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Far away from any witnesses, my small town is being poisoned by fracking waste

Some days, the air would smell acrid, sharp like bleach, and I would hurry from the car into the house. Other days, the wind seemed normal, unremarkable. I didn’t know why.

My south-eastern Ohio town in the Appalachian foothills is a small, rural place where the demolition derby at the county fair is a hot ticket, Walmart is the biggest store, and people in the even smaller villages surrounding the county seat must often drive for 30 minutes to grocery shop. We hold the unfortunate distinction of being the poorest county in the state: an area that is both stunning – rolling hills, rocky cliffs, pastures and ravines – and inaccessible, far from industry.

It’s here that fracking companies dump their waste.

The Hazel Ginsburg well, an injection well built in the hillside decades ago, was meant to deposit saline and sand underground into porous rock. For the last few years, however, the well has held waste from out-of-state fracking operations done in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and other states.

A forgotten byproduct of fracking is the waste. What goes into the ground must come out: a sludge of toxic chemicals and undrinkable water, which trucks ship across the country. Far from the drill pads, far from the cities that profit from fracking, far from any city at all, the leftover wastewater is injected into the ground – my county’s forgotten ground.


And were is the Ohio governor and right wing legislature.....................getting paid with bribe money, and not drinking the same water, and not trying to keep the health care costs down in Ohio.........................

Insurers are scrambling to keep up with ObamaCare drama

Source: The Hill

Insurance companies blindsided by the Senate GOP’s decision to pull the plug on bipartisan talks and move forward again with ObamaCare repeal are scrambling to figure out how to move forward.

The death of the bipartisan push leaves them with no clear way to shore up fragile marketplaces ahead of the 2018 enrollment season, which begins Nov. 1.

The new ObamaCare repeal bill may get a Senate vote next week.

If it becomes law, insurers will face a whole new world in 2020, with states deciding how to use millions in block grant funding that will come from Washington.
If it fails, it’s uncertain if there will be another bipartisan push.

Either way, it creates huge concerns for insurers.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/351617-insurers-are-scrambling-to-keep-up-with-obamacare-drama

I feel that any senator that votes yes to create this death panel, must help pay for there individual constitutes pre-existing conditions out of their own pocket, since after all, they get there pay check from the same people they are f*cking, and they need to be held accountable for there actions.................

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Graham-Cassidy Strips Away The Few Concessions GOP Moderates Already Won

Source: Talking Points Memo

By ALICE OLLSTEIN Published SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 6:00 AM

The Senate is barreling toward a vote next week on a recently unveiled bill that would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act and convert Medicaid into a shrinking block grant. With just a few days left to muster the 50 votes necessary to pass the bill before the clock on reconciliation expires, the bill’s conservative authors are pressuring their moderate colleagues to get on board, despite the fact that the bill includes none of the protections moderates have demanded for months, nor any of the concessions that they won in previous Obamacare repeal bills.

With only a single committee hearing, no markup, no complete score from the Congressional Budget Office and only 90 seconds of floor debate allocated for the bill, and no time to hold a conference committee with the House, moderates are essentially being told to fall in line and swallow the bill as is.

If Senate Majority Leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY) holds a vote next week, he’ll be throwing under the bus moderates who promised their constituents opioid treatment funding, protection for Medicaid, and equal treatment for people with pre-existing conditions.

During Senate Republicans’ most recent run at repealing Obamacare, they threw in a provision that allocated a whopping $45 billion dollars for addressing the opioid epidemic in an attempt to win the votes of Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), whose states have been hit particularly hard by the crisis. While experts noted that the $45 billion was nowhere near enough to address the addiction scourge gripping much of the country, it was a significant concession to those lawmakers.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/graham-cassidy-strips-away-the-few-concessions-gop-moderates-already-won

Heller, your toast.............your right wing governor sent and signed his name to a letter, denouncing this newest same old more extreme death panel that you now endorse, how do sleep at night

hey Heller, do you f*cking realize that giving the defense department 650 billion in tax dollars, that half of that money would stabilize the health care system----------------you really are a f*cking idiot

Portman, and Caputo must have millions to help family members with there pre-existing conditions, after all if they vote yes on this piece of sh*t legislation, they don't get the same health care coverage their under now, because they will exempt themselves like that ass**** Paul Ryan and that bunch of sh*t had in there bill................

Populist Victories Won In This Conservative Colorado Town

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

What’s been happening politically and culturally this year in Colorado’s second largest city is inspiring. Progressive/populist organizing to build grassroots movements to counter plutocratic rule and govern in the people’s interest now have a model of success in one of the least likely places.

Since the 1990s, Colorado Springs has been shaped by an inordinate number of right-wing institutions. Yet, the Springs also is home to a hardy band of progressives, including environmentalists, unionists, women’s champions, scrappy entrepreneurs, LGBTQ activists, students and teachers, a sizeable immigrant population, social justice church groups and some sensible libertarians.

With Bernie Sanders bringing new, highly energized voters into play, young people who had previously evinced zero interest in the old Democratic-Republican duopoly were rallying behind Bernie’s grassroots populism. His revolutionary call to rein in America’s corporate oligarchs also sparked a fire in older, working-class people, including Repubs and none-of-the-above folks who’d given up on the idea that either party gave a damn about people like them. A shift was occurring in Colorado Springs’ political zeitgeist — one that might open a path for new alignments and a progressive-populist movement.


Near my old stomping grounds from Parker, CO

Key senator will evaluate Trumpcare with administrations cooked analysis

Source: Think Progress

A key Republican senator, who is likely to decide the fate of her party’s latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and phase-out Medicaid, says she will rely on a Trump administration office with a history of producing cooked figures in order to determine whether to back the bill.

Earlier this week, the Congressional Budget Office announced that, due to the rushed process Senate Republicans are using to try to pass the latest version of Trumpcare, it will not be able to fully evaluate the bill until after a vote is expected next week. That leaves senators flying blind, without the office’s guidance on crucial questions like how many people will lose coverage under the bill, or how the legislation will impact insurance premiums.

Outside estimates show that at least 32 million people will lose health insurance by 2027 if the latest Trumpcare bill becomes law.

Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/with-cbo-sidelined-key-senator-turns-to-trump-administrations-cooked-numbers-to-evaluate-trumpcare-97b11c5dc09d/

Lets be clear here, she more than likely will be out of office collecting a taxpayer funded retirement program, this bill has not had a full CBO scored before they vote..................this is outrageous and is BS,to wait for that score, she can ask for "regular order", that is her job .

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Jake LaMotta, former boxer whose life was subject of Raging Bull, dies aged 95

Source: The Guardian

Jake LaMotta, the Bronx boxer who captured the world middleweight championship in 1949 and whose turbulent life was later the subject of the 1980 film Raging Bull, died on Tuesday because of complications from pneumonia. He was 95.

LaMotta’s longtime fiancée, Denise Baker, said the longtime professional boxer died on Tuesday at Palm Garden of Aventura nursing home in Florida.

“He had eyes that danced, all the way to the very end,” Baker told the Guardian. “I used to tell him if he was a Native American, they would have called him Eyes That Danced. He had the sharpest, most moving eyes.”

Born Giacobbe LaMotta in 1921 on the lower east side of Manhattan, he learned to box at the Coxsackie Reformatory for delinquent youths after being convicted of attempted burglary as a teenager. He went undefeated as an amateur upon release and entered the professional ranks aged 19 in 1941.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/sep/20/jake-lamotta-former-boxer-whose-life-was-subject-of-raging-bull-dies-aged-95

“Rest in Peace, Champ,” De Niro said in a statement on Wednesday.

Michigan will allow candidates to raise money for super PACs

Source: The Hill

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has signed new legislation that will allow candidates running for state office to raise unlimited money for outside political groups, an expansion of campaign finance law likely to be seen in other states in the future.

The measure, which cleared the Republican-dominated legislature on Tuesday, goes further than federal election rules. Under those federal rules, a candidate can raise contributions of up to $5,000 for super PACs.

The Michigan law allows candidates to raise unlimited contributions, both from individuals and from corporations, on behalf of so-called “independent expenditure committees,” the state equivalent of super PACs. Those committees could then spend freely on advertisements directly targeting any race.

Snyder, in a statement, said the new law clarifies the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in the case of Citizens United v. FEC, a decision that paved the way for the creation of super PACs. The bill he signed codifies that ruling on a state level, his office said.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/351630-michigan-will-allow-candidates-to-raise-money-for-super-pacs

The same guy that thought that tap water that was poisoned in Flint, Michigan wasn't dangerous

Lewandowski Wants A Life Sentence For Anyone Who Improperly Swayed Election

By MATT SHUHAM Published SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 4:35 PM

President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager said Tuesday that he hoped any of Trump’s campaign staff who may be found to have improperly influenced the 2016 election “go to jail for the rest of their lives.”

Lewandowski made the comment at an event at George Washington University, the Washington Examiner reported.

“I think if anybody, and I’ve said this, if Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, or Rick Gates or Carter Page, or anybody else attempted to influence the outcome of the U.S. election through any means that’s inappropriate — through collusion, coordination, or cooperation — I hope they go to jail for the rest of their lives,” Lewandowsi said, as quoted by the Examiner.

Lewandowski is a well-known rival of Manafort’s, who replaced him at the top of Trump’s campaign with the title of chairman. Eventually, Manafort was himself replaced by Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon and pollster Kellyanne Conway, who would both go on to accompany Trump to the White House.


You were at the republican convention right dude.....................and you were with the Traitor and you were with him:

“18 hours a day, seven days a week for 18 months,”


Neil Degrasse Tyson, the Earth is Pissed Off


Hey, ass**** from the equality state your so full of BS it is remarkable that you have license to practice medicine.

How does it sound, that human beings in your state, that work in the Powder River Coal mines who get black lung disease will be denied coverage under your f*cking right wing horse sh*t talking points------------all you are trying to do ass**** is to get this measure passed so that your f*cking corporate lackeys in the oil and gas industry don't have to pay taxes, so that they can pad your account, just ask Dickey Cheney how much he got from them

You keep forgetting ass**** that states have to balance their individual budgets, and the only way they balance their budgets is by how much the federal government gives them from the taxes they pay into the system, back to them, and since you have hardly no state sales tax 4% to 6% use the mineral tax from coal-------------ha, ha, when you your giving the coal companies a tax break.

How is your state going to supply medical aid to the 500,000 people that live, there---------------I am so glad I left Wyoming, because I am looking at the face of someone that wants to desperately create a death panels on a national scale which wants to kill people for tax breaks, and you call yourself a doctor..................F*** YOU

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