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.
Seemingly a mass shooting or two every day.
Medicynical note: is this really what our august, once thoughtful Supreme Court had in mind? Is this the NRA/Libertarians idea of freedom?
Along with our denial of obvious scientific truths, Citizens United and our grotesque healthcare non-system we seem to slowly descending into ungovernable hell.
The price of the drug, (H.P. Acthar Gel) best known for treating a rare infant seizure disorder, has increased almost 97,000%, from $40 a vial in 2000 to nearly $39,000 today.
The bombshell allegations lay bare what the whistleblowers say was a culture designed to sell the drug at all costs, from lying to the Food and Drug Administration to offering bribes to doctors.
Medicynical Note: this is what passes as acceptable practice by Big Pharma in the U.S. today.
Denial of what’s obvious is the basis of this presidency whether we’re talking about global warming, the racist white supremacy movement or the Mueller report.
Consider the Trump view as noted in this Washington Post editorial
“Unfortunately, the first family remains in denial about this. President Trump, who benefited from the interference, says the investigation was a “witch hunt” and a “hoax.” His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, dismissed it as a “distraction” at a panel sponsored by Time magazine on Tuesday. He said, “You look at what Russia did — you know, buying some Facebook ads to try to sow dissent and do it — and it’s a terrible thing. But I think the investigations, and all of the speculation that’s happened for the last two years, has had a much harsher impact on our democracy than a couple of Facebook ads.” He added, “Quite frankly, the whole thing is just a big distraction for the country.””
And contrast The Kushner/Trump spin with Rosenstein’s recent comments from the AP:
“He also made clear that the Mueller investigation had exposed a sophisticated Russian operation to meddle in American politics, something Trump has been slow to acknowledge.”
“There was overwhelming evidence that Russian operatives hacked American computers and defrauded American citizens, and that is only the tip of the iceberg of a comprehensive Russian strategy to influence elections, promote social discord, and undermine America, just like they do in many other countries,” Rosenstein said.”
“Janet Porter is a woman who believes life begins at conception and homosexuality is a choice. She has said gay marriage caused Noah’s floods, and was the architect of a 1990s gay conversion campaign. She implied US supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a Jewish woman, is a racist. Like Donald Trump, she was a proponent of the Barack Obama “birther” conspiracy theory.”
“The Southern Poverty Law Center, a leading civil rights organization, designates her non-profit Faith 2 Action, as a hate group for its work against LGBT rights. She lost a slot on a Christian radio network when, the station said, an event she held veered into a form of Christian supremacy.””
Medicynical note: This sad woman opposes separation of church and state, gay rights, and abortion. As a biblical literalist she denies reality and accepts biblical stories as her reality. She denies the humanity of those of us who disagree with her ill informed religious fundamentalism.
The Trump effect on agriculture exports……it’s not good.
“This means that dozens of other countries now benefit from changes we persuaded Japan to make. And our farmers are about to lose out, big time.”
“Japan’s beef imports were already up 25 percent in the first two months of 2019 compared with a year earlier, as the Wall Street Journal recently reported. The biggest beneficiaries were Canada and New Zealand. This makes sense: As members of TPP 2.0, they have a huge price advantage. U.S. beef is tariffed at 38.5 percent, and TPP 2.0 countries’ beef is now at 26.6 percent, with further reductions slated for coming years.”
“Even before then, these other countries’ advantages will widen. If frozen beef imports surpass a certain threshold, as is expected soon, a “safeguard” tariff will automatically kick in and raise tariffs on our products — but not TPP 2.0’s members’ — to 50 percent.”
Medicynical note: Moving on without us.