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Unhealthy healthcare

April 20, 2017 10:17 AM
Unhealthy healthcare

California’s single payer senate bill (SB-562) is long overdue. —— The deficiencies in our healthcare system are glaring. Americans pay more for medical care than any country in the world.  Yet on standard measures of health—life expectancy and infant mortality—we fare worse than our peers. The U.S. is the only country among wealthy developed nations that does not have a government-funded universal, healthcare system.  Of 13 western nations studied by the Commonwealth Fund, the U.S. is the only one lacking some form of single-payer system. We’re told in the free market that “competition” will keep prices low. But the U.S. […]

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Fight for your digital rights

March 30, 2017 2:01 PM
Fight for your digital rights

We have entered an age where privacy is no longer a right—if you want to keep it, you’re going to have to fight for it. Congress just let your internet provider run wild with your browsing history. Once again, we’re reminded how easily internet privacy can be compromised. FBI Director James Comey has said, point blank, that there is “no such thing as absolute privacy in America.” But it’s not time to give up. We have an ever-growing arsenal of privacy-protecting tools at our disposal, so no more lousy excuses about not taking action. Phrases like “there’s nothing I can […]

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Opinion

February 18, 2016 2:30 PM

Imagine the universe itself as a thin sheet of rubber, stretched flat. When you place an object on the sheet, it sinks down. If you put another smaller object on the sheet, it will slide toward the first object. This is an easy, simple explanation for how gravity works. Now think again about dropping an object onto that sheet. You might see a ripple, similar to what happens when you throw a rock into water. That’s how we might conceptualize gravitational waves. Ripples in the fabric of spacetime, as sci-fi as that might sound, are exactly what scientists at the […]

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Do no harm: repeal laws that keep patients from the medicine they need

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Until the practice was outlawed, senior citizens by the busload crossed the border from Maine into Canada to fill their prescriptions. There, they paid a fraction of what they would have paid at home. Canadian online pharmacies still provide an option for Americans who want to save money, but importing prescription drugs is now against the law. This is not a matter of importing in quantity for resale. Simply filling a personal prescription from a pharmacy outside the U.S. is illegal. This law forces all of us to pay a huge premium that benefits the pharmaceutical industry while threatening the […]

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Un-necessary Extravagance

May 1, 2014 4:12 PM

Oakland is characterized by flat grounds with direct routes to almost anywhere you need to go, an ideal haven for bicyclists. However, there are few streets in Oakland that have sufficient bike lanes, which makes it difficult for cars and bicyclists to safely share the road. Telegraph Avenue is an important street in Oakland and Berkeley; it contains, separates, and connects many parts of Oakland, including Downtown, West Oakland, Uptown Oakland, Lake Merritt, North Oakland, and continues all the way to the top of the slight slope to connect Oakland with Berkeley. Ideally, bicyclists should be able to take this […]

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