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Sunday, January 14, 2018

(CNN) -- President Donald Trump is "in excellent health," White House physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, said following his physical Friday. But it's not clear whether any mental health tests were conducted, despite urging from mental health professionals... Jackson received an urgent letter from dozens of doctors and health professionals Thursday urging him to perform basic mental health tests on the President... While a true mental health evaluation can only happen in person, these experts have noted there is some "increasing concern" that the President may be struggling with some mental health challenges and they recommend the President's doctor screen Trump for dementia. read more


Saturday, January 13, 2018

The porn star, Stormy Daniels, has stayed silent on the salacious claims, except for a statement of denial supposedly signed by her and circulated by [Donald] Trump's personal attorney ... But on Friday night, another porn star, Alana Evans, shed some light on the matter, telling the Daily Beast that Daniels told her one day after the alleged tryst that Trump had chased her around a hotel room "in his tighty-whities." ... "All I'm going to say is: I ended up with Donald in his hotel room. Picture him chasing me around his hotel room in his tighty-whities," Evans said her fellow porn star told her the morning after she supposedly had sex with Trump in July 2006 ... That evening, Evans said Daniels called her repeatedly, asking her to come over ... "Stormy calls me four or five times, by the last two phone calls she's with Donald and I can hear him, and he's talking through the phone to me saying, 'Oh come on Alana, let's have some fun! Let's have some fun!'" Evans said.


Few journalists have tossed more hand grenades or built more of a reputation for themselves than Matt Taibbi, who covers politics and culture for Rolling Stone when not writing bestselling books -- most recently I Can't Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street... In 2008, Taibbi won a National Magazine Award for his columns and commentary at Rolling Stone. With fame comes controversy... Taibbi has come under attack for work that critics say is flat out misogynistic and sexist... Taibbi has published at least two apologies, but the firestorm has barely abated. He says that his support for Bernie Sanders throughout the 2016 campaign is part of what's motivating the attacks on him... Reason's Nick Gillespie spoke with Taibbi about his new book, free speech and the left, the recent negative attention that his work has received, and issues on which progressives and libertarians overlap in powerful, if always uneasy, ways. read more


Friday, January 12, 2018

President Donald Trump delivered a speech honoring the civil-rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, one day after Trump was said to have described Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration. As Trump shook hands with several people at the event on Friday, reporters called out questions about his Thursday comments. "Mr. President, are you a racist?" one reporter repeatedly asked. Others asked whether the president had, in fact, used the word "shithole" to refer to the countries. read more


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Hedrick Smith: Three years ago, in his monumental work, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century," the French economist Thomas Piketty warned that "when the rate of return on capital exceeds the rate of growth of output and income, capitalism automatically generates arbitrary and unsustainable inequalities that undermine the meritocratic values on which democratic societies are based." ... As evidence, Piketty pointed to the tumor of concentrated wealth accumulated by America's super-rich 1 percent since the late 1970s while middle class incomes stagnated, even over a long period of growth. read more


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Here's Bill Maher interviewing Caitlin Flanagan ...

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I now mostly get what Flanagan is getting at in the Atlantic article ... that young Millennials (like all young people) don't really know what they're doing. What makes young Millennials different is they have no one really to turn to for guidance.

What surgeons leave behind costs some patients dearly

www.usatoday.com

A USA TODAY review of government data, academic studies and legal records suggests that far more people may be victims of lost surgical objects than federal statistics suggest.

And the medical community's inaction comes at a high price.

Thousands of victims: There's no federal reporting requirement when hospitals leave sponges or other items in patients, but research studies and government data suggest it happens between 4,500 and 6,000 times a year.

That's up to twice government estimates, which run closer to 3,000 cases, and sponges account for more than two-thirds of all incidents.

Solutions ignored: The nation's hospitals have balked at using electronic technologies that sharply cut the risk of sponges being left in patients.

Fewer than 15% of U.S. hospitals use sponges equipped with electronic tracking devices, based on a USA TODAY survey of the companies that make those products.

MANY CASES, FEW CHANGES

There's no telling precisely how many victims are out there.

More than half of the states require reporting of medical errors, including lost surgical items, but a 2012 study by the inspector general for the U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services found hospitals reporting just 1% of the events they were supposed to record in those states.

National estimates of about 3,000 cases a year are based on hospital billing records analyzed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, but experts believe many cases aren't captured in those records.


Fixing U.S. Healthcare fixes the problem of surgical instruments being left inside patients.

2 to 4 million Americans are injured every year in American hospitals and clinics ...

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Medical errors happen all the time in all American hospitals.

The reason the VA gets more attention is because it's public and it has its mistakes and problems aired publicly ... while private healthcare is able to keep mistakes hidden thru things like gag orders tied to settlements.

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