Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Health Reform: Throwing Good Money After the Bad

"Alone among advanced countries, we treat health care like a market commodity to be distributed according to the ability to pay, not like a social service to be distributed according to medical need."
From an excellent article by Marcia Angell, MD.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Rethink Afghanistan...

For me the whole "health care debate" really boils down to whether the government is going to serve its citizens or powerful corporations who have bribed and corrupted so many government officials. The choice has become starkly clear and urgent for so many of us. We've been witnessing a corporate takeover of the United States for so many years and now we have the opportunity to stop it, or at least begin to stop it. In my mind, if we fail in this effort, our nation will fall--having been bled dry and devoured from within.
The war in Afghanistan offers another arena to watch this play out. Far more powerful than the insurance and pharma lobbys, the military industrial complex has been draining our treasury at an alarming rate ever since Cheney was "elected" and has produced little or nothing in return.
We seem to be at a crossroads in Afghanistan. Three CIA veterans explain the situation there and make their recommendations. I think this video is worth watching (but it does contain graphic imagery). Will Obama simply follow the path that Bush and Cheney have laid out for him? Will we speak up to stop this madness? Watch this video and decide.

In The Matrix

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Someone Talking Sense About Insurance Companies!

Wow. Watch as Congressman Weiner leaves his TV interviewer flummoxed simply by stating the obvious truth. This is the heart of the matter right here.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The American Plan

A short clip of George Lakoff explaining how incredibly stupid the Democrats continue to be, allowing the framing of the health care debate to be set by the corporations and Republicans. To sum it up: Forget "public option" it should be called "The American Plan". Are you for or against The American Plan? And the villain should be named. What we have now is Insurance Company Health Care and they use our premiums to hire smart people to find ways to deny or delay treatment.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Eileen


Jay and Eileen, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Our beloved friend Eileen passed over last night, after a fairly rapid loss of physical strength and function, due to brain tumors. Eileen chose not to seek western medical treatment for her condition, which might not have helped anyway, but would certainly have made her last months a living hell.
Instead she was the center of a community of spiritual healers and in the loving company of Jay and her dearest friends and family. Eileen herself was a spiritual leader in the Sufi community, and one of the warmest, friendliest, ready to laugh and down to earth people I have known.
Although she made a very beautiful and graceful exit, she will be sorely missed.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tumbleweeds circa 2009


Tumbleweeds circa 2009, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

This last weekend was our annual camp out with the Tumbleweed play group, along the Eel River up in Mendocino County. We had the best time ever, with lovely weather and fun along the river, great meals together and lots of around-the-campfire games and laughter. There was even time for reading my book, an impromptu dance party and the talent show (which was short and sweet).
What an awesome group of folks. I scored a number of excellent portraits of the kids (which is like shooting fish in a barrel, they're all so photogenic). You can see them over on Flickr.

Our Color Coordinated Campsite


Our Color Coordinated Campsite, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Our old tent finally bit the dust, with multiple broken zippers. I was very reluctant to buy a new one, especially one with seven poles! But it was so wonderful camping in this tent! And our plastic carpet just happened to match--I swear we didn't plan it.
It also helped that the Eel river was close by and all night we could hear it rushing along toward the sea. That and countless birds calling.
Just lovely.

Monday, August 03, 2009

The 15 Creepiest Vintage Ads of All Time!

I just stumbled on this site and it made me laugh pretty hard.
Truly creepy.
Enjoy.

ps. I just noticed this collection is hosted on Free Republic, home to some of the most moronic right wing nut jobs on the internet! Even creepier!!

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Deva Luna circa 2009


Deva Luna circa 2009, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Well, I finally got some photos posted up on Flickr. You can see all 108 of them here (I recommend "slideshow view" if you have a few minutes, or detail view if you don't).
It was a bittersweet task, going through these images and working my photoshop magic on them. It sure looks good. It sure looks like we were having a ball!
This was a really hard fair for everyone, but it really wiped me out (as I've bemoaned below).
Sunday and Monday I was swearing up and down that I wouldn't come back next year, and I really meant it. Somewhere in my little brain there's a meter that measures WORTH IT - NOT WORTH IT. That meter was pegged most of the fair over on the NOT side. But you'd never know that from looking at these photos!
We've tried over the years to change how we do the fair, to make it less stressful and tiring. And we've had some successes here and there.
Maybe a radical overhaul in approach could get me enthusiastic to try again. Looking at the photos it's just too painful thinking about missing next year.
Anyhow, enjoy the photos...

Yew Are Here


Yew Tree, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Big Big Party


Big Big Party, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Our second annual cocktail party got a boost from the nice ladies next door.

Devilish Zephyr


Devilish Zephyr, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

This was Zephyr's second fair, and he's taken to it like a devil to brimstone.

Puppets from Deadwood


Puppets from Deadwood, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Nancy Makes It All Better With Waffles

We were so fortunate to get to stay with Nancy Bright after the fair. I was so tired and distraught I'd probably have crashed the van and killed us all.
The next morning she made us waffles--a post fair tradition.