Thursday, September 21, 2017

If Bill Cassidy has't read his own bill, perhaps someone should.

US Senator Cassidy is one of the authors of the controversial bill. He didn't read it?


This is Title I of the bill. The bill reaches back to 2010 to the monies accumulated over four years to implement the Medicaid Expansion. 


Allow cronies to get their monies back out of the federal government since 2010?

(2) REPEAL.— 19 (A) IN GENERAL.—Subpart C of part IV 20 of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal 21 Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking 22 section 36B. 

§36B. Refundable credit for coverage under a qualified health plan (click here)

This entire section is to be eliminated.

(a) In general

In the case of an applicable taxpayer, there shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this subtitle for any taxable year an amount equal to the premium assistance credit amount of the taxpayer for the taxable year.


Paul Manafort's celebrity will bring alerts to his past activities, like "Was he involved with the Panama Papers?"

Ukraine has been pursuing a case against the former President Viktor Yanukovych. Manafort's name is going to come up. It would be interesting if Manafort becomes a witness for the prosecution in more than just the USA.

March 21, 2017
By Gabrielle Levy

...In documents (click here) released by Serhiy Leshchenko, a journalist and lawmaker, Manafort is alleged to have laundered $750,000, via a Belize-based company, in October 2009. That would have pre-dated Manafort's work for the Trump campaign.

 have found during this investigation that [Manafort] used offshore jurisdictions and falsified invoices to get money from the corrupt Ukrainian leader," Leshchenko said during a news conference in Kiev on Tuesday, according to The Washington Post.

In August, when Manafort was the chairman of then-GOP nominee Trump's campaign, Ukrainian anti-corruption officials revealed the discovery of a so-called "black ledger" that included Manafort as the recipient of 22 payments totalling $12.7 million in under-the-table cash payments between 2007 and 2012....

It is an ongoing process in Ukraine.

July 24, 2017

The prosecutor of the Main Military Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine, (click here) Ruslan Kravchenko, who is conducting the high treason case against former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych , was arrested in absentia in the Russian Federation for allegedly "unlawfully bringing to justice" an admiral from the Russian Federation, Russian media reported.

Reports say that according to Russia, "Russian citizen Admiral Alexander Vitko was deliberately, unlawfully brought to justice for political reasons in Ukraine in 2014." Kravchenko oversaw the procedural activities in this case. The second person arrested in absentia is Vadym Pryimachok who led the investigation.

"At the request of the investigator, Basmanny District Court chose in absentia a punitive measure against Kravchenko and Pryimachok in the form of detention," the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation said.

Vitko, the commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is accused of encroachment on the integrity of Ukraine in connection with the annexation of the Crimea....
Mexico won't be paying for a US border wall.

Restructuring Mexico's infrastructure may be a priority.

Kindly let me say one thing about the circumstances in Mexico.

This was a very severe earthquake. It will be some time before the dead are known and the degree the infrastructure is damaged.

There may be a loss of expertise among the dead that would normally expedite these rescue efforts. The international community may want to send experts to the degree there is safety in this region. Communicate by cell phone and provide stability to the efforts.

Shake Map (click here)

September 21, 2017
By Ross Logan and Will Kirby
Relief efforts have not stopped (click here) since the quake struck with volunteer rescue teams, known as 'moles', crawling under the rubble to locate and rescue those trapped by falling debris.
Some Mexico City residents slept in the street while authorities and volunteers set up tented collection centers to distribute food and water.
Volunteers, soldiers and firefighters formed human chains and dug with hammers and picks to find dust-covered survivors and dead bodies in the remains of apartment buildings, schools and a factory.
Del Valle, a middle-class neighbourhood in the capital, was among those hit hardest by the quake and all but a few buildings on one street were reduced to rubble....
Mexico City, (click here) the country's capital, has been reduced to rubble and what isn't rubble may not be safe. I am wondering how appropriate it would be for the military to move into the region and assist people from the danger zone. When and if that happens exposure to towns and cities OCCUPIED by drug cartels may become a danger to displaced Mexicans.

The international community may want to assess the deepest needs of Mexico at this time.
It may be time for the IMF to reassess the ideas for a safer population away from the fault zones causing these issues. If there is a vision of a stronger and more peaceful Mexico that can come out of these two enormous earthquakes then maybe that should happen. 

If the earthquakes are this much of a disruption of the government it may also be as much a disruption to the cartels. There shouldn't be missed opportunities.

Children found alive in Mexican earthquake, but, are still in peril. NEEDS INTERNATIONAL HELP!

September 21, 2017
by Matt Gutman, M.I. Nestal and Morgan Winsor

Rescuers continue (click here) to frantically dig through the rubble of a collapsed school in Mexico City two days after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck, killing hundreds.
It has become a race against time to save the children inside the crumbled structure. A pediatrician who is caring for the children once they have been extricated said the biggest threat facing those still inside the rubble is hypothermia....
Basic rescue equipment such as inflatable pillows to raise concrete off sensitive areas. There are basic medical supplies direly needed.

The USA has it's own problems, but certainly there is equipment that can find itself to Mexico to assist the people there.

There are at least three major storms in that satellite, but, the National Hurrican Center is no longer tracking Lee.

September 21, 2017

Jose is a tropical storm and still causing problems.


37.90 -70.80 09/20/00Z 60 973 TROPICAL STORM
38.40 -70.30 09/20/06Z 55 975 TROPICAL STORM
39.00 -70.00 09/20/12Z 60 976 TROPICAL STORM
39.20 -69.10 09/21/00Z 60 976 TROPICAL STORM
39.50 -68.20 09/21/00Z 50 982 TROPICAL STORM
39.80 -67.80 09/21/06Z 50 982 TROPICAL STORM

Maria is a deadly storm and continues it's trouble.


17.30 -64.70 09/20/00Z 150 909 HURRICANE-5
17.90 -65.60 09/20/06Z 135 917 HURRICANE-4
18.40 -66.50 09/20/12Z 120 930 HURRICANE-4
18.80 -67.30 09/20/18Z 95 957 HURRICANE-2
19.20 -67.90 09/21/00Z 95 959 HURRICANE-2
19.60 -68.40 09/21/06Z 100 959 HURRICANE-3

I thought there would be a tornado or two, but, Oregon?

September 20, 2017
UNISYS Water Vapor Satellite of north and west hemisphere

September 20, 2017

Five barns on a dairy farm (click here) were heavily damaged Tuesday afternoon when a tornado touched down near Lebanon.

The National Weather Service confirmed it was an EF-0 tornado that traveled 1,200 feet. Its path was 500 feet wide. The weather agency said maximum winds were between 65 mph and 75 mph. It touched down at 1:07 p.m....

September 21, 2017

Eugene, Ore. - The tornado (click here) that tore through rural farmland in Oregon on Tuesday was more powerfully than initially rated by field observers.

The tornado cut a 500-foot wide, 1-mile long path through Lacomb, Oregon, just after 1 p.m.

The National Weather Service said staff visited the site for a second time and revised the rating for the tornado from an EF-O to a more powerful EF-1.

The tornado damaged 5 farm buildings and tore limbs off trees.

The Weather Service estimated the tornado delivered wind speeds up to 105 mph....
The message is the same by every US Republican regarding health care.

In an email from the RNC it most likely stated:

Focus on the still uninsured in your state. Focus on those that earn under $50,000 income per year or less. Build empathy for the people complaining about doubled health care costs and how they need relief.

So, no matter the state, Wisconsin or Arizona the complaints are the same and it is a monotonous message.

There are answers for those Republican senators. They can stop setting a poor example of extremist values. There would be far more folks with an income under $50,000 without Medicare to seek the Medicaid Expansion if their politics didn't prevent them from doing so. God forbid President Obama be given credit in leading the initiative that brought Americans health care insurance to all Americans. 


The high cost of health care insurance is because ther are no cost control regulations.

Arizona: On June 17, 2013, (click here) Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed into law legislation that will expand Medicaid to an additional 350,000 people in the state. The signing came after Brewer called a surprise special session on the 2014 budget and Medicaid to try to resolve a deadlock among lawmakers on the two issues.

US Senator Jeff Flake states there are 183,000 Arizonans with an income under $50.000 per year that pay the fine to the federal government every year. That is their right. ONLY 183,000 uninsured Arizonans is a far cry from 903,000 Arizonians in 2014 that did not have health care.

September 15, 2015
By Ken Allucker

...The report said (click here) that about 215,000 Arizonans secured health insurance in 2014, but about 903,000 still had no health coverage at the end of the year. Those figures, culled from a survey, have a margin of error of less than 1 percent and do not account for those who gained or lost coverage this year....

Arizona proves the corruption within the Republican Party and arguments of the GOP. There are vastly more Americans covered by the Affordable Care Act. There are issues that have to be resolved. Congress has to control the cost of health care. The USA's costs for health care are ridiculous.

Currently, in Chapel Hill, State of NC has provided construction on still yet more medical facilities. The construction never stops at UNC-Chapel Hill. The population that uses UNC-Chapel HIll doesn't grow that fast. High Point University, with $50,000 plus tuition costs and fees wants to build ANOTHER medical school. Really? The previous Governor and the current legislature tosses as much money to High Point U. as possible with ambitions to shut down the public medical schools. Corruption. The city of High Point is disappearing for the construction. Soon HPU will have it's own zip code. The construction in the state of NC is because of corruption and the ridiculous clout of the construction lobby. Construction in NC is one of the few industries still in NC providing jobs.

The cost of health care in the USA is artificially inflated for political reasons and greed. The costs are ridiculously out of control and need be reviewed and cost controls placed.

Now, if regulations are not instated where the costs occur, the USA can institute "SIngle Payer." Those are the two choices. The Affordable Care Act is a great law. The fact the industry decided to institute greed when it should have sought greater numbers of insured is the majority of the trouble with the ACA. Cost controls have to be instituted because the industry decided exploitation of the insured was not only legal but advantageous.

There will be no more return to crowded emergency rooms, long waits for care or Americans that die because they did not have insurance. The country needs to continue to improve health care, research and quality of life of Americans; the cost of health care is part of that. I don't want to hear there are still waiting times in the ERs, because it was a lot worse or there were simply Americans that did not go to the ER because they did not have insurance.

The problems with health care needs to be realized, including what is driving costs and end the high costs to Americans. There can be no more foot dragging by politicians to seek the answers to the cost to Americans.

October 31, 2014
By Kate Ashford

...“If you are in a high-deductible health plan, (click here) you have a financial incentive to shop for a lower priced MRI, but it’s incredibly difficult to do so,” says Neeraj Sood, Ph.D., director of research at the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics at the University of Southern California and one of the authors of the aforementioned study....

There will be no more dirt cheap policies with ridiculous deductibles that prevents Americans from seeking health care, either!

The cost have to be standardized. Massachusetts once again comes to mind. It's health care has thrived under the state's health care laws. I think it is a good start, but, a country wide cost containment has to be instated in one form or another. THE FREE MARKET does not work for health care. I don't see someone in Maine looking for care in California because the costs are lower, do you?

Portability will do little to nothing except to build enormous health care insurance providers that will then have control to do what they want to charge as much as they want. The insurance commissioners in every state probably have all the statistics Congress needs. They probably can make recommendations as well to improve the costs. But, the industry has to be addressed.

The employees within the healthcare industry has been squeezed as much as possible by the CEOs and will need unions to protect their interests as the USA institutes cost containment. The CEOs will never give up their bonuses.

Americans paid well for their skills and hard work equate to higher GDPs and growth. No unfair labor practices to reduce costs will be tolerated. There are plenty of places the costs can be improved and the salaries of the non-medical personnel can be one of the first places to look.

The health care industry is primarily non-profit at the level of the hospital, but, yet the costs are never contained. The industry is exploited by others outside of health care and it needs to stop. Doctor corporations have to be studied to find answers for cost containment. There may need to be specific standards for non-profit and incorporation for the health care industry; the exploitation is hideous today.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

These are current sea surface temperatures. (click here) The temperatures made a difference in the path of Irma.

Maria is in oceans temperatures that are same on all surfaces. 83 F. Maria is also a smaller and higher velocity storm.

But, this is current "buoy data." Hard to believe the buoys are still there.

The warmest sea (click here) in Puerto Rico today is 29°C / 84°F, and the coldest sea temperature today is 28°C / 82°F. 

I think Bill Cassidy is the living dead. His teeth are gray. No one gets to see his forked tongue.

Oh, SCHIP. So, he can demise the ACA while he is still protecting children under the child's program. SLICK. At least as slick as oil. 

Here we go again. We had a dialogue about this, the children are covered by federal law, but, their parents aren't. Children are not assured of healthy parents. What happens if a parent is discovered to have cancer. No treatment? Decisions that are adverse to a parent's outcome?

This is all old dialogue. We have seen parents die when they could have had treatment to live and leave behind four young children. They can't afford the treatment, they can't afford the medicine and they literally die of preventable and treatment of disease.

This happens in Louisiana. What kind of nerve does Cassidy have to talk about what is best for the country when health care reforms he proposes aren't even instituted in Louisiana?

Cassidy needs to dedicate his focus to ending unnecessary deaths. It would help the quality of life in Louisiana immensely. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a 2014 study, report 259,000 preventable deaths each year. (click here)

The study examined the top five leading causes of death—heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, strokes, and unintentional injuries—that account for two-thirds of all deaths every year.

The CDC calculated preventable deaths by comparing each state’s current death rates with an average rate from the three states with the lowest death rates in these categories. The difference in actual deaths and expected deaths if a state had similarly low rates was labeled preventable deaths. The CDC was not assuming all risk factors could be eliminated, but was assuming states with high death rates could bring their rates in line with healthier states.

These potentially preventable deaths account annually for one-third of all deaths from the five top leading causes of death:

34 percent of all deaths from heart disease;
21 percent of all deaths from cancer;
39 percent of all deaths from chronic lower respiratory diseases;
33 percent of all deaths from strokes; and
39 percent of all deaths from unintentional injuries.

These diseases share several risk factors, such as tobacco use, exposure to secondhand smoke, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, poor diet, being overweight, lack of physical activity, alcohol and diabetes. More importantly, these risk factors are modifiable.

Those obsessed with destroying President Obama's legacy are racists. Cassidy is one of them, Trump is another. They don't care about the country, they care about their twisted agenda.

A Republican US Senator that is not intimidated by Trump.

He values the lives of his constituents?

Asked (click here) whether he feels pressure from fellow Republicans amid all their criticism, Sen. Rand Paul shrugged and answered: “Uh, no.”

...Despite being one of the Senate’s most conservative members, Paul has been the loudest GOP critic of legislation to repeal the health care law that Republicans are desperate to jam through before a Sept. 30 deadline. His recalcitrant opposition left GOP leaders with virtually no breathing room as their whipping got underway, since they can lose only two votes and still pass the bill....

...“If you vote against us, you’re voting to keep Obamacare,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, one of the bill’s namesakes, when asked about Paul’s intractable stance. “Period. End of story.”...

...Paul has repeatedly pressured the conference to go in a more conservative direction when it comes to ending Obamacare. He proposed a straight repeal of the 2010 law without a replacement, but that effort failed on a 45-55 vote in July, with seven Republicans voting against Paul’s amendment....

...But Paul is alone even among his usual conservative cohorts in the Senate. Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas, who also have prodded GOP senators to go further to the right in their Obamacare repeal efforts, are warming to the legislation from Cassidy and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.



15.50 -61.40 09/19/00Z 140 924 HURRICANE-5
16.00 -62.30 09/19/06Z 135 934 HURRICANE-4
16.30 -63.10 09/19/12Z 140 927 HURRICANE-5
16.80 -64.00 09/19/18Z 145 916 HURRICANE-5
17.30 -64.70 09/20/00Z 150 909 HURRICANE-5
17.90 -65.60 09/20/06Z 135 917 HURRICANE-4

That is an extremely low central pressure. Irma was never that low, but, Irma had a wider diameter.


17.10 -59.80 09/05/18Z 160 926 HURRICANE-5
17.40 -61.10 09/06/00Z 160 916 HURRICANE-5
17.90 -62.60 09/06/06Z 160 914 HURRICANE-5
18.20 -64.00 09/06/12Z 160 918 HURRICANE-5
18.80 -65.40 09/06/18Z 160 914 HURRICANE-5
19.40 -66.80 09/07/00Z 160 916 HURRICANE-5
20.00 -68.30 09/07/06Z 155 921 HURRICANE-5  

September 20, 2017
By Samuel Osborne

Hurricane Maria (click here) has made landfall on Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds of 155mph.

The US National Hurricane Centre said the eye of the Category 4 storm came ashore over the Yabucoa area.

Maria battered the US Virgin Island of St Croix and killed at least one person in the French territory of Guadeloupe and devastated the tiny island nation of Dominica....

That is the most dangerous troposphere I have ever seen.

September 20, 2017
UNISYS Water Vapor Satellite of the north and west hemisphere (click here for 12 hour loop - thank you)

Jose is still a viable storm with all the threats I have previously discussed. 


35.20 -71.30 09/19/00Z 65 975 HURRICANE-1
36.00 -71.30 09/19/06Z 65 971 HURRICANE-1
36.50 -71.70 09/19/12Z 65 976 HURRICANE-1
37.20 -71.30 09/19/18Z 65 976 HURRICANE-1
37.90 -70.80 09/20/00Z 60 973 TROPICAL STORM
38.40 -70.30 09/20/06Z 55 975 TROPICAL STORM

That drop in central pressure at 09/20/00 occurred with Irma at one point. The wind speed didn't match the central pressure.

Below is the development of a mid-latitude vortex that at one point appeared to be a dual vortex. I think that was about 3 hours or so ago. It is the size of the USA and Canada.

These images are 11 hours apart. The hemisphere satellite picture is below.

This is a first occurrence of such a phenomena.
September 19, 2017
UNISYS Water Vapor Satellite of the north and west hemisphere

The vortex stated here provides concern for severe storms in Canada and the USA midwest and plain states. It is finding enough water vapor to cause concern. By concern there is the potential for tornadoes.
Trump Approval Rating (click here)
September 19, 2017
By Helen Davidson and Ben Doherty

A group of refugees (click here) detained in Manus Island and Nauru will soon be told they have been accepted for resettlement in the US, the Australian government has confirmed.

The cohort of about 50 people is the first to be accepted by the US government under a deal struck between the former president, Barack Obama, and Australia to take up to 1,250 people.
“Representatives from the United States Resettlement Support Centre have started to provide some refugees with a decision relating to their US refugee admissions program application,” read a sign at the immigration detention centre, which asked people to be patient.
“Every case is different and moves through the required steps of the process at different speeds. This is only the first group of decisions and only some who have expressed an interest in US resettlement will receive a decision at this time.”
A number of detainees have received appointment slips with the USRSC for Wednesday and Thursday. It is not yet clear whether the appointments are all to tell people they have been successful, but prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said at least 50 people would be going to the US.
Turnbull, said about 25 people from Nauru and 25 from Manus would be informed of their upcoming resettlement in the US soon....

...The deal with the US sought to end the indefinite situation for the hundreds of people sent to the offshore immigration detention centres after they attempted to seek asylum in Australia by boat.
Many refugees have spent years in the Australian-run centres, where they have been exposed to violence, death and high rates of mental illness and despair....

From Amnesty International:

September 19, 2017

...The New York Times today reported on a study (click here) – which the White House sought to block – showing that refugees contribute more to the U.S. economy than they cost. Despite this, Trump is still expected to announce his decision to reduce U.S. refugee admissions before the end of the month. Amnesty International is calling for the U.S. to accept at least 75,000 refugees in 2018.

“President Trump’s callous approach to refugees will cost people their lives,” said Naureen Shah, Amnesty International USA senior director of campaigns. “Refugees are ordinary people who have been forced to run for their lives. By turning its back on some of the world’s most vulnerable people, the U.S. is abandoning its rich tradition of welcoming people seeking safety. Not only that, with reports today that the White House is ignoring refugees’ positive contributions to the U.S. economy, it’s clear that the limits Trump is trying to set on resettlement are about politics and bigotry.”...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How does it feel to be used by slick Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy?

Jimmy Kimmel is not alone. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer fell for the manipulation by Mr. Trump that lead to this moment. When Bill Cassidy appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Show his name was already affiliated with a bill that would cancel the health insurance of millions upon millions of Americans.

Graham - Cassidy (click here)

It is a lousy feeling to realize acting in good faith with a snake in the grass actually is a foolish thing to do.

This was a beautiful moment with Jimmy Kimmel. He is a wonderful father and obviously loves his son a great deal. I am glad it had a happy ending. It was generous of him to share his personal life with other Americans.

I understand he offered Cassidy a lie detector test for his announcement of the demise of necessary health care for Americans. The thing is, he is such a practiced evil man he might even pass a lie detector test.

This is also what is so astounding about Cassidy. He is from Louisiana. Louisiana is a debtor state. Louisiana receives a lot of federal monies for all federal programs including Medicaid. It sort of runs head to head with Mississippi. That has nothing to do with Katrina or any other major storm that rolled through Louisiana.

Remember how gay or bisexual members of the legislature always stated how much they oppose any law that would give civil rights to those minorities? They did that to hide reality. Same thing here. Cassidy is not gay, at least that we know of, but, he wants to hide the federal dependency of Louisiana behind such a law to prove he doesn't approve of lazy people living off federal money.

Cassidy deserves to lose his next election. The Democrats need to put forward a good campaign to replace him. He lied. Just that simple. Jimmy Kimmel does not have to travel to Louisana to help, this will happen by the sheer reality of what a liar Cassidy actually is to millions of people across the USA who believed him. Cassidy is slick and never does what is best for the country. No one can believe him. He has no honor.

I apologize to Jimmy Kimmel and his son for this terrible experience with a US Senator. No one warned him.

The West Pacific is not a welcoming place for the USA. I doubt Japan is happy tonight.

All the generals within the Trump administration need to run a reality orientation to him when he returns to the White House if he can be pried away from his home in New York City.

I guarantee you as the sun crosses the Earth there are missile drills being run. There are missile hatches opening and being left open. Open missile silos are a warning. They are ready to launch. What threat level is the USA tonight? Defcon 3 or 4? 

I am quite confident when Trump returns to the Oval Office there will be very interesting pictures for him to see after his speech at the UN.

Trump will learn what an ally is, too. He won't scoff at NATO again.

32 years ago there was no major sister quake that preceded it.

1985 Mexico City earthquake (click here)

The idea this is still a unique event may seem frivolous to some, but, this quake was preceded by another major quake in the same area. That matters.

September 19, 2017
By Colin Dwyer

This picture reminds me of what occurs after these events in Pakistan. A community turns out to save lives that survived and retrieve the dead. It is amazing. I contributed that dedication to each other as characteristic to Muslim communities, but, here it is again. I think poverty brings a community together and every life is so precious. Maybe we all have just become closer and value life that much more in the years of social media. "Making a difference" is a priority. Perhaps that is the motivation to find every individual.

Updated at 6:49 p.m. ET (click here)

Thirty-two years to the day after an earthquake killed thousands of people in Mexico, a powerful quake rattled the country's central region Tuesday. Buildings shivered in Mexico City, shattering facades and sending clouds of dust skyward.

Residents who just hours before had taken part in large simulated earthquake drills to mark the anniversary emptied into the streets when the real quake struck.

In its preliminary assessment, the U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.1 earthquake's epicenter was just over 3 miles east-northeast of Raboso, in the state of Puebla, some 75 miles southeast of Mexico City.

At least 42 people were killed in the neighboring state of Morelos, according to a report issued by Gov. Graco Ramirez. Alfredo Del Mazo, governor of the state of Mexico, tweeted that at least nine people have died in his state. And Puebla Gov. Tony Gali told an emergency meeting of local officials that at least 26 people had died there, several of whom were children.

It is expected that the death toll will continue to rise....

This is the USGS quake map today. (click here) There were also earthquakes in Alaska and a 3.8 Albion, Illinois.

One of the nightmares of USA Geologists regards the New Madrid fault and the seismic quakes that were started in Oklahoma because of fracking. And then there is the issue of what effects Yellowstone.

September 19, 2017
By Diana Rieck

An earthquake (click here) early Tuesday morning was the strongest on record in Southern Illinois in the past several years.

United States Geological Survey officials reported the 3.8 magnitude earthquake was centered near the town of Albion. An earthquake of that magnitude is often felt by people, but causes little damage.

“Intensity is based on the observed effects of ground shaking on people, buildings, and natural features,” USGS officials wrote. “It varies from place to place within the disturbed region depending on the location of the observer with respect to the earthquake epicenter.”...

This was 2003. It is not a 7.1 that was experienced in Mexico. It is simply interesting. I don't believe in coincidence. I mean, get real. This is not coincidence.

A magnitude 4+ quake southeast of Cairo near Bardwell KY in 2003. USGS map from a PDF poster shows entire New Madrid region.

There needs to be some kind of relief effort for Mexico. This is two major earthquakes in a very short period of time. The UN is convened this week and I am sure the needs of the afflicted can be discussed in the hallways. 

Group therapy is the Trump speciality. First it was White Supremacists and now it is the UN General Assembly.

I am completely disgusted by what occurred at the UN today.

President Trump ran a group therapy session while Russia ran war games near Ukraine.

Israel bragged while thanking the new UN Secretary General for recognizing Israel. That is all fine and good, but, Israel won't recognize Palestine and criticizes every effort by Palestine to be recognized. Israel needs to reflect on what is occurring with Palestinian recognition and know it may be a weak effort, but, it is an international effort that cannot be ignored. Israel didn't ignore the fact Palestine had another World Heritage Site. That makes three now.

As of 2017, there are three World Heritage Sites in Palestine, all them cultural sites. Palestine's first site, Birthplace of Jesus: Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route, Bethlehem, was inscribed on the list at the 36th session of the World Heritage Committee, held in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 2012.

July 7, 2017
By Peter Beaumont

The UN’s world heritage body (click here) has recognised the old city of Hebron in the West Bank as a Palestinian world heritage site, sparking outrage from Israel.

Furious efforts by Israel failed to derail the Unesco ruling on the city, which includes a holy site known to Muslims as the Ibrahimi mosque and Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

Twelve countries on the world heritage committee voted in favour of the Palestinian request to name Hebron a heritage site, while only three voted against it. Six countries abstained.

The ruling also puts Hebron on Unesco’s ‘in danger’ list, which allows for the allocation of immediate World Heritage Fund assistance and is designed to alert the international community to endangered sites....

Israel has TEN World Heritage Sites (click here). But, according to Israel, Palestine should not have any. IF ISRAEL AND PALESTINE had a peace treaty and abided by it, there would be far less effort by any other entity to promote Palestine. Even the Qatar Emir brought forth the problem with Palestine as a major concern for his country. He also asked the countries involved in the trade blockade to bring forth evidence of whom in his country is a terrorist.

Trump also declared "Forever Wars" that serve USA purposes will be a reality. I'll get the exact words.

President Trump stated last year he addressed 50 Arab and Muslim nations in his campaign for President. He stated in his UN address today he had agreed to those countries to stop Radical Islamic Terrorism, loser terrorists and stop safe havens. Today he stated, " interest of the USA will dictate the LENGTH and SCOPE of the USA occupation...."

We are back to being the world's police ONLY WORSE. Trump sanctioned the forever war. I guess with three generals in the White House these ideas will result. No one learned from Vietnam yet.

I heard three other leaders in full and another two in part. I should make comment about all, but, I don't want to short change anyone.

Trump's speech was contradictory of each idea. He stated the USA would not be taken advantage of, but, he thinks forever war is fine. Go figure.

Trashing the Affordable Care Act is not the answer.

This was just published by Kaiser. It was published about an hour before this entry.

September 19, 2017
Even under the ACA, many uninsured people cite the high cost of insurance as the main reason they lack coverage. In 2016, 45% of uninsured adults said that they remained uninsured because the cost of coverage was too high. Many people do not have access to coverage through a job, and some people, particularly poor adults in states that did not expand Medicaid, remain ineligible for financial assistance for coverage. Some people who are eligible for financial assistance under the ACA may not know they can get help, and undocumented immigrants are ineligible for Medicaid or Marketplace coverage.
The uninsured that cannot afford health coverage are unemployed and/or in states without the Medicaid expansion. The Republicans are playing with the health insurance of the country because they are coming at this in a very slick manner to please the industry leaders. They are promising to eliminate the 15% cap on profits. Are you kidding me? This is corruption beyond corruption.

This is a crony bill and millions upon millions of Americans will lose coverage. In Massachusetts, the unemployed are provided an opportunity to obtain health insurance through the state's plan. 

The Republican bill is a slight of hand. There are answer for all these people, including the unemployed and the poor in states that have not accepted the Medicaid Expansion. We could be having a country with 100 percent coverage from sea to shining sea if the Affordable Care Act was amended to make it so. 

A federal law that demands every state to provide health care coverage opportunity for the unemployed would be trashed by the court, no different than the Medicaid expansion. States can now improve the ACA if they choose, no different than Massachusetts.

I might add, Massachusetts has high numbers of participants in health care. That only makes the health care insurance companies stronger and not weaker. What will happen with the Republican bill is abandonment of Americans to no insurance and a return to the Emergency Room. No one wants that.

The ACA has to be build upon, not trashed by a Republican dog and pony show.

Who remains uninsured?
Most uninsured people are in low-income families and have at least one worker in the family.  Reflecting the more limited availability of public coverage in some states, adults are more likely to be uninsured than children. People of color are at higher risk of being uninsured than non-Hispanic Whites.
Single parents and minority Americans are those that remain uninsured. We know that. Americans know that. We have seen adults die in states without Medicaid Expansion. We know who the uninsured are and the people that can't afford it. There are real reasons the Republicans see these people as disposable. These folks don't vote for them. 

We know the elderly receive Medicare and Medicaid and those people will be abandoned as well. The uninsured numbers will skyrocket and Americans will die and suffer. The Republicans are scared of displeasing their White House and are scrambling to gain clout rather than bipartisanship.