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Seen "Unemployed Need Not Apply"? I need your help.

  • Posted on: 14 January 2011
  • By: Kitsap River

Originally posted Thu Jan 13, 2011 at 03:26:02 PM PST over on DailyKos. Reposted with permission on the author's behalf.

There are a lot of unemployed people here on DKos, including quite a number of long-term unemployed. I've seen mention here and there from people who have come across listings that actually, blatantly say something like "No unemployed need apply". I'm trying to track down where those listings are, what state(s) the companies posting them are in, what sorts of positions they are for, the names of the companies, and other such details.

Why? Because I've brought up to my state legislators the problem of people seeing such listings. Frankly, it's a form of discrimination that I feel ought to be illegal, especially in a Great Recession such as this one. I may be able to instigate the passage of legislation forbidding this practice, at least in Washington State, but it would help a lot if I knew where these things were taking place and who was doing this.

 

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Health Series: The Lost Decades

  • Posted on: 15 September 2009
  • By: Kitsap River

Cross-posted at Tikkun Daily and DKos

I'll bet you think I'm going to write about the decades between when we first tried to pass health care reform and now.


Reflecting on the title, you're probably thinking back through history to Johnson, or Truman, or FDR, or Teddy Roosevelt. There are a lot of wasted years between then and now, I'll grant that. There have been many words said about health care, many promises made (to Carter, to Nixon...), many broken as easily as the brittle bones of an osteoporosis patient, and with just as much pain to the American people, who have lost more and more each decade to the monster that has occupied our health care system.


You may be thinking, too, of something like Japan's "Lost Decade" and thinking there's some sort of corollary there between title and subject.


Your secret weapon in the health care fight

  • Posted on: 6 August 2009
  • By: Kitsap River

You have a secret weapon in the health care fight, both now that your Representatives and Senators are in recess and once they get back to Washington DC. You may not know it yet, but this weapon is yours any time you need it from now until September 21.

I am sick and tired. Literally. I am sick, and I am tired. I am sick not only with kidney failure but with watching these damnable corporate-funded thugs called teabaggers disrupt townhall meetings to try to stop their corporate masters from having to deal with honest competition.

Health Care Series: This will make you weep

  • Posted on: 26 June 2009
  • By: Kitsap River

Promoted. Originally posted 2009-06-25 21:03:17 -0400. -- GH

Come over here for a moment. I’m going to lift the curtain on a private world, a world I hope you’ll never have cause to inhabit. Take a glance at this world and the people in it. This is the world of dialysis patients and their families.

What you are about to read is not at all uncommon in the dialysis community. We (dialysis patients) often give each other this sort of advice. I am partly prepared, when my own time comes, to divorce the one I love and go on Medicaid myself if I have to. It may be the only way I can get health care once I max out our employer insurance, the one with the $2 million cap.

The names I use here are real. The people are real. The words are their own, appeared on a dialysis patient email list, and are quoted with permission. Their zip codes, also used with permission, are real. Their stories will make you rage, and break your heart.