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Thursday, May 22, 2014

VA Hospitals

The VA Hospital scandal reminds me of the 1989 film, “Born on the Fourth of July” starring Tom Cruise.

“Paralyzed from the mid-chest down, he spends several months recovering at the Bronx Veterans Administration hospital. The hospital living conditions are deplorable: rats crawl freely on the floors, the staff is generally apathetic to their patients' needs, doctors visit the patients infrequently, drug use is rampant (among both the staff and patients), and equipment is too old and ill-maintained to be useful.”


Friday, May 16, 2014

Donald Sterling racist

If racism is prejudice plus power, then I think it’s safe to say that Donald Sterling is a racist. It’s more common to spot individuals who are prejudiced, or systems that are racist, than it is to spot individuals who are racist.

I also think Sterling is getting older and is slipping a bit. The filter is coming off, and what was underneath it wasn’t too good to begin with.