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My cousin has been in and out of the hospital for the last year. She’s 75, not in good shape, and I have medical power of attorney (as the only nearby relative). It’s been wearing on me — a lot. I’ve been worrying about where she’ll go and what will happen to her after she runs out of money.

In contrast, and worse, what in hell happens to people who are under Medicare age? A very good friend of mine was tortured by cancer for the last decade (including — do not ever under any circumstances do this; it just ain’t worth it, and it doesn’t extend life — prostatectomy), and he and his wife spent probably half their life savings on experimental treatments before he died two months ago.

It was awful to watch.

I breathed a huge sigh of relief tonight when I (rather, the placement agent) found a good place for my cousin.

She’s on Medicare, has enough bucks for a few years, and is going to a place that won’t kick her out (will take Medicare) after her money runs out if she survives that long.

So, “socialized medicine,” Medicare, saved her ass.

For people under 65, it’s still a horror show — albeit a very profitable horror show. There are over one million personal bankruptcies annually due to medical bills in the U.S. In other words, over a million middle-class Americans lose everything they’ve got every year due to medical bills, and the insurance industry and big pharma reap the benefits.

And it gets worse. After giving away a fortune to the 1%, close to $2 trillion, in Trump’s tax scam, it’s virtually certain that the GOP will plead “fiscal responsibility” and try to kneecap both Medicare and Medicaid, driving up our costs, if not eliminating Medicare and Medicaid entirely.

This is all you really need to ask yourself when considering the GOP/corporado mantra justifying horrendous health costs (USA is by far the highest) and being at or near the bottom of health outcomes for industrialized countries):

They warn you against “nameless, faceless bureaucrats making your health decisions for you.”

But what in hell do they think is going on now? Nameless, faceless insurance-industry, profit-driven ‘bureaucrats making your healthcare decisions for you? For their corporate, profit-driven masters rather than you?

How could anything possibly be worse for you than nameless, faceless corporate bureaucrats searching for reasons to deny your claim, and doing their best to maximize profits by providing the minimum amount of healthcare they can possibly get away with? Think about it.

Forgive me, but somehow I’ll trust that non-interested government bureaucrat rather than an insurance company tool.

Count me in for “socialized medicine.”

Hiatus on Manuscript Submissions

Posted: September 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

See Sharp Press will not be accepting manuscript submissions from new authors until further notice. (We will, though, continue to accept submissions from our current authors.)

The primary reason for this is that since I founded it 34 years ago, See Sharp Press has been a one-man operation, with yours truly doing all of the work, but for occasionally hiring other graphic artists, editors, and publicists on a contract basis.

And I need a break.

Since 1984, See Sharp has published 50 books, an equivalent number of pamphlets, and, of late, a number of e-books. I’ve been working almost continuously the entire time, often putting in 50-, 60-, even 70-hour work weeks, and it’s been 22 years since I took a vacation.

We have four very good books in the pipeline, and they’ll all appear next year. Once they’re out and I’ve had some time to rest, it’s quite possible See Sharp will once again begin accepting manuscript submissions.

If and when that happens, we’ll notify you on this blog and on the See Sharp Press web site.

In the meantime, we’ll continue publishing new material on this blog, and the already contracted books will appear on schedule.

Best wishes to all,

Chaz Bufe

Publisher, See Sharp Press

Yemen: The Forgotten Conflict

Posted: August 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

We’ve covered Saudi barbarism in several posts over the last two years. Here’s a view from another blogger, who we highly recommend.

Josep Goded

Since Yemen’s civil war began in 2015, the Saudi-led coalition has regularly conducted lethal air strikes throughout the country, killing thousands of innocent Yemenis. Further, Saudi Arabia has implemented a blockade of basic supplies against Yemen, including drinkable water, resulting in rampant cholera, leading to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The Saudi-led coalition was initially created seeking to support the deposed President, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, after the Houthirebels had taken key positions all across the country, including the capital Sana’a and his Presidential palace, forcing him to flee to Saudi Arabia.

Since then, Saudi Arabia has justified its lethal attacks on civilians by accusing the Houthis, without any evidence, of being endorsed by its arch-enemies, Iran and Hezbollah.

According to the UN, the Saudi-led coalition regularly kills innocent people, including children. For example, a Saudi air strike killed 140 people and injured some 600…

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Shush the Push for War

Posted: June 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

Alexis Chateau

It’s almost impossible to make it through a week without seeing Americans debating in public forums about whether or not the U.S. should go to war. To bomb or not to bomb ISIS.That is the political question of 2017.

While I sympathise with the desire to fix a problem that has clearly grown out of hand, people forget thatfixinga problem was how ISIS was born in the first place. So before you launch into your arguements for why war is the best be-all-end-all solution, let’s take a moment to reconsider.

To better understand my line of arguement, let’s briefly change the topic to discuss another touchy issue: imperialism and slavery.

Offshoring Slavery

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If you’ve ever taken a business class, you’ve probably heard the word “offshoring” before. In a nutshell, it means that a certain process physically takes place in another location – usually another country.

Many people…

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Josep Goded

Tomorrow, the world will watch the lastest episode of a long-term soap-opera involving conservatives and Islamist terrorism. The UK will hold a controversial general election that will be definitive in the fight against Islamist terrorism.

Over the years, western society has assumed that conservative parties such as the Tories in the UK are more reliable than the lefties in the fight against terrorism. In recent times, however, there has been clear evidence that ISIS and conservative forces have been helping each other. 

ISIS has used terrorism to spread chaos worldwide and thereby influence elections in Western democracies. Conservative forces have used this chaos to bolster racism and use the ready-made fear campaigns for their own ends, to ensure their re-election.

Recently, Theresa May has used the latest terrorist attack in London to launch a manipulative fear campaign to improve her chances of winning the election. Additionally, she has announced measures

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During the nearly four years of this blog’s existence, we’ve put up close to 1,200 posts. Most subscribers will never have seen most of them.

For that reason (and a bit of laziness on our part), over the coming months we’ll repost the best pieces that appeared in years past, starting with posts from 2013.

They’ll be in our usual categories (see Categories in the sidebar to the left); all will be relatively non-time-specific; and all will be headed with “A Blast from the Past.” We’ll mostly put up one per week, but in the case of posts in series, we’ll put up one or two per day.

The first Blast from the Past, “The Lighter Side of Gun Registration,” by Chris Edwards (“S.C. Hitchcock”) will follow immediately.


I don’t agree with everything here. But read it, please.

Plato Shrugs

The cultural ritual of ‘honoring’ service members has reached newfound levels of perversion. From football games to political rallies to corporations, all claim to do their part in honoring the service of those unfortunate souls ultimately maimed from their service. Special honors are held for those who die, as we learned during Trumps address to congress just the other night. A booming standing ovation lasting for minutes brought tears to the eyes of the man’s grieving widow with some of the most powerful men and women on this earth.

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