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Who will testify against NJ Dem. Sen. Bob Melendez? Salomon Melgen, the leader of all “physicians” who collected more than 21M in 2012? — May 10, 2017

Who will testify against NJ Dem. Sen. Bob Melendez? Salomon Melgen, the leader of all “physicians” who collected more than 21M in 2012?

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https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdfl/pr/south-florida-doctor-convicted-sixty-seven-criminal-counts-related-medicare-fraud

Read how it started:

http://www.tampabay.com/incoming/south-florida-ophthalmologists-medicare-fraud-trial-starts-today/2315437

 

 

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Happy is the man who finds his grave. — May 7, 2017

Happy is the man who finds his grave.

Yesterday while enjoying a mini Greek Salad with a side of Grilled Chicken and a car show in a small town in Florida, the revelry of seeing people walking by Toula’s was broken as I was finishing my meal.  I heard two quick shots, within one second of each other.  I stayed seated waiting to see the reaction of the crowd.  They had frozen in place  as if waiting for instructions from someone to flee.  Those working the diner had all stepped to the door to look towards the right, where they thought the noise was from a car that had backfired.IMG_0471

I kept my Canon with the 100mm lens ready to see who would come running by.  I saw a tall man running away from the noise, later two more ran towards the noise.  The woman trailing the faster man.IMG_0473

I continued eating and drinking my water, till I saw Michele by the plate glass window trying to see the commotion to the right of Toulas.  I asked her if she had purchased the T-shirts she had so much admired while we ate lunch.  She had placed an order with the lady I have always associated as being Toula.IMG_0526

I told Michele I was going to see who had died. The crowd was amassed on the four corners of a busy main street and the Pinellas Trail.  Yellow, “police do not cross”  tape was being placed by an officer.  The man who was the emcee of the car show was trying to shame the people from taking film of a dead man being given CPR by two policemen.  I debated two seconds to see if I should take a few pictures of this scene.IMG_0536

Living in New York City, I had never encountered a dead man lying in the street.  I had however seen one in South America as I was being driven higher in altitude, towards the cool mountain air in Cali, Colombia.  This man was so dead, no one was giving him CPR.  Unlike this incident in Tarpon Springs, no one was filming and no one was hanging around waiting for the policemen to arrive.IMG_0542

That day I also had a camera in hand, but the shock of seeing someone dead while driving by interfered with my role as an observer with a camera.

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Why the title of this entry?  Happy is the man who finds his grave.©May 7, 2017  I don’t know why this thought or title has been resonating in my mind.  I think I heard it while taking a shower listening to my Ipod, and if not, then it’s going to become the title of my book after I finish the first one titled My Mango ©1968IMG_0549

Ban on Head Scarves at Work Is Legal, E.U. Court Rules — April 12, 2017
Curing cancer shouldn’t cause bankruptcy… insurance companies need to be held accountable for denying or limiting patients’ care. — April 8, 2017

Curing cancer shouldn’t cause bankruptcy… insurance companies need to be held accountable for denying or limiting patients’ care.

Liza Bernstein survived breast cancer three times. But it took all she had. She lost her home and savings to the costs of tests and treatments. She’s not technically bankrupt — but that’s only because she “couldn’t afford the fees” to file the claim.

Liza explained why her medical bills proved ruinous. Insurers “kept increasing my out-of-pocket costs and my deductible and they kept reducing how much they would reimburse and the network so there was more chance I’d be out of network,” she said.

Sadly, Liza’s experience is common. Nearly eight in 10 Americans have had trouble or knew someone who had trouble using their health insurance in the past year. Major reforms are needed to ensure that bankruptcy doesn’t become a routine side effect of cancer treatment.

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Five-year-old Alexandra Munoz, who lost her hair due to chemotherapy for a brain tumor, plays with her new wig in the cancer ward of the Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital i Santiago, Chile, in October 2014. Rodrigo  Garrido / REUTERS

http://www.newsweek.com/many-cancer-patients-must-face-bankrupty-or-die-489596

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CBS’ Lara Logan reveals she was stripped, nearly scalped in Egypt sexual assault; women ‘saved’ her — March 26, 2017

CBS’ Lara Logan reveals she was stripped, nearly scalped in Egypt sexual assault; women ‘saved’ her

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CBS war correspondent Lara Logan, stripped naked by a mob of crazed men in Egypt‘s Tahrir Square, was rescued by a woman dressed head to toe in black religious robes.

“Just her eyes, I remember (I could see) just her eyes,” Logan told “60 Minutes” in a dramatic and painful interview on Sunday.

“She put her arms around me. And oh my God, I can’t tell you what that moment was like for me. I wasn’t safe yet, because the mob was still trying to get at me. But now it wasn’t just about me anymore.

“It was about their women and that was what saved me, I think. The women kind of closed ranks around me.” Continue reading

C.I.A. Developed Tools to Spy on Mac Computers, WikiLeaks Disclosure Shows — March 24, 2017

C.I.A. Developed Tools to Spy on Mac Computers, WikiLeaks Disclosure Shows

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An Apple store near the High Line in Lower Manhattan. Credit: Hector F. Cadena 2017 All Rights Reserved 
By VINDU GOEL MARCH 23, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — The C.I.A. developed tools to spy on Mac computers by injecting software into the chips that control the computers’ fundamental operations, according to the latest cache of classified government documents published on Thursday by WikiLeaks.

Apple said in a statement Thursday evening that its preliminary assessment of the leaked information indicated that the Mac vulnerabilities described in the disclosure were previously fixed in all Macs launched after 2013.

However, the documents also indicated that the Central Intelligence Agency was developing a new version of one tool last year to work with current software.

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State-Certified Python Killer — March 12, 2017

State-Certified Python Killer

09/15/09 burmese python snake reptilePilot Python Elimination Program

The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board is taking aggressive action to protect the Everglades and eliminate invasive pythons from its public lands.

The Governing Board has approved a pilot monetary compensation program that will incentivize a limited number of public-spirited individuals to kill pythons. The program will give participants unprecedented access to SFWMD lands in an effort to remove these destructive snakes, which have become an apex predator in the Everglades.

The application period for the program is now open. Click here to apply.

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