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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.

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?

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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.

The word is “credibility” not “stigma” in the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic!

Anderson Cooper photo courtesy: CNN

Anderson Cooper photo courtesy: CNN

This past week CNN broadcast an Anderson Cooper interview on the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic at a Town Hall Meeting.

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)  CNN has been accused by the U.S. Pain Foundation, a lobbying group for pharma in catering to the needs of chronic pain patients in their use of long term opioids, at stigmatizing the pain patients.  Paul Gileno, Founder and President of the foundation was “deeply troubled and disappointed by the one-sided, biased discussion surrounding pain medication that completely disregarded the voices of people living with debilitating pain” during the broadcast.

Prescription Opioids and Heroin – Our Kids are Dying!

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Every time the word “stigma” is used in describing addiction, the pharmaceutical industry and their heavily funded pain foundation lobbying groups uses the word “stigma” to describe the chronic pain patient being denied long term addictive opioid treatment. 

Marianne Skolek Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)   In the 14 years I have been writing about the prescription opioid crisis which has evolved into a heroin epidemic, my frustration level has elevated.  In July 2007, I testified in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about OxyContin and the criminal conviction of Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin.  My testimony is shown here:

Gun violence, as American as apple pie

unnamedAs President Obama has argued, states with gun control laws tend to have lower gun-related death rates.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO) Another mass killing in the U.S. This time in San Bernardino — 14 dead, 21 wounded.  We say ho-hum as gun violence has now become an expected event in our every day lives.  Consider that since 2006, there have been more than 200 mass killings in the U.S.  Americans have seemingly come to accept gun violence as long as it doesn’t directly effect them or their love ones personally.

CIA torture and the U.S. President

clive-2The declared intention of the CIA comes under the protocol of protecting the American homeland, but how? One is morally alarmed when one reads that American troops have, according to an article by Mia De Graaf for Mail on line & Associated Press (8 December 2014) that we could be facing a sharp rise in terrorism and associated violence because of American CIA torture tactics, which many reports and acres of research record that such abhorrent tactics do not generally work, besides being illegal according to international law. It is immoral and unethical.

Clive Hambidge Global News Centre

(LONDON) America is so alarmed by the CIA technique writes Graaf that. “Troops have been deployed at American posts across the world ahead of the release of a report into CIA torture tactics “ This still to be de-classified 6,000 page long report will inform the world about how Al Qaeda suspects are held in covert locations “across Europe and Asia.” And there violated in the most abhorrent manner.

The death penalty should be abolished. Life is a divine gift

CaptureThe Commission on Human Rights of the UN adopted a resolution suggesting that all countries in the world abolish the death penalty, defend the dignity and the inalienable rights of every human person, at every moment of his existence.

Clemente Ferrer Global News Centre

(MADRID)   We live in a culture of death that surrounds us everywhere, even if it is hidden behind the robes of consumption and welfare. Delving a little is enough to see that this deadly poverty is present as it is, with a fierce selfishness, aggressive violence and disrespect for life,which is a divine gift. All seasoned by top hedonistic and materialistic ingredients that lead us to a state of nature where everything is allowed, where there is not the slightest moral reference.

Syria, what’s next for the U.S.?

assad-putinAfter its capture of Palmyra, the Islamic State now controls over half the Syrian landmass and large parts of Iraq.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)   The U.S. finds itself between a rock and a hard place in the Syrian civil war. Russia has deployed warplanes and tanks to a base near Latakia, Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government.  In the meantime, Iran ground troops have arrived in Syria.  These troops would be backed by Assad’s Lebanese Hezbollah allies and by Shi’ite militia fighters from Iraq.  Russia is providing air support for these ground troops.

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