It seems to have started in the Carlos III – “my”- hospital, assigned by local social security. I’ve been treated there many times.

 

I’m pissed, for the following reasons:

 

1 – Political incompetence – the hospital and its workers were obviously unprepared.

2 – The 2 doctors broght to Spain, members of a wealthy religious foundation, were to come back on the religious foundation’s bill. The government intervened, because it is a catholfascist one, and in the end, ebola is in Spain paid for by the Spanish government.

 

On the other hand, my paranoid, fascist boss, has just spent 400 € on rubber gloves and surgical masks. The bastard owes me 6.000 €, and is paying (through meshed jaws) at the rate of 500/month.

 

3. The nurse found with ebola had gone to the doc’s 2 times before finally being admitted to hospital. Her complaints had been dismissed. In the reigning atmosphere of “medical privatization”, health workers fear for their jobs if they complain.

4. Spanish medical workers were given “protocol 2″ protection, as opposed to the more rigorous “protocol 4″ protection. Incompetence, budget-slashing, and the usual suspects.

 

Get the picture?

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Tonight’s PBS Frontline is going to be about the innocent person that Rick Perry had executed even though he knew the guy was innocent.

It is not a rerun of Frontline’s earlier episode about this, but is an entirely new episode.

I’m not sure what more they can show, since the earlier episode was already pretty decisive in showing: that the guy was innocent, that proof of his innocence existed before his execution, and that Rick Perry knew about this and went ahead with the execution anyway.

However, I’m sure they wouldn’t have created an entirely new episode if they didn’t have something new to show.

I wish the Left would be more persistent about confronting Rick Perry about this whenever he runs for president. It will be a black mark in America’s history if this guy ever becomes president without even facing questions about what he did.

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The guys who produced those gun designs for 3-D printers are back.

This time they are making an affordable CNC machine to carve gun parts out of aluminum.

They say they are going to release the schematics and design files for building the CNC machines, and they talk about a patten for an AR-15 part, but I don’t see any of that available for download yet.

There are selling actual CNC machines though (I think).

https://ghostgunner.net/

https://ghostgunner.net/faq.html

Given the way they were quickly blocked from distributing the files for the plastic patterns, perhaps they are being crafty with how they distribute the files for download this time.

If they are so crafty that no one figures out how to download them though, that might be self defeating.

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Podemos (“we can”) is a newly created party hereabouts, not quite 9 months old. In the recent European elections it came out 3rd, ahead of other parties with many more years of political presence.

 

It basically arose out of the 15 M movement, a popular “insurgence” against the established parties, with something of a populist rhetoric  – anti neoliberal, anti-establishment, based on neighborhood movements and organizations.

 

On teevee tonight he (Pablo Iglesias, the founder of the movement) was confronted by “journalists”, mostly from the rw press, and (IMO) he ate them raw, chewed them up and spit them out. He’s a college professor (political science), yet he sports a ponytail and a goatee – and when confronted with the usual framed questions, he showed the rw press that he’s in another league.

 

Iglesias’ warhorse is to go against the “political caste”, what I’ve often described as a “class”. He calls for a liveable wage, a maximum wage, a strengthened equivalent of the IRS in order to apply tax laws to corporations and the wealthy, and that the “revolving door” ceases.

 

Common sense, in a nutshell.

 

I don’t know how far these people will go, but a good part of their support comes from those who usually don’t vote. No less than 16% comes from the ruling RW party (the PP), so Podemos a bit of an enigma. It’s like an informed Teaparty of the left with an intellectually sincere basis.

 

We’ll see.

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It’s been posted many times before, but as we continue to be askeered into tolerating any military, political or legal act , we need to go back to the roots.

Watch the 3 vids and then think about ISIS again…

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From 9/11 to ISIS: The massive failure of U.S. intelligence

 

Judging from how our politicos “react” to intelligence, I fear that both the politicos and the “intelligence” community have a common fault.

 

It’s not stupidity, it’s not incompetence, it’s a mistaken world-view. If you have a Manichaean world view (such as the one a poster or two has hereabouts), or view things exclusively through the American POV, you’re bound to be wrong in this day and age.
The US has moved so far off the “center”, os so far removed from the realities of the rest of the world, that it no longer understands what the world outside Lubbock Texas is all about. It sees the world, doesn’t like it, wants to shape it like the usual 2 gas-station, 2 convenience store crossroads, the usual collection of condos and strip houses, cul-de-sacs and traffic jams, etc.. Hell, if a US citizen thinks outside the box, he’s likely to be surveilanced – what can  a DC bureaucrat think about when he contemplates an angry Egyptian?

 

Seriously, I see lines of US tourists every day in the local McDonalds. One wonders why they take the effort of crossing the pond when all they want is a home-away-from-home, and complain when it’s not quite close enough to home (even though SOME like the fact that they can order a beer in McDonalds over here). Every now and then I see the typical Mormon on their prescribed “voyage-du-conversion”, speaking next-to-no Spanish, wearing the typical blue suit+tie+name tag, and wonder what the hell these people think that they’re going to accomplish.

 

I envision CIA men or US diplomats in a similar guise, and obviously achieving the same results.

 

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For the US to be accepted once again in this great big world, I think that a required course in empathy and at LEAST 1 year of education abroad is necessary. The US is blessed/damned by having no discernible borders with a genuinely “foreign” country (Canada and Mexico are dismissed, one for being too similar to the US, the other as too “inferior”).

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I’ve been online for at least 15 minutes and I haven’t been prompted to update Adobe (fill in the blank … flash, reader, etc.), yet.

I’ll try to keep you posted, but if I “go dark”, at least you’ll have advance warning.

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http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/sep/26/us-regulator-ray-rice-tapes-finance-goldman-sachs

Ex-regulator releases secret Goldman Sachs tapes in bid to win legal fight

Former New York Fed employee Carmen Segarra claimed she was fired because her bosses thought she was too tough on Goldman Sachs

“A former US bank examiner who alleges she was fired for being too tough on Goldman Sachs has released hours of secretly recorded tapes to add muscle to her argument as she tries to win a legal appeal.

Carmen Segarra is a former New York Federal Reserve bank examiner who butted heads with her bosses over her policing of Goldman Sachs. Segarra alleges that her attempts to discipline Goldman Sachs were blocked by her bosses at the New York Fed, who she suggests were intent on giving Goldman Sachs no trouble. The Fed disputes her allegations, as does Goldman.

Segarra’s case raises a host of questions about “regulatory capture”, the term for regulators who become too cozy with the industry they are meant to police.

The issue of capture is “very dismaying”, said Anat Admati, a finance and economics professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. “But it’s good to open the discussion.””

 

May all the gods above, below, here and beyond bless this woman, and aid in her upright adventure.

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Went to the Pediatrician yesterday. He has an idea that I think you would be interested in. He wants to see a diagnostic test that every kids’ Dr. can use at a near-moment’s notice, kind of like a glucometer reading, but not for blood sugar. And perhaps I have misunderstood just what you do for a living. If you created his idea independently, I wonder if it would make you are small fortune or two.

Just email me at machiavelli_mania@yahoo.com within the next couple of days, while I will check it every day. I can pass on his contact information. I was once pretty close to him since we were once the few people with internet access, in the mid-90’s. We were always emailing each other with jokes and research, while I was in nursing school.

 

Delete this thread once you view this, if you please.

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Heirs to Rockefeller oil fortune divest from fossil fuels over climate change

 

Following the money is almost always the smart bet. If the founders of Standard Oil are abandoning oil, there’s hope for change.

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