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In Colo., a look at life after marijuana legalization

 

Boston Globe

Joshua Miller

Feb 22, 2016

 

DENVER — Nestled between a 7-Eleven and a store selling Broncos jerseys, the door to the generic-looking retail establishment is easy to miss. But once inside, the smell is unmistakable.

 

At Euflora, tables are filled with glass containers of marijuana next to interactive tablets describing each strain (“sweet floral aroma,” “intoxicatingly potent”). An array of marijuana-infused products beckon behind locked cases: from energy shots to sour gummies, brownies to bacon brittle. And if you’re 21 or older, it’s all legal to buy.

 

This is Colorado, where a billion-dollar-a-year legal marijuana industry has emerged since January 2014. It offers an early look at what Massachusetts could face should voters greenlight an expected ballot question and legalize the drug this fall.

 

So has legalization been a plus or a minus?
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Ethics Complaint Says Big Clinton Donors Got State Dept Access

The Daily Caller
Richard Pollock, Reporter
01/10/2016

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton violated federal ethics statutes by giving “preferential treatment” to wealthy political campaign donors and financial supporters of the Clinton Foundation, according to a formal complaint filed Friday by the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust.

The non-profit government watchdog group filed the complaint with the Office of Government Ethics, asking it to conduct a “full investigation” into Clinton’s “apparent breach of ethics rules.” A copy of the complaint was exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The organization charged Clinton gave “preferential treatment to individuals with which she had financial ties” and “regularly granted access” to rich donors, celebrities, and even powerful foreign nationals.

The FACT complaint follows the State Department’s latest release of thousands of Clinton emails that she turned over to the government more than two years after leaving the office in 2013. She used a private email address and a home-brew server in her private New York residence to conduct official government business throughout her tenure.
 
This article can be read in its entirety at
http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/10/hillary-clinton-foundation-donors-ethics/


FLORIDA ETHICS

 

March 14, 2013


This “Truths That Free”  section of “Ethics” has not been updated for far too long... that is not for want of material. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, in the United States, one doesn’t have to look far to find corruption, among elected or appointed officials and/or leaders or local organizations. That includes organizations with the power to arrest, detain and generally make your free life miserable.

 

Growing up with my parents included  the “larning” that  honesty and abiding by the law were virtues to be cultivated if at all possible. “if at all possible” has caveats. Don't forget or neglect  the value and importance of CIVIL disobedience or as Gandhi called it, “satyagraha” nonviolent resistance, or obedience to truth- THE TRUTH AND RIGHT IS- independant, inalienable, and proceeding before all institutions of people- although no one said that was always easy or convenient.

 

Why do citizens have  an expectation of good character and ethical behavior from those we elect or appoint to govern  or to head unions, or to populate our many civic departments? Surely part of the reason is that we are their bosses, we pay their salaries (often higher than their counterparts in the private sector) and they are accountable to us.

 

 If you have not felt your blood pressure rise, or your anger mount often enough today here are a couple  links to a few articles about our finest in Jacksonville and the state of Florida.

 

http://www.news4jax.com/news/Appeals-court-affirms-ex-JaxPort-chairman-s-convictions-on-corruption-charges/-/475880/19314344/-/rsbyruz/-/index.html

 

http://www.news4jax.com/news/Allied-Veterans-executives-top-officers-at-FOP-face-judges/-/475880/19294694/-/s3b9dxz/-/index.html

 

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/topstories/article/303230/483/57-busted-in-illegal-gambling-investigation

 

http://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/showstory.php?Story_id=538987

 

http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2013/mar/07/carl-hiaasen-leadership-at-florida-citizens-has/

 

After reading these articles consider shooting off (er... maybe that is not a good metaphor anymore) sending an email or making a phone call to one of your representatives and let them know that you back their honest effort (in a few rare cases) or that you demand that they make an effort to discourage graft, dishonesty, waste, and corruption from among their own ranks.


 


DOCTOR'S ORDERS

Obama wants more 'death panel' power

'Strip Congress of legislative role in favor of unaccountable experts?'


Posted: April 25, 2011
By Bob Unruh
© 2011 WorldNetDaily

Most of the legal challenges to Obamacare, the president's signature legislation that allows the federal government to take over health-care decision-making, focus on the "unconstitutional individual mandate" that defines sitting in one's living room as "interstate commerce" and demands the purchase of government-approved health insurance.

However, there's a new round of alarms developing over what critics have described as the ultimate "death panel," concerns that have been raised because Barack Obama himself suggested giving an already-unaccountable board more authority.

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MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH
State denies cancer treatment, offers suicide instead
'To say, we'll pay for you to die, but not pay for you to live, it's cruel'

State officials have offered a lung cancer patient the option of having the Oregon Health Plan, set up in 1994 to ration health care, pay for an assisted suicide but not for the chemotherapy prescribed by her physician.

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FAITH UNDER FIRE
Exposed! China's organ-on-demand transplants
'Bloody Harvest' says prisoners kept healthy until paying customer arrives

A new report called "Bloody Harvest" documents China's "anything goes" transplant industry where a cornea is available to anyone with $30,000 and people are kept as prisoners until their organs are needed, when they are executed by a doctor's needle just as soon as the cash hits the hospital accounting office.

The report from David Matas, an international human rights lawyer, and David Kilgour, the former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific, was just released and updates previous documents alleging the existence of the billion dollar industry.

The new report, taken cumulatively, provides the proof, Kilgour told WND.

"We've talked to a lot of people who received organs, people who managed to get out [of China] by the skin of their teeth. We talked to a lady beaten up so badly she heard a doctor say she was going to die and her organs would be no good. We've looked at the web sites offering organs. We think we now have overwhelming evidence for any fair-minded or reasonable person," he said.

"Every single item points in the same direction, and nothing points in the direction of innocence," he said.

Web sites have posted prices, in U.S. dollars, of $150,000 for a kidney or pancreas, $150,000-$170,000 for a lung, and $130,000-$160,000 for a heart, and those same sites suggest the maximum wait for a liver available for transplant would be two weeks, although the same wait period in British Columbia was 52 months.

"The astonishingly short waiting times advertised for perfectly-matched organs would suggest the existence of a large bank of live prospective 'donors,'" the report said.

Some of the most damning evidence came from several individuals who have fled the industry. One woman testified her husband, a surgeon, had removed the corneas from an estimated 2,000 people who, at that point, still were alive. But they then were operated on by other surgeons to remove other organs, and the bodies then cremated.

The money trail was tracked from the patients to the hospital, but it remained unclear whether the hospital, the government, or the surgeons were benefiting the most, the report said. But it concluded that the magnitude of the atrocities goes beyond even what Hitler pursued in his attempt to eradicate Jews and other groups of people, he said.

"This is just about at the limit of the human imagination, some people would say it's beyond. We avoid direct comparisons, because it really is unique. Even the Nazis didn't try to do this," he said.

He characterizes it as "carnivore capitalism" where nothing matters but the money. The report lists new evidence showing that hospitals are telling potential transplant recipients that they have live organs awaiting delivery and there have been tens of thousands of transplant surgeries performed in the past few years – with no other available source of organs.

China's human rights record is atrocious, the report said, with more deaths attributable to its Communist government than to Stalin and Hitler combined. The nation routinely violates the rights of Christians, democracy advocates, human rights advocates and others, including using detention, torture and execution.

But the targets for the burgeoning industry at this point are mostly members of a religious sect called Falun Gong. That's a belief system that was assembled in the early 1990s by Li Hongzhi and incorporates ideas from Buddhism and Taoism. It's generally seen as a peaceful movement, but China government officials have labeled it a dangerous cult and banned it.

But in a social atmosphere that tolerates only what officials decide they want to allow, there is no accountability for hospitals or physicians who are constantly short of funding, and there is zero tolerance for dissent, the nation's transplant industry has exploded because there has been no barrier to marketing – and selling – the organs of "enemies of the state."

"Once a customer arrives into China, somebody's killed for the organ, whether it's a prisoner sentenced to death or a Falun Gong practitioner, and they just have this huge supply of people in jail waiting to be killed for organ donations," Matas told reporters at a recent news conference.

Liver transplants, counted at only 22 before 1999, multiplied to 500 just last year. And while China has admitted "harvesting" the organs of inmates executed for capital crimes, the number of those executions has remained about the same – in the 1,600 to 1,700 range – for a number of years. However, while reports that are available to the public show there were about 30,000 transplant surgeries in China prior to 1999, that total rocketed to 90,000 by the end of 2005.

Those 60,000 organ transplant surgeries during the years 2000-2005 each needed a donor organ, and historically in China the numbers show only a fraction of all transplants are provided by living donors, such as in kidney cases, or a body made available voluntarily following a traffic accident or other circumstances.

"There is no indication of a significant increase in … these categories in recent years. Presumably, the identified sources of organ transplants which produced 18,500 organ transplants in the six-year period 1994 to 1999 produced the same number of organs for transplants in the next six-year period 2000 to 2005," the report said.

"That means that the source of 41,500 transplants for the six-year period 2000 to 2005 is unexplained," the report said.

Some of the explanation comes from a volunteer who testified to the authors about calling 80 hospitals in China, asking about transplants. Ten locations admitted using "live" Falun Gong practitioners as organ suppliers.

One hospital official was asked about the organs for transplant. "…And it was from healthy Falun Gong practitioners…?"

"Correct. We would choose the good ones because we assure the quality in our operation," the hospital official said.

"That means you choose the organs yourself?"

"Correct…"

"Usually, how old is the organ supplier?"

"Usually in their thirties."

"What if the chosen one doesn't want to have blood drawn?"

"He will for sure let us do it."

"How?"

"They will for sure find a way. What do you worry about? These kinds of things should not be of any concern to you. They have their procedures."

"Does the person know that his organ will be removed?"

"No."

The researchers, both from Canada, noted that there is no doubt Canadians are taking part in "organ tourism," which is traveling to China for a transplant. Confirmations have come in from hospitals in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary that such trips were taking place.

Patients from the United States and other affluent countries, also, undoubtedly, are taking part in the industry, the report noted.

Kilgour told WND that the report reveals that Falun Gong practitioners, probably tens of thousands, are held in detention camps while, during their lives, they assemble products for export. But they are blood-typed and given various tests regularly.

Then there's a computer matchup of tissue. "His or her day comes up, somebody's waiting in a hospital in Shanghai, and you can die that day. The patient flies back to America with a new kidney," he said.

Patients routinely are told they are getting organs from executed prisoners who volunteered for the donation. The description of "executed prisoner," technically, is true, he said, but the caveat is that the "prisoners" never commited – or were convicted – of any crime.

The report suggests the rest of the world could help by preventing patients from traveling to China for a transplant where neither the donor nor the family have consented, stopping funding for after-care for patients who have commercial transplants abroad, stop training of doctors who will return to China and join the transplant industry and ban shipping anti-rejection drugs and other necessities for transplants to China.

"We believe that there has been and continues today to be large-scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners," they said in the report.

Kilgour earlier told the Epoch Times that the 2008 Olympic Games, awarded by the International Olympic Committee to China, also should be used as a lever to stop the activity

Chinese officials have admitted "harvesting" organs from "executed prisoners," but that admission did not come until 2005, and the report authors say it might have been made to divert attention away from the industry of killing innocent sect members for their organs.

The authors said the report on the study, which was done at the request of the Coalition to Investigation the Persecution of the Falun Gong in China, a non-governmental organization in Washington and Ottawa, also is available at www.organharvestinvestigation.net.




Consultant struck off for actively ending patient's life
A hospital consultant investigated over the deaths of dozens of patients was struck off the medical register yesterday for taking "active measures" to end the life of a patient against his family's wishes.
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