I recently wrote post peak eats, a summation of my presentation at the Triangle Conference on Peak oil and Community Solutions last month. In it I described part of the Cuban response to the decline in available petroleum experienced in country when the
a generally excellent article but do you really believe that the Cuban infant mortality is better than the
In an effort to better speak to these issues I thought a separate post was in order.
I did not rely on the Cuban government for my facts concerning the infant mortality rate and the life expectancy experienced here and in
Americans spend $5,267 per capita on health care every year, almost two and half times the industrialized world’s median of $2,193; the extra spending comes to hundreds of billions of dollars a year. What does that extra spending buy us? Americans have fewer doctors per capita than most Western countries. We go to the doctor less than people in other Western countries. We get admitted to the hospital less frequently than people in other Western countries. We are less satisfied with our health care than our counterparts in other countries. American life expectancy is lower than the Western average. Childhood-immunization rates in the
Information on the state of Cuban health care can be found in an article that states, Since 1959, Cuba has invested heavily in health care and now has twice as many physicians per capita as the United States and health indicators on a par with those in the most developed nations - despite the U.S. embargo that severely reduces the availability of medications and medical technology. Read the entire story here in The New England Journal of Medicine or here from the University of Dayton Law School.
I find it interesting that people here in the
The detainees aren’t called Prisoners of War which might make their care subject to the Geneva Convention. They’re called Enemy Combatants which the U.S. government defines as an individual who was part of or supporting the Taliban or al Qaida forces, or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the
The president of the
In fact there were no weapons of mass destruction. At the end of October 2004 it was clear that there were no WMD’s and documentation showed that more than 1,100 United States Servicemen and Servicewomen had been killed in
The following month the American people reelected the leader that made this mistake and sent these brave solider to his War on Terror. Never mind that there had been no terrorists in
It seems to be more about semantics for us. Rename your actions, or your program or your operation or your war and we’ll support you. It helps to label it as patriotic and to color it in red, white and blue. Shhhhhhhhhhhh. The American people are sleeping.
It’s been widely reported that Fidel has killed or imprisoned political opponents during his leadership of
In 1492 Chistopher Columbus landed in Cuba and renamed its inhabitants Indians. Within a few years the Spanish had conquered the natives and established a feudal system. Disease and abuse killed much of the population initially and those who remained worked to strip the island of its resources to be shipped back to
If you’re still reading this you’re probably shocked and angry at either me or the
Human history will be shifting soon. A peak in global oil production and later in natural gas will cause energy availability to decrease. The ramifications will be felt throughout society and across the world. I believe the people of the
Chief among those are the importance of community and solidarity between the common people during times of crisis and the idea that in these same times of trouble the powers of government are willing and will probably be able to impose restrictions in opposition to the freedoms we currently enjoy. Those unwilling to learn new ways of being and doing and understanding our era will be in trouble. You can learn something from anything. Indeed in the future you must.