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Based on this update,

I really think the big homestuck endgame,

when they all go through the door in to the new universe,

is that all the alternate selves, the doomed ones, the sprites, the dream selves, the alpha and retconned alpha, the post and pre scratch…all of them, for one player, will merge.

That is the real point of the game, the purpose of the dream bubbles and alternate timelines. It’s all to serve the ultimate purpose of allowing multiple versions of the payers to reunite and merge in to one person with the wisdom of several lifetimes. Once a player is created, by the game itself mind you, the game just serves as the vehicle by which they becomes gods; true gods. It never truly allows them to die, banking their souls and allowing them multiple opportunities. In the context of the game, death doesn’t really mean anything, or it isn’t supposed to; as if LE destroying the ghosts wasn’t bad enough, he is actually taking away bits of their personhood by destroying those alternate selves.

But all the players, they live and die and fight and carry on, and in theory the idea of an “Alpha” timeline seems to make sense, where those in that timeline are the “real” players who get to win, in actuality it’s all irrelevant. Those players’ victory is the victory of all iterations of them throughout paradox space. No sacrifice or failure is forgotten, everything is completely vital to the final person they will become when they are gifted a new universe.

Why the Labor Movement Matters in the Fight for Single-Payer Health Care

Our goal can be easily guessed by our name: “Students for a National Health Program.” We are a group of students who believe the United States should implement a national, universal, single­-payer health care system. Whatever you’d like to call it, such a system would entail that all citizens of the United States essentially pay into a national health insurance program for all other citizens. Everyone would chip in, nobody can opt out, and everyone gets covered for non­elective health care. Several other developed nations have successfully implemented such a health care system,­ Canada and the United Kingdom being perhaps the most representative countries. Our goal is simple, and we know based on the example of other countries, that our goal will also work.

So, of course, the more difficult question is, how do we get there? Based on what I have seen so far in the single-­payer movement, we’ve been employing the following “classic” approaches: reaching out to physicians, medical students, medical residents, and public health professionals in an attempt to educate and enlighten them on the pros and cons of our current capitalist health care system versus a national (some would even say “socialist”) one. Of course, these are good, tried and true approaches, and the single-­payer movement would certainly fail without them.

However, I’d like to propose an additional focus for our efforts: reaching out to and standing in solidarity with organized labor­ – that is, workers organized in labor unions.

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I came across this picture a few weeks ago on Reddit. It’s pretty funny, when you think about it, how much of what Bernie wants to do isn’t the least bit radical.

He wants to:

  • Break up the big banks 
  • Make all public colleges and universities tuition free 
  • Raise the minimum wage 
  • Expand Social Security
  • Change to a single-payer healthcare system
  • Guarantee paid parental, sick, and vacation leave
  • Ensure that women get equal pay for equal work

How does he plan to fund all these “extreme” ideas? By taxing the wealthy and reducing the military budget.

Seriously. Even the “cons” are actually “pros”. A cost-benefit analysis is all about what you are getting for what you are giving up, but I’m not sure we’re really giving anything up in this exchange. I’m all for taxing the wealthy, particularly since they are currently paying significantly lower percentages than their employees. And with the military, he’s been one of the staunchest supporters of veterans, so we know this is about not getting into wars, not about abandoning the troops who served.

No person ever said, at the end of their days, ‘I have read my Bible too much, I have thought of God too much, I have prayed too much, I have been too careful with my soul.’
—   J.C. Ryle

•✦.¤.✦• { the power of sujood } •✦.¤.✦•

The more you humble yourself and go into sujood, the closer you are getting to Allah; and indeed, He elevates you. The Prophet ﷺ  said:

من تواضع لله رفعه

“Whoever humbles himself before Allah, Allah will elevate him.” (Muslim)

♡ 

Gov’t healthcare: One-third of vets on V.A. pending medical care list are already dead

If one wants to know what government-run, single-payer healthcare looks like, one needs to look no further than the VA.

From the Hill:

An internal Veterans Affairs Department report states that about one-third of the veterans waiting to receive medical care from the agency have already died.

A review of veteran death records provided to the Huffington Post found that, as of April, 847,822 veterans were awaiting healthcare and that of those, 238,647 were already deceased.

The report was handed over by Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA’s Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta
He also sent copies to the House and Senate VA panels and to the White House.

A VA spokeswoman told Huffington Post that the department can’t subtract dead applicants from the list and that some may never have completed an application but remain on the back log.

Spokeswoman Walinda West also said that more than 80 percent veterans who come to the department “have either Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare or some other private insurance.”

“Consequently, some in pending status may have decided to use other options instead of completing their eligibility application.”

Davis dismissed that argument.

“VA wants you to believe, by virtue of people being able to get health care elsewhere, it’s not a big deal. But VA is turning away tens of thousands of veterans eligible for health care,” he said. “VA is making it cumbersome, and then saying, ‘See? They didn’t want it anyway.’”

Read the Rest (H/T: WZ)

Those of you who support a government takeover of healthcare (i.e. “free” healthcare), don’t say we didn’t warn you. The VA is a perfect microcosm of what a single-payer system would look like.