A Big Picture

I would like you to take a moment to think about something. Imagine that we’re actually the first. The first species to have the knowledge and power to provide real stewardship of our world. The first species out of the hundreds of billions of galaxies, stars, and planets, to break free of their world and, see it from the outside. The first too travel to other planets and leave their solar system.
Everything that our imaginations have and or could have ever possibly think of is nothing compared to what the future of humans may hold. Blinded by our own mortality, unable or unwilling to fully embrace and work for a future that we will never see. What are we doing with this gift? Endless wars over resources, territory, religious beliefs and skin color, allow massive inequality, injustice, and despair. As far fetched as it may seem, we may actually be alone in the Universe. If it’s even remotely true, don’t we owe it to future generations to do better?

The Movie Brazil (1985) And What It Got Right

#ThursdayThoughts While watching The Young Turks segment today regarding the treatment of workers at Amazon, I was reminded of the movie classic, Brazil (1985), directed and co-written by Terry Gilliam. The film centers on Sam Lowry, a man trying to find a woman who appears in his dreams while he is working in a mind-numbing job and living in a small apartment, set in a consumer-driven dystopian world in which there is an over-reliance on poorly maintained (and rather whimsical) machines. Brazil’s satire of bureaucratic, totalitarian government is reminiscent of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Thinking about the movie with today’s realities and concerns that so many of us face, healthcare, workers rights/treatment, criminal reform and governments monitoring their civilians. Pair that with our always-on, connected lives, moving closer to an ever automated future. Seems a pretty accurate portrait of today. If you’ve never seen it or even if you have, check it out. The video below is by Georg Rockall-Schmidt titled: How Brazil Got Its Sci-Fi Dystopia Right

The U.S. Healthcare Cost Crisis

The cost of healthcare services in the U.S. is affecting Americans’ financial health in multiple ways:

  • Forty-five percent of Americans fear bankruptcy should a major health event strike.
  • Americans have collectively borrowed an estimated $88 billion in the last year to cover healthcare costs.
  • 2.7 million Americans have borrowed at least $10,000 to pay for care for themselves or a member of their household in the last 12 months.

You can download the full report here.

Mike Ellrich from @Gallup discuses the physical toll of #HCcosts in America, based on findings from our national survey#HCIDC #HCcosts pic.twitter.com/M72uLaM5oX

— West Health (@WestHealth) April 2, 2019

Trump Claims, Republicans Are The Party Of Healthcare, Are They?

Trump claims that Republicans will be known as “The Party of Healthcare” but, will they though, maybe? There is a slight chance (albeit, a small one) that Trump may feel so much political and personal heat that he’ll actually try to put forward a single-payer type system, which happens to be overwhelmingly popular among Americans. We shall see.