My nephew Eric Ginsburg and a few colleagues are starting their very own newspaper and website called the Triad City Beat. Eric has been a professional writer for years now at Yes Weekly. Obviously this is a very exciting time and I couldn’t be more proud of him.
I can’t wait to see how this evolves and I invite you all to watch along with me. You can start by following their twitter feed @Triad_City_Beat and the website when it’s up triad-city-beat.com.
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What do these 3 groups of people have in common? They are all billionaires (well, not the Clintons, but I’ll get to that later). Bill Gates changed the world with building Microsoft and using a computer common place and easy. Bill Clinton changed the world, as every President of the United States does, with the strongest economy and job growth in any presidency since WWII. The Koch Brothers made billions of dollars and are trying to change the political landscape.
Now, think about it. What would you do if you had 5 or 10 billion dollars? As everyone knows Bill and Melinda Gates have devoted their lives to philanthropic work. Their foundation’s primary goals are to eradicate poverty globally, expand healthcare globally and to expand education and information technology in the United States. They have had tremendous success and helped millions in need.
Bill Clinton started the Clinton Global Initiative which has also poured billions into healthcare, preventing HIV/AIDS, pediatric care. It is also a nonpartisan group that brings business leaders, heads of state, Nobel prize winners and other global leaders to share ideas, on how to solve global issues. What a great way to use your influence and power to bring people together to help solve the world’s problems.
The Koch brothers on the other hand are using their billions to try to cultivate more power, cut off people in need and damage the American way of life. The Koch’s are the ones who created and funded – still funding – the tea party. They are not putting their wealth to help others. They are using it to hurt others, deny freedoms.
Obviously everything I have written here is common knowledge and nothing new; except people should really take a moment to think about what their goals in life are. Do you want to help others in need or do you want to have more power. I find this so striking because I don’t think I have ever met anyone that would not want to help others. I am talking about people who don’t need to worry about money. I wouldn’t say to an unemployed person why don’t you go out and volunteer to help the needy in their spare time. Unemployed people are the needy!
If I had billions and didn’t need to work I would love nothing more than helping other people. I guess their are people who are truly evil. What a shame.
photo copyright Dan Ginsburg 2014
When I heard the news this morning that CVS was going to stop selling all tobacco related products by October 2014 I thought the news was fantastic. What a better way to prevent young people from starting smoking, having cigarettes not around! CVS has 7,600 drugstores and is the second largest chain in the Country.
This is a bold move for CVS since they stand to lose over $2 billion per year. I would like to see Wal Mart and other large chain stores to stop selling any tobacco related products too. The problem with smoking is that once you start many become addicted and can never kick the habit. It has been proven that quitting smoking is as hard as kicking a heroin habit. So the best bet is to try to keep anyone new from trying smoking.
Here in NYC in 2003 when Mayor Bloomberg banned smoking in any bar, restaurant, office building I thought it was a great thing. I remember reading at the time that a bartender would breathe in the equivalent of half a pack of cigarettes per night just from second hand smoke. What a good thing it was for them that smoking was banned. The harder and more inconvenient it is for people to smoke the less they will smoke. I live in a high-rise apartment building in Manhattan that doesn’t allow smoking, anywhere in the building. I think that’s great.
I am not saying all of this because I think smokers should be punished, I am saying it because I think smokers were tricked into smoking and are unable to quit. Nicotine is a drug, when the smoker goes without it too long they start craving it. When they smoke they think they are enjoying it, but in fact they are just bringing their nicotine level back up to where it normally is.
I agree with the people who say cigarettes should not be in any movies as seeing someone smoke on the screen can reinforce that smoking is ok. I also think all brand labeling should be removed from packs of cigarettes. I remember seeing gross pics that were going to be put on the packs. I think a blank white pack would be far more effective; no more being cool with the Marlboro Man.
CVS did a great thing today, I hope others will follow.
I finally saw the clip that everyone has been talking about where Walters vehemently defends Woody Allen in the child molestation charges that were charged against him by his then girlfriend Mia Farrow’s 7 year old adopted daughter Dylan. Ms. Walters did say “I don’t know about Dylan” but then went on and on about how close she is to Woody and he could never do anything like this because he is such a nice man. He is so loving to his own 2 biological children. Barbara, isn’t it always the one you least suspect that is actually guilty? Her argument was preposterous. She really looked like an out of touch old lady. Other celebs have weighed in with their support of Woody Allen as well.
The fact is, no one knows what happened besides Dylan (who now goes by a different name) and Woody. No one. So no one should be taking sides or passing judgement. The very important part missed here is that this is exactly why victims of abuse don’t report it. Because they are afraid they won’t be believed. That’s not the kind of culture we want. We want kids to speak out. Barbara’s intensely strong backing of Woody would say to a child ‘I shouldn’t say anything, no one will believe me.’
Now, I am not saying Mr. Allen is guilty. And I am not saying he is innocent. I don’t know, I will never know. Neither will you. I don’t know why Dylan is speaking out now. I remember the whole saga going on with Woody and Mia breaking up. I read recently the police investigated the allegations and found probable cause but not enough to charge him. No, I have no way of knowing what that means.
The point here is to encourage any victim to speak up. A child. A soldier. Anyone. And no one should ever say ‘Oh no, he/she is much too nice to do something like that.’
I always liked what I heard about ACA; I think affordable healthcare for all is both essential and the moral thing to do.
I never understood why the Obama administration didn’t explain the law better, or at all. We heard 2 or 3 talking points and that was it. The public was never told ‘what’s in it for me.’ That baffled me because if this law was as good as they were saying I would have thought they would have been singing its praises.
I can tell you from first hand experience that it’s not just the website which had a disastrous rollout; it’s the entire law. Since I will be starting a business soon I have done a lot of research about ACA, which doctors will accept it, what kind of plans I could get. What I have found out has been maddening and extremely disappointing. I can’t speak for any other state besides New York, but let me tell you what I found out. First I talked with my dentist of 13 years, she told me that they had not decided which of the exchanges they would accept. She said that the information given to doctors was just as opaque as what was given to the public. She recommended not having dental coverage and just paying out of pocket; it would probably be cheaper.
Next I spoke with my dermatologist of 10 years. She also told me that she had very little knowledge of ACA and what plan she would accept. She also told me that her practice is also a small business and didn’t know what she was going to do about her own, and her staffs’ health insurance. She was concerned about what she was going to do. Her recommendation to me? Don’t choose a plan that she would accept; I should just come for my yearly check up and pay out of pocket for it.
Last week I saw my primary care doctor of over 20 years; before I saw him the woman in charge of billing told me the practice would be accepting none of the exchanges in ACA. When I spoke to the doctor I asked him about it and he was furious. He told me that it wasn’t his decision not to accept any of the exchanges; it’s that the exchanges would not accept any doctors who are affiliated with teaching hospitals or universities. Any reputable doctor is affiliated with teaching hospitals. He said that once you take that layer of doctors away what is left is subpar doctors. He also said that ACA was trying to push everyone into Medicaid; this would be a disaster because the doctors that accept Medicaid are definitely doctors to stay away from. They are amongst the worst in talent and treatment. My doctor also told me that in ACA you are covered for emergency room visits. But it might only be the ER on Coney Island (50 miles away). He recommended getting catastrophic insurance and pay out of pocket for regular visits.
These are my choices? This is supposed to help people? This is how you insure people who own small businesses? Three of my doctors, that are highly respected and at the top of their fields, recommend no insurance? My PC doc predicts an implosion in the coming months. Healthcare for all, but not any of the good doctors? Bad healthcare isn’t good for anyone, whether you have insurance or don’t.
This plan is unacceptable for anyone who lives in New York. It is a disgrace and needs to be immediately changed.
My brother, who takes beautiful pics has been named a finalist in a pic contest. Please read the note below from him and vote for his pic. You might win $200 and more importantly be on my good side
A note from my brother Daniel:
I’ve been selected as a finalist in Backroads photo contest. 27 finalists from 5,000 entries, so I am honored. If you click on the attached link (or cut and paste it) and vote for my photo, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a $200 Patagonia gift card. My photo is in the middle of the fourth row.