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Bernardo de La Paz

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Member since: Fri Jul 16, 2004, 11:36 PM
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Canadian who lived for many years in Northern California and left a bit of my heart there.

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A big reason US rate so bad is systemic racism in healthcare: no sick days, symptoms dismissed, etc


The death rate for people of colour is higher than for whites. The reason is systemic racism: "death by a thousand cuts".

* PoC are less likely to have paid sick days, so they work with other PoC when ill
* With no paid sick days, they don't seek treatment as often or as early
* When they do, their symptoms are more likely to be dismissed or deprecated
. . . because HC providers think they are less smart
. . . ... or think the PoC is running some kind of con
. . . ... or think the PoC is a hypochondriac, etc.
. . . ... or doesn't speak English as well so are exaggerating
* When admitted, they get worse treatment
. . . they have less access to HC advocates outside the hospital on their behalf
. . . they are seen as not as important as some other white person
. . . they suffer badly from triage for ventilators or expensive treatments
. . . ... they, as perhaps a trucker or warehouse guy are thought of as expendable compared to lawyers and executives and occupations more commonly populated with whites

And on and on it goes.

If there is just 1% worse treatment at, say, 1 out every 10 decision/action points, or 50 out of 500 points on the way to death or near-death, each point is undetectable as an incident of racism, but they accumulate by multiplication. 1% is really 99% reversed in probability analysis, and they are multiplied out, so it is 0.99 x 0.99 x 0.99 ... = 0.99 raised to the power of 50 = 0.6050. Reverse that back by subtracting from 1.0 and the result is that they get 40% WORSE treatment overall.

Death by 50 cuts. Not even a thousand.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Fri Sep 11, 2020, 03:35 PM (0 replies)

Data driven understanding is NOT white supremacist. It kills white supremacy.


Data driven understanding shows white supremacy has no basis in reality. It shows that race is a bogus concept and that there is no supremacy when the playing field is levelled.

It is subjectivity that subjugates people. It is individual narratives that over-ride other people. For example, "The Great Man" theory of history. Another example is the white man who ignores white privilege and class privilege to say "I worked hard for what I got" while disregarding that they had books at home and tutors and a rich school district with music classes and school trips to Europe, etc. Meanwhile people of colour had to work two jobs just to provide essentials and health care for their children.

"Individual narrative" is just a short hand for "my ignorance is just as valid as your knowledge".



Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Aug 22, 2020, 06:58 AM (1 replies)

Not a single share of Biden stock


https://twitter.com/Weinsteinlaw/status/1290115895982006272

Andrew Weinstein
@Weinsteinlaw
Seems like a good time for a reminder that when @JoeBiden first ran for office in 1972 he pledged not to own a single share of stock so long as he held public office. He kept that promise for his entire political career. Honesty and ethics matter.
Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Tue Aug 4, 2020, 03:22 PM (24 replies)

Racism is magnified & enabled by classism everywhere, but especially in America


For example, it is used to get Republicon votes from "poor white trash" by encouraging them to look down on people of colour through Republicon terminology such as "welfare queens".

The latest reincarnation of racism is tRump "Law and Order" campaign complete with secret police assault and battery on peaceful protesters. Combine that with "all lives matter" (but masks don't) plus the attacks on "socialism" and it can be seen as a pattern of division along class and "race" lines.

Race does not exist. Racism does.

Class does not exist in the white America myth. Classism does exist in everyday practice.

For example, restricting availability of women's health services to locations that require driving to or day long bus travel is classism that has racist effects.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Tue Jul 28, 2020, 06:54 AM (1 replies)

Why aren't all the militias & "patriots" literally up in arms against Feds kidnapping people?


Oh, yeah, hypocrisy and being afraid.

You would think that when they are constantly protesting against masks and gun control on the basis that it is TYRANNY! that they would be against unidentified people in military gear snatching citizens (CITIZENS!) off streets and stuffing them into unmarked vehicles.

But no.

Somehow masks are tyranny but government disappearing citizens is not tyranny.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Tue Jul 21, 2020, 07:51 AM (3 replies)

States Clinton won vs states tRump won




Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Fri Jul 10, 2020, 07:57 PM (1 replies)

Number one must be electoral reform. Ability to do everything else FLOWS from that.


* End voter suppression
* National standards for access
* - sufficient polling stations
* - vote by mail
* - no onerous voter ID
* End gerrymandering: independent commissions
* Any reduction of big money would be good
* Real efforts to combat foreign interference
* Real ways to fight fake info with real info

Need to support voting rights at the state level through federal action wherever possible.

Ideally, get rid of the Electoral College, but that would require a Constitutional Amendment.

Note: The Voting Rights Act of 1965 did not require an Amendment.


Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Mon Jul 6, 2020, 07:05 AM (2 replies)

Yup, these days. Also it is said of economies, America catches a cold Canada gets pneumonia.


And that USA is like an elephant sleeping beside the mouse.

But the economies analogy is only applicable to that, and, seemingly not the last two times, and not to the pandemic. Canada weathered the Great Recession of 2008-9 better than the US, with less public debt. And economically, Canada is doing reasonably well this time around so-far.

As to the meth lab, yeah tRump is breaking bad and has been broken and breaking bad all his life.

Re pandemic, see chart below. Yeah it feels like we had a bit of a bender for two months but rehab is working.
However, the US is like a whole apartment block full of meth heads and a huge dirt cheap batch landed in the courtyard last month.



Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Jul 4, 2020, 07:44 PM (1 replies)

That is not to deny the OPost figure, is it. There are two death rates.


One is per detected cases. That what is usually meant when death rate is discussed.

The other is your figure which is per actual cases. It is the more desirable figure to know but at this point it is inscrutable. The ratio of true cases to known cases varies from time to time and from place to place. It is only estimable after the fact and even then will have bounds of uncertainty around it.

The problem is that the per-actual adds another layer of uncertainty onto the detected figure (which has uncertainty) which is based on an already clouded official death count. A triple layer or triple cloud of uncertainty makes the final figure effectively meaningless.

Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Jul 4, 2020, 06:40 PM (1 replies)

Yes, I have not thought the looming debacle would end the Repubs but I think they


... I think they will spend a longer time in the wilderness and have a tremendous amount of soul searching to do.

All their tropes and memes and slogans will have reduced power for years to come.

Chances are fairly good that if the Democrats govern well and navigate some tricky waters (climate change, China, fixing wealth & income disparity), then they are likely to have the Presidency for 12 or 16 years.

Perhaps the biggest agenda item will be to reform elections, campaigning and voting to greatly reduce trickery and gerrymandering and voter suppression. It can be done and must be done. That will go along way to tilt power away from Republicons and make the votes more reflective of true demographics.



Posted by Bernardo de La Paz | Sat Jul 4, 2020, 05:37 PM (0 replies)
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