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  • Government Plan Would Transform Israel Into The World’s First Cashless Society

    05/27/2014 5:44:52 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 21 replies
    End Of The American Dream ^ | 2/26/14 | Michael Snyder
    Will Israel be the first cashless society on the entire planet? A committee chaired by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief of staff has come up with a three phase plan to “all but do away with cash transactions in Israel”. According to a study conducted by MasterCard, approximately 80 percent of all consumer transactions in the United States are now cashless. If a government can track all of your transactions, it will essentially be able to monitor everywhere you go and pretty much keep track of virtually everything that you do.
  • New Medicare Harms to Home Health: Saving Dollars, But Costing Lives?

    Obamacare has made drastic changes in Medicare procedures for obtaining durable medical equipment (DME) for home health services. Most patients will not be aware of the hidden new rules until they are hit with higher costs or denial of services or needed supplies. Medicare's new rules cut prices by 45 percent below the current fee schedule, on average, and 72 percent below current rates for diabetic supplies. What reputable business can survive a 45 percent or 72 percent cut in revenue? When patients' home health services are cut, the hardest hit are patients with chronic lung disease, congestive heart failure,...
  • The Illinois FOID (Firearm Owner Identification) Mental Health Reporting System.

    02/13/2014 1:39:29 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 10 replies
    Illinois FOID Mental Health Reporting System ^ | 02/13/14 | State of Illinois
    Welcome to the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) Mental Health Reporting System. The FOID Mental Health Reporting System was authorized by the FOID Act (430 ILCS 65) The FOID Mental Health Reporting System website provides clinicians and facilities with 24-hour and immediate access to report an individual that is receiving mental health treatment or is determined to be a "clear and present danger". DHS is responsible for comparing the data reported against the State Police FOID files to identify possible matches. The ISP is then responsible for investigating and processing the application for the FOID...
  • AAPS Warns Against Proposed “Permanent Fix” to SGR

    02/12/2014 10:45:26 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 6 replies
    Once again, the American Medical Association is calling on patients and doctors to barrage Congress with pleas to permanently end the Clinton-Gingrich Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for cutting Medicare costs. The proposed tiny yearly “updates” (0.5%) for 5 years are even less than the inadequate Social Security cost-of-living increases. The cost of a postage stamp, for example, increased by 6.5% in January. “How can the AMA possibly agree to a virtual 5-year fee freeze when the value of the dollar could deteriorate drastically?” Orient asks. AAPS argues that Medicare can calculate reimbursements however it likes, but the fee should...
  • Ohio National Guard Training Envisions Right-Wing Terrorism

    02/10/2014 11:37:54 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 71 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | Jesse Hathaway | | Jesse Hathaway |
    Documents from an Ohio National Guard (ONG) training drill conducted last January reveal the details of a mock disaster where Second Amendment supporters with “anti-government” opinions were portrayed as domestic terrorists.... After excerpts of the report were read to him, Sims said it was “not relevant” to understand why conservatives may feel unduly targeted by ONG’s training scenario. “Okay, I’m gonna stop ya there. I’m going to quit this conversation,” Sims concluded. “You have a good day.”
  • Doctors are demoralized

    02/03/2014 11:37:11 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 10 replies
    Medical Society of Milwaukee County ^ | 02/03/14 | Courtney Vogel
    Change the Life of a Student...Be a Mentor Thank you so much to those who dedicated their time and expertise to the mentor program this past fall. Without you, this program would not continue to succeed in the capacity it has. The time has now come to sign up for the spring semester. To date, only 2 physicians have signed up. We need 35. Can we count on you for this semester? If so, please notify Courtney Vogel or sign up online below. The deadline is Friday, February 7, 2014. Please consider taking the time to mentor a pre-med student...
  • Today's the anniversary of the original Tea Party

    12/16/2013 5:10:49 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 10 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | Wikipedia
    The Boston Tea Party (initially referred to by John Adams as "the Destruction of the Tea in Boston"[2]) was a nonviolent political protest by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, on December 16, 1773. Disguised as American Indians, the demonstrators destroyed the entire supply of tea sent by the East India Company in defiance of the American boycott of tea carrying a tax the Americans had not authorized. They boarded the ships and threw the chests of tea into Boston Harbor, ruining the tea. The British government responded harshly and the episode escalated into the American Revolution.
  • You Are a Rogue Device (DHS violating 4th amendment)

    11/12/2013 1:20:54 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 54 replies
    THe Stranger, Seattle, WA ^ | 11/06/13 | Matt Fikse-Verkerk, Brendan Kiley
    How does that geo-location work? Devices in the network's coverage area are "heard" by more than one radio in those APs (the off-white boxes). Once the network hears a device from multiple APs, it can compare the strength and timing of the signal to locate where the device is. This is classic triangulation, and users of Aruba's AirWave software—as in the Cabela's example—report that their systems are able to locate devices to within a few feet.
  • Selectman Wants Gun Safety Enforced

    11/10/2013 3:43:44 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 29 replies
    Swampscott MA patch ^ | 11/09/13 | Terry Date
    Selectman Barry Greenfield would like to give police the authority to inspect gun safety at people's homes. The problem, he said, is that police do not have the authority, granted by a local ordinance, to enforce the law and inspect the safeguarding of guns at the homes of the 600 registered gun owners in town.
  • Does Army Consider Christians, Tea Party, a Terror Threat?

    10/24/2013 10:26:23 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 32 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Oct 23 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Soldiers attending a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood say they were told that evangelical Christians and members of the Tea Party were a threat to the nation and that any soldier donating to those groups would be subjected to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. A soldier who attended the Oct. 17th briefing told me the counter-intelligence agent in charge of the meeting spent nearly a half hour discussing how evangelical Christians and groups like the American Family Association were “tearing the country apart.” Michael Berry, an attorney with the Liberty Institute, is advising the soldier and has...
  • Embattled Sebelius to testify next week on Obamacare rollout.

    10/21/2013 4:50:18 PM PDT · by grumpygresh · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/21/13 | By Elise Viebeck
    Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify before Congress next week about the botched rollout of ObamaCare’s insurance exchanges after rejecting GOP demands to appear this week. The House Energy and Commerce Committee confirmed Monday night that Sebelius would meet with the committee next Wednesday. The notice capped a day of wrangling between Sebelius and congressional Republicans who repeatedly attacked her for rejecting calls to testify at a Thursday hearing. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) accused Sebelius of “seeking to avoid accountability and stonewall the public” by declining to attend this week’s hearing. “What is more important to...
  • Chase Bank Limiting Withdrawals and Foreign Wire Transfers.

    10/16/2013 4:08:57 PM PDT · by grumpygresh · 79 replies
    Liberty news.com ^ | 10/16/13 | Eric Odom
    In a bizarre and unexpected move, Chase is notifying customers that after November 17th the bank will ban all international wire transfers and place limits on the amount of transfer activity that can occur within a billing cycle. Chase claims this new policy is coming in to play to minimize risks. The letter being sent to customers says the following. Dear Business Customer, Starting November 17, 2013: - You will no longer be able to send international wire transfers. You will still be able to send domestic wires and receive both domestic and international wires. We’ll cancel any international wire...
  • 84-year-old accused of pointing gun at anti-Obama protestors

    10/10/2013 1:29:31 PM PDT · by grumpygresh · 29 replies
    WSB TV-2 Atlanta ^ | 10/08/13 | Tony Thomas
    Police have arrested an 84-year-old man accused of pointing a gun at anti-President Barack Obama protestors. Roy Smith said he kept the Colt .32 handgun in his car for carjackers. Gwinnett police said he faces three counts of misdemeanor simple assault and pointing a firearm at another. Protestors Toni Pendley and Marge Moore are part of the Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment movement, a national movement that places signs along interstate overpasses with anti-Obama messages. The women said they were protesting on the Steve Reynolds Overpass above Interstate 85 on Sept. 28 when a maroon car drove by and a man...
  • 'Gestapo' tactics meet senior citizens at Yellowstone

    10/08/2013 6:30:54 PM PDT · by grumpygresh · 47 replies
    Eagle Tribune ^ | 10/08/2013 | John Macone
    The bus stopped along a road when a large herd of bison passed nearby, and seniors filed out to take photos. Almost immediately, an armed ranger came by and ordered them to get back in, saying they couldn’t “recreate.” The tour guide, who had paid a $300 fee the day before to bring the group into the park, argued that the seniors weren’t “recreating,” just taking photos.“She responded and said, ‘Sir, you are recreating,’ and her tone became very aggressive,” Vaillancourt said. The seniors quickly filed back onboard and the bus went to the Old Faithful Inn, the park’s premier...
  • Identity Theft Likely Under Obamacare

    09/24/2013 10:20:23 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 11 replies
    US House of Rep. Energy and commerce ^ | 09/20/13 | Fred Upton et al
    ..."Some navigator participants plan to engage in enrollment activities that increase the likelihood of fraud or abuse, including door-to-door contacts." ... “The recipient of one of the largest Navigator grants explained in their application that they expected a substantial portion of their program to involve door-to-door contacts,” ... “Another described their work plan as involving ‘door-to-door outreach to 10,000 households per week"
  • Rand Paul wants Chief Justice Roberts all federal workers to enroll in Obamacare

    09/23/2013 10:46:56 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/23/13 | Alex Pappas
    Arguing federal workers should not get special treatment, Rand Paul says he does not want taxpayers subsidizing the personal health-care plans of any federal employee — including Chief Justice John Roberts — anymore. With some in Congress arguing lawmakers and their staff should not get subsidies to cover their health insurance as President Obama’s health-care law goes into effect, the Republican senator from Kentucky told The Daily Caller on Sunday that he’s going to start pushing a constitutional amendment that goes even further. Paul’s proposal — outlawing any special exemptions for government employees — would mean all federal workers would...
  • Applying health care research to the problem of health care fraud

    09/21/2013 10:20:22 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 1 replies
    Anesthesiology News ^ | ISSUE: SEPTEMBER 2013 | VOLUME: 39 | Ashley Taylor
    ...U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Justice (DOJ), including the FBI. Working together, these agencies audit health care providers, review claims and prosecute fraudulent parties using an approach known as “pay and chase”—trying to recover money paid out for fraudulent claims rather than denying the claims in the first place—which a 2012 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), cited by the authors, called ineffective. Less than $20 million of the $102 million spent on audits from 2008 to 2012 was recovered, according to a June report by the GAO... Overall, however, Dr. Goodwin...
  • Marco Rubio Sinking in New Hampshire 2016 Poll

    09/07/2013 5:21:58 PM PDT · by grumpygresh · 39 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 9/7/13 | Kevin Derby
    Marco Rubio Sinking in New Hampshire 2016 Poll BY: KEVIN DERBY | Posted: August 7, 2013 8:59 AM The latest Granite State poll by WMUR and the University of New Hampshire was released late on Tuesday and it shows U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sinking in New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary. Rubio is expected to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. In recent months. Rubio has drawn fire from conservatives for his prominent role in supporting immigration reform. The poll finds New Hampshire Republicans divided on who they want to see as their party’s nominee...
  • Who Is Going To Buy Our Debt If This War Causes China, Russia And The Rest Of The World ...

    09/07/2013 6:16:44 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 29 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 9/6/13 | Michael Snyder
    Can the U.S. really afford to greatly anger the rest of the world when they are the ones that are paying our bills?  What is going to happen if China, Russia and many other large nations stop buying our debt and start rapidly dumping U.S. debt that they already own?  If the United States is not very careful, it is going to pay a tremendous economic price for taking military action in Syria.  At this point, survey after survey has shown that the American people are overwhelmingly against an attack on Syria, people around the globe are overwhelmingly against an...
  • Graham: Nukes In Hands Of Terrorists Could Result In Bomb Coming To Charleston Harbor

    09/05/2013 7:31:46 PM PDT · by grumpygresh · 71 replies
    CBS Charlotte ^ | 9/3/13 | GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP)
    <p>GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — South Carolina U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says he’s convinced that Syrian President Assad used chemical weapons on his own people.</p> <p>Graham told reporters in Goose Creek on Tuesday that taking action against Syria in response to the situation is not a question of yes or no, but rather a question of bad or worse choices.</p>
  • Arrest of anti-Obama protesters on St. Charles overpass sparks controversy

    08/20/2013 2:28:37 PM PDT · by grumpygresh · 35 replies
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 8/19/13 | Mark Schlinkmann
    "Citizens have a right to peaceably assemble," said Messmer, who was part of a series of overpass demonstrations around the country seeking the president's impeachment. "We were simply doing that. There were no laws broken." Sgt. Al Nothum, a spokesman for the Missouri Highway Patrol, said the potential for a traffic hazard was why the two and 10 or so other protesters were told by officers to leave the Fairgrounds Road overpass about 2 p.m. The two were arrested, he said, for failing to obey. Nothum said the patrol wants charges filed but prosecutors have yet to decide. The patrol...
  • ObamaCare: The Emperor Has No Clue

    08/15/2013 6:27:17 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 23 replies
    Association of American Physicians and Surgeons ^ | Aug 11, 2013 | arilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D.,
    Another wrinkle in the program could limit access to care. If enrollees pay one month’s premium, exchanges must provide a grace period of three consecutive months during which coverage cannot be terminated. However, insurers are only required to pay claims during the first 30 days of the grace period. Thus, patients with valid insurance cards in hand can seek treatment at a doctor’s office on day 31 through 90 of the grace period. When the physician in good faith submits a claim to the insurer, the claim can be denied. Although the physician can bill the patient, realistically, many patients...
  • Should FR continue to blacklist Infowars articles? [JimRob reply at 47]

    07/01/2013 11:31:10 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 46 replies
    Sources such as NYT, Wapo, Politico are permitted on FR and those organizations are not exactly unbiased or accurate. Generally speaking, I think Infowars presents a libertarian and constitutionalist perspective and has cleaned up its act over the last couple years.
  • Russia to ban cash transactions over $10,000

    03/27/2013 11:43:55 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 28 replies
    Russia Behind the Headlines ^ | March 26, 2013 | Viktor Kuzmin
    Russia may ban cash payments for purchases of more than 300,000 rubles (around $10,000) starting in 2015. The move is expected to boost banks’ cash reserves and put a damper on Russia’s shadow economy. However, the middle class will most likely end up having to pay the price for the scheme....Given the substantial criminal activity and illegal entrepreneurship, the grey and black economies account for 50–65 percent of GDP. Even former Central Bank Chief Sergey Ignatyev had to admit that about $50 billion was taken out of Russia illegally in 2012 alone.
  • AAPS Asks Court to Stall Restrictions on Medicare Patients’ Tests and Referrals

    03/14/2013 6:40:08 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 5 replies
    If allowed to go into effect, a March 1 notice from HHS (the Department of Health and Human Services) will eliminate Medicare payments for tests and referrals ordered by physicians not enrolled in the Medicare program, as of May 1. "Because of Medicare's increasingly costly and restrictive rules placed on doctors, many Medicare-eligible patients are receiving medical care from physicians not enrolled in the program," states Jane M. Orient, M.D., executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). "This looming change by HHS will deprive the patients of benefits for blood tests, x-rays, and specialist consultations—benefits for...
  • Doctor shot dead by patient during exam

    01/29/2013 9:31:02 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 35 replies
    AP ^ | January 29, 2013 | SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER
    <p>NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A doctor was fatally shot in an examination room of an Orange County medical office, and the man who police believe shot him was taken into custody in the same room without a struggle, authorities said.</p>
  • Anti 'gun confiscation' laws.

    12/22/2012 7:47:13 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 44 replies
    12/22/12 | grumpygresh
    Statements by Obama and NY governor Cuomo and others have made gun owners very worried. If we get an assault weapons ban via congressional action or presidential order, who will stop the momentum from turning to outright confiscation especially in Leftist jurisdictions. I don't know if any states currently have state laws that address this specific issue, but we need to make sure that our gun and property rights are secure from the gun grabbers at all levels.
  • SGR Cuts: A Physician’s View (Medicare provider cuts)

    12/21/2012 10:29:58 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 7 replies
    Association of American Physician and Surgeons ^ | December 20th, 2012 | Steven Horvitz, D.O.
    Maybe we need the 26.5% cut in Medicare. Maybe then docs would wake up out of their politically correct slumber and decide to actually once again devote themselves and their practices to their patients, instead of to political schemes, insurance and hospital collusive bureaucracy. Those docs who do not care can get a job with the hospital or government. Their patients will know who the docs are working for, and it is not always them. Others like me will continue the Osteopathic tradition of providing excellent care in an independent private practice setting where no one stands between me and...
  • AAPS: Is ObamaCare Here to Stay?

    12/06/2012 9:52:41 AM PST · by grumpygresh · 9 replies
    AAPS News December 2012 - ^ | Dec 5, 2012 | AAPS staff
    Democrats are exulting in their narrow victory on Nov 6, saying that ObamaCare is “now a certainty,” and the “best is yet to come” as they implement their glorious promises of healthcare for all. The fact is, however, that key parts of the Act are not in effect yet and may be blocked at the state level.
  • Scott Walker will not implement state 0-care exchange!

    11/15/2012 4:06:45 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 96 replies
    Newstalk 1130, Milwaukee ^ | 11/15/12 | Mark Belling
    Good news! I just heard on Newstalk 1130 AM in Milwaukee that Scott Walker would announce on Friday that WI would not implement the state exchange. I also heard that a group of GOP governors would do likewise and make a group announcement tomorrow!
  • If push comes to shove, will Rush, other wealthy conservative, buy Obama approved health insurance?

    11/11/2012 7:41:36 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 115 replies
    Almost four years ago Rush had chest pains during a vacation in Hawaii. He received the best possible care, and all turned out well. He revealed that he does not have health insurance and pays out of pocket, negotiating the best rate. Will Rush take this opportunity to be the civil rights leader of the 21st century and engage in civil disobedience? Will he tell Pharaoh Obama to let his people go!
  • Department Of Homeland Security To Scan Payment Cards At Borders And Airports

    11/11/2012 2:03:57 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 52 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/07/12 | Jon Matonis
    Enforceability falls to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection both within the Department of Homeland Security, which is already developing advanced handheld card readers that can ascertain whether a traveler is carrying a credit card, debit card, or prepaid card. This differentiation is important because only prepaid card balances will need to be added to declaration report forms.
  • More proof that physicians should stop taking Medicare

    10/11/2012 8:26:25 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 9 replies
    Audio Educator ^ | 10/11/12 | grumpygresh
    "Medicare's rules for coding and billing for Mid-Level providers are clear, but you need to know where to find these rules." There is a whole cottage industry of companies devoted to 'Medicare compliance'. The practice of Medicine is being criminalized through complex coding rules that add nothing to the quality of care. If a physician makes a coding error, they could go to prison. Why would a physician take the risk with Medicare patients anymore?
  • What would you do if Obama is re-elected?

    12/08/2011 6:36:20 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 179 replies
    12/08/11 | Grumpygresh
    What if Obama is re-elected, the nightmare scenario. This is not an idle question. Because we must wake up the disinterested, timid and non-ideological voters and demonstrate to them that there will be dangerous consequences to a second Obama term. For me, as an act of self-preservation, I would clean out my bank and stock accounts. Many others would join me. A united statement by the savers, investors, and producers of the country would show the country that we are going to stand up to tyranny. Sure, we will be demonized, but the truth is that Obama is already demonizing...
  • Medicare Police State

    11/14/2011 9:33:21 PM PST · by grumpygresh · 15 replies
    11/14/11 | Grumpygresh
    I have been hit by a PSC Medicare audit by a bounty hunter firm- Trust Solutions of Milwaukee. I am lawyered up, any suggestions?