Posts Tagged ‘medical care’

with sadly shaking head

OK–medical care…Pandora, many would have you close that box, but it ain’t happening. I have no issue with spirited, even vigorous debate–I kind of thrive on it, to be honest–but some of the lows to which our society sank during this contentiousness are inexcusable.

I know I’m a day late and a dollar short on this being newsworthy as it is a few days old and has been blogged, tweeted, status’ed, and shared via so many avenues ad nauseam…but I can’t let this festering sleeping dog lie. My blood boils each time it comes up. When some of the “Teabaggers” , who falsely pretend to speak for Republicans, wanted to rally and rail against the pending legislation in Washington DC last week, they somehow justified in their riled (tiny) minds that it could be OK to spit on a congressperson, and shout racial (the N-word) and sexuality (the F-word…not the 4-letter one) epithets. Not even on the kindergarten playground is this OK.

I’m sorry, it is flat our unacceptable. You must leave the playground now. This is not freedom of speech, and while freedom of idiocy is somehow, I suppose, implied in our society, you embarrass yourselves and your lost cause by embracing it. This is not behavior that can be tolerated—so yes, your hand should be slapped. Hell, I, mondo-pacifist that I am, think your face should be slapped. Even if your face is reddened by the slap, I can’t imagine it would matter—surely you have the good sense to never again show your uneducated, neanderthal, un-evolved face in public again.

I love your passion, I truly do. I embrace the folks who are spurred on to greater steadfastness in their beliefs by a defeat on an issue: an old elementary school friend who posted on facebook “The fight isn’t over. Be damn sure I’ll be there to fight for our constitutional rights and what our forefathers fought for…” This is cool by me. I don’t agree but I genuinely respect the intent and the tone.

But the spitters and the screamers, I loathe your lack of class, grace, or even civility. You were so frustrated and wanted to be heard, and now, how can anybody take you seriously? I mourn the loss of your voice—you have sacrificed it. You simply cannot be heard.

Shame on you. Not in the school marm/grandmother way, but truly, literally, SHAME. on. you. You’ve done an expert job of bringing shame upon yourselves and are a disgrace. Nicely forfeited, as you clearly just…gave up.

A far more poetic and level-headed man than I, NY Times op-ed writer Bob Herbert, commented, “At some point, we have to decide as a country that we just can’t have this: We can’t allow ourselves to remain silent as foaming-at-the-mouth protesters scream the vilest of epithets at members of Congress…”

Yes, this is a photo of a soggy, used teabag washing down the drain…

Photo: Bullit/stockxchng

Language Immersion/Volunteer Immersion

It’s easy to learn a foreign language when we’re young, our minds not yet shut down and expectant of a proscribed array of experiences. Children absorb new things like sponges. Get a few years on us, and it goes downhill rapidly. We get frustrated, too busy to study or practice, and then we can’t really parlez vous anything.

Immersion language programs are incredibly helpful. If you have time to go on a learning vacation and join an immersion language school, you are guaranteed to progress much further and more quickly than repeating tenses and verb cases at a night school community college class. Using the language as the tool it is for native speakers makes it functional.

ECELA is a South America-based language immersion program, and for it’s students learning Spanish in Buenos Aires, there is an upcoming opportunity unlike most you’ll find out there. For students in the medical fields or interested in becoming health care professionals, in addition to the immersion language work, you can also participate as a hands-on volunteer in a Health Fair, providing important medical services to local communities.

This program helps you as a student and will send you home able to converse with Spanish-speaking patients in emergency rooms, maternity wards, and EMT/ambulance work…and the local Argentinean community that is under-served and in need will be getting proper medical care and advice. The roving Health Fair is organized with local community centers in under-resourced barrios, moving week-to-week. There is free medical attention provided as well as education and screenings for diabetes, skin cancer, glaucoma, etc.

You’ll be learning Spanish in the mornings in the upscale Recoleta district, and making a difference for locals in low-income areas in the afternoons. The programs run in June and July, and in 2011, plans are to expand programs to Chile and Peru. You’ll come home form this vacation with e heck of a lot more than souvenir t-shirts and photos.