Nonprofit Group Turns Bus Into a Bathroom for the Homeless

Tanya:

Tanya’s Comment: As a low income person myself, I’m touched that a group of people would go out of their way to help the poor. In so many instances, people put money before everything else. It’s heart warming and encouraging to know that kind people do exist!

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco with a new bus that allows them to take a shower.

The former public transit bus has been outfitted with two full private bathrooms and offers hot showers, clean toilets, shampoo, soap and towels free of charge. The founder of the nonprofit Lava Mae mobile shower bus said she wanted to return a sense of dignity to those living on the streets.

Group Turns Bus Into Bathroom, Provides Homeless People With Hot Showers And Sense Of Dignity

“If you’re homeless, you’re living on the streets and you’re filthy, you’re trying to improve your circumstances, but you can’t interview for a job, you can’t apply for housing and you get disconnected from your sense of humanity,” Doniece Sandoval said. “So a shower just in of itself is amazing for people.”

Lava Mae says the bus is mobile, allowing it to reach homeless people scattered throughout the city…

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Expense of new Hepatitis C drug casts a bad light on U.S. Health Care system

Tanya:

Tanya’s Comment: The over-charging of life saving medications needs to stop.

Originally posted on The Secular Jurist:

By Robert A. Vella

High demand means high prices.  That’s the system of capitalism which dominates our world today.  In theory, market competition rises in proportion to growing demand which exerts downward pressure on prices through innovation and increased efficiency.  However, reality often doesn’t match theory in the realm of economics especially in the U.S.  Enabled by the de facto practice of corporatism, business interests can monopolize markets, drive out the competition, and exploit consumers and workers.  In the health care industry, this leads to exorbitant costs that can limit or exclude vital medical services from whole groups of sick and injured people.

Such is the case now with a new and effective hepatitis C drug called Sovaldi.

From Reuters (March 21, 2014) – U.S. lawmakers want Gilead to explain Sovaldi’s hefty price:

(Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers have asked Gilead Sciences Inc to explain the $84,000 price…

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Court Upholds Florida Law That Punishes Doctors For Talking About Guns

Tanya:

Tanya’s Comment: Treating gun violence as a public health issue is completely proper given the amount of people who are killed, including accidentally, by guns every year. For the NRA to have the power to prevent the medical community (researchers and doctors) from doing its job is insane. Doctors have a responsibility to their patients, but their hands are tied if they can’t discuss guns with patients they fear may be in danger of hurting themselves or others with a firearm.

Originally posted on The Secular Jurist:

Several years ago, the American Medical Association advised doctors to ask their patients about firearms and “educate patients to the dangers of firearms to children” in the name of public health. But doctors in Florida may be suppressed from giving this medical advice, now that a federal appeals court upheld a Florida law that became known as the “physician gag rule” because it punishes doctors for talking about guns.

The ruling could have major implications as policymakers examine gun violence as a public health issue. The National Rifle Association-backed law it upheld imposes severe limits on when doctors can ask their patients about guns or keep records in their patients’ charts about firearm safety. Doctors who are found to have violated the provision risk sanctions or loss of their license.

At least ten medical associations and the American Bar Association argued that the law should be struck down because doctors…

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Do No Harm

Tanya:

Tanya’s Comments: In the past few years, I have become more devoted to being kind to others. I think that blogging has helped me to develop a kind attitude because I get to communicate with others whose kindness inspires me, including the author whose post I’m reblogging.

But times like this make it difficult to want to be kind. I say that because I am going through a very difficult time in my life right now, and it is because of the selfishness of another person. What do I do? I have very little control over the situation. So I wonder- what difference does it make to be kind when certain others don’t care about what’s happening to me?

I admit that I had an opportunity to be kind tonight, and I chose not to. One of the washing machines in my building isn’t working, and instead of putting a “machine isn’t working” sign on it like I usually do (to save someone else from putting money in it before realizing it doesn’t work), I decided to let someone else deal with it. I know it’s a small thing, but I feel bad about it. It’s just that I feel so jaded.

So what do you do when you are a kind person, but another person/people aren’t kind to you? How do you move forward from there?

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

Dalai Lama Quote

Harmless

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Victims of Domestic Violence Shouldn’t Be Made Victims to Guns

Courtesy of americansforresponsiblesolutions.org

 

I recently received this message in an email from a group called Americans for Responsible Solutions, of which I am a member. It was started by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband to fight for gun control laws:

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Organic Is Pricier, But Better

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Photo courtesy of frenchatfams.wikispaces.com

 

MSN has a video up about the debate over whether organic produce is healthier than conventional produce. The video cites studies done that compared the two and found that organic fruits and veggies have up to 70% more antioxidants than conventionally grown food. The studies also confirm that organic food doesn’t contain chemicals that conventional food is doused with, namely pesticides and cadmium, thus making organic healthier.

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Good Source of Info On Gun Deaths, Statistics, etc.

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Photo courtesy of insidetheegg.files.wordpress.com

 

Propublica.org, an independent online news organization, has compiled a thorough collection of gun-related articles on their website. It’s a great resource for anyone wanting a deeper understanding of gun violence in America.

The website lists a variety of gun-related articles and research, grouped by subject/issue. Issues covered: Are mass shootings increasing?; gun deaths among women and children; the NRA; how politics protect gun dealers who sell guns used in crimes; Stand Your Ground” laws; and others.

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Gun Violence Takes a Child’s Life, And Many More, in Chicago

Courtesy of progressillinois.com/sites/progressillinois.com

Courtesy of progressillinois.com/sites/progressillinois.com

 

There have been many mass shootings in America just within the past few years. But among these high-profile murders are countless low-profile ones like this, reported by ChicagoTribune.com:

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At the US-Mexico Border: Children at the Border are Refugees, Not Criminals

Photo courtesy of Mr TGT at Flickr.com

Photo courtesy of Mr TGT at Flickr.com

 

I got an email with this statement from CredoAction.com about the developing illegal immigration crisis at the US-Mexican border:

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Man Tries to start KKK Rally and Gets Kindness PHOTOBOMBED!!

Tanya:

Tanya’s Comment: Those kids in the picture were really brave to pose in front of that man! Brave and wise beyond their years! They could have done anything- beat him up, yell at him, etc. But they stood there and smiled! What better way to show you are above hate!

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

‘jack1425′ wrote:

“Man tries to start KKK rally”

Man tries to start KKK rally


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