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FLASHBACK: Is Senator Joe Manchin of WV a “hero” or a “hypocrite” in the prescription opioid epidemic?

Previously published articles by Marianne Skolek Perez regarding the prescription opioid epidemic and why it has raged out of control.  An article will be published “weekly” in an effort to educate people as to why the deaths to this epidemic continue in record numbers.  The weekly series will be entitled “Wake Up America – Why we are losing more lives in the prescription opioid epidemic!”

July 7, 2015
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Manchin’s state, West Virginia, has the highest rate of overdose deaths in the country

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) Last week I received an email from a mother who lost her child to the prescription opioid/heroin health crisis crippling every state in the country.  The email read “I hope to get an appointment to see Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia when I visit Washington, DC — I think he gets it.”  But does Manchin “get it” in the sense this mother thinks?

“Messenger of God” —Ace Knight (האגרון)

John the Baptist the black prophet

Global News Centre

האגרון: Correspondence or collector of words. Derives from the ancient given name of “Aharon”, born by the brother of Moses, the first High Priest of the Israelites. 

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was not “facing addiction” in his bogus report!

Vivek Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

Vivek Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

Photo ops with a Surgeon General exposed for a bogus report will do nothing to slow down the deaths to prescription opioid “addiction” — and yes that is the disease killing your kids.

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) Recently President Trump relieved the Surgeon General of his prestigious position within the administration.  Many supporters of Dr. Murthy were unhappy with Trump’s decision.  After all a report had been issued entitled “Facing Addiction in America – The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health”.  Considering that the Obama administration all but ignored the massive prescription opioid epidemic in the country, Murthy actually issuing a report was monumental.  So too was the length of the report — approximately 500 pages.

The damage done by the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the Tamils in North-East Sri Lanka

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka (UN file photo)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Mahinda Rajapaksa, former President of Sri Lanka (UN file photo)

There is evidence that the UN staff in Colombo repeatedly contacted Ban Ki-moon and asked him to come to Sri Lanka to prevent what was certainly going to be a bloodbath. Ban said that he would come only of he could do something about it.

Dr. Brian Senewiratne for Global News Centre  

(BRISBANE)  In the 70 year history of the United Nations, there has not been a Secretary General worse than Ban Ki-moon. The UN Office of Internal Oversight Services said that the UN Secretariat under Ban Ki-moon was “drifting into irrelevance” He has damaged the standing of the UN so much that Richard Gowan, a UN expert at the European Council on Foreign Relations believes that Antonio Guterres, who succeeded Ban Ki-moon on 1 January 2017, “could give the UN the kick up the backside it needs”. Under him, the UN has become a joke, not to be taken seriously, and very different to what the UN was expected to do when it was formed.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and her sordid investigation!

 

Senators Claire McCaskill and Orrin Hatch

Claire McCaskill and Orrin Hatch

Orrin Hatch is working for the wrong side…

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)   Someone may want to inform Senator Claire McCaskill that her recent call for an investigation into the prescription opioid epidemic was already launched by the U.S. Finance Committee in 2012 and as of 2017 there is still no report.  So why would McCaskill demand action on an epidemic killing in the thousands every year when she is aware the waters are not unchartered?  Let me try to enlighten those people, including McCaskill, why not everyone is buying what she is selling.

Democratic Party has its work cut out at the state level

 

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It behooves the Democrats to concentrate some of their efforts toward electing democrats at the state and local level as that’s where many future candidates hone their skills for later runs for national office.

Ralph E Stone GlobalNewsCentre.com

(SAN FRANCISCO)  The Democrats elected Tom Perez for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairmanship.  After winning the vote, Perez appointed Keith Ellison as the Deputy Chair.  Perez and Ellison each pledged to rebuild state and local parties, including in Republican-dominated states.  The Democrats have much work to do at the state and local level where laws are passed disfavoring Democrats.

Trump versus the media

unnaedUnfortunately, the mistrust of science and critical thinking in this country is a growing problem.  Trump like a snake oil salesman knows this and panders to this mistrust.  If we are not careful, we will listen to what Trump says and forget to watch what he does.

Ralph E Stone GlobalNewsCentre.com

(SAN FRANCISCO)  Low Energy Jeb [Bush], Little Marco [Rubio], Lyin’ Ted [Cruz] pathological Ben [Carson], and Crooked Hillary [Clinton] were all quite effective labels used by Donald Trump on his march to the White House. With the destruction of 16 primary challengers and a well-known political figure in his rear-view mirror, Trump has now zeroed in on his old opponent, the media. Why?  Because the media is out to get him.  Or maybe they are just fact checking.

Senate Should Confirm Gorsuch to Supreme Court

President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court,  Neil Gorsuch. Photo via Wikipedia.

President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court,
Neil Gorsuch. Photo via Wikipedia.

Gorsuch’s confirmation will bring the Supreme Court back to four conservatives, not a majority of five.

Ralph E Stone GlobalNewsCentre.com

(SAN FRANCISCO) The Senate should confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court if he is found to be qualified.  I understand the Republicans refused to even consider Merrick Garland, Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, even though Obama had ten months left on his term at the time.  I also understand had Hillary Clinton become president, the Republicans indicated no nominee of hers would be confirmed either.

Trump issues draconian Executive Order banning persons from seven Muslim countries

unnamedOn 9/11, the nineteen terrorists who attacked America that day, fifteen were from Saudi Arabia, two were from the United Arab Emirates, and one was from Lebanon. This means that only two of the seven countries on Trump’s list produced terrorists who have actually perpetrated attacks on U.S. soil.

Ralph E Stone GlobalNewsCentre.com

(SAN FRANCISCO)  During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump issued a statement saying, if elected, he would issue “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our representatives can figure out what’s going on.” Now, Trump has followed through on his campaign promise by issuing an executive order suspending visa entry of persons from seven countries that have predominately Muslim populations.  The banned countries are Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Sudan and Yemen.

Is the U.S. Senate responsible for thousands of deaths in sealing their fact finding report on drug epidemic?

Leahy.senate.gov

Leahy.senate.gov

How many lives could have been saved — especially our young people if in 2007 Patrick Leahy had replied to me “We are taking this epidemic seriously and are launching an investigation to stem the loss of life to addiction and death.”

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)  On May 9, 2012 the U.S. Senate Finance Committee announced an investigation into the prescription opioid epidemic waging a war of addiction and death throughout the U.S.  Their investigation was to be focused on the American Pain Foundation (they closed their doors when the investigation was announced), the Center for Practical Bioethics, and five other organizations. It also targeted three leading opioid makers: Purdue Pharma (OxyContin), Endo Pharmaceuticals (Percocet), and Johnson & Johnson (Duragesic). The Senate Finance Committee demanded to see documents and get answers to their questions.

Carole Lombard’s fiery deadly plane crash happened 75 years ago

Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard died during a war bonds tour in 1942.

Tim King Global News Centre

(SALEM)  January 16th marks the 75th anniversary of the night Hollywood actress Carole Lombard lost her life in a mysterious, tragic plane crash southwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. A Transcontinental Western Airlines (TWA) Douglas DC-3 slammed into a mountain about 35 miles from Vegas, taking with it, Lombard, her mother, press agent and passengers including 15 US servicemen. Nobody ever figured out what happened.

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