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    Oh, how did I forget that... The great ally of US.

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    Quote Originally posted by Wind View Post
    Oh, how did I forget that... The great ally of US.
    Well, I was specifically referring to their internal politics of Wahhabi Islam, despotism, Shariah and their almost non-existing women's rights. But if we're going to name allies of the US, then we might as well throw Israel into that mix as well.
    = DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR =

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    I know how bad the Saudi's are. Israeli's Zionist government is crap too.

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    "We tend to disempower ourselves. We tend to believe that we don’t matter. And in the act of taking that idea to ourselves we give everything away to somebody else, to something else.

    Chaos is what we've lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existence is defined in terms of control.

    It's clearly a crisis of two things: of consciousness and conditioning. We have the technological power, the engineering skills to save our planet, to cure disease, to feed the hungry, to end war; But we lack the intellectual vision, the ability to change our minds. We must decondition ourselves from 10,000 years of bad behavior. And, it's not easy.

    There’s light at the end of the tunnel. The problem is that tunnel is in the back of your mind. And if you don’t go to the back side of your mind you will never see the light at the end of the tunnel. And once you see it, then the task becomes to empower it in yourself and other people. Spread it as a reality. God did not retire to the seventh heaven, God is some kind of lost continent IN the human mind.

    ~ Terence McKenna

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    nice...
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    The ring of truth. Nice to hear.

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    Rick Scott is one of the top psychopaths in the United States...Columbia/HCA

    Says Rick Scott "oversaw the largest Medicare fraud in the nation’s history."

    truemostly-true

    Rick Scott 'oversaw the largest Medicare fraud' in U.S. history, Florida Democratic Party says
    First, Gov. Rick Scott scared the bejesus out of seniors with an online ad claiming that Medicare rate cuts would lead them to lose access to their doctors, hospitals and preventive care.

    Then, the Florida Democratic Party fired back at Scott, issuing a press release that called Scott "the ultimate Medicare thief."

    The Democrats were referring to Scott’s prior tenure as CEO of Columbia/HCA about a decade ago, when the hospital company was fined $1.7 billion for Medicare fraud.

    "Rick Scott is saying Democrats are committing Medicare robbery, when in fact he's the ultimate Medicare thief. He lost the right to accuse Democrats of raiding Medicare when he oversaw the largest Medicare fraud in the nation's history. Rick Scott's company stole money that should have gone to health care for seniors," said Florida Democratic Party spokesman Joshua Karp in the Feb. 25 press release.

    Separately, we have fact-checked Scott’s claim "we are seeing dramatic rate cuts" to Medicare that will affect people's choice of doctor, hospital and preventive care. We concluded that Scott had failed to say that the rate cut only applies to Medicare Advantage, and thus only affects a fraction of all Medicare beneficiaries. Also, it could be several months before we know the actual impact of the cut which could vary county by county. We rated Scott's claim Mostly False.

    Here, we’ll fact-check the Democratic counter-attack that Scott "oversaw the largest Medicare fraud in the nation’s history."

    Scott’s tenure at Columbia/HCA

    During Scott’s 2010 race for governor, PolitiFact fact-checked multiple claims related to his tenure at Columbia/HCA. Now, we’ll recap some of our earlier discussion of the investigation and fine.

    Scott started what was first Columbia in 1987, purchasing two El Paso, Texas, hospitals. Over the next decade he would add hundreds of hospitals, surgery centers and home health locations. In 1994, Scott’s Columbia purchased Tennessee-headquartered HCA and its 100 hospitals, and merged the companies.

    In 1997, federal agents went public with an investigation into the company, first seizing records from four El Paso-area hospitals and then expanding across the country. The investigation focused on whether Columbia/HCA had committed Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

    Scott resigned as CEO in July 1997, less than four months after the inquiry became public. Company executives said had Scott remained CEO, the entire chain could have been in jeopardy.

    During his 2010 race, the Miami Herald reported that Scott had said he would have immediately stopped his company from committing fraud -- if only "somebody told me something was wrong." But there were such warnings in the company’s annual public reports to stockholders -- which Scott had to sign as president and CEO.

    Scott wanted to fight the accusations, but the corporate board of the publicly traded company wanted to settle.

    In December 2000, the U.S. Justice Department announced that Columbia/HCA agreed to pay $840 million in criminal fines, civil damages and penalties.

    Among the revelations from the 2000 settlement:

    • Columbia billed Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal programs for tests that were not necessary or had not been ordered by physicians;
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    I bought a Chinese fake pair of Armani sneakers a few years ago...30 bucks, 30 bucks for shipping. They were great for about a month at which time they disintegrated. It was fun while they lasted.

    What actually surprised me was that they passed through the U.S. postal system without a sideward glance?! I dunno...
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    Hey DT,

    These are my San diego cousins (I don't know any of them)

    Janae Krull, Carolyn Jensen, Jessica Y, RM, Christian Perez, Mayrethe Lim, K Thonnesen, Kemberly Wuerful...Any bells ringing?
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    No bells, NAP.

    The folks I know tend to be people who came over from Tucson.

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    The following video overlaps a few topics - I was crying. I so want this video to be based on fact. Should the video need to go elsewhere - as in another thread ....



    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqppJRhadtY



    Much Respect - Amanda
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    Has anyone ever read Isaac Asimov's Robots of Dawn series? It remains my favorite of the fantasy/sci fi series I've read, with perhaps Jordan's Wheel of Time being on par for me in terms of enjoyment.

    There are many planets were people live and on some of them the humans live alone and solitary, with their humanoid robots as companions. They will not meet each other in person, they wear nose filters and are intensely wary of encountering germs from another human.

    I think of that now.

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    if I have I must have forgotten...it goes on my reading list...
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    I am an autodidact. Which means I have taught myself many things. Over the last year I have taught myself, with the help of youtube videos, a number of needlework techniques including blackwork, whitework, stumpwork, shadow work, needle weaving, and more.

    I have also educated myself about many things over the years having only achieved an undergraduate degree.

    One of the things I have learned is that the more you know, the more you realize you don't know.

    I am very cautious of others who seem to think they know everything. Being an autodidact requires a great deal of humility and understanding that there are many things which need deep exploration as well as consultation with others who have studied even more.

    There are a lot of know-it-alls out there who think they can just dismiss things out of hand when they truly don't know what they themselves are talking about. And their minds are closed.

    A closed mind leads to dangerous forms of ignorance.

    We need way more open minds in my country, imo.

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