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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2008 04:52:28 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 03.11.08 1. Peltier hearing 3.11 9am 2. Aeon/CCHT 3.12 7:30am 3. Disability/KFAI 3.12 11am 4. Genocide/silence 3.12 11:30am 5. Womens rights 3.12 12noon StCloud MN 6. Water rights 3.12 12:15pm 7. Mortgage mess 3.12 6pm 8. Globalization/f 3.12 7pm 9. Climate/humans 3.12 7pm 10. Immigration ref 3.12 7pm 11. Vets for peace 3.12 7pm RedWing MN 12. Teach-in v war 3.12 7pm 13. Amnesty Intl 3.12 7:30pm 14. ACLU/Capitol 3.13 8:30am 15. New Hope demo 3.13 4:30pm 16. Eagan vigil 3.13 4:30pm 17. Northtown vigil 3.13 5pm 18. Colombia/unions 3.13 6pm 19. Green careers 3.13 6pm 20. Welfare Rights - Don't let legislators steal welfare money! 21. Metro U - Tutu tickets now 22. Kip Sullivan - DFL leaders health "reform" bills poison pills 23. June Terpstra - Hollow women of the hegemon --------1 of 23-------- From: <info [at] freepeltiernow.org> Subject: Peltier hearing 3.11 9am TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2008, BEGINNING AT 9:00 A.M. Case No. 07-1745MN Leonard Peltier v. Federal Bureau of Investigation U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit University of St. Thomas School of Law Frey Moot Courtroom 1000 LaSalle Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota Background: On June 8, 2007, Peltier attorneys filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit an appellate brief asking the Court to review and release some 11,000 pages of documents related to the investigation and prosecution of Leonard Peltier. The FBI continues to withhold those documents, claiming that their release would violate promises of confidentiality made to informants and would, incredibly, endanger the national security of the United States. In the brief, it is argued that the FBI's promises to its informants expired long ago, and were waived when those informants testified publicly. It is asserted that the virtually unprecedented public interest in the case of Leonard Peltier warrants careful judicial review of the withheld documents. In addition, it is demonstrated that the FBI's historic misconduct in this case, coupled with its continued misrepresentations about Peltier's case, shows sufficient bad faith to require the most searching inquiry into any claims of privilege. The government's response was to categorically insist that there is no degree of governmental misconduct toward a FOIA litigant that could cause a court to "question the good faith of the agency," Cox v Department of Justice, 576 F2d 1302, 1312 (8 Cir. 1978) unless the litigant can prove misconduct in the FOIA proceedings themselves. On October 9, 2007, attorneys Ron Kuby and David Pressman filed a reply brief with the United States Courts of Appeals for the Eight Circuit. According to the Peltier attorneys: "The government's assertion that it can wave away its sordid history of proven FBI and prosecutorial misconduct toward Peltier with a 'what have we done to you lately' nonchalance rests entirely on the government's own insistence. More significantly, the government conflates Peltier's lengthy, documented, proven history of the most serious governmental misconduct with some fanciful, gauzy grievance made by some hypothetical litigant. The government again demonstrates that it does not now, nor has it ever, taken seriously any of the courts that have admonished it about the treatment of Leonard Peltier. It has been proven that the FBI withheld exculpatory evidence, manufactured inculpatory evidence that it knew to be false, coerced witnesses and engaged in an over reaction to Wounded Knee sufficiently grave to cause a Senior Judge of this Court to opine that the Government shares responsibility for the firefight that led to the death of the two FBI agents. The government has shown no solicitude for the enormous 'burden on the judiciary' that its own malfeasance has caused." Time to set him free... Because it is the RIGHT thing to do. Friends of Peltier http://www.FreePeltierNow.org --------2 of 23-------- From: Jenny Johnson <JJohnson [at] aeonhomes.org> Subject: Aeon/CCHT 3.12 7:30am Learn how Aeon is responding to the affordable housing shortage in the Twin Cities. Please join us for a 1-hour Building Dreams presentation. Minneapolis Session: March 12 at 7:30 am We are also happy to present Building Dreams at your organization, place of worship, or business. Space is limited, please register online at: http://www.aeonhomes.org/bd or call Jenny Johnson at 612-341-3148 x237 --------3 of 23-------- From: Andy Driscoll <andy [at] driscollgroup.com> Subject: Disability/KFAI 3.12 11am WEDNESDAY, MAR 12: THE STUDENTS ARE BACK! TALKING ABOUT KIDS WITH DISABILITIES - HOW TO TEACH, HOW TO TREAT. Our budding journalists from Twin Cities Academy return to take over TTT and the five 7th-graders take a look at some of the barriers and opportunities kids with disabilities encounter as they grow into the world of academic and social dynamics, sometimes coping with preconceptions about their ability to learn, their ability to communicate, their ability to play, despite some perceived limitations. GUEST CO-HOSTS: EMILY SYVERUD, TEAGHAN PERSONS, AND MADI DRISCOLL with crew members TESSA FERGUSON and SAM MASON. GUESTS: MARY McKEOWN, Executive Director Highland Friendship Club ANNA GREEMAN, Friendship Club member and consumer JENZI SILVERMAN, PhD candidate, author of Dissertation on Teacher Inclusion of Disabled Students --------4 of 23-------- From: Jeff Hartman <hartm152 [at] umn.edu> Subject: Genocide/silence 3.12 11:30am Musicology/Theory Colloquium series, Philip V. Bohlman - "The Silence of Genocide." Wednesday, March 12, 11:30 - 12:30 pm 280 Ferguson Hall 2106 4th Street S, Minneapolis Drawing upon the history of genocide that defined the twentieth century and the aesthetic confluence of modernity and modernism, Prof. Bohlman turns to the problem of aesthetic response to the conditions of destruction and death. Philip V. Bohlman is the Mary Werkman Distinguished Service Professor of the Humanities and of Music at the University of Chicago, where he served as Chair of Jewish Studies during 2003-2006. --------5 of 23-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Womens rights 3.12 12noon StCloud MN Wednesday, March 12: Women's Center St. Cloud State University. Women on Wednesday - Still Fighting for Our Rights 30 Years Later presents Progress for Women of Color? Insights from Campus Women with Sharon Fineday, Interim Student Services Coordinate, SCSU American Indian Center; Debra Leigh, CSU Community Anti-Racism Education Team; Dr. Margaret Villanueva, current teaching & research focuses on Latina & Latino communities in the Midwest. Noon-1 PM. Atwood Theatre, Atwood Memorial Center. --------6 of 23-------- From: Human Rights Events Update <humanrts [at] umn.edu> Subject: Water rights 3.12 12:15pm The Human Right to Water - Human Rights Center Lecture Series (Cosponsors: Program in Human Rights and Health / School of Public Health) All lectures Wednesdays: 12:15-1:15 p.m., 30 Mondale Hall <http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/MondaleH/index.html> (Law) * 3/12 Making it Happen: Practical Strategies for Fulfilling the Human Right to Water (Paige Novak, PhD, Civil Engineering) * 3/26 Water and the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples --------7 of 23-------- From: Amy <amy [at] minofamily.net> Subject: Mortgage mess 3.12 6pm Impact of Mortgage Foreclosure on Saint Paul Investigated at Upcoming LWVSP Program The League of Women Voters of Saint Paul (LWVSP) invites all interested members of the public to its next Member Meet-up on Wednesday, March 12, 2008, to be held at 6:00pm at the Mississippi Market Community Room in Saint Paul. The topic for the evening is "Impact of the Mortgage Meltdown on the Local Economy" Julie Gugin, Executive Director of the Minnesota Home Ownership Center Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 6:00-7:30 pm Mississippi Market, 622 Selby Avenue, at Dale Street, in the upstairs Community Room. There is a deli in the Market where a light dinner can be purchased and brought upstairs. Please park in the overflow lot, across Hague Avenue. Julie Gugin joined the Home Ownership Center in February 2007 and has over fifteen years of experience in non-profit leadership and housing program development. Prior to joining the Center, Gugin served as Associate Director and Director of Development in the supportive housing division of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. As Vice President and Director of Programs at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, she coordinated an elaborate array of programming and facilitated significant program growth for the organization. In both positions, Gugin successfully cultivated numerous partnerships with philanthropic organizations, local governments, for-profit and non-profit builders, faith-based organizations, corporations, in-kind suppliers, and home buyers to achieve organizational goals. She is actively involved in the Twin Cities' housing community and has served as a board member for numerous organizations including the Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services and the Emergi ng Markets Home Ownership Initiative. All Member Meet-ups are free and open to both League members and the general public. To RSVP for the meet-up or for more information, please contact Amy Mino at amy [at] minofamily.net or 651-430-2701. For more information on the League of Women Voters of St. Paul, please visit: www.lwvsp.org. -------8 of 23-------- From: Erin Parrish <erin [at] mnwomen.org> Subject: Globalization/film 3.12 7pm Wednesday, March 12: University of Minnesota Office for University Women. REEL Dames Documentary Film Series (Film/Discussion) "Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night," is a documentary exploring complex issues of globalization, capitalism & identity through a witty & personal account of the film maker's journey into India's call centers. 7:00 PM at Walter Library 402, U of M. --------9 of 23-------- From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Climate/humans 3.12 7pm The Human Impact of Climate Change Wednesday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. Minneapolis Public Library, Baseball Scam Hall, 300 Nicolett Mall, Minneapolis. Representatives from developing countries will educate the public in target states on the links between climate change and poverty. The primary goal of the speakers tours is to educate the American public and policymakers about the development impacts of climate change; to ensure that people in the most vulnerable and poorest communities (abroad and in the U.S.) have access to the financial and technological resources needed to adapt to current and future changes in the climate. Sponsored by: Oxfam America and the Climate Equity Campaign. FFI: Email <lhille [at] oxfamamerica.org> or visit <www.climateequitycampaign.org>. --------10 of 23-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Immigration reform 3.12 7pm Wednesday, 3/12, 7 pm, NW Neighbors for Peace sponsors Alliance for Fair Federal Immigration Reform attorney Rose Grengs speaking on "How and Why We Need Immigration Reform," Parish community of St Joseph, 8701 - 36th Ave N, New Hope. nwn4p [at] yahoo.com or 763-478-4956. --------11 of 23-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Vets for peace 3.12 7pm RedWing MN Wednesday, 3/12, 7 pm, meeting Red Wing Vets for Peace, home of Charles Nicolosi, Red Wing. tuvecino [at] redwing.net --------12 of 23--------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Subject: Teach-in v war 3.12 7pm Teach - In to Stop the War WED, 3/12 @ 7pm @ Blegen Hall Room 135 (U of MN, West Bank) What is happening in Iraq and why should we care? How do protests raise consciousness and change history? Come for an hour of speakers and discussion about the Iraq War and students can do to stop it. Brief presentations will be followed with popular education. Organized by Students for a Democratic Society, umnsds [at] gmail.com, meetings every Tuesday @ 4:30 @ Coffman Board Room (307). --------13 of 23-------- From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net> Subject: Amnesty Intl 3.12 7:30pm AIUSA Group 640 (Saint Paul) meets Wednesday, March 12th, at 7:30 p.m. Mad Hatter Teahouse, 943 West 7th Street, Saint Paul. --------14 of 23-------- From: ACLU of Minnesota <action [at] aclu.org> Subject: ACLU/Capitol 3.13 8:30am SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM THE ACLU OF MINNESOTA Can you join us Thursday and lobby your state legislators in St. Paul? Whether you're experienced at lobbying your elected officials or this is your first time, we'll make sure you are fully prepared to make an impact on critical civil liberties issues. RSVP NOW http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=bo5erYhuqfUhAVyr_TLRjA.. Don't miss our second Annual Day on the Hill on Thursday, March 13. You can help bring liberty and justice to the state capitol! ACLU of Minnesota Day on Capitol Hill. The day will include a training on how to lobby, a rally in the capitol rotunda, and meetings with your legislators. Thursday, March 13, 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (If you can only come for a limited amount of time, please let us know when you register so we can set up your meetings during the times you are available.) Breakfast will be provided, lunch will be on your own. Schedule of the day 8:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. - Registration in the Rotunda 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. - Lobby Day Training 10:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. - Rally in the Rotunda 10:45 1:30 p.m. - Individual Meetings with legislators WHY: To prevent Minnesota from adopting Federal REAL ID laws, which would invade our privacy and cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. (You can learn more about REAL ID at http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=QreCVd-Jd-YI6u7ZN4YFZQ.. ) To ensure that our students have access to comprehensive sex education To ensure everyone is given their constitutional right to vote Minnesota State Capitol, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Saint Paul, MN. The Capitol complex is to the north of I-94 just minutes from downtown St. Paul. It is accessible from the east and west on I-94, and from the north and south on I-35E. Register Today! http://action.aclu.org/site/R?i=O5fdzGCVBV9T8fer1AQwEQ.. --------15 of 23-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: New Hope demo 3.13 4:30pm NWN4P-New Hope demonstration every Thursday 4:30 to 6 PM at the corner of Winnetka and 42nd. You may park near Walgreens or in the larger lot near McDonalds; we will be on all four corners. Bring your own or use our signs. --------16 of 23-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com> Subject: Eagan vigil 3.13 4:30pm CANDLELIGHT PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest corner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs and candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends south of the river speaking out against war. --------17 of 23-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 3.13 5pm NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. We'll have extra signs. For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at] aol.com. --------18 of 23-------- From: Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition <aranney [at] citizenstrade.org> Subject: Colombia/unions 3.13 6pm Forum on Trade and Union Worker Struggles in Colombia (Rochester/Mnpls) Join the Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition for an evening of coffee, snacks and discussion on trade and union worker struggles in Colombia. We'll be engaging an in-depth discussion with organizers who have experienced the dangerous realities and risks of union organizing in Colombia. We'll followup with a discussion connecting these risks and the impacts of trade in Colombia, Minnesota and the United States. The forum will be hosted by Edgar Paez from the Colombian Labor Union SINALTRAINAL (National Food Industry Workers Union), Dan Kovalik, Associate General Counsel of the United Steelworkers, Gerardo Cajamarca of the Global Justice Program with the United Steelworkers, Alicia Ranney of the MN Fair Trade Coalition and Kristen Melby of Witness for Peace. The discussions will focus on conditions for union organizers in Colombia and how trade deals impact workers, families and human rights both in Colombia and the US. Contact Alicia Ranney, Director of MNFTC for more details! Minneapolis, MN March 13th at 6:00PM Minneapolis Central Labor Union Council (312 Central Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414) Rochester, MN March 14th at 6:00pm Christ United Methodis Church (400 5th Avenue SW, Rochester, MN ) --------19 of 23-------- From: Do it Green! <Do_it_Green [at] mail.vresp.com> Subject: Green careers 3.13 6pm Thursday, March 13th: Green Careers with Barbara Parks of Green Career Tracks 6-8 PM Nokomis Public Library (5100 34th Ave. S., Mpls) --------20 of 23-------- From: Welfare Rights Committee - Alt Email <welfarerights [at] qwest.net> Subject: Don't let legislators steal welfare money! Tell DFL Leaders: "Don't balance the budget on the backs of poor and working Minnesotans! Don't steal poor people's money from TANF." CALL THE LEADERSHIP of the House and of the Senate: Rep. Margaret Kelliher, Speaker of the House - 651-296-0171 Rep. Tony Sertich, House Majority Leader - 651-296-296-0172 Sen. Larry Pogemiller, Senate Majority Leader - 651-296-7809 Sen. Tarryl Clark, Asst. Senate Majority Leader - 651-296-6455 More info: We know Gov. Pawlenty wants to steal $94 million from TANF...But it is shocking that some DFL members are also talking about taking poor families money. TANF dollars are for TANF. It is illegal to use TANF dollars for other uses, such as nursing homes or to replace general fund spending for anything. It is immoral to steal money from the survival program for low income and working families to balance a budget deficit. There are real needs for the TANF dollars , and there are poor peoples bills that put that money to use for low income families, but these bills are being denied a hearing in the House. Demand that the Poor peoples bills HF 3616 and HF 3618 be granted a hearing. UPDATE: Friday evening,there was an agreement to move the Senate companion bills to the Finance division - which means our bills made the first deadline! We call on the DFL and all politicians to stand up against this abuse. In a time of recession, the social safety net is more important than ever. When the jobs are gone and the unemployment runs out, MFIP is all that working and low income families have to survive on. Welfare Rights Committee PO Box 7266, Mpls MN 55407 pho: 612-822-8020 main email: welfarerightsmn [at] yahoo.com alt email: welfarerights [at] qwest.net --------21 of 23-------- Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 18:31:33 -0500 From: "Krista Menzel (Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace)" <web [at] mppeace.org> Subject: Tutu tickets now TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR APRIL 11 PUBLIC LECTURE BY ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU Metropolitan State University's Presidential Lecture Series to host Archbishop Tutu at April 11 event at Minneapolis Convention Center February 27, 2008 (Minneapolis) -- Metropolitan State University today announced that tickets are now available for Archbishop Desmond Tutu's public lecture, which will take place on Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The subject for the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate's remarks will be "Making Friends Out of Our Enemies." Tickets are $100 each [gulp!], plus a $5 per ticket handling fee ($6.50 for phone orders) and are available at Metropolitan State's website, www.metrostate.edu or by calling 877-772-5425. Archbishop Tutu is the third nationally and internationally renowned speaker in Metropolitan State's President's Lecture Series. "As we continue our deep commitment to civic engagement we are delighted to be hosting Archbishop Tutu, a man who is probably the world's leading proponent of world peace," said William Lowe, interim president of Metropolitan State. Metropolitan State and the nonprofit organization youthrive are bringing Archbishop Tutu to the Twin Cities. The purpose of Archbishop Tutu's visit is to work with area youth through youthrive's PeaceJam event, which is being hosted at Metropolitan State on April 12 and 13. In addition to participating in PeaceJam, Archbishop Tutu will also address youth attending the National Service-Learning Conference hosted by the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) the morning of Friday, April 11. youthrive/PeaceJam, Metropolitan State and NYLC are all helping to make Archbishop Tutu's participation possible. The PeaceJam event also will include a service project with the North Minneapolis community, which is being supported through a grant from Greater Twin Cities United Way. youthrive (www.youthrive.net) is a nonprofit organization that provides youth with leadership and service-learning opportunities, especially around the concepts of peace building, social justice, anti-racism, human and environmental rights, and ethical leadership. youthrive, the Upper Midwest affiliate of PeaceJam Foundation based in Colorado, brings youth together with Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, and provides curriculum, training and service-learning opportunities related to each Nobel Laureate's visit. --------22 of 23-------- The DFL leadership's health "reform" bills contain poison pills By Kip Sullivan, March 10, 2008 Last May, fifty-seven state legislators, all DFLers, signed on to the Minnesota Health Act, a single-payer bill that would implement universal health insurance within two years of the date of enactment. You might think that a bill with the support of one-fourth of the state's 201 legislators would have influenced the DFL leadership. You would be wrong. The DFL leaders on health policy, Sen. Linda Berglin (Minneapolis) and Rep. Tom Huntley (Duluth), have introduced bills that tweak the current system and, in the case of Senator Berglin's bill, move us further away from a single-payer system. In this commentary, I will concentrate on Senator Berglin's bill because it is the worst of the two bills. I'll comment on Rep. Huntley's bill at a later time. Senator Berglin's bill, SF 3099, calls for the creation of a second layer of insurance companies beneath the current layer (dominated by Blue Cross, Medica, and HealthPartners). It also requires the publication of report cards on the quality of care provided by these second-layer companies as well as by the individual clinics and hospitals. These "reforms" are to our health care system what poison is to a sick patient. They will force our health care system, already groaning under excessive administrative costs, to bear even more administrative costs. They will also damage quality of care, lead to further consolidation of our health care industry, and destroy patient privacy. IF IT QUACKS LIKE A DUCK. SF 3099 does not state that its goal is to create a second layer of insurance companies, but that's precisely what the bill will do. The new layer of insurance companies will be created by language in the bill calling for clinics and hospitals to assemble themselves into large networks called "care systems" that will have the essential features of an insurance company: They will be paid premiums, they will have the equivalent of policy-holders or enrollees, and they will bear risk. SF 3099 assiduously avoids words like "premiums" and other insurance lingo. However, the bill does say care systems will be paid a fee per month or year (the bill doesn't specify the time period) by the first layer of insurance companies for each patient who enrolls with a care system, and care systems will be legally obligated to provide all necessary medical services to its enrollees. SF 3099 doesn't call the payments to the care systems "premiums," but that's precisely what they'll be. SF 3099 does not call the care system members "policy-holders" or "enrollees," but that's precisely what they'll be. The bill refers to the "patient populations" of care systems. That phrase, plus the provisions in the bill making care systems "responsible" for the "total care" of those populations, makes it clear patients will have to enroll in care systems in advance, just as we have to sign up with insurance companies prior to the start of calendar years now, and that care systems will be legally responsible for providing all necessary medical care to those "populations." In sum, care systems will be insurance companies that won't be called insurance companies. But they will look, walk and quack like insurance companies. NO PATIENT LEFT BEHIND SF 3099 also calls for report cards on care systems and individual providers (clinics and hospitals) that will cost a lot to produce, will damage quality of care for at least some patients, and destroy what's left of patient privacy. These report cards are supposed to serve two purposes: They will, we are told, help Minnesotans "shop" for the best care system and the best clinic or hospital once they are published in the media and on the Internet; and they will serve as the basis for "pay for performance" payment methods that will reward doctors for getting good "grades" on the report cards and punish doctors who get "bad" grades on the report cards. The report cards will be prepared by an entity called the Health Care Value Reporting Organization. This entity will apparently be a private corporation like the Minnesota Community Measurement Project, an organization financed by the health insurance industry (SF 3099 specifically mentions the Community Measurement Project as an acceptable candidate). (George W. Bush is such a fan of the Community Measurement Project that he flew out to Minnetonka two years ago to celebrate it as the cutting edge example of the No Patient Left Behind report cards that he thinks will solve the health care crisis.) In order to prepare report cards, the Health Care Value Reporting Organization is authorized to collect patient medical records from all Minnesota clinics and hospitals as well as all patient medical records that health plans have gotten their hands on. The Reporting Organization will need lots of data on patients because SF 3099 instructs the Reporting Organization to "risk adjust" the grades on report cards. "Risk adjustment" refers to the process of adjusting "grades" on provider report cards that take into account differences in patient health, patient income, and other factors outside of providers' control that influence the outcomes being measured. For example, if the quality measure is the percent of heart disease patients who survive surgery for more than 30 days, you would want to adjust the 30-day survival rates for factors like number of diseased coronary arteries, whether the surgery was emergency or non-emergency, whether the patient had a normal pulse at the start of surgery or was in shock, and so on. Those data are, by definition, medical records data. In short, SF 3099's call for report cards on all Minnesota providers for all diseases known to Western medicine means the complete destruction of patient privacy. It does no good to say that the clinics will only be sending patient medical data to Big Brother after "patient identifiers" have been stripped. I doubt very much all identifiers will be stripped. In any case, some third party will have to strip the identifiers. In other words, the de-identification process itself will violate patient privacy. WRONG DIAGNOSIS What on earth could justify legislation like the provisions in SF 3099 that call for the creation of a second layer of insurance companies and a blizzard of report cards? Like most legislation, SF 3099 does not lay out the rationale for the bill's provisions. To get some idea of the rationale for creating an even more Byzantine insurance industry than we already have, and for subjecting this more Byzantine industry to No Patient Left Behind report cards, we have to turn to the Health Care Transformation Task Force (TTF), a commission created by the Legislature in the spring of 2007. The proposal to create a second layer of insurance companies is based on a recommendation by the TTF in its January 2008 report to the Legislature known as "level 3 payment reform." The arguments for this "reform" set forth by the TTS are somewhat cryptic, but when you decode them they turn out to be the same unfounded arguments that have been made for the last four decades for managed care. According to the TTF report, and according to testimony of TTF members at a House joint committee hearing on February 28, the health care crisis is caused by bad doctors. Bad doctors are everywhere, we are told. They are not practicing good medicine, they are harming health, and the resulting high prevalence of sickness in our population is the reason why American health care costs are double those of Canada, England, France and the rest of the industrialized world. Never mind the high administrative costs generated by the insurance industry, never mind hospitals and clinics buying more equipment than is necessary, never mind specialists and drug companies charging sky-high prices, never mind fraud committed by insurance companies and some clinics and hospitals. Note how similar this diagnosis is to the Bush administration's diagnosis of the crisis in our schools. The problem is bad teachers. And what's causing all the bad doctoring, you ask? Why, it's the fee-for-service method of paying doctors, the dominant method of paying doctors in this country for centuries. The TTF members and other advocates of "level 3 payment reform" can't bring themselves to come right out and say bad doctors are the problem and the fee-for-service system is inducing bad doctoring. They prefer much more abstract language that makes it harder to pin them down. Here are examples of semi-cryptic statements from the TTF report that implicate doctors and the fee-for-service system as the primary causes of the American health care crisis: * "The quality of health care is uneven, and it is well below the levels that Minnesotans should expect for the money we are spending." * "The way we pay for health care must be fundamentally changed in ways that support improvements in quality and establish accountability for the total cost of care." At the February 28 House hearing, one TTF member made these pronouncements: * "The quality of [medical] services does not enter into what is paid"; * "Our payment system does not take into account quality"; and * "We know quality 'varies significantly'" You see how the game is played. The TTF and "level 3 payment reform" advocates don't come right out and say doctors are bad and the fee-for-service method is the culprit. Rather, they tell us "quality is uneven" and the current "payment system does not take quality into account." You're supposed to conclude: * that "uneven quality" means "inferior quality," * that this inferior quality is induced by the "payment system" as opposed to high drug prices, lack of insurance, the nurse shortage, overstressed ER departments, managed care insurance companies meddling in the doctor-patient relationship, etc., * and that the TTF members have a payment method up their sleeve that will "take quality into account," and make quality "even" (please God, give us "even" health quality). Let's begin our analysis of these cryptic remarks with the question, How do we know "quality is uneven"? Advocates of "level 3 payment reform" virtually always cite one of three sources. I'll discuss their favorite one here. According to the TTF report and to at least one of the TTF members who testified at the February 28 hearing, we know quality is "uneven" because the Community Measurement Project tells us so. "If you go to the Minnesota Community Measurement Project, you see significant differences in outcomes," this witness stated. I urge you to go to the Web site of this organization (mnhealthcare.org) right now and tell me if you see any evidence of "uneven quality." Just for fun, type in "diabetes" into the box entitled "select by condition" that appears on the first page of this Web site. Up will come a list of dozens of Minnesota clinics and clinic-hospital networks (the future "care systems" under Senator Berglin's bill) with percentages next to their names. These percentages are the percent of diabetic patients "assigned" to these clinics who have their blood sugars, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels under control, who don't smoke, and who take aspirin daily. You will see, for example, that only 8 percent of the diabetics "assigned" to the Mayo Clinic make the grade on these five measures of "quality," only 1% of the diabetics "assigned" to the MeritCare Clinic in Cass Lake make the grade, and 15 percent of the diabetics "assigned" to the Park Nicollet Clinic in Burnsville make the grade. (I put "assigned" in quotes just to alert you that the way the Community Measurement Project lumps patients into one clinic's denominator and not some other clinic's denominator is suspect.) When your eyes behold these figures, do you leap to the conclusion that they reflect differences in "quality"? Do you leap to the conclusion that the doctors in the MeritCare clinic in Cass Lake are inferior to the doctors at Mayo, or that the doctors at Mayo are inferior to the doctors at the Park Nicollet Clinic of Burnsville? I sure hope you don't. But that's precisely what the TTF members and Senator Berglin want you to believe. The problem with those slick-looking tables at the Community Measurement Project's Web site is that the Community Measurement Project makes no effort to adjust the percentages for factors outside the clinics' control. You don't have to have a PhD in anything to know that the best doctors in the world cannot make their diabetic patients buy cholesterol-lowering drugs like Lipitor or Zocor. They can't buy health insurance for their uninsured patients, and they cannot guarantee that if their patients have health insurance it will cover prescription drugs and won't have prohibitively high deductibles. They can't hoist their poor patients out of poverty. They can't make them literate if they're illiterate. Just as teachers can't guarantee that the kids they teach won't come to school hungry, so doctors cannot control all the factors that will affect their grades on sloppy, deceptive report cards like the one the Community Measurement Project publishes. If one clinic has more poor, uninsured, and/or illiterate diabetics, it is bound to look bad on report cards like the one you see at the Community Measurement Project Web site. If the MeritCare Clinic at Cass Lake, for example, is serving a disproportionately poor and uninsured population, then the diabetics who show up at that clinic are far more likely to be unable to follow their doctor's instructions. It is simply wrong to cite the Community Measurement Project as evidence that "quality is uneven," or to use plainer language, that bad doctoring is rampant in Minnesota. I believe the average, unbiased reader gets what I'm saying. But just to drive this point home, let me use an analogy. Let's say we did a survey of auto mechanics and automobile owners in Minnesota and determined that only half the cars in Minnesota have had their oil changed on schedule. Would anyone leap to the conclusion that the problem is bad auto mechanics? Of course not. If we had the equivalent of a Community Measurement Project report card on auto mechanics that showed that the percent of cars up to date on their oil changes was 8% at one shop and 15% at another, would we say "quality of car care is uneven"? Of course we wouldn't. We could easily imagine a host of factors affecting car maintenance that has nothing to do with the quality of auto mechanic services. But according to the logic of the TTF and their allies, we should leap to the conclusion that auto mechanics are the problem, and subjecting them to report cards and a new payment method will solve the problem of "uneven car care." I'm not arguing that quality of medical care cannot be improved. I'm arguing that there is simply no evidence to support the claim of the "level 3 performance report" advocates that bad quality is rampant, nor that what bad quality there is out there is caused by the fee-for-service payment method. And there sure as heck is no evidence that report cards are a solution to anything that ails the Americans system. I'll comment more about report cards in my email about Rep. Huntley's bill. THE TTF'S REBUTTAL The proponents of the "level 3 payment reforms" have argued that their proposal does not shift risk to care systems and thereby convert them into a second layer of insurance companies. They claim that the payments to care systems will be risk-adjusted (using the same data the report-card makers will be using to risk-adjust grades on report cards) so that the premiums vary with the health status of the patients who enroll with them. But risk adjustment methods are very crude. They predict very little of the actual expenditures incurred by individual patients. Therefore, it is not accurate to argue that risk adjustment leaves all the risk with the current layer of insurance companies and shifts none to providers. Current research on risk adjusters justifies the statement that 85 to 90 percent of the risk will be shifted to care systems and only 10 to 15 percent of the risk will be retained by the current layer of insurance companies. SUMMARY The TTF and Senator Berglin are urging us to adopt a horrendously complicated and expensive "solution" to a problem that either does not exist or is minimal compared with other problems. The evidence simply does not support their diagnosis - that high health care costs are caused by low-quality medical care. Because their diagnosis is wrong, their prescription is wrong. We don't need a second layer of insurance companies practicing managed care. We've been there, we've done that. The managed care experiment failed. There is no point in conducting another experiment in managed care. And we don't need No Patient Left Behind report cards. It would be nice of Senator Berglin and the DFL leadership would get behind the Minnesota Health Act (Senator Berglin made a point of leaving the committee hearing room when the Minnesota Health Act passed the Senate health committee last month by a vote of 8 to 3). But if the DFL health policy "leaders" can't do that, the least they can do is to do no harm. There are a few good things in SF 3099, but they are outweighed by the "level 3 payment reforms" and the report card provisions. If those sections cannot be stripped out of Berglin's bill, then the entire bill should be voted down. --------23 of 23-------- HOLLOW WOMEN OF THE HEGEMON, June Terpstra Sunday, 09 March 2008 Visible token women leaders clucking sanctimoniously over "women's rights" - as bombs are being dropped on their "sisters" - are examples of Western feminist "success" within the hegemon; women such as Margaret Thatcher, Corazon Aquino, Condoleezza Rice and Hilary Clinton. This article is a call in honor of International Women's Day warning the people not to follow the woman leader who stands by her hegemon. This is a call for new women leaders who will stand with men to resist and defend the people against tyrannical governments posing as democracies. This is a call to us all, women and men, to end the oppression of globalized debt based economics that funds all wars, profiting from state terror while fomenting all states of terror. The interlocking directorate of rulers who employ women leaders, such as Margaret Thatcher, Benizer Bhutto, Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir, Corazon Aquino, Madeline Albright, Janet Reno, Condoleezza Rice, or Hillary Clinton, do so because they are loyal supporters to the men of the hegemon reveling in the greed, wars, invasions, occupations, and the New World Order. As such, they along with their power hungry husbands, fathers and brothers must be stopped. Today's women in power are focused on power for themselves "in solidarity" with the men of the hegemon. They neither represent the liberal feminists "ethic of care" or the revolutionary women's demand for a radical reordering of society. Instead they have joined the front lines in the agenda to, as Kissinger stated, "depopulate" the women, men and children of the planet. They are power hungry women who want to be included in the process of "add women and stir" to the list of acceptable positions of power and profit of the hegemon. Let us begin with Condoleezza Rice, who is said to be the most powerful woman in the world today. She is a highly educated woman who fronts for the oil companies and bankers as a neoconservative secretary of state. Her stated ambitions for the sons and daughters of the people of the USA, red or yellow, black or brown, is to be the dead and wounded "investment" that the people make in the 21st century's hundred year war. She says Iraq is "worth the investment" in American lives and dollars and that the United States can still win a conflict that has been more difficult than she expected. Rice represents a dramatic and symbolic historic shift in the way imperial monarchies, oligarchies and plutocracies worked in the past. The traditional paradigm was of the male military hawks working with Catholic Priests and the Protestant intelligentsia to con the public into feeding their boys to the military cannons profiting the kings, bankers and weapons manufacturers. Women in general and mothers in particular, historically decried wars and abhorred sending their sons to battle. Yet since WWII, we have Golda, Indira, Margaret, Benazir, Corazon, Madeline, and perhaps Hilary, if she becomes the President, all representing for the bankers, military complex and oil industries. Here is hegemon's historical array of women leaders urging their country's children to die, and celebrating that suicidal military "service" to the Judeo-Christian god and plutocracy with college educations to the tune of cheesy "proud to be" country and western patriarchy songs. More young women - some married with infant children - are joining the US branch of terrorism training camps because they have been told they are "free to be all they can be" so "sign on" for training with a company and a unit that their government and corporations care nothing about as is evidenced in the jobs or healthcare they will never have. Those jobs were outsourced to India and the healthcare is too expensive. Here is what has been and is preached by the hegemon's women war lords who pose as government leaders: "I know from the point of view of not just the monetary cost but the sacrifice of American lives, a lot has been sacrificed for Iraq, a lot has been invested in Iraq," Rice said. "Bush would not ask for continued sacrifice and spending "if he didn't believe, and in fact I believe as well, that we can in fact succeed", Rice said. Stand by your man, Condi! Hilary Clinton was asked about the "ticking time bomb" scenario, and said in skillful doublespeak, "I have said that those are very rare but if they occur there has to be some lawful authority for pursuing that," she responded. "Again, I think the President has to take responsibility. There has to be some check and balance, some reporting. I don't mind if it's reporting in a top secret context. But that shouldn't be the tail that wags the dog, that should be the exception to the rule." Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says, referring to a half million children dead in Iraq, more children than died in Hiroshima, "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price - we think the price is worth it." "The significance of the Falklands War was enormous, both for Britain's self-confidence and for our standing in the world. Since the Suez fiasco in 1956, British foreign policy had been one long retreat... Victory in the Falklands changed that. Everywhere I went after the war, Britain's name meant something more than it had," Thatcher says in her memoirs./ Or the O.G., Golda Meir, who once put it: "... we cannot forgive you for making us kill your children." As is evidenced today, women's participation in the military industrial complex is embedded in every way. Legislation for the draft submitted after 2001 explicitly defined both men and women of the ages between 18 and 26 as "conscripted" for military service. In 2004 women, including a woman general, officers and grunts stationed at Abu-Ghraib prison in Iraq are on trial for torturing Iraqi men, women and children. One of the women of Abu-Ghraib had also been accused of torture in Afghanistan. Media and educational systems now include women experts and representatives of legal organizations such as the National Organization of Women are quick to appear publicly to criticize women's oppression in Middle Eastern countries. These accusations become part of the rhetoric of American women's liberation under "American democracy" - fronting as an excuse for US invasion and occupation. The hegemon uses the subject of women's oppression selectively when stirring up sentiment for war against Muslims and Arabs. Without consulting Arab and Muslim women about their purported oppression, or only consulting exiled women who are agents and assets of the US state, there occurs a double form of imperialism and racism perpetrated by the American women "experts." While ignoring the statistical realities of the obscene numbers of women raped, beaten and killed by men in the USA these "experts" are used to gain women's support for war. As women in the USA support war under the guise of democracy and liberation a divisive diversion is wedged between women and men who are resisting hegemonic invasion and occupation. Visible token women leaders clucking sanctimoniously over "women's rights" as bombs are being dropped on their "sisters" - are examples of Western feminist "success" within the hegemon; women such as Margaret Thatcher, Corazon Aquino, Condoleezza Rice and Hilary Clinton. The hegemon makes and breaks the rules that govern domestic global political and economic relations by controlling most of the research, legal and governing international institutions. Women's increased participation and support in these institutions is crucial for continued maintenance of the hegemon. Whether in media, education, government, or corporations, women play critical roles as leaders, managers and foot soldiers paving the way as role models for future obedient leaders and workers for the hegemon. As the hegemon minimally provides for the needs of its poorest women the illusion of equal opportunity and equity is fostered when a Hilary and Condi take the stage together. In the same pattern in which Fanon described the desire of the "native" for the white man's power so do many women of the world desire the power of their master's. Desiring the master's power is the opposite of desiring liberty. Liberation and resistance means desiring freedom, it is struggle, and the struggle requires we build ties by nurturing the desire for liberty in each specific situation. The historical tragedies of torture and genocide now are commandeered by the "powerful" women allowed to act as overseer for the global masters. Resistance to the state terror of the New World Order (NOW) carries even greater risks than those posed by the danger of the car bomb or dynamite rigged vest. The US combatant has left their humanity at the boot camp door. A moment's hesitation costs innocent lives, like the four doctors allegedly killed by one of my students at an Iraqi checkpoint or the 14 year-old girl raped by the US combatant who laughs about it on You Tube. One could be the next innocent victim rendition to Poland or incarcerated by the NYPD in an asbestos laden condemned warehouse on the docks. Our failure to hesitate to stop these leaders has a price here and there. As more women and children are recruited by their women leaders more defenseless women and children will be tortured, shot and killed. It is all part of the grand depopulation plan of the US lords of war. All the hegemon's boys and girls are to follow the "harsh arithmetic of pain," whereby civilian casualties on both sides "play in their favor," - the favor of the ruling class that is. They like to pose that democracies lose, both politically and emotionally when they kill civilians, even inadvertently. Yet, the state terrorists are dropping bombs on civilians from Somalia to Iraq killing numbers thousands weekly, far surpassing the numbers killed by the bits of dynamite strapped to the resistance fighters vest. Since WWII women in power have been agents and assets for the state and the corporations behind the state. With a clear political agenda they are caught up in the tendencies and values of imperialism. They revel in the hegemon and in the benefits that come with rising to the top of it. So total is hegemony now established over the mind and spirit of American women who almost never perceive it at all, striking the mind as 'normal" as capitalism markets the "uncovered" woman who is "free to be" - having "sex in the city" buying $400 shoes (even when her historical people are drowning in New Orleans) because she is "worth it." It will come as no surprise to the people that the answer to the question "who benefits" from these women leaders is the "new world order". I refer here to the term "new world order", by which I mean the globalizing hegemonic force, as announced by George Herbert Walker Bush on the eve of "declared" war against Iraq in 1991. The hegemon benefits the most from women's leadership and if it did not, they would not be there. People who are standing with the oppressed and for liberation need new rules, strategies and tactics to deal effectively and fairly with these dangerous realities of the new gender and color blind imperialism. We cannot simply wait until the next generation of sons and daughters decide to follow a Condi's or a Hillary's demands for more cannon fodder. We must stop these leaders, whether female or male, before they export their perverted propaganda, their sick and dangerous militaristic terrorism, their culture of death to the children and grandchildren here so they do not spread it to the children and grandchildren over there. Those of us who are dedicated to ending the terrorism and imperialism of the hegemon need new rules, strategies and tactics to deal effectively with the dangerous realities of US military aggression here and abroad. We cannot simply wait until another son or daughter of people decide to follow the leader's con jobs and deceptions. We must stop this madness of pre-emptive war games and the Judeo-Christian culture of death that the leadership of the hegemon, male, female, GLBT, left, right, red or yellow, black or white, is spreading from sea to poisoned sea. June Scorza Terpstra, Ph.D. is an activist educator and university lecturer in Justice Studies, Criminal Justice and Sociology. She has founded numerous programs for homeless, abused, youth and oppressed people in the USA. She is presently teaching courses on Law and Terrorism, Social Justice, Resistance, Criminology, and Juvenile Justice. She is a former Community Research Fellow and doctoral graduate of Loyola University Chicago. <http://carolynbaker.net/site/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=371> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments
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