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Connecticut University Faculty Say "No" To Neo Liberal Crapification of Course Content and Online "Blended Ed"
In the State of Connecticut there is pushback by professors against the effort to gut education out of the State University System in favor of privately-designed online crap courses. Read more about Connecticut University Faculty Say "No" To Neo Liberal Crapification of Course Content and Online "Blended Ed"
NY Post. Bratton Escalates and/or Formalizes Militarization of NYPD to deal with "counter terrorism protection" and "advanced disorder control." There will be "vehicles equipped with machine guns." This unit will be "operational by summer" (how conveninent!) and will be housed in NYPD's very own Counterterrorism Bureau. I had not known that one existed. Read more about NYPD Hyper Militarization Escalates with Bratton's "SRG" for Advanced Disorder Control
Throngs of frat people dressed in Santa Claus costumes have the run of the roads (yes, where the cars drive) in New York City. Read more about Where's the Military Equipment to Deal with Santacon NYC 2014?
Even faker than the Economics Nobel Prize ginned up by a Swedish bank.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak ("Woz") told Bloomberg Business News that the garage was "something for us to feel was our home." Read more about Los Altos Garage as Birthplace of Apple is ... a Myth!
NYT. The Times profiles citizens who are realizing that the shiny "low" premiums they were PR'd to death to focus on by the Obama ACA PR Machine were meaningless, because high deductibles, narrow networks, out of pocket, cost sharing etc. Read more about Medicare Utopia Myth Still Prevalent among Waking Victims of ACA High Cost-Sharing
So millions upon millions more of hard earned wage-worker dollars are - Voila - funneled to Blackstone, Carlyle and Apollo, mammoth players of the
Gargantuan Wage-Looting Scheme private equity (formerly more accurately known as "asset stripping"). Read more about WTF CALPERS and Private Equity?!
NY Post. Since it began 2 years ago Citi-Bike, the privatized bike-sharing program given by Ex-Mayor-for-Life "Mike" Bloomberg to the Canadian Alta company, has racked up $4 Million (!) dollars in "late" fees.
Citi-Bike had early on proven itself to be an operational #FAIL in the classic manner of neo-liberal enterprise (We Deliver the Most Craptastic Services!) early on, with docks not working, bikes being broken or unavailable, etc. Read more about Citi Bike NYC (ALTA) Looting Customers Via "Late" Fees
Among so many other more substantive reasons. What is this, "I'm a Golf Homeboy"? Is he doing a video for MTV? This is the guy making a speech to Congress about why we're going to war with IS[IL][IS]?
USA Today. So now we learn there's a totally "normalized" process in existence that militarizes police departments across the country, including Ferguson's. It's a federal program Called 1033. Anyone ever heard of this before? I hadn't.
According to Michelle McCaskill, a media representative for the Defense Logistics Agency: Read more about Militarization of US Police Depts. (including Ferguson's) linked to Federal Program Called 1033
Lackey to the Point-Oh-One Percenters attorney John Carley (his wife is ABC Anchor Pia Lindstrom, daughter of Ingrid Bergman) owns a summer house in Watermill, in South Hampton. Also in Watermill, and year-round, there is a Sisters of Mercy Convent. In July 2012 Sister of Mercy Jacqueline Walsh was killed in a hit and run while walking near the convent at the intersection of Rose Hill Road and Montauk Highway. Read more about John Carley is a horrible human being (Hamptons edition)
PART I - On the wholly arbitrary nature of drug prices in the USA.
Same medicine, same number of pills, same generic. At the CVS-Equivalent Pharmacy: $138.00. At "HealthWarehouse.Com" (US online pharmacy): $28.94. Because Markets?!
PART II - On a possible scam being pulled by Pharmacies wherein they take ownership of an original prescription with refills to grab onto the rent stream of the refills and prevent you from shopping elsewhere. Read more about Rx Scams: Are pharmacies refusing to give you back your hard copy prescription?
... but Alta (aka Corruption) wants the City to start paying for the "strictly privately funded" program. This is the program that former
TinPot Dictator mayor "Mike" Bloomberg kept insisting was 100% funded by "private entities" (JP Morgan, VISA, and no doubt some "help" from his "philanthropy" (this last is rank speculation, of course)). This, while there was a $164Million set aside in his last budget's capital spending section for ... drumroll, Citibike program. Read more about Citibike NYC #FAIL
That's 2,000 doctors. And what is more, the networks in question are in the UHC Medicare Advantage plans. So the patients losing their doctors are the elderly with serious ongoing conditions. Medicare Advantage plans are, in short summary, the private insurance supplemental plans that Medicare eligible persons with enough money to pay for them get in order to not have to pay for the Medicare A and B no-out-of-pocket-limits, 20% co-insurance, and for "Medicare" prescription coverage. Read more about NY Docs Sue UnitedHealth for Dropping Docs from Med AdvNetworks