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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Health Care Must Pass

The Battle of the "facts" is in full force on the subject of health care.

You know my bias. I have preexisting conditions, am insured through my wife's employer, have seen premiums and medicine skyrocket over the past two years and am now seeing a doctor where you feel as if you are a cog in a factory.

But of interests in communication is the battle of rhetoric and how both sides are not telling the entire truth. I will not get into the debate or details here, that is for you to do. Let's just say that those who claim that the bill being pushed in congress will raise your taxes and the cost of medical care are correct, if you are upper middle class or wealthy and in only the short run. It will cost to launch a program that in the end may, repeat may, not will, save all of us money.

The Obama administration (whitehouse.gov) claims are based on long term projections, which are projections not fact. They list the reasons you should support the health care reform legislation now in Congress.

Another fact that  cannot be refuted is that an increasing number of Americans are without health insurance due to pre-existing conditions, unemployment, policy cancellation, or priorities of food and a roof over their heads versus insurance.

Another issue to look at both sides on is will the bills being proposed lower health cost or insure all Americans. The answer is "no", not because of intent but because the aspects of the legislation which would have these impacts have already been voted out of the bill or rejected by a congress bombarded with Internet and coffee table rhetoric not based in fact or in depth knowledge. And you cannot stop a racing freight train on a dime. There will be short term costs, but all projections show long term savings.

Look at the list of medical organizations, professionals, diverse groups who usually disagree, who support the legislation and ask why.

Look at the dollars in advertising, auto robotic phone calls, Internet and web coordinated assaults spent on defeating it and ask why, and more importantly who is really behind these.

Ask yourself if the issue is not whether I, or anyone else, has health care, but how to manipuate the next election, and the election after that and after that?

Ask yourself who benefits if health insurance reform does not pass? Which political groups? What industry? What special interest groups?

One thing is sure.

Status quo will not work.

The bill is flawed. As with most of the legislation to come out of a Senate that can add unrelated things to a bill or who depend on special interests to be reelected in races where you have to be a millionaire, or even a billionaire (or with billionaire friends) to have any chance of winning.

Will it drive up taxes and the cost of medicine? Not in the way the ads paid for by large special interests groups claim. Most important if we do nothing, the cost of health care will continue to rise at a rate much faster than the cost of living, while many Americans find themselves surviving on far less income than in the past. If  we do nothing, the "status quo" will not remain the same. It is a fact that the cost of health care is rising at a rate that is three times the rate of inflation, with those most in need increasingly on fixed or reduced incomes. Have you noticed how the people in the adds are white, upper middle class and almost Rockwellian? Not the world that most of the country lives in, but the world those most likely to vote next election identify with, even if they do not live in it.

This is not about health, as it should be, or what is good for America, as it should be, but about politics, elections, special interests dollars and crippling a presidency. What about the child who needs health care or the mother who dies because she could not get preventative care when it would have kept her well?

The current form of the legislation does something that is not fair or honest, but was the only way to accomplish the goal given conservative Democrats, Republicans and special interests; it requires you purchase insurance. That means people who cannot afford it are forced to buy insurance. In my book, and in every civilized nation, the government should provide a basic safety net of health care. But would you rather see no reform just because universal health or single payer were politically axed from the legislation? In the long run we are better off covering my conditions and those of dozens of millions of americans, including children, instead of remaining with a discriminatory status quo.

Does it solve the impact on doctors of the uninsured? It may or may not.

Do we have universal health in that doctors must treat patients, as some people seeking to destroy the legislation claim? Yes, but not if you want full coverage care and most certainly not from the doctors standpoint, who turn away not critical cases and are stuck with the cost of those they do take in. Preventative care is for those who can afford to pay high end health insurance. Mine will not pay for it, in any form, until I get really ill.

Does the legislation in Congress solve our nation's health care woes?

It is a start and, for those like me, it is needed.

I could, at any time, find myself without health care.

Insurance companies do not care about my health since I am a "risk" factor they would rather to without. They exist for the healthy people who pay in but do not use their services, and the wealthy who look at the few hundred or thousands they do not cover on a bill as pocket change and a necessary expense.

I am asking you to tell your congress men and women, senators and the president that we need this current bill, because something is better than nothing. The pre-existing condition element alone is worth a "yes" vote.

Things will not remain, nor are they, fine as they are.

Life cost more.

At least we can help save lives, possibly even our own, if the bill passes.

It is that important.

First posted 3-14-09

An iPod World Contributes to Energy Shortage and Global Warming

The headline center left on page 1 of Sunday's New York Times read "An iPod World, with a Hunger for Electricity: Industry foils plans to cut Power Demand." The story tells of how modern electronics are spreading, even in poor nations, and how these devices are energy hungry hogs eating up limited and needed power supplies, thus contributing to the pollution and dangers of energy production.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/business/energy-environment/20efficiency.html?_r=1&th=&adxnnl=1&emc=th&adxnnlx=1253571266-kCNiSqSqsMTSy/uqrsQERQ

First posted 9-21-09

War over Words: Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks has called the Second World War a "war of racism and terror". The producer of "Band of Brothers" and now "The Pacific" along with Steven Spielberg on HBO, feels that the past should be reflected with pride but also with as much accuracy as the limits of time and film making allows. Click here for a video interview with Hanks,


If you watch the video you will see why I do not care for FOX News (talking heads talking about what they know little or nothing about and then people taking what they say as gospel).

In the broader context of society Hanks equates racism and hatred with "ignorance" and says to understand the past, or the current day, you need to know the terms and contexts used. In another interview he says that the way to fight ignorance is through cooperation, education and being open about the roots behind it.

Are "Jew" or "Jap" or "Nazi" or "Crout" or "Pollock" or a litany of other words in common use between 1941 and 1945 off limits for film projects, in discussion in an historic context? Did those words reflect the forces that drove men or divided them during the "Greatest War" of the "Greatest Generation?"

Many war movies have been "modernized" by taking the ethnic characters, language and economic relationships that were a real part of life in America and in the military during World War II out of the equation. 

If you saw "The Pacific" or wish to comment on his previous war epic miniseries, "Band of Brothers", or if you would like to respond to Hanks comments, please do so by hitting "comment" below.

Of course you may also wish to remember the mini-series "From Earth to the Moon" or Hanks other work as a producer, director, writer and actor and comment on those projects as well.

Blue Creatures on Blue Ray April 22nd

"Avatar" is coming to home video, not once, but three times over the next year. NPR's Linda Holmes reports that the  film, on Blu-ray and DVD, will be released April 22nd in its simplest form,  "According to The Los Angeles Times, this release predates the "ultimate version" that won't come out until November. Oh, and one day -- but not this year -- there will be the 3D version." Tripple dipping? Not if Fox is to believed. They say that there is too much audio and video signal use to have more than the movie on an affordable DVD or Blue Ray. The special edition will cost more and offer alternatives (nothing specified yet) and the extras we have come to expect with Blue Ray and DVD sets.

Opossing Views

For speech or paper ideas, try this link: Opposing Views

It would be a good idea in speeches, in discussion in class, in discussion on-line and in life to be a bit more open about voicing opposing views or simply saying what is in your heart.

If you have suggestions for sites that might assist future students with topic ideas, points of view, or in open discussion of events and ideas, please feel free to suggest them in an e-mail to art.lynch@artlynch.org or add them to the comments below.

Thank you.

Midterm Review Questions Fall 2010, part III

College of Southern Nevada Art Lynch COM 101 students please use these questions, other fall 2010 questions, quizes and sample midterms found on this blog and on Angle to review for your midterm and finals. See right hand columns of this blog as well as "course content" in Angle.

More sample midterm questions, Fall 2010


 "His name fits him like a glove" is an example of which type of language devise?
a.
parallelism
b.
similies
c.
alliteration
d.
antithesis

Audience members tend to recall what the speaker presents last better than they recall the information presented in the body of the speech. This effect is called ____.
a.
the primacy effect
b.
the inverted effect
c.
the recency effect
d.
selective memory


The guidelines for effectively presenting a speech of acceptance include
a.
using the manuscript method of delivery.
b.
taking personal credit for the achievement.
c.
being succinct.
d.
maximizing your accomplishments.


The primary resonsiblity is a commication is
a.
the speaker or transmitter
b.
the channels
c.
the listener or audience
d.
all of the above


A speech's introduction can be enhanced by
a.
a timely and appropriate joke.
b.
presentation media.
c.
visual aids.
d.
All of these answers are correct.


Which of the following is not part of organizing your ideas in a speech?
a.
Channel
b.
Body
c.
Conclusion
d.
Introduction


To effectively manage the audience during a speech the speaker should
a.
respond with hostility to rude audience members.
b.
make sure audience members who require accommodations have them.
c.
use as much time as needed to present all the information the speaker wants the audience to hear.
d.
avoid using nonverbal messages.


Which of the following is not one of the "arts of public speaking?"
a.
Style
b.
Feedback
c.
Arrangement
d.
Delivery

Believing someone’s ides are closer to your own than they actuall are can be seen as
a.
assimilation
b.
egocentrism
c.
ethnocentrism
d.
None of these answers are correct.


Which of the following is not one of the six basic stages of presenting a speech?
a.
researching your topic
b.
making up facts to support your topic
c.
organizing your ideas
d.
determining your topic


According to the Roman statesman Cicero, you need this to form the groundwork for learning about public speaking.
a.
Memory
b.
Delivery
c.
Invention
d.
Arrangement
e.
Style
f.
All of these answers are correct.


Public speaking is considered
a.
a science.
b.
an art.
c.
both a science and an art.
d.
neither a science nor an art.


An excellent medium for documenting good ideas during a brainstorming session is ____.
a.
a document camera
b.
overhead transparencies
c.
a flip chart
d.
a model


To show realtionships of parts to a whole you would use a
a.
line graph
b.
mountain graph
c.
pie graphc
d.
bar graph


When you go to a comedy club for entertainment, you are engaging in ____.
a.
appreciative listening
b.
empathic listening
c.
critical listening
d.
listening for content


 If you are putting ideas in an order but do not have to explain or justify that order, you are using which speech design or structure:
a.
chronological
b.
cause-and-effect
c.
sequential
d.
motivated sequence


The guidelines for effectively presenting an after-dinner speech include
a.
using a lot of presentation media.
b.
talking about serious topics.
c.
focusing on a theme.
d.
designing the speech to persuade the audience.


Public speaking in the time of the Greeks was called
a.
noise.
b.
rhetoric.
c.
mythos.
d.
pathos.

 If you are using emotional appeal to support your argument you are primarily using which proof:
a.
Ethos
b.
Logos
c.
Pathos
d.
Mythos


On advantage of the ____ delivery method is that while prepared in advance and rehearsed, you can sound natural and react to your audience..

a.
impromptu
b.
memorized
c.
extemporaneous
d.
manuscript


Which of the following is not one of the main parts of a speech?
a.
conclusion
b.
transitions
c.
ethnocentrism
d.
body


With all of the resources available to you today, remember that the best delivery system for communicating ideas to your audience is ____.
a.
transparencies
b.
digital slides
c.
you
d.
RWA


The presentation outline is used for
a.
initial topic development.
b.
guiding research.
c.
developing the preparation outline.
d.
practicing a speech.


ABC is an acronym for
a.
airway, breathing, circulation
b.
already been chewed
c.
American Broadcasting Company
d.
all are correct since acrnyms rely on context used


In a(n) ____, a moderator asks questions of experts on a topic in front of an audience.
a.
round table discussion
b.
oral report
c.
forum
d.
panel discussion


Conservative column outlines how Dems can win with health care

The politics of health care passage
Washington Post Commentary

Even as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) scrambles for the 216 "yes" votes she needs to pass President Obama's health care reform bill later this week, strategists on both sides of the partisan divide have begun to debate the political impact of what passage will mean.

The Fix laid our hands on a new polling memo from Democratic survey guy John Anzalone that details the results of a health care poll conducted in a whopping 92 Democratic districts -- a mix of top Republican targets, moderate/conservative Blue Dogs and rural seats -- and funded by several labor groups. (The full list of districts that were polled is after the jump.)

The main points of the Anzalone memo:

* Nearly six in ten (59 percent) of voters in these districts support the idea of reforming the health care system and roughly that same number believe that the changes need to be made now.

* While 42 percent of voters in these districts initially support the health care bill that number jumps to 51 percent "after hearing about some of the benefits of the plan."

* The best message arguments for Democrats to make in the wake of passage are: 1) the coverage of pre-existing conditions and 2) the fact that for the first time ever average people will be able to have the same health care plan as Members of Congress.

For additional coverage go to the Washington Post.