I came across an article yesterday on Timeline.com: “The Nazi Breeding and Infanticide Program You Probably Never Knew About”. The article describes the Nazi breeding program that involved encouraging and forcing “pure Aryan” women to get pregnant from “pure Aryan” men and taking the babies to be educated by the SS, as well as the active euthanasia of “impure” babies.
There is a reason you may never have known about this. Continue reading
Posted in Emigration / Immigration, Government, Healthcare, History, Language, Media, Science, Society, World War Two
Tagged American history, ethnic minorities, Eugenics, euthanasia, healthcare, history, holocaust, immigration, mandatory sterilization, Nazi Germany, poverty, selective breeding, women's rights, World War Two, WWII
One of the definitions of “entitled” is having the right to something. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney uses the terms “entitled” and “entitlement” as dirty words. It’s clear from his speech at a fundraiser dinner that he feels people should not be entitled to food, health care or housing. Meaning that if people don’t have the money to pay for food, shelter or the doctor, they can’t expect the government to help them. To Europeans, that is pretty shocking. In Europe we call entitlement programs parts of the social safety net.
The terminology illustrates the fundamental difference in attitudes toward people who need help. Continue reading
Posted in Politics, Society
Tagged 47%, entitlement programs, fundraiser dinners, health, healthcare, hidden camera, Mitt Romney, opinion, politics, republican politics, Romney's entitlement speech
A commenter on a previous post wanted to remind me that it’s never fun to have to be in the hospital, however nice it is. Of course not. So don’t get me wrong, I’d much rather B be better and at home, but that doesn’t stop me from being impressed with the hospital, and everything they have and do to make the stay as comfortable as possible under the circumstances. Continue reading
As I’ve explained in previous posts, we were on vacation when our son B’s appendix ruptured. He had an appendectomy and was in the hospital in Cody, Wyoming for four days. Six days after coming home to Austin, he had pains again, and had to have a follow-up surgery, and he has been in the hospital here in Austin for six days now. And when I say that B has been in the hospital, I really mean our family has been in the hospital. Continue reading
Time for one of my pet peeves.
Scene in a restaurant: Continue reading
Posted in Emigration / Immigration, Holland, Society
Tagged aDutch heritage, America, Being American, Dutch-Americans, emigration, European, healthcare, immigration, nationaliteit, nationalities, opinion, patriotism, safety nets, society, taxes