The attention span of a gnat. No core values–literally anything for a vote. Clueless about root causes.
“Immediately after the carnage in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, Trump said “there is a great appetite” for tightening background checks on people who buy firearms. But in recent days, Trump has focused in public remarks on the need to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill while emphasizing that the nation already has “very strong background checks right now” — positions that hew more closely to the views of the National Rifle Association.”
Medicynical note: Sadly it will happen again and again. Vote this incompetent out of office.
“Beginning in 1996, the military launched the largest-ever corporate takeover of U.S. federal housing, shifting ownership of more than 200,000 family housing units on bases to private real estate developers and property managers under 50-year contracts.”
America has a money problem. In the U.S. everything (our legislators at every level, our educational system, our jails, our health care non-system, and the judiciary) is for sale. Thanks Supreme Court this is to a great extent your fault.
“For decades now, Republican politicians and their patrons in the fossil fuel industry have used thinktanks, front groups and public relations operatives to promote faulty science and perpetuate the myth that the climate crisis is a hoax. This campaign of climate deception, which is elegantly documented in books like Merchants of Doubt, has exacted a huge toll on the planet and its people – it has sabotaged domestic and international efforts to combat greenhouse gas pollution and exacerbated a crisis that is acidifying oceans, melting polar ice caps, supercharging storms and making the Earth less hospitable to human and animal life. We have a name for the purveyors of this deceitful campaign: we call them “climate deniers”.”
“Now, it appears, prominent Republican officials and their industry benefactors are using the same bankrupt strategy to sow doubt about the wildlife extinction crisis that threatens the continued existence of as many as one million species across the globe. The Republican elites are not just climate deniers – they are extinction deniers too.”
Medicynical note: Ultimately it’s all about short term monetary gain. Everything.
No children had died in federal immigration custody for a decade—until the Trump administration.
Medicynical note: What else would you call them…….without using a euphemism?
Co-conspirators have a laugh together. A real president would have publicly renounced the Russian attack on our elections and taken steps to prevent this from recurring.
Medicynical note: Trump of course has to tred carefully if he wants Putin’s future support and a hotel deal in Moscow. Business comes first with this president. National security and integrity are really not his primary concerns.
Overcharging is the rule in the U.S.
The average list price for CroFab is $3,198 per vial, according to the health care information tech company Connecture. Manufacturing costs, product improvements and research all factor into the drug’s price, said Chris Sampson, spokesman for BTG. ”
“A Mexican version of snake antivenin can cost roughly $200. But it couldn’t be sold in the U.S. (More about that in a moment.)”
“In Oakley’s case, St. Vincent Evansville hospital charged $16,989.25 for each unit of CroFab, according to the facility’s bill. That’s more than five times higher than the average list price.”
“WellRithms analyzed Oakley’s bill from St. Vincent Evansville at Kaiser Health News’ request and found providers generally accept $16,159.70 for all four vials of the drug.”
Read the article for more.
Medicynical note: The U.S. overcharging for healthcare services seems to be more the rule rather than the exception, particularly for those in life threatening situations. If the patient is insured they will most often get a significant discount rate that cuts the bill dramatically. Ironically if a person has no insurance, hospitals and other providers bill the full amount…… to the most vulnerable patients
Assange taken from Embassy.
Medicynical note: Interesting contrast. For Assange, an extradition request from the US for the crime of publishing secret material which was probably illegally obtained came immediately after removal from Ecuadorian embassy.
Meanwhile, bin Salman who ordered the assassination of a US resident journalist working for the Washington Post and openly tortures his own citizens for seeking their basic rights is viewed as a friend by Trump and Pence.
I don’t doubt that Assange deserves careful scrutiny for several issues. But I’m absolutely certain that overlooking bin Salman’s murderous actions is a crime
Rather than build fuel efficient cars FiatChrysler decides to cheat.
“Environmental regulations can create strange bedfellows, it seems. The Financial Times has learned that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will pay Tesla hundreds of millions of euros (specific numbers aren’t available) to pool the EV brand’s cars with its own fleet and avoid fines for violating stricter EU emissions rules in 2020. The move should help FCA meet the EU’s CO2 emissions target of 95g per kilometer by lowering its average from a higher-than-usual 123g. Fiat Chrysler has been relatively slow to adopt electric and hybrid cars — this buys it time to catch up without having to take many (if any) radical steps.”
Medicynical note: Gaming the system. Sad but apparently true, manipulating regulation is one key to success in capitalism. Ask Boeing, or big Pharma (here and here and here).
Meh. So a few people here and there die. As long as revenue grows what’s the big deal.
“Backed by health insurance corporations, Trump and the GOP have spent years trying to repeal, negate, or undermine the law that’s provided health care to between 20 and 30 million Americans. (They failed in Congress, but they’re still trying in court.)”
“Backed by billionaires, they passed an almost incomprehensibly large tax cut for the rich that’s sent the deficit soaring to record heights — and immediately proposed huge cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security to cover the difference.”
“Egged on by military contractors, they’ve put forth military budgets that award more money to a single corporation — Lockheed Martin — than the federal government spends on K-12 education. (And much of it is for a single plane that doesn’t work.)”
Medicynical note: And they want your civil rights, gay rights, contraception, right to choose, your unions and yes your Social Security too.