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Jeb Bush’s dirty money-making activities profited from Obamacare

I can’t help but get a chuckle out of this. In normal times, Bush would have left Tenet because it’s a big, soulless corporation that’s paid fines for Medicare fraud and been criticized for dodgy tax practices at the same time it was beefing up executive pay. A man of the people who aspires to the Oval Office can’t afford to be associated with this kind of dirty money.

But no. At least if Politico is to be believed, this isn’t really an issue in the GOP primary. What is an issue is that Tenet might have profited from Obamacare, which in turn means that Jeb may have profited from Obamacare. Even if it’s a double bank shot, that’s dirty money in tea party land.


http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/12/jeb-bush-has-obamacare-problem

LEAKED: Secret Negotiations to Let Big Brother Go Global

The ugly ramifications of the Trade in Services Act (TiSA)

by Don Quijones
WolfStreet.com
December 25, 2014


By Don Quijones, freelance writer, translator in Barcelona, Spain, and editor at WOLF STREET. Mexico is his country-in-law. Raging Bull-Shit is his modest attempt to scrub away the lathers of soft soap peddled by political and business leaders and their loyal mainstream media.

Much has been written, at least in the alternative media, about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), two multilateral trade treaties being negotiated between the representatives of dozens of national governments and armies of corporate lawyers and lobbyists (on which you can read more here, here and here). However, much less is known about the decidedly more secretive Trade in Services Act (TiSA), which involves more countries than either of the other two.

At least until now, that is. Thanks to a leaked document jointly published by the Associated Whistleblowing Press and Filtrala, the potential ramifications of the treaty being hashed out behind hermetically sealed doors in Geneva are finally seeping out into the public arena.

If signed, the treaty would affect all services ranging from electronic transactions and data flow, to veterinary and architecture services. It would almost certainly open the floodgates to the final wave of privatization of public services, including the provision of healthcare, education and water. Meanwhile, already privatized companies would be prevented from a re-transfer to the public sector by a so-called barring “ratchet clause” – even if the privatization failed.

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The leaked documents confirm our worst fears that TiSA is being used to further the interests of some of the largest corporations on earth (…) Negotiation of unrestricted data movement, internet neutrality and how electronic signatures can be used strike at the heart of individuals’ rights. Governments must come clean about what they are negotiating in these secret trade deals.



the rest:
http://wolfstreet.com/2014/12/25/leaked-secret-negotiations-to-let-big-brother-go-global/

Alzheimer’s Disease Reversed For the First Time


Alzheimer's disease (AD) affects more than 5 million Americans; worldwide, it affects more than 30 million people. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease, cancers, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke and accidents.

In a recently published paper, Dale Bredesen at the Buck Institute showed that 9 of 10 patients participating in a program showed reversal of cognitive impairment associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Six of the 10 study participants had had to leave work, or were struggling at their jobs, due to AD; after going through the program, all were able to return to work or to continue working at better performance levels.

This is the first time time that anyone has shown it possible to reverse memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s – so much so that 6 of the 10 patients who had left work or were struggling due to memory impairment were able to return to work or to keep working with improved performance.

To quote from the Abstract:

The first 10 patients who have utilized this program include patients with memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD), amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), or subjective cognitive impairment (SCI). Nine of the 10 displayed subjective or objective improvement in cognition beginning within 3-6 months, with the one failure being a patient with very late stage AD. Six of the patients had had to discontinue working or were struggling with their jobs at the time of presentation, and all were able to return to work or continue working with improved performance. Improvements have been sustained, and at this time the longest patient follow-up is two and one-half years from initial treatment, with sustained and marked improvement. These results suggest that a larger, more extensive trial of this therapeutic program is warranted. The results also suggest that, at least early in the course, cognitive decline may be driven in large part by metabolic processes.



http://impactaging.com/papers/v6/n9/full/100690.html
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/26/1354144/-Alzheimer-s-Disease-Reversed-For-the-First-Time

Most Adorable President EVER!



and one of many reasons why I still Love This Man!

President Obama in a Princess Tiara Surrounded by Girl Scouts is the Most Adorable Thing You'll See Today


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Could there be anything better than a grown man wearing a princess tiara? As this photo proves, yes, there is, in fact, only one thing superior to that — the leader of the free world, (or, you pick: Barry; most powerful person on Earth; President of the United States) wearing a princess tiara, surrounded by adorable cherubim decked in their girl scout uniforms, grinning into the camera to their hearts’ content.

The photo was taken in May 2014 at the annual White House Science Fair, where the girls exhibited their Lego flood-proof bridge project. Hailing from Girl Scout Troop 2612 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, they somehow — probably with their overwhelming cuteness — persuaded Obama to wear a tiara for their group phot
http://www.bustle.com/articles/55578-president-obama-in-a-princess-tiara-surrounded-by-girl-scouts-is-the-most-adorable-thing-youll

KIMDb, Kim Jong-un's movie page

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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/12/25/1353633/-Cartoon-KIMDb-Kim-Jong-un-s-movie-nbsp-page

"Without Obama.....?"


XMAS News Dump: U.S. Spy Agency Reports Improper Surveillance of Americans

U.S. Spy Agency Reports Improper Surveillance of Americans
By David Lerman Dec 24, 2014 2:07 PM PT 15 Comments Email Print

The National Security Agency today released reports on intelligence collection that may have violated the law or U.S. policy over more than a decade, including unauthorized surveillance of Americans’ overseas communications.

The NSA, responding to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union, released a series of required quarterly and annual reports to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board that cover the period from the fourth quarter of 2001 to the second quarter of 2013.

The heavily-redacted reports include examples of data on Americans being e-mailed to unauthorized recipients, stored in unsecured computers and retained after it was supposed to be destroyed, according to the documents. They were posted on the NSA’s website at around 1:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

In a 2012 case, for example, an NSA analyst “searched her spouse’s personal telephone directory without his knowledge to obtain names and telephone numbers for targeting,” according to one report. The analyst “has been advised to cease her activities,” it said.



http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-24/spy-agency-to-release-reports-documenting-surveillance-errors.html?hootPostID=911ff5c38bf8258ace10d682ac22a4b3

“Sleepin’ Heavenly Peas”



From the time you wake up on this Christmas morning, take time to fully notice the little things, the smells, textures and tastes of Christmas. Each chocolate, cuddle and gift. Take time to savor it. How do the sweets look in your hand? How do they smell? How does it feel in your mouth? Notice the effort others have made to give you gifts. Look at the way they are wrapped. How it feels to pull off the paper. Consider that many other people you do not know have made effort to grow, make or transport parts of your present too. Be kind and compassionate to everyone you have contact with – including yourself. And if things don’t quite go as planned or you are feeling overwhelmed by the celebrations, just take your seat by the side of the road and spend a few moments focusing your attention on your breath.

http://theconversation.com/how-mindfulness-could-give-you-the-gift-of-a-calmer-christmas-35362

"Torture Is Good & We Are Awesome" So Sayeth Brennan, Cheney, Hayden & FOX Hosts....

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