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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2013 at 1:39pm

Melinda, that is exactly why we have to fight against health insurance linked to jobs, and for universal health coverage. It is a tough fight, and one well worth the effort. Our nation cannot be strong as long as the system doesn't work for all its citizens.

It seems to me, the major issue besides health care for all, is education for all, even life-long learning. Investments in education always pay back to the system more than it takes out.

Take a simple example, when I lived in Alaska, the native kids didn't know about hygiene. With just a few very short, quick instructions, we were able to teach them how to blow their noses into tissues, toss them into a fire, and how to wash their hands. The colds and flu went down, school attendance improved, and the general health of the kids improved. Prevention is so easy, doesn't require a degree in science, is easy to learn and everyone benefits.

Does your husband have good stress management techniques? In reality, one can't cure stupid, and when management is not as smart as they think they are, the workers pay a price. So, workers can learn procedures that reduce stress, even as they take on management. Part of the strategy is building coalitions, which is exactly what unions do.

With you and your kids having health problems, and living in a culture such as ours, we need strong leadership to take on systemic problems. You can't do it alone, but you can and do take necessary action when it is called for. This is no time for prayer ... it is time for praxis, thought + action.

Praxis is usually considered a liberation theology word meaning to express how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to be lived in the world.
In secular terms, it means the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, practiced. embodied, or realised.

Thought without action is a daydream. Action without thought is a chaotic nightmare.

Comment by booklover on August 3, 2013 at 9:01am

Thanks Joan!  The management heard him alright.  He's in a Union, so he can say a little more than if he wasn't, and 'get away with it.'  Meaning, he wouldn't lose his job over it.  They 'fixed' it, but they'll do something dumb again, and soon. There is no doubt about that!  His job is very stressful physically, and then management causes the workers mental stress by being idiots.  I feel really bad, but he has to stay there.  We have REALLY good health ins., and the kids and I need it.  Luckily the kids can stay on it until they're 26.  It sucks having your health ins. tied to your job, but then, that's a whole other can-of-worms!

I hope you get a break in the heat Chris!  It really sucked when  we had ours a few weeks ago!

Comment by Plinius on August 3, 2013 at 4:54am

:-D Thanks Ian! Is Denmark still in a heatwave?

Comment by Ian Mason on August 3, 2013 at 4:40am

Would this work, I wonder?

Comment by Plinius on August 3, 2013 at 1:57am

Sleep well Joan! I'm just starting Saturday, it's 9 o'clock and it looks cooler than yesterday - such a relief!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 3, 2013 at 1:52am
It is fast approaching midnight. So I shall say "goodnight Chris". You must be ...?
Comment by Plinius on August 3, 2013 at 1:24am

Congrats, Joan, to have come all this way with a great attitude! I hope the rest of your program is a breeze!

And I see a duck, but the rabbit comes up now and then.

I'm glad my pc started again: it shuts down after 10 minutes at 30° - and my brain works at half power in these temperatures. How do people and PCs in hot places endure it? It must be very hard to get any work done.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2013 at 11:08pm

Here is my thought for the day for each of us. My favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson says it better than anyone: 

The Power of a Cosmic Perspective, with Neil deGrasse Tyson | Big T...

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2013 at 10:44pm
Melinda, I hope our husband's management heard what he had to say! Speaking out in the face of "stupid decisions" makes good sense to me, even if it is risky!
Comment by Patricia on August 2, 2013 at 7:51pm

Our "birds"........

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Michel ‘Spike’ Tremblay Senior Operations Coordinator for the Combined Aerospace Operations Centre - 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters/Canadien NORAD Region recently confirmed Cariboo community fly-over times with the organizers of Skyfest 2013, Quesnel’s International Air Show.

The snowbirds should be flying 100 Mile House at approximately 2:30pm and over Williams Lake at approximately 2:45pm before arriving in Quesnel at 3:00pm.

Snowbirds to fly over Williams Lake on August 1, 2013.

Officially known as the Royal Canadian Air Force's 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, the Snowbirds are Canada's military aerobatics or air show flight demonstration team whose purpose is to "demonstrate the skill, professionalism, and teamwork of Canadian Forces personnel". The squadron is based at CFB Moose Jaw, near Moose Jaw, SK. The Snowbirds are the first Canadian air demonstration team to be designated as a squadron.

 

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