The Slow Murdering of a 94 Year Old Lady

Sounds dramatic, and yet, to me, it is the truth of the matter.  It is exactly what our Government is doing to our Seniors, thanks to the Conservative mantra of ‘Business Can Do It Better Than Government’ can.

Personally, there is some ( note the word SOME ) truth in that saying, but in many instances it simply isn’t true. Least not when it comes to things like Health Care, or Education, or Social Services.  Those areas, can benefit from Business but ONLY (not that word – only ) if there is full and complete Government Oversight, with authority.

  1. Being Old, 94 years old, isn’t easy, is filled with a whole slew of complications, that can make life, at best, difficult to endure.

Unfortunately, instead of attempting to make those twilight years bearable, our society is moving towards simply abdicating its responsibility towards those who are aged.

Whether it is in Food Safety, transportation, or health care, our society no longer values the past contributions of our Seniors, but instead, is driven by the concept of  ‘what have you done for me today‘.

Truth is, being old is a burden on society, but it should be one we gladly accept, because you know, tomorrow we are the elderly of today.  So in a way, it is self-serving to put into place, systems to aid the transition from life to death, to make the twilight years bearable, because in time, we are ALL going to be in that same boat, as my 94-year-old Mother is today.

By allowing private agencies, such as Beacon Community Services to exist, to actually control the care of home support for the citizens of Vancouver Island, we are slowly murdering our elderly.

Oh it isn’t quick, by any means. No gun to the head and pulling of the trigger, no forcing a massive amount of pills down their throat, no turning on the gas, and leaving the room.  But just as deadly as those are, so too is the way we have allowed Home Support to exist today.

Sending unqualified personnel into the home, who haven’t a clue as to how to lift a patient up out of bed, how to engage them in conversation, or just how to simply maintain a simple and easy routine, is just as deadly to them.   Only worse, because unlike a gun to the head, this method makes their remaining years painful.

It puts stress on an already weakened vascular system, it puts added stress on an already fragile mind, that eventually puts them over the age. BUT, before they go over that edge, they suffer.

There are no Checks & Balances, because Business is better suited to handle them, than the Piper who is paying the shot.  VIHA will gladly take your complaint, but then passes it on for resolution, directly to the organization you are complaining about.

No different from CIFA, that knows food-producing plants are unclean, are not sanitary, but can only wait until that plant notifies them of an issue, before issuing a recall. It does nothing, because it isn’t allowed to do anything, to prevent and control the spread of disease, of bacteria, until AFTER it gets into the food chain.

One more example of how Government is joining with private enterprise, to MURDER our Seniors, and us too. You see, old people have a weakened immune system, and unlike days long gone, today you can buy expired food, at a discount.  Now when you are on a fixed income, have to pay for medications you shouldn’t have to pay for, you need to save wherever you can.

You are old, you may not realise that the discounted food is expired, or about to expire, because you grew up in a society that didn’t allow such things to happen. But, that was before Stephen Harper and his mantra of doing whatever business wants.  Today, even he, claims expired food is okay, has a longer shelf life and not a threat.

Tell that to the people who have died from Maple Leaf Foods.

It is a simple fact, that when you allow someone to do whatever they want, without any controls in place, you are simply putting a gun in their hands, to fire at will.

Oh we all hold up how much longer people are living today, thanks to our wonderful society, and all of the advances we have made.  But perhaps it is more of a testament to their strength, to their grit & determination than it is to Science and Society.

Old people need routine, need support. Instead of making them free of stress, we add more by sending in people who know nothing about caring for an old person. We acerbate their tenuous hold on reality, by altering schedules without notice, and worse, we force many of them to make choices, that no one should have to make.

Look around, at the wealth we have as a nation, at the natural resources we hold, and then look at how we make 94 year olds choose between institutional living, versus independent living, based solely on their income.

Someone said, well if they didn’t plan for it when they could, tough shit to them.

And that is how Stephen Harper and our Society works today.  Thing is, back in the 60’s and even the 50’s, our society held that no matter your wealth, your income, old age would be looked after, thanks to a caring, compassionate Government and Society. They were fed a line, that their old age would be secured, through Government support, and until the advent of the New Conservatism, it was basically true.

Now suddenly, they are being penalized because they believed in their Government.

Be honest too, how can you afford to put aside sufficient money, if all you are earning is $10 an hour, and your partner is earning the same?

Can you manage to feed your family, to house them, and sustain them at today’s minimum wage level, and at today’s high cost of living?

Business can do what it wishes, can show high profits, and yet gets even bigger tax benefits than the average persons does, but puts back PITTENCE as compared to the average wage earner.

Now perhaps being in your 20’s or 30’s it doesn’t seem so important. You dream that one day you will be the CEO of that company you work for, even though more high paying jobs are being sent overseas. How you can realistically expect to advance your income, under those conditions, is truly the real dream.

Instead of how it was, where business used to put aside a large percentage of its profits, into infrastructure, into replacing old equipment, today that percentage goes toward new chalets on the coast of France, to new corporate jets.

Employee loyalty is a thing of the past, because our Government sides with Big Business, gives them our tax dollars, in return for cutting jobs and moving plants overseas.  Somehow, the concept of “BUYING LOCAL” is swearing, and unacceptable.

And who winds up paying for this change in direction?

Why the older members of our society. They are the ones who are given the burden of choosing between food, or medicine. We no longer cover this medicine, this medical procedure, because it isn’t cost-effective.

When did human life become so cheap, so unimportant?

The values that my Mother grew up with, instilled in me, are gone. Today it is no longer about doing what is right, but what is more profitable. Today we let the Oil Industry set how fast our economy can grow, or rush headlong into a depression.

We see how Stephen Harper’s continue to rule, not because they are the best for the job, but because they made more people afraid of the other guy, than of them.  Neat trick, that is only now starting to further destroy what few values, principles, were left from a dying generation.

Instead of nurturing those people, their standards, we systematically work to make their lives unbearable, stressful, and complicated. We make them weaker, rob them of their dignity, and eventually, we kill them off because we need to own a new car every two or three years.

We do it, because it is more important to have an iPhone, iPad, and 300 cable channels in high-definition, than it is to have a Senior live in moderate comfort.  Much more important that we have food producers who can hire untrained staff to clean their equipment, than we can put inspectors into the plants, to makes ure our food supply is free of bacteria, of disease.

This is the new society, given us by the New Conservatism, that our Country, and others, have embraced. We’d rather be scared into voting for someone, than in actually voting for someone who will do something we need. 

This is the New Conservatism of Stephen Harper, and it is slowly killing our Seniors.  This is what happens, when one votes out of fear, instead out of reason.

And it will be people like my 94-year-old Mother, who will pay for all this, with her life.

What A Morning

Maybe I have just lived too long, I don’t know, but really what is happening in our world today, is sad & frightening. Not the Terrorism that is going on, Not the natural diseasters either, and not even the slumping economy is what I am talking about.

IT IS THE CHANGE IN VALUES, IN ETHICS, IN HUMANITY.

Thanks to the type of leadership the world is now enjoying, from Bill Clinton, George Bush, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Brian Mulroney, and Stephen Harper, we have seen the complete erosion of our values. The Religious Right may spout all they want about ‘old time values’ but when it comes to actually doing what they say, it is a far cry from the old time values I grew up with.

VOTERS today don’t vote FOR a party, but instead have been convinced to VOTE AGAINST A PARTY.

That simply makes no sense to me, because it is what a party stands for, what it’s policies are, that should matter. It should not be about what the other guy may be like. YET that is exactly how WE are choosing our Governments today. 

I dislike Stephen Harper and his Conservatives, BASED ON THEIR PERFORMANCE, ON THEIR POLICIES.

AND that is how it should be. I cannot support any political party that is ignoring the needs of ALL CITIZENS, THAT PLACES CORPORATE INTERESTS OVER THOSE INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE.   Yet, to me, that is exactly what Stephen Harper is doing, and it has trickled down to even civic levels.

It is fine to have PRIDE in your country, but not at the expense of what BEING CANADIAN IS. Yet we have seen it in how the Media & Government have pushed that envelope, with the recent Winter Olympics.  And worse, we seem to have ignored the other areas of our National Pride, such as our Health Care.

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Like a Vulture

One reads the news headlines, hears the shock and dismay about this or that, and you know, it really is just bullshit. I am serious, when it really comes down to how one feels, to the values we hold dear, when did common sense simply disappear?

So Schreiber hid the truth about his association with Mulroney at the outset, lied even, like you expected he’d tell the truth? I mean for God’s sake, the guy was trying to bribe a head of state, so what, he’s going to admit it at the get go?

Mulroney did the same, he lied but he sued the Government, and there is a difference, though really, a lie is a lie. I don’t get why we fudge it so much, why we ignore the simple truth, that our elected leaders, apparently, have no scruples, no morals, no values, yet expect us to trust them.

Mom is dying, her health is weakening, and there is damn all I can do about it, and I sit in fear, in tears, because next to David, she is the most important person to me. I see her struggle, to fight what is the inevitable, and I can’t do anything about it. I can’t wave a magic wand, and fix it.

There is no Doctor to call, because the only answer one gets is, well we all get older, but they simply dont get it, no one get’s it. She is important, she matters, whether SHE is 10, 40, or 100.  People matter, yet we automatically seem to care less, if they are very very young, or very very old.  AND THAT IS JUST WRONG!

I don’t get it, we bitch about this company, that company. We have leaders who whine, moan, and blame everyone else, yet never ONCE take responsibility. Harper, Mulroney, Martin, Bush, Clinton, they all love to pass the buck, to blame others for their own greed, their own inability to fathom what is going on. Business rips people off, and they help. Labor makes crazy demands, and theyhelp.

Hospitals are filthy, nurses are busy gossiping, worrying about health care cards, while patients lay in beds, for attention. Tests are taken, without explanation, treatment given without explanation, and all we can worry about is that crooks like Mulroney & Schreiber lied?

We try to take advantage, by implying something is going to happen, when we haven’t a clue if it is true or not, or we try to gain an upper hand, by spouting off what we think people want to hear, so they’ll vote the way they want us to. People like Gordon Campbell, Stephen Harper, Carole James, who do nothing, but promise the moon, and deliver nothing.

YET WE NOT ONLY ACCEPT IT, WE FALL FOR IT HOOK LINE & SINKER.

I sit, worry that if she closes her eyes, they wont open, and the tears fall, even now. I know, she is 91, I should expect the worse, but I don’t want to. Oh, I can expect the worse from people like Harper, be disappointed when people like Stephane Dion get ousted for being honest, and watch as HATE & GREED overtakes everyone. I can sit and expect to see people ignore those in need, and feel the pain, and all I can do is write this dribble.

When did the real values go astray?

When did we, as a society, stop caring, and begin to put money ahead of people, to allow millions upon millions to have no health insurance, or be able to get the very best in health, in education? When did it become okay, for companies to take our money, and give us nothing in return, or threaten our elected leaders? When did the corporate bottom line, and the latest wage package become more important than insuring health care was universal, was affordable, and more importantly, was comprehensive and accessible?

When did the drive for privatization, become more desired, than honoring the obligations of the job one hired on for? When did we ignore the needs of those who gave us the best, & worst, of their lives, simply because, well they are old, and it costs too much.

WHEN DID MONEY REPLACE GOD?

It All Seems Unimportant

You know, the Grand Scheme of Life, is a mystery for those who believe in a higher being, such as GOD.

Yet we worry about things like should GM & Chrysler get taxpayer help, because if we don’t bail them out, then hundreds of thousands of fellow citizens lose their jobs. Now, that is rough, tough, and but for the Grace of God, there go I, so it is easy to say, call their bluff.

However, these days, with Mom’s health becoming an issue, it all seems so pointless. I mean, do we, as individuals have any say in what our Government does, or doesn’t do? Irrespective of which moron is in charge?

My concern isn’t about GM, sure as hell isn’t about whether Stephen Harper is wearing a new sweater or not, but is about whether Mom’s mind is going, if when I wake up tomorrow, will she know who I am? It sort of makes all the rest, well, unimportant.

Kind of also makes one question, what it is all about?

I mean are we some twisted experiment, for some more intelligent life force, or is there really a plan behind all this utter chaos? Does GOD exist?

Myself, I believe HE does, but I simply cannot fathom why the things are happening, that do. I don’t understand why our society has lost sight of the values, that we were all taught, that virtually every single religion tries to drum home to us. What ever happened to being your brother’s keeper, or to not stealing, or coveting your neighbour’s wife?

When did all this go south, missing?

Frankly I abhor Harper & his Party, because of their lack of values, their total inability to give a rat’s ass about us, the little people, who make up the Electorate. We work hard, and struggle not with billions, millions, or even hundreds of thousands, but with a hundred bucks, or fifty even. To us, we try to make a loonie go as far as it can, not to enjoy a fifth or sixth mansion, but to just keep the roof we have, over our head.

What is it today, that our so called leaders, can’t reach that point? I mean billions upon billions are being spent, but no one is willing to explain how, or to whom, other than to go on some talk show, and say we are doing better than most. Like how is that supposed to be comforting, when I am worrying about how to pay for Mom’s medications?

How does any of that help, when I have to juggle increased heating bills, with rising food prices. When I can no longer trust what is in my local grocery stores, as being safe to eat, or free of bacteria that could kill my aged mother, it seems to be out of place, to be chortling about how our banking system is protecting us.

When you have Governments, that run amock, that pledge to do something for YOU, then act like they never made those promises, you have to wonder, what is it all about. My mother can’t recall if she has had a bowel movement, which sounds trivial, but if she can’t remember, if she takes more laxatives, she weakens her strenght, and at 91, that isn’t healthy. So how do I administer those laxatives, without making her feel senile? Those are what drive me, what makes me hate going to sleep at night, to waking up in the morning, not whether or not some CEO got fired, or replaced, or whether or not the banks are giving out more credit or not.

I sit at night, argue with GOD, about not taking her, because to me, I don’t know what to do without her, and no, I am not ten, but will be fifty four in a week. Yet I love her, and I need her, so it is up to me, to try and protect her, and not let her fall victim to the in differences of doctors, nurses, or society. Where is Harper, Layton, Ignatieff, when it comes to insuring that our medication is not tainted, or that the food I buy is not contaminated?

Instead of trying to tell me that a best before date is not saying the food is bad afterwards, how about tightening the rules, so we know where the damn stuff really comes from? How about stop making jokes about who is dying from tainted food, and stop self regulation, and put back the inspectors, who protect us, and our food supply? Why is that so hard, if these so called leaders, believe in GOD? In the values taught by all Religion?

WHY IS IT SO HARD TO DO THE RIGHT THING?

You listen to the Pope, who supposedly represents billions of people, and how he condemns those who don’t believe as he does, how he twists and makes people go out and hate, when he is supposed to be representing a GOD WHO LOVES. How does that make us believe, how does that make us have faith in what we can’t see, can’t experience?

Stock Markets fall, then rise, while Gas Prices stay steady, and yet it was those prices, that drove our economies nearly to ruin, but no one is yelling at Exxon, or Shell, but instead we blame the banks, the guy across the world. I don’t get it, when did we stop accepting responsibility for our own screw ups? I mean Harper told us in October and November that we were safe, that we weren’t in a recession, then in less than two months, we are in one? How does that work?

And worse, many think he’s doing a good job, when all he’s done is lie to us? I wonder, when did we lose our common sense, when did we decide to bury our heads in the sand, and stop looking to blame others, for what is our fault? Is our economy that bad, or have we been convinced it is, because everyone is saying the sky is falling? Banks get 75 Billion and yet can’t loan money out to you and me, to help pay for food, for rent, and we work for a living. It makes no sense, that we give out billions of dollars, to pollute our lakes, to ship our jobs overseas, but it isn’t our fault, but the economies?

None of this really seems important right now. I just want Mom to live, to stay healthy and keep her mind. If the economy goes down, it goes down and with everyone in it. We will all be in the same lifeboat, except for our leaders or the IMF or GOD ONLY KNOWS WHO, but it won’t be you and me. We pay the price, while trying to simply stay afloat, while desperate to make the last days, bearable, pleasent, for those we cherish and love. Nothing else, really matters.

Failure of Adults

Twenty kids get sent home in Sooke, school boards in Newfoundland & Labrador warn kids and parents, and in Calgary police are looking at the actions of 13 kids as a hate crime, all because adults think that shows like South Park are okay. Because ADULTS have willingly abdicated their parental obligation & responsibilities to television shows, to social networking sites, instead of taking the time to monitor their childs viewing habits.

Thirteen high school students in Calgary have been suspended after a red-headed teen was beaten because of the colour of his hair.

The Grade 10 boy was attacked in the locker room of St. Francis High School after gym class Thursday, students told CBC News. (source – CBC News)

These aren’t ten year old kids either, but are high school kids, so you have to know, they should have some sense of what is right, what isn’t. Yet they ganged up and beat up a kid, because of what they saw on a television show, South Park. Because we have turned the entertainment value of technology into an instrument of hate and racism.

The attacks came on a day promoted by a Facebook group as Kick a Ginger Day. The Facebook group urged members to kick people with red hair — referred to as ginger kids — on Nov. 20.

The phenomenon appears to have originated with South Park, an animated TV show. An episode of the satirical show that originally aired in 2005 dealt with one character’s mindless prejudice against red-haired people. ( more from CBC News)

I grew up in the sixties, and I have to say, the change in television is a bit scary. It has become more mean spirited, more nasty and cruel, and yet this is what people obviously want. From fake reality shows that hold up lying, cheating, to be worthy values, to shows that demean women, degrade human rights even.

i am not advocating any form of censorship either. If that is what people want, well fine. I know where the off switch is, and frankly have truly limited our television viewing, because I find most shows today to be boring, unrealistic, and just plain crap. I find them too bloody, lacking in taste and humor. That is my choice, and my right. However, it is how you manage what your kids watch, that is of concern, that needs to be addressed.

Our crime rate goes up, and we have people like Harper & Bush who prey on that fear, and propose mandatory sentences, who propose raising children aged 12 to adult courts, to protect society, while giving parents a pass on their culpability to the whole situation. Think about it, about why we need to have laws that say if a kid is 8 or older, he can be tried as an adult if the crime is so bad. I mean to have such laws, means that we have kids comitting horrible crimes, and so our solution is to try them as adults, ignoring how they became so twisted, so violent, so cruel.

Adults need to step up, to begin taking responsibility for their actions, because kids learn how to act, FROM US.  If we accept shows like South Park, even give it awards, what are we saying to our children? That it is okay to be foul mouthed, to lie, to cheat, to hate, to deride, to be racist?  That is what South Park does, all in the name of humor, of entertainment. It also assumes that parents will watch the show, with their kids, to point out how wrong the actions shown are, but they also know, parents aren’t doing that.

We are abandoning our children, and using the wrong methods to teach them abour racism, about hate, about human values & ethics. No wonder we are seeing a rise in gang violence, in juvenile crimes.