Category Archives: Work in progress

At Rittenhouse Square, in love then, now, and forever with Leah, Jean Shepherd, and….

“Speaking of fishbowls, this is WOR—AM and FM, New York.”

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It was then,  a more recent then from Rittenhouse Square, but then nonetheless. I am not only older but old with pain radiating from the base of my spine until I remember: Leah, 16, the Ethical Culture Society, The Congress of Racial Equality and Her, my shiksa goddess.

Leah’s mother was a folk singer.

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[Come back soon, now hear?]

 

 

 

 

 

 

1973 Letter to my literary agent seeking her help to break a book contract on how Timothy Leary escaped from prison

Letter to Marie Rodell June 1973

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Wikipedia

Marie Freid Rodell (January 31, 1912 – November 9, 1975) was a literary agent and author who managed the publications of much of environmentalist Rachel Carson‘s writings, as well as the first book by civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr..

Rodell was born in New York City, and attended Vassar College (B.A. 1932). After nine years as an editor for mystery novels, Rodell formed her own literary agency in 1948.[1] That year she met Rachel Carson, who hired her. She worked with Carson for the remainder of Carson’s life, and after Carson’s death in 1964 became her literary executor; she compiled and organized the Rachel Carson Papers (which took over two years) and arranged for the posthumous publication of A Sense of Wonder.[2] In 1957 she was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s literary agent for Stride Toward Freedom.[1]

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“Marie: This is the understanding hat I have with Joanna in relation to this book. This book will be Joanna’s view of  her love story with Timothy Leary as told to Joel Solkoff.”

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Sampling from a five page letter

“Marie

It is therefore necessary for Joanna Harcourt-Smith Leary to agree to the following conditions in writing.”

  1. Anything contained in the final draft of our book will be agreed to by each of us.That means that I can veto anything I don’t like and t she can veto anything she doesn’t like.  That means we will constantly be fighting until there is a state of equilibrium.”

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Page one

 

 

 

 

 

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I took this photograph of Joanna Harcourt-Smith on the Friday before Mother’s Day, 1973

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Page two

Page two of five pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Marie

Now, even considering the above, this is why I am bothering with the scene:

  1. For the first time in my life I am dealing with brilliant minds on an equal basis with the opportunity of making some money and advancing my career. (I define my career, incidently, as the ability to make a steady income from playing with words.”

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In the beginning there was Oui Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

In May I began to search for the next source to supplement my income publishing for the Village Voice. That month, another publication went out of business.. That publication had paid me to cover the World Series of Rodeo in Oklahoma City. I had finished the article and having trouble selling it. I was in search of the next idea to propose to a magazine and then I was inside the Timothy Leary inner circle.

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3653-24th Street. pt 1

San Francisco, California 94110

July 26, 1973

“Dear Marie:

Monday, I visited Timothy Lear in Folsom Prison. I am now on his approved visiting list and am able to to wee him four times a month, six hours at a stretch. My visit convinced me your advice is sound. My relationship with Tim and Joanna is clearly wasting my time.

Joanna was in New York last week becoming famous for Bantam Books. I very much wanted you and she to meet. She is in need of some intelligent information on why it is that most people do not regard Tim Leary as the messiah.

Joanna is a brilliant woman who is very much in love with Timothy Leary. She is frightened because she suspects Tim’s claims of omnipotence will suddenly manifest themselves as nonsense.

Joanna fears the time may come when she will be unable to remain in love with the man for whom she abandoned everything.

Copyright © 2018 by Joel Solkoff. All rights reserved.

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Health South Pleasant Gap, PA profits off my not getting well

We are the nation’s leading owner and operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and a leader in home-based care
(home health and hospice), offering services in 36 states and Puerto Rico.

On July 10, 2017, we announced the plan to rebrand
and change our name from HealthSouth Corporation to Encompass Health Corporation. On October 20, 2017, our board of directors approved an amended and restated certificate of incorporation in order to change the name effective as of January 1, 2018.

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Courtesy of Francois Micheloud
The cartoon reads “One sees his (Uncle Sam’s) finish unless good government retakes the ship”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Along with the corporate name change, the NYSE ticker symbol for our common stock changed from “HLS” to “EHC.”

Our operations in both business segments will transition to the Encompass Health branding on a rolling basis. The rebranding is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2019.
We were organized as a Delaware corporation in February 1984. Our principal executive offices currently are located at 3660 Grandview Parkway, Birmingham, Alabama 35243, and the telephone number of the principal executive offices is
(205) 967-7116. We anticipate relocating to newly constructed offices at 9001 Liberty Parkway, Birmingham, Alabama on
April 2, 2018.

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https://www.google.com/search?q=mark+tarr&rlz=1C1CHZL_enUS753US754&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi_6fyaxdXdAhWxq1kKHQFgC-kQ_AUIDygC&biw=683&bih=313#imgrc=ISz60iekomJfOM:

 

 

 

 

 

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Our website address is www.encompasshealth.com.
In addition to the discussion here, we encourage the reader to review Item 1A, Risk Factors, Item 2, Properties, and
Item 7, Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, which highlight additional
considerations about our company.

We manage our operations in two operating segments which are also our reportable segments: (1) inpatient
rehabilitation and (2) home health and hospice. The table below provides selected operating and financial data for our inpatient
rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. See Note 18, Segment Reporting, to the accompanying
consolidated financial statements for detailed financial information for each of our segments.

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(205) 967-7116
(Registrant’s telephone number)
HealthSouth Corporation
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

Encompass10IK

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZjwnJePuUk

 

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These are the knowledgeable and dedicated physical therapists at Pleasant Gap’s Outpatient Therapy.
None of them receive stock options, adequate pay, proper working conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Specifics

How this “for profit” hospital steals your tax dollars

Inpatient Rehabilitation
For the Year Ended December 31,
2017 2016 2015
Medicare 73.2% 73.3% 73.2%
Medicare Advantage 8.4% 7.7% 7.9%
Managed care 10.9% 11.2% 11.1%
Medicaid 3.1% 3.0% 2.5%
Other third-party payors 1.6% 1.8% 2.0%
Workers’ compensation 0.9% 1.0% 1.1%
Patients 0.6% 0.6% 0.7%
Other income 1.3% 1.4% 1.5%
Total 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Home Health and Hospice
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Mark J. Tarr, Chief Villon, President and Chief Executive Officer and Director Encompass Health

Your tax dollars at work

Mark J. Tarr

Executive Compensation

As President and Chief Executive Officer at ENCOMPASS HEALTH CORPMark J. Tarr made $4,934,183 in total compensation. Of this total $900,000 was received as a salary, $1,169,280 was received as a bonus, $540,238 was received in stock options, $2,277,744 was awarded as stock and $46,921 came from other types of compensation. This information is according to proxy statements filed for the 2017 fiscal year.

President and Chief Executive OfficerENCOMPASS HEALTH CORPView local and national averages forsalaries$4.9MILLION$900,000Base Pay$1,169,280Bonus + Non-EquityIncentive Comp$2,069,280Total Cash Comp$2,277,744Stock Award Value$540,238Option Award Value$2,817,982Total Equity$46,921Total Other$4,934,183 Total CompensationFiscal Year Ended in 2017

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Bloomberg profile

Mark J. Tarr

CEO, President & Director,Encompass Health Corporation
Age Total Calculated Compensation This person is connected to 10 board members in 1 different organizations across 5 different industries.

See Board Relationships

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Background*

Mr. Mark J. Tarr serves as President, Chief Executive Officer And Director of Encompass Health Corp. since December 29, 2016. Mr. Tarr serves as the Principal Executive Officer and President at HEALTHSOUTH Colorado Real Estate, LLC, HEALTHSOUTH Kansas Real Estate, LLC, HEALTHSOUTH Sea Pines Holdings, LLC and HEALTHSOUTH Arizona Real Estate, LLC. He served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at Encompass Health Corporation since February 24, 2011 …

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Corporate Headquarters*

3660 Grandview Parkway
Birmingham, Alabama 35243United States

Phone: 205-967-7116
Fax: —

Board Members Memberships*

2016-Present
CEO, President & Director

Education*

Bachelor’s Degree
Ball State University
MBA
Emory University-Goizueta Business School

Other Affiliations*

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Mark J. Tarr

CEO, President & Director,Encompass Health Corporation
Age Total Calculated Compensation This person is connected to 10 board members in 1 different organizations across 5 different industries.

See Board Relationships

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Background*

Mr. Mark J. Tarr serves as President, Chief Executive Officer And Director of Encompass Health Corp. since December 29, 2016. Mr. Tarr serves as the Principal Executive Officer and President at HEALTHSOUTH Colorado Real Estate, LLC, HEALTHSOUTH Kansas Real Estate, LLC, HEALTHSOUTH Sea Pines Holdings, LLC and HEALTHSOUTH Arizona Real Estate, LLC. He served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at Encompass Health Corporation since February 24, 2011 …

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Corporate Headquarters*

3660 Grandview Parkway
Birmingham, Alabama 35243United States

Phone: 205-967-7116
Fax: —

Board Members Memberships*

2016-Present
CEO, President & Director

Education*

Bachelor’s Degree
Ball State University
MBA
Emory University-Goizueta Business School

Other Affiliations*

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I will be back soon with more Encompass Health corporate infamy details

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Showtime’s countdown to the mid-term elections

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THE CIRCUS | Season 3 Episode 7 Premiere | Full Episode (TV14)

Published on Sep 18, 2018
The Gathering Storm. With the looming midterm elections, the Trump presidency under siege, and Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolina coast, Washington has a lot on its collective plate. Executive Producer and Host John Heilemann interviews Steve Bannon. Season 3 Episode 7 premiere. Watch The Circus Sundays at 8pm ET/PT. Order SHOWTIME for more! [TV14]

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“Jews will not replace us”

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As Midterms Approach, New Polls Favor Democrats | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Published on Sep 20, 2018
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As Midterms Approach, New Polls Favor Democrats | Morning Joe | MSNBC September 20, 2018

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Should President Donald Trump Be Impeached? | MTP Daily | MSNBC

March 2018


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Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke face off in first debate

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Coverage of Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke meeting for the first time to debate in the Texas Senate race. » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews

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George Strait – Amarillo By Morning (Live From The Astrodome)

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To Curb Illegal Immigration, DHS Separating Families At The Border

Immigrants make their way towards the border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico.

Gregory Bull/AP

The Department of Homeland Security has undertaken its most extreme measure yet to discourage asylum seekers from coming to the U.S. — family separation.

A 39-year-old mother is named as Ms. L in a lawsuit brought against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by the American Civil Liberties Union. Ms. L traveled with her 7-year-old daughter, named as S.S., from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Mexico. They surrendered to immigration agents at the San Ysidro Port of Entry near San Diego in December and asked for asylum. They said they were fleeing violence in DRC.

The mother is being held in the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, Calif. by Immigration and Customs Enforcement; her daughter is 2,000 miles away at a youth shelter in Chicago run by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. They are only able to speak by phone.

“When the daughter was taken, she (Ms. L) could hear her daughter in the next room, screaming, ‘Mommy, don’t let them take me!'” said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project.

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Willie Nelson Talks Supporting Beto O’Rourke, Friendship With Frank Sinatra | The View

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Beto for Texas

https://betofortexas.com/

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Beto O’Rourke: We Don’t Need A Wall

Official campaign site for Beto O’Rourke, the 2018 Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas.

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NYT Bombshell op-ed: I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-05/trump-orders-nytimes-reveal-op-ed-source-national-security-purposes

 

 

 

 

 

Opinion

I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here.

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President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.

It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.

The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

I would know. I am one of them.

To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.

But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.

That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.

The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.

Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.

In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.

Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.

But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.

From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.

Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.

“There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.

The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.

It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.

The result is a two-track presidency.

Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.

Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.

On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.

This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.

Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.

The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.

Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation.

We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them.

There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans.

The writer is a senior official in the Trump administration.