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Jilly_in_VA's Journal
Jilly_in_VA's Journal
May 19, 2022

I have noticed something kind of odd

I have no idea if it means anything, but maybe some others may have also noticed it.

Has anyone else noticed the resemblance between the Buffalo shooter, Payton Gendron, the Kenosha murderer Kyle Rittenhouse, and that southern California incel Elliot somebody who murdered a bunch of women some years back? All baby-faced, curly-haired, slightly pudgy types. I wonder if there's genetic thing at work here, or if it's just a coincidence.

May 19, 2022

CPAC Just Decided to Not Let Any US Journalists Inside

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Matt Schlapp, the organizer of the hugely influential Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), does not know what “independent media” means.

“I don’t know what these terms mean—what do you mean by independent?” Schlapp said in an interview outside the CPAC conference, which kicked off in the Hungarian capital on Thursday.

Schlapp was speaking outside the conference center on the banks of the Danube, because the Hungarian organizers CPAC has partnered with to host the event had refused entry to all journalists from U.S. media outlets, despite months of effort to obtain press credentials for the event.

Besides VICE News, journalists from Rolling Stone, Vox Media, and the New Yorker were turned away from the conference on Thursday, despite repeated assurances from the American Conservative Union that access would be provided. Journalists from other non-Hungarian media outlets, including the Guardian and Associated Press, tweeted that they had also been denied accreditation, despite months of requests.

Can we please make these people just STAY in Hungary, since they love Orban so much?

May 19, 2022

Two Florida men sentenced in TN for pharmacy fraud

Two Florida men have been sentenced by a Federal Judge in Greeneville, Tennessee, for their roles in a multimillion-dollar healthcare fraud scheme.

Peter Bolos, 44, of Tampa, was convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, 22 counts of mail fraud and introduction of a misbranded drug into interstate commerce. U.S. District Judge J. Ronnie Greer sentenced him to 14 years in prison and ordered him to pay more than $24.6 million in restitution and $2.5 million in forfeiture.

His co-defendant, Michael Palso, 48, of Tampa, was sentenced to 33 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $24.6 million in restitution.

“The scale of the prescription-drug fraud scheme orchestrated by Bolos and his conspirators was astonishing, and the 14-year sentence reflects the seriousness of Bolos’s participation in that conspiracy,” said U.S. Attorney Francis M. Hamilton III for the Eastern District of Tennessee. “The financial harm caused by health care fraud hurts all Americans, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee will continue to support the cooperation among its federal law enforcement partners that is necessary to bring criminal swindlers like Bolos to justice.”

According to court documents, Bolos and Palso and their co-conspirators deceived pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), such as Express Scripts and CVS Caremark, into authorizing millions of dollars worth of claims for prescription drugs that private insurers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, and public insurers such as Medicaid and TRICARE, paid to pharmacies controlled by the co-conspirators. The conspiracy lasted from May 2015 through April 2018.

Court documents claim Bolos, Palso and one other man owned and operated Synergy Pharmacy in Palm Harbor, Florida. Through this pharmacy, they employed Scott Roix, a telemarketer operating under the name HealthRight, to gain prescriptions for Synergy and the other pharmacies involved in the scheme.

I don't know if this is connected in any way with the other story I just posted, or if it's coincidental, but....

May 19, 2022

Patient personal information found at abandoned Clinton pharmacy

CLINTON, Tenn.— The owners of a strip mall in Clinton said the personal information of pharmacy customers was apparently left unprotected when the business abruptly abandoned their rented space.

Paul and Gladys Harrell, who own a strip mall, were shocked when they opened the doors to a mail-order pharmacy group that had rented space from them. When their tenant stopped paying rent, the Anderson County couple entered the business and found thousands of prescription labels with personal information.

Paul says he doesn’t know how to handle the prescription labels left behind at Comprehensive Care Pharmacy; does he burn them or have them shredded?

“This was open, I started looking. I don’t know what is all this stuff,” said Paul as he shows WATE’s Don Dare the boxes left behind.

“You have someone’s name, address, date of birth, what they are ordering. Everything. All personal information is in here,” said Dare.

“Boxes and boxes of it,” replied Paul.

The boxes were not the only thing that was left behind, Paul also pointed out four different computers on two tables that could have been turned on if Paul hadn’t unplugged them. Federal HIPAA, privacy regulations require encrypted data to be secured.

So much for HIPAA!

May 19, 2022

State agency says child dropped off at Virginia mental hospital in 'very unsafe manner'

An investigation is underway after police allegedly dropped off a child at a Virginia mental hospital without waiting for an employee in what the state’s behavioral health agency described as “a very unsafe manner.”

State Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) and Nelson Smith, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), began openly discussing the alleged incident during a Behavioral Health Commission meeting in Richmond on May 17.

Sen. Deeds said he heard that a child was “left at the door” of the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents (CCCA) in Staunton, the only state-run facility that accepts minors, by a police officer during a temporary detention order transport.

Deeds also said that the officer didn’t wait for an employee and left the child outside with their belongings, adding that he learned that no beds at the facility were open for the minor.

Smith confirmed the alleged incident during the public meeting, even telling Deeds and the panel of state lawmakers that there is a video. Deeds, who called the situation “inexcusable,” told Smith he wanted to see the video.

In a brief phone interview Wednesday, Deeds told 8News that he is “livid” about the situation and expressed concern over an officer leaving a “vulnerable child in a position where their vulnerabilities could be exposed even more. But he said that the alleged incident underscores a deeper issue within the state’s behavioral health system, pointing to the shortage of workers.

Officer should be FIRED. Deeds knows what he's talking about, having dealt with his own mentally ill son.

May 18, 2022

Florida man 'cooked alive' after deputy's stun gun ignites gasoline at Wawa station, lawyers say

Lawyers for a Florida man say he continues to fight for his life after he was “cooked alive” earlier this year, when a sheriff’s deputy allegedly shot him with a stun gun while the man was covered in gasoline from having fueled his dirt bike.

Jean Barreto, 26, suffered third-degree burns on 75 percent of his body during a Feb. 27 incident at a Wawa gas station in Orlando, according to a Wednesday statement from the NeJame Law group.

A deputy with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office allegedly tackled Barreto from behind, knocking him and his dirt bike to the ground and spilling gas, the statement said.

At least three other deputies then appeared, Barreto’s attorneys said, one of whom used a stun gun on Barreto.

Deploying the weapon engulfed “almost his entire body in flames and approximately half of the other deputy’s as well,” the lawyers said.

“This fireball, caused by the reckless, foolish, unnecessary" use of the stun gun, the statement said, led to "the horrific explosion, engulfing the two of them and injuring 2 other deputies with minor burns.”

The sheriff's office did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

How goddam STUPID do you have to be to fire a taser around gasoline?

May 18, 2022

COVID-Sniffing Dogs Lead the Pack in Pandemic Fight

Man’s best friend has a dazzling sense of smell. Dogs are reputable odor connoisseurs with up to 300 million smell receptors in their schnozzes (compared to a paltry five to six million in humans) and 40 percent more brain space devoted to analyzing smells. Fido can pick up the faintest whiffs of any odor better than any man-made instrument. It’s a super-canine ability we’ve been using to help find missing people (paging Lassie), locate illegal drugs and dangerous compounds like explosives, and catch smuggled contraband. And now we’re using it to root out COVID-19.

In a new study published Monday in the British Medical Journal, a group of Finnish researchers found that dogs trained to sniff out coronavirus could detect it among airport travelers with nearly 100 percent accuracy, raising hopes that our furry friends could provide fast and effective detection of COVID infections not only in crowded public spaces or travel hubs—places considered at a higher risk for virus transmission—but also hospitals and even schools.

“This is a very important study demonstrating that COVID-19 detector dogs can achieve greater than 90 percent accuracy and sensitivity which is comparable to current testing methods but much faster,” Kenneth Furton, a biochemist at Florida International University who was not involved in the study but has previously studied using dogs to detect COVID infections, told The Daily Beast in an email. “COVID-19 detector dogs provide results in seconds rather than minutes or hours and thus can provide screening of large numbers of people without delaying them.”

The idea of using smell to diagnose disease stretches back to ancient times. A human’s sense of smell is not strong enough on its own—but a dog’s might be. Studies have shown our four-legged companions can smell volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are specific chemicals produced by the human body that enter our blood, urine, feces, skin, or breath.


May 18, 2022

A Monster Hurricane Season Is Coming--and Here's the Culprit

The Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1, and the Gulf of Mexico is already warmer than average. Even more worrying is a current of warm tropical water that is looping unusually far into the Gulf for this time of year, with the power to turn tropical storms into monster hurricanes.

It’s called the Loop Current, and it’s the 800-pound gorilla of Gulf hurricane risks.

When the Loop Current reaches this far north this early in the hurricane season—especially during what’s forecast to be a busy season—it can spell disaster for folks along the Northern Gulf Coast, from Texas to Florida.

If you look at temperature maps of the Gulf of Mexico, you can easily spot the Loop Current. It curls up through the Yucatan Channel between Mexico and Cuba, into the Gulf of Mexico, and then swings back out through the Florida Strait south of Florida as the Florida Current, where it becomes the main contributor to the Gulf Stream.

When a tropical storm passes over the Loop Current or one of its giant eddies—large rotating pools of warm water that spin off from the current—the storm can explode in strength as it draws energy from the warm water.

This year, the Loop Current looks remarkably similar to the way it did in 2005, the year Hurricane Katrina crossed the Loop Current before devastating New Orleans. Of the 27 named storms that year, seven became major hurricanes. Wilma and Rita also crossed the Loop Current that year and became two of the most intense Atlantic hurricanes on record.


May 18, 2022

Students Walk Out After Diversity Day Canceled--Again!

Hundreds of students in Ohio stormed out of school Wednesday, protesting the white members of the school board choosing to cancel Diversity Day—for the second year in a row.

“Do better, Forest Hills!” students at Turpin High School chanted while holding “Pro-Diversity” signs and wearing matching T-shirts that read “Protect Diversity Day” during the walkout.

Diversity Day was supposed to have been held at Turpin High School in March, but was rescheduled to May and eventually canceled by the Forest Hills School Board for the remainder of the year. Anderson High School students, another member of the Forest Hills district, stood in solidarity with Turpin on Wednesday during the protest.

“It’s bigger than Black and White,” a Turpin High School football player wrote on Twitter. “DIVERSITY MATTERS.”

“Showing support for all the incredible student leaders who exercised their right to protest the twice cancelled diversity day [at] Turpin High School,” a Turpin High School parent wrote. “[Forest Hills School District], you can do better.”

The kids are all right. The (supposed) adults? Not so much.

May 18, 2022

US Soccer reaches landmark deals with USWNT, USMNT to pay them equally

U.S. Soccer and its women’s and men’s national teams announced landmark new contracts Wednesday that will pay the squads equally – including a split of World Cup prize money. The deals are the culmination of a decades-long fight by the USWNT, U.S. Soccer’s most successful – and visible – team, for equal compensation and fair treatment, and further recognition by the federation that American soccer is stronger when everyone is unified.

“It’s very rewarding. For me, I feel very humbled to join this fight that has been going on years before I even touched a ball. Before I was born, actually,” Midge Purce, a member of the USWNT’s bargaining committee, told USA TODAY Sports.

“I’m really proud of the work that’s been done. A lot of gifted people came together to put together something really special.”

Under the new deal, this year’s pool for the USWNT would be $7.2 million, a 54 percent increase from 2018. That includes a 68 percent increase – to $120,000 – in what players could earn just from this summer’s World Cup qualifying tournament.

The new collective bargaining agreements run through 2028, ensuring labor peace for two full World Cup cycles. That is no small thing considering the U.S. is co-hosting the 2026 men’s tournament with Canada and Mexico.

“Everyone who cares about our sport should share in this pride as we look forward to working together to grow soccer for generations to come,” U.S. Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone, a former USWNT player, said.


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Navy brat-->University fac brat. All over-->Wisconsin-->TN-->VA. RN (ret), married, grandmother of 11. Progressive since birth. My mouth may be foul but my heart is wide open.
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