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Politics and Current Events / Comic relief thread
Because we all need a break from staring at the magnificent hellscape.

The Adventures of Donald the Bin:
TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / The Dog Thread
because dogs are the best

A friend of mine shared this from a shelter in MD:

I want this dog. Because he is a beagle and he's 7 and he HAS ONLY ONE EYE and he needs a home and he looks like my dog. But I can't have a second dog.  :crai:

Oh well, here is my dog:


Much of the associated burden will continue to fall upon government budgets, at least under the plausible assumption that the demand for health care doesn't shrink radically. Part of the problem is that fixing people is harder than fixing machines, because it requires the cooperation of what are often recalcitrant patients. That's why productivity improvements are difficult to achieve in education as well. Online learning can be potent and very cheap, but it is hard to get enough of the students to care.

Arguably, we as fallible humans are the ultimate source of the productivity problem, and also a big part of why governments tend to grow. If patients and students would diet properly, take the right medicines and crack open their textbooks, more drastic cost improvements could result.


Prevention saves money, but when the bulk of spending is on end-of-life care and catastrophic care, you're never going to see the same productivity increases that you get from automation of manufacturing facilities or computer programming. Like, how is this not immediately fucking apparent to anyone who knows the first fucking thing about healthcare?

Christ, and even ignoring the stupid arguments, the style of that piece is awful. It's so poorly written that it sounds like a fucking freshman writing seminar paper. How can you be such a shitty writer and end up working in academia and publishing in a major outlet? WHAT THE FUCK, guys?
Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him

Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.

The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Mr. Trump.

These senior intelligence officials also included the synopsis to demonstrate that Russia had compiled information potentially harmful to both political parties, but only released information damaging to Hillary Clinton and Democrats. This synopsis was not an official part of the report from the intelligence community case about Russian hacks, but some officials said it augmented the evidence that Moscow intended to harm Clinton's candidacy and help Trump's, several officials with knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.

The two-page synopsis also included allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials.

It hits all the right notes:
- thimerosal = mercury = death  :stopper:
- formaldehyde  = death :stopper:
- "the flu vaccine gave me the flu"
- everything is tainted with chemicals whose names good average folks can't pronounce
- "Autism and ADHD didn't exist when I was a kid!"
- quote that cites for information on eating "toxin-free" food

This guy is the medical director and COO of the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic.



One of the more interesting, understated points:
There is an education and race divide among the men who take these jobs, the study found. Black men were 3.3 times as likely as white men to take the lowest-rung health jobs, and other minority men were 1.8 times as likely. White men were more likely to take the higher-status technical jobs.

For men without college degrees, more technical training that equips them for those jobs could help. And if health aide jobs paid more and offered better benefits, they'd probably attract more men. Some hospitals are trying to make caregiving jobs seem manly -- like with a recruitment poster comparing the "adrenaline rush" of being an operating room nurse to mountain climbing.

"At some point or another we have to be responsible or have a part of the responsibility of what is going on," Huizenga said. "Way too often, people pull out their insurance card and they say 'I don't know the difference or cost between an X-ray or an MRI or CT Scan.' I might make a little different decision if I did know (what) some of those costs were and those costs came back to me."

Guess what, buddy? Providers don't know the fucking costs of those things, either, and that's not even considering the negotiation that goes on after care has been provided. It's why it takes a staff of a dozen fucking people and a few weeks at minimum to get the actual payment straightened out. It once took my provider six months to send me a fucking bill.

But here's the best part, the most glorious, wonderful bit of it all - his shining example of how to exercise patient responsibility in his Republican wonderland:
The father of five offered a personal example of how this shift might play out. He says his youngest son fell and injured his arm. Not sure if it was sprained or broken, he and his wife decided to wait until the next morning to take the 10-year-old to the doctor's office, instead of going to the emergency room that night. The arm was broken.

Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House

"It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia's goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected," said a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators. "That's the consensus view."

In September, during a secret briefing for congressional leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voiced doubts about the veracity of the intelligence, according to officials present.


The Trump transition team dismissed the findings in a short statement issued Friday evening. "These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It's now time to move on and 'Make America Great Again,' " the statement read.


"I don't believe they interfered" in the election, he told Time magazine this week. The hacking, he said, "could be Russia. And it could be China. And it could be some guy in his home in New Jersey."

phew, it's a good thing this guy isn't going to be in charge of the CI-...

The CIA presentation to senators about Russia's intentions fell short of a formal U.S. assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. A senior U.S. official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency's assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.

For example, intelligence agencies do not have specific intelligence showing officials in the Kremlin "directing" the identified individuals to pass the Democratic emails to WikiLeaks, a second senior U.S. official said. Those actors, according to the official, were "one step" removed from the Russian government, rather than government employees.

In a secure room in the Capitol used for briefings involving classified information, administration officials broadly laid out the evidence U.S. spy agencies had collected, showing Russia's role in cyber-intrusions in at least two states and in hacking the emails of the Democratic organizations and individuals.

And they made a case for a united, bipartisan front in response to what one official described as "the threat posed by unprecedented meddling by a foreign power in our election process."

The Democratic leaders in the room unanimously agreed on the need to take the threat seriously. Republicans, however, were divided, with at least two GOP lawmakers reluctant to accede to the White House requests.

According to several officials, McConnell raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.

"I HAVE WORKED IN 60 COUNTRIES, covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and spent much of 2014 living inside West Africa's Ebola zone, a place gripped by fear and death. What I experienced in the Philippines felt like a new level of ruthlessness: police officers' summarily shooting anyone suspected of dealing or even using drugs, vigilantes' taking seriously Mr. Duterte's call to 'slaughter them all.'"

Jesus christ, this is sickening.
Make your demands here, and maybe we will do something about it.

Good job, BLM!

Oh wai-

It appeared the suspect, who is white, had a recent run-in with police.

A 10-minute video posted on YouTube last month by a user calling himself Scott Greene showed an interaction with officers following an incident at a high school stadium in which he described holding up a Confederate battle flag during the playing of the U.S. national anthem at a football game.

Reuters was unable to immediately confirm whether the video was made by the suspect, whose face does not appear in it. It records a male voice arguing with police over the incident.

The man is heard complaining to police that "African-American people" took the flag from him in the stands, "assaulted" him, and saying he wanted to press charges.

Meanwhile the people protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline are having dogs unleashed on them and are getting arrested left and right.

America. :awgee:
TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / The Cat Thread
Here is a cat tripping on some kitty magic anesthetics before surgery: