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New Killer Healthcare Strategy: Merge Drug- Insurance

Officially demonstrating profit-driven ‘healthcare’ is a killer
And why US finance capitalism needed a Trump card

Trump picks pharma exec to lead Department of Health and Human Services
Until January Alex Azar was president of Lilly USA, the biggest affiliate of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co. Azar..deputy secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the G.W. Bush administration...succeeding Price who resigned in September amid criticism for taking noncommercial flights at taxpayer expense....Azar has a reputation as a conservative thinker and methodical lawyer...expected to use his prior government experience to pursue Trump’s goals through executive action — such as shifting the Affordable Care Act in more conservative directions.
"Why not Freddy Krueger?" wrote RoseAnn DeMoro, Executive Director of National Nurses United, 

CVS Pharmacy Giant to buy Aetna for $69 billion deal that could shake up health-care industry
If approved the merger would create a giant health-care company allowing CVS to negotiatiate drug prices for insurers and employees — and provide a broad range of health services to Aetna’s 22 million members....could transform pharmacy storefronts into medical hubs for primary care and basic procedures. Analysts said the deal also would help CVS fight off Amazon’s possible entry into the retail drug business.

“US highest healthcare costs in the developed world and some of the worst overall outcomes”

US scores poorly on many fronts, ranked 11th out of 11 in Commonwealth Fund list - far outstrips peers in healthcare spending –17% of GDP.


More on Black History:

Indian Resistance and Thanksgiving Declarations
November 17, 2014 by Howard Zin
Excerpt from Zinn’s article

...On Thanksgiving Day 1970, at the annual celebration of the landing of the Pilgrims, the authorities decided to do something different: invite an Indian to make the celebratory speech. They found a Wampanoag Indian named Frank James and asked him to speak. But when they saw the speech he was about to deliver, they decided they did not want it. His speech , not heard at Plymouth, Massachusetts, on that occasion, said, in part (the whole speech is in Chronicles of American Indian Protest):

Frank James
I speak to you as a Man-a Wampanoag Man….It is with mixed emotions that I stand here to share my thoughts….The Pilgrims had hardly explored the shores of Cape Cod four days before they had robbed the graves of my ancestors, and stolen their corn, wheat, and beans….Our spirit refuses to die. Yesterday we walked the woodland paths and sandy trails. Today we must walk the macadam highways and roads. We are uniting. We’re standing not in our wigwams but in your concrete tent. We stand tall and proud and before too many moons pass we’ll right the wrongs we have allowed to happen to us….

Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage
By William Loren Katz.

U.S. Sports Trump Card

Trump card sports virtual reality: fascist north american dream minus class —race struggle
see: Trump Card: "Safeguarding American Democracy"

US strategic communications "news":

Trump saw victory. Among his top tweets Sunday was: "Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings!”>  .

.A handful of NFL players refused to stand during the anthem to protest several issues, including police brutality. But that number ballooned Sunday following Trump's two-day weekend rant>

Unprecedented number of NFL players kneel in protest during anthem
By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer President Donald Trump's comments about owners firing players who kneel during the national anthem sparked a mass increase in such protests around the National Football League Sunday, as more than 130 players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance during early games A week ago, just four players didn't stand and two raised their fists. The president's comments turned the anthems — usually sung during commercials — into must-watch television shown live by the networks and Yahoo!, which streamed the game in London..

"Catastrophic Incidents" and Military Aid

Global Terror WW3 Strategy of Chaos: Finance Capital’s desperate Trump Card to restructure its defeated post-WW2 world order

US military warships, aircraft to Texas
CNN on search & rescue mission with US Navy 
Updated 4:19 AM ET, Thu August 31, 2017 Washington (CNN) With floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey swallowing entire Texas cities, the US military is mobilizing resources nationwide to help local law enforcement and civilian volunteers...Texas Gov. Greg Abbott activated the entire Texas National Guard of roughly 12,000 troops On Sunday the US Defense Department and Gov. Abbott agreed to establish a "dual-status command" with a single commander for federal and state forces... "It is imperative we give our military and first responders on the ground the most efficient method of execution when responding to the urgent needs of Texans," Abbott said in a statement...
On Monday Military surgical teams, communications teams, maintenance and other military support elements... were given orders to be prepared to deploy within 24 hours. These military forces are being sent and on standby to assist with rescue efforts: 
Navy and Air Force
Wednesday the Navy announced two US Navy warships, the USS Kearsarge and the USS Oak Hill, are being deployed to Texas,
The Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship, was in the Atlantic Ocean for training, but returned to Norfolk Tuesday to load up with disaster relief supplies like water and food, and a unit of Marines, before departing for Texas on Thursday. .
The Oak Hill, a smaller dock landing ship, will bring supplies and join the Kearsarge supporting "federal, state and local authorities ongoing relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey," according to the Navy.

Spoils of War From Ancient Babylon to Iraq Today


Babylonian Spoils of Conquest “Discovered” Today
“Mathematicians have been arguing about the interpretation of the Plimpton 322 tablet most of a century since New York publisher George Plimpton bequeathed it to Columbia University in the 1930s,... part of a major collection he bought from diplomat Edgar Banks... an antiquities dealer and flamboyant amateur archaeologist said to have inspired the Indiana Jones character...(whose) feats included climbing Mount Ararat in an unsuccessful attempt to find Noah’s Ark excavated in southern Iraq....”

Mathematical secrets of ancient tablet unlocked after nearly a century of study
8/24/17 At least 1,000 years before the Greek mathematician Pythagoras looked at a right angled triangle and worked out that the square of the longest side is always equal to the sum of the squares of the other two, an unknown Babylonian genius took a clay tablet -- known as Plimpton 322 --a reed pen and marked out not just the same theorem, but a series of trigonometry tables which scientists claim are more accurate than any available today
The team from the University of New South Wales in Sydney believe that the four columns and 15 rows of cuneiform – wedge shaped indentations made in the wet clay – represent the world’s oldest and most accurate working trigonometric table, a working tool used in surveying and in calculating how to construct temples, palaces and pyramids.

Nuclear State Terror & Smart Power Diplomacy

(Reuters) - United States engaging in back-channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, AP reported Friday, amid rising tensions in the region as President Donald Trump stepped up his warnings to Pyongyang a military option against North Korea was "locked and loaded". The dialogue involved Joseph Yun, the U.S. envoy for North Korea policy, and Pak Song Il, a senior North Korean diplomat at the United Nations, the AP reported, citing unidentified U.S. officials and others briefed on the process.
AUGUST 11, 2017 / 7:49 AM /

Smart Power and Military Force
Journal of Strategic Studies, 38:3, published 3/11/15


Appeals court overthrows murder conviction of Blackwater convictions in 2007 massacre of 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians
U.S. appeals court threw out the first-degree murder conviction of a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard sentenced to life in prison as lead shooter in the 2007 massacre.. The three-judge panel also ordered new sentences for three other Blackwater guards convicted of manslaughter sentenced to mandatory 30-year prison terms....The four security guards opened fire on the Iraqis, including women and children, at Nisour Square....were among 19 Blackwater security guards for U.S. State Department officials in Iraq....

///Reuters reported in late April...Trump administration weighing sending between 3,000 and 5,000 U.S. and coalition troops to Afghanistan.
NATO already has some 13,450 troops in Afghanistan, which includes about 6,900 U.S. military personnel training Afghan armed forces...
the US also has about 1,500 more troops in a parallel counter-terrorism unit...Almost 16 years since the US tried to topple the Afghan Taliban...
in the past 18 months Taliban have twice succeeded in seizing Kunduz...

Video Trump, Frustrated By Afghan War, Suggests Firing Commander US Army Gen. John Nicholson, Commander NATO forces in Afghanistan

Green on blue' attacks
The Afghan police and army "green on blue" attacks against US and NATO forces  have understandably dominated news coverage from the war.

Green-On-Blue' attacks hit U.S. troops in Afghanistan

July 4 "ISIS Hits Iran":US long War against Iran, p.2 Weaponized Information

US post WW3 New World Order’s world destruction mission
‘the issue is Iran’s ‘normalization and integration into the world community’
[more at]

"What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"
Frederick Douglass, 5 July 1852
America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.
Your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy - a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.
Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the old world, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me, that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival...

US zionist imperialism has been waging war against IRAN for decades, most notoriously its 1953 Operation code-name: TP-AJAX


More here:

Statement by the President on Signing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Today, I have signed into law S. 2943, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017." This Act authorizes fiscal year 2017 appropriations principally for the Department of Defense and for Department of Energy national security programs...It continues many critical authorizations necessary to ensure we are able to sustain our momentum countering the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and to reassure our European allies, as well as many new authorizations that, among other things, provide the Departments of Defense and Energy more flexibility in countering cyber-attacks and our adversaries' use of unmanned aerial vehicles.....
My Administration strongly supports the bill's structural reform of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which streamlines BBG information sources of news and information. Section 1288 would elevate the current Chief Executive Officer of the Broadcasting Board of Governors to the head of the agency...

Diplomacy 2.0: The Future of Social Media in Nation Branding
... "public relations is a strategiccommunication ... of Social Media in Nation Branding Social ...

Brief Survey of “America’s Role in the Technetronic Era”

Digest commentary: A brief survey of recent US history based on “America’s Role in the Technetronic Era”
In stark and shocking detail (reprinted below), describing today’s reality in his 1970 Technetronic Era, Zbigniew Brzezinski reveals the breadth and depth of US imperialist geopolitical strategic analysis, planning and execution. Nothing we are told is true. Strategic Communications and Public Diplomacy in the US total information war promotes or masks historically unprecedented crimes.
WW2 objective: destroy the Soviet Union, #1 U.S. enemy and rival, stanch the spread of communist revolutions, and establish the post WW2 US dominated capitalist world order. In the name of the ‘great anti-fascist war”, Roosevelt and Churchill enlisted Stalin, already undermining the revolutionary socialist political struggle for communism with his ‘economics’ in command, joined the enemies imperialist war ‘to defeat Hitler’ -- already supported by major US capitalist forces.

New York Times pseudo revelations: Nazis given safe haven in USA
16 NOVEMBER 2010

"Democracy has justified itself by keeping for the white race the best portion's of the earth's surface."
Theodore Roosevelt

Whether Franklin Roosevelt should or could have done more to rescue European Jews and stop Hitler’s killing machine is a question that will likely be debated by historians for decades.. Some scholars criticized [his] approach to refugee issues prior to and during World War II, and he is even accused... being indifferent to the Holocaust...

Project Paperclip: Post-World War II Recruitment of German Scientists

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