Thursday, May 24, 2018

NFL Wins Praise From Trump, Who Questions If Players Should Be In Country : NPR

NFL Wins Praise From Trump, Who Questions If Players Should Be In Country : NPR



So, if they exercise their first amendment rights, they should be fined, or maybe even they shouldn't even be in the country [deport anyone who isn't 'patriotic' enough?]. Ok. This is what I think they should do next.  March out with the rest of the team, stand up, and then pull out their concealed carry hand gun, put that in their right hands, and hold it next to their heart.   Worship two things at once: a false patriotism that equates 'show' with spirit, and the guns our Prez and so many in power are so enamored of. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Insulin price hikes tell us a lot about what's wrong with drug pricing in America - Vox

Insulin price hikes tell us a lot about what's wrong with drug pricing in America - Vox:



When inventor Frederick Banting discovered insulin in 1923, he refused to put his name on the patent. He felt it was unethical for a doctor to profit off a discovery that would save lives. Banting’s co-inventors, James Collip and Charles Best, sold the insulin patent to the University of Toronto for a mere $1. They also wanted everyone who needed their medication to be able to afford it.

Today Banting and colleagues would be spinning in their graves: Their drug, which many of America’s 30 million diabetics rely on, has become the latest poster child for pharmaceutical price gouging.

On May 2, the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly raised the prices of its insulin medications, Humalog and Humulin, by 7.8 percent, according to newly obtained records from CNBC’s Meg Tirrell. And Lilly is not acting alone: Sanofi and Novo Nordisk, the only two other companies that manufacture insulin in the US, have been jacking up insulin prices recently too.

The Latest: EPA bars AP, CNN from summit on contaminants

The Latest: EPA bars AP, CNN from summit on contaminants



WTF? It's almost as if they're trying to hide something?

Too late: we already know Pruitt is serving no one but his corporate masters, and will do his best to screw the general populace along the way.  All hail the great God MONEY.

As tensions with Trump deepen, Europe wonders if America is lost for good - The Washington Post

As tensions with Trump deepen, Europe wonders if America is lost for good - The Washington Post:



Since Jan. 20, 2017, European leaders have managed U.S. relations with one eye on the clock, anxiously counting down the hours until President Trump’s term is up and hoping the core of the Western alliance isn’t too badly damaged in the meantime.  But as Trump’s aggressive rhetoric toward America’s closest allies has evolved into hostile action this spring, a new fear has swept European capitals.

Trump may not be an aberration that can be waited out, with his successor likely to push reset after four or eight years of fraught ties. Instead, the blend of unilateralism, nationalism and protectionism Trump embodies may be the new American normal.


The new American normal: flat out crazy, self centered, misogynist, bigoted: in short: the Deplorables. 

The lives lost at Santa Fe High School - The Washington Post

The lives lost at Santa Fe High School - The Washington Post





Doesn't matter how sad the stories, how potentially brilliant the lives cut short: the right will just buckle down, scream "2nd Amendment" and refuse to listen or even consider anything that might help fix this problem.   Because they consider their rights to be more important than lives. 

Education Department Launches Review Of Teachers' Grant Program : NPR Ed : NPR

Education Department Launches Review Of Teachers' Grant Program : NPR Ed : NPR:



Meanwhile, Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, has introduced bipartisan legislation to reform the TEACH grant and other student loan programs. He too says these teachers should get their grants back if they're meeting the requirements.


 This is a travesty.  The teachers are doing what they committed to doing: teaching high-need subjects in low-income schools.  And because of a paperwork error, they're being tossed into a financial nightmare.  Suddenly faced with thousands of dollars in debt and interest: interest accrued from the original grant award, irregardless of the time spent teaching as they promised.

And the agency running this program says they can't fix things.  Nope, can't do it.  I wonder who manages FedLoan, and how much money they make off these mistakes?

Scientific Studies Confirm A Spike In Black Lung Disease : NPR

Scientific Studies Confirm A Spike In Black Lung Disease : NPR



Yes! Let's bring back the coal industry, and then we can kill even more miners!

In addition to killing the world!


Monday, May 21, 2018

Pruitt moves to rescind regulations inspired by West, Tex., chemical explosion that killed 15 - The Washington Post

Pruitt moves to rescind regulations inspired by West, Tex., chemical explosion that killed 15 - The Washington Post:



On Thursday, the chemical industry cheered Pruitt’s decision to toss out the Obama-era regulations during a signing ceremony.




Well of course they did.  Because they got what they paid for, their very own EPA administrator. 

Screw the first responders, screw those person unfortunate enough to live close to a warehouse full of dangerous chemicals.  Darn it, it costs money to take steps necessary to secure those materials, to ensure there's a plan in place to deal with accidents. And that's just taking money right out of the pockets of the CEOs and the shareholders! We can't have that!

Don Blankenship To Mount Third-Party Senate Bid After Losing W.Va. GOP Primary : NPR

Don Blankenship To Mount Third-Party Senate Bid After Losing W.Va. GOP Primary : NPR:



 It's a move that appears to violate state election law, but could seriously endanger Republican efforts to flip a Democratic Senate seat if Blankenship finds a way forward.


No surprise here.  Blankenship showed he had little respect for the law when he violated safety laws for at  least one of his mines, resulting in the death of 29 men.

Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow To Workers' Rights : NPR

Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow To Workers' Rights : NPR



Gee thanks, all those persons who voted for Trump because you wanted a GOP judge choice for the Supreme Court.  He's now part of the vote to deliver yet another blow to worker's rights! Even more so, as more and more employees are working in non-union places [again, thanks to the great efforts of the GOP to demonize and cripple unions!], and are being forced to sign private arbitration agreements in order to get that job.  Just find another job, you say? That's getting harder and harder, as a recent study shows that 56% of nonunion private-sector employees are "currently subject to mandatory individual arbitration procedures under the 1925 Federal Arbitration Act, which allows employers to bar collective legal actions by employees."

So wow, you delivered a blow to abortion rights! But your vote is part of an ongoing attack on workers rights, which is making it harder and harder for persons to make a living wage, to be able to afford to raise those babies. 

Human race just 0.01% of all life but has destroyed over 80% of wild mammals – study | Environment | The Guardian

Human race just 0.01% of all life but has destroyed over 80% of wild mammals – study | Environment | The Guardian:



Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth by a groundbreaking new assessment of all life on the planet.

The world’s 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, according to the study. Yet since the dawn of civilisation, humanity has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of plants, while livestock kept by humans abounds.

Hullabaloo

Hullabaloo:



Yeah, this administration's an economic powerhouse. Not to worry though. When they fuck it all up, as they assuredly will, the Democrats will come in and dutifully do all the dirty work and clean up the mess after which the Republicans will take the credit. That's how this works.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Juanita Jean's | Dumbing Down

Juanita Jean's | Dumbing Down




Juanita Jean's | Dumbing Down

Juanita Jean's | Dumbing Down

Scott Pruitt Grilled By Senators Over Ethics Issues, Refusal to Enforce Environmental Standards

Scott Pruitt Grilled By Senators Over Ethics Issues, Refusal to Enforce Environmental Standards

Hullabaloo

Hullabaloo



Read the whole post: listen to the clips: and then tell me how it is that Pruitt still has a job? Oh wait: that's right: it's because he's the paid toady of the energy interests, and that's all that matters in the current admin. Not the ability to do one's job in defense of the public, not an ability to do follow ethic's regulations; just the ability to enrich one's corporate masters.

Hullabaloo

Hullabaloo:



Got that? It's the conservatives versus GOP leaders. The Freedom Caucus are now deemed conservatives instead of the far-right radicals they were just a few years ago. And GOP leaders are now considered moderates rather than rightwing conservatives.

U.S. Births Dip To 30-Year Low; Fertility Rate Sinks Further Below Replacement Level : The Two-Way : NPR

U.S. Births Dip To 30-Year Low; Fertility Rate Sinks Further Below Replacement Level : The Two-Way : NPR

Saturday, May 19, 2018

What Trump's Latest Plan To Cut Planned Parenthood Funds Really Means : Shots - Health News : NPR

What Trump's Latest Plan To Cut Planned Parenthood Funds Really Means : Shots - Health News : NPR



GOP plan: cut family planning, women's health services, what ever it takes to SAVE THE UNBORN BABIES.  Because that's all that matters.  No matter what kind of world they're going to be born into. No matter how much pain and suffering it cause's the women.

DeVos Bypasses NYC Public Schools; For-Profit College Enforcement; NC Teachers Walk : NPR Ed : NPR

DeVos Bypasses NYC Public Schools; For-Profit College Enforcement; NC Teachers Walk : NPR Ed : NPR:



Betsy DeVos spotlights religious schools on NYC trip

The Education Secretary chose not to stop by any public or charter schools in the nation's largest school system on her visit to the New York City area this week. Instead, she visited two Orthodox Jewish private schools.


Well of course she did, bless her little heart.  Because those nasty public schools just really don't deserve any time or attention.  Not sure why she skipped the charter schools though.  She seems determined, usually, to cater to them at the expense of public schools.
Orthodox Jewish: aren't those the ones just recently highlighted in an article decrying their lack of training in science and the arts in favor of training all boys to rabbis and all girls to be traditional wives?
https://www.timesofisrael.com/will-they-ever-learn-us-ultra-orthodox-still-failing-to-teach-math-and-science/




What #HeyJohnKelly Reveals About America's Immigrant Past : NPR

What #HeyJohnKelly Reveals About America's Immigrant Past : NPR

House Farm Bill Fails Over Immigration Fight With Conservatives : NPR

House Farm Bill Fails Over Immigration Fight With Conservatives : NPR



If the vote is on a Farm Bill: a logical person would think that farming would be the top most issue on the legislators mind, right?

But nope.



       "Freedom Caucus member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told reporters after the vote that voters elected Republicans to rein in illegal immigration and lawmakers have failed to act.
     "Some members have concerns about the farm bill. but that wasn't my main focus," Jordan said. "My main focus was making sure we do immigration policy right."
Screw the farmers, if we don't get our way on immigration, even though this bill isn't about immigration, we're taking our toys and leaving. 

Oh, and as a side note, screw the poor folks wanting some food aid too!

So it's a too-fer for the extremists!

Friday, May 18, 2018

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian

The week in wildlife – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian

Grace Jones's greatest looks: a 70th-birthday celebration - in pictures | Fashion | The Guardian

Grace Jones's greatest looks: a 70th-birthday celebration - in pictures | Fashion | The Guardian

Mysterious rise in banned ozone-destroying chemical shocks scientists | Environment | The Guardian

Mysterious rise in banned ozone-destroying chemical shocks scientists | Environment | The Guardian



Oh good, someone wants to cook the world.

Exclusive: US official appeared to delay protections for endangered species at behest of oil group | Environment | The Guardian

Exclusive: US official appeared to delay protections for endangered species at behest of oil group | Environment | The Guardian:



A top interior department official, Vincent DeVito, appears to take credit for helping to delay federal protections for the species at the behest of fossil-fuel industry groups, one of several examples of his willingness to prioritize the needs of extractive industries with business before the government, according to public records obtained by the Guardian and Pacific Standard as well as Documented and the Western Values Project, both watchdog groups.


No surprise here.  Just another example of the Trump regime putting corporate ahead of public interests.  And yet his public supporters still believe in him.   Even as he cuts their throats. 

Raising the baa: Keswick May Ram Fair – in pictures | World news | The Guardian

Raising the baa: Keswick May Ram Fair – in pictures | World news | The Guardian



Sheep! What else do you need?

Alarming new revelations about Trump’s addiction to Fox News - The Washington Post

Alarming new revelations about Trump’s addiction to Fox News - The Washington Post

President Trump's new 'faith' office reduces religious freedom. - The Washington Post

President Trump's new 'faith' office reduces religious freedom. - The Washington Post:



President Trump changed that earlier this month when he signed an executive order striking religious liberty protections for Americans who get government-subsidized social services. While Trump said he took these actions in the name of religious liberty, he actually dealt religious freedom a blow with his new White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative. He also damaged efforts to find common ground on church-state issues and undermined support for the many partnerships the government has with faith-based entities.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Trump Isn’t Bothering to Prepare for the North Korea Summit | The American Conservative

Trump Isn’t Bothering to Prepare for the North Korea Summit | The American Conservative

The tax cut is a $6 billion gift to Exxon

The tax cut is a $6 billion gift to Exxon

Celgene's Patent Fortress Protects Revlimid, Thalomid : Shots - Health News : NPR

Celgene's Patent Fortress Protects Revlimid, Thalomid : Shots - Health News : NPR



So, they took an already existing drug, changed the name,  and then sold it at ever increasing prices.  Then they tweaked it a bit, gave it a new name, and sold it for ever increasing prices.  Prices that increased even though they were doing no more tweaking or research on the drug, but were spending an awful lot of time, money and effort in making sure no other drug company could come up with a generic version. 

So, tell me again about the 'free market' and how it is the best thing for us? And why we don't need an even stronger FDA to prevent these travesties?