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Friday October 02, 2015
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Guns Kill An Average Of 36 People Every Day, And The Nation Doesn't Even Blink
HP | Nick Wing | 10/01/15

The nation was once again confronted with the horror of a deadly school shooting on Thursday, this time a massacre at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon. A gunman killed at least 10 people and wounded seven before police fatally shot him. It marked the 45th shooting on a school campus this year, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a group pushing for legislative reforms to reduce gun violence. It was the 142nd shooting at a school since the December 2012 rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. ... Read more

There Have Been 45 Shootings At Schools So Far This Year

The mass shooting at a community college in Oregon also marks the 142nd shooting at a school since Newtown.
Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East by Rashid Khalidi

... Khalidi closely analyzes three historical moments that illuminate how the United States' involvement has, in fact, thwarted progress toward peace between Israel and Palestine. The first moment he investigates is the "Reagan Plan" of 1982, when Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin refused to accept the Reagan administration's proposal to reframe the Camp David Accords more impartially. The second moment covers the period after the Madrid Peace Conference, from 1991 to 1993, during which negotiations between Israel and Palestine were brokered by the United States until the signing of the secretly negotiated Oslo accords. Finally, Khalidi takes on President Barack Obama's retreat from plans to insist on halting the settlements in the West Bank....

This Meme Reveals the Stark Difference Between Bernie and Hillary
U.S. Uncut | James Woods | 08/19/15

The Internet is abuzz with Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton memes. But with no sources for any of the claims listed, we decided to do some research and find out just how different the two Democratic Primary front-runners are and if these assertions were factually correct. ...
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The 80/20 Rule Is Crushing The Economy
ZeroHedge | author | 10/02/15

In business, the 80/20 rule states that 80% of your business will come from 20% of your customers. In an economy that is more than 2/3rds driven by consumption, such an imbalance of the "have" and "have not's" impedes real economic growth.

I have often written about the disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street. As shown in the chart below, while asset prices were inflated by continued interventions of monetary policy from the Federal Reserve it only benefitted the small portion of the population with assets invested in the market. ... Read more
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US Factory Orders Flash Recession Warning - Drop YoY For 10th Month In A Row.

The Dangerous Illusion That Risk Can Be Offloaded Onto Others
ZeroHedge | author | 10/02/15

Central bank intervention/financial repression provides the illusion thay systemic risk has been disappeared, and this pushes all asset classes into correlation. The idea that some assets will escape the implosion is also illusory; what appeared uncorrelated can suddenly correlate overnight, destroying the entire fantasy that risk can be offloaded onto others. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, October 02 [8:06]
DN | Rashid Khalidi on Syria: The Beginning of This Mess was the 2003 U.S. Invasion of Iraq (10/02/15) [16:19]
Russia has launched airstrikes in Syria for a second day, becoming the latest foreign government to intervene in a war that has already killed over 240,000 people and displaced millions. The move sparked concern from U.S. officials, who say the Russian attacks did not hit ISIL targets but instead struck rebel groups fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, including at least one group trained by the CIA. The United States and Russia have long disagreed about strategy in Syria, with Washington calling for Assad's departure and Moscow backing the Syrian president. Earlier today, the Kremlin said Russia is coordinating with the Syrian military to hit ISIL targets as well as other militant organizations. Russia is at least the 10th foreign government to launch airstrikes in Syria this year. Other countries include the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Australia, Turkey, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. We speak to Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi.
Diane Rehm Show
DR | Friday News Roundup -- Domestic (10/02/15) [1hr]
DR | Friday News Roundup -- International (10/02/15) [1hr]
TRNN | Joseph Daher and Jennifer Loewenstein argue: Inter-Imperial Feuds and the Lost Revolution in Syria, Part 1 (10/02/15) [10:51]
TYT | 13 Dead In Oregon College Shooting (10/01/15) [12:45]
TYT | The True Price Of Prescription Drugs (10/01/15) [4:01]
TYT | Trump: I Would Send the Syrian Refugees Back (10/01/15) [7:59]
RT | CrossTalk: Mideast Alliances (10/02/15) [24:46]
RoF | Pharma Price Gouging Out of Control (10/01/15) [11:32]
RoF | Ring of Fire (E184) - Syria, The Pope And Planned Parenthood (full) (10/01/15) [29:00]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
NPR (National Public Radio) - www.npr.org/
PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - www.pbs.org/
MSNBC - Maddow/Hayes - www.msnbc.com/
MSNBC | Rep. Chris Van Hollen calls on Speaker Boehner to bring 'commonsense measures' on guns up for a vote (10/01/15) [3:35]
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10.02.2015. 10:58

Thursday October 01, 2015
News Articles

Secret Service Wanted To Leak 'Embarrassing' Info On Congressman
HP | Ryan J. Reilly | 09/30/15

Dozens of Secret Service personnel inappropriately accessed private information on a member of Congress who was conducting oversight of the agency, in a pattern the Department of Homeland Security's watchdog called "deeply disturbing."

The DHS Inspector General on Wednesday released the results of an investigation into who leaked information about how Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who conducts oversight of the Secret Service, had been rejected for a position in the agency years ago. The report found that 45 different Secret Service employees in a variety of different locations accessed the record, but only four of them may have had a legitimate reason to do so. ... Read more
RachellMaddow | Planned Parenthood president stands up to House GOP grilling (09/29/15) [9:37]

We're Surrounded by Way More Chemicals Than We Thought, and These Doctors Say We're Screwed
MotherJones Magazine | Gabrielle Canon | 10/01/15

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), a group representing OB-GYNs from 125 countries, released a report detailing the detrimental health effects caused by even small exposure to common chemicals like the ones found in pesticides, plastics, and air pollution. The health problems are even greater for babies exposed in the womb, who face increased risks of cancer, reduced cognitive function, and even miscarriage or stillbirth.

The organization cited concerns about the sharp increase over the past four decades in chemical manufacturing, which continues to grow by more than 3 percent every year. Some 30,000 pounds of chemicals were manufactured or imported for every person in the United States in 2012 alone--a whopping 9.5 trillion pounds in total. Annually, the FIGO authors write, chemical manufacturing leads to 7 million deaths and billions in health care costs. ... Read more

Hepatitis C drugs cost more than $1,000 a pill in the U.S. Curiously, the same pills cost as little as $10 a pill in emerging countries. A National Institutes of Health analysis that stated that drug prices "simply reflect what the market will bear."

The 9 Most Expensive Medicines in the World -- Courtesy of Big Pharma
AlterNet | Larry Schwartz | 09/29/15

Hedge funder Martin Shkreli reminded everyone of the sky-high -- and seemingly arbitrary -- costs of prescription medicines in this country when he bought and immediately increased the price of an established drug used to fight a parasitic infection. The price hike was eye-popping, from $13.50 a pill to $750 per pill, prompting Dr. Judith Aberg of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to ask, "What is it that they are doing differently that has led to this dramatic increase?" Shkreli's answer was similar to what Big Pharma trots out all the time -- the extra money will help them to make better drugs.

The business of developing and selling prescription drugs is not just big. It's huge. Sales for prescription meds in the world are expected to reach $1.3 trillion by 2018. That equates to 1.3% of the world's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). To put it another way, Big Pharma's sales are bigger than the annual GDP of all but 15 countries on the planet. In the United States alone, seven out of 10 Americans are taking prescription medications. Almost 4 billion prescriptions were written in the U.S. last year. And for the unluckiest of us, those prescriptions cost dearly. Six-figure dearly. ... Read more

  1. Myozyme | Cost: $100,000 to $300,000 per year | Myozyme is a medication used to treat a rare but debilitating disease called Pompe. Pompe attacks the skeletal muscles and the heart of the patient.
  2. Acthar | Cost: $300,000 per year | Acthar is a medication used to treat seizures in infants under the age of two.
  3. Folotyn | Cost: $320,000 a year | Manufactured by Allos Therapeutics, Folotyn is used to fight a rare and aggressive cancer, T-cell lymphoma.
  4. Cinryze | Cost: $350,000 a year | Cinryze is used to treat angioedema, a hereditary disease affecting as few as 1 in 50,000 people in the U.S. Angioedema causes swelling of the hands, throat and abdomen.
  5. Naglazyme | Cost: $365,000 a year | Naglazyme is used to treat a children's disease known as Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome, which affects connective tissue. Sufferers of the syndrome have improperly developed muscles, joints and tissues, often resulting in dwarfism. Children with the disease also suffer from heart disease and sometimes neurological damage, eye damage, deafness and brain damage.
  6. Elaprase | Cost: $375,000 a year | At a price that exceeds most houses, Elaprase treats Hunter syndrome, a rare condition affecting approximately 500 people in the U.S. An inherited disease, it inhibits physical growth and brain development.
  7. Vimizim | Cost: $380,000 a year | Vimizim is an enzyme replace treatment used to treat Morquio A syndrome, a disease affecting only about 800 people in the U.S. The syndrome prevents the sufferer's body from breaking down long-chain sugar molecules, resulting in abnormal heart and skeletal development, dwarfism and other serious defects.
  8. Soliris | Cost: $440,000 a year | Soliris wins the prize as the most expensive drug in the United States. Unlike many of the drugs on this list, at least Soliris can claim to be a very effective drug, treating paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, a disorder affecting about 8,000 Americans. The disease destroys red blood cells, making the patient susceptible to infection, anemia and blood clots.
  9. Glybera | Cost: $1.21 million a year | And the title of "Most Expensive Drug in the Entire World" goes to Glybera, a drug so far not approved in the U.S. but recently approved in the European Union. Glybera is a gene therapy used to treat a condition called familial lipoprotein lipase deficiency, a disease affecting only about one in 1 million people. In the EU, fewer than 200 people are affected by it. The deficiency causes extremely painful swelling of the pancreas.
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, October 01 [9:48]
DN | "The Jury Never Heard It": Richard Glossip to Be Executed In Oklahoma Today Despite New Evidence (09/30/15) [20:53]
Stephen Colbert - The Late Show
SC | Elizabeth Warren Is Fighting To Fix The Government (09/24/15) [2:03]
SC | Ellen Page Talks "Freeheld" And LGBT Progress (09/30/15) [6:34]
Ellen Page stopped by to talk about her latest film "Freeheld," and give some insight into how hearts and minds have changed regarding the LGBT community.
Diane Rehm Show
DR | The Debate Over Drug Pricing (10/01/15) [1hr]
Reaganomics
MSNBC RachelMaddow | How Reaganomics Destroyed The Middle Class...And Maybe America (12/04/10) [8:26]
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TRNN | Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, says: Abbas UN Speech: "Bombshell" or Wet Firecracker? (09/30/15) [9:55]
TRNN | Journalist Andrea Ixchiu and Alex Main of the Center for Economic and Policy Research: Latin American Leaders Demand UN Reforms (10/01/15) [22:37]
TYT | Republican Admits Benghazi "Scandal" Manufactured To Hurt Hillary Clinton (10/01/15) [6:03]
TYT | Congressman: I've Never Used Planned Parenthood And I'm Just Fine! (10/01/15) [5:49]
RT | Keiser Report: Market Wasteland (E817) (10/01/15) [25:45]
RT | CrossTalk: Putin's United Nations (09/30/15) [24:02]
RoF | Elizabeth Warren Slams Trickle Down Myth (09/30/15) [2:10]
Thom Hartmann - www.thomhartmann.com/
ThomHartmann | Politics Panel: Trump Has a Great Tax Plan for the 1% (10/01/15) [4:36]

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