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    Internal drug company emails show indifference to opioid epidemic

    In May 2008, as the opioid epidemic was raging in America, a representative of the nation’s largest manufacturer of opioid pain pills sent an email to a client at a wholesale drug distributor in Ohio.

    Victor Borelli, a national account manager for Mallinckrodt, told Steve Cochrane, the vice president of sales for KeySource Medical, to check his inventories and “[i]f you are low, order more. If you are okay, order a little more, Capesce?”

    Then Borelli joked, “destroy this email. . .Is that really possible? Oh Well. . .”

    Previously, Borelli used the phrase “ship, ship, ship” to describe his job.

    Follow The Post’s investigation of the opioid epidemic


    Since 2016, The Washington Post has been investigating the opioid epidemic that has ravaged communities and claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people nationwide since 1996.

    This week, a previously unreleased Drug Enforcement Administration database that tracks the path of every single pain pill sold in the United States — from manufacturers and distributors to pharmacies in every town and city — was made public. It was disclosed as part a civil action brought by nearly 2,000 cities, towns and counties alleging nearly two dozen drug companies conspired to saturate the nation with opioids. The database is a virtual road map to the epidemic.
    Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database


    For the first time, a database maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration that tracks the path of every single pain pill sold in the United States — by manufacturers and distributors to pharmacies in every town and city — has been made public.

    The Washington Post sifted through nearly 380 million transactions from 2006 through 2012 that are detailed in the DEA’s database and analyzed shipments of oxycodone and hydrocodone pills, which account for three-quarters of the total opioid pill shipments to pharmacies. The Post is making this data available at the county and state levels in order to help the public understand the impact of years of prescription pill shipments on their communities.
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    While this is a rather small step in the right direction, it is still worth a mention.

    - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...ng/1775352001/

    4 Chicago cops fired for allegedly covering up fatal shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald

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    She’ll have a job at Fox News in no time.

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    George Nader has been rounded up again for sex trafficking in relation to Epstein and using Blackwater as a trafficking agent.

    His investigation was separate but apparently connected now.

    https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/07/19/pol....google.com%2F

    https://nypost.com/2019/07/19/key-wi...cking-charges/

    https://www.politico.com/blogs/under...graphy-1422642

    All children under 13. Also 4 TBs of child porn were seized.

    He also has asked to meet with Mueller to change to a plea deal.
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    Only plea deal he'd get from me is "Give us everything and you won't get passed around like a fleshlight in gen pop."

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeastieRunner View Post
    George Nader has been rounded up again for sex trafficking in relation to Epstein and using Blackwater as a trafficking agent.

    His investigation was separate but apparently connected now.

    https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/07/19/pol....google.com%2F

    https://nypost.com/2019/07/19/key-wi...cking-charges/

    https://www.politico.com/blogs/under...graphy-1422642

    All children under 13. Also 4 TBs of child porn were seized.

    He also has asked to meet with Mueller to change to a plea deal.
    The Mueller who no longer has a staff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeastieRunner View Post
    George Nader has been rounded up again for sex trafficking in relation to Epstein and using Blackwater as a trafficking agent.

    His investigation was separate but apparently connected now.

    https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/07/19/pol....google.com%2F

    https://nypost.com/2019/07/19/key-wi...cking-charges/

    https://www.politico.com/blogs/under...graphy-1422642

    All children under 13. Also 4 TBs of child porn were seized.

    He also has asked to meet with Mueller to change to a plea deal.
    According to right wing Twitter, this makes Democrats look bad because:

    1. Nader was a witness in the Mueller invetigation.
    2. Bill Clinton knows another guy also called George Nader.

    I wish I were making this up.

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    Hellish Heat Grips Half The Country

    The current wave of sweltering temperatures and humidity is a preview of life in a warming world. But, climate change deniers (like Dolt45 for instance) will scoff at that claim while frying like bacon.

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    Trump Lies About Congresswomen Of Color Referring To ‘Evil Jews’

    Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar have never made the comments the president claims they have. It's amazing Trump continues getting away with his lies, and that Republicans refuse to call him out for same.

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    Ignoring Donald Trump’s Racism Will Not Make It Go Away

    Remember when people tried to convince themselves it was all about economic anxiety? Bernie Sanders blithely continues along that track, ignoring the obvious. Meanwhile....

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    Rep. Elijah Cummings Says Racists Told Him To ‘Go Back,’ Too

    “We were taunted. Stones were thrown at us. Bottles,” the congressman recalled. “And they totally said the same words.” Yes, words that hurt anyone who's a person of color.

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    Geraldo Rivera Can’t Make ‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts See That Trump Tweets Are Racist

    “This is their country, they’re citizens of the United States!” the Fox News journalist exclaimed of the four Democratic congresswomen the president attacked. Don't know why Rivera even tried as that was a lost cause from jump.
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    I'm not a big fan of Rivera's, not even close, but seriously why does he stay at Fox? At what point does this insanity drive him, and others like him, away?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    I'm not a big fan of Rivera's, not even close, but seriously why does he stay at Fox? At what point does this insanity drive him, and others like him, away?
    I'm guessing it's the only network that still lets him cosplay as a serious journalist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulbullion View Post
    i'm guessing it's the only network that still lets him cosplay as a serious journalist.

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    Hong Kong actor Simon Yam stabbed at promotional event in southern China

    BEIJING - Hong Kong actor Simon Yam was stabbed in the stomach while appearing on stage for a promotional event in southern China on Saturday.

    A man ran onto the stage and stabbed and slashed the veteran actor, video broadcast on local media showed.

    “We are extremely shocked by this incident,” Yam’s management company said Saturday evening in a statement released on the Twitter-like Weibo platform.

    The 64-year-old Yam was at a promotional event in southern Guangdong province’s Zhongshan City when he was stabbed in the stomach and slashed on his right hand, the company said.

    Yam received treatment at a local hospital and his wounds are not life-threatening, the local Huoju Development Zone police said in a statement.
    The actor has 234 film and TV credits, according to IMDB, including an appearance as a crime lord in the 2003 adventure movie “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider — The Cradle of Life.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by InformationGeek View Post
    Fixed it for him.

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    Sen. Kyrsten Sinema pushes program to streamline removal of migrant families without valid asylum claims

    TUCSON — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is pushing for the implementation of a pilot program along the U.S.-Mexico border that aims to more quickly screen and remove migrant families without valid legal claims for asylum in the United States.

    Sinema, D-Ariz., joined a bipartisan group with eight other senators who sent a letter Wednesday to acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan describing their proposed program, dubbed "Operation Safe Return."

    They'll have the chance to make their case during a meeting with McAleenan in the coming weeks.

    The program would allow the Department of Homeland Security to deport certain migrants within 15 days, according to the letter, and would help alleviate overcrowding at border facilities, Sinema said.

    "This pilot program would apply to families who aren't claiming 'credible fear,' which of course is the first threshold in seeking asylum," Sinema told The Arizona Republic. "If someone says 'I left my country because I can't make a living,' (or) 'it's hard to take care of my family' — that's what we call an economic migrant."
    But the idea for the pilot program has raised concerns from migrant advocates who worry that speeding up the process could lead to cases of valid claims being wrongfully denied and migrant families returned to dangerous situations.
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    Back on this date in 2014, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” published a profile on Sarah Palin, the former Vice-Presidential Candidate and Governor of Alaska (who quit halfway through her first term amidst various abuse-of-power scandals). We covered as many possible insane quotes, gaffes, or word-salad speeches as we could, from "Seeing Alaska from her house", to not being able to name a newspaper she read, to trying to look presidential by pardoning a turkey in Alaska while others were butchered and drained of blood while she gave a speech unaware... Sarah Palin is one of the most deranged, brain-addled members of the GOP we've ever run a profile on. We're honestly grateful that he hasn't held or run for office for a long enough period of time that we have to update our readers on all the continuing moments where she gets in front of a microphone for the attention and says clueless, bigoted, or nonsensical things.

    It was in 2015 that we published our original "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" profile of former perennial Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, the failed former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who lost the company about $700 million in its worth, got thousands of employees laid off, then took her golden parachute settlement after being pushed out by disatisfied stockholders and fellow executives. She then tried parlaying this colossal failure into a political career, where she first became one of the worst campaign proxies in existence for the 2008 McCain campaign before challenging Barbara Boxer for her U.S. Senate seat in 2010 and still getting shellacked after she ran a bizarre "demon sheep" ad. For whatever reason, Fiorina took her vast unpopularity and tried to run for president in 2016, where her main strategy in debates seemed to be to lie her arse off. She demonized workers for "watching porn all day" as an economic problem, claimed the Obama administration "broke every rule" in negotiations with Iran, and that Hillary Clinton had "blood on her hands" because of Benghazi. Since we wrote that profile of Carly last July, she tried gaining attention in the GOP Primary by perpetuating as many of the horror stories about Planned Parenthood started by the Center of Medical Progress as she could, and making graphic descriptions of babies being dismembered to be sold for profit in the "sting" videos (that were a hoax), and her cries about "baby parts" were the sort of rhetoric that inspired Roland Dear to go on a shooting spree against a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs as a stochastic terror trigger. Fiorina eventually had to abandon her own campaign, and then tried joining forces with Ted Cruz, singing creepy songs at Sen. Cruz's children, and then falling off a stage comically after introducing the runner-up for the GOP nomination. Fiorina remains ridiculous, and unlikely to ever hold office in any sane part of the country.
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