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Author:  bird [ Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

what it would be like to "privatize" the VA: looting the VA.
doing the corporate crumble dance.

groper the capitalist pig. ... t-schools/
White House seeks to legalize payoffs to VA officials by for-profit schools --

The Trump administration is seeking to waive a 50-year-old anti-corruption law that prevents officials who administer the GI Bill from accepting money from for-profit schools backed by taxpayer subsidies.

The proposed regulation, published Thursday in the Federal Register, would allow employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs to receive “wages, salary, dividends, profits, gratuities” and services from for-profit schools that receive GI Bill funds.

VA employees would also be allowed to own stock in those colleges, the waiver says, as “the Secretary (of Veterans Affairs) has determined that no detriment will result to the United States, veterans or eligible persons from such activities.” capitalist thieves??? why, i nevah!!!

News of the proposed rule blindsided veterans’ advocates who have battled for years against predatory colleges, many of which have used aggressive marketing techniques to become leading recipients of GI Bill money.

“Bizarre and very likely illegal,” said Carrie Wofford, president of Veterans Education Success, a nonprofit group that has bailed out veterans who found themselves unemployed and deep in debt after attending for-profit schools.

“There are federal laws – including federal criminal laws – that prohibit federal employees from engaging in this exact behavior,” she said.
At VA headquarters in Washington, press secretary Curt Cashour said the agency remained “committed to protecting veterans from predatory behavior from for-profit educational institutions.”

The rule change sought by the Trump administration is far more sweeping, however. It would create a situation where VA officials, who are charged with ensuring GI Bill funds are well spent, could accept payments from colleges that are facing civil suits or probes from law enforcement.

Under this rule change, VA employees could even own or run a for-profit college that profits from the GI Bill.
It’s the latest example of the Trump administration apparently embracing conflicts of interest when it comes to for-profit colleges.

Earlier this week, the VA angered many consumer advocates by allowing for-profit Ashford University to continue receiving GI Bill money even after regulators in California and Iowa revoked its certification from the program. The online college had responded to the crackdown by moving its official address from Iowa to Arizona. On Wednesday, the VA sent Ashford a letter saying it would be able to continue to accept taxpayer money to educate veterans, using the Arizona address.

On Aug. 31, the Trump administration announced it had picked Julian Schmoke Jr., a former official at for-profit DeVry University, to head an Education Department unit that polices colleges for student aid fraud. Last year, DeVry paid $100 million to settle federal claims it misled students.

And, shortly after last November’s election, Donald Trump agreed to pay $25 million to settle multiple lawsuits claiming fraud at Trump University
, his own now-defunct for-profit real estate school. The school, which lacked any academic accreditation, did not receive GI Bill funds.

Talk about sucking on the government teat...

Author:  ZoWie [ Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

That whole for-profit "education" industry has also been scamming student loan programs. It's always been a way of siphoning government money to people who don't need it, in exchange for dubious services to those who do.

Author:  carmenjonze [ Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

Conservatives are grifters

Author:  ZoWie [ Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

and quite successful at it

Author:  rainwater [ Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:57 pm ]
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finally, a leader at the AFAcademy. right on.
the AFA has had its problems in so many areas. religey shit being foremost. ... ets-rooms/
‘Get out!’: Lt General rains hell on Air Force Academy after racist messages were left on black cadets’ rooms

“So just in case you’re unclear on where I stand on this topic, I’m going to leave you with my most important thought today,” he said. “If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. If you can’t treat someone from another gender, whether that’s a man or a woman, with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. If you demean someone in any way, then you need to get out. And if you can’t treat someone from another race, or a different color of skin, with dignity and respect, than you need to get out.”

“If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out,” Silveria repeated.

Watch the video below, via NBC’s Colorado Springs affiliate KOAA:

Author:  carmenjonze [ Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

Talk about sucking on the government teat...

Without "The government" conservatives, especially conservative whites, have no identity. They only have their old-country relatives they've spent generations trying to distance themselves from.

The Government™ made them what they are.

Author:  rainwater [ Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

yo, fuck the vets.

these poor white folks wanted to see some tennis.
vets dont need shit, these white folks needed to fly for free eat in sweden and see some fucking tennis.

someone tell me what this asshole had done For the VA and Veterans since he got this job.
list. items. what has he done to help the vets?
im sure his leaving the country did help some vets. now if all our pols and appointees would just leave the fucking country we might be ok. ... 017/09/29/
VA chief took in Wimbledon, river cruise on European work trip; wife’s expenses covered by taxpayers

Author:  rainwater [ Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

gee, when was the last time this, or an item quite like it, became news.
yes yes, the commanders, they always do the right thing, eh?. suu-re.
commanders are Only interested in promoting their own careers and reps.
bad news?...dont turn to commanders.

i will say this for the males: Plenty of Males get raped in the military. they Rarely Ever come forward.
this aint about women. this is about violence against another human male or female.
violence and intimidation and capitalism promotes the behavior. ... legations/
December 11, 2017, 7:37 AM
Current and former cadets speak out on sexual assault at Air Force Academy
"How are they treated by their commanders?" O'Donnell asked.
"A lot of it is depending on the commander. Some commanders unfortunately will begin retaliating on the cadet as well," Beasley said.

That's why two current cadets are risking their careers by speaking to us about their sexual assaults. They requested that we protect their identities.

"He held me down while he-- he-- while he assaulted me," Cadet 1 told CBS News.
"I am at some house. I don't know where I am. And he is raping me. And then he-- I can't-- I can't fight him off. I can't do anything," Cadet 2 said. "And I was going to take it to my grave."
"There's no understanding in the commanders about sexual assault, the trauma, the effects. They don't know. They don't realize that when I'm depressed in my bed, it's not 'cause, 'Oh, I don't wanna go to class today,'" Cadet 1 said.

"I was terrified of reporting. Because I've heard of things that happen to people. And it did happen to me. So it's not horror stories," Cadet 2 said. "It's slut shaming. It's victim blaming. It's rumors. It's your career on the line. I've never wanted this. All I've ever wanted to do in my life was serve my country and be one of the best officers that I could be."

Oh, opps!!! ... lt_scandal
2003 United States Air Force Academy sexual assault scandal---
Twelve percent of the women who graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2003 reported that they were victims of rape or attempted rape while at the Academy. Of 659 women enrolled at the Academy at the time, 70 percent of the 579 women at the academy alleged they had been the victims of sexual harassment, of which 22 percent said they experienced "pressure for sexual favors."[3]

Nineteen percent of those surveyed claimed to have been the victims of sexual assault and more than seven percent said that assault took the form of rape or attempted rape.[3] The alleged attackers had since graduated; there was insufficient evidence for court-martial. Sexual predation was mainly directed toward freshmen and sophomores who were under 21 and were blackmailed after accepting alcohol from upperclass cadets. Several assaults allegedly occurred while women were under the influence of alcohol.

This situation is thought to have been generally known among the leadership of the United States Air Force, but little has been done until recently[when?] to correct the situation or to discipline officers in leadership positions at the Academy;[4][5] those that have been disciplined have often been scapegoats, including a colonel who was forced into retirement despite having been assigned to the Air Force Academy for only two months, well after the rapes occurred. Lieutenant General John R. Dallager, the superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy, was demoted to major general due to the scandal. This culture of sexual abuse represents a significant stain on the honor and reputation of the Academy[6]

In more recent years, however (beginning specifically in the spring semester of 2003), new leadership was instated at the Academy, and began sweeping changes to the Academy culture and environment in order to correct the problems. Specifically new sexual assault reporting procedures have been produced, alongside new mandatory reporting procedures, as part of an "Agenda for Change" program.
:rw) :rw) :rw)

Author:  rainwater [ Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:11 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

bingo. ... right-now/
Ret. major general pens jaw-dropping damnation of Trump parade: ‘We do not have a commander in chief right now---

Retired Major General Paul Eaton on Wednesday responded to the news that President Donald Trump has asked the
Pentagon to begin preparing for a military parade to celebrate the country’s service members and fighting hardware.
The group Vote Vets released Eaton’s statement on Wednesday.


“Donald Trump has continually shown himself to have authoritarian tendencies, and this is just another example,” the statement from Eaton said.
“For someone who just declared it was ‘treasonous’ to not applaud him, and for someone who has,
in the past, admired the tactics of everyone from Saddam Hussein to Vladimir Putin, it is clear that
a military parade isn’t about saluting the military — it’s about making a display of the military saluting him.”

“The military is not Donald Trump’s to use and abuse in this way,” the retired major general continued,
insisting that the U.S. military would not be “reduced to stagecraft to prop up Donald Trump’s image.”

“Unfortunately, we do not have a commander in chief, right now, as much as we have a banana republic strong man,” Eaton concluded.

Author:  carmenjonze [ Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:56 am ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

bingo. ... right-now/
Ret. major general pens jaw-dropping damnation of Trump parade: ‘We do not have a commander in chief right now---

Retired Major General Paul Eaton on Wednesday responded to the news that President Donald Trump has asked the
Pentagon to begin preparing for a military parade to celebrate the country’s service members and fighting hardware.
The group Vote Vets released Eaton’s statement on Wednesday.


“Donald Trump has continually shown himself to have authoritarian tendencies, and this is just another example,” the statement from Eaton said.
“For someone who just declared it was ‘treasonous’ to not applaud him, and for someone who has,
in the past, admired the tactics of everyone from Saddam Hussein to Vladimir Putin, it is clear that
a military parade isn’t about saluting the military — it’s about making a display of the military saluting him.”

“The military is not Donald Trump’s to use and abuse in this way,” the retired major general continued,
insisting that the U.S. military would not be “reduced to stagecraft to prop up Donald Trump’s image.”

“Unfortunately, we do not have a commander in chief, right now, as much as we have a banana republic strong man,” Eaton concluded.

Classic mic drop. Good on him.

Author:  bird [ Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:07 am ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

Classic mic drop. Good on him.

Complete agreement with the general.

Author:  rainwater [ Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

hundreds of thousands. being head of VA to this guy means free travels free meals free touring
free living..while the vets dont get shit.
so groper is going to help the vets, eh.

this fucking guy aint a vet, groper.

this reads like a who's who who done it and i dont think any of them are veterans.
which means the VA is "free money!!!" to prezgropers cohorts. ... finds/2018

Veterans Affairs chief Shulkin, staff misled ethics officials about European trip, report finds ---
By Lisa Rein February 14

Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin’s chief of staff doctored an email and made false statements to create a pretext for taxpayers to cover expenses for the secretary’s wife on a 10-day trip to Europe last summer, the agency’s inspector general has found.

Vivieca Wright Simpson, VA’s third-most-senior official, altered language in an email from an aide coordinating the trip to make it appear that Shulkin was receiving an award from the Danish government, then used the award to justify paying for his wife’s travel, Inspector General Michael J. Missal said in a report released Wednesday.

Shulkin also improperly accepted a gift of sought-after tickets to a Wimbledon tennis match, the investigation found, and directed an aide coordinating the trip to act as what the report called a “personal travel concierge” to him and his wife.

“Although the [inspector general’s office] cannot determine the value VA gained from the Secretary and his delegation’s three and a half days of meetings in Copenhagen and London at a cost of at least $122,334, the investigation revealed serious derelictions by VA personnel,” the watchdog concluded.
The group spent 3½ days meeting with Danish and British officials to discuss veterans’ health issues. Sightseeing occupied the other days, including tours of Westminster Abbey and Denmark’s Rosenborg Castle, a cruise along the Thames and shopping in Sweden.
SOAP OPERA OF THIEVERY FOR MANY PARAGRAPHS...who isnt involved in this???

Shulkin received no award or special recognition on the trip.

Author:  rainwater [ Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

i can see this is not over at all.
this is just another scumbag looting of taxpayers, and the damn veterans.
i guess this is how prezpussie has 'done so much for the VA' by looting it.

it really disses the veterans.

this entire admin cabal are a buncha moochers, in the gig for the perks. ... ip-report/
'Serious derelictions’ found in US veteran affairs chief’s Europe trip: report
....the (VA)secretary had misused travel funds because the trip to Europe, which cost at least $122,344, was more personal than business.

Health Secretary Tom Price resigned last September after an uproar over his use of private charter planes for government business. At least four other Trump Cabinet members have faced criticism for government travel, including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, also the target of an inspector general’s probe, faced growing scrutiny after the Washington Post reported on Monday that he had racked up about $90,000 in first-class, private and military jet travel.

Shulkin led a VA team to Copenhagen and London for 10 days in July. The report said the trip included 3-1/2 days of meetings in the two cities as well as “significant personal time for sightseeing and other unofficial activities.”

In a letter included in the report, Shulkin accused the inspector general’s office of pre-emptively leaking the report to the media and called it “a direct assault on my spouse, my character and my unblemished record of service.” you poor thing.
He said he was moving to comply with the inspector general’s recommendations, including reimbursing the government for his wife’s $4,312 airfare and paying his friend for the Wimbledon tickets.
oh and we are so grateful. you POS.

Author:  rainwater [ Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

call this number....VETERANS CRISIS HOTLINE...800 273 8255.
tell me what you get.

Author:  rainwater [ Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

veterans health care. ya. um.

tricare has now become "health net federal services LLC".


and yes...NOW some fool "benefit review team" THEY WILL DECIDE IF YOU GET THAT SHOT
..but BUT.. the veteran can go ahead and make all the appts they want AND THE COPAYS while they
wait and see if some white fucker in a big chair will approve the care veteran is co-paying.

tricare has now, suddenly, become JUST LIKE AN AETNA "Dr" on a BOARD WHO MAKES DECISIONS ABOUT

aetna is being CLASS ACTIONED OVER THIS AGAIN...and now the SAME TACTIC HAS taken control of

:mgun: :mgun: :mgun:

Author:  rainwater [ Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

vets im musing with all agree: dont make the mistake of moving closer to a VA hospital becuz
you think the care will be better.


Author:  rainwater [ Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE. they are making these numbers up.
this is a political game.

one can see the "corrections" on many sites Adding New Larger Numbers, which is convenient
since theyre also adding about any CODeath as related to the pain meds patient was taking.
they dont mention acetominophen as a liver killer, however. or any of the other lists and lists
of pharma drugs that can and Do kill people on their own let alone when added to other pharma drugs. ... cent-year/
In US, opioid overdoses up 30 percent in a year--
However, 63,632 people died of drug overdose deaths in 2016 in the United States
, a 21.4 percent increase from 2015, the CDC said.

then we have the regular numbers, the numbers they all agreed on a few months ago when
trump last bitched about pain relief for veterans and others. ... demic.html
The opioid epidemic killed more than 33,000 people in 2015.

There were an estimated 33,000 opioid-related deaths in the US in 2015, officials say

doubling down and adding on. ... eath-rates
Drugs Involved in U.S. Overdose Deaths* - Among the more than 64,000 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2016, the sharpest increase occurred among deaths related to fentanyl and fentanyl analogs (synthetic opioids) with over 20,000 overdose deaths. Source: CDC WONDER

Author:  rainwater [ Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

no one is prescribing pain meds.
i gotta ask then...where are these drugs coming from? who's writing them?
is it that pharmacy blocks away from congress? are congress going home and selling drugs?

are they gonna blame mexico?
how about canada? england? china?

trade wars over pain meds? is that it?
theyre making this shit up.

Author:  rainwater [ Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo, it spreading like water? a fungus? it was appalachaia upper mid atlantic and now
suddenly its swallowing up indiana and iowa and AZ...what, is it in the fucking air? the altitude?
maybe the diminishing waters?....
i know for every lost pine tree we grow an overdose?? thats it!!

watch out, something is creeping up on your neighborhood, slowly moving west... :rw) :rw)
find your galoshes.
btw, yah i do find this a fucking joke, a fucking political joke. ... cent-year/
“Opioid overdoses increased for men and women, all age groups, and all regions,” said the report.
The largest increase was in the Midwest region (69.7 percent), followed by the West (40.3 percent).

Author:  rainwater [ Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

numbers 1 thru 15028, not a word about the "opioid epidemic".
pneumonia due to solids and liquids..thats a rager. ... -dtpu/data
NCHS - Leading Causes of Death: United States
This dataset presents the age-adjusted death rates for the 10 leading causes of death in the United States beginning in 1999.

Author:  rainwater [ Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo, ... cal-errors
Medical Errors Are No. 3 Cause Of U.S Deaths, Researchers Say
May 3, 2016
Based on an analysis of prior research, the Johns Hopkins study estimates that more than 250,000 Americans die each year from medical errors. ... tates.html
Leading Causes Of Deaths In The United States
Rank Cause Number of Deaths, 2014
1 Heart disease 614,348
2 Cancer 591,699
3 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 147,101
4 Accidents (unintentional injuries) 136,053
5 Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases) 133,103
6 Alzheimer's disease 93,541
7 Diabetes 76,488
8 Influenza and pneumonia 55,227
9 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis 48,146
10 Intentional self-harm (suicide) 42,773

Author:  ProfessorX [ Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

Well, people DO die of overdoses of prescription opioids. Now, who knows, the words "epidemic" or "crisis" have no exact meaning. There have probably been people dying of opioid overdoses throughout all of recorded history. It certainly does appear that the rate in the U.S. has been increasing over the last few years. That isn't any kind of lie.

I personally like this article. The guy argues over how the Left should understand the problem, and develop responses to it, and definitely criticizes the way Trump has been framing it and reacting to it.

The Left Needs to Care About the Opioid Crisis
Progressives should learn from the past to respond to the overdose epidemic. ... id-crisis/

Addressing this crisis will require focus and collaboration—especially under our current administration. Despite President Trump’s public commitment to “liberate” Americans from the “scourge of drug addiction,” his inaction has been criticized by members of his own opioid-epidemic commission. Only a handful of their proposals have been adopted, the 90-day public-health emergency was squandered, and the crisis is wildly underfunded. The only place where Trump has excelled is in elevating stigmatizing views that drug dependency is a moral failing, and that tough-on-crime policies are the only solution. Most terrifying are his positive remarks about the murderous assault on drug users by President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, and his suggestion at a White House opioids summit that drug dealers be executed.


The history of the left is marred by a pattern of silence, exclusion, and inaction around stigmatized groups. The reasons differ, but the result is always the same—a weakened movement unable to help those who most need it. But there’s also a history of overcoming assumptions and blind spots.


§ Overdose is a political crisis. Early in the AIDS epidemic, when many Americans viewed through the filter of homophobia and racism, the virus was cast as a product of reckless personal behavior. But then ACT UP reframed it as a political crisis, focusing on demands like accelerated drug development and medical research, health-care access, and anti-discrimination protections. Similarly, there are policies elected officials should be supporting to prevent overdose deaths. Those include funding distribution programs for naloxone (an opioid-overdose antidote); authorizing safe-consumption rooms that provide on-site care in the event of an overdose; and rapidly scaling up access to medication-assisted treatment, like methadone and buprenorphine. These are evidence-based interventions that are currently being ignored or underutilized.

§ Overdose is a social-justice issue. Preventing overdose deaths requires more than harm reduction and evidence-based treatment. It requires an intersectional approach acknowledging the vulnerabilities of people who are most susceptible. From the Bronx to West Virginia, opioid-overdose rates are highest in economically depressed areas with too few jobs. People who cycle in and out of jail, especially if they lack access to treatment and medically assisted detox, are at exceptionally high risk.


If you are looking for government data on the opioid crisis, I find the best is at HHS.

There is this poster.


Now I agree. Many of those numbers don't mean anything in themselves, unless you compare them to numbers from 2015, or 2014, or 2010, etc. Then you can see trends.


Yeah. Now, there, there's some trends.

Now, if I were pointing my stink finger of blame, I personally would definitely look at Big Pharma and some of its unethical practices that led to all this. ... -epidemic/

Author:  rainwater [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

those sure are pretty picture graphs. perhaps we can show them to the vets waiting for pain relief,
Or, the vets who had some comfort and then had it taken away leaving them to now suffer and
live in agonies because some fuckwads decided the veterans dont need any help or comfort
as tho it were aid to the enemy.

these are vets who've now gone long periods suddenly without med reliefs and no withdrawals no addictions
just now a loss of quality of life and forced to live in all levels of pain.

do not ever confuse the veterans with druggies. do not make that mistake, it is a disservice to all
the veterans we all like to "thank you for your service"...after that line i guess the next
line go fuck yourselves.

Author:  ProfessorX [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

1) The opioid crisis is affecting other people besides veterans.
2) There are other pain relief options besides opioids.
3) I personally favor vets, and anybody else with chronic pain, being shown, and given, those options. (Yes, one option - cannabinoids - unfortunately is still illegal in many U.S. states, but nonetheless.)
4) For some folks, opioids remain the only suitable treatment options. In those cases, I would agree that the reaction to this crisis has often been overblown. If the reaction is preventing people from getting the pain meds they need, then the over-reaction has gone too far. (*)
5) It's a shame that the unethical, salacious tactics of some so-called "pain pill mills" and some Big Pharma companies led us here. Those folks need to be dealt with. Not all "drug dealers" hang out on street corners. Personally, I'd settle for fines, rather than executions.

(*) One of those people, BTW, happens to me my Mom, who has had trouble re-ordering some of her pain meds because of these new rules, too.

She's not a veteran, but she does have a chronic back pain issue. Nothing has been able to solve it, so we've wound up at pain management as the only option.

Author:  ZoWie [ Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: yo,

Not to mention Tricare being taken over by an LLC. Really, people?

I stay away from The Opioid Crisis. What's happening in the real world is that obviously a sales campaign by Big Pharma went terribly wrong. Now we are in the over-reaction, and meanwhile Big Pharma continues to peddle their shit while street corner heroin pushers go to jail.

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