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Posted On Aug 11 2019 by

first_img Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals selected hometown kid and Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday.Kirk checks all the boxes of being a local product from Saguaro High School, filling an immediate need as a pass-catcher and potential returner all while being a high-rated choice in the mid-second round.That led to the nearly unanimous approval of the selection on Twitter. WR Christian Kirk of Texas A&M was just selected by the Cardinals in the 2nd round (47th overall).Kirk was the Cardinals High School Player of the Week in 2014 (Wk 1) while playing at Saguaro HS. pic.twitter.com/620DSl9jtZ— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) April 28, 2018 A lot of names taken tonight. You all are going to feel me, trust me.— Christian Kirk (@ChristianDavon2) April 27, 2018 – / 97 If A&M receiver/returner Christian Kirk falls into the 2nd round — as many project he will — some team will get a hell of a football player for a bargain.— Olin Buchanan (@olinbuchanan) April 27, 2018 The @AZCardinals get the perfect complement to Larry Fitzgerald in Christian Kirk. He was drafted a little later than expected but he is a rock-solid route runner and “catch-and-run” specialist. Kirk will make an immediate impact as a WR2/WR3 in AZ. #NFLDraft— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) April 28, 2018There’s also the local angle on Kirk, who is a Valley native. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Going home @ChristianDavon2 congrats my brotha you deserve it all #GigEm 3 Comments   Share   center_img Christian Kirk comes home to the Cards. GREAT value. Mature beyond his years. Nifty return guy too. Josh Rosen will love him.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) April 28, 2018 Christian Kirk on being drafted by the Cardinals: “I’m a valley kid born and raised.. when I got that phone call it was so surreal.”— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) April 28, 2018 Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk jumps before running the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) The #AZCardinals take at No. 47 a local product, #TAMU’s Christian Kirk. GMs loved him, character-wise. “Off the charts.” “I’ll take 53 of him.” On and on. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Congratulations to Saguaro alum Christian Kirk – DRAFTED by the Arizona Cardinals!— Gridiron Arizona (@gridironarizona) April 28, 2018First-round choice Josh Rosen made headlines Thursday for saying teams that passed on him will regret it and Rosen will be pleased to know that Kirk shares the same type of mentality. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 28, 2018 — Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) April 28, 2018last_img read more


Medicare Supports Informed Patient Choice at the End of Life

Posted On Aug 9 2019 by

first_imgShare3TweetShareEmail3 SharesAugust 18, 2015; NPR, “Shots”In August of 2009, former governor Sarah Palin posted a message on Facebook in opposition to the inclusion of an Affordable Care Act provision for Medicare to pay physicians to have end-of-life conversations with their sick and elderly patients. Coining the phrase “death panels,” Palin contended that such a move would be tantamount to incentivizing physicians to exert undue influence in discussion of options and would leave those patients without access to lifesaving treatment and die avoidably. The hyperbole worked in rallying reform opponents. Subsequently, Democrats removed the provision from the bill. Still, the debate continued, and now Medicare is proposing to reimburse physicians for talking with their patients about their treatment options and end-of-life wishes.A Stanford University study has found that 90 percent of physicians would forego extraordinary methods to save a life. Dr. Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky, who now teaches medicine at the University of Southern California, recalls the anguish she felt as a young doctor performing CPR on elderly, terminally ill patients. “I felt like I was beating up people at the end of their life,” she says. “I would be doing the CPR with tears coming down sometimes, and saying, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, goodbye.’ Because I knew that it very likely not going to be successful. It just seemed a terrible way to end someone’s life.”Dr. Pamelyn Close, a palliative care specialist in Los Angeles, is a spokesperson supporting physician non-directive counseling. “We just are not having these conversations often enough and soon enough,” Close says. “Loved ones who are trying to always do the right thing end up being weighed with tremendous guilt and tremendous uncertainty without having had that conversation.” End-of-life treatment options and legal documents, such as advance directives and living wills, are complex and typically require a series of discussions.NPQ has been covering the evolution of the discussion and reporting on states, like Wisconsin, which have instituted successful programs to equip physicians to discuss their patients’ options for their end-of-life care. Oregon doctors have, for decades, been trying to fit end-of-life discussions into regular medical appointments. Over the past five years, a quarter of a million Oregonians registered their wishes with a state registry. They use what’s known as a POLST form, which stands for Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. (A version of the POLST has been adopted by some other states, including New York and West Virginia.) The POLST order is signed by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant after a discussion with a patient and/or with a Health Care Representative. Since it is a medical order that will be followed in an emergency, it is important that it reflect her wishes now, in her current state of health.Today, healthcare reformers supporting a change at the federal level have gained traction. In fact, the government is proposing that physicians be reimbursed for talking with their patients about living wills and advance directives at any time during their care instead of once during their initial visit. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Portland, has introduced the Medicare reimbursement legislation every session since 2009. Until now, he says, the federal government hasn’t placed any value on helping people prepare for death and that it seems counterintuitive: “The Medicare program will pay for literally thousands of medical procedures, many of them very expensive and complex, even if the person is at the latest stage of life and it may not do any good.” However, he goes on to say that the financial considerations are secondary in his argument.Opponents of the proposal, like the conservative Christian group Alliance for Freedom, are skeptical. “By paying doctors for these conversations, what we’re doing is opening the door to directive counseling and coercion,” says Catherine Glenn Foster, an attorney with the group. Foster says her organization supports end-of-life counseling and planning, but is not in favor of the discussions happening in a physician’s office.The debate may come up again in the 2016 election. In April, Brian Beutler of the New Republic reported that Jeb Bush has proposed that an advance directive be a legally binding document that establishes a patient’s treatment preferences before injury or deteriorating health that makes it impossible for him to make acute decisions. Beutler sees this as an aggressive stance. He writes that by institutionalizing end-of-life counseling, “It would make grappling with your end-of-life treatment preferences and thus your death—an obligatory condition of Medicare’s social contract.” Has the former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate inadvertently made himself a lightning rod for his opponents in this issue as the campaign unfolds?As Sarah Palin’s “death panels” remarks show, and current political candidates prove, hyperbole can be a powerful tool in influencing the public. Hopefully this time when it comes to the end-of-life debate, reason will prevail. The federal government is now accepting public comment on the Medicare reimbursement proposal. A decision is expected in November.—G. Meredith BetzShare3TweetShareEmail3 Shareslast_img read more


1981 I was looking through some old books that so

Posted On Aug 4 2019 by

first_img1981: I was looking through some old books that somehow ended up at my parents’ house. Among them, I found a set of history books from the 1930s. With an innate interest in the topic, I began reading them, and was absolutely shocked by what I found. The last book of the series covered what were then modern times, and to my horror, I found lavish praise for – of all people – Benito Mussolini. These were American books, by the way, beautifully produced by a respected publisher. And there, in authoritative tones, was the story of the great Mussolini, the savior of Italy. Given that I was taught precisely the opposite, a mere 30-odd years later, you can imagine my surprise. Just to establish my point, here are a few quotes from that time about Mussolini: What a man! I have lost my heart! – Winston Churchill The greatest genius of the modern age. – Thomas Edison I am much interested and deeply impressed by what he has accomplished and by his evidenced honest purpose of restoring Italy. – Franklin Roosevelt Obviously, these quotes are no longer mentioned in ‘respectable’ circles. And that’s my point: What is inconvenient to the current ruling establishment is dropped from the books. When I was young, the USSR was famous for horribly twisting history to make themselves look like the great and mighty ones. They even made jokes about it on the original Star Trek. But here was clear evidence that history – in America – had been altered. In this case, parts had not been added, but they most certainly had been taken away. That rather shook my view of history, as it had been taught to me at school. The Making of… Hidden History A few years later I came across an even more troubling instance of history being pulled out of the books: I had been writing a few books for a major publisher, and one of my editors asked me to meet him for dinner, which, of course, I did. We discussed projects that we might pursue and generally had a pleasant evening. At some point we left off discussing our projects and talked about history. Somehow, we ended up at the Armenian genocide. He was surprised that I knew about it (many still don’t), but I had known quite a few Armenian kids growing up, and I had heard their stories. Then, my editor took a deep breath and said, “then I want to tell you something.” He explained that a few years before, he had been working for one of the big three textbook publishers, and happened to be editing a high school history book. One day, he got a phone call from the US State Department. He was shocked, and asked them why they would be calling him. “It’s about the history book you’re editing,” the man said. My friend had been raised in about the same way I had, so the idea of censoring a textbook was astonishing to him. “We need you to cut back the section on the Armenian genocide,” the man from the State Department said. My friend was horrified, and complained that it was the true history. “Yes,” said the man, “but we need to keep the Turks happy.” My friend’s 2-3 pages on the Armenian genocide was reduced to 2-3 paragraphs, and it was a victory that he got that much space. According to all I learned in school, such things did not happen in America. According to all that is self-promoted about academia, they are the sworn enemies of such things. But they do happen – a lot. I’ve encountered the same thing on museum walls: descriptions that are clearly misleading, but which glorify the rulership of our time. There is much more to this, but I’ll let the point stand as I’ve made it thus far: History is manipulated. You can find the truth if you dig through old books and artifact records, or from some specialists, but not from schoolbooks. The books aren’t filled with lies, they just remove the facts that don’t make their bosses look good. And this is not a trivial thing; it affects a lot more than school children. As Adolf Hitler was starting his aggression against the Poles, the London Times quoted him as saying: Go, kill without mercy. After all, who remembers the Armenians? What is deleted from history can teach us nothing, and those who have this power use it to glorify themselves. This is a very dangerous thing, and it rules the schoolbooks of America and the Western world in general. I’ll close with a line from Paul Simon’s song, Kodachrome: When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all. What you learned in school was a partial, cartoon version of history. You learned what made the big bosses look good, and no more. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more


A disabled lawyer has launched a groundbreaking l

Posted On Jul 31 2019 by

first_imgA disabled lawyer has launched a ground-breaking legal case against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over his claim that it deliberately discriminated against him in rejecting his claim for disability benefits.Daniel Donaldson (pictured), founder of the Scottish social enterprise law firm Legal Spark, believes DWP has chosen to discriminate against him and other people with mental health conditions in the way it has dealt with their personal independence payment (PIP) claims.He says DWP disregarded the evidence relating to his mental health – and focused instead on other impairments – and made no attempt to seek medical evidence about his mental health from his GP, while his assessor lied about his medication.He believes, like many other disabled campaigners, that the system uses people without the right training and qualifications to assess PIP claims.He said: “The DWP refused to accept anything from me, and thereafter I had to appeal and wait. “In the meantime, debt, frustration and stress ensued. My health deteriorated – they actually made it worse.”He believes that people with unseen impairments, such as mental health conditions, have been “left playing second fiddle” in the PIP claims process.Donaldson points to the recent legal case in which the high court found that regulations that came into force last year were “blatantly discriminatory” because they meant that people who were unable to plan or undertake a journey due to overwhelming psychological distress would receive fewer qualifying points when assessed for PIP.DWP later decided not to appeal against that court decision.Donaldson said he hoped that other PIP claimants in Scotland, and across England and Wales, will follow his lead and take legal action if he is successful, which he believes “would make DWP think twice before playing a discrimination game”.He had been receiving PIP from 2013 until it was removed following a reassessment in November 2016.It was only reinstated last October, after he took his appeal to the social security tribunal.It was, he said, a “year of hell”, in which he fell into debt and struggled to maintain his independence.His case will be heard by Glasgow Sheriff Court, and he is seeking nearly £5,000 in damages, to cover bank charges, the removal of his bus pass, and £4,000 in compensation for the discrimination.Donaldson is also taking legal action under the Equality Act against the Scottish government, because it failed to take on responsibility for PIP from DWP when it had the powers to do so from 2016.Although the Scottish parliament last week approved legislation to set up a new social security system for Scotland – which will include the delivery of PIP and other benefits – Donaldson says it should have done this sooner.He said: “The Scottish government must take urgent action to stop the discrimination in the administration of PIP.“To ignore the problem and place the blame elsewhere is totally unacceptable.”Donaldson also argues that the Scottish government should have altered the eligibility for free bus passes to ensure that claimants could continue to use them while appealing against losing their PIP.A DWP spokeswoman said: “We cannot comment on this individual case as the legal action is ongoing.“We’re absolutely committed to ensuring that disabled people and people with health conditions get the right support they need, and we want every person to feel they are treated fairly, with respect and dignity.“Everyone has the right to appeal a decision if they are unhappy and additional information can be provided to support a claim.”A Scottish government spokesman said: “We have repeatedly called on the UK government to halt the roll-out of PIP in Scotland, most recently following the report of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which called for a review of PIP due to the damage it is causing people.“When the Scottish government begin delivery of disability benefits, we have categorically ruled out requiring anyone to undergo a disability benefit assessment by the private sector.“We will also listen to the independent disability and carers benefits expert advisory group and our experience panels to ensure our system is fairer.“We want to remove unnecessary barriers to those entitled to make a claim and reduce the amount of face-to-face assessments carried out.”He had not commented on the bus pass issue by noon today (Thursday).Donaldson said the UK government had created “a hostile and degrading environment for disabled people” by “using public policy to strip people of their statutory entitlement to benefits”, including PIP and employment and support allowance (ESA).He said: “The ESA payments are a lifeline for disabled people who cannot work or cannot find suitable work.“PIP is there to support disabled people who require financial support to maintain their independence. They are statutory entitlements.”He said the only way the government can avoid paying “this essential support is by denying all the evidence that is put before them”.He added: “This is why the majority of cases are overturned on appeal at the social security tribunal.“There is no place for disability discrimination in the provision of public services, and it is important that both the UK and Scottish governments are reminded of that.”last_img read more


Social Media Censors Game Changing Consumer Privacy Product

Posted On Jul 24 2019 by

first_imgVideo evidence recently surfaced that well known Internet sites and services have been using wording similar to the SohoStar Corporation’s trademark to shadow-ban, deboost, and censor posts, including product announcements and advertising.David Roland, SohoStar’s president, claims the launch of the security product “The Red Pill” has been censored by many Internet applications by blocking searches, posts, and even suggesting false reports of potential data theft, what do they fear? The Red Pill is a US made personal Internet appliance (PCS) designed to provide privacy, cyber-security and enhanced social media.SohoStar developed The Red Pill family of products to make Internet communications more convenient, secure, and private. The PCS not only provides a single point of control for your email and social media, but the built-in social media application – Fifth, coordinates all of your contacts, sharing, web hosting, email, VoIP, and chats in a single easy to use interface which stores your information in your Home or Small Business network where it is legally protected.Roland goes on to say, “we are being trained to accept insecurity as the status quo, but not at SohoStar! We have designed products to change the paradigm – to put the user back in control of who has access to information and content.”Marketing Technology News: Fishbowl, Inc. Names New Chief Revenue Officer“The way to keep pedophiles and identity thieves away from your home and family is to not store information on third party servers and not give unprotected access to social media where your personal information is sold on the open market – and that includes sharing Geo-located posted photos of your children, their schools, and their friends,” Roland states.Marketing Technology News: New Social Trust Index Measures Automotive Brand Trust in a #Fakenews Era“People don’t realize that the sites you use most often have collaborated to build a complete financial, social and political profile on every user. This is exploited to sway your perceptions of political candidates, influence elections, affect your buying decisions, and shame you into actions, compromises, and practices you wouldn’t do without social pressure. To claim ‘I have nothing to hide‘ is pure ignorance when the Mueller investigation’s indictments are mostly based on prior-evidence perjury traps. Shouldn’t you care about protecting your home, family and reputation?”Marketing Technology News: Deskforce Announces First Investment Round Social Media Censors Game Changing Consumer Privacy Product PRNewswireApril 26, 2019, 2:15 pmApril 26, 2019 Social media has censored posts and access to the Innovative Privacy Product, The Red Pill® by limiting access and blocking previews to the SohoStarcenter_img The Red Pill is a complete Internet Communication Appliance for Home or Small Business which protects your information and offers an alternative to Facebook, MeWe and other compromised Social Media platforms Marketing TechnologyNewspersonal Internet applianceSocial MediaSohoStar CorporationThe Red PillVideo evidence Previous ArticleMany Retailers Not Getting the Most Out of Their Data, Says New L.E.K. ReportNext ArticleEdge by Ascential Expands Ecommerce Features to Optimize Digital Shelf Performancelast_img read more


Viral Photos Of Overflowing Trash Cans Dirty Exam Room At VA Clinic

Posted On Jul 22 2019 by

first_imgViral Photos Of Overflowing Trash Cans, Dirty Exam Room At VA Clinic Spark Apology And Investigation “The condition of the room was the way it was when he went in, no other room was offered and no attempt to clean it up was made for the duration of his appointment,” Stephen Wilson, the veteran’s father, posted on social media. The Associated Press: VA Hospital Investigating After Tweets Of ‘Unsanitary’ Room The Washington Post: Viral Photos Of Utah VA Clinic Leads To Apology And Investigation When American soldiers bathe in Iraq, where a grimy film coats every surface, they are reminded by bathroom signs not to ingest anything that comes from the tap. So when Christopher Wilson left the Army after two tours in Iraq and sought medical care for his service-related injury at the Department of Veterans Affairs, he expected a cleaner environment than what he encountered April 5 at a VA clinic in Salt Lake City. Wilson was shocked by what he found inside a clinic room during his appointment, he told local media: an overflowing trash can, medical instruments strewn about on the counter and a filthy sink. He snapped photos of what he saw. (Horton, 4/30) A Veterans Affairs clinic in Salt Lake City is investigating why an Army veteran was put in a room with an overflowing trash can and medical supplies strewn about after the man’s father tweeted images of the unclean space. Stephen Wilson, the father of Christopher Wilson who spent six years in the Army and was deployed to Iraq twice, posted the photos to Twitter on Friday, calling the sight “very unprofessional, unsanitary and disrespectful,” the Deseret News reported. (5/1) The father of a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder who was shot at a government clinic in Oregon blames Veterans Affairs for letting down his son. Gilbert “Matt” Negrete, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is in jail in the former timber town of Medford, charged with attempted assault and other crimes after he allegedly displayed a knife during a confrontation at the VA clinic in nearby White City on Jan. 25. A VA guard shot him in the chest. (Selsky, 4/30) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Associated Press: Father Of Army Vet Shot At Oregon VA Clinic Feels Betrayed In other VA news —last_img read more