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2017-12-14 10:15 by Karl Denninger
in Health Reform , 444 references
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This is the sort of article that ought to get you digging around in the garage for what the American people seem to forget they have: Pitchforks, torches and rope.

There is one simple and easily actionable approach that each of us could take to try to wrest control over health policy decisions away from the lobbyists who now control it with little effective counterbalance and put it back in the hands of our patients, who should be powerful shapers of such decision making.

This is a short excerpt from an article in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) on a conversation they urge doctors to have with you.  The gist of it?  Obamacare and forced cost-shifting in general is something you should demand more of from politicians.

Now let me note something for the record:  The AMA, which of course is the last three words of the title of that journal, has just 15% of practicing physicians as members today.  This was 75% in the 1950s.  Yet the "association" has never had it better when it comes to its finances.

How is this possible?

The AMA makes most of its money today on the forced subscription to the ICD and CPT codebook sales that both change every year and become more complex.  The association has created for itself a monopoly with the force of law in that government-funded health care providers must use it, and yet they're a private organization.

This sort of racket should lead to them being charged for violating 15 USC Chapter 1, which I note does not have an immunity for "non-profit associations" -- including the AMA.  Indeed there is a pretty-clean argument to be made that the AMA's forced subscription model is to a material degree responsible for the ramping cost of health care and the 10:1 or greater (in many cases as high as 30:1 if some statistics are to be believed!) administrator hiring rate .vs. nurses and doctors.  I note that said administrators never provide one second of care to an actual person during their entire career.

There is not one word in that JAMA article about health care cost. The fact of the matter is that we overpay by at least 80% in this country for health care and it is directly due to these scams and outrageous actions, all of which ought to be investigated and prosecuted that are responsible for it.

Yet the army of lobbyists deployed by the likes of the AMA and pharmaceutical industries continue to argue for more and more to be taken from you and given not to actually provide care but to prop up pricing and fund overhead that is utterly unnecessary and does not give one second of actual medical help to one person.

It's not just them either.  Now we've got two Catholic "non-profits" that want to merge hospital management and create the largest US hospital chain in the country.  This too is clearly a matter for 15 USC Chapter 1 but again you can bet there will be zero attention from Jeff Sessions or Donald Trump to it just as there was not from Obama's administration either.  These so-called "Catholic" organizations are Satan on earth and perfectly happy to asset-strip you to your underwear while waving religion around as a shield.

Never mind Congress which is all set to play along.  Rather than demand that Jeff Sessions find his balls (and handcuffs) Ryan is claimed to be looking to screw retirees.  I remind you that were we to fix the medical monopolies nobody but the abject poor would require Medicare at all since with an 80% reduction in cost the 20% you pay now would cover the whole thing!  Instead we get this sort of screed and screech fest from the media -- this time from Faux Snooz.

Finally, if you're a Trump supporter you've been had I told you that was going to happen, it did happen and thus you are the worst of the lot, especially those of you who are literally on your knees performing fellatio on Twitter and elsewhere.  This President promised to put a stop to all of this crap in the medical industry during the entire Presidential campaign and yet literally the day after the election that promise disappeared.  Instead of holding him to that promise under threat of impeachment or worse, which in the case of a threat to the nation's economy that will trash same is clearly called for, you are instead pleasuring that President daily.  Those of you in this camp either need to get off your damn knees and hold Trump accountable now for his satanic lie or you deserve the worst of what is to come and I fully expect that you will get it long, hard and dry.  As I've pointed out a one sentence bill would instantly stop a huge percentage of the abuses and meet Trump's campaign promise.  Why are you blowing the President instead of shoving a pitchfork in his face and demanding that he take the position that Congress either pass this one-sentence fix now -- which I remind you he promised to do if you elected him President -- or he's going to veto everything that comes across his desk until it does? 

In short the question is will Americans find their pitchforks, torches and rope or will they go along with this latest scamfest and be rendered not only broke but dead besides?

Time's up on thinking about it; you now need to act or suffer the consequences.

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2017-12-13 12:35 by Karl Denninger
in Small Business , 165 references
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Sorry, but no.

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Nice try *******.

No, you can't break into my HomeDaemon-MCP server.

No, you can't break into my home control system.

No, it doesn't have a cloud connection, no, it won't talk to you without signing in, and no, you can't get in without first negotiating HTTPS either.

And no, attempting to hammer it won't******it off.

Psst.... the codebase continues to improve and the opportunity is still there, if someone wants it.

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2017-12-13 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Company Specific , 270 references
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Gee, how many founders who tell you that you're being psychologically exploited and abused do you need?



When do you wake up America and destroy these firms, reducing their stock price to ash?

There are legal ways to do it.  You can delete your profile and stop using it.  You can ban your kids from using it under pain of losing their Internet access, computer or cellphone.  You can target anyone who advertises on these sites and boycott them.  You can shun, refuse to associate with and even picket anyone's home who works at these companies -- which is now incidentally a very large number of people, and extend the same sanction to all their family members who are existing on the back of said exploitation.

All of these things are both peaceful and legal forms of protest.  You can raise the cost of operating such a firm and destroy its revenue because it relies on you being a drug-addled sheep in order to survive.

If you and others push back in any material quantity then these firms will cease to exist and their abuse of the public will end.

Now we have another founder who has reinforced what was said before about Facebook intentionally targeting psychological addiction and knew at the time that it was destructive, not positive for anyone other than those making a profit from same:

"The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse. No cooperation. Misinformation. Mistruth. And it's not an American problem. This is not about Russian ads. This is a global problem. So we are in a really bad state of affairs right now, in my opinion. It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other."

He said that he rarely, if ever uses Facebook, posting maybe twice in seven years, something that has caused "huge problems" in his own social circles. He also added he would not let his own children use it. 

This guy helped cause the problem.  If he had a hint of actual personal responsibility for the destruction he himself brought upon society he would commit seppuku in the middle of Times Square.

So does this guy really feel "tremendous guilt" or is he worried that the people might literally eat him?

Good question.

But in the meantime perhaps you should consider whether you wish to feed a beast that will eat you, as he states very clearly will be the case, or whether you will do your damndest to unplug from said beast and then destroy it and all who work to continue to build, feed and make their living by and through it.

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2017-12-12 22:43 by Karl Denninger
in Editorial , 369 references
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Well, Mr. President, it seems you have a wee problem, although of course "preliminary" projections can be wrong.

So much for that alleged agenda over the next year...... which makes things a bit dicey for 2018 too.

This is what you get for not going after the health scam and instead working to hand $20 billion+ a year to hedge fund managers via the carried interest scam in your so-called "tax cuts."  An act that you deserved to lose over, and now it appears you have.

Enjoy it long, dry and hard SIR for you deserve every inch for taking the one plank in your platform that would have made an actual and immediate difference to the middle-class American and throwing it in the ****ing trash the day after your election, never to be heard from since.  You have deserved to get it up the ass politically for that crap for the last year and now it appears you may just have had exactly that happen.

Just desserts for the wicked lie you ran on the public you shall now reap.  Go play "sit and spin" with Paul "I'm a lying sack of crap" Ryan and Mitch "I'm a dick" McConnell.

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2017-12-12 10:39 by Karl Denninger
in Editorial , 373 references
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How many bites at the apple do you get?

This is quite important, and today's the day Alabama decides who takes Jeff Sessions' place in the Senate.

But as you vote today if you live in Alabama remember this: There should be exactly one bite per election cycle and claim.

We know, at this point, that one of Moore's accusers forged the yearbook signature.  She claims only in part, but it wasn't an "annotation" it was a forgery because she claimed originally that everything written there was Judge Moore's.  Now she admits she forged part of it.

In other words the accuser has admitting to lying.

What we do not know is what else she lied about.  There is evidence that she lied about everything else, but we can't prove that.  We don't need to.  The standard of impeachment of a witness or claimant is that if any material component of their claim is proved to be a lie then everything material linked to that must be disregarded.

Since there is no physical evidence this means her entire claim must be tossed.

Now let's talk about this in the remaining contexts -- if Moore wins, and the "renewal" of claims against President Trump.

The people have every right to judge these claims but the Senate and House have no right to override that judgment.

Impeachment and ethics investigations are appropriate for claims not raised during an election -- that is, claims that come to light after the election takes place.  The public had no notice or ability to judge in a political context because they didn't know about it.  However, if the people have said notice and ability to judge and render their decision at the polls then the House and Senate have zero right to override that decision.  To allow otherwise is to allow the Legislature a veto over the votes of the people.

The legislature has no right right to veto the public's vote and attempting to assert that right is exactly the sort of abuse that led to the American Revolution -- justly so.

So if there are women who claim Trump sexually harassed them (or worse), and said accusers did not come forward and did not accuse the now-President during the campaign, that is, the accusations were not able to be vetted by the people the yes, they should be heard.  The claims should be evaluated.  And, if the claims prove up they form the basis for a Bill of Impeachment.

However, if these accusations were made during the campaign (I believe they all were in the context of Trump's accusers, by the way), they were vetted by the people and found non-credible as expressed at the ballot box then the case is closed until the next election.  For the House or Senate to "investigate" a matter on which the public has already expressed judgment when it is their judgement (along with the Electoral College's) to express is an act for which they have no ethical or constitutional standing.

If said accusers, being rejected by the voters, wish to re-argue their case they may do so during the next election.  The voters may once again decide at that time.

Likewise the accusers of Judge Moore, should he win, have no standing politically until the next election for his seat and the Senate has no right to open an ethics inquiry into a matter already vetted by the voters and rejected as non-credible.

You cannot sue someone for something in this country, lose, and then sue them again for the same thing.  You cannot be prosecuted twice for the same offense either.  It is not only perfectly legitimate but proper for the House and Senate to investigate matters that come before them which the public has not been able to vet and express their opinion on at the ballot box, as such events are potentially public frauds for which redress must be available.

However it is a rank abuse of process identical to that which led to the American Revolution for those bodies to attempt to void a vote of the American people.

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