From the VICE News video below:
"Pastor Bob Larson performed exorcisms in troubled mining towns of Ukraine, where the rates of addiction and abuse of women were among the highest in the world.
Widespread poverty, a poor healthcare system, and common belief in the supernatural means that many people are more prone to seek cures from God rather than medicine."
Watch part 2/2 of
the series here.
Black lung is also back and worse than ever. Coal companies have a habit of denying disability claims until victims die an early death.
Center for Public Integrity: Breathless and Burdened
Yearlong investigation examines how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, have helped defeat the benefits claims of miners sick and dying of black lung, even as disease rates are on the rise and an increasing number of miners are turning to a system that was supposed to help alleviate their suffering.
Part One: The Law Firm
Part Two: The Doctors
Part Three: The Next Battleground
Good news! The Johns Hopkins black-lung evaluation program that routinely sided with coal companies against the claims of miners who said they were suffering from pneumoconiosis has closed for good.
Scroll down to learn more about poverty, addiction, and cancer rates in Appalachian mining communities. Click the image on the right to learn why America's victims of addiction are turning to heroin.
Poverty, Addiction, and Healthcare
Problems in American Mining Communities
Corporations and politicians gain financially, while holding the health and vote of Appalachia hostage with threat of employment leaving. As the information below shows, the human cost is severe.
Study says advanced form of black lung at historically high levels:
- "Coal miners in West Virginia and other parts of Appalachia are suffering from an advanced form of black lung at some of the highest rates in decades, according to new information released by federal health officials. The prevalence of “progressive massive fibrosis,” a debilitating and lethal form of black lung, is at its highest rate since the early 1970s for miners in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia, according to new research."
- NOTE: Average U.S. life expectancy increased 1.51 years in this time period
- Mountaintop removal mines marked in green
"We also ask whether society is ready to treat addiction as a health issue, or whether we are still quick to make moral judgments about people with drug addictions. Finally, we debate what's at fault.
- An unwillingness by state and federal officials to pay for treatment, even if it is less expensive and more effective than jailing addicts
- Prescription drug companies, for marketing painkillers heavily in the region
- Workers Comp, for only paying for cheaper, addictive, drugs and not expensive physical therapy for injured workers
- Drug dealers, who profit from peddling misery
- People who give drugs to people who then overdose (and should they be charged with felony murder?)
- People with addiction (what about personal responsibility?)
- A general sense of hopelessness in our region that leads to more drug abuse"
The Needle and the Damage Done: West Virginia's Heroin Epidemic
"West Virginia has the nation's worst rate of drug overdose deaths. It started with prescription painkillers, and now is increasingly fueled by heroin."
War on Poverty vs. War on the Poor
Poverty in Central Appalachia
“Chronic poverty in rural areas, and urban areas for that matter, really represents long-term neglect and lack of investment -- a lack of investment in people as well as communities.
And in the rural areas that I know in America, that lack of investment began as deliberate efforts by those in power -- local elites or employers -- to hold people back.
O'Reilly perspective (watch the video):
"As You Know, We Donate
Hundreds of Thousands
of Dollars to Help the Poor."
-Cynthia M. Duncan, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology
form of Entertainment in Appalachia
"On top of it, we're subsidizing cell phones for these people... Not only were people who aren't qualified getting these phones, they're actually selling them back for drug money and using the money from their sold Obamacare phones to buy drugs."
Pavlich's most recent book:
Assault & Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women
- It's a two-part war—a war waged to make all women subscribe to certain social behavior, involving complete sexual "liberation" and "independence," and a war waged to convince women that the Democratic Party is the party that will give them everything they need to achieve that narrow-minded view on life—if they pledge their political allegiance. This is not about women's rights. It's about political power and the agenda of the Left, and how a radical feminist movement can conveniently fit into that power grab. Erasing the GOP's historical role in women's rights is key because it hides the plain truth of how the Left hijacked the movement and made it something that the original suffragettes never wanted or could imagine.
Pavlich also won an award for her blogging:
- 2013 Blogger of the Year at the Conservative Political Action Conference
Imagine when citizens didn't have access to the internet. The most vulnerable were easy victims. It is still a struggle.
Abuse of the underserved is what happens when income inequality becomes vast and large segments of the population are marginalized.
When did class warrior become a negative thing? Class warriors have been the voice the American working class against "robber barons" since the 19th century.
NPR: You're being treated unfairly at work. How do you react — voice your concerns or stay quiet?
"The reaction may indicate whether you're a powerful or powerless person, this study says, but it could also explain how inequality is maintained in society. Powerful people react swiftly when they are victims of unfairness, while less powerful people are slow to notice and react to injustice, according to research published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
When people have a lot of power and resources, they come to feel like they deserve better outcomes than others," explains Takuya Sawaoka, Stanford University doctoral student who also authored
Social anxiety and self-consciousness in binge eating disorder: Associations with eating disorder psychopathology."
3 Perspectives to Change Your Outlook on Life (Click image to access link)