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Poor Florida Seniors: Get Ready to Die

Apropos of this, there’s this:

rick Scott

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Fla. Medicaid Privatization Plans Moving Forward

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Federal health officials said Wednesday they expect to approve Florida’s request to privatize Medicaid statewide as long as the state resolves several outstanding issues, including hiring an independent entity to monitor the process and having a robust plan to measure the quality of patient care in the controversial program.
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Rick Scott, Florida’s Tea Party Governor, the guy who’s moving this along should be in prison.  If you’ve got time, read this:  Rick Scott’s Dirtiest Deeds.

I predict Scott will privatize Medicaid in Florida right into the hands of his hospital chain / insurance company buddies and three, four years from now the “Medicare” system in Florida will be a corrupt mess. And people will have died as a result, including Tea Partiers who voted for this narcissistic monster.

 

February 20, 2013 at 8:15 PM Leave a comment

Wall Street Execs: Breaking the Law Key to Success

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If the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes were to go out with his lantern in search of an honest many today, a survey of Wall Street executives on workplace conduct suggests he might have to look elsewhere.

A quarter of Wall Street executives see wrongdoing as a key to success, according to a survey by whistleblower law firm Labaton Sucharow released on Tuesday.

In a survey of 500 senior executives in the United States and the UK, 26 percent of respondents said they had observed or had firsthand knowledge of wrongdoing in the workplace, while 24 percent said they believed financial services professionals may need to engage in unethical or illegal conduct to be successful.

Sixteen percent of respondents said they would commit insider trading if they could get away with it, according to Labaton Sucharow. And 30 percent said their compensation plans created pressure to compromise ethical standards or violate the law.

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So I guess the moral of the story is the whole system is corrupt.  Greaaat.

July 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM Leave a comment

Citigroup Providing Free Bicycles — Don’t Buy it World!

This is from the “liberal” The Independent of London:

Hello, New Yorkers, if you’re there. In a few weeks you’ll welcome to your streets 10,000 bicycles that will make you, says your fellow New Yorker, the writer David Byrne, “rethink your city and rewrite the mental maps you use to decide what is… possible.”

Manhattan will become the latest city to adopt a bike hire scheme, deploying the same machines we use in London. Here’s some advice before you hop on: Get a cheap helmet; consider the effects of sweat before riding to social engagements; start saving – the scheme is more than five times the price of London’s – and never get run over (taxis may be your nemesis).

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This photo accompanies the article:

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Citibike?  As in Citigroup.

Citigroup was one of the five or six banks who crashed the global economy.  They aren’t our friend.  But they want to be.

Beware.

This photo disgusts me.  Come on world, let’s not fall for their cheap effort to woo us.

 

 

May 28, 2012 at 8:35 PM 1 comment

CEOs Profit By Screwing Companies Up and Laying People Off

Capitalism:

Yesterday:

Sears to Close 62 Stores in 1H to Cut Costs

Sears Holdings Corp. (SHLD), the department-store chain controlled by hedge fund executive Edward Lampert, plans to close 62 retail stores in the first half of this year to reduce expenses.

The closings include 43 Sears Hometown stores, 10 Sears Hardware stores and 9 The Great Indoors stores, the Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based company said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 14. The company, which also owns the Kmart chain, had 4,010 stores as of Jan. 28.

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Sears fell 1.1 percent to $82.55 at the close in New York. The shares have more than doubled this year after plunging 56 percent in 2011.

The only mention in the article above about job losses is this:  “Brathwaite said in an e-mail that he didn’t know how many jobs may be affected because most of the closing stores are independently owned and operated,” and of course, the wimpy reporter let him get away with that BS.  Hey, how about asking for a guesstimate?

Today:

Sears Awarded CEO $9.9 Million in 2011

U.S. retail giant Sears Holding Corp. said it paid its top executive, Lou D’Ambrosio, $9.9 million in 2011.

That was D’Ambrosio’s total pay package, the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Crain’s Chicago Business reported Saturday D’Ambrosio received $793,000 for “personal use of chartered aircraft,” which covered, essentially, his commute from the Philadelphia, where he lives, to Chicago.

People bought everything from towels to homes and cars from the Sears catalogue.  I remember — this is probably more than you want to know about me — sitting on the toilet leafing through the 500-some-page Sears catalogue as a kid in the 60s.  It was like the Amazon.com of its time.

Sears’employees didn’t drive the company into the ground, the managers and owners did.  Yet while the honchos are raking in millions workers are being laid off and fired.

But hey, Wall Street’s happy so we should be too, right?

March 17, 2012 at 8:43 PM Leave a comment

Athens is Burning

People in Greece are reacting to economic cuts along the lines of what Republicans want to do here:

Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s parliament has approved an austerity and debt-relief bill, crucial for the country to avoid bankruptcy and remain in the eurozone.

Lawmakers voted early Monday in favor of the bill that imposes harsh new austerity measures in return for a euro130 billion ($171 billion) new bailout agreement and related deal with private creditors to shave euro100 billion ($132 billion) off the country’s national debt.

The vote occurred after extensive rioting and looting swept through the Greek capital.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Demonstrators set buildings ablaze and fireballs lit up the night sky in Greece’s capital on Sunday amid widespread rioting before a historic parliamentary vote on harsh austerity measures designed to prevent the country from going bankrupt.

The clashes erupted after more than 100,000 protesters marched to the parliament to rally against the drastic cuts, which will ax one in five civil service jobs and slash the minimum wage by more than a fifth.

At least 10 buildings were on fire, including a movie theater, bank and cafeteria, and looters smashed dozens of shops in the worst riot damage in years. Dozens of police officers and at least 37 protesters were injured, and more than 20 suspected rioters were detained.

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See more photos here.

February 12, 2012 at 6:14 PM Leave a comment

Mitt Romney Campaigns For His Millionaire Donors

Who is Willard Mitt Romney campaigning for?  You?  Me?  No.  He’s campaigning for the folks who give to his SuperPAC, Restore Our Future, Inc.

Restore Our Future Inc.?  A more appropriate name would be, Restore Rich People’s Future Inc.

Don’t be fooled.

Details here

January 31, 2012 at 10:45 PM Leave a comment

Iowans Applaud Rick Santorum for Saying He’ll Cut Social Security

I just watched (@ 7:52 p.m. ET) a live clip of Rick Santorum speaking to senior citizens in Iowa, telling them, when president, he will cut the deficit by $5 trillion, “including entitlements,” which means Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid.

Like idiots being lead to slaughter, THEY APPLAUDED.

Ahhh!

P.S.  Let’s start referring to “entitlements” as earned benefits.  The money we get back for those things came out of our paychecks, dammit.

January 3, 2012 at 8:03 PM Leave a comment

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