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Our national deficit debates are increasingly turning to healthcare costs and the need to evolve our current dysfunctional healthcare system. A recent addition to this debate is a new book by a founder of Tai Sophia in Laurel, Maryland. In his book, Breaking the Iron Triangle: Reducing Healthcare Costs in Corporate America, Robert Duggan notes that our current debate frames healthcare as an “iron triangle”. The iron triangle refers to healthcare cost, quality, and access. According to Duggan, “common sense tells us that is impossible to maximize quality and access while minimizing cost.” He argues the iron triangle can be broken only by abandoning cherished, destructive assumptions and complementing our existing “disease system” with a strengthened “wellness system”. The book includes several examples of institutions – including many local to Maryland – that are currently taking up this challenge.

Saturday, July 20 rally to “end the senseless violence, to demand justice for Trayvon Martin, to focus on healing, to honor the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King and to seek a brighter tomorrow.” Photo by Bill Hughes.

I would think that white people would not want to bring up the subject of violence to African Americans whose ancestors were slaves. Black on black crime? Really? That subject is the popular go-to issue that stalks the Trayvon Martin tragedy like a cowardly, failed martial arts student stalks his victim – with a gun. Since the George Zimmerman controversial verdict that has galvanized civil rights activists and even moved the most dedicated couch potatoes out of their barcoloungers, that’s been the buzz. Many people, including the president, are calling for an honest, serious conversation on race. Is that what the race conversation consists of, putting the worst of the “least of these” under indictment? Do we really want to put a bull’s eye on the poorest, most underserved segments of the population and take aim?

  Councilman Bill Henry (left) presides over the panel moments after Carl Stokes abandoned his chairman’s seat when Ed Reisinger (right) called for approval of the tax financing subsidy. Warren Branch (center) voted with Reisinger.  Photo by: Mark Reutter. Source: Baltimore Brew.

If Baltimoreans don’t rise up to challenge the plutocratic cabal—and its sycophantic Non-Profit Industrial Complex—that runs our government and influences the allocation of resources, if we don’t out-organize and out-vote the political surrogates that are pimping city residents, then we will continue to receive the same results that we have always received: naked handouts for greedy corporate capitalist and cutbacks for hard-working everyday people.

Demonstrators for Justice for Trayvon Martin. July 14, 2013. Photo By: Bill Hughes

On July 13, 2013, George Zimmerman was acquitted on the murder of Trayvon Martin. The nation disrupted and thousands rose in protest. Baltimore demonstrated that very night with actions like Luminous Intervention's projection over Route 83 Southbound reading "Justice for Trayvon" (they also demonstrated, via their enormous light projections, the following evening at the Eastern District's Supreme Court building calling for "Justice for Trayvon").

About three years ago, Stephen Pitcairn, age 23, a medical student at Johns Hopkins University, was murdered on North Charles Street, only blocks from his home in Charles Village, Baltimore, MD. On Wednesday evening, July 24, 2013, poet Shirley Brewer read from her book, “After Words.” It deals with the tragedy of Mr. Pitcairn’s death. Ms.

On April 6, 2013, investigative journalist and historian, Nick Turse, spoke about his new book, "Kill Anything That Moves," at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. The panelists who responded to Nick Turse's talk were Carolyn Eisenberg, a history professor at Hofstra University, and John Prados, the George Washington University National Security Archives Senior Fellow. This video was produced by Indyreader's regular contributor, Richard Concepcion.

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Recently, the journalistic integrity of the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald has been called into question. The reason: he has stepped "outside that framework" through his impressive and highly valuable journalistic work on the Edward Snowden NSA leaks, which revealed a "worldwide, ubiquitous electronic surveillance apparatus" that Washington has erected in near total secret. Unsurprisingly, some proponents of elite media doctrine have felt compelled to defend the boundaries of the narrow framework that Greenwald crossed, as he has consistently done during his career. Below, Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer critically respond to one of the proponents and in doing so draw our attention to the actual difference between journalists who stay in-bounds and those who feel a duty to go out-of-bounds, like Greenwald and the writers featured on Indy Reader.

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The notion of the scary, criminalized black man who couldn’t walk with impunity in white people’s neighborhoods did not begin with Trayvon Martin. It didn’t begin with young Emett Till pulverized by grown white men for whistling at a white woman. It went before scary black Nat Turner left the plantation and dared to defend himself against slavery. I cannot think of a time that the white man was not afraid of this proud African man as he terrorized him and his family in unspeakable ways to bend his mind and body into submission. When he stole, not only his freedom, but his right to be a member of the human race.

Saturday, July 20 rally to “end the senseless violence, to demand justice for Trayvon Martin, to focus on healing, to honor the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King and to seek a brighter tomorrow.”  Photo by Bill Hughes.

Street journalist, Bill Hughes, covers three actions this week: the "March For Justice" on Saturday, the fair development demonstration on Wednesday, and the "Flush the TPP" action on Tuesday.

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