Patients burned to death in their beds as U.S. planes repeatedly bombed.
Telegraph: "Medecins Sans Frontieres says it gave the coordinates of hospital hit by an airstrike that killed at least 19 people to US forces several times"
An airstrike that killed at least 16 people in hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday was "utterly tragic, inexcusable, and possibly even criminal," according to the UN human rights chief. Zeid Ra'ad' al-Hussein said:
This deeply shocking event should be promptly, thoroughly and independently investigated and the results should be made public. The seriousness of the incident is underlined by the fact that, if established as deliberate in a court of law, an airstrike on a hospital may amount to a war crime.
Meinie Nicolai, MSF president, said...
This attack is abhorrent and a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law. We demand total transparency from Coalition forces. We cannot accept that this horrific loss of life will simply be dismissed as ‘collateral damage’.
Ashton Carter, US defence secretary, says a "full investigation" is being carried out into the deadly bombing. Mr Carter said that "US forces in support of Afghan Security Forces were operating nearby, as were Taliban fighters," and that a "full investigation into the tragic incident is under way." So far 16 people, including nine MSF staff, are confirmed dead although witnesses had told The Telegraph they have seen many more bodies
Kunduz hospital bombing could be 'war crime' - latest | via @Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11909123/Kunduz-Nato-investigates-whether-US-air-strike-hit-hospital-latest.html
Think Volkswagen is the only car company whose products create more pollution than advertised? Think again.
With actual road tests of car emissions coming, the largest car companies are privately lobbying for dramatic "leeway" in emissions of nitrogen oxide, one of the more dangerous pollutants.
"The automakers, which include Volkswagen, General Motors, Daimler, BMW, Toyota, Renault, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Ford and Hyundai, are essentially conceding what outside groups have said for some time — that the industry cannot meet pollution regulations when cars are taken out of testing laboratories."
And: “The industry shouldn’t be in a position to request anything, but still they are,” said François Cuenot, an air-quality officer at Transport and Environment. “It means they didn’t learn from the Volkswagen case.”
Not only do Americans pay far more for the same drugs than anyone else, they're lied to about the prices.
Free market? If only.
How a $500 UCLA hospital copay turned into a $3,900 bill — for 1 injection
While Republicans are trying to chip away at the benefits of the ACA, aka Obamacare, Democrats aren't above political pandering either. Dems are trying to do away with taxes that pay for Obamacare, in attempts to get votes and money from privileged groups.
Hillary Clinton promises to do away with the "Cadillac tax" on high-end insurance plans -- which is a direct payoff to Too Big Unions and donor corporation's executives. This would not only give preferential treatment to these unions (as well as top executives of big corporations), and bust the budget, but undermine what tepid cost containment there is in the ACA. Meanwhile, Sens Warren and Franken want to do away with taxes on medical equipment manufacturers -- which just coincidentally are based in their states and make major political contributions. The amusing part of their argument is listening to Warren and Franken do their best imitation of right-wingers by saying the taxes will hurt job creation (not making that up).
The medical equipment tax goes after vendors that use secretive, proprietary lock-in and payments to doctors to ensure that Americans pay 50x as much for joint replacements as Europeans. These companies have extraordinary profit margins.
From OpEd by Ezekiel J. Emanuel and” Bob Kocher who both worked in the White House on the Affordable Care Act: "This is no small matter. According to several economists’ recent analyses, the tax exclusion may account for a more than 30 percent increase in health care spending for those with employer-sponsored insurance, because of this incentive to use more health care services. ... " which will lead to higher taxes for the rest of us and higher healthcare costs, which also hurts the rest of the economy.
But, hey, if you need it to get votes you gotta' do what youze gotta' do. I guess.
Simple listing of the guns owned by mass shooters and how they obtained them: http://nyti.ms/1PUH1iE
Examples: "In all, Mr. Harper-Mercer owned 14 firearms, all of which were bought legally through a federally licensed firearms dealer, a federal official said Friday. Some were bought by Mr. Harper-Mercer, and some by members of his family."
"He purchased a gun from a store in West Columbia, S.C. Mr. Roof should have been barred from buying a gun because he had admitted to possessing drugs, but the F.B.I. examiner conducting the required background check failed to obtain the police report from the February incident."
"Mr. Houser bought the weapon in Alabama. Officials said it had been purchased legally, though he had been denied a concealed weapons permit earlier, and despite concerns among family members that he was violent and mentally ill."
"Mr. Fryberg applied to buy the Beretta from a gun shop on the Indian reservation where he lived with Jaylen. A background check failed to come up with the protection order because it was never entered into the system."
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