“Jerry Seinfeld is in this position that’s sort like one of the Beatles after the Beatles broke up. It’s sort of, how do you follow that act? You have a guy with this incredible, fertile comic imagination and a love of comedy, and it’s almost impossible to follow Seinfeld.”—Seinfeld Hits The Web, Still Talking About Nothing (via npr)
“Our illness self- the face and persona reflecting that which afflicts us- may predominate at any given moment, but it is not absolute and does not determine finally who we are. An illness, not matter how grave, is but a part of our larger identity; our wholeness as persons encompasses the moments of illness and far more. Healing is the ultimate frame in which we live. Healing does not merely treat the disturbances within and among us. Healing recognizes our strengths and gifts and seeks to include illness within a larger frame of personal growth and caring community. Healing honors the essential worth and dignity of us each. Healing holds us open to our greatest potential and proceeds from an infinite horizon of high purpose and eternal possibility. Healing flows from he ultimate tenderness that is at the heart of life.”—Craig Rennebohm (via anneleyce)
We keep finding stories of how cuts to public health are backfiring. Given all the politics going on, this line of the Palm Beach Post story made me chuckle; “The CDC sent a $275,000 grant to help pay for the staff needed to contain [the TB outbreak].”
So, let me get this right…
First, Florida’s elected officials drastically cut their state health department budget. That cut put a wrench in preventing this outbreak. They then justified not telling the Florida public about the worst TB outbreak in 20 years because the outbreak is just among the homeless and mentally ill.
We need to stop here to say we don’t recall any study that found TB checks your wallet before checking into your lungs, but for now we have to skip this. Instead, just help us wish the church groups, volunteers and staff at Florida’s shelters good health.
If that is so, why is a guy like me - 680 miles from the Florida border - now paying for Florida’s TB response through my federal taxes?
Anyway, I’m sure Florida is going to pay back this federal money and reimburse any more federal support they utilize as they work to address the TB outbreak in their state, right? They don’t, after all, need any federal support of their state health care system.
Devastating — and life-threatening — indictment of putting politics before public health.