Category Archives: Ethics

WHAT IT IS TO BE HUMAN

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I think you’ll agree that doctors and nurses are really special people. You trust them with your body, share your hopes and dreams with them, even tell them dark secrets you wouldn’t dare to tell your spouse or lover, mother or father.

Those people exemplify humanity.

Those are also the people who will sit with you in the dead of night while you whisper your fears, making sure no one else can hear. In return, they respond with a different language. They squeeze your hands tighter and tighter and seem to always know what you need, what you want, just as though you were screaming it from the rooftops.

That’s what it is to be human.

But robotic medicine is rapidly invading our future with machine-like precision and efficiency. They’ve taken over many vital responsibilities that humans used to have. Yet, their insidious addition still progresses under the radar of the ordinary citizen — at least the ones whose jobs they haven’t taken.

In hospitals, more and more responsibilities are being handled  by robotic technology and robotic machines. Bots seem to be thriving  in patient care, maintenance, security, infection control, and even surgery. And they do a good job.

As time progresses, we will probably rely on them more and more. But bots won’t squeeze your hand or hug you. They are an emotionless, heartless,  programmed population. And one day in the not too distant future, they could even evolve to a level of dominance where they simply won’t need us.

And that won’t be science fiction

Right now, we are teaching them to care for us and care for themselves. Why wouldn’t they become advanced enough to see how puny and worthless we really are? I mean, even a bot wouldn’t destroy everything it needs to survive. Yet, we do it all the time. We rape the earth — destroy plants, kill animals, contaminate the very air we breathe. And we don’t seem to care all that much about each other.

Is that what it means to be human?

Listen to N. Scott Momaday, a native American and Pulitzer Prize winner:

I am a feather on the bright sky
I am the blue horse that runs in the plain
I am the fish that rolls, shining, in the water
I am the shadow that follows a child
I am the evening light, the lustre of meadows
I am an eagle playing with the wind
I am a cluster of bright beads
I am the farthest star
I am the cold of dawn
I am the roaring of the rain
I am the glitter on the crust of the snow
I am the long track of the moon in a lake
I am a flame of four colors
I am a deer standing away in the dusk
I am a field of sumac and the pomme blanche
I am an angle of geese in the winter sky
I am the hunger of a young wolf
I am the whole dream of these things
You see, I am alive, I am alive
I stand in good relation to the earth
I stand in good relation to the gods
I stand in good relation to all that is beautiful
You see, I am alive, I am alive

 

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PUT TRUMP DOWN

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PUT TRUMP DOWN

If this country goes absolutely crazy and puts Donald Trump in the White house, this is what I think will happen in 2017:

Hatred will rule every action.

Racism will be rampant and violent. African Americans could be shot on sight. (It seems to be happening already.)

Riots will break out in most major US cities.

Martial Law will be declared and The National Guard will be sent to shoot down any dissent by fellow Americans. Once again, Americans will wage war against other Americans. There will be brutal roundups of Mexicans, Syrians, and other foreign-born immigrants. Also, a huge target? The LGBT community.

All of these people could end up in concentration camps without ever being charged with breaking existing law. It’s not like we haven’t done that before.

Women will lose all of their hard won rights and become even more objectified. (Trump is a woman hater.)

Slavery will return to American soil.

If you think any or all of this sounds far-fetched, think again. This country has enough stockpiled tanks for a President Donald Trump to send out and squash any uprising. I would not put it beyond his demented mind to even use nuclear weapons both here and anywhere else he deems a threat to his ego.

The only thing that will stop this man is to vote him down.

It’s up to you and me.

AMERICANS: VOTE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH. VOTE WISELY

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THIS IS HOW THEY DO IT

THE KILLING VOTE

In This Fast-Paced Political Thriller:

Washington politicians and U.S. healthcare executives are conspiring in a sinister cost-cutting scheme to legalize selective euthanasia for the seriously ill and dying, primarily for the poor and powerless.

If secret legislation can slip through the quagmire of Congress, it will diminish the annual deficit by billions, if not trillions; catapult corporate healthcare profits; and get an unpopular President re-elected.

What the powerbrokers don’t anticipate is an in-your-face, militant seniors advocacy group becoming suspicious and hires an aggressive, semi-retired investigative journalist to expose the behind-the scenes manipulations.

                                                The deadline:  Seven days.

Can Ted Yost stop the power brokers? Or will arson, attempted murder, blackmail, and kidnapping stop him?

                                Some Reviews of THE KILLING VOTE:

Ambition, greed, hypocrisy—and murder. Bette and JJ Lamb have taken the battle over medical care and fashioned a droll, lightning-paced political thriller with more plot twists than Washington has scoundrels. I thought of the great Ross Thomas as I hummed through the pages. Prepare to laugh–and get ripping mad.

David Corbett Writer & Teacher

 “The Killing Vote starts off with a bang, literally, and never lets up. Bette Golden Lamb and J.J. Lamb pull no punches in highlighting behind the scenes politics. Gripping.”

Cara Black Aimée Leduc Series

“…I don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the book, so let me say that I locked all the doors and turned on all the lights in the house then stayed up all night reading.

Ana Manwaring Writer & editor

http://www.amazon.com/Killing-Vote-Bette-Golden-Lamb-ebook/dp/B014Z5YMKY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1441906697&sr=1-1&keywords=the+killing+vote

VOTE — PUT TRUMP DOWN

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VOTE — PUT TRUMP DOWN

 If this country goes absolutely crazy and puts Donald Trump in the White house, this is what I think will happen in 2017:

Hatred will rule every action.

Racism will be rampant and violent. African Americans could be shot on sight. (It seems to be happening already.)

Riots will break out in most major US cities.

Marshall Law will be declared and The National Guard will be sent to shoot down any dissent by fellow Americans. Once again, Americans will wage war against other Americans. There will be brutal roundups of Mexicans, Syrians, and other foreign-born immigrants. Also, a huge target? The LGBT community.

All of these people could end up in concentration camps without ever being charged with breaking existing law. It’s not like we haven’t done that before.

Women will lose all of their hard won rights and become even more objectified. (Trump is a woman hater.)

Slavery will return to American soil.

If you think any or all of this sounds far-fetched, think again. This country has enough stockpiled tanks to send out and squash any uprising President Donald Trump choses. I would not put it beyond his demented mind to even use nuclear weapons both here and anywhere else he deems a threat to his ego.

The only thing that will stop this man is to vote him down.

It’s up to you and me.

AMERICANS: VOTE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH. VOTE WISELY

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THIS IS HOW THEY DO IT.

In This Fast-Paced Political Thriller:

Washington politicians and U.S. healthcare executives are conspiring in a sinister cost-cutting scheme to legalize selective euthanasia for the seriously ill and dying, primarily for the poor and powerless.

If secret legislation can slip through the quagmire of Congress, it will diminish the annual deficit by billions, if not trillions; catapult corporate healthcare profits; and get an unpopular President re-elected.

What the powerbrokers don’t anticipate is an in-your-face, militant seniors advocacy group becoming suspicious and hires an aggressive, semi-retired investigative journalist to expose the behind-the scenes manipulations.

                                                The deadline:  Seven days.

Can Ted Yost stop the power brokers? Or will arson, attempted murder, blackmail, and kidnapping stop him?

                                Some Reviews of THE KILLING VOTE:

Ambition, greed, hypocrisy—and murder. Bette and JJ Lamb have taken the battle over medical care and fashioned a droll, lightning-paced political thriller with more plot twists than Washington has scoundrels. I thought of the great Ross Thomas as I hummed through the pages. Prepare to laugh–and get ripping mad.

David Corbett Writer & Teacher

 “The Killing Vote starts off with a bang, literally, and never lets up. Bette Golden Lamb and J.J. Lamb pull no punches in highlighting behind the scenes politics. Gripping.”

Cara Black Aimée Leduc Series

“…I don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the book, so let me say that I locked all the doors and turned on all the lights in the house then stayed up all night reading.

Ana Manwaring Writer & editor

 

http://www.amazon.com/Killing-Vote-Bette-Golden-Lamb-ebook/dp/B014Z5YMKY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1441906697&sr=1-1&keywords=the+killing+vote

PRESIDENTIAL REALITY SHOW

 

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 Presidential Reality Show

Even the smartest among us has been emotionally dragged into this 2016 drama of presidential candidate pimping.

With the social media tweeting-trending-taunting us with a constant flow of tasty and tasteless tidbits, we all sit and wait for the next vacuous item that has little to do with our reality. Even the best of us has started yearning for those sound bites that make our eyes light up. Useless information  is fun. We can’t get enough. We’ve all become addicts–might as well shoot all this trivia right into our veins. Oh, wait! Isn’t that what we’re doing?

Whatever happened to journalism, a profession that generally used to take the high road to enlightenment or at least provide us with real information? Those people used to do their jobs–ask the hard questions and not let politicians get away with not answering. Think of Edward R. Murrow. That’s the journalist that killed McCarthyism. Oh, wait. Who remembers him? Who cares? I’m busy.

What the hell!

What ever happened to the quest for the truth?

While we’ve all been occupied with mindless entertainment, politicians are using our lack of attention to steal our country and everything it once stood for.

Here are things I thought were on the way out, but are back stronger than ever:

Racism. Maybe it’s time to shackle white people so they get a taste of what it’s like to be a slave. Especially now that they are a minority.

Misogyny. Women have had to claw their way up the mountain only to find a horde of men standing in line to shove them back down. Whether it’s their reproductive rights or their right to earn money that matches their talents, these men want women put in their place–at the bottom.

Hunger. We no longer care if people starve, as long as it’s not us.

Children in poverty. Let them fend for themselves.

Veterans. We’re finished with you. Get a peg leg.

Education. The more the people know, the more trouble they are. Cut those funds. We like them dumb and dumber.

Why is all this happening?

We’re too busy getting our daily fix of useless information. Time to shoot up! Don’t bother me–I’m busy with my smart phone, my television, my computer. Way too busy to sock it to the politicians that,  along with their families,  lead a pretty secure and good life contributing absolutely nothing. Remember we pay for them even though they don’t do their jobs. And everyone of them becomes a millionaire while in office.

How can all of this happen?

Because we allow it.

 

 

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In This Fast-Paced Political Thriller:

Washington politicians and U.S. healthcare executives are conspiring in a sinister cost-cutting scheme to legalize selective euthanasia for the seriously ill and dying, primarily for the poor and powerless.

If secret legislation can slip through the quagmire of Congress, it will diminish the annual deficit by billions, if not trillions; catapult corporate healthcare profits; and get an unpopular President re-elected.

What the powerbrokers don’t anticipate is an in-your-face, militant seniors advocacy group becoming suspicious and hires an aggressive, semi-retired investigative journalist to expose the behind-the scenes manipulations.

                                                The deadline:  Seven days.

Can Ted Yost stop the power brokers? Or will arson, attempted murder, blackmail, and kidnapping stop him?

                                Some Reviews of THE KILLING VOTE:

Ambition, greed, hypocrisy—and murder. Bette and JJ Lamb have taken the battle over medical care and fashioned a droll, lightning-paced political thriller with more plot twists than Washington has scoundrels. I thought of the great Ross Thomas as I hummed through the pages. Prepare to laugh–and get ripping mad.

David Corbett Writer & Teacher

 “The Killing Vote starts off with a bang, literally, and never lets up. Bette Golden Lamb and J.J. Lamb pull no punches in highlighting behind the scenes politics. Gripping.”

Cara Black Aimée Leduc Series

“…I don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the book, so let me say that I locked all the doors and turned on all the lights in the house then stayed up all night reading.

Ana Manwaring Writer & editor

 

http://www.amazon.com/Killing-Vote-Bette-Golden-Lamb-ebook/dp/B014Z5YMKY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1441906697&sr=1-1&keywords=the+killing+vote

 

REALITY VS ENTERTAINMENT

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REALITY VS ENTERTAINMENT

This best advice ever for the presumptive nominee for President for Republican Party, Donald Trump, came from an anonymous source. Trump, the king of reality entertainment, will probably think Ford’s Theater is some kind of a show center in the US. It seems you don’t have to be necessarily smart to run for president.

On his first night in the White House, President Trump received a visit from the ghost of George Washington.

“Tell me, how can I best serve the American people as president?” Trump asked.

“Don’t lie,” Washington responded.

Trump shook his head and said, “Can’t oblige you there.”

 

The next night, the ghost of Thomas Jefferson came calling.

“Tell me, how can I best serve the American people as president?” Trump asked.

“Listen to them,” Jefferson said.

Trump shook his head and said, “No can do.”

 

On the third night, the visitor was the ghost of Abe Lincoln.

“Tell me, how can I best serve the American people as president?” Trump asked.

Lincoln replied, “Go see a play at Ford’s Theater.”

Trump replied. “Now there’s advice I can follow.

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The Killing Vote cover 2

In This Fast-Paced Political Thriller:

Washington politicians and U.S. healthcare executives are conspiring in a sinister cost-cutting scheme to legalize selective euthanasia for the seriously ill and dying, primarily for the poor and powerless.

If secret legislation can slip through the quagmire of Congress, it will diminish the annual deficit by billions, if not trillions; catapult corporate healthcare profits; and get an unpopular President re-elected.

What the powerbrokers don’t anticipate is an in-your-face, militant seniors advocacy group becoming suspicious and hires an aggressive, semi-retired investigative journalist to expose the behind-the scenes manipulations.

                                                The deadline:  Seven days.

Can Ted Yost stop the power brokers? Or will arson, attempted murder, blackmail, and kidnapping stop him?

                                Some Reviews of THE KILLING VOTE:

Ambition, greed, hypocrisy—and murder. Bette and JJ Lamb have taken the battle over medical care and fashioned a droll, lightning-paced political thriller with more plot twists than Washington has scoundrels. I thought of the great Ross Thomas as I hummed through the pages. Prepare to laugh–and get ripping mad.

David Corbett Writer & Teacher

 “The Killing Vote starts off with a bang, literally, and never lets up. Bette Golden Lamb and J.J. Lamb pull no punches in highlighting behind the scenes politics. Gripping.”

Cara Black Aimée Leduc Series

“…I don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the book, so let me say that I locked all the doors and turned on all the lights in the house then stayed up all night reading.

Ana Manwaring Writer & editor

 

http://www.amazon.com/Killing-Vote-Bette-Golden-Lamb-ebook/dp/B014Z5YMKY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1441906697&sr=1-1&keywords=the+killing+vote

ROSES AND POLITICIANS

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 Roses & Politicians

 Spring is here. Everything is awakening—roses are really happening.

Look out there, see all those huge buds, not only in our gorgeous garden, but everywhere. The rain has saved us and all of our plants are showing their delight with a spectacular display.

As I walk through the many  rows in our rose garden, bushes, with their sun-dipped leaves and swelling buds, surround and astound me. I can already imagine their full blossoms—their flashy colors dazzling, their luscious fragrances overwhelming.

Last year our garden was barely hanging on. I gave the plants only the scantest amounts of water—I held back on even feeding nutrients, hoping they would morph into survival mode.

And they did.

But this year, I think they’re going to outdo any of the glorious years in the past.

Funny how plants always remind me that survival is possible.

Today, even our political world seems better as I walk through our garden.  Oh yeah, it’s just as ugly out there, but it’s beginning to look like those who continually spout hatred and spread their ugliness like noxious weeds will be lopped off. And I have a hunch about who will lead the way, stand up to these demagogues.

Women!

As arrogant politicians continue to escalate their war on women, I believe all of these hurtful, harmful, individuals, whose only goal is to remain relevant in a bloody political arena, will find the end of the road. They’ll do themselves in because they have chosen to ride the expressway to extinction.

If politicians continue to point their poisonous fingers at women, mistreat and injure us, things will reach a tipping point. An unspoken sisterhood—one that unites all women—will stand up and push back.

Go on, keep talking as though women’s rights don’t matter and watch this huge electoral faction ignite and burn you to the ground.

Women are basically peaceful beings and fanning their flames to action can be difficult, but this particular crop of politicians is doing an outstanding job of shooting itself in the foot.

They are not in survival mode.

You want to jail us for having an abortion—treat us like criminals—continue to interfere with our reproductive rights? And, according to D. Trump, while women are jailed, men will get a free pass. Should they serve a jail term? No, says the Republican front-runner.

You, out there, sir/madam, you have lit the match that fuels the fires.

We won’t forget your names when we go to the polls.

            I really was thinking of roses when I started this.

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The Killing Vote cover 2

In This Fast-Paced Political Thriller:

Washington politicians and U.S. healthcare executives are conspiring in a sinister cost-cutting scheme to legalize selective euthanasia for the seriously ill and dying, primarily for the poor and powerless.

If secret legislation can slip through the quagmire of Congress, it will diminish the annual deficit by billions, if not trillions; catapult corporate healthcare profits; and get an unpopular President re-elected.

What the powerbrokers don’t anticipate is an in-your-face, militant seniors advocacy group becoming suspicious and hires an aggressive, semi-retired investigative journalist to expose the behind-the scenes manipulations.

                                                The deadline:  Seven days.

Can Ted Yost stop the power brokers? Or will arson, attempted murder, blackmail, and kidnapping stop him?

                                  Some Reviews of THE KILLING VOTE:

 Ambition, greed, hypocrisy—and murder. Bette and JJ Lamb have taken the battle over medical care and fashioned a droll, lightning-paced political thriller with more plot twists than Washington has scoundrels. I thought of the great Ross Thomas as I hummed through the pages. Prepare to laugh–and get ripping mad.

David Corbett Writer & Teacher

 “The Killing Vote starts off with a bang, literally, and never lets up. Bette Golden Lamb and J.J. Lamb pull no punches in highlighting behind the scenes politics. Gripping.”

Cara Black Aimée Leduc Series

“…I don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the book, so let me say that I locked all the doors and turned on all the lights in the house then stayed up all night reading.

Ana Manwaring Writer & editor

 

http://www.amazon.com/Killing-Vote-Bette-Golden-Lamb-ebook/dp/B014Z5YMKY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1441906697&sr=1-1&keywords=the+killing+vote

DOES PC = CIVILITY

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Aren’t you tired of irate people screaming out their anger against other people?

Well, I’m fed up with it.

Lately, it never seems to end, and Donald Trump has become the poster child for that kind of nasty behavior.  Me, Me, narcissistic, stomping your feet, putting down those who disagree with you, is very ugly. And, yes—uncivil.

Yeah, I get it. At first, all that Trump drama and vitriol was kind of entertaining. But now it’s promoting outright hatred, and its spreading like a killer virus.

I, too, feel political correctness is phony and downright stupid. I’m a call-it-the-way-it-is kind of person, and I like to think I tell the truth—at least the way I see it. But throwing out hurtful and stinging comments because it’s seems okay to say any darn thing you want?

Have we forgotten how to be nice to each other?

Attacking others because you don’t like their color, their religion, or the fact they don’t believe in religion, or even that they just don’t see things the way you do, is not the way to live in our complicated, diverse society.

Most of us know people we don’t like, and the reasons are not often based on anything reasonable—and we know that. So why engage by throwing your half-assed opinion at them when they’re not interested and can get along without anything you have to say?

Shouting out nasty things just to be hurtful and feel that momentary rush of warped power, is not only destructive, it’s down right—uncivil.

Civility.

Excuse me, please, thank you, are not dirty words. And neither is political correctness, or kindness.

You don’t like black people? Or Asians, or Mexicans, or Joe Blow and the way he dresses? Well, it’s not all right to get in their faces with your scorn or hatred. It’s not only PC to bite your tongue, it’s a matter of live and let live.

Go mind your own business.

We’re all just trying to get along in a complicated world where not only our value as individuals has declined, but our planet, the very place we live in, is dying. Pushing people around is not going to make anything better.  But kindness, respect, civility will make you feel a lot better about yourself, and you might actually begin to understand others you thought you didn’t like.

If you can’t have an honest exchange of ideas why scream in someone’s face? Or like Trump, throw people out, or beat up those who come to your rallies to protest.

Take a deep breath and try to be kind. If you don’t want to be “politically correct,” and hate that whole concept, at least be civil. Take the time to think about it—you’ll usually find there’s something you can relate to.

Otherwise, we might as well start a Trump factory where they manufacture brown shirts. You know what that means, don’t you?

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In This Fast-Paced Political Thriller:

Washington politicians and U.S. healthcare executives are conspiring in a sinister cost-cutting scheme to legalize selective euthanasia for the seriously ill and dying, primarily for the poor and powerless.

If secret legislation can slip through the quagmire of Congress, it will diminish the annual deficit by billions, if not trillions; catapult corporate healthcare profits; and get an unpopular President re-elected.

What the powerbrokers don’t anticipate is an in-your-face, militant seniors advocacy group becoming suspicious and hires an aggressive, semi-retired investigative journalist to expose the behind-the scenes manipulations.

                                                The deadline:  Seven days.

The Killing Vote cover 2

Can Ted Yost stop the power brokers? Or will arson, attempted murder, blackmail, and kidnapping stop him?

                                  Some Reviews of THE KILLING VOTE:

 Ambition, greed, hypocrisy—and murder. Bette and JJ Lamb have taken the battle over medical care and fashioned a droll, lightning-paced political thriller with more plot twists than Washington has scoundrels. I thought of the great Ross Thomas as I hummed through the pages. Prepare to laugh–and get ripping mad.

David Corbett
Writer & Teacher

 “The Killing Vote starts off with a bang, literally, and never lets up. Bette Golden Lamb and J.J. Lamb pull no punches in highlighting behind the scenes politics. Gripping.”

Cara Black
Aimée Leduc Series

“…I don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the book, so let me say that I locked all the doors and turned on all the lights in the house then stayed up all night reading.

Ana Manwaring
Writer & editor

 

http://www.amazon.com/Killing-Vote-Bette-Golden-Lamb-ebook/dp/B014Z5YMKY/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=0FZEV4Q7ZQWQMKQ1JAC1