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Doing What One Can Do

Knowing a person is in terrible pain, emotional or physical, and not being able to do anything about it, distresses me, as it does most people.

I am sitting in exam room 5 of Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, watching my grandfather bear with pain he says is worse than any broken rib or surgery he's had,, including for anyeurisms and a hernia. He has been in pain since two days ago, Friday, after a fall.

Memo to Barack Obama: Subsidizing low-wage work is an inefficient anti-poverty program

Barack Obama, speaking to the BlogHer community, responded to a question about the economy and "helping families break the cycle of poverty."

Obama made his number one answer the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC:

It starts with just making sure that if people are working they get an adequate income.

James of the New Testament as radical

the laborer with a too-low wage is being robbed by his employer
(paraphrased)
- James, according to Dad

Josephus mentions John the Baptist prominently, and Jesus and James were all followers
in all of Paul's, Augustine's, Luther's writings there is nothing about the poor.

Luther wanted James' stuff thrown out
(The John /book/ is not John the Baptist-- who was not a deciphel, they were followers of his)

Another bad thing about poverty

[We were talking about the increase in diabetes in a factoid in this week's Newsweek - which I could explain by rising obesity (type II diabetes, I think, that is). The even higher numbers for black men, and to a lesser extent for black women, I could only speculate that the situation of the urban poor is somehow like that of third world countries that have westernized. In those cases I think the deal is that their local food production ends and "Western culture," that is unhealthy food, comes in. Fatty and calorie-filled food and less physical activity.

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