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KEVIN PROBABLY SAVES THE WORLD and Barack's part in opioid deaths

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:54:00 +0000

KEVIN PROBABLY SAVES THE WORLD aired its third episode on ABC tonight.I caught it.Everything Ava and C.I. said in "TV: ABC should save Kevin" was true.  This is really strong show.I was surprised by how tight the storytelling was -- and how involving the episode was.(This one focused on Jason Ritter helping a couple who was planning a second wedding.)In other news, Patrick Martin (WSWS) reports:Leading Republican and Democratic members of Congress and top Obama administration officials collaborated to shut down efforts by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to stem the flow of prescription opioids that have killed 200,000 Americans over the past two decades, according to a devastating exposure published Sunday by the Washington Post and broadcast Sunday night on the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes.”The joint investigation by the Post and “60 Minutes” made use of extensive whistleblower revelations by former officials of the DEA, which has the main responsibility for halting the flow of illegal narcotics, including prescription drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone diverted into the black market.Three major companies, all in the top 20 of the Fortune 500 and hugely profitable, dominate the distribution of these opioids: McKesson, Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen, with combined revenues of more than $450 billion. McKesson chairman and CEO John Hammergren has the largest pension fund of any US corporate boss, a $160 million personal nest egg.These gigantic revenues and huge personal fortunes were accumulated by means of what can only be termed a massive social crime: the flooding of impoverished working-class neighborhoods with high volumes of opioids, narcotics that were being prescribed in vast quantities by doctors and pharmacists and illegal “pain centers” and “pill mills” that were a constant presence in the affected areas.The consequences have been felt in a historic reversal in the long-term rise of life expectancy in the United States. For middle-aged whites, particularly those living in rural areas, life expectancy is declining and death rates soaring, in large part because of the impact of opioid abuse and addiction.When do we get the apology for the above?This destroyed lives.Don't kid, this was done by Barack and others because of the donations of Big Pharma."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Tuesday, October 17, 2017."Oil prices continued to climb Tuesday amid fighting in Iraq that threatened production from northern Iraq and as the relationship between the United States and Iran risked more strain," notes Christopher Alessia (MARKETWATCH).  What's going on?Kelly McEvers (ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, NPR) explained it yesterday afternoon: There's a confrontation going on over the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, and it's between two factions who have been trained and equipped by the United States. On one side are the Iraqi Kurds, and on the other side is the Iraqi central government. Both have been key allies in the U.S. fight against ISIS. The showdown has been a long time in the making, but it really heated up when Kurds recently voted to secede from Iraq. And when it finally boiled over last night, Iraqi forces moved very quickly into what had been a Kurdish stronghold.She was speaking to THE NEW YORK TIMES' David Zucchino:DAVID ZUCCHINO: As it turned out, they had managed to split the Kurds by cutting a deal with one faction of the Kurds to have them pull back and let government forces come through. But the other faction, the one that actually rules the autonomous area, decided to stay and fight. And so there was an outbreak of hostilities. But because half of the Kurdish factions just kind of surrendered and withdrew, it made it very easy for the Iraqi forces, the government forces to really sweep through very quickly.MCEVERS: So does that mean that Iraqi forces from the central government in Baghdad are now in control of the city of Kirkuk? ZUCCHINO: They absolutely are. They went to the governor's compound, where there were two flags. One was the Iraqi flag [...]


Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:45:00 +0000

Isaiah's latest THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "The Weinstein Avoidance." .Hilarious!Now for Martha Plimpton.  Dona wrote "Oh, Martha, shut up (Dona)" about that idiot.Martha feels she needs to share her "first and best abortion" stories.It has angered a lot of people.You shouldn't be angry.Grasp that Martha's a very ugly girl.She's been unable to find a steady partner.Referencing her abortions is her way of letting America know that someone must have found her attractive.Someone.Don't know who.But someone.I'll stand with Susan Sarandon, thank you.Martha can stand all by herself.Let's move over to the issue of that sexist Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."Media: Next year, better include Tori Amos" (Ava and C.I., THE THIRD ESTATE SUNDAY REVIEW):Where's Tracy Chapman? Her first album was released in 1988.How does Troy Smith ignore that?Why are we supposed to be thrilled that he included Janet Jackson and Chaka Khan?That's two women in 19 slots.He is the problem.More to the point, what album came out in 1992?LITTLE EARTHQUAKES.Where is Tori Amos?We're wondering that.She released an album last Friday.And it's been 25 years since LITTLE EARTHQUAKES was released.That's the rule for nominating, right?We're wondering a lot lately.For example, Susan Sarandon's being trashed online yet again.  And Jill Stein gets trashed repeatedly.Where's Gloria Steinem?She's not defending these women.Susan Sarandon supported Jill Stein for president in 2016.  That's her right.  It's Jill's right to run.Tori Amos deserves to be in the Hall but only Ava and C.I. appear to realize she's eligible."Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):Monday, September 11, 2017.   Lessons learned?It's 16 years after September 11, 2001.That tragedy was used to sell war.And war continues to this day.Robert Parry (CONSORTIUM NEWS) observes:The New York Times and other Western media have learned few lessons from the Iraq War, including how the combination of a demonized foreign leader and well-funded “activists” committed to flooding the process with fake data can lead to dangerously false conclusions that perpetuate war.What we have seen in Syria over the past six years parallels what occurred in Iraq in the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion in 2002-03. In both cases, there was evidence that the “system” was being gamed – by the Iraqi National Congress (INC) in pushing for the Iraq War and by pro-rebel “activists” promoting “regime change” in Syria – but those warnings were ignored. Instead, the flood of propagandistic claims overwhelmed what little skepticism there was in the West.Regarding Iraq, the INC generated a surge of “defectors” who claimed to know where Saddam Hussein was concealing his WMD stockpiles and where his nuclear program was hidden. In Syria, we have seen something similar with dubious claims about chemical weapons attacks.The Iraqi “defectors,” of course, were lying, and a little-noticed congressional study revealed that the CIA had correctly debunked some of the fakers but – because of the pro-invasion political pressure from George W. Bush’s White House and the U.S. mainstream media’s contempt for Saddam Hussein – other bogus claims were accepted as true. The result was catastrophic.They've learned nothing.That's the media, that's the talking point zombies and that's the politicians.Last night, we noted talking point zombie Oliver Willis who wanted you to never forget, on 9/11 that Bully Boy Bush was responsible for the Iraq War.Oliver's an idiot."There is no doubt that President Bush failed us in the run-up to war. But the American people weren't just failed by the President -- they were failed by the Congress."  Those aren't my words -- I don't use the p-word for Bully Boy Bush -- they're Barack's.  Oops, Oliver, you stupid idiot, Barack slaps you upside your ugly face.We'll get to Barack.But as we noted last night:How about never forget that Congressional Democrats like Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, John Edwards, Joe Biden, Tom Daschle (th[...]