a few days of down time combining two of my favorite things – a relaxing view of the ocean, and fishing. Limited out yesterday on Flounder Fishing in the Intercoastal back bays of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and I’m headed out this evening to (try and) catch some Drum surfcasting. The Land that time forgot, indeed!

Fortunately, time didn’t forget Internet Service, which in my case is DSL provided (barely) by Verizon – and is about a crappy as it gets and still be sorta functional. I’ll probably do a blog later about how, in the US, the quality (not quantity) of DSL Service in the areas reached is the worst in the world.

IN any event, the news from the Gulf of Mexico continues to be bad. As I gazed out over the beach to the surf, I tried to imagine the beaches covered in black oil, the birds dying, fish kills – and the oyster and clam beds destroyed…

For no other reason than greed and avarice.

This area has survived numerous hurricanes, and the even more destructive NorthEasters, and just off the coast is one part of the Graveyard of the Atlantic, where German UBoats during WWII sank hundreds of ships, spilling their contents (and fuel bunkers) along the coast. It is not unusual even today to see the imprint of man along these beaches with parts of those ships washing ashore – and every once in a great while, even a Spanish Piece of Eight from a bygone era. These disasters large and small have, over time been swallowed by the winds and the waves. IN the 20 years I’ve been coming here, I’ve watched the crash site of a WWII Douglass Dauntless Bomber, which splashed down in one of the back bays, degrade each year – until only a few rusty colored spars are left from this intrusion by man 65 years ago.

But what of an environmental disaster the size of the Gulf? Will it be 20-30-40… 50 or 100 years before the fisheries recover? Will they ever recover?

This area is the center of the major migratory path for everything from fish to Butterflies. Our last Republican pro-business Governor damn near killed off the Bluefish fishery by allowing the Japanese Fleet to stretch a net across the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. That has still not recovered 15 years later.

Governor Bob McDonnell in the face of this disaster recently re-iterated his support for oil drilling off Virginia’s Coast.

Bob McDonnell Reaffirms Support for Offshore Drilling

Now, we had on Civil War fought in majority in this State…

Maybe it’s time for another.

 
 

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Mr. President – Time to Flush This Toilet

The US Commission on Civil Rights became  complete farce during the Bushit Administration, just as the Justice Department’s Division on Civil Rights became polluted and dysfunctional through ideologically racist Republican hires. While we can hope Attorney General Holder is ultimately successful in cleaning out the ideological debris, and returning the Justice Department to an organization which actually has something to do with it’s charter to protect all Americans (and there is some evidence of this). However, there is also plenty of evidence that Republicans will do almost anything to prevent those efforts in blocking a number of President Obama’s nominations, including that of  Dawn E. Johnsen to head the Justice Department’s  Office of Legal Counsel. However, as part of the effort to clean up the maisma left by the previous administration…

The US Civil Rights Commission needs more direct action.

Under the precedent set by the Bushit Administration, that can be accomplished by the simple expedient of removing two or more of the Appointees, including naming a new Chair.

Case in point is this letter from the Commission.

Two arguments are being advanced in this letter – both are duplicitous.

There are several issues which the Bill is trying to address. The first is Health Care disparities, in terms of lack of Health Care professionals in low income areas which include Rural and Urban environments. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 20 percent of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, yet they are served by only nine percent of the nation’s physicians.

The second, is something I’ve discussed here numerous times is the racial disparity in Health Care, in terms of treatments received by patients of different races. A recent study by the Mt. Sanai Urban Health Institute in Chicago concluded

There’s a stark, human cost in that: In all, the researchers estimated that the toll of the black-white health disparity is an additional 3,200 deaths of African Americans in Chicago every year.

Indeed, the study – Researchers reported that the African-American death rate from breast cancer was 99 percent higher in Chicago than for white women, a fivefold increase since 1990.

Two provisions in HR 3590 and HR 3200, the Affordable Health Care Act seek to address these issues through contracting with Schools and Universities to produce more Health Care personnel from, and serving these communities – including rural communities.

So why exactly do the Republican appointees oppose the legislation?

Because statistically it will result in the training of more minority Health Care personnel – and it might be a step towards stopping medical genocide of minorities in the US.

Now, as usual when there is racial dirty work to be done, cover is provided by one or more of the captive Uncle Toms on the right. ..

President George W. Bush designated Gerald A. Reynolds to serve as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on December 6, 2004.

Peter N. Kirsanow (AKA Snidely Whiplash) received a recess appointment from President George W. Bush on January 4, 2006.

In this case two appointments by the Bushit – Reynolds and Kirsanow…

Both of whom signed the above letter.

In view that neither of these individuals has offered the least idea of how to address the problems inherent in the current system – the only thing I can do is to make a brutal comparison…

The temptation is to compare these two to the Jews who tossed other Jews into the ovens at Auschwitz. That’s not a fair comparison – to those Jews who chose to serve the Nazis. It’s impossible to say who will, or won’t make an accommodation with the Devil with a gun pointed at their heads. Reynolds and Kirsanow don’t have guns pointed at their heads – so their full acquiescence and support of genocide comes from a much deeper trough of degeneracy, devoid of exigency or moral principle.

Buckdance on down and get your “Lawn Jockey of the Year”, awards boys.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Betsy McCaughey, Anthony Weiner, and Dylan Ratigan – health care

This is an absolute ass whuppin’!

Betsy McCaughey was the lead conservative who helped destroy Hillary Clinton’s Health Reform effort in 1994. She did that with an article in the New Republic which turned out to be false, and full of deliberately misleading information.

This time around, killing Health Care Reform isn’t so easy –

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The New Republic, in an article entitled No Exit – The never-ending lunacy of Betsy McCaughey, apparently doesn’t like being made fools of the first time around. This time they are doing the background and fact checking – and a really ugly picture has emerged –

Pick an inflammatory, misleading rumor that has sprung up in this debate, and chances are McCaughey had a hand in springing it. She has, for instance, warned that a provision buried in the stimulus bill will soon have computers dictating doctors’ treatment of patients based on government protocols. More notably, she sounded the (false) alarm that the White House aims to ration care based on patients’ value to society–an idea that swiftly morphed into the “death panel” hysteria and then quickly became entangled in McCaughey’s equally outrageous claim that the proposed reforms would force seniors into regular chats with their doctors about how to end their lives. That such claims are untrue in no way dims McCaughey’s zeal. Confronted with conflicting information, she plows ahead with her unique interpretation of reality, leaving critics on both the left and the right nonplussed. One’s only options, they say, are to ignore her and hope that she fades away– or to go negative in the hope of discrediting her.

So it is that Aaron finds himself standing in the Crystal Ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, running through PowerPoint slides that detail–quote by excruciating quote–McCaughey’s reputation as among the most irresponsible, dishonest, and destructive players on the public stage. He starts with Politifact.com’s categorization of her commentary as “Pants on Fire,” followed by New York Times articles debunking her assertions, followed by complaints from economist Gail Wilensky (adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign and head of Medicare financing under the first President Bush) that “these charges of death panels, euthanasia and withholding care from the disabled give rational, knowledgeable, thoughtful conservatives a bad name.” Next comes a denunciation of McCaughey’s “fraudulent scare tactics” by John Paris, professor of bioethics at Boston College; AARP executive vice president John Rother’s protest that her statements are “rife with gross–even cruel–distortions”; a scolding editorial by The Washington Post about McCaughey’s characterization of White House health policy adviser Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel as “Dr. Death”; and, to wrap it all up, Stuart Butler, vice president of domestic policy at the conservative Heritage Foundation, expressing dismay that the “personal attacks on good people like Zeke are outrageous. There are real policy issues that should be debated vigorously, but slandering a good person’s name is beyond the pale.” At one point, the debate moderator felt moved to reach over and give McCaughey’s hand a comforting pat. She dipped her chin and stuck out her bottom lip in good-humored appreciation.

Betsy, not surprisingly is the source who was quoted by the Sno’ Ho’, when she cited “Death Panels” in her post goodbye broadside after resigning as Governor of Alaska. Betsy is a favorite of the Tea Bagger groups.

So like the foul-mouthed androgynous “Awful Annie” Coulter, McCaughey’s stock in trade is lies and distortion albeit with a mouth that doesn’t need washing out with lye soap. And it is real hard to generate any sympathy whatsoever for yet another “blond conserva-bimbo” whose stock in trade is lies and fake outrage.

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Ed Shultz – The Republicans lie! They want to see you dead.

Ed Schultz:

“Hold it right there! The Republicans lie! They want to see you dead. They’d rather make money off your dead corpse. They kind of like it when that woman has cancer and they don’t have anything for her.”

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Rep. Alan Grayson on the Republican Health Care Plan –

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2009 in American Genocide

 

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Rare Sighting! A Democrat With Cajones

Hat Tip to Real Clear Politics for this one. RCP commentary tends to lean disproportionally to the right, but unlike a true conservative site they also publish opinions from the left. As such, there are some real gems there like this one from –

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL):

“I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven’t voted sooner to end this holocaust in America. I yield the rest of my time.”


Rep Grayson is using the 47,000 a year number developed by Harvard researchers which is limited to people WITHOUT any health care. That number doesn’t take into account the tens of thousands who die because of LIMITED Health Care, SUBSTANDARD health care, or lack of PREVENTATIVE care…

It also doesn’t include how many African Americans die each year because of racial differentials in care within the current system.

When you start looking at Infant Mortality rates, which seem to be intentionally jumbled such as to prevent coming up with real bottom line numbers (unlike crime statistics), you start seeing that something between 2 and 4% of all black babies in some areas of this country die due to inadequate pre- and post natal care before their first year of life…

It looks a lot like Genocide.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2009 in American Genocide

 

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