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Sunday
Jul292012

America's Growing, Severe Doctor Shortage | D Day for Vatican Nuns | Dire News Coral Reefs Update

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2012 Election

Gallup reports that a majority of Americans would vote for a well-qualified atheist for president. This is the highest percentage since Gallup began asking the question in 1958, when only 18 percent answered affirmatively about voting for a nonbeliver.

America’s Doctor Shortage

It’s good news that President Obama’s health care law will extend insurance coverage to more than 300,000 people by 2014. Yet another critical problem undercuts the American health care system. Estimates are than in 2015 America will have 62,900 fewer doctors than needed.

Without the new health care law, the US will have a shortage of over 100,000 doctors by 2025, much of it regional and city specific. Fewer than half of primary care clinicians were accepting new Medicaid patients in 2008, making it more difficult for the poor to gain treatment.

Other issues driving the future of health care in America include physicial compensation. Fewer doctors are choosing to become primary care doctors due to an average compensation of about $200,000 a year. Specialist make twce that much. Further complicating the medical care equation is the fact that younger doctors on average work fewer hours. And one third of America’s doctors are 55 or older and nearing retirement. Read on at the New York Times.

Catholic in America

CA Prop 8 Archbishop

The Vatican and America’s Catholic bishops are center stage this week, on multiple fronts. The new archbishops of San Francisco is a staunch gay-marriage foe, writes the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Vatican has named Salvatore Cordileone who played a key role in the passage of Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage in California, an archbishop. Prop 8 was overturned by a US District Court judge in 2010. In Feb 2012, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed the decision, declaring Popr 8 unconstitutional. The case is being appealed to the US Supreme Court.  

D Day for American Nuns

The Leadership Conference of American nuns till meet in St. Louis this week, in a group decision about how to respond to the scathing critique issued against them this spring by the Vatican. The nuns will decide whether to cooperate with the three bishops appointed by the Vatican to supervise the overhaul of their organization, in an act of obedience.

The power struggle between the nuns and bishops has been building for decades.

“I admire religious men and women,” Cardinal Levada, the former head of the church’s doctrinal office,  said in an interview with The National Catholic Reporter. “But if they aren’t people who believe and express the faith of the church, the doctrines of the church, then I think they’re misrepresenting who they are and who they ought to be. Read on at New York Times.

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Milou Van Groesen | Alique | Vogue Netherlands July/August 2012 | Riches of the Reef

This Vogue Netherlands editorial prompted us to update our several articles on the perilous state of the world’s coral reefs.

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Science & Governments Debate Doomed Future for Coral Reefs

Why are governments and environmentalists airbrushing the dire state of the world’s coral reefs, asks Roger Bradbury writing an op ed for the New York Times. Reality is that the world’s coral reefs — the nurseries of tropical coastal fish stocks — are zombie ecosystems, crushed under the weight of overfishing, ocean acidification and pollution.

Friday
Jul272012

John Bolton Supports Gaffney Who Calls Michele Bachmann America's 'Iron Lady' | Joss Stone's New 'Soul Sessions'

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Secy of State Hillary Clinton /AP photo Election 2012 | Foreign Policy Front

Politico reminds readers that presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has a tough job ahead on the foreign policy front. Steve Schmidt, who served as John McCain’s chief strategist in the 2008 campaign said:

“She’s widely recognized by a very high percentage of persuadable voters for having done a terrific job as secretary of state,” Democratic consultant Steve Murphy said. “Having Hillary Clinton as part of the equation certainly strengthens Barack Obama’s argument on foreign policy and national security.”

On the foreign policy front, key Romney adviser former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton says that he was “mystified” by those who have criticized Rep. Michele Bachmann’s claims against Clinton’s key deputy Huma Abedin that she is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood.

On July 24 Bolton appeared on Center for Security Policy president Frank Gaffney’s radio show. Gaffney’s largely discredited ‘research’ is the source of Bachmann’s claims.

Slate reported in May 2012 that Gaffney was disinvitied from the weekly conservative “Weyrich lunch’, due to his continuing investigation of the alleged Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of Washington. In February the American Conservative Union blocked Gaffney from the CPAC stage.

Writing for Jewish World Review this week, Gaffney compares Bachmann to Margaret Thatcher, calling her America’s Iron Lady.

Joss Stone’s New Debut

Joss Stone by David VenniGood news from WSJ. British pop star Joss Stone returns soon to the stunning sounds of her first album “Soul Sessions’, also a big hit in Anne’s music library.

Stone is backed by a band that includes guitarist Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers and Muscle Shoals Rhythm Stompers keyboard great Clayton Ivey, with backing vocals by 1974 Grammy winner Betty Wright (“Where is the Love”).

The sultry temptress will be singing Sylvia Robinson’s 1973 hit ‘Pillow Talk’. Steve Greenberg, producer of both Sessions albums says Joss Stone never would have sung anything that risqué in her first album.

Joss Stone Debuts new ‘Soul Sessions’

Thursday
Jul262012

Mr. Olympics Slips Up in London | The Marriage Divide & Children's Lives | Climb Wyoming for Women

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Mitt Romney at Downing Street London. Image: Oli Scarff/GettyRepublican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in London, trying to mend many fences, but one in particular concerning London’s security at the Olympics.

For all his bravura, Mitt Romney is largely untested on the world political stage. The candidate managed to create a major stir by questioning whether Britain is prepared to pull off the Olympic Games without problems.

Security preparedness concerns have been reported within the last week, and Romney chose to use the issue to comment on the games to ABC News. The candidate cited “not have enough people” on the security detail, as well as the “supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials.”

Romney then went on to wonder if the people of London would “come together and celebrate the Olympic moment.” Still not stopping his lack of diplomatic tact, the former president of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, added “That’s something which we only find out once the Games actually begin.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron replied to Romney’s commentary, saying: “Of course it’s easier to hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.”

London’s mayor Boris Johnson told a raucous crowd in London’s Hyde Park after the arrival of the Olympic flame: “There’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know if we are ready. Are we ready? Yes we are!”

Mitt Romney: Anglo Saxon

The Republican candidate entered a dustup yesterday, under reports that an unnamed adviser told the conservative newspaper The Telegraph that the Romney team has a greater appreciation for the US and Britain’s shared “Anglo-Saxon heritage” than does President Obama.

The paper said the adviser’s remarks “may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity.” via Chicago Tribune

Lives of Single Mothers

Melissa Kutz, a 27-year-old single mother of three, said she had gained new hope from the Climb Wyoming job training program. Carmel Zucker for The New York TimesWyoming has the highest gap in America between a woman’s wage and a man’s, writes the New York Times. The state of Wyoming also has a divorce rate 30 percent above the national average. Wyoming also rants near the bottom of states, in the percentages of women having higher education degrees or owning businesses. Suicide rates and methamphetamine use are among the highest in the nation.

Enter Climb Wyoming, a project of Nancy Freudenthal, the wife of Gov. Dave Freudenthal, a Democrat.

Ms. Freudenthal, a lawyer who worked on women’s economic issues in private life, kept at it as first lady and is credited with helping Climb Wyoming expand statewide from here in Cheyenne. The group’s $1.8 million budget is about 70 percent public money, mostly federal grants, and 30 percent private donations and foundations.

More than 500 women have participated in the program so far. Co-founder psychologist Ray Fleming Dinneen admits that the emphasis on on training go-it-alone mothers for male-dominated jobs that rule the state’s economy.

Related Reading

Two Classes, Divided by ‘I Do’ New York Times

Estimates vary widely, but scholars believe that changes in marriage patterns — as opposed to changes in individual earnings — may account for as much as 40 percent of the growth in certain measures of inequality. Economic extremes are woven in the fabric of American history. Becoming a society of family haves and family have-nots, with marriage and its rewards largely absent in some communities is a cause for serious concern, say statistics.

The Kids Are Not Really Alright Slate

W Bradford Wilcox strikes back against Katie Roiphe’s dismissal of the recent New York Times story on the marriage divide in America. Roiphe charged that the feature was a “puritanical and alarmist rumination on the decline of the American family.”

New York Times, Stop Moralizing About Single Mothers Slate