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Name: Jack E. Dunning
Gender: Male
Hometown: Cave Creek, AZ
Home country: USA
Member since: Wed Feb 20, 2013, 04:17 PM
Number of posts: 319

About Me

It is true that I am a cynic, pessimistic over what's going on in the world. As a skeptic, my initial take on issues is on the downside. What makes me optimistic is writing about it.

Journal Archives

Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill may have votes

That's what Sen. Elizabeth Warren says, adding, what the republicans "pulled out of the trash" is the worst of all their healthcare legislation. Here are some reasons:

• It guts funding for Medicaid – so if you need a nursing home or your baby is born with complex medical needs, you’re on your own.

• It rolls back protections for people with pre-existing conditions – so if you have a heart attack or get a cancer diagnosis, too bad.

• And it completely eliminates help for families to buy health insurance – so if you can’t afford health insurance, good luck out there.

The Senate dufus, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), said they would be back and they are in the likes of Lindsey Graham along with Bill Cassidy of Louisiana to try another end run on Obamacare. They claim 48 or 49 votes for a needed 50, with John McCain in the wings again.

Sen. Warren reminds us of the efforts put forth seven weeks ago and is enlisting our help once again suggesting we call friends and family plus broadcasting your support for the Affordable Care Act all over social media, do whatever you can to influence any Senate Republican vote, and participate in organizational events where you can get the word out. This should be the last hurrah but I wouldn't trust Mitch McConnell...well, I just wouldn't trust him with anything.

Is racism too inherent to abolish?

I did another post in this group on Sept. 5, "Racism is here to stay," which sort of answers the above headline. My conclusion was what I considered a "terrifying answer." That it was something we absorb through society, culture and from what our parents teach us. My parents did not teach me to be racist, nor did they teach me to look down on any group. I grew up in the deep South with respect for blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Italians, the Irish...hell, I honestly did not think there was any difference. I must admit that I did join my peers in some off-color stuff and was always sorry for what I had done. But "Hate" was never the underlying factor in our joking around. It is now and this becomes more evident by the day in incidents like the one at baseball's Fenway Park in Boston. Fans unfurled a sign that said, "RACISM IS AS AMERICAN AS BASEBALL." Apparently it was meant as a statement of a fact of the times. But security made them take it down and they were promptly ushered out of the park. Here's the trio's statement...

"We want to remind everyone that just as baseball is fundamental to American culture and history, so too is racism," said a statement from the ejected group that was later emailed to CSN. "White people need to wake up to this reality before white supremacy can truly be dismantled. We urge anyone who is interested in learning more or taking action to contact their local racial justice organization."

Maybe this is the way to get the public's attention so that something can be done about the issue. Or is it like my headline, "too inherent to abolish?" Read the article and you try to decide.

Knew pharmaceutical companies were unethical, but just plain crooked?

There have been no ethics in the pharmaceutical industry for years. Their only concern is profits. An extreme example is Martin Shkreli who acquired the rights to Daraprim, an infectious disease drug, raising the price per pill from $13.50 to $750. Although not typical, this behavior mirrors the act of a company who would fake cancer patients to sell a drug. A company by the name of Insys Therapeutics received approval to sell an ultra-powerful opioid for cancer patients with acute pain but suddenly discovered their market was limited. No problem, "To boost sales, the company allegedly took patients who didn't have cancer and made it look like they did." According to a federal indictment, this was accomplished by, "...falsifying medical records, misleading insurance companies and providing kickbacks to doctors in league with the company." The all-American way to do business in the Donald Trump era. In their deception, employees pretended to be doctors' offices for the purpose of fooling insurance companies to approve the drug. The whole thing is so bizarre but the question is, just how many other pharmaceutical companies are into similar activities? Read more.

AZ Sen. Jeff Flake pathetic incumbent

And, I might add, Jeff Flake has been a pitiful Senator living up to his name since he has been in Congress. With his approval rating at 18, he faces former state Sen. Kelli Ward in the primary who holds a 14 point lead against him in one poll. A potential opponent in the 2018 election, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is running 40.5 % to Flake's 32.5% in the same poll. I have received three emails from Flake in the last month, not because I am a supporter, I'm not, but because I wrote to him asking for help on a medical issue, a request Flake did not even respond to. It wasn't personal, something I felt, along with many others, was wrong with the system. Nada, yet he sends me emails soliciting support. Checking GovTrack, I can find no significant accomplishments since he has been in Congress. The only plus in his column for me is that he opposes Donald Trump, but that's not likely to get him many votes in Arizona.

EPA head Scott Pruitt paves way for chemical plant explosions from Harvey

The longtime adversary of the Environmental Protection agency, and now the EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, had time to possibly prevent the explosions at the Houston chemical plant damaged by Harvey. In June, about 10 weeks before explosions and fires would begin erupting at the plant, "...Scott Pruitt placed a 20-month delay on the implementation of rules designed to prevent and contain spills, fires and explosions at chemical plants." Pruitt made the delay because of complaints from chemical companies re. these rules and regulations, clearly ducking his job of protecting the environment. This is the kind of people Donald Trump has placed in control of some of the most fragile areas of government. Like putting Betsy DeVoss in charge of education. T-rump is bad enough but when you think of all the tentacles he has carefully placed throughout the departments running this country, it is frightening.

Mnuchin just responded to criticism that he requested a government jet for his European honeymoon

Source: Washington Post

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin responded to reports Thursday that he had requested a military jet to fly him and his wife, Louise Linton, to their European honeymoon over the summer, a revelation that raised new questions about the wealthy couple's use of government aircraft.

Mnuchin said his staff had explored the idea among a host of ways to ensure that he had access to secure communications and information as he traveled aboard.

“Let me be clear. I’m very sensitive to the use of government funds. I’ve never asked the government to pay for my personal travel,” he said in an interview at an event hosted by Politico.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/14/mnuchin-eclipses-past-travel-backlash-with-pricey-request-european-honeymoon-by-military-jet/

Steven Mnuchin and his wife are exactly what Bernie Sanders and his revolution are against, and precisely what Progressives despise.

The Equifax identity theft breach from the eyes of a former data broker

I sold your name, address and personal data for 35 years to junk mailers of catalogs and all types of solo offers of products and services, assuming all the while that the storage and handling of your information was secure. It wasn’t. I would occasionally see a computer tape (back in the 1970s) with private information, including Social Security numbers, unattended on someone’s desk, but wrote it off to laziness or just being busy. This is just one example and as the junk mail industry cleaned up its act by improving its security, the data bases like Equfax became larger and larger, and much harder to secure. In some cases then, as it is today, it is a simple matter of cost, with some companies opting to take the risk.

I worked with all the credit bureaus, Trans-Union, Experian and Equifax. They are arrogant, and very protective, not necessarily over the data, but rather what they are doing with it. Fortunately breaches like the recent one with Equifax don’t occur that often, but there have been thousands over the years and ID theft hit an all-time high in 2016. If you want to check the incidents over the years, go to Privacy Rights Clearing House. Congress is afraid of the credit bureaus, which makes one wonder if they may have dossiers like Herbert Hoover did. In 2016 Equifax posted profits of $5.15 to $5.25 a share in adjusted profit on $3.05 billion to $3.15 billion in revenue. Apparently the company hasn’t spent any of their profits on improving their security.

As an example, in the Equifax Argentina operation, all it took to get into personal data was typing in the word "admin" as both a login and password. Still unsure of where the actual vulnerability was, Equifax waited to announce the breach, leaving the Internet Underground plenty of time to get your personal data on the market to sell. If this company is not investigated for their handling of this data breach, the general public should rise up and demand action. To check whether or not you are affected, go here. I’ll follow up later with some dos and don’ts if your data was breached.

Gun violence to rival Irma

I realize Irma's destruction is a catastrophe for Florida and some surrounding states, as well as its devastation to the Caribbean and Cuba. And everyone in the U.S. not effected hopes for the best for those in harm's way in cleaning up and putting their lives back together. But during this calamity there was more havoc raging throughout the rest of the U.S. in the name of gun violence. In the last 72 hours there were 217 incidents of gun violence, 74 deaths and 186 gun injuries. The Gun Violence Archive has documented this by incident and the report requires nine pages; NINE WHOLE PAGES OF GUN DEATHS AND GUN INJURIES.

Hurricane Irma victims have FEMA. Gun violence victims have, as far as federal help like FEMA...nothing. Congress, and now the newly elected Trump for President, have deserted these people in favor of Wayne Lapierre's National Rifle Assn. Yes, there are gun control groups like the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, but so far they haven't, even with superb efforts. And that is because the American public does not support their efforts. Until this happens, innocent people will die hourly at the hands of guns.

Racism is here to stay

Racism hasn't really changed over the years

You can talk about the strides that have been taken since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but, in a nutshell, they haven't worked. I said in an earlier post that since 1964, radical racism has simply gone underground, with those who practice this vile lifestyle, playing in the shadows, putting on the good-guy front. Until Donald Trump. Until the White House loaded up with racists, white nationalists, and a bigotry that isn't disguised, rather, put right there in the open for all to see. Steve Bannon is proud of his white supremacist label, flaunting it regularly around Washington. And Donald Trump is quick to tell you, Steve Bannon is his man.

Donald Trump afraid to offend white nationalist supporters

After days of not repudiating white nationalists and the Ku Klux Klan after the murder in the Charlottesville demonstration, T-rump finally denounced the KKK and neo-nazis. This was his statement...

"Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups."

The media made me do it

Daily Progress reports that the only reason Trump changed his tone--it is widely known that he does not adhere to political correctness--is that the media made him do it. What a pathetic moment in history when it takes outcry from the media to make the President of the United States do a duty that should have been his top priority the moment that woman was killed by James Alex Fields' car. But that would have insulted Donald Trump's base of double-digit IQ bigots. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, "From the beginning, President Trump has sheltered and encouraged the forces of bigotry and discrimination." Why would we expect more just because of a death?

Sports personalities criticize Trump

LeBron James, basketball star, said, “Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!” Steve Nash, another basketball great said...

“To defend white supremacists and then slang his [crappy] a— grape juice pretty much sums the man up.” Nash was referring to Trump’s remark that he knows “a lot about Charlottesville” because he owns “one of the largest wineries in the United States,” located there.

Even the Jews were included in Charlottesville protest

Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally was universal in its appeal with anti-Semitic lines like “Jews will not replace us”? Also heard, “This city is run by Jewish communists and criminal niggers,” one demonstrator told Vice News’ Elspeth Reeve during their march. The Atlantic reported, "As Jews prayed at a local synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, men dressed in fatigues carrying semi-automatic rifles stood across the street." There was more, "In the minds of white supremacists like David Duke, there is a straight line from anti-blackness to anti-Judaism." I learned from the deep South, when you learn to hate like these people do, there are no bounds.

T-rump again reverts to bad taste

Donald Trump created an analogy between his re-tweet that was eventually pulled, where the Trump train collides with a person from CNN News (logo across face) obviously killing them. He did this just three days after the white nationalist drove into the Charlottesville woman killing her. Trump literally sanctions violence; remember when he wanted to punch the Black Lives Matter protester in the face? He also recently told a group of Long Island police that they shouldn't be too nice with criminal suspects. That drew fire from people all across the country, including police departments. There is no end to the Oval Office lunatic's lunacy.

Why are people still racist? A terrifying answer

The Washington Post recently asked, "Why are people still racist?" They go on to answer using a scientific point of view. The answer...

“In some ways, it’s super simple. People learn to be whatever their society and culture teaches them. We often assume that it takes parents actively teaching their kids, for them to be racist. The truth is that unless parents actively teach kids not to be racists, they will be."
That is scary as hell, especially when you consider the fact that Donald Trump is President of the United States, espousing his rhetoric of bigotry.

Nasty Jack

T-rump stupid things


Actually the disgrace today is the fact that many of the people in government are already a disgrace.

Passionate & Progressive

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