‘Medicare means many things to many people. To seniors, it’s a program providing good, low-cost healthcare at a stage in life when it’s most needed.
To Congress, it’s beginning to look more like a piggy bank to be raided.
That’s the only conclusion one can draw from a provision slipped into a measure to extend and increase the government’s Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which provides assistance to workers who lose their jobs because of trade deals. The measure, introduced by Rep. David Reichert (R-Wash.), proposes covering some of the $2.7-billion cost of the extension by slicing $700 million out of doctor and hospital reimbursements for Medicare.’
‘On April 26, 2015, Jeffrey Lieberman, former president of the American Psychiatric Association, stirred up controversy by calling investigative journalist Robert Whitaker a “menace to society” on CBC radio because Whitaker, in his book Anatomy of an Epidemic, had challenged the long-term effectiveness of psychiatric medication.
But is it Whitaker or Lieberman who is a menace to society?
Lieberman, the APA president through May 2014, is currently making the media rounds with his new book Shrinks. But earlier in his career, Lieberman conducted experiments in which patients diagnosed with schizophrenia were given a psychostimulant drug with Lieberman’s expectation that the drug would be “psychotogenic” (induce symptoms of psychosis), and this deterioration in fact occurred.’
‘Macedonia is ready to take part in the construction of the Turkish stream natural gas pipeline once Russia and Brussels reach an agreement on the strategic project, Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has announced.
“Our position is that when Brussels and Moscow have reach an agreement on this project, we will take part in it,” Gruevski told Press24 portal. “As a country aiming to join the European community, these are exactly the guidelines we follow when making strategic decisions.”
Following the abandonment of the South Stream gas pipeline project in December 2014, Moscow has switched its resources towards constructing the Turkish Stream as an alternative.’
‘Freedom Watch’s Larry Klayman filed a Racketeering lawsuit against Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation on Wednesday. The lawsuit was filed in Florida, which includes a request to have the Florida judge seize the personal server on which former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her staff hosted their emails while she served in the State Department. Klayman has been known for filing lawsuits against the Clintons and other established politicians.
The Clinton Foundation faces a RICO case. The case alleges the former first family and their foundation traded favors from international leaders for large donations or generous speaking fees. The suit was filed before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Civil Action No. 9:15-cv-80388.’
‘A federal judge has thwarted an attempt to force the release of the Senate report on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) torture program.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s full report on the CIA interrogation program. The executive summary of the report was previously made public, albeit with numerous redactions.
But U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg rejected the ACLU’s request, ruling the report remains a congressional record and thus isn’t subject to the FOIA. When Congress created FOIA in 1966, it made sure to exempt the legislative branch from its provisions.’
‘It was the dying cry of Charlton Heston in the creepy 1973 film Soylent Green… and it could resemble our desperate near future.
The ocean is dying, by all accounts – and if so, the food supply along with it. The causes are numerous, and overlapping. And massive numbers of wild animal populations are dying as a result of it.
Natural causes in the environment are partly to blame; so too are the corporations of man; the effects of Fukushima, unleashing untold levels of radiation into the ocean and onto Pacific shores; the cumulative effect of modern chemicals and agricultural waste tainting the water and disrupting reproduction.’
‘Russia has raised a number of “issues” obstructing the delivery of its S-300 surface-to-air missile (SAM) defense systems to Iran as agreed in 2007.
Russia’s Interfax news agency cited the country’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Wednesday as saying that Moscow will provide the air defense systems to the Islamic Republic upon “the adaptation” of the 2007 agreement to the current situation.
He said, “It is because of the adaptation of that agreement to the new reality that some negotiating process is taking place.”’
‘The US military says it accidentally sent live anthrax spores to as many as nine laboratories and is investigating how that happened.
There was no public threat from the mishap, a Pentagon official claimed on Wednesday.
The labs were supposed to receive dead anthrax samples for research use.
One anthrax sample was also shipped off to a US military base in South Korea, according to the Pentagon.’
‘The construction of a $615-million, 1,150-room palace for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been declared “illegal” by the country’s top administrative court.
Ankara’s Fifth Administrative Court overturned a previous ruling that permitted an exception to build “White Palace” on protected land, UPI reported on Wednesday. Erdogan moved into the luxurious residence last year.
The palace was built in an area of 300,000 square meters in an environmentally protected nature preserve called the Ataturk Forest Farm.’
‘Prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab has urged Western countries to break silence and stop duplicity over the status quo in Bahrain.
In a letter from prison sent to the Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) on Wednesday, Rajab censured Western governments for supporting Bahrain’s suppressive regime and their hypocrisy over what is happening in the country.
Bahraini people are the victims of both autocratic regimes and democratic West, the letter read, adding that the Western countries provide the Al Khalifa regime with weapons to repress the people.’