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Comes Now The State Of Texas: FLDS member accused of rape, bigamy is brought to trial

Posted by grahamfirchlis on October 30, 2009

Comes Now The State Of Texas….

With that ritual introduction, the first of twelve men charged with a variety of felonies has been brought to trial this week more than a year and a half after a dramatic raid near El Dorado, Texas on a cloistered compound belonging to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). Raymond Merril Jessop, 38, whose religious practices included being “sealed in marriage” to and then allegedly raping multiple underage girls with the supposed goal of securing for himself a god-like existence in Heaven after death, is about to experience the here-and-now Earthly reality of being finely ground by Justice, West Texas style. Read the rest of this entry »

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Candy from a baby: 60 Minutes on Medicare claims fraud

Posted by grahamfirchlis on October 25, 2009

In a segment tonight, October 24, 60 Minutes takes a look at fraudulent claims and our government health care system. According to the report, Medicare alone suffers $60 Billion in claims fraud annually, and Medicaid pays out another $30 Billion. Read the rest of this entry »

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Maggie Mahar’s “Money-Driven Medicine” and the American Health Care Revolution

Posted by grahamfirchlis on October 23, 2009

Revolutionizing health care in America – and it is in fact a revolution that is underway, not just “reform” as it is being billed in order to avoid further frightening the timid – will require that Americans fundamentally change the way in which we think about health care goals and delivery. Maggie Mahar, a brilliant financial analyst and health care expert praised for her work by Paul Krugman and Bill Moyers among numerous others, has written what many including myself consider to be a seminal work on the nuts and bolts of that requisite revolution in thinking. Read the rest of this entry »

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“The difference is why you drink”

Posted by grahamfirchlis on October 23, 2009

The perfect presentation: Read the rest of this entry »

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