Investigation Finds Google ‘Blacklists’ Sites from Results

Google makes many claims about its search engine. The results are not curated, they are not manipulated, and there is no blacklist of sites, says the company. However, none of these statements are true, according to an extensive investigation from The Wall Street Journal.

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‘Lest We Forget’ On the Way to be Forgotten

‘Lest We Forget’ On the Way to be ForgottenA few things occurred in the lead up to the November 11 Remembrance Day ceremonies this year. These events are proof positive the day set aside for those who fought for Canada, many making the ultimate sacrifice, is on the way out. During these times it is simply too politically incorrect to honour the country’s military.

The major occurrence was what Don Cherry, former hockey player, NHL coach and Canada’s number one patriot said on the Nov. 9 edition of Coach’s Corner. Cherry talked about how few people wear poppies these days. He said:

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52 ‘Sub-Saharan’ Illegals Arrested After Smashing Truck Through Border Post

MADRID (AP) – Media reports say a van carrying 52 migrants has smashed through border barriers between Morocco and Spain to enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.

Spanish private news agency Europa Press, citing Red Cross officials, said the van sped across the border before dawn Monday, breaking through at least one metal gate. The sub-Saharan migrants were later detained by police in the city.

Migrants gathered in Morocco normally try to scale the 6-meter (19.5 foot) wire fences that separate Ceuta from Morocco but rarely try to cross in vehicles.

Once in Ceuta, the migrants typically apply for asylum or wait for an opportunity to travel to mainland Spain.

Europa Press said four of the migrants were treated in a Ceuta hospital for minor injuries suffered in the crossing.

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Iran Clarifies Threat: Says ‘Death to America’ NOT Directed at U.S. Citizens, Rather ‘Trump, Obama and Bushes’

A senior Muslim cleric in the Iranian city of Yasoujhas sought to reassure U.S. citizens that when Iranians chant bloodcurdling threats of “Death to America”  it does not mean death to all the American people – just some.

Rather, he said it means death to American leaders past and present – including Presidents Trump, Obama, George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush – so normal citizens should not be afraid of Iran’s vengeance.

Ali Asghar Hosseini added his hope that this slogan will be realized sooner rather than later but he is prepared to wait.

He then chanted: “Death to the leaders of America!” to ensure nobody in the U.S. would be unsure of the exact nature of his call.

The sermon aired on Dena TV (Iran) and was released by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Chanting “Death to America” is a popular pastime in Iran, sometimes used as a greeting between friends and at other times as an opener or closer to large public gatherings.

Family events are also common venues for the chant where it is used to enliven proceedings.

In August, Iranians who gathered in Islam’s holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage called for Israel’s destruction as well as they as they chanted “Death to America,” as Breitbart News reported.

At a “disavowal of polytheists” ceremony in Mecca, the reading of a message from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei reportedly prompted the crowd of Iranian hajj pilgrims to spontaneously chant, “Death to America! Death to Israel! … America is the enemy of Allah! Israel is the enemy of Allah [and] should be erased from the face of the Earth!”

In April, Iranian lawmakers opened a new session of the country’s Parliament with chants of “Death to America.”

The taunt was meant as a response to the White House’s designation of Iran’s elite paramilitary Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization.

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council also registered its displeasure by calling the U.S. Central Command, known as CENTCOM, and all its forces as “terrorists”, and labeling the U.S. a “supporter of terrorism.”

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PHOTOS: Hong Kong Police Trap Students on Campus After Firebomb, Arrow Attacks

Parents of students trapped at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) after a violent weekend that set a significant percentage of the campus ablaze were reportedly “begging” police to let them see their children on Monday.

Hong Kong’s police forces raided the PolyU campus on Sunday, days after forcing the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) to shut down for the semester with a violent door-to-door operation seeking the arrests of pro-democracy protesters. Having the foresight of events at CUHK, students at PolyU appeared to prepare for an invasion with Molotov cocktails, coordinated use of umbrellas to defend from tear gas, and, in at least one attack, the use of a bow and arrow.

Images from the clashes on Sunday showed larges areas of the campus set aflame, covered in tear gas canisters, or otherwise destroyed. Police appeared to violently arrest students they believed were participating in attacks against officers, thrashing them on the group and leaving them bruised and bloodied.

Police returned to the campus early on Monday, blockading all roads around it to prevent the students from leaving. Students and parents protested that, without allowing bystanders on the campus to flee the violence, authorities would fail to restore order.

HONG KONG, CHINA - NOVEMBER 18: An anti-government protester puts out a fire at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Anti-government protesters organized a general strike since Monday as demonstrations in Hong Kong stretched into its sixth month with demands for an independent inquiry into police brutality, the retraction of the word "riot" to describe the rallies, and genuine universal suffrage. (Photo by Laurel Chor/Getty Images)

An anti-government protester puts out a fire at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18, 2019, in Hong Kong. (Photo by Laurel Chor/Getty Images)

Protesters set a fire as they march to Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on November 18, 2019. - Pro-democracy demonstrators holed up in a Hong Kong university campus set the main entrance ablaze November 18 to prevent surrounding police moving in, after officers warned they may use live rounds if confronted by deadly weapons. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) (Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)

Protesters set a fire as they march to Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on November 18, 2019. (PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)

A student tries to extinguish a fire at the entrance of Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 18, 2019. - Pro-democracy demonstrators holed up in a Hong Kong university campus set the main entrance ablaze November 18 to prevent surrounding police moving in, after officers warned they may use live rounds if confronted by deadly weapons. (Photo by Ye Aung Thu / AFP) (Photo by YE AUNG THU/AFP via Getty Images)

A student tries to extinguish a fire at the entrance of Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 18, 2019. (YE AUNG THU/AFP via Getty Images)

HONG KONG, CHINA - NOVEMBER 18: A protester lights a petrol bomb in front of a fire on a pedestrian bridge during clashes with police at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Anti-government protesters organized a general strike since Monday as demonstrations in Hong Kong stretched into its sixth month with demands for an independent inquiry into police brutality, the retraction of the word "riot" to describe the rallies, and genuine universal suffrage. (Photo by Laurel Chor/Getty Images)

A protester lights a petrol bomb in front of a fire on a pedestrian bridge during clashes with police at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18, 2019, in Hong Kong. (Laurel Chor/Getty Images)

The Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) reported that police called the move a “dispersal and arrest” operation, leaving unclear how preventing anyone from leaving the campus would facilitate “dispersal.” Police had also made pleas to the protesters this weekend to leave campus, making their attacks on those attempting to do so confounding to the protesters.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam applauded the police, calling them “very courageous” for sieging the campus on Monday. Chinese state media backed the police move, claiming students had “gone completely hysterical and acted like terrorists.”

Hong Kong’s police have failed to suppress a protest movement that erupted in June in response to a proposed law that would have allowed China to extradite any individual present in Hong Kong if accused of violating communist laws. Under the “One Country, Two Systems” policy, China cannot impose communist law in the city.

Lam has since withdrawn the extradition bill but protesters continue to demand five other concessions from the government: freedom for protesters arrested during assemblies, an end to referring to peaceful assemblies as “riots,” an independent investigation into police brutality, and the direct election of lawmakers to better prevent a repeat of the extradition bill.

“I feel worried. As a parent, I feel helpless,” the mother of a student trapped at PolyU told the broadcaster RTHK on Monday at a sit-in organized by similarly concerned parents. RTHK reported the parents were “bursting into tears and begging police officers to allow the young people inside the university to come out,” noting that, given the chaos, it was impossible to guarantee that all the students trapped inside were involved in violence.
One parent said she was protesting for the freedom of her 16-year-old son, highlighting the fact that many of those trapped are underage.

In addition to the parents, a group of secondary school principals organized a press conference in front of the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) to demand police open the PolyU campus to allow students to leave.

“We want you to be safe, we want to bring you out. It’s time for you to go home safely,” Lee Suet-ying, the former chair of the Hong Kong association of the Heads of Secondary Schools, said, addressing the students.
As many as 500 students are believed to be trapped on the PolyU campus, many with significant injuries from tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannon fire. Police reportedly stationed in a cordon surrounding the campus at 5:30 a.m. Monday morning and have been shooting tear gas at students who attempt to escape since. Many of those seen attempting to flee were not wearing black, the color of the protest movement, or in any way indicating that they were protesters – they simply attempted to run off of campus.

Police also reportedly antagonized individuals on roads leading into campus, threatening them to stay out.

A group of about 100 students attempted to flee the campus early Monday, receiving a barrage of tear gas and rubber bullets. Some hit by water cannons reportedly exhibited signs of hypothermia. They reportedly decided to run because, early Monday morning, the president of PolyU claimed that police had agreed to a “ceasefire” to allow innocent students to flee.

Images and videos from Monday morning show police stomping on students, crushing their faces on the ground, and otherwise brutalizing them.

HONG KONG, CHINA - NOVEMBER 18: Police arrest anti-government protesters at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Anti-government protesters organized a general strike since Monday as demonstrations in Hong Kong stretched into its sixth month with demands for an independent inquiry into police brutality, the retraction of the word "riot" to describe the rallies, and genuine universal suffrage. (Photo by Laurel Chor/Getty Images)

Police arrest anti-government protesters at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18, 2019, in Hong Kong. (Laurel Chor/Getty Images)

Protesters are detained by police near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 18, 2019. - Pro-democracy demonstrators holed up in a Hong Kong university campus set the main entrance ablaze on November 18 to prevent surrounding police moving in, after officers warned they may use live rounds if confronted by deadly weapons. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)

Protesters are detained by police near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom district of Hong Kong on November 18, 2019. (ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)

HONG KONG, CHINA - NOVEMBER 18: Anti-government protesters clash with police at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Anti-government protesters organized a general strike since Monday as demonstrations in Hong Kong stretched into its sixth month with demands for an independent inquiry into police brutality, the retraction of the word "riot" to describe the rallies, and genuine universal suffrage. (Photo by Laurel Chor/Getty Images)

Anti-government protesters clash with police at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 18, 2019, in Hong Kong. (Laurel Chor/Getty Images)

Police confirmed the arrest of 61 medics on campus on Sunday, leaving almost no one on campus with the ability to offer professional first aid to the students they injured.

According to PolyU student union president Ken Woo, the students fear they are running out of food and have no access to medical care despite being attacked and significantly injured. Also reportedly trapped on campus are reporters stationed there to cover the clashes. RTHK claimed that police blocked their reporters sent it to take over from the Sunday shift and those working on Sunday were still trapped inside.

Police reportedly stormed the Hung Hom PolyU campus on Sunday, looking for individuals participating in the protest movement to arrest. Protesters had stationed themselves there for a week, emboldened to defend the campus by the attack on CUHK, which resulted in not only injured students but injured school administrators. The overwhelming majority of those in the PolyU protests are believed to be students.

The protesters responded to the invasion of the campus on Sunday with fire. Many used Molotov cocktails to firebomb police and attempt to keep them out of campus. At least one student was armed with a bow and arrow, as an officer was hospitalized with an arrow lodged in his knee.

In one shocking incident caught on video, students hurled Molotov cocktails into a police truck, sending it bursting into flames. Protest leaders on social media said some of those trucks appeared to be attempting to run over the students, Tiananmen-style, resulting in the desperate defense tactic.

Chinese state media blamed the protesters completely for the police brutality on Sunday and Monday.

“Observers believed that rioters have gone completely hysterical and acted like terrorists as they attack police with lethal weapons, target innocent residents and turn campuses into battlefields,” the Global Times, a communist government newspaper, claimed on Monday, accusing protesters of making chemical weapons with laboratory materials stolen from science classes to use on police. The newspaper did not provide evidence for this accusation.

The Times disputed reports that students suffered symptoms of hypothermia after being attacked with water cannons, claiming the cannons proved “futile” against umbrellas.
Lam, the chief executive, applauded police in a Facebook post on Monday, calling the office recovering from an arrow wound “very courageous” and stating that, during a visit with him, the officer said he would return to work as soon as possible.

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Starbucks open-bathroom policy driving customers away -study

Woke as ever, Starbucks touted its rising profit from same-store sales as an indicator its policies and plans, presumably its open-bathroom policy, was working.

That was the policy put into place to allow all comers, whether the homeless, the drug addicted, or the general bums to use the store bathrooms without buying a thing. It happened in response to a racial incident with some non-paying customers who wanted to use the facilities, including the table space and the bathrooms or else ‘racism.’ Starbucks was all apologies and bent over backwards to accomodate everyone involved.

Not so fast.

A Texas study finds that actually, there might be a problem, according to this report from Yahoo! Finance:

SBUX) changes to its bathroom policy appear to be impacting foot traffic for the coffee giant, despite sales that have outpaced expectations, according to recent data.” data-reactid=”15″ type=”text”>Starbucks’ (SBUX) changes to its bathroom policy appear to be impacting foot traffic for the coffee giant, despite sales that have outpaced expectations, according to recent data.

Since opening its bathroom doors to the public in the wake of a controversial incident in Philadelphia, the coffee giant has seen a 6.8% drop in store attendance per month relative to other coffee shops nearby, according to the findings of a joint study from the University of Texas at Dallas and Boston College.

“When you throw open the policy to let people come in and just use the bathrooms and the tables, maybe people come in and find the bathrooms are dirty, and the tables are crowded,” David Solomon, Assistant Professor at Boston College Carroll School of Management, told YFi PM. “And so they don’t buy the coffee as well.”

Starbucks was quick to decry the report as nonsense, citing its fine overall store numbers.

“Customers are visiting Starbucks at record numbers,” a spokesperson told Yahoo Finance. “Rather than tracking cell phone data without user knowledge, we see real customers in our stores and the connections they make with our partners (employees) every day across more than 31,000 stores.”

And, if you look at its most recent 4th quarter and full year 2019 report, yes, same-store sales are up and more stores have opened. 

But there are some caveats. 

Starbucks says it has more than 31,000 stores. The open-bathroom policy may be in place everywhere, but it’s likely that only the blue cities which encourage homelessness are the ones seeing the greatest drops in traffic. The Texas study only looked at some of Starbucks’s stores, some 10,000 of tem, which were in areas where other rival coffee shops were present. That sounds like blue city dynamics to me.

It’s natural to think that letting the homeless in would be a traffic deterent. Assuming there was table space, who would want to share a space with someone who might be doing drugs or using the space to panhandle or plan robberies. It’s a no-brainer to other stores, which are posting even higher profits, but Starbucks keeps sticking to its policy. Here are some same-store sales figures from what analysts call Starbucks’s nearest rival, Dunkin’ Donuts.

Stock investors always look for the group leader among similar industried stocks. If the Dunkin’ Donuts figure is anything like it was last year. it might just be customer flight, as the study suspected.

 

Woke as ever, Starbucks touted its rising profit from same-store sales as an indicator its policies and plans, presumably its open-bathroom policy, was working.

That was the policy put into place to allow all comers, whether the homeless, the drug addicted, or the general bums to use the store bathrooms without buying a thing. It happened in response to a racial incident with some non-paying customers who wanted to use the facilities, including the table space and the bathrooms or else ‘racism.’ Starbucks was all apologies and bent over backwards to accomodate everyone involved.

Not so fast.

A Texas study finds that actually, there might be a problem, according to this report from Yahoo! Finance:

SBUX) changes to its bathroom policy appear to be impacting foot traffic for the coffee giant, despite sales that have outpaced expectations, according to recent data.” data-reactid=”15″ type=”text”>Starbucks’ (SBUX) changes to its bathroom policy appear to be impacting foot traffic for the coffee giant, despite sales that have outpaced expectations, according to recent data.

Since opening its bathroom doors to the public in the wake of a controversial incident in Philadelphia, the coffee giant has seen a 6.8% drop in store attendance per month relative to other coffee shops nearby, according to the findings of a joint study from the University of Texas at Dallas and Boston College.

“When you throw open the policy to let people come in and just use the bathrooms and the tables, maybe people come in and find the bathrooms are dirty, and the tables are crowded,” David Solomon, Assistant Professor at Boston College Carroll School of Management, told YFi PM. “And so they don’t buy the coffee as well.”

Starbucks was quick to decry the report as nonsense, citing its fine overall store numbers.

“Customers are visiting Starbucks at record numbers,” a spokesperson told Yahoo Finance. “Rather than tracking cell phone data without user knowledge, we see real customers in our stores and the connections they make with our partners (employees) every day across more than 31,000 stores.”

And, if you look at its most recent 4th quarter and full year 2019 report, yes, same-store sales are up and more stores have opened. 

But there are some caveats. 

Starbucks says it has more than 31,000 stores. The open-bathroom policy may be in place everywhere, but it’s likely that only the blue cities which encourage homelessness are the ones seeing the greatest drops in traffic. The Texas study only looked at some of Starbucks’s stores, some 10,000 of tem, which were in areas where other rival coffee shops were present. That sounds like blue city dynamics to me.

It’s natural to think that letting the homeless in would be a traffic deterent. Assuming there was table space, who would want to share a space with someone who might be doing drugs or using the space to panhandle or plan robberies. It’s a no-brainer to other stores, which are posting even higher profits, but Starbucks keeps sticking to its policy. Here are some same-store sales figures from what analysts call Starbucks’s nearest rival, Dunkin’ Donuts.

Stock investors always look for the group leader among similar industried stocks. If the Dunkin’ Donuts figure is anything like it was last year. it might just be customer flight, as the study suspected.

 

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Arrests Made After Anti-Trump Protesters Allegedly Spark Bloody Melee, Use Scooter as a Weapon: Report

They were a drop in an ocean of Democrats gathered for California’s Democratic convention on Saturday, but a small gaggle of Trump supporters still drew the ire of counter-protesters who sparked a violent incident that led to three arrests. About a dozen people showed their support for President Donald Trump by taking to the street…

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Why Everyone Should Fear Universal Healthcare

Three weeks ago, I was struck with an intensely painful, and briefly highly dangerous, MSSA staph infection, with a full recovery underway.

The experience, plus time on my hands recuperating, has given me a personal appreciation of the coming nightmare of universal healthcare.

The month-long recuperating period has afforded me the opportunity to think holistically about my medical experience, especially as it relates to health care policy.

My conclusions are based solely on direct experience, in particular what I learned watching the system operate up close and personal.

Given my general conservative political views, I am mindful that I do not want to take advantage of “patient” status to discuss grander matters of health care.

So here goes, with apologies in advance if this post steps too far into the stream.

I leave from the story that it took eight days from the onset of the severe pain until I was under genuine medical care. As it turns out, the pain was due to a raging staph infection in my bloodstream, whereas my doctors to date had convinced themselves that it was a disc pull.

The unfortunate consequence was eight days without a blood test.  I was even discharged by the attending Emergency Room doctor with instructions to get a massage, which I did, to my walloping regret.

In retrospect, I believe it is fair to chalk up the missed diagnosis to normal bad luck and a difficult to diagnose condition. I focus instead only on the medical care received once I was properly admitted to one of the best hospitals in the U.S., in a luxurious (and expensive) private room, getting exceptional attention.

Here is the one thing I want to communicate, without being polemical or partisan.

Under Elizabeth Warren’s plan, or anything resembling a dramatic increase in demand for health care, inevitable once health is declared a “right,” no less a fundamental human right, I never would have left that hospital alive. Without any doubt.

Why?

For a couple of reasons that I want to share.

Most proximately, I saw firsthand how extremely limited already are the expensive diagnostics that were required to understand, and then treat, my condition.

In four days, I had two intensive MRIs, one Pet scan, two specialized ultrasounds, a swallow the camera procedure known as TEE, and an intensive Interventional Radiology procedure done inside a CAT scan (the actual interventional procedure that got me out of the danger zone).

To put it bluntly, the system is already stretched beyond capacity. Even my doctors were careful to say that they could not promise when I would be scheduled for each procedure.

Now add the huge increase in demand that is the whole point of universal health care. Starting first with these machines, the system will unequivocally break. In every other part of the world with a form of universal health care, the wait time for MRIs and the like has expanded to 30 days or more.

There is absolutely no chance I could have survived this type of delay, and when you consider the unusual quantity of such procedures that I received in a compressed four days, my personal outlook would have been a foregone conclusion.

Beyond the machine time, in the hospital you see the extreme forms of rationing already in effect for doctor time. In total, during the height of the crisis, I probably spoke directly with doctors for a total of fifteen minutes a day. Not to say they were not working on my behalf at other times, but you feel the unbelievable pressure they are under every second that they are speaking with you.

Add one more element that was the central problem in my case. No one knew where the true problem was hiding, and so they had to explore all, cardiac, pulmonary, neurologic, autoimmune, internal, chief among them. When I asked the supervising internist (whom I will return to in a moment), how they reached consensus decisions in this complex setting, she put a hard stop to my question. “I never meet these people, ever.”  Rather there is a central file that all specialists consult and, based on their reading of the evidence, recommend a course of action.

Put simply, in a universal health care system, anyone who happens to be suffering from a multi-dimensional set of ailments, or diagnostic complexity, is quite literally doomed. The system today, clumsy as it is, will assuredly be replaced with something orders of magnitude worse-unalterable authorized procedures. You will at best get what the system can afford, on average, for most patients. If you happen to fall outside of that world, tough luck.

The third area of rationing that is coming is with respect to prescribed medication. For reasons of cost, the reimbursed and allowable medications will be, on average, sharply reduced. In my case, I would never have received authorization for self-administered morphine, which even now required me to engage in a titanic struggle. No less would I have been given several times the typical fentanyl dosage during the vital, but unexpectedly long IR procedure.

Next we come to nursing services. It is inevitable that as much of doctoring and health care that seemingly can be offloaded to lower cost nurses, will be offloaded. In my case, the expensive luxury ward nursing services were quite good, and occasionally above and beyond compassionate care (you learn a great deal in the wee hours of a sixteen-day hospital stay how a hospital operates). But all that said, it still took time, sometimes quite long, for nursing to respond. They too are so obviously already working at capacity.

Now at last we are ready for the supervising, and therefore decision-making internist, who at bottom is entirely representative of the doctoring to come in universal health care. Once the crisis passed, her entire medical focus was on getting me discharged as fast as possible. In the future world, my hard-staring, pitiless internist will become yards more pitiless and the standards for discharge ever more stringent and stingy.

All of this is my directly observed experience. Independently the economic system will be eviscerated by new taxes, inevitably falling especially hard on the middle class (only so many 1%ers in the end, and not nearly enough to pay for what is coming).

Due to low reimbursement rates, innovation will suffer, the greatest cost of all, but also entirely unseen, in all phases, vaccines, medication, medical equipment and innovative procedures.

Last but not least, the harsh, inhumane conditions imposed on doctors will result in a declining supply of care, especially among the most valuable and experienced cohort of older doctors, who will inevitably choose retirement. This will yet further, alarmingly, increase the calamitous rationing about to descend upon us.

That’s it.

As I said at the outset, I do not mean to be provocative here in a political sense. It is simply my heartfelt observations after a particularly intense engagement in Health Care World as a patient. Usually, and hopefully, we read about such political proposals from a healthy chair at the table. Switching seats turns out to really matter. And since inevitably all of us will one day be there, opposition to universal health care ought to be a shared goal crossing partisan lines.

Graphic credit: Skyluke

Three weeks ago, I was struck with an intensely painful, and briefly highly dangerous, MSSA staph infection, with a full recovery underway.

The experience, plus time on my hands recuperating, has given me a personal appreciation of the coming nightmare of universal healthcare.

The month-long recuperating period has afforded me the opportunity to think holistically about my medical experience, especially as it relates to health care policy.

My conclusions are based solely on direct experience, in particular what I learned watching the system operate up close and personal.

Given my general conservative political views, I am mindful that I do not want to take advantage of “patient” status to discuss grander matters of health care.

So here goes, with apologies in advance if this post steps too far into the stream.

I leave from the story that it took eight days from the onset of the severe pain until I was under genuine medical care. As it turns out, the pain was due to a raging staph infection in my bloodstream, whereas my doctors to date had convinced themselves that it was a disc pull.

The unfortunate consequence was eight days without a blood test.  I was even discharged by the attending Emergency Room doctor with instructions to get a massage, which I did, to my walloping regret.

In retrospect, I believe it is fair to chalk up the missed diagnosis to normal bad luck and a difficult to diagnose condition. I focus instead only on the medical care received once I was properly admitted to one of the best hospitals in the U.S., in a luxurious (and expensive) private room, getting exceptional attention.

Here is the one thing I want to communicate, without being polemical or partisan.

Under Elizabeth Warren’s plan, or anything resembling a dramatic increase in demand for health care, inevitable once health is declared a “right,” no less a fundamental human right, I never would have left that hospital alive. Without any doubt.

Why?

For a couple of reasons that I want to share.

Most proximately, I saw firsthand how extremely limited already are the expensive diagnostics that were required to understand, and then treat, my condition.

In four days, I had two intensive MRIs, one Pet scan, two specialized ultrasounds, a swallow the camera procedure known as TEE, and an intensive Interventional Radiology procedure done inside a CAT scan (the actual interventional procedure that got me out of the danger zone).

To put it bluntly, the system is already stretched beyond capacity. Even my doctors were careful to say that they could not promise when I would be scheduled for each procedure.

Now add the huge increase in demand that is the whole point of universal health care. Starting first with these machines, the system will unequivocally break. In every other part of the world with a form of universal health care, the wait time for MRIs and the like has expanded to 30 days or more.

There is absolutely no chance I could have survived this type of delay, and when you consider the unusual quantity of such procedures that I received in a compressed four days, my personal outlook would have been a foregone conclusion.

Beyond the machine time, in the hospital you see the extreme forms of rationing already in effect for doctor time. In total, during the height of the crisis, I probably spoke directly with doctors for a total of fifteen minutes a day. Not to say they were not working on my behalf at other times, but you feel the unbelievable pressure they are under every second that they are speaking with you.

Add one more element that was the central problem in my case. No one knew where the true problem was hiding, and so they had to explore all, cardiac, pulmonary, neurologic, autoimmune, internal, chief among them. When I asked the supervising internist (whom I will return to in a moment), how they reached consensus decisions in this complex setting, she put a hard stop to my question. “I never meet these people, ever.”  Rather there is a central file that all specialists consult and, based on their reading of the evidence, recommend a course of action.

Put simply, in a universal health care system, anyone who happens to be suffering from a multi-dimensional set of ailments, or diagnostic complexity, is quite literally doomed. The system today, clumsy as it is, will assuredly be replaced with something orders of magnitude worse-unalterable authorized procedures. You will at best get what the system can afford, on average, for most patients. If you happen to fall outside of that world, tough luck.

The third area of rationing that is coming is with respect to prescribed medication. For reasons of cost, the reimbursed and allowable medications will be, on average, sharply reduced. In my case, I would never have received authorization for self-administered morphine, which even now required me to engage in a titanic struggle. No less would I have been given several times the typical fentanyl dosage during the vital, but unexpectedly long IR procedure.

Next we come to nursing services. It is inevitable that as much of doctoring and health care that seemingly can be offloaded to lower cost nurses, will be offloaded. In my case, the expensive luxury ward nursing services were quite good, and occasionally above and beyond compassionate care (you learn a great deal in the wee hours of a sixteen-day hospital stay how a hospital operates). But all that said, it still took time, sometimes quite long, for nursing to respond. They too are so obviously already working at capacity.

Now at last we are ready for the supervising, and therefore decision-making internist, who at bottom is entirely representative of the doctoring to come in universal health care. Once the crisis passed, her entire medical focus was on getting me discharged as fast as possible. In the future world, my hard-staring, pitiless internist will become yards more pitiless and the standards for discharge ever more stringent and stingy.

All of this is my directly observed experience. Independently the economic system will be eviscerated by new taxes, inevitably falling especially hard on the middle class (only so many 1%ers in the end, and not nearly enough to pay for what is coming).

Due to low reimbursement rates, innovation will suffer, the greatest cost of all, but also entirely unseen, in all phases, vaccines, medication, medical equipment and innovative procedures.

Last but not least, the harsh, inhumane conditions imposed on doctors will result in a declining supply of care, especially among the most valuable and experienced cohort of older doctors, who will inevitably choose retirement. This will yet further, alarmingly, increase the calamitous rationing about to descend upon us.

That’s it.

As I said at the outset, I do not mean to be provocative here in a political sense. It is simply my heartfelt observations after a particularly intense engagement in Health Care World as a patient. Usually, and hopefully, we read about such political proposals from a healthy chair at the table. Switching seats turns out to really matter. And since inevitably all of us will one day be there, opposition to universal health care ought to be a shared goal crossing partisan lines.

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Impeachment Lesson: Cut Government

This current impeachment theater is the equivalent of Caddyshack II, a sequel so dreadful that nobody is bothering to tune in.     

Even my liberal colleagues who despise President Donald Trump can’t be bothered watch.  It’s as if everyone not named Chris Wallace knows this is a complete sham.  The stock market yawned as it rocketed upwards.

What we have is a parade of bureaucratic power players preening before friendly Democrats to complain that nobody listens to their sage counsel and that the president has the audacity to think he decides foreign policy. 

The biggest villain in this ill-begotten administrative coup sequel is Joe Biden, whose corruption is so obscene that even ruthlessly friendly media can’t keep it from sneaking through.  Hunter Biden sucked in dirty Ukrainian cash like he was hooked up to a beer bong, getting drunk on his father’s political influence. 

For proof of the damage, look no further than a rising Pete Buttigieg, who is now in the lead in Iowa.

Democrats think our national interests are items to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.  Win elections, become multimillionaires, complain about billionaires while offering to drink beer with the peasants.  Rinse and repeat.   

The media reacted in horror when the phrase “I hired Donald Trump to fire people like Yovanovitch” trended on Twitter.  The idea that a sentiment shared by nearly all rational-minded people would catch fire was inexplicable to the outraged media and the Twitter overlords.

But this really gets to the heart of what is going on here and is the biggest lesson of the Schiff Show.  The only way to drain the swamp is to cut the bureaucracy.  That is accomplished by firing as many Yovanovitchs as possible.  

This story centers around the disloyal bureaucrats on the Ukrainian desk, but they are representative of the entire bureaucracy. 

Every Republican president starts day one on the job in charge of a massive disloyal workforce.  Follow the money.  Almost every single dollar, to the tune of 95%, donated by a federal bureaucrat during the 2016 election went to Hillary Clinton. 

This is a massive challenge for every Republican president.  One of the easiest jobs in the world is being a Democratic president.  The federal bureaucracy quite literally worships you.  The media, academia, and entertainment industries call in supporting fires to portray every move as a Nobel Prize-worthy gesture. 

The corollary to this is that the hardest job in the world is to be a Republican president.  The executive branch workers you oversee despise you and seek to undermine every move. They are the head of the resistance, the very heart of the deep state snake. 

To date, the biggest mistake that President Trump made was not firing every political appointee from the previous administration on his first hour in office.  They quite literally saw themselves as the leaders of the resistance.  Chalk that up to bad advice he was getting from the establishment Republicans he brought on board in the early days of his administration. 

Every government agency sings homilies to the “diversity is our strength” catechism of the church of liberalism.  But not a single agency actually has the one form of diversity that truly matters, diversity of thought.  The entire government is one giant exercise in leftist groupthink. 

When a Republican is president, the entire government is one giant “whistleblower” operation, as low-level bureaucrats whistle at their Democrat allies and the press who strut by their offices.         

The deep state is not very deep at all.  It is the entire state.  When the entire bureaucracy is leftist in orientation, “resistance” happens quite organically and naturally.  The bureaucrats believe they are on the side of the angels as they spend their well-compensated hours acting to undermine the very president they are supposed to serve as a sedition squad.

During the impeachment shenanigans, the veneer frequently slips off, as it did when Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman indicated that the president was undermining U.S. national security, clearly believing that the bureaucracy should set foreign policy instead of the president.

Almost every Republican agency head oversees a hostile workforce, some worse than others.  Imagine going to work as Betsy DeVos each day at the Department of Education knowing your entire, mostly worthless staff hates you and is seeking your scalp.  The State Department is another leftist cesspool where Republicans need not apply.  It takes a very strong person to be successful in these dens of vipers.    

Every single word and action by a Republican political appointee is under hostile scrutiny by the bureaucracy.  Within this environment, impeachment is a standard power play of the Democrats, because the bureaucracy is constantly feeding them fodder. 

Consider that Democrats have tried to impeach every elected Republican president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.  Republicans?  They’ve only done it once when they grudgingly impeached Jeffrey Epstein’s bosom buddy in a case that was beyond a slam dunk. 

Impeachment was a near certainty before President Trump even took office since the collective psychosis was already taking hold.  I took my daughters to a young adult writer conference in Charleston a couple days after the election.  That was a mistake.  The writers and organizers were in a state of shock and were regularly breaking into profanity-laced tirades.  At the keystone event, the organizers and writers told the audience of hundreds of young people that they were all part of the resistance now. 

We literally felt like we were in the middle of a giant breakout of mass psychosis.  But, three years later, the entire Democrat party is suffering from the same insanity. 

This is not going to trend better as Democrats become more extreme.  It is highly doubtful that there will ever again be an effective Republican president not tossed into the impeachment briar patch. 

The best solution that President Trump could offer the nation during his second term is to cut the bureaucracy, and not with a scalpel.  It may be impossible to actually drain the swamp, because Swampy McSwampthing is a Democrat monster protected by Democrats.  But, as the temporary head of that bureaucracy, he can certainly shrink it and take away a lot of its power through hiring freezes and concerted pressure. 

My hope is that it becomes one of his biggest priorities following reelection.  We have the worst government that near limitless wads of cash can buy.  The federal government employs over two million, which doesn’t sound too bad.  But that number is an accounting sleight of hand.  America has close to four million contract workers supporting that bureaucracy, a number that has exploded in recent years.  Both numbers should be rolled way back, perhaps cut in half.  This would likely serve a few goals – making the government a leaner and more effective organization, reducing some of the seditious tendencies of an entirely liberal bureaucracy, and saving much-needed money that America simply cannot afford to throw into the government shredder. 

We did indeed hire President Trump to fire the Yovanovitchs and a healthy chunk of the unhealthy bureaucracy.  My hope is that the Schiff Show further drives home the imperative of getting it done.   

This current impeachment theater is the equivalent of Caddyshack II, a sequel so dreadful that nobody is bothering to tune in.     

Even my liberal colleagues who despise President Donald Trump can’t be bothered watch.  It’s as if everyone not named Chris Wallace knows this is a complete sham.  The stock market yawned as it rocketed upwards.

What we have is a parade of bureaucratic power players preening before friendly Democrats to complain that nobody listens to their sage counsel and that the president has the audacity to think he decides foreign policy. 

The biggest villain in this ill-begotten administrative coup sequel is Joe Biden, whose corruption is so obscene that even ruthlessly friendly media can’t keep it from sneaking through.  Hunter Biden sucked in dirty Ukrainian cash like he was hooked up to a beer bong, getting drunk on his father’s political influence. 

For proof of the damage, look no further than a rising Pete Buttigieg, who is now in the lead in Iowa.

Democrats think our national interests are items to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.  Win elections, become multimillionaires, complain about billionaires while offering to drink beer with the peasants.  Rinse and repeat.   

The media reacted in horror when the phrase “I hired Donald Trump to fire people like Yovanovitch” trended on Twitter.  The idea that a sentiment shared by nearly all rational-minded people would catch fire was inexplicable to the outraged media and the Twitter overlords.

But this really gets to the heart of what is going on here and is the biggest lesson of the Schiff Show.  The only way to drain the swamp is to cut the bureaucracy.  That is accomplished by firing as many Yovanovitchs as possible.  

This story centers around the disloyal bureaucrats on the Ukrainian desk, but they are representative of the entire bureaucracy. 

Every Republican president starts day one on the job in charge of a massive disloyal workforce.  Follow the money.  Almost every single dollar, to the tune of 95%, donated by a federal bureaucrat during the 2016 election went to Hillary Clinton. 

This is a massive challenge for every Republican president.  One of the easiest jobs in the world is being a Democratic president.  The federal bureaucracy quite literally worships you.  The media, academia, and entertainment industries call in supporting fires to portray every move as a Nobel Prize-worthy gesture. 

The corollary to this is that the hardest job in the world is to be a Republican president.  The executive branch workers you oversee despise you and seek to undermine every move. They are the head of the resistance, the very heart of the deep state snake. 

To date, the biggest mistake that President Trump made was not firing every political appointee from the previous administration on his first hour in office.  They quite literally saw themselves as the leaders of the resistance.  Chalk that up to bad advice he was getting from the establishment Republicans he brought on board in the early days of his administration. 

Every government agency sings homilies to the “diversity is our strength” catechism of the church of liberalism.  But not a single agency actually has the one form of diversity that truly matters, diversity of thought.  The entire government is one giant exercise in leftist groupthink. 

When a Republican is president, the entire government is one giant “whistleblower” operation, as low-level bureaucrats whistle at their Democrat allies and the press who strut by their offices.         

The deep state is not very deep at all.  It is the entire state.  When the entire bureaucracy is leftist in orientation, “resistance” happens quite organically and naturally.  The bureaucrats believe they are on the side of the angels as they spend their well-compensated hours acting to undermine the very president they are supposed to serve as a sedition squad.

During the impeachment shenanigans, the veneer frequently slips off, as it did when Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman indicated that the president was undermining U.S. national security, clearly believing that the bureaucracy should set foreign policy instead of the president.

Almost every Republican agency head oversees a hostile workforce, some worse than others.  Imagine going to work as Betsy DeVos each day at the Department of Education knowing your entire, mostly worthless staff hates you and is seeking your scalp.  The State Department is another leftist cesspool where Republicans need not apply.  It takes a very strong person to be successful in these dens of vipers.    

Every single word and action by a Republican political appointee is under hostile scrutiny by the bureaucracy.  Within this environment, impeachment is a standard power play of the Democrats, because the bureaucracy is constantly feeding them fodder. 

Consider that Democrats have tried to impeach every elected Republican president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.  Republicans?  They’ve only done it once when they grudgingly impeached Jeffrey Epstein’s bosom buddy in a case that was beyond a slam dunk. 

Impeachment was a near certainty before President Trump even took office since the collective psychosis was already taking hold.  I took my daughters to a young adult writer conference in Charleston a couple days after the election.  That was a mistake.  The writers and organizers were in a state of shock and were regularly breaking into profanity-laced tirades.  At the keystone event, the organizers and writers told the audience of hundreds of young people that they were all part of the resistance now. 

We literally felt like we were in the middle of a giant breakout of mass psychosis.  But, three years later, the entire Democrat party is suffering from the same insanity. 

This is not going to trend better as Democrats become more extreme.  It is highly doubtful that there will ever again be an effective Republican president not tossed into the impeachment briar patch. 

The best solution that President Trump could offer the nation during his second term is to cut the bureaucracy, and not with a scalpel.  It may be impossible to actually drain the swamp, because Swampy McSwampthing is a Democrat monster protected by Democrats.  But, as the temporary head of that bureaucracy, he can certainly shrink it and take away a lot of its power through hiring freezes and concerted pressure. 

My hope is that it becomes one of his biggest priorities following reelection.  We have the worst government that near limitless wads of cash can buy.  The federal government employs over two million, which doesn’t sound too bad.  But that number is an accounting sleight of hand.  America has close to four million contract workers supporting that bureaucracy, a number that has exploded in recent years.  Both numbers should be rolled way back, perhaps cut in half.  This would likely serve a few goals – making the government a leaner and more effective organization, reducing some of the seditious tendencies of an entirely liberal bureaucracy, and saving much-needed money that America simply cannot afford to throw into the government shredder. 

We did indeed hire President Trump to fire the Yovanovitchs and a healthy chunk of the unhealthy bureaucracy.  My hope is that the Schiff Show further drives home the imperative of getting it done.   

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HUGE: Schifty Schiff’s Next Witness, Molly Montgomery, is Deep State Plant Under VP Pence with Connections to Whistleblower Eric Ciaramella and George Soros

Of course the whole Shifty Schiff Sham is based on lies and misinformation from numerous Deep State plants.  Lying Schiff’s Tuesday witness, Molly Montgomery, is another Deep State plant who was removed from the White House with ties to whistleblower Eric Ciaramella and George Soros.

Deep State member Molly Montgomery was on CNN a few days ago where she claimed that morale at the State Department was at historic lows.  This apparently was due to budget cuts.  CNN was more than happy to promote this.  Montgomery said (which she later posted on her Twitter account):

Well, morale is at a historic low at the State department and this is because Secretary Tillerson and now Secretary Pompeo have championed budget cuts. Their staff have engaged in politically motivated harassment and retaliation and abusive behavior and they failed to fill key positions. And so the State Department really, far from having swagger, is limping along at the moment.

Montgomery next beamed on Twitter of an event at a DC Jazz Club where fellow Deep Stater and former Ambassador in the Ukraine, Marie Yovanovich, was cheered upon entering the club after her testimony on Friday in front of the Schiff Sham:

Montgomery left the White House in 2018 after she worked for VP Mike Pence for a year. 

She then landed at the far left Brookings Institution where she proudly displays her time spent with VP Pence:

Molly Montgomery is a nonresident fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, where her work focuses on Central and Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans, and trans-Atlantic security. Montgomery is also a vice president in the Europe practice at Albright Stonebridge Group.

A veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service, Montgomery served most recently in the White House, where she advised the vice president on strategy, policy development, and engagement toward Europe. Her other assignments included U.S. Embassies Riga, Sarajevo, and Kabul and U.S. Consulate General Dubai. At the State Department, she served in the Office of the Secretary and the Office of Eastern European Affairs.

But this was no doubt before the VP learned who she really was – a Deep State plant.

In May 2016, whistleblower Eric Ciaramella sent a confidential email to his colleagues at the State Department rated with high importance.  Ciaramella included a number of individuals in the highly redacted email, including Molly Montgomery, Kathleen Kavalec, Victoria Nuland, Charles Kupchan and Elisabeth Zentos.

At about this time, Ciaramella was busy obtaining USAID in the Ukraine.  He also found time to meet George Soros lackey Olga Bielkova, in DC, along with Zentos in April 2016.  Bielkova met John McCain’s assistant David Kramer on the same day.

Liz Zentos and Eric Ciaramella were also part of the “Committee on Loan Guarantee to Ukraine”. The series of emails regarding the loan guarantee to the Ukraine were sent on May 27, 2016, one day after Eric Ciaramella’s email above sent to the State Department confidants including Molly Montgomery.

Since then Montgomery has actively worked to undermine the Trump Administration.  Last week she further trashed the Trump Administration –

Marco Werman: Molly, you’ve been listening today to Marie Yovanovitch. Like a lot of people, what’s jumped out at you?

Molly Montgomery: Absolutely. Well, first off, let me just say that Ambassador Yovanovitch is a profile in courage, as are George Kent and Bill Taylor, who testified yesterday. And I think what comes across so clearly in her testimony today is just what the United States is missing out on by sidelining its career officials.

What do you think the long-term consequences are for US diplomacy of her testimony?

Well, it certainly has made clear to the American people and to the world that our foreign policy and the State Department are in shambles. And I don’t think you have to look any further than the way she has been treated and others in the State Department have been treated to understand why. I fully agree with her characterization that the department has been hollowed out. And unfortunately, diplomacy is a craft that takes years, if not decades, to learn. And so that expertise will not be able to be replaced quickly or easily. It’s a real loss to us.

“Well, it certainly has made clear to the American people and to the world that our foreign policy and the State Department are in shambles.”

These Deep State hacks like Ciaramella, Nuland and Montgomery are really disgusting people.

People of integrity would never say the things that Montgomery said about the current President and his team.  It’s clear these people are far left spies working to destroy the current administration.

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