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Police apologize to Utah nurse arrested for not allowing cop to break the law

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[The officer is still being investigated for the incident and has been put on leave. *RON*]
Casey Quinlan, Think Progress, 2 September 2017
A Salt Lake City nurse was arrested for following hospital policy and telling an officer, who did not have a warrant, that he was not allowed to draw blood from an unconscious patient, a trucker involved in a car crash. The Salt Lake City police and the mayor have apologized to nurse, Alex Wubbels.

Since the patient was not under arrest, hospital policy required a judge’s order or patient’s consent for blood to be drawn. The incident, in which the nurse calmly explained hospital policy and was roughly arrested by the officer as she screamed, happened on July 26. Wubbels and her attorney decided to release footage of the arrest now because after meeting with the city and with police they believed it was necessary to prevent another incident.

Her supervisor asked the officer by phone,”Why are you blaming the mess…

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Houston, South Asia Floods: Climate Change Is Creating A New Urban Crisis

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[See also: Hurricane Harvey’s Impact — And How It Compares To Other Storms; and 'Not a single thing was dry': Mumbai's residents count the cost of floods; and Southern China seeing more typhoons than usual this year – with another on the way; and Largest wildfire in Los Angeles history forces hundreds to evacuate. No pattern here, right? The mainstream media, corporations, and politicians ARE the 1%. *RON*]
Jerri-Lynn Scofield, Naked Capitalism, 2 September 2017


Jerri-Lynn here. In this Real News Network interview, investigative journalist and economics professor Christian Parenti says we have the laws and technology to protect humanity from climate disaster, provided that we’re willing to rip away the veil of the ‘free market’. I’m not nearly so optimistic, but am posting this interview because it doesn’t fixate solely on the climate change problem but does mention some ways out of the crisis. Not that any of these look possible, giv…

Smartphones Sharing Personal Info on 40% of Indians With CIA, Says Ex-Home Secretary

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[Peek-a-boo, the CIA sees you! "Former home minister Chidambaram added that if two smartphones were in close proximity, it can be concluded that they are in the same room and this has been used for drone attacks" *RON*]
The Wire Staff, The Wire, 1 September 2017

New Delhi: Rajiv Mehrishi, who retired as Union home secretary yesterday and is set to become India’s comptroller and auditor general, has said that 40% of Indians who use smartphones and certain popular apps, are sharing information, whether they know it or not, with the entire world, including the US’s Central Investigative Agency.

According to the Indian Express, Mehrishi made this statement on July 21, when he was questioned by a parliamentary panel on the privacy risks of linking Aadhaar to various services. He was answering to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs led by P. Chidambaram. The newspaper quoted sources as saying that Mehrishi called the sharing …

Novartis to Charge $475,000 for Cancer Treatment US Taxpayers Paid $200 Million to Discover

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[Corporate welfare queens: privatized profits, socialized losses. After the federal government paid over $200 million to research this breakthrough cancer treatment, Novartis swept up the rights to it. *RON*]
Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project, 1 September 2017


A first of its kind revolutionary cancer treatment was approved by the FDA this week which boasts cure rates for childhood leukemia upwards of 70-80 percent. The innovative nature of the treatment lies in how it genetically re-engineers a patient’s own immune system to find and destroy tumors.

While this is certainly noteworthy news, a major controversy is being overlooked by the mainstream media. As Novartis announced their $450,000 price tag, the media failed to report on who actually paid for the development of this breakthrough treatment. The answer, according to a patient advocacy group, is—you.

As MIT’s Technology Review notes, the therapy, which will be marketed as Kymriah, is a cu…

Everyone’s a Socialist After a Natural Disaster

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[Ain't it the truth! But that's not even the best part. See also: $20 for a gallon of gas, $99 for a case of water — reports of Hurricane Harvey price-gouging are emerging. It also looks like #2 is on the way: Irma is now a Category 3 hurricane and it could strengthen over the weekend. The only question left is: How will Trump manage to make money off this? *RON*]
Joan Walsh, The Nation, 2 September 2017

Ted Cruz’s hypocrisy won’t stop government from helping in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, but Texas will be needing help for a long time.

You know the old saying: There are no atheists in foxholes. I’ve got a new one: We’re all socialists after a natural disaster. Even Texas Senator Ted Cruz. The hypocrite who tried to block Hurricane Sandy aid to the East Coast in 2012 is now demanding the federal government expedite emergency funds for the survivors of Hurricane Harvey along the Gulf Coast of Texas, and in Houston, the nation’s fourth-lar…