October 16, 2010 archive
Oct 16 2010
Check out Front Group American Future Fund’s MO — their Cookie Cutter Ad formula to Buy an Election:
Get flashy graphic, and a menacing announcer;
Cut and Paste in — the Name of the Candidate, your backers dislike and have paid to replace!
Don’t Fact Check anything — make your Opponents waste their Time and Money trying to combat your baseless accusation. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
It helps when the Same Cookie-cutter format can be used over and over again, all across the nation. That makes their “special” money — go even further, as clearly displayed next:
Corporate Donations Buying U.S. Elections – Countdown — Keith Olbermann
Oct 16 2010
On NCOD, the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force released the National Transgender Discrimination Survey: Report on health and health care (warning = pdf: I read the pdfs so you don’t have to). Being as how it was during the week and that week was midterm exam time, I just got around to reading it. I know others have reported on the findings, such as David Mixner, but I would like to share what it looks like through my eyes.
I’m a doctor, but not a medical doctor, but I thought I recalled some words from somewhere:
First, do no harm
Oct 16 2010
I placed this lead off, just below, in the open thread, over at KOS, along with a few other, related to the Veterans Admin and Congressional Legislation as to in posts as well. As there’s once again an awful lot of talk about privatizing this and that in Government Agencies, worked well with their private merc army and billions lost with their no bid war prifitteering contractors, didn’t it, I figure what the hell let me post up a diary of some recent reports etc. related to just the VA.
And of course our, us Vietnam Veterans, favorite butt cyst chimes in as to Veterans, you know, us folks who’ve Actually served the Country, something these little ‘chickenhawks’ should stay extremely far away from even thinking about mentioning when mouth opens!!!
Oct 16 2010
For foreclosure processors hired by mortgage lenders, speed equaled money
By Ariana Eunjung Cha and Zachary A. Goldfarb
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, October 16, 2010; 12:57 AM
Millions of homes have been seized by banks during the economic crisis through a mass production system of foreclosures that was set up to prioritize one thing over everything else: speed.
With 2 million homes in foreclosure and another 2.3 million seriously delinquent on their mortgages – the biggest logjam of distressed properties the market has ever seen – companies involved in the foreclosure process were paid to move cases quickly through the pipeline.
Oct 16 2010
THE NAKED AND THE CRISP
Participants in Chiba’s Ohara Hadaka Matsuri (“Ohara naked man festival”) got a jolt when lightning struck, injuring 34 people carrying shrines, two of them seriously.
In a bid to crash Apple’s iPad party, Sharp is rolling out its new portable e-reader called Galapagos. The company says the tablet will be “adopting a unique evolutionary path of using Japanese technology and design to match the needs of the Japanese user.” (Does that mean we will now be spared grown men reading pornographic manga on the train?)
After paying ¥17 million a year for the naming rights to Miyashita Park in Shibuya-ku, Nike came up with the catchy “Miyashita Nike Park” moniker.
Oct 16 2010
( If you needed proof that the current “Democratic” administration is throwing support behind getting more Republicans elected this November instead of Democrats, here’s more.)
The Obama administration’s Attorney General Eric Holder, fresh off his decision to appeal of Judge Virginia Phillip’s injunction against enforcing DADT because of its unConstitutionality, has written a shocking letter to the former chiefs of the DEA on Oct 13th. And why did he write them a letter ? Because they want the Attorney General to sue California if Proposition 19 passes, which would decriminalize marijuana at the state level.
Holder just sent them a letter in agreement.
“We will vigorously enforce the CSA (Controlled Substances Act) against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law,” Holder wrote.
Control and tax ? Quit wasting money and resources ? More like Drone and Arrest as usual.
The Department of Justice under Holder has not decreased the number of arrests and prosecutions for marijuana possession compared to the previous Bush administration, in spite of assurances that medical marijuana users in the state of California would not be targeted. https://www.docudharma.com/diar… Over a quarter million Californians were arrested last year for drug offenses, with 52% of them being for pot, that’s over 115,000 people getting arrested in CA in 2008 just for possession, per statistics from the FBI. Make no mistake about it, this is a big cash incentive the Feds are waving at the state when they declare your local LE can only get money this way.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, co chair of the “Public Safety No On 19” committee along with Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, also said at a news conference that Federal law would over rule state law and therefore any new law would be unenforceable, and that public use of the drug would continue to be targeted, as usual, whether or not Prop 19 passes.
The “Yes on 19” committee’s former San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara issued a response today, saying that:
“Passing Proposition 19 in California will undoubtedly kick start a national conversation about changing our country’s obviously failed marijuana prohibition policies,” he added. “If the federal government wants to keep fighting the nation’s failed ‘war on marijuana’ while we’re in the midst of a sagging economic recovery and two wars, it just proves that the establishment politicians’ priorities are wrongly focused on maintaining the status quo.”
McNamara, now a research fellow in drug policy at Stanford University, has argued that the 60 percent of the cash that supports violent drug cartels comes from the sale of illegal marijuana.
I’ve written about the Indian Casinos, the beer and wine industry, and the Oil companies backing this continued idiocy. Now let’s talk about the Pharmaceutical companies.
The last time the Obama administration made a drug deal with Big Pharma, er, PhRMA, before a law was passed was back in March of 2009 when the President met secretly with PhRMA drug lobbyist Billy Tauzin, Pfizer’s Jeff Kindler, AHIP’s Karen Ignani, the Chamber of Commerce’s Tom Donohue and the RW Johnson Foundation’s Risa Lavizzo-Mourey.
Five months later,in August, Billy Tauzin admitted that the WH had forsworn Medicare drug price bargaining and given up on importing cheaper drugs from Canada or Europe in the deal to get the health care reform bill passed. By February of 2010, Tauzin took another golden parachute. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes…
This time, Baca and Feinstein’s committee “Public Safety First No on 19” is getting money from the following Pharmaceutical Companies, thru CalBusPac (California Business PAC) thru PHARMA IEC PAC, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Independent Expenditure Committee. They know how to time the donations so it’s less obvious. And please remember these drug companies aren’t all based in America. So this is from some foreign money sources.
Baca – DiFi No on 19 list of donors, see CalBusPac
California Business Pac (CalBusPac) scroll down to the 5/7/09 filing to see the donation from PHARMA IEC
PHARMA IEC pac’s donations for this campaign cycle – Drug Companies against decriminalization of Marijuana
Pharma For HomeLand Security Money to Fight Against Legalized Pot List, October 2010
Bristol Myers Squibb gave Barack Obama $43,385 in 2008 http://www.opensecrets.org/org…
Abbott Laboratories spent a million on candidates in 2008, and has given money to Tauzin’s old Phrma Pac, http://www.opensecrets.org/pac…
Hoffman La Roche (Switzerland) http://www.whorunsgov.com/Prof… Rick C Wade, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Commerce Dept under Gary Locke, was a senior government affairs advisor for Hoffman La Roche Inc, and also has on his resume state director of S. Carolina Dept of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, besides being a director of Business development at Palmetto GBA/Blue Cross Blue Shield of S. Carolina. Oh, and the senior advisor to the Presidential transition team. Hoffman La Roche makes Boniva, an osteoporosis treatment drug (bisphosphonate class ) marketed to post menopausal women which has been causing osteonecrosis of the jaw bone and which double the risk of esophageal cancer. http://www.360reports.com/p/bo…
Johnson & Johnson just lost a lawsuit and owes Louisiana $258 million for misleading doctors about the harmful effects of the anti psychotic drug Risperdal http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10… spent $3.5 million lobbying this year so far http://www.opensecrets.org/lob…
Eli Lilly – maker of PROZAC anti depressant , spent $3.8 million on lobbying this year with 248 lobbyists, gave $62,782 to Barack Obama in 2008 http://www.opensecrets.org/org…
Novartis(Switzerland) maker of Ritalin for ADD, and antipsychotic med Clozapine http://www.opensecrets.org/pac… another bisphosphonate manufacturer, drug may be linked to broken leg femur bones in the elderly
Merck, maker of biological immune system suppressants ATNF drugs such as Remicade, gave money to Blanche “there will be no public option” Lincoln in 2008 and 2010
http://www.opensecrets.org/pac… Just lost price fixing trial on generics
Glaxosmithkline – 3rd largest pharma co worldwide, United Kingdom, makers of Paxel, (paroxetine) the antidepressant which is known for difficult withdrawals http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P…
http://www.opensecrets.org/org… spent $3.4 million in lobbying in 2010
Glaxosmithkline gave Obama $51,909 in 2008
Pfizer Inc Ranked #1 in World Sales per Wiki, they make statin cholesterol drugs, neurontin, the antidepressant Zoloft, and VIAGRA, pled guilty in 2009 to fraud, will spend $25 million in lobbying this year http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P…
Obama received $155,183 from Pfizer in 2008 http://www.opensecrets.org/org…
Perdue Pharma LP of Roseville don’t know why this is listed as Roseville when Perdue Pharma is in Canada. Perdue makes Oxycontin, Dilaudid, and codeine contin. http://www.purdue.ca/en/produc…
Prozac. Paxel. Risperdal. Ritalin. Oxycontin ?!
I hope you enjoyed the knowledge that you just gained, that indeed our nation’s Attorney General is willing to leave over 51 million Americans without health insurance, while acting as an enforcer for a price fixing pharmaceutical monopoly – including expensive, addictive, and mood altering drugs – even narcotics – and intends to keep people from growing a herbal weed that science and research has shown to be NOT a narcotic and not as addictive as many of the drugs listed above.
More “Change” You Cannot Believe In. So They Say.
image of President and Drug Czar, from the “Nip It In the Bud No On Prop 19” Website
previously in this series:
BP Oil and No on Prop 19, The Smoking Gun
Saturday morning update: FDL shows that one of the ex DEA letter writers to AG Holder, Robert Bonner, has a company which made nearly a half million $$ in Federal Homeland Security “consulting” Contracts concerning the US/ Mexico border. And he’s been appointed co chair to the Southwest Border Task Force by Janet Napolitano.
Nice work if you can get it.
Oct 16 2010
IS THIS IT?
Those who want to speak from their HEARTS? Minds “exploding” from RAW thoughts? Whatever you THINK it is — IS PROBABLY WHAT IT IS!!!!
Congratulations to the birth of “WRITING IN THE RAW!”
AND to our “long-distance” friend, who persists in being “raw,” but not “distant.”
Oct 16 2010
It seems that I get the most response from this series, which I enjoy writing immensely. However, entertainment is sort of trivial compared to science, so I urge everyone to read the series about science and technology that I post on Sunday evenings, Pique the Geek. No matter. The Who are one the most important bands to release music, and I am glad to write about them.
I suspect that many of you will not recognize this excellent piece of music, since it was first released in 1966, before The Who became a sensation with the release of Tommy in 1969. However, Pete Townshend always called it the parent of Tommy, and I think that it is just wonderful.
To make my point about how much influence that The Who have had in popular music, I have included several covers that many consider to be important bands these days. Many of those are good, but no one could do it better than The Who did in the day, or even later. In case you do not know, I will give you a lineup of the band from the first video.