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Veterans Arrested at Vietnam Memorial in NYC
The following is a powerful, touching and very well done video that includes veterans of various wars, ranging from World War II to Vietnam as well as some of our recent imperial adventures. It is entirely clear that this is no stunt, but rather a heartfelt and genuine expression of grief and disillusionment from Americans who have seen the pain and suffering of war up close, and who clearly continue to experience much sadness many years later.
As expected, Mayor Bloomberg’s storm-troopers did as told and arrested these folks (many of whom are elderly) shortly after the 10pm curfew.
No Victim. No Crime. This is fucking ridiculous.
Video capture added to original post.
Reality Check: More Americans Are “Rethinking” 9/11
Video text and sources: http://benswann.com
Great job by Ben Swann to touch on the topic of 9/11 that affects us all. Are you rethinking the official storyline of 9/11?
[ CIM: Interesting story from Michael, as always, but rather timely for me as I wait for the bills to roll in from a very recent surgery. Wanted to share this before it slid into the archives and off of my radar. Image added to original post. ]
How a $1 Bag of Salt Water Becomes a $546 Bill at Hospitals
Much like every other aspect of the U.S. ponzi economy, the healthcare system is one gigantic centralized oligopolistic racket. The New York Times has done some excellent coverage on this topic as of late, most recently in an article I highlighted earlier this month about how Americans are now finding themselves forced to travel overseas for surgery.
That article demonstrated how the medical industry is simply one huge convoluted racket, in which contracts are secret and no one has any clue about anything except for a small group of players involved. In fact, it reminds me of an incredible article from 1982 that explains how diamonds are actually basically worthless, and that the whole market is a gigantic con. You take something that is essentially free, and then charge a fortune for it through middleman markups.
And don’t think Obamacare is going to help you either, we all know it was written by lobbyists and special interests, just like every other piece of legislation from crony Congress. From the New York Times:
It is one of the most common components of emergency medicine: an intravenous bag of sterile saltwater.
Luckily for anyone who has ever needed an IV bag to replenish lost fluids or to receive medication, it is also one of the least expensive. The average manufacturer’s price, according to government data, has fluctuated in recent years from 44 cents to $1.
Yet there is nothing either cheap or simple about its ultimate cost, as I learned when I tried to trace the commercial path of IV bags from the factory to the veins of more than 100 patients struck by a May 2012 outbreak of food poisoning in upstate New York.
Some of the patients’ bills would later include markups of 100 to 200 times the manufacturer’s price, not counting separate charges for “IV administration.” And on other bills, a bundled charge for “IV therapy” was almost 1,000 times the official cost of the solution.
It is no secret that medical care in the United States is overpriced. But as the tale of the humble IV bag shows all too clearly, it is secrecy that helps keep prices high: hidden in the underbrush of transactions among multiple buyers and sellers, and in the hieroglyphics of hospital bills.
At every step from manufacturer to patient, there are confidential deals among the major players, including drug companies, purchasing organizations and distributors, and insurers. These deals so obscure prices and profits that even participants cannot say what the simplest component of care actually costs, let alone what it should cost.
And that leaves taxpayers and patients alike with an inflated bottom line and little or no way to challenge it.
But even before the finished product is sold by the case or the truckload, the real cost of a bag of normal saline, like the true cost of medical supplies from gauze to heart implants, disappears into an opaque realm of byzantine contracts, confidential rebates and fees that would be considered illegal kickbacks in many other industries.
The top three group-purchasing organizations now handle contracts for more than half of all institutional medical supplies sold in the United States, including the IVs used in the food-poisoning case, which were bought and taken by truck to regional warehouses by big distributors.
Dr. Frost, the anesthesiologist, spent three days in the same hospital and owed only $8, thanks to insurance coverage by United HealthCare. Still, she was baffled by the charges: $6,844, including $546 for six liters of saline that cost the hospital $5.16.
“It’s just absolutely absurd.” she said. “That’s saltwater.”
Last fall, I appealed to the New York State Department of Health for help in mapping the charges for rehydrating patients in the food poisoning episode. Deploying software normally used to detect Medicaid fraud, a team compiled a chart of what Medicaid and Medicare were billed in six of the cases.
But the department has yet to release the chart. It is under indefinite review, Bill Schwarz, a department spokesman, said, “to ensure confidential information is not compromised.”
It’s under indefinite review. Just like your freedom.
Full article here.
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It Is Illegal To Feed The Homeless In Cities All Over The United States
What would you do if a police officer threatened to arrest you for trying to share a sandwich with a desperately hungry homeless woman that really needed it? Such a notion sounds absolutely bizarre, but this is actually happening in major cities all over the United States. More than 50 large U.S. cities have adopted “anti-camping” or “anti-food sharing” laws in recent years, and in many of these cities the police are strictly enforcing these laws. Sometimes the goal appears to be to get the homeless people to go away. Apparently the heartless politicians that are passing these laws believe that if the homeless can’t get any more free food and if they keep getting thrown into prison for “illegal camping” they will eventually decide to go somewhere else where they won’t be hassled so much. This is yet another example of how heartless our society is becoming. The middle class is being absolutely shredded and poverty is absolutely exploding, but meanwhile the hearts of many Americans are growing very cold. If this continues, what is the future of America going to look like?
An organization called Love Wins Ministries made national headlines recently when police in Raleigh, North Carolina threatened to arrest them if they distributed sausage biscuits and coffee to homeless people living in the heart of the city. Love Wins Ministries had been doing this for years, but now it is apparently illegal. The following is from someone who was actually there…
On the morning of Saturday, August, 24, Love Wins showed up at Moore Square at 9:00 a.m., just like we have done virtually every Saturday and Sunday for the last six years. We provide, without cost or obligation, hot coffee and a breakfast sandwich to anyone who wants one. We keep this promise to our community in cooperation with five different, large suburban churches that help us with manpower and funding.
On that morning three officers from Raleigh Police Department prevented us from doing our work, for the first time ever. An officer said, quite bluntly, that if we attempted to distribute food, we would be arrested.
Our partnering church brought 100 sausage biscuits and large amounts of coffee. We asked the officers for permission to disperse the biscuits to the over 70 people who had lined up, waiting to eat. They said no. I had to face those who were waiting and tell them that I could not feed them, or I would be arrested.
Does reading that upset you?
And this is not just happening in Raleigh – this is literally happening all over the country.
In Orlando, Florida laws against feeding the homeless were actually upheld in court…
Since when is it illegal to give somebody food? In Orlando FL, it has been since April 2011, when a group of activists lost a court battle against the city to overturn its 2006 laws that restrict sharing food with groups of more than 25 people. The ordinance requires those who do these “large” charitable food sharings in parks within two miles of City Hall to obtain a permit and limits each group to two permits per park for a year.
That is yet another example of how corrupt and unjust our court system has become.
The funny thing is that some of these control freak politicians actually believe that they are “helping” the homeless by passing such laws. In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg has banned citizens from donating food directly to homeless shelters and he is actually convinced that it was the right thing to do for the homeless…
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s food police have struck again!
Outlawed are food donations to homeless shelters because the city can’t assess their salt, fat and fiber content, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.
Glenn Richter arrived at a West Side synagogue on Monday to collect surplus bagels — fresh nutritious bagels — to donate to the poor. However, under a new edict from Bloomberg’s food police he can no longer donate the food to city homeless shelters.
Do you really think that the homeless care about the “salt, fat and fiber content” of their food?
Of course not.
They just want to eat.
It would be one thing if there were just a few isolated cities around the nation that were passing these kinds of laws. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In fact, according to USA Today, more than 50 large cities have passed such laws…
Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City and more than 50 other cities have previously adopted some kind of anti-camping or anti-food-sharing laws, according to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.
You can find many more examples of this phenomenon in one of my previous articles.
What in the world is happening to America?
The way that we treat the most vulnerable members of our society says a lot about who we are as a nation.
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No More Mandatory Sentences for Low-Level Drug Offenders?
Published by NextNewsNetwork
WASHINGTON – An announcement is expected today from Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States concerning punishment for low-level drug offenders. The nation’s top lawyer is expected to declare that low-level drug offenders without a violent record will no longer be subject to long mandatory sentences. The announcement is expected to be a part of a speech delivered by Holder to the American Bar Association in San Francisco.
BOVINA, New York — The small town of Bovina, New York was put under lockdown by police on Sunday as they searched for an unnamed suspect. The residents of the tiny town of just 633 people were ordered by law enforcement officials not to leave their homes and to keep their doors locked. As of late Sunday night, the person of interest to the police was in a private home, and law enforcement officials consider the situation to be contained, although the town is still under lockdown conditions.
ZINJIBAR, Yemen — Armed drones from the United States struck several targets in Yemen over the weekend. At least 31 people have been killed by recent drone strikes in that country. The attacks have increased in frequency over the last two weeks, after U.S. officials announced a foiled terror plot in the the African nation. Facilities destroyed in the most recent round of attacks include a health clinic and a school. The Obama administration claims the recent attacks killed at least 14 members of al-Queda.
NEW YORK CITY — Two workers at New York’s JFK airport were sickened by exposure to a chemical they were handling while opening mail. Initially thought to be a chemical agent, the substance in question turned out to be nail polish remover. When the airport workers started feeling ill, the postal facility at the airport was closed off and the workers sent home. The FBI called in medical personnel to test the postal workers for exposure to dangerous chemical agents, and found the exposure was limited to just the cosmetic product.
Veterans Group Flag Ruffles City
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — The way Moises Valencia describes things, it began with a simple idea – Seeing that the American flag flying outside the old military armory in the city needed replacing, he took it upon himself to contact local veterans about putting up a new one.
For good measure, he shelled out about $16 online for a yellow Gadsden flag, bearing an image, dating back to 1775, of a coiled rattlesnake and the words “Don’t Tread on Me,” in case local veterans wanted to use that one, too.
City officials saw it as a group who had agendas that go beyond purely patriotic ones and decided to use a public space, the flagpole at the city-owned armory, to fly a banner that has come to symbolize the Tea Party and antipathy to government. Whatever the case, the results were an order by the city to take it down and a federal lawsuit filed by a conservative legal foundation to keep it flying.
In a lawsuit filed on July 26 in federal court in White Plains, the United Veterans Memorial and Patriotic Association of New Rochelle and its president, Peter Parente, sued the city, Mr. Bramson, the city manager and four City Council members, saying that the city had acted in an “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable manner” and violated the group’s First Amendment rights.
It was not the first time the Gadsden flag has become a source of contention in recent years. Disputes over flying the flag have involved homeowners’ associations in Arizona, the state Capitol in Connecticut and the town common in Warren, R.I.
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Disabled Man Files Suit for Being Tasered on a Bus
SYRACUSE, New York – A 30-year-old disabled Syracuse man was tasered and beaten by police for trying to stand while riding a bus. Brad Hulett was left partially crippled by a back injury and brain damage suffered when he was hit by a train as a child. He walks with a cane cannot sit while riding the bus. He says that most drivers allow him to stand while holding on to a pole.
On May 3, however, a driver asked him to leave – then called for the intervention of an off-duty police officer when Hulett refused. That officer, William Coleman, called Sgt. William Galvin, who assaulted Hulett with a taser.
A security video records Hulett being dragged off the bus, and then tasered while lying on the pavement. He was then dragged about ten feet along the pavement. The officers arrested Hulett for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Hulett suffered a broken left hip that required surgery to insert three pins in the joint. He is preparing to file a lawsuit.
Posted by Judy Morris
Police raid New York blogger’s home after she did Google searches for pressure cookers
The New York woman says her family’s interest in the purchase of pressure cookers and backpacks led to a home visit by six police investigators demanding information about her job, her husband’s ancestry and the preparation of quinoa.
Michele Catalano, who lives in Long Island, New York, said her web searches for pressure cookers, her husband’s hunt for backpacks, and her “news junkie” son’s craving for information on the Boston bombings had combined somewhere in the internet ether to create a “perfect storm of terrorism profiling”.
Members of what she described as a “joint terrorism task force” descended on Catalano’s home on Wednesday. A spokesman for the FBI told to the Guardian on Thursday that its investigators were not involved in the visit, but that “she was visited by Nassau County police department … They were working in conjunction with Suffolk County police department.”
The Guardian has contacted the Suffolk County and Nassau County police departments for comment.
Catalano was at work, but her husband was sitting in the living room as the police arrived. She retold the experience in a post on Medium.com on Thursday. She attributed the raid largely to her ongoing hunt for a pressure cooker, an item used devastatingly by the two Tsarnaev brothers in Boston, but also used by millions across the country to prepare vegetables while retaining most of their nutrients.
Read the rest at The Raw Story, here.
WATCH: Weiner Heated Exchange with Voter Who Doesn’t Vote for Him
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New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner gets confronted by voter Peg Brunda about his controversial past.
LaGuardia closed as Southwest flight’s landing gear collapses on impact
New York’s LaGuardia Airport has closed Monday after a Southwest Airlines flight lost its wheels on landing. The landing gear under the nose of the plane, which was arriving from Nashville, Tennessee, collapsed as the aircraft was pulling into the gate.
While at least a dozen emergency vehicles were on hand at the scene, only a small number of passengers reported minor injuries. They were seen exiting the plane via inflatable slides.
Heavy delays were reported, with the airport temporarily refusing incoming flights.
“Standby for more information regarding #Flight345 BNA-LGA. We are gathering details and will post a statement soon,” tweeted Southwest Airlines.