Granny Pedrolina Kingston, RI
Day Job:Pedrolina "Paige" Delaparrucca
is the nom de grand-mère of Peter
Nightingale, who is a physicist in the Physics Department at the University of Rhode
Activism and Concerns:
Activism? No, they must mean passivism … wait
isn't that pacifism …? Oh, well, I give up on
this one …, or how about laptop
I certainly do have a list of concerns:
Guilt by taxation:Our taxes are
supporting what has clearly become an Orwellian Perpetual War,a war with no
clear ending conditions. The following Orwell quote
seems vaguely appropriate too:
Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is
represented not as a war but as an act of
self-defense against a homicidal maniac.
Who might that be this time around?
One trillion-plus dollars a year for
the Department of Perpetual War™:Here is
Obama 2012,a perfect continuation of the
Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II budget
priorities: 59% for the Department of Perpetual
War™, roughly ten times the amounts spent on
unimportant issues such as health, education, and the
environment. A freeze is on all
discretionary spending, except for the Department of
This pie chart (see here for more) comes from National Priorities Project and it seems
to be the most recent one; also look at Security Spending Primer.
Fatalities of US health care system:
100,000+ per year:
Here is the explanation for these priorities:
|As the graph shows, the yearly difference
between the French and US health care systems is
45 per 100,000 population, which translates into
110,000 US fatalities each year. It is considered
respectable to object to spending a trillion
dollars once, over a period of ten years to fix
the American health care system, while every year
the US spends an estimated trillion dollars on
the military and its weaponry,
Source: Commonwealth Fund Results from
the National Scorecard on U.S. Health System
Performance, 2008. By now they even
have an updated version.
A nation that continues year after year to spend
more money on military defense than on programs of
social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
(Martin Luther King)
In terms of sheer numbers, this is what
Granny Paige should be concerned about:
For the first time in history, it is now within our
reach to eradicate world poverty and the suffering
it brings. Yet around the world, a billion people
struggle to live each day on less than many of us
pay for bottled water. And though the number of
deaths attributable to poverty worldwide has fallen
dramatically in the past half-century, nearly ten
million children still die unnecessarily each year.
The people of the developed world face a profound
choice: If we are not to turn our backs on a fifth
of the world’s population, we must become
part of the solution.
(from The Life You Can Save by Peter
Why be a Granny:Granny Paige has always been
a raging fan of the ragingly outrageous, and, yes,
there still are these great plans: The White Plans of the Sixties.
(Maybe the US of A will be ready for those come
2020?) But Bertrand Russell of Tribunal fame has to share some
of the blame.
Granny Paige is dedicated to his family, physics,
and the lute
and its song, in a dance of ever-changing