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Oklahoma Cops Can Now Seize Money From Prepaid Debit Cards, Without Filing Criminal Charges

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[Say, America, how's that whole Police State thing coming along? Oh, that well, eh? *RON*]

Nick SibillaInstitute For Justice / Forbes, 8 June 2016

Law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma have purchased devices that allow police to seize and freeze funds electronically, which may dramatically expand their power to permanently confiscate property using asset forfeiture. Manufactured by the Texas-based ERAD Group, the devices work on “open loop” prepaid debit cards, like those offered by VisaV -0.28% or American ExpressAXP -1.52%. However, “debit cards attached to a valid checking account or valid credit cards cannot be processed” by an ERAD (Electronic Recovery and Access to Data) system.

One contract obtained by Oklahoma Watch states that the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety will pay ERAD Group $5,000 for implementation and $1,500 for training on how to use the devices. In addition, ERAD Group will also receive a “processing fee” of 7.7 per…

The incredible crushing despair of the white working class

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[Worse off economically and in terms of their physical health, poor white people are especially vulnerable to the kind of populist, hate- and blame-driven tripe spewed by a political candidate like Donald Trump. *RON*]

By Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, 7 June 2016
Americans today say they are generally optimistic about their futures, according to Gallup polling. But one group in particular -- poor white Americans -- has a shockingly dismal view of what the future holds for them. And this pessimism among poor whites goes a long way toward explaining the strange political moment we find ourselves in, one in which Donald Trump surged to the top of the Republican primary ticket by tapping into a deep vein of racial anxiety among the nation's working class.

Carol Graham, a happiness researcher at the Brookings Institution, recently analyzed Gallup's data on life satisfaction and found that when it comes to their outlook on the future, t…

Tranparency International Reports on Massive Corruption in the Pharmaceutical Sector – Media Hardly Notices

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[Corruption in the pharmaceutical industry, which includes the corruption of scientific reporting, gets scarcely a notice in the mainstream media. What net effect does this have on public health and mortality? *RON*]
By Roy PosesHealth Care Renewal, Posted on Naked Capitalism by Yves Smith9 June 2016

By Roy Poses, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown University, and the President of FIRM – the Foundation for Integrity and Responsibility in Medicine. Cross posted from the Health Care Renewal website

Health Care Corruption as a Taboo Topic

Transparency International (TI) defines corruption as "Abuse of entrusted power for private gain."

In 2006, TI published a report on health care corruption, which asserted that corruption is widespread throughout the world, serious, and causes severe harm to patients and society: "the scale of corruption is vast in both rich and poor countries."

Corruption might mean the …

This U.S. Senator Just Became The First Republican To Un-Endorse Donald Trump

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[Pundits have been saying "Republicans would love to disavow Trump, but how can they?" Quite easily it seems. What a choice our poor American neighbours must make, between Trump and Clinton! *RON*]

Aaron Rupar, Think Progress, 7 June 2016
In this Nov. 11, 2014, file photo, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill. speaks at a Veterans Day commemoration ceremony at Soldier Field in Chicago. In his re-election bid, Kirk, a former Navy commander, faces U.S. Rep Tammy Duckworth, a veteran who lost both legs in the Iraq war, in the November 2016 general election. Kirk has attacked Duckworth's record on veterans issues in his campaign.

Just hours after the Democratic Party of Illinois released a statement criticizing Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) for remaining silent about Donald Trump’s racist attack on a federal judge, Kirk took the bold step of un-endorsing his party’s presumptive presidential nominee.

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels

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[I saw this on someone's Facebook page and said "Cool! Who could disagree with this?" And was instantly responded to by a libertarian who was incensed at the thought that a government should ever be able to make anyone do anything. Oh well. *RON*]
CS GLobe, 8 April 2015

A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels.

Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or cool it in the summer.

They are capable of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff, and also offer birds a place to call home in the urban jungle.

French environmental activists originally wanted to pass a law that would make the green roofs cover the entire surface of all new roofs. However, partially covered roofs make for a great start, an…

Hillary Wears $12,000 Armani Jacket While Blasting Income Inequality

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["Is Clinton really a woman of the people?" And a fugly coat it is for $12G - just sayin' *RON*]

By Radar Staff, 7 June 2016
Hillary Clinton made a tone-deaf fashion misstep recently, wearing a $12,000 jacket for a speech about income inequality!

The New York Post reported that the likely democratic nominee sported a $12,495 Giorgio Armani tweed jacket during a speech back in April. The problem? She was pontificating about the economic issues currently plaguing the country, including income inequality and job creation.

“We all know many people who are still hurting,” Clinton while swathed in the pricey couture. “I see it everywhere I go. The Great Recession wiped out jobs, homes, and savings, and a lot of Americans haven’t yet recovered. But I still believe with all my heart that as another greater Democratic President once said, there’s nothing wrong with America that can’t be cured by what’s right with America. That is, after all, …