miraje: (meredith grey)
(5)(A) For purposes of this section, the term ‘order
regarding life sustaining treatment’ means, with respect
to an individual, an actionable medical order relating to
the treatment of that individual that—

(i) is signed and dated by a physician (as defined in subsection (r)(1)) or another health care
professional (as specified by the Secretary and who
is acting within the scope of the professional’s authority under State law in signing such an order, in-
cluding a nurse practitioner or physician assistant)
and is in a form that permits it to stay with the individual and be followed by health care professionals
and providers across the continuum of care;

(ii) effectively communicates the individual’s
preferences regarding life sustaining treatment, including an indication of the treatment and care desired by the individual;

(iii) is uniquely identifiable and standardized
within a given locality, region, or State (as identified
by the Secretary); and

(iv) may incorporate any advance directive (as
defined in section 1866(f)(3)) if executed by the individual.

(B) The level of treatment indicated under subparagraph (A)(ii) may range from an indication for full treatment to an indication to limit some or all or specified
interventions. Such indicated levels of treatment may include indications respecting, among other items—

(i) the intensity of medical intervention if the
patient is pulse less, apneic, or has serious cardiac
or pulmonary problems;
(ii) the individual’s desire regarding transfer
to a hospital or remaining at the current care setting;
(iii) the use of antibiotics; and
(iv) the use of artificially administered nutrition and hydration.

People need to learn how to fucking read, seriously. I was using this as a guide for where all the scary legislation supposedly is (although I think I'm missing half the list). The freakin' bill DEFINES what ‘order regarding life sustaining treatment’ is and people still see the word "order" and think it means the government is going to execute people.

I'm still sifting through the bill, so I haven't gotten to some of the other controversial parts yet. So far I have to disagree with several of the items on that FreeRepublic list. I read through the technical jargon on the pages listed, and it doesn't seem to say what they think it says.
miraje: (Obama)
Woot! No lines at the polling place! Some little old ladies from the church always give out free coffee, lemonade, and cookies on election days, so I ate one of the most amazing pecan cookies I've ever had. Whodathunk you could make cookies out of cake batter (she told me how she made them, lol).

Anywho, I'm looking forward to an evening of being glued to CNN and MSNBC. I might switch over to Fox News just out of morbid curiosity too.
miraje: (Obama)
You preferred Obama's statements 100% of the time

Voting purely on the issues you should vote Obama

Who would you vote for if you voted on the issues?

Find out now!
miraje: (good research)

I scored a 10, which is apparently exactly as liberal-leaning as Hillary Clinton. Is it a contradiction if I consider myself to be pro-choice yet am opposed to abortions being fully covered by health care plans?

I think it's time for me to find an Obama '08 icon.
miraje: (Lakitu 1-up)
Oh come on...somebody give Obama four more delegates so that we as a country can move on. Please?
miraje: (butt lick)
90% Barack Obama
89% Hillary Clinton
88% John Edwards
86% Chris Dodd
80% Bill Richardson
79% Joe Biden
74% Dennis Kucinich
72% Mike Gravel
54% Rudy Giuliani
43% John McCain
36% Mitt Romney
33% Tom Tancredo
32% Mike Huckabee
22% Fred Thompson
14% Ron Paul

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz
miraje: (chicken and egg)
This officially makes today a great day. Although, even without an official position in the White House he will still probably have a lot of influence.

Anyway, I'm back at work today, and it is almost 90 degrees outside already. Can I go back to the mountains now?


Aug. 11th, 2007 10:17 am
miraje: (car)
Greetings from Alamosa, Colorado! My awesome Colorado vacation will be over when we drive home tomorrow, but it will be nice not to have to live out of a suitcase anymore. I'm running out of clean clothes, too.

The only reason I felt compelled to post this morning was because of a report I saw about the Iowa Straw Poll on MSNBC this morning. It's in Ames, which is kinda cool. That's one thing I miss about Iowa...campaign season. It's probably twice as crazy this time since both Democrats and Republicans are campaigning. Oklahoma's not nearly that interesting. Democrats don't even bother with it. :(

Anyway, I have to pack up my stuff. Bye for now!

Um, no.

Jun. 11th, 2007 12:28 pm
miraje: (kick me)
I got this in a mass email just a little bit ago from MoveOn.Org:

"The Senate votes this week on climate and energy legislation. Please call your senators and ask them to vote against a proposal to use billions of tax dollars to make "liquid coal" America's next fuel—a global warming disaster.

Senator James Inhofe
Phone: 202-224-4721

Senator Tom Coburn
Phone: 202-224-5754"

They want me to do what??? Are they serious???
miraje: (boo)
I'm a little bit annoyed that all the major news organizations have the shooter as their top story while the victims, heroic acts, and 170 people dead in Iraq in one day (in other words, more people dead than in the entire OKC bombing) are mere footnotes of the day. At least BBC has it right.
miraje: (rock)
Wow, the governor, lieutenant governor, state treasurer, state auditor, attorney general, state superintendent, labor commissioner, and insurance commissioner positions (all but corporation commissioner, big surprise) here in Oklahoma have all gone to Democrats so far. Admittedly a few of those races are still a little close, but wow. Oklahoma? Seriously? I'm impressed! They're still all either moderate or slightly conservative, but I'll take what I can get.

If you're like me and are easily amused, the independent running for Lieutenant Governor's name is E.Z. Million. Yes, this is apparently a real person. By the way, you should really check out what issues he supports.

P.S. I was just checking results online on MSNBC, and there's a breaking news banner across the top saying "South Dakotans reject nation's most restrictive law on abortion."
miraje: (Default)
Very cool. More people should be like him and do something positive with their riches. This also makes me think I should do more. We all should.
miraje: (happy!)
The results don't surprise me much except that I'm so extremely liberal as to be a socialist. Go me!

It's kind of a long one, so I'll cut it. )
miraje: (Default)
I'm taking an Anthropology class titled "Globalization and the Human Condition," and some of the material we have covered has sparked my interest of what is in my own closet. I looked at maybe 60 items of clothing, from shirts to underwear to jackets to jeans, and only around 5 of the 60 were made in the United States. That in itself is not the most interesting part, however. The thing that surprised me was that the other 55 or so items came from 25 different countries. Twenty. Five. My Hanes t-shirts alone were made in four different countries.

We could get into a huge debate over the morals of low-wage manufacturing overseas. There are good and bad sides to it from many different perspectives. You can't ignore the magnitude of it, though. Almost everything that we, the "western world," wear is made somewhere else in the world for probably less than a dollar an hour. It varies with the product, though, because most of my household products and bathroom supplies were made in the United States.

That's right. I just went through almost every tag in my closet at 12:45 am when I have an unfinished homework assignment due at 10 am. :/
miraje: (Default)
I loved this so much that I had to steal it from [livejournal.com profile] doospack and put it in my own journal.

miraje: (Default)

You Are a New School Democrat

You like partying and politics - and are likely to be young and affluent.

You're less religious, traditional, and uptight than most Democrats.

Smoking pot, homosexuality, and gambling are all okay in your book.

You prefer that the government help people take care of themselves.

Not quite affluent, but not eating out of dumpsters either. Other than that, meh, it's ok.
miraje: (Default)
For those of you that are defending Bush by saying that Kerry would be no better, allow me to explain why I think that is certainly NOT the case.

The most obvious reason is that the Republicans control the House AND Senate. That means that any Conservative measure, war measure, or anything tickling Bush's fancy will pass pretty much without question. I imagine that there will be no attempt made whatsoever to appeal to both sides of the aisle. If Kerry were President, he would have to make a harder effort to get things done by making his ideas as bipartisan as possible. This doesn't mean that everything he passes would be exactly the same as what Bush passes. Not by a long shot. Look at how Clinton was able to make his ideas work with a Republican controlled Congress. Plus, he holds the ultimate power to VETO the really ridiculous shit that the Congress would try to pass. But Republicans could never try to pass anything ridiculous now could they? Well, if banning gay marriage and trying to ban abortion aren't enough for you, then I wonder how great your "morals and values" really are. Why don't we reinstate slavery while we're at it, or take away the right for women to vote?

Anyway, here is a list of things that I predict will happen in the next four years, and we'll see how right I am:

1. We will still be in Iraq.
2. We will also be in Iran.
3. We won't do anything about North Korea (unless they strike first of course).
4. Outsourcing of jobs and war/defense spending will only increase, so as a result our economy and the deficit will be even worse than they are now.
5. Education, Social Security, agricultural, and health care funding/aid will decrease, because you know, killing people in the Middle East without being provoked is more important than taking care of people at home or ensuring that we can still feed the world.
6. Something that violates the separation of church and state will be passed, even if it is taken to the Supreme Court, because guess who will be appointing the new justices.
7. We will endure another terrorist attack, possibly as a direct result of Bush being re-elected but more probably because of our shitty foreign policy, but in the end Bush will look like the hero for "bringing the country together in this terrible time."
8. Osama bin Laden will still be at large.
9. We will be even more isolated from the rest of the world, partly because they won't understand why we re-elected him, and mostly because Bush doesn't believe the opinion of the world matters. So when we are attacked again, I don't expect to see many countries reaching out to help us.
10. Nothing will be done about the Patriot Act.
11. Roe v. Wade could be overturned or at the very least modified to better suit the God damn Conservative majority in this country.
12. Embryonic stem cell research will never get off the ground, and in ten or twenty years from now millions of people will have died thinking that there could have been a cure for their disease if the "morals" of the healthy hadn't have interfered.

I think I might save this list and bring it back every time one of these things happens.

EDIT: Yes, I know that Kerry just conceded, so don't be a fuckwit and comment saying "Bush won, so stop talking about Kerry being President."
miraje: (Default)
Well, this fucking sucks.

EDIT: I'm so fucking livid over the state of this country right now that I can't even write about it. Plus, it's 1:30 a.m. and I have class in the morning. Since when did Evangelical Christians control this country? ISSUES SHOULD MATTER MORE THAN "VALUES." While Christians are the majority in this country and want to see basic Constitutional rights robbed from citizens who they view as sinners and lesser beings (aka, homosexuals and pro-choice women), the United States will cease to be a democracy. That is all I'm fucking saying for now.
miraje: (Default)
Ho hum. You can tell by my lack of entries that there really hasn't been much going on in my universe over the last couple of days. I voted early with Jeremy since he wasn't going to be able to vote on election day. He has been giving me SUCH a hard time for voting for a republican on my ballot. It's the fucking County Auditor for crying out loud! She's the incumbent, and she seemed to have done a good job at it, so I figured what the hell. How does partisanship make a different in a position like that anyway? She'll probably win by a landslide anyway. I left half the damn ballot blank because I knew nothing about any of the judges or boards up for re-election, and I don't want to throw my vote away to someone who doesn't deserve it just because I've never heard of them before. Maybe I should have done some research first, but it was kind of a spontaneous decision to vote on that day.

I'm going to be second author on a presentation that my advisor is doing at a conference in San Francisco in December. Wheee! If it's a conference presentation, does that mean I'm published or does it have to be in a journal of some kind?


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