Olivia Deborah Lagutaris LaRosa

The Founding Fathers didn’t have anything to say about corporations because they did not want to encourage them. They saw what happened to India at the hands of East India Company. The Indian people were impoverished by this foul entity.

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6 Disability Myths to Share with Friends

By Olivia LaRosa, a severely disabled person

April 5, 2015

1. We need to cut Social Security Disability Insurance payments to stop freeloaders.

According to one dubious article from the Atlantic, the disabled should just stop whining and go back to work. This dubious article is summarized at a website called the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

It’s time to repair, not just cut, SSDI

Written by ______. Whoever it is doesn’t have even a basic grasp of the disability system. SSDI is a payment that people who have worked for more than 10 quarters may receive for severe or terminal disabilities. SSI is payment to those who have not worked but are disabled. It is much lower payment than SSDI. Neither one of them “pay” as a pink-or-blue-collar job might. In other words there are no incentives to receiving these awards. Rather, they are usually the difference between life and death.

2. People who get SSDI payments become dependent upon them and don’t go back to work. 

By definition, to be disabled is “too sick to work in any job offered in the national job market for x hours per week.” Furthermore, because of mean-spirited meddling by right-wing tax nuts, if your severe-or-terminal disability does not show up during the first two years that you can’t work, you don’t get SSDI even though you have paid into it and have earned it.

3. People who get disability payments have it made.

If you get SSDI, you can afford to rent a room in someone else’s house and buy groceries. If you have not become disabled within two years of your last working quarter, you get nearly bupkis. Instead, you get SSI (Social Security Disability) if you are lucky, which simply isn’t enough to rent a room in a house.

By definition, we are so sick that it is highly unlikely that we will EVER be able to hold any job in the national job market. So of course not too many of us return to our cushy jobs as hamburger flippers. Most of us are too sick to work to augment our meager benefits. Life becomes ever more difficult. Being poor is a full-time job. Being poor and sick takes up as much time as two full-time jobs.

4. Only the truly disabled should get assistance.

All of these “Cut Disability” articles state that they are FOR people who are really disabled getting assistance. If so, why do they think that cutting SSDI or SSI will help? Most of these articles say that private charity will fill the gap. If so, why aren’t I being supported by these charities?

5. People who get disability payments get free stuff.

Yes, I got free stuff. Two-and-a-half years after I was found disabled, I got Medi-Cal medical coverage from the state of California. I was not seen by Medi-Cal personnel until more than 3 years had passed after my disability date. I told them what was wrong with me and they did little more than prescribe some of the medicines I needed.

I kept telling them that if I did not get help soon for my disabilities that I would become bed-bound. Three and a half years after I was found disabled, I was at the Emergency Room at the County Hospital with Level 10 pain in my back and hips.

I was in bed for six months before my back illness was diagnosed. Four years after I was found disabled, I got the MRI that confirmed I had lumbar stenosis with severe neurogenic claudication. Lumbar stenosis is Latin for “this thing hurts like a sumbeach.” So, that was the free stuff I got before I qualified for Medicare in May 2014, seven years after the time that I became too sick to work outside the home.

6. Disabled people cannot work without losing their benefits. 

Completely untrue. The Social Security Disability Administration has programs such as “Ticket to Work,” which allows some of us to work part-time or even full time while keeping our medical benefits. Eventually, many people who are helped by these programs return to full-time work.

We have the tools in place. All we have to do is pay for them. Let’s fund these programs and help people out of dependency instead of slashing budgets.

I will tell people about my other disabilities in another article. When you hear of them you will wonder why I am not getting the help I need to survive.




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Living Frugal #1

Monica, I remember a conversation we had last year. You said that you were aiming for a “uniform,” clothing you could just wear and not stress out about. I have been keeping this thought in mind as I adapt my wardrobe for maximum comfort and at least a bit of style. I have mobility disabilities and three upcoming surgeries.

I have not been able to work outside the home since 2009. I did not know what was wrong with me, and neither did my doctors. I learned in early 2014 that I had lumbar stenosis with severe neurogenic claudication. Silly me. I was calling it “thing that hurt like a sumbeach.” I had never even heard of the condition until my MRI results came in.

On December 20, 2013 I went to ER with bone-grinding body-wide relentless pain that had been coming on with ever more frequency and intensity over the past several years. From that visit I was diagnosed with LS, but not a severely degenerated left hip. It is a textbook example of a deeply deteriorated function. The pain is immense and constant punctuated by jarring shocks from my movements. Sometimes I worry that the ball or socket will just give away one day because there’s nothing left to hold them together.

I need to limit physical and emotional stress due to non-essential tasks. I am learning to delegate, now that I have some In Home Health Care support.

Freya helped me get rid of 3/4 of my wardrobe before my move to Richmond. I love looking in my closet now. I see more items that I can release.

Now it seems to me that I was keeping all those clothes just because I liked a certain aspect of the item.  Perhaps the color, perhaps the cut, or the ruffle. Turns out I wasn’t as attached to them as I thought. And for the ADD person, simplicity is necessary.

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Google: why don’t I see the movie “Black Orpheus” in your suggested sites?

Google, you have rushed right past mediocre and on into evil. When I began to type black o nothing came up. I had to type in the EXACT WORDS Black Orpheus to get to a website with normal info. WHY?

If you haven’t seen Black Orpheus, invite your responsible teenagers into the room and pop a bunch of popcorn. Several tissue boxes should be ready-to-hand. It is a cultural landmark on the level of Porgy and Bess, yet invisible on the big bad Google.

This story, a retelling of the ancient Greek drama Orpheus and Eurydice, charms and engages us.

I went on a research binge after I saw it. I watched the director’s cut. What a delightful week’s worth of entertainment.

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The people of Israel are out on the street!

OMG. Look at this. The people of Israel are out on the street! This is horrifying.

What will Netanyahu do next with his power? Set off those nukes toward Iran? You know he’s dying to do it.

Netanyahu is psycho. Who allows him to remain in power? Gee, I don’t know. What do you think? Could it be the American taxpayer? Could he be close buddies with John Kerry?

Tell Washington that their Israeli friends are no longer welcome to our money.

If we stop this blood and treasure relationship, we could fix our roads and hire more teachers. Why? Because we could stop paying Egypt too. As you know, Egypt receives the second highest foreign aid package in the world.

If Israel got $3 billion, Egypt got $2,000,000,000. That’s ten figures. How many figures do you make per year? I had to type it out the long way so I could remember just how much money a billion was. I am becoming numb to this billion figure, which kind of shocks me.

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Oakland Studio Sublet

It’s PINK. It has TURRETS.

See it here at Google Maps. See photos below.

Take a close look at this flexible long-term sublet that includes semi-sheltered parking at the same level as the unit.

$1,200 per month, includes parking. Plus PGE (average $60 per month).

Deposit $1,000.

Large studio with sophisticated charm in a 1927 building claimed to be one of architect Julia Morgan’s designs.

I have a king-size bed, a small loveseat, office furniture, bookshelves, two small dressers, and a large round dining table in the living area. (Unit offered UNfurnished.)

NO DOGS. NO CATS. I have allergies. Birds OK.

Includes very close parking, less than 100 ft. to my door.

  • Elevator. I am on the third story. I can walk out the door on this level to get to my very close parking place behind the building.
  • Kitchen is spacious and has enough room for a small table and chairs.
  • Lovely rooftop seating area ideal for viewing scores of fireworks displays.
  • The rooftop has Oakland and San Francisco views.
  • 9ft. ceilings
  • Old World charm with ceiling and floor tiled entry and fancy woodwork.
  • Laundry in building.
  • Will be mostly unfurnished.
  • Quiet neighborhood, good building neighbors, homes show pride of ownership in this area.
  • Just over the hill from Lake Merritt and Grand/Lake Village.
  • Bus stop 150 feet from front door.
  • It’s a sweet spot. What else can I say?
  • deborahlake at gmail.com
  • (415) 806-1903


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10 good examples of the ways bad logic leads to bad conclusions

Here’s another poor example of bad propaganda about cannabis. This author has an addicitive personality and she got addicted to marijuana. She could just as well become addicted to any other substance she took, including sugar and chocolate. Therefore everyone with an addictive personality is going to get addicted to cannabis, in her view. That’s the trouble with this article: it is her view only from her particular addiction.

I feel very badly for her. I wish that she had not suffered so. However, her reaction to the medicine was far outside the ordinary.

Cannabis may show up to be an addictive substance in the psychological sense. It makes us feel better, with fewer side effects, than most other pain relievers. Cannabis is not an addictive substance in the same way that opioids such as heroin and speed-drugs such as meth are addictive. There is no physical withdrawal, for most users. Most users can take it or leave it. Many of us discover lifesaving properties in the medicine. Then one might say that life is addictive.

People get addicted to all sorts of strange things. Yes, by that I mean such awful things as Rice Krispie Treats. Ewwww!

When people read a bad article like this they have one of two reactions: they compare it against other information they have and make a new decision, or they use it to justify an erroneously-held view.

Among the many examples of defective reasoning include:

If you take marijuana, you will end up wanting to wear a beard and an ugly stocking cap, like the guy in the masthead.

Another breathlessly dreadful passage:

The strength of pot varies, and it’s impossible to predict its effect. How you react to marijuana depends on your size, what you’ve eaten, the medications you take. As I tapered off, one hit from a pipe or bong could leave me reeling, as if I’d had five drinks.

Wrong. The effect of cannabis is within one statistical variation from the norm. In a modern innovation which will shock the non-scientific part of the audience, people are able to purchase cannibis based on not only visual and aroma cues, but also for Indica/Sativa level and THC and THCA quantities. These are tested in labs just like your drug company uses.

So for now, this is two of the ten bad examples. Stay tuned for more! It’s just me here, ya know, and it’s slow going.


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“Wow, the hits just keep on comin!” inspired by Five Studies Show How Wealth Warps Your Soul

What is a market? What is capitalism? Why regulation?

(I wrote in response to a conversation between Kir Politicoid and Ann Watson at the comments section of Alternet.) Maybe we are having a failure to communicate across the disciplines?

A market is not a word that means capitalism. Every economic system creates a market. Its the nature of the market and its common currency that varies.

There are laissez-faire capitalist markets in low-regulation countries and better-regulated capitalist markets in civilized society. (Yes, I know i am using laoaded terms. I do it for a good reason.) Laws enacted during the last century saved us from the worst effects of the ruinous pollution all around us. Laws protect normal hardworking families from corporate crimes.

Regulations have the opposite effect: they allow companies to pollute the land and sea and leave the rest of us to die poor, in horrible pain from the diseases their activities create. Marco Rubio HATES that we want to punish these evildoers. I think that Marco Rubio is Satan.

Big corporations will try to kid you that they have perfectly good reasons for dumping X into our drinking water and then refusing to pay court-ordered damages to the community injured by their bad acts.

Big corporations love regulation for yet another reason: the penalties for avoiding a regulation are much cheaper to pay, avoid, or pursue in court than defending the violation of an actual LAW.


There are socialistic markets in tribal and band cultures. The chief makes sure that everyone gets enough of what they need so that no rivalries based on wealth occur. I like that idea. We all help take care of each other.

Anthropologists say that a cultural band of about 150 people is the optimally-functional size. My experience attests to that low maximum. Our 4,000-student high schools are factories of alienation and anonymity.

Inspired by Five Studies Show How Wealth Warps Your Soul 

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More on 2 cheers for the Endangered Species Act

by Olivia LaRosa, December 31, 2014

I wrote “2 cheers for the Endangered Species Act” round about 2010. My point then is the same as my point now.

The Act was intended to help us gauge the habitability of an area by keeping track of the easily-trackable species.

All the time, I hear people tell me how silly it is to try to save a species, when they don’t understand that the species “we libs” want to save is our own. If a small plant or animal cannot survive in a tainted environment, it’s just a matter of time before the poisons work their way up the food chain.

I think that this is the reason we have so much cancer now. The poisons are killing people at ever growing rates. My granddaughter, one of those killed.


(A link to some fun Oakland doings. http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/vibrant-virtues/Content?oid=4156950)

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Study to Examine Effects of Artificial Intelligence: NYT & Comments





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