Thursday, December 29, 2016

Corporate Gangsters and GE Washing Machines

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We have to replace our GE Washer. It's a fairly new model but after maybe 300 loads the tub bearing seized. My wife called Sears and they sent out a crooked repairman who quoted us $525+ to fix the piece of shit. Turns out that he also listed 6 other parts he said were bad. He lied and my karma is now giving him cancer. I have yet to decide as to whether I will attempt to fix this piece of shit GE washer. Since checking out reviews I have found that most washers sold today are junk that are designed to fail within 5 years. There was a time when you could easily get 20 years out of a washer but today the corporate gangs have conspired to make disposable junk. The only reliable washers you can buy today are made by Speed Queen. They are what are used in laundromats because they are bullet proof.

Speed Queen washers built to last 25 years - Consumer Reports

There is an expression sleazy salesmen use. Sell the sizzle not the steak. All a clothes washer has to do is agitate the clothes and spin them dry enough to go into a the dryer. Anything else is bullshit. 

GE Washers burst into flames as do Samsung washers.

Sold at: Department and various retail stores nationwide from December 2006 through May 2010 for about $700.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled washers, unplug it from the electrical outlet and contact GE for a free repair. Consumers should not operate the washer until it has been repaired.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact GE toll-free at (888) 345-4124 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at

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Front loading washers are deadly in other ways.  The criminals who make them knew from the beginning that there would be a deadly mold problem. If you have a front loading washer contact a products liability lawyer.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Republicans and Health Care

Statistics don’t lie. Republicans do.

Figures from the World Health Organization clearly show that The United States lags behind 36 other countries in overall health system performance ranging from infant mortality, to adult mortality, to life expectancy.
20 countries in Europe and four countries in Asia have a better life expectancy than the U.S. If you are a male between the ages of 15 and 59, your chances of dying are higher in the U.S. (140 per thousand) than in Canada, 95, Costa Rica 127, Chile 134, and Cuba, 138.
The U.S. Health system looks especially dysfunctional when you consider how much money we spend per capita on healthcare — $9,000 plus per year, twice as much as any other country — and how little we get for it.
Canada spends $2,163 and boasts a life expectancy of 79.8 years, two and a half years longer than the US. Their infant mortality rate per thousand is also better than ours, as is their adult mortality rate.
Switzerland spends about 11% of its Gross Domestic Product on universal health care for all its citizens, while the U.S. (with 50 million uninsured this year) spends 15% of GDP with embarrassing results.
One grand irony, Cuba whose economy has been bankrupt for the last decade — food shortages, drug shortages, chronic unemployment, etc. — and which annually spends a miserly $185 per person on health care, has better infant and adult mortality rates than the US, and has a life expectancy nearly equal to ours.
Why has our vaunted free enterprise system — which has produced such great benefits in delivery of most goods and services — failed so completely with regard to this most fundamental need?

Simple, buyers don’t shop for health care. Sick people don’t negotiate with doctors or hospitals or drug companies. They don’t care what it costs; insurance or the government will pay. This vulnerability has been exploited and hijacked by greedy doctors, drug companies, insurers, personal injury lawyers, HMOs, and hospitals. About 50% of health care funds never even get to doctors or hospitals — which themselves run bloated operations.
Maybe we have finally reached the “Tipping Point”. Not because people are needlessly dying, but because big business is being crippled by astronomical health costs.
US companies — with employer funded health plans — are having a hard time competing in world markets. General Motors spends more on worker health care ($1,400 per vehicle) than they spend on steel for each car they produce. “The three big auto makers are “HMOs on wheels” says Goldman Sachs analyst Gary Lapidus.
Employer funded health insurance is a relic of the past according to the growing clamor by big business. We don’t want to pay for it any more and the added costs make our products uncompetitive in world markets.
The Massachusetts law mandating health insurance — just as the state requires auto insurance — is a bold leap into an uncertain future, but it is an ad hoc band-aid which hopefully will lead to something more.
The long-term answer is obvious. Adopt a single-payer system like Canada’s. Not socialized medicine. Doctors would remain private. By cutting out the bureaucracy, needless lawsuits, and curbing greed, the US could save 50% of the monies now being squandered, more than enough to cover the 50 million uninsured, according to a General Accounting Office and Congressional Budget Office report.
Ironically, we already have a successful single-payer healthcare program. Medicare, which covers people over 65, has an administrative and overhead cost of just 2%. Compare this low figure with the $399 billion spent on administrative middleman services in the free-market sector of health care last year. The simple step of data sharing of medical records could save $140 billion per year according too a recent Federal study.
Whored up with the medical industry lying Republicans charge that a single-payer system would lead to a rationing of medicine and long waits. But we already ration medicine, not by need, or efficacy of the treatment, but by how much money you have. If you are rich, you can have all you want. If you are poor, unemployed, self-employed, sorry. 18,000 Americans die each year for lack of care according to the Institute of Medicine.
The treaonous liars on the right say that single-payer systems have not been adequately tested. But this is an obvious pretext by for-profit interest groups. Single-payer systems have been worked for many decades in 20 countries around the world and the filthy lying Republicans know this.
The facts are clear: single-payer systems work and they save money. The Germans, French, Australians, Swiss, and Canadians all benefit from universal healthcare at less than half the cost that Americans pay for an incomplete system. Our for-profit health care system is a gambling scheme with the explicit goal of excluding the sick.

Someday, inevitably, America will join the civilized world and provide universal care. It should be sooner rather than later but don't hold your breath. Republicans exist only because of their cruelty and greed. That is their purpose for living. End evil!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Rex Tillerson and Vladimir Putin

It's bad enough that Trump's Secretary of State has financial dealings with the leader of another country. It gets worse when that country is an enemy of the United States but when that leader is a modern day Adolph Hitler.

Oil is becoming obsolete and Russia has a huge oil reserve. A filthy rich scumbag piece of shit like Tillerson knows that oil is on its way out and he also knows that the US is nearly energy independent. Tillerson doesn't like that. Tillerson is more likely than not owned by Putin. A lot of pedophiles are members of the 1%.

Putin has a lot of dirt on a lot of people and chances are he has a lot of dirt on Tillerson including the possibility that Tillerson former head of the Boy Scouts is a closet gay pedophile. Tillerson pushed and got gay boys into the Boy Scouts. The left may think this is a good thing but the motivation for oligarchs like Tillerson is to get to do what they like best and that is molesting kids.

Over the year the Boy Scouts of America have rocked by sex scandals and allowing gay boys into the Boy Scouts makes it much easier for scout masters to molest boys and as we all know, boys are a favorite target of pedophiles must of whom are Republicans. Like many Republicans, there is a good chance that Tillerson is a closet gay and we all know that Putin is gay.

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