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Gender: Female
Hometown: Seattle, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
Number of posts: 46,255

About Me

Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

Journal Archives

Oh how the mighty are falling...............

Valeant drug company got some bad news today.
Valeant bond investor Centerbridge notifies company of intention to call a default.

You may remember Valeant as having a history of buying up smaller drug companies ( a LOT of them) and then raising the prices of their drugs.
The company raised prices on all its brand name drugs 66% in 2015, five times more than its closest industry peer.
The cost of Valeant flucytosine is 10,000% higher in the United States than in Europe.

Valeant is known for buying companies and laying off their employees to achieve savings, while accumulating a debt of about $30 billion.
It spends an amount equivalent to only 3% of its sales on research and development, which it views as risky and inefficient compared with buying existing drugs. Traditional big drug companies spend 15 to 20% of sales on research and development.
Valeant also pays extremely low taxes because it is officially based in Canada, although Mr. Pearson operates from New Jersey."

Valeant's acquisition of Bausch & Lomb in 2013, and Paragon Vision Services in 2015, is alleged to have given the company control of over 80% of the production pipeline for hard contact lenses. A series of unilateral price increases beginning in Fall 2015 spurred the FTC's investigation.

Valeant is now being investigated by FTC, and 2 State's Attorney's offices.

And ts biggest bondholder, Centerbridge, is calling a default on Valeant bonds.


Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valeant_Pharmaceuticals

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/valeant-shares-plunge-on-report-debtor-has-called-default-2016-04-12

Planting Peace just posted this billboard near Hendersonville, North Carolina

Planting Peace is the the nonprofit organization behind the rainbow-colored Equality House




Planting Peace can be found on facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/plantingpeace/?fref=nf

Want to share a piece of heaven with y'all.

This is the view of the deck Mr. dixie built, on the east side of the house.
It frames the wild cherry tree nicely. The land slopes down to a small valley where he has built his man-cave.
taken a couple days ago, showing how pretty spring can be.
That is a ginormous magnolia tree left of the shed, been growing there for decades.

Inside Erik Prince’s Treacherous Drive to Build a Private Air Force

This is a really good detailed article on how Erik Prince lied to and used foreign companies to try to build himself a private airforce /mercenary army.
Shades of Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now

or, as one commentator remarked...."His moves are those of a psychopath on a power trip.
Using economic terrorism to cow his opponents and now wanting an air force..
Next he'll have a glass eye and a hairless cat in his arms screaming incoherently."

The story of how Prince secretly plotted to transform the two aircraft for his arsenal of mercenary services is based on interviews with nearly a dozen people who have worked with Prince over the years, including current and former business partners, as well as internal documents, memos, and emails. Over a two-year period, Prince exploited front companies and cutouts, hidden corporate ownership, a meeting with Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout’s weapons supplier, and at least one civil war in an effort to manufacture and ultimately sell his customized armed counterinsurgency aircraft. If he succeeded, Prince would possess two prototypes that would lay the foundation for a low-cost, high-powered air force capable of generating healthy profits while fulfilling his dream of privatized warfare.
https://theintercept.com/2016/04/11/blackwater-founder-erik-prince-drive-to-build-private-air-force/

Guns in cars’ bill one step closer to law in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — On Tuesday night, the Alabama Senate passed SB14, 26-7 which would allow law abiding residents to carry a pistol in their car without a permit.

Last year, Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) shepherded the bill through the Alabama Senate, but it ultimately died in the House.

“No one is required to have a permit to keep a handgun in his or her house. The Castle Doctrine states vehicles are an extension of a person’s home,” Allen explained. “Therefore, adults should have the right to carry a pistol in their car without a permit.”

Supporters of Allen’s bill say it would ease restrictions on open-carriers and further ensure Alabamians’ ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights. The Alabama Sheriffs Association has opposed the bill in previous legislative sessions, saying it would make law enforcement officers’ jobs more difficult and could lead to more incidents of road rage. They also noted that sheriffs would lose some of the revenue they receive through pistol permits, which helps to fund their departments.

The bill now heads to the Alabama House of Representatives.
http://yellowhammernews.com/politics-2/29507/

Meet Hillary's foreign policy advisor. Michele Flournoy

She is CEO of a liberal hawkish think tank Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a “liberal-hawk” think tank that she cofounded with Kurt Campbell in 2007. CNAS is widely viewed as having had significant influence on the Obama administration’s defense policies, particularly with respect to counterinsurgency warfare.

Foreign policy hawks have frequently commented on Flournoy’s militarist tendencies. For instance, in a September 2009 commentary on U.S. policy in Afghanistan, Tom Donnelly of the American Enterprise Institute wrote, “Undersecretary of defense Michele Flournoy is the dictionary definition of a hawkish Democrat"
http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/flournoy_michele/



If Hillary gets elected, this is most likely the person she will be listening to re: global affairs.

Fraud alert----heads up, folks....

We just got a mailer from Global Pharmacy Plus, which says they are in Vancouver, BC


They say they sell cheap drugs, and all I need is a copy of my pill bottle label or the insert the drugstore gives with my meds, or a copy of the prescription.

The drug prices they quote are very high, tho they claim they are offering cheap prices.

Worse yet, a quick Google check shows they have been charged with fraud in Canada, which found they are really in Belize and there is no way of knowing where the pills come from, or what is in them.
Plus they have been reported to steal credit card info. AND put you on a spammer's list.

Watchdog site:
http://www.safemedicines.org/2013/06/canadian-appeals-court-shuts-down-ontario-operations-of-global-pharmacy-canada539.html

Hillary offers solution to her dishonesty problem


Social workers charged with child abuse in death of Palmdale Ca. boy

This is so sad for the poor victim, who was betrayed by his family AND by the system that should have helped him.



Gabriel Fernandez died two years ago in May. Prosecutors say he was the victim of repeated abuse.

The boy's mother, 31-year-old Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, and her former boyfriend, 35-year-old Isauro Aguirre, have both been charged with capital murder in Gabriel's death

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A complaint for an arrest warrant filed on March 28 charges social workers Stefanie Rodriguez, 30, and Patricia Clement, 65, and their respective supervisors, Kevin Bom, 38, and Gregory Merritt, 60, each with one felony count of child abuse and one felony count of falsifying public records, according to the district attorney's office.
The district attorney's press released stated that Rodriguez and Clement are accused of falsifying reports that should have documented signs of Gabriel's escalating physical abuse, and Bom and Merritt knew or should have known that they were approving false reports that conflicted with the evidence of Gabriel's deteriorating physical well-being.
http://abc7.com/news/social-workers-charged-with-child-abuse-in-death-of-palmdale-boy/1280709/

The places I worked as a Social Worker were all very serious about documenting, and made sure the legal consequences were known.

It appears that the arrested employees faked their investigation into the complaints they had received and lied in their reports.

I have not heard of Social workers being arrested for stuff like this just fired, but hope the arrests will wake up people in the field.



This is a ....yolks wagon


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